All Simmons News{6E5FEB8E-DAFA-4146-8728-B20B86AEDEA6} Ways to Make a Difference This Thanksgiving<p>Whether you're looking forward to a few days of relaxation with friends and family or you'd like to give back this Thanksgiving &mdash; there are plenty of ways to make a positive impact in your community! From volunteering your time, to reducing your food waste this holiday, you can easily make a difference.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h5>VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME</h5> <p>Volunteering your time and skills is a great way to give back to your community and build your own local network. According to Professor <a href="">Kristina Pechulis</a>, a great place to volunteer is <a href="" target="_blank">Community Servings</a>&nbsp;&mdash; a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. Community Servings is one of the largest volunteer programs in the area with plenty of ways to get involved.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for something a little different, several websites can match you with volunteer opportunities in your local area:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Idealist</a>&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Volunteer Match</a>&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Points of Light</a></li> </ul> <hr /> <h5>BE MINDFUL OF FOOD WASTE</h5> <p>Food waste is already a pervasive problem in the United States, and food waste on Thanksgiving is no exception. Thankfully, with a little advance planning, avoiding excess waste can be an easy task. Although many of us look forward to Thanksgiving leftovers, try preparing your dishes with a specific headcount in mind &mdash; chances are, you'll still have enough for the next day.</p> <p>Speaking of leftovers, get creative! You might get sick of turkey sandwiches after a few days, so don't be afraid to try something different. There are <a href="" target="_blank">countless recipes</a> that will inspire you to reassemble your leftovers in new and interesting ways.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still have leftovers of vegetables you didn't finish in time? Or food scraps from your Thanksgiving prep? Consider composting, it's easier than you think and the <a href="" target="_blank">Environmental Protection Agency</a>&nbsp;(EPA) has great tips on how to get started.</p> <hr /> <h5>AVOID SINGLE USE TABLEWARE&nbsp;</h5> <p>Let's be honest, no one wants to tackle a mountain of dishes after eating an enormous meal. Sadly, most of this single use tableware ends up in landfills &mdash; in fact, paper products make up 28% of all trash sent to landfills each year according to the <a href="" target="_blank">EPA</a>.</p> <p>An easy (and cheaper) solution is to use your own dishes and cutlery. If you don't have enough for everyone, ask your guests to bring some extra. Also, instead of using plastic bags or plastic wrap for leftovers, encourage guests to bring their own containers and/or invest in reusable beeswax wrap &mdash; both will help cut down on your overall waste.&nbsp;</p> <ul> </ul>2018-11-20T00:00:00-05:00{7C3627F4-02A1-41F1-9725-DD8A9F9DAA7D} McCarroll '03MA: Director of Writing and Rhetoric at Bowdoin College<h4 style="background: white;">Tell us about your current work.</h4> <p style="background: white;">I am the Director of Writing and Rhetoric at Bowdoin College. I work with faculty and students across disciplines on writing and communicating clearly and ethically. I teach courses in literature, film and cultural studies.&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="background: white;">What attracted you to the MA in&nbsp;<a href="">Gender/Cultural Studies</a> (GCS) program at&nbsp;Simmons?</h4> <p style="background: white;">After I completed a MA in English, I knew that I needed a stronger background in gender studies to do the sort of work with literature that I wanted to do. I remember my thesis director in that first program saying, "You know you can't make these generalizations about gender?" and I really didn't know. So I sought out an interdisciplinary gender studies program that would help me understand why not.&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="background: white;">Did your studies at&nbsp;Simmons&nbsp;have a specific area of focus?</h4> <p style="background: white;">I worked with Loretta Williams to write a thesis on Multicultural Education and Whiteness. The work I did around whiteness studies was absolutely formative and shifted my focus &mdash; I thought &mdash; from gender to race. I continued with a PhD in literature where I focused on representations of whiteness in literature. It came full circle, eventually, and the theory I learned at Simmons informed <a href="" target="_blank">my future work</a> in a way that allowed me to address intersectional representation.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="background: white;">How did&nbsp;Simmons&nbsp;prepare you for your current job?</h4> <p style="background: white;">The size and faculty access of Simmons helped me understand that I wanted to work at a small liberal arts college like Bowdoin. The area of study grounded me deeply in cultural theory, which informs all of my current scholarship, much of my teaching and &mdash; frankly&nbsp;&mdash; the way that I look at the world.&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="background: white;">In your experience, what was the best feature of the program?</h4> <p style="background: white;">The emphasis on activism and the high expectation of students paired with incredible support.&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="background: white;">Describe the personal and professional relationships you cultivated within your&nbsp;GCS&nbsp;cohort.</h4> <p style="background: white;">The cohort with which I entered challenged one another, supported one another, and still remains in touch. We've talked to one another through grad school, jobs, marriages, kids, illnesses, family loss... We bonded in our work together at Simmons, and in the brave move that many of us made in continuing our educations. Even though it was a short time, those experiences connected us deeply.&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="background: white;">What was your favorite class during the program?</h4> <p style="background: white;">"Whiteness, Antiracism, and Justice."</p> <h4 style="background: white;">Are there any faculty members that especially impacted you in your time at&nbsp;Simmons?</h4> <p style="background: white;">Loretta Williams, <a href="">Renee Bergland</a>, Jill Taylor, and <a href="">Diane Grossman</a>.</p> <h4 style="background: white;">What advice would you give to a prospective student who is undecided about applying to the&nbsp;GCS&nbsp;program?</h4> <p style="background: white;">Having earned degrees from three different colleges, and taught at four others, there really is something hard to describe about Simmons. The faculty are brilliant&nbsp;<em>and</em>&nbsp;accessible. The vibe is somehow both chill&nbsp;<em>and</em>&nbsp;challenging. Students are kind and supportive, but expect you to be your best person and push you to ask hard questions. The flexibility of the degree was also important for me.&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="background: white;">What do you believe was your greatest accomplishment at&nbsp;Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> Learning to listen.&nbsp;<br /> <br />2018-11-19T00:00:00-05:00{0DA41C43-E91B-4618-ABC7-A1C57944375E} Bohanan '19 Looks to Gwen Ifill as an Icon<h4>As you look to the future, what are your goals and dreams for yourself?</h4> <p>My dream is to have enough money and stability to create art freely and help the next generation of artists of color realize their dreams. I also hope to work with museums to attempt to dispel the stigma around African arts and advocate for the equal value of art created by artists of color and women.</p> <h4>What professors have helped you reach your goals?</h4> <p>My <a href="">communications</a> family consists of Luke Romanak, <a href="">Briana Martino</a>, <a href="">James Corcoran</a>, <a href="">Ellen Grabiner</a>, <a href="">Andy Porter</a>, and <a href="">Judith Aronson</a>. All of these people have provided emotional support, helped me get crucial job opportunities and supported me as an artist. Most notably, Luke and Briana have acted as mentors and guiding hands to help me achieve my goals while also providing emotional support. Without them I wouldn't be able to be successful on a daily basis and I'm forever grateful for what they&rsquo;ve done in my life.&nbsp;</p> <p>My <a href="">arts administration</a> family includes <a href="">Margaret Hanni</a>, <a href="">Edie Bresler</a>, <a href="">Heather Hole</a>, and Bridget Lynch. All of these people have seen me at my worst and best, always helping me become a better version of myself. When I was lonely and depressed, Margaret provided so much support and care for my well-being, I owe her so much. Margaret is someone I see as a mentor and a strong woman who has educated me and loved me as her own. She took special care to integrate people of color into classroom discussions and is always available to provide academic and emotional support. Edie and Bridget have pushed me to become a better artist and Heather has been a great advisor.</p> <h4>What does the <a href="">Ifill Scholarship</a> mean to you?</h4> <p>As an African American student from Oklahoma, adjusting to the fast-paced city lifestyle has been a real challenge. I have found comfort in the legacy of Gwen Ifill '77, '93HD and the lessons that the strong women in my life share with me. I know that when you try your best as often as you can and work hard, good things are bound to come your way. As I began this year, I took on two jobs and a full course load. When my computer stopped working, I knew it was going to be a rough one.&nbsp;</p> <p>When I received the Ifill Scholarship, I was honored but it also felt like a blessing. All the hard work I&rsquo;ve put in has paid off and now I&rsquo;ll be able to more easily move through my last semester and into post-grad life. I look to Gwen as an icon of what is possible. That through all the hardships I have and will face as a Black woman operating in a society that wasn&rsquo;t built for me, I can do anything I set my mind to. A strong conviction and the ability to produce quality work will get me far. Thanks to this scholarship, I'm closer to being able to create the quality work that will propel me into the professional world.</p> <h4>How do you think this scholarship will impact you, in terms of increased opportunity or the removal of barriers?