All Simmons News{C24969D0-B5DF-49B6-825E-9FE1B0C4D9F6} a Lasting Impact with Rural Librarians <h4>What is your current job?</h4> <p>In 2016 I began my current job at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) located in Austin, Texas, right next to the Capitol building. The State Library has four departments&mdash;Archives and Reference, State and Local Records, Library Development and Networking, and the Talking Book Program&mdash;to help fulfill its mission of serving all Texans. Before I started, I had never visited a State Library and had only a vague idea of what made it a unique institution. Now that I&rsquo;m here, I'm constantly amazed at the variety of projects that are supported and created by state libraries.</p> <p>As a Library Technology Consultant, I train and consult with staff from Texas libraries with a focus on digital inclusion. I organize and present in-person workshops and webinars on technology topics and answer questions from library staff about everything from digital literacy for seniors to internet policies and patron privacy to WiFi hotspots. I engage with our local and national community to build partnerships with those that share our mission, and engage with the technology and library community to better understand the needs of Texans now and in the future.</p>2019-01-15T00:00:00-05:00{4874AB6B-3E7C-447C-99E1-383B36BF41D5} Global: Gabby Freeman '20 Finds Empowerment Abroad<p><strong>ON COMING TO SIMMONS:</strong> I knew that Simmons would allow me to connect with my professors and give me opportunities to grow my leadership skills. I loved the location of Simmons in Boston and felt at home when I visited campus.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON PURSUING FINANCE:</strong>&nbsp;I entered Simmons on a pre-law track but intended to major in <a href="">finance</a>&nbsp;in case I didn't want to attend law school. As I got deeper into my finance coursework, I fell in love with finance, specifically investments.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="">School of Business</a> at Simmons has given me confidence in myself and in my skills. The emphasis on principled leadership within my finance program and within the School of Business itself encouraged me to stick with the program.</p> <p><strong>ON THE HONORS PROGRAM:</strong> I joined the <a href="">honors program</a> to enhance my academic experience &mdash; and it has! Honors has pushed me to take classes outside of my business courses that are both interesting and challenging. My professors in the program have made me a stronger writer and pushed me to think critically about integral issues.</p> <p>The honors program has been my home and community over the last three years &mdash; the people are one of a kind. Everyone is doing awesome things and they drive me to do my best. There's an immense amount of support from the coordinator, Valerie Geary, and Director, <a href="">Dianne Grossman</a>. It's really nice to know that there's a group of people that will support you in all of your academic endeavors. I'm so thankful for the community of people that honors has put into my life.<span class="image-right">&nbsp;&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Gabby Freeman, Olivia Klein and Lauren Kaye group photo on the balcony of the Management Building" width="350" src="~/media/7AC23B9210684E9DAA3D173A80639DCE.ashx" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON STUDYING ABROAD:</strong> I <a href="">studied abroad</a> in Granada, Spain for a summer after my first year at Simmons and I LOVED it! It was an immersion program so I lived with a host family and studied Spanish. At the beginning of the summer, my Spanish wasn't very good. In fact, I was the worst in my class and struggled to hold a conversation with my host mom. It was incredibly difficult because most people in Granada didn't speak English. But by the end of the program, I was much more confident when speaking Spanish and talking with my host mom. It was empowering. It was also really fun and interesting to learn and experience a different culture.</p> <p>I'm also studying abroad next semester in Sydney, Australia through a program called CAPA. I'm so excited to study abroad and learn about the history and culture of Australia as well as the other cultures in the pacific. I'll primarily take business classes to earn a certificate in International Business, but I'll also take an Australian history class while I'm there.</p> <p><strong>ON HER INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE: </strong>The summer before my junior year, I had the opportunity to work for Northwestern Mutual's Wealth Management Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to the internship, I'd never been to Milwaukee and had no connection with Northwestern Mutual. It turned out to be an incredible experience! I learned a lot about the stock markets and managing people's money. I had a wonderful manager and mentor who made sure that I felt like I was a member of the team. I learned so much from everyone that I was able to meet.</p> <p>But it wasn't all work! Northwestern Mutual provided housing in a dorm with about 50 other Northwestern Mutual interns. We had a blast together hanging out after work, going to events and enjoying the surprisingly strong music scene in Milwaukee.</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE SIMMONS MEMORY:</strong> This year when the Red Sox were in the playoffs, my friends and I got $9 student tickets to see the second game of the American League Conference Championship. We got a text that they were selling $9 tickets and immediately ran up to Fenway without eating, without any Red Sox gear on and without jackets. It was pretty cold that night but it was worth it. That's a memory I'll never forget.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Second photo: Gabby Freeman '20, Olivia Klein '20 and Lauren Kaye '20 at the 2018 Honors Awards Dinner.</em></p>2019-01-15T00:00:00-05:00{B9A6BF0A-9D0C-4C44-A8B2-94CC4BEA6437} Antenor '15 on Gaining Confidence in Her Nursing Career<h4>Tell us a little bit about your background.</h4> <p> I'm Haitian-American. My parents emigrated from Haiti, so they could work at a chance for a better life. My mother is a certified nursing assistant and she taught me how to be a hard worker &mdash; I witnessed her working overtime and two jobs just to give my siblings and me what we needed.&nbsp;</p> <p>I&rsquo;m not sure if this exposure to the health care field made me realize I wanted to be a nurse at a young age, but ever since I can remember I wanted to do just that. I applied solely to colleges and universities that had nursing programs from high school, because I was adamant. I ended up at Simmons and I didn&rsquo;t realize how great the <a href="">nursing program</a> was until I experienced it for myself.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What has been your biggest &ldquo;aha&rdquo; moment?</h4> <p> I love to travel and one of my coworkers suggested I look into travel nursing &mdash; I thought she was out of her mind. How could I just get up and go, be separated from my family for months at a time, jumping from state to state? I thought about it awhile and came to the realization that this was just what I needed. I wanted to experience cultures and people from different states and see how other hospitals functioned.&nbsp;</p> <p>Then that &ldquo;aha&rdquo; moment came to me. I realized that although some places are nicer, bigger, more exciting etc., no matter what our differences, we are all the same. Fundamentally we want the same things: safety, health, joy, and love &mdash; and that helps me connect even if I&rsquo;m unfamiliar.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What is your &ldquo;one word&rdquo; to describe Simmons?</h4> One word I would describe Simmons, at least for the <a href="">school of nursing</a>: rigorous.&nbsp;<br /> <h4>Was there ever a time you wondered if you were on the right path?&nbsp;</h4> <p> I graduated from Simmons in 2015 and have now been a nurse for 3 years. The first few months transitioning into a nursing role were hard. I was unsure of myself or if I was good enough to be a nurse. I would come home saying, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not cut out for this, I don&rsquo;t know how more seasoned nurses could be nurses for so long, I can&rsquo;t do this.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>I persevered and it took about 6 months to become comfortable in my nursing practice. My coworkers helped me a lot with that. Some of the new grads with similar feelings helped reassure me that this was just new and, as with anything else, it gets easier with more practice. The more seasoned nurses would tell me that they felt the same when they first started and that I was on the right path.&nbsp;</p> <p>Last but not least, I can remember when a patient would smile and say, &ldquo;Thank you for being nice and a good nurse,&rdquo; and another say, &ldquo;You must have been doing this a long time,&rdquo; that&rsquo;s when I felt like I could do it. It&rsquo;s the greatest feeling when someone calls me a good nurse, it humbles me and makes me want to be a better one. I work harder when those around me are positively affected by my presence and actions.</p> <h4>What advice would you give your 21-year-old self?</h4> <p> "Just do it." I&rsquo;m a very hesitant person and I know I could have gotten further in life had I not hesitated. It makes me work harder, so that I can stir up the courage to do things even when I'm afraid.