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Sightings recently caught up with Janette B. Keddy, a 2012 graduate of our BSN program. Janette is currently a Community Health Nurse at the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Boston.

What was your education and career history before coming to Simmons?
I had a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from Syracuse University. I had a real passion for healthcare economics, but found myself in a financial analyst role after my graduation. Years later this led to various analyst positions and ultimately to a career in Information Technology. During this time, I also became a certified running coach through the Road Runners Club of America and a yoga instructor.

Why did you choose to become a Nurse?
After becoming a running coach and yoga teacher, I had an extreme interest in the human body. I also am very interested in people. My previous career wasn't allowing me to make the difference in the world that I had hoped to make. Now, working as a nurse, I feel I am able to make a difference in people's lives and that is a very satisfying feeling.

Why did you choose Simmons?
I was attracted to the program because of its incredible reputation. I also was attracted to the Dix program in particular because it was meant for adult students and I wanted to be part of a like-minded group with similar goals.

What was it like coming back to school?
A dream come true! I have always loved school and having the opportunity to go back for something I was truly passionate about was a blessing. My class at Simmons was a diverse group of ages and backgrounds and I think that made the transition to going back as an adult much easier.

What was it like to be an adult student at Simmons?
I felt respected as an adult student by the faculty and my classmates. While it was very hard work, I do believe the faculty and my classmates all worked together to help each other balance classroom, clinical and home life. I felt like Simmons was my home away from home

What advice do you have for an adult thinking about Simmons?
My biggest piece of advice would be to make sure you have a strong support system. Simmons faculty will offer great support, but adults will need help at home. I found myself just needing a night off from making dinner and sometimes that made all the difference in making sure I had time to do reading. Don't be afraid to ask for help! Making a career change or going back to school as an adult (or both!) is definitely scary, but change is good, albeit scary, and we all need change to grow.

How did you find your first nursing job?
Simmons College and the VNA of Boston had received a grant to start the first residency program for new nurses to start their careers in the community. I had the incredible opportunity to be a part of this residency program.

Has Simmons prepared you for this position?
Yes, it has, and then some! It's long been thought that new graduates need at least one year of acute care experience before entering the community as a visiting nurse. The group of new Simmons graduates who started at the VNA of Boston have been told several times how well-prepared we were with our assessment skills and clinical knowledge. I owe this to Simmons' amazing faculty and clinical experiences.

If reading about Janette's time at Simmons gets you excited about our second-degree Nursing options, apply now!


This week, Professor LaDonna L. Christian was featured on  The website is "the only online resource for today's diversified nursing community."  In the interview, Professor Christian discusses her career path, her role as Director of the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program at Simmons, and her advice for minority nurses.  Many Dix Scholars have experienced success as a result of participation in the Dotson program.

Read the whole article here!

Laura Duymovic entered Simmons in January 2012 to study management, and she is currently considering the BA to MBA program.

laura-duymovic.jpgWhat was your educational history prior coming to Simmons? I went to college right out of high school, while working a full-time job in a hotel. I began achieving promotions and greater responsibility at work, which required much more time and flexibility in scheduling, and ultimately transfers to different states. I couldn't afford not to work, so I opted to drop out of college just before my first transfer.

What were you doing before coming Simmons? I worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years and residential property management for about 5 years. I always kept finishing my degree as a goal in my mind. I even took additional college classes towards my degree in California but got transferred after only taking five classes. I was laid off of work and after about a year or so of looking with no success, decided to go back to college, which led me to Simmons.

An Interview with Mary Dutkiewicz, Associate Dean of Administration and SOM Academic Programs
School of Management (SOM) Associate Dean Mary Dutkiewicz advises many students in the management, finance, marketing and retail management majors. She also advises students interested in accelerating from a bachelor of arts (in any major) to the MBA program at Simmons.

Learn more about the accelerated BA to MBA option »

"Mary D" as she is known throughout the Simmons community, has been at the School of Management for over ten years working with both undergraduates and MBA students, and during this time, has been instrumental in helping to further the SOM's unique mission of educating women for power and leadership.


 "When I was looking to go back to school, the first college I thought of was Simmons."
     - Rita Shah, 44

"I became more interested in [my mom's] goal, and I decided to find out more about Simmons."
     - Neha Shah, 20

Discovering Simmons
Dix Scholar Rita Shah, 44, first arrived at Simmons in 2005 when her eldest daughter, then in high school, began looking at colleges. Since Simmons didn't offer a radiation therapy program, her daughter ultimately chose another school, but Rita never stopped thinking about Simmons. She remembers, "I was impressed with the faculty and the facility. I liked the school very much."


Terry Muller is the Director of the Writing Center and the Credit for Prior Learning program facilitator.  She has worked with adult learners in higher education for the past 15 years and appreciates the challenges women face when they return to college. She enjoys being an advisor of Dix Scholars and working with them to strengthen their writing.

"I am fortunate to be part of a collaborative community that embraces the school's mission to prepare students academically, professionally and for the world of work."
     - Andrea Wolf


A former Boston Globe "Job Doc" columnist, Career Education Center Director Andrea Wolf has made bold strides in expanding the role of the CEC. Shortly after her arrival to Simmons four years ago, Wolf undertook a strategic planning process to identify best practices among college career offices. Today, Simmons is positioned as a leader in the field of higher education career preparation.

  1. forster.jpgHow do I apply for financial aid?
    Simmons College has a very simple process for applying for financial aid. You only need to complete two forms.

    The first is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can find this information at:

    You will also need to fill out the 2012-2013 Simmons College Student Information Form, available on the Student Financial Services website.

    Once your forms are received, they will be reviewed by your Financial Aid Counselor and if needed, additional documents will be requested.


Dix Scholar Sharon Segura graduated in May 2010 with a BA in Management and has matriculated into the MBA program. As a BA/MBA student, Sharon took two graduate level courses while pursuing her bachelors.  These classes have helped to accelerate her MBA track. Having completed an Associates degree in business at a community college, the BA/MBA accelerated program was one the major reasons she chose Simmons.

Assistant Professor Susan Duffy
Ph.D.,George Washington University; MS, Johns Hopkins University; BS, Pennsylvania State University

profile.jpgSusan Duffy is recognized as a source of thought and initiative in advancing entrepreneurship, developing innovative education programs, and delivering system-wide value in diverse organizations. She is first and foremost an entrepreneur and has brought opportunity-based thinking and behavior to work as a university professor, an association executive, a business owner, and a consultant.

Susan teaches a range of courses in the entrepreneurship and management disciplines and has a passion for creating value for students that transcends traditional learning experiences. Before entering academia, Susan was co-owner of a family business commercial construction company and owned and operated a Chinese Food franchise restaurant, Ho-Lee-Chow. She has held leadership positions in health care and worked as an organizational consultant and trainer in both private and public work systems.