All Simmons News{F9A8A172-8F46-49F8-AD43-594D413D190D} News Coverage is Impacting ExxonMobil’s Social Responsibility<p><em></em></p> <p><em><em>Professor&nbsp;<a href="">Edward Vieira</a>&nbsp;teaches for the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6ED072F5A08A4527AB2862B768F1FA1E&amp;_z=z">Simmons School of Business</a>&nbsp;and has&nbsp;over thirty years of experience in marketing research/management and strategic marketing.&nbsp;</em></em></p> <p><em>We're taking a&nbsp; glimpse into his research about&nbsp;Exxonmobil's social responsibility messaging.&nbsp;</em></p> <hr /> <br /> <h5>THE STUDY</h5> <p><a href="" target="_blank">This study</a> examined ExxonMobil's corporate social responsibility (CSR) messages from 2002 to 2013. In order to determine if there was a relationship between news coverage and subsequent CSR efforts, the CEO's letter that summarizes ExxonMobil's Corporate Citizenship Report was examined. This 12-year segment provided enough time to assess if there was a pattern of&nbsp;proactive and/or reactive CSR messaging as it applied to profit, people, and the planet.&nbsp;</p> <h5></h5> <h5></h5> <h5>THE FINDINGS</h5> <p>Corporations have a reactive response following a major external event. For example, following the 2007 financial crisis, there was a decreased focus on profit. Similarly, CSR letters following the 2010 BP oil spill had an increased focus on the planet.</p> <h5></h5> <h5></h5> <h5>THE SIGNIFICANCE</h5> <p>Corporations that don't live up to stakeholder expectations may experience a decrease in credibility, reputation, and legitimacy. It's beneficial for an organization to consistently communicate its CSR actions as well as address culturally relevant events. Therefore, it's logical that as the world&rsquo;s fourth largest oil producer, ExxonMobil&rsquo;s CEO&rsquo;s letters delivered CSR messages that focused on major external events.</p> <p>Generally speaking, it's imperative that organizations establish communication efforts that focus on their CSR performance. For example, as businesses become more global and competitive, CSR messaging focused on sustainability practices may become more important as cultural norms and values shift towards environmental impact. Staying at the forefront of CSR issues fosters trust in the organization&rsquo;s leadership capabilities and its commitment to culturally important issues.</p>2018-02-16T00:00:00-05:00{054F713B-86D6-478C-AD62-A886B61A9680} Cozzolino: The Key to Success is AuthenticityAs senior vice president of Cisco Services, <a href="">Joe Cozzolino</a> leads the company's growing $12 billion global services business. In this capacity, he and his team help customers transform their businesses through a portfolio of advisory, implementation, training, optimization, managed, and support services. <h4>Was there a moment in your career when you made a move to disrupt the status quo?&nbsp;</h4> <p>When I was at Motorola, I decided we needed to diversify into a completely new market area. This was met with a fair amount of resistance and negativity. Fours years after doing a "start-up" in a big company, the net result was over $1 billion in new revenue. It was a satisfying result to a rough start.</p> <h4>What would you say is the most daring move you've made in your career?&nbsp;</h4> <p>At the age of 34, with three children and a fourth on the way, I left a terrific role in managing a 1000+ person sales organization to run sales and services at a start-up. It was successful, but plenty of friends thought I had lost my mind. Thankfully, my wife trusted my judgment.</p> <div> <h4>What did you learn from that experience?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Taking risks, working hard, building great teams, and focusing on your customer will result in success.</p> <h4>What&rsquo;s the best piece of career advice you&rsquo;ve gotten along the way?</h4> <p>Be authentic and be yourself. In my career, that advice has never failed me. Being authentic and honest breaks down barriers and makes it easier to form relationships, which is key to success.</p> <h4>Fill in the blank. People would be surprised to know that I ____</h4> <p>started a security company out of college that supplied doormen (bouncers) to local bars and clubs in Worcester, MA. It was an interesting side job from my full-time role as an engineer.</p> <p><hr /> </p> <p><em>For recent news about the <a href="">Simmons Leadership Conference</a>, make sure you're following SimmonsLeads on <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, and <a href="">Instagram</a>!</em></p> </div>2018-02-16T00:00:00-05:00{B7FCD9A6-D009-4140-BB37-B1965E71755A} Sirens Qualify for A Cappella Quarterfinals<p>The Simmons Sirens will return to the <a href="" target="_blank">Varsity Vocals International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella</a> (ICCA) for the fourth consecutive year on Sunday, February 18. The ICCA competitions, which inspired the popular <em>Pitch Perfect</em> franchise, showcase nearly 500 groups from around the world &mdash; each vying for the title of International Champion.</p> <p>A cappella groups from all over the country submit video auditions each fall in order to compete in their respective regional competitions. The Sirens are one of ten ensembles selected to compete in this year's Northeast Quarterfinal; only the top two finishing groups will advance to the Northeast Semifinal in March.&nbsp;</p> <p>Since submitting their audition video last fall, the Sirens have spent the past months dedicating countless hours to rehearsals as they ready themselves for Sunday's competition. For those students who are unable to attend the Northeast Quaterfinals, the Sirens will host an "ICCA Preview Night!" in Quadside Caf&eacute; on Friday, February 16.&nbsp;The group plans to showcase their full set including, "<em>Take Me Home</em>" by Jess Glynne, "<em>Blue Eyes Blind</em>" by ZZ Ward, and "<em>Quiet</em>" by MILCK, known for being the unofficial anthem of the Women's March.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">2018 ICCA Quarterfinals</a> for the Northeast region will take place at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Kresge Auditorium at 2:00 p.m.</p>2018-02-14T00:00:00-05:00{6DD933AF-6315-4539-9C8B-240E9D3C56A4} Wray on Transforming Challenges into Opportunities<p><a href="">Lily Wray</a> leads the Emerging Technology Operationalization team within Liberty Mutual's US Consumer Markets (USCM) Transformation Office. In this role, she's responsible for identifying, vetting, and scaling new technologies to support the company's business priorities and strategies.</p> <h4>What&rsquo;s the best piece of career advice you&rsquo;ve gotten along the way?</h4> <p>If your next project or career move doesn&rsquo;t leave you uncomfortable, you&rsquo;re not stretching yourself enough. My best learning moments happen when I enter a role a little scared about the weight of responsibility that's now upon me. However, I find that I surprise myself in exactly those moments, which builds confidence for the next challenge.</p> <div> <div> <h4>Any tips for work/life integration?</h4> <p>There is no one out there who can tell you what positive work/life balance will look like for you. I&rsquo;ve been in numerous situations where I&rsquo;ve felt self-inflicted guilt on both sides &ndash; for working too much during a challenging project, or for working too little when I needed to be at home. That balance will always look different for everyone, so you have to define what your priorities are and stick to them instead of getting worked up about the expectations of those around you.</p> <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 Reese Witherspoon &ndash; I admire her frank appraisal of the entertainment industry and its lack of of strong, female-driven movies/TV shows. Rather than just talk about the issue ad nauseam, she was proactive in forming her own company to offer exactly those types of movies/TV shows out to the marketplace. She identified a need, took action, and enacted a lot of positive social change along the way.</p> <h4>Fill in the blank. People would be surprised to know that I ____</h4> <p>am a tough negotiator. Throughout my academic career, I was very involved in impromptu speaking and debate. Today, I flex a variety of styles in how I collaborate across the organization and motivate my team towards our goal. However, I dig into my prior background when it comes to negotiating with vendors on contract terms and prices.</p> <p><hr /> </p> <p><em>For recent news about the <a href="">Simmons Leadership Conference</a>, make sure you're following SimmonsLeads on <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>!</em></p> <p> </p> <div></div> </div> </div>2018-02-14T00:00:00-05:00{E88F6ECB-A49C-4D35-AA56-33BCA5A4114F} Sumpman '19: An Accident Led to My Passion<p><strong>ON PURSUING PHYSICAL THERAPY:</strong> I&rsquo;m fascinated with the human body and providing care for others, so I always planned on becoming a doctor. Then, at the age of 12 I broke my leg in a skiing accident (shocker!) and ended up needing physical therapy. As a patient, I was immersed in the clinical environment and I knew that I was meant to pursue&nbsp;<a href="">Physical Therapy</a>.