</h4> <p>This scholarship will put me in a better position to graduate with less debt but also allow me to purchase a computer, something I've been without all semester. This is so crucial for me especially because of my field, digital communications. Without this scholarship, it would be difficult for me to be successful in my field post-grad because I wouldn&rsquo;t have the necessary tools to create artwork.</p> <h4>How do you think students in the <a href="">Gwen Ifill College</a> will carry on her legacy and impact the world?</h4> <p>Gwen&rsquo;s legacy is carefully represented every day in the faculty and staff of the arts administration and communications programs. The students feel it every day in the support and care that they provide as well as the energy they bring to the classroom. The mentorship in these departments pushes students to embody the values Gwen did and therefore, you can see a piece of her in ever Gwen Ifill College student. Just as Gwen changed landscapes and broke barriers, the students of this college will follow suit because it is at the core of our education.&nbsp;</p>2018-11-16T00:00:00-05:00{D0110CD8-4327-41DD-87D7-431C9D5F82D5} Wiltshire-Bland '20 on the Impact of a Simmons Education<h4>As you look to the future, what are your goals and dreams for yourself?</h4> <p>I'm interested in student affairs and helping adult learners/non-traditional students navigate college life. As a nontraditional <a href="">adult student</a>, I understand the challenges that adult students face. I imagine myself telling stories, doing research or documentaries to tell stories of those whose stories may not have been heard.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What professors have helped you reach your goals?</h4> <p>Overall, most of the professors in the <a href="">Department of Communications</a> have influenced me positively one way or another. Professor <a href="">Erica Moura</a> is my advisor and has taught most of my courses at Simmons &mdash; she's been a great guide. She taught me how to dig deep, how to not give up, how to be resourceful and to look at other avenues to get situations resolved.&nbsp;</p> <p>I consider <a href="">Dr. Theresa Perry</a> in the <a href="">Department of Africana Studies</a> to be my mentor. I've learned so much from her and the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know. Dr. Perry fostered my passion for knowledge. She took an interest in me as a whole person and she's interested in helping me achieve my goals. Because of her knowledge and wisdom, I've become more enlightened. Because of her, I'm a better decision maker inside and outside of school.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Dr. Briana Martino</a> definitely helped make my transition to Simmons much easier. She helped me choose a major. Dr. Martino&rsquo;s "Visual Communications" class was the first class that I took at Simmons. Her teaching style, her patience, her open-door policy and acceptance of each person&rsquo;s individuality made me feel even more comfortable at Simmons. Once in a while she'd check-in with me just to make sure I was alright.</p> <p>I interned for Professor <a href="">Kelley Chunn</a> during the summer and she was a great teacher and guide. She really cares about you and wants the best for you.&nbsp;</p> <p>Professor <a href="">Rachel Gans-Boriskin</a>&nbsp;is a wealth of knowledge &mdash; her passion and enthusiasm is infectious. She really wants her students to be well-informed and well educated. She's passionate, authentic and cares about her student&rsquo;s overall development as individuals. Professor Gans-Boriskin willing meets with me and takes an interest in how I'm doing both in school and in life.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What experiences have impacted your time at Simmons?</h4> <p>I'm grateful to Professor <a href="">Kris Erickson</a> for selecting me to go on a study abroad trip to Kenya in Spring 2018. While waiting to board our flight I told myself: "I'm with 15 other students who I barely know and I need to get along with them &mdash; the outcome of my experience will be determined by my mindset and my attitude while on this trip." I forced myself to adapt, remain calm, focused and open-minded.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>You met with Bert Ifill, the brother of Gwen Ifill '77, '93HD. Is there anything from that conversation that was particularly meaningful to you?</h4> <p>I really enjoyed learning about <a href="">Gwen Ifill</a>. One of the stories that resonated with me was when she worked at the <em>Boston Herald</em> and a note was left on her desk saying, &ldquo;N&hellip;. go home.&rdquo; The way she handled the situation with such strength and grace was amazing. She didn't let it discourage her. Gwen remained focused and determined. She instinctively had the wisdom of how to act, she didn't allow the opinions of others to affect her emotions. She was courageous and mentored a lot of people &mdash; community was important to her. She was full of integrity and people trusted her.&nbsp;</p> <p>I asked Bert if Gwen knew that she was known around the world. He said she didn't realize the impact that she was making. When she did realize she was shocked. But being known was not important to her. It was doing her job to the best of her ability.&nbsp;</p> <h4>How do you think students in the <a href="">Gwen Ifill College</a> will carry on her legacy and impact the world?&nbsp;</h4> <p>In the Department of Communications, students not only learn the technical skills of each course, but are encouraged to stretch themselves, try their best, take risks and take charge of their own destinies. The lessons we're learning are helping us become leaders who will be well-equipped to impart the knowledge we've been given.&nbsp;</p>2018-11-16T00:00:00-05:00{BC21F74A-01FA-4C52-8D9C-7C3D0CF153E3} Welcomes Civil Rights Activist Shaun King to Campus<p>"In the grand scheme of human history, are we the peak of humanity?"</p> <p>Throughout his Community Keynote on November 13, Shaun King continuously posed this question to attendees.&nbsp;A modern civil rights activist, King is&nbsp;known for his efforts in the Black Lives Matter movement and is currently&nbsp;a columnist for&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">The Intercept</a></em>&nbsp;and a writer-in-residence for the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Fair Punishment Project</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Jumping headfirst into the discussion, King began by imploring the audience to take an honest look into the current state of human affairs, both in the U.S. and the world.&nbsp;</p> <p>"We are living in a deeply disturbing time," explained King. Increasingly frequent mass shootings, occurrences of police brutality, the rise of white supremacy, the demonization of immigrants &mdash; it's impossible to keep track of every calamity when they occur at an alarming rate.&nbsp;</p> <p>In order to survive the bleak news cycle, we've learned how to pivot our attention elsewhere. King admitted that he also operated in this way &mdash; until he hit a breaking point. During a typical work day in the summer of 2014, King watched the video of Eric Garner's death.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I can't explain what happened, but I struggled to complete the rest of my day," said King. "I decided that I needed to find out more about this man and tell his story. I thought that if I shared that video, maybe we could contextualize this tragedy."</p> <p>Demanding justice for Eric Garner eventually expanded to include John Crawford, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice &mdash; the beginnings of the Black Lives Matter movement. Unfortunately the justice he fought for never came, and since 2014 the list of injustices has only grown longer.&nbsp;</p> <p>King paints a bleak but honest portrayal of humanity&nbsp;&mdash; admitting that he'd like to spread a message of hope rather than a list of endless tragedy. But he does this for a reason: to help us understand our place in the grand scheme of human history.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h3 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px; padding-bottom: 15px;">"I believe in you and I'm excited to see what&rsquo;s ahead of each of you," concluded King. "It's going to be hard to move forward, but I feel good about the direction we&rsquo;re going in."</h3> <hr /> <p>"Unlike technology, humanity does not get better and better," explained King. "We like to think that we have evolved upwardly, but are we really the peak of humanity? Depending on where you think we are in history effects the decisions you make."</p> <p>According to King, it's extremely easy to fall into these dips in humanity &mdash; and incredibly challenging to dig ourselves out. In order to overcome slavery there was the Civil War. In order to overcome Jim Crowe we had the Civil Rights Movement. What will it take this time?</p> <p>Even though it feels like we've hit rock bottom, King is still hopeful for our future. Although the quality of humanity isn't continuously on the rise, there is no dip that we didn't overcome.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I have hope because we're starting to understand the radical effort it will take to shift the direction of our country," said King.&nbsp;</p> <p>As an example, King listed the strides made in the <a href="">midterm elections</a>. From a historic turnout of voters, to a more diverse representation of Americans in Congress, these are significant changes.</p> <p>King ended his message with his hopes for the Simmons students in the audience. Wishing them successful college careers and encouraging them to learn as much as possible while they're here.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I believe in you and I'm excited to see what&rsquo;s ahead of each of you," concluded King. "It's going to be hard to move forward, but I feel good about the direction we&rsquo;re going in."</p>2018-11-15T00:00:00-05:00{0B8E1A37-594F-4F09-AC38-51D323C3DC1F} Young Entrepreneurs with Christina Paris '19MBA<p><strong>ON STARTING HER BUSINESS:</strong>&nbsp;I always knew that I wanted to start my own business, but I felt that I wasn't ready or that it was too risky. However, during my entrepreneurial journey, I was able to align myself with people that were able to provide me with guidance and motivation to start my business. I know so many young people that want to start a business, but they don&rsquo;t know where to start and who to talk to about it.&nbsp;</p> <p>The mindset around entrepreneurship has to change, we need to encourage young people to look at it as a career. This is the reason why I created <a href="" target="_blank">Be Coached for Entrepreneurs</a>: to help young entrepreneurs get the resources necessary to start or expand their business.