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80 years ago

It is hard to believe that it all started long ago....

My Summer Animation Project

My summer animation project is coming to an end. My character seems to bear a striking resemblance to a professor with a long white beard....

Some goodbyes. Some HELLOs!

Communications Faculty Marching in Commencement. Memorial Service for President Holmes. Orientation for the class of 2018....

The Academic Year in Pictures

Heralding Our New Dean

I had the Honor of welcoming the Simmons Community to the Investiture of our new Dean of the Graduate School of Library & Information Science....

an Olde Cover for a new year

I have been using a version of this wonderful old lantern slide projectionist for many years. And since it has been many years, my image manipulation now features the professor with long White hair and beard, rather than the...

an Invitation to say, "Thank You!"

Convocation

The tent was a Giant this year. It arrived like the skeleton of a whaling ship upsidedown in the Quad behind the Main College Building. It was my Honor to read the Proclamation announcing the start of the Academic Year....

Back to School. Back to Classroom.

I have a steamer trunk with a heavy padlock that I keep in a cool, dark place. All Summer long. Before the Classroom can come alive again, the trunk has to be dragged out, exposed to sunlight, memories of Summer,...

Children's Literature Institute

It was a Glorious Gathering that I attended deep in the Summer. Surrounded by the Joy of Reading. And the Joy of Writing. It was like waking up on a July Morning in Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine....

Ice Breaker

As part of Summer Orientation for the incoming Class of 2017 I attend a luncheon with a group of students and their Orientation Leader. To assist me in the generation of conversation I created a series of drawings and...

2017 Summer Orientation

Two days. Making new friends. Choosing courses. Listening, daydreaming, worrying & Seeing the Rainbow....

My College Summer Reading

As I prepare to greet the members of the Simmons Class of 2017, I remember bits and pieces of what it was like for me to come to college. I will never forget the three books that we had...

Class of 2017 Orientation Begins

The Traditional Summertime Undergraduate Orientation is about to begin. The website is humming with activities and schedules. The Class Facebook page reflects the questions, anxieties, and EXCITMENT of the new students. Orientation Leaders return to campus to begin their...

Reunion 2013 Friday

In an actually comfortable 90 degrees in the shade, we gathered for a picnic on the academic quad. We captured the memories of our times together at Simmons on our every-present cameras....

Wrangling A Jumble of Chairs

On this cold and dreary Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend in Boston, I sneak away from the frivolities and festivities for a little computer time for animation. Just HAD to put some things in order. Smiley Face....

Reunion 2013

With Reunion not long from now, I am preparing to welcome EIGHT Classes, from 73-08!...

A Joyous Gathering of Retired Faculty & Staff

The American Association of University Professors at Simmons host this Spring celebration. I am often greeted by my friends and mentors who met me four decades ago with "Are you still here?"...

Jo Knowles

I just heard that Jo Knowles will have a new Young Adults novel published this Fall. I always enjoy encountering work from people whom I know. AND I always love Jo's writing!...

A Sky-Weave Dallion

Here I am with one of my creatures from "A Sky-Weave Dallion." It received a Remi Award in Animated Horror or Fantasy from the Houston International Film and Video Festival. Sound for the six minute computer animation was created by my...

Student Picture Book Festival

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Sidelines Literary & Arts Magazine

There is a cherished spot on my book shelf happily receiving a new issue....

Anniversary

The Department of Communications moved into our beautiful new building seven years ago. During Construction I had the opportunity of visiting the space that would become my new home....

Commencement 2013

Several members of the Department of Communications captured in photos on a beautiful Friday morning....

Simmons Holiday Party

I have happily received a Presidential "Appointment." I am looking forward to greeting many friends tomorrow....

Mopsa The Fairy

Great shout-out to Kelly Hager and the Children's Literature Program in the Sunday New York Times by Bitterblue author Kristin Cashore. What's the best book you ever read for a school assignment? Oh, wow! By "school," do you mean my...

I Sing The Body Electric

As I paused to remember, as I often do, the contribution that Ray Bradbury made to my life, I took down a VHS from my dusty shelves. It was Something Wicked This Way Comes. Within the clam shell case, as...

Rest in Peace, my friend.

 Anne Coghlan, former Simmons Dean of Sciences and Health Professions, died Wednesday at her home after a short illness. There will be a memorial service for Dean Coghlan on June 26 at 5 p.m. at Fuller Village in Milton, Mass., where...

Reunion 2012

I can not wait to see Ms. Di Novi again! There are so many joys of Reunions....

COMMWORKS - PARTY AND SHOWCASE

Tuesday May 8 from 4-7pm Third Floor Lefavour Hall Come One, Come All! Commworks - The Show-The Party is here again. Communications Department's Annual Celebration of Student Work Begins at 4 P.M. with Food Fun & Music. Pick Up Latest...

Senior-Faculty Banquet

Tonight we gather for one of the final events of the academic year. In our best bib and tucker, we dine and converse, we members of the Simmons community. It is how, steeped in tradition, we begin to say Fare...

