Alumnae/i, Friends Celebrate Campaign Success

September 15, 2015

Making Education Work #SimsCelebration

Simmons takes bold steps to ensure vitality well into the future

Simmons Deans and Provost at Academic Celebration

On Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11, 2015, nearly 300 Simmons alumnae/i, students, faculty, and friends gathered on campus to celebrate the success of the Making Education Work Campaign, which raised a record $100,357,310. The celebration highlighted the Campaign’s transformative impact on Simmons and the lives of students.

The two-day celebration began Thursday evening with a dedication ceremony for the newly constructed labyrinth on campus. It honors visionary alumnae/i and friends who shared their Simmons bequest intentions with the College during the Campaign.

“This labyrinth offers our community a space for quiet, thoughtful reflection in the heart of our academic community,” said Marianne Lord, Vice President of Advancement.

Guests at the Campaign Celebration got to watch a special Campaign video.

At Thursday evening’s dinner, Campaign Chair and Honorary Trustee Kathy Morrissey LaPoint ’84 expressed her gratitude to the College’s most generous alumnae/i and friends.

“The Campaign’s success proves that remarkable things happen when an institution’s visionary leadership and philanthropic individuals are aligned for a common purpose,” said LaPoint. “More than 16,500 people participated in the Campaign, contributing nearly 65,000 gifts.”

In her remarks, President Helen Drinan ’75LS, ’78SM, described how the Campaign had allowed Simmons to take bold steps to ensure the College’s vitality well into the future. It also had an immediate, tangible impact.

“Each of you here this evening is playing an absolutely vital role in helping Simmons achieve remarkable progress,” Drinan said. “Your vision, generosity, and ongoing commitment make it possible for us to innovate and seize moments of opportunity.”

Thursday’s dinner also featured the presentation of the prestigious John Simmons Legacy Award to Trustee Emerita Linda K. Paresky ’64, ’99HD. This honor is awarded to individuals whose lives and achievements reflect the qualities that enabled John Simmons to found the College. Paresky, a visionary entrepreneur, educator, and leader of women’s initiatives, has demonstrated her own ability to transform lives and leave a lasting legacy, including at Simmons.

At Friday’s all-day Academic Homecoming, Provost Katie Conboy was joined by Lisa Mullins ’80, ’05HD, who anchors WBUR’s “All Things Considered,” for a conversation on academic innovations at Simmons. The day’s academic panels with Simmons deans and faculty addressed social justice, global citizenship, women in STEM fields, and the future of health professions education. And School of Management faculty presented master classes on “Managing Your Visibility,” and “Lead Teams that Deliver Results.”