All Simmons Newshttp://www.simmons.edu/{5B619CC6-ACDD-48A0-A486-CCDF2EEA9639}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/messages%20to%20the%20simmons%20community/2017/august/charlottesvilleMessage from the President on Charlottesville, Virginia<p>The disturbing news and images from Charlottesville this past weekend are devastating. The violence there serves as a stark reminder of some of the darkest days in world history, and it casts a deep pall over our democracy.</p> <p>We mourn the three lives lost: Heather Heyer, who was raising her voice against violent demonstrators at the time of her untimely death; Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M Bates of the Virginia State Police, killed in the line of duty protecting the lives of American citizens.</p> <p>I condemn in the strongest possible way the divisive ideology of those who marched with hate in their hearts and reaffirm that we at Simmons College stand united in our support of the principles of peace, unity, and compassion.</p> <p>A Simmons education must be the catalyst for our students to make meaningful contributions to a more peaceful and tolerant society. With that in mind, it is up to us to create an environment that encourages free expression of ideas &ndash; but also allows for different points of view in a constructive and respectful way. </p> <p>I believe our community at Simmons aspires to the kind of behavior we want to see in the broader world &ndash; a safe place where we value differences, a place where we listen with curiosity instead of hate, and a place where we take the time to learn about points of view that are different from our own. Each day, every one of us plays a role in maintaining this kind of atmosphere at Simmons because we know it takes both intention and attention. </p> <p>Charlottesville is yet another reminder that we must continue to treat each other with respect and with kindness. By understanding, accepting, and celebrating the differences of each of us, Simmons College will continue striving to uphold a vision of inclusivity and mutual respect.</p> <p>We look forward to having everyone back on campus on September 3rd and to moving forward together in peace.</p>2017-08-15T00:00:00-04:00{0122E117-93DE-4136-AD6D-28272407C241}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/alumnae%20i%20and%20friends/2017/august/heather%20philbenHeather Philben '15DPT: Enjoy Your Simmons Experience<h4>What program were you in at Simmons? What's your current job title?</h4> <p>I graduated with my <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=CAB1E10BCDD64704ACD10F6B27B15C8F&amp;_z=z">Doctorate in Physical Therapy</a>. I work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) as a Physical Therapist on the oncology floor.</p> <h4>How did Simmons help prepare you for your career?</h4> <p>Simmons prepared me for my career in countless ways. Simmons encourages a collaborative community, which is essential to working in a hospital setting. Something that the physical therapy program specifically prepared me for is to care in a patient-first manner. The physical therapy program strongly encourages the separation of a patient from their impairment and I try to practice with that mindset daily.</p> <h4>What's a typical day like at your job?</h4> <p>My day starts at 7:30 a.m. For the first half hour of the day I gather the list of patients on my floor and triage to determine the patients that are of the highest priority. After I speak with other physical therapists and we compare priorities, I head to my floor and begin chart reviewing for my first patients. I have rounds at 10:00 a.m. daily where I meet with the nurses, residents, and case managers to assist in determining a plan for each patient. The remainder of my day is primarily spent seeing patients and documenting.</p> <h4>How did you know the organization was a good fit for you?</h4> <p>Two aspects of BIDMC that I was immediately attracted to was the mentorship within the physical therapy department and the overall inclusive impression the hospital gives to the community. Now that I've worked at BIDMC for almost a year I could not imagine myself elsewhere. It felt like a seamless transition from Simmons.</p> <h4>What was the job application process like?</h4> <p>I knew I would be taking my board exam in October 2015 so I began my job hunt around August 2015. I started slowly just to see what was out there, then as I approached the boards I began honing in on jobs that I could really see myself at. I began reaching out to people I had met on clinical rotations that I knew were working at the hospitals I was applying to. Using my network was essential to getting my job.</p> <h4>How has it been transitioning into a young professional?</h4> <p>Because the final semesters of the physical therapy program are <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=9F72685092A6482B9F31E77271EA7E93&amp;_z=z">clinical rotations</a> where you&rsquo;re expected to hold a full caseload of patients independently, the transition into the professional world wasn&rsquo;t difficult from a clinical standpoint. The biggest difference I found is learning to trust what you know.</p> <h4>What advice would you give to the current Simmons students?</h4> <p>Even through all of the stressful moments in college, take time to enjoy this experience. There are so many times that I can remember getting caught up in counting down until graduation and focusing on the end game, but some of my favorite memories and best friends were made at Simmons. </p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p>My appreciation of Simmons comes from a number of small moments that made my experience at Simmons wonderful, challenging, and memorable. </p>2017-08-10T00:00:00-04:00{89889865-DA69-4333-973A-0143032815C4}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/august/big%20data%20for%20rowersSimmons Student Recognized for Data Research<p><em>Out of over 40 entries,&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=5996A7ECB09C4D6C895790D5A2C97CCF&amp;_z=z">computer science</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=79F45A808D7646089D12D31979A39E98&amp;_z=z">mathematics</a>&nbsp;double major Peizhu (Pam) Qian '19 was chosen to present her research project in a timed pitch at&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=AF2AF74813284306BAC0E12D2039C4B2&amp;_z=z">The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Simmons</a> 2017 (SURPASs17) Pitch Slam on June 28, 2017. Her presentation was chosen as one of three winners of Dunkin Donuts gift cards for their stellar work.&nbsp;</em></p> <h4>Can you describe your project in a few sentences?</h4> <p>My project studies the relationship between rowers' physical characteristics and their pacing over a 2,000-meter rowing test. For now, my participants are limited to the&nbsp;<a href="http://athletics.simmons.edu/sports/wcrew/index" target="_blank">Simmons Crew</a>&nbsp;team: female collegiate rowers, age 18 - 24. I plan to use the results found in this project to build a computer algorithm that gives rowers pacing advice based on their body shape.&nbsp;</p> <h4>How did you come up with the idea for your research project?</h4> <p>One day during crew practice, while I was erging [using an indoor rowing machine], I came up with the idea of researching something about rowing. Pacing is critical in rowing as well as all other sports, and it varies among people. As a novice, I always wanted to receive advice on pacing so that I could perform better and maximize my potential.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Where are you now in the project?</h4> <p>I have concluded some relationships and I&rsquo;m now working on the algorithm. My mentor, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=1679831EC2844BE4AD5CAC794B662376&amp;_z=z">Professor Nanette Veilleux</a>, suggested I use data mining as a tool so I did not calculate everything by hand. I started to learn about data mining since the beginning of SURPASs but there is more to learn.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Where are you hoping to go with your research?</h4> <p>I hope to finish my first algorithm by the end of this summer, so I can ask my teammates to test it out in fall. I also want to reach out to other institutions and rowing clubs to enlarge my dataset. I hope to bring my research to some conferences, such as the <a href="https://ghc.anitaborg.org/" target="_blank">Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing</a>, to get more ideas. The most ideal scenario is to make a business out of this research.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Peizhu (Pam) Qian with her adviser, Professor Nanette Veilleux.</em></p>2017-08-10T00:00:00-04:00{3D1F4DA9-7114-4760-87B2-CBA0C7742095}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/student%20stories/2017/august/mackenzie%20farkusMackenzie Farkus '20 Connects to Boston through Media<h4>What are you studying at Simmons?</h4> I plan on majoring in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=E5772D2BBA744F249EA4B3C827185877&amp;_z=z">communications</a> on the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=1A2ABD74B9FB44A5932AE766AF115B90&amp;_z=z">public relations/marketing communications</a> track. I'm also hoping to minor in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=5136978F4CCC46F7B7D06EEAB736B12E&amp;_z=z">radio</a>.<br /> <h4> What made you choose your program at Simmons?</h4> <p> I've always loved storytelling, the behind-the-scenes aspects of broadcasting, and following the news &mdash; so the communications program at Simmons is a natural fit for me. When I was picking my first semester schedule, it was really hard to narrow down what classes to choose because every single class in my major sounded captivating.</p> <h4> What PLAN course did you take?&nbsp;</h4> <p> I took <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=FC69D571FB7B4A61A7BFBD0B6107523F&amp;_z=z">News@Boston</a>, which explored the media landscape in Boston and was taught by <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=620698AF30C2477B92AD129DD8444CE1&amp;_z=z">Professor Porter</a>. We focused on the history of the Fenway area and the Boston Globe Spotlight team's investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic archdiocese. We also had the opportunity to explore the Boston Globe's facilities and talk to a Simmons graduate who now works in digital content and design at the Globe. </p> <h4> What made you choose your PLAN course?</h4> <p> I love all things media-related, and I wanted to get to know Boston's media groups better. Since I'm not from the Boston area &mdash; I'm most recently from Texas, but have also lived in Washington, Georgia, and North Carolina &mdash;&nbsp;News@Boston was a great class to take, because I got to learn more about this amazing city and explore some of Boston's history through the lens of the media. </p> <h4> What skills did you gain from this course?</h4> <p>I gained valuable insight into my future field. Our trip to the Boston Globe inspired me to look up possible internships, and listening to the Fenway Liaison to Marty Walsh speak made me interested in becoming more involved in our community. I also published my news and academic writing since it's a very writing-intensive class. </p> <h4> What was your favorite part of PLAN?