Sidelines - Simmons Literary & Art Magazine

Wonderful Issue of Sidelines released last night. Find your copy & DELIGHT in it, as I have!...

Congratulations Dan Connell

Trayvon Martin

On February 26, an unarmed  17 years old Trayvon Martin, wearing a hoodie inthe rain was shot to death in Sandford  Florida. To facilitate the Simmons College Community coming togetheraround this tragedy, on one hand to pay homage to a life cut short,...

The Magic of Simmons Philanthropy

I have the pleasure of presenting the video I created for the Senior Class Gift Campaign.Watch the Video...

Colleges of the Fenway Arts

Com Reception Windows - a new touch.

Beyond Harry Potter

What do you think. I read that J. K. Rowling will have a new book for us. New publisher for her "adult" book(s), no auction. Now there was nothing non-adult about her later Harry Potter novels. Certainly not.  ...

Say a little Prayer

Clothesline Project at Simmons

The T-Shirts will be hanging from a clothesline. It will be the Twentieth time at Simmons. They may be visited (not a sight to be "seen", really) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Each will bear a message. Some are vintage-old....

"Ready for my closeup."

All's right with the world. The "Spring" semester has begun. And frequently the weather is actually Spring-like. As our first full week of classes ended, I was approached by the wonderful producer of this video series. Thank you, Sarah.Watch the...

Prof Susan Bloom's Best Books of 2011

The 40 Days

Dear Diary, There are 40 days between the last class I taught in December and the first class I teach in January. There are now 17 days remaining. Awarding grades and celebrating the holidays fill up several weeks. There is...

The Year in Novels

Dear Diary,As the year winds down, I look over at my book shelf. I mark the year by the novels that have transported me away. Jo Knowles and David Gullette, I proudly say, are Simmons people. Life by Keith Richards...

Childlike Wonder

Dear Diary, Here's a quote from the TV show Bones. There's a fictional element to Christmas. It's the feeling of Christmas. What people call the Christmas spirit. It's a kind of dream or hope that we carry with us...

Papyrus

Dear Diary,What great news today. We have a publication date for Ellen Grabiner's book. And a cover! Amazon is cagey, saying this book will not arrive by Christmas. Nope. It come out in July. Perhaps it is Christmas somewhere in...

The Writer Who Sang

Dear Diary, One of my favorite authors died this week. Anne McCaffrey. The obits mentioned her first story. I knew I had read it long ago. As I thought of her passing I wanted to read it again. I...

I am Santa

Dear Diary, So often, no matter how terrible people feel, something small may give them pause. Seeing a man with a big white beard, maybe wearing a long red scarf, or a red cap (and maybe, no I didn't hear...

the halloween tree

My Best Audience....

Yesvember

Dear Diary, Just wanted to pray this morning. All Saints. Last night now I lay me down to sleep I thought I need to pray at Mass tomorrow. Eight a.m. sign on the Chapel door: no 8am Mass. Come back...

Happy Halloween

Dear Diary,All the Little Monsters came to class today.I played Bela Lugosi's Dead.It is a wonder that we did any teaching at all.TRICK OR TREAT!...

Once Upon a Scary Time

Dear Diary, I had quite a time at Safe Halloween. Quite a fun time. There was a great crew of volunteers who were my Greeting Team. I missed the big old chair I used to sit in there in...

sNOw

Dear Diary, It is sNOwing. i spent the day preparing lectures for the week. Like putting up jams and jellies. Especially if I can not get to the office tomorrow. Perhaps it will just rain. For heaven's sake it...

gimme a

Book. Dear Diary, I was a little whacked by my flu shot. Slept late. There was the threat of black ice and slippery sidewalks. i arrived at the classroom weary and weak. When done I lugged my stuff, quiz sheets,...

Festival Time Again

Dear Diary,A little bit of Hollywood blossoms at 300 The Fenway this time of the semester. Six dozen (and some change) students have completed their 2-minute narrative films. Stories, mind you, with a beginning, a middle and end (I think...

10:26 10/26

Dear Diary, I know someone whose birthday is today. 10/26. I know that the time of my birth was 10:26. Today was seven things. 7 was this. 6 was a PBS Mystery on my white iPad. 5 was Chinese...

Q-teen 84

Dear Diary, 1Q84 will arrive soon. When I first encountered the title I thought it was IQ84. Like Intelligence Quotient. Then shortly after I started to think about it as Q-teen 84, I read the Sunday Times cover story...

animatin dancin

Dear Diary,The next thing the animation students are going to do is bring a character to life on the screen. We have several marionette-like creations that are going to be given motion. Today I went through the process. I started...

Scary Monsters

Dear Diary,This picture showed up on the internet a while ago.I like it a lot.This week I will be reading Halloween stories to children of all ages....

Family Weekend

Oh Those Joyous Moments, Dear Diary,when I get to meet the friends and family and assorted sordid loved-ones of our students!This is such a time. Family Weekend 2011. I had several guest in Communications Media this morning at 10. That is...

Interview

Dear Diary,I received an email requesting an interview for a blog today. The answers to the interview questions are to be returned by email.I received a request for a magazine interview last summer. I turned it down. I believe I...

