All Simmons Newshttp://www.simmons.edu/{5BED02E4-5B1E-4887-995B-60E75E4CE0F6}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/leadership%20and%20change/2019/march/kathrine%20switzerKathrine Switzer: Feel Fearless and Free<h4></h4> <p>Iconic athlete, sports and social advocate, and Emmy award-winning television commentator, Kathrine Switzer changed sports history by becoming the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon. Switzer has been honored widely for her advocacy, including induction into the USA National Women&rsquo;s Hall of Fame for creating positive social change.</p> <h4>Was there a moment in your career when you realized that you needed to reinvent yourself or alter the course of your career? How did you come to that decision?</h4> <p>There were several, as life always throws you curve balls and you need to shift and adapt. At the time, these moments are usually something negative, but by having to survive, you become creative and the end result is often amazing.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s just one story in my life: All my life I wanted to be a sports journalist. When I graduated from university, I was 21 and offered a job on the sports page of the local newspaper! But I was also getting married and my husband had a year to go to finish his MBA. I wasn&rsquo;t going to make enough money to support us both with the sportswriting job, so I had to turn it down and take a higher-paying job in public relations. I felt like I&rsquo;d sold out, but figured it was only for a year.&nbsp;</p> <p>When year three of our marriage rolled around and my husband was showing no indication of ever finishing his MBA or getting a job or getting out of bed before noon, I decided I&rsquo;d have to get a master&rsquo;s degree also, so that I could compete for bigger jobs to make enough money to support him forever. (I know what you are thinking!). So I went back to university at night, after a full day of working and marathon training at 5 every morning and again at 5 at night before class. It was extremely tough, but when I got my master&rsquo;s I got recruited for a big job in New York City and realized, duh, I didn&rsquo;t need to be married anymore.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>What did you learn from that experience?</h4> <p>Two things: that sometimes what is perfectly obvious, even heartbreaking, has to be experienced first to be understood &mdash; and then the best thing in the world: to feel fearless and free.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Is there a particular book you are reading or have read that you&rsquo;d like to recommend to others? Why is this book important to you?</h4> <p>Mostly, I like to read the classics &ndash; like <em>Middlemarch</em> &ndash; because they always give you insight into timeless issues of life. But right now I&rsquo;m reading Hillary Rodham Clinton&rsquo;s <em>What Happened</em>. Regardless of your political leanings, this book is very important because it reveals how very negatively women still are regarded by both men and women themselves. We&rsquo;ve made great progress, but it&rsquo;s not as great or as permanent as it should be.</p> <p><hr /> </p> <p><em>For recent news about the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.simmons.edu/leadership" target="_blank">Simmons Leadership Conference</a>, make sure you're following SimmonsLeads on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/simmonsleads?lang=en" target="_blank">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SimmonsLeadership/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instagram.com/simmonsleads/" target="_blank">Instagram</a>!</em></p>2019-03-22T00:00:00-04:00{7633B409-EC61-46AD-A5A2-36ED25312CC0}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/leadership%20and%20change/2019/march/simmons%20university%20creates%20new%20institute%20for%20leadershipSimmons University Creates New Institute for Leadership<p>Simmons University today announced the establishment of the Simmons University Institute for Leadership to be run by Susan MacKenty Brady, a nationally renowned women&rsquo;s leadership expert. The Institute will take Simmons&rsquo; longstanding success in developing empowered women leaders to a new level &mdash; hosting global conferences and conversations, offering educational programs for corporate partners, conducting research studies, and developing other activities to advance women&rsquo;s leadership. </p> <p>The new Simmons Institute for Leadership will draw on the expertise of Simmons faculty, alumnae/i and students, as well as global thought leaders, academicians, executives, authors and other experts to empower and inspire women of all ages to become leaders in their personal and professional lives. The Institute will engage men as allies and partners to bring inclusion and equity to leadership. Simmons&rsquo; existing <a href="http://leadership.simmons.edu/" target="_blank">Leadership Conferences</a>, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=838E68D9063F40369EBD0F39368E3DCE&amp;_z=z">executive education programs</a>&nbsp;and <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=CEF831BC89A14A78BE27E9826FE503F4&amp;_z=z">Center for Gender in Organizations</a> will also come under the Institute&rsquo;s umbrella.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Simmons Institute for Leadership builds on our founding principles of advancing opportunities and empowering women for leadership roles,&rdquo; said Helen Drinan, President of Simmons University. &ldquo;Susan brings a proven track record of success, exceptional experience, and a passion for advancing women in leadership. We are delighted to have her at the helm as we launch the Simmons Institute for Leadership.&rdquo; </p> <p>Brady, a renowned women&rsquo;s leadership coach, strategist, and author, will serve as Managing Director of the Simmons University Institute for Leadership. Brady joins Simmons from Linkage Inc., a worldwide leadership development firm specializing in consulting, training, organizational assessments, executive coaching and immersive learning experiences. In her role as Executive Vice President, she founded and co-chaired Linkage&rsquo;s Women in Leadership Institute&trade;, now in its 20th year with a network of over 10,000 alumni worldwide. Brady also oversaw the growth of Linkage&rsquo;s global Advancing Women Leaders practice. She led the field research behind Linkage&rsquo;s 7 Leadership Hurdles Women Leaders Face in the Workforce&trade;, which she shares in her latest book: <em>Mastering Your Inner Critic and 7 Other High Hurdles to Advancement</em>.&nbsp; </p> <p>&ldquo;Simmons has made a positive difference in so many successful women&rsquo;s lives and careers,&rdquo; Brady said.&nbsp; &ldquo;I am honored and humbled to join an organization that has known the importance of empowering women for 120 years. This new Institute is a catalyst for expanding the university&rsquo;s reach and for continuing to change the game for women around the world.&rdquo; </p> <p>Since its founding in 1899 as a women&rsquo;s college, Simmons University has offered a practical liberal arts education focused on professional development and preparing women for leadership roles. Today, Simmons serves thousands of undergraduate and graduate students both on campus and online. The Simmons Leadership Conference &mdash;<br /> now in its 40<sup>th</sup> year &mdash; draws thousands of professional women and men across the United States and abroad for skill-building workshops and panel discussions. Past speakers include Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Christiane Amanpour. </p>2019-03-21T00:00:00-04:00{AF60758B-5243-4AB5-97B2-F7FE3930A6EE}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2019/march/amy%20ryanThe Future of Libraries is in Good Hands<p>Amy Ryan has over thirty-five years of public library management experience in her extensive career. That experience has informed her work with SLIS students, with whom she meets to discuss career plans and interests. We asked Ryan a few questions about her work with students.