</p> <p>Be Coached is an online platform that enables young entrepreneurs to find 24/7 guidance through coaching. We offer goal tracking and productivity tools to help entrepreneurs with time management. Our platform promotes entrepreneurship and gives access to networking opportunities. We're currently in the initial stage of product development.</p> <p><strong>ON HER POSITION: </strong>I love the different components that make up my position as a CEO/ Founder of Be Coached &mdash; I'm involved in the operational, marketing, financial, and creative side of the business. I enjoy getting to see my business ideas become reality.</p> <p><strong>ON EMPOWERING OTHERS:</strong> It feels rewarding to have a company that is directly impacting people and helping them achieve their goals. I'm happy that Be Coached can provide a community for entrepreneurs looking to support each others' business ventures.</p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Christina Paris and Nam Pham at Be Coached's networking event. " width="350" src="~/media/88CE2AD1863A42F292A08F2DB7F6B8B1.ashx" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON HOSTING NETWORKING EVENTS:</strong> This summer we held a networking event for young entrepreneurs at home.stead bakery and cafe in Dorchester, MA. Attendees connected with other entrepreneurs in their community and had an opportunity to expand their network. Nam Pham, the Assistant Secretary of Business and Development and International Trade, discussed the current state of business and the resources available to them in Massachusetts. Our goal was to introduce Be Coached&rsquo;s mission and vision while connecting with potential customers.</p> <p><strong>ON JOINING THE SPARK BOSTON COUNCIL: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">SPARK Boston Council</a> is made up of young leaders advising the mayor's administration on city policies and programs affecting Boston&rsquo;s millennials. We also think of new programs and policies that could be implemented to further improve Boston. I was very excited to be selected as a council member, and I'm looking forward to serving my community.</p> <p><strong>ON ATTENDING SIMMONS:</strong> When I started the program, three years had passed since I graduated with my bachelor&rsquo;s degree. I was unsure if I'd be able to handle the <a href="">MBA program</a>. However, my journey at Simmons has erased this doubt. The program has challenged me to get out my comfort zone.&nbsp;</p> <p>Simmons has given me the tools and knowledge to move to the next level in my career. I feel so much more confident in myself than I did before starting at Simmons.</p> <hr /> <em>Pictured above: Christina Paris '19MBA with Nam Pham at Be Coached's networking event.</em> <div> <div> </div> </div>2018-11-15T00:00:00-05:00{07E921D7-7EC1-48A8-8818-068F904162A3} University Awards First Ifill Scholarships<p>Simmons University is proud to announce <a href="">Priscilla Wiltshire-Bland &lsquo;20</a> and <a href="">Alexandra Bohanan &lsquo;19</a> as the inaugural recipients of the Ifill Scholarships, named in celebration of pioneering African-American journalist and distinguished Simmons alumna, Gwen Ifill '77, '93HD. In remembrance and honor of Ifill's legacy of excellence, these scholarships were conferred on the second anniversary of her passing.</p> <p>Ifill Scholarships are awarded to students in <a href="">The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities</a>&nbsp;who displayed academic excellence and vast potential inside the classroom and beyond.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The Ifill scholarship aims to make a difference for promising students in the Ifill College who demonstrate academic excellence and great potential for future work in the world,&rdquo; said Brian Norman, Dean of the Gwen Ifill College. &ldquo;We hope these Ifill Scholarships will support our students as they prepare to connect their passion to lifelong purpose at Simmons and beyond.&rdquo;</p> <p>Wiltshire-Bland, a senior majoring in&nbsp;<a href="">communications</a>, came to Simmons from the Caribbean. As a&nbsp;<a href="">Dix Scholar</a>, she is committed to helping other non-traditional age students by serving as a peer mentor. She recently met Ifill&rsquo;s brother, Dr. Roberto Ifill, when he came to Simmons to share his vision for how Gwen Ifill College students will help carry his sister&rsquo;s legacy into the future.</p> <p>When asked about her own goals, Wiltshire-Bland replied, &ldquo;I am interested in student affairs and helping adult learners/non-traditional students navigate college life. As a non-traditional adult student, I understand the challenges that adult students face. I imagine myself telling stories, doing research or documentaries to tell stories of those whose stories may not have been heard.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Bohanan, originally from Norman, OK, is a senior in the <a href="">arts administration</a> program. She is currently serving as the Dean&rsquo;s Fellow in the <a href="">Department of Communications</a> and was selected to lead CommWorks, the annual spring event that showcases student work in journalism, public relations, and media.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;As an African-American student from Oklahoma, adjusting to the fast-paced city lifestyle has been a real challenge,&rdquo; remarked Bohanan. &ldquo;I have found comfort in the legacy of Gwen Ifill and the lessons that the strong women in my life share with me. I look to Gwen as an icon of what is possible. That through all the hardships I have and will face as a black woman operating in a society that wasn&rsquo;t built for me, I can do anything I set my mind to. Thanks to this scholarship I am closer to being able to create the quality work that will propel me into the professional world.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Ifill Scholarships have been funded, in part, by a group of donors led by some of Ifill&rsquo;s high school classmates from Classical High School in Springfield, MA. &ldquo;Over the years, we took pride in Gwen&rsquo;s many accomplishments as a journalist and newscaster. To us, the qualities we saw in her at Classical remained throughout her life and contributed to the fine work she did professionally,&rdquo; said Cynthia Reed, one of Ifill&rsquo;s high school classmates who organized their contribution to the Ifill Scholarships.&nbsp;</p> <p>Their gifts, combined with the support of Simmons alumnae/i and friends, form the foundation of the scholarships, which will be awarded annually to students who embody the academic excellence and integrity that were hallmarks of Gwen Ifill&rsquo;s academic and professional career.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <em>Pictured above:&nbsp;Priscilla Wiltshire-Bland &lsquo;20 and&nbsp;Alexandra Bohanan &lsquo;19</em>2018-11-14T00:00:00-05:00{7A672A9E-E717-49EE-8E4D-6BE6F72EF649} Urban Fellows: A Win-Win Partnership<p>Meet Maria Arettines and Fielding Vaughn, our two National Urban Fellows at Simmons. Celebrating its 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary this year, the <a href="" target="_blank">National Urban Fellows Program</a> is a leadership program for mid-career professionals, in particular people of color and women. Its mission is to &ldquo;develop leaders and change agents in the public and non-profit sectors, with a strong commitment to social justice and equity.&rdquo; The program lasts 14 months and consists of mentorship placements with organizations as well as online and remote classes toward earning a master&rsquo;s degree in public administration.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s really a partnership,&rdquo; says Fielding, &ldquo;We&rsquo;re able to bring our experience from various career backgrounds to an organization and in return receive mentorship as well as an irreplaceable opportunity to develop professionally.&rdquo; Fielding&rsquo;s placement is in Human Resources, where he&rsquo;s working with the new Committee for Inclusive Excellence in Hiring and researching best practices in hiring.</p> <p>Maria is working in the newly created Office for <a href="">Organizational Culture, Inclusion, and Equity</a>&nbsp;(OCIE). Her previous work included connecting displaced students from Syria to higher education opportunities. As she notes, &ldquo;Much of my work has revolved around trying to make higher education more accessible, but never in an office solely committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.&rdquo; Maria has been instrumental in the launch of this new office at Simmons and works closely with <a href="">Debra Perez</a>, a former Fellow herself, who has mentored over 20 Fellows since her own fellowship.</p> <div> <p><span>For more information about this leadership program, visit <a href="" target="_blank">National Urban Fellows</a>.</span></p> </div>2018-11-13T00:00:00-05:00{7E4C3AF0-AE2F-4A0D-8746-786B2131EEFF} the New SLIS Faculty<p>We caught up with Assistant Professors <a href="">Donia Conn</a> and <a href="">Rebecca Davis</a> for mini interviews as a way to welcome our new faculty and get to know them better.&nbsp;</p>2018-11-13T00:00:00-05:00{C4060B87-2F03-49A7-957B-E2D9AB65BA42} Bigger Better in Healthcare?<p>Experts visited Simmons to share their insights on the complexities of mergers in health care markets. To help make sense of this complex topic, Professor <a href="">Robert Coulam</a> shares his key takeaways from this event.</p> <hr /> <p>The 10<sup>th</sup> semi-annual Health Forum of the <a href="">School of Business</a> &ldquo;Is Bigger Better in Healthcare?&rdquo; was held on October 29. This year's forum, sponsored by the Center for Research in Health Policy and Management, focused on the heightened concern as mergers and acquisitions increase concentration of hospitals and physician groups in health markets throughout the U.S. Three nationally recognized researchers &mdash; Roger Feldman, PhD, of the University of Minnesota; Monica Noether, PhD, of Charles River Associates; and Deborah Haas-Wilson, of Smith College &mdash; came to Simmons to discuss this problem in light of their research findings and their experience in key enforcement actions in this field. </p>2018-11-13T00:00:00-05:00{E20FB8E4-E6E6-4652-B262-E9077E0BDA6C} Voice for Veterans: Sharalis Canales '20MSW on Social Work in the Military<p><strong>ON HER JOURNEY INTO THE ARMY:</strong>&nbsp;Starting at the age of 14, I lived in a foster home for six years. I went to college while living in the foster home, but there were only a handful of people of color at this school and I honestly felt lost. I decided to drop out of college and made a spontaneous decision to join the Navy. I needed direction in life after leaving the foster care system and college. Ultimately, I was discharged a month later because of a lesbian tattoo.