&nbsp;After taking Psych 101 in my sophomore year, I learned about the strong connection between the body and mind. I decided to add a&nbsp;<a href="">Psychology</a>&nbsp;minor because I knew that this would only enhance my skills as a physical therapist.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON BEING A SIMMONS ACADEMIC MENTOR (SAM):&nbsp;</strong>I became a <a href="">SAM</a> because I wanted to give advice to first year students that I could have used when I was in their shoes. I truly enjoy helping students feel more comfortable as they begin their journey at Simmons. I&rsquo;m also overly passionate about course registration (it's probably my favorite time of the year apart from the Winter Olympics!) and I like guiding students through that process.&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Lindsey Sumpman skiing" width="350" src="~/media/361749EBDF70466B8016257F66D44C3C.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" /></span></p> <p><span><strong>ON HER LOVE OF SKIING:</strong> Skiing has always been at the center of my life. Both of my parents are skiers and I&rsquo;ve been skiing since I was 18 months old. I spent the majority of my childhood at Mountain Creek in Vernon, New Jersey. Now, I race independently on the weekends throughout January and February, traveling to mountains throughout New England to compete. I also ski recreationally and last spring break I went on my first ski trip out west to Utah!&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>ON THE WINTER OLYMPICS:</strong> I love the camaraderie surrounding the Olympics. It&rsquo;s a time of unity for the United States and for the world. When I was little, I used to watch the opening ceremony with my notebook and I'd write down how many members were on each team. I&rsquo;m particularly excited for the Winter Olympics because of my love for ski racing. I love seeing athlete's dreams come true.&nbsp;</p> <div> <p> </p> </div> <p><span><strong><img alt="Lindsey Sumpman with award" src="~/media/766548E31D4C418EB0C015523CCC6D8A.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" />ON&nbsp;</strong></span><strong>HER OLYMPIC FAVORITES: </strong>I love all of the alpine skiing events but the Women's Slalom is probably my favorite. I&rsquo;ll be cheering for Mikaela Shiffrin to bring home the gold in multiple alpine skiing events!</p> <div> <p><span><strong>ON HER SIMMONS MOMENT:</strong> I spent my summer here as a Summer Admission Representative, where I gave campus tours to prospective students and their families. We ended our tours on the rooftop garden of the Management and Academic Building and I remember standing in front of the group thinking how proud I was of myself, how much confidence I had gained, and how much I had grown as a person due to my experiences at Simmons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> </p> <div><br /> <br /> </div> </div>2018-02-12T00:00:00-05:00{5CB18168-149F-49A8-89EC-F8ECA5C14E31} Are They Now? Megan McGrath '17SM<img height="241" alt="Picture of Megan McGrath" width="241" src="~/media/09FBFFE1F6FE4E75A84D324026D039EC.ashx" /> <h4><span style="font-weight: normal;">What is your role at Harvard?</span></h4> <div> <p><span>I'm the Director of Communications at Harvard Medical School&rsquo;s Center for Primary Care. I oversee the Center&rsquo;s comprehensive communications strategy including PR, branding, and content creation and distribution through a variety of channels including the Center&rsquo;s website, social and print media, and events. A journalist by training, I enjoy distilling complex health care concepts into digestible material for the Center&rsquo;s various audiences. One of my favorite parts of my job is engaging in coaching and mentorship. For example, to enhance the abilities of our senior leadership team, I've developed and implemented a training program on messaging and public speaking.</span></p> <div> <div> <h4><span style="font-weight: normal;">You recently began teaching at Northeastern. What are you teaching?</span></h4> <p><span>In January, I began teaching graduate students in communications at Northeastern University for the College of Professional Studies. I'm excited to share some of the concepts I learned during my time at Simmons and throughout my career. I know firsthand how classroom work can impact one&rsquo;s job performance. Also, during my time at Harvard, I've been involved in the creation of executive education and continuing education programs. I've learned a great deal about adult learning theory and I look forward to applying some of this knowledge in the classroom.</span></p> <h4><span style="font-weight: normal;">What made you decide to teach at Northeastern?</span></h4> <p><span> I went to Northeastern for undergraduate studies and had an overwhelmingly positive experience. Their blend of experiential education was particularly helpful and I believe gave me a leg up when entering the workforce. It was this experience and reputation that led me to explore opportunities with Northeastern.&nbsp;</span></p> <h4><span style="font-weight: normal;">As a recent alum, what do you look forward to most in your career?</span></h4> <p><span>Receiving my master&rsquo;s in management has opened up new doors for me &ndash; I wouldn&rsquo;t have the opportunity to teach without it. Also, a great deal of what I learned in the classroom is applicable in my job. I look forward to seeing what other doors are opened to me as a result of my time at Simmons.&nbsp;</span></p> <h4><span style="font-weight: normal;">What advice would you give to current Simmons students?</span></h4> <p><span>Going to school while working full-time is a challenge, to say the least. Finding time to fit everything in can be overwhelming, but it will be worth it.&nbsp;</span></p> <div><br /> </div> </div> </div> </div>2018-02-08T00:00:00-05:00{285D565B-397F-498C-983B-97E3FD8E6C64} President Cuts Ribbon to New Multicultural Center<p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong> In high school, I started a tech-based education reform club called the iSchool Five. We traveled around to different conferences and schools in the Northeast. We attended a conference in 2014, which happened to take place in Boston. Long story short, I fell in love with the city. Yes, I love New York City, but Boston is great as a college student.</p> <p> When Simmons came on my radar, I was able to check many things off my college must-have list. It was in Boston, the Communications Department offered a great education and I knew that I'd be able to build a great network. When I stepped foot on campus, the energy felt different; I knew that this was where I was going to succeed.</p> <p><strong>ON THE BLACK STUDENT ORGANIZATION (BSO):</strong> As a first-year, I sought out the&nbsp;<a href="">BSO</a>. Being Black at a predominately white institution isn't easy and I wanted the support of others who were having similar experiences. BSO is a community I&rsquo;ve grown to love and where I&rsquo;ve found many of my friends. Moreover, a lot of our conversations allow for support, growth and building relationships with other Black students in the Greater Boston area.&nbsp;&nbsp;<span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Multicultural Center Ribbon Cutting" width="350" src="~/media/8D0F30848D8F4B77887D3FCFB63C5A10.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" /></span></p> <div> <p><strong>ON BEING BSO PRESIDENT:</strong> It's busy, but I wouldn&rsquo;t trade it for anything. When I was a first-year, I told the current president at the time, <a href="">Morgan Ward</a>, that I'd be the president of BSO by my senior year. Well, I managed to do it by my junior year.</p> </div> <p> My favorite part of the position is taking the role and making it my own. I&rsquo;ve learned that leadership comes in many different forms. I&rsquo;m an introvert so I prefer to get to know people in smaller settings, which is why I love the general body meetings we host weekly.&nbsp;</p> <p>In many ways, being president of the BSO is shaping me as a person. I'm learning to let my voice be heard, it has supported my event planning passions and it has expanded my knowledge of many social issues.</p> <div> <p><strong>ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH:</strong> Black History Month is a time to remember and celebrate the achievements of Black people, past, present and future. The history taught in school is not the only history. This month allows us to show more to the story through our lens. It&rsquo;s a reminder to us how glorious being Black truly is.</p> <p><span><strong>ON HER SIMMONS MOMENT:</strong>&nbsp;This past week the college opened its first ever <a href="">Multicultural Center</a>. This was sparked by the ten demands which were presented to the administration in 2015, my first year at Simmons. I participated in the protest alongside other students of color. In the demands, we stated wanting a multicultural office/center for students of color to create community, feel supported and for others to use as a resource. It is now two years later and our demands are being fulfilled. My moment was <a href="" target="_blank">cutting the ribbon</a> at the grand opening and realizing&nbsp;</span>Simmons is on a journey towards equity. This moment definitely made me proud to be attending Simmons.