</h4> <p> How the classes have more hands-on learning. There wasn't a lecture every single class; there are partner activities, field trips, and guest speakers, which allowed me to dive in deeper and explore whatever subject I'm studying for PLAN. </p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p> The experiences I had with my orientation group. Even though I was nervous about being so far away from home, my orientation group reinforced the idea that Simmons was the right place for me. A lot of the people from my group and I still get together every weekend to hang out, despite different classes and extra-curricular activities. They make me feel more at home. &nbsp;</p>2017-08-10T00:00:00-04:00{ADD38CAE-19D7-4763-AA4A-5B39A64371D8}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/alumnae%20i%20and%20friends/2017/august/charles%20danielsSimmons Alumnus Launches Organization to Empower Fathers<h4>What program were you in at Simmons? What's your current job title?</h4> <p>I graduated with a <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=3C0876F6D60E40949FE9CD99317472BA&amp;_z=z">Master&rsquo;s in Social Work</a>. I am the CEO and Founder of <a href="http://fathersuplift.org/" target="_blank">Fathers&rsquo; Uplift</a>, a nonprofit based in Roxbury that works to assist fathers in overcoming barriers (financial barriers, addiction barriers, oppressive barriers, emotional barriers and traumatic barriers) that prevent them from remaining engaged in their children&rsquo;s lives. The goal of Fathers&rsquo; Uplift is to provide low-income fathers with a place where they can receive support, guidance and encouragement around fatherhood.</p> <h4>How did Simmons help prepare you for your career?</h4> <p>Simmons gave me one of the most important gifts ever &mdash; the gift of acceptance. Simmons helped me embrace the pain from my past and use it to make a difference in the world. I'm not sure if I would have been able to start an organization without the experience and education I got at Simmons. I became a part of a community that helped me learn and grow both academically and personally.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What's the mission of Fathers' Uplift?</h4> <p>Our mission is to assist fathers with overcoming barriers that can prevent them from remaining present in their children&rsquo;s lives. Traditionally, parental mental health services target mothers, especially during the prenatal and postpartum stages of parenthood. However, the mental health of fathers is often overlooked, even though the birth of a child presents significant life changes for them as well.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fathers&rsquo; Uplift is the nation&rsquo;s first outpatient mental health center for child, paternal health and male engagement. It was established to provide fathers with the clinical mental health care to more easily adjust to the challenges, emotions and needs of becoming and being a father. Today, Fathers&rsquo; Uplift offers services to guide both men and families through three stages of fatherhood: pre-father education, fatherhood preparation and fatherhood re-engagement. Our team&rsquo;s social work clinicians specialize in trauma, anger management, group counseling, individual counseling and child and family counseling.</p> <h4>What inspired you to found Fathers' Uplift?</h4> <p>In my father&rsquo;s absence, my mentor, Dr. Anthony Owens, dedicated his life to making sure I remained on the right track. His commitment to making sure that the problems I had at home did not outweigh my success changed my life for the best. He used to tell me, &ldquo;don&rsquo;t let your negativity determine your future &mdash; keep pushing.&rdquo; That had a big impact on me.</p> <p>I wanted to relay this same message &mdash; and this same support and therapeutic relationship building &mdash; to fathers in low income communities. Since embarking on this journey I have received many lessons of survival and success from them. I&rsquo;ve noticed that many of the men with whom I have worked come from single-parent homes themselves or homes where their fathers were physically present but emotionally absent. Their resilience is powerful. Despite the obstacles they encounter they continue to be the best fathers they can be.</p> <h4>What is a typical day like at your job?</h4> <p>Every day is so different, but that&rsquo;s what keeps it fun and interesting. On any given day I&rsquo;m either providing clinical guidance to fathers and families on an as-needed basis or helping support them in other ways &mdash; court appearances, for example. I also make sure to spend quality time with my team to support them and to strategically plan with them on how to intervene on a father's behalf. We&rsquo;ve also started work on the <a href="http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/blog/2017/05/18/joelyns-home-boston/" target="_blank">shelter</a> for fathers we are planning on building. It will be Boston&rsquo;s first residential and community safe haven for men and their families, so that takes up a lot of time too!</p> <h4>What is your favorite part of your job?</h4> When I get to see a father connect to his child after not seeing them for an extended period of time, it gets me even more excited about the work that we do and really proud that we are able to make a difference. <h4>What advice would you give the current Simmons students?</h4> <p>If you're looking for your purpose, stop running from your pain. Your purpose could be staring you right in the face. When you embrace your pain, it is a gift in disguise. My pain of growing up in a household without my father drove me to create Fathers' Uplift.</p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p>I remember when I received the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. It was an accomplishment that I am extremely proud of. My professors were so supportive. It made me grateful for the Simmons community and the opportunity to be there.</p>2017-08-09T00:00:00-04:00{55459E53-0744-4F4D-85A0-BC8DE5A442A8}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/august/looking%20back%20at%20childrens%20lit%20instituteLooking Back at the 2017 Children's Literature Institute <p>The Center for the Study of Children's Literature brought an inspiring weekend of <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=807DDDB7FCF5415B88118F85BCE2890E&amp;_z=z">speakers</a> to Simmons at the end of July, including Andrea Davis Pinkney, M.T. Anderson, Jack Gantos, and Malinda Lo.&nbsp;</p> <p>Check out a selection of tweets from attendees and speakers during the event.&nbsp;</p> <div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/simmonsslis/children-s-literature-summer-institute-im-possible/embed" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/simmonsslis/children-s-literature-summer-institute-im-possible" target="_blank">View the story "Children's Literature Summer Institute: (im)possible dreams, July 2017" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div>2017-08-09T00:00:00-04:00{CE3AD1B2-033E-4059-BDE1-D7EAB3150C62}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/july/hanna%20soltysSimmons Graduate Student Interns at National Baseball Hall of Fame<h4>What are you studying at Simmons?</h4> <p>Library and Information Science:&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=BC6D6412BDA14922A92EB4F9BBFB7E3A&amp;_z=z">Archives Management Concentration</a>.</p> <h4>Tell us about your work at the <a href="http://baseballhall.org/" target="_blank">National Baseball Hall of Fame</a>.</h4> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></p> <p>I&rsquo;m focused on the outreach portion of library sciences. The Center&rsquo;s patron inquiries happen onsite, on the phone, and by email. We receive queries from curious fans, family members seeking answers about their ball playing relatives, researchers, and the media.</p> <p>To address these queries, I consult Central Archives (home to a plethora of materials include scrapbooks, various papers and manuscripts, team publications, league publications, and books), the Hall of Fame&rsquo;s digital repository PASTIME, the AV Archives, and the Photo Archives. Rather than processing collections and inputting metadata, I&rsquo;m learning how a collection serving as the expert is used to help answer and solve questions.</p> <h4>What's it like to combine your love of baseball and librarianship?</h4> <p>A Cardinals fan through and through (though a recent fan of Fenway Park), baseball has always been a part of me. From St. Louis to Chicago to Boston, I&rsquo;ve called some of the greatest baseball towns home, and have always had a desire to work in the sport, though I didn&rsquo;t know what my place could be.&nbsp;</p> <p>When you combine a passion with your skill set, the day flies by. The work is more meaningful, and it&rsquo;s very easy to get invested. Plus, walking through the <a href="http://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers" target="_blank">Plaque Gallery</a> (home to 317 plaques honoring the greatest players in baseball history) is a complete rush and daily dose of inspiration that sure beats the traditional morning commute.</p> <p>I&rsquo;d be remiss if I didn&rsquo;t point out <a href="http://baseballhall.org/hof/williams-ted" target="_blank">Boston&rsquo;s Teddy Ballgame</a> has been my Hall of Fame crush all summer long (don&rsquo;t tell Stan Musial).</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" width="350" src="~/media/76B54DE2052B4C5B828A433BCEDC1D6B.ashx" /></p> <h4>What have you learned in your internship?</h4> <p>I&rsquo;ve learned and seen firsthand the importance of collaboration when it comes to your library and archives. Staff of all levels will direct the public, media, researchers, and players to the Research Center. Because of this, it&rsquo;s vital that you&rsquo;re properly advocating for yourself, proving your worth, and helping those outside of your department understand your offerings.</p> <p>The reference interview is by far the most important skill I learned at the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=A0E2A6BA03E8432E81E5188DA8F25C23&amp;_z=z">Simmons School of Library and Information Science</a>. Too often a patron comes up wanting information on a ball player without a clear idea of what they hope to find. There&rsquo;s a lot you can throw at them and it is through a carefully crafted, yet impromptu, reference interview that you can make the interaction meaningful.</p> <h4>How did you hear about the internship?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I learned about this opportunity from the <a href="http://blogs.simmons.edu/slis/jobline/" target="_blank">Simmons Jobline</a> and immediately applied. It was with great surprise and joy to learn fellow Simmons alumnae/i are on staff at the Hall and have completed this internship as well. As luck would have it, the woman I worked with on my LIS 442 Management Study completed the internship five years ago!