All Simmons Newshttp://www.simmons.edu/{D87F7498-CB6D-4BFD-9438-6CA110A5B237}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/campus%20life/2017/march/friars%20leader%20crossley%20talks%20about%20the%20era%20of%20fake%20newsFriars Leader Callie Crossley Talks Fake News<p>&ldquo;There is an old adage in journalism,&rdquo; said TV and radio commentator Callie Crossley. &ldquo;If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out.&rdquo;</p> <p>The "<em>Under the Radar With Callie Crossley</em>" host spoke to a crowd of students, faculty, and staff on March 22, 2017 about the importance of good journalism, media literacy, and the ascent of fake news. Crossley&rsquo;s event, &ldquo;Unreality Check: Journalism in the Era of Fake News,&rdquo; was the fourth in the 2016-2017 <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=8637C75875B0413F99691D6A65717493&amp;_z=z">Friars Leaders speaker series</a>.</p> <p>Crossley spoke about the differences between content and news, illustrating that there has &ldquo;never been a greater need for journalists.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;[We are] in a post-truth, alternative-fact moment. We don't know what is true, what is false, and how to tell the difference,&rdquo; said Crossley.</p> <p>Crossley also spoke about how the ways in which people consume information heavily influences their perception of the truth, and the importance of media literacy in the &ldquo;era of fake news.&rdquo; She advises taking the extra step to make sure information is verifiable &mdash; asking questions and using a &ldquo;nobody gets a pass&rdquo; approach.</p> <p>Crossley ended the event with a Q&amp;A with the room, and encouraged everyone to question their sources, as well as broaden their views. &ldquo;You have to know every factual perspective out there.&rdquo;</p>2017-03-23T00:00:00-04:00{1AF1F089-470B-4C0D-B82C-C62BA366823F}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/campus%20life/2017/march/first%20female%20us%20surgeon%20general%20dr%20antonia%20novello%20visits%20simmonsFirst Female U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello Visits Simmons<p>Dr. Antonia Novello, the 14th U.S. Surgeon General, urged cultural competency in health care and the need for better practitioner-patient communication in her presentation at Simmons College on Monday, March 20, &ldquo;Hispanics and Health Care in the U.S.: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.&rdquo;</p> <p>The first woman and first Latina to serve as Surgeon General, Dr. Novello gave a comprehensive overview of the major health issues facing Latinos today, pointing specifically to heart disease, diabetes, asthma, cancer, and depression as among the most prevalent diseases. In discussing some of the reasons behind disparities in access to treatment and care, she mentioned language and immigration status.</p> <p>President Helen Drinan made welcoming remarks at the well-attended event, as did the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPHA) President Enna Jimenez &rsquo;91. Dr. Novello&rsquo;s visit to Simmons was part of a series of discussions, lectures, and forums taking place in Boston, Salem, and Lawrence between March 20 and 24. The events were sponsored by Salem State University and ALPHA.</p> <p>Dr. Novello&rsquo;s keynote was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Salem State University President Patricia Meservey. The lively panel included Simmons Professor of Practice and Director of the Center for Research in Health Policy and Management <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6C41614A94C44AB3A16FEFBC2433E8C3&amp;_z=z">Robert Coulam</a>, Associate Professor of Social Work <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=772E465C78654CE5A3AA630FDDFCF733&amp;_z=z">Joanna Almeida</a>, Associate Professor of Nursing and Health Sciences <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=264B624506A540D09C8296E2A77DA54F&amp;_z=z">Judith Cullinane</a>, and Salem State Associate Professor Anne DeFelippo.</p> <p><em>(Top: President Helen Drinan, Dr. Antonia Novello, and Patricia Meservey)</em></p>2017-03-23T00:00:00-04:00{1578EDC5-1C1A-4878-A5C4-DCC7E15DA09B}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/student%20stories/2017/march/paris%20akrapa%2019From Thailand to Simmons: A Chat with Paris Akrapa '19<h4>What are you studying at Simmons?</h4> <p>My major is <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0E39EC657B5644C080B15DF7C0F895BE&amp;_z=z">nursing</a>. </p> <h4> What made you choose Simmons?</h4> <p>Simmons answered all my wishes. I wanted to go to a college that would give me full attention in class. Simmons has a small student-faculty ratio where the professors can actually get to know me. I chose a women-centered college after realizing the impact of gender biases on students&rsquo; learning behaviors. I want to be able to grow confidently, and I believe that Simmons will help me do that. There are also world famous hospitals within walking distance, so it's the perfect opportunity for nursing students like me. &nbsp;</p> <h4> What was the biggest surprise you've encountered in the U.S.?</h4> <p> I knew that the U.S. was a very diverse country, but I was surprised by the different types of diversity. There are so many races, religions and languages. I've met awesome people from almost every continent. </p> <h4> What has it been like adjusting to life in the U.S.?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Dealing with homesickness for the first time is difficult. It's hard to not be able to call for advice from my parents when I want &mdash; and I feel a little bit of insecurity in my life. Language barriers are not my biggest issue, but it's a struggle trying to hold conversations sometimes.</p> <h4> What organizations are you involved in at Simmons? </h4> <p>I'm the co-president of <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6F1934798CFB4AF6B19B187888599C1D&amp;_z=z">Circle K International&nbsp;</a>(CKI), which promotes service, leadership and fellowship.&nbsp;</p> <div> <div> <h4> What's your advice for other students who are considering coming to the U.S. for school?</h4> Coming to the U.S. is not only about studying or strengthening language skills &mdash; it's also a chance to discover new interests and challenge your beliefs. If you're interested in studying abroad, don&rsquo;t be hesitant. College is a big deal, do a lot of research before making a decision. I would recommend you visit your intended college to see if it's the best fit for you. <br /> <h4> How is Simmons helping prepare you for your future?</h4> Simmons requires students to take classes from many disciplines. I'm not only experiencing a strong academic focus in my science classes, but also in language classes. With challenging classes, the Simmons faculty and staff make sure that I stay engaged and understand what's going on. The wide ranges of knowledge prepares me for the rising data driven generations and gives me confidence to face difficulties in my nursing career. <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p>Family is an important part of my life. The Simmons community has fulfilled my need for family, which many international students&nbsp;lack being so far from home. I count a lot of my friends as parts of my family because they care about me. Since they know I'm an <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=1EF9C85786AB4533B197ADC17E96D2D5&amp;_z=z">international student</a>, students and their families have welcomed me into their homes during winter break to celebrate the holidays.</p> </div> </div>2017-03-22T00:00:00-04:00{A78646D6-1FC6-4B71-BD22-1575C4C9CB49}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/leadership%20and%20change/2017/march/barbara%20fedida6 Questions with Barbara Fedida<h4></h4> <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0064437B910848BAAF422A909DF876C8&amp;_z=z">Barbara Fedida</a>, Senior Vice President for Talent and Business at ABC News, is responsible for developing and executing strategic planning for the next generation of both on-air and off-air talent. <h4>What would you say is the most daring move you've made in your career?</h4> <p> Going to work full time in a new place after working part time for almost eight years. My daughter was just 16 months old. She was my third. I left the comfort of ABC with almost 15 years of relationships and experiences. I went to work for someone I didn't know (but who I clicked with almost immediately) at a place that was known to have a very different culture than the place where I had grown up. It was an opportunity too good to pass up. My husband said to me, &ldquo;If you don't say yes to this job, someone else will and you'll always wonder if you could have or should have done it.&rdquo;</p> <h4>What did you learn from that experience?</h4> A few things. It's who you work for, not what you do or where you do it. This has been true at almost every job I've ever had. I've been so very lucky to have some of the best bosses and mentors in existence. Calculated risks are a good thing. And most importantly, I learned that picking the right partner to go through life with will pay dividends when the rubber meets the road. Had my husband not given me the nudge and support, I might have not taken the leap and that would have been a mistake.<br /> <h4>What&rsquo;s the best piece of career advice you&rsquo;ve gotten along the way?</h4> Stay focused, but be open to new ideas and surprises. I would give that same advice today and add one thing. Seek out feedback that you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear. Candid, honest feedback helps you grow and evolve.<br /> <h4>If you could change one way women support other women on their path to success, what would it be?&nbsp;</h4> There's an African proverb &ndash; If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Help one another. Listen to each other. Give each other a break. Assume the best, not the worst. And if it's ever a jump ball, pick the woman &ndash; for the opportunity, the promotion, the fun assignment. Build up the women around you and push them ahead, even if they're not quite ready. They will appreciate that you believed in them when they didn't yet believe in themselves. The guys at work do that for each other all the time. Let's take a page out of that playbook.&nbsp; <h4>Any tips for work/life integration?</h4> <p>Work life balance is always decidedly out of balance. Know who you are and what matters. That will change almost daily, especially as you become a spouse, a parent, a boss. One day you'll have the killer idea at work that changes the game. Another, you will be mom of the year for coming home early to help finish the poster on emperor penguins. Another, you plan a fun surprise for your husband's birthday. You may have to sneak out of the office to comfort the friend who suffered a loss. One night, you take your department out for a drink. You obviously can't fit that all into one day and who would want to? (It would be exhausting.) You can have it all &ndash; just not all at once. Pace yourself, trust your gut and don't be so hard on yourself.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Fill in the blank. People would be surprised to know that I &nbsp; _________</h4> <p>am the youngest of six. Being the baby is the best, except when it's not. Lots of cover from your siblings. You need to be pretty sassy and a good listener to thrive. Good training for real life.