All Simmons News{F388FD8B-D80E-4138-B864-DE6633D19666} Bailey Named One of Boston's Most Influential People of Color<p><a href="">Gary Bailey</a>, DHL, MSW, ACSW, Professor of Practice at <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F17CDFDCB46042828ECC1DF76EF071A0&amp;_z=z">Simmons School of Social Work</a>, was <a href="~/media/2543650FE9194DB7901CD2E4F7F98C80.ashx">named</a> one of Boston&rsquo;s Most Influential People of Color.</p> <p>"Gary Bailey has been an invaluable member of our community since his arrival in 1999," said <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=78AE8F7006AD4533BAC27B910E349D57&amp;_z=z">President Helen Drinan</a>. "His academic work is stellar, but beyond that, his deep commitment to improving the lives of others have served as a model for his students and his colleagues to aspire to. He is most deserving of this prestigious recognition."</p> <p>Created by Colette Phillips Communications, Inc. (CPC) and <a href="" target="_blank">Get Konnected!</a> in partnership with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and The Boston Foundation, this year marked the 10th anniversary of the GK100 list of Greater Boston&rsquo;s 100 Most Influential People of Color.</p> <p>"We do not view the GK100 as a popularity list, but more of an opportunity to showcase the depth and breadth of culturally diverse talent in Boston who are contributing to the economic and social fabric of the city across various industries &ndash; including academia, business, health care, innovation and technology, and philanthropy. The GK100 should help us move beyond the phrase 'we can&rsquo;t find qualified candidates of color,'" said Colette Phillips, CEO of Colette Phillips Communications and Founder of Get Konnected!</p> <p>In addition to his teaching in the Simmons School of Social Work, Bailey holds a secondary appointment as the Special Assistant to the Dean for Inter-professional Education in the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=046E546061C5403D9626F25E63AF270F&amp;_z=z">School of Nursing and Health Sciences</a>. Among his many on-campus activities, Professor Bailey directs the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=94380165FA0C4B8D9C3EDCF8005CCDA8&amp;_z=z">Urban Leadership Certificate in Clinical Social Work</a>; and co-ordinates the Dynamics of Racism and Oppression sequence. He chairs the School of Social Work Awards Committee; is Chair of the Simmons College Black Administrators, Faculty and Staff Council (BAFAS); is a member of the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=4353AD66169B433D88F2F53C7DE97D5D&amp;_z=z">Simmons Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council</a>, co-Chaired the Simmons College Initiative on Human Rights and Social Justice, and was a member of the Simmons Faculty Senate.</p> <p>Among his many accolades include being named Social Worker of the Year by both the National and Massachusetts NASW in 1998. He was made a Social Work Pioneer by NASW in 2005, the youngest person to have received the distinction</p> <p>Read more about <a href="~/media/2543650FE9194DB7901CD2E4F7F98C80.ashx">Gary Bailey and Get Konnected</a>.</p>2018-04-20T00:00:00-04:00{1DB45D65-CAE9-40D1-87F3-45C12E7D0A9E} Alumna Financially Empowers Women<p><strong>ON BUDGET BUDDIES:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Budget Buddies</a> is a non-profit organization that promotes financial literacy and confidence among low-income women. We envision a world in which all women are financially empowered and seek to reduce the disproportionate number of women and women-headed households that live on the economic margins. Through a curriculum of financial skill-building workshops and a 1:1 coaching/mentorship model, we support women who can then support their families and communities.</p> <p><strong> ON HER POSITION WITH BUDGET BUDDIES:</strong>&nbsp;In my role I manage program partnerships as well as volunteers. I&rsquo;m usually out recruiting or training volunteers by leading information sessions and orientations. I'm also traveling all over the city meeting with organizations that support low-income and/or homeless women, meeting with banks and financial educators, or meeting with professional groups who might become future volunteers.&nbsp;</p> <p> My favorite part of this position is facilitating trainings for volunteers. We train our coaches in best practices for mentorship and confidentiality. I get to facilitate learning moments when people think about, sometimes for the first time, what it's like to be in the shoes of another woman. We talk about issues of poverty and gender equity, and I get to guide those conversations. These are the moments when I feel like I&rsquo;m making the greatest impact&mdash;helping people think about the world in new ways and giving them the tools to effectively partner with women in our programs. I really see my role as bringing people from different walks of life together.</p> <p><strong> ON WOMENS-CENTERED ORGANIZATIONS:</strong> I've had the joy of working for organizations that focus on girls and women in each of my professional roles. I started as an AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow and later became Program Director at <a href="" target="_blank">Girls&rsquo; LEAP</a> Self-Defense. Girls&rsquo; LEAP is a non-profit that teaches social emotional skills and physical self-defense to girls throughout the city of Boston. Later I moved to New Hampshire and worked at <a href="" target="_blank">WISE</a>, a domestic and sexual violence crisis center working to end gender-based violence.&nbsp;</p> <p> I love working in organizations with an explicitly feminist culture. I've met the most incredible, powerful, progressive teams of individuals&mdash;I'm so grateful to have these networks of people in my life. Working for feminist organizations has provided me an opportunity to put my values into practice.</p> <p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong> I was actually a <a href="">transfer student</a> to Simmons. I had enrolled at a large state university for my first year and learned really quickly that it was not the right fit for me! I did an online search for schools in Boston and must have forgotten to click the box that said &ldquo;co-ed&rdquo; in the search engine, because Simmons popped up for the first time in my entire college search. I remember coming for a college tour and having that magical moment where you step onto the residential quad and all the noise from Brookline Ave. disappears&mdash;I knew right then that it was the right place for me.</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE PROFESSORS:</strong> Professor <a href="">Greg Feldman</a> in the Psychology Department was one of my mentors and is such an excellent instructor&mdash;really breaking down complex concepts in ways that are meaningful and relevant. He also helped me navigate my senior internship and my ultimate career path. I went back to him a few years after graduating and he sat down with me again to consider career options. He, like so many of the professors at Simmons, made me feel that he was genuinely invested in me as a person&mdash;so different from my experience with professors at the larger university.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>I also have to mention is Professor Emeritus Steve London. He was a sociology professor who directed the <a href="">Scott/Ross Center</a> while I was a student. His passion and commitment to the Center, combined with his teaching, made him a truly remarkable person and role model. I've stayed in touch with him over the years and have partnered with him, and with the Scott/Ross Center in my professional roles. The network of people that I've connected with through Simmons has stayed with me for the past 12 years.</p> <p><strong>ON HER SIMMONS MOMENT:</strong>&nbsp;Recently I was sitting in a meeting and before we started, one of the four women at the table mentioned that both of her daughters attended Simmons. The woman sitting across from her exclaimed that she was a Simmons alum. Then the woman sitting across from me, in disbelief, shared that she TOO was a Simmons alum. When I shared my story, everyone was in disbelief!&nbsp;</p> <p>This reminded me of <a href="">Gwen Ifill's</a>&nbsp;commencement address at my Simmons graduation. She said that no matter where she went, when she shared that Simmons was her alma mater, she would be received with a hug and an outburst of &ldquo;I went to Simmons!&rdquo; or at the very least, &ldquo;My aunt went to Simmons!&rdquo; This part of the commencement address has stuck with me, and it's true. No matter where I&rsquo;ve gone&mdash;from Washington State to New Hampshire&mdash;I've found other Simmons alums. Because of this community, I'm now connected to a network of amazing, powerful individuals&mdash;that's the lasting impact that Simmons has had on my life.</p> <div><br /> </div>2018-04-19T00:00:00-04:00{ADC090A8-45E8-4540-AB38-BB3BB86A797C} Dean and Professor Emeritus Jim Matarazzo<p>It is with a very heavy heart that we mourn the passing of our beloved colleague and friend, <a href="" target="_blank">Dean and Professor Emeritus Jim Matarazzo</a>. Jim passed away on Tuesday afternoon, surrounded by his family, after a long and valiant battle with cancer.&nbsp;</p> <p>Those of us who had the pleasure of knowing and working with Jim will remember him as one of the most positive champions for the School of Library and Information Science&mdash;and for Simmons. Over his 50-year career with us (more if you count his time as a Library Science student in the 1960s) he saw a lot of changes at Simmons&mdash;some of them challenging and controversial, some of them more positive and affirming. But through it all, Jim remained positive and supportive both to his faculty colleagues and to his students. We knew him as a reliable friend and mentor&mdash;someone who was kind, thoughtful and honest&mdash;a calming influence especially when those around him weren&rsquo;t feeling particularly calm.&nbsp;</p> One look at the list of promotions, honors and awards Jim accumulated over the years shows how highly regarded he was by his students, his colleagues and the academy:<br /> <ul> <li>Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Dean and Professor Emeritus 2002 - Present</li> <li>Priscilla McKee Award for Service to Simmons College 2001&nbsp;</li> <li>Dean and Professor 1994 - 2002&nbsp;</li> <li>Professor 1980 - 2002</li> <li>Professor and Associate Dean 1980 - 1988&nbsp;</li> <li>Associate Professor and Associate Dean 1974 - 1980</li> <li>Assistant Professor 1970 - 1973</li> <li>Instructor 1969 - 1970</li> <li>Fellow of the Special Library Association, SLA Professional Award (1983 and 1991)&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>SLA Hall of Fame 2015; John Cotton Dana Award 2016</li> <li>Vice President and Secretary of the H.W. Wilson Foundation, Inc.</li> </ul> <p>I know our thoughts and prayers will be with Jim&rsquo;s wife Alice and their family during this difficult time, and with the hundreds of SLIS faculty, students, alums that had the opportunity to call him professor, friend and mentor.&nbsp;</p>2018-04-18T00:00:00-04:00{F0C76F35-3F36-4250-BA26-C10413A600D0} Commencement Speakers Announced<p>Simmons is proud to announce that nationally decorated author Jacqueline Woodson and former President and CEO of the Home for Little Wanderers and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts Joan Wallace-Benjamin will serve as <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=BB8766F0C3F34CD09CA079C25ADC9819&amp;_z=z">keynote speakers</a> during its 113th <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=97E045A9281B49AFA37D312B9CDEDB74&amp;_z=z">Commencement</a>&nbsp;ceremonies on Friday, May 18 at the Blue Hills Pavilion in Boston.</p> <p>"We are fortunate to welcome two trailblazing women to address our graduates this year, both of whom have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields,&rdquo; said&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=78AE8F7006AD4533BAC27B910E349D57&amp;_z=z">President Helen Drinan</a>. &ldquo;Jacqueline Woodson is a prolific author who has become a leading voice for young people struggling with the profound social issues of our time. Joan Wallace-Benjamin has been among Boston&rsquo;s most effective leaders in the nonprofit sector, bringing hope and opportunity for some of the most vulnerable citizens in the city.