All Simmons News{A2B240E2-BEF7-4202-8EBB-1C3A2620B989} Your Orientation Leaders<h4>What's your major? </h4> <p><strong><strong>Raica:</strong>&nbsp;</strong>I&rsquo;m a&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0E39EC657B5644C080B15DF7C0F895BE&amp;_z=z">nursing</a>&nbsp;major!</p> <p><strong><strong>Zoe:</strong>&nbsp;</strong>I'm a&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0E39EC657B5644C080B15DF7C0F895BE&amp;_z=z">nursing</a>&nbsp;major.</p> <p><strong>Erica:</strong> <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0F32E41D18234C9E9B36FE320719A278&amp;_z=z">Biology</a> with a minor in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=A64D7797925047E3BC740AEC7B3D37B3&amp;_z=z">chemistry</a>.</p> <h4>What made you choose Simmons?</h4> <p><strong>R:</strong> I was walking by Simmons one day with my parents and my twin sister and we decided to take a tour of the college. Once we stepped onto the residence campus, I got &ldquo;the feeling.&rdquo; I could see myself here! I'm drawn to how hard working students are &mdash; it motivates me to keep trying!</p> <p><strong>Z:</strong> The nursing program was amazing and I felt at home as soon as I stepped on campus.</p> <p><strong>E:</strong>&nbsp;I chose Simmons because of its amazing sense of community, emphasis on leadership, and location in the Fenway and Longwood area. </p> <h4>What made you make the move to become an Orientation Leader at Simmons?</h4> <p><strong>R:</strong> My passion for this school! I love Simmons and everything about it. I also remember being a first year, so if I can help them navigate this special time, that would be great!</p> <p><strong>Z:</strong> I had a lot of fun at my own Orientation and was hoping that I could be a mentor and student leader for the incoming first year class.</p> <p><strong>E:</strong>&nbsp;I actually attended Summer Orientation at a different college and felt so out of place that I decided to withdraw my enrollment and attend Simmons instead! Once I got to&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=7FF67AD619F646FC83E0446A158CF548&amp;_z=z">Fall Orientation</a>&nbsp;here, I knew that this was where I was meant to be. My Orientation Leader made me feel right at home, she brought people together and fostered new friendships that I still have 3 years later. I knew as soon as my first year started that I wanted to help incoming students feel the same way.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What are you most excited for at Orientation?</h4> <p><strong>R:</strong> I love the students! I love seeing them with their families and helping them adjust to college life. We also all bond with each other as Orientation Leaders and offer each other support like family and I love that.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Z:</strong> Meeting the first years! It's so fun every year to meet all the individual personalities that walk through the doors. Taking my group of students on the outing in Boston is also wicked fun!<br /> <strong></strong></p> <strong> E:</strong>&nbsp;I am so excited to introduce students to their new home for the next 4 years and to the incredible Simmons community.&nbsp; <h4>What's your favorite food at <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=A87E787B0F144E879ACE44251DF2BEB4&amp;_z=z">Bartol Dining Hall</a>?</h4> <p><strong>R:</strong> I love it when they have the hot chocolate bar for Winter Wonderland! I love the different toppings!&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Z:</strong> Coffee cake.</p> <p><strong>E:</strong>&nbsp;It's a tie between the soft serve ice cream and the chicken nuggets.&nbsp;</p> <h4> Do you have any tips for first years?</h4> <p><strong>R:</strong>&nbsp;Stick to who you are and go with what your gut says; in friendships, academics, activities, anything! If you listen to yourself, the decisions you make will lead you in the right way. This is the time to start something new, or let go of something you no longer want. It&rsquo;s YOUR Simmons experience, and it will be what you make it.</p> <p><strong>Z:</strong> Bring twinkle lights and a rug so that your room feels more homey!</p> <p><strong>E:</strong>&nbsp;Remember that it&rsquo;s okay if you don&rsquo;t click right away with the first people you meet at college. There are so many great people here, you will without a doubt find the right friends for you! All you need is a little patience!</p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p><strong>R:</strong>&nbsp;It was last Orientation. I was sitting on a Nursing Panel with <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6C970F9F25F945DF9D2921875AA5EDDD&amp;_z=z">Dr. Barron</a> and one parent asked me what I think of the program and Simmons. I started to explain how I think the program is challenging but rightfully so, and I gave credit to the amazing professors we have in the department. Then, as I shifted to the second part of the question I looked around the room and I was almost overwhelmed by the thought of how much I had grown to love this school. I have been so humbled by the opportunities that I have gotten but more than that, I realized in that moment that Simmons is my family. This place is my home. Everyone here works so tirelessly to make sure you succeed and at the end of the day that is why I love Simmons.</p> <p><strong>Z:</strong> My Simmons moment happened my first year at Simmons. My grandmother had just passed away, so I couldn't do an assignment for class. During class, we went around the room reading our papers. When we got to me, I told everyone about my grandmother and why I didn&rsquo;t write the paper. We moved our desks out of the way and made a circle on the floor. We sat and shared our own personal stories of death. Everyone was extremely supportive and it really helped my coping process to know I had so many people I could go to. I know this never would have happened at any other school.</p> <div><strong>E:</strong>&nbsp;I have several moments that are all from different aspects of my Simmons experience. Racing my first 2K race with the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Crew Team</a>, becoming an Orientation Leader, performing in The Vagina Monologues, going to Georgia with&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=FF6D6BB285BE4C718EE4D4ACE32E0076&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">Alternative Spring Break</a>, and joining the Rugby Team are moments that I will never take for granted. These experiences have shaped my time here at Simmons and have helped shape who I am.<br /> <br /> </div> <style type="text/css"> p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} </style> <style type="text/css"> p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} </style>2017-06-22T00:00:00-04:00{AE248DF7-579C-4938-96A9-2D99F45F05BD} Hashemi Finds Purpose in Work <p>Entrepreneur and thought leader <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F7C6B4182A6F40D3B06511929C681155&amp;_z=z">Sahar Hashemi</a> co-founded Coffee Republic, the UK's first US-style coffee bar, and built the company into one of the country's most high-profile brands.</p> <h4></h4> <h4>How does a sense of purpose inform your work?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Today it really has to be about purpose &ndash; for all of us. It used to be that there was work and there was the rest of life. You worked for the paycheck and that was separated from your purpose, which was typically outside of work and not central to it. But I think what&rsquo;s happening more now is that people are successfully making what&rsquo;s important to them core to what they do. The people who really succeed are combining their day job with their purpose. It&rsquo;s the plus side of work encroaching on our lives, on more of a 24/7 basis. It&rsquo;s much more important to know what drives you and to make that the thing you do in work and life.</p> <h4>What is the most daring move you&rsquo;ve made in your career?</h4> <p>When I left Coffee Republic I had a bit of a gap in my life and was deciding to write my book &ldquo;<em>Anyone Can Do It</em>&rdquo; about my experiences founding and building Coffee Republic. People warned me that I might fail &ndash; I remember one friend saying I might &ldquo;ruin the whole thing&rdquo; by writing the book. I think what she meant was that I might diminish my success if the book failed &ndash; if I failed. She reminded me that I didn&rsquo;t know how to write. And I certainly didn&rsquo;t! So, doing the book was brave.&nbsp;</p> <p>But I try to do something daring every day. I&rsquo;ve found recently that I got into a bit of a comfort zone with all the consulting and speaking that I do, so I&rsquo;ve just taken on a job co-chairing the government task force here [UK]. This is very much out of my comfort zone. I&rsquo;m terrified but it excites me enormously and it&rsquo;s given me enormous energy. Very quickly things that are daring become part of you so you have to introduce new things that are out of your comfort zone.