Send Alden Poole a Card

Dear Diary,Here's a note I got from a Poole. (There a million of them Pooles.)Please join me in a card shower for Alden Poole (Grandpa) on his birthday this coming Halloween. He will be 86 years old. He's not up...

Mid

Dear Diary, Mid-semester just about. Halloween coming. October Country. Nobody does Halloween like Ray Bradbury. The circus in Something Wicked This Way Comes. Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show. Listen to the rhythm of those words. Like the sound...

between a rock & a walk

Ya got, Dear Diary, 2 movie projectors. This is how i start my day. One ( projector! Stay Sharp, there) has sound but the picture lamp is burnt out. The other has no sound but the picture lamp is fine....

familia

Dear Diary, Family Weekend coming up. I made a video with toys to show students how to introduce me to their family members and friends. I learned this half a century ago. i have no idea if this is...

The Goose Girl

Dear Diary, What a beautiful Autumn morning. One hundred geese, no fewer than one hundred geese were feeding along the gravel walkway across from the Main College Building. A tiny old lady herded them away from the traffic racing...

Street-Greeting

Dear Diary, I usually walk to school. I have been doing it for a long time. For that long time people walking in the opposite direction have become face-familiar to me. Some brave souls will exchange a smile, others a...

2011 Senior-Faculty Toast

Dear Diary,Professor Leanne Doherty Mason delivered the Toast to the Class of 2012. She based her remarks upon an "interview" with her four year old son. It was delightful to see her gently expand upon a simple instruction like, "...

Boo

T'is the season to be jelly....

Day Off

Dear Diary,Day Off. Academic Holiday. No classes. Day Off. Not really.I received an invitation this morning at breakfast to join the staff in a Reception. Today was not a holiday for the wonderful staff. The Reception was an informal welcome...

Books & Movies

I live by the rhythms of the contemporary novel. By the patterns of narrative film. Don't mean to. Just do. Dear Diary, Just do....

Home

Dear Diary,In Blade Runner, J. F. Sebastian lived alone in an apartment building. I never saw any of his neighbors. During my last years living at Longwood Towers, I lived alone in one of the Towers. Condo conversion and construction had...

The Book Wars

Dear Diary,There used to be book stores. There used to be more books.Barnes and Noble is. Borders is not.The aforementioned B&N stores will no longer carry DC Graphic Novels, because Amazon has exclusive rights of DC digital editions. Kindle YES,...

Save The Simpsons

Oh dear, Dear Diary,This may be the end for The Simpsons. Cartoon contract battles in Cartoon Hollywood. Tunetown singing a sad sad tune.I really love my Simpsons hat. Me Mom gave it to me long ago. Something she picked up...

Steve Jobs - RIP

1984won't be like1984or any other year thereafter....

spock

Dear Diary, It was cool when Leonard Nimoy was in the new Star Trek as a major story element - Spock. He brought a dignity and majesty to The Next Generation when Spock appeared there. I think that he...

standing room only

Dear Diary,It was an inspiration listening to Eddie Daniels this afternoon. Imprisoned with Nelson Mandela among other things. A storyteller who had more and more to say. Apartheid victim and survivor.My sister was in town on business. I rode with...

wait a minute, Mr Postman

Dear Diary,Got a postcard today. US Mail. I think. It came from England, but it got here to me. So US Mail. Sid Berger is one of the few people who send me picture postcards. He sends great ones. From...

Cartoon 43

Dear Diary,I miss my Art. I stopped working on it sometime during the summer. This picture here is the last one I made. The cast of characters. I had thought about working on it at The Museum School as I...

Saturday

Dear Diary,It is Saturday. This morning the theme from the Liza Minnelli movie The Sterile Cuckoo got stuck in my head. The Sandpipers' "Come Saturday Morning."My Saturday morning had a long to-do list in my office. To Do in my...

My Friend Loraine

Dear Diary, Hey how's this. I had a visit in C-103 right at the end of Com Media this morning from an old friend. A wonderful friend. And most importantly an alumna.  Standing there beaming and saying "I don't...

Angels

  Dear Diary,I really like to read aloud. Frequently it is in church. Today was the Feast of the Angels. I got to read about the Battle Between Satan and the Angels. Bad Angels and Good Angels. Very dramatic stuff. Great...

The lineup

Dear Diary, Guardian of my most secret thoughts,Here they are. 9:30 am. Ready for the 10 o'clock class. Started 3 hours earlier. Organizing as many camcorders as I could lay my hands on for the 20 Com Media filmmakers who...

Fare Thee Well (via con Dios)

Dear Diary,WHAT a busy day. Perhaps this deserves an exclamation point.  !In the midst of it all I got a chance to say goodbye to Jen Roy and Melinda Weekes, our Catholic & Protestant Chaplains, respectively.It was a magnificent luncheon...

the dark blue apple

Dear Diary, I stepped into the classroom to load a Powerpoint into the computer. What could be more simple? I would talk about the slides. It started up fine. But the monitor looked a bit off. But monitors don't...