</p> <div><br /> </div> </div>2018-02-08T00:00:00-05:00{12608C74-045D-4F72-B366-2DF06839FB65} Welcomes Cybersafety Expert as the 2018 Allen Smith Visiting Scholar<p>In March 2018, SLIS welcomes <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;Lane&nbsp;has&nbsp;appeared on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the BBC, and MSNBC. He has written nine books, including most recently&nbsp;<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>&nbsp;(Mathom Press 2015) and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Cybertraps for Expecting Moms &amp; Dads</a>&nbsp;(Mathom Press 2016).</p> <p>&ldquo;We are pleased to welcome Fred Lane,&rdquo; says Dean Eileen Abels, &ldquo;and look forward to the opportunity to engage in conversations about these issues that impact all of us.&rdquo;</p> <p>During his time as Visiting Scholar, Lane will lead two panel discussions: &ldquo;Free Speech, Civil Discourse, and Libraries&rdquo; on March 13, 6-8 p.m., and &ldquo;Cybertraps for Librarians&rdquo; on March 16, 2-5 p.m. <a href="">Register Now</a>!&nbsp;</p> <p>He will also teach a short course during Spring Break, &ldquo;Cyber Security and Information Literacy.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program was established in 2008, following the death of Dr. Allen Smith, a beloved faculty member at SLIS for 31 years. Smith taught primarily in the areas of reference, humanities, and oral history. He was also an advocate for the development of the Children&rsquo;s Literature (MA)/Library Services to Children (MS) dual degree. Dr. Smith earned a Master of Library Science degree at the University of Denver and a Ph.D. at the Institute of Dialect and Folklife Studies at the University of Leeds, England. This fund has brought distinguished scholars to Simmons SLIS annually, most recently including&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Wayne Wiegand</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Paul Sturges</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Jack Gantos</a>. In the selection process, preference is given to scholars whose areas of expertise include oral history, reference, or the humanities.</p>2018-02-06T00:00:00-05:00{59DF7F31-3BC0-4827-B610-DC632A58FBA9} Celebrates Grand Opening of New Multicultural Center<p>On January 31, Simmons celebrated the grand opening of the Multicultural Center, a new space that offers advocacy, programming, and resources in regards to <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=23BDB3EDDEED46DEA7746EA9DCC37C39&amp;_z=z">diversity, equity, and inclusion</a>.</p> <p>"This moment is truly groundbreaking," said Nasyira Taylor '19, President of the Black Student Organization. "I hope the center will be a hub for students of color on campus and that all of us find a sense of community in the space. This center is the representation of the struggles of underrepresented people. This is where we are centered."&nbsp;</p> <p>The speaking program also included remarks by&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=78AE8F7006AD4533BAC27B910E349D57&amp;_z=z">President Helen Drinan</a>; Lisa Smith-McQueenie, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion; Noha Elmohands, Director of Multicultural Student Affairs; Morgan Ward '16, former President of the Black Student Organization (BSO); and Celina Fernando '19, from the Like Minds Coalition.</p> <p>Lisa Smith-McQueenie was honored with the first Multicultural Community Award for her commitment to equity work at Simmons; this award will be given annually.&nbsp;</p> <p>The center functions as a multipurpose space for programming, studying, and socializing and includes the Director of Multicultural Affairs' office.&nbsp;</p> <p><em> Multicultural Center is located across from the bookstore, next to the elevator. It is open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.</em></p>2018-02-01T00:00:00-05:00{C8882C77-C431-4F85-A808-BB220230E2B0} of Excellence<p><em>This article first appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=4CB709FE8FDE41D3818FBDFDC09BA6D4&amp;_z=z">Management Magazine</a> and was written by Kaitlyn DiPietro.</em></p> <p>Simmons College has been known to produce generations of leaders, innovators, and thinkers. It is a bit of a rarity, however, for these generations to go through one family. The McConaghy family has had three generations pass through the halls of Simmons College, each member adding to the community and our world in her own way. </p> <h4>Adele McConaghy</h4> <p><img alt="Adele McConaghy" height="300" width="220" src="~/media/5CC5E86128524C039BD0507F6FB19630.ashx" />Adele McConaghy '92LS was asked to be the director of Boxford Libraries in 1987. In order to be successful in her role as director she felt it was important to expand her knowledge of library science. Therefore, she decided to go back to school to pursue a master's degree. She chose the Simmons library science program because of its strong reputation and extensive reference section. During her time at Simmons, she developed valuable skills that helped her build a powerful voice and presence in the library science community.</p> <p>Throughout her 32-year career at Boxford and North Andover libraries, she was instrumental in securing thousands of dollars in grants and awards to improve library collections, educational programs, and technological offerings. She introduced automation and expanded access for patrons through inter-library loans, a program that earned her a $21,000 award from the Massachusetts regional library system in 1996. </p> <p>For her service, Adele has the day of October 19th dedicated in her honor by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She has also been published in the Library Journal and The Friends of Boxford Library has created the Adele McConaghy Program Grant, collecting $8,000 to continue her work. Adele's desire to make an impact in her community is a trait that runs through the McConaghy family.</p> <h4>Lori McConaghy</h4> <p><img alt="Lori McConaghy" height="300" width="220" src="~/media/085725EBE29E4AD9BB5CA7AC128096EF.ashx" />When Lori McConaghy '97SM, the daughter-in-law of Adele, was working at the Massachusetts Financial Services Company (MFS) she decide to pursue an MBA. Lori chose Simmons because of its solid reputation of training women to be future leaders. She liked that most of her classmates had already been in the workplace and brought a breadth of "real work" knowledge into the classroom. When Lori first started attending the MBA program she was pregnant with her first child, Alexandra. At the time of her graduation, Lori's proud family, including her mother-in-law Adele and young daughter Alexandra, were in attendance.<strong><br /> </strong></p> <p>Lori's time at MFS spanned 10 years, culminating in a role as a manager in broker/dealer marketing, until she and her family moved overseas to Hong Kong and Singapore. </p> <p>Always having a passion for philanthropy, she started volunteering for the nonprofit Caring for Cambodia (CFC) when she moved to Singapore. This charity was developed to enhance educational opportunities for children in Cambodia. Lori has been working with CFC in many different capacities since it's inception in 2003 and was instrumental in initiating the charity's Kids Helping Kids program. This program fosters a spirit of philanthropy and encourages students to help others less fortunate at the CFC-sponsored schools, by raising awareness, conducting donation campaigns, raising funds, and participating in service trips. In 2012, the Cambodian Minister of Education awarded Lori with the Golden Hand Award, the highest award given to a non-Cambodian, for her service in improving the education system in Cambodia. </p> <p>In addition to Lori's passion for the kids in Cambodia she has a strong interest in health and fitness. Lori achieved one of her personal goals when she competed in her first international Olympic triathlon in Phuket, Thailand at the age of 40, placing second in her age group. Lori continues to challenge herself by participating every year in many athletic races around the world. Her enthusiasm for service, travel, and personal interests has inspired her daughter, Alexandra, a soon-to-be third-generation Simmons graduate. </p> <h4>Alexandra McConaghy</h4> <p><img alt="Alexandra McConaghy" height="300" width="220" src="~/media/79065465C9B04DDD9D61019BDC3BC80D.ashx" />Alexandra McConaghy '17 grew up in Hong Kong and Singapore. When deciding on colleges, Alexandra explored international options, trying to discover the perfect fit for her college experience. With close family ties in the United States, and the legacy of her grandmother and mother who attended before her, she decided to pursue her education at Simmons College in the SOM program. With such powerful women influencers, she knew that Simmons was the perfect place to begin her dreams of one day making an impact like her family members.