</p> <p>I didn&rsquo;t have much experience in a public library or archive before this internship as my previous experience is in the private and corporate sectors. That said, I learned valuable research skills and how to work with various levels of senior leadership and staff, which has helped my experience thus far.</p> <h4 style="background: white;">How did your coursework at SLIS prepare you for your internship?&nbsp;</h4> <p>When I applied for this internship, I began looking at archival positions within baseball clubs&ndash; noticing the Red Sox have a museum curator responsible for building exhibits and maintaining the collection. When I received my LIS 442 Management Study assignment (now LIS 442 Establishing Archives and Manuscript Programs), I set my sights on Fenway to learn more about archives in baseball. This assignment solidified my eagerness to step up to the plate and begin work in the field for this summer.</p> <p>Seeing as my role is very public facing, I&rsquo;m continually drawing upon key learnings from LIS 407 Reference and Information Services (now LIS 407 Information Sources and Services) with Adjunct Professor Debbie Froggatt. It&rsquo;s often easy to think of archives and libraries as trapped in the (cold) vaults and stacks, but when it comes to access, truly understanding your patron base is essential. The quick reference interview you conduct with a patron determines whether or not the seek-and-find will be successful.</p> <p>Find more information about&nbsp;<a href="http://baseballhall.org/education/internship-program" target="_blank">The Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development</a>.</p>2017-07-27T00:00:00-04:00{31943F41-1B31-4CEC-B713-F052E6B77A33}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/july/slis%20community%20news%20july%202017SLIS Community News, July 2017<p><strong>Faculty</strong></p> <p>Dean <strong>Eileen Abels</strong> co-presented&nbsp;&ldquo;Library and Information Experts Succeeding in the 21st Century: A Town Hall Dialogue on Competencies, Careers, and Successful Practice,&rdquo; a panel discussion facilitated by ALA President Julie Todoro, at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, IL on June 24.</p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Melanie Kimball</strong>&nbsp;(pictured, above) co-edited <em><a href="http://www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOCorporate/product.aspx?pc=A5112P" target="_blank">Engaging Teens with Story: How to Inspire and Educate Youth with Storytelling</a></em> (Libraries Unlimited, 2017). Kimball also authored the chapter, &ldquo;Folk and Fairy Tales and Popular Media: Strong Females, Rehabilitated Witches, and Villains We Love to Hate.&rdquo;</p> <p>Senior Lecturer <strong>Megan Dowd Lambert</strong>&nbsp;presented a panel discussion,&nbsp;&ldquo;Words and Pictures: Picture Book Author/Illustrators Discuss the Whole Book,&rdquo; with picture book illustrators David Hyde Costello, Don Tate, and Duncan Tonatiuh at ALA on June 24.</p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Laura Saunders</strong>&nbsp;co-presented&nbsp;&ldquo;Going with (and Growing with) the Framework: Teaching Information Literacy with a Social Justice Lens,&rdquo; at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL on June 23. Saunders&nbsp;also presented&nbsp;&ldquo;Re-Framing Information Literacy for Social Justice,&rdquo; at ALA, and was elected to a second term as Director of Beta Phi Mu at the Annual Business Meeting, both on June 24. </p> <p>Senior Lecturer <strong>Rebecka Sheffield</strong> presented her paper, &ldquo;Teaching Justice in Archival Education&rdquo; at the Association of Canadian Archivists Conference in Ottawa on June 8.</p> <p><img alt="" height="463" width="540" src="~/media/A4FDAF52E07D42BD8FA71B43B11D001A.ashx?h=463&amp;&amp;w=540" />Associate Professor <strong>Rong Tang</strong> spoke at the School of Information Management at Nanjing University and two other universities in early June. Her topic for Nanjing University's presentation is "Information Behavior Research: Past, Present, and Future." Tang also represented the SLIS doctoral program at &ldquo;Leaders Wanted: LIS Doctoral Options Fair&rdquo; on June 24&nbsp;at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. (Pictured: Rong Tang at Wuhan University; photo courtesy of Rong Tang).&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Students</strong></p> <p><strong>Maya H. Bergamasco, Sandra R. Delaney, Rebecca L. Gordon</strong> (Inspire AASL Scholar), and <strong>Sony Prosper</strong> (Calloway Scholar) have been awarded Spectrum Scholarships from the American Library Association. These scholarships are awarded to exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information science. According to the ALA website, "the 2017 application cycle, the Spectrum Scholarship Program received three times as many applications as there were available scholarships, and the majority of this year&rsquo;s applicants were deemed highly fundable. A prestigious committee of nine jurors selected this year&rsquo;s Spectrum Scholars based on their commitment to diversity, commitment to entering the library profession, demonstrated community outreach, academic ability and achievements and leadership potential."</p> <p><strong>Alumni</strong></p> <p><strong>Mary E. Helms</strong> &rsquo;81LS, associate professor in the McGoogan Library of Medicine, received the Medical Library Association&rsquo;s (MLA) President's Award as part of a committee updating the association&rsquo;s governance documents. The award, which is one of the highest honors offered by the MLA, was given to the group at the <a href="https://www.unmc.edu/news.cfm?match=20620&amp;pk_campaign=email&amp;pk_kwd=UNMC_for_the_record" target="_blank">2017 MLA annual meeting</a> in May.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mary Piorun</strong> &rsquo;14LS has been&nbsp;named <a href="http://www.umassmed.edu/news/news-archives/2017/06/mary-piorun-named-director-of-lamar-soutter-library/?utm_source=UMassMedNow+weekly+06-12-17&amp;utm_campaign=CC-weekly-06-12-17&amp;utm_medium=email" target="_blank">director of the Lamar Soutter Library</a> at UMass-Medical.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Staff</strong></p> <p>Research Services Librarian <strong>Dawn Stahura</strong> has written a chapter for <em><a href="http://libraryjuicepress.com/feminist-reference.php" target="_blank">The Feminist Reference Desk: Concepts, Critiques, and Conversations</a></em> (Library Juice Press, Summer 2017). Her chapter is titled &ldquo;Filling in the Gaps: Using Zines to Amplify the Voices of People Who Are Silenced in Academic&nbsp;Research.&rdquo;</p> <div><br /> </div>2017-07-26T00:00:00-04:00{EB002E2B-900F-416B-A8A5-29300EB4DAC5}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20management/2017/july/todd%20herrmann5 Tips For Starting Your Own Consulting Practice<p><em>This article was written by undergraduate Management student Alexandra McConaghy and originally appeared in its entirety in the Spring 2017 issue of <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=4CB709FE8FDE41D3818FBDFDC09BA6D4&amp;_z=z">Management Magazine</a>.</em></p> <p>Simmons Professor <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F0EFB2B1AAEC4697B668F709B70264F5&amp;_z=z">Todd Herrmann</a> has worked as a management consultant and in executive roles within strategy and business development for more than 30 years. He continues to expand his career as an independent consultant and as a new <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=28AEE5F51F0741D3A9BF09DEC8C1A71F&amp;_z=z">Simmons</a> faculty member. We sat down and chatted with him recently about what it takes to have one's own consulting practice.</p> <h5>1. HAVE A TRACK RECORD OF RELEVANT EXPERIENCE</h5> <p>It's important to build your resume in order to gain valuable and applicable skills. You should work on developing analytical, technical, interpersonal, communications, and industry-functional expertise to be a consultant. While it's highly unlikely that you would immediately go into independent consulting as a new graduate, working in research and analytics for an established consulting firm is a great foundation. With these skills, you can provide your clients with best practices while continuing to learn yourself.</p> <h5>2. GET INVOLVED IN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS THAT FOSTER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT</h5> <p>Being a part of multiple networks will be beneficial to your growth in a variety of ways. Joining professional associations will not only expand your network circles, but will also allow you to gain valuable personal skills and knowledge from your fellow peers. Be active in the groups where you believe you'll gain the most value. You may have to research a bit to find the right groups; when you do, venture out to an event or meeting.</p> <h5>3. NUTURE YOUR NETWORK AT ALL POINTS IN YOUR CAREER</h5> <p>Professional associations are one avenue, but you'll want to branch out from there. As a consultant, one of the most important things is to have a strong network. Members of your network become your coworkers and your clients! You should sustain and build your professional relationships in all areas of business. Your Simmons connections can get your started. Don't think &ldquo;what can I get out of this relationship,&rdquo; instead think &ldquo;what can I offer this important person in my professional life.&rdquo;</p> <h5>4. HAVE A BUSINESS PLAN</h5> <p>When you're serious about creating your own consulting firm, developing a solid business plan is essential. It allows you to identify what is needed to start your own practice. Although consultants may spend lots of time thinking about strategy and analyzing opportunities for others, we must do the same for ourselves&mdash;taking the time to think through developing our own business. You may have great ideas to start off with; however, you also need to have targets and standards to demonstrate the feasibility of the business, and to measure your progress against. What types of services will you offer? What's a reasonable number of clients you might expect in a year&mdash;or at any one point because the work comes in fits and starts? How much will clients be willing to pay? How will you find your clients, and how will they find you? These are some of the questions that should be addressed in your business plan in order to help you along the way. </p> <h5>5. CREATE YOUR PERSONAL BRAND</h5> <p>Creating your own personal brand and image is extremely important because consulting is a broad field and you need to set yourself apart. You need to define your approach and certify your experience to prospective clients. Being able to stand out will make you more attractive within the consulting arena to clients and others with whom you might collaborate on projects. It's a very rewarding part of the process! </p> <p><em>To read the full article, check out the <a href="~/media/9B1898281A1C4015A728FF68A36EA8FE.ashx" target="_blank">Spring 2017</a> issue of Management Magazine.