Weakend

  Dear  Diary,I haven't slept well this weekend. I had to reassure students scheduled to shoot their movies, who discovered that there were no cameras for them, that everything would be all right. Cast, Crew, Catering - all down the tubes....

Open House

Dear Diary,It didn't rain. Neither last night neither not this morning. But I wore my slicker. Those who have seen it know that it is Electric Tangerine. It is still supposed to. Rain, you know. Closest I got to it...

First Day of the Season

Dear Diary, It has been the most extraordinary day. Oh, I wish I could say that and that it were true. It has been a long day. I went to bed so tired, and awoke so tired, that I took...

what is the diminutive of technology

Imagine if you will, as Rod Serling used to say at the beginning of The Twilight Zone, a sweete and elderly professor. Each morning he enters his classroom, and each morning he finds everything rearranged. We are not talking...

"God"

"What if God was one of us? Just a stranger on the bus." Dear Diary, Jen Roy, Chaplain to the Catholic Community and Melinda Weekes, Chaplain to the Protestant Community are both leaving Simmons. Just this morning I attended...

notenough Time for Times

Dear Diary, The New York Times THE NEW SEASON sections are TOO TOO TOO big and vast and wonderful TO read and be finished with on a Sunday which is the point of the SUNDAY Times is it naught?...

Cause for Celebration

Department of Communications Receives - 2011 Program of Excellence Award. ". . . affirms the Communications program's interactive, student-centered, and creative approach to communication education. Taken collectively, the department's courses honor the discipline's past, but also address students' future...

Twice as much - the glory

Dear Diary Today I bought a book. On a beautiful September afternoon, I walked to the nearest BOOK store. Not very far. I paid almost nearly twice as much for it as if I had paid for it at...

Dot

Dear Diary, Yeah, that's you, Diary. That's me aunt Dot. In the picture there. She is me Godmother, too, like also. She's a keeper she is. You can tell, can't ya just lookin at the picture. I'm like goin...

Lefavour

Dear Diary, L e (not A) f (not F) a v (not F, hard to believe I know) o u r The First President of Simmons College was Henry Lefavour and my glorious office is in a building named...

aarggh

Oh Dear, Dear Diary, Oh Oh Oh! Before class the classroom projector wasn't working. When it got fixed, the VHS player wouldn't work so I shifted over to the DVD player in the computer. The DVD wouldn't play and...

Dear Diary, I awoke Startled From a Dream That I had slipped On Ice and That I Was Falling....

Birthday Money

Dear Diary, I got some money for my birthday. I promised to sent thank you notes and tell my benefactor that I bought like a book with it. The money, you know. I had been reading Game of Thrones....

Stentorian

Dear Diary I had the honor of reading the Proclamation announcing the start of the academic year at Convocation. Protected from the rain, President Drinan and I talked about the magic of rainbows....

Busy Being Born

Dear Diary, I am listening to the Peter Gunn soundtrack album from 1958. Henry Mancini jazz. My coffee is from Amy at the Sami's in front of Vanderbilt Hall at Harvard Med. I am unwinding from Day One of...

My animation class

Dear Diary, I ran my first day of school Animation Class off my iPad 2. It was a terribly rainy morning. All the wonderful young women arrived on time despite the weather. I was checking out the classroom at...

Dear Diary

Dear Diary, You are as new as the school year. But you are the kind of book that I love. An old book. An old book to fill with my thoughts. (And maybe my secrets.) Hello, Diary. Hello, New...

Gold Medal for COMMTRACKS

For the second year in a row, the Department of Communications' CommTracks magazine, which is produced in Studio5, has been named a Gold Medalist by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, which is affiliated with the Graduate School of Journalism...

Crazy Stupid Love

Simmons College alumna Denise Di Novi has produced a new movie with Steve Carell and a (what appears to be a) love-filled cast. Wave to me if you see me in the audience of this summer delight!...

Future is Now (& then)

Dear Friends of iPad I have successfully projected video and sound from my iPad 2 in C-103 using my newly acquired Apple Composite AV Cable. Thank you It is so much like the science fiction I watched long ago...

Farewell Coach Price

Without fanfare, my good friend Tony Price took his leave of the college this week. When I learned about his departure I took a sad, deep breath....

Meet the Class of 2015

Summer Orientation begins on a beautiful morning with a comprehensive welcoming program for entering students and their families....

Farewell Good Friend

Simmons Professor from 1947-1989 George W. Nitchie (1921-2011) Rest In Peace....

Class of 1991 - 20th Anniversary

Capping off Reunion with the Class of 1991 at Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square...

The Today Show - Simmons Style

REUNION 2011 The Today Show - Simmons Style What better way to kick-off Reunion weekend than with our very own version of the Today Show? We gathered for a news magazine hour where we heard from alumnae experts from...

2011 Service Awards Ceremony

The Alumnae Association's Priscilla McKee Award for outstanding service to the college was presented to Pat Fallon, Assistant Vice President, Comptroller's Office at the Annual Service Awards Ceremony. President Drinan presided, recognising employees marking anniversaries ranging from 5 to...

Commencement 2011

Department Pride. 'Nuff said!...