</p>2017-03-21T00:00:00-04:00{4E87E82A-C61C-45E8-B1B3-2DE43EFB4136}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/alumnae%20i%20and%20friends/2017/march/5%20ways%20to%20make%20a%20difference%20in%20your%20life5 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Life<hr /> <h5>GET YOUR CAREER ON TRACK</h5> <p>Whether you have already chosen a profession or are still trying to find your place, plenty of resources can help you grow professionally, right here at Simmons! Alumnae/i are eligible for <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=20C2D12481BA48E087E2CF3E5695D641&amp;_z=z">four complimentary career-coaching sessions</a> each year at the Career Education Center; it&rsquo;s a great opportunity to find a new career path or strengthen your commitment to your current one. If you are looking to advance into a leadership role, Simmons alumnae/i can take an Executive Education course in our Women&rsquo;s Leadership Certificate Program and <a href="https://alumnet.simmons.edu/executivediscount" target="_blank">receive a 50 percent discount</a> between now and June 30, 2017. Even if you aren&rsquo;t looking for a new career opportunity, it is always good to develop your professional network within your industry. Check out the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6588BC2FBFB14BF2AE607D5CB9435A0D&amp;_z=z">Alumnae/i and Friends calendar</a> for information about upcoming networking events.</p> <hr /> <h5>LEARN HOW TO <em>DROP THE BALL</em></h5> <p> Managing a career and family can leave you with a long to-do list. Author and former Simmons staff member Tiffany Dufu recognized that her list of tasks came with a set of expectations that were weighing her down. In her book, <em>Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less</em>, she shares how she was able to free the space she needed to meaningfully succeed at work and at home. Hear Tiffany tell her story&mdash;and have her sign your copy of <em>Drop the Ball</em>&mdash; at our <a href="https://alumnet.simmons.edu/events/Drop-the-Ball" target="_blank">special event on Wednesday, April 19</a>. Visit <a href="http://tiffanydufu.com/" target="_blank">Tiffany&rsquo;s website</a> to learn more about her work. </p> <hr /> <h5>LEARN A NEW SKILL</h5> <p>You can learn a new personal or career skill right from your computer! Learn how to write software code for free from sites like <a href="https://www.codecademy.com/" target="_blank">Codeacademy</a> and <a href="https://www.freecodecamp.com/" target="_blank">FreeCodeCamp</a>. Take a class in almost any topic from <a href="https://www.coursera.org/" target="_blank">Coursera</a>, <a href="https://www.edx.org/" target="_blank">EdX</a>, and <a href="https://www.khanacademy.org/" target="_blank">Khan Academy</a>. Watch YouTube videos about how to do your own repair work around your home, or about millions of other topics available. Don&rsquo;t know what skill you want to try? Check out this list for more inspiration: <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/24-invaluable-skills-to-learn-for-free-online-this-year?utm_term=.ixMgXDXA#.mnrdYpYL" target="_blank">24 Invaluable Skills To Learn For Free Online This Year</a></p> <hr /> <h5>PLAN FOR YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE</h5> <p> Many of us find it too hard to even comprehend our current financial situation never mind thinking about retirement or other long-term financial decisions. But there are some easy steps you can take now to improve your future financial health. The first is to just understand your current financial situation. Use apps like <a href="https://www.mint.com/" target="_blank">Mint</a> to track your spending and balance that with your income. Even if you don&rsquo;t keep up with a daily or monthly budget, it is always a good idea to at least regularly review your situation. The second step is to commit to saving up for an emergency fund. Even a couple of hundred dollars saved can defray some large expenses like medical bills or car repairs which can wreck your finances if you are unprepared. Finally, look into your long-term savings options. Learn about retirement fund options through your employer or ask a financial advisor about saving in a Roth IRA. If you still have no idea what to do, start reading these <a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/saving/T065-C011-S001-10-personal-finance-blogs-worth-reading.html" target="_blank">10 personal finance blogs</a> for some down-to-earth information. </p> <hr /> <h5>PRACTICE SELF-CARE</h5> <p>Self-care looks different for every person, but at its core, self-care means doing whatever makes you feel calm, confident, and ready to take on life&rsquo;s challenges. Whether you crave excitement or quiet relaxation, take time to indulge those needs, and remember that taking some time for yourself is necessary to sustain your energy for the things you do for others. Check out <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=3939A5229F714BB2AA711B24D46964C4&amp;_z=z">these self-care tips</a> shared by our own Professor Shari Robinson-Lynk. </p> <div> <hr /> <p>How do you make a difference in yourself? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter using <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=997BA7A9672D4ADA84076B8E089D21AD&amp;_z=z">#simmsmadness</a>.</p> Make a difference at Simmons right now by making a gift during the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=9E1B6F9B9983473CB51B89942CC54C5B&amp;_z=z">Match Madness Challenge</a>. Every gift before March 31st will be matched by our generous donor. <a href="https://alumnet.simmons.edu/matchmadness">Double your impact</a> today.</div>2017-03-20T00:00:00-04:00{D133B180-0C68-41B4-8810-E89AD05DAB31}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/faculty%20and%20research/2017/march/edward%20vieiraProfessor Vieira Publishes Book on Real World Statistics<h4>What inspired you to write your book?</h4> <p>Being a positivist and perhaps a neopositivist, I believe that the world is mathematical and thus can be explained in mathematical terms. This is especially relevant today. Technology provides a great deal of data at our fingertips that allow for so much data-driven decision-making potential. We need more individuals trained in statistical analysis and analytics in order to make more effective and better decisions. We have the data, now what do they mean? The quantitative researcher is in an excellent position to effectively answer such questions.&nbsp;</p> <p>It's my hope that <span style="font-style: italic;"><a href="https://www.routledge.com/Introduction-to-Real-World-Statistics-With-Step-By-Step-SPSS-Instructions/Vieira-Jr/p/book/9781138292307" target="_blank">Introduction to Real World Statistics</a></span> will inspire individuals to study statistics and all its pragmatic wonders.</p> <h4>What makes your book stand out?</h4> <p>My years of teaching applied statistics; quantitative analysis; research methods; marketing research, and educational research led me to write <em>Introduction to Real World Statistics</em> in an understandable voice. Arguably, statistics books expend space covering statistical formulas and topics that are relatively not easily usable by introductory students or practitioners. The level of detail often becomes overwhelming and the student experiences a loss of interest. This book focuses on constructing a foundation of understanding where the student practitioner can simply learn and use statistical tools to address real world challenges throughout the book without learning formulae or unnecessary details.</p> <h4>Which features do you hope will resonate with students?</h4> <p><em>Introduction to Real World Statistics</em> is a user-friendly book designed to teach students or practitioners the fundamentals of applied statistics.&nbsp;The text does not emphasize formulas, but the practical hands-on usage of statistics as a tool for improving decision-making through knowledge discovery. Each chapter contains a 'Real World Snapshot' of statistics applied in a concrete manner related to the chapter topic. The book covers the specific steps required to run an analysis using SPSS as demonstrated through a number of real life examples across many fields of study. The book systematically discusses most basic statistics procedures and notes others so that the reader can further explore additional statistical options.&nbsp;</p> <p>Additionally, the appendices contain information about study designs, research goals and objectives, more information about regression, and a number of other common statistical procedures. In short, the book provides a &ldquo;handbook&rdquo; range of how-to information about basic statistics. It makes use of different teaching and learning opportunities that will engage students because they are practical, relatable, concrete, and understandable.</p> <h4>How do you think the field of statistics is evolving today?</h4> <p>Well, statistics, and basic statistics in particular, is one of those areas where widespread innovation comes slowly. Although, there have been some intriguing developments relative to sampling, analyzing missing data, regression and advanced modeling techniques, the noticeable innovations are occurring in the teaching of applied statistics. Some professors are exploring teaching statistics using a graphic novel approach, or, in the case of some of my mentors, using video games to teach the subject. With the relatively low cost availability of new and constantly evolving software and hardware, these are exciting times for pedagogy.</p> <h4>Tell us an unusual fact about yourself and your teaching.</h4> <p>I have a Charlie McCarthy doll in my office, which gazes at the entrance to my office, a fact that my undergraduate students find disquieting.</p> <h4>Fill in the blank: I love my students because...</h4> <p>Simmons students are the best in the world! They think out of the box in exciting ways and are open to new ideas. At the same time, they stand by their convictions, values, and beliefs &mdash; all of which make them unique individuals.</p> <h4>What's your favorite class to <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=5ADD0BFDD5ED4090B56F41050E8F7FC0&amp;_z=z">teach</a> at Simmons?</h4> <p>This is a challenging and intriguing question. I would say that Consumer Psychology and Behavior is my favorite class. Understanding consumerism from cognitive, emotional and behavioral perspectives is important both as a for-profit or non-profit marketer and as a consumer.</p> <p>Marketing and consumer psychology and behavior is a fascinating area where students and practitioners who have a strong interest in psychology can apply it in the marketplace. This is especially relevant in the growing online and social media environments. Clearly, practitioners with a substantive understanding of the consumer are in demand and have opportunities for career advancement in a broad range of areas.</p> <h4>What's next for you?</h4> <p>I have three projects currently under development:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>I have plans to develop an introductory statistical textbook that largely relies on graphics such as images and flowcharts accompanied with text bubbles. Its focus is the visual learner.&nbsp;</li> <li>I am developing an intermediate level statistics textbook, which drills down into the nuances and details of basic statistical concepts covered in an introductory textbook where topics like residual analysis is discussed in detail and various types of regression using categorical and/or continuous data and different methods of estimation are explored.