</em></p>2017-07-26T00:00:00-04:00{851C8E9E-AA86-42D6-8006-928F201A2A21}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20management/2017/july/simmons%20celebrates%20professor%20lynda%20mooreSimmons Celebrates Professor Lynda Moore<p>In late June, our campus bid farewell to Professor Lynda Moore, a professor at Simmons since 1981.</p> <p>Professor Moore's&nbsp;accomplishments are far and wide, and she has been a pioneer not just in her field but at Simmons as well. She&nbsp;designed courses at Simmons focusing on the cultural analysis of business and women&rsquo;s leadership, led travel tours to India and the UAE, and established the first course in the undergraduate Management program to focus on women and leadership in the U.S. Professor Moore was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach and research women leaders in the United Arab Emirates; her study on top Emirati women leaders was one of the first.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C11EEE4170F24518920249611DC02F3D&amp;_z=z">Associate Dean Patricia Deyton&rsquo;s</a> introduction during the retirement ceremony noted that Professor Moore has accumulated honors and accolades that inspired colleagues and students. She was appointed a Fellow of the Leadership Trust Foundation in the UK and taught at international business schools in India and the UK. Her early accomplishments in advocacy of diverse women business owners led to a Small Business Administration award and publication of numerous teaching cases on women entrepreneurial leaders.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>President Helen Drinan acknowledged the far reaching impact of Professor Moore&rsquo;s commitment to women leaders &ndash; the historical heart of the Simmons mission. Professor Moore&rsquo;s students praised her sharp insights, strong character, high expectations, transformational teaching, and exemplary mentoring that helped her students define and claim their leadership voices. Professor Moore achieved tenure and promotion while pregnant with her second child and raising a toddler, showing her students that motherhood and a career did not have to be mutually exclusive.</p> <p>For 37 years, Moore has been an advocate of women in all of their diversity in the U.S. and across the globe, and it has shown in her accomplishments, teaching, service, and scholarship. She will be missed by the Simmons community.&nbsp;</p>2017-07-21T00:00:00-04:00{6E91C73E-2DDF-4859-AA46-AC6E1910DEA0}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/faculty%20and%20research/2017/july/bruce%20grayProfessor Gray: Simmons Fosters Confidence<h4>What do you teach at Simmons?</h4> <p>I currently teach courses in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0F32E41D18234C9E9B36FE320719A278&amp;_z=z">Biology</a>, including Animal Physiology, Behavioral Biology, Neurobiology and Neuroscience Seminar. The last three courses are also in the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=51FCE9F4C43147E38C40992559583680&amp;_z=z">Neuroscience and Behavior</a>&nbsp;major, which I share coordination of with <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=7B86A24181D54F0A98B12EB54257B31B&amp;_z=z">Dr. Rachel Galli</a> in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=1803A83F1C684899B6CE726722474FC9&amp;_z=z">Psychology</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>I'm looking forward to teaching an integrated course that combines Advanced General Biology and Advanced General Chemistry with <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=9B7C3F043B5E423E8D729B409A864E6A&amp;_z=z">Dr. Berger</a> as part of a new <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=13CDD383C51F49418EF2F9FF1C15B102&amp;_z=z">Learning Community</a> for <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C930C8EEA6614F4ABE0325A32A9EBB46&amp;_z=z">PLAN</a>&nbsp;this fall.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What's your favorite class to teach? </h4> <p>I would have to say Neurobiology &mdash;&nbsp;it's an area that's changing so rapidly, and includes such a wide variety of fields. The lab includes learning how to read various brain images for pathology, working on live cells, and seeing real image analysis in Emergency Rooms at Boston Medical Center. I love having student teams share data in the lab and argue about their conclusions!</p> <h4>What's one thing you wish people knew about Biology? &nbsp;</h4> <p>The fantastic array of research experiences students can get involved with throughout their time at Simmons.</p> <h4>Tell us about your research.</h4> <p>My lab is studying neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer&rsquo;s Disease and glaucoma. In both of these diseases, neurons are associated with aggregates of a peptide called beta Amyloid. Our lab has discovered that these aggregates can work to modulate neurotransmitter release, but in a normal, non-pathological manner. &nbsp;I am very interested in what causes beta Amyloid to become toxic and lead to cell death. &nbsp;</p> <p>One new tool we have discovered is a molecule called curcumin, a main ingredient in the spice turmeric. Curcumin can modify Amyloid&rsquo;s effect on transmitter release but not its toxicity. So, now we can begin to narrow down the cellular mechanism underlying toxicity. This information can help clinicians and pharmaceutical labs to develop medication to slow or prevent Alzheimer&rsquo;s cognitive decline.</p> <h4>What's your favorite thing about your students?</h4> <p>The most important joy I get from my job is working with students in my research lab. I get to see them grow their confidence as budding scientists. We interact as an extended family &mdash;&nbsp;&nbsp;traveling to conferences, arguing over theories and experimental priorities, and even playing ridiculous games.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Do you have a hidden talent?</h4> <p>It's so hidden, even I haven&rsquo;t found it yet!&nbsp;</p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p>It's hard to pick just one Simmons moment, because I've had so many. There was the moment when I saw my students speak before scientists at a national meeting, or when students changed my mind on an experimental design in a lab meeting, or when former students got national recognition for their work in neuroscience and medicine.&nbsp;</p> <p>I've had so many moments where I've seen my students overcome their fears.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s the Simmons environment that has fostered those moments.</p>2017-07-20T00:00:00-04:00{042E7F95-ADE9-4CE0-ABC1-D3FB48C5D35A}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/july/chl%20institute%20costello%20and%20rizzuto(im)possible dreams at Simmons<p>Looking forward to the Children&rsquo;s Literature Institute at the end of July? We are too! We&rsquo;ve spoken to two speakers for this year&rsquo;s Institute to get their thoughts on what the weekend promises.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.davidhydecostello.com/" target="_blank">David Hyde Costello</a>, is writer and illustrator of picture books, including Little Pig Saves the Ship and I Can Help, and illustrator of A Crow of His Own, written by Megan Lambert. Costello created the artwork for the 2013 Institute. On July 28 he will moderate a discussion with author/illustrators Sydney Smith, Melissa Sweet, and Don Tate.</em></p> <h4><img alt="" height="340" width="396" src="~/media/C413A7547AB4445D87192B4898796FB1.ashx" class="image-left" /></h4> <h4>What are you most looking forward to at this Institute?</h4> <p><strong>David</strong>: I'm looking forward to seeing the exhibition of Ekua Holmes's work in the gallery. Obviously, illustrators work in a medium of reproduced, printed material, but there's still nothing like seeing the originals. When I look at this image, I see in the silhouette of the figure with hair blowing in the wind something of the private, deeply personal space where one's own dreams and aspirations live.</p> <p>I'm also looking forward to meeting this year's Simmons students, and seeing the people I know from past Institutes.</p> <h4>What are your thoughts on this year's theme, "(im)possible dreams"?</h4> <p><strong>David</strong>: My first response to the theme is to see it as the beginning to a story&mdash;the compelling kind that starts with seemingly insurmountable challenges to the protagonist. It's an evocative phrase that can encompass a wide span of interpretations, and speaks particularly to stories for children, and unfettered creativity.</p> <h4>Tell us about the discussion you'll be moderating.</h4> <p><strong>David</strong>: I'll be talking with Don Tate, Melissa Sweet, and Sydney Smith. Having been in the audience of various panel discussions, I notice one of the pitfalls is that they can become short individual interviews in quick succession. I would like this one to be a true discussion&mdash;a group conversation in which new thoughts and ideas can be spontaneously generated. We'll be talking about how the plot of pursuing an impossible dream is conveyed through images, and also about the dreams of the illustrators themselves in terms of what children's illustration can be at its full potential.</p> <p><em><img alt="Lauren Rizzuto" src="~/media/21099DB9ACB04E95AE1DA0D50D418C4C.ashx?h=463&amp;w=540" style="height: 463px; width: 540px;" />Lauren Rizzuto, Senior Instructor, has been an adjunct in the Children&rsquo;s Literature program and will begin full-time this fall. Rizzuto will be leading a seminar at the Institute. </em></p> <h4>What are you looking forward at this Institute?</h4> <p><strong>Lauren</strong>: I love the Institute. Going to the Summer Institute in 2009 was my first experience with the Simmons Children's Literature program. I wasn't a student yet, and I was still feeling anxious about moving to Boston and starting a graduate degree. But when the Institute started, I was struck by this feeling that I'd come home.&nbsp;Eight years later, I'm still here.&nbsp;</p> <p>This Institute's theme is "(Im)Possible Dreams." As you can probably tell by the elusive parentheses, the program blurs the lines between what is achievable, sustainable, and imaginable. It's no coincidence that our lineup responds to the need for diverse perspectives in children's and YA publishing. Most of all, I'm eager to listen: to what these artists have to say, to how their cultural identity may or may not have shaped their dreams, and to how these dreams, denied or recognized, may have in turn shaped their work.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What makes the Simmons Institute unique?</h4> <p><strong>Lauren:&nbsp;</strong>What makes the Simmons Institute special is its collegiate atmosphere. The writers and illustrators whom we've invited aren't simply celebrities; they're artists, and we take their work very seriously. I'm not going to say that there isn't a fair share of hero-worship going on (I mean, we do&nbsp;love these books), but we temper our enthusiasm by&nbsp;prioritizing the&nbsp;<em>study</em>&nbsp;of children's literature. We're here to learn from the work, as well as to honor individuals.