</p>2019-01-07T00:00:00-05:00{A707A68B-FAAD-48E8-A755-90C2638CA48E} Enrichment in the Honors Program with Sarah Corbett '19, '21MS<p><strong>ON COMING TO SIMMONS:</strong> First and foremost, I&rsquo;ve known I wanted to be a nurse since my junior year of high school &mdash; the <a href="">nursing program</a> at Simmons is arguably one of the best! In addition, I love Boston. Not only are we located near some of the best hospitals in the world, but we're surrounded by wonderful restaurants, several different colleges and universities, and amazing landmarks like Fenway Park.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON PURSUING NURSING:</strong> The nursing program at Simmons has a wonderful reputation. We're lucky enough to be able to complete our clinical rotations in hospitals such as Brigham and Women&rsquo;s, Boston Children&rsquo;s Hospital, Beth Israel, Massachusetts General Hospital, and several others. I also knew Simmons had a five-year accelerated nurse practitioner program and this interested me. I felt like getting my NP degree would be something I would want to pursue, and excitingly enough, I have chosen to do so.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON THE HONORS PROGRAM:</strong> I joined the <a href="">Honors Program</a> because I wanted to be challenged. I knew that the courses offered within the program would involve content matter that extended beyond health studies, thereby enriching my entire self. The Honors courses I've taken so far are "Women Writers as Leaders," "Islamophobia," "'Talking' In the 21st Century," and "Honors Global Scholars"&nbsp;&mdash; I've learned so much from each of them.&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Nursing students." width="350" src="~/media/5A8E69D6AE5B4DB5858F1C5A61B7586F.ashx" /></span></p> <p>My favorite aspect of the Honors program is the people. I've met many new individuals in my classes who have inspired me with their strong views and powerful voices. In addition to my classmates, the professors have helped shape my point of view on many topics and issues &mdash; they've guided me to believe in who I am.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON HER CLINICAL EXPERIENCE:</strong> Last spring, I had my first clinical rotation at Boston Medical Center (BMC) on a Medical-Surgical floor. This clinical aligned with the Medical-Surgical course I was taking at the time and allowed me to utilize the information I'd learned and get hands-on experience in the hospital. I was able to obtain vital signs, help patients with their activities of daily living, and give medications, all under the supervision of my clinical instructor.&nbsp;</p> <p>This past summer, I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Emergency Department as a Patient Care Assistant. I performed many of the same tasks as I did at BMC, but I'm doing new things as well, such as electrocardiograms. Overall I've had wonderful experiences and am able to learn new things each and every day.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE SIMMONS MEMORIES:</strong> Sitting in the quad on academic campus spending time with my best friends. I'm blessed to have met such wonderful people here and have made friends that I know will last me a lifetime. After a long morning of class, a lunch in the quad on a nice day with people I care about is something I always look forward to.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Pictured above: Sarah Corbett '19, '21MS, Lexie Jarosz '20, Molly Hennessey '20, Rachel Gilbert '20, Emily Freedman '20, and Hannah Dagg '20.</em></p>2018-12-21T00:00:00-05:00{275D8EEB-3953-4ED9-9543-377AF4D0B1F5} Switzerland to the Ivory Coast: Lia Hollander '97 on Teaching Abroad<p><strong>ON TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (TESOL):</strong> As an eligible family member in the U.S. Foreign Service (State Department), I have the honor of representing the United States overseas. Teaching TESOL combines my love for the U.S. and my students&rsquo; desires to study in the U.S.&nbsp;</p> <p>American students and universities benefit from the diversity. The international students have unforgettable experiences and gain knowledge and skills that they can use in their home countries. It&rsquo;s a win-win situation.</p> <p><strong>ON HER SIMMONS EDUCATION:</strong> Simmons taught me to listen before acting, to speak up against injustice, and to find solutions to problems instead of complaining.</p> <p><strong>ON WHERE SHE'S LIVED:</strong> I lived in the U.S. for 40 years before moving overseas. So far I&rsquo;ve lived in Geneva, Switzerland and Abidjan, Côte d&rsquo;Ivoire. After a few months in Geneva, I worried my heart wasn&rsquo;t big enough to hold both the United States and Geneva. But it turns out, your heart just gets bigger. Côte d&rsquo;Ivoire is in there now too!</p> <p><strong>ON LIVING IN CÔTE D'IVOIRE:</strong> Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire actually reminds me a lot of San Diego, California. The climate and plants are very similar. However, the disparity between the rich and poor is more obvious. You'll see a shiny Land Rover dealership next to a peanut/phone card/plantains/flip flop vendor in a building that looks like it is disintegrating. Côte d&rsquo;Ivoire is also a high risk zone for malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. Despite these hardships, everyone is very welcoming and friendly.</p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Lia Hollander teaching" width="350" src="~/media/15C3850B9CEA453490614820976E13DF.ashx?h=300&amp;&amp;w=350" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON HER REWARDING WORK:</strong> I love having the ability to help change a student&rsquo;s life for the better. My Ivorian students want the opportunity to study in the United States so badly that they even attend English class while sick with malaria.</p> <p><strong>ON HER STUDENTS:</strong> I've taught American English to students from 39 different countries. I&rsquo;ve taught over Skype, Google Hangouts, at libraries, at a community college in the U.S., at the U.N. in Geneva, and at U.S. Missions and Embassies. I&rsquo;ve lost count of how many students I&rsquo;ve taught.</p> <p><strong>ON TESOL AND LIVING ABROAD ADVICE:</strong> The drawback with TESOL, as with most teaching jobs, is that it generally does not pay well. However, the non-monetary rewards are off the chart.</p> <p>As for living abroad, make sure to research opportunities very carefully, respect the local culture and customs, register with the U.S. Department of State&rsquo;s STEP program, and be prepared for culture shock.</p>2018-12-19T00:00:00-05:00{065E0B6A-9C32-4874-8FFF-7EC89D1F55CC} in Review: The Best of 2018<p>2018 was a monumental year for Simmons! From becoming a university, to climbing the ranks in&nbsp;<em>U.S.News &amp; World Report</em>&nbsp;&mdash; it's been a busy year. In celebration of the end of the year, we're taking a look at our biggest moments and stories from 2018.&nbsp;</p> <h3><img height="300" alt="Academic Campus" width="350" src="~/media/E79FF0AE3EBE4651BA606D61EAB56A5A.ashx?h=300&amp;&amp;w=350" />1. Simmons College Announces University Designation</h3> <p>On September 1, 2018, we officially became Simmons University. This university designation also included the creation of four new colleges &mdash; making this the most comprehensive academic redesign in more than 100 years!&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Key quote:</strong> "Given the size and scope of our programs, including online graduate programs with national and international reach, &lsquo;university&rsquo; is a more accurate description of who we are and where we are going. We&rsquo;re looking forward to a very exciting future." &mdash; Helen G. Drinan, President of Simmons University</p> <p><a href="">Read the full story.</a></p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Headshot of Emma Willmann at the Comedy at the Knitting Factory" width="350" src="~/media/9AA29985171A4D1BB744658B7732C095.ashx?h=300&amp;&amp;w=350" /></span></p> <h3>2. From Simmons to Standup: Emma Willmann '08 Arrives on Netflix</h3> <p>We joined Emma during Boston's Women in Comedy Festival and learned about her journey into comedy. It wasn't always easy, but Willmann kept her goal of success at the forefront of her mind&mdash;a tactic she learned at Simmons. Today, you can find Willmann on the final two seasons of <em>Crazy Ex Girlfriend</em> and Netflix's <em>The Comedy Lineup: Part Two</em>.</p> <p><strong>Key quote:</strong>&nbsp;"There&rsquo;s such an importance placed on intersectionality at Simmons. You&rsquo;re constantly deconstructing race, class, gender&mdash;and you see it in every class you take. Simmons cultivates critical thinking and I try to be very critical of that lens when doing stand-up." &mdash; Emma Willmann '08</p> <p><a href="">Read the full story.</a></p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><img height="300" alt="University Celebration following Convocation 2018" width="350" src="~/media/7F65D33378A34B62BA8E4219CA218279.ashx?h=300&amp;&amp;w=350" />3. Simmons University Ranked by U.S.News &amp; World Report</h3> <p>Simmons earned an impressive #4 ranking for Best Value in the 2019 <em>U.S.News &amp; World Report</em> rankings in the Regional Universities North category &ndash; the most competitive higher education region in the nation! This marks Simmons' highest-ever ranking in the Best Value category, rising from the #5 spot in 2017.