&nbsp;</li> <li>I've been developing a method for analyzing text content using network analysis. Through the usage of communication network principles, these measures combine the producer (messaging) and the reader (information processing) perspectives by examining not only word co-occurrences, but co-occurrences in sentence and paragraph structures so that larger linked clusters of meaning or themes can be discovered and the connections and strength of these themes can be studied to determine overall motifs.</li> </ul>2017-03-20T00:00:00-04:00{EE1F9DE7-2E17-44E6-A64A-EBF0B940A0BF}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20management/2017/march/som%20students%20travel%20to%20chileSimmons SOM students explore Chile!<p>Over Spring break, a group of <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6ED072F5A08A4527AB2862B768F1FA1E&amp;_z=z">School of Management</a> students accompanied by Professor's <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=1513DF89F273402E9530E3C26FD1EFC9&amp;_z=z">Teresa Nelson</a> and <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=CC4A25AA93CC4498A477F688B30F8E71&amp;_z=z">Areen Shahbari</a>, traveled to Chile and had the opportunity to explore and understand Chile&rsquo;s economy, its entrepreneurial ecosystem, the role of women in growing the economy, and the position of small nations like Chile within a global landscape.</p> Students who went on the trip were asked to share their experiences. Below are some of their personal comments. <div><br /> <div> <div> <p><em>"The SOM trip to Chile was fantastic! It was an excellent mix of learning about the country in general, and hearing from professionals about the economy and the push for innovation. We met a few small business owners, as well as high level professionals. Every speaker was fantastic. And exploring Chile was amazing. It was interesting to learn how this small country has made such strong gains in the last several years, positioning itself as a top international startup hub. &nbsp;In addition, every student on the trip was a joy to travel with. All of the women were smart and insightful, and we all actively soaked up every minute of the trip. Areen and Teresa are simply phenomenal professors, and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to take this travel course with them". &nbsp;-<strong>Christina Margiotta</strong></em></p> <p><em><em>"To me it is always incredible to see how entrepreneurial culture varies depending on geographic location and other social and economic factors. For instance, here in the U.S. we have easier access to information about how to start your own business through social media, universities, special programs or events and literature; in other places like Chile, there are limited resources in terms of entrepreneurial resources. On the other hand, a huge move has been made towards more innovative and entrepreneurial culture in Chile. One great example is the Start-up Chile program founded by the Chilean government in Santiago. This program attracts entrepreneurs from all over the world with the main focus on changing the country&rsquo;s culture. So far over 60 countries are involved in Start-Up Chile and the number keeps growing. When we visited the Start-Up Chile office, the program&rsquo;s representative said, &ldquo;Why would the Chilean government found a program like this? Well, we thought if we (Chileans) can&rsquo;t go to other countries, we should bring other countries to Chile!&rdquo; &nbsp;-</em><em><em><strong>Kristina Iaccarino</strong></em></em><br /> <br /> </em></p> </div> <div> <p><em><img alt="SOM students in Chili" src="~/media/FC71ABFC051646B6816D9B0A869114BC.ashx?h=343&amp;w=400" style="width: 400px; height: 343px;" /></em></p> <p><em>"Chile was a fascinating experience in which I learned about the role of policy, geography, gender, and culture on the economy. We explored what it is like to own a small business and launch a sta</em><em>rt-up in Chile by talking to Chileans themselves. This travel course&nbsp;</em><em>was an invaluable experience". &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</em><em>-<strong>Meg McCleary</strong></em></p> <p><em> "I loved our Chilean experience abroad! It was a great way to get to know my classmates and experience a new culture with new/old friends, especially trying out all of the cuisine. The most beautiful portion of the trip was vi</em><em>siting Valparaiso, which is located about an hour and a half from Santiago. There was an abundant amount of street art and culture engulfing the streets, it was an awesome experience. I would 100% go back in a heartbeat if I had the chance".&nbsp; </em></p> <p><em><em>-</em><strong>Jillian Augusta</strong></em></p> <em> </em></div> <em> <map id="rade_img_map_1489786447879" name="rade_img_map_1489786447879"> <area shape="RECT" coords="10,10,30,30" href="http://" /> <area shape="CIRCLE" coords="20,20,10" /> <area shape="CIRCLE" coords="130,78,73" href="http://" /></map></em></div> <em> <map id="rade_img_map_1489787449422" name="rade_img_map_1489787449422"> <area shape="CIRCLE" coords="133,115,100" href="http://" /> <area shape="CIRCLE" coords="153,66,1" /></map></em></div>2017-03-20T00:00:00-04:00{F6694DF0-CA55-462B-9D7A-93744523E3D8}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/college%20of%20arts%20and%20sciences/2017/march/shayne%20zaslowShayne Zaslow ‘11GS: The GCS Program Is Very Unique<h4>What did you study at Simmons?</h4> I completed a dual degree program to earn my <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=900098C0532A416B93B59FC1F0654B22&amp;_z=z">MA in Gender/Cultural Studies</a> and my MS in Communications Management. My areas of academic focus were media studies, popular culture, queer theory, and feminist theory.<br /> <h4>What attracted you to the MA in Gender/Cultural Studies (GCS) program at Simmons?</h4> Before applying to PhD programs, I wanted to get further exposure to the specific areas of scholarship in which I planned to pursue study.<br /> <h4>How did Simmons prepare you for your current position or studies?</h4> The GCS program allowed me to develop a strong theoretical background in cultural studies, queer theory, and feminist theory, preparing me to be a better PhD candidate. I was able to enter UVA with a clear direction of where I wanted my academic career to go and where I wanted to focus my studies.<br /> <h4>In your experience, what was the best feature of the program?</h4> Without a doubt, the best part of the program was the ability to work closely with faculty members and get to know them personally. I received incredible mentoring that allowed me to develop as a scholar and as I'm working towards my PhD now, I'm even more grateful for the guidance I got during my time at Simmons. <h4>What was your favorite class at Simmons? Why?</h4> Although I enjoyed every GCS class I took, Feminist Theory was probably my favorite class. I felt like it gave me a very solid background in feminism that was essential to my research interests, and many of the works I read in Feminist Theory are pieces I continually refer back to when thinking through my own work.&nbsp; <h4>Are there any faculty members that especially impacted you in your time at Simmons?</h4> I credit much of my success at Simmons to the working relationship I developed with <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=B3DC33EDF36444CF8C5CF99F460F1231&amp;_z=z">Jo Trigilio</a>. Jo helped me grow as a scholar and was truly the best thesis advisor I could have asked for - completely supportive and encouraging of my (admittedly quirky) work, while continually providing detailed, critical feedback that allowed me to produce an end product that I am still proud of, even years after graduating. We have remained in contact since I graduated in 2011, and when I decided to apply to PhD programs in 2015, Jo was a huge help in reviewing multiple drafts of my applications, writing letters of recommendation, and making important decisions about where to go. &nbsp;<br /> <h4>What advice would you give to a prospective student who is undecided about applying to Simmons?</h4> I went to Simmons to hone my interests as a scholar and to make sure I was well suited to continue a career in academia, and I very strongly believe that Simmons provided me with the necessary tools to succeed in my current graduate program. I would encourage other prospective students in the same position to apply to the program. I think Simmons is what you make it, and if you take initiative and seek out professors who are supportive and enthusiastic about your work, you can develop as an interdisciplinary scholar and pursue your research interests with a lot of freedom and encouragement. The GCS program is very unique, so if it sounds like something you might like, it's probably a good fit for you, just like it was for me!<br /> <h4>What do you believe was your greatest accomplishment at Simmons?</h4> I am still exceedingly proud of my master's thesis, "Hades Sings Torch Songs: A Queer Reading of Villain Characters in Disney Renaissance Films (1989-1994)".&nbsp;<br /> <div><br /> </div>2017-03-17T00:00:00-04:00{CF6F3162-71F1-482A-BEB5-A74D71F44A5B}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/student%20stories/2017/march/amanda%20leoneAmanda Leone '17 Travels for Alternative Spring Break<h4>What's your major at Simmons?</h4> <p>I'm majoring in&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=DE2E53589E1241AEA3BF2FC031D31CEE&amp;_z=z">data science</a> and <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=CD310DF535F54269B29AD861C6743ECA&amp;_z=z">sociology</a>&nbsp;and minoring in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=CF0BE23FC5C84836AE39B7C709AE27CD&amp;_z=z">social work</a>.</p> <h4>What made you choose Simmons?</h4> <p>The moment I stepped on the Simmons campus I knew this would be my home for the next four years. It's not a feeling I can really explain, but I know a lot of my friends have had similar experiences. We used to call it 'Simmonsness' &mdash; a&nbsp;sense of home even though you just got here.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Tell us about your experience with community service.</h4> <p><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=486F3341B596401EBA9AA38CE9981A18&amp;_z=z">Community service</a> has been a part of my Simmons career since first year orientation when I got involved with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.jstart.org/" target="_blank">Jumpstart</a>. As a first generation college student, Simmons has given me so many opportunities. Taking that privilege and using it towards righting some serious wrongs is my way of reciprocating. I'm immensely fortunate to be in the position I'm in today.&nbsp;</p> <p>I've been involved in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=FF6D6BB285BE4C718EE4D4ACE32E0076&amp;_z=z">Alternative Spring Break</a> (ASB) all four years at Simmons, and I've been a co-leader these past two years. ASB has been my rock &mdash; something constant to look forward to and learn from. I'm always amazed at how we carry our community from Simmons to wherever we travel. The level of respect our team members show toward each other and the people who welcome us into their churches, workplaces and homes makes me so proud to say I'm a Simmons student.