</p> <h4>What&rsquo;s the best piece of career advice that you&rsquo;ve got along the way?</h4> <p>"Do something you enjoy.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s smart because by definition the stuff you enjoy is the stuff you&rsquo;re good at, and when you enjoy it, it comes naturally. My belief is that every single person&rsquo;s got one area that is their reservoir of talent, everyone&rsquo;s got one little patch of something. Sadly, some people do go through life not knowing what that is, never discovering it. The best signal of that something is when you so engrossed in doing it that the time flies! That thing you&rsquo;re good at, I think that is your destiny. That brings me back to purpose; it&rsquo;s a guiding light you find within.</p> <h4>Is there a female leader whom you most admire?&nbsp; </h4> <p>I admire everyone! I read a lot of business biographies, always taking away insights and tips. I&rsquo;m so thankful that we now have so many role models and access to stories of how people are getting on doing something they love; doing the daring stuff the whole time. The piece of advice that I&rsquo;d give is to make sure that you&rsquo;re always reinventing yourself because the world is changing. What we liked five years ago we don&rsquo;t like anymore, so it&rsquo;s just constantly looking at it with an empty sheet and going back to the drawing board and thinking, &ldquo;What is it I love doing now? What do I want to do more of?&rdquo; Never thinking &ldquo;I&rsquo;m there."</p> <h4>If you could change one way in which women support other women what would that be?</h4> <p>I think through sharing their stories and sharing their difficulties and not glossing over what issues or insecurities they&rsquo;ve had; sharing the humanness of their own experience. Being genuine about that is really important, and women are very good at sharing.</p> <h4>If you could sit down and dine with anyone, past or present, who would you want that to be and what would you ask them?</h4> <p>I lost my mother eight years ago, and I would want most to dine with her because she&rsquo;s always been my mentor. I would love to have her back. I want to tell her what&rsquo;s going on, and for her to still be my sounding board. There&rsquo;s no one like her.</p>2017-06-15T00:00:00-04:00{DC5E39A5-2150-43B7-B933-C9B0631B65B0} Srinivasan ’10GS Pursued Interests in Gender, Sexuality and Law<h4>What attracted you to the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=900098C0532A416B93B59FC1F0654B22&amp;_z=z">MA in Gender/Cultural Studies</a> (GCS) program at Simmons?</h4> I was very keen on a Cultural Studies MA at that time. I wanted to attend a program with a lot of theory-heavy courses, and the focus on gender and sexuality just made GCS very attractive.&nbsp;<br /> <h4>How did Simmons prepare you for your PhD program?</h4> The GCS program prepared me to read and engage with critical theory, a skill that has helped me navigate much of my PhD program. My PhD program on Cultural Anthropology had many thematic continuities with GCS, though the disciplinary orientations are vastly different.&nbsp;<br /> <h4>In your experience, what was the best feature of the program?</h4> It worked really well as an interdisciplinary program, weaving together expertise from faculty members who had substantially different research interests, teaching methods, and theoretical leanings. I received exposure to recent critical interventions on gender and sexuality studies from different disciplinary perspectives, something that has been very helpful with my chosen research topic.&nbsp;<br /> <h4>Describe the personal and professional relationships you cultivated within your GCS cohort.</h4> I have remained in touch with a few of my cohort members, both people who are in higher education administration and those who went on to join PhD programs. On a personal level, being in touch with GCS friends through social media has been especially important in the current political climate. It is like we have found a small community of our own to fight the isolation the political events have engendered.&nbsp; <h4>What was your favorite class at Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> Professor <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=8185AC12C4F947CC9F1A0875BBB816C8&amp;_z=z">Laura Prieto's</a>&nbsp;GCS 410: Gender, Race, and Imperialism in Historical Perspective: It had a wonderful, near-perfect syllabus. The student mix was just right and, steered by Professor Prieto's expertise and knowledge in the topic, the discussions were provocative, challenging and hugely rewarding. I was able to connect my regional interests with transnational approaches and perspectives. It has been seven years since I took the course but I still, at times, consult the syllabus.&nbsp; <h4>Are there any faculty/staff members that especially impacted you in your time at Simmons?</h4> Apart from Professor Prieto, who has been a good friend since I graduated, Professor <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=281BFC1D98034AF1B7A872536FB3F7AE&amp;_z=z">Jyoti Puri</a> has had a huge influence in my academic career. Her books have guided my research and writing in many ways. She graciously agreed to join my PhD committee as the external reader despite time constraints and sent extensive and provocative feedback on my dissertation. It is partly due to her comments and questions that my dissertation defense was such an intellectually stimulating experience. &nbsp;<br /> <h4>What advice would you give to a prospective student who is undecided about applying to Simmons?</h4> The GCS program is what one makes of it; there is a lot of flexibility, which also means greater responsibility on the student to make the right choices with regard to courses. Any prospective student should carefully read abstracts of courses that have been offered in the past years and decide whether the program is the right fit for them. Lastly, if you have reservations about reading "too much theory&rdquo;, this program may not be the right one for you.&nbsp;<br /> <h4>What do you believe was your greatest accomplishment at Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> Simmons provided a safe, nurturing environment. In the company of GCS colleagues and respectful professors, I started believing in my academic potential and, eventually, applied to doctoral programs.&nbsp;<br /> <div><br /> </div>2017-06-12T00:00:00-04:00{09C08FB2-9A66-4F79-908F-3DAD75526AB1} Finn '20: Simmons is an Oasis in the City<h4>What's your major at Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I'm studying&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0E39EC657B5644C080B15DF7C0F895BE&amp;_z=z">nursing</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What drew you to your program?</h4> <p>The nursing program at Simmons intrigued me because it recognized the importance of a well-rounded education for its students.&nbsp;</p> <p>As Simmons nursing graduates, we are not only expected to know the symptoms of anemia but also the biochemistry behind it. Some of the best hospitals in the country are located just minutes from our campus and that can make for amazing clinical opportunities.</p> <h4>What made you make the move to come to Simmons?</h4> <p>When I toured Simmons, I felt that I had found an oasis in the city. I wanted a city school that still had a campus to come home to, and Simmons was just that.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What's your favorite thing about Simmons?</h4> <p>The people. The environment of Simmons is supportive and caring because of the people that work and study here. My professors take the time to learn my name and the dining hall waitstaff always greet you with a smile. The friends that I have made are some of the nicest people I've ever met. </p> <h4>What's your favorite thing about living in Boston?</h4> <p>How easy it can be to walk to places. It's surprising to learn how small the city actually is when you can walk from Simmons to MIT in no time. This makes exploring the city fun and a little exercise is an added bonus!</p> <h4>Tell us about your PLAN course.</h4> <p>My <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C930C8EEA6614F4ABE0325A32A9EBB46&amp;_z=z">PLAN</a> course was called "<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=FC69D571FB7B4A61A7BFBD0B6107523F&amp;_z=z">What the Health is Going on in Boston?</a>" The course focused on the health care scene in Boston but also incorporated national health care topics. With every lesson, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C7C1F56C0ECA4DD885A3FDADC78ABB53&amp;_z=z">Professor Lowe</a> would make connections to the role women played in the topic we were discussing. We also went on field trips to the Children's Hospital Simulation Lab and the Massachusetts General Hospital Ether Dome which exposed us to the exciting medical advances of Boston from both past and present.