All Simmons Newshttp://www.simmons.edu/{78BC1A43-70FE-436D-8BDA-1D37752E8551}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20social%20work/2017/december/eileen%20daceyEileen Dacey '17MSW: The Simmons Program Was Made for Me<h4>What does your job entail?</h4> I am a clinical specialist and program manager for the North Shore Center for Hoarding and Cluttering, an affiliate of North Shore Elder Services in Danvers, Massachusetts. In my multi-faceted role, I provide counseling, support groups, and resources to individuals of all ages with chronic disorganization, hoarding behavior, or hoarding disorder. I also conduct consultations and trainings for public health officials, first-responders, and policymakers to increase awareness and education around this frequently misunderstood mental health issue. Hoarding disorder is chronic and progressive and often co-exists with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and ADHD.<br /> <h4>What brought you to Simmons?</h4> <p>Formerly, I was a case manager for an elder services agency, and I wanted to advance to a clinical career and practice psychotherapy. I chose Simmons for its strong clinical focus, its reputation as the nation&rsquo;s first school of social work, and its commitment to social justice and advocacy for all people.</p> <h4>How did Simmons prepare you?</h4> <p>I feel like the Simmons program was made for me. I completed my first clinical placement at the North Shore Center for Hoarding and Cluttering, leading to my employment after graduation. As the center&rsquo;s social work intern, I provided in-home and individual counseling and ran a weekly support group. In my second placement at North Shore Physicians&rsquo; Group, an integrative primary care practice, I provided &ldquo;on-the-spot&rdquo; and ongoing counseling to patients with symptoms of depression, substance use, and other mental health issues, developing my ability to respond to clients in crisis. </p> <h4>Why is your job rewarding?</h4> <p>I&rsquo;m often the first person in years that individuals with hoarding behavior allow into their homes. It&rsquo;s an incredible feeling to be able to make that initial connection and to hear that they&rsquo;re open to meeting again and seeing where the work takes us.</p>2017-12-08T00:00:00-05:00{F2017C7F-FEAD-43A4-A86A-BE06A2590342}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/student%20stories/2017/december/courtney%20leblanc%2018Courtney LeBlanc '18 Makes a Difference Through Education Sparks<h4></h4> <em>Education Sparks is a student-led tutoring program run through Simmons&nbsp;<a href="http://www.simmons.edu/about-simmons/why-simmons/community-engagement">Community Engagement</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.simmons.edu/student-life/activities-and-organizations/community-service/scott-ross-center">Scott/Ross Center</a>. Working directly with Boston Public School students, tutors provide homework help and enrichment activities and promote positive peer relationships, empathy, and cultural awareness among the students.&nbsp;&nbsp;</em> <div><em><hr /> </em> <h5>WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE YOUR PROGRAM AT SIMMONS?</h5> <p>I've always wanted to work in a field where I can help others &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/nursing">nursing</a> allows me to combine my passion for helping those in need with my interests in science and medicine. <strong>At Simmons, my nursing education extends beyond campus</strong>; world-class hospitals become my classroom through clinical experiences, making for a very hands-on education that is preparing me for a career as a Registered Nurse.&nbsp;</p> <h5>TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE WITH EDUCATION SPARKS.</h5> <p>As Student Director, I take a hands-on approach to leadership, working directly with students and tutors, planning enrichment activities, and leading professional development and reflection opportunities for our tutors. I could write entire pages about everything I've learned from this role, but<strong> </strong>I think<strong> </strong>the main lesson I've taken away is <strong>the importance of treating others with empathy and kindness.</strong>&nbsp;This lesson transcends Education Sparks &mdash; as a student nurse, I've gained a better understanding of my patients' needs and witnessed firsthand how far a little kindness can go.</p> <h4></h4> <h5>HOW IS SIMMONS PREPARING YOU FOR THE FUTURE?</h5> <p> Simmons offers so many learning opportunities that extend beyond the traditional classroom setting. <strong>I'm able to learn by doing instead of just by watching, </strong>reading or listening, whether it be through <strong>my clinical rotations at world-class hospitals</strong> or by working with students and tutors at the Tobin Community Center. Simmons also provides so many different leadership opportunities that allow me to refine my professional skills in order to prepare me for future career success. </p> <h4></h4> <h4></h4> <h4></h4> <h5>WHAT'S YOUR SIMMONS MOMENT?&nbsp;</h5> <p>While working on homework with one of the second graders at Education Sparks, the student put his pencil down, looked me in the eye and said, "I just really appreciate you being here to help me." It was so touching to see that this program is making a difference in that student's life, and I wouldn't have the opportunity to work with the program if it weren't for Simmons and the Scott/Ross Center.</p> </div>2017-12-07T00:00:00-05:00{4BF464A3-D483-4608-912C-37771BF7BE7D}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/faculty%20and%20research/2017/december/paula%20gutloveProfessor Gutlove Speaks at Premier Leadership Conference for Women in Healthcare<p>In early November, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F388C7F218C6497280FFA6789190712E&amp;_z=z">Dr. Paula Gutlove</a>, a Simmons School of Business Professor of Practice, gave a featured lecture and led a workshop at the second annual Harvard Medical School Leadership Conference for Women in Healthcare, in Boston, MA. The conference is the premier leadership event for women physicians in the USA.</p> <p>In November 2016, its inaugural year, the conference was sold out. It was again sold out in November 2017, despite being held in a much larger venue. Dr. Gutlove&rsquo;s keynote address at the 2016 conference was highly acclaimed and she returned in 2017 for an expanded engagement.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Gutlove&rsquo;s lecture at the 2017 conference provided an overview of integrative negotiation and its relevance to women leaders in health care today. In this lecture, Dr Gutlove introduced concepts, skills, and strategies that have proven effective for women in attaining leadership and career success.</p> <p>Dr. Gutlove&rsquo;s workshop, <a href="~/media/021E9D952C964CECB78F979D510623EB.ashx">Negotiation Skills and Strategies for Career Success</a>,&nbsp;was a 3-hour interactive session that engaged participants in activities to understand, hone, and harness negotiation principles and self-advocacy skills. Participants learned about strategies for empowerment and self-advocacy, they practiced using tools to recognize and create opportunities for negotiation, and they learned how to establish realistic negotiation goals. Participants also had the chance to develop and practice their unique and authentic negotiation voice, so as to achieve career success and close the gender wage gap.&nbsp;</p>2017-12-06T00:00:00-05:00{515F763A-B079-4576-AD1A-C54D2392A0EA}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/december/grad%20profile%20ron%20oppenheimRon Oppenheim '17LS Works as the Corporate Archivist for Liberty Mutual<h4>Why did you choose Simmons?</h4> <p>I chose Simmons for its strengths: the program, the alumni network, the faculty, and its mission and dedication to the profession.</p> <h4>What was your favorite course and why?</h4> <p>LIS 440 (Archival Access &amp; Use), largely due to the strength of the professor, Kathy Wisser. A true leader in this field, she instills a palpable enthusiasm for all things archival and gives a solid theoretical foundation while always keeping a keen eye on practical application. She instills a respect for established methods while encouraging us to challenge them in the pursuit of excellence.</p> <h4>What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming student?</h4> <p>It sounds corny, but believe in yourself and challenge yourself. This is a great environment to step out of your comfort zone. You have the support of a genuinely nice student body, a welcoming and invested faculty and administration, and the safety net that is the classroom. Go for it.</p> <h4>What are you doing now?</h4> <p>I am the Corporate Archivist for Liberty Mutual Insurance. I manage the repository of 105-year old company with 50,000+ employees across the globe and deal with all aspects of their cultural history, from preservation to acquisition, from high-level strategic planning to detailed processing work.</p> <h4>How have your studies at Simmons prepared you for your current work?</h4> <p>Simmons SLIS gave me a knowledge of the underlying theories of library and information science to understand the &ldquo;why&rdquo; of this work. This is in addition to numerous opportunities&mdash;both in and out of the classroom&mdash;to apply this theory in a practical environment, i.e., the &ldquo;how&rdquo; of this work. All along, I built my confidence in my abilities through supportive mentors and advisors, and through collaboration with students, many of whom are now professional colleagues.</p> <h4>Did you work while you were in the program? If so, how did you balance work and classes?</h4> <p>I worked full-time and took mostly one class a semester. To balance life, work, and school I had to be judicious with how I meted out my time. Thankfully, SLIS scheduling, curriculum, and professors are attuned to this balance and made being a full-time employee/part-time student a much easier process.</p>2017-12-06T00:00:00-05:00{4A01CBF3-5D10-4378-A834-3356A94EE563}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/december/slis%20community%20news%20november%202017SLIS Community News, November 2017<h4>Faculty</h4> <p>Dean <strong>Eileen Abels</strong> was on the steering committee for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) event, &ldquo;Positioning Library and Information Science Graduate Programs for 21st Century Practice,&rdquo; on November 7, 2017 at the University of South Carolina. Associate Professor <strong>Laura Saunders</strong> attended the event and <strong>Gary Shaffer &rsquo;16LDS</strong> was a panelist in one session. A recording of the session can be viewed on the <a href="https://www.imls.gov/news-events/events/positioning-library-and-information-science-graduate-programs-21st-century" target="_blank">IMLS website</a>.</p> <p>Professor <strong>Jeannette Bastian</strong> gave the keynote presentation, &ldquo;Unlocking the Archives and Decolonizing the Records,&rdquo; at Critical Archives: New Interpretations, New Practices and New Lives for Archival Materials, a conference at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. November 14, 2017. Bastian presented "Radical Recordkeeping: How Decolonizing Archives helps us think differently about them" as the Annual Callery Memorial Lecture at the School of Information, University of Pittsburgh on October 27, 2017. She was also appointed a member of the International Council on Archives Expert Group on Shared Archival Heritage in August 2017.</p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Rong Tang</strong> and Assistant Professor <strong>Kyong Eun Oh</strong> presented "University students' evaluative and affective reactions to inclusion/exclusion-related political news: A diary study" at the ASIS&amp;T SIG USE Research Symposium on October 28th in Arlington, VA.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Alumni</h4> <p><strong>Kimberley Bugg &rsquo;17LDS</strong>&nbsp;has been&nbsp;<a href="https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/414198305/latest-news-new-hss-chief" target="_blank">named chief of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division</a>&nbsp;at the Library of Congress.