</p>2017-07-13T00:00:00-04:00{7AB0FD9A-2E6F-4C9A-821C-6DE8F3B23066}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/student%20stories/2017/july/sabika%20mirza%2019Sabika Mirza ’19 Studies Abroad in France & Indonesia<h4>What are you studying at Simmons? </h4> <p>I'm studying&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=2BAEED9D70EE4F47BBF31AC1ED83C413&amp;_z=z">marketing</a> and <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=05229EB401D243DCBBA2BC9DAFBC158B&amp;_z=z">political science</a>, with minors in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=1A2ABD74B9FB44A5932AE766AF115B90&amp;_z=z">public relations/marketing communications</a>&nbsp;and <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=1A9148AA5789423E8628D80D4C347D03&amp;_z=z">retail management</a>!&nbsp;</p> <h4>What made you choose Simmons?</h4> <p>The first thing I always say is that matriculating at a women-centered institution is a tradition in my family; my older sister is a Mount Holyoke alumna, and I have family members from the other sister schools!&nbsp;</p> <p>My family decided to tour Simmons, and as soon as I stepped on the residential campus, something just felt right. I loved how I could get the women-centered education I wanted while attending school in the best college town in America! My identical twin was also deciding on Simmons for the stellar <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0E39EC657B5644C080B15DF7C0F895BE&amp;_z=z">nursing</a> program, so I&rsquo;d be lying if I said that didn&rsquo;t play a part in my decision!&nbsp;</p> <h4>Tell us about the your ​study abroad​ experience in Indonesia.</h4> <p>The <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C0CE0A5CD9324FFAA079D99309CF29F0&amp;_z=z">Center for Global Education</a> has an option called Travel Courses for students who aren&rsquo;t looking for a full semester commitment to being abroad. The courses usually last 2-4 weeks and focus on a certain area of study in a foreign country &mdash; and you get academic credit!&nbsp;</p> <p>My travel course was a 4 week, immersive experience in Bali, Indonesia. My Simmons peers and I worked with students from Ganesha University in Singaraja to come up with a social entrepreneurship idea in an effort to solve a local, societal problem. My group came up with the idea of starting an educational outreach program in local villages to spread awareness about the dangers of cervical cancer. Throughout the process of working hard in school, we were able to take a couple days here and there to explore the beautiful island and do things like snorkeling and dolphin watching.</p> <p><img height="300" alt="Sabika Mirza 3 " width="350" src="~/media/5257992511C04BE9BA38E2267482CF6E.ashx" class="image-left" /></p> <h4>What was your favorite part?</h4> <p>Snorkeling at the Pemuteran Coral Reef Restoration project. They&rsquo;re the only organization in the world creating artificial coral called biorock in an effort to save the dying coral off the Indonesian/Australian coast.</p> <h4>Where did you intern during Paris Fashion Week?</h4> <p>Paris Fashion Week was an absolute dream! I got the connection to a fashion studio that helps with breakout designers and their shows through an upperclassman at Simmons! With her reference, I was able to secure a spot on the team covering these breakout designers and helping backstage at the shows.&nbsp;</p> <p>I also applied as an external applicant with&nbsp;<em>Teen Vogue</em> to cover some of the bigger, more mainstream names of fashion week. Through this surreal opportunity, I was able to assist the Public Relations team for shows by Chanel, Vera Wang and Louis Vuitton.</p> <h4>What advice would you give to students looking to study abroad?</h4> <p>Stop by the Center for Global Education to see what options are available. It&rsquo;s never a bad idea to use any and all resources available to make connections with upperclassmen and your professors. These are the people that will help you land those amazing internship and study abroad opportunities.&nbsp;</p> <p>This applies to everything at Simmons, not just studying abroad &mdash; help is always there.</p> <h4>What is your Simmons moment?&nbsp;</h4> <p>My first time as an Orientation Leader last summer, I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel that was about student involvement on campus. While answering a question about my Simmons experience, I had the chance to reflect on all the decisions I&rsquo;ve made at Simmons &mdash; including participating in the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=B3EF607813EA4578871AE248111DFDE6&amp;_z=z">Student Government Organization</a>, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=08DC84100E8B4FF8BF846456F2434E20&amp;_z=z">Simmons Sirens</a>, Hall Council and even Colleges of the Fenway theatre.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s why I love Simmons; even when you&rsquo;re involved in everything possible, there&rsquo;s always an opportunity to grow, learn and be educated by another experience. I owe all my growth these past 2 years, as a student, leader and general person to Simmons, and I cannot wait to see what's ahead!</p>2017-07-12T00:00:00-04:00{053C1C64-7876-4AAA-8B77-3580DBAC4E0D}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/june/em%20claire%20knowles%20wins%20awardEm Claire Knowles Wins Beta Phi Mu Award<p>Dr. Em Claire Knowles, Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs, has been awarded the annual Beta Phi Mu Award, given "in recognition of the achievement of a library school faculty member or another individual for distinguished service to education for librarianship." Knowles has served as advisor to the Beta Beta Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the International Library &amp; Information Studies Honor Society, and will serve on the national board. She received the award at the annual conference of the American Library Association on June 25 in Chicago, during the ALA Awards/President's program.</p> <p>In her award letter, she was told the following: "The award jury felt that your significant contributions to education in librarianship make you an exemplary recipient of this award. &nbsp;Of particular note are the decades you have spent actively working to diversify our profession through efforts such as the Spectrum [Scholars] Program, the countless students and alumni you have mentored and guided as they found their way in our field, and the impact your scholarship has had both nationally and internationally. It is clear that you embody the spirit of Beta Phi Mu award."</p> <p>Congratulations to Dr. Knowles, for her continued support of SLIS students and the LIS profession. </p>2017-06-28T00:00:00-04:00{E6B31DFF-4569-4C81-BE8C-A4DAF8A15757}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20social%20work/2017/june/simmons%20research%20could%20help%20reduce%20breast%20cancer%20screening%20disparitiesSimmons Professor Conducts Breast Cancer Research<p>Understanding the cultural and socio-demographic factors that contribute to lower breast cancer screening rates among older Hispanic women could help social workers and medical professionals develop intervention strategies to reduce disparities, according to a <a href="http://sswr.confex.com/sswr/2016/webprogram/Paper26115.html" target="_blank">study recently published</a> by Simmons professors.&nbsp;</p> <p>The study is entitled &ldquo;Older Hispanic Women and Breast Cancer Screening: Do Cultural Factors Matter?&rdquo; and was published last month in the <em>Journal of Ethnic &amp; Cultural Diversity in Social Work</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=E29A320EF2D9470E859BA5774FF161ED&amp;_z=z">Dr. Tamara Cadet</a>, an assistant professor at the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F17CDFDCB46042828ECC1DF76EF071A0&amp;_z=z">Simmons School of Social Work</a>, was the principal investigator for the study. She co-authored with Dr. Louanne Bakk from the Institute on Innovative Aging Policy and Practice at the University of Buffalo. <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=FB346D9368E744EC8FAF16806043C424&amp;_z=z">Dr. Peter Maramaldi</a> and Kathleen Stewart from Simmons also contributed.</p> <p>Today, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. Forty-one percent of cancer diagnoses and 58 percent of breast cancer deaths occurred in women aged 65 and older. By 2050 Hispanics are expected to be the largest group of ethnic minority adults in the United States, and they face increased risk of cancer disparities partially because of their low participation in cancer screening. &nbsp;</p> <p>Although cancer screening disparities remain at the forefront of national research, few investigations focus on older Hispanic women and the cultural factors that may influence their decisions,&rdquo; said Dr. Cadet. &ldquo;Our findings could be used as a tool for social workers and health care providers to engage and assess patients through the lens of cultural relevance. Further, it is our hope that practitioners will use the data to develop new strategies to reduce cancer screening disparities, illness, and mortality rates among this population.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p>According to the study, practitioners who recognize older women&rsquo;s attitudes about present-versus future-time-orientation and their ability to cope with uncertainty are uniquely positioned to guide decision-making regarding their participation in cancer screening.</p> <p>The research also found: </p> <ul> <li>Being married was a positive predictor for participating in breast cancer screening;</li> <li>Older, unmarried Hispanic women need to be the focus of targeted interventions to increase mammogram rates;</li> <li>Hispanics represent diverse populations from a range of countries that may influence various factors including beliefs and behaviors, health status and their use of health services;&nbsp;</li> <li>Language status was not a significant factor that influenced participation in breast cancer screening.</li> </ul> <p>The research was funded by the Hartford Doctoral Fellows in Geriatric Social Work Program and the Simmons School of Social Work. The study used data from the Health and Retirement Study, a longitudinal household study administered by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. Learn more.</p>2017-06-26T00:00:00-04:00{A2B240E2-BEF7-4202-8EBB-1C3A2620B989}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/student%20stories/2017/june/meet%20your%20orientation%20leadersMeet Your Orientation Leaders<h4>What's your major? </h4> <p><strong><strong>Raica:</strong>&nbsp;</strong>I&rsquo;m a&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0E39EC657B5644C080B15DF7C0F895BE&amp;_z=z">nursing</a>&nbsp;major!</p> <p><strong><strong>Zoe:</strong>&nbsp;</strong>I'm a&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0E39EC657B5644C080B15DF7C0F895BE&amp;_z=z">nursing</a>&nbsp;major.</p> <p><strong>Erica:</strong> <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0F32E41D18234C9E9B36FE320719A278&amp;_z=z">Biology</a> with a minor in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=A64D7797925047E3BC740AEC7B3D37B3&amp;_z=z">chemistry</a>.</p> <h4>What made you choose Simmons?</h4> <p><strong>R:</strong> I was walking by Simmons one day with my parents and my twin sister and we decided to take a tour of the college. Once we stepped onto the residence campus, I got &ldquo;the feeling.