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Woodson is a prolific, dynamic, and decorated author. To date, she has published 33 books ranging in genre from adult novels, children&rsquo;s picture books, poetry, and young adult fiction. Woodson&rsquo;s texts often weave in her personal journey growing up in Greenville, South Carolina until age seven and her subsequent move to Brooklyn, New York. She brings keen insight into issues that impact our lives including race, culture, language, and status. She is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a National Book Award finalist, a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner, and an NAACP Image Award winner. She is the Library of Congress&rsquo;s 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People&rsquo;s Literature.</p> <p>Wallace-Benjamin is a highly respected authority in the field of child and family services. Prior to her retirement this January, for 15 years she led the Home for Little Wanderers as President and CEO, transforming it into a leader in innovative programming for underserved populations. Previously, Wallace-Benjamin served as President and CEO of The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, Director of Operations for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, and Deputy Director of ABCD Head Start. Her service to the citizens of Massachusetts also includes her selection as Chief of Staff to Governor Deval Patrick.</p> <p>Both Woodson and Wallace-Benjamin will receive honorary degrees from Simmons.</p> <p>Read more about <a href="~/media/343B8D6310344F3987E9106CC9319D22.ashx">Commencement 2018</a> and follow @SimmonsCollege and #Sims18 on&nbsp;<a href="http://https//" target="_blank">Facebook</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>&nbsp;for live updates from Commencement.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Pictured: Jacqueline Woodson.<br /> </em></p>2018-04-17T00:00:00-04:00{ACC5E6D0-70CF-4457-BAA2-BE00879441AF} Mirza '19: Running the Boston Marathon is My Dream<p><em>Running the <a href="http://;index=20&amp;t=0s&amp;list=PL6FBDB0CF24ECB3CA" target="_blank">Boston Marathon</a> has been Raica's dream for as long as she can remember. Today, that dream comes true. We caught up with Raica about her passion for nursing, her love of Simmons, and what kept her going during the long months of training.</em></p> <hr /> <p><strong>ON PURSUING NURSING:</strong> To be there for someone at their most vulnerable is something very special. You need patience, empathy, compassion and a love for what you're doing&mdash;that's what <a href="">nursing</a> is to me. I want to wake up everyday and make an impact in someone else's life the way people have made an impact in mine.</p> <p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong> Simmons is more than a school to me, it's home. This community has a funny way of pushing you beyond your limits&mdash;it's challenging, supportive, and so caring. Simmons gives me the tight-knit community I'm looking for in the middle of beautiful Boston&mdash;it doesn't get better than that!</p> <p><strong>ON RUNNING THE BOSTON MARATHON:</strong> Running the Boston Marathon has been my dream since I can remember. For me, this is so much more than a race&mdash;it's the end of a tough weight loss journey, it's showing everyone, but most importantly myself, that I'm capable of anything I set my mind to. This has been something I've worked very hard for, and it all boils down to a teacher I met in high school. She inspired me to get fit and to dream big about running this marathon&mdash;I have her to thank after all these years! </p> <p><img style="float:right;margin:3px 0 25px 25px;" height="300" alt="Raica Mirza" width="350" src="~/media/35423A4F80574CDB8936BA3A5ADA963D.ashx" /><strong>ON HER TRAINING ROUTINE:</strong> I do 3 small runs a week, anywhere from 2-5 miles, and then a long run on the weekend. I sprinkle cross-training days in between, doing anything from spin classes, Insanity workouts, yoga, or even going for a walk. I keep one rest day, which is usually Fridays or Sundays.</p> <p>Fitting my training schedule into my school life is one of the biggest challenges. Finding the motivation to go for a run at 10 p.m. (sometimes midnight) when my day is over has been challenging! I'm also very injury prone&mdash;I've already sprained my meniscus and I'm still working through that. Discipline in terms of diet has been hard too. I'm such a foodie, so it's been tough to stay away from desserts and such for almost 6 months now.</p> <p><strong>ON THE DAY OF THE RACE: </strong>I'm so excited to be surrounded by friends and family who I hold so close to my heart. Training for the marathon and everything else leading up to this day has been life changing, and I'm ready to do this for myself. So after I cross the finish line, I'll be ready for an ugly cry! I'm going to hug my twin sister, <a href="">Sabika</a>, and tell her how much I love her. She's always been my inspiration to dream big, and I want to see her first before anyone. Then I'll meet the rest of my family and friends and let them know how much they mean to me! I'll also definitely eat some cookie dough ice cream and Tasty Burger because it's what I've been craving!</p> <p><strong><img height="300" alt="Raica Mirza" width="350" src="~/media/2C1CC95D4D0D4FE5A171CDB4B610C3BC.ashx" />ON HER RUNNING PLAYLIST:</strong> Anything by Post Malone, Kanye, or Taylor Swift because I LOVE HER, especially her song,"Delicate." Overall, I do a mix of fast and slow songs as you can see on my <a target="_blank" href="">Spotify playlist</a>! My finish line song will be "Whatever it Takes" by Imagine Dragons. There are days when I listen to this song on repeat through 7-8 miles and by the end I'm literally sobbing!</p> <p><strong>ON CHOOSING HER CHARITY:</strong> I'm running for <a href="" target="_blank">Plummer Youth</a>! It's a charity dedicated to helping kids in and out of foster care find safe, secure homes. I babysit 2 girls who have been touched by an act of kindness like this. They're doing so much better because of it and I want nothing more than to see more miracles like that!</p> <p><strong>ON HER SIMMONS MOMENT:</strong> During my first summer as an Orientation Leader, I was sitting on a panel for parents. All of the people/departments at Simmons who have impacted me the most were in that room: Kat Michael, Bethany Tuller, Corey Zohlman, Susan Antonelli, Amelia McConnell, Public Safety, UG Admissions, etc. One parent asked me why I chose Simmons and as I was telling them how much I've grown to love this community, I started to cry! In that moment, it was so obvious to me that I had found my home.</p> 2018-04-13T00:00:00-04:00{0866D59A-8AC0-44B7-96F0-D1AEB321651C} Disruption Can Lead to a Brighter Future<p><em>Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne has been the Library Director for the Palo Alto City Library in California since May 2011, where she completed a $76 million bond-funded project to renovate or replace three library buildings. We talked to her about the challenge of such huge projects.</em></p> <h4>Can you tell us a bit about the renovation projects you've spearheaded?</h4> <p>I've been involved in building or renovation projects in every library I've worked&mdash;which may sound impossible. As a library school student, I certainly never thought I'd have to pick chairs, carpeting, or manage closing and reopening libraries&mdash;but it does happen. Many libraries have older infrastructure that needs to be updated to adequately accommodate technology that we regularly use.</p> <p>The 3 projects in Palo Alto were part of a $76 million bond project that had one renovation, one renovation with a community room addition, and one complete replacement. As the Director of Library &amp; Cultural Services for the City of Richmond, California, I renovated 2 branch libraries with around $150,000 total, and prepared them to reopen once funding allowed. Prior to that, as Director of the Benicia Public Library in CA, I replaced carpeting throughout the library, keeping the building open in the process. </p> <h4>What was the greatest challenge/biggest opportunity of these projects?</h4> <p>The biggest challenge comes in not asking enough questions of the vendors, contractors, or other partners who will be working on the building, in order to learn all of the steps required to get the project to completion. For example, the contractor may believe that the library will be closed the entire time they're working on the building, when you're planning to be open at least part of the time. Making that happen can cost additional dollars. Another example is understanding exactly what the scope of work includes, so you aren't surprised when you realize a second bid is needed for service for a moving/storage company, or for another consultant to review the plans. If you're ever managing a renovation, involve all of your partners, such as public works, legal opinion, contracting, purchasing, and anyone else, early and often! They know their steps in the process and if you aren't aware of that, you'll run into delays. Be assertive to get the meetings and open to learning as much as you can.</p> <h4>Any advice for students and LIS professionals dealing with overwhelming change?</h4> <p>Focus on the outcome. It's hard during the construction because staff are in different, often temporary, work spaces and the community feels irritated by changes. Focusing on what will be possible once the renovation is over, even if it's just a brighter, cleaner carpet, can make the necessary planning and adjustments less of an obstacle. Take time to understand that the renovation is not permanent, but will make the library's offerings even more valued by patrons.</p> <p>It's a joy now that all 5 of the branches in Palo Alto are completed. They are beautiful and well-loved by the community, and their functionality allows us to meet community needs in a way we were not able to before. The Mitchell Park Library was named a "New Landmark Library" by <a href="" target="_blank">Library Journal</a> in 2015. </p> <h4>What was your experience in the <a href="">SLIS PhD program</a>?</h4> <p>The doctoral program was exactly what I wanted: a professional doctorate that focused on research and allowed me to apply it to my own leadership and professional activities. While I did take longer than expected to complete my degree, I'm glad that I did. New research appeared that was applicable and I took time to allow my writing and thinking to develop. I was also careful to take time for reflection and relaxation&mdash;they are important to the process. It was frustrating at times, as my family can attest, but staying focused on completing the degree took more diligence than anything else. Continuing to make some progress nearly every day was a priority. That was key to completing my dissertation: schedule time every day to work on it, talk with others about my research, and do something completely recreational as much as possible so that I was relaxed and rested when I returned to the writing.</p> <p>The community of learners, including the professors, professors-of-practice, and my own cohort were very encouraging and supportive. I also discovered the value of talking about my research with non-academics&mdash;I gained new insight as I answered their questions. All of these people are now my colleagues for life. I ask them for their thoughts and suggestions now as I think about writing an article, making a presentation, or even just noodling over something about work&mdash;they're also helpful to me in my role as President-elect for the Public Library Association. I know that I can call on them as committee members or chat about ideas and they will give me their insight. </p> <hr /> <em>Photo courtesy of Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne.</em>2018-04-10T00:00:00-04:00{1D24D7E6-440F-4E1E-9FF1-3B8D6AEBD3F5} Back at the Simmons Leadership Conference<p>The <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=E3CD40050E154AE59FAF9A0DB7E6DAA3&amp;_z=z">Simmons Leadership Conference</a> was filled with inspiring messages and powerful leaders &mdash; we're still buzzing with excitement! The day featured incredible speeches from&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C00DF662F36145549F2C743304761BC6&amp;_z=z">Gretchen Carlson</a>,&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=A6BC3E6867744856AAAD7660641D996A&amp;_z=z">Nely Gal&aacute;n</a>, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=8D7CDE3B118D45A7863F4ABB364ECAC3&amp;_z=z">Valerie Plame</a>,&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=87E597EBFB3D436FA4C69838CE829E8D&amp;_z=z">Edie Weiner</a>, and Former First Lady&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=38A3A7DB0E4E4F6F9904448B73BC7CD3&amp;_z=z">Michelle Obama</a>.</p> <p>You can experience all the empowering highlights from the conference&nbsp;with the articles below and by checking out <a href="" target="_blank">#SLCBoston</a> on Twitter! Be sure to watch&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Mrs. Obama's full remarks</a>!</p> <h5>MEDIA COVERAGE</h5> <ul> <li>CNN:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Michelle Obama: Never had passion for politics</a></li> <li>NYTimes:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Michelle Obama Headlines Women's Leadership Conference</a></li> <li>The Boston Globe:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Keep pressing for progress, Michelle Obama says</a></li> <li>The Washington Post:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Michelle Obama headlines women&rsquo;s leadership conference</a></li> <li>NBC Boston:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Michelle Obama Rules Out Running For President at Boston Women's Forum</a></li> <li>CBS Boston:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Michelle Obama In Boston For Women&rsquo;s Leadership Conference</a></li> <li>WCBV:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Michelle Obama participating in women's leadership conference</a></li> <li>Boston Magazine:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Michelle Obama Is Not Running for President</a></li> <li>People Magazine:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"> TV Gretchen Carlson Indicates Swimsuit Competition May Be Removed from Miss America Pageants</a></li> <li>People Magazine:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Michelle Obama Likens President Trump to a Negligent Parent Who Lets Their Kids 'Eat Candy All Day'</a></li> <li>ELLE:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Michelle Obama Says President Trump Is Like a Parent Who Lets You 'Eat Candy All Day'</a></li> <li>Bustle:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Michelle Obama Talked Hillary Clinton's 2016 Election Loss &amp; Things Got Super Real</a></li> <li>Mashable:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Michelle Obama used the perfect parenting metaphor to describe Donald Trump's presidency</a></li> <li>Boston Business Journal:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">At Simmons forum, Michelle Obama talks affirmative action, student loans &mdash; and 2020</a></li> <li>Mass Live:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">We've had two stark examples of what we can be;' 6 takeaways from Michelle Obama's speech in Boston</a></li> <li>Business Insider:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Michelle Obama headlines women's leadership conference</a></li> </ul> <p><em></em></p> <hr /> <p><em>Photo of Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Simmons President Helen Drinan by Lisa Cohen</em></p>2018-04-06T00:00:00-04:00{02926DF9-16B4-468A-B28E-540845275C1A} Change: Julianne Pondelli '18CDPD Takes Nutrition to the Ice<p>To her students, Julianne Pondelli '18CDPD is much more than a skating coach&mdash;she&rsquo;s a source of support and refuge in the rigorous sport of figure skating. On a typical evening, she can be found skating alongside her students at one of the six rinks where she teaches, carefully critiquing their movements with a gentle hand and encouraging word.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Figure skating has been part of my life since I can remember,&rdquo; said Pondelli. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s my goal to not only teach my skaters the fundamental and solid technique of the sport, but also teach them proper life lessons that will help them once they&rsquo;re away from the arena.&rdquo;</p> <p>From an early age, Pondelli knew that coaching would be in her future. Between the ages of 9 and 22 she worked towards passing her senior level tests&mdash;a feat that only 3% of skaters achieve. Now a gold medalist in Freestyle and Moves in the Field, Pondelli has over 19 years of coaching experience under her belt.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite her success, Pondelli noticed a challenge in the figure skating industry&mdash;access to nutritional guidance. In an industry that demands perfection, skaters are often expected to have an ideal, petite frame&mdash;a contributing reason to the prevalence of eating disorders in the figure skating community.&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Emily Alberti, Julie Pondelli, Katelyn McCarthy, Abby Flinn and Sammi DeLucca" width="350" src="~/media/A2EB23456CB74E9C9440DBB066F51100.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" /></span></p> <p>&ldquo;Nutrition education is so important in an athlete&rsquo;s life,&rdquo; Pondelli explained. &ldquo;If I can give my students a positive experience in the nutrition field and show them how to have a positive attitude towards food, that would be great in addition to just teaching them how to skate.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Pondelli realized that in order to provide sound advice to her skaters, she would need to become a Registered Dietitian. With support from faculty and advisors at Simmons, Pondelli enrolled in the <a href="">Certificate in the&nbsp;Didactic Program in Dietetics</a> (CDPD) and was able to fit her studies into a hectic, full-time workload and coaching schedule.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Through the Simmons CDPD program I&rsquo;ve learned how to be encouraging with kids,&rdquo; shared Pondelli. &ldquo;In a consultation or in the rink, I encourage them to follow their dreams and to always stay positive.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pondelli doesn&rsquo;t take her position as a skating instructor lightly&mdash;she knows that a large part of being a successful mentor means leading by example. Between her passion for skating, dedication to nutrition, and value of higher education, Pondelli&rsquo;s students recognize and admire her unique approach to coaching.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Katelyn McCarthy, Abigail Flinn, and Samantha DeLucca are just a few of Pondelli&rsquo;s many students. &ldquo;Julie&rsquo;s a really supportive coach and she&rsquo;s really good at motivating all of her students,&rdquo; said McCarthy. &ldquo;No matter how you performed, she&rsquo;s always finding something to be proud of.&rdquo;</p> <p>DeLucca echoed McCarthy&rsquo;s statements and believes that Pondelli is notably different from any of the other coaches she&rsquo;s met. &ldquo;I would call her one of my best friends at the rink,&rdquo; added Flinn. &ldquo;I love her as a coach because I&rsquo;m able to talk to her about anything, whether it&rsquo;s skating-related or not.&rdquo;</p> <p><img height="300" alt="Sammi DeLucca, Julie Pondelli and Katelyn McCarthy" width="350" src="~/media/0706FBF5E1544832877DE4127FA21316.ashx" />This type of feedback is indicative of Pondelli&rsquo;s coaching style that extends beyond the rink. Whether it&rsquo;s time management or learning to be graceful under pressure, Pondelli works with her students to help them find strength and confidence through their figure skating.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Figure skating definitely gives the skaters a sense of leadership and empowerment that they can take with them after their skating years,&rdquo; explained Pondelli. &ldquo;An example is being able to take criticism constructively&hellip;you learn that criticism isn&rsquo;t a bad thing, it&rsquo;s just how you get better.&rdquo;</p> <p>In order to illustrate these lessons, Pondelli wanted her students to learn from the elite figure skaters competing at the recent Winter Olympics. Instead of simply watching a beautiful performance, she hoped that her students would try to emulate the confidence these skaters bring to their routines and their lives outside of the rink.&nbsp;</p> <p>While teaching good sportsmanship is central to Pondelli&rsquo;s coaching style, watching her students compete is still her favorite part of the job. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing to see the finished product of everything they&rsquo;ve worked so hard for,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m also extremely proud when they have the confidence to get back up after they fall. Being able to keep going until the end and not giving up is a very important quality to carry with you.&rdquo;</p> <p>This mentality is what sets Pondelli apart from her contemporaries. Instead of measuring her success in medals or points scored, Pondelli measures in life lessons and lasting impressions. When students emulate her positive attitude, or tell her that she&rsquo;s inspired them to lead healthier lifestyles, she knows that she&rsquo;s doing her job right&mdash;both on and off the ice.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Main photo: Abigail Flinn, Katelyn McCarthy, Julianne Pondelli '18CDPD and Samantha DeLucca</em></p> <p><em><span>Second photo:&nbsp;E</span>mily Alberti, Julianne Pondelli '<em>18CDPD</em>, Katelyn McCarthy, Abigail Flinn and Samantha DeLucca</em></p> <p><em>Third photo: Samantha DeLucca, Julianne Pondelli '18CDPD and Katelyn McCarthy</em></p>2018-03-29T00:00:00-04:00{C6BE8956-74C5-4737-88C7-D52CC807C1DF} Easy Internship Trick from Kayla Humel '18<p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong>&nbsp;I love that Simmons has a strong focus on leadership. When I was looking at colleges, every Simmons student I spoke to was really involved and that inspired me to follow in their footsteps. I also love being a part of the School of Business. Its extensive alumnae/i network is a great resource for students who are searching for internships or jobs&mdash;that's actually how I found my internship at Puma!</p> <p><strong>ON STUDENT GOVERNMENT:</strong>&nbsp;For the last two years I've been a part of the Student Government Association (SGA) as a representative, treasurer, and now as president&mdash;and I love it!&nbsp; I've been able to meet so many people outside of my major and learn so much about Simmons. First and foremost, I've learned the power of good communication. When the e-board is communicating with one another, event planning is exponentially easier. When SGA is communicating with organizations, processes like budgets occur seamlessly. Good communication is crucial to success in any organization.</p> <p>I also love how there are so many different opportunities where we can make a difference. I wanted to run for president because I saw opportunities to improve processes between SGA and the other organizations on campus. I knew that SGA could create change on campus and I wanted to play a major part in that.</p> <p><strong>ON GETTING INVOLVED IN SGA:</strong>&nbsp;My biggest piece of advice is to become an SGA representative for another organization first. In this role, you'll be introduced to SGA and see what forums are like before committing to a position on the executive board. Also, come talk to us! We frequently have our door open and welcome students to come and ask questions.</p> <p><strong>ON AN EASY INTERNSHIP TRICK:&nbsp;</strong>My internship at Puma has been an incredible experience overall. An interesting moment was when my supervisor challenged me to solve a Rubik&rsquo;s Cube. When I finished, he told me I was the coolest intern he&rsquo;s ever had. I think this moment shows that being yourself will make you stand out in an internship.