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Jeffrey Pomerantz '97LS</strong> will be joining the SLIS faculty as a Visiting Professor in Spring 2018. He will teach Metadata and Digital Libraries, and will convert Digital Libraries to an online course. <a href="http://jeffrey.pomerantz.name/" target="_blank">Pomerantz</a> received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University, and was a tenured Associate Professor at UNC Chapel Hill. He has been teaching online and hybrid courses since 2001 and taught a MOOC on metadata. He has written a book about metadata for the MIT Press, and is an editor of the Open Access Directory.</p>2017-12-01T00:00:00-05:00{DA67B91E-4C00-41C8-86C8-DCD80B80F631}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/student%20stories/2017/november/adam%20mcneilSimmons Grad Student Wins Memphis State Eight<h4>Did a particular experience or person inspire you to pursue a graduate degree in <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/graduate-programs/history-ma">History</a>?</h4> <p> In March 2012, I visited my brother in Boston for the first time. He took me on a personal black history tour of Boston; we visited the Boston Campus of the Museum of African American History in Beacon Hill and the African Meeting House. While there, we heard the Boston African American National Historic Site Park Ranger speak about the history of the Meeting House. I asked him, &ldquo;how do I do what you do?&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Although I&rsquo;m still not a federal park ranger, I instead discovered the Student Conservation Association (SCA). The SCA allows me to travel throughout the country for free, and I get paid to speak about the histories of the communities I&rsquo;ve lived in: Virginia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Kansas, and Massachusetts. My circuitous journey brought me back to the Boston African American National Historic Site, where I have the opportunity to hopefully make someone say &ldquo;how do I do what <em>you</em> do?&rdquo;</p> <div> <div> <div> <h4></h4> <h4>Tell us about the significance of the "Memphis State Eight" paper prize.&nbsp;&nbsp;</h4> <p><span style="font-weight: normal;">The University of Memphis hosts the annual Graduate Association for African American History conference each year. The &ldquo;Memphis State Eight&rdquo; prize is named in honor of the eight pioneering African American students that integrated what was known as Memphis State University. Last year, through a generous travel grant from Simmons, I was able to attend the conference. This year, I promised myself that my submission would be good enough to compete against the majority doctoral student paper pool.</span></p> <h4>Tell us about your paper.</h4> <p>My paper is centered on how two early black women abolitionists, Boston&rsquo;s Maria Stewart and Philadelphia&rsquo;s Sarah Forten, dealt with the psychological effects of living in a land that enslaved a large number of their race in the 1830s. It explores why they decided to fight against an expanding empire, instead of attempting to flee and colonize or emigrate elsewhere. Because the wealth produced for the expanding American empire came from the forced blood sacrifice of their race, Stewart and Forten asserted that the United States owed free black Americans and their sisters and brothers in bondage. If anyone should benefit from America&rsquo;s economic success, those of African descent should.&nbsp; &nbsp; </p> <h4>What's the best thing about Simmons' Masters in History program?</h4> I&rsquo;m allowed to be myself in and out of the classroom setting with my <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/about-simmons/why-simmons/our-faculty">professors</a>. Simmons&rsquo; academic environment allows people to keep their personalities intact when they enter the classroom, which isn&rsquo;t the typical case in many academic environments. Ultimately, this leads me to enjoy my experience so much more. <h4>Do you have any advice for students pursuing graduate degree?</h4> READ, READ, READ! A professor once told me that in order to become a better writer, &ldquo;read books from scholars whose writing style you seek to pattern your style after.&rdquo; Continue to read and seek mentorship from your professors because, especially at Simmons, the professors care about your academic success. When you succeed, the entire department succeeds! <h4></h4> <h4>What&rsquo;s your Simmons moment?&nbsp;</h4> My Simmons moment occurs anytime I&rsquo;m building community with fellow students in the Multicultural Student Office. When the office opened at the end of Spring 2016, Simmons changed for me &mdash; I met others and engaged in deep debates, heart-felt discussions, and immense laughter over our mutual attempts at coping with the daily stresses of college life. I cherish all of the people I&rsquo;ve met in that space!&nbsp; <h4></h4> </div> </div> </div>2017-11-30T00:00:00-05:00{CD8C4C53-7A4E-4A1B-BDEE-E40C68B756DC}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/alumnae%20i%20and%20friends/2017/october/adriene%20worthingtonFighting Food Insecurity With Adriene Worthington '06 <h4>Did a particular experience or person inspire you to pursue your career in nutrition?</h4> <p> I had just moved to Boston and was working as a cook. I was on the fence about going back to school&nbsp; to finish my degree. My sister was the one who really gave me the kick I needed to <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/admission-and-financial-aid/undergraduate-admission/how-to-apply">start</a> the process and become a <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/admission-and-financial-aid/undergraduate-admission/for-students-over-24">Dix Scholar</a>!</p> <h4>Tell us about your role at the <a href="https://www.gbfb.org/" target="_blank">Greater Boston Food Bank</a> (GBFB).</h4> <p> The food bank has about 550 member agencies (pantries, meal programs) and over 70 direct service programs (mobile markets, senior distributions). My team is responsible for providing nutrition education to agencies and clients, teaching food safety classes, ensuring the GBFB is prepared for external food safety audits, SNAP application assistance and advocacy, and working with our agencies on ordering, shipping and reporting assistance. We manage an online recipe database and blog, <a href="http://clickncook.org/" target="_blank">Click &lsquo;N Cook</a>, and this year we created the first formal Nutrition Policy that will drive food acquisition towards higher percentages of healthy foods.</p> <h4>What's your favorite aspect of working for the GBFB?</h4> <p> There&rsquo;s always something different to do! My team isn&rsquo;t isolated; we get to work with every department across the organization and participate in community hunger and advocacy meetings.&nbsp;</p> <h4> Tell us about your continued involvement with Simmons.&nbsp;</h4> <p> We precept Simmons Dietetic Interns and provide fieldwork hours for Advanced Community Nutrition students. I guest lecture for Community Nutrition when asked. It&rsquo;s important to expose future nutrition professionals to roles in the food insecurity sector, there&rsquo;s a lot of opportunity and it isn&rsquo;t something many people know about.&nbsp;</p> <h4> Do you have any advice for students?</h4> <p> If you don&rsquo;t know what area of the field you want to work in yet, that&rsquo;s okay; careers take shape over time. Accepting positions and volunteer opportunities (no matter how small or part-time) can help you to narrow down your interests.</p> <h4> Are there any faculty members that impacted your time at Simmons?</h4> <p> I originally intended to take my degree and pursue graduate work in food science. <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Teresa-Fung">Dr. Teresa Fung</a>, my advisor, sat me down one day and laid out all of the reasons why taking one extra class would be the best choice as becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD) would open doors for me. She is a persuasive person, because I did just that and haven&rsquo;t looked back. And, yes, the RD has definitely opened doors!</p>2017-11-28T00:00:00-05:00{192E07B6-4BD4-44ED-84F3-833DD7A933BF}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/alumnae%20i%20and%20friends/2017/november/cherie%20miot%20abbanatMaking An Impact: Alumna Builds Community Library In Haiti<p><em>The <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/news/alumnae-i-and-friends/2015/may/cherie-miot-abbanat">last time</a> we spoke with Cherie, she was raising money for a library in Haiti. Two years later, she's made that dream a <a href="https://haitiprojects.org/pages/library" target="_blank">reality</a>.&nbsp;</em></p> <h4>Tell us about your current position as CEO of <a href="https://haitiprojects.org/" target="_blank">Haiti Projects, Inc.</a>&nbsp;</h4> <p> As the CEO of Haiti Projects, I&rsquo;m responsible for the operations both in the U.S. and Haiti. We&rsquo;re focused on empowering women in rural Haiti by providing access to jobs, family planning services and educational opportunities. It&rsquo;s a job that requires speaking a few languages, no matter how rusty, including English, French and Haitian Creole. It requires that you enjoy adventure, including, flat tires in the middle of nowhere, lack of cell service and internet, and the occasional hurricane or flood. Also, you must like the challenge of daily problems, such as banking in U.S. and Haiti, problems with utilities, cars that break down, and scrambling for donations, grants and sales &mdash;&nbsp;all while still trying to keep an eye on the mission of the social enterprise.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <h4>What inspired you to build a library in Haiti?<span class="image-right">​</span><span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Fond des Blancs Library" width="350" src="~/media/9625E67E59EB4E5389D4B4FEAA4985D7.ashx" class="image-right" /></span></h4> I went to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake to study the post-disaster conditions. Many experts from around the world were also studying the aftermath of the earthquake, but they would study and then leave with new information and intelligence, and Haiti would have nothing to show for it. So, I thought: wouldn&rsquo;t it be great if we could create a place to store this information that these experts have gathered about Haiti? I wonder if we could add a repository of knowledge, on-the-ground teaching, and studies from Haiti. What would we have? A library. And, if we add a mobile unit with computers and equipment, we would have a mobile library that could connect with the 136 area schools.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <h4>Tell us about the library and its capabilities.</h4> <p> The Library is a 10,000 square foot facility that serves multiple purposes. We have a cyber cafe that&rsquo;s designed to be a fun, inviting hangout for the community. The income generated from the cyber cafe will help pay for the other programs offered. We also have a large auditorium/classroom that people can rent for community meetings and events, and an artisan workshop where we provide jobs to women who are expert embroiderers, sewers and knitters. They make handmade heirloom pieces that we sell in the U.S. and all of the income pays for the salaries and raw materials.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to a traditional free library, we have a maker library with woodworking tools &mdash; various saws, a vinyl cutter, oscilloscopes, robotics elements, programming devices, and other hands-on-learning tools. Our goal is to add a laser cutter and 3D printer to the Maker Lab in the coming months.&nbsp;</p> <div> <h4> What do you hope to achieve from the creation of this library?