</p> <h4>What skills did you gain from your course?</h4> <p>The course was writing-based &mdash;&nbsp;so I learned how to write different types of papers at a collegiate level using the APA style for citation. Professor Lowe also wanted us to learn presentation skills, research methods and the locations of the nearest Starbucks to campus. </p> <h4>What's your favorite part of PLAN?</h4> <p>PLAN is fun because I got to choose a class outside of my designated program that I was interested in. The change from high school to college writing is shocking and took some getting used to, but having my PLAN course as my outlet for this adjustment made writing enjoyable. </p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p>I recently had my Simmons moment in my microbiology lab. At the end of the semester we are assigned an unknown organism and we must preform a series of tests to determine what the organism is. Any wrong move could result in contamination, incorrect results, and a failing grade for the lab practical.</p> <p>I preformed a series of experiments and anxiously awaited the results as it incubated. The next day I read my results and self-doubt set in. Fortunately, another nursing student who was a friend of mine was there with me in the lab and took time out of her own experimental observations to go through each result. With her support, I could confidently say I had Proteus vulgaris.&nbsp;</p> <p>Not only had I successfully performed all the experiments, but I had found a friend who wanted to see me succeed.</p>2017-06-12T00:00:00-04:00{A4327082-E538-40B0-A0A1-89B08D069CB1} Community News, June 2017<p><strong>Faculty</strong></p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Gerald Benoit</strong> was invited to speak at the NISO webinar, &ldquo;Enabling Discovery and Retrieval of Non-Traditional and Granular Output&rdquo; on June 7. Benoit&rsquo;s presentation was titled &ldquo;Visual-Only Retrieval.&rdquo;</p> <p>Associate Professors <strong>Melanie Kimball</strong> and <strong>Kathy Wisser</strong> have co-edited a book, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Libraries - Traditions and Innovations: Papers from Library History Seminar XIII</a></em> (DeGruyter, 2017). The book is a compilation of articles written from presentations at the conference &ldquo;Envisioning Our Information Future and How to Educate For It&rdquo; held at Simmons in 2015, sponsored by a grant from IMLS. Kimball co-chaired the conference with Dean and Professor Emerita <strong>Michele Cloonan</strong>, and Wisser served on the program committee and conference committee.</p> <p>Assistant Professor <strong>Colin Rhinesmith</strong> published an article, "<a href="" target="_blank">At the Edges of the National Digital Platform</a>"&nbsp;in D-Lib Magazine, and a report, &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Digital Inclusion Outcomes-Based Evaluation</a>&rdquo; published by the Benton Foundation.</p> <p>At a Simmons recognition event, <strong>Professor Candy Schwartz</strong>&nbsp;was recognized for her upcoming retirement after 37 years of teaching at&nbsp;Simmons SLIS.</p> <p>Associate Professor and Director of the Simmons SLIS Doctoral Program <strong>Rong Tang </strong>(pictured above)&nbsp;was awarded a sub-contract grant from WGBH's "PBCore Development and Training Project," funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through its Digital Humanities Research and Development Grant. Rong Tang will be conducting usability and accessibility evaluations of the PBCore website in Fall 2017. Tang is currently visiting several LIS schools in China, including Wuhan University, Nanjing University, Jiangsu University, and Nanjing University of Science and Technology to give research talks and explore research collaborations. On May 31, Tang presented "User Behavior Research: Facets and Measurements&rdquo; at Wuhan University, School of Information Management.</p> <p><strong>Adjunct</strong></p> <p>Adjunct Professor Julie Roach chaired the <a href="" target="_blank">2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award</a> committee. The winners were announced on May 31, 2017. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Students</strong></p> <p>LIS Master&rsquo;s Student <strong>Mylynda D. Gill</strong>&nbsp;has been awarded the Summer Internship from the Massachusetts Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.&nbsp;Gill will be working in the archives of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. this summer.</p> <p>During Spring Break 2017, students volunteered at the JFK Library for Preservation Week. They helped reorganize 120 boxes (60 cubic feet) of the John F. Kennedy Condolence Mail Collection. This is the mail received by the White House and Mrs. Kennedy after President Kennedy's assassination, which had previously been minimally processed. This opportunity was part of Alternative Spring Break, a program that NARA (National Archives and Record Administration) coordinates to provide students with an opportunity to work at a NARA facility.</p> <p><strong>Alumni</strong></p> <p>On Wednesday, May 24, <strong>Alex Lent</strong> &rsquo;11LS became the 103rd President of the Massachusetts Library Association.&nbsp; He is the first graduate of SLIS West to be elected to this position. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Staff</strong></p> <p><strong>Em Claire Knowles</strong>, Assistant Dean for Alumni and Student Affairs, presented awards at the ceremony for the Letters About Literature Program on May 16, at the Massachusetts Center for the Book. The event welcomed 30 students in grades four through 12. Representing the top 1 percent of participants from across Massachusetts, the honorees had written letters addressed to an author whose work had personally resonated with them, changing their view of the world or themselves. <a href=";_ga=2.36219040.1643017829.1496930757-331482246.1496930757#vf-widget-art-50EBC4A3-70AB-5FAB-E053-0100007FF3C2-pub470" target="_blank">Knowles presented an award</a> to Al Noor Academy sixth-grader Ali Shaikh, of Mansfield, for his letter written to author J.K. Rowling about her book, <em>Harry Potter and the Sorcerer&rsquo;s Stone</em>.</p>2017-06-08T00:00:00-04:00{949DD42C-BAF4-471D-B606-AA4CFC66C11F} Weekend 2017<p>See the highlights from social media at Reunion Weekend 2017! Add your own using #SimmonsReunion!</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></p>2017-06-06T00:00:00-04:00{3C7BB1F4-4916-4172-A85E-4D7D4B2BFC3B} Toronto Got Queer<p><img alt="" height="300" width="350" src="~/media/1A74300FB8DA45EE8AB52861F9F08B5E.ashx" class="image-left" />Senior Lecturer Rebecka Sheffield's book, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer</a></em>&nbsp;was published by Coach House Books on May 18th. From the Coach website, the book "incorporates archival records and new perspectives on Toronto's LGBTQ history and includes chapters on: Oscar Wilde's trip to Toronto; early cruising areas and gay/lesbian bars; queer shared houses; a pioneering collective trans archive project; bath house raids; LBGT-police conflicts; the Queen Street art/music/activist scene; and a profile of Jackie Shane, the gay R&amp;B singer who performed in drag in both Toronto and Los Angeles, and gained international fame with his 1962 chart-topping single, 'Any Other Way.'"&nbsp;</p> <p>Sheffield celebrated the release with a launch party in Toronto, Canada, in addition to other events. Before joining Simmons SLIS in Fall 2016, Sheffield served as the Executive Director for the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Toronto.</p>2017-06-06T00:00:00-04:00{83EA8AAC-1AE4-4DA3-A575-7203DCE8EFEC} Lee '67 Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award <p>Barbara Lee '67 was recognized at her 50th <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F876DFC2542943F084693AF1C28582D1&amp;_z=z">reunion</a> for her contributions to women&rsquo;s empowerment as the founder and head of the <a href="" target="_blank">Barbara Lee Family Foundation</a> and her support of women who want to run for public office.</p> <p>&ldquo;Barbara Lee&rsquo;s life&rsquo;s work is the embodiment of Simmons&rsquo; mission,&rdquo; said <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=78AE8F7006AD4533BAC27B910E349D57&amp;_z=z">President Helen Drinan</a>. &ldquo;She has dedicated herself to the development and growth of future women leaders in the United States and has tirelessly supported women&rsquo;s advancement and success in the public realm. Locally, Barbara Lee&rsquo;s generosity, guidance, and advocacy make it possible for Simmons students to get practical real-world experience in state government and politics from esteemed female public officials in Massachusetts.&rdquo;</p> <p>"My experience at Simmons reshaped my view of the world. It showed me that women can be extraordinary leaders,&rdquo; Lee said. &ldquo;Twenty years ago, I found myself in a position to empower women beyond my community. I decided to focus on women&rsquo;s political leadership &mdash; and build a pipeline to the presidency.