<strong><br /> </strong></p> <p>Alexandra says that attending Simmons has allowed her to push boundaries and challenge herself to be a critical thinker, to network, and to drive herself to live up to her family's accomplishments. After completing her BSBA, with a major in business management and minor in marketing and entrepreneurship, Alexandra continues on as a member of the Simmons community working to complete her MBA as a member of the Class of 2019. She has also recently become a certified real estate agent for the state of Massachusetts, where she will be able to put her networking skills to work as she continues to complete her MBA. </p> <p>While Alexandra has been on campus, she has made herself a known leader amongst SOM students, holding leadership positions in the Management Liaison, the Simmons Chapter of the American Advertising Federation, Simmons Chapter of the American Marketing Federation, and acting as a mentor figure to underclassmen. During her time in Boston, Alexandra worked in the marketing department of the successful startup VocoChat and became a member of the Network of Executive Women New England Chapter. At Alexandra's graduation, both her mother Lori and grandmother Adele were in attendance to watch her become the third-generation McConaghy family member to complete a Simmons education. </p> <p>The McConaghy family continues to inspire and work tirelessly in their pursuits. Simmons is a community that inspires and creates leaders, and upon graduation, many students can say that they are truly leaving with a family.</p>2018-02-01T00:00:00-05:00{5ACDFB87-549D-4015-975F-84F608895D81} Community News, January 2018<h4>Faculty </h4> <p>SLIS Assistant Professor <strong>Janet Ceja</strong> co-wrote an article to be published in <em>The Library Quarterly</em>. The article, "Immigrant Rights Advocacy as Records Literacy in Latinx Communities" was co-written with <strong>Desiree Alaniz</strong> '17LS and former SLIS faculty member M&oacute;nica Col&oacute;n-Aguirre, now at East Carolina University. Ceja also presented with <strong>Adam Schutzman</strong> '16LS at the AMIA Conference in New Orleans, LA in December. The presentation, on competencies in audiovisual archiving curriculum, was&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">translated into Japanese</a> by Collaborative Cataloging Japan, an international non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of Japanese experimental moving images.</p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="244" alt="Daniel Joudrey" width="244" src="~/media/0E8C829CAEDA4C18A9543F5172AF6BF4.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" class="image-left" style="height: 244px; width: 244px;" /></span></p> <p>SLIS Associate Professor <strong>Daniel Joudrey</strong>&rsquo;s book, <em>The Organization of Information, 4th Edition</em>, <a href="" target="_blank">was published</a> by Libraries Unlimited in November 2017 (pictured right). The third edition of this book has been published in Arabic and Vietnamese, the second edition in Chinese.</p> <p>Children&rsquo;s Literature Professor <strong>Cathryn Mercier</strong> was quoted in <em>The Boston Globe</em> on January 9 in <a href="" target="_blank">an article</a> about Junot Diaz's new children's book.</p> <p>SLIS Associate Professor <strong>Laura Saunders</strong>&nbsp;was <a href="" target="_blank">quoted in article</a> in <em>Poynter</em> about how patrons trust their libraries and librarians.</p> <p>SLIS Assistant Professor <strong>Amber Stubbs</strong> gave a keynote presentation, "Getting Started with APIs" at the New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology (NE ASIS&amp;T) winter conference on January 8.</p> <h4> Alumni </h4> <p><strong>Ashleigh Coren</strong> &rsquo;14LS and <strong>Netanel Ganin</strong> &rsquo;15LS were accepted into the <a href="" target="_blank">2018 ALA Emerging Leaders program</a>.</p> <p><strong>Alma Ramos-McDermott</strong> &rsquo;07LS was selected to serve a two year term with the <a href="" target="_blank">Newbery Committee</a>. An elementary school Media Specialist in Immokalee, FL, Ramos-McDermott is a reviewer with <em>The Horn Book Magazine</em>.</p> <p>Biostatistics alum<strong> Iman Saeed</strong> '15 won the Master's Thesis Award of Excellence for the Biostatistics Department at Brown. Her project, "Comparison of Methods for Handling Missing Data in Randomized Controlled Trials," also won Best Master's Poster at Public Health Research Day.</p> <p><strong>Karen E Selden</strong> &rsquo;95LS was <a href="" target="_blank">elected to the Executive Board</a> of the <a href="" target="_blank">American Association of Law Libraries</a> (AALL). Her three year term as a Member at Large will run from July 2018 to July 2021. Selden is the Metadata Services Librarian at the William A. Wise Law Library at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder, CO.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Jehan Sinclair</strong> &rsquo;16LS was featured in the <a href="" target="_blank">Schlesinger Library Newsletter</a> for her work in the archives, specifically for processing the Schlesinger's backlog of African American collections.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Heather Soyka</strong>&nbsp;&rsquo;07LS joined the faculty of Kent State University School of Information as a tenure track faculty member in February 2017. </p> <h4>Students </h4> <p>SLIS Doctoral Student <strong>Sylmari Burgos-Ramirez</strong> received an award to attend the annual ALISE Conference in Colorado in February 2018.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Staff</h4> <p><img height="244" alt="Em Claire in library in India" width="244" src="~/media/16D5324ACFA247F6B23B56C199CCFFC6.ashx" class="image-left" />Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs <strong>Em Claire Knowles </strong>(pictured left with librarian) traveled to India with a group of students for the history course, &ldquo;Cross Cultural Encounters" taught by <strong>Stephen Ortega</strong>, Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in History/Archives Management. The group included LIS student&nbsp;<strong>Quincy Knapp</strong> (pictured above with Stephen Ortega). This was the first travel history course. The group spent most of their time in Cochin and visited mosques, temples, a Jewish graveyard, a Dutch cemetery, and Catholic churches and grave yard. They also visited Trivandrum, the home of the royal family of maharajahs and maharanis (kings and queens), and went to nearby St. Albert's University and held several cross-cultural discussions with their graduate students. More photos of the trip can be found on the <a href=";album_id=10156081523549264" target="_blank">SLIS Facebook page</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Research &amp; Instruction Librarian and Zine Librarian <strong>Dawn Stahura</strong> wrote a chapter for the recently-published book, <em>The Feminist Reference Desk: Concepts, Critiques, and Conversations</em>. <a href="" target="_blank">The book</a> is available at Beatley Library.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> </p> <div><br /> </div> <p><br /> </p>2018-01-31T00:00:00-05:00{E8AF6EC7-8E46-4476-A33B-8CF146ED555E} School Professor Teaches Immersion Course in D.C.<p>A group of more than 35 <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F5E3DFC20BA742B399AE4D34390889C3&amp;_z=z">Simmons School of Business</a> students traveled from all over the country to Washington D.C. for the first weekend of January to take part in a three-day intensive course, "For Profit, For Good: Finance in the Service of Society," with School of Business Professor of Practice <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=AADB5AAD5BFE4522BF0A23A0CE77C965&amp;_z=z">Jane Hughes</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The students spent the weekend immersing themselves in innovative finance techniques that blend financial profits with social returns, such that investors support good social outcomes while also earning money for themselves.&nbsp;</p> <p>The students enjoyed a guided tour of Capitol Hill courtesy of Senator Elizabeth Warren, as well as a festive dinner at one of Washington's trendiest restaurants, and were privileged to meet with three highly knowledgeable impact investors who shared their experiences.</p> <p><img height="415" alt="MBA@Simmons class in Washington D.C." width="624" src="~/media/3E1175D8F7694A7A87A7425FF14F92BF.ashx" /></p>2018-01-31T00:00:00-05:00{237C7D7F-6245-4745-9D2A-0AF5CB146CCE} Samaniego '20: Nursing is My Calling<style> </style> <p><strong>ON PURSUING NURSING:</strong> When I was younger, my grandfather would captivate me with his stories about volunteering at a local hospital. I loved listening to him talk about the various cases and how patients ended up in the emergency room. In high school, I had an internship at UConn Health where I shadowed a variety of nurses, nurse practitioners and PAs in different fields; it was here that I ultimately decided to become a nurse. I believe nursing is my calling because I love helping people, and one day I want to tell my own stories, just like my grandfather.