&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Joni, embroiderer for Haiti Projects" width="350" src="~/media/3B1AF1F183A346F6AA742AC180F23B23.ashx" /></h4> <p> Delivering quality classes, materials and learning to the many children in the region who have nothing and no hope for a better education. I want to cater to those kids who are on the streets all day because their parents can&rsquo;t afford to send them to school. For those kids who can&rsquo;t sit still in school, I want to offer another way of learning, through hands-on learning and vocational training at the Maker Lab. These are the kids who deserve the best of what we can give. These are the kids, the self-starters, the self-learners, who I want to reach out to in one way or another.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <h4>How did Simmons prepare you for what you&rsquo;re doing now?</h4> <p>Simmons prepared me for a world that is often dominated by men. It helped me find my voice as a young woman and I learned how to grow that voice a little stronger each year. In Haiti, I&rsquo;m sometimes one of the only women in the room; many of the organizations are run by men and with men. But at Simmons, the women do everything and are expected to play all parts all of the time. So, there is never any question in my mind about whether I can play a role or not. If I&rsquo;m needed to play a role, I do. If I want to volunteer an opinion or challenge and opinion, I do. I also get to play many roles at the same time. Because I found my strength and my voice a long time ago, I&rsquo;m not intimidated when I&rsquo;m the only woman; I see it as a challenge to be heard, to contribute, and to add correction or clarification at times.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What was the most daring move you&rsquo;ve made in your career?<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Cherie with Haiti Projects embroiderers" width="350" src="~/media/3E1B949C140D41E4AE66DC9BC37271D0.ashx" class="image-right" /></span></h4> <p>I took over Haiti Projects when it was failing; it was out of money, had poor organization, no direction and poor leadership. The board asked me to take it over with only $15K in the bank. I wasn&rsquo;t sure that I would be paid, but even worse, I wasn&rsquo;t sure that I could pay the women in Haiti. So, I agreed not to take salary until we had funds and I made it a point to pay the women first, so they could care for their families. At a key point, I had to ask the women for help &mdash; to wait two months for their pay, an eternity for these women who live day-to-day. I promised that I would find the funds to pay them, but they had to give me two months. They agreed. I worked, struggled, created a campaign and asked for many, many individuals to help support us. By the end of the two months, we paid the women everything we owed them. By the end of that year, we had $500K in the bank and we gave each woman a raise. Each donation was critical. Each donation meant more to me than any one of those donors could have known. Each donor helped put a woman and her family on a steady course to prosperity. That was amazing!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>I took a leap of faith and was never so afraid of disappointing the women and their families. Through this difficult time, I learned to ask for help and that it's sometimes the folks with the least amount of assets, like these women, who give the most. Difficulty can pull us together and demand the best from each of us. I've found that if we can all hold hands across space and time, we &mdash; the women, the donors and the staff &mdash; can achieve many, many things. If we are willing to give the best, we get the best in return. Now, Haiti Projects can give them not only jobs, but a library with a Maker Lab where we can work together to educate the children.&nbsp;</p> <div></div> </div>2017-11-21T00:00:00-05:00{CD01C908-B125-4A07-870A-7CADE88D15A6}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20business/2017/november/health%20care%20forumSimmons Celebrates Semi Annual Health Care Forum<p>The Center for Research in Health Policy and Management at the Simmons School of Business presented a Healthcare Forum, The Challenge of Managing Accountable, Patient-Centered Care"on the management challenges of new forms of accountable, patient-centered care. This event, under the leadership of School of Business <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6C41614A94C44AB3A16FEFBC2433E8C3&amp;_z=z">Professor Robert Coulam</a>, brought a diverse audience to the school on November 9.</p> <p>The event addressed the great challenge of managing outpatient health services amidst the current demands to produce accountable, patient-centered care. How do clinicians and practice managers deal with the conflicting pressures to improve cost and quality &ndash; at the same time? How well has this worked? What has been accomplished? What needs to be done now?</p> <p>Two distinguished experts who have faced these problems from the front lines shared the challenges and promises of these major initiatives:</p> <p><img style="float: right; height: 250px; margin-left: 15px;" alt="Health Care Forum - Lori Berry, MPH, MSW" src="~/media/45D49972D6C444A9B45CE51CD0294867.ashx" /></p> <ul> <li><strong>Lori Berry, MPH, MSW,</strong> recently retired as CEO of the Lynn Community Health Center after more than 20 years. Under her leadership, the Health Center experienced significant growth, and now serves more than 40% of the residents of Lynn&mdash;over 40,000 patients. As CEO of the Center, Ms. Berry was a founding member of an innovative effort to develop an Accountable Care Organization for federally qualified health centers.</li> </ul> <br clear="all" /> <hr /> <p><img style="float: right; height: 250px; margin-left: 15px;" alt="Health Care Forum - Stuart Pollack, MD" src="~/media/943EA70DED5145FBA86755B6F5C1C00F.ashx" /></p> <ul> <li><strong>Stuart Pollack, MD,</strong> has served as Medical Director at Brigham and Women&rsquo;s Advanced Primary Care Associates since its inception in 2011. The practice is a certified Patient-Centered Medical Home, a care delivery model whereby patient treatment is coordinated through primary care physicians with focus on coordination of care and patient engagement. It has received numerous national awards, including the Society of General Internal Medicine Quality and Practice Innovation Award.</li> </ul> <br clear="all" /> <hr /> <p>The speakers emphasized the problems and discoveries in undertaking these new efforts:</p> <ul> <li>Change fatigue &ndash; At a time of extensive changes in the health system, it is hard to have the resources and stamina to change the culture of practices and educate board members, providers, staff, and patients to deliver care a new way.</li> <li>Resource demands &ndash; The need to hire new kinds of staff to accomplish such goals as care coordination requires new investments, which are difficult under payment methods from Medicaid and others that fail to cover many of the additional costs.</li> <li>Imperfect incentives and serious risks &ndash; Providers are required to bear risk in the new arrangements, to create incentives for controlling cost and improving care. But the incentives are imperfectly structured, and the imposition of risk raises new and unfamiliar questions of how much risk a provider can manage &ndash; including the worry of whether chance enrollment of especially severe patients will overwhelm provider finances.</li> <li>The importance of behavioral health &ndash; There has been a growing realization of how central behavioral/mental health care is in a patient-centered practice, especially for often indigent patients with complex health needs. This translates into a need for new staffing and different care processes to relate behavioral and medical care in new ways.</li> </ul> <p>The underlying message of all these comments was sobering but hopeful. Long-standing cost and quality issues in the delivery of healthcare required new initiatives, and the direction of changes now being undertaken is promising. However, the changes are in far from finished form and will require extensive work and refinement actually to achieve their promise, with many risks along the way.</p> <p>For those who missed the event, it is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgbOGQeZ-0o" target="_blank">available on YouTube</a>.</p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of Lindsay Deal, '18LS</em></p>2017-11-21T00:00:00-05:00{F4120213-0B52-4C6D-ADDF-42885C61020A}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/messages%20to%20the%20simmons%20community/2017/november/simmons%20to%20name%20college%20of%20media%20arts%20and%20humanities%20after%20late%20gwen%20ifillSimmons Announces the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities<p>Simmons <a href="~/media/74F9B3FA3A9D4DDA8F186B627163E764.ashx">announced</a> today that its new College of Media, Arts, and Humanities will be named in remembrance and honor of the late journalist Gwen Ifill, one of the College&rsquo;s most distinguished alumnae.</p> <p>With the announcement of the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities, Simmons also is previewing a significant redesign of its academic structure.The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities will be one of four newly-reconstituted colleges of study under the Simmons academic umbrella that will be launched in 2018.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>"For over 100 years, our <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=B46AC58A696B45BAA6731DFAF4ECE4B5&amp;_z=z">mission</a> at Simmons has been to prepare our students to lead meaningful lives and build successful careers. Gwen&rsquo;s example stands tall in that mission,&rdquo; said <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=78AE8F7006AD4533BAC27B910E349D57&amp;_z=z">Helen Drinan</a>, President of Simmons. &ldquo;The kind of unimpeded curiosity Gwen brought to her work, coupled with her warmth, integrity and commitment to truth-telling, is something all of our students aspire to &ndash; no matter what field of study they pursue. We are extraordinarily proud of her and so pleased to formalize her legacy at Simmons this way.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Simmons was a launching pad for Gwen and prepared her well,&rdquo; said Roberto Ifill, Gwen&rsquo;s brother. &ldquo;My sister leveraged her education to excel as a liberally educated, consummate professional. She graduated thoroughly grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and well-prepared professionally to embark on her journalism career, and it all started at Simmons.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Gwen's death one year ago launched a wave of moving tributes, including from President Obama, and from her peers across the media. As a Peabody Award-winning journalist, she broke new ground as the first African-American woman to host a nationally televised U.S. public affairs program, &ldquo;Washington Week&rdquo;. She went on to moderate the 2004 and 2008 Vice-Presidential debates, and joined Judy Woodruff to become the first all-female anchors of a nationally televised news program on &ldquo;PBS Newshour&rdquo;.&nbsp; At the time of her death, she had been awarded 41 honorary degrees, including one from her alma mater.</p> <p>The four new colleges in the Simmons academic structure will build on the signature strengths Simmons is known for, including its graduate studies in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=046E546061C5403D9626F25E63AF270F&amp;_z=z">nursing and health sciences</a>, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F17CDFDCB46042828ECC1DF76EF071A0&amp;_z=z">social work</a>, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=A0E2A6BA03E8432E81E5188DA8F25C23&amp;_z=z">library and information science</a>, and <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6ED072F5A08A4527AB2862B768F1FA1E&amp;_z=z">business</a>. Simmons will continue to be a women&rsquo;s college for undergraduate education with a women-centered approach, the only one of its kind in Boston. Graduate programs will continue to be open to all.