Undergraduate Conference

REVIEWS "Hi Bob, It was a pleasure working with you and your students, as well. Congrats to them! I really enjoyed watching the films -- such talent. I also loved walking by the room seeing everyone entranced. " "Hi...

Meet The Family

As the members of the Class of 2011 celebrate Senior Week, a white tent rises in the Quad behind the Main College Building. "Meet the Family" is a new event at Simmons College. There will be a toast thanking...

The Academic Year Ends

The Most Recent Chapter of our Celebration of Student Work in the Department of Communications....

The Show/Commworks

Reunion

Com Department Professors Joan Abrams & Judith Aronson will be major contributors to Reunion Weekend. Friday, June 3 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
The Today Show - Simmons Style 
What better way to kick-off your Reunion weekend than with our very...

Match Madness Marches On

Match Madness

I had the delightful honor of appearing in the Match Madness fund raiser video. And I was equally honored to be remembered in the company of the magnificent Professor Alden Poole. Match Madness...

Eyesore NoMore

What arose with all the classy grace of a trailer park, gas station, Quickie Mart in the beautiful College Center has undergone a change. A lovely blonde veneer has been applied to the metal surfaces. Now gentle rays of...

Letters of Hope

A special event to celebrate Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. This event included remarks from Political Science professor, Leanne Doherty and offered an opportunity for the community to participate in writing letters of hope, encouragement, and get well wishes. These letters...

Celebrating 40

"Good Friends!" was how President Dan Cheever used to begin each of his public meetings. He always spoke with enthusiasm. With that enthusiasm and spirit of friendship he established a few new traditions here at Simmons College. One such...

a Rolling Stones morning

It was numbers. Numbers, not numerology. We didn't say numerology. The Lady at Sami's serving me breakfast, whom I had not seen in a while, welcomed me, "Happy New Year" . . . & asked when I was born....

Susan Bloom's Favorite Books 2010

I always take time, before the end of the semester actually occurs, and all the students begin to travel home, to spent an afternoon with my friend Susan Bloom. Her theme this year was COUNTDOWN. Taking a cue from...

Susan Bloom's Best Books!!!

Susan Bloom! This Wednesday December 15 at 2:30 in the Student Activities Conference Room. My favorite most wonderful holiday treat is listening to Professor Susan Bloom & her "Best Children's & Young Adults' Books of the Year." I have...

Farewell Sarah Burrows

It has been a bitter-sweet time in the Department of Communications. One of our most valued members is moving on. We took time to be joyous in celebrating Sarah Burrows' many contributions. "Hello all, I cannot say enough how...

Professor Joan Abrams

Congratulations to Communications Professor Joan Abrams for being honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as Rhode Island's Outstanding Philanthropic Citizen....

Indian Summer

New benches & weather in the 60's on October 26 on the Academic Quad....

We Rest Our Weary Bones

As the first leaves of Autumn begin to change color As the first leaves of Autumn begin to fall Benches arrive and ring the Main College Quad...

A Stack of Sacks

Yes, today's college women travel with an abundance of belongings. And everything fits into the sack on their backs like peddlers in the old stories. Prior to beginning an examination, they must become unencumpered in their seats. The bags...

The Academic Year Has Begun

September 1, 2010 on Academic Quad, 300 The Fenway Morning Convocation (10 a.m.) The new all-College event to celebrate the opening of the academic year. The President delivered a State of the College Address and remarks were given by...

Sweet Love with Beryl Bunker

Such a happy moment with a wonderful lady and friend of Simmons. She is with the angels now......

Simmons Top Chef!

The Fens was transformed at the last event of the summer. Each chef was asked to create a specific dish which was then reviewed by a panel of 3 culinary experts on taste, creativity, and presentation *2:30-3:15- Chefs busily...

Hollywood Women

Variety, the show business weekly, celebrates the contribution of the women involved in bringing "Ramona and Beezus" to the silver screen this summer. Simmons College alumna and honorary doctorate recipient Denise Di Novi produced the film. A breath of...

New Faces

Summertime for the Class of 2014 - meetings on the quad, parents and daughters registering, getting SharkCard photo IDs - all organized by the Orientation Leaders Team....

Summer Orientation

Reunion 10 Parties

Reunion Saturday

Reunion Saturday

Reunion 2010

The Academic Quad Transformed....

REUNION TIME AGAIN

The Class of 1975 will be one of seven reunioning classes I'll have the pleasure of reminiscing with quite soon. Here we are five years ago. As we dine together again, I will surely mention that we all arrived...

COMMENCEMENT 2010

And A Splendid Time Was Had By All....

K A T H R Y N. B I G E L O W. O S C A R - W I N N I N G. D I R E C T O R. [!]

K A T H R Y N. B I G E L O W. F I R S T. W O M A N. O S C A R. W I N N I N G. D I R...

Crew

From high atop the Main College Building staircase we see members of the Crew Team ablurrrr upon their rowing machines matching ergs to dollars....

The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Slicker

The dawn light comes earlier. It is still cold. I walk my one mile to school. A street friend greets me. The pedestrian lights are working at Brookline Ave. It is like Russian roulette. There are four corners. There are...