</p> <p>In 1998, Lee founded the Barbara Lee Family Foundation to advance women&rsquo;s equality and representation in American politics. The Foundation produces nonpartisan, pragmatic research for women candidates that has been shared with thousands of women nationwide. Through the Foundation, she endowed the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=D976D24796974400BB24299A32395D5D&amp;_z=z">Barbara Lee Family Foundation Internship Fellowship Program</a> at Simmons. Since its inception in 2004, more than 100 Simmons juniors and seniors have participated in the program, which includes an eight credit internship, a stipend, and a placement with a female state legislator. Students learn the inner workings of Massachusetts government and politics through hands-on experience. </p> <p>A champion of women in the arts, Lee serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Contemporary Art. She holds a Bachelor&rsquo;s Degree in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=E149D58DC97148CBA9E5C26B9D6E4390&amp;_z=z">Education</a> from Simmons and a Master&rsquo;s Degree from the Boston University School of Social Work, as well as a 2001 honorary degree from Simmons.</p> <p>Lee was honored during Simmons&rsquo; annual reunion weekend, which was held from June 2nd to June 4th. The event was attended by hundreds of alumnae/I who visited Simmons&rsquo; Boston campus to reunite and reconnect with friends and classmates. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented at the Alumnae/i Awards Ceremony and Farewell Brunch. </p> <p>Read <a href="~/media/62B356FBDAC14D2CA47ED53719E8EFBE.ashx" target="_blank">Barbara Lee's remarks</a>, and learn more about <a href="~/media/6C706CBA652F4BEF84BFB69C99E0DF22.ashx">Barbara Lee and the the Lifetime Achievement Award</a>.&nbsp;</p>2017-06-05T00:00:00-04:00{E18190EB-5602-4EA0-82FD-13FAC9006364} of Management Celebrates Graduates<p>On Wednesday, May 17th, the Simmons <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6ED072F5A08A4527AB2862B768F1FA1E&amp;_z=z">SOM</a> congratulated 26 dedicated students from the MBA, MSM, and Dual Degree programs who completed their degree requirements in May. Associate Deans Patricia Deyton, John Lowe and program faculty and staff celebrated their remarkable accomplishments.</p> <h4>Congratulations to the SOM May 2017 graduates:&nbsp;</h4> <p><strong>MBA:</strong> Raneem Alotaibi, Lauren Bailey, Odujoke Balogun, Michelle Beck**, Kayla Boyer, Susan Chudd**, Melissa Elmore, Brittany Henry, Kristina Iaccarino, Allison Keller, Allison Kelly**, Lilia Kirtley, Amanda Kraguljac*, Kaitlyn LeClair, Meghan McGowan, Lauren Mendes, Jacquelyn Nolet, Bayan Shahahmad and Nicole Sokn.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>MSM:</strong> Anas Aljamaan, Mohamad Alswailem, Megan McGrath*, Christina Margiotta, Enrique Graber Nieto, and Jeremy Shaw- Munderback.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Dual Degree MSM/GCS:</strong> Adrianna Alvarez</p> <h4>Congratulations to the SOM students who graduated in August 2016, October 2016 and January 2017:</h4> <p><strong>MBA:</strong>&nbsp;Roza Anthony, Deborah Bell, Patricia Bonifacio, Annmarie Canas, Dominique Cunningham, Sarah Distefano, Kathryn Dulmaine, Sarah Higgins, Caroline Hunter*, Jing Li, Kathryn Magnoli, Laura Matt, Samantha Medeiros, Lipi Mohanty*, Claire Morton, Jena Murphy, Sasha Pierre, Shae Riley, Caitlyn Roos, Suzanne Warren and Alisha Wilkinson</p> <p><strong>MBA in Health Care:</strong> Charles Lagor and Michelle Hadley</p> <p><strong>MSM: </strong>McCall Allen, Nouf Alrasheed, Estelle Archibold, Pankhuri Barnes, Emily Buehrens**, Gina Capra, Kaitlyn Collins (D) Andrea Davis, Brenna Doyle, Clara Essien, Lydia Hardy*, Hope Freeman, Barbara Ryan, and Adam Skaggs</p> <p><strong>MHA: </strong>Melissa Heigham</p> <p>See the full list of <a href="~/media/510E351084BC4B58BCD25C09832DC15C.ashx">Academic Awards, Teaching Awards and Honor Societies Awards</a> given out to the 2016-2017 faculty and graduate students.</p> <p><em>**Highest Honors, *High Honors<br /> </em></p> <p> </p> <div><em><br /> </em></div>2017-06-02T00:00:00-04:00{EB854471-E8AA-4B04-9B6F-3ACE9FC77705} of Management Congratulates Award Recipients<p>We're congratulating Megan McGrath '17SM, recipient of the Pat Miller Award and April E. Evans '91SM, recipient of the Phyllis J. Rappaport Award.</p> <p>The Pat Miller Award is awarded annually by his or her classmates to the student who demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and, by doing so, made a difference in their lives. Megan was also selected by her peers to be the MSM student speaker. Her speech was very inspiring and thoughtful as she articulately described how her time in the Simmons MSM program impacted her personal and professional life.</p> <p>The Phyllis J. Rappaport Award was established through a gift from Jerome Lyle Rappaport to honor his wife, Phyllis, a member of the first Simmons SOM graduating class and it recognizes significant deeds and accomplishments that have helped further the School's tradition of creating broader opportunities for women. April happily accepted this award and spoke with strong authenticity about the education she received at the SOM and its impact on her successful career and life choices.</p> <p>See the full list of <a href="~/media/510E351084BC4B58BCD25C09832DC15C.ashx">Academic Awards, Teaching Awards and Honor Societies Awards</a> given out to the 2016-2017 faculty and graduate students.</p> <p><img height="291" alt="April Evans an Patricia Deyton" width="236" src="~/media/3FD1C1A7C7DE4E16AEB27F517CD83E06.ashx" /><img height="291" alt="Dean Deyton and Megan McGrath" width="236" src="~/media/E9AD161B089745D99E4C8F0F1EF1E75E.ashx" /></p>2017-06-02T00:00:00-04:00{0DDC09E8-9F7D-4591-B43C-C70E6E8D4032} on the T: A Commuting Reader's Dream<p>Araceli Hintermeister &rsquo;16LS and Catherine Gaggioli &rsquo;16LS, along with colleague Judy Gelman, were featured in a <a href="" target="_blank">recent <em>Boston Globe</em></a> article about their project to leave free reading materials for commuters on the MBTA.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The project&nbsp;was started on the London Underground by a&nbsp;woman named Hollie Fraser," says Catherine. "From there it spread around the&nbsp;world and I&nbsp;was following the movement on social media for a&nbsp;while. It&nbsp;was Araceli who asked me if I&nbsp;wanted to help get it started here [in Boston]. Araceli and I both did the dual degree program for History and Archives Management and graduated last April. Starting a branch of 'Books on the Move' is a&nbsp;way for us to fulfill our desire to spread the joy of books and reading."</p> <p>Araceli adds, "My time with the Progressive Librarians Guild and the Students of Color at SLIS had an influence in ensuring that we provide a diverse set of books for a diverse readership. Also that book drops reach different communities throughout Boston. I think that is a huge focus for all of the co-founders, but that is where my time with other Simmons students has seeped through."</p> <p>Catherine has plans to expand the project. "Our hope is that this project draws attention to local authors and inspires MBTA riders to keep reading.&nbsp; I have always enjoyed peeking at&nbsp;what people are reading on their morning commutes, and I'm looking forward to seeing people reading the books&nbsp;we drop."</p> <p>Visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Globe article</a> for more details, or <a href="" target="_blank">follow this project on Instagram</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Photo: Catherine Gaggioli,&nbsp;</em><em>Judy Gelman,&nbsp;</em><em>Araceli Hintermeister. Photo courtesy of Catherine Gaggioli.&nbsp;</em></p>2017-05-30T00:00:00-04:00{AFBA00F4-0E8B-46E5-B00E-6B1BB788B883} did their MSW degree take them? <h4>What does your job entail?</h4> <p>As a clinical social worker in the behavioral health services department of New Health Charlestown, a community health center in Charlestown, Massachusetts, I provide on-the-spot counseling to patients who are showing symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mental health diagnoses. Recently, I began working with the clinic&rsquo;s medical team to support patients seeking treatment for opiod addiction. Every day is different. I might meet with a patient once to share mindfulness techniques for anxiety or provide ongoing psychotherapy.</p> <h4>What brought you to Simmons?</h4> <p>I worked in case management in the psychiatric department of Boston Children&rsquo;s Hospital, but I wanted to advance the front line as a social worker in a medical setting. I felt like I had reached the ceiling of my college degree and of the social work interns and new hires at the hospital were from the Simmons SSW. That showed me that I would receive an excellent education, a clinical foundation, and eventually, a rewarding job.