&nbsp;</p> <p><img height="300" alt="Alternative Spring Break 2017" width="350" src="~/media/CE344C0A1CA94C0CBB87A74BA8C1A31E.ashx" /></p> <h4>Where did Alternative Spring Break go this year?</h4> <p>We went to Valdosta, GA to work with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.valdostahabitat.org/" target="_blank">Valdosta-Lowndes County Habitat for Humanity</a>. Along with a group from Georgetown University, we built the frame of an entire house from the ground up. There were plenty of hammered thumbs and sunburns, but the sense of accomplishment at the end of the day made every sore muscle worth it. We had the privilege of meeting multiple Habitat homeowners, including the family who would be living in the house we were building.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a team we had difficult conversations on the trip about our roles, white saviorism, and balancing our own personal beliefs with those we are working with. Most of these conversations were sparked by students who were on ASB for the first time. The strength and humility of my peers never ceases to astound me. I'm just so grateful to have been a part of it.</p> <h4>What are some lessons you learned from Alternative Spring Break?</h4> <p>ASB has taught me is humbling resilience. ASB has made me question my own strength &mdash;&nbsp;mental and physical &mdash;and my teams have helped me push through those moments and become even stronger. I know who I am, what is important to me and what will give me a sense of peace and accomplishment at the end of the day.&nbsp;</p> <p><img height="300" alt="Alternative Spring Break 2017" width="350" src="~/media/3259C620745B407E9D30139F16BFEF22.ashx" /></p> <h4>What surprised you most about Alternative Spring Break?</h4> <p>I think people have misconceptions of what it means to be a Habitat homeowner. It's not a free house. The homeowners pay a monthly mortgage and utilities. They put in sweat equity hours during construction. Habitat gives people who are systematically oppressed a real chance to own a home. It gives families and children consistency and stability. &nbsp;</p> <p>It's not perfect &mdash; a Habitat employee once told me that the work they do is like pouring a bucket of water on a burning building. ASB is just a drop in that bucket, but it's a start. I hope in coming years to see an expansion of our ASB programs at Simmons and more diversity in our teams to better reflect Simmons and the communities we serve.</p> <h4>How can students get involved with Alternative Spring Break?</h4> <p>Get involved through the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=E01B592D6259450588F1481138DD165A&amp;_z=z">Scott/Ross Center</a>!</p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p>I came to Simmons as a shy first year. I found my voice on ASB and realized my leadership potential &mdash; these experiences have made me who I am today.&nbsp;</p> <p>My Simmons moment was watching others have that same experience. Particularly one of my co-leaders this year. Being a part of someone else's leadership journey and personal growth, especially someone you really care about, is transformative. Seeing our little community come together to help total strangers gives me hope.&nbsp;</p> <p>Every day I spend with these leaders is a lesson in humility. I'm immensely fortunate.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Main photo: Abby Willis and Amanda Leone</em></p> <p><em>Second photo: Hannah Hast and Amande Leone</em></p> <p><em>Third photo: Amanda Leone, Alex Itasaka and Hannah Hast</em></p>2017-03-16T00:00:00-04:00{1AC94DDC-44EE-4C31-9A68-41A283C54BB8}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/leadership%20and%20change/2017/march/roshini%20rajkumarRoshini Rajkumar on Work/Life Integration<h4></h4> <p><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=552094B419644734A66F6BDE5CC6D4C3&amp;_z=z">Roshini Rajkumar</a> is a presence engineer and personal brand strategist. She hosts<em> News &amp; Views with Roshini Rajkumar</em> on CBS Radio Minneapolis.</p> <h4>How does a sense of purpose inform and influence your work?</h4> My work is really my passion. So sharing my gifts with others is very driven by purpose. I am intentional about who I help and how I can help them. I try to help those who cross my path to take their work and community items seriously but to always keep a sense of humor about themselves.<br /> <h4> What would you say is the most daring move you've made in your career?</h4> Some people might tell you deciding to pursue a television career once I got done with law school. That was challenging and turned out to be rewarding. What I&rsquo;d say is deciding to leave TV news in 2006 to start my business as an executive coach and main-stage speaker with no client in hand or much money to my name was the most daring move I&rsquo;ve made in my professional life.<br /> <h4> What did you learn from that experience?</h4> The people I&rsquo;ve met along the way and projects clients have entrusted me to work on bring me a sense of reward that&rsquo;s hard to describe. When I made the decision to start my own business, it was to create the life I wanted to live. As long as I remember that, I&rsquo;m learning new things every day about the ways I can share my gifts with the world. With the work I do, I can teach and inspire others to share their gifts too.<br /> <h4> What&rsquo;s the best piece of career advice you&rsquo;ve gotten along the way?</h4> Never give up on yourself.<br /> <h4> If you could change one way women support other women on their path to success, what would it be?</h4> Ensure each woman owns her WOW! Then, celebrate and support other women to do the same. There is no place for jealousy or catty behavior.<br /> <h4> Any tips for work/life integration?</h4> Do what you love in work and life. Celebrate the ones you love every day. Live in the moment and not in the past. Have a martini (or good vice of your choice) whenever you want. Show gratitude every day.<br /> <h4> If you could dine with anyone, past or present, with whom would you dine and what would you like to ask him or her?</h4> My father, who passed away three weeks before I turned 12. I&rsquo;d love his reflections about my and my brother&rsquo;s paths.<br /> <h4> Fill in the blank. People would be surprised to know that I _______</h4> <p>am a klutz.</p>2017-03-15T00:00:00-04:00{7D25009E-2396-4C1D-ACA3-EAE40BFE8C34}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/campus%20life/2017/march/simmons%20recognized%20in%20prestigious%20rankingsSimmons Recognized in Prestigious Rankings<p>Simmons <a href="~/media/7231D1F07D1E4F7ABDE1C678D8760885.ashx" target="_blank">maintained</a>&nbsp;excellent rankings in the 2018 <em>U.S.News &amp; World Report</em> Best Graduate Schools edition.&nbsp;</p> <p>Simmons' exceptional <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=046E546061C5403D9626F25E63AF270F&amp;_z=z">nursing</a> program rose 18 spots compared with last year&rsquo;s ranking, and is now #115 out of 866 programs nationwide.</p> <p>In addition to the nursing program, the Simmons <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=A0E2A6BA03E8432E81E5188DA8F25C23&amp;_z=z">Library Information Science</a> (LIS) programs maintained national prominence, achieving a #12 overall ranking. Also noteworthy are the LIS rankings for the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=BC6D6412BDA14922A92EB4F9BBFB7E3A&amp;_z=z">Archives &amp; Preservation</a> (#3);&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=46F335DDF84E45918940B2F1AA5D724C&amp;_z=z">Services for Children &amp; Youth</a> (#4); <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=27177225946147D2A3513DA591BBCCDA&amp;_z=z">School Library Media</a> (#9); and <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=BE54513E04A44B5EA75C155A6BF5E85B&amp;_z=z">Digital Librarianship</a> (#12) categories. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Our combination of rigor, exceptional student experience, value, and range of programs is being recognized by national evaluators,&rdquo; said <a href="~/link.aspx _id=78AE8F7006AD4533BAC27B910E349D57&amp;_z=z">President Helen Drinan</a>. &ldquo;We believe we are achieving the attention our institution deserves.&rdquo;</p>2017-03-14T00:00:00-04:00{F8873A67-8B0C-4323-915F-B6A4F40D93FD}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/college%20of%20arts%20and%20sciences/2017/march/commtracks%20awardCommunications Department Magazine Wins AwardFor the seventh consecutive year, the Communications Department&rsquo;s annual senior magazine CommTracks won a Gold Medal in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association&rsquo;s annual competition for student publications. The 2016 issue scored 978 out of 1,000 possible points, and it won &ldquo;All Columbian&rdquo; honors in all three major categories: overall, content, and design. All Columbian honors are awarded when a publication achieves 95 percent or more of the possible points in a section, and it is the highest honor that can be received.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Of the publication, one judge wrote: "When typography is a visual and communications element, it becomes an integral part of every design. This describes the use of typography in this magazine...But it's the reporting, interviewing and storytelling that the reader remembers, no matter what facet of the theme topic is being presented. Your writers are outstanding and the editing refines the message. CommTracks is an outstanding publication and one which I really enjoy reading.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The issue, edited and designed by senior students, focused on the theme of social media. It included tips for social media branding, an argument in support of the &ldquo;selfie,&rdquo; and a discussion of the power of social media to give voice to marginalized communities.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 2016 graduates Jillian Jennett (Editor In Chief, writer, copy editor, photographer), H Donnell (writer, social media), Leah Kossak (writer, advertising), Ana Saavedra (writer, designer), Celine Sanborn (writer, designer, videography/audio), Jessie Kuenzel (copy editor), Katie Sittig-Boyd (copy editor), Savannah Young (art director), Rachel Corning (designer), Clare Pak (designer), and Simone Coleman (videography/audio) worked on the publication. Professors Andy Porter and Judy Richland served as editorial and design advisors.&nbsp;<br /> <div><br /> </div>2017-03-13T00:00:00-04:00{4521451A-CB3A-4C90-8BFA-3D4DF814731C}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/faculty%20accomplishments/2017/march/faculty%20accomplishmentsFaculty Accomplishments<style> </style> <p>Our faculty are actively engaged in their fields. They publish intriguing research articles, exhibit original artwork, share their expertise at major conferences &mdash; and so much more!</p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=5E1E1FFA10EF4D5DBA0C12EB73206E17&amp;_z=z">Eileen Abels</a></strong>, Library and Information Science, did a pre-conference workshop titled <a href="http://www.alise.org/alise-2017-conference-pre-conference-workshop">&ldquo;Pedagogical (Re)-Vision: From Concept to Course&rdquo;</a> at the annual conference for the Association for Library and Information Science Educators in Atlanta, Jan. 17.