Student Art Show Opening Reception

On a beautiful winter's afternoon, with sunlight flooding the Trustman Gallery, students, faculty, staff and friends gathered for the first Art Event of the Season. The finest selections representing the many classes offered by the department adorned the walls....

Haiti Benefit Breakfast

Staff Council Haitian Benefit Breakfast In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Staff Council hosted a community fund-raiser breakfast on January 19 in the Kotzen Room. Donations toward relief efforts were collected, and ARAMARK generously donated coffee and...

How the semester begins

It is a far cry from the typewriters and photocopiers of Simmons long ago. Typing and printing and collating and stapling were all accomplished by hand. The results were aesthetically limited, although Simmons women and their faculty members learned...

Happy New Year MMX

One New Year's Eve when I was very young, and my parents were out at a party, I stayed up late and watched television. There was an old Jack Benny movie on called The Horn Blows at Midnight. In...

Santa

I could hear a Dad at the entrance steps of the MFA say, "Santa" to his wife as he gently turned his little children toward me as I crossed the snow on Huntington Ave. The little girl was shy,...

Books with Susan Bloom

While the winter freeze was on outside, "The Heat is On!" was on the inside, as Professor Susan Bloom presented her selection of the Best Children's and Young Adult Books of 2009. I love this annual event. In the...

Final Celebrations

As the Fall Semester winds down in the Department of Communications, the fire crackles on the television in the lounge. The olde professor publicly reads the best Picture Books created in class. Crowds of cheering members of the College...

Santa Visits Mesick

Winter Wonderland

As the semester comes to an end, we feasted at the Winter Wonderland Dinner as President Drinan carved and served the turkey. Judging took place of residence halls' seasonal decorations. The Simmons Gospel Choir performed at the Festival of...

Sad Simmons Gate

The Sad Simmons Gate, once the proud Kodak Moment photo op, especially around Commencement, has been dragged through the muck, and rests unceremoniously in the Place of the Abandoned Bicycle Racks. I wish someone would appreciate the symbolic value,...

Making Education Work

On Monday, November 9 in the Kotzen Meeting Room, President Drinan greeted faculty and staff, launching the largest fundraising campaign in Simmons' history. Trustee Judy Mann '83, Chair of the Advancement Committee, shared the lectern with the President as...

Safe Halloween 2009

As a guest of Simmons Community Outreach at the Scott/Ross Center, I joyously participated in this wonderful annual event. The neighborhood children arrived around 3:30, and then went directly to Alumnae Hall, where several Simmons groups and Halls had...

Happy Birthday, John Simmons

At high noon on Friday October 30, President Helen Drinan welcomed the Simmons community to the annual birthday party for the founder of the college. Happy 213th with a magnificent cake....

Halloween

Whilst I was riding The Halloween Elevator, the one in the Main College Building that screams like a banshee as the cables scrape over the suspension mechanism threatening to snap and plunge me in my metal cage, my metal...

Class of 2010 Senior Faculty Toast

On Wednesday, October 7, President Drinan welcomed the Senior Class to the Paresky Center for the annual Senior-Faculty Toast, which was delivered by Zach Abuza, Professor of Political Science and International Relations. The champagne flowed freely at this, the...

Prof Maggie Bush Retires

After an amazing fifty years in the field of youth services, Professor Maggie Bush addressed friends and colleagues, in the first of many retirement celebrations....

Letters to The Voice

I usually recommend that Alumnae subscribe to the student newspaper at the College so that a little money flows in and so that you get newsprint and faint ink patina on your fingers and your eyes. But it is...

Farewell, Malicen Thunderland

Just as I am finished reading the glowing review of Drew Barrymore's feature film directorial debut in Variety, I see that Alison is retiring from roller derby. The movie is called WHIP IT and Drew, Ellen Page and Kristen...

Farewell, Maggie Bush

Seniors

2009 Honors Convocation

"Let the Academic Year Begin! Let The Wild Rumpus Start!"...

Me Birthday

Simmons has many families within many communities. I am most fortunate to have good friends....

September 11

Voices of Articulate Women

'Tis (Oh where does that apostrophe go?) Back to School time. And (should I begin a sentence with "And"?) before the first week is out, concerned students begin to make their voices heard. I might say that faculty and...

Ice Cream Social

To the delight of One & All, our own ice cream truck appeared in the MCB Plaza as a special treat for the Simmons Community. Even a thunder shower couldn't "dampen" our spirits!...

At My Desk

The 2009-2010 Academic Year begins in a few short weeks. Here is where it all happens before each class. Notes, files, books, and movies come off the shelves and out of the desk drawers each weekend in preparation for...

Feng Shui of Benches

The Plaza behind the Main College Building has three newly installed benches. The Uncommonly Nice Bench sits near to a shade tree and faces the lawn. The Stoney Bench sits upon the concrete runway sidewalk. The Am-I-Waiting-for-a-Bus-at-this-Stop Bench boasts...

facebook Faces

Posting facebook profiles gives me the opportunity to endlessly create self-portraits....

turn on the A/C several hrs before Honors Convocation if you don't want me & your audience to... MELT!