</p> <p><strong>ON PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE:</strong>&nbsp;Simmons has given me so many opportunities to develop my leadership skills and professionalism. Because of these opportunities, when I'm networking, interacting with others in my internship or leading SGA, I feel confident in my communication skills. I've also learned to push myself and, as a result, have accomplished more than I thought possible during my time here.</p> <p><strong>ON HER SIMMONS MOMENT:</strong>&nbsp;Last semester I received an email from admissions that said, &ldquo;Kayla, it&rsquo;s your time to shine. We need you to be Stormy again." I think this moment perfectly sums up my time here! This community has allowed me to be my goofy self while also respecting me as a person&mdash;as a result, I've never felt out of place at Simmons.</p>2018-03-28T00:00:00-04:00{07A362F2-BF4A-449E-A47D-513176983FC1} Community News, March 2018<h4>Faculty</h4> <p>Dean and Professor Emerita <strong>Mich&egrave;le Cloonan</strong> and Adjunct <strong>Sidney Berger</strong> have a collection of decorated papers currently on exhibition at Cushing Library at Texas A&amp;M University. The exhibit, "The Angel in the Marble," opened on March 1.&nbsp;</p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Amy Pattee&nbsp;</strong>was quoted in a&nbsp;<em>Boston Globe</em>&nbsp;story about the <a href="" target="_blank">most frequently lost books</a> at the Boston Public Library.</p> <p><strong>Jeff&nbsp;Pomerantz</strong>, currently a Visiting Professor,&nbsp;will join the SLIS faculty as an Associate Professor of Practice. Pomerantz will take on the role of Online Coordinator previously held by Associate Professor <strong>Laura Saunders</strong>, and will serve on the Assessment Committee. He&nbsp;has been teaching online and hybrid courses since 2001 and he taught a MOOC on metadata; he recently held the position of Senior Researcher with the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Rong Tang</strong>'s paper entitled "Cognitive Styles and Eye Movement Patterns: An Empirical Investigation into Users&rsquo; Interactions with Interface Elements and Visualization Objects of a Scientific Information System" has been accepted by&nbsp;<em>Information Research.&nbsp;</em>The second author of the paper is Yeseul Song.&nbsp;Tang also <a href="" target="_blank">co-authored an article</a> with Assistant Professor <strong>Kyong Eun Oh</strong>, &ldquo;How Do University Students Receive, Read, Find, Share, and Store News? A Survey Study on Mobile News Behavior&rdquo; published by the&nbsp;<em>Journal of Library &amp; Information Studies</em>.</p> <p>Senior Lecturer <strong>Rachel Williams </strong>presented a paper, "Boundaries, Third Spaces, and Public Librarianship," at the iConference in Sheffield, UK on March 27. Williams has been invited to participate in a guest panel discussion, "Homelessness and Public Libraries" at the Texas Library Association in Dallas, Texas on April 5.</p> <h4>Students</h4> <p>SLIS student <strong>Patricia Besser</strong> has received a grant to attend the National Educational Conference on <a href="" target="_blank">Managing Electronic Records</a>. </p> <p>An Alternative Spring Break volunteer experience at the Papercut Zine Library was coordinated by SLIS student <strong>Lena Gluck</strong>, the Diversity &amp; Inclusion Fellow, in collaboration with <strong>Des Alaniz</strong> '17LS representing the Papercut Zine Library. Students volunteered during Spring Break to catalog and inventory the Library's collection of 16,000 zines. </p> <p>School Library Teacher student&nbsp;<strong>Maura O'Toole</strong>&nbsp;was awarded the Audrey Friend Scholarship by the Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA). </p> <h4>Alumni</h4> <p>Three SLIS alumni (pictured, above) were chosen by&nbsp;<em>Library Journal&nbsp;</em>as&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">2018 Movers &amp; Shakers</a>.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Laurie Allen</a>&nbsp;&rsquo;02LS, recognized as an "Advocate," is the&nbsp;Director for Digital Scholarship at University of Pennsylvania Libraries in Philadelphia. She created <a href="" target="_blank">an online repository</a>&nbsp;and organized volunteers to preserve data from federal websites at risk of disappearing under the new administration. Another "Advocate,"&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Lisa Lindsay</a>&nbsp;&rsquo;05LS,&nbsp;is Manager of Community Services at the Fresno County Public Library in California. Lindsay produced the documentary,&nbsp;<em>Our Lives: Surviving the Streets of Fresno,&nbsp;</em>that sheds light on homelessness in Fresno County and encourages community awareness and dialog.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Jay Moschella</a>&nbsp;&rsquo;10LS, in the "Digital Developer" category, is the Curator of Rare Books at the Boston Public Library (BPL). Moschella was highlighted for his role as lead curator of BPL&rsquo;s Shakespeare Unauthorized exhibition (October 2016&ndash;March 2017).</p> <p><strong>Megan Blakemore</strong>&nbsp;'04LS wrote an article, "Problem Scoping Design Thinking and Close Reading: Makerspaces in the School Library," which has been published in <em><a href=" " target="_blank">Knowledge Quest</a></em>. Blakemore is currently a student in the SLIS doctoral program.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Katie Olivo</strong> &rsquo;14LS will be the Associate Director for Graduate and International Recruitment at Shenandoah University this April. Olivo has been a full-time staff member in SLIS Admissions for five years, and is an alumna of the Dual Archives/History program. </p> <p><strong>Karen G. Schneider</strong> '17LDS and <strong>Charles O'Bryan</strong> '17LDS co-authored "Zero-Based Budgeting In a Cutback Scenario For A Small Academic Library" published in <em><a href="" target="_blank">Library Leadership &amp; Management</a></em>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Matt Sullivan</strong> '14LS wrote a paper, "Why Librarians Can't Fight Fake News," which has been published online by the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Journal of Librarianship and Information Science</a></em>. Sullivan wrote the paper following an independent study on misinformation.</p> <p>Congratulations to the following SLIS alumni who received&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">MSLA awards</a>&nbsp;at the annual MSLA 2018 Conference, March 25-26 in Worcester, Massachusetts.</p> <ul> <li>Hallisey Lifetime Achievement:&nbsp;<strong>Katherine Lowe </strong>&rsquo;90LS and <strong>Leslie Lomasson</strong> &rsquo;06LS</li> <li>Service Award:&nbsp;<strong>Jennifer Reed</strong> &rsquo;05LS</li> <li>M.S.L.A. (Super Librarian):&nbsp;<strong>Kim Brown</strong> &rsquo;07LS, <strong>Susan Harari</strong> &rsquo;10LS, <strong>Nancy Snow</strong> &rsquo;03LS, and&nbsp;<strong>Elizabeth Stockwood</strong> &rsquo;05GS (MA, Children&rsquo;s Lit)</li> <li>President's Award:&nbsp;<strong>Morgan VanClief</strong> &rsquo;15LS,&nbsp;<strong>Bonnie McBride</strong>&nbsp;&rsquo;15LS, and&nbsp;<strong>Jill Leibowitz</strong> &rsquo;15LS</li> <li>Web Seal of Excellence:&nbsp;<strong>Emily Houston</strong> &rsquo;13LS and <strong>Kendall Boninti</strong> &rsquo;06LS</li> </ul> <p>For more information about the specific awards,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">visit the MSLA website</a>. </p>2018-03-27T00:00:00-04:00{F74C7969-AD2F-42F0-A6D4-28E6D2A58A63} Students Network with Influential Women Leaders<p>On Saturday, February 24, the&nbsp;<a href="">Simmons School of Business</a>&nbsp;Liaison Club attended the 27th Annual Dynamic Women in Business Conference at Harvard Business School (HBS). Faculty advisor,&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=601F764C8D5D438F9F838FAF6F7A9045&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">Cynthia Ingols</a>, encouraged students to attend and learn from women leaders of major corporations.&nbsp;</p> <p>The theme of this year&rsquo;s conference was "Your Story: Redefined," featuring women at various stages of their careers. Speakers shared how they navigated their professional and personal journeys. The HBS program attracted about 1,000 women and gave students the opportunity to network with women in a variety of industries.</p> <p> Speakers and panelists encompassed a diverse range of organizations, industries, races, ethnicities and socioeconomic statuses. They shared their successes and failures, with the goal of helping current and future generations of female business leaders envision their own paths to success. By engaging with the stories of other women, attendees were empowered to redefine their own definition of success.&nbsp;</p> <p>Many thanks to alumna Gretchen Fox &rsquo;87SM for sponsoring 16 students to attend the HBS Conference.&nbsp;These students were thrilled for the opportunity to hear the three memorable keynote speakers: Alison Wagonfeld, VP Marketing and CMO of Google Cloud; Adena Friedman, President and CEO of NASDAQ; and Sarah Lafleur, Founder and CEO of MM.LaFleur.</p> <p>Visit the Business Liaison's <a href="" target="_blank">events form</a> for more information on upcoming opportunities.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Pictured above: Lizzy Eddy '18, Zoe Eckert '18, Valarie Frost '18, Kayla Humel '18 and&nbsp;<a href="">Molly McDonald</a>&nbsp;'18.</em></p>2018-03-27T00:00:00-04:00{0EEBCEC3-9915-4449-BF6B-017A57405EC7} National Social Work Month<p>Each year, the National Association of Social Workers celebrates the important contributions social workers make by declaring March the National Professional Social Work Month.</p> <p>This year, the theme of National Professional Social Work Month is: "Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions."</p> <h4>Why is National Professional Social Work Month important to the profession?</h4> Not only is it important to take the time to bring positive attention to the profession, but it's also important to remember, reflect, redefine, regroup and rebuild our collective efforts. We must:&nbsp;<br /> <ul> <li>Remember the history and the founders of the profession.</li> <li>Reflect upon which parts of the history we should continue to embrace and which parts we should discard.</li> <li>Redefine, as needed, those parts of the history we intend to keep.</li> <li>Regroup as a whole profession, while also acknowledging our many special interest groups, committees and other organizations, which sprung up as acts of resistance. One example is the National Association of Black Social Workers, which is celebrating 50 years of existence this year.</li> <li>Rebuild, continuously, because to not do so means the profession will, unfortunately, become stagnant.</li> </ul> <h4>What does this year&rsquo;s theme mean to you?</h4> <ul> <li>To "lead" means to also know when to follow.</li> <li>To "advocate" means to also take risks.</li> <li>To be a "champion" is not a self-imposed title; it is earned.</li> </ul> <p>As you can see from my reflection, my thoughts include expanding how we define and quantify meaning. We need to encourage social workers to move beyond, what I believe is the historical and somewhat ego-driven &ldquo;help narrative&rdquo; of the profession, to a narrative which includes solidarity. If we do this, we can address current justice issues as well as historical inequities.</p> <h4>As a social worker, what are you doing to celebrate Social Work Month? </h4> <p>Well, I can&rsquo;t say that I&rsquo;m doing anything different this month than I usually do, which is teach. However, since this month also includes our spring break and the 50th anniversary of my birth, I'll also try to rest, celebrate my years of hard work and begin planning my next (hopefully!) 50 years while also looking forward to all that spring brings!<br /> <br /> </p>2018-03-26T00:00:00-04:00{A808B60D-5B9A-4CFE-BD73-B4072F995EBB} Alum Gives Girls the Tools to Succeed<p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong>&nbsp;I come from an immigrant family with 4 daughters and incredibly strong parents. Because I've been surrounded by strong women my whole life, I've always felt comfortable standing in my own strength. However, outside of the safety of our home, I was constantly told that I was too much, too aggressive and too opinionated. I wanted a place that challenged me to find new and meaningful ways to use my voice, and encouraged me to use it in service of the things I believed in. I knew that Simmons' urban setting and women-centered focus was exactly where I needed to be.