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities, Simmons will be composed of the College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice; the College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences, and the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences.&nbsp;</p>2017-11-14T00:00:00-05:00{FE7544D2-ABDA-44ED-ADAD-C515FB497018}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20business/2017/november/work%20life%20balanceThe Many Metaphors of Work-Life Balance<p><em>This article was written by Professor <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Spela-Trefalt">Spela Trefalt</a>&nbsp;and first appeared in its entirety in the Spring 2017 issue of Management Magazine.</em></p> <p style="margin-top: 12pt;">As someone who has been studying how professionals manage their work and personal lives for the past 15 years, I often hear how frustrated people are with the term &ldquo;work-life balance.&rdquo; Critiques abound: that the term implies that there exists some ideal state of balance, when in reality life and work are ever-changing; that the term implies that there is one ideal that fits everyone; that the term dictates that time be equally divided between work and life outside of work; that the term implies that work and life outside of work are in opposition, when in reality they work symbiotically and sometimes even synergistically; and that it implies that work is not part of life but somehow occurs outside of life.</p> <p style="margin-top: 12pt;">Some people prefer to talk about work-life integration, work-life fit, or work-life juggle. I have also heard people compare the experience of doing all that we need to do in our lives to a plate-spinning act. First, we are placing plates (various activities, interests and obligations) atop of long thin poles and getting them to spin. And then, with each added plate, the tension rises as we need to keep each plate in motion to prevent it from falling off and breaking. So we rush around, from one pole to the next, adding a bit of rotation to a plate that we notice is slowing down or wiggling; working to keep every single plate in sight at each moment, ready to react before it is too late.</p> <p style="margin-top: 12pt;">Thinking about what words to use to describe our life&rsquo;s endeavors may sound like a highly academic exercise, but as a coach who works with professionals in search of more meaning and work-life balance, I find metaphors to be extremely powerful in the process of identifying priorities and strategies to pursue them. Metaphors have the power of shedding light on our choices and their consequences, and the power of introducing us to new possibilities. Even if, as Shakespeare claimed, &ldquo;a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,&rdquo; names we use for concepts make a difference. The pictures that such names conjure up in our minds shape our attitudes and behavior. If you think of work-life fit, you may see your varied interests as a curse, since it&rsquo;s hard to make them all fit. If you think of work-life integration, you may feel the pressure to mix work and personal life even if you want to keep them separated.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 12pt;">To read the rest of Spela's article, check out the Spring 2017 issue of <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/schools/school-of-management/about/management-magazine">Management Magazine</a>.</p>2017-11-14T00:00:00-05:00{72A4F4C1-C8E5-4C42-92D7-88D9A5AF64CA}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/student%20stories/2017/november/kaitlyn%20lapeyre%2018Kaitlyn Lapeyre '18 Helps Women Achieve Their Goals<h4>Why did you decide to come to Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I wanted to live in a city, but still have that comfort and security of a small campus. I really feel that Simmons gives you the best of both worlds: the excitement and adventure of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc-HBFlZuQY" target="_blank">Boston</a>, as well as a close-knit community. Another factor was the great science programs, which are geared towards what I want to study.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What made you choose your program at Simmons?</h4> <p> I chose the <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/exercise-science">Exercise Science</a> and <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/psychology-ba">Psychology</a> programs after taking such great classes with the most inspiring professors. Even though I always intended to major in Exercise Science, the Simmons curriculum for this program reaffirmed my love for the field. Similarly, I originally declared a minor Psychology, but I fell in love after taking a few classes and knew I needed to major in that as well. The help of my awesome advisors and <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/about-simmons/why-simmons/our-faculty">professors</a> made it possible for me to achieve this goal.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Tell us about your internship experience.</h4> <p> I'm currently interning at <a href="https://healthworksfitness.com/" target="_blank">Healthworks Fitness Center for Women</a> in Cambridge. It's been an amazing experience so far and I love that it strives to empower women, just like Simmons. The atmosphere is always very light and fun, but everyone is also determined. It's truly inspiring to see people attain their fitness goals with help and motivation from the fantastic personal trainers, who have also made me feel incredibly welcome.&nbsp;</p> <h4>How is Simmons preparing you for the future?</h4> <p> Simmons has definitely helped me define myself. While being away from home and figuring out how to be independent, it made me think about what kind of person I truly want to become. This not only applies to who I am as a person, but also how I present myself to others. The future can be daunting, but being secure in myself is always at the forefront of my mind. I'm glad that Simmons has helped me feel more established, so that I know I can overcome any obstacles that come my way.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What do you hope to do after graduation?&nbsp;</h4> <p> After graduation I hope to continue my time here in Boston. I will most likely spend my time working and completing observation hours for about a year. My dream is to become a physical therapist, so grad school is definitely something I see in the near future.&nbsp;</p>2017-11-09T00:00:00-05:00{3A228FD6-99AC-4FBE-B94E-165F72C10C08}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/november/grad%20profile%20jennifer%20skarbekJennifer Skarbek '18LS Interns at the Kennedy Presidential Library<h4>Why did you choose Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Simmons School of Library &amp; Information Science (SLIS) has one of the highest rated and well-known <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/graduate-programs/library-and-information-science-archives-management-ms">archives</a> programs in the country. Simmons really cares about its students and a strong community exists in the SLIS program. Also, the great city of <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/student-life/life-at-simmons/life-in-boston">Boston</a> was a deciding factor for me. There's always something to do here and the great activist communities and neighborhoods nearby Simmons really drew me in. There&rsquo;s a diverse culture that&rsquo;s celebrated throughout the city, and especially celebrated on the Simmons campus, which creates an environment that I feel comfortable in and proud to be a part of.</p> <h4>What was your favorite course and why?</h4> <p>So far my favorite courses are LIS 438 Introduction to Archival Methods and Services and LIS 440 Archives Access and Use. I came into the program with very minimal knowledge of how archives operated, so LIS 438 was a nice introduction to all aspects of archives management and the profession. LIS 438 includes an internship, an opportunity for hands-on experience in the archives field. LIS 440 was essentially the next step from LIS 438; each assignment replicated the day-to-day work of an archivist, which made the assignments interesting and fun for me!</p> <h4>Tell us about your internship experience.&nbsp;</h4> <p>The archives concentration requires a 60-hour internship toward the beginning of your course work, through LIS 438 Introduction to Archival Methods and Services. I completed my 60 hours at Bunker Hill Community College in their relatively recently formed college archive. This internship is meant to focus mainly on the processing aspect of archives, so that&rsquo;s primarily what I worked on during my internship with BHCC. My coursework at Simmons also gave me the skills and experience to get an additional paid internship outside of those required for graduation. As an intern at the Kennedy Presidential Library, I&rsquo;ve found that most of the assignments in the program directly relate to the work of archival professionals, which allows me to easily take what I&rsquo;ve learned and apply it at my internship.</p> <h4>How did you balance work and classes?</h4> <p>While it certainly is difficult to balance busy schedules, it definitely can be done. I currently have an internship, a part-time office job and work as a part-time nanny while going to school full-time. Even though I have a lot going on, I make sure to schedule in a few hours a week that I can dedicate to completing assignments. I sometimes even schedule an hour or two per day to work on an assignment to spread out my workload. Google Calendar is my best friend and I write in the times that I want to spend on homework. This ensures that I don&rsquo;t overbook myself and maintain my sanity, while also holding me accountable for completing assignments and using my time efficiently and effectively. I often complete my reading assignments for classes during my commute.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming student?</h4> <p>Take time to take care of yourself! Graduate school is stressful and fitting it into your already hectic schedule can be draining. Take the time to tend to your physical and mental health. For me, that includes making sure I give myself enough time to relax and recharge.</p>2017-11-08T00:00:00-05:00{5CC0D05B-3E3C-4D9C-A473-927E9B70D69B}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20social%20work/2017/november/atamian%20and%20saxena%20scholarships%20announcementScholarships Available For Special Education Graduate Students<p>Scholarships are now available for incoming students in graduate programs in Special Education at Simmons. These awards, which have been established through generous donor support, will be granted to new graduate students who demonstrate an enduring commitment to special education and who will promote excellence, passion, and innovation in the field.</p> <p>Students admitted to the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=319C16A501994106822E39AA62076BD0&amp;_z=z">MS in Education in Moderate Disabilities</a> and the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=885C08F139AD4FD0AF670A1DC118C7BF&amp;_z=z">Master of Arts in Teaching Dual General &amp; Special Education Licensure</a> programs will be considered for the Neel Saxena Memorial Scholarship of up to $20,000, and students admitted to the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=319C16A501994106822E39AA62076BD0&amp;_z=z">MS in Education in Severe Disabilities</a> program will receive consideration for the Atamian Scholarship of up to $25,000. Applications for admission are now being accepted on a rolling basis, and candidates will receive automatic consideration upon acceptance as funds remain available.</p> <p>At Simmons, we are proud of our long-standing history of training and preparing exceptional educators, researchers, and practitioners in the field of special education, and we strive to make it possible for all well-qualified students to enroll through a combination of institutional and federal aid resources.