All Simmons News{33615800-FA17-46CF-9174-C1C622D5B1EC} Up and Out: Women Reshaping the Media Narrative<p>On Friday, March 16, <a href="">Simmons Community Engagement</a> hosted the panel discussion, "Speaking Up and Out: Women Reshaping the Media Narrative" in honor of International Women's Day.&nbsp;</p> <p>"At Simmons we are raising the voices of women and ensuring that these voices are heard," said Diane Hammer, Director of Community Engagement, as she kicked off the event. This apt statement laid the foundation of the overall discussion, which focused on the challenges that women continue to face in today's media and the increased need for female change agents within the industry.&nbsp;</p> <p>Karen Holmes Ward, Director of Public Affairs and Community Services as well as host and executive producer of WCVB-TV's <em>CityLine</em>, moderated the discussion. A well-known journalist and community advocate, Ward stressed the importance of becoming an "informed consumer" of the news, rather than a "passive viewer."&nbsp;</p> <p>Other panelists included Dr. Nada Mustafa Ali, Visiting Associate Professor in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston; Jaclyn Friedman, a veteran activist, author and founder of Women, Action &amp; the Media (WAM!); and Danielle Johnson, Broadcast Manager at GRLZ Radio, a Dorchester based program for middle and high school girls where broadcast journalism is used as a catalyst for social change.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Ali, author of <em>Gender, Race and Sudan Exile Politics: 'Do We All Belong to this Country?</em>, spoke about the need for diverse female representation in all aspects of the media industry, from onscreen portrayals to the technology behind it. She also stressed the importance of thinking critically about these portrayals in order to become fully informed about the spaces women inhabit within the media.&nbsp;</p> <p>Friedman echoed Dr. Ali's statements and urged consumers to "give your attention purposefully." She explained that media mergers are becoming increasingly prevalent, therefore only a small number companies control the outgoing messages. In order to ensure that all voices are heard, Friedman encouraged attendees to push for a more balanced media ecosystem. "Your clicks [online] are your vote," she said. "Are you giving your attention to the thing you want to see more of?"</p> <p>In addition to consuming media with purpose, Johnson recommended that women create their own content. "Young voices are shaping today and tomorrow's media," she explained. "By encouraging women to continue to create the content on their own platform, they will have full control."&nbsp;</p> <p>As the event came to a close, Friedman offered attendees a practical application of the event's discussion: "If reshaping the media seems too large, narrow it down until you have a small slice that doesn't feel overwhelming. Movements need followers too. Paralysis is the enemy here."&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <em>Pictured from right to left: Dr. Nada Mustafa Ali, Jaclyn Friedman, Danielle Johnson and Karen Homes Ward</em>2018-03-16T00:00:00-04:00{EB259A4C-340B-479C-B58A-DC6370A7B4ED} Alum Finds the Right Fit in Leadership Role<h4>What was your favorite course at SLIS?</h4> <p>It's a tie between Candy Schwartz&rsquo;s Digital Libraries course and Rong Tang&rsquo;s Usability and User Experience Research course. Both courses allowed me to be in the driver's seat as a student and guided my experience while I gained knowledge. You couldn&rsquo;t ask for better mentors than Rong and Candy&mdash;to this day, both professors still give me advice and provide encouragement.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Tell us about your current position.&nbsp;</h4> <p>I'm currently the University of Washington Libraries Resource Discovery and Library Management Systems Coordinator.&nbsp;</p> <p>The University of Washington is part of a consortial environment called the Orbis Cascade Alliance, which consists of 39 institutions across Oregon, Washington and Idaho. We have a Shared Integrated Library System (SILS) between all 39 institutions. I coordinate and manage all the work around our portion of the SILS at the University of Washington. Specifically, my position comes down to three major themes:</p> <ol> <li>Coordination: Coordinating library-wide efforts surrounding the operating of our Library Management System (LMS). We use the products Alma and Primo.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Technical Support and System Development: Training, troubleshooting and supporting users with Alma and Primo systems. In addition to the technical maintenance of Alma and Primo, I work with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and other code to improve the user interface of Primo.</li> <li>Institutional Representative: Ensuring that the University of Washington has a voice and is represented with Ex Libris Users of North America (ELUNA), Ex Libris as a vendor, and with our consortial environment Orbis Cascade Alliance.</li> </ol> <h4>How did SLIS prepare you for your career/current position?</h4> <p>The courses that best prepared me for my position were Management, Usability and User Experience Research, Digital Libraries, Evaluation, and Digital Information Services and Providers. I still refer to my coursework binders and textbooks, especially with Usability and Management. The Usability course gave me experience working with an actual client, managing expectations and providing professional level deliverables. All of which relates to my work with stakeholders at my institution. Digital Libraries had the biggest impact on my career, because Candy assigned me the role of project manager of my digital libraries class. She saw leadership potential in me that I hadn&rsquo;t seen in myself. Without Candy pushing me, I wouldn&rsquo;t be in the position I am today.