</p>2019-03-19T00:00:00-04:00{58D28991-31D8-44F4-AA7F-5B2D5B738820}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/faculty%20accomplishments/2019/march/endowment%20chairsSimmons Announces Three Endowed Chair Recipients<p>Simmons <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/about-simmons/leadership/provost">Provost Katie Conboy</a> announced the names of three professors who have become Endowed Chairs at Simmons. An endowed chair is a distinctive achievement as it provides funding for salaries and research due to a generous financial contribution by a named donor. It calls special attention to the scholarship of the faculty member and their accomplishments in their particular fields. Simmons is proud to announce that Professors Diane Grossman, Jyoti Puri and &Scaron;pela Trefalt are now Simmons Endowed Chairs.&nbsp;</p> <h3><span class="image-left"><img height="300" alt="Headshot of Diane Grossman" width="350" src="~/media/9767AAAD89C74499A30CC249789FA82B.ashx?h=300&amp;&amp;w=350" /></span>Professor Diane Grossman</h3> <p>Professor Diane Grossman, <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/schools-departments/philosophy">Department of Philosophy</a>, <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/colleges/ifill">Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts &amp; Humanities</a>, is the Mockler Chair in Principled Leadership. Professor Grossman has been a distinguished teacher and active scholar during her career at Simmons. She has embodied principled leadership at the University as a Department Chair, a former long-serving Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Director of the <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/honors-program">Honors Program</a>, and Faculty Senate President&ndash;elect.&nbsp;</p> <p>Grossman has proposed two projects as part of her chair term. The first concerns using the Honors Program as a pilot space for developing a leadership certificate for students. The second project will focus on creating development opportunities for faculty who assume leadership roles at Simmons (whether as Department Chairs and Program Directors or in service on key committees, such as the Faculty Senate).&nbsp;</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3>Professor Jyoti Puri<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Headshot of Jyoti Puri" width="350" src="~/media/D95B412210AC413B96C2D59A460D0E88.ashx?h=300&amp;&amp;w=350" /></span></h3> <p>Professor Jyoti Puri, <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/schools-departments/sociology">Department of Sociology</a>, <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/colleges/csspp">College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice</a>, is the Hazel Dick Leonard Chair. As a sociologist, Professor Puri works with sexuality and queer studies and postcolonial feminist theory. Her most recent book, <em>Sexual States: Governance and the Struggle against the Antisodomy Law in India&rsquo;s Present</em> (Duke University Press) received the Distinguished Book Award from the Sociology of Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association in 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>Puri has proposed a project to advance Simmons&rsquo; commitment to racial and cultural richness by modeling collaborative learning, cross-generational reciprocal mentoring, and community engagement through an interdisciplinary faculty seminar, an interdisciplinary student seminar, and a joint public engagement seminar.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><span class="image-left"><img height="300" alt="Headshot of Spela Trefalt" width="350" src="~/media/78B2D089E95F46F3B24D2BEBA965A7C4.ashx?h=300&amp;&amp;w=350" /></span>Professor &Scaron;pela Trefalt</h3> <p>Professor &Scaron;pela Trefalt, <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/schools-departments/school-of-business">School of Business</a>, <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/colleges/cocis">College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences</a>, is the Diana K. Trust Professorship in Leadership Development. Trefalt is an expert on women&rsquo;s leadership, and her scholarship has focused on how professionals manage the demands of work and life outside of work, with particular emphasis on the role of interpersonal relationships in this process. She also serves as an International Coaching Federation-certified executive coach, and she has developed a new research stream around coaching.&nbsp;</p> <p>Her project involves developing two-credit leadership courses for undergraduates that focus on a &ldquo;coach approach&rdquo; to leadership and build a cadre of student leaders as peer coaches. She will use these courses as the basis for a research project that will help advance Simmons&rsquo; reputation around leadership development.&nbsp;</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <p>As Provost Conboy noted, &ldquo;Filling these chairs simultaneously offered a unique opportunity to consider the synergistic possibilities the recipients might create together. We are so fortunate to have three outstanding colleagues assuming these distinguished roles, in which they all have offered their time, energy, and expertise in the service of a broader Simmons mission.&rdquo;</p>2019-03-19T00:00:00-04:00{56494450-EEAF-4450-9214-3E0B7A5E85A7}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/messages%20to%20the%20simmons%20community/2019/march/new%20zealand%20tragedyMessage from the President on New Zealand Tragedy<p>As we awoke this morning to news of yet another tragic attack against peaceful, innocent people, I find myself deeply saddened and bewildered by the idea that anyone would have the capacity to kill so arbitrarily.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>We cannot make sense of this attack because it is senseless. We cannot excuse this attack because it is inexcusable. But we can lift our hearts and stand to support the worldwide Muslim community, the people of New Zealand, and most especially our students, who value diversity and reject such hatred and violence.</p> <p>It is a good time to appreciate the friends, family and colleagues that make our world at Simmons one of peace and understanding.</p>2019-03-15T00:00:00-04:00{1F905BCA-B5ED-427C-9C18-D45C9CAC0C52}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2019/february/jane%20hughesPolitics in the Classroom: Globalization and Free Trade<h4>Can you tell us about your article, "Teaching Globalization in the Time of Trump"?</h4> <p><a href="https://bized.aacsb.edu/articles/2019/march/teaching-globalization-in-the-time-of-trump" target="_blank">This article</a> was inspired by a negative student evaluation. A student commented that I had been dismissive and negative toward President Trump and his policies in my class. It was only one evaluation out of 35, but I was troubled to think that I had shown disrespect to the views held by a student, and it pushed me to rethink my approach to teaching certain topics in these difficult political times. </p> <p>I realized that I had to re-frame my approach to matters of economic and financial policy that have become hot political potatoes and to present varying points of view as fairly as possible. After all, our country elected President Trump and there are good reasons for some Americans to feel downtrodden by the globalization and free trade policies exemplified by NAFTA. It is important that I make the classroom an open space for all of these perspectives.