</p> <p><strong>Key quote:</strong> "Our combination of rigor, exceptional student experience, value, and range of programs is being recognized by national evaluators. Simmons is a force in today&rsquo;s competitive higher education landscape, further elevating the stature of our distinctive undergraduate program for women and our nationally-recognized graduate programs."&nbsp;&mdash; Helen G. Drinan, President of Simmons University</p> <p><a href="">Read the full story.</a></p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Professor Gary Bailey" width="350" src="~/media/202E18F7F226405BB8839B00F5CD6466.ashx" /></span></h3> <h3>4. Professor Bailey Named One of Boston's Most Influential People of Color</h3> <p>Gary Bailey, DHL, MSW, ACSW, Professor of Practice at Simmons School of Social Work, was named one of Boston&rsquo;s Most Influential People of Color. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the GK100 list of Greater Boston&rsquo;s 100 Most Influential People of Color.</p> <p><strong>Key quote: "</strong>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."&nbsp;&mdash; Colette Phillips, CEO of Colette Phillips Communications and Founder of Get Konnected!</p> <p><a href="">Read the full story.</a></p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><img height="300" alt="Michelle Obama and Helen Drinan speaking during the Simmons Leadership Conference. " width="350" src="~/media/C8663E77AA92435FA4D5E4AAE2EE8574.ashx" />5. Looking Back at the Simmons Leadership Conference</h3> <p>The Simmons Leadership Conference was filled with inspiring messages and powerful leaders. The day featured incredible speeches from Gretchen Carlson, Nely Gal&aacute;n, Valerie Plame, Edie Weiner, and Former First Lady Michelle Obama.</p> <p><strong>Key Quote:</strong> "The arc of history is long. What we're here to do is make a mark."&nbsp;&mdash; Former First Lady Michelle Obama</p> <p><a href="">Read the full story.</a></p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Abigail Flinn, Katelyn McCarthy, Julianne Pondelli '18C and Samantha DeLucca in ice skating rink" width="350" src="~/media/C5FC41CD451847A0B70523F2C7A114C6.ashx?h=300&amp;&amp;w=350" /></span></h3> <h3>6. Inspiring Change: Julianne Pondelli '18C Takes Nutrition to the Ice</h3> <p>To her students, Julianne Pondelli '18C is much more than a skating coach&mdash;she&rsquo;s a source of support and refuge in the rigorous sport of figure skating. 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.</p> <p><strong>Key Quote:</strong> "Nutrition education is so important in an athlete&rsquo;s life. 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."&nbsp;&mdash; Julie Pondelli '18C</p> <p><a href="">Read the full story.</a></p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><img height="300" alt="Helen Drinan" width="350" src="~/media/FC761DB82D8B409AA81090C555DCDCCD.ashx" />7. What You Can Do: Five Ways to Respond</h3> <p>After the many horrific events that occurred in October, President Helen Drinan encouraged the Simmons community to take action. Writing with a deep sense of purpose, President Drinan gave us five ways to respond to the hateful rhetoric we hear nearly every day.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Key Quote:</strong> "At Simmons University, we aspire to be the most inclusive campus for all members of our community, physically and virtually. While that will take time, the most important impact will be felt as each one of us decides to join in that effort. I believe we can model the kind of community we wish our world to be. It starts with each of us as a leader of one." &mdash; Helen G. Drinan, President of Simmons University</p> <p><a href="">Read the full story.</a></p>2018-12-14T00:00:00-05:00{39ADE118-B986-49E6-AE89-176793E2EE71} Former SLIS Faculty Member, Terry Plum<p>Simmons grieves the loss of Terry Plum, former director of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) West and faculty member, who passed away peacefully on December 10 after a long illness.</p> <p>Terry came to SLIS (then GSLIS) in 2000 as an assistant professor, teaching courses in reference, management of information technology, and user instruction. In 2002, he became program director of the SLIS West program in Western Massachusetts.&nbsp;</p> <p>2013 saw him take on the role of Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives, where he oversaw online programs and technology, in addition to leading international projects. With his steady, thoughtful guidance, the SLIS West program grew into a nurturing community of students, faculty and staff, due in no small part to Terry's teaching ability, leadership and sense of humor.</p> <p>Colleagues have praised Terry for his friendship and professional guidance. Eric Poulin, Lecturer and Site Coordinator at SLIS West, shared these thoughts: "There is not a single institute of learning or information in the western New England area that hasn&rsquo;t been positively influenced by Terry and his work. I learned more from him and his easy-going yet determined spirit than I probably have learned from anyone else in my professional life. He guided SLIS West not only with integrity and the highest academic standards, but with good nature and positive humor. I will miss him with all of my heart."</p> <p>Our thoughts and prayers are with Terry's wife Sydney and their family at this difficult time. Everyone who had the privilege of working with Terry will remember the positive impact his kindness has had on their lives and work.</p>2018-12-14T00:00:00-05:00{16DC886C-C90D-4295-89B7-9B56845C6A13} Datangel '11 on the Power of Using Your Network<h4>Tell us a little bit about your background.</h4> <p> I&rsquo;m a San Francisco native and originally wanted to study <a href="">physical therapy</a> at Simmons. After my first year, I really gravitated toward <a href="">chemistry</a> and later to <a href="">chemistry management</a> after realizing the &ldquo;business&rdquo; impact of research and development. This interdisciplinary approach to problems gave me an advantage in the start-up world. Graduating in 2011 was tough for most undergrads. Thankfully, my hometown still had the tech scene as an economic driver. I was able to use my analytical and communication skills as an analyst and then rose to the position of product manager.</p> <h4>What has been your biggest &ldquo;aha&rdquo; moment?</h4> <p> I&rsquo;ve had a few &ldquo;aha&rdquo; moments that stem from a common theme: &ldquo;People understand stories.&rdquo; After studying chemistry, finance and economics, I realized that I was studying different ways to calculate and formulate a number. However, people don&rsquo;t understand numbers &mdash; they understand stories. I have to create a compelling story so the number matters to audiences. This means I have to provide context to a pH level, number of app installs, or purchase probability in the form of a story.</p> <h4>What is your &ldquo;one word&rdquo; to describe Simmons?</h4> <p> Network. There was a feeling of community from the moment I stepped onto campus as a prospective student. When I realized I was alone for the first time &mdash; away from family and friends three hours behind me in California &mdash; that feeling definitely came back. The sense of teamwork and community exposed itself in the dorms and when studying for exams. Now as an alumna, that community has transformed to a &ldquo;network&rdquo; spanning all graduating class cohorts and even branched out to alumnae of other women-centered colleges.</p> <h4>Was there ever a time you wondered if you were on the right path?&nbsp;</h4> <p> Yes! When I realized I didn't want to be in a lab anymore and decided to pursue industry. I had a similar time of reflection after working as an analyst and making the move into product management. I sought advice from people in the industry, either people I heard speak on a panel or who recently published an article. Just like raising your hand in a class &mdash; just ask them! I reached out to people via Twitter, LinkedIn, or just approached them in person after a meet-up. Use your confidence and trust your gut. You don&rsquo;t know when you&rsquo;ll get another chance.</p> <h4>What advice would you give your 21 year-old self?</h4> <p> Don&rsquo;t just work hard&nbsp;&mdash; work smart.</p>2018-12-11T00:00:00-05:00{EAE47B57-59C9-4D22-93A4-99EA07DCA0F2} Moy '18MSW: We Help Boys Realize They Matter<h4>What does your job entail?</h4> <p>I'm a residential clinician for the Boston Regional STARR (Stabilization, Assessment, and Rapid Reintegration) Program, a 45-day mental and behavioral health initiative for boys ages 12 to 18. It's run by the nonprofit agency, Communities for People. As the primary clinician at a six-bed residential site, I oversee psychiatric, neuropsychiatric, and medication evaluations for teens who have been placed at the center following a crisis or abuse/neglect intervention.&nbsp;</p> <p>Working closely with the Department of Children and Families, I also provide individual and family counseling and develop treatment plans as well as progress reviews. Our mission is to help the boys get to the next step they need to succeed.</p> <h4>What brought you to Simmons?</h4> <p>After taking courses in social work as an undergraduate at Pepperdine University, I decided to pursue a <a href="">master of social work</a>, with the goal of working with youth and families. People in the field had great things to say about Simmons, and I liked the small, personal feel to the program.</p> <h4>How did Simmons prepare you?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I completed the <a href="">Certificate in Trauma Practice</a>, supplementing a solid foundation in social work theory with specialized coursework in neurocognitive science, crisis intervention with children and adolescents, and trauma treatment for children and families. Targeted field placements allowed me to apply my knowledge to challenging practice opportunities.