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>"As soon as I was notified of my scholarship, I realized that I now hold a debt &ndash; not to the incredibly generous donors who have given me the opportunity to attend Simmons, but to the future generations of students with disabilities who I will be able to support during my career. Having the incredible gift of a Simmons education also bestows on me the responsibility to use that education to help others."</p> <p>- <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=69AEA9F10B69442EBC166D1F339BECD0&amp;_z=z">Josh Keehn &lsquo;17MSEd</a><br /> Saxena Scholarship Recipient</p> </blockquote> According to the current U.S. Department of Education&rsquo;s Teacher Shortage Area list, Special Education is now identified as a high need area in every New England state. This growing need for licensed special educators makes this an ideal time to earn the degree and license needed to launch or advance a career in this rewarding field.&nbsp; <p>To learn more about obtaining your teaching license in Special Education through a graduate program at Simmons, or to inquire about applying for admission, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies Admission at 617-521-2915 or <a href="mailto:">gsa@simmons.edu</a>.</p> <p><em>Photo (above): Josh Keehn &lsquo;17MSEd</em></p>2017-11-08T00:00:00-05:00{D7BA7069-EECE-49FA-B70F-49DF8E85A756}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/student%20stories/2017/november/tema%20fodje%2019Honors Program Takes Tema Fodje '19 to Uganda<h4>How did you choose your major?</h4> <p>I&rsquo;ve always loved chemistry and the Simmons <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/biochemistry">Biochemistry</a> program gives me the freedom to explore biology, chemistry, and my interest in public health. This program also fulfills pre-med requirements, which means that I&rsquo;ll be well prepared when it&rsquo;s time to apply to medical school. Overall, Biochemistry gives me the flexibility to find myself and explore other interests, while fulfilling the hard science that I need.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What made you decide to join the <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/honors-program">Honors Program</a>?</h4> <p>The many opportunities it offers students. ​The small cohort introduced me to people I wouldn&rsquo;t have otherwise known, which I saw as a major advantage especially because I moved here from Georgia. Joining the Honors Program also gave me the opportunity to know the <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/about-simmons/why-simmons/our-faculty">professors</a>, especially those outside of my specific field of study, which has helped shape what I want to do with my future. ​</p> <h4>What's your favorite part about being in Honors?</h4> <p>The people I&rsquo;ve met and opportunities I&rsquo;ve received. Most of my closest friends at Simmons are those I met through Honors. Additionally, I&rsquo;ve received amazing support for many opportunities, one of which was spending 2 months conducting biostatistical research in Uganda. ​</p> <h4>What advice would you give to students considering applying to the Honors Program?</h4> <p>​<a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/honors-program/apply-to-honors">APPLY</a>! I've never regretted applying to the Honors Program and cannot imagine my Simmons experience without it. Coming here made me who I am today and for that I am forever grateful. If you want the chance to enrich your experience in more ways than one, then you should definitely apply!</p> <h4>What is your dream job?</h4> <p>Working as a doctor serving communities of color and those who live in underserved communities in the U.S. ​Whether this means being a surgeon or an OB/GYN, I just know that I want to use my skills to help make a difference in the realms of health equity. Maybe this also means getting involved in policy, I haven't decided! There are so many possibilities.</p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p>A big Simmons moment was planning the BSO's Intercollegiate Black Student Mixer. Being able to bring together Black and Brown students from all over the greater Boston area was amazing. At our individual schools we may make up a large percentage of the student population, but when we come together it's something extremely special.&nbsp;</p> <p>I'm reminded daily that I hold a special place at Simmons and that I'm not just another student in the crowd. The people I've had the pleasure of meeting during my time here have made Simmons all the more important to me.&nbsp;</p> <div> </div>2017-11-03T00:00:00-04:00{869DF3F5-814D-4118-B23A-D30808B906DD}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/november/slis%20community%20news%20october%202017SLIS Community News, October 2017<p><strong>Faculty</strong></p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Naresh Agarwal</strong>&rsquo;s book, <em>Exploring Context in Information Behavior</em>, will be published by Morgan &amp; Claypool Publishers in Fall 2017. A first print copy of the book made its debut at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science &amp; Technology (ASIS&amp;T) Oct 27 - Nov 1, Washington, DC.</p> <p>Professor <strong>Jeannette Bastian</strong> participated in a panel discussion in October 6, &ldquo;Setting Directions for Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age&rdquo; as part of Recording Lives, a free public forum organized by the Boston University Center for the Humanities, October 5-7, 2017.&nbsp;</p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Gerald Benoit</strong> is the Communications Officer for the <a href="https://www.asist.org/SIG/SIGVIS/ " target="_blank">ASIS&amp;T Special Interest Group for Visualization, Image, and Sound</a> (SIG VIS) which was awarded the SIG of the Year award for 2017 by ASIS&amp;T. The award was given at the ASIS&amp;T conference in October.&nbsp;</p> <p>Professor <strong>Michele Cloonan</strong>&rsquo;s interview, &ldquo;<a href="https://blog.degruyter.com/investigating-fake-news-conversation-james-corcoran/" target="_blank">Investigating Fake News: A Conversation with James Corcoran</a>,&rdquo; was published in the most recent issue of <em>Preservation, Digital Technology &amp; Culture</em>, a journal Cloonan co-edits.</p> <p>Professor <strong>Cathryn Mercier</strong> presented a keynote session at the Boston Book Festival, October 28, which featured a conversation with award-winning author M.T. Anderson.</p> <p>Senior Lecturer&nbsp;<strong>Lauren Rizzuto</strong> moderated a young adult author panel, "Truth and Consequences," at the Boston Book Festival, October 28. The authors who spoke were the bestselling E. Lockhart, Malinda Lo, and Children's Literature alum <strong>Kristin Cashore</strong> '04GS.</p> <p>Senior Lecturer <strong>Rachel Williams&nbsp;</strong>presented a co-authored paper, &ldquo;Two views of the Data Documentation Initiative: Stakeholders, Collaboration, and Metadata Standards Creation,&rdquo; at the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&amp;T) Annual Meeting, October 27-November 1, 2017. Williams also had a co-authored paper &ldquo;Makerspaces and boundary work: the role of librarians as educators in public library makerspaces,&rdquo; accepted for publication in <em>Journal of Libarianship and Information Science</em>.</p> <p><strong>Welcome New Staff!</strong></p> <p><strong>Kayla Guadagni</strong> is the Executive Assistant to the Dean's Office. She will be providing organizational and administrative support to the Dean, Associate Dean and Operations Manager. Previously she was Office Services Manager at Boston University, and has held positions at the ObserveIt and Vantage World Travel. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Boston University.</p> <p><strong>Nancy Hutchins</strong> is the new Executive Assistant to Division Directors. Nancy brings with her a wealth of executive assistant experience, most recently as Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Wheelock College, where she has worked for 24 years. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and holds a master&rsquo;s degree in higher education administration from Syracuse University.</p> <p><strong>Lorraine Stringer</strong> is our new COCIS Operations Manager. Previously, Lorraine was a Senior Research Officer at Boston University. She has also held positions at the Harvard Medical School as a Grants Officer and Harvard School of Public Health as an Administrative Manager, among other positions. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master&rsquo;s Degree in Management and Research Administration from Emmanuel College.</p> <p><strong>Students</strong></p> <p>PhD student <strong>Sylmar&iacute; Burgos-Ram&iacute;rez</strong> has been selected for this year&rsquo;s Doctoral Students to Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Grant for the ALISE Annual Conference. As part of the award, Sylmari will receive complimentary registration to the conference, a complimentary one-year membership to ALISE, and a monetary award in the amount of $500.</p> <p>Master's student&nbsp;<strong>Mary Boutet </strong>was selected to receive a scholarship from the Massachusetts Library Aid Association. Boutet is a student in the program and the scholarship will assist with payment for one of her courses.</p> <p>Children&rsquo;s Literature student <strong>Isabelle Novoa</strong>'s second young adult novel, <em>Into the Black</em>, will be released this November by Sky Pony Press, under Isabelle's pen name, Ava Jae. The release was celebrated at a launch party at <a href="https://www.tridentbookscafe.com/event/ava-jae-launches-black" target="_blank">Trident Booksellers and Cafe</a> on Thursday, November 16.</p> <p><strong> Alumni&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Jenny Rae Bailey </strong>&rsquo;17LS is now the part-time cataloger at the Mattapoisett Public Library. The library, according to Bailey boasts &ldquo;an eclectic collection including a sewing machine, baking pans, and &lsquo;adventure&rsquo; backpacks.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Anna Byrne </strong>&rsquo;02LS was <a href="http://hingham.wickedlocal.com/news/20171013/familiar-face-opens-new-chapter-at-hingham-public-library" target="_blank">appointed Hingham Public Library&rsquo;s assistant director</a>. Byrne has served as technology services librarian and children&rsquo;s librarian in her 15 years with Hingham Public Library.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Clare Davitt</strong> &rsquo;13LS was elected to Bangor City Council. A librarian at the Bangor Public Library, her run was reported in the <a href="http://bangordailynews.com/2017/10/18/opinion/thursday-oct-19-2017-trump-epa-nominee-ally-of-chemical-industry-davitt-for-bangor-city-council-free-tuition-program/" target="_blank">Bangor Daily News on October 19</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Susan Nutter</strong> &rsquo;68LS has retired after 30 years at the North Carolina State University Libraries. Nutter has overseen numerous transformations and renovations during her tenure, including the building of the Hunt Library, which was awarded the 2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries, among a slew of other awards. Nutter was the recipient of the 1995 Alumni Achievement Award from Simmons SLIS.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Jessica R. Olin</strong> &rsquo;03LS became the Director of Library Services of the Alfred C. O'Connell Library, Genesee Community College. Olin was previously the director of the Robert H. Parker Library at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware; the information literacy librarian at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio; and a research services librarian at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.</p> <p><strong>Beverly Sweetman</strong> '89LS has signed her first publishing contract " with Pelican Publishing for her picture book, There Was an Old Gator Who Swallowed a Moth. The book, written under the name <a href="http://childrensauthorbjlee.com/" target="_blank">B.J. Lee</a>, is scheduled for publication in 2019. Sweetman has over 100 poems and stories published in major children's anthologies, including <em>National Geographic</em> (ed., J. Patrick Lewis) and Little, Brown (ed., Kenn Nesbitt).