</p> <h4>How did Simmons prepared you?</h4> <p>I developed a strong understanding of how different contexts, as well as my own identity and experiences, shape my clinical approach to clients&rsquo; needs. I received a Behavioral Health Workforce Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and completed my second-year internship in a community health setting, the Brookside Health Community Center in Jamaica Plain. There, I focused on providing individual assessments, treatment plans, and psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and young adults as part of a multidisciplinary team. These skills directly apply to my current role at New Health Charlestown.</p> <h4>Why do you find your job rewarding?</h4> <p>I feel very honored to hear people&rsquo;s stories. It&rsquo;s been amazing to bear witness to my clients&rsquo; experiences and to help them find solutions that draw on their strength.</p>2017-05-29T00:00:00-04:00{D02BDC48-1A71-4B22-8F14-116C0E478E03} SOM Honor Societies Celebration<p>The School of Management would like to congratulate all graduate and undergraduate students, the chapter honoree, and the faculty honoree who were presented with awards at the SOM Honor Societies Induction Ceremony in early May.</p> <p><strong>Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society (BGS):&nbsp;</strong>Undergraduate: Rachel Cole and Shayna Hassett, MBA: Amanda Kraguljac, Erin O'Connell and Nicole Sokn, MBA in Healthcare: Gabriel Arato, Traynor Canny, Michelle Hadley and Louise Secordel</p> <p><strong>Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society (UPD):&nbsp;</strong>Michelle Hadley, Charles Lagor, and Melissa K. Heigham</p> <p><strong>BGS Chapter Honoree: (pictured below right with Shayna Hassett)&nbsp;</strong>Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO Boston Children's Hospital</p> <p><strong>BGS Faculty Honoree: (pictured below left with Professor Susan Sampson, BGS Chapter President)&nbsp;</strong>Spela Trefalt, Associate Professor, SOM</p> <p><img alt="Spela and Susan" src="~/media/BB4D0DDDEE9245459CA3654061ED8F88.ashx?h=467&amp;w=350" style="height: 467px; width: 350px;" /> <img alt="Shayna and Sandi" src="~/media/D8B33B6A249042389EB8FF6F1A45324C.ashx?h=467&amp;w=350" style="height: 467px; width: 350px; margin: 0px 0px 0px 40px;" /></p>2017-05-26T00:00:00-04:00{96552DF8-584D-4CAC-94FF-5CEA6248F6D8} Gilman '16 Gained Confidence in STEM at Simmons<h4>What program were you in at Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I studied <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=51FCE9F4C43147E38C40992559583680&amp;_z=z">neurobiology</a> on a pre-med track and minored in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=A64D7797925047E3BC740AEC7B3D37B3&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">chemistry</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h4> What made you choose Simmons?</h4> <p> My cousin went to Simmons and she was my role model growing up. The minute I stepped onto campus, I knew that Simmons was the right choice for me. It felt like home.</p> <p> </p> <h4>How did Simmons help prepare you for your career?</h4> <p>By giving me the opportunity and skills to connect with the greater community. I would not be working where I am today without my incredible professors who encouraged me every step of the way and advised me both personally and professionally.</p> <h4> What's your current job?</h4> <p> I'm currently a Lab Manager and Research Assistant in a Neurodevelopmental Lab at Boston Children&rsquo;s Hospital in the Newborn Medicine department.</p> <h4> What's a typical day like?</h4> <p>I do something different nearly every day. That's probably what I like most about my job because it gives me flexibility, allows me to problem solve, and often, challenges me. In general, I'm given a goal by my Principal Investigator (PI) and I have to design and carry out experiments. I also do a lot of managing tasks such as ordering, acting as a liaison between our PI and the lab members &mdash; and organizing the lab overall. </p> <h4> What's your favorite part of your job?</h4> <p> The people that I work with. In my lab, I have some of the most wonderful individuals that help me grow each day. The mission of the hospital as a whole is emanated in all the people who work here. I'm very grateful to be surrounded by that kind of positivity and intellect each day. </p> <p> </p> <h4>What advice would you give to students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)?</h4> <p>Simmons is an incredible place for women to thrive in&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=EFC1895CC54644E29F690A455C57D171&amp;_z=z">STEM</a>. We are pushed to the greatest degree by&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=688C2CDCB6B5457F99F1A02BA58E4C3D&amp;_z=z">professors</a>&nbsp;who truly care about us. I wouldn't have the confidence that I have now in my science skills if I hadn&rsquo;t attended Simmons.</p> <h4> What led you apply to medical school?</h4> <p> I had always been interested in health care, but it became my passion after I was diagnosed with a chronic neurological disease at seventeen. I was a fortunate case in that I was healthy enough that I could pursue a career helping others who were in situations like mine. I strive to be a clinician who knows how it feels to be sick and takes a &ldquo;person as a whole&rdquo; approach.</p> <h4> What's your Simmons moment?&nbsp;</h4> <p> My Simmons moment was when I gave a speech about my chronic illness at the Scholarship Brunch in the spring of 2015. I was amazed at how much support there was in the room when I was holding back tears discussing how thankful I was to attend Simmons. </p>2017-05-25T00:00:00-04:00{E450583B-88F6-4CF0-98CC-F5EDA02C1864} Science Director Recognized for Teaching Excellence<p>Professor and Director of the Computer Science and Informatics Program, Nanette Veilleux, was awarded the fifth annual <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=ACA5CC6E77FC4F838EBC0338ECCE1AB7&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">Toby Sloane Award for Student Centeredness</a>. This award was established by Carl Sloane through a gift made to Simmons in honor of his wife, Simmons Trustee Toby Sloane &rsquo;60.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Nanette embodies student centeredness in her teaching and is exactly the kind of teacher this award envisions," says Dean Eileen Abels.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I think student-centeredness stems from respect and understanding for the whole person, who just happens to be my student," says Veilleux. "When I meet new students I try to consider not just their academic goals and learning styles but other things about them: their temperament, their tone, the way they make meaning of the world. &nbsp;It helps in teaching and mentoring but it also adds a deeper dimension to the collaboration. The goal of this collaboration is to support the student and they find their authentic self in their education and from which foundation they can thrive."</p> <p>The Toby Sloane Award supports student centeredness by providing an annual award of up to $10,000 to the faculty member who makes the most significant contribution to the student experience in a particular year. In 2012, the first &ldquo;Toby&rdquo; award was presented to Professor Donna Beers of the mathematics department.</p>2017-05-25T00:00:00-04:00{87BF536E-648D-44C9-80CC-0445B8065BC9} 2017<div class="storify"><iframe src="//;border=false" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><noscript>[<a href="//" target="_blank">View the story "Commencement 2017" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div>2017-05-19T00:00:00-04:00{4D7108D4-96B2-40B8-B682-66CE7BE5E3AE} Hooding Ceremony 2017<p>SLIS is thrilled to graduate ten PhD candidates this year. At a ceremony on May 18, the graduates were officially "hooded" by their Committee Chairs. Congratulations to our newly appointed PhDs! View a <a href=";album_id=10155349244974264" target="_blank">photo album</a> of the event.&nbsp;</p> <p>Cynthia Chadwick, B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, A.M. Divinity, University of Chicago. Dissertation Title: <em>"Power and Public Libraries: How Public Library Directors Exercise Power"</em></p> <p>Ann G. Cullen, B.A., New York University, M.L.S., Columbia University. Dissertation: <em>"Developing 21st Century Business Leaders Through Practice: The Organizational Dynamics and Role of Librarians and Other Facilitators of Experiential Field-Based Learning in U.S. MBA Education"</em></p> <p>Susan Ann Henricks, B.A., Coe College, M.A., University of Iowa. Dissertation: <em>"Crucible Experience as an Influence of Positive Leadership in Public Libraries"</em></p> <p>Maria Taesil Hudson McCauley, B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, M.L.I.S., University of Pittsburgh. Dissertation: <em>"Community Leadership: The Role of Public Library Directors"</em></p> <p>Jasmina Jusic, B.S., Arizona State University, M.L.I.S, Drexel University. Dissertation: <em>"What Happens When Entrepreneurial Public Libraries Change Directors?"