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=5B17656D1CE542A6AA538F3C49C28BBF&amp;_z=z">Janet Ceja</a></strong>, Library and Information Science, presented a paper titled <a href="https://alise2017.sched.com/event/92ni/session-73-a-juried-paper-developing-a-community-engaged-model-of-scholarship-in-archival-studies">&ldquo;Developing a Community Engaged Model of Scholarship in Archival Studies&rdquo;</a> at the annual conference for the Association for Library and Information Science Educators in Atlanta, Jan. 20.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=B9F24F41D8894721B53AA583EF6415DA&amp;_z=z">Monica Colon-Aguirre</a></strong>, Library and Information Science, presented a paper titled <a href="https://alise2017.sched.com/event/92lF/session-31-c-juried-paper-identifying-the-key-stakeholders-in-lis-schools-mission-statements-who-do-we-serve">&ldquo;Identifying the Key Stakeholders in LIS School&rsquo;s Mission Statements: Who Do We Serve?&rdquo;</a> at the annual conference for the Association for Library and Information Science Educators in Atlanta, Jan. 18.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6D54B05E484A4F3A8871D52F1AEDDAE6&amp;_z=z">Melanie Kimball</a></strong>, Library and Information Science, co-presented a presentation titled <a href="https://alise2017.sched.com/event/8zIU/session-23-sig-community-engagement-social-responsibilities-frameworks-for-pedagogy-and-praxis">&ldquo;Community Engagement &amp; Social Responsibilities: Frameworks for Pedagogy and Praxis&rdquo;</a> at the annual conference for the Association for Library and Information Science Educators in Atlanta, Jan. 18.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=113637B1FFC846598F41CE47D596335A&amp;_z=z">Megan Lambert</a></strong>, Children&rsquo;s Literature, had picture book, <em>Real Sisters Pretend</em> (Tilbury House 2016), named a <a href="http://www.cbcbooks.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Notable-Social-Studies-Trade-Books-for-Young-People-2017-Preview-1.pdf">2017 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People</a> by the National Council on the Social Studies and the Children&rsquo;s Book Council, Jan. 24. Lambert&rsquo;s book was also selected for the University of Wisconsin-Madison&rsquo;s <a href="http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/Choices_17_list.pdf">Cooperative Children&rsquo;s Book Center Choices 2017 list</a>, Jan. 18.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong><img alt="Lynch's work &quot;Funny Money&quot;" class="image-right" src="~/media/07B251FA496648D28CF857DEEA1B6FA0.ashx?h=229&amp;w=301" style="height: 229px; width: 301px; float: right; margin-left: 10px;" /><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=A81ADD9060234801AF752BA60498C208&amp;_z=z">Bridget Lynch</a>, </strong>Art and Music, has art titled &ldquo;Funny Money&rdquo; (pictured right) on exhibit at the <a href="http://www.ccmoa.org/">Cape Cod Museum of Art</a>, Dennis, Mass., from March 10 to May 14.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C1D838E703C04F3580A67804DE899EBA&amp;_z=z">James Matarazzo</a></strong>, Library and Information Science, co-wrote an article titled <a href="http://www.ifla.org/files/assets/hq/publications/ifla-journal/ifla-journal-42-3_2016.pdf">&ldquo;Leadership in Disruptive Times&rdquo;</a> in the peer-reviewed <em>IFLA Journal</em>, Oct. 3, 2016.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F41C378C983942DDB9E195EAD4613EEC&amp;_z=z">Colin Rhinesmith</a></strong>, Library and Information Science, co-presented a presentation titled <a href="https://alise2017.sched.com/event/92n9/session-64-sig-trends-in-the-ethics-of-community-engagement">&ldquo;Trends in the Ethics of Community Engagement&rdquo;</a> at the annual conference for the Association for Library and Information Science Educators in Atlanta, Jan. 19.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=1831F3495F5046B69D0096E9832A9551&amp;_z=z">Charlene Spiceland</a></strong>, Management, was elected by Southeast Region of the American Accounting Association as its Paper Chair for 2016-17, Jan. 1. Spiceland was also named to the <a href="https://www.nasba.org/mc/committees/education/">Education Committee of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy</a>, Jan. 1. Additionally, Spiceland was recently appointed by the Institute of Management Accountants as the Campus Advocate for Simmons College, Feb. 1. Spiceland co-wrote two articles, titled &ldquo;A Teaching Practicum/Professional Development Course as an Integral Component of a Ph.D. Program&rdquo; in the peer-reviewed journal <em>Issues In Accounting Education</em>, November 15, 2016; and &ldquo;Accounting Quality, Debt Covenant Design, and the Cost of Debt&rdquo; in the peer-reviewed journal <em>Review of Quantitative Finance And Accounting</em>, November 15, 2016.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=3460B42C77EB401CBA6F1CA72F2D8833&amp;_z=z">Rong Tang</a></strong>, Library and Information Science, presented research findings titled &ldquo;Usability and User Experience Research&rdquo; at the 2017 New England Chapter for the Association for Information Science and Technology conference on service design, at Simmons College, Jan. 12. Tang also co-presented a presentation titled <a href="https://alise2017.sched.com/event/92mi/session-53-sig-making-international-connections-expanding-awareness-of-non-north-american-lis-education">&ldquo;Making International Connections: Expanding Awareness of Non-North American LIS Education&rdquo;</a> at the 2017 New England Chapter for the Association for Information Science and Technology (NEASIST) conference on service design in Atlanta, Jan. 19.</li> </ul> <p><em>Do you have an accomplishment you&rsquo;d like to share? Don&rsquo;t see yours listed? Submit it </em><a href="https://docs.google.com/a/simmons.edu/forms/d/140z70INtzej146y1IZqsELV6Xll99k-g5q1MnL-VURU/viewform#start=invite"><em>here</em></a><em>.</em></p>2017-03-13T00:00:00-04:00{D3786ABC-1738-43A4-B905-591DCD79D7C9}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/march/knowles%20wins%20beta%20phi%20mu%20awardEm Claire Knowles Wins Beta Phi Mu Award<p>Dr. Em Claire Knowles, Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs, has been awarded the annual Beta Phi Mu Award, given "in recognition of the achievement of a library school faculty member or another individual for distinguished service to education for librarianship." Knowles has served as advisor to the Beta Beta Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the International Library &amp; Information Studies Honor Society, and will serve on the national board. She will receive the award at the annual conference of the American Library Association on June 25 in Chicago, during the ALA Awards/President's program.</p> <p>In her award letter, she was told the following: "The award jury felt that your significant contributions to education in librarianship make you an exemplary recipient of this award.&nbsp; Of particular note are the decades you have spent actively working to diversify our profession through efforts such as the Spectrum [Scholars] Program, the countless students and alumni you have mentored and guided as they found their way in our field, and the impact your scholarship has had both nationally and internationally. It is clear that you embody the spirit of Beta Phi Mu award."</p> <p>Congratulations to Dr. Knowles, for her continued support of SLIS students and the LIS profession.&nbsp;</p>2017-03-10T00:00:00-05:00{54646D6C-5F26-4EA1-96E5-14A4C10D7C16}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/alumnae%20i%20and%20friends/2017/march/5%20ways%20to%20make%20a%20difference%20in%20your%20community5 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Community<h5><hr /> </h5> <h5>CALL OR VISIT YOUR NATIONAL AND STATE REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS</h5> &ldquo;It is important for every person to speak out about what they care about because we listen. Get to know your representatives, tell them about what you know and your priorities, and most importantly, tell them what you want them to do about it..&rdquo; &ndash; Allyson Y. Schwartz &rsquo;70, &rsquo;08 HD, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 13th district and currently the President &amp; CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance. &nbsp; <hr /> <h5>ATTEND EVENTS AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY</h5> <p> Public libraries provide so much more to their communities than free books or computer access! Most libraries host readings from local or traveling authors, or host special children&rsquo;s events. They are also great meeting spaces for lectures, book clubs, or other community gatherings. Talk to your local librarian about what your library can offer.</p> <hr /> <h5>BUY FROM A LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESS</h5> Supporting a locally owned business is way to invest in your community by strengthening the organizations that keep it running. When you buy a locally made product or use a service provided by a small business, your money goes directly to your neighbors, who can then invest in your community as well. <hr /> <h5>BECOME A MENTOR</h5> <p> Becoming a mentor doesn&rsquo;t always have to be a formal process, although many professional and community organizations offer mentoring programs. Groups like&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bbbs.org/">Big Brothers Big Sisters</a>&nbsp;can help connect you to children in your area that need a caring adult, but sometimes, becoming (or finding) a mentor is as simple as sending an email or making a phone call to someone you want to network with and continuing to keep in touch. &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h5>SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER</h5> Volunteering your time and skills is a great way to give back to your community and build your own local network. Hospitals, nursing homes, and animal shelters are a great place to start looking for opportunities to serve. If you&rsquo;re looking for something a little different, several websites can match you with volunteer opportunities in your local area:&nbsp; <div> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.idealist.org/" target="_blank">Idealist</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.volunteermatch.org/" target="_blank">Volunteer Match</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pointsoflight.org/" target="_blank">Points of Light</a></li> </ul> <p>April 29 is the National Day of Service. Check out some of our <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=D52232D637A6431ABE66AC5A1E68918D&amp;_z=z">regional networks</a> to find Simmons alumnae/i in your area that you can team up with to plan a volunteer project.</p> <hr /> <p>How do you make a difference in your community? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter using <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=997BA7A9672D4ADA84076B8E089D21AD&amp;_z=z">#simmsmadness</a>.</p> Make a difference at Simmons right now by making a gift during the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=9E1B6F9B9983473CB51B89942CC54C5B&amp;_z=z">Match Madness Challenge</a>. Every gift before March 31st will be matched by our generous donor. <a href="https://alumnet.simmons.edu/matchmadness">Double your impact</a> today.</div>2017-03-09T00:00:00-05:00{AF974719-EE48-400B-A20E-7681B30E32E7}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/leadership%20and%20change/2017/march/the%20time%20for%20action%20is%20nowSimmons Hosts International Women’s Day Celebration<p>&ldquo;We are in this together,&rdquo; said Alejandra St. Guillen, director of the Mayor&rsquo;s Office of Immigrant Advancement. &ldquo;We have allies and we need to let people lead the way in what they know how to do.