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong>&nbsp;My recruitment visit with the <a href="" target="_blank">Swimming and Diving</a>&nbsp;team&nbsp;played a huge role in my decision to come to Simmons because I felt so welcomed by my&nbsp;future teammates and coaches. I also knew that Simmons had a great <a href="">nursing program</a>, and I was truly amazed at how close the Longwood hospitals are to campus. I love to travel and I believe that there is adventure everywhere you go; you'll find endless opportunities and things to do here in Boston.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON SIMMONS&rsquo; NURSING PROGRAM: </strong>The nursing <a href="">faculty</a> are so welcoming and teach you lessons that extend beyond the syllabus. Because they&rsquo;re all practicing nurses and nurse practitioners, they&rsquo;re able to bring real world examples to the classroom. As Simmons students, we are so fortunate to have clinicals in world-renowned hospitals that are right outside our doors. <span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Cristina Samaniego" width="350" src="~/media/B248A35A574544F581EAAD8638130444.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" class="image-right" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON ADVICE TO PROSPECTIVE NURSING STUDENTS:</strong> Get involved! Volunteer at a local hospital and talk to friends and family members who are in the medical field. I would have never chosen nursing if it wasn't for my internship at UConn. I was able to observe many different medical professionals from different fields and learned so much throughout this experience.&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>ON BEING A STUDENT ATHLETE:&nbsp;</strong>It isn't always easy and sometimes you have to make sacrifices, but it&rsquo;s definitely worth it. I schedule time for studying, practice and fun. I also make sure I'm getting enough sleep and am notorious for taking naps. Staying organized and being on top of assignments are all important keys for success!</p> <p><strong>ON HER SIMMONS MOMENT:</strong> It was the day of my first college exam and I, along with everyone in the class, was extremely nervous. Our professor knew how anxious we were and decided to bring her puppy to class that day. She knew that we all needed something to ease our nerves, and her puppy did the trick! This is one of many moments where Simmons faculty go above and beyond their duties.</p> <br />2018-01-31T00:00:00-05:00{F3F9DC4E-D9D8-4A0B-B7D5-A82F2B1E1AB3} Bliss '19 Interns at The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health<h4>What made you choose Simmons?</h4> Simmons offered the best opportunities for me to accomplish my professional and personal goals. I wanted to study in Boston to get out of my comfort zone. Simmons not only had the best location, but I was also excited to receive an education from a women&rsquo;s-centered college. <h4>What are you doing for your internship?</h4> I'm the Marketing Intern at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Formerly named Harvard School of Public Health, the Chan School is the public health graduate school of Harvard University, located in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston, adjacent to Harvard Medical School. The Chan School is considered a preeminent school of public health in the United States. <h4>What are your responsibilities at your internship?</h4> <p>As a marketing intern, I update the Harvard T.H. Chan website (through WordPress) and work on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) using Google AdWords to increase website activity.</p> <h4>How did you hear about your internship?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I was a Marketing Assistant last semester at the Chan School, and my manager and I worked together to create several specific projects for me to work on this spring for my internship.</p> <h4>Lessons you have learned from your internship?</h4> <p>Teamwork is so important! Nothing gets done in the office without the combined efforts of every single person in the marketing department. On top of that, keeping open and good communication with your peers and supervisors is equally vital.</p> <h4>What advice would you give students considering an internship?</h4> <p>Don&rsquo;t ever be afraid to ask questions! You&rsquo;re there to learn and make a positive impact on the company&mdash;neither of which can be accomplished if you don&rsquo;t know how to do something and you don't ask for guidance.</p>2018-01-26T00:00:00-05:00{4A7EA98E-BBB1-4D91-9789-114295FCDC64} Chambers '13: We Make Miracles Happen<p><strong>ON HER CURRENT POSITION:</strong> I&rsquo;m a Graphic Designer at <a href="" target="_blank">Elkus Manfredi Architects</a>. My favorite part of the job is having the opportunity to work on a variety of projects; I do everything from presentations and custom books to super graphics and environmental design. On a typical day I bounce between several projects and frequently have to put out fires because it&rsquo;s an extremely fast-paced environment. Our graphics group slogan is, &ldquo;We make miracles happen."</p> <p><strong>ON ELKUS MANFREDI ARCHITECTS:</strong> We&rsquo;re a prominent architecture firm, especially within Boston. It&rsquo;s amazing how many buildings I&rsquo;ve passed that we designed &ndash; I didn&rsquo;t realize this until I started working here!</p> <p><strong>ON HER SIMMONS EDUCATION:</strong> Simmons is incredibly career-oriented. My whole experience at Simmons focused on career preparation and I felt more prepared in my first job than my peers in similar roles. Their emphasis on resume building, internships, self-presentation and communication is invaluable.</p> <p><strong>ON ADVICE TO STUDENTS:</strong>&nbsp;Your <a href="">professors</a>&nbsp;are immense resources. Keep in contact with them after you graduate!</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE SIMMONS PROFESSOR: </strong><a href="">Judith Aronson</a>! I knew I wanted to be a designer when I started at Simmons and she helped solidify that path for me. We still keep in touch and I consider her a life-long friend.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON HER SIMMONS MOMENT:</strong> I was interning at State Street when I stepped into the elevator and immediately noticed that the CEO, Jay Hooley, was in my company. Being that State Street has over 30,000 employees in 26 different countries &ndash; I didn&rsquo;t imagine I would ever see him in person.&nbsp;</p> <p>I just stood there thinking, &ldquo;Ok, I&rsquo;m in the elevator with the CEO of a Fortune 500 &ndash; I literally have the opportunity to give an <em>elevator pitch</em>.&rdquo; After a few moments of internal struggle on whether I should engage him, I threw out my hand and spit out my self-summary, rapid-fire. He turned, delighted that someone had spoken to him, and asked me about my time at State Street, my position, and finally, the school I was attending. I responded, &ldquo;Simmons&rdquo; as I stepped off the elevator and heard him reply &ldquo;Simmons &ndash; great school,&rdquo; as the doors closed.</p> <p>I can&rsquo;t think of a better instance of preparation. It may have been for only a few minutes but I was incredibly proud to have had my Simmons education in that elevator with me.</p> <p> </p> <div></div>2018-01-16T00:00:00-05:00{E8A3721C-C771-45CF-A35B-1CD5721778BF} Mitchell '17LS on Balancing Studies, Work, and Family<h4>What was your favorite course and why?</h4> <p>My favorite course was also my most challenging: Information Organization with Candy Schwartz. Candy is one of a kind, and inspires students to work hard! I love how she balanced theory and practice. I do some of my own cataloging now, and feel confident thanks to what I learned in her class. I also liked Collection Management with Michael Leach&mdash;like Candy, he gives students practical assignments that can later be applied to real-life situations&mdash;and both classes I took with Laura Saunders, who incorporates diversity into all aspects of her teaching.</p> <h4>Do you prefer online or on-campus courses?</h4> <p>Online classes gave me the flexibility I needed (balancing school, work, and family obligations definitely requires flexibility!). There was no commuting, and I could watch lectures at my convenience. I connected with some classmates online, including another &ldquo;mom&rdquo; student. In person classes allowed me to meet professors and classmates face to face and spend time on campus, which I enjoyed. I generally preferred class discussion to online discussion, but over my time at Simmons I learned how to get more out of online discussions.</p> <h4>What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming student?</h4> <p>Choose your courses carefully. I gravitated toward classes with a practical aspect, and was frustrated in classes that were more theoretical. Others might feel the opposite. Read professor reviews, talk with students, and make the most of your time at Simmons&mdash;it goes quickly!</p> <h4>Did you work while you were in the program?