</p> <p><strong>ON STRONG WOMEN, STRONG GIRLS:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Strong Women, Strong Girls</a> (SWSG) is a mentoring organization that provides after school programming for 3rd through 5th grade girls. Our mission is to empower girls to imagine a broader future through a curriculum grounded on female role models delivered by college women mentors, who are themselves mentored by professional women. We operate in 42 sites (elementary schools and community centers) in the Greater Boston area, and our volunteers come from 6 college chapters in the area. There is a Simmons Chapter of SWSG which has about 25 mentors who deliver our programming! Simmons has been a key partner for SWSG since we started a chapter there in the early 2000s.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON THE SIMMONS SWSG CHAPTER:</strong>&nbsp;I'm an alumna of the program! My involvement in this chapter was one of the most formative experiences of my time at Simmons. I worked directly with the incredibly powerful youth of Boston and benefited from really strong peers (who became my mentors). When I graduated, it was really difficult to leave SWSG because of the support I was able to offer girls in Boston, as well as the support I received from the greater SWSG community. When a job opened up on the Program Team at SWSG, I knew I needed to come and work towards making this amazing organization even stronger.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong> ON HER POSITION WITH SWSG: </strong>As Program Manager, I oversee our entire program by ensuring that the proper supports are in place for our volunteers, sites and girls so we can deliver the best programming possible. I spend my days working closely with the college-aged women in our program, providing guidance, training and support. I also plan a number of events, develop parts of our curriculum and I'm currently revamping our monitoring and evaluation systems so we can better track our impact.&nbsp;</p> <p> Sometimes I'll go on site visits where I participate in the SWSG program sessions and get to see our current&nbsp;SWSG mentors&nbsp;in action! As a mentor alumna, engaging and interacting with the girls is where I'm most comfortable. Every time I do a site visit, I'm reminded of the purpose of our organization and that we exist to serve youth, first and foremost. It's a great way to stay energized around our mission and a reminder to keep on going, even when things get messy!&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON EMPOWERING WOMEN: </strong>At SWSG, we say that our model is based on cycles of mutual empowerment&mdash;so our college volunteers, the girls in our program and the professional women in our program&mdash;all benefit from a really strong community of all ages. Our multi-generational mentoring model is a key factor in our mission&mdash;we're working to build a community of strength around each girl so she can achieve her own version of success.&nbsp;</p> <p>In a world that tells girls and women to do one thing or be one thing, it's really rewarding to assure these girls that it's okay to take up space.&nbsp;</p>2018-03-20T00:00:00-04:00{33615800-FA17-46CF-9174-C1C622D5B1EC} Up and Out: Women Reshaping the Media Narrative<p>On Friday, March 16, <a href="">Simmons Community Engagement</a> hosted the panel discussion, "Speaking Up and Out: Women Reshaping the Media Narrative" in honor of International Women's Day.&nbsp;</p> <p>"At Simmons we are raising the voices of women and ensuring that these voices are heard," said Diane Hammer, Director of Community Engagement, as she kicked off the event. This apt statement laid the foundation of the overall discussion, which focused on the challenges that women continue to face in today's media and the increased need for female change agents within the industry.&nbsp;</p> <p>Karen Holmes Ward, Director of Public Affairs and Community Services as well as host and executive producer of WCVB-TV's <em>CityLine</em>, moderated the discussion. A well-known journalist and community advocate, Ward stressed the importance of becoming an "informed consumer" of the news, rather than a "passive viewer."&nbsp;</p> <p>Other panelists included Dr. Nada Mustafa Ali, Visiting Associate Professor in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston; Jaclyn Friedman, a veteran activist, author and founder of Women, Action &amp; the Media (WAM!); and Danielle Johnson, Broadcast Manager at GRLZ Radio, a Dorchester based program for middle and high school girls where broadcast journalism is used as a catalyst for social change.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Ali, author of <em>Gender, Race and Sudan Exile Politics: 'Do We All Belong to this Country?</em>, spoke about the need for diverse female representation in all aspects of the media industry, from onscreen portrayals to the technology behind it. She also stressed the importance of thinking critically about these portrayals in order to become fully informed about the spaces women inhabit within the media.&nbsp;</p> <p>Friedman echoed Dr. Ali's statements and urged consumers to "give your attention purposefully." She explained that media mergers are becoming increasingly prevalent, therefore only a small number companies control the outgoing messages. In order to ensure that all voices are heard, Friedman encouraged attendees to push for a more balanced media ecosystem. "Your clicks [online] are your vote," she said. "Are you giving your attention to the thing you want to see more of?"</p> <p>In addition to consuming media with purpose, Johnson recommended that women create their own content. "Young voices are shaping today and tomorrow's media," she explained. "By encouraging women to continue to create the content on their own platform, they will have full control."&nbsp;</p> <p>As the event came to a close, Friedman offered attendees a practical application of the event's discussion: "If reshaping the media seems too large, narrow it down until you have a small slice that doesn't feel overwhelming. Movements need followers too. Paralysis is the enemy here."&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <em>Pictured from right to left: Dr. Nada Mustafa Ali, Jaclyn Friedman, Danielle Johnson and Karen Homes Ward</em>2018-03-16T00:00:00-04:00{EB259A4C-340B-479C-B58A-DC6370A7B4ED} Alum Finds the Right Fit in Leadership Role<h4>What was your favorite course at SLIS?</h4> <p>It's a tie between Candy Schwartz&rsquo;s Digital Libraries course and Rong Tang&rsquo;s Usability and User Experience Research course. Both courses allowed me to be in the driver's seat as a student and guided my experience while I gained knowledge. You couldn&rsquo;t ask for better mentors than Rong and Candy&mdash;to this day, both professors still give me advice and provide encouragement.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Tell us about your current position.&nbsp;</h4> <p>I'm currently the University of Washington Libraries Resource Discovery and Library Management Systems Coordinator.&nbsp;</p> <p>The University of Washington is part of a consortial environment called the Orbis Cascade Alliance, which consists of 39 institutions across Oregon, Washington and Idaho. We have a Shared Integrated Library System (SILS) between all 39 institutions. I coordinate and manage all the work around our portion of the SILS at the University of Washington. Specifically, my position comes down to three major themes:</p> <ol> <li>Coordination: Coordinating library-wide efforts surrounding the operating of our Library Management System (LMS). We use the products Alma and Primo.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Technical Support and System Development: Training, troubleshooting and supporting users with Alma and Primo systems. In addition to the technical maintenance of Alma and Primo, I work with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and other code to improve the user interface of Primo.</li> <li>Institutional Representative: Ensuring that the University of Washington has a voice and is represented with Ex Libris Users of North America (ELUNA), Ex Libris as a vendor, and with our consortial environment Orbis Cascade Alliance.</li> </ol> <h4>How did SLIS prepare you for your career/current position?</h4> <p>The courses that best prepared me for my position were Management, Usability and User Experience Research, Digital Libraries, Evaluation, and Digital Information Services and Providers. I still refer to my coursework binders and textbooks, especially with Usability and Management. The Usability course gave me experience working with an actual client, managing expectations and providing professional level deliverables. All of which relates to my work with stakeholders at my institution. Digital Libraries had the biggest impact on my career, because Candy assigned me the role of project manager of my digital libraries class. She saw leadership potential in me that I hadn&rsquo;t seen in myself. Without Candy pushing me, I wouldn&rsquo;t be in the position I am today.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>My fellowship as a Dean&rsquo;s Fellow for Instructional Technologies allowed me to grow as a manager, and provided me with experience in public speaking to large groups and on focused topics in technology. I also had an internship in Beatley Library which was incredibly helpful. If you're ever curious about Academic Librarianship and systems, you can&rsquo;t get better experience than working one-on-one with a Systems Librarian. This experience gave me a better idea of my future career path and allowed me to focus my coursework on the skills I needed to succeed.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Advice for current students?</h4> <p>Take additional cataloging courses, they will come in handy no matter what library specialty you decide to do. I definitely regret not taking more cataloging&mdash;it would have given me a better understanding of our resource management system and the librarians that work with it.</p> <p>Copy job ads for positions that you find interesting. Knowing what skills you need to reach your goal will help you decide which courses and internships you should target. I did this throughout my time at SLIS and felt well prepared for the jobs I wanted.&nbsp;</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t be afraid to apply for a position, even if you don&rsquo;t check all the boxes on a job description. Do your research about the place you&rsquo;re applying to and make a case for yourself. You never know what might catch the eye of a hiring committee.</p> <p>Never underestimate the importance of phone interviews. If you don&rsquo;t do well on the phone, you may not get another chance to impress the committee.&nbsp;</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t get discouraged. Job hunting can be difficult and can cause you to doubt yourself. Engage in an activity that feeds your professional confidence: start a blog, go to networking events, volunteer at your public library, or take advantage of free workshops.</p> <p><hr /> </p> <p><em>Photo, courtesy of Anne Pepitone, taken at&nbsp;Suzzallo Library at University of Washington.</em></p>2018-03-15T00:00:00-04:00{6711C265-5918-417E-95E3-58B894FAE6F1} Spring Break Takes Mary Soares '19 to South Carolina<p><strong>ON PURSUING NURSING:</strong> For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a nurse. My biggest role model is my mom and she's been a nurse for 25 years. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at a young age and vividly remember the commitment, compassion and honesty that I received from the nursing staff during my one week stay at the hospital. Following my discharge from the hospital, I met frequently with the school nurse, who became an integral part of my diabetes management. I knew then that providing that care for others and putting that passion and integrity into my work is what I'm meant to do.