&rdquo; I could see myself here! I'm drawn to how hard working students are &mdash; it motivates me to keep trying!</p> <p><strong>Z:</strong> The nursing program was amazing and I felt at home as soon as I stepped on campus.</p> <p><strong>E:</strong>&nbsp;I chose Simmons because of its amazing sense of community, emphasis on leadership, and location in the Fenway and Longwood area. </p> <h4>What made you make the move to become an Orientation Leader at Simmons?</h4> <p><strong>R:</strong> My passion for this school! I love Simmons and everything about it. I also remember being a first year, so if I can help them navigate this special time, that would be great!</p> <p><strong>Z:</strong> I had a lot of fun at my own Orientation and was hoping that I could be a mentor and student leader for the incoming first year class.</p> <p><strong>E:</strong>&nbsp;I actually attended Summer Orientation at a different college and felt so out of place that I decided to withdraw my enrollment and attend Simmons instead! Once I got to&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=7FF67AD619F646FC83E0446A158CF548&amp;_z=z">Fall Orientation</a>&nbsp;here, I knew that this was where I was meant to be. My Orientation Leader made me feel right at home, she brought people together and fostered new friendships that I still have 3 years later. I knew as soon as my first year started that I wanted to help incoming students feel the same way.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What are you most excited for at Orientation?</h4> <p><strong>R:</strong> I love the students! I love seeing them with their families and helping them adjust to college life. We also all bond with each other as Orientation Leaders and offer each other support like family and I love that.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Z:</strong> Meeting the first years! It's so fun every year to meet all the individual personalities that walk through the doors. Taking my group of students on the outing in Boston is also wicked fun!<br /> <strong></strong></p> <strong> E:</strong>&nbsp;I am so excited to introduce students to their new home for the next 4 years and to the incredible Simmons community.&nbsp; <h4>What's your favorite food at <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=A87E787B0F144E879ACE44251DF2BEB4&amp;_z=z">Bartol Dining Hall</a>?</h4> <p><strong>R:</strong> I love it when they have the hot chocolate bar for Winter Wonderland! I love the different toppings!&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Z:</strong> Coffee cake.</p> <p><strong>E:</strong>&nbsp;It's a tie between the soft serve ice cream and the chicken nuggets.&nbsp;</p> <h4> Do you have any tips for first years?</h4> <p><strong>R:</strong>&nbsp;Stick to who you are and go with what your gut says; in friendships, academics, activities, anything! If you listen to yourself, the decisions you make will lead you in the right way. This is the time to start something new, or let go of something you no longer want. It&rsquo;s YOUR Simmons experience, and it will be what you make it.</p> <p><strong>Z:</strong> Bring twinkle lights and a rug so that your room feels more homey!</p> <p><strong>E:</strong>&nbsp;Remember that it&rsquo;s okay if you don&rsquo;t click right away with the first people you meet at college. There are so many great people here, you will without a doubt find the right friends for you! All you need is a little patience!</p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p><strong>R:</strong>&nbsp;It was last Orientation. I was sitting on a Nursing Panel with <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6C970F9F25F945DF9D2921875AA5EDDD&amp;_z=z">Dr. Barron</a> and one parent asked me what I think of the program and Simmons. I started to explain how I think the program is challenging but rightfully so, and I gave credit to the amazing professors we have in the department. Then, as I shifted to the second part of the question I looked around the room and I was almost overwhelmed by the thought of how much I had grown to love this school. I have been so humbled by the opportunities that I have gotten but more than that, I realized in that moment that Simmons is my family. This place is my home. Everyone here works so tirelessly to make sure you succeed and at the end of the day that is why I love Simmons.</p> <p><strong>Z:</strong> My Simmons moment happened my first year at Simmons. My grandmother had just passed away, so I couldn't do an assignment for class. During class, we went around the room reading our papers. When we got to me, I told everyone about my grandmother and why I didn&rsquo;t write the paper. We moved our desks out of the way and made a circle on the floor. We sat and shared our own personal stories of death. Everyone was extremely supportive and it really helped my coping process to know I had so many people I could go to. I know this never would have happened at any other school.</p> <div><strong>E:</strong>&nbsp;I have several moments that are all from different aspects of my Simmons experience. Racing my first 2K race with the&nbsp;<a href="http://athletics.simmons.edu/sports/wcrew/index" target="_blank">Crew Team</a>, becoming an Orientation Leader, performing in The Vagina Monologues, going to Georgia with&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=FF6D6BB285BE4C718EE4D4ACE32E0076&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">Alternative Spring Break</a>, and joining the Rugby Team are moments that I will never take for granted. These experiences have shaped my time here at Simmons and have helped shape who I am.<br /> <br /> </div> <style type="text/css"> p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} </style> <style type="text/css"> p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} </style>2017-06-22T00:00:00-04:00{AE248DF7-579C-4938-96A9-2D99F45F05BD}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/leadership%20and%20change/2017/june/sahar%20hashemiSahar Hashemi Finds Purpose in Work <p>Entrepreneur and thought leader <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F7C6B4182A6F40D3B06511929C681155&amp;_z=z">Sahar Hashemi</a> co-founded Coffee Republic, the UK's first US-style coffee bar, and built the company into one of the country's most high-profile brands.</p> <h4></h4> <h4>How does a sense of purpose inform your work?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Today it really has to be about purpose &ndash; for all of us. It used to be that there was work and there was the rest of life. You worked for the paycheck and that was separated from your purpose, which was typically outside of work and not central to it. But I think what&rsquo;s happening more now is that people are successfully making what&rsquo;s important to them core to what they do. The people who really succeed are combining their day job with their purpose. It&rsquo;s the plus side of work encroaching on our lives, on more of a 24/7 basis. It&rsquo;s much more important to know what drives you and to make that the thing you do in work and life.</p> <h4>What is the most daring move you&rsquo;ve made in your career?</h4> <p>When I left Coffee Republic I had a bit of a gap in my life and was deciding to write my book &ldquo;<em>Anyone Can Do It</em>&rdquo; about my experiences founding and building Coffee Republic. People warned me that I might fail &ndash; I remember one friend saying I might &ldquo;ruin the whole thing&rdquo; by writing the book. I think what she meant was that I might diminish my success if the book failed &ndash; if I failed. She reminded me that I didn&rsquo;t know how to write. And I certainly didn&rsquo;t! So, doing the book was brave.&nbsp;</p> <p>But I try to do something daring every day. I&rsquo;ve found recently that I got into a bit of a comfort zone with all the consulting and speaking that I do, so I&rsquo;ve just taken on a job co-chairing the government task force here [UK]. This is very much out of my comfort zone. I&rsquo;m terrified but it excites me enormously and it&rsquo;s given me enormous energy. Very quickly things that are daring become part of you so you have to introduce new things that are out of your comfort zone.</p> <h4>What&rsquo;s the best piece of career advice that you&rsquo;ve got along the way?</h4> <p>"Do something you enjoy.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s smart because by definition the stuff you enjoy is the stuff you&rsquo;re good at, and when you enjoy it, it comes naturally. My belief is that every single person&rsquo;s got one area that is their reservoir of talent, everyone&rsquo;s got one little patch of something. Sadly, some people do go through life not knowing what that is, never discovering it. The best signal of that something is when you so engrossed in doing it that the time flies! That thing you&rsquo;re good at, I think that is your destiny. That brings me back to purpose; it&rsquo;s a guiding light you find within.</p> <h4>Is there a female leader whom you most admire?&nbsp; </h4> <p>I admire everyone! I read a lot of business biographies, always taking away insights and tips. I&rsquo;m so thankful that we now have so many role models and access to stories of how people are getting on doing something they love; doing the daring stuff the whole time. The piece of advice that I&rsquo;d give is to make sure that you&rsquo;re always reinventing yourself because the world is changing. What we liked five years ago we don&rsquo;t like anymore, so it&rsquo;s just constantly looking at it with an empty sheet and going back to the drawing board and thinking, &ldquo;What is it I love doing now? What do I want to do more of?&rdquo; Never thinking &ldquo;I&rsquo;m there."</p> <h4>If you could change one way in which women support other women what would that be?</h4> <p>I think through sharing their stories and sharing their difficulties and not glossing over what issues or insecurities they&rsquo;ve had; sharing the humanness of their own experience. Being genuine about that is really important, and women are very good at sharing.</p> <h4>If you could sit down and dine with anyone, past or present, who would you want that to be and what would you ask them?</h4> <p>I lost my mother eight years ago, and I would want most to dine with her because she&rsquo;s always been my mentor. I would love to have her back. I want to tell her what&rsquo;s going on, and for her to still be my sounding board. There&rsquo;s no one like her.</p>2017-06-15T00:00:00-04:00{DC5E39A5-2150-43B7-B933-C9B0631B65B0}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/college%20of%20arts%20and%20sciences/2017/june/rama%20srinivasanRama Srinivasan ’10GS Pursued Interests in Gender, Sexuality and Law<h4>What attracted you to the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=900098C0532A416B93B59FC1F0654B22&amp;_z=z">MA in Gender/Cultural Studies</a> (GCS) program at Simmons?</h4> I was very keen on a Cultural Studies MA at that time. I wanted to attend a program with a lot of theory-heavy courses, and the focus on gender and sexuality just made GCS very attractive.