&nbsp;</p> <p>In my first year, I worked with students with emotional impairments, behavioral issues, and learning disabilities at a Boston public elementary school. For my second, I conducted individual and group therapy at the Home for Little Wanderers, which provides a wide range of services to children and families living in at-risk circumstances. Simmons helped me find my niche as a residential clinician. I felt extremely prepared starting my job.</p> <h4>Why is your job rewarding?&nbsp;</h4> <p>We help the boys realize they matter and teach them how to take power back into their lives and make changes. Even though they&rsquo;re with us for a short time, we encourage them to explore what their futures can be.</p>2018-12-10T00:00:00-05:00{3A459EA7-807D-4965-A4AA-E1EB1669C4C1} Z Porter '01MA '15HD On Founding the Boston Book Festival<h4>What would you title your autobiography?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Out of Cleveland.</p> <h4>When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Freedom fighter, labor leader, constitutional lawyer, or dog breeder.</p> <h4>What accomplishment are you most proud of?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Founding and building the <a href="" target="_blank">Boston Book Festival</a>.</p> <h4>If success were guaranteed, what new career would you choose?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Ceramic artist.</p> <h4>What Simmons course or professor had the biggest impact on your future?&nbsp;</h4> <p>The <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F3AD95EEFA144280BDA7CE997B28675B&amp;_z=z">master&rsquo;s program</a> at the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=5CD457AAEA8A403285C71DDF76917413&amp;_z=z">Center for the Study of Children&rsquo;s Literature</a>. Because of it, I truly became a book person.</p> <h4>What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Have fun and do things that interest you.</p> <h4>What&rsquo;s the best advice you&rsquo;ve ever been given?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Someone once told me: &ldquo;Stop saying you&rsquo;ve been lucky&mdash;only women ever say that.&rdquo; But I still say it.</p> <h4>If you could take credit for any existing work of literature or art, what would it be?&nbsp;</h4> <p><em>Middlemarch</em>.</p> <h4>What&rsquo;s the latest addition to your &ldquo;bucket list&rdquo;?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Learn to meditate.</p> <h4>Whom would you most like to sit next to on a long flight?</h4> <p>Michelle Obama.</p> <h4>What&rsquo;s the most beautiful place you&rsquo;ve ever been?&nbsp;</h4> <p>The island of Patmos.</p> <h4>Would you rather spend a weekend 100 years in the past, or in the future?&nbsp;</h4> <p>The future. The triumph of hope over experience.</p> <h4>What are your two favorite movies?&nbsp;</h4> <p><em>Wings of Desire</em> and <em>Blade Runner</em>.</p> <h4>What&rsquo;s next on your must-read list?&nbsp;</h4> <p><em>The Prison Letters</em> <em>of Nelson Mandela</em>.</p> <h4>Which historical figure would you like to be?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Golda Meir.</p> <h4>What fictional character do you wish you could meet?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Mr. Darcy. If he&rsquo;s not available, George Emerson.</p> <h4>If you could add one hour to every day, how would you spend it?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Throwing pots.</p> <h4>Would you rather win an Oscar, an Olympic medal or a Nobel Prize? For anything specific?&nbsp;</h4> <p>A Nobel Prize&mdash;for anything.</p> <h4>What personal quality would you value most in a prospective hire?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Determination.</p> <h4>If you won a $10 million lottery prize, what philanthropic dream would you fulfill?</h4> <p>I would put a windfall towards solving climate change, although $10 million would only be a drop in the bucket of what&rsquo;s required.</p> <h4>What question would you ask John Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> <p>How do you feel about so many women running for office, including the highest office in the land?</p> <hr /> Read more in the <a href="" target="_blank">Simmons Magazine</a>.2018-12-07T00:00:00-05:00{8F22367A-FDB3-4CC6-92B7-8D4B0F770F03} Qian '19: Computer Science Changes Lives<p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong> I took a college trip in my junior year of high school and fell in love with Boston. I was so impressed that everyone on the T was reading books or newspapers &mdash; I later learned that this wasn't always typical! I applied to several schools in Boston and in the end, I chose Simmons because I liked the supportive and close community.</p> <p><strong>ON PURSUING COMPUTER SCIENCE:</strong> I interned at an educational technology startup in China the summer after high school and saw the power computer science has to change lives. My dream is to provide underserved communities with free, quality educational resources so I chose to major in <a href="">computer science</a>. Halfway through my first year at Simmons, I decided to double major in <a href="">mathematics</a> because I just find it so fascinating!</p> <p><strong>ON HER WINNING PROJECT: </strong>This November I was selected to participate in a team project at the <a href="" target="_blank">International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis</a>, known as SC18, in Dallas, Texas. My team presented in the "computing4change" competition &mdash; only 16 competitors were chosen from a pool of 250 applicants worldwide.&nbsp;</p> <p>The title of our project was "Resisting Cultural Acceptance of Violence." We researched how certain forms of violence are more socially acceptable in different cultures &mdash; for example, gun violence is more acceptable in the United States compared to other countries. Since my teammates were from Hawaii, California, and Guam, we focused on domestic violence in Hawaiian culture, mass shootings in American culture, and self-inflicted (suicide) violence in Guam.&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="From left: Nilo Jayr Rivera Espinoza, University of Guam, Peizhu &quot;Pam&quot; Qian, Simmons University, Claire Fiorino, San Diego State University, Hoano Rosario, Chaminade University of Honolulu at SC18" width="350" src="~/media/6C36A91D7C4B4C33A4BBF5F85A8F2220.ashx" /></span></p> <p>We used Tableau and <a href="">R</a> to analyze raw datasets and animated the results to improve the visual effects of the final delivery. For my individual contribution, I gave three technological designs and violence interventions:&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>Implement GPS receivers in guns and automatically disable any firearms detected in school zones, so we can prevent school shootings.&nbsp;</li> <li>Implement biometrics (fingerprint and palm print) in guns to decrease underage shootings (when kids accidentally fire guns that belong to their parents) and stolen guns (more than 300,000 guns are stolen every year in the United States and 80% of them were never found).</li> <li>Utilize AI therapists that people can call or text to help with their anxiety, stress, and other mental discomforts, especially when users are not comfortable speaking to human therapists.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p>I didn't expect to win but I was so excited! This is a big milestone for my career and it encourages me to pursue my dream of utilizing technology to empower and transform the world around us.</p> <p><strong><img height="300" alt="Pam Qian '19 with teammate at SC18." width="350" src="~/media/F0022883BBE1464BB45D6C70C50CA70B.ashx" />ON HER INTERNSHIP:</strong> At the University of Memphis, I worked on an intelligent tutoring system called AutoTutor, which adapts and personalizes students learning in a various range of subjects. Students can interact with AutoTutor through either spoken or written communication in English or Chinese. I built a natural language processing semantic space for the system on Google App Engine, did a lot of debugging, and wrote the software requirements specification documents for AutoTutor authoring tool.&nbsp;</p> <p>Additionally, under the supervision of Dr. Xiangen Hu, I researched and constructed a language network using natural language processing techniques to simulate human social networks, as well as other real networks. This research received the runner-up of the Castellan Award for the best student presentation with special recognition at the Society for Computers in Psychology's 48th Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The full research paper is currently under review by the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing.</p> <p><strong>ON HER PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: </strong>My short-term goal is to find a PhD program that aligns with my interests in creating educational technologies. I'm currently in the middle of my application processes. My long-term career goal is to become a professor. My ultimate dream is to ensure that all children have access to equal, quality educational resources and to create ed-tech tools that personalize the student learning process.</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE SIMMONS MEMORIES:</strong> There are so many! I enjoy all the time spent with my professors, computer science and math peers, my roommates (since my first year), my teammates on the crew team, and my international friends from the International and Multicultural Students Organization (MISO)... I can&rsquo;t pick just one!