</p> <p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong> I chose to attend Simmons after visiting the campus during my senior year of high school. The Simmons <a href="">nursing major</a> is one of the top programs nationwide and the close proximity to Longwood Medical Center provides me with incredible clinical opportunities. I also love the small, supportive atmosphere and the way the building placement around each quad provides a safe, community and home-like feeling.&nbsp;<span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Mary Soares" width="350" src="~/media/79D535E592BC4BF7958AF74B21CA5617.ashx" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="">Alternative Spring Break</a> (ASB) is a student-led program that partners with Habitat for Humanity to provide students with opportunities to build and restore homes within the United States.</p> <p>I started participating in ASB during my sophomore year. I was seeking an opportunity to become more involved on campus and wanted to meet people outside of my major and friend groups. I'd heard about previous trips through mutual friends, saw pictures around campus and was working in the <a href="">Scott/Ross Center</a> at the time. I applied and was chosen to be part of the 2017 team! My participation in ASB is truly the best decision I've made since attending Simmons.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON HER LATEST ASB EXPERIENCE: </strong>This year the team traveled to Clemson, South Carolina where we worked on a reconstruction project for the Pickens County Habitat Chapter. During our time on site, we did minor demolition projects, interior painting, placement of hard wood floors, and some singing and dancing too!</p> <p><img height="300" alt="Mary Soares" width="350" src="~/media/71027FBFCD304EE19883F7BFE20AA551.ashx" />ASB has taught me so many incredible life lessons. It's provided me with opportunities to grow as a person and make friendships that will last a lifetime. This year we had the chance to meet Habitat homeowners and view the interior of their homes. It was really powerful to see how the work we're doing is impacting individuals and their families. All of the homeowners were welcoming and expressed the upmost appreciation to our team.</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE ASB MEMORY:</strong>&nbsp;My first Habitat experience traveling to Valdosta, Georgia in 2017 is my favorite ASB memory. I felt myself step out of my comfort zone, learn new tasks, grow individually and make many new friendships. During our week of building, we completed all of the interior and exterior walls and placed them on the foundation of the home. It was incredible to obtain new skills and submerge myself in a new community and culture.</p> <p><strong>ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH ASB: </strong>The application process begins in early October when the trip leaders will advertise around campus and on social media. Written applications are then accepted in the Scott Ross Center. Following the written application process, the leaders will conduct group interviews and the team will be chosen. Keep an eye out for flyers regarding the trip and our applications next fall!</p> <hr /> <p><em>Second photo: Mary Soares '19 and John, a volunteer with the Pickens County Habitat for Humanity Chapter</em></p> <p><em>Third photo: Mary Soares '19 and Hannah Hast '17</em></p>2018-03-15T00:00:00-04:00{6467C5E0-11B8-42DD-BE4A-510182677366} Share: Women I Admire<hr /> <h5>BETTY FRIEDAN</h5> <p>"Betty Friedan is one idol. She ignited the Feminist Movement while raising three children. She reminds me that you don&rsquo;t have to be sweet to be an effective leader."</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=08E08B6A9A2740D4AD41F6DC185C2B3E&amp;_z=z">Elaine Dimopoulos</a> '08GS, Author of <em>Material Girls.</em></p> <hr /> <h5>MY CEO</h5> <p>​"My goodness, there are so many women I admire. Our CEO Edie Fraser taught me to dream bigger than most people dream and then be relentless in execution. I have never worked so hard or so proudly. She is an iconic entrepreneur and human being."</p> <p>- <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=201D49E3756F4A59BB98D1B2329C5B38&amp;_z=z">Julie Kantor</a> '91, Chief Partnership Officer of STEMconnector and Million Women Mentors​</p> <hr /> <h5>LIBBA BRAY</h5> <p>"Libba Bray is probably the hardest working and most brilliant writer I know. I've seen her work during tremendous pressure and she never waivers in her commitment to her craft. She never limits or censors herself or makes compromises when it comes to the projects she takes on. But above all that, she is probably the kindest person I know, and she's taught me to always try to be my best self, in writing and in life."</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=8C6F849207364CCE8639A39BABFA7689&amp;_z=z">Jo Knowles</a> '92 '95LS, Author of <em>Still a Work in Progress</em></p> <hr /> <h5>&nbsp;OPRAH</h5> <p>"Not to be clich&eacute;, but Oprah is a woman I admire. She's a strong leader, great advocate and does so many wonderful things for others. She's not looking for recognition, she just does what's right."</p> <p>- <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=2EB30669F7FD4A348BF2B95A0E53D1A9&amp;_z=z">Amy Sevigny</a>&nbsp;'99, Staff Nurse II at Boston Children's Hospital.</p> <hr /> <h5>MY MOTHER</h5> <p>"My mother traveled to Haiti as a nurse in her twenties. She tended to the very sick children and mothers who came to see her at the hospital where she worked. I learned from her how to start and run a clinic, ask for donations of medicines and supplies and really take the time to listen to people and see beyond the poverty to the man, woman or child who needed a caring hand."</p> <p>- <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=192E07B64BD444ED84F3833DD7A933BF&amp;_z=z">Cherie Miot Abbanat</a> '90, CEO of Haiti Projects, Inc.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Photo of Cherie Miot Abbanat</em></p>2018-03-08T00:00:00-05:00{1C5EDC7E-6BC0-43B5-BB00-9B58920BD319} Salit on Defying Expectations and Learning to GrowAs CEO of Performance of a Lifetime (POAL), <a href="">Cathy Salit</a> heads a team of coaches and human development experts who help companies and individuals grow, learn, and develop as leaders.&nbsp; <h4>Was there a moment in your career when you made a move to disrupt the status quo? How did you come to that decision?</h4> <p>Yes, there have been many moments &ndash; I&rsquo;m sort of a professional status quo disruptor. But the first one was when I was 13 years old. I dropped out of junior high school, took a couple of dozen kids with me, and we started an alternative school in an abandoned dry cleaning store in Manhattan.</p> <div> <h4>Which female leader do you most admire? In what way has she driven change?</h4> <p>So many to choose from! But I&rsquo;ll pick Lenora Fulani, the activist and developmental psychologist. She&rsquo;s not very well known &ndash; but she made history when she ran for president of the United States as an independent candidate in 1988. She was the first woman and the first African American to be on the ballot in all 50 states. She&rsquo;s also creator of the &ldquo;Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids&rdquo; program of the non-profit All Stars Project, which has broken new ground by using performance to foster positive interactions between the police and inner-city youth.</p> <h4>What would you say is the most daring move you've made in your career?</h4> <p>When my team and I decided to bring one of our signature exercises into a leadership development workshop for a group of the most senior, C-suite executives we had ever worked with. We directed each of them to get onstage and improvise a one-minute &ldquo;performance of their lifetime.&rdquo; We really weren&rsquo;t sure they&rsquo;d agree to do it; we thought they were too set in their ways to take such a risk.</p> <h4>What did you learn from that experience?</h4> <p>Since they performed with no hesitation and great gusto, I learned that we had seriously underestimated these leaders&rsquo; zeal to grow. Our big lesson was the same one the executives took away: when we&rsquo;re constrained by what we already know and know how to do, we can&rsquo;t grow &ndash; we can&rsquo;t see, act and think in new ways. But in doing this &ldquo;impossible&rdquo; performance (really &ndash; how can you perform your life in one minute?) you see new possibilities, you break from your tried and true script, and you see yourself and others like you never have before. By the way, this was almost 20 years ago, and this &ldquo;impossible&rdquo; thing has now been done by thousands of people, in front of their colleagues and their teams.</p> <h4>What&rsquo;s the best piece of career advice you&rsquo;ve gotten along the way?</h4> <p>Don&rsquo;t fret too long over this storm&hellip; the next one is just around the corner.</p> <h4>If you could change one way women support other women on their path to success, what would it be?</h4> <p>To form groups/ensembles that are made up of women from different walks of life and who are different economically, ethnically, by age, and by sexual preference. We need to be with women who are different from us, and support each other from where we are to help each other become who we are not... yet.</p> <style> </style> <h4>Any tips for work/life integration?</h4> <p>Oy. I wish I did. I mean, I know the right things to say...but I struggle with this. Biggest idea? Have pets. At a minimum you have to say silly things to them and pet them a lot.</p> </div> <h4>If you could dine with anyone, past or present, with whom would you dine and what would you like to ask him or her?</h4> <p>I would dine with Harriet Tubman. And I would ask her to speak at an event that I was organizing filled with people from all walks of life.</p> <div> <h4>Fill in the blank. People would be surprised to know that&hellip;</h4> <p>I can only see out of one eye. Late last year, I discovered that I had a large cancerous tumor in my left eye. I had plaque radiation therapy, and the prognosis is guardedly positive, but it&rsquo;s been and continues to be an intense, life-altering experience. I&rsquo;m only just beginning to talk about it publicly.</p> <hr /> <p><em>For recent news about the&nbsp;<a href="">Simmons Leadership Conference</a>, make sure you're following SimmonsLeads on&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>!</em></p> <div></div> </div>2018-03-06T00:00:00-05:00{AECCD8BD-934F-4342-8943-ECF22016D6FB} Vital Importance of Preserving Privacy in the Modern Library<p>The School of Library and Information Science is proud to welcome&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Frederick Lane</a> as our Allen Smith Visiting Scholar. An author, attorney, educational consultant, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, NY, Lane is a nationally-recognized expert in the areas of cybersafety, digital misconduct, personal privacy, and other topics at the intersection of law, technology, and society.&nbsp;</p> <p>Lane has appeared on <em>The Daily Show with Jon Stewart</em>, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the BBC, and MSNBC. He has written nine books, including most recently <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00RSNBZJW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fsl3com&amp;linkId=6CQIITURHYMIUS55" target="_blank">Cybertraps for Educators</a> (Mathom Press 2015) and <a href="" target="_blank">Cybertraps for Expecting Moms &amp; Dads</a> (Mathom Press 2016). </p> Frederick Lane will lead two panel discussions:&nbsp;<a href="">&ldquo;Free Speech, Civil Discourse, and Libraries&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;on March 13, 6-8 p.m., and&nbsp;<a href="">&ldquo;Cybertraps for Librarians&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;on March 16, 2-5 p.m. Each event will also be recorded and made available online. <div><hr /> <div> <h4>What is the most vital privacy issue facing LIS professionals?</h4> <p>Preserving the privacy of patron reading records is vital. At its most basic level, this means providing physical and institutional security for the records of which books patrons borrow from the library. "Physical security" can be accomplished by making sure that only authorized members of the library staff have access to the records. "Institutional security" refers to adopting policies that address under what circumstances law enforcement officials can review the borrowing records of patrons.