</p> <p>At the same time, it is equally important that I present facts and truth when they are available. There is empirical evidence, for example, that the benefits of NAFTA have far outweighed its costs; and there are ways to support those who are damaged by free trade without throwing out free trade itself. It is also true that virtually no mainstream economist supports Trump's position on free trade and tariffs&mdash;in particular, no one thinks that a trade war is a good idea. And yet...two presidential candidates from opposite ends of the political spectrum (Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders) fervently espoused trade protectionism&mdash;so what are we to make of that?</p> <p>My job in the classroom is to allow an open and honest airing of opinions, while guiding students to understand the difference between fact and opinion. As I like to tell them, we're all entitled to our own opinions&mdash;but not to our own facts. In this political climate, it's not always easy to distinguish one from the other.</p>2019-03-14T00:00:00-04:00{2C631653-02AC-45F5-83CF-3BF30933E15B}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2019/march/cocis%20dean%20keynoteDean Marie desJardins Delivers Keynote at SIGCSE 2019<p>The College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/colleges/cocis/dean">Dean Marie desJardins</a> was asked to deliver the keynote at the <a href="https://sigcse2019.sigcse.org/" target="_blank">SIGCSE Conference</a> (February 28-March 2) when her colleague, Freeman Hrabowski (whom she was scheduled to introduce), was unable to travel to Minneapolis. We caught up with her after the whirlwind to learn about her talk, "Pursuing the Dream: A 50-Year Perspective on American Society, Technology, and Inclusion in Computing."</p>2019-03-13T00:00:00-04:00{22FA0900-A546-4BC0-A7AD-F299144DECF0}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/leadership%20and%20change/2019/march/diane%20grossmanMeet Diane Grossman: Director of the Honors Program<h4>What is your academic background?</h4> <p>I went to Vassar College, and then went to New York University, where I completed a PhD. Interestingly, Vassar went co-ed during my junior year!</p> <h4>How did you know what you wanted to study?</h4> <p>I always loved philosophy, but I don&rsquo;t think I really had a name for it until I went to college. At college, I began as an English major, because I always loved to write and thought that I had a future as a writer. But I took my first philosophy course in my first semester, and absolutely fell in love.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>What are your academic areas of expertise?</h4> <p>I have a joint appointment in <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/philosophy">philosophy</a> and <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/womens-and-gender-studies">women&rsquo;s and gender studies</a>.&nbsp; I specialize in feminist theory, continental philosophy, and ethics. I will be teaching an upper-level cross-listed course in the fall, "Feminist Theories." I have also taught "Biomedical Ethics," "Introduction to LGBT Studies," "Modern Philosophy," and "Existentialism." Lately I&rsquo;ve been pretty involved in the general education <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/plan">PLAN program</a>, and I teach a Leadership course and an Honors Learning Community.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What makes you excited about those areas?</h4> <p>Philosophy is a discipline that teaches one to ask the really tough, foundational questions. If I believe that something is true, why exactly do I believe that? If I hold a certain moral position, how do I justify that belief? Philosophy forces us to examine our own presuppositions, to challenge ourselves, and, ideally, to come out of the process with better arguments.</p> <p>But I also love the ways that we can take philosophical theory and <em>apply</em> it to the &ldquo;real world.&rdquo; To me, philosophy has no value if it is purely esoteric and abstract. I love teaching Biomedical Ethics, for example, because I can take basic ethical theories like utilitarianism or Kantianism, and I can ask, &ldquo;What should I do when I&rsquo;m not sure that a patient can handle the truth about their condition?&rdquo; Or: &ldquo;How should I allocate resources when those resources are scarce, and not everyone can get what they need?&rdquo; To me, philosophy&mdash;unlike the stereotype&mdash;is <em>highly</em> practical!</p> <p>I also love seeing students excited&mdash;in the ways that I am&mdash;about philosophy. When students are able to see alternative visions of the world, when students begin to think critically about their own beliefs, when students start to integrate theory and practice&mdash;these can be life-changing moments.</p> <h4>In addition to teaching, what are your other roles at Simmons?</h4> <p>I am Director of the <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/honors-program">Honors Program</a>, a new position which I love. I also am the President-Elect of the Faculty Senate, which is the University&rsquo;s faculty governance body. And, I chair the <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/schools-departments/philosophy">Philosophy Department</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>What have you noticed about Simmons students?</h4> <p>Simmons students are inquisitive and motivated. Simmons students value their education, and they are hard workers. Over the generations, it seems that what Simmons students share is their commitment to meaningful work, and to connecting theory and practice.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>What would you tell a student considering the Honors Program at Simmons?</h4> <p>Students considering the Honors Program should know that they will be challenged. They will be taught by some of our best and most dynamic faculty, and they will have opportunities&mdash;like study abroad, research, and internships&mdash;that are potentially transformative. They will also be part of a supportive community of faculty and students, all of whom are passionate about their education and committed to excellence.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>If we visited your office, what would we see?</h4> <p>Well, mostly books. They&rsquo;re everywhere&mdash;I love the sense of being surrounded by centuries of thinking. In addition, an incredibly messy desk&mdash;I always seem to be in the middle of some project. Occasionally, half a banana. I&rsquo;m almost never without a cup of tea.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>What is your favorite movie?</h4> <p>I have to confess that my taste in movies is probably a little strange, and a little dependent on mood and context. I love the movie <em>Aliens</em>. <em>Casablanca</em> if I feel like a good cry.&nbsp;<em>Unforgiven</em> because it&rsquo;s a morality play disguised as a western. And for foreign films, <em>My Beautiful Laundrette</em> and Kurosawa&rsquo;s <em>Seven Samurai</em>.</p> <h4>What is your favorite local lunch?</h4> <p>Most days, my desk! But on a nice day, I like to take a walk and sample from the food vendors who line the Longwood. And, for a special treat, lunch at the Gardner Museum.</p>2019-03-13T00:00:00-04:00{0E00E28A-B663-4E76-83D6-8E7DB815ECA5}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2019/march/ann%20roddyLibrary of Congress Internship Leads to New Opportunities<h4>Can you tell us about your internship/your daily tasks?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I was assigned two core projects during my internship with the Library of Congress, based on new acquisitions to the Asian Rare Books Collection, and the Asian Art Collection. In all of my projects, I developed skills in creating original descriptive bibliographic records. </p>2019-03-12T00:00:00-04:00{AD260E9C-422B-4292-821B-AFB7D02CB546}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/leadership%20and%20change/2019/march/erica%20dhawanErica Dhawan on What it Means to be a Great Leader<h4></h4> Business strategist and innovation expert Erica Dhawan is the world's leading authority on connectional intelligence&mdash;the ability to deliver breakthrough performance by harnessing the power of relationships and networks. In her book, <em>Get Big Things Done</em>, she argues that developing connectional intelligence is crucial to the success of 21st century innovators and to anyone who wants to thrive in today's hypercompetitive world. <h4>Was there a moment in your career when you realized that you needed to alter the course of your career?