</p> <hr /> <p><em>Second photo, from left: Nilo Jayr Rivera Espinoza, University of Guam; Peizhu "Pam" Qian '19, Simmons University; Claire Fiorino, San Diego State University; and Hoano Rosario, Chaminade University of Honolulu.</em></p> <p><em>Third photo, from left: Claire Fiorino, San Diego State University and Peizhu "Pam" Qian '19, Simmons University.</em></p>2018-12-07T00:00:00-05:00{C6ADD0DB-3065-45DB-BA28-838B54A0B22A} Culture and Knowledge Through Libraries<p>The <a href="">School of Library and Information Science</a> (SLIS) has trained librarians and archivists in Iraq since 2004. After the American invasion, SLIS received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and other sources to assist Iraqis in the rebuilding of their libraries. Professor Emeriti Pat Oyler and Professor Harvey Varnet met with librarians to support them in the endeavor. Two of the early trainees, Falah Almosalhi &rsquo;13PhD and Abdulateef Khairi &rsquo;13PhD, later earned their doctorates from Simmons.</p>2018-12-04T00:00:00-05:00{0D1943BB-B153-4013-BE7C-574DBAA02C7D} Seibel '18 Researches Women in Coding<p><a href="">Dix scholar</a>, Sherry Seibel '18 is researching how the motivations of women who attend coding bootcamps differ from the motivations of women who attend undergraduate computer science programs. She presented her preliminary research at SIGCE 2018 in Baltimore in February 2018 and her work was <a href="" target="_blank">featured</a> on a blog run by the Code &amp; Cognition lab at the University of Washington Information School. We&rsquo;ve asked her to share a bit about her research.</p> <p><hr /> </p>2018-12-03T00:00:00-05:00{6DBD92CB-B54E-4078-8251-CFE291A292F2} AIDS in the Black Gay Community<p><img height="300" alt="Professor Gary Bailey" width="350" src="~/media/202E18F7F226405BB8839B00F5CD6466.ashx" />December 1 marks the 30<sup>th</sup> commemoration of <a href="" target="_blank">World AIDS Day</a>. In honor of 2018's theme, "Know Your Status," Professor <a href="">Gary Bailey</a> shares his personal experiences and thoughts on the effect of AIDS in the Black community. Learn how education, outreach and being a good friend can help end this disease.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>Since 1988, significant progress has been made in response to AIDS. Today <a href="" target="_blank">three in four people</a> living with HIV globally know their status. But despite this important success, the latest <a href="" target="_blank">UNAIDS report</a> shows that we still have much more work to do in this area. This includes reaching out to people living with HIV who don't know their status and ensuring that they're linked to quality care and prevention services.</p> <p>For me, this issue is a personal one &mdash; I became actively involved in the 1980&rsquo;s when many of my friends in Boston&rsquo;s LBGTQ community began dying from AIDS. One of the earliest losses I experienced occurred in the spring of 1986. I found myself in the intensive care unit at Boston&rsquo;s Tufts New England Medical Center where I was the only person visiting a very good friend. Five days prior, my friend had been diagnosed with <a href="" target="_blank">pneumocystis pneumonia</a>&nbsp;&mdash; an indicator that he had AIDS. I listened to the respirator that helped him breath and watched helplessly as his life ebbed away. I had no idea that this was not just one heartbreaking loss, but rather the beginning of a period of intense grief that would last for years as countless friends died of the disease. My youth was spent grieving for those who had been lost too young and too soon&nbsp;&mdash; and who too few seemed to care about.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In those very early days, the Black community received very little outreach about HIV/AIDS. In fact, it was hard to find any information at all. But then I met Larry Kessler, who had founded the Boston <a href="" target="_blank">AIDS Action Committee</a>. I first became involved as a volunteer, specifically to inform communities of color that HIV/AIDS was something we needed to pay attention to, and was not a disease that only affected white gay men.&nbsp;</p> <p>There I met other Black gay men and we formed support groups specifically for this community. It was so desperately needed. Due to the stigma of HIV/AIDS, many of my friends&rsquo; families were unwilling to admit what was happening to their sick loved ones. After they died, family members often refused to acknowledge the cause. My friends and I quickly learned to speak in code about &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">cancer funerals</a>&rdquo; when we were with our extended families, in our places of worship, or out in the larger community.</p> <p>When we were in more inclusive and safer gay spaces, such as local gay bars and clubs, we also found that few people wanted to talk about HIV/AIDS. Although the intersection of race and HIV/AIDS was acknowledged at AIDS Action, it was obvious that Black gay men were more likely to get sick and die faster than white gay men. We needed to give each other support and find ways to get around the race-based barriers we faced in accessing information and health care.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h3 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px; padding-bottom: 15px;">"People who know better, do better. We owe it to those who didn&rsquo;t make it, to do what we can now, to end this disease&nbsp;&mdash; after all, that&rsquo;s what friends are for."</h3> <hr /> <p>Three decades later, that greater vulnerability to HIV among Black gay men still exists. In 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported <a href="" target="_blank">great news</a>: rates of new HIV diagnoses had dropped 19 percent between 2005 and 2015. But new diagnoses were up among Black gay men by 22 percent, and had increased an astounding 87 percent for young Black gay men aged 13-24 years old.</p> <p>The biased belief that Black gay men are more likely to contract HIV because they take greater sexual risks has been thoroughly debunked by <a href="" target="_blank">careful study</a>. The simple truth is that the <a href="" target="_blank">stress</a> of racism continues to play a significant role in the lives of gay men of color, making them more vulnerable to HIV. Historically, Black gay men have had much lower rates of health insurance coverage, and when the coverage was there, <a href="" target="_blank">implicit bias</a> in some parts of the health care delivery system generally resulted in poorer health outcomes for people of color.</p> <p>Practically speaking, Black gay men living with HIV are less likely to have suppressed the virus with medication and are more likely to transmit HIV to a sexual partner. This explains the higher rates of HIV among this community.</p> <p>The work of raising awareness and eliminating barriers to health care and medicine is not over. Getting Black queer men tested and treated with <a href="" target="_blank">culturally sensitive</a> and informed medical interventions is critical to lowering rates of HIV. It&rsquo;s also important to encourage sexually active Black gay men who don't have HIV to ask their doctor about <a href="" target="_blank">pre-exposure prophylaxis</a> (PrEP), an anti-retroviral medication that, if taken daily, makes it nearly impossible to acquire HIV.&nbsp;</p> <p>Just as important, although more difficult to achieve, is reducing racism and homophobia, both explicit and implicit, among health care providers and support staff. A <a href="" target="_blank">2015 study</a> published in the American Journal of Public Health found that nearly 29 percent of Black gay and bisexual men had encountered racist or homophobic behavior in health care settings. As a result, they were much less likely to seek out preventive care, such as HIV testing and treatment, on a timely basis.&nbsp;</p> <p>People who know better, do better. We owe it to those who didn&rsquo;t make it, to do what we can now, to end this disease&nbsp;&mdash; after all, that&rsquo;s what friends are for.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><em>Gary Bailey, DHL, MSW, ACSW is the Director of the <a href="">Urban Leadership Program</a> and Professor of Practice at the Simmons <a href="">School of Social Work</a> and the <a href="">School of Nursing</a>. He is a past Board chair of the AIDS Action Committee-Massachusetts; and was a member of the AIDS Action Advisory Council.</em></p>2018-11-30T00:00:00-05:00{7AF76BC8-F289-4157-8A08-521DC06E4D04} Community News, November 2018<p>Congratulations to <strong>Professor Jeannette Bastian</strong> on the publication of&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Decolonizing the Caribbean Record, An Archives Reader</a></em>, edited by Jeannette A. Bastian, John A. Aarons and Stanley H. Griffin (Litwin Books). This somewhat hefty volume (over 800 pages) speaks to many information and cultural heritage concerns about underrepresented communities. It includes 40 original essays written primarily by academics and archivists from within the Caribbean with some contributions from the diaspora. The essays cover a broad spectrum of cultural heritage and records issues for former colonial entities, illustrating dilemmas but primarily demonstrating how the decolonized society re-conceptualizes its records and re-constructs its archives.