&rdquo;</p> <p>St. Guillen&rsquo;s message was among several calls to action by the speakers at the 20th annual Boston-area International Women&rsquo;s Day Celebration titled &ldquo;Responding to Changing Policies: Engaging Women&rsquo;s Voices.&rdquo; More than 100 people attended the event held in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center at Simmons College, which has hosted the event since 2001.</p> <p>Panelists also included Chastity Bowick, co-director of the Transgender Emergency Fund; Zeyneb Pervane Magavi, co-coordinator, Mothers Out Front; and Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, an internationally recognized attorney who works to raise awareness of threats of violence facing the Muslim community. The event was moderated by Sylvia Ferrell-Jones, President and CEO, YW Boston.</p> <p>Bowick spoke about her advocacy on behalf of the transgender community, <img style="float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-top: 10px;" height="227" alt="IWD 2017 panelists smiling" width="288" src="~/media/B44AA24A3CDB49349E297088AC4A0E3B.ashx" />describing the need for resources and support with issues including health care and housing. She invited participants to join her at a march for transgender rights in Louisiana that is being organized for August 8. &ldquo;The time for action is now,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our relationship-based approach doesn&rsquo;t just build community, it builds power,&rdquo; said Magavi, who described the work of Mothers Out Front, an advocacy group working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. Magavi encouraged participants to reach out to their elected officials and urge them to support legislation that would help reduce gas leaks and protect consumers from paying for unaccounted for gas.</p> <p>Jill Ashton, director of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, provided closing remarks, as well as Marie Turley, senior policy analyst for women and senior programs at the Suffolk County Sheriff&rsquo;s Department, who gave a brief history of the event and recognized the event&rsquo;s founders including Diane Hammer, Simmons&rsquo; Director of <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=2A9BD3E4E6B7483F901E38CFB962DE7C&amp;_z=z">Community Engagement</a>.</p> <p>The celebration included attendees from organizations that serve greater Boston including the Big Sister Association, the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, the Massachusetts National Organization of Women, and the Women&rsquo;s International League for Peace &amp; Freedom.</p> <p>International Women&rsquo;s Day is celebrated annually on March 8 and has been recognized for more than 100 years by countries and women&rsquo;s organizations around the world. Each year thousands of events are held on this date to serve an inspiration for women everywhere, as well as to celebrate their great achievements.</p> <p><em>(Top: <em>Tahirah Amatul-Wadud takes the podium next to fellow panelists&nbsp;<em>Alejandra St. Guillen, Chastity Bowick, and Zeyneb Pervane Magavi.&nbsp;Right:&nbsp;Alejandra St. Guillen, Sylvia Ferrell-Jones, Zeyneb Pervane Magavi, Chastity Bowick, and Tahirah Amatul-Wadud. Photo credit: Diane Hammer.)</em></p>2017-03-09T00:00:00-05:00{0498AEAC-C8E9-4D4D-930D-4186E7D912C6}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/student%20stories/2017/march/lisa%20naultLisa Nault '17: Community Service Enhances Lives<h4>What's your major at Simmons?</h4> <p>I'm a double major in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=1803A83F1C684899B6CE726722474FC9&amp;_z=z">psychology</a> and <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=3F6F1A7EF22C4EE3B87D80A8641C3CCB&amp;_z=z">communications: media arts</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What made you choose Simmons?</h4> <p>Simmons wasn't on my radar when I first started applying to colleges. When I was accepted I toured to see what Simmons was like and instantly fell in love. It had everything I wanted from a college: small but not too small, a great student-to-teacher ratio and a thriving community atmosphere.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Tell us about your work with <a href="https://www.americalearns.net/" target="_blank">America Learns</a> at Mendell Elementary.</h4> <p>When I was a first year I applied for a tutoring position for 1st-3rd graders through the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=E01B592D6259450588F1481138DD165A&amp;_z=z">Scott/Ross Center</a>. The children were incredible &mdash;&nbsp;so much personality and charm. Even on days where they struggled, I could see how hard they were trying and it was inspiring. After a year of being a tutor, I was promoted to student facilitator. Towards the end of that semester, the director of the Mendell program told me that she was leaving and suddenly I became the director. I learned leadership skills that will be applicable in any career setting.</p> <p>Applying to the America Learns program is one of the best decisions I've made at Simmons.</p> <h4>What's your favorite part of your work with America Learns?</h4> <p>The children! They are so smart and I know they're going to do great things. I love it when they solve a problem they've been stuck on for a while.</p> <h4>What are some lessons you've learned from community service?</h4> <p>I've learned what true dedication looks like: in my students, my peers and myself. I've seen children continue to work hard on their homework even when they want to hide under a table. I've seen peers remain patient and calm in difficult situations even when they're stressed.</p> <h4>Why is community service so important?</h4> <p>In a world where there are so many atrocities it's important that people still come together to help one another. The efforts can be small or large but either way the community benefits as a whole.&nbsp;</p> <p>Community service gives people a chance to enhance the lives of others as well as their own.</p>2017-03-09T00:00:00-05:00{D65D2671-ABFE-46F7-9D28-A56352B85594}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/leadership%20and%20change/2017/march/sister%20rosemary%20nyirumbeSister Rosemary Nyirumbe: Follow Your Passion<h4></h4> <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=33F9B75FE82A44939221DE046C7004C6&amp;_z=z">Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe</a> has been director of the Saint Monica Girls&rsquo; Tailoring Center in Gulu, Uganda, since 2001, providing care and rehabilitation to more than 2,000 young women who had been abducted, raped, and tortured during Joseph Kony&rsquo;s 20-year reign of terror in that country. <h4>Which female leader do you most admire? In what way has she driven change?&nbsp;</h4> Mother Teresa for her love and commitment to help the vulnerable, and her work in teaching about overcoming the mentality of stereotyping.<br /> <h4> How does a sense of purpose inform and influence your work?&nbsp;</h4> It makes me what I am &ndash; simple and ready to serve in any way I can to bring about positive change.<br /> <h4> What would you say is the most daring move you've made in your career?&nbsp;</h4> Becoming a nun and devoting myself to humanity.<br /> <h4> What did you learn from that experience?</h4> It makes me look to the downtrodden to find a way to pull them up.<br /> <h4> What&rsquo;s the best piece of career advice you&rsquo;ve gotten along the way?</h4> Follow your passion and listen to your conscience.<br /> <h4> If you could change one way women support other women on their path to success, what would it be?&nbsp;</h4> I would advise the women who have succeeded in life to see a clear path as a way forward to pull others left behind into the mainstream.<br /> <h4> What major issue do you think women should focus on to effect change?&nbsp;</h4> Finding a way to achieve the freedom of women by giving them a voice in their own language as women.<br /> <h4> Any tips for work/life integration?</h4> We should be able to find a way to contribute and find the time to effect positive change in society. To replenish, refresh, and nourish our souls, and to share that with others.<br /> <h4> If you could dine with anyone, past or present, with whom would you dine and what would you like to ask him or her?</h4> I would dine with the people who never expected to sit with me at the same table.<br /> <h4> Fill in the blank. People would be surprised to know that I _______</h4> <p>have been able to dine with kings, but I feel happiest when I see people whom I can reach and serve in a better way.</p>2017-03-08T00:00:00-05:00{58D0ED8E-A7F8-46D9-BBE4-832B29B09869}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/march/jack%20gantos%20q%20and%20aFavorite Books, Rotten Cats, and Writing Advice <p><em>SLIS welcomes our current Allen Smith Visiting Scholar, author&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.jackgantos.com/" target="_blank"><em>Jack Gantos</em></a><em>, to campus the week of March 21 for a public lecture and other student-focused events. Gantos is the acclaimed author of young adult and middle grade novels, and picturebooks. A vibrant and engaging speaker, Gantos has taught courses in children&rsquo;s book writing and children&rsquo;s literature. He is also a regular patron and supporter of the Boston Athen&aelig;um.&nbsp;</em></p> <h4>Where do you write?</h4> <p>I generally write in the library&mdash;mostly The Boston Athenaeum. It is quiet, provides all the supportive texts I could ever need, plus they have brilliant librarians that allow me to appear smarter than I am. Before writing at the Boston Athenaeum I wrote twenty books in Bates Hall, in the McKim building of the Boston Public Library. And then cell phones were invented.</p> <h4>What is your favorite children's book?</h4> <p>That is a difficult question. There are so many favorites to choose from. Is it the book that makes me jealous that I had not written it? Or is it the book which fills me with humanity because it captured me entirely? Who could not wish that they had written <em>Charlotte&rsquo;s Web</em> (by E. B. White) or <em>Frog and Toad Are Friends </em>(by Arnold Lobel).</p> <h4>What is the best question a kid ever asked you?</h4> <p>&ldquo;If your cat was so rotten why didn&rsquo;t you just give him to an enemy&mdash;like my teacher.&rdquo; Then he pointed at her. She pointed back at him, and then stood up. By then, I didn&rsquo;t have to answer.</p> <h4>What was your best school visit?</h4> <p>As in <em>Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key</em>, all the &lsquo;Joey&rsquo; boys had little safety scissors that they dangerously clip-clip-clipped all day long, and all the girls had fake blood bandages on their noses as if they were the sad Maria Dombrowski [Joey accidentally snips off the tip of her nose in the book]. </p> <p>When I left that school I felt as if I should be taking the meds. I guess you could say it was a &lsquo;creepy good&rsquo; visit.</p> <h4>What was it like to hear about your Newbury award?</h4> <p>It was early in the morning. I was feeding the cat. The phone rang. I picked it up and a roomful of librarians shouted at me! And this time it wasn&rsquo;t because my checked out book was overdue.</p> <h4>Share one piece of advice you would give to a writer.