Campus & Community

A Look Back at 2023

A photo collage of people who were featured in Simmons News in 2023

Simmons students, alumnae/i, faculty, and students contribute to so much of the world: from health and wellness, to art, food, culture, and beyond. Here’s a look back at some top stories of the last calendar year.

Headshot of Anna Kijas by Gerry Szymanski

Anna Kijas '08MS Helps Preserve Ukrainian Cultural Heritage,” Simmons News, January 30, 2023

Kijas, a music librarian at Tufts University, co-founded Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (SUCHO) to help Ukrainians preserve their history.

Creating a Skill-Building Experience: Nursing Simulation Labs at Simmons,” Simmons News, February 8, 2023

To get School of Nursing students comfortable with their skills before they are expected to perform them off-site, Simmons University created a 11,000 square foot Simulation Center, which includes five high fidelity simulation rooms: an obstetrician/gynecologist office (OB/GYN), a pediatric office, a medical/surgical suite, an ICU, and an ER. 

Headshot of Professor Johnnie Hamilton-Mason

Professor of Social Work Johnnie Hamilton-Mason Researches Leadership and Advocacy of Boston’s Black Women,” Simmons News, February 13, 2023 

Founded in 1919, the League of Women for Community Service is a Boston-based Black women's organization that still exists today. According to Professor Hamilton-Mason, the League helped cultivate Black womanhood in a nurturing and supportive way. Members of the League also provided important services to the greater African American community, particularly during the mid-twentieth-century.

Notable Women of Boston mural

Feminist Art with a Simmons Connection,” Simmons News, March 1, 2023 

Now on view at the Massachusetts State House, Ellen Lanyon's Notable Women of Boston mural has a fascinating and complicated history. Here is the story of how this painting was created, where it traveled, and how it has enriched Simmons and Boston.

Photo of Autumn Luz. Photo by Zave Smith.

Autumn Luz on Balancing "Speed," Creativity, and Physical Limitations,” Simmons News, March 1, 2023

Mary Garcia Charumilind '12 was highlighted by Jazziz Magazine for her debut original single, "Heat," released in late 2022 under her stage name Autumn Luz. We caught up with her about her music and how she navigates the music business while managing her own creativity and limited energy in light of a medical condition.

Photo of Mary Eliza Mahoney

The Mary Eliza Project Recognizes Boston's First Women Voters,” Simmons News, March 13, 2023

Faculty and students at Simmons have joined to create the Mary Eliza Project, transcribing voter registers to create a searchable database of the more than 50,000 women who registered to vote in Boston in the months following the Nineteenth Amendment (1920). The Project is named for Mary Eliza Mahoney, the first Black woman to graduate from a nursing program in the United States, who registered to vote in Boston's Ward 13 on August 18, 1920.

Photo of Nanette Veilleux

Professor Nanette Veilleux Receives Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award,” Simmons News, March 27, 2023

On March 17 at the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) in Toronto, Professor of Mathematics, Computing, and Statistics Nanette Veilleux received the Computing Research Association-Education (CRA-E) Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award. Veilleux's superb mentoring is crucial to help ensure the flourishing future of computing research.

Photo of Yunxin Li

Assistant Professor of History Yunxin Li Receives North Star Collective Fellowship,” Simmons News, April 18, 2023

The North Star Collective fellowship offers engagement opportunities for BIPOC faculty members from a variety of New England institutions. Professor Yunxin Li reflects on how the North Star Fellowship has enhanced her identity as a scholar both professionally and personally, and supported her research in early Chinese history.

Maggie Knowles Headshot

Maggie Knowles '02 Helps Celebrate Local Food Culture and Agricultural Sustainability,” Simmons News, August 1, 2023

As the Editor-in-Chief of edible MAINE, a print and digital magazine that explores Maine's food scene, alumna Maggie Knowles promotes a holistic approach to the culinary arts and food production. Knowles spoke with us about her love for writing and food, and how Simmons helped her achieve her dreams.

Marilyn Riley with a group of patients and others involved with Team Heart in Rwanda

Marilyn Riley ’73 and Team Heart: Sharing Skills with Communities in Need,” Simmons News, September 12, 2023

In 2010, while she was Director of Clinical Education Cardiac Ultrasound at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Marilyn Riley ’73 became involved with Team Heart, a nonprofit organization that provides much-needed cardiac care to patients in Rwanda. For eleven years, Riley took annual trips to Rwanda to support this effort. We talked to her about what this experience meant for her, and for her career.

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