</h4> <p>I grew up in a family of immigrants, so I wanted to check off all the boxes of success. I got three Ivy League degrees, and I went into a great job on Wall Street. During that time, I worked through the 2008 recession at Lehman Brothers and saw the ripple effect of poor leadership in one company affect the entire world. Through that experience, I really began to witness a sense of disillusionment, confusion, and burn-out on what &ldquo;leadership&rdquo; really meant. I had an underlying desire for greater meaning in my work and to be in a culture that allowed people to truly thrive.</p> <p>That led me to entirely switch gears. I spent a series of years as a researcher studying what allows certain leaders and teams to get big things done in today&rsquo;s era while others do not. I found that the most successful leaders were using a key skill I call &ldquo;connectional intelligence,&rdquo; which transformed the way I think, work, and act and led me to launch a book and business to help others get big things done too.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Which female leader do you most admire? Why?</h4> <p>I admire Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code and author of <em>Brave, Not Perfect</em>. It&rsquo;s easy to be someone who follows the herd, but it&rsquo;s much harder to be someone who takes risks, talks about failure, and is willing to navigate it all with vulnerability. Reshma reminds me that sharing my own stories of failure is part of my contribution to others even when I'm known as an &ldquo;expert,&rdquo; and that by doing so, I will give others permission to do the same.</p> <h4>What&rsquo;s the best piece of career advice you&rsquo;ve gotten along the way?</h4> <div> <p>Someone once told me that for whom it is the priority, they will do all the work. In our careers, we have to be willing to put in the grit and persistence it takes to get big things done and remember that we can&rsquo;t simply expect others to step up when it&rsquo;s not their priority. This has been an empowering lesson that has enabled me to take ownership of my life and avoid blame or criticism of others.&nbsp;</p> <h4>How can women most effectively support one another on their path to success?</h4> <p>There are two things we can do:&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>We can be role models. Just by being leaders in our fields, we can pave the way for others to do the same by living authentically.&nbsp;</li> <li>We can remember that women can co-mentor each other. I don&rsquo;t believe in top-down mentoring. Everyone has something to learn from someone else and it&rsquo;s the exchange of ideas and inspiration that is key to enabling women to support one another.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <h4>What major issue do you think women should focus on to effect change?</h4> <p>Making sure men are part of the change effort &mdash; not just sponsors, but true advocates and agents of change.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Any tips for work/life integration?</h4> <p>Set priorities and create boundaries around the things that matter most to you. Choose only 3 big goals and accept that the rest are not the same priority level.</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 Oprah, specifically because I want to learn what her process of listening really looks like and how she designs the questions she asks her interviewees. I am fascinated especially by leaders who ask great questions and help unlock parts of ourselves we may not have discovered or articulated before.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>Is there a particular book you are reading or have read that you&rsquo;d like to recommend to others? Why is this book important to you?</h4> <p>I'm a big fan of <em>Rise Sister Rise</em> by Rebecca Campbell, an intuitive spiritual coach. It helped me transform myself through a very challenging struggle in my life and reminded me that it is our feminine power that is our greatest asset in work and in life.</p> <h4>Fill in the blank. People would be surprised to know that&hellip;</h4> <p>I Bollywood dance during my keynotes!</p> <hr /> <p><em>For recent news about the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.simmons.edu/leadership" target="_blank">Simmons Leadership Conference</a>, make sure you're following SimmonsLeads on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/simmonsleads?lang=en" target="_blank">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SimmonsLeadership/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instagram.com/simmonsleads/" target="_blank">Instagram</a>!</em></p> </div>2019-03-12T00:00:00-04:00{6CE2F646-9740-4AC0-8A42-DDC4828FF905}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/student%20stories/2019/march/caroline%20mcquadeCaroline McQuade '19 Brings Health Equity to Boston<p><strong>ON PURSUING HER MAJOR: </strong>Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to work with people, and I knew that I was wanted to work in healthcare. For a while, I wasn't completely sure what that would look like for me. But, as I started taking classes at Simmons, I began to learn about so many injustices within the healthcare system.&nbsp;</p> <p>So many people have a lack of access to basic healthcare services due to things like racism, sexism, and classism. The field of public health works to investigate why those barriers exist, and then implements change that aims to break those barriers down. Once I learned that there was an entire field where I could learn how to do all of this, I knew that the <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/public-health">public health program</a> was for me.</p> <p><strong>ON ATTENDING SIMMONS:</strong> Since I was eight, I've always said that I would go to college in Boston. To me, being in the city is where I can learn the most, and where the most change is happening. When I first toured Simmons, I knew that I had found a school that makes you feel like an individual, even in a big city where you can sometimes just feel like another number. Simmons has fostered my growth while allowing me to explore all of the opportunities that Boston has.&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Health Equity Alternative Spring Break Team" width="350" src="~/media/78ED95AE96E64968B2D75A39E818D6CF.ashx" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK (ASB):</strong> ASB is a student-led program that takes place during the week of spring break. In the past, Simmons has offered an ASB that partners with Habitat for Humanity. This year, in addition that, we offered another spring break that focused on health equity in Boston. The idea is still similar: we worked directly with several community partners to do hands-on service throughout the week while learning more about health disparities in Boston.</p> <p><strong>ON THE HEALTH EQUITY ASB:</strong> There is so much injustice in the healthcare system right here in the city, so we wanted to learn more about the community that we live in and see what work is being done here. We went to several different community partners through the week, including Pine Street Inn, the Greater Boston Food Bank, the MGH CARE Research Center, AIDs Action Committee, and Community Servings. At these organizations, we participated in the hands-on work that they're doing. We also got to learn more about each organization's history, mission, and the people that they serve.