</p>2018-11-29T00:00:00-05:00{7CD2A253-FE45-4026-8671-5BF9BF7469A4} Back to Simmons: The Importance of Networking<p><em>Written by: Claudia Chick '19</em></p> <p>Students sat with communications alumnae/i at the fifth annual networking dinner on Thursday, November 8 to talk graduation, careers and life after Simmons.</p> <p>The dinner, hosted by the Communications Liaison was a mix of 45 students, 14 alumnae/i and faculty members. President of the liaison, Catelyn Kimball '19 kicked off the event, followed by Chair of Communications <a href="">Ellen Grabiner</a>, who welcomed attendees to the first of these dinners in the new <a href="">Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The alumnae/i came from a variety of industries, from health care to finance. Students moved from table to table, asking about the careers of the graduates, living in Boston and life after they turned the tassel.&nbsp;</p> <p>"We talked about the adjustment from college to adulthood and the challenges they faced. These were valuable and genuine conversations that I&rsquo;ll remember after I graduate," said Caroline Smith '20.&nbsp;</p> <p>While students inquired about post-grad life, alumnae/i shared their experiences of navigating the job market as recent graduates. Some alumnae/i had even attended previous networking dinners as students and were now returning as full-time professionals.</p> <p>"I loved attending as a student and it was great to be able to return and offer advice to the current communications students. It&rsquo;s also a great way to reconnect with friends and make new professional relationships," said Madison Florence '18, who now works at Boston Lyric Opera.</p> <p>There were seemingly endless laughs and embraces in the room, creating a palpable sense of community. By 8 p.m., students and alumnae/i had exchanged cards and LinkedIn accounts.</p> <p>"The network at Simmons is really great and viable. Use it to your advantage," said Dana Robie '12, Public Relations Manager at Parexel.</p> <p>Opportunities like this are unique to Simmons and show the strength of the <a href="">Communications Department</a>. The dinner provides students and alumnae/i a place to share stories and maintain a strong communications network.</p> <p>"After each of these events, I have grads tell me how much fun it is to reconnect with classmates and talk to current students," explained&nbsp;<a href="">Andrew Porter</a>, Associate Professor of Practice and Internship Director in the Communications Department. "And students love hearing from our grads. You don't get this sort of engagement in other schools. It's a strength of Simmons."</p> <hr /> <p><em>Pictured above:&nbsp;<a href="">Kendall Bauer</a> '16 and <a href="">Becca Ruesch</a> '17</em></p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of Katelyn Kalliel '21</em></p>2018-11-29T00:00:00-05:00{3F22491F-006E-4A23-86A5-6D0763C557D8} Technology for Statistics Courses<p>Beginning this fall, all undergraduate statistics courses implemented <a href="" target="_blank">The R Project</a> statistical package &mdash; a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. To support the move, a site devoted to The R Project now has over 30 members, including faculty in biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, history, library and information science, political science, psychology, public health, social work, sociology and, of course, mathematics &amp; statistics.</p>2018-11-27T00:00:00-05:00{6E5FEB8E-DAFA-4146-8728-B20B86AEDEA6} Ways to Make a Difference This Thanksgiving<p>Whether you're looking forward to a few days of relaxation with friends and family or you'd like to give back this Thanksgiving &mdash; there are plenty of ways to make a positive impact in your community! From volunteering your time, to reducing your food waste this holiday, you can easily make a difference.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h5>VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME</h5> <p>Volunteering your time and skills is a great way to give back to your community and build your own local network. According to Professor <a href="">Kristina Pechulis</a>, a great place to volunteer is <a href="" target="_blank">Community Servings</a>&nbsp;&mdash; a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. Community Servings is one of the largest volunteer programs in the area with plenty of ways to get involved.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for something a little different, several websites can match you with volunteer opportunities in your local area:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Idealist</a>&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Volunteer Match</a>&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Points of Light</a></li> </ul> <hr /> <h5>BE MINDFUL OF FOOD WASTE</h5> <p>Food waste is already a pervasive problem in the United States, and food waste on Thanksgiving is no exception. Thankfully, with a little advance planning, avoiding excess waste can be an easy task. Although many of us look forward to Thanksgiving leftovers, try preparing your dishes with a specific headcount in mind &mdash; chances are, you'll still have enough for the next day.</p> <p>Speaking of leftovers, get creative! You might get sick of turkey sandwiches after a few days, so don't be afraid to try something different. There are <a href="" target="_blank">countless recipes</a> that will inspire you to reassemble your leftovers in new and interesting ways.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still have leftovers of vegetables you didn't finish in time? Or food scraps from your Thanksgiving prep? Consider composting, it's easier than you think and the <a href="" target="_blank">Environmental Protection Agency</a>&nbsp;(EPA) has great tips on how to get started.</p> <hr /> <h5>AVOID SINGLE USE TABLEWARE&nbsp;</h5> <p>Let's be honest, no one wants to tackle a mountain of dishes after eating an enormous meal. Sadly, most of this single use tableware ends up in landfills &mdash; in fact, paper products make up 28% of all trash sent to landfills each year according to the <a href="" target="_blank">EPA</a>.</p> <p>An easy (and cheaper) solution is to use your own dishes and cutlery. If you don't have enough for everyone, ask your guests to bring some extra. Also, instead of using plastic bags or plastic wrap for leftovers, encourage guests to bring their own containers and/or invest in reusable beeswax wrap &mdash; both will help cut down on your overall waste.&nbsp;</p> <ul> </ul>2018-11-20T00:00:00-05:00{E71E6497-F105-41B5-947C-583D573733EF} Accomplishments from the Division of Mathematics & Computer Science<p>Simmons is proud of our undergraduate students for engaging in impressive research projects, presenting papers, and offering their knowledge to others in the form of workshops and publications. Do you have news about a recent paper, award, invitation to speak, volunteer work or other accomplishment? <a href="" target="_blank">Please share with us</a>!&nbsp;</p> <p><hr /> </p> <p>Computer science students&nbsp;<strong>Eva Lynch</strong>&nbsp;(pictured) and&nbsp;<strong>Nicole Rasmussen</strong> presented a workshop called &ldquo;Musical Bears&rdquo; to local high school students on&nbsp;October 26 at Simmons. They introduced Python and electronic projects through the use of Raspberry Pis, which are small computers the size of credit cards, and gummy bears.</p>2018-11-20T00:00:00-05:00{7C3627F4-02A1-41F1-9725-DD8A9F9DAA7D} McCarroll '03MA: Director of Writing and Rhetoric at Bowdoin College<h4>Tell us about your current work.</h4> <p>I am the Director of Writing and Rhetoric at Bowdoin College. I work with faculty and students across disciplines on writing and communicating clearly and ethically. I teach courses in literature, film and cultural studies.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What attracted you to the MA in&nbsp;<a href="">Gender/Cultural Studies</a> (GCS) program at&nbsp;Simmons?</h4> <p>After I completed a MA in English, I knew that I needed a stronger background in gender studies to do the sort of work with literature that I wanted to do. I remember my thesis director in that first program saying, "You know you can't make these generalizations about gender?" and I really didn't know. So I sought out an interdisciplinary gender studies program that would help me understand why not.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Did your studies at&nbsp;Simmons&nbsp;have a specific area of focus?</h4> <p>I worked with Loretta Williams to write a thesis on Multicultural Education and Whiteness. The work I did around whiteness studies was absolutely formative and shifted my focus &mdash; I thought &mdash; from gender to race. I continued with a PhD in literature where I focused on representations of whiteness in literature. It came full circle, eventually, and the theory I learned at Simmons informed <a href="" target="_blank">my future work</a> in a way that allowed me to address intersectional representation.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>How did&nbsp;Simmons&nbsp;prepare you for your current job?</h4> <p>The size and faculty access of Simmons helped me understand that I wanted to work at a small liberal arts college like Bowdoin. The area of study grounded me deeply in cultural theory, which informs all of my current scholarship, much of my teaching and &mdash; frankly&nbsp;&mdash; the way that I look at the world.&nbsp;</p> <h4>In your experience, what was the best feature of the program?</h4> <p>The emphasis on activism and the high expectation of students paired with incredible support.