&nbsp;</p> <p>A subset of both types of security is the issue of "computer security." With more and more library data stored on computers, and more and more readers borrowing books electronically, it is vital for libraries and librarians to understand computer security and implement appropriate safeguards. For instance, libraries should consider encrypting patron data and implement the use of the secure communication protocol (https) for remote connections.</p> <h4>How do LIS professionals and libraries use technology but steer clear of privacy issues?</h4> <p>The single most important way in which LIS professionals and libraries can use technology and protect patron privacy is to collect as little data as possible about patron library use. Data can't be stolen or misused if it is not collected in the first place. I would describe this as the "Least Feasible Data Collection" protocol. Before a decision is made to collect and store identifiable data about patron library use, the following questions should be thoroughly discussed:</p> <ul> <li>What data is the library planning to collect?</li> <li>What is the goal that the library is hoping to achieve through the collection of data?</li> <li>What is the least feasible amount of data collection necessary to achieve the goal?</li> <li>What is the maximum period of time the library needs to store the data consistent with the goal in question?</li> <li>What are the potential consequences for the patron or the library if the data is compromised?</li> <li>Is it possible to adequately protect the data and if so, how?</li> <li>Do the potential consequences of a breach or misuse outweigh the goal envisioned by the library?</li> </ul> <p>As a former school board member, I know that sometimes the perceived goals of an organization (library, school district, etc.) can outweigh the interests of the people served. Those concerns should be carefully examined each time a new policy is considered and on a periodic basis for existing policies.</p> <h4>What is the future of cybersafety?&nbsp;</h4> <p>In the near future, the main cybersafety issues we will face are an intensification of two existing trends: the intense harassment and bullying online, and the sociological impact of access to adult materials by minors. Although these are complicated issues that will only be solved through the efforts of many aspects of society, there is no question that libraries and library professionals can play an important role. With respect to bullying and harassment, libraries can help promote civil discourse through education programs, workshops, materials for parents, and positive example of the library space itself. As for online adult materials, the most powerful step libraries can take is to help provide context for what kids see online. I believe libraries should be proactive in selecting and collecting materials about sex education, gender roles, and related topics. Having done so, libraries should develop a thoughtful outreach program to inform kids and parents that such materials are available.</p> <h4>What can librarians do to encourage civil discourse?</h4> <p>First and foremost, create a space that models civility and calm, which most libraries do innately. But there are a variety of other proactive steps that can be taken: workshops for kids and parents about online civility, poster contests, civility challenges ("how long can YOU go without insulting or hurting someone online?"), and so on. I think that libraries have a place in communities and the moral authority to host conversations about what our values regarding civility should be and how best to promote those values.</p> <h4>How can the library be preserved as a safe (civil) space, while also dealing with challenging issues?</h4> <p>The two top answers are:&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>Maintain and promote the role of libraries as a safe space for multiple viewpoints.</li> <li>Actively encourage and promote respectful conversations, especially about challenging issues.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p>Libraries have innate advantages in this regard, in that they are typically grounded in a specific community and respected for their dedication to wide-ranging knowledge. I believe there is a growing hunger for opportunities to calmly discuss the issues with which we are grappling and I think libraries have a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of those conversations. Properly done, that type of conversational leadership will only enhance the reputation of libraries and their role in our communities and our intellectual lives.</p> <p><br /> </p> </div> </div>2018-03-06T00:00:00-05:00{8DF244E4-861B-4AA3-A61C-4E2C8B0D2CB6} Are They Now? Robby Robertson '15MHA<h4>What does your job entail?&nbsp;&nbsp;</h4> <p> As Chief Facilities Officer at <a href="" target="_blank">Lahey Health System</a>, my job is to provide vision and leadership for Lahey Health, Real Estate, Construction, Maintenance and Plant Operations departments, which consists of 5 hospitals and over 120 locations for outpatient and physician services. In addition, I ensure continuous operations to meet the demands of all the patients we serve, as well as develop multi year master facilities planning.</p> <h4>How did Simmons help prepare you for your career?&nbsp;</h4> <p> <a href="">Simmons</a> offered classes comprised of folks already in the work force looking to advance their careers. The faculty are experts in their fields and are passionate about their work. Their enthusiasm pushed students to dig down deep, think, reflect and become better leaders. All are dedicated educators committed to teaching excellence and who take pride in mentoring students. The curriculum was rigorous and fully engaged students to have healthy discussions and to think independently. The faculty&rsquo;s understanding of health care administration culture was exceptional.</p> <h4>Why is your work rewarding?&nbsp;&nbsp;</h4> <p>I'm passionate about my job. It's challenging, but exciting. I'm empowered and allowed to develop my team members. Although at times our world is very reactive, we as a team try to be proactive and improve processes and work flow design. Our mission at Lahey is to provide high-quality, value-based health care services to all the communities we serve. Employees take it seriously, as they truly care. The culture, diversity and mindset is that of teamwork.</p> <h4>What advice would you give to the current Simmons students?&nbsp;&nbsp;</h4> <p>If you listen well, engage and give 110%, you will succeed. The wisdom Simmons faculty provide is invaluable. I've been fortunate in my life: I have an amazing wife, beautiful healthy children, and multiple career advancements which led to achieving the highest position within my field. When reflecting on these life and work accomplishments, completing the Simmons MHA program is one of my proudest moments&mdash;an experience to remember for a lifetime.</p> <div><br /> </div>2018-03-02T00:00:00-05:00{2A0A9E29-7C96-4B88-A056-D309FF660B16} Community News, February 2018<h4>Faculty</h4> <p>Dean <strong>Eileen Abels</strong> and Associate Professor <strong>Laura Saunders</strong> co-facilitated a pre-conference workshop, "A Future by Design: What Do We Teach?" with Lynne C. Howarth (Toronto) and Linda C. Smith (Illinois) on February 6 at the ALISE Conference in Denver, CO. Abels and Saunders also participated in a panel, "Core and More: Examining Foundational and Specialized Content in LIS Programs" on February 7.&nbsp;</p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Naresh Agarwal</strong> has been invited to Paris, France to speak <a href="" target="_blank">about his book</a>,&nbsp;<em>Exploring Context in Information Behavior: Seeker, situation, surroundings, and shared identities</em> at the First Workshop on Context in Analytics, held in conjunction with the 34th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, April 16-19, 2018.</p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Gerald Benoit</strong> gave a talk to faculty and students at Harvard on Information Visualization at Adams House on February 27.&nbsp;</p> <p>Senior Lecturer <strong>Rebecca Davis</strong> presented her poster entitled "Expanding LIS Education by Thinking About How Academic Librarians Can Collaborate with Undergraduate Women and Faculty in STEM" during the Works in Progress session at ALISE on Tuesday, February 6 in Denver, CO.&nbsp;</p> <p> Associate Professor <strong>Laura Saunders&nbsp;</strong>was quoted in a Poynter article which focused on the trust the public has in their libraries and librarians.</p> <div> <p>Assistant Professor <strong>Amber Stubbs</strong> presented on a panel, "Team-Teaching with Humanities" at the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Technical Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland on February 22. Stubbs has a new Natural Language Processing Shared Task starting up. Registration is now open &mdash; data release is March 5.</p> <div> <p><span>Associate Professor <strong>Rong Tang</strong> co-moderated the ALISE Special Program: Connecting Teaching and Research, on February 7. She co-presented a Juried Paper: "Teaching User Experience (UX) in LIS Programs and iSchools in North America: Challenges and Innovations" and participated in a Juried Panel: Teaching Research Methods in LIS Programs: Approaches, Formats, and Innovative Strategies on February 9</span>.</p> <h4>Adjunct Faculty</h4> <p>Adjunct <strong>Sid Berger</strong> presented "Frankenstein in the Popular Imagination" at the 51st California International Antiquarian Book Fair on Saturday, February 10. The Fair celebrated the bicentennial of Frankenstein, exhibiting first editions, comics, and vintage movie posters of Mary Shelley's "monsterpiece."&nbsp;</p> <p>Adjunct <strong>Lisa Fagin Davis</strong> published a post,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Fragmentarium: a Model for Digital Fragmentology</a>, on her blog, highlighting her students' participation in a Fragmentarium case study, which lead to original discoveries now reflected in the <a href="" target="_blank">manuscript record</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Staff</h4> <p>SLIS Assistant Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs <strong>Em Claire Knowles</strong> participated on the American Library Association's President's program during the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO. The panel discussed "Are Libraries Neutral? Have They Ever Been? Should They Be?"&nbsp;</p> <p>SLIS West Lecturer and Site Administrator <strong>Eric Poulin</strong> will be presenting at the Massachusetts Library Association Conference in May with SLIS West students Olivia Eberli, Elizabeth Pawlowski, and Norman Berlin. Their presentation, "Think, Pair, Share&mdash;But Don&rsquo;t Stop There: Creative Teaching Techniques for Effective Instruction" will feature students from the Fall 2017 LIS 408-20 User Instruction course at SLIS West, demonstrating methods they developed for the class.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Students</h4> <p>SLIS Doctoral Student <strong>Sarah Al-Mahmoud</strong> won 2nd place in the Association for Library and Information Science Education doctoral student poster competition on February 9.</p> <p>Computer Science students <strong>Pam Qian</strong>, <strong>Gemma Lein-McDonough</strong>, and<strong> Clara Elizabeth Carleton</strong> participated in Google's J term. In one week at Google Cambridge, they learned about programming android applications, learned how to prepare for a technical interview, met with SLIS alumni who work at Google, and created their own android app during a "code sprint" and presented their projects. For the mobile apps, they applied many of the data structures learned in Data Structures and Algorithms, taught by Assistant Professor <strong>Amber Stubbs</strong>. </p> <p>SLIS Student&nbsp;<strong>Jessica Vogel</strong>, an intern for the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Maine Historical Society</a>, wrote a blog post about the Poor-Parsons-Frellick family from Peaks Island and Portland, Maine.