&nbsp;</p> <p>I learned so much more about the racial, class, and gender disparities throughout this week. It made me realize that there is so much more work that needs to be done, but there are so many places that are doing really important work and taking those initial steps to break down barriers to healthcare access. It made me so incredibly excited to start working in this field soon!</p> <p>I was also surprised with how rejuvenated and inspired I was throughout the whole week. I was worried about getting tired from constantly being on the move, but it honestly had the opposite effect. I left the week inspired to keep learning about the disparities that these organizations work to eliminate, and I can't wait to bring these experiences into my classes.</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE ASB MEMORY:</strong> My favorite memory is from the first day of our ASB this year. There was a snowstorm and we were scheduled to go to Pine Street Inn to help prepare meals for people experiencing homelessness. The group as a whole decided that, since people still needed to eat even if it was snowing, we wanted to go as long as we could get there by public transport. In that moment I realized how passionate and motivated all of my teammates were, and I knew that I was with a group who truly cared about health equity. That morning, we got on the bus and trekked through the snow to Pine Street Inn!</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE SIMMONS MEMORY:</strong> All of the amazing people I've met here! I love learning new things from professors and students alike, and having deep and meaningful conversations.</p> <hr /> <em>Above photo: Mina Wilcha '19, Erin O'Brien '20, <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/news/student-stories/2017/march/paris-akrapa-19">Paris Akrapa '19</a>, Caroline McQuade '19, Beyza Erdem, Joanne Michel '21, Ellen Malloy '21, Scarlett Ma '20, Hannah Malatzky '19, and Rachel Losak '19</em>2019-03-12T00:00:00-04:00{4150FE23-3ED7-4E8F-B55B-79693E5F3081}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/leadership%20and%20change/2019/march/karima%20bennouneKarima Bennoune on Women's Human Rights<p>A longtime human rights advocate and former legal advisor to Amnesty International, Karima Bennoune made it her mission to shine a light on the many people of Muslim heritage&mdash;particularly women&mdash;who are working to combat both extremism and anti-Muslim discrimination.</p> <h4>Which female leader do you most admire? Why?</h4> <p>I admire many female leaders and wish I could list them all here. However, I want to mention one in particular whom I greatly esteem: Cherifa Kheddar, the President of Djazairouna, the Algerian Association of Victims of Islamist Terrorism. She also is active in the National Observatory on violence against women. I had the honor of telling her story, along with that of so many other women human rights defenders, in my book: <em><a href="https://www.karimabennoune.com/" target="_blank">Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism</a></em>.&nbsp;</p> <p>As many as 200,000 people may have been killed during Algeria's &ldquo;dark decade&rdquo; of the 1990s, many of them by fundamentalist terror groups like the Armed Islamic Groups (GIA), the Daesh of the 90s. The area where Kheddar lives was the hardest hit by that violence, and known as the &ldquo;Triangle of Death.&rdquo; Cherifa's businessman brother Mohamed Redha and her sister, a lawyer, Leila, were both killed by the GIA at the family home after a terrible siege, targeted for their opposition to extremists. Rather than giving in to grief, several months later, with the families of other victims, Cherifa Kheddar founded Djazairouna. The objective was to stand in support of other families who were suffering the same way. At first, they attended funerals of those killed by armed groups en masse because sometimes no one went out of fear of being targeted themselves.&nbsp;</p> <p>Today, they continue the work of providing material support to victims, documenting the abuses of the 90s and continuing to call for justice, as well as carrying out human rights education work, including related to women&rsquo;s rights.&nbsp;</p> <p>Cherifa Kheddar is brave and determined, looking to preserve the history of Algeria&rsquo;s difficult past, but also to build a better future through participating with many other women in today&rsquo;s pro-democracy protests.</p> <h4>What major issue do you think women should focus on to effect change?</h4> <p>To move forward on women&rsquo;s human rights today, we have to confront the challenge of diverse forms of fundamentalism and extremism that are on the rise in so many parts of the world, including in the United States. Fundamentalist and extremist ideologies and the movements and governments that espouse them seek to roll back advances achieved in securing women&rsquo;s equality, aim to block further advances, and try to penalize and stigmatize women human rights defenders promoting such critical efforts.&nbsp;</p> <p>Such anti-rights trends, whether on the part of States or non-State actors, must be met with a vigorous international human rights-based challenge. This must center on women&rsquo;s human rights. There is no way to achieve gender equality by 2030, as committed to in the Sustainable Development Goals, without addressing the human rights impacts of fundamentalism and extremism.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Fill in the blank. People would be surprised to know that I&hellip;</h4> <p>own a karaoke machine.</p> <hr /> <p><em>For recent news about the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.simmons.edu/leadership" target="_blank">Simmons Leadership Conference</a>, make sure you're following SimmonsLeads on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/simmonsleads?lang=en" target="_blank">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SimmonsLeadership/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instagram.com/simmonsleads/" target="_blank">Instagram</a>!</em></p> <div></div>2019-03-11T00:00:00-04:00{84E44720-8B0A-4351-8598-6AB508EF954A}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/alumnae%20i%20and%20friends/2019/march/anuja%20kcAnuja KC '12 on Saying Yes to Opportunities<h4>Tell us a little bit about your background.</h4> <p> When I was in high school, I had already made up my mind that I wanted to pursue a degree in <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/business-management-bsba">business management</a> and preferably at an all women's college. When I transferred to Simmons, things finally fell into place like I had planned and it just felt right. In my junior year, I got a scholarship from the Deborah K Natansohn Undergraduate Scholar in Entrepreneurship award from Simmons to complete an internship at a startup. That was a turning point in my college life because I discovered my love for business analysis, operations, and the digital world. After graduation, I tried several different roles in business operations and finally found my niche in the financial tech industry. That's how I was able to land my current role as a digital business systems analyst. </p> <h4>What has been your biggest &ldquo;aha&rdquo; moment up until this point in your career, life, or education?</h4> <p> One of the biggest "aha" moments in my career has been to always say "yes" to new opportunities no matter how daunting it may seem in the beginning. I am constantly challenged with new technical problems and project constraints at my work, so I no longer hesitate to accept the work even though I may not be an expert on it. It's the desire to learn new things and constantly stepping out of your comfort zone that will help you succeed in any career. Especially in the Information Technology (IT) industry, things move really fast, so this approach has helped me thrive in my current role. </p> <h4>What is your &ldquo;one word&rdquo; to describe Simmons?