</p>2017-11-02T00:00:00-04:00{04CFF946-DC5C-4983-A48F-7C002CEE5A6F}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/alumnae%20i%20and%20friends/2017/november/stem%20adviceAlumni Share: Advice to STEM Students<h5></h5> <p> </p> <h5><hr /> </h5> <h5>HONE YOUR SKILLS&nbsp;</h5> <p>"Use technology to change the world. Don't be intimidated. Tinker. Definitely do a really hands-on internship to hone your skills and get a few awesome mentors who have what you want.​ ​Understand gender bias and have a plan to navigate some tough waters. Pick your company based on admiration for the work AND the culture."</p> <div> <p>- <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/news/alumnae-i-and-friends/2015/june/julie-kantor">Julie Kantor</a> '91, Chief Partnership Officer of STEMConnector and Million Women Mentors</p> <hr /> <h5></h5> <div> <h5>LEARN FROM OTHERS</h5> </div> <p>"Don't be afraid of the sciences! If you're interested in a STEM field, then do everything you can to learn about it. Find a summer job related to your interests, seek out the smart people in your field and do everything you can to learn from everyone you can find."</p> <div> <p>- <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/news/alumnae-i-and-friends/2016/april/helen-jones">Helen Jones</a> '02, Environmental Geochemist</p> </div> <h5><hr /> </h5> <h5>UTILIZE YOUR PROFESSORS</h5> </div> <p> "Simmons is an incredible place for women to thrive in STEM. We are pushed to the greatest degree by professors 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. My incredible professors encouraged me every step of the way and advised me both personally and professionally."</p> <p>- <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/news/alumnae-i-and-friends/2017/may/casey-gilman">Casey Gilman</a> '16,&nbsp; Lab Manager and Research Assistant at Boston Children&rsquo;s Hospital</p> <hr /> <p> </p> <h5>BELIEVE IN YOURSELF</h5> <p> "Keep moving forward despite what anyone tells you. No family member, peer, teacher or professor should ever stop you from doing what you love. College is such a strange time and an emotional rollercoaster of discovering who you really are and what your purpose is in life. Don&rsquo;t be discouraged about not knowing what your final destination is and don&rsquo;t be afraid to change paths." </p> <div> <p><span>- <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/news/alumnae-i-and-friends/2016/march/caitlyn-normand">Caitlyn Normand</a> '15,&nbsp;</span>Bioanalytical Chemist</p> </div> <div><hr /> </div>2017-11-01T00:00:00-04:00{F3552F8B-CA63-43D3-B1EF-BA06529AFCB2}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/october/deanna%20irizarryWearable Art to Support Puerto Rico<p><em>LIS Student Deanna Irizarry and her partner Rafael Fields, an AmeriCorp Legal Advocate at the Justice Center of Southern Massachusetts, have teamed up <a href="https://fieldsrafael.wixsite.com/prfundraiser" target="_blank">to create artful t-shirts</a> that champion the strength and culture of Puerto Rico. All proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts <em>will be contributed to the relief fund of ConPRmetidos, a nonprofit based in San Juan, which will&nbsp;</em>go toward Puerto Rico&rsquo;s recovery after the devastating hurricane. We asked Deanna a few questions about this project.</em></p> <h4>How did you come up with the t-shirt idea? </h4> <p>Shortly after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and the extent of the damage was clear, I watched in agony as the federal government failed to react in proportion to the catastrophe. It became apparent that hope for the future came from people organically contributing what they could. </p> <p>I had no money to give but felt deeply the need to contribute, so I decided to offer my time and creativity to the cause. The idea for t-shirts came from the basic goal of the fundraiser, which is two-fold. We want to create a revenue stream for relief efforts; all proceeds will be donated directly to such efforts. The second goal of this campaign is to raise awareness of the current and dire situation the people of Puerto Rico face. I want people to wear these shirts as statements of support and solidarity. Perhaps they will act as conversation starters, giving people the opportunity to spread the word further.</p> <h4>Do you have an arts background?</h4> <p>I've always loved to make art. It has served as a means of self-expression and helped me get through hard times. </p> <h4>What are you studying? </h4> <p>I'm in the archives concentration. I am drawn to archives because of its power in reshaping history to be more inclusive in its subjects, its storylines, and its narrators. </p> <h4>What is your connection to Puerto Rico?</h4> <p>I, like many Puerto Ricans, feel that the island is my home and place of origin. Although I was not born there, I have a deep connection to the island of Puerto Rico and I feel that its history is my own. I've only been able to visit the island and my family there a couple times in my life but each time was like traveling into the stories of my childhood. I returned from each trip with fresh memories of my favorite taco shop and limbers sold by an old man on the street. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, confronted with images of destruction, this connection is only strengthened.</p> <p><img height="244" alt="puertoricotshirt" width="244" src="~/media/CAE54F39C1254765B46537507C5C6EC7.ashx" /></p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of Deanna Irizarry. Top: Deanna Irizarry and Rafael Fields. Below: Si Se Puede! t-shirt. <a href="https://fieldsrafael.wixsite.com/prfundraiser/product-page/si-se-puede" target="_blank">From the website</a>: "Partially inspired by the iconic image of&nbsp;"Rosie the Riveter"&nbsp;pulling up her sleeve, this image is an ode to the strength and leadership of women in building a just society. Added to the image are the words, "Si se puede" which have been made famous by the Obama presidential campaign and Cesar Chavez before him, but were first the words of&nbsp;Dolores Clara Fern&aacute;ndez Huerta, the American labor leader and civil rights activist."<br /> </em></p>2017-10-25T00:00:00-04:00{030B01E3-9D34-45F2-A0F4-8DE6BAEEC6AF}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/student%20stories/2017/october/alicia%20healey%2018Giving STEM Students the Confidence to Succeed<h4>What made you make the move to come to Simmons?</h4> <p>I first heard about Simmons from my aunt who was an adjunct professor in Simmons' <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/graduate-programs/physical-therapy-dpt">Doctor of Physical Therapy</a> (DPT) program; she was the one who originally encouraged me to visit the campus. After visiting, I fell in love with the campus and Fenway area and could already see myself walking the halls of the Main College Building. Simmons had exactly what I was looking for &ndash; a small, close-knit community in the big city!</p> <h4> What made you choose your program at Simmons?</h4> <p> Throughout high school I always loved the sciences &ndash; physics, chemistry and biology. In my high school anatomy class I learned about the debilitating effects that occur when the human body failed to function normally. Because of this fascination, I initially planned on becoming a doctor. But after an amazing internship in Idaho, I realized that I was more interested in the science behind diseases than personally treating diseases in patients.&nbsp;I decided to shift my focus from practicing medicine to conducting biomedical research.</p> <h4> Tell us about your internship experience.</h4> <p>I participated in a National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Idaho. Hopping on a plane to Idaho to spend 10 weeks with people that I'd never met before was a little terrifying, but it turned into an incredible experience. Over the summer I worked on a research project that was concerned with understanding the relationship between viral co-infection and disease severity. I worked hands-on in a biosafety level 2 (BSL-2) lab with influenza A virus and rhinovirus and ran viral co-infection experiments with mouse lung epithelial cells.&nbsp;</p> <h4> Do you have any advice for students who are considering pursuing a career in <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/stem">STEM</a>?</h4> <p>Take advantage of Simmons&rsquo; location! Boston is one of the best places in the country for those interested in the STEM field and there are countless research opportunities in the Longwood area. Your professors are also great resources! If you're thinking about pursuing a career in STEM, my advice is to talk with your professors about their experiences.</p> <h4> How is Simmons preparing you for the future?</h4> <p> My Simmons education has given me the skills and confidence to reach for my highest goals. Even though STEM is a male-dominated field, Simmons has taught me to let that fact drive me to succeed rather than intimidate me. I feel that my science courses, labs and professors at Simmons have prepared me for a PhD program and a subsequent career in biomedical research.&nbsp;</p> <h4> What's your Simmons moment?&nbsp;</h4> <p> My Simmons moment happened over 2,000 miles away. I was one of 15 students on a Simmons faculty-led <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/cge/study-abroad">study abroad</a> trip to Iceland. We hiked glaciers in the &THORN;&oacute;rsm&ouml;rk valley, held newborn lambs, planted 5,315 trees at the base of Mount Hekla, and walked between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. I felt lucky to visit such an incredible destination with other Simmons students and knew that if it weren&rsquo;t for Simmons&rsquo; study abroad program, it's likely I never would have had the opportunity to visit Iceland.&nbsp;</p> <p><img height="244" alt="Alicia Healey" width="244" src="~/media/254EAAE0126D4813A34B90B87C97B4D9.ashx" /><img height="244" alt="Alicia Healey" width="244" src="~/media/39D559B4862047198F5FC79FFE84A1A9.ashx" /><img height="244" alt="Alicia Healey" width="244" src="~/media/286103561C9C4C649EB3B8B5154A1D51.ashx" /></p>2017-10-24T00:00:00-04:00{74DE9A72-ED90-47F1-9AA6-DE2AC08CE033}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/october/candy%20schwartzProf. Candy Schwartz: Love What You Do and Have Fun<p>Professor Candy Schwartz is retiring from Simmons SLIS at the end of the fall semester. She has taught since 1980 in the areas of information organization, metadata, digital libraries and subject analysis. She was co-principal director for the first of two IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) "Librarians for the 21st Century" grants, which instituted a doctoral concentration in managerial leadership. Professor Schwartz is the recipient of two ASIS&amp;T awards, the Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award and the Watson Davis Award, given to an ASIS&amp;T member for outstanding and dedicated service to the society. Since 2005, her digital libraries course has <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/library/archives/collections/scrapbooks" target="_blank">digitized scrapbooks</a> from the Simmons College Archives, covering all aspects of the production process. An exemplary professor often lauded for her devotion to teaching and her students, Schwartz was the first recipient of the Provost Award for Student Centeredness in Graduate Teaching in 2016.</p> <hr /> <h4>You joined SLIS (then GSLIS, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science) in 1980. How did that happen?</h4> <p>I have an undergraduate degree in linguistics, but didn't want to be a translator or do an advanced degree in the field. After selling souvenirs at pop-up stores in malls for a few years, I realized that I needed to find an actual career. I looked through the entire McGill catalogue and thought that librarianship sounded like fun. I was, after all, a voracious reader. In 1972 I entered the two-year master&rsquo;s program. I loved cataloguing, became a teaching assistant for the course, and discovered that I loved teaching as well. My mentors advised me to work in the field and then pursue my doctorate. I was a cataloguer at Concordia University from 1974-1977, during the time when we converted from 3x5 cards to MARC records. In 1977, I went to Syracuse University to get my PhD.