</h4> <p>I worked as a substitute in 3 different library systems, which gave me a great perspective. I got my <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=757615E38E244F0BB0DC158ADA5FD6F5&amp;_z=z">MLIS</a> at Simmons in my 40s, with a husband, two kids, and a part-time job (full time my final semester). It was quite a balancing act, but definitely worth it. I feel strongly that working while at Simmons is important (financially and professionally)&mdash;it helps you put theory into practice and see what a real library is like, and it&rsquo;s much easier to get a job after Simmons when you&rsquo;ve had experience.</p> <h4>What are you doing now?</h4> <p>I am the Children&rsquo;s Librarian at the Somerville (MA) Public Library, West Branch. It&rsquo;s my dream job! I&rsquo;m the only children&rsquo;s librarian in a small branch, and I do all the collection development, readers advisory and programming, as well as cleaning, monitoring the bathroom, emptying the book drop, and &ldquo;other duties as assigned.&rdquo; I use things I learned at Simmons every single day.</p>2018-01-10T00:00:00-05:00{DA426F79-5C4A-4BD8-8B7A-A7E368B0EC10} Design to Life with Lindsey Bourcier '12, '13MS<p><em>The <a href="">last time</a> we spoke with Lindsey, she was a marketing coordinator for a pharmaceutical company. Now, she's following her passion for architecture and interior design at Fireclay Tile in San Francisco.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong>ON HER CURRENT POSITION:</strong> I'm a Senior Design Consultant at <a href="" target="_blank">Fireclay Tile</a>, which means I collaborate with architects, designers and homeowners to create beautiful spaces&nbsp; using our tile. For the most part, architects and designers already have a vision in mind, so it's my job to help bring it to life. Homeowners typically need a lot of guidance and design inspiration, so I provide digital design assistance right from our showroom in San Francisco.&nbsp;</p> <p>I've been incredibly lucky to work on some very cool projects with amazing clients&nbsp;&mdash; even a few celebrities mixed in! Right now I'm working on a couple of projects for Mandy Moore, which I'm very excited to see come together. My favorite part of my job is when happy clients send me photos of their project once everything is complete.<span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Scandinavian Summer Tiles" width="350" src="~/media/DA5D3645DF384631A939F399F4B74D3F.ashx" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON FIRECLAY TILE:</strong> Our ceramic tile is handmade by combining old world techniques with modern day technology. We're a certified Benefit Corporation (B Corp), which means we utilize the power of business to inspire social and environmental change. We also LOVE to recycle! We mix recycled content like post-industrial granite and glass dust, curbside porcelain (a.k.a. toilets!), and our own scrap into our clay, which makes it extra strong. We make a few different products at Fireclay &mdash; ceramic tile, brick, and hand-painted tile. Our HQ is based in San Francisco but our <a href="" target="_blank">factory</a> is located in a tiny agricultural town called Aromas, Calif.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <strong>ON DESIGNING HER OWN TILES:</strong> <p> Last spring, our Creative Director challenged me to come up with a collection or "story" that was representative of the Fireclay Brand but also inspirational and visually appealing. I'm a huge fan of minimal Scandinavian Design so I ran with that concept and created&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">"Scandinavian Summer."</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>There was so much work involved in this project: developing marketing materials, copywriting, imagery, photography, art direction and much more. Fireclay really let me run with my ideas to make sure the collection turned out the way I envisioned it. This was a once and a lifetime opportunity for me and I'm so proud of how everything turned out! My collection now lives on our website where people can sample what I've put together.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><img height="300" alt="Scandinavian Summer Tiles" width="350" src="~/media/573D554F3E204F3B982EF06C858EF79B.ashx" />ON CHANGING INDUSTRIES:</strong>&nbsp;While I enjoyed my time in the healthcare world, at the end of the day, I needed to take a chance on something I was truly excited about. It really bums me out when friends of mine feel stuck in their profession and think it's too late to start over. Life's too short to be doing something you don't like&nbsp;&mdash; so why not challenge yourself and do something you love!&nbsp;</p> <p>I've always been interested in architecture and interior design, but never thought it was something that I could pursue as a profession. However, everything changed when I saw a job posting on Instagram by Fireclay Tile &mdash; the rest is history! So far I've been enjoying the ceramics industry because it's a delicate balance between art and science, so it appeals to both sides of my brain. In my opinion, there's nothing more fascinating and magical than making beautiful things out of what most people call dirt.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <em>Pictured above: Samples from the "Scandinavian Summer" collection, curated by Lindsey Bourcier '12, '13SOM.</em>2018-01-09T00:00:00-05:00{FA66097C-6F12-48C9-9DD9-9706D74C89EC} of Business Celebrates Graduates<p>On Wednesday, December 11, the Simmons School of Business congratulated 23 dedicated students from the MBA and MSM programs who completed their degree requirements in August or October 2017 and December 2017 (conferral date 1/18). Associate Dean Patricia Deyton and program faculty and staff celebrated their remarkable accomplishments.</p> <p><strong>MBA:</strong> Olga Alacron, Lilian Alrvarado, Jenifer Banks,Patty Collinsworth, Jodi Delibertis, Eileen Durgin, Amanda Galban, Anne Hillier, Megan Higgins, Kelly Harris, Erin O'Connell and Lindsay Winkler</p> <p><strong>MSM:</strong> Faith Castiglione, Marissa Cyr, Liishi Durbin,Teresa Griffin, Kristina Pechulis, Vivian Phelan, Anika Munroe, Sara Purisky, Julie Thermidor, Fatima Smith and Jaunita White</p> <p><img alt="Eileen Durgin" src="~/media/DCCAA257D9484B9D891B88E68315EEDE.ashx" style="float: left; margin-right: 20px;" />Eileen Durgin, '18SM spoke on behalf of the MBA graduating class. She was selected by her peers to be the class speaker. Durgin said, &ldquo;We have gone through much together as we learned how to create a space for ourselves at the table. We have faced moments of challenge, enlightenment and personal and professional insights&rdquo;.</p> <p>She concluded her speech by telling her fellow classmates, &ldquo;We will take our skills and Simmons values to many different places throughout the city, state, country and the world; and to many different positions - including the Board Room.....we are ready to create a difference, bring value and claim our seat at the table.... wherever we go".</p> <br /> <h5>NOTEABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS:</h5> <ul> <li>Amanda Galban '18SM was selected by her MSM classmates as the recipient of the Pat Miller Peer Award. Students select the peer who best personifies Pat Miller's values of strength, leadership, and willingness to help whenever help is needed. In short, it is awarded to the student who has truly made a difference in the lives of his/her classmates.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Liishi Durbin '18SM was selected by her MSM classmates as the recipient of the Pat Miller Peer Award for the MSM program.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Professor <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=CC4A25AA93CC4498A477F688B30F8E71&amp;_z=z">Areen Shahbari </a>was selected by the graduating MSM students as this year's recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award. Professor Shahbari was also selected to speak on behalf of the MSM graduating class. In her absence, Professor <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F0EFB2B1AAEC4697B668F709B70264F5&amp;_z=z">Todd Herrmann</a> graciously read her heartfelt speech.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Professor <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=AADB5AAD5BFE4522BF0A23A0CE77C965&amp;_z=z">Jane Hughes</a>&nbsp;was&nbsp;selected by the graduating MBA students as this year's recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award. This is awarded each year to a School of Business faculty member who has made a difference in the classroom through teaching excellence, mastery of subject matter, clarity of communication, meaningful evaluation of student work, and zeal for the art of education.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><img alt="" src="~/media/2C9A6621443E48EA8613911315BA5129.ashx" style="float: right; height: 175px; width: 175px; margin-left: 10px;" />Purisky, '15 '17SM was selected by her MSM classmates as the student speaker for the MSM program. Sara, who is also an Academic Advisor at Simmons, shared her 5 tips for getting through finals. <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=3944D38DE9C3493091849E914148DAF8&amp;_z=z">Read her story here</a>.