2018 School of Library and Information Science Commencement Awards

May 15, 2018

SLIS faculty presented commencement awards to outstanding graduates!

On Tuesday, May 15, the faculty of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) celebrated the following outstanding students, chosen as recipients of the 2018 Commencement Awards! Faculty and staff were present to celebrate the accomplishments of these students.


Michele Cloonan and Hannah SoltysHanna Soltys received the 2018 Estelle Jussim Award for the Visual Arts. The Estelle Jussim Award is given each year to a graduating SLIS student who has demonstrated great promise in the visual arts. It honors Dr. Estelle Jussim, a faculty member who was a distinguished photographic historian and scholar. Soltys has excelled in her academic pursuits and her internships, including an internship at the Baseball Hall of Fame. She is currently the archives assistant for the Boston Red Sox and has been chosen for the selective Library of Congress Librarian in Residence program.


Cathryn Mercier and Autumn AllenAutumn Allen received the Writing for Children or Young Adults Award, which honors a graduate student with strong academic performance and outstanding creative work for children and/or young adults. This is the third year of this Children's literature award, and Allen was chosen for her ability to integrate her understanding of literary theory into her writing for children. In the classroom, Allen was praised for listening and challenging her peers in respectful ways, a model of engaged learning. Allen has vision and commitment to give meaningful representation to marginalized voices in children's literature.


Syeda Saffana Anwar and Kyong Eun OhSyeda Saffana Anwar received the 2018 Outstanding Information Science Student Award. The Simmons Student Chapter of the Association for Information Science & Technology awards an annual prize for service to the chapter and academic achievement in information science. Anwar was the NEASIS&T liaison, building relationships between the organization and the student group, while also filling vacant seats on the board and keeping the group running smoothly. She was praised for her commitment to collaboration and building relationships between students and future colleagues in the library and information science profession.


Bridgett Pride and Em Claire KnowlesBridgett Pride received the 2018 Kenneth R. Shaffer Outstanding Student Award. The award is given each year to a student whom the faculty has identified as outstanding and possessing great leadership potential. It honors Dr. Shaffer who served as director of the School for almost thirty years. Pride's name will be inscribed on the Shaffer plague that hangs in the James M. Matarazzo Student Lounge. Pride displayed exemplary leadership skills as the 2018 LISSA President and project manager for 2018 DERAIL, as well as for planning the Alternative Spring Break and speaking at SLA and New England Archivist annual meetings. She is able to manage others and get things done, with natural charisma that brings people together.


Will Guida and Eric PoulinWill Guida received the 2018 LIS West Campus Leadership Award. The SLIS faculty and administration honor an outstanding student in the SLIS Western campus program who best exemplifies the leadership values of academic excellence, community building, service and commitment to the success of other students in the program. Guida showed leadership in and out of the classroom by organizing co-curricular activities for his peers, as well as developing and presenting lunch time workshops in anticipation of student needs.


Lisa Estabrook, Keegan Charlier, Melanie KimballKeegan Charlier received of the 2018 Daniel Fleming Award for the Outstanding School Library Teacher Student. This annual award is given in memory of the dedication, commitment to student learning and teaching excellence that Dan Fleming's career as professor, school library teacher and school administrator exemplified. It's awarded to a Simmons graduate student enrolled in the School Library Teacher Program who has demonstrated academic excellence, outstanding achievement in the school library teacher practicum experiences, leadership, and service — all qualities associated with its beloved and highly esteemed dedicatee, Daniel Fleming. Charlier was chosen for the enthusiasm, curiosity and positive energy she shared with her peers. She was willing to go the extra mile, and showed an investment in her success and that of her peers — and for her students, as she demonstrated during her practicum.


Main photo from left: Keegan Charlier, Bridgett Pride, Syeda Saffana Anwar, Hanna Soltys, Autumn Allen and Will Guida.

Photos courtesy of Alisa Libby and Naresh Agarwal.