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>My fellowship as a Dean&rsquo;s Fellow for Instructional Technologies allowed me to grow as a manager, and provided me with experience in public speaking to large groups and on focused topics in technology. I also had an internship in Beatley Library which was incredibly helpful. If you're ever curious about Academic Librarianship and systems, you can&rsquo;t get better experience than working one-on-one with a Systems Librarian. This experience gave me a better idea of my future career path and allowed me to focus my coursework on the skills I needed to succeed.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Advice for current students?</h4> <p>Take additional cataloging courses, they will come in handy no matter what library specialty you decide to do. I definitely regret not taking more cataloging&mdash;it would have given me a better understanding of our resource management system and the librarians that work with it.</p> <p>Copy job ads for positions that you find interesting. Knowing what skills you need to reach your goal will help you decide which courses and internships you should target. I did this throughout my time at SLIS and felt well prepared for the jobs I wanted.&nbsp;</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t be afraid to apply for a position, even if you don&rsquo;t check all the boxes on a job description. Do your research about the place you&rsquo;re applying to and make a case for yourself. You never know what might catch the eye of a hiring committee.</p> <p>Never underestimate the importance of phone interviews. If you don&rsquo;t do well on the phone, you may not get another chance to impress the committee.&nbsp;</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t get discouraged. Job hunting can be difficult and can cause you to doubt yourself. Engage in an activity that feeds your professional confidence: start a blog, go to networking events, volunteer at your public library, or take advantage of free workshops.</p> <p><hr /> </p> <p><em>Photo, courtesy of Anne Pepitone, taken at&nbsp;Suzzallo Library at University of Washington.</em></p>2018-03-15T00:00:00-04:00{6711C265-5918-417E-95E3-58B894FAE6F1} Spring Break Takes Mary Soares '19 to South Carolina<p><strong>ON PURSUING NURSING:</strong> For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a nurse. My biggest role model is my mom and she's been a nurse for 25 years. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at a young age and vividly remember the commitment, compassion and honesty that I received from the nursing staff during my one week stay at the hospital. Following my discharge from the hospital, I met frequently with the school nurse, who became an integral part of my diabetes management. I knew then that providing that care for others and putting that passion and integrity into my work is what I'm meant to do.</p> <p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong> I chose to attend Simmons after visiting the campus during my senior year of high school. The Simmons <a href="">nursing major</a> is one of the top programs nationwide and the close proximity to Longwood Medical Center provides me with incredible clinical opportunities. I also love the small, supportive atmosphere and the way the building placement around each quad provides a safe, community and home-like feeling.&nbsp;<span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Mary Soares" width="350" src="~/media/79D535E592BC4BF7958AF74B21CA5617.ashx" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="">Alternative Spring Break</a> (ASB) is a student-led program that partners with Habitat for Humanity to provide students with opportunities to build and restore homes within the United States.</p> <p>I started participating in ASB during my sophomore year. I was seeking an opportunity to become more involved on campus and wanted to meet people outside of my major and friend groups. I'd heard about previous trips through mutual friends, saw pictures around campus and was working in the <a href="">Scott/Ross Center</a> at the time. I applied and was chosen to be part of the 2017 team! My participation in ASB is truly the best decision I've made since attending Simmons.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON HER LATEST ASB EXPERIENCE: </strong>This year the team traveled to Clemson, South Carolina where we worked on a reconstruction project for the Pickens County Habitat Chapter. During our time on site, we did minor demolition projects, interior painting, placement of hard wood floors, and some singing and dancing too!</p> <p><img height="300" alt="Mary Soares" width="350" src="~/media/71027FBFCD304EE19883F7BFE20AA551.ashx" />ASB has taught me so many incredible life lessons. It's provided me with opportunities to grow as a person and make friendships that will last a lifetime. This year we had the chance to meet Habitat homeowners and view the interior of their homes. It was really powerful to see how the work we're doing is impacting individuals and their families. All of the homeowners were welcoming and expressed the upmost appreciation to our team.</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE ASB MEMORY:</strong>&nbsp;My first Habitat experience traveling to Valdosta, Georgia in 2017 is my favorite ASB memory. I felt myself step out of my comfort zone, learn new tasks, grow individually and make many new friendships. During our week of building, we completed all of the interior and exterior walls and placed them on the foundation of the home. It was incredible to obtain new skills and submerge myself in a new community and culture.