</li> </ul>2017-12-20T00:00:00-05:00{2349114B-0858-4272-9B3C-B768067ED890} Gregg '17 Interns at Fine Arts and PR Agency in NYC<p><strong>ON PURSUING JOURNALISM:</strong> My decision to study&nbsp;<a href="">journalism</a> is ultimately because of my grandfather. Growing up, he would tell stories about his experience as a journalist, and I knew that I wanted to follow in his footsteps.&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><strong>ON HER INTERNSHIP: </strong>A&amp;O PR is a fine arts and culture public relations, marketing and creative content agency based in San Francisco and New York City. I've always found fine arts and art history really intriguing, but never had the opportunity learn much about them. While working at A&amp;O, I not only discovered more about these subjects, I also learned how to communicate quickly and efficiently. I was so grateful to have the opportunity to work for such a unique agency, not to mention the amazing experience of working in New York City!</p> <p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:&nbsp;</strong>I <a href="">transferred</a>&nbsp;to Simmons in the fall of 2015 because of the strong sense of community I felt here. I've learned to push myself and to believe that when I do, the best version of myself will come forth. The support I've found here has made me more driven, more confident, and more prepared to enter the workforce.</p> <p><strong>ON ADVICE TO JOURNALISM STUDENTS:</strong> Always be writing and reading! There are tons of news outlets and organizations in Boston to learn from, and there's always opportunities to blog or freelance. Also, pursue internships in multiple facets of communications. In addition to A&amp;O PR, I've worked as an editorial intern in the communications office at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Broadening your experience will only help you in the long run!</p> <p><strong>ON HER SIMMONS MOMENT:</strong>&nbsp;My Simmons moment was when I was inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the national communications honor society. Spending the evening with my favorite professors and my closest classmates reinforced the emotional and academic fulfillment I've found at Simmons.</p> </div>2017-12-20T00:00:00-05:00{676E7082-F4AA-4B49-AC91-D80FFD5B7D13} Are They Now? Melissa K. Palardy '12, '14MS<h4>What brought you to Simmons to study in the M.S. Management program?</h4> <p>I studied at Simmons for my undergraduate degree, and wanted to build on my skill set in both marketing and leadership in order to take the next step in my career. Just as I sought out a women-centric education for undergrad, I knew I wanted a women-focused education at the graduate level as well. During my two years in the program, I consistently felt inspired by my classmates and my professors. I was not happy in my role at the time, and realized I needed to be in a work environment that inspired and challenged me as much as this program did.&nbsp; </p> <h4>What does your job entail?</h4> <p>Being the first marketing hire at <a href="" target="_blank">PatientPing</a>, it was important to build the foundation for our brand, tone, and voice right off the bat. At the time, our sales team was just starting to form and it was critical that they had the tools they needed to secure business and drive growth. Now that I have been here for two years, my role has evolved to expand the marketing function across other business areas, as well as to build out the team. My job now is to drive user engagement initiatives, content strategy, as well as product marketing. This requires strong communication skills and the ability to cultivate cross-departmental relationships. In addition, at a start-up, flexibility is key. When I started, we were a team of 20; now we are up to nearly 80 people. I could not successfully execute in my role if I was not comfortable with change!</p> <h4>How did Simmons prepare you for your career?</h4> <p>The rigorous coursework and smaller class size made for a truly unique graduate experience. Especially now that I have transitioned into a management role, I re-read all of my old course cases (I've kept everything!) and draw upon those studies in my day-to-day to coach and mentor, as well as to navigate the growing pains teams and organizations often face at this stage in a company's growth.</p> <h4>Why is your work rewarding?</h4> <p>My work is rewarding both because of PatientPing's mission to connect disparate healthcare providers, as well as what I have been able to achieve as an early hire and manager. Having the ability here to coach, mentor, and celebrate successes is incredibly rewarding. Management adds a new level of complexity to any role, but I view it as being afforded an opportunity to help guide and empower another employee. It is one of the most exciting and challenging roles I have taken on, and I have Simmons to thank for helping me succeed!&nbsp;</p>2017-12-19T00:00:00-05:00{BDE90E35-31BF-4F53-98F2-5EF2B2DB9912} Students Learn From Women of Color Entrepreneurs<p>Simmons School of Business <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=CC4A25AA93CC4498A477F688B30F8E71&amp;_z=z">Professor Areen Shahbari</a>, '11SM and her first-year students had the opportunity to meet a woman of color entrepreneur when the class took a class field trip. The class met Yessy Feliz, owner of Tails, Inc.: a doggie daycare, pet food supply store, and boarding facility in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. This visit gave students the opportunity to meet and interview the owner, who shared with the students her entrepreneurial journey turning passion for animals into a business, and how rewarding it has been.</p> <p>We asked Devynn Ledgard '21, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=05229EB401D243DCBBA2BC9DAFBC158B&amp;_z=z">Political Science</a> major, about her experiences with the course and the field trip to Tails, Inc.</p> <h4>What do you like best about the Boston's Women of Color course?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I enjoy the field trips around Boston the most because, the field trips force us to explore new parts of the city. For example, my group members and I took a field trip to the North End. While, in the North End we discovered new areas that I never knew existed. I love visiting the different neighborhoods because they have the ability to transport you to what feels like a completely different country.</p> <h4>Would you recommend this course to others? Why?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I would recommend this course to others because I learned about the systematic barriers obstructing not just women of color, but all women from rising in the business world. Now knowing what has limited the success of women in the workforce, I will not allow these obstacles to limit my personal success.<br /> What is the most interesting thing that you've learned in the Boston's Women of Color Entrepreneurs course? The most interesting thing I have learned is the utmost importance of networking. Simply put, those who take advantage of opportunities to network will likely be more successful in any field they choose, not just entrepreneurship.</p> <h4>Have there been any unexpected challenges?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I think just seeing the statistics of the lack of women in entrepreneurship was challenging to grasp at first. On the Tails, Inc. field trip: Devynn added Yessy inspired her &ldquo;because she proved that doing what you love is more important than going after the money. Yessy showed me the importance of keeping an open mind to different career paths&rdquo;.</p> <h4>Any final thoughts?</h4> <p>I think this course will help me achieve my goals by emphasizing the importance of networking. Every successful entrepreneur we interviewed or read an article about talked about networking and the importance of making connections with people. Going to events around Boston helped me work on my networking skills by making me practice having meaningful conversations with strangers.</p> <p>Professor Shahbari explained how this this course encourages students to become part of the story-making process to ensure that the stories of women of color entrepreneurs are being told. She emphasizes to students, &ldquo;Your age doesn&rsquo;t matter, even if you are very young, you can be a person who tells the story of someone, and change the status quo.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>Thanks to 1st year student Katherine Winn for contributing to this story.</em><br /> <br /> </p> <p><br /> </p> <p><br /> </p> <div> </div>2017-12-18T00:00:00-05:00{3944D38D-E9C3-4930-9184-9E914148DAF8} Through Finals: 5 Tips<div><hr /> </div> <h5>STAY ORGANIZED</h5> <p>Try making a checklist of every exam, presentation and paper due until the end of the semester. This will help you keep track of everything, and it feels pretty great to check stuff off! Plus, it'll help you think ahead so you can schedule time to study for an exam or work on a paper.