&nbsp;</p> <p>Upon returning from the Navy's Boot Camp, I became homeless because I aged out of the system. I lived in the Covenant House in Times Square for about six months and then joined the United States Army. I wanted to change my life around.</p> <p><strong>ON PURSUING A GRADUATE DEGREE: </strong>After serving 11 years on active duty, I decided it was time to leave the military. I moved to Boston from Hawaii in 2017 because the Boston Vet Center, Department of Veterans Affairs gave me an opportunity. I'm currently a Readjustment Counseling Technician and Outreach Specialist.&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Sharalis Canales skydiving for the 22Kill Boston Organization to raise Veteran suicide awareness." width="350" src="~/media/41B2379EAADC4A8D8A52622C0E899EA6.ashx" /></span></p> <p>My new boss, an Army veteran and a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW), made me apply for graduate school during our first supervision meeting. Other members of my team, all of whom are veterans, encouraged me to become a social worker and attend Simmons University because of the <a href="">excellent program</a> that was offered.&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><strong>ON BECOMING A STUDENT AGAIN:</strong> Initially it was very challenging for multiple reasons. I'm older than most students. I've also been the only veteran in all my classes which has often made me feel out of place. I'm still experiencing readjustment challenges. Although there's only a small population of student veterans at Simmons, their warm welcome has made things a lot easier for me.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Dr. Frost</a> and <a href="">Dr. Sealey</a> continue to advocate for veteran issues within our community and I admire their work. I've been successful thus far because of the support from Simmons Student Veterans of America&rsquo;s President, Will Delaney (Marines) and Vice President Kenneth MacIntosh (Navy). The empowerment and motivation I receive from the friends I've made here has been helpful.&nbsp;</p> <p><span><strong>ON PURSUING SOCIAL WORK: </strong>Social work chose me. I was a foster child, lived in a homeless shelter and was in the military. I've been in the system and now I'm a part of it. I've been in the field for 13 years and I'm passionate about helping people. I want to be the voice for veterans and I want to fight for the things they believe in!</span></p> <p><span><strong><img height="300" alt="Sharalis Canales attending the 2018 Pride Parade with the VA and her classmates from Simmons." width="350" src="~/media/3507ED602C0040728C2477A274E4530D.ashx" />ON HER MILITARY EXPERIENCE:</strong> My ability to utilize my military experience in the social work program has been so helpful. I was a Mental Health Technician in the Army and my background has allowed me to use my skills and knowledge in my studies at Simmons University. My professors find value in what I have to share. I'm also interning at the New England Center and Home for Veterans as a case manager &mdash; this allows me to advocate for homeless veterans and connect them with their benefits.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><strong>ON THE IMPORTANCE OF VETERAN'S DAY:</strong> It's a day to honor not only my service but to honor the sacrifices my battle buddies have made for our country. It's a day of reflection. This year&rsquo;s Veteran&rsquo;s Day is special because it is the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>I usually volunteer on this day and like to surround myself with my fellow veterans. I'll be volunteering with the <a href="" target="_blank">City of Boston Veterans Services</a> for Operation Thank A Veteran. We'll be knocking on doors, delivering service packages, shaking hands, and thanking veterans in Roxbury for their service.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span></span></p> <hr /> <p><em>Main photo: Sharalis planting U.S. flags at the Boston Common during the weekend of Memorial Day.</em></p> <p><span><em>Second photo: Sharalis skydiving to raise money for veteran suicide awareness with <a href="" target="_blank">22Kill</a> Boston.</em></span></p> <p><span><em>Third photo: Sharalis attending the 2018 Pride Parade with the V.A. and her classmates from Simmons.&nbsp;</em></span></p> </div>2018-11-12T00:00:00-05:00{9F221493-D3FC-4038-A6A5-DE4291A59F0E} '14: Simmons Made Me a Strong Business Woman<p><strong style="font-weight: bold;">ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong>I fell in love with Simmons the moment I stepped foot on campus. At the time I didn&rsquo;t know it, but going to a women-centered college was so integral to my growth and I'm so proud to be a Simmons alum. What attracted me to Simmons right away was the location &mdash; obviously! And the fact that it's a small school in a big city. I felt welcome and safe the minute I arrived.&nbsp;</p> <p>Simmons taught me to be a strong woman. I meet a lot of different people every day &mdash; some are great and kind, and some are pushy and hard. Simmons taught me how to stick up for myself and handle myself as a strong business woman.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON STARTING A BUSINESS:</strong> I started <a href="" target="_blank">Taylor Paige Photography</a> while at Simmons because I knew I'd have four years to grow, learn, build my network and have so many mentors at my fingertips. I worked for a photographer in high school, then friends and family started to hire me to photograph their weddings and special events. Eventually I thought, &ldquo;hey, I can do this.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>It was tricky to be a full-time student and athlete AND run my business. At times I was definitely overwhelmed and didn&rsquo;t know how to do it all. I remember from day one I had to be really organized with taking jobs because I had class and regattas on the weekends &mdash; those where my first priority. After a while you just figure out to have a great planner, stay organized, and make sure your priorities come first.<span class="image-right">&nbsp;&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Taylor Paige Nealand '14 with her dog, North" width="350" src="~/media/8D71EA06B2D84561A8C3D24076C8F0DE.ashx" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON BECOMING AN ENTREPRENEUR:</strong> When I graduated I felt the societal pressure to get a &ldquo;real&rdquo; job. I felt like if I didn&rsquo;t give it a shot I'd never know what I was missing. So I took a job as a real estate photographer while still photographing weddings on the weekends. I quickly realized that working for someone else wasn&rsquo;t for me and after six months I made the decision to put all of my effort into my business and work for myself 100%.</p> <p>My favorite part of working for myself is the flexibility. I try and map out my year in advance and put in any events I want to go to, vacations I want to go on, trainings and trips, etc., then I schedule my work around that. It&rsquo;s a blessing to be able to say yes and no to certain jobs &mdash; and I&rsquo;m still learning when to say no. I also love the freedom it allows me to have with who I work with. If I want to donate a session to a small new business I can, and if I want to turn down a job because it doesn&rsquo;t feel right I can also do that.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON ADVICE FOR STUDENTS: </strong>Find a mentor in the field you want to get into. Having multiple mentors changed the game for me and I believe that&rsquo;s what allowed me to be very successful right out of Simmons.&nbsp;</p> <p>You should also learn to be okay with failure. Expect mistakes and tough moments because they will happen. I learn the most when I mess up or fail, and as bad as it feels in the moment, there's a greater lesson the universe is trying to teach you. Don&rsquo;t let it ruin you, allow it to make you stronger and a better business woman.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><img height="300" alt="Taylor Paige Nealand '14 with her fiance, standing in front of &quot;Bruce the Bus&quot;" width="350" src="~/media/D26C3F74C0344D7BA2BA0061B1D661C8.ashx" />ON TURNING A BUS INTO A HOME: </strong>I've always had a vision to travel the world for a long period of time. Not just for one month or two months, but years. There is a huge community of (mostly) millennials who are living full time on the road, working for themselves and living their dream life each day. After about a year of research and planning we found this bus in Los Angeles and decided it was the right time for us to begin this dream. We flew out there on a whim and made the trek back to New Hampshire on "Bruce the Bus."&nbsp;</p> <p>Yes, we broke down twice and had many struggles, but we're still working on our dream and we've learned a LOT along the way. Bruce is now in New Hampshire at my family house where we are demoing him and making him our full time home.&nbsp;</p>2018-11-09T00:00:00-05:00{F53284C1-DF70-4BA7-B105-CFFB3EB9A01A} Takeaways From the Midterm Elections<h5></h5> <p>There's no question that the United States is experiencing one of the most divided political climates in decades. Both Democrats and Republicans went to the polls in hopes of reclaiming or solidifying their party's power in Washington D.C.&nbsp;</p> <p>To help make sense of the midterms, the <a href="">Department of Political Science &amp; International Relations</a> and the <a href="">Warburg Program</a> hosted the panel discussion: "The 2018 Midterm Elections: What happened? What happens next?" Here's a glimpse at <a href="">Professor Bellamy's</a> key takeaways from that event.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h5>MOST DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN DOLLARS CAME FROM SMALL DONORS</h5> <p>Big donors and dark money don't seem to have mattered much throughout this election cycle. In most high-profile races across the country, Democrats raised and spent more money on candidates than Republicans, often by large margins. Most of this money came from small contributors.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h5>THE "BLUE WAVE" DIDN'T HAPPEN</h5> <p>The long anticipated "Blue Wave" did not arrive, in large part because GOP voters were energized late in the campaign, almost certainly by President Trump's intensive campaigning. The President's rhetoric was exceptionally negative, focused less on issues or the qualities of the candidates he was endorsing than on fear-mongering and scapegoating.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h5>REPUBLICANS WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP</h5> <p>Many in the GOP accept President Trump's claim that he thwarted the Blue Wave. Republicans in both the House and Senate are now likely to close ranks even more tightly behind President Trump, providing him with an uncritical and obedient legislative base. In particular, the Senate will be even less inclined than before to act as a constitutional check against executive overreach.