</em></p> <p>Mary Kathryn Morgan McNeill, B.S., Winthrop College, M.LN., Emory University. Dissertation: <em>"Leadership Influence to Transform Organizational Cultures"</em></p> <p>Charles Richard O'Bryan, M.S., Southern Connecticut State University, M.L.S., State University of New York. Dissertation: <em>"School Librarians and the Next Generation Advocacy: Gaining Power and Influence Through the Development of Social Capital"</em></p> <p>Vanessa Reyes, B.A., Florida International University, M.S., Florida State University. Dissertation: <em>"Personal Information Management: A Study of the Practical Aspects that Involve Archiving Personal Digital Information"</em></p> <p>Karen G. Schneider, M.F.A., University of San Francisco, M.S.L.I.S., University of Illinois. Dissertation: <em>"Leadership and Sexual Identity of Academic Library Leaders"</em></p> <p>Eliot Gustave Wilczek, M.S., M.A., Simmons College. Dissertation: <em>"The Wicked Problem of Documenting Counterinsurgencies: A Case Study of US Province Reports Written During the Vietnam War"</em> </p> <p><em>Photo:&nbsp;Stefan Krug, Simmons Deputy Provost; Judy Beal, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences; Katie Conboy, Simmons Provost; Cheryl Parks, Dean of the School of Social Work; Eileen Abels, Dean of the School of Library and Information Science</em></p>2017-05-19T00:00:00-04:00{66BB50C2-EA42-4218-AE83-0A5AB9A12597} Years of LIS Education in Western Massachusetts<p>On Saturday, May 6, Simmons <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=A0E2A6BA03E8432E81E5188DA8F25C23&amp;_z=z">SLIS</a> celebrated the 15th Anniversary of SLIS West, our satellite campus at Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts.&nbsp;Current and past faculty, staff, alumni, and students gathered in South Hadley to celebrate.&nbsp;</p> <p>Warm memories and reflections on the program were shared by a number of people who have been involved over the years. SLIS West welcomed its first group of students in the fall of 2001, and continues to provide world class information science education to students throughout western New England.</p> <p><em>Photo:&nbsp;Jennifer Chaput '16LS, Jennifer Vickery, Rebecca Morin '16LS</em></p>2017-05-18T00:00:00-04:00{2BB61171-9E45-4B93-8F1A-EE7E36E5877C}’s Volunteer Experience Led to MSW<h4>What does your job entail?</h4> <p>As a social worker and family services manager for the City of Somerville, Massachusetts, I assist members of the community to secure housing, healthcare and legal services. Working as part of the city&rsquo;s Health and Human Services Department I counsels clients facing a range of challenges, including homelessness, the transition from incarceration to society, and addiction recovery. I&rsquo;m helping my clients to advocate for themselves to get the resources they need to succeed.</p> <h4>What brought you to Simmons?</h4> <p>I came to the field of social work as a career changer from the hotel industry. I am a native of Brazil who is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and I decided to pursue my MSW after volunteering as an advocate to help other women from Brazil navigate the U.S. court system and obtain social services. I enjoyed using my language advantage to advance immigrant rights but needed clinical experience to enter the field. I chose Simmons for its strong clinical focus, its collegial learning environment, and its commitment to social justice. </p> <h4>How did Simmons prepare you?</h4> <p>I received a rigorous, well-rounded education at Simmons and was the recipient of the Simmons <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F17CDFDCB46042828ECC1DF76EF071A0&amp;_z=z">School of Social Work</a>&rsquo;s Outstanding Competence in Multicultural Practice Award. I had a great education at Simmons. I now have this powerful network behind me, and I&rsquo;m 150 percent happy with my career move.</p> <h4>Why is your job rewarding?</h4> <p>Every single day, I make sure that my clients feel like they have someone who cares, and that they are not a number on a case file. As a resident of Somerville, I particularly enjoy helping the city&rsquo;s many Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking immigrants. By working together, we renew their sense of hope.</p>2017-05-18T00:00:00-04:00{C472B4B3-FBEF-4AE1-AF48-6C7AFD1984A8} Share: My Simmons Moment<hr /> <h5>&nbsp;STUDENT LEADERSHIP</h5> <p>"Giving my speech at the scholarship brunch was my Simmons moment. I was so happy to have the opportunity to speak directly to my donor about how my scholarship has opened so many doors for me. Had I not gone to Simmons, I don&rsquo;t think I would have gained the confidence to be a student leader who can bring about change to the community."</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=691F2E4796184C1BA80B1C341D089D7F&amp;_z=z">Sinai Sampson-Hill</a>&nbsp;'17</p> <hr /> <h5>BEING INVOLVED</h5> <p>"My Simmons moment is every day that I get to be involved with a unique community that never stops opening doors for its students &mdash; and works every day at bettering itself."</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=BFA1F6F206224060BB825D09A235C4B7&amp;_z=z">McKenzie Sheridan</a> '17</p> <hr /> <h5>SENIOR YEAR</h5> <p>"Senior year is my Simmons moment. I&rsquo;m a full-time student and have multiple jobs and internships that cause me to run around all day, but I'm unbelievably happy and love what I do."</p> <p>- <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=BBF6F827579343968ABB88ECBA67D843&amp;_z=z">Laura Campbell</a>&nbsp;'17</p> <hr /> <h5>BECOMING A LEADER</h5> <p>"I came to Simmons as a shy first year. I found my voice on Alternative Spring Break and realized my leadership potential &mdash; these experiences have made me who I am today. </p> <p>My Simmons moment was watching others have that same experience. Being a part of someone else's leadership journey and personal growth, especially someone you really care about, is transformative."</p> <p>- <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=CF6F316271F1482ABEB5A74D71F44A5B&amp;_z=z">Amanda Leone</a> '17</p> <hr /> <h5></h5> <h5>ALL MY MOMENTS</h5> <p>"I can&rsquo;t really think of just one moment at Simmons that shows why I love going here. All my moments at Simmons have been amazing."</p> <p>- <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=1137137F98204941941299A2C23AC09C&amp;_z=z">Natasha Friedman</a> '17</p> <hr /> <h5></h5>2017-05-17T00:00:00-04:00{8AD32D9C-314F-4126-8F70-39AAA01FB3C6} Faculty Award Graduating SLIS Students<p>The Faculty of the School of Library and Information Science celebrates the following outstanding students, chosen as recipients of the 2017 Commencement Awards. The students were given their awards on Monday, May 15 at Simmons College, Boston campus.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong> Katherine Luer </strong>received the 2017 Estelle Jussim Award for the Visual Arts. The Estelle Jussim Award is given each year to a graduating SLIS student who has demonstrated great promise in the visual arts. &nbsp;It honors Dr. Estelle Jussim, a GSLIS faculty member who was a distinguished photographic historian and scholar.</p> <p><strong> Jessica Weren </strong>was recipient of the 2017 Children's Literature - Department Chair's Recognition. This award celebrates the academic achievement and professional engagement in children's &nbsp;and young adult literature of a graduating student.</p> <p><strong> Henry Moss White</strong> received the Writing for Children or Young Adults Award, which honors a graduate student with strong academic performance and outstanding creative work for children and/or young adults. This is the second year of this Children's literature award. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong> Kayla Hammond Larkin</strong> received the 2017 Outstanding Information Science Student Award. The Simmons Student Chapter of the Association for Information Science &amp; Technology awards an annual prize for service to the chapter and academic achievement in information science.</p> <p><strong> Jes Caron</strong> received the 2017 Kenneth R. Shaffer Outstanding Student Award. The award is given each year to a student whom the faculty has identified as outstanding and possessing great leadership potential. It honors Dr. Shaffer who served as director of the School for almost thirty years. Caron's name will be inscribed on the Shaffer plague that hangs in the James M. Matarazzo Student Lounge.</p> <p><strong> Amanda Pizzollo</strong> received the 2017 LIS West Campus Leadership Award. The SLIS faculty and administration honor an outstanding student in the SLIS Western campus program who best exemplifies the leadership values of academic excellence, community building, service, and commitment to the success of other students in the program.