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Describe the personal and professional relationships you cultivated within your&nbsp;GCS&nbsp;cohort.</h4> <p>The cohort with which I entered challenged one another, supported one another, and still remains in touch. We've talked to one another through grad school, jobs, marriages, kids, illnesses, family loss... We bonded in our work together at Simmons, and in the brave move that many of us made in continuing our educations. Even though it was a short time, those experiences connected us deeply.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What was your favorite class during the program?</h4> <p>"Whiteness, Antiracism, and Justice."</p> <h4>Are there any faculty members that especially impacted you in your time at&nbsp;Simmons?</h4> <p>Loretta Williams, <a href="">Renee Bergland</a>, Jill Taylor, and <a href="">Diane Grossman</a>.</p> <h4>What advice would you give to a prospective student who is undecided about applying to the&nbsp;GCS&nbsp;program?</h4> <p>Having earned degrees from three different colleges, and taught at four others, there really is something hard to describe about Simmons. The faculty are brilliant&nbsp;<em>and</em>&nbsp;accessible. The vibe is somehow both chill&nbsp;<em>and</em>&nbsp;challenging. Students are kind and supportive, but expect you to be your best person and push you to ask hard questions. The flexibility of the degree was also important for me.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What do you believe was your greatest accomplishment at&nbsp;Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> Learning to listen.&nbsp;<br /> <br />2018-11-19T00:00:00-05:00{0DA41C43-E91B-4618-ABC7-A1C57944375E} Bohanan '19 Looks to Gwen Ifill as an Icon<h4>As you look to the future, what are your goals and dreams for yourself?</h4> <p>My dream is to have enough money and stability to create art freely and help the next generation of artists of color realize their dreams. I also hope to work with museums to attempt to dispel the stigma around African arts and advocate for the equal value of art created by artists of color and women.</p> <h4>What professors have helped you reach your goals?</h4> <p>My <a href="">communications</a> family consists of Luke Romanak, <a href="">Briana Martino</a>, <a href="">James Corcoran</a>, <a href="">Ellen Grabiner</a>, <a href="">Andy Porter</a>, and <a href="">Judith Aronson</a>. All of these people have provided emotional support, helped me get crucial job opportunities and supported me as an artist. Most notably, Luke and Briana have acted as mentors and guiding hands to help me achieve my goals while also providing emotional support. Without them I wouldn't be able to be successful on a daily basis and I'm forever grateful for what they&rsquo;ve done in my life.&nbsp;</p> <p>My <a href="">arts administration</a> family includes <a href="">Margaret Hanni</a>, <a href="">Edie Bresler</a>, <a href="">Heather Hole</a>, and Bridget Lynch. All of these people have seen me at my worst and best, always helping me become a better version of myself. When I was lonely and depressed, Margaret provided so much support and care for my well-being, I owe her so much. Margaret is someone I see as a mentor and a strong woman who has educated me and loved me as her own. She took special care to integrate people of color into classroom discussions and is always available to provide academic and emotional support. Edie and Bridget have pushed me to become a better artist and Heather has been a great advisor.</p> <h4>What does the <a href="">Ifill Scholarship</a> mean to you?</h4> <p>As an African American student from Oklahoma, adjusting to the fast-paced city lifestyle has been a real challenge. I have found comfort in the legacy of Gwen Ifill '77, '93HD and the lessons that the strong women in my life share with me. I know that when you try your best as often as you can and work hard, good things are bound to come your way. As I began this year, I took on two jobs and a full course load. When my computer stopped working, I knew it was going to be a rough one.&nbsp;</p> <p>When I received the Ifill Scholarship, I was honored but it also felt like a blessing. All the hard work I&rsquo;ve put in has paid off and now I&rsquo;ll be able to more easily move through my last semester and into post-grad life. I look to Gwen as an icon of what is possible. That through all the hardships I have and will face as a Black woman operating in a society that wasn&rsquo;t built for me, I can do anything I set my mind to. A strong conviction and the ability to produce quality work will get me far. Thanks to this scholarship, I'm closer to being able to create the quality work that will propel me into the professional world.</p> <h4>How do you think this scholarship will impact you, in terms of increased opportunity or the removal of barriers?</h4> <p>This scholarship will put me in a better position to graduate with less debt but also allow me to purchase a computer, something I've been without all semester. This is so crucial for me especially because of my field, digital communications. Without this scholarship, it would be difficult for me to be successful in my field post-grad because I wouldn&rsquo;t have the necessary tools to create artwork.</p> <h4>How do you think students in the <a href="">Gwen Ifill College</a> will carry on her legacy and impact the world?</h4> <p>Gwen&rsquo;s legacy is carefully represented every day in the faculty and staff of the arts administration and communications programs. The students feel it every day in the support and care that they provide as well as the energy they bring to the classroom. The mentorship in these departments pushes students to embody the values Gwen did and therefore, you can see a piece of her in ever Gwen Ifill College student. Just as Gwen changed landscapes and broke barriers, the students of this college will follow suit because it is at the core of our education.&nbsp;</p>2018-11-16T00:00:00-05:00{D0110CD8-4327-41DD-87D7-431C9D5F82D5} Wiltshire-Bland '20 on the Impact of a Simmons Education<h4>As you look to the future, what are your goals and dreams for yourself?</h4> <p>I'm interested in student affairs and helping adult learners/non-traditional students navigate college life. As a nontraditional <a href="">adult student</a>, I understand the challenges that adult students face. I imagine myself telling stories, doing research or documentaries to tell stories of those whose stories may not have been heard.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What professors have helped you reach your goals?</h4> <p>Overall, most of the professors in the <a href="">Department of Communications</a> have influenced me positively one way or another. Professor <a href="">Erica Moura</a> is my advisor and has taught most of my courses at Simmons &mdash; she's been a great guide. She taught me how to dig deep, how to not give up, how to be resourceful and to look at other avenues to get situations resolved.&nbsp;</p> <p>I consider <a href="">Dr. Theresa Perry</a> in the <a href="">Department of Africana Studies</a> to be my mentor. I've learned so much from her and the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know. Dr. Perry fostered my passion for knowledge. She took an interest in me as a whole person and she's interested in helping me achieve my goals. Because of her knowledge and wisdom, I've become more enlightened. Because of her, I'm a better decision maker inside and outside of school.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Dr. Briana Martino</a> definitely helped make my transition to Simmons much easier. She helped me choose a major. Dr. Martino&rsquo;s "Visual Communications" class was the first class that I took at Simmons. Her teaching style, her patience, her open-door policy and acceptance of each person&rsquo;s individuality made me feel even more comfortable at Simmons. Once in a while she'd check-in with me just to make sure I was alright.</p> <p>I interned for Professor <a href="">Kelley Chunn</a> during the summer and she was a great teacher and guide. She really cares about you and wants the best for you.&nbsp;</p> <p>Professor <a href="">Rachel Gans-Boriskin</a>&nbsp;is a wealth of knowledge &mdash; her passion and enthusiasm is infectious. She really wants her students to be well-informed and well educated. She's passionate, authentic and cares about her student&rsquo;s overall development as individuals. Professor Gans-Boriskin willing meets with me and takes an interest in how I'm doing both in school and in life.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What experiences have impacted your time at Simmons?</h4> <p>I'm grateful to Professor <a href="">Kris Erickson</a> for selecting me to go on a study abroad trip to Kenya in Spring 2018. While waiting to board our flight I told myself: "I'm with 15 other students who I barely know and I need to get along with them &mdash; the outcome of my experience will be determined by my mindset and my attitude while on this trip." I forced myself to adapt, remain calm, focused and open-minded.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>You met with Bert Ifill, the brother of Gwen Ifill '77, '93HD. Is there anything from that conversation that was particularly meaningful to you?</h4> <p>I really enjoyed learning about <a href="">Gwen Ifill</a>. One of the stories that resonated with me was when she worked at the <em>Boston Herald</em> and a note was left on her desk saying, &ldquo;N&hellip;. go home.