</p> <hr /> <h5>DEMOCRATS WILL NEED A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY FOR 2020</h5> <p>Democrats now control the House because they flipped seats in historically "red" districts. Can they expect to retain these seats in 2020? To do so, Democrats need a well-thought out, comprehensive strategy which may be hard for the party to construct. For example, some key decisions the Democratic Party will need to make are the following:</p> <ul> <li>Do they keep the unpopular Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker and party leader?&nbsp;</li> <li>Will they take up President Trump's challenge to work with him to pass "bipartisan" legislation?</li> <li>Will they prioritize investigations into governmental corruption, conflicts of interests and President Trump's Russia connections?&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Big decisions are needed soon.</p>2018-11-08T00:00:00-05:00{18EE901F-BC94-4FA8-B99B-3C1FC7DF5673} Sylvester '10MS on the Supportive Environment of Simmons<h4>Tell us a little bit about your background.</h4> <p> As an undergraduate, I majored in environmental studies and worked at an environmental non-profit organization just after college. At this organization, I got to wear many hats working in the Finance, Membership, Fundraising and Recruitment offices. Thus, my interest for recruitment and staffing began. From there I worked for a staffing agency for a bit, then started my Human Resources (HR) career at Simmons as an HR Assistant in July 2005. I've been working in HR ever since.</p> <h4>What has been your biggest &ldquo;aha&rdquo; moment?</h4> Probably, when I became a single, working mom. I knew I was strong, smart and could tackle anything in life while doing it on my own.<br /> <h4>What is one word to describe Simmons?</h4> <p> Supportive. As a former employee and then a graduate student in the communications management masters program, I had such wonderful academic and professional support from my professors, colleagues, services, etc.</p> <h4>Was there ever a time you wondered if you were on the right path?&nbsp;</h4> <p> Yes! My HR colleagues and Joan Abrams, the communications management director at the time, helped me push through and persevere.</p> <h4>What advice would you give your 21 year old self?&nbsp;</h4> Making mistakes and failing is okay, you just have to learn from it. Your career and life path is not a ladder, it&rsquo;s a jungle gym.<br /> <div><br /> </div>2018-11-06T00:00:00-05:00{A8A54F99-7076-4D22-BCEF-4182AE886386} and Welcome to our Spectrum Scholars<p>The Spectrum Scholarship Program, funded by the American Library Association, offers scholarships to populations underrepresented in the library and information science (LIS) field, to support them in attaining an LIS degree. We welcomed five Spectrum Scholars this fall and caught up with a few of them for a special welcome to the <a href="">School of Library and Information Science</a> (SLIS).</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" />2018-11-06T00:00:00-05:00{5D1FAA30-15E7-4D0F-8FBD-54C3916B2805} on the Future with Dean Marie desJardins<p>Dr. Marie desJardins joined Simmons as the inaugural dean of the College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences (COCIS) this semester. Dr. desJardins brings extensive experience to this new role; she was previously Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering and Information Technology and Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. desJardins is an artificial intelligence (AI) researcher as well as a passionate advocate for women in technology. She has been invited to co-chair one of three upcoming workshops, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), to develop a roadmap for AI research over the next several decades. We talked with Dean desJardins to learn more about her research and her vision for COCIS.&nbsp;</p> <hr />2018-11-01T00:00:00-04:00{4333C9B3-02B0-4CE0-952E-B18E9B243390} Vieira and Kaitlyn Ripaldi '17 Partner to Publish Children's Book<p>This year <a href="">Professor Ed Vieira</a> published his first children&rsquo;s book,&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">What&rsquo;s Your Favorite Season?</a></em>. After brainstorming, writing and rewriting for 25 years, Vieira is thrilled with his story's publication. Pulling from personal inspiration, Ed Vieira set the story in Maine where he currently resides.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>What's Your Favorite Season?</em> follows Windy Wind and Nimbus Cloud as they embark on an adventure to find out which season is best. As they explore the forests of Maine, they ask many of its residents what season they prefer. What they find is more than they can handle. In the end however, Windy and Nimbus learn that all seasons offer something for everyone.</p> <p>To help his story come to life, Vieira enlisted the help of <a href="" target="_blank">YellowLeaf Design</a> owner and Simmons alumna, Kaitlyn Ripaldi '17.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Kaitlyn created outstanding illustrations that capture the essence of the characters adding to the enjoyment of reading this tale," says Vieira.</p> <p>With a degree in graphic design and previous experience illustrating children's books, Ripaldi was excited to collaborate with Vieira on this project. According to Ripaldi,&nbsp;<em>What's Your Favorite Season?</em> is her largest illustration project to date.</p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Book cover of What's Your Favorite Season? By Ed Vieira and Kaitlyn Ripaldi" width="450" src="~/media/2F998169D550493F88864B42C506DBB2.ashx" /></span></p> <p>"During my time at Simmons I took a range of classes in the <a href="">Communications Department</a> and the <a href="">Art and Music Department</a>," she says. "The underlying pull of all these courses helped to develop my skills as a storyteller, specifically through visual media. So when Ed and I began <em>What's Your Favorite Season?</em> I spent a lot of time thinking about how my illustrations would be used to communicate with the book's audience and enhance the written portion of the story."</p> <p>Vieira notes that his story addresses some of life's challenging issues in various ways and exposes the reader to a variety of topics, allowing them to draw their own conclusions.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Having studied children&rsquo;s reading comprehension and engagement for many years, the illustrations and text help facilitate reading engagement by providing context and creative possibilities in a child&rsquo;s mind," explains Vieira.</p> <p>In order to increase engagement, Vieira created a digital interactive version of the book, which provides additional information for young readers through questions and related content. Vieira hopes that this will inspire further exploration about the topics of <em>What's Your Favorite Season? </em>and encourage young readers to always fully immerse themselves in their reading.&nbsp;</p>2018-11-01T00:00:00-04:00{90BA0838-94E7-4140-8A96-003AF61483BC} Community News, October 2018<strong> <h4>Faculty</h4> </strong> <p>SLIS hosted a delegation of 25 visitors from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences on September 27. Associate Professor <strong>Naresh Agarwal</strong>, Assistant Professor <strong>Danielle Pollock</strong>, and Liaison Librarian <strong>Linda Schuller</strong> gave a panel presentation and discussion on information technology in libraries and led a tour of Beatley Library.</p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Naresh Agarwal</strong> gave an invited talk "Individual or Organizational Point of View: The Relationship Between Information Behavior and Knowledge Management" via video conferencing to participants of the 2<sup>nd</sup> International Conference on Information Management &amp; Libraries (ICIML 2018), University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan on Oct 12. He was also invited to launch the newly-formed <a href="" target="_blank">South Asia Chapter of the Association for Information Science &amp; Technology</a>&nbsp;at the conference.</p> <p>Assistant Professor <strong>Colin Rhinesmith</strong> co-authored an article with former student Christiana Lynne Urbano Stanton, which was published in <em><a href="" target="_blank">Public Library Quarterly</a>.</em>&nbsp;Rhinesmith and his colleague, Bianca Reisdorf (UNC Charlotte) published the chapter, "An Asset Based Approach to Digital Inclusion Research in the U.S. Context" in&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Digital Inclusion: An International Comparative Analysis</em></a>.</p> <strong> <h4>Alumni</h4> </strong> <p> Cambridge librarian <strong>Jennifer Gordon</strong> '02MS was awarded a <a href="">$25,000 Milken Educator Award</a>. The Milken Educator Awards aim to reward great teachers and innovators in the classroom. Gordon, who teaches students to love books and literacy learning at Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School, was praised for "making the library cool again."</p> <p><strong></strong><em><a href="" target="_blank">The Emerald Handbook of Modern Information Management</a></em> edited by the late Dean and Professor Emerita <strong>James M. Matarazzo</strong> &rsquo;65MS and <strong>Dr. Toby Pearlstein</strong> &rsquo;77MS, &rsquo;86LDS won the CILIP Knowledge &amp; Information Management Information Resource Award. Associate Professor Laura Saunders contributed the chapter,&nbsp;"Information Literacy: What Does it Mean and Where Does it Fit In?"</p> <div><strong> <h4>In Memoriam&nbsp;</h4> </strong> <p>With great sadness, SLIS mourns the passing of <strong>Claudia Morner</strong> this October. As an adjunct professor, Claudia was an important part of SLIS for some 30 years. She taught courses in management, academic librarianship, and international librarianship. She was also a co-author with former Dean Bob Stueart and Barbara Moran on the latest edition of the textbook,&nbsp;<em>Library and Information Center Management</em>. In her career, she was dean and professor of the University Library at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H. Claudia was also one of the first people at Simmons to teach at Yonsei University as part of the SLIS exchange program. At SLIS we remember her dearly for her dedication to her students, as well as her positive presence and bright smile.&nbsp;</p> </div>2018-10-31T00:00:00-04:00{ABA56C1D-AA24-43FB-BD78-A63621C5297B} You Can Do: Five Ways to Respond<p><img alt="Helen Drinan" src="~/media/FC761DB82D8B409AA81090C555DCDCCD.ashx" style="float: right; margin: 5px 0px 20px 20px;" /></p> <p>In the wake of last week's events, I write to you with a deep sense of purpose.