</h4> <p> Leadership. When I joined Simmons, every aspect of my student life was impacted by thought leadership. I grew up in an environment where authoritarian leadership was the norm and it was very restrictive. My college life was an enriching experience because Simmons encouraged students to define their own leadership and act on it. Also, one of my fondest memories during my college life was attending the <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/leadership">Simmons Leadership Conference</a>, so I automatically associate my Simmons experience with leadership. </p> <h4>Was there ever a time that you believed this was not the right path for you?</h4> Oh yes! A few years ago I worked as a consultant in the healthcare industry, and I realized that it was not the right path for me. I even took 4 months off of work to travel and volunteer because I felt very demotivated and stuck in a career rut. I had to give myself some time off to get out the constant grind and reflect on my career trajectory with a clear head. <h4>Who or what was helpful for you in order to push through and persevere?</h4> I reached out to some of my mentors for career advice but most importantly I always looked up to successful leaders like Indra Nooyi (former CEO of PepsiCo), and Padmasree Warrior (former CTO of Cisco) and constantly watch their interviews to feel motivated.&nbsp; <h4>Looking back, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self to get to this point?&nbsp;</h4> It is not just your qualifications but your exposure to life that makes you who you are.<br />2019-03-08T00:00:00-05:00{F8131837-62DE-4D65-B104-45A80B8B5AC0}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2019/march/devon%20zoe%20eckertManaging the Future with Devon Zoe Eckert '18, '19MBA<h4>What made you decide to do the accelerated MBA?</h4> <p>I knew I wanted to get my MBA and start working in my field of study. The <a href="https://online.simmons.edu/mba/admissions/accelerated-mba/" target="_blank">accelerated program</a> allowed me to get a jump start on my studies to save money and time. The program integrated seamlessly into my undergraduate studies. </p>2019-03-07T00:00:00-05:00{203E6DB9-A300-4573-BC26-B2C5849DE195}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/leadership%20and%20change/2019/march/nigel%20longNigel Long: Be Respectful to Both Your Personal and Work Life<h4></h4> Nigel Long is Corporate Counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, overseeing extra-contractual litigation in the Southern region of the United States. In this role, he serves as the chair of the Legal Department&rsquo;s Diversity &amp; Inclusion Steering Committee. <h4>What&rsquo;s the best piece of career advice you&rsquo;ve gotten along the way?&nbsp;&nbsp;</h4> <p>In my first year as an Associate, I worked extremely long days to &ldquo;prove&rdquo; myself &mdash; plus we had a huge billable hour requirement (2500). A year or so later, one of the senior attorneys in the firm saw me at my desk late one night and told me he&rsquo;s noticed how hard I&rsquo;ve been working since joining the firm. He then said, &ldquo;We love how hard you work and the quality of your work (but) know this: If you drop dead at your desk, we&rsquo;ll mourn your loss while we push your body out of that office and put a new person into it. Now please go home.&rdquo;</p> <h4>Any tips for work/life integration?&nbsp;&nbsp;</h4> <p>Be respectful to <em>both</em> your personal and work life. Determine what you think it will take to succeed in your respective roles (e.g., spouse, employee, manager, parent, sibling, volunteer, etc.). Assess each role and determine what is required of you to succeed. Keep in mind that we should treat our family with the utmost respect. Similarly, we must show due deference to our employment. Things are rarely as polar as they may feel. For example, when you first accept a new position, it only feels like you have to work 24 hours per day to succeed. When you first get married, it only feels like you need to be present 24 hours per day. When you first have children, it only feels like you need to be present 24 hours per day.&nbsp;</p> <p>The term &ldquo;balance&rdquo; is important. If we apply too much time to one focus over a protracted period of time, we are, necessarily, failing to focus on our other responsibilities. Hence, we must be respectful of <em>both</em> personal and work life. Maybe we cannot be present for our family every day for 12 hours (excluding sleep time), but we can make a point to be present (i.e., three nights per week for dinner, work &ldquo;late&rdquo; two nights per week, have a date night once per month while allowing yourself to work weekends 1-2 times per month).</p> <p>Lastly, be candid/honest with your partner and family about your time constraints related to work. Find out what is really important to him/her/them and work those into your monthly schedule (i.e., date night, attending games, being home for dinner, books at bed time, etc.).</p> <p>View the balance from 40,000 feet rather than from at ground level. Viewing the balance from ground level will often lead to myopic positions that do not take anything other than what we can see/feel at that moment into account. In &ldquo;gaining altitude,&rdquo; we gain the perspective to discern &ldquo;temporary circumstances&rdquo; (e.g., an important work project that requires 1-2 weeks worth of long days, overcoming a poor review, etc.) from a &ldquo;necessary change&rdquo; (e.g., change for health reasons).</p> <h4>Fill in the blank. People would be surprised to know that&hellip;</h4> <p>I am fluent in multiple languages (French, Sign Language, and Japanese); I am a second degree Black Belt in Karate; I am a Jiu Jitsu practitioner; and I am an avid piano player.</p> <hr /> <p><em>For recent news about the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.simmons.edu/leadership" target="_blank">Simmons Leadership Conference</a>, make sure you're following SimmonsLeads on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/simmonsleads?lang=en" target="_blank">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SimmonsLeadership/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instagram.com/simmonsleads/" target="_blank">Instagram</a>!</em></p> <p> </p> <div></div>2019-03-07T00:00:00-05:00{CFEF4BEA-771B-4C6F-B6AD-131A8C882496}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/faculty%20and%20research/2019/march/johnnie%20hamilton%20masonProfessor Hamilton-Mason Plays Leading Role in National Social Work Month<p>Simmons University Professor of Social Work <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/Faculty/Johnnie-HamiltonMason">Johnnie Hamilton-Mason</a>, MSW, PhD, will play a leading role in the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-MA) celebrations of National Social Work Month.&nbsp;</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s theme celebrates social workers&rsquo; roles as leaders, advocates, and champions. Dr. Hamilton-Mason&rsquo;s work will be on display from March 4 to March 8 in the Massachusetts State House. The exhibit space is meant to elevate and celebrate the diverse and meaningful contributions of social workers across the state.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition, Dr. Hamilton-Mason will be the keynote speaker at the NASW-MA annual Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) on March 25. LEAD draws approximately 700 social workers to learn about the legislative process, and to underscore the importance of advocacy for policies that are important to social work clients and the profession. Dr. Hamilton-Mason will be preceded by Massachusetts Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-2nd Suffolk) at the event, which will take place at the historic Fanueil Hall in Boston. Following Dr. Hamilton-Mason&rsquo;s remarks, attendees will walk to the State House for a series of legislative panels and lobbying appointments with legislators.