&nbsp;<br /> <h4>How did Simmons prepare you for your PhD program?</h4> The GCS program prepared me to read and engage with critical theory, a skill that has helped me navigate much of my PhD program. My PhD program on Cultural Anthropology had many thematic continuities with GCS, though the disciplinary orientations are vastly different.&nbsp;<br /> <h4>In your experience, what was the best feature of the program?</h4> It worked really well as an interdisciplinary program, weaving together expertise from faculty members who had substantially different research interests, teaching methods, and theoretical leanings. I received exposure to recent critical interventions on gender and sexuality studies from different disciplinary perspectives, something that has been very helpful with my chosen research topic.&nbsp;<br /> <h4>Describe the personal and professional relationships you cultivated within your GCS cohort.</h4> I have remained in touch with a few of my cohort members, both people who are in higher education administration and those who went on to join PhD programs. On a personal level, being in touch with GCS friends through social media has been especially important in the current political climate. It is like we have found a small community of our own to fight the isolation the political events have engendered.&nbsp; <h4>What was your favorite class at Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> Professor <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=8185AC12C4F947CC9F1A0875BBB816C8&amp;_z=z">Laura Prieto's</a>&nbsp;GCS 410: Gender, Race, and Imperialism in Historical Perspective: It had a wonderful, near-perfect syllabus. The student mix was just right and, steered by Professor Prieto's expertise and knowledge in the topic, the discussions were provocative, challenging and hugely rewarding. I was able to connect my regional interests with transnational approaches and perspectives. It has been seven years since I took the course but I still, at times, consult the syllabus.&nbsp; <h4>Are there any faculty/staff members that especially impacted you in your time at Simmons?</h4> Apart from Professor Prieto, who has been a good friend since I graduated, Professor <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=281BFC1D98034AF1B7A872536FB3F7AE&amp;_z=z">Jyoti Puri</a> has had a huge influence in my academic career. Her books have guided my research and writing in many ways. She graciously agreed to join my PhD committee as the external reader despite time constraints and sent extensive and provocative feedback on my dissertation. It is partly due to her comments and questions that my dissertation defense was such an intellectually stimulating experience. &nbsp;<br /> <h4>What advice would you give to a prospective student who is undecided about applying to Simmons?</h4> The GCS program is what one makes of it; there is a lot of flexibility, which also means greater responsibility on the student to make the right choices with regard to courses. Any prospective student should carefully read abstracts of courses that have been offered in the past years and decide whether the program is the right fit for them. Lastly, if you have reservations about reading "too much theory&rdquo;, this program may not be the right one for you.&nbsp;<br /> <h4>What do you believe was your greatest accomplishment at Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> Simmons provided a safe, nurturing environment. In the company of GCS colleagues and respectful professors, I started believing in my academic potential and, eventually, applied to doctoral programs.&nbsp;<br /> <div><br /> </div>2017-06-12T00:00:00-04:00{09C08FB2-9A66-4F79-908F-3DAD75526AB1}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/student%20stories/2017/june/natalie%20finn%2020Natalie Finn '20: Simmons is an Oasis in the City<h4>What's your major at Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I'm studying&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0E39EC657B5644C080B15DF7C0F895BE&amp;_z=z">nursing</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What drew you to your program?</h4> <p>The nursing program at Simmons intrigued me because it recognized the importance of a well-rounded education for its students.&nbsp;</p> <p>As Simmons nursing graduates, we are not only expected to know the symptoms of anemia but also the biochemistry behind it. Some of the best hospitals in the country are located just minutes from our campus and that can make for amazing clinical opportunities.</p> <h4>What made you make the move to come to Simmons?</h4> <p>When I toured Simmons, I felt that I had found an oasis in the city. I wanted a city school that still had a campus to come home to, and Simmons was just that.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What's your favorite thing about Simmons?</h4> <p>The people. The environment of Simmons is supportive and caring because of the people that work and study here. My professors take the time to learn my name and the dining hall waitstaff always greet you with a smile. The friends that I have made are some of the nicest people I've ever met. </p> <h4>What's your favorite thing about living in Boston?</h4> <p>How easy it can be to walk to places. It's surprising to learn how small the city actually is when you can walk from Simmons to MIT in no time. This makes exploring the city fun and a little exercise is an added bonus!</p> <h4>Tell us about your PLAN course.</h4> <p>My <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C930C8EEA6614F4ABE0325A32A9EBB46&amp;_z=z">PLAN</a> course was called "<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=FC69D571FB7B4A61A7BFBD0B6107523F&amp;_z=z">What the Health is Going on in Boston?</a>" The course focused on the health care scene in Boston but also incorporated national health care topics. With every lesson, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C7C1F56C0ECA4DD885A3FDADC78ABB53&amp;_z=z">Professor Lowe</a> would make connections to the role women played in the topic we were discussing. We also went on field trips to the Children's Hospital Simulation Lab and the Massachusetts General Hospital Ether Dome which exposed us to the exciting medical advances of Boston from both past and present.</p> <h4>What skills did you gain from your course?</h4> <p>The course was writing-based &mdash;&nbsp;so I learned how to write different types of papers at a collegiate level using the APA style for citation. Professor Lowe also wanted us to learn presentation skills, research methods and the locations of the nearest Starbucks to campus. </p> <h4>What's your favorite part of PLAN?</h4> <p>PLAN is fun because I got to choose a class outside of my designated program that I was interested in. The change from high school to college writing is shocking and took some getting used to, but having my PLAN course as my outlet for this adjustment made writing enjoyable. </p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p>I recently had my Simmons moment in my microbiology lab. At the end of the semester we are assigned an unknown organism and we must preform a series of tests to determine what the organism is. Any wrong move could result in contamination, incorrect results, and a failing grade for the lab practical.</p> <p>I preformed a series of experiments and anxiously awaited the results as it incubated. The next day I read my results and self-doubt set in. Fortunately, another nursing student who was a friend of mine was there with me in the lab and took time out of her own experimental observations to go through each result. With her support, I could confidently say I had Proteus vulgaris.&nbsp;</p> <p>Not only had I successfully performed all the experiments, but I had found a friend who wanted to see me succeed.</p>2017-06-12T00:00:00-04:00{A4327082-E538-40B0-A0A1-89B08D069CB1}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/june/slis%20community%20news%20june%202017SLIS Community News, June 2017<p><strong>Faculty</strong></p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Gerald Benoit</strong> was invited to speak at the NISO webinar, &ldquo;Enabling Discovery and Retrieval of Non-Traditional and Granular Output&rdquo; on June 7. Benoit&rsquo;s presentation was titled &ldquo;Visual-Only Retrieval.&rdquo;</p> <p>Associate Professors <strong>Melanie Kimball</strong> and <strong>Kathy Wisser</strong> have co-edited a book, <em><a href="https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/463508?format=G" target="_blank">Libraries - Traditions and Innovations: Papers from Library History Seminar XIII</a></em> (DeGruyter, 2017). The book is a compilation of articles written from presentations at the conference &ldquo;Envisioning Our Information Future and How to Educate For It&rdquo; held at Simmons in 2015, sponsored by a grant from IMLS. Kimball co-chaired the conference with Dean and Professor Emerita <strong>Michele Cloonan</strong>, and Wisser served on the program committee and conference committee.</p> <p>Assistant Professor <strong>Colin Rhinesmith</strong> published an article, "<a href="http://www.dlib.org/dlib/may17/strover/05strover.html" target="_blank">At the Edges of the National Digital Platform</a>"&nbsp;in D-Lib Magazine, and a report, &ldquo;<a href="https://www.benton.org/blog/digital-inclusion-and-outcomes-based-evaluation" target="_blank">Digital Inclusion Outcomes-Based Evaluation</a>&rdquo; published by the Benton Foundation.</p> <p>At a Simmons recognition event, <strong>Professor Candy Schwartz</strong>&nbsp;was recognized for her upcoming retirement after 37 years of teaching at&nbsp;Simmons SLIS.</p> <p>Associate Professor and Director of the Simmons SLIS Doctoral Program <strong>Rong Tang </strong>(pictured above)&nbsp;was awarded a sub-contract grant from WGBH's "PBCore Development and Training Project," funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through its Digital Humanities Research and Development Grant. Rong Tang will be conducting usability and accessibility evaluations of the PBCore website in Fall 2017. Tang is currently visiting several LIS schools in China, including Wuhan University, Nanjing University, Jiangsu University, and Nanjing University of Science and Technology to give research talks and explore research collaborations. On May 31, Tang presented "User Behavior Research: Facets and Measurements&rdquo; at Wuhan University, School of Information Management.</p> <p><strong>Adjunct</strong></p> <p>Adjunct Professor Julie Roach chaired the <a href="http://www.hbook.com/2017/05/news/boston-globe-horn-book-awards/presenting-the-2017-boston-globe-horn-book-award-winners/#_" target="_blank">2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award</a> committee. The winners were announced on May 31, 2017. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Students</strong></p> <p>LIS Master&rsquo;s Student <strong>Mylynda D. Gill</strong>&nbsp;has been awarded the Summer Internship from the Massachusetts Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.&nbsp;Gill will be working in the archives of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. this summer.