The Gym is a wonderful place to hold a basketball game. Or a dance, like in high school. At one time Honors Convocation was held outside. Folding chairs facing a small stage. A beautiful autumn afternoon. A small gathering...

Hooray!

Such nice news for ME today. "Lee Street" has been taken off the market. I know that is not good news for the people trying to add to the college coffers, but I am glad that piece of Simmons...

Today in America - Red, Light, & Blue

Fun at the Simmons Bowl

*READY FOR A RAUCOUS, RAMBUNCTIOUS, GOOD TIME ? PLEASE JOIN US THURSDAY, JULY 16, 3:30 - 4:30 PM IN C-103 FOR THE 1ST EVER, SIMMONS BOWL Watch the "best and brightest" of Simmons, pitted against one another, as two...

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince

Blame it on The Dark Knight. The box office success of THAT movie last summer unspired corporate heads to save Harry Potter for this summer. Instead of last November when it was ready for release. My students responded to...

Happy Fiscal New Year's Eve

2013 arrives

Remember when you first visited Simmons? Remember your Orientation? The members of the class of 2013 come to their Summer Preview during these last days of June. It is indeed an exciting time....

Calvin tells me stories

Summer school semester uno is coming to an end. It ain't summer in 2009. It is as rainy as a Victorian London novel or a Los Angeles film-noir. When I arrive in the morning for my breakfast, with my...

the yogi, the key & me

the people's feet have spoken

When 'The Grande Lawne' or 'The Great Green Space' opened in the back of the Main College Building, I wrote about the 'People's Path' which slowly appeared as we moved from building to building. Shortly before Reunion 2009, and...

Braddlee Farewell Gathering

Braddlee, who has ably served the College since 1999 as Director of Academic Technology and the Pottruck Technology Resource Center has announced he will be leaving Simmons at the end of June to assume a new role as Dean...

My Old Books

I take comfort from my library. Comfort from my old books. I had only a few paperbacks when I entered college. When I left college I had boxes of them. The most precious I packed in a suitcase and...

the Simmons gate

Reunion Hugs & Kisses

I just read Alisa Libby's most recent entry on writing. Loved it. I recently finished her book The King's Rose. Loved it. I wonder if this wonderful prolific writer will become the champion of reconnect as her number of...

Reunion Weekend 2009

Only a few days until Reunion Weekend 2009. This summer's first big big blockbuster movie was something called STAR TREK. When I first came to Simmons to teach Professor Dorothy Williams' Communications Media course I had a microphone, some...

Reunion 2009

I began the day flipping through the pages of Microcosms - our yearbook. 4s and 9s, or however one indicates the possessives of numbers - 4's & 9's. I'll have seven reunion classes returning to Simmons. Eight when we...

miles of smiles

The Shooter & The Shot

Catherine Chalpin, Class of 2009, captured the olde professor, hiking up his skirt, descending the stairs from the Commencement stage at the beautiful Pavillion. I love the process of art. The artist & her subject. The swing of the...

i looked at clouds

Faculty and friends said farewell to Cheryl Welch out on our Lefavour third floor patio on a beautiful spring afternoon with the sky clouds reflecting above....

springtime time

Today is Saturday of the last week of the semester. Commencement is Friday. It seems like something is scheduled or something is due every hour of the day. Wonderful things. But so many. Yesterday morning was beautiful. I took...

Sidelines Publication Readings

the Sidelines Literary & Art Magazine launch...

Art & Music Gala & endings

What are you going to do tonight? Well, I am going to one of my favorite events. It is the Art & Music Departments Gala. 5:30 start in the Paresky Center. It is one of the many many many...

jump rope

Silent Auction

Look at all the Happy Bargain Hunters during the last moments of the 25th Simmons College Silent Auction!...

Remembering Prof Allen Smith

GSLIS's Alumni Day will include a toast to Professor Allen Smith, given by President Dan Cheever at 3pm on Friday, April 17 in the Linda K. Paresky Center. Allen's wishes were to not have a memorial service. He was...

THE SILENT AUCTION BEGINS

Professor David Gullette's Final Lecture

Did I mention that I dropped into David's lecture on Hamlet? It was just the first part. I really wanted to see him and his last class on The Bard of Avon was in the fall. I'm sure I...

Prof David Gullette's Final Lecture

Book Launch Event

Alisa Libby's second novel was released to the world at a ceremony in the Kotzen Room. Many fine people attended. There were cookies and the word "Risque" was battered about along with the cookies....

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Professor Randi Lite and I share a moment between our classes in C-103....

Strawberries & May Wine

My first classroom had no windows. Perfect for movies. There was a screen with a curtain that opened like in a theatre. There were speakers on both sides of the screen. In the back, there was a projection booth...

Olde Books, Goode Books

I can't remember when I first searched out an old book on the internetz. I had been buying from Amazon for a long time. Often times around Christmas as presents for others. Good books. It was a rainy day,...