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the spring of 1979, I was finishing my doctoral coursework and thinking about what my next step would be. My husband Simon had been holding down the fort in Montreal very patiently for two years, but we knew that the next move would be for my first faculty position. One of the Syracuse faculty members had been at GSLIS and recommended it to me. I had never heard of Simmons, as it had little presence at what was then called ASIS (now ASIS&amp;T, the Association for Information Science and Technology) which was my principal professional networking community. However, we had visited Boston and liked it; we had friends there, it was close to Montreal, it had a vibrant folk and bluegrass scene, it was home to the Red Sox, and we enjoyed the good flight connections to Europe. I arranged a visit to the campus and was interviewed by the faculty. A few weeks later I was offered a position and initiated the green card application process for us both.&nbsp;</p> <p>I arrived in Boston in January 1980 with no green card or social security number, no place to live and little money. I resided temporarily at the Women&rsquo;s Christian Temperance Union on Newbury Street. Bill Holmes, the president of Simmons, gave me pocket cash to tide me over while I prepped classes. A week or so later our green cards had been approved, so I went back to Montreal. Then Simon and I came through the border, got our green cards together and started a new life in Allston.</p> <h4>Have you always taught in the same subject area?</h4> <p>Most of the courses I teach have to do with organizing and describing information resources. I've taught information organization (LIS 415) since I arrived and I introduced the indexing course (LIS 419) in 1980. Early on, I developed and taught courses in database management, thesaurus construction and information retrieval. The database management course required logging into a mainframe at Babson College using dial-up modems and what were called &ldquo;dumb&rdquo; terminals. I created the first GSLIS website before Simmons had one, and introduced a course in information architecture and web design based on what I had learned. The digital libraries course followed about five years after that. At various times I've filled in for other areas including records management, online searching, literature of science and technology, and evaluation.</p> <h4>What will you remember most fondly about your time at SLIS? What will you miss?</h4> <p>The best memories will be of people. I've made many good and lasting friendships among the faculty, staff and students over the years, and I will continue to be in touch with them.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are lots of &ldquo;remember when&rdquo; events as well:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Playing baseball in the park in the '80s - SLIS actually fielded two teams and I broke my finger making a catch in center field.</li> <li>Touring the construction site of One Palace Road often enough that I got my own hard hat.</li> <li>All the post-blizzard days when it was just me and nurses trudging through the snow along Longwood.</li> <li>The day the city went into lockdown after the Marathon bombing and I was caught at school. The campus was deserted. I used the faculty listserv to find out whether anyone had any food in an unlocked space.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>I'll miss the rewards of teaching &ndash; working closely with students, seeing the light dawn when they &ldquo;get&rdquo; some thorny point, the buzz of a particularly good day in the classroom, and the parties at the end of the semester. I'll also miss my office &ndash; I have no room at home for all of the art and crafts that decorate my room.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What will you do when you retire?</h4> <p>I intend to do a lot of &ldquo;reading without guilt&rdquo; &ndash; which is reading without worrying about all the other things you should be doing. Of course this will start with the entire Tolkien canon, more or less in Middle-earth chronological order. I'll probably binge watch some TV shows that I missed (or loved the first time around), and work on craft projects (needlepoint, quilting, beading and many others). I need to reorganize (by genre and main entry) about 21 linear feet of LPs that were shelved hastily after our last move, and we have about 60 volumes of scrapbooks that I'd love to digitize, if only to free up the space. I want to finally finish learning Quenya and Sindarin, and I'd like to tackle some other languages as well.&nbsp;</p> <p>Simon and I plan to travel, without having to be bound by semester breaks. We've been going to Glasgow, Scotland, every January since 1995 for the Celtic Connections music festival. Usually I can only go for a week or so, and then I have to get back to Boston for classes. Now I can stay for the whole thing. There are some folk music festivals in the spring and summer that we've never been able to attend, so we might try some of those. As for where we'll live, for now we will be staying in Brookline, but at some point we might move back to Canada &ndash; we&rsquo;ll see.</p> <h4>Any final words of advice for students?</h4> <p>Make sure that you love what you do, and don't let the naysayers get you down. And have fun.</p> <p><img height="244" alt="schwartzmatarazzo" width="244" src="~/media/9DA8CF004F6D44A68205917905610141.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" style="height: 244px; width: 244px;" /></p> <p><img height="244" alt="candyschwartzoffice" width="244" src="~/media/1353990E01E94097B78BA6A05D95EA12.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" style="height: 244px; width: 244px;" /></p> <p><img height="244" alt="schwartzandcloonan" width="244" src="~/media/8729C758412545FAB6F23A8211A45AE4.ashx" /></p> <p><img height="244" alt="schwartzandknowles" width="244" src="~/media/6D7577EAF2E14278B4157EED72D1FB01.ashx" /></p> <p><img height="244" alt="schwartzandabels" width="244" src="~/media/3234311A9CCD4B1D876898B2FC757138.ashx" /></p> <p><img height="244" alt="candywinsaward" width="244" src="~/media/C9A321ECC5E14F2286354DB5E6EB6652.ashx" /></p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of Candy Schwartz. Photo, above: Schwartz in a hard hat during the 2007 construction of the underground parking facility and Business School building. Below, from left: Schwartz and Dean Emeritus Jim Matarazzo in 2015; Schwartz in her Palace Road office in 2014; Schwartz and Dean Emerita Michele Cloonan at the ALA conference in 2016; Schwartz and Em Claire Knowles in 2017; Schwartz and Dean Eileen Abels in 2014; Schwartz and then-Faculty Senate President Professor Liz Scott after Schwartz received the first Provost's Award for Student Centeredness in Graduate Teaching in 2016.</em></p>2017-10-20T00:00:00-04:00{7C462164-47BC-4E4C-B6BB-2B72D928DDD2}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/campus%20life/2017/october/staying%20healthyStaying Healthy at College: 5 Tips<h5><hr /> 1. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER</h5> <p>"Replace at least one caloric beverage with water. By replacing these beverages with water you're accomplishing 2 goals: getting enough water (or at least more water) and reducing your intake of empty calories." -&nbsp;<a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Elizabeth-MetallinosKatsaras">Professor Metallinos-Katsaras</a></p> <p>"Staying hydrated helps to keep your body temperature within a normal range, lubricates your joints, protects sensitive tissues, and also helps you eliminate waste and toxins. Water also keeps your skin looking healthy and hydrated!" - Kaitlyn Lapeyre '18</p> <hr /> <div> <h5>2. MOVE YOUR BODY</h5> <p>"Use your own body. A series of 10 squats, lunges, pushups and sit ups will get your heart pumping without the need for a big space. As you get better at them, you can repeat the series 2-3 times and follow it up with a brief stretching routine. The whole thing can be done in less than 10 minutes!" -&nbsp;<a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Rachele-Pojednic">Professor Pojednic</a></p> <p>"Arm circles, push-ups, standing side bends, planks, wall sits and squats are easy and effective.&nbsp;These easy exercises can be done just about anywhere and will give you a full body workout!" - Kaitlyn Lapeyre '18</p> <hr /> <h5>3. STRETCH YOUR MUSCLES</h5> <p>"Pay attention to the muscles in your hips and chest; these are the muscles that get tight and weak as you shorten them from sitting and slouching. A simple toe touch will open up your hamstrings. A deep lunge with your back leg on the floor will get into your hip flexors, which get VERY tight from sitting. Grab your hands together behind your back and lift slightly until you feel a broadening across your shoulders. Lastly, look up! Staring down at your phone and computer wreaks havoc on your upper body muscles!" - Professor Pojednic</p> <p>"It's important to take little breaks during those long study sessions and stretch those muscles! Each stretch should be held for 30 seconds to 1 minute." - Kaitlyn Lapeyre '18</p> <hr /> <h5>4. EAT HEALTHY</h5> <p>"Use the plate method. Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables!"&nbsp;- Professor Pojednic</p> <p>"If you get a salad, get the dressing on the side. That way you can better control how much you add. Also, be an informed consumer by looking at the caloric content of food items. You might be surprised by how many calories some of the meals and drinks really are." - Professor Metallinos-Katsaras</p> <hr /> <h5>5. TAKE BREAKS</h5> <p>"Get up during periods of the day and give yourself a mental and physical break. Even a brief walk around in the hallway will help clear your head and keep your muscles moving and healthy."&nbsp;-Professor Pojednic</p> <p>"Get enough sleep, eat healthy, exercise and meditate."&nbsp;- Kaitlyn Lapeyre '18</p> <hr /> </div>2017-10-18T00:00:00-04:00{9A25E761-0253-471C-95E0-76546225FF5B}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/october/erin%20leeErin Lee '17LS on the Importance of Time Management <h4>Tell us about your favorite course you took in the <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/graduate-programs/library-and-information-science-ms">LIS program</a>.</h4> <p>Curriculum and Instructional Strategies for the School Library Teacher taught by <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Lisa-Estabrook">Lisa Estabrook</a>. It was my favorite and the most challenging. The class offered discussion around theory and strategy balanced with real-life practice. Students were responsible for developing and presenting mini-lessons that incorporated strategies learned in class and then gave meaningful feedback to each other on how to improve. Receiving thoughtful feedback from classmates and the professor inspired me to try new things and go outside of my comfort zone.</p> <p>Another favorite was Principles of Management taught by <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Mary-Wilkins-Jordan">Mary Wilkins Jordan</a>. As someone who is already working and manages a staff, this class is beneficial whether you're in the LIS field or not. Additionally, Professor Wilkins Jordan did an amazing job of structuring the class in a meaningful way and communicating with students effectively.</p> <h4>What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming student?</h4> <p>Get involved! Simmons offers a lot of opportunities to get involved with <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/student-life/activities-and-organizations">different groups</a>. Check out the Simmons <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/events">calendar</a> and attend some of the events. Not engaging with my peers through social and educational events is my biggest regret from my time at Simmons.