</p> <p><strong> Theresa Neary</strong> received of the 2017 Daniel Fleming Award for the Outstanding School Library Teacher Student. This annual award is given in memory of the dedication, commitment to student learning and teaching excellence that Dan Fleming&rsquo;s career as professor, school library teacher, and school administrator exemplified. It is awarded to a Simmons graduate student enrolled in the School Library Teacher Program who has demonstrated academic excellence, outstanding achievement in the school library teacher practicum experiences, leadership, and service&mdash;all qualities associated with its beloved and highly esteemed dedicatee, Daniel Fleming.</p> <p>At the awards ceremony, each graduate was praised for their commitment, scholarship, and creativity. For more photos from the event, visit our <a href=";type=1&amp;l=fb8f2601f1" target="_blank">Commencement Awards 2017 album</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Photo: Assistant Professor Laura Saunders, Jes Caron '16LS, Dean Eileen Abels</em></p>2017-05-16T00:00:00-04:00{21F81EB4-84C1-4259-AA60-59A82643BFCA} Student Awarded Best Paper by Society of American Archivists<p>Simmons SLIS Student Anna Robinson-Sweet has been awarded the Theodore Calvin Pease Award for her paper, "Truth and Reconciliation: Archivists as Reparations Activists." The Pease Award, named in honor of the first editor of The American Archivist, is given annually by the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in recognition of the best paper written by a student of archival studies. Entries are judged on "innovation, scholarship, pertinence, and clarity of writing." Robinson-Sweet will receive a certificate, a $250 cash prize, and her paper will be published in The American Archivist (forthcoming Spring/Summer 2018, Vol. 81, No. 1).</p> <p>"I am honored that my paper has been selected as the winner of the Theodore Calvin Pease Award," says Anna Robinson-Sweet. "The paper examines the relationship between reparations campaigns and archives, arguing that this relationship requires archivists to take on the role of reparations activists, particularly in the movement for slavery reparations in the United States. I look forward to presenting the paper at the annual SAA conference this summer and its publication in The American Archivist, and to getting feedback from the archivist community."</p> <p>Robinson-Sweet wrote this paper for LIS 438: Introduction to Archival Methods and Services. Assistant Professor Janet Ceja, who nominated the paper for the award, says that "Anna&rsquo;s paper articulates a much needed student perspective on current archival discussions on social justice. Anna expands on these discussions by framing social justice in archives through the lens of reparations. Her work expresses an activist spirit that I see many new professionals engaging with in theory and practice. Anna&rsquo;s work is also representative of how some students are making sense of and viewing their roles as future archivists."</p> <p>Here's the list of <a href="" target="_blank">2017 SAA award winners</a>, and information about the <a href="" target="_blank">Theodore Calvin Pease Award</a>.</p>2017-05-15T00:00:00-04:00{A6D5C916-4E82-4B18-BC58-AF547AF09D9A} Mother's Day with Lynne Maloney '84<h4>What did you study at Simmons?</h4> <p><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=CAB1E10BCDD64704ACD10F6B27B15C8F&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">Physical therapy</a>.</p> <h4>What is a typical day like at your job?</h4> <p>Since I am the Director of Physical and Medical Rehabilitation Services, my daily schedule varies every day. I oversee inpatient and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services in a 25 bed critical access hospital in New Hampshire. In the past year, I have also been supervising the medical rehab programs of Outpatient Cardiac Rehab, Pulmonary Fitness and Diabetes Education. The best part is that I get to evaluate and treat patients as a physical therapist in addition to the administrative duties. </p> <h4>What is your favorite part of your job?</h4> I love the variety and flexibility. I work with incredible therapists, physicians, clinicians and nurses who really care about their patients and the small community that we serve. I get to work directly with patients and also participate in many hospital wide committees and program development.<br /> <h4>How did you know the organization was a good fit for you?</h4> <p>This small nonprofit hospital is really dedicated to the community. It's well supported by this community and has remained independent through all of the healthcare changes. This organization is friendly, respects employee's family/work life balance and expects high quality of care. These values match mine in every way.</p> <h4>What was your favorite class you took at Simmons? Why?</h4> <p>I find this the hardest question to answer. Because of the liberal arts base at Simmons, I had the great opportunity to take a variety of classes separate from the basic science courses. I remember liking Colonial Boston, Women in the Law and <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=CD310DF535F54269B29AD861C6743ECA&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">Sociology</a> classes. These classes were so different from <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0F32E41D18234C9E9B36FE320719A278&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">biology</a>, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=A64D7797925047E3BC740AEC7B3D37B3&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">chemistry</a> and <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F4C0C581A94145FEA049C856ECA87177&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">physics</a> that were required for physical therapy.</p> <h4>If you could come back and take one class at Simmons what would it be?</h4> <p>For physical therapy classes: I have always said that I would love to take Gross Human Anatomy again. I feel that I would get so much more out of this now that I can relate it to the patients I have worked with over the past 30 years. </p> <p>For non physical therapy classes: I would like to take <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=4A7D1E40A2874A218481F48BB1208771&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">Professor White</a>'s Communications Media Class. I've always been a bit "technologically" challenged when it comes to working with media, unlike Kaitlyn. She has been essentially self-taught and for sure has not learned her media skills from me.</p> <h4>How does it feel to have <a href="" target="_blank">Kaitlyn</a> attending Simmons?</h4> <p>It feels great to have Kaitlyn attending Simmons. I feel blessed that she is doing so well and is making her own Simmons memories. Simmons has been such a good fit for her and she is taking advantage of just about everything that Simmons and Boston have to offer.</p> <h4>Is there anything that you did in your time at Simmons that you'd like Kaitlyn NOT to do?</h4> <p>It's not so much about what I "did" at Simmons that I don't want Kaitlyn to do, but more of what I "did not" do that I want Kaitlyn to do. I don't feel that I took advantage of the "extras" at Simmons and in Boston as much as she is doing. I hope that she gets a chance to do a lot of the cultural activities that are offered in the area. I really did not appreciate this aspect when I was at Simmons. Especially, I never went to the <a href="" target="_blank">Gardner Museum</a> during my time at Simmons and that was one of the first things I did with Kaitlyn in her first semester. </p> <h4>Kaitlyn said you met your husband at Simmons! How did you meet?</h4> <p>I met my husband, Paul, at a dance/party that my dorm, Smith Hall, sponsored at Alumnae Hall in September 1983. He came to the party with his friends from Northeastern and as they say, the rest is history.</p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p>I've been trying to think of a single "Simmons moment" and I can't think of just one. What I have is a collection of wonderful memories and moments that include making life long friends, having great professors and mentors, continuing long standing traditions, being in such a great college city &mdash; and always feeling welcome and at home.