</p> <p>When the unique strengths of our form of government are strained as they have been with homicidal attempts on our civic and political leaders, senseless killings occurring in the ordinary act of grocery shopping, and racist murder of citizens practicing their religious faith, we must stop to reflect.</p> <p>No Republican or Democrat committed to the sustainability of our republic can possibly support these activities or the beliefs that drive them. No citizen of the United States who cares about the future of the country we will bequeath to future generations can possibly tolerate leadership that does not challenge the state in which we find ourselves. So, what can we do?&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are a few ideas: </p> <ol> <li>Vote, and exhort everyone you know to vote. Next year marks the hundredth anniversary of women having the right to vote in the United States. Use our hard won enfranchisement to be involved in choosing our leaders. If you get really inspired, run for public office.</li> <li>Change the role that social media plays in your life. Never support sites that encourage hate, and look for opportunities to stand up for people being attacked on any media you frequent. Take the opportunity to talk, not text, for a few hours each day.</li> <li>Make it your business to learn about someone different from you. You can start with seeking basic information and work your way toward a conversation. We all have stories, and sharing them builds community.</li> <li>Advocate for inclusion. We know that decisions are better made when differing voices are in the conversation, and that can be generalized to making new products, building successful organizations, and creating new ideas.</li> <li>Build the courage of your convictions. If all of us who think carefully and honestly about the problems in our country remain quiet because we fear a negative response, only the people who are using the rhetoric of hate will be heard.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p>At Simmons University, we aspire to be the most inclusive campus for all members of our community, physically and virtually. While that will take time, the most important impact will be felt as each one of us decides to join in that effort. I believe we can model the kind of community we wish our world to be. It starts with each of us as a leader of one.</p>2018-10-29T00:00:00-04:00{49808ACE-FE53-44C3-BECC-D37AE13775CD} Mercier Receives First Alden Poole Faculty Mentor Award<p>Faculty mentors can change students' lives. They work with students both inside and outside the classroom, ask tough questions, push them to try new things and see their potential before the students do themselves. Simmons is fortunate to have several such mentors, including <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=223DC6FD9DE34FB98385596F2ABCEAD5&amp;_z=z">Cathryn Mercier</a>, Simmons Professor and Director of the Children's Literature Program and Director of the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=5CD457AAEA8A403285C71DDF76917413&amp;_z=z">Center for the Study of Children's Literature</a>, who received the first Alden Poole Faculty Mentor Award through the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=DAD003362ACC4443AE3A9C282D716E91&amp;_z=z">Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities</a>&nbsp;at Simmons University on October 19.</p> <p>This award was created in honor of Alden Poole, a valuable mentor to Gwen Ifill '77, '93HD. Ifill's family wanted Poole to be recognized as part of the story of the new college. Poole saw Ifill's promise, connected her to a job at the <em>Boston Herald</em>, and nurtured her to ask big questions of herself and the world. He was loved by his colleagues and students &mdash; so much that he was given a plaque in 1977 from eight graduating students, one of whom was Ifill. These eight young women knew early on that Simmons faculty mentors set their students up for lives of purpose and success.</p> <div class="photo-and-caption-right"><img height="300" alt="Maybe A Caption? List of People in Photo?" width="350" src="~/media/F26E426141474504BD7ECA2361C088B7.ashx" /></div> <p>For this new mentoring award, Ifill College Dean Brian Norman reached out to alumnae/i of the programs in the Ifill College, asking them to nominate a faculty member. Mercier was nominated by one of her first dean's fellows who credits Mercier with helping her move from bookstore worker to children's literature author. That's the type of support and belief that makes dreams come true. Or as Ifill inscribed on a copy of her book <em>Breakthrough</em> to Poole: "To Mr. Poole: Without whom I would never have pulled it off..."</p> <p>Mercier's role as a mentor will be felt across an entire generation of young readers who are discovering new and different worlds in literature. As is often the case with mentors, Mercier herself has had wonderful mentors throughout her life: "Mentors see something in us that we may not see in ourselves. They find the time, just the right word or raised eyebrow or a comment in a paper, to push us beyond where we thought we wanted to go."</p> <p>One of Gwen Ifill's legacies is her commitment to mentoring and nurturing the next generation. The Poole Award represents one way to instill her values at the heart of the new Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Main photo: President Helen Drinan, Cathryn Mercier, Professor Lowry Pei</em></p> <p><em>Second photo: Professor Lowry Pei, Joanna Poole, '86, Janet Poole, President Drinan, Bert Ifill, Professor Janie Ward, Dean Brian Norman, Gisele Becker Ifill</em></p> <p><em>Photo Credit: Lucky Li Photos (Class of 2018)</em></p>2018-10-24T00:00:00-04:00{18A7C39D-8714-4E9E-AE20-53DE4398CD31} Gordon '02MS Wins Milken Educator Award<p><strong>ON PURSUING LIBRARY SCIENCE:</strong> I've wanted to be a librarian ever since I was a kid. I used to draw check out cards in the backs of my books and would make friends and family check them out. Reading has always been my favorite pastime, but I never realized that going to school to be a librarian was something people could do.&nbsp;</p> <p>I went to college as an English major and was in my last year, unsure of what to do after graduation. One of my part-time jobs was assisting in the Writing Center and my boss just threw, "Why don't you go to school to become a librarian?" at me. It clicked &mdash; like one of those cartoon characters getting hit in the head with a brick. I applied to Simmons that day.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON ATTENDING SIMMONS:</strong> I'm in my career because of Simmons! I was in my first semester and hadn't settled on a direction yet when I found a job listing in that trusty jobs/internships binder for my current position at Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School. I applied, got the job, and fell in love with working in a school library &mdash; specifically THIS library. I've gone back to Simmons since graduating to take a few more classes, work on my practicum, get certified, etc.&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Jennifer Gordon '02MS in a library. " width="350" src="~/media/F5AFEBDD287947BD9B582E04FF28EEC0.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" class="image-right" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON HER REWARDING WORK:</strong> I find this position most rewarding when kids are excited about reading, getting good books into their hands, reading with other students &mdash; everything. There's nothing better than a class getting upset when you've stopped reading at a good part because it's time for them to leave. I love it when they bargain to come in for recess so they can keep reading, or when kids have release dates of books memorized and they're chomping at the bit to read it first. It's also amazing when they demand an old favorite that they've read every single week for the last two years because it makes them happy. I love that my kids love books.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON WINNING THE MILKEN AWARD:</strong> I was shocked to win the <a href="" target="_blank">Milken Award</a> &mdash; I'm STILL shocked. When you think the day is going to go one way (setting up for an assembly, prepping for a reception for the Commissioner, rearranging classes, etc.) and it ends up with you winning an award and being featured on the news? Surreal city! But it's really so wonderful for my school and my profession to be acknowledged like this &mdash; I'm beyond honored.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON MAKING THE LIBRARY COOL AGAIN:&nbsp;</strong>I think that my enthusiasm for books and reading goes a long way &mdash; when I love a book, they almost always end up loving that book. We also do a lot of hands on activities in the library. I try to tie my makerspace projects to STEAMS (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, and social studies) and I'm a firm believer in physically creating something. We're constantly building things with different materials, I have a collection of cardboard just in case we need or want to construct something, and the kids love it. I have the added benefit of working with students outside the library in reading groups, our school band, and our Adventure Club, as well as during recess and lunch duty.</p> <p>In a world that's so driven by technology, I love that my students still love physical books. They cannot wait for new books to arrive, we love pouring over illustrations, anticipating the new read &mdash; it's so awesome to see.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <em>Photos courtesy of Charlie Little Photography.</em>2018-10-24T00:00:00-04:00{0E6A073C-265A-4058-9275-15C20388715E} Students Continue the Work of Bringing People Together<p><img height="300" alt="President Helen Drinan and Delaney Gagnon '21" width="350" src="~/media/9D1B769E6FE94A4A9EB5ACDEDCDAF2A4.ashx" /><em>In honor of John Simmons' birthday, Delaney Gagnon '21 was selected to present her essay during the annual Founder's Day Celebration. Read her contest-winning essay below!</em></p> <hr /> <p>In a world that feels increasingly fractured, by politics, intolerance, resentment and anger, we realize the value in connections. By bridging gaps and reaching out to those who are different from ourselves, we are better able to see the humanity in one another. I notice that today, these bridges are largely being built by women. In the midst of discord, it is women coming forward to heal division, sow unity and take leadership positions with the intent of making the world a more inclusive and connected place.