</p> <h4>How did you balance work and classes?</h4> <p>I had a full time job when I began the LIS program and I took two classes each semester. When classes began, I worked an abbreviated schedule of four days per week. Balancing work and class was always a challenge, but the majority of students are in the same boat, so professors are cognizant of the work/school/life balance. I lived by my day planner for the two years I was taking classes. Although it was overwhelming at times, it was manageable because I planned ahead.</p> <h4>How have your studies at Simmons prepared you for your current work?</h4> <p>I currently work for a nonprofit as a database administrator. Although my job is not directly related to LIS, the skills, strategies and concepts I learned at Simmons easily transfer to my current role. Specifically, the management techniques from Principles of Management and the Database Management courses are most relevant in my day-to-day work. My long-term goal is to transition to either a school or public library.</p>2017-10-16T00:00:00-04:00{D88839BF-9DF9-4FC0-919D-E9E2EAB3482E}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/student%20stories/2017/october/maggie%20belfi%2018Maggie Belfi '18: Simmons Widened My Worldview<h4>Why did you choose to study <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/political-science">Political Science</a> at Simmons?</h4> <p>I wanted to strengthen my analytical research skills as well as learn more about diplomacy. Because of my education in this field, I'm able to better understand current events and world trends. I most appreciate this when I&rsquo;m networking or speaking to supervisors! I especially love the <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/about-simmons/why-simmons/our-faculty">professors</a> that I&rsquo;ve worked with; they've taught me so much and widened my worldview.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Tell us about your experience as class president.</h4> <p>I took the initiative to run for class president going into my junior year at Simmons, transitioning from my previous role as secretary. Not only did I want to represent my class through events, but I also wanted to make sure that everyone felt heard and reassured that their ideas were being brought to the College administration. I&rsquo;ve had opportunity to speak at the Candlelighting Ceremony, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQpLRXZ2h0A" target="_blank">Convocation</a>&nbsp;and Senior-Faculty Banquet on behalf of my class. I feel honored that I hold this position and that I can facilitate positive change.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Tell us about your favorite internship experience.</h4> <p>The best internship I&rsquo;ve had was working as a <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/unique-learning-opportunities/barbara-lee-fellowship-program">Barbara Lee Fellow</a> during Spring 2017. This was an incredible experience that absolutely changed my perspective on politics! It was amazing to gain hands-on experience working for a female representative. This program is specifically aimed at getting women into politics and creating a role model relationship. From this mentorship, I now have the confidence to become involved with politics and feel less like an outsider in the field. I think that the knowledge and professional development I gained while working in that office will never be forgotten. Plus, it was amazing to work directly with a legislative aide that was a recent college graduate. Seeing her work in the office as both a peer and mentor was an amazing experience. I really think that my outlook on careers and who I am developed during this time. From this position, I&rsquo;ve had to confidence to seek other internships and reach out to Simmons alumnae/i in this field for advice.&nbsp;</p> <h4>How is Simmons preparing you for the future?</h4> <p>Simmons' location in Boston and my job opportunities are examples of how Simmons has prepared me for the future. I love that I can apply to work in the Mayor&rsquo;s Office or in the Statehouse upon graduation and not worry that I&rsquo;m unqualified. I've also had the incredible opportunity to express and grow as a leader through Class Council and my work as an Orientation Leader. Simmons has done an wonderful job in yearly trainings for both positions which has caused me to reflect and grow as a person.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What advice do you have for undergrads?</h4> <p>Get to know the faculty and staff at Simmons. They are some of the most fantastic and inspiring mentors I've ever had. From my Political Science professors to my supervisors at work, I never have to look far more support and guidance. Simmons gives you a unique opportunity to build a community that wants to help you, and I think the best thing for any student to do is embrace that!</p> <p><img height="244" alt="Maggie and Stormy" width="244" src="~/media/F5BD836C62CE4595A786B9AF1554C282.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" style="height: 244px; width: 244px;" /><img height="244" alt="Maggie Belfi" width="244" src="~/media/4BE1F5A2A9C345D1AF30223608D5E3E6.ashx" /><img alt="Maggie and Flag" src="~/media/752575A62CC74718B80FFF9AF6CE3083.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" style="height: 244px; width: 244px;" /></p>2017-10-16T00:00:00-04:00{E73D16D6-BC51-4C09-8F6A-6DD433D5053E}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/student%20stories/2017/october/molly%20mcdonald%2018Molly McDonald '18 on Choosing Simmons<h4></h4> <h4>What made you make the decision to come to Simmons?</h4> <p>As a <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/admission-and-financial-aid/undergraduate-admission/for-transfer-students">transfer</a>&nbsp;student, I wanted to make sure my transition was going to be seamless. Before I made my final decision to transfer to Simmons, I met with <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/John-Lowe">Professor John Lowe</a>, who took the time to sit with me and go through my entire transcript. Many other people took the time to talk to me about Simmons and what I could expect if I came here. Even though there was no guarantee I&rsquo;d choose Simmons, everyone cared about getting to know me. This made a huge impact in my final decision to come here.</p> <h4>How did Simmons help you during the transfer process?</h4> <p> Simmons helped me more than I could have ever imagined. Once I was accepted, I received a welcome packet and had the opportunity to attend a <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/admission-and-financial-aid/undergraduate-admission/for-transfer-students/for-admitted-students">Transfer Orientation</a>, which was a great way to meet other <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWLJTVTS5rw&amp;list=PL6FBDB0CF24ECB3CA&amp;index=19" target="_blank">transfer students</a> who would also be new to Simmons.&nbsp;In addition to Orientation, one of my professors, <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Cynthia-Ingols">Professor Cynthia Ingols</a>, reached out to me during the summer. We proceeded to meet up and I was so thankful that a professor took the time to meet with me before school even started. To this day, Professor Ingols is someone I go to when I need help, especially as graduation approaches and I&rsquo;m looking for career advice.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Are you involved in any student <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/student-life/activities-and-organizations">organizations</a>?</h4> I&rsquo;m the Student Affairs Officer for <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gH9BnyayFw4" target="_blank">Student Government Association</a> <p> (SGA), as well as Vice President of the Business Liaison. When I first came to Simmons I wasn&rsquo;t sure if being a transfer student might hinder me from serving in leadership roles because people wouldn&rsquo;t know who I was. However, I learned that it doesn&rsquo;t matter how long you&rsquo;ve been at Simmons, everyone has the opportunity to be involved and voice their opinions. Therefore, to all transfer students and current students at Simmons: I encourage you to get involved! </p> <h4>What advice do you have for students who are considering applying to Simmons?</h4> <p>If you want to be in a <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/student-life">community</a> that appreciates you for who you are, pushes you to get involved and works with you to pursue your goals, Simmons is the place for you. The classes here are close-knit, so you&rsquo;ll get to know your classmates and <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/about-simmons/why-simmons/our-faculty">professors</a>, all of whom are nice, genuine people. To put it simply, the relationships, experiences and opportunities are endless.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>What&rsquo;s your Simmons moment?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I have two! My first was last spring when I planned and emceed the Leadership Recognition Ceremony for student leaders and groups on campus. It was truly amazing to be part of an event that celebrates individuals and groups on campus that are accomplishing incredible things. Being surrounded by so many inspiring and hardworking people was a great way to celebrate the end of my first year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>My second was volunteering at the <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/leadership/">Simmons Leadership Conference</a>. I was so proud to be part of this event and to represent Simmons. The people here are doing amazing things with a tremendous impact and this event is just one example of that!</p> <p><img height="244" alt="Molly McDonald" width="244" src="~/media/EEC625A5702C44528A0522F0D995DD7C.ashx" /><img height="244" alt="Molly McDonald" width="244" src="~/media/F6B4AB04C6884837974DA5C2F682D809.ashx" /><img height="244" alt="Molly McDonald" width="244" src="~/media/9FEB78D63ABF4762B92A92D2FAD67DD0.ashx" /></p> <div></div> <div></div>2017-10-12T00:00:00-04:00{B98E9447-DB8B-4CAE-8CCE-C3C928756034}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20business/2017/october/network%20of%20executive%20women%20college%20mentor%20menteeSimmons Students Accepted Into Executive Women Mentoring Program<p>School of Business Professor <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=601F764C8D5D438F9F838FAF6F7A9045&amp;_z=z">Cynthia Ingols</a> announced that undergraduate management students Madison Darrah '18, Samantha Gilliam '18 and Kayla Humel '18 have been accepted into the Network of Executive Women (NEW) Mentor-Mentee Program. The program introduces students to people and companies in the consumer goods industry. The Mentor-Mentee Program is managed by Laurie Casagrande, a Simmons undergraduate &amp; MBA alumna who actively works to introduce Simmons students to women leaders in the organization.</p> The Network of Executive Women is a learning and leadership community of more than 10,000 members across the USA and is one of the largest event producers in the retail and consumer goods industry. Since its founding in 2001, NEW has been highly successful in putting women&rsquo;s leadership on the industry&rsquo;s agenda.<br /> <br /> Kayla Humel, SGA President, is delighted to return to the NEW Mentor-Mentee Program again in 2017-2018. Kayla was an active participant last year and liked the NEW Program because networking events included senior women leaders from companies such as Proctor &amp; Gamble. Kayla said: &ldquo;The women really wanted to meet and talk with us students, and, we &ndash; of course &ndash; really wanted to meet them!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> By participating in this wonderful opportunity, Madison, Sammy and Kayla will learn more about the consumer industry and build connections with professional businesswomen.&nbsp;<br /> <div><br /> </div>2017-10-11T00:00:00-04:00