</p> <em>Photo: Kaitlyn, Lynne and Elizabeth Maloney</em>2017-05-12T00:00:00-04:00{72A466B1-D154-470C-A0F7-B27C6BCE51A8} Inside Look at the Computer Science and LIS Dual Degree<h4>What were your favorite courses in your studies at Simmons? </h4> <div> <p>The coursework and lessons from Systems Analysis, taught by Associate Professor Gerry Beno&icirc;t, have been integral to my professional career. Everything I learned in that class I have directly applied to each job I've had&mdash; including waitressing! Understanding the relationship and workflows between humans and technology is absolutely key to making any meaningful change and providing a useful service for patrons. Organization and Management of Corporate Libraries, taught by Professor James Matarazzo, taught me the value of making a business case for libraries and librarians, regardless of the setting. Libraries are usually on the bottom of the budget and first to get downsized in times of economic distress. To survive, librarians need to be able to defend and advocate for themselves to people who only look at spreadsheets and numbers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Operating Systems, taught by Associate Professor Bruce Tis, was just plain fun for me, honestly. It's a great class, lots of fun activities, and it feels old school to be programming in x86! Just pure enjoyment. Programming Languages pushed me out of my comfort zone. Up until that point, I'd mainly worked in Java and Python. I had to learn languages on the fly, and it improved my ability to learn new technologies&mdash;a skill more important than which technologies we actually covered.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Information Technology taught by Senior Lecturer Jo Trigilio presented challenging and interesting questions about privacy, sharing, and privilege that are &nbsp;important for any IT or library/information professional. We need to ask ourselves: how are our systems privileging some users over the others? How are we protecting user/patron data? These questions are especially poignant now, with Net Neutrality coming under fire.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What unique benefits did you get from the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=A1B04F98CCDE4354938B07BF8CD36F01&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">Computer Science/Library and Information Science: 3+1 Program</a>?</h4> <p>You get two degrees that would normally take six years in four years. It forces you to learn time management and working with deadlines, vital skills for working in fast-paced environments.&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite learning computer science and library science in such close proximity, the emphasis is rightfully placed on learning how to learn technology instead of focusing on a few specific tools or programming languages. Technological obsolescence is a prominent challenge, whether working in a library or in IT. Learning how to learn technology makes for an adaptable, well-versed professional. It also helps students deal with the variety of coursework they'll encounter: Intro to Python Monday, Intro to XML/XSLT Tuesday, etc.&nbsp;</p> <p>3+1 uniquely prepares students for working in a variety of environments, with a number of technologies. Marrying computer science and library science opens up a range of doors for students who can choose their ideal career and, chances are, end up there.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Where are you working now?</h4> <p>I'm the Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility at New York University, a dual hire between the Division of Libraries and the Center for Data Science. Before that, I was a resident at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City as part of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program.&nbsp;</p> <p>Upon graduation I thought I would enter corporate librarianship doing digital preservation. I enjoyed my internship at Sasaki Associates, an architecture firm, digitizing their legacy collections, and wanted to continue that work. I saw the NDSR as a program that could bolster my skills in digital preservation, and help me get a good job. What I didn't expect was how much I would fall in love with research librarianship. I love working with scientists and humanists, seeing their research and processes, and helping preserve and manage it for the future. This changed my career trajectory. Now, I do data management and reproducibility full-time, and I couldn't be happier. I use the skills from my computer science degree, working with engineers at the Center for Data Science, and from my library science program, working with patrons on their data management, data reference, and building up library services.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What would you say to someone considering the 3+1 program?</h4> <p>DO IT. It's game changing, and you will be extremely marketable after the fact. I won't lie and say it's all roses&mdash;it's stressful to do six years of education in four, especially if (like me) you have to work during that time. You have to put in a lot of hours, you have to be motivated, and you have to have serious time management skills.&nbsp;</p> <p>You will be given the tools to succeed in this program. All of my professors, in Computer Science and LIS, wanted me to succeed and they put in the hours to help me do it. When I felt overwhelmed, they brought me back from the brink. When I felt like giving up, they motivated me to continue.</p> <p>In a time when libraries have to fight harder for patron privacy and rights, the best thing you can do is learn how to build and support technologies that promotes knowledge equality, informed citizenry, and confidentiality. By pursuing coursework in computer science and library science, you will be empowered to do this.&nbsp;</p> </div>2017-05-12T00:00:00-04:00{676C6186-086A-481B-AE0F-1F2D4EDAB55F} Actions Supporting the 2015 Ten Demands<p>As we mark the one-year anniversary of the ribbon cutting of the Multicultural Student Organization Office, we are pleased to present the work accomplished this year to support the ten demands brought forward by student leaders 18 months ago.</p> <p>We remain appreciative of the courageous students in the Class of 2016 who asked the College to take a good hard look at our campus culture. We are grateful for their activism and we thank all students, faculty, administration, and staff, who have helped ensure progress on making Simmons a more inclusive community.</p> <p>So many people have approached this work with passion and energy because they recognize the importance of diversity, inclusion and equity at Simmons. We believe, and hope, everyone can agree that we are firmly on a path to being the Simmons community we all know we can be.</p> <p>Throughout this academic year, we have shared detailed updates via the Thursday &ldquo;Thoughts from the President&rdquo; message on the progress we are making on diversity and inclusion at Simmons. We hope you read all of the updates. They appeared on:</p> <ul> <li><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=9EF748A0996B4254AA62B50F13F55D04&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">September 15, 2016</a></li> <li><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=40AA7B67A0AD44C6BADC64287BF6ABC1&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">October 20, 2016</a></li> <li><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=B3A6171672D2418FA62113A9FC4B217E&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">December 1, 2016</a></li> <li><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=5F58C6A31D274FEFBB97BAB82F251B9F&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">January 26, 2017</a></li> <li><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=98AE90E5BAD14D72A04DA4132B215A1B&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">April 20, 2017</a></li> </ul> <p>But, while we believe we are making progress, we recognize that we still have a notable journey ahead of us. Since, we could not achieve everything in the ten demands in just one year, we dedicated time and resources to implementing the following Simmons College FY16/17 Diversity &amp; Inclusion goals. As you will read in the update, these goals support the ten demands and all our work benefits the entire Simmons community.</p> <h3>Simmons College FY 16/17 Diversity &amp; Inclusion Goals</h3> <div> <ul> <li>Goal #1 Develop Philosophy &amp; Mission of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence: All Ten Demands</li> <li>Goal #2 Develop New Health Services/Support: Demand One</li> <li>Goal #3 Implement Training for Faculty, Staff and Students: Demand Three</li> <li>Goal #4 Implement Bias Response Protocol: Demand Three</li> <li>Goal #5 Plan &amp; Implement Curriculum Enhancements: Demand Four&nbsp;</li> <li>Goal #6 Hire Diverse Faculty and Staff: Demand Eight</li> <li>Goal #7 Student Recruiting: Demands Six &amp; Nine</li> <li>Goal #8 Create Multicultural Center Proposal for FY18: Demand Seven</li> <li>Goal #9 Develop Strong Programming: Demands Two &amp; Five</li> <li>Goal #10 Make Diversity &amp; Inclusion Prominent in our Strategic Plan, Strategy 2022: Demand Ten</li> </ul> <p>Learn more about actions that support the&nbsp;<a href="~/media/E1D9A32EBF1348A39341C2C0E48F6D9D.ashx" target="_blank">2015 Ten Demands</a>.</p> </div>2017-05-11T00:00:00-04:00