</p> <p>Simmons has long understood the importance of having women in leadership positions. Founded in 1899 as a place for women to gain an education and achieve independence, Simmons became a space where they could strive to be more than the roles given to them by society. Today, Simmons students continue to defy the limits set before them. As <a href="">President Helen Drinan</a> has stated, &ldquo;All Simmons University graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and collaborative skills needed to engage the complex challenges of an interconnected world.&rdquo; To me, an interconnected world is one led by women.&nbsp;</p> <p>The late Gwen Ifill '77 '93HD, the first Black woman to host a national, political news broadcast and a Simmons alumna, exemplifies the &ldquo;knowledge and collaborative&rdquo; skills that President Drinan addressed. Ifill&rsquo;s incomparable ability to connect with people in interviews and through the screen of a television, speaks to both Ifill&rsquo;s talent as well as the lessons she learned at Simmons. Ifill&rsquo;s work serves as a model for many Simmons students on how to confront the challenges that have persisted through generations.&nbsp;</p> <p>After leaving Simmons, Ifill faced vicious racism and resentment in the newsroom. She entered the field in a time when women, especially women of color, were not welcome. Not only did Gwen Ifill persevere, she also became an icon in the journalism industry. Using skills and knowledge honed at Simmons, Ifill further proved that it is women who so often face the most challenging issues society presents us.</p> <p>President Drinan&rsquo;s words also remind me of Boston City Councilor and candidate for Massachusetts&rsquo; 7<sup>th</sup> congressional district, Ayanna Pressley. Though not an alumna of Simmons, Pressley spoke here in 2017 during my orientation. With no Republican opponents in the general election, Pressley will become the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in national congress.&nbsp;</p> <p>She forged connections among a diverse group of voters, showing that there is more that unites us than divides us. Pressley used her platform to elevate the voices of people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, low-income families and many other populations that traditionally have to fight for recognition. She embodies the inclusivity that the world needs to heal its heightened tensions.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h3 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px; padding-bottom: 15px;">"With an education deeply informed by social justice, Simmons graduates enter the world prepared to bring people together. In order to progress, we must find ways to connect with one another."</h3> <hr /> <p>As a student, I look to women such as Gwen Ifill and Ayanna Pressley as models of diverse, representative leadership. Women continuously display strength in times of hardship, compassion in times of distrust and anger, and leadership in a time when many Americans feel lost. Yet, society continues to ask women to prove themselves. Women continue to face doubt. This issue represents a greater trend of misogyny in our society, making the education and empowerment of women at Simmons all the more important. Though the world continues to present obstacles for women, Simmons students can use their education to strive to become changemakers like Ifill and Pressley.</p> <p>Simmons University prepares not just women, but students of all genders, to address the issues society presents us today. With an education deeply informed by social justice, Simmons graduates enter the world prepared to bring people together. In order to progress, we must find ways to connect with one another. Simmons students of every profession are able to see the crossovers between fields. Everyday, nursing students address the needs of low-income patients unable to afford healthcare because of policies decided by the government. Our social workers use medical resources to aid clients struggling with mental illness, and students studying history use knowledge of the past to advance the causes relevant today. Socially just leaders are made here at Simmons.</p> <p>John Simmons founded this institution with the understanding that to be truly independent, women needed to receive a quality education. Today, this belief continues to be upheld. Like Gwen Ifill and Ayanna Pressley, who challenged the status quo and proved that there is space for everyone in leadership and powerful positions, Simmons students acquire the confidence needed to fight institutions that divide us. To leave Simmons equipped with the skills to engage an interconnected world means not only possessing the knowledge to change unjust systems, but having the courage to do so, as well.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Originally from Danvers, Massachusetts, Delaney Gagnon '21 is a <a href="">social work</a> major and News Editor for the <a href="" target="_blank">Simmons Voice</a>.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Pictured above: President Helen Drinan and Delaney Gagnon '21</em></p>2018-10-23T00:00:00-04:00{404F3E4E-FAA4-415E-8895-998D65917E22} Your Magic: Erica Feldmann '12MA Makes Witches Her Business<p><img alt="Erica Feldmann '12MA sitting in her shop, HausWitch Home + Healing" src="~/media/F42CEBF104D842C9B24E785728CFBC75.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" />Erica Feldmann &lsquo;12MA is many things: an entrepreneur, a historian, a radical feminist &mdash; and a witch.</p> <p>Although the witch figure has been around for millennia, Hollywood is primarily responsible for our stereotypical cauldron and broomstick depiction of the witch. But don&rsquo;t confuse this archetype with Feldmann. As owner and founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Hauswitch Home + Healing</a>, a modern metaphysical lifestyle brand and shop, she&rsquo;s known as the Head Witch in Charge.</p> <p>We joined Feldmann in Salem, Massachusetts &mdash; a community forever linked with the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Sitting in the center of HausWitch, surrounded by spell kits, crystals and mystical, feminist-themed housewares, Feldmann begins with her earliest memories of what it means to be a witch.</p> <p>&ldquo;Growing up, my mom would say &lsquo;you know your grandfather was a witch,&rsquo;&rdquo; she recalls. &ldquo;The figure of the &lsquo;witch&rsquo; didn&rsquo;t have the same meaning as the popular imagination. Really what it meant was setting your mind to something and making it happen.&rdquo;</p> <p>Although her introduction to witches came from family, Feldmann asserts that she&rsquo;s always been drawn to the occult. Many of her childhood memories consist of wandering through bookshelves and continually gravitating towards volumes of tarot and runes.&nbsp;</p> <p>Feldmann also found inspiration in icons like Stevie Nicks and Kelly Cutrone &mdash; women who were empowered by their outsider status and refused to submit to the status quo. Kelly Cutrone&rsquo;s acronym of WITCH: &ldquo;Woman In Total Control of Herself&rdquo; particularly resonated with Feldmann &mdash; and she still uses this definition today.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I think the word &lsquo;witch&rsquo; in its essence is female,&rdquo; explains Feldmann. &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s about power and challenging the dominant culture. Who better to do this than the witch? Not from a place of being a victim, but from a place of strength.&rdquo;&nbsp;<span class="image-right"> &nbsp;<img height="300" alt="HausWitch Home + Healing Spell Kit" width="350" src="~/media/B895D4A9235F4A1F8581EC705A54892D.ashx" /></span></p> <p>Although female empowerment is widely acknowledged today, historically this has not been the case. In addition to the historic persecution of the occult, it&rsquo;s estimated that nearly 200,000 people were murdered in the European witch trials alone. Merging her passions for history and witchcraft, Feldmann focused her <a href="">gender/cultural studies</a> degree on the oppression of witches from a feminist perspective.</p> <p>Attending Simmons proved to be a turning point in her career. While hosting a housewarming party, a friend in the gender/cultural studies cohort admired Feldmann&rsquo;s knack for interior design. Eventually this led to Feldmann creating the first iteration of HausWitch &mdash; an interior design service and a blog documenting her work.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It really wouldn&rsquo;t have started without the network I had from Simmons,&rdquo; says Feldmann. &ldquo;I started with interior decorating and later created our spell kits, which are house-shaped boxes filled with objects designed to bring good energy into your home. People resonated with them and it showed me that I have something valuable to offer. I decided to quit my day job and opened the store three months later.&rdquo;</p> <p>Feldmann also credits the gender/cultural studies program for allowing her to approach the business in an authentic manner. By not having a traditional corporate background, Feldmann saw this as an opportunity to structure Hauswitch around her values.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h3 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px; padding-bottom: 15px;">"I think the word &lsquo;witch&rsquo; in its essence is female,&rdquo; explains Feldmann. &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s about power and challenging the dominant culture. Who better to do this than the witch? Not from a place of being a victim, but from a place of strength."</h3> <hr /> <p>&ldquo;Our mission is to provide a space for local, independent makers, crafters and witches to meet, shop and have a community space,&rdquo; Feldmann illustrates. &ldquo;Being a woman in business, I literally surround myself with other women who are very invested in the project of lifting each other up. I&rsquo;ve built HausWitch to be hyper-feminist, hyper-local and hyper-inclusive.&rdquo;</p> <p><img height="300" alt="Community members gather for Witching Hour at HausWitch Home + Healing." width="350" src="~/media/B7748D8D63564944A4A6CA64868C339F.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" /></p> <p>This is why Feldmann established a safe, supportive environment rather than a traditional storefront. From monthly meditations and crafting workshops, to political action events called &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">The Witching Hour</a>,&rdquo; she has successfully translated her feminist values into activism. All of these events occur with the ultimate purpose of benefiting and empowering marginalized communities.</p> <p>But what Feldmann really wants her customers to understand is that everyone can embrace their inner witch and invite a little magic into their homes.