Summer School

Ash Wednesday

I frequently read at Mass at the Emmanuel College Chapel. Today is Ash Wednesday. The Simmons College Catholic Community joined me, by crossing the street to our neighbor's campus, to receive our Ashes. Someone asked me what I was...

Women's Voices

You may recall mention I made of Eve Ensler earlier. She delivered a magnificent Commencement Address and received an honorary doctorate from Simmons. My classroom was transformed into a theatre by the talented woman shown above for their presentation...

Happy Birthday, Mr Presidents

For the long weekend I took advantage of some free time and unearthed a few more video clips for the BobWhiteLibrary on YouTube. President Holmes, President Cheever, and Mr Simmons. I will also get a chance to screen the...

Now Playing on YouTube

I have recently created a new Channel on YouTube. Initially I posted study videos and demonstrations for class, but as I searched through my vagrant collections of recordings I kept finding gems like David Gullette reading A Child's Christmas...

Want to Buy the President's Lee St. Home?

Want to buy a Mansion? It is hardly a Mansion, but I called it that, "Lee Street," the President's house. the President's Home. My first President was William Holmes. Bill and his wife Jo entertained at Lee Street. It...

YouTube MeTube

YouTube.MeTube.I make movies.William Gibson wrote about:the footage:in his 2003 novel Pattern Recognition.[YouTube(2005)MeTube(2007)www.YouTube.com/BobWhiteMovies].Nearly 1300 people,mostly in France,have viewed my Emile Cohl animation.The French they say are fond of Jerry Lewis as well.Because of the technoir limitations of YouTube my first...

Thorton's Destroyed By Fire Jan 6, 2009

The entire block of restaurants was destroyed. Part of the Simmons experience. Part of the Fenway neighborhood....

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Holiday Party 2008

The People's Path

I have long known about a landscaping "experiment" or at least I have heard fragments of the story. A college created a greenspace and the question was asked, "Where shall we put the walkways?" It was decided that the...

Professor Susan Bloom's 11th Annual Review of Best Books

One of my great, great pleasures of December's at Simmons College is sitting and relaxing with Susan. High atop the new Lefavour Building, with the cold damp outside, I can sip cider and nibble on homemade cookies whilst listening...

Simmons Concert Choir

The Simmons College Concert Choir, under the direction of Danica Buckley, presented "Stopping By Woods on A Snowy Evening" Music of the Season and Simmons Step Songs on Friday December 5 at Alumnae Hall. This was one of the...

Holiday Crafts Sale

Winter Wonderland and and

The last weeks of the semester are chuck full chock full of joyous events. This week I am frequenting the Craft Sale. All the things that I can't do - you know, needle and thread, crochez, poutpouri - I...

Too Sexy for the Catwalk

In mid November I had the pleasure of being a runway model for the first time in my life. The Fashion with Impact Fashion Show promoted fashion brands committed to sustainable fabrics and fair labor practices. I was the...

Cheers!

Postcard to the Editor of the Simmons Voice What confounded, bureaucratic folderol! (Folderol is a word which means "nonsense" or b.s. in the vernacular.) Aramark insists on carding everyone at the Senior Faculty Toast. Young & old. Rich &...

Dancing

The first thing I did when I saw the "Please Don't Walk On The New Grass" signs, sitting on the new grass at the Speed Racer Go-Cart and Skateboard Plaza behind the Main College Building, was . . ....

The Toast

Oct 23 Simmons Voice

Dear Simmons College,When will the Good News come? What will the Good News be? "The Class of 2012 is 450 strong." Have to wait until next September. "The College has balanced its budget, is out of debt, and is...

Halloween

My amazing Com Media Teaching Assistants pose with olde Professor Dumbledore on the staircase of the Main College Building....

Reading

I really did paint my face blue when I read scary stories in the dormitory livingrooms. I still enjoy reading. For the Safe Halloween Party I stand on the stage of the renovated Alumnae Hall and perform for a...

Oct 9 Simmons Voice

When Bianca J. ("You're a star, yes you are, yes you are . . .") spoke, forever, at Commencement, forever, she insulted the United States, was booed, and I was embarrassed. Mortified. When Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina...

Old Friends

Simmons alumna Heather O'Neill, CNN documentary producer, shares a moment with her old Communications professor....

September 28 Simmons Voice

When the Department of Communications launched the careers of the women who grace the Wall of Honor, Professor Alden Poole was Chair. When then Interim President Dan Cheever first addressed the Simmons community publicly, he had a timeline of...

September 21 Simmons Voice

It is not on page 29 of the 2008-2010 Catalog. At least I couldn't find it there when I looked. Honor Code of Responsibility. Where the heck was it? I found it on-line. Student Handbook. You see I was wondering...

April 26 Simmons Voice

A farewell poem she showed me The Cupboard Under The Stairs at Lee Street the President's home there is one a Cupboard Under The Stairs she showed me because we both love Harry Potter a Lady walked among us...

Why I Agreed 2 B Part of this Project

Don't ever invite a Vampire into your house, you silly boy. Thus, the fine character actor Edward Hermann, delivers these lines in the 1987 film The Lost Boys. And so begins the climactic battle between good and evil once again....