</p> <p>During Spring Break 2017, students volunteered at the JFK Library for Preservation Week. They helped reorganize 120 boxes (60 cubic feet) of the John F. Kennedy Condolence Mail Collection. This is the mail received by the White House and Mrs. Kennedy after President Kennedy's assassination, which had previously been minimally processed. This opportunity was part of Alternative Spring Break, a program that NARA (National Archives and Record Administration) coordinates to provide students with an opportunity to work at a NARA facility.</p> <p><strong>Alumni</strong></p> <p>On Wednesday, May 24, <strong>Alex Lent</strong> &rsquo;11LS became the 103rd President of the Massachusetts Library Association.&nbsp; He is the first graduate of SLIS West to be elected to this position. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Staff</strong></p> <p><strong>Em Claire Knowles</strong>, Assistant Dean for Alumni and Student Affairs, presented awards at the ceremony for the Letters About Literature Program on May 16, at the Massachusetts Center for the Book. The event welcomed 30 students in grades four through 12. Representing the top 1 percent of participants from across Massachusetts, the honorees had written letters addressed to an author whose work had personally resonated with them, changing their view of the world or themselves. <a href="http://mansfield.wickedlocal.com/news/20170601/guest-column-mansfield-sixth-grader-wins-letters-about-literature-award?&amp;_ga=2.36219040.1643017829.1496930757-331482246.1496930757#vf-widget-art-50EBC4A3-70AB-5FAB-E053-0100007FF3C2-pub470" target="_blank">Knowles presented an award</a> to Al Noor Academy sixth-grader Ali Shaikh, of Mansfield, for his letter written to author J.K. Rowling about her book, <em>Harry Potter and the Sorcerer&rsquo;s Stone</em>.</p>2017-06-08T00:00:00-04:00{949DD42C-BAF4-471D-B606-AA4CFC66C11F}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/alumnae%20i%20and%20friends/2017/june/reunion%20weekend%202017Reunion Weekend 2017<p>See the highlights from social media at Reunion Weekend 2017! Add your own using #SimmonsReunion!</p> <p><iframe src="//storify.com/simmonsalumni/reunion-weekend-2017/embed?border=false" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></p>2017-06-06T00:00:00-04:00{3C7BB1F4-4916-4172-A85E-4D7D4B2BFC3B}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20library%20and%20information%20science/2017/june/rebecka%20sheffield%20book%20releaseHow Toronto Got Queer<p><img alt="" height="300" width="350" src="~/media/1A74300FB8DA45EE8AB52861F9F08B5E.ashx" class="image-left" />Senior Lecturer Rebecka Sheffield's book, <em><a href="https://chbooks.com/Books/A/Any-Other-Way" target="_blank">Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer</a></em>&nbsp;was published by Coach House Books on May 18th. From the Coach website, the book "incorporates archival records and new perspectives on Toronto's LGBTQ history and includes chapters on: Oscar Wilde's trip to Toronto; early cruising areas and gay/lesbian bars; queer shared houses; a pioneering collective trans archive project; bath house raids; LBGT-police conflicts; the Queen Street art/music/activist scene; and a profile of Jackie Shane, the gay R&amp;B singer who performed in drag in both Toronto and Los Angeles, and gained international fame with his 1962 chart-topping single, 'Any Other Way.'"&nbsp;</p> <p>Sheffield celebrated the release with a launch party in Toronto, Canada, in addition to other events. Before joining Simmons SLIS in Fall 2016, Sheffield served as the Executive Director for the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Toronto.</p>2017-06-06T00:00:00-04:00{83EA8AAC-1AE4-4DA3-A575-7203DCE8EFEC}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/alumnae%20i%20and%20friends/2017/june/barbara%20leeBarbara Lee '67 Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award <p>Barbara Lee '67 was recognized at her 50th <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F876DFC2542943F084693AF1C28582D1&amp;_z=z">reunion</a> for her contributions to women&rsquo;s empowerment as the founder and head of the <a href="http://www.barbaraleefoundation.org/" target="_blank">Barbara Lee Family Foundation</a> and her support of women who want to run for public office.</p> <p>&ldquo;Barbara Lee&rsquo;s life&rsquo;s work is the embodiment of Simmons&rsquo; mission,&rdquo; said <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=78AE8F7006AD4533BAC27B910E349D57&amp;_z=z">President Helen Drinan</a>. &ldquo;She has dedicated herself to the development and growth of future women leaders in the United States and has tirelessly supported women&rsquo;s advancement and success in the public realm. Locally, Barbara Lee&rsquo;s generosity, guidance, and advocacy make it possible for Simmons students to get practical real-world experience in state government and politics from esteemed female public officials in Massachusetts.&rdquo;</p> <p>"My experience at Simmons reshaped my view of the world. It showed me that women can be extraordinary leaders,&rdquo; Lee said. &ldquo;Twenty years ago, I found myself in a position to empower women beyond my community. I decided to focus on women&rsquo;s political leadership &mdash; and build a pipeline to the presidency.</p> <p>In 1998, Lee founded the Barbara Lee Family Foundation to advance women&rsquo;s equality and representation in American politics. The Foundation produces nonpartisan, pragmatic research for women candidates that has been shared with thousands of women nationwide. Through the Foundation, she endowed the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=D976D24796974400BB24299A32395D5D&amp;_z=z">Barbara Lee Family Foundation Internship Fellowship Program</a> at Simmons. Since its inception in 2004, more than 100 Simmons juniors and seniors have participated in the program, which includes an eight credit internship, a stipend, and a placement with a female state legislator. Students learn the inner workings of Massachusetts government and politics through hands-on experience. </p> <p>A champion of women in the arts, Lee serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Contemporary Art. She holds a Bachelor&rsquo;s Degree in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=E149D58DC97148CBA9E5C26B9D6E4390&amp;_z=z">Education</a> from Simmons and a Master&rsquo;s Degree from the Boston University School of Social Work, as well as a 2001 honorary degree from Simmons.</p> <p>Lee was honored during Simmons&rsquo; annual reunion weekend, which was held from June 2nd to June 4th. The event was attended by hundreds of alumnae/I who visited Simmons&rsquo; Boston campus to reunite and reconnect with friends and classmates. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented at the Alumnae/i Awards Ceremony and Farewell Brunch. </p> <p>Read <a href="~/media/62B356FBDAC14D2CA47ED53719E8EFBE.ashx" target="_blank">Barbara Lee's remarks</a>, and learn more about <a href="~/media/6C706CBA652F4BEF84BFB69C99E0DF22.ashx">Barbara Lee and the the Lifetime Achievement Award</a>.&nbsp;</p>2017-06-05T00:00:00-04:00{E18190EB-5602-4EA0-82FD-13FAC9006364}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20management/2017/may/school%20of%20management%20celebrates%20graduatesSchool of Management Celebrates Graduates<p>On Wednesday, May 17th, the Simmons <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6ED072F5A08A4527AB2862B768F1FA1E&amp;_z=z">SOM</a> congratulated 26 dedicated students from the MBA, MSM, and Dual Degree programs who completed their degree requirements in May. Associate Deans Patricia Deyton, John Lowe and program faculty and staff celebrated their remarkable accomplishments.</p> <h4>Congratulations to the SOM May 2017 graduates:&nbsp;</h4> <p><strong>MBA:</strong> Raneem Alotaibi, Lauren Bailey, Odujoke Balogun, Michelle Beck**, Kayla Boyer, Susan Chudd**, Melissa Elmore, Brittany Henry, Kristina Iaccarino, Allison Keller, Allison Kelly**, Lilia Kirtley, Amanda Kraguljac*, Kaitlyn LeClair, Meghan McGowan, Lauren Mendes, Jacquelyn Nolet, Bayan Shahahmad and Nicole Sokn.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>MSM:</strong> Anas Aljamaan, Mohamad Alswailem, Megan McGrath*, Christina Margiotta, Enrique Graber Nieto, and Jeremy Shaw- Munderback.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Dual Degree MSM/GCS:</strong> Adrianna Alvarez</p> <h4>Congratulations to the SOM students who graduated in August 2016, October 2016 and January 2017:</h4> <p><strong>MBA:</strong>&nbsp;Roza Anthony, Deborah Bell, Patricia Bonifacio, Annmarie Canas, Dominique Cunningham, Sarah Distefano, Kathryn Dulmaine, Sarah Higgins, Caroline Hunter*, Jing Li, Kathryn Magnoli, Laura Matt, Samantha Medeiros, Lipi Mohanty*, Claire Morton, Jena Murphy, Sasha Pierre, Shae Riley, Caitlyn Roos, Suzanne Warren and Alisha Wilkinson</p> <p><strong>MBA in Health Care:</strong> Charles Lagor and Michelle Hadley</p> <p><strong>MSM: </strong>McCall Allen, Nouf Alrasheed, Estelle Archibold, Pankhuri Barnes, Emily Buehrens**, Gina Capra, Kaitlyn Collins (D) Andrea Davis, Brenna Doyle, Clara Essien, Lydia Hardy*, Hope Freeman, Barbara Ryan, and Adam Skaggs</p> <p><strong>MHA: </strong>Melissa Heigham</p> <p>See the full list of <a href="~/media/510E351084BC4B58BCD25C09832DC15C.ashx">Academic Awards, Teaching Awards and Honor Societies Awards</a> given out to the 2016-2017 faculty and graduate students.</p> <p><em>**Highest Honors, *High Honors<br /> </em></p> <p> </p> <div><em><br /> </em></div>2017-06-02T00:00:00-04:00{EB854471-E8AA-4B04-9B6F-3ACE9FC77705}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/school%20of%20management/2017/june/som%20student%20and%20alumni%20awardsSchool of Management Congratulates Award Recipients<p>We're congratulating Megan McGrath '17SM, recipient of the Pat Miller Award and April E. Evans '91SM, recipient of the Phyllis J. Rappaport Award.</p> <p>The Pat Miller Award is awarded annually by his or her classmates to the student who demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and, by doing so, made a difference in their lives. Megan was also selected by her peers to be the MSM student speaker. Her speech was very inspiring and thoughtful as she articulately described how her time in the Simmons MSM program impacted her personal and professional life.</p> <p>The Phyllis J. Rappaport Award was established through a gift from Jerome Lyle Rappaport to honor his wife, Phyllis, a member of the first Simmons SOM graduating class and it recognizes significant deeds and accomplishments that have helped further the School's tradition of creating broader opportunities for women. April happily accepted this award and spoke with strong authenticity about the education she received at the SOM and its impact on her successful career and life choices.</p> <p>See the full list of <a href="~/media/510E351084BC4B58BCD25C09832DC15C.ashx">Academic Awards, Teaching Awards and Honor Societies Awards</a> given out to the 2016-2017 faculty and graduate students.</p> <p><img height="291" alt="April Evans an Patricia Deyton" width="236" src="~/media/3FD1C1A7C7DE4E16AEB27F517CD83E06.ashx" /><img height="291" alt="Dean Deyton and Megan McGrath" width="236" src="~/media/E9AD161B089745D99E4C8F0F1EF1E75E.ashx" /></p>2017-06-02T00:00:00-04:00