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I think when you start embracing the idea of casting a spell in your house, if that&rsquo;s something you&rsquo;ve never done before, it opens up a paradigm shift,&rdquo; Feldmann explains. &ldquo;Once you start allowing that into your life, it can really shift you &mdash; and that can really shift the culture and the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>Like the archetype of the radical feminist witch, there&rsquo;s power in being an outsider. By rejecting the status quo and advocating for change, you can make a positive impact in your community. What&rsquo;s more witchy than that?</p>2018-10-22T00:00:00-04:00{5C518272-038B-4030-A362-3B2D5DAACD9B} Vieira Publishes New Public Relations Book<p>This fall saw the publication of Edward Vieira&rsquo;s book, <em>Public Relations Planning: A Strategic Approach</em>, which has been selected by the International Public Relations Association as a <a href=";utm_medium=cms&amp;utm_campaign=180414723" style="text-decoration-line: none;" target="_blank">recommended read</a>. Vieira has over thirty years of experience in marketing communication and strategic marketing. He primarily teaches quantitative research methodologies, marketing research, consumer behavior, public relations and integrated marketing communication courses at the graduate level. At the undergraduate level, he teaches consumer behavior, marketing research and strategic communication campaigns and planning. We caught up with Vieira to hear more about his most recent book and how it's valuable for students. </p> <hr />2018-10-22T00:00:00-04:00{8B6358BB-F160-46D5-8D46-848E14823F2C} Official Simmons Guide to Boston<h3><img alt="Signs for Fenway Park" src="~/media/863579B50481400FAF9C4F6425C4E280.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" />Within Walking Distance</h3> <p>There's tons to do right around the corner from the Simmons campus. Just steps from our front door, you can take in some of the greatest pieces of art in the world at the <a href="" target="_blank">Museum of Fine Arts</a> and the <a href="">Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum</a>.</p> <p>Just down Huntington Avenue, you can head to the <a href="">Mary Baker Eddy Library</a>, take in a concert at <a href="" target="_blank">Symphony Hall</a> or the <a href="" target="_blank">New England Conservatory</a>, and catch a Red Sox game at <a href="" target="_blank">Fenway Park</a>!</p> <p><strong>Travel Time</strong>: Five to 15 minutes walking.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3>North End&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Statue of Paul Revere" width="350" src="~/media/78BF09BCB3FE43D69C3FE9E58EF1DC00.ashx" /></span></h3> <p>The North End is Boston's oldest residential community, and people have continuously lived there since it was settled in the 1630s. It's distinctly known for its Italian community, with restaurants like <a href="" target="_blank">Bacco</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Fiore</a> and the original <a href="" target="_blank">Regina's Pizzeria</a>.</p> <p>There are also plenty of pastries to try, and <a href="" target="_blank">Mike's Pastry</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Modern Pastry</a> have you covered. You can learn some history by visiting the <a href="">Paul Revere House</a> or check out a show at the <a href="" target="_blank">Improv Asylum Theater</a>. Oh, and if you're around in the summer make sure you check out the <a href="" target="_blank">St. Anthony's Feast</a>, which includes marching bands, food and live music!</p> <p><strong>Travel Time</strong>: 20 minutes on the Green Line.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><img height="300" alt="The Museum of Science building" width="350" src="~/media/CA44129129E74435BE3128F6923C04E2.ashx" />West End</h3> <p>The West End is a mix of commercial and residential areas and is home to the third oldest hospital in the U.S., <a href="" target="_blank">Massachusetts General Hospital</a>. You can learn a little more about the history of this area by visiting the <a href="" target="_blank">West End Museum</a> and cheer on the Celtics or the Bruins at the <a href="" target="_blank">TD Garden</a>. Science comes alive at the <a href="" target="_blank">Museum of Science</a> and you can pay a visit the old Charles Street Jail, now the <a href="" target="_blank">Liberty Hotel</a>.</p> <p><strong>Travel Time:</strong> 20 to 25 minutes on the Green Line.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3>South End&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Townhomes located in the South End neighborhood of Boston" width="350" src="~/media/DD2056E42CB646FE9838D76D44961287.ashx" /></span></h3> <p>The South End is one of Boston's main restaurant districts and features Tremont Street, which is often called "Restaurant Row." Restaurants like <a href="" target="_blank">The Beehive</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Toro</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">The Gallows</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Myers and Chang</a> and way more will keep you coming back time again.</p> <p>You can get in touch with your artistic side by visiting the <a href="" target="_blank">Boston Center for the Arts</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">SoWa Art Galleries</a>. It's also just a good place to go and walk around because everything is so pretty and Instagrammable.</p> <p><strong>Travel Time</strong>: 12 minutes on the Green Line, and then five to 10 minutes walking.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><img height="300" alt="People studying in the Boston Public Library" width="350" src="~/media/CD5085C0B6614CB49D180F07D82C2FC3.ashx" />Back Bay</h3> <p>Back Bay is famous for its brownstone homes, but it's also home to some of the most recognizable places in Boston, including the <a href="" target="_blank">Boston Public Library</a> and <a href="">Hynes Convention Center</a>. It also includes the best shopping spots in the city, from <a href="">Newbury Street</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Prudential Center</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Copley Place</a>.</p> <p>Want some of the best views of Boston? Hit up the <a href="" target="_blank">Skywalk Observatory</a> at the top of the Prudential Building for the city's only sky-high vantage point. Looking for more culture? Visit <a href="" target="_blank">Trinity Church</a>, regarded as one of the finest buildings in America, or the <a href="" target="_blank">Old South Church</a>, just across the street from the library. And don't miss the <a href="">Boston Marathon</a> finish line, or cheer on the runners if you're here in April!</p> <p><strong>Travel Time</strong>: 15 minutes on the Green Line.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3>Seaport/Waterfront&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="The Boston Tea Party Museum" width="350" src="~/media/0BCB844929894DB2ADA21598AA136500.ashx" /></span></h3> <p>If you couldn't tell by the names, you'll be right on the water when you visit the Waterfront and Seaport. Say hello to the sea creatures at the <a href="" target="_blank">New England Aquarium</a> or embrace your inner child at the <a href="" target="_blank">Children's Museum</a>. You can also head over to the Boston Harbor, home to the historic Boston Tea Party and the <a href="" target="_blank">Boston Tea Party Museum</a>.</p> <p>You definitely won't go hungry over here, with spots like <a href="" target="_blank">Legal Harborside</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Strega</a> and Ming Tsai's restaurant <a href="" target="_blank">Blue Dragon</a>! Rather catch a concert? The <a href="" target="_blank">Blue Hills Bank Pavilion</a> is one of the city's most popular outdoor amphitheaters, with great views of the water and some memorable concerts. Oh, and if you're looking to get out on the water, make sure you check out <a href="" target="_blank">Codzilla</a>, Boston's very own high-speed thrill ride boat!</p> <p><strong>Travel Time</strong>: 40 minutes (train time and walking).</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><img height="300" alt="The Boston Opera House" width="350" src="~/media/5A51537B83B947C3BA58F3947F1896CD.ashx" />Theater District</h3> <p> Are you a fan of broadway shows, ballets or even operas? You'll feel right at home in the Theatre District, where you can see everything from the <a href="" target="_blank">Boston Ballet</a> perform some of the world's most famous ballets to Blue Man Group perform their innovative and amazing performance you just have to see for yourself.</p> <p>Laugh at <a href="" target="_blank">Shear Madness</a> or catch the latest great show at the <a href="" target="_blank">Boch Center Wang Theatre</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Boston Opera House</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Charles Playhouse</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Colonial Theatre</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Cutler Majestic Theatre</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Modern Theatre</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Orpheum Theatre</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Paramount Theatre</a>&nbsp;or the <a href="" target="_blank">Wilbur Theatre</a> (phew). <a href="" target="_blank">Chinatown</a> is also close by, so you can grab some of the best Asian cuisine just around the corner.</p> <div> <p><strong>Travel Time</strong>: 20 minutes on the Green Line.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3>Cambridge/Somerville&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Rowing team on the Charles River" width="350" src="~/media/E15524C5E6634BA4BE4A8D3A37329A36.ashx" /></span></h3> </div> <p> Just across the river is Cambridge, which has its own collection of neighborhoods, but we're giving you the highlights. <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard Square</a> is home to Harvard University, but it also holds food, shopping and even some great music venues. There's a farmer's market, a skating rink in the winter, and tons of outdoor seating for the warmer months.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">MIT Museum</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard Art Museum</a> will keep you cultured, while <a href="" target="_blank">The Sinclair</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Club Passim</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">The Plough &amp; Stars</a> (and much much more!) will keep you entertained with live music.</p> <p>And don't miss the annual <a href="" target="_blank">Head of the Charles</a>! Watch this exciting regatta from the shores of Cambridge for some beautiful city views.&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><strong>Travel Time</strong>: 35 to 40 minutes on the train.</p> </div>2018-10-19T00:00:00-04:00