&nbsp;</h4> <p>Read more.</p> <h4>What do you wish we would ask you?</h4> <p>To tell the truth&mdash;just&nbsp;once!</p> <hr /> <p><em><strong>Want to hear more from Jack Gantos? </strong>RSVP to attend a <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-jack-gantos-tickets-31886321847" target="_blank">welcome lunch</a> on&nbsp;Monday, March 20, 12-2 p.m. in the Kotzen Room; his <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/allen-smith-visiting-scholar-public-lecture-with-jack-gantos-tickets-31482818959" target="_blank">public lecture</a> (reception following) on Tuesday, March 21, 6 p.m. in the Paresky Conference Center, or his talk the "<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jack-gantos-the-nuts-and-bolts-of-publishing-tickets-31886697972" target="_blank">Nuts and Bolts of Publishing</a>" on Thursday, March 23, 6-8 p.m. in SOM 223. All events are free of charge.&nbsp;</em></p>2017-03-08T00:00:00-05:00{46F1ADA5-1512-465C-9E56-AAD97448CF61}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/alumnae%20i%20and%20friends/2017/march/kelsea%20gildawieKelsea Gildawie '16 Pursues Her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience<h4>What was your major at Simmons?</h4> <p>I majored in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=51FCE9F4C43147E38C40992559583680&amp;_z=z">neuroscience and behavior</a> and minored in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=B4B07DB054724BC0812DA05199583B2D&amp;_z=z">biostatistics</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What graduate program are you in?</h4> <p>I'm in Northeastern University's Psychology Graduate Program, pursuing my PhD in behavioral neuroscience.&nbsp;</p> <h4>How did Simmons prepare you for graduate school?</h4> <p>Simmons provided me with so many opportunities to perform research at the undergraduate level. I was able to work in several labs &mdash;&nbsp;inside and outside of Simmons &mdash;&nbsp;including the labs of Professor&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0E259280CF7147D99013867ED2A3C34B&amp;_z=z">Amanda Carey</a> and Professor <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=5690C7A15D8245EE9A583CBCFF2B60B9&amp;_z=z">Gregory Feldman</a>, as well as the Pain Research Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital.&nbsp;</p> <p>Before I graduated, I was able to directly study nutritional neuroscience, dispositional mindfulness, and the biopsychosocial aspects of chronic pain first hand. I was also able to TA and tutor for both Biological Psychology and Introductory Statistics, which has given me invaluable teaching practice that I will be able to use in graduate school and beyond!</p> <h4>Tell us about the research you conducted while at Simmons.</h4> <p>Some of my undergraduate research, in the lab of Professor Carey, focused on the&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6E166C7A262445D3A498D93424A7EDB5&amp;_z=z">behavioral and neurological deficits</a>&nbsp;of a high-fat diet and the neuroprotective effects of anthocyanin-rich berries (such as blueberries and raspberries) on memory and cognition in mice. We explored behavioral effects of diet as well as neurological correlates, observing differences in hippocampal neurogenesis, BDNF expression and microglial activation.</p> <h4>What are your current research interests?</h4> <p>I will be spending the next five years in the <a href="http://nuweb1.neu.edu/brenhouselab/" target="_blank">Developmental Neuropsychobiology Lab</a> under Dr. Heather Brenhouse. In our lab, we use animal models to study the effects of early life stress (ELS) on neural development and the manifestation of disease later in life. </p> <p>I'm extremely interested in conducting research to further understand developmental neuroplasticity and neuroinflammation. My current research explores microglial cell morphology and activation states resulting from altered early life conditions in rats, as well as their interaction with with perineuronal nets.</p> <p>Research has shown that microglia, the resident immune cells in the brain, are a critical component of neural development and early life insults may disrupt proper microglia function, negatively affecting the brain. Perineuronal nets are components of the extracellular matrix that play a major role in regulating synaptic plasticity throughout development. I'm extremely excited to explore the role of these integral neural components in the developing brain.</p> <h4>What type of work do you hope to do after graduate school?</h4> <p>I hope to develop a career a neuroscience research and teach at the collegiate level as a professor. I want to continue learning about the structural and functional aspects of the brain and behavior and act as a mentor to future students &mdash; especially young women! &mdash; entering&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=EFC1895CC54644E29F690A455C57D171&amp;_z=z">STEM</a>&nbsp;fields such as neuroscience.</p> <h4>You started the Simmons chapter of She's the First. Can you tell us more about that?</h4> <p><a href="https://shesthefirst.org/" target="_blank">She's the First</a>&nbsp;(STF) is an amazing non-profit organization with over 200 high school and college campus chapters that form an extensive global social network to raise awareness for increased quality education for girls in low-income countries.</p> <p>I started my journey with STF in my sophomore year at Simmons as the founding president of our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/STF.Simmons/?fref=ts" target="_blank">chapter</a>. After a great deal of work and dedication from my fabulous executive board of passionate and capable Simmons students, we became an official organization on campus and went on to host some really fun events, including a #SweatforSTF Fitness Week, Global Awareness Potluck Dinner, a film screening of original STF documentaries with special guest panelist Professor <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=40CB03F0CAD445C9B64435D31F368075&amp;_z=z">Nanette Veilleux</a>&nbsp;and more!</p> <h4>What's your Simmons Moment?</h4> <p>It was during my junior year at my first big scientific conference, Experimental Biology 2015. Stepping into the Boston Convention Center to hundreds of vendors and posters with Professor Carey and two other amazing and hardworking undergraduate researchers was an unforgettable experience.&nbsp;</p> <p>Presenting our research to fellow scientists and learning from seasoned researchers from around the country was the culmination of my hard work at Simmons and I will always be grateful to the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=EAFB65DBCF384C8B9EDB6347486D6557&amp;_z=z">Psychology Department</a> for allowing me to experience this conference, as well as for continuously supporting me throughout college and into graduate school.&nbsp;</p>2017-03-07T00:00:00-05:00{0FCCDEF5-011F-488A-B871-905D664A2231}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/college%20of%20arts%20and%20sciences/2017/march/stephen%20ortegaProfessor Ortega On The History Graduate Program<h4>What do you teach in the graduate program at Simmons?</h4> <p> I teach three graduate classes: 9/11 Narratives, Encounters: Contact, Connections and Conflict, and Collective Memory. The first two classes look to understand East/West contact within a comprehensive framework and seek to break down barriers between parts of the world that are thought to be fundamentally different from a cultural standpoint. While 9/11 Narratives examines contemporary issues related to the events of September 11, 2001 in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., the Encounters course covers many types of cross-cultural contact from the pre-modern period to the present, including Marco Polo&rsquo;s and Ibn Batutta&rsquo;s travels and novels such as Orhan Pamuk&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Snow</em>. &nbsp;I co-teach the Collective Memory class with Jeannette Bastian from our School of Library and Information Science. The course examines different ways that societies or groups of people understand the past. It&rsquo;s a lot of fun to teach because Jeannette and I approach topics from different disciplinary perspectives. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <h4>What are your areas of academic and research interest?</h4> I consider myself to be a Mediterranean and a world historian. I have written two books: <em>Negotiating Transcultural Relations in the Early Modern Mediterranean: Ottoman-Venetian Relations</em> and a co-authored textbook, <em>The Thinking Past: Questions and Problems in World History</em>. <em>Negotiating Transcultural Relations</em> looks at the decentralized nature of power in Ottoman-Venetian exchange, and <em>The Thinking Past&nbsp;</em>considers such questions as: Was Greece the first democracy? What is an empire? Both works emphasize the importance of looking at regional and global connections. As our need to understand a more integrated world expands, trans-national and trans-imperial studies provide a window into relationships that explain contact across cultural and political boundaries.&nbsp;<em><br /> </em>Along similar lines, I recently published an article on the use of video games in understanding trans-cultural history. As people acquire more of their knowledge of other parts of the world through different media, historians need to think further about the how media like games affect historical consciousness. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <h4>What led you to pursue a career teaching history?</h4> <p>I chose to pursue a career in history because I wanted to be involved in a profession that tried to tackle some of the world&rsquo;s most complex problems. In my classes we consider questions about the nature of violence, the problem of inequality and the effects of colonialism. I think that an understanding of history is essential to comprehending both our present and our future. As a historian, I enter into discussions with many different people who feel that contemporary politics need to be better informed by the effects and the consequences of long-term historical developments. &nbsp;</p> <h4>Tell us about the History Department at Simmons.</h4> <p>We are a pretty eclectic bunch in the Simmons History Department. Zhigang Liu teaches East Asian history; Sarah Leonard teaches European history; and Laura Prieto and Steve Berry teach American history. We also bring in other professors like Laurie Crumpacker and Nicole Eaton to teach important classes such as the American Renaissance and Sites of History, a course in which students spend a lot of time visiting historical locations in and around Boston. I know that I speak for my colleagues as well when I say that the History Department is a place where we value the ideas and the opinions of all of our students. I also consider it to be a space where a rigorous exchange of ideas takes place both in and outside the classroom. &nbsp;</p> <h4>What do graduates of the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=D25D31BB3159426B8FC02CCC5EF6EC92&amp;_z=z">MA in History</a> program go on to do?