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h5>TAKE BREAKS</h5> <p> For a short break, go to the gym! Try a yoga or Zumba class. Scheduled classes are great because you can easily plan your studying around them. Not only will it provide a break from studying, you'll feel great afterwards! If you have a little more time, take an afternoon to explore the city. Check out the Christmas tree on Boston Common, go skating at Frog Pond, or do some holiday shopping! Getting off campus and forgetting about finals for a bit will help you re-energize for when you hit the books again.</p> <hr /> <h5>MAKE STUDYING FUN!</h5> <p> Study with your friends! Working together can help take some of the anxiety out of finals week. If you're all studying for the same exam, make up a game. Go through your flashcards Jeopardy-style and have a prize for the winning team &mdash; the competition will help you forget that you're studying! You could also find a cozy cafe off campus to do some studying. A change of scenery can help change-up your routine and get you motivated. </p> <p> </p> <hr /> <h5>PREPARATION IS KEY</h5> <p> Try not to cram the day of your exam. If you've prepared yourself well, you won't have to! Have a good breakfast to get your day started right. If you're relaxed when you walk into the classroom, you can let your preparation take over! You probably won't remember much of what you study at the last minute anyway.</p> <hr /> <p> </p> <h5>UTILIZE SIMMONS' RESOURCES</h5> <p> Simmons offers so much! If you have a question about course material, take advantage of your professor's office hours. Make an appointment at the <a href="">Writing</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="">Tutoring</a> Center. Don't hesitate to reach out to your Advisor or the <a href="">Simmons Academic Mentors</a>&nbsp;(SAMs) for support. Both groups are happy to help and can be a friendly face if you're feeling stressed.</p> <hr /> <p><br /> </p>2017-12-14T00:00:00-05:00{DFADF4F0-ABCC-4405-98E6-C84D8C8E2CD5} Nutrition Counseling with Matt Priven '14HS<p><strong>ON PURSUING <a href="">NUTRITION</a>:</strong>&nbsp;Cooking (and eating) has always been a passion of mine. I considered going to culinary school and becoming a chef, but I also had a deep interest in food science and disease prevention. It became clear that a career in dietetics was the perfect balance of my passions.</p> <p><strong>ON HIS NUTRITION PRACTICE:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Oceanside Nutrition</a> is my nutrition counseling practice with offices in Boston and Newburyport, Massachusetts. I work with clients on a variety of nutrition and health goals. The mission is to provide evidence-based nutrition counseling in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. I was inspired to create Oceanside Nutrition because I saw a need for this type of nutrition counseling. I also appreciate that, as the owner of the business, I can control my schedule and my environment, which allows me to practice self-care.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON THE SIMMONS FACULTY: </strong>They're all very passionate educators who make sure their students graduate with a deep understanding of the field and the many career paths that exist. I left Simmons feeling like I had a strong background in so many different areas of nutrition. While I was probably most interested in medical nutrition therapy during my time at Simmons, I also developed a strong foundation in community nutrition, nutrient metabolism, epidemiology, food science and more. I call on these skills all of the time.</p> <p><strong>ON ADVICE TO NUTRITION STUDENTS: </strong>Jump in! It&rsquo;s fun to talk about food all day and it feels good to focus your energy on helping others. If you want to be considered an expert in food and nutrition, you should work towards becoming a Registered Dietitian. There are so many career paths to take within the field, it&rsquo;s easy to follow your passions as they develop over time without having to make a huge career change.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON HIS SIMMONS MOMENT:</strong>&nbsp;My Simmons moment was when my graduate research project was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work and wouldn&rsquo;t have been possible without the wisdom, support and encouragement of the faculty.</p> <div><br /> </div>2017-12-12T00:00:00-05:00{78BC1A43-70FE-436D-8BDA-1D37752E8551} Dacey '17MSW: The Simmons Program Was Made for Me<h4>What does your job entail?</h4> I am a clinical specialist and program manager for the North Shore Center for Hoarding and Cluttering, an affiliate of North Shore Elder Services in Danvers, Massachusetts. In my multi-faceted role, I provide counseling, support groups, and resources to individuals of all ages with chronic disorganization, hoarding behavior, or hoarding disorder. I also conduct consultations and trainings for public health officials, first-responders, and policymakers to increase awareness and education around this frequently misunderstood mental health issue. Hoarding disorder is chronic and progressive and often co-exists with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and ADHD.<br /> <h4>What brought you to Simmons?</h4> <p>Formerly, I was a case manager for an elder services agency, and I wanted to advance to a clinical career and practice psychotherapy. I chose Simmons for its strong clinical focus, its reputation as the nation&rsquo;s first school of social work, and its commitment to social justice and advocacy for all people.</p> <h4>How did Simmons prepare you?</h4> <p>I feel like the Simmons program was made for me. I completed my first clinical placement at the North Shore Center for Hoarding and Cluttering, leading to my employment after graduation. As the center&rsquo;s social work intern, I provided in-home and individual counseling and ran a weekly support group. In my second placement at North Shore Physicians&rsquo; Group, an integrative primary care practice, I provided &ldquo;on-the-spot&rdquo; and ongoing counseling to patients with symptoms of depression, substance use, and other mental health issues, developing my ability to respond to clients in crisis. </p> <h4>Why is your job rewarding?</h4> <p>I&rsquo;m often the first person in years that individuals with hoarding behavior allow into their homes. It&rsquo;s an incredible feeling to be able to make that initial connection and to hear that they&rsquo;re open to meeting again and seeing where the work takes us.</p>2017-12-08T00:00:00-05:00{F2017C7F-FEAD-43A4-A86A-BE06A2590342} LeBlanc '18 Makes a Difference Through Education Sparks<h4></h4> <em>Education Sparks is a student-led tutoring program run through Simmons&nbsp;<a href="">Community Engagement</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="">Scott/Ross Center</a>. Working directly with Boston Public School students, tutors provide homework help and enrichment activities and promote positive peer relationships, empathy, and cultural awareness among the students.&nbsp;&nbsp;</em> <div><em><hr /> </em> <h5>WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE YOUR PROGRAM AT SIMMONS?</h5> <p>I've always wanted to work in a field where I can help others &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="">nursing</a> allows me to combine my passion for helping those in need with my interests in science and medicine. <strong>At Simmons, my nursing education extends beyond campus</strong>; world-class hospitals become my classroom through clinical experiences, making for a very hands-on education that is preparing me for a career as a Registered Nurse.&nbsp;</p> <h5>TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE WITH EDUCATION SPARKS.</h5> <p>As Student Director, I take a hands-on approach to leadership, working directly with students and tutors, planning enrichment activities, and leading professional development and reflection opportunities for our tutors. I could write entire pages about everything I've learned from this role, but<strong> </strong>I think<strong> </strong>the main lesson I've taken away is <strong>the importance of treating others with empathy and kindness.</strong>&nbsp;This lesson transcends Education Sparks &mdash; as a student nurse, I've gained a better understanding of my patients' needs and witnessed firsthand how far a little kindness can go.</p> <h4></h4> <h5>HOW IS SIMMONS PREPARING YOU FOR THE FUTURE?</h5> <p> Simmons offers so many learning opportunities that extend beyond the traditional classroom setting. <strong>I'm able to learn by doing instead of just by watching, </strong>reading or listening, whether it be through <strong>my clinical rotations at world-class hospitals</strong> or by working with students and tutors at the Tobin Community Center. Simmons also provides so many different leadership opportunities that allow me to refine my professional skills in order to prepare me for future career success. </p> <h4></h4> <h4></h4> <h4></h4> <h5>WHAT'S YOUR SIMMONS MOMENT?&nbsp;</h5> <p>While working on homework with one of the second graders at Education Sparks, the student put his pencil down, looked me in the eye and said, "I just really appreciate you being here to help me." It was so touching to see that this program is making a difference in that student's life, and I wouldn't have the opportunity to work with the program if it weren't for Simmons and the Scott/Ross Center.</p> </div>2017-12-07T00:00:00-05:00