</p> <h4>Alumni</h4> <p><strong>Billy C. Beal </strong>'77LS&nbsp;was posthumously inducted into the Meridian Community College Hall of Fame on February 12 in the MCC Riley Workforce Center. Beal's portrait will be ultimately hung in the Dulaney Room with fellow honorees.</p> <p>Children's Literature graduates were among those recognized by <a href="" target="_blank">ALA's Youth Media Awards</a>. 2014 Children's Literature graduate <strong>Mackenzi Lee </strong>was awarded a Stonewall Honor for her YA novel, <em>The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue</em>. Roaring Brook Press editor <strong>Emily Feinberg</strong>, who graduated in 2011, edited the Caldecott Honor book&nbsp;<em>Big Cat, Little Cat. </em>2013 Children's Lit grad <strong>Karen Boss</strong>, Associate Editor at Charlesbridge Publishing, was editor of <em>Malala: Activist for Girls' Education</em>, which was a&nbsp;Batchelder Honor Book 2018.</p> <p><strong>Sondra Murphy</strong>&nbsp;'10LS began her position as <a href="" target="_blank">Director of the Leominster Public Library</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div>2018-02-27T00:00:00-05:00{8B80F69F-C5BD-4EEC-9A94-0C68FE8F4CFE} Announces First-Ever Million Dollar Match Madness<p>On March 1, the Trustees of Simmons are raising the bar and offering to match donations to the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=DAEA0B781D014586B97940EF5827D7EC&amp;_z=z">Simmons Fund</a> for up to $1,000,000. The <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=9E1B6F9B9983473CB51B89942CC54C5B&amp;_z=z">Match Madness Challenge</a> occurs every year and connects generous donors who agree to double the impact of their gifts made in March. In 2017, 765 donors gave over $290,000, which was matched by a generous donor, for a total impact of over $580,000.</p> <p>This challenge is part of the Trustees&rsquo; bold $2,000,000 commitment to The Simmons Fund, an unrestricted fund that supports programs and initiatives across campus. Barbara Cohen &rsquo;68, chair of the Trustee Advancement Committee says, &ldquo;We are making this groundbreaking investment because we recognize that this is one of the most important years in Simmons&rsquo; history.&rdquo;</p> <p>"Within two weeks this January, we opened the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0F2B139C46554638B0E1F08E20135F71&amp;_z=z">Center for Student Success</a> and the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=59DF7F313BC04827B610DC632A58FBA9&amp;_z=z">Multicultural Center</a>, which are providing state-of-the-art services to our students. And we&rsquo;re gearing up to launch four new colleges in the fall, including the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F41202130B524C6DADDF42885C61020A&amp;_z=z">Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities</a>," said Marianne Lord,&nbsp;Vice President of Advancement. "None of this would be possible without donors who believe in what we&rsquo;re doing. It&rsquo;s truly transformational."</p> <p><span style="font-size: inherit;">To honor these accomplishments and accelerate our progress, the Trustees ask alumnae/i and friends of Simmons to join them by making a gift to The Simmons Fund in March. Trustees promise to match every gift up to 12 times to stretch the impact of each gift as far as possible.</span></p> <span style="font-size: x-large;"> </span> <h5>3 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=9E1B6F9B9983473CB51B89942CC54C5B&amp;_z=z">MATCH MADNESS GIFT</a></h5> <ul> <li><strong>Monthly Sustaining Gift</strong>: Set up a monthly donation and the Trustees will match the total 12 times. So a gift of $10 a month ($120) will be matched with $1,440!</li> <li><strong>Three-year Commitment</strong>: Make a three-year pledge and the Trustees will match it 3 times. A gift of $50 a year will be matched immediately 3 times, for a total of $300.</li> <li><strong>Single Gift</strong>: The Trustees will match every gift in March dollar for dollar, doubling the impact!&nbsp;</li> </ul> <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=9E1B6F9B9983473CB51B89942CC54C5B&amp;_z=z">Make your gift</a>&nbsp;starting March 1, and follow us on <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a> for challenge updates.<br />2018-02-23T00:00:00-05:00{0FA7AD11-88C7-4AB8-94B6-D8EBB5BFF4F2} Magraw '20 Finds Courage on the Ice<p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>ON PURSUING NURSING:</strong>&nbsp;I've always loved caring for others and making them feel better when they're not at their best. My grandmother was also a nurse, so her stories inspired me.</p> <p><strong>ON ATTENDING SIMMONS:&nbsp;</strong>Simmons has one of the best <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0E39EC657B5644C080B15DF7C0F895BE&amp;_z=z">nursing programs</a> and the location couldn&rsquo;t be any better! All of the best hospitals are so close by, it was a no brainer. Also, I wanted to skate for the Skating Club of Boston, which is only 10 &ndash; 15 minutes from campus.</p> <p><strong>ON HER LOVE OF FIGURE SKATING:&nbsp;</strong>I began figure skating when I was just 4 years old, and for the longest time I wanted to skate for Disney on Ice. As I got older, I realized that if I wanted to skate for Disney on Ice, I'd have to take time off from school. To me, going to nursing school was my priority, but I also knew that I couldn&rsquo;t just stop skating. That's when I found synchronized skating and the collegiate teams. Being able to participate on a team that knows school comes first is perfect, especially with the intensity of the nursing program.&nbsp;</p>2018-02-22T00:00:00-05:00{706E30CE-14B2-43FA-801F-19363D454370} Swimming & Diving Celebrates Historic Win<p>The Simmons <a href="" target="_blank">Swimming &amp; Diving</a> team celebrated their first-ever win at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming &amp; Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship on Sunday, February 18 at the University of Rhode Island (URI). Competing against four other regional schools, the Sharks finished the four-day meet with a score of 1504 points.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Neuroscience and Behavior</a> major, Aine Scholand '20, was named the Swimmer of the Meet after breaking three school and meet records to capture a trio of gold medals in her individual events. Scholand shattered the 22-year old <a href="" target="_blank">NEISDA</a> record and the 28-year old URI pool record for the 1650-yard freestyle. She is also the second competitor in school history to win three individual gold medals during the NEISDA meet and the only competitor in school history to break three meet records.</p> <p>Prior to the meet, Scholand was unaware that the meet records were within her reach. "I had a general idea of the times I wanted and what places I wanted to aim for," said Scholand. "When I saw them, I got really excited and started talking strategies with my coach. She made sure I knew I was on pace to break them."&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Aine Scholand swimming backstroke" width="350" src="~/media/F8B207506CBE4DA88D8704F136FC3632.ashx" class="image-right" /></span></p> <p>In addition to being named Swimmer of the Meet, Scholand was also named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women's Swimming &amp; Diving Athlete of the Week for the week of February 12-18.&nbsp;</p> <p>Although she was honored to receive both accolades, Scholand credits her incredible teammates and coaches who encourage her every step of the way. "Having a good team really makes or breaks your experience," said Scholand. "I've been fortunate enough to be surrounded by amazing swimmers who value hard work... I'll always be grateful to them for accepting me as a part of the team."</p> <p>Overall, Simmons won six individual events and three relays for the meet and saw 14 of its 19 student athletes earn All-NEISDA status by virtue of a top-eight individual finish or top-four relay placing. The Sharks combined to achieve All-NEISDA status 56 times and earned 39 medals with a first, second or third place effort during the meet in addition to breaking eight school records.</p> <p>Other notable team accomplishments include:</p> <ul> <li>Jason Erichsen '19 &mdash; 2nd place, School Record in 200-yard breaststroke at 2:26.37</li> <li>Natalie Giraldi '18 &mdash; 2nd place, School Record in 100-yard IM at 1:01.19&nbsp;</li> <li>Maria Soraghan '21 &mdash; 2nd place, Personal Best in 100-yard freestyle at 53.89&nbsp;</li> <li>Anna Leedham '21 &mdash; 3rd place in Preliminaries, School Record in 200-yard butterfly at 2:13.39</li> <li>Elizabeth Bartlett '21 &mdash; 6th place, Personal Best in 100-yard IM at 1:04.61</li> <li>Lindsay Nichols '18 &mdash; 10th place, Personal Best in 200-yard butterfly at 2:26.89</li> </ul> <p>The Sharks are scheduled to attend the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships at Rutgers University the weekend of February 23-25.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><em>Photo credit: Mike Broglio<br /> </em></p>2018-02-21T00:00:00-05:00{2EA6C216-D61B-4688-AF6F-0E0242450B5E} Pizzollo '17LS is a Metadata Librarian for Amherst College<h4>What was your favorite course at SLIS?&nbsp;</h4> <p>It's a tie between Descriptive Cataloging (416) and Literacy and Service to Underserved Populations (422). The first because I'm a metadata librarian and I love cataloging and organizing resources so folks can find them. That class taught me the standards and theories behind the organizational systems so that I could move forward with a good foundation. The Literacy and Service class was invaluable; we discussed people who are often forgotten and went to the libraries and environments that supported them. I especially enjoyed our visit to a correctional facility library; my mother worked in a prison for many years. Also, User Instruction is essential if you want to be an instruction librarian, and it helped me conquer stage fright. We gave a presentation in every class&mdash;nothing formal, but it repeatedly got me to speak in front of people and it was nice to start off by speaking in front of supportive classmates.</p> <h4>How did you balance work and classes?&nbsp;</h4> <p>By constantly reminding myself that this was temporary and I wouldn&rsquo;t be devoting so much non-work time to school forever. I also reminded myself that, especially with graduate school, you really get out what you put in. Two years with minimal free time was tough, but I gained knowledge that will make professional life better for many years to come. I also continued to exercise and meditate, even while taxed with school and work; this was vital for my overall happiness, which impacts the quality of my work and school performance.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming student?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Don&rsquo;t get overly preoccupied with thinking that you&rsquo;re not getting enough practice during your grad school courses. Master&rsquo;s level classes, regardless of discipline, are going to incorporate practice, but they will largely be about theory. That&rsquo;s okay! The theory will help you more in the long run because the practice will come in work.&nbsp;</p> <p>That in mind, it is good to get internships, jobs, and volunteering in while you&rsquo;re in school to get more practical application time. During my time at SLIS, I had two internships in Tech Services at Amherst College and in Scholarly Communication at UMass Amherst.</p> <h4>What are you doing now?&nbsp;&nbsp;</h4> <p>I&rsquo;m the Bicentennial Project Metadata Librarian at <a href="" target="_blank">Amherst College</a>. I make metadata records to help users find, identify, select, and/or obtain digitized archival resources that we put in our repository. Metadata records are the new card catalog cards.</p> <h4>How have your studies at Simmons prepared you for your current work?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Simmons SLIS has given me a breadth of knowledge and a broad information organization theoretical framework. Conferences and journals are great for getting ideas on professional standards and how other institutions are doing things, but graduate school gave me a solid foundation.</p>2018-02-20T00:00:00-05:00