</h4> <p> Our History MA graduates go on to pursue PhDs in history; teach at the K-12 level; and work in museums, in research positions, and in historical tourism. Tourism is one of the world&rsquo;s largest industries and in cities like Boston, historical tourism is a major draw. Several of our students have used their MA in History degrees to find jobs in the tourism field, and I think we'll see this as a growing trend. We have been able to enhance our students&rsquo; chances of finding work by helping them with internship placements. When combined with internship experience, the academic skills gained in a history program such as critical thinking, researching and writing become a very attractive combination for employers.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What's your favorite book?</h4> I cannot say that I have one favorite book. A book I read recently that I loved was Rumi&rsquo;s <em>Masnavi</em>. Exposure to the writings of a medieval Sufi poet was an experience that took me out of my comfort zone and made me consider a life experience that was very different from my own. Trying to confront true cultural difference can be an incredibly rewarding experience. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <h4>Fill in the blank: My favorite travel destination is ___&nbsp;</h4> Barcelona.&nbsp;<br /> <h4>Fill in the blank: The goal at the top of my "bucket list" is ___&nbsp;</h4> to see the Himalayas.&nbsp;<br /> <div><br /> </div>2017-03-06T00:00:00-05:00{AC78B08C-4402-48BF-B713-438050365370}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/leadership%20and%20change/2017/march/when%20they%20go%20low%20we%20go%20local"When They Go Low, We Go Local"<p>&ldquo;If you are thinking about [running for office], you need to stop thinking about it, and start planning,&rdquo; said At-Large Boston City Councilor Anissa Essaibi-George. The councilor was a featured panelist on March 1 at &ldquo;When They Go Low, We Go Local,&rdquo; a Student Government Association (SGA) sponsored event that kicked off Women&rsquo;s-Centered College Week and Women&rsquo;s History Month.</p> <p>Moderated by Senior Class President Kaitlyn Maloney &rsquo;17 and SGA President Taylor Lewis &rsquo;17, more than 50 students, faculty, and staff attended the event, held in the Linda K. Paresky Center. Joining Councilor Essabi-George as panelists were State Representative Chynah Tyler; Rosy Gonzalez &rsquo;07, a vice president at Northwind Strategies; Natalie Kaufman &rsquo;11, Chief of Staff to Jamaica Plain State Representative Liz Malia; and D.B. Reiff &rsquo;82SM, communications director for Councilor Essaibi-George.</p> <p>Representative Tyler, who represents part of the Roxbury and Fenway neighborhoods of Boston, including Simmons College, advised women to &ldquo;get out there and challenge the status quo.&rdquo;&nbsp;Representative Tyler, who recently turned 28 and is the only African American woman serving&nbsp;in the Massachusetts House, also encouraged women to &ldquo;get comfortable with being the &lsquo;only&rsquo; and really focus on the idea that you can compete.&rdquo; </p> <p>The discussion, which included questions from the audience, covered a wide range of topics including barriers faced by women in public life; the importance of state and local government; how students can effectively engage in civic life; as well as campaigning, fundraising, and the importance of volunteers and staff.</p> <p><em>(From left to right:&nbsp;At-Large Boston City Councilor Anissa Essaibi-George; Rosy Gonzalez &rsquo;07; Taylor Lewis &rsquo;17; Communications Director for Councilor Essaibi-George, D.B. Reiff &rsquo;82SM; Chief of Staff State Representative Malia,&nbsp;Natalie Kaufman &rsquo;11; Kaitlyn Maloney &rsquo;17; and State Representative Chynah Tyler.)</em></p>2017-03-06T00:00:00-05:00{6F45E94D-DF07-4BBF-9DE6-B38AC371DB1F}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/alumnae%20i%20and%20friends/2017/march/4%20easy%20ways%20to%20make%20a%20difference%20online4 Easy Ways to Make a Difference Online<h5><hr /> </h5> <h5>USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO CONNECT TO CAUSES</h5> &ldquo;Heading online can be one of the easiest ways to make a difference or participate in actions around the country. Some actions are as easy as following a local nonprofit on Facebook to learn more about events in your area. You might take time out of your day to participate in a Twitter conversation using a trending hashtag that you care about. If you have resources, it is also easy to donate online to nonprofits doing great work! Online action may seem small at times, but small steps add up.&rdquo; &ndash; Annie Thompson &rsquo;11, Social Media Lead &amp; Digital Content Specialist at Simmons College&nbsp; <div> <div> <div> <hr /> <h5>CONNECT WITH FELLOW SIMMONS ALUMNAE/I</h5> Simmons alumnae/i are all over the world! You can join one of our regional Facebook groups to make connections with alumnae/i in your area. You can also just take a minute to look up an old friend and reconnect on social media or through our alumnae/i directory!<hr /> <h5>SUBSCRIBE TO A LOCAL PAPER</h5> Many local newspapers offer online subscriptions that allow you unlimited access to their content. Buying an online subscription not only helps connect you to local information, it supports the work of the journalists who cover the news in your community.<hr /> <h5>SIGN UP FOR AN EMAIL LIST</h5> Most active nonprofits use email to regularly update their followers about key issues. You can also sign up to receive articles and news from a professional organization in your career field to keep up with the latest news and tips. &nbsp;<hr /> <p>How do you make a difference online? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter using #simmsmadness.</p> Make a difference at Simmons right now by making a gift during the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=9E1B6F9B9983473CB51B89942CC54C5B&amp;_z=z">Match Madness Challenge</a>. Every gift before March 31st will be matched by our generous donor. <a href="https://alumnet.simmons.edu/matchmadness">Double your impact</a> today.</div> </div> </div>2017-03-03T00:00:00-05:00{75DC8C99-E04D-4FE6-9AC4-AC5E267F6EE9}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/leadership%20and%20change/2017/march/simmons%20among%20peace%20corps%20top%20volunteer%20producing%20collegesSimmons Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges<p>The Peace Corps announced that Simmons ranked No. 13 among small schools on the agency&rsquo;s <a href="http://files.peacecorps.gov/university-rankings/2017/topschools2017.pdf" target="_blank">2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list</a>. There are 10 Simmons alumni currently volunteering worldwide.</p> <p>At Simmons, service is a <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/about-simmons/why-simmons/community-engagement" target="_blank">College-wide commitment</a>.&nbsp;Laini Cassis graduated from Simmons in 2014 and currently serves as an environment volunteer in a rural village in Zambia. &ldquo;Simmons prepared me for Peace Corps through its vibrant service community,&rdquo; Cassis explained. &ldquo;Also, Simmons' focus on gender equality and activism definitely propelled me to think about my role as a global citizen."</p> <p>&ldquo;In my community, mothers are learning about home gardening techniques for improved family nutrition, as well as building fuel-efficient cookstoves made from local resources. Boys and girls are motivated to care for the trees they have planted,&rdquo; she added.</p> <p>This is the second consecutive year that Simmons has appeared among the top rankings of small schools nationwide. Since the Peace Corps&rsquo; founding in 1961, 145 Simmons alumni have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers.</p>2017-03-03T00:00:00-05:00{C8B30D5C-3B2B-48D0-8146-91BDEE363F24}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/march/slis%20community%20news%20february%202017SLIS Community News, February 2017<p><strong>Faculty</strong></p> <p>Professor &amp; Director <strong>Jeanette Bastian</strong> and Senior Lecturer&nbsp;<strong>Rebecka Sheffield</strong> have published chapters in a new book, Heather MacNeil and Terry Eastwood, eds.&nbsp;<em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Currents-Archival-Thinking-Heather-MacNeil/dp/1440839085" target="_blank">Currents of Archival Thinking</a></em>, 2e. Libraries Unlimited. Chapter 13: GLAMs, LAMs, and Archival Perspectives 327 Jeannette A. Bastian. Chapter 14: Community Archives 351 Rebecka Sheffield.&nbsp;</p> <p>Assistant Professor <strong>Janet Ceja</strong> will be working with a visiting scholar from Mexico in March. Lefteris Becerra Correa attends the Universidad Aut&oacute;noma de Baja California Sur in Mexico where he is earning an MA in the area of development, sustainability, and globalization.&nbsp;He'll be here&nbsp;for the month of March working on his thesis, which addresses how audiovisual archives can leverage digital technology and the appropriate legal frameworks to contribute to the sustainable development of regional culture in Mexico.</p> <p>Congratulations to <strong>Laura Saunders</strong>, who will be promoted to Associate Professor as of July 1, 2017.</p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Rong Tang</strong> and Assistant Professor <strong>Kyong Eun Oh</strong> have co-authored a paper entitled "Mobile News Information Behavior of Undergraduate and Graduate Students in the U.S.: An Exploratory Study," and the was accepted to appear at iConference 2017. Rong Tang will be presenting their paper at the conference on&nbsp;March 23, 2017&nbsp;in Wuhan, China.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Students</strong></p> <p>Members of SoCS (Students of Color at Simmons SLIS) attended the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reformanortheast.org/" target="_blank">REFORMA NE</a>&nbsp;chapter meeting on February 10 at the Healey Library, University of Massachusetts, Boston. <strong>Bridgett Pride</strong>, <strong>Jules Thompson</strong>,<strong> Anais Alvarez</strong>, and<strong> Sylmari Burgos</strong> met with REFORMA members from MA, CT, NY, PA and learned about their scholarship opportunities for graduate students who are REFORMA members, as well as some of the events they are sponsoring this Spring, including the <a href="http://www.reformanortheast.org/13th-annual-joint-mini-conference--multicultural-books-and-talent-fair.html" target="_blank">13th annual Joint-Mini Conference &amp; Multicultural Books and Talent Fair</a>. The Joint Conference is a free event (RSVP only) and they are accepting presentation proposals still.</p> <p><strong>Alumni</strong></p> <p><strong>Jane Sanchez </strong>&rsquo;76LS named <a href="https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-17-014/" target="_blank">Law Librarian of Congress</a>. The appointment was announced by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on February 1, effective February 5. From the Library of Congress website: &ldquo;S&aacute;nchez, who holds a Juris Doctor degree in addition to a master&rsquo;s degree in Library Science and a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in English, has led the Humanities and Social Sciences division at the Library of Congress since 2014. She has also served as a business unit managing director at the U.S. Government Publishing Office; as an associate director of justice libraries, Justice Management Division, U.S. Department of Justice; as departmental head of History &amp; Culture Libraries at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries; and as an acquisitions manager for electronic databases at BNA, Inc., a journalistic organization, in addition to library work at Harvard and the University of New Mexico.&rdquo;</p>2017-03-02T00:00:00-05:00