</p> <p><strong>ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH ASB: </strong>The application process begins in early October when the trip leaders will advertise around campus and on social media. Written applications are then accepted in the Scott Ross Center. Following the written application process, the leaders will conduct group interviews and the team will be chosen. Keep an eye out for flyers regarding the trip and our applications next fall!</p> <hr /> <p><em>Second photo: Mary Soares '19 and John, a volunteer with the Pickens County Habitat for Humanity Chapter</em></p> <p><em>Third photo: Mary Soares '19 and Hannah Hast '17</em></p>2018-03-15T00:00:00-04:00{6467C5E0-11B8-42DD-BE4A-510182677366} Share: Women I Admire<hr /> <h5>BETTY FRIEDAN</h5> <p>"Betty Friedan is one idol. She ignited the Feminist Movement while raising three children. She reminds me that you don&rsquo;t have to be sweet to be an effective leader."</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=08E08B6A9A2740D4AD41F6DC185C2B3E&amp;_z=z">Elaine Dimopoulos</a> '08GS, Author of <em>Material Girls.</em></p> <hr /> <h5>MY CEO</h5> <p>​"My goodness, there are so many women I admire. Our CEO Edie Fraser taught me to dream bigger than most people dream and then be relentless in execution. I have never worked so hard or so proudly. She is an iconic entrepreneur and human being."</p> <p>- <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=201D49E3756F4A59BB98D1B2329C5B38&amp;_z=z">Julie Kantor</a> '91, Chief Partnership Officer of STEMconnector and Million Women Mentors​</p> <hr /> <h5>LIBBA BRAY</h5> <p>"Libba Bray is probably the hardest working and most brilliant writer I know. I've seen her work during tremendous pressure and she never waivers in her commitment to her craft. She never limits or censors herself or makes compromises when it comes to the projects she takes on. But above all that, she is probably the kindest person I know, and she's taught me to always try to be my best self, in writing and in life."</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=8C6F849207364CCE8639A39BABFA7689&amp;_z=z">Jo Knowles</a> '92 '95LS, Author of <em>Still a Work in Progress</em></p> <hr /> <h5>&nbsp;OPRAH</h5> <p>"Not to be clich&eacute;, but Oprah is a woman I admire. She's a strong leader, great advocate and does so many wonderful things for others. She's not looking for recognition, she just does what's right."</p> <p>- <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=2EB30669F7FD4A348BF2B95A0E53D1A9&amp;_z=z">Amy Sevigny</a>&nbsp;'99, Staff Nurse II at Boston Children's Hospital.</p> <hr /> <h5>MY MOTHER</h5> <p>"My mother traveled to Haiti as a nurse in her twenties. She tended to the very sick children and mothers who came to see her at the hospital where she worked. I learned from her how to start and run a clinic, ask for donations of medicines and supplies and really take the time to listen to people and see beyond the poverty to the man, woman or child who needed a caring hand."</p> <p>- <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=192E07B64BD444ED84F3833DD7A933BF&amp;_z=z">Cherie Miot Abbanat</a> '90, CEO of Haiti Projects, Inc.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Photo of Cherie Miot Abbanat</em></p>2018-03-08T00:00:00-05:00{1C5EDC7E-6BC0-43B5-BB00-9B58920BD319} Salit on Defying Expectations and Learning to GrowAs CEO of Performance of a Lifetime (POAL), <a href="">Cathy Salit</a> heads a team of coaches and human development experts who help companies and individuals grow, learn, and develop as leaders.&nbsp; <h4>Was there a moment in your career when you made a move to disrupt the status quo? How did you come to that decision?</h4> <p>Yes, there have been many moments &ndash; I&rsquo;m sort of a professional status quo disruptor. But the first one was when I was 13 years old. I dropped out of junior high school, took a couple of dozen kids with me, and we started an alternative school in an abandoned dry cleaning store in Manhattan.</p> <div> <h4>Which female leader do you most admire? In what way has she driven change?</h4> <p>So many to choose from! But I&rsquo;ll pick Lenora Fulani, the activist and developmental psychologist. She&rsquo;s not very well known &ndash; but she made history when she ran for president of the United States as an independent candidate in 1988. She was the first woman and the first African American to be on the ballot in all 50 states. She&rsquo;s also creator of the &ldquo;Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids&rdquo; program of the non-profit All Stars Project, which has broken new ground by using performance to foster positive interactions between the police and inner-city youth.</p> <h4>What would you say is the most daring move you've made in your career?</h4> <p>When my team and I decided to bring one of our signature exercises into a leadership development workshop for a group of the most senior, C-suite executives we had ever worked with. We directed each of them to get onstage and improvise a one-minute &ldquo;performance of their lifetime.&rdquo; We really weren&rsquo;t sure they&rsquo;d agree to do it; we thought they were too set in their ways to take such a risk.</p> <h4>What did you learn from that experience?</h4> <p>Since they performed with no hesitation and great gusto, I learned that we had seriously underestimated these leaders&rsquo; zeal to grow. Our big lesson was the same one the executives took away: when we&rsquo;re constrained by what we already know and know how to do, we can&rsquo;t grow &ndash; we can&rsquo;t see, act and think in new ways. But in doing this &ldquo;impossible&rdquo; performance (really &ndash; how can you perform your life in one minute?) you see new possibilities, you break from your tried and true script, and you see yourself and others like you never have before. By