</p> <p>Currently a &ldquo;Member Spotlight&rdquo; in the February 2019 edition of the NASW-MA monthly newsletter, <em>Social Work Voice</em>, Dr. Hamilton-Mason is described as, &ldquo;an innovator, pioneering meaningful initiatives through her teaching, research, and advocacy.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dr. Mason-Hamilton also co-authored a recently published book in fall 2018 titled, <em>Systemic Racism in America: Its Perpetuation through Scaffolding</em>. The text offers a powerful overview of racism in the United States: what it is, how it works, and the social, cultural, and institutional structures that have evolved to keep it in place.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Dr. Johnnie Hamilton-Mason is a Professor at Simmons <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/schools-departments/school-of-social-work">School of Social Work</a> where she co-founded the Pharnal Longus Academy for Undoing Racism in 2005. Dr. Hamilton-Mason currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Council on Social Work Education&rsquo;s Council on the Role and Status of Women in Higher Education. Dr. Hamilton-Mason is currently on the editorial board for Health and Social Work and the Journal of Social Work Education. She is also a Board of Trustees member for Research Education Collaborative for Al Quds University and the Heritage Guild.</em></p>2019-03-06T00:00:00-05:00{19157ACC-D80C-4E0E-8D08-B8D4EDF0BD83}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2019/march/anastasia%20weigleThe Artful Archivist: Combining Library Science and the Art of Books<h4>How did you become interested in bookbinding?</h4> <p>I took a course in bookbinding at Simmons in 1997, while finishing up my School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) degree in <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/graduate-programs/library-and-information-science-archives-management-ms" target="_blank">archives management</a>. The course taught us basic library materials repair, and I loved learning about the construction of books, how to dismantle and rebuild books during the repair process. I loved it so much I continued taking courses in book repair and conservation at North Bennett Street School in Boston and at the Garage Annex Street School of Books Arts in Northampton between 2001 and 2006 to build my skills. That lead me toward <a href="https://anastasiaweigle.weebly.com/" target="_blank">bookbinding and book arts</a>. I've been repairing and conserving books since then.</p>2019-03-05T00:00:00-05:00{DE2C27D5-EA10-45EC-924B-9296C20DCF05}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/leadership%20and%20change/2019/march/nakeisha%20codyMeet Nakeisha Cody: Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships<h4>Where did you go to college and what did you study?</h4> <p>I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, majoring in anthropology and African American studies. Additionally, I received a PhD in sociology from Northeastern University.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>What's your role at Simmons?</h4> <p>I'm the Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships &mdash; a new office at Simmons.</p> <h4>What's your favorite thing about Simmons?</h4> <p>The people! So far I've met numerous students and colleagues who are supportive of my work. I believe Simmons is a place to build authentic and lasting relationships.</p> <h4>What inspired you to work in your field?</h4> <p>I was attracted to this field because I believe education plays a key role in transforming individuals and communities. I enjoy working with and mentoring students, and seeing them successful.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>How can students get involved with undergraduate research at Simmons?</h4> <p>There are several ways students can get involved, including:</p> <ul> <li>Stopping by my office to learn about fellowship and research opportunities.</li> <li>Scheduling me to talk to your student groups about fellowship/research opportunities.</li> <li>Working or volunteering your time in the office.</li> </ul> <h4>How can students get in contact with you?&nbsp;</h4> <p>My office is located in the Center for Student Success. Feel free to stop by and say hello! I can also be reached by phone: 617-521-2350 or by <a href="mailto:nakeisha.cody@simmons.edu">email</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What's your favorite thing to do in Boston?&nbsp;&nbsp;</h4> <p>I enjoy going out to hear live music, jazz mostly or 90s era hip-hop.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Who's your favorite author?</h4> <p>I am a big fan of the late and great Octavia Butler.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What's your favorite local lunch?</h4> <p>This is hard one, so many to choose from! I can confidently say I'm big fan of restaurants in the South End of Boston.&nbsp;</p>2019-03-05T00:00:00-05:00{5D2CCBC1-F907-4755-AE91-1485B4BE8F4D}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/student%20stories/2019/march/caroline%20mahoneySimmons University Radio Nominated for Best Station<p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong>&nbsp;I was actually looking for a big school in the city, but when I found this small community in Boston it felt right.&nbsp;</p> <p>I started as a communications student, unsure of which focus I would choose. Ultimately I decided to major in <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/web-design-and-development">web design &amp; development</a> and <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/media-arts">media arts</a> because these are the skills I was most interested in learning.</p> <p><strong>ON SIMMONS RADIO: </strong>I joined&nbsp;<a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/schools-departments/communications/radio"><em>The Shark</em></a> my first semester and I&rsquo;ve been hooked ever since. It's great to have a creative outlet where I have so much freedom to create the content I want to make, and learn more about how to produce it. In the four years I&rsquo;ve been with the radio, I&rsquo;ve increased my confidence, improvisation and faith in myself to be able to figure out a problem. Many of the skills I've learned are self-taught &mdash; if I want to do something or if something isn't working, I just sit down and play around with it. Sometimes I've needed help, but most of the time I'm able to figure it out myself and get it to work.&nbsp;</p> <p>Just knowing that I have the skills to attempt something, even if I don&rsquo;t know exactly how it&rsquo;s going to happen doesn&rsquo;t mean I can&rsquo;t try. For instance, the radio is putting on a music fest March 29. This is something we&rsquo;ve talked about doing for years, but this year we were able to break down how we could do it, ask people questions about how to do something and it&rsquo;s really getting done. I wouldn&rsquo;t be able to do that without the confidence I&rsquo;ve built up from the past years on radio.</p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="400" alt="Caroline Mahoney '19 at the Simmons Radio station." width="350" src="~/media/E072CE62E870413CB87CFBC7F46C2D71.ashx" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON PRODUCING CONTENT:</strong> I really enjoy producing reels and edited pieces because I feel that I can make really good content become great with the power of editing. Adding music under someone talking, or fixing a flub in how someone is talking can make a difference. Some of the music artists we interview on air have made some really great YouTube content.</p> <p><strong>ON THE BEST STATION NOMINATION:</strong> Being nominated for best station is amazing because we are competing nationally against other college radios and they still chose us because of all the hard work the DJs and radio staff put in this year.&nbsp;</p> <p>The effort put into some of the shows on the radio is amazing and I&rsquo;m so happy we have a place on campus for people to put their ideas into action. It really makes a difference even if your major is not in communications to have a place to play around and experiment with a creative outlet.