&rdquo; The way she handled the situation with such strength and grace was amazing. She didn't let it discourage her. Gwen remained focused and determined. She instinctively had the wisdom of how to act, she didn't allow the opinions of others to affect her emotions. She was courageous and mentored a lot of people &mdash; community was important to her. She was full of integrity and people trusted her.&nbsp;</p> <p>I asked Bert if Gwen knew that she was known around the world. He said she didn't realize the impact that she was making. When she did realize she was shocked. But being known was not important to her. It was doing her job to the best of her ability.&nbsp;</p> <h4>How do you think students in the <a href="">Gwen Ifill College</a> will carry on her legacy and impact the world?&nbsp;</h4> <p>In the Department of Communications, students not only learn the technical skills of each course, but are encouraged to stretch themselves, try their best, take risks and take charge of their own destinies. The lessons we're learning are helping us become leaders who will be well-equipped to impart the knowledge we've been given.&nbsp;</p>2018-11-16T00:00:00-05:00{BC21F74A-01FA-4C52-8D9C-7C3D0CF153E3} Welcomes Civil Rights Activist Shaun King to Campus<p>"In the grand scheme of human history, are we the peak of humanity?"</p> <p>Throughout his Community Keynote on November 13, Shaun King continuously posed this question to attendees.&nbsp;A modern civil rights activist, King is&nbsp;known for his efforts in the Black Lives Matter movement and is currently&nbsp;a columnist for&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">The Intercept</a></em>&nbsp;and a writer-in-residence for the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Fair Punishment Project</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Jumping headfirst into the discussion, King began by imploring the audience to take an honest look into the current state of human affairs, both in the U.S. and the world.&nbsp;</p> <p>"We are living in a deeply disturbing time," explained King. Increasingly frequent mass shootings, occurrences of police brutality, the rise of white supremacy, the demonization of immigrants &mdash; it's impossible to keep track of every calamity when they occur at an alarming rate.&nbsp;</p> <p>In order to survive the bleak news cycle, we've learned how to pivot our attention elsewhere. King admitted that he also operated in this way &mdash; until he hit a breaking point. During a typical work day in the summer of 2014, King watched the video of Eric Garner's death.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I can't explain what happened, but I struggled to complete the rest of my day," said King. "I decided that I needed to find out more about this man and tell his story. I thought that if I shared that video, maybe we could contextualize this tragedy."</p> <p>Demanding justice for Eric Garner eventually expanded to include John Crawford, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice &mdash; the beginnings of the Black Lives Matter movement. Unfortunately the justice he fought for never came, and since 2014 the list of injustices has only grown longer.&nbsp;</p> <p>King paints a bleak but honest portrayal of humanity&nbsp;&mdash; admitting that he'd like to spread a message of hope rather than a list of endless tragedy. But he does this for a reason: to help us understand our place in the grand scheme of human history.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h3 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px; padding-bottom: 15px;">"I believe in you and I'm excited to see what&rsquo;s ahead of each of you," concluded King. "It's going to be hard to move forward, but I feel good about the direction we&rsquo;re going in."</h3> <hr /> <p>"Unlike technology, humanity does not get better and better," explained King. "We like to think that we have evolved upwardly, but are we really the peak of humanity? Depending on where you think we are in history effects the decisions you make."</p> <p>According to King, it's extremely easy to fall into these dips in humanity &mdash; and incredibly challenging to dig ourselves out. In order to overcome slavery there was the Civil War. In order to overcome Jim Crowe we had the Civil Rights Movement. What will it take this time?</p> <p>Even though it feels like we've hit rock bottom, King is still hopeful for our future. Although the quality of humanity isn't continuously on the rise, there is no dip that we didn't overcome.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I have hope because we're starting to understand the radical effort it will take to shift the direction of our country," said King.&nbsp;</p> <p>As an example, King listed the strides made in the <a href="">midterm elections</a>. From a historic turnout of voters, to a more diverse representation of Americans in Congress, these are significant changes.</p> <p>King ended his message with his hopes for the Simmons students in the audience. Wishing them successful college careers and encouraging them to learn as much as possible while they're here.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I believe in you and I'm excited to see what&rsquo;s ahead of each of you," concluded King. "It's going to be hard to move forward, but I feel good about the direction we&rsquo;re going in."</p>2018-11-15T00:00:00-05:00{C4D5F287-022C-4BFA-A010-ED9DF3B680C0} of Business Community News, November 2018<strong> <h4>Faculty News</h4> </strong> <p>Lecturer&nbsp;<strong>Todd Herrmann</strong>&nbsp;received the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">Healthcare Strategist of the Year</a>&nbsp;award from the New England Society for Healthcare Strategy, a 250-member organization of practitioners in planning, business development, and physician relations in the health care arena. The award was presented to Herrmann on October 19 at the Fall Conference: Making Sense of CINs: Winning Strategies for the Next Evolution, in Westborough, Massachusetts.</p>2018-11-15T00:00:00-05:00{0B8E1A37-594F-4F09-AC38-51D323C3DC1F} Young Entrepreneurs with Christina Paris '19MBA<p><strong>ON STARTING HER BUSINESS:</strong>&nbsp;I always knew that I wanted to start my own business, but I felt that I wasn't ready or that it was too risky. However, during my entrepreneurial journey, I was able to align myself with people that were able to provide me with guidance and motivation to start my business. I know so many young people that want to start a business, but they don&rsquo;t know where to start and who to talk to about it.&nbsp;</p> <p>The mindset around entrepreneurship has to change, we need to encourage young people to look at it as a career. This is the reason why I created <a href="" target="_blank">Be Coached for Entrepreneurs</a>: to help young entrepreneurs get the resources necessary to start or expand their business.</p> <p>Be Coached is an online platform that enables young entrepreneurs to find 24/7 guidance through coaching. We offer goal tracking and productivity tools to help entrepreneurs with time management. Our platform promotes entrepreneurship and gives access to networking opportunities. We're currently in the initial stage of product development.</p> <p><strong>ON HER POSITION: </strong>I love the different components that make up my position as a CEO/ Founder of Be Coached &mdash; I'm involved in the operational, marketing, financial, and creative side of the business. I enjoy getting to see my business ideas become reality.</p> <p><strong>ON EMPOWERING OTHERS:</strong> It feels rewarding to have a company that is directly impacting people and helping them achieve their goals. I'm happy that Be Coached can provide a community for entrepreneurs looking to support each others' business ventures.</p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Christina Paris and Nam Pham at Be Coached's networking event. " width="350" src="~/media/88CE2AD1863A42F292A08F2DB7F6B8B1.ashx" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON HOSTING NETWORKING EVENTS:</strong> This summer we held a networking event for young entrepreneurs at home.stead bakery and cafe in Dorchester, MA. Attendees connected with other entrepreneurs in their community and had an opportunity to expand their network. Nam Pham, the Assistant Secretary of Business and Development and International Trade, discussed the current state of business and the resources available to them in Massachusetts. Our goal was to introduce Be Coached&rsquo;s mission and vision while connecting with potential customers.</p> <p><strong>ON JOINING THE SPARK BOSTON COUNCIL: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">SPARK Boston Council</a> is made up of young leaders advising the mayor's administration on city policies and programs affecting Boston&rsquo;s millennials. We also think of new programs and policies that could be implemented to further improve Boston. I was very excited to be selected as a council member, and I'm looking forward to serving my community.</p> <p><strong>ON ATTENDING SIMMONS:</strong> When I started the program, three years had passed since I graduated with my bachelor&rsquo;s degree. I was unsure if I'd be able to handle the <a href="">MBA program</a>. However, my journey at Simmons has erased this doubt. The program has challenged me to get out my comfort zone.&nbsp;</p> <p>Simmons has given me the tools and knowledge to move to the next level in my career. I feel so much more confident in myself than I did before starting at Simmons.</p> <hr /> <em>Pictured above: Christina Paris '19MBA with Nam Pham at Be Coached's networking event.</em> <div> <div> </div> </div>2018-11-15T00:00:00-05:00