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>ON HER PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: </strong>I'd like to continue the creative work I&rsquo;ve done in the radio by going onto other media companies. I have experience in marketing, digital art making, digital production and web design so I hope to some how figure out a way to bring those skills to a cause.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE SIMMONS MEMORY:</strong> Some of my favorite memories would be with the radio and the several late nights we&rsquo;ve spent in the past getting reels done in the station. It creates a space of working hard to get this really cool thing done, while also goofing off with my friends and doing some dumb creative stuff together.&nbsp;</p> <p>One story that sticks out is when we were testing the equipment in the studio and then it turned into a 45 minute ASMR bit that went on for far longer than we intended.</p>2019-03-01T00:00:00-05:00{C3704725-C04C-4AEB-A068-A42AB5E930DE}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2019/march/nicole%20rasmussenFrom Lego Robotics to Musical Bears<h4>Tell us about your path to studying computer science (CS).</h4> <p> My path to CS started in elementary school, when I joined my local Girl Scout council&rsquo;s robotics club. We used Legos and block coding to make a variety of simple robots. (Everyone loved the spinning birds!) In middle school, I competed in First Lego League robotics competitions. In high school, I facilitated the club that started my interest in robotics. I joined my high school&rsquo;s team and learned some more coding that way. My sophomore year I began learning HTML and CSS to make websites. It wasn&rsquo;t until my junior year that I took a computer science class. By December, I knew that&rsquo;s what I wanted to major in!</p>2019-02-28T00:00:00-05:00{AAAD17DF-DA99-4AD9-9641-568F0923D00B}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2019/february/katherine%20reidlKatherine Reidl '20 Connects Music and Business<p><a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/schools-departments/school-of-business" target="_blank">School of Business</a> students Katherine Reidl &rsquo;20 and Carly Dickler '21 attended the 2018 Boston Music Awards as press on behalf of Simmons Radio, <em>The Shark</em>. In addition to covering the event, Reidl, Dickler, and two other students produced and hosted a one-hour live special featuring nominated songs, interviews with nominated musicians, a review of award categories and their predictions of winners.&nbsp;</p> <p>We asked Reidl about her experience on <em>The Shark</em> and how it connects with her studies at Simmons. </p> <hr />2019-02-26T00:00:00-05:00{A6172E7A-5547-437B-BAC2-FA516A206A05}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2019/february/sanda%20erdelez%20researchSLIS Director Sanda Erdelez Participates in International Alzheimer's Research Project<p>Dr. Sanda Erdelez, Professor and Director of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), presented at the BOBCATSSS conference in Osijek, Croatia in January. BOBCATSSS is an annual symposium in the field of library and information science organized under the auspices of EUCLID (European Association for Library and Information Education and Research).&nbsp;</p> <p>In collaboration with colleagues from the University of Osijek, Dr. Erdelez presented a paper, &ldquo;The Use of Online Discussion Forums by People with Alzheimer&rsquo;s Disease and their Caregivers,&rdquo; reporting the first stage of quantitative analysis of the posts on an online discussion forum focused on the problems experienced by people affected by Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease and their family members. They found that the most frequent posters and the patients being discussed in the posts were predominantly female.&nbsp;</p> <p>The follow up qualitative analysis will explore the most prominent themes in the content of the online discussion posts. This study is part of a larger international research project on which Dr. Erdelez collaborates with an interdisciplinary team from the University of Osijek to identify information needs of the caregivers of Alzheimer&rsquo;s patients.</p>2019-02-25T00:00:00-05:00{15B138D6-C933-408F-BCA5-DF2C7A54D5AF}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2019/february/school%20of%20business%20community%20newsSchool of Business Community News<p>Simmons <a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/schools-departments/school-of-business">School of Business</a> was recognized for its <a href="https://www.mhaonline.com/blog/healthcare-mba-professors-to-know" target="_blank">exceptional faculty</a>&nbsp;by MHA Online. Professor of Practice&nbsp;<strong>Robert Coulam</strong> and Professor <strong>Edward Vieira</strong> were acknowledged for their work in the <a href="https://online.simmons.edu/healthcare-mba/" target="_blank">Health Care MBA program</a>.</p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Gary Gaumer </strong>presented on a panel "How We Pay for Healthcare: The Effect of Policy and Care Design on Patients" at the Boston Young Healthcare Professionals Conference on December 7.</p>2019-02-22T00:00:00-05:00{B3FF4BDA-F61D-49E9-9B16-A5FDCBD1BD5F}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2019/february/megan%20ludgateA Rewarding Job with a Global Impact<p><img height="300" alt="Megan Ludgate with a giraffe at the Nairobi Giraffe Center." width="350" src="~/media/5930D8F9039244A08319FC81A1E53999.ashx" /><em>Megan Ludgate majored in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/economics-and-mathematics">economics and mathematics</a>&nbsp;and graduated in 2016. We asked her some questions about her career thus far.&nbsp;</em></p> <h4>Can you tell us about your current position?</h4> <p>I'm a Systems Engineer with the MITRE Corporation, a non-for-profit working in the public interest across federal, state and local governments, as well as industry and academia. <a href="http://www.mitre.org/" style="text-decoration-line: none;" target="_blank">MITRE</a>&nbsp;provides research and innovation to address complicated problems with a systems engineering perspective.&nbsp;</p> <p>My day-to-day involves analyzing data in the context of a bigger system view. My career with MITRE began with a paid internship after graduation, which evolved into a full-time position. In my role at MITRE, I feel I'm able to make a positive impact on the country and the world. For example, I'm currently on a project addressing the spread and amplification of disinformation, a highly relevant and interesting problem to the world today.</p> <p>One of the most important aspects of my life since graduation has been balancing a rewarding career with my love of travel. I've been able to arrange a career that allows for a generous amount of time off, which has given me the opportunity to visit four continents, summit one of the highest peaks&nbsp;(Kilimanjaro), and meet countless interesting people. &nbsp;</p>2019-02-21T00:00:00-05:00{1CCDCFC0-1365-4CC5-956D-8B08AEA07B99}http://www.simmons.edu/en/news/cocis/2019/february/caryn%20andersonAdjunct Caryn Anderson '04MS Selected as Fulbright Specialist<p>Adjunct Faculty Caryn Anderson '04MS was accepted to the U.S. Fulbright Program as a <a href="https://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org/" target="_blank">Fulbright Specialist</a>. The Fulbright Specialist Program offers U.S. academics and established professionals the opportunity to attend two- to six-week, project-based exchanges at host institutions across the globe. The Fulbright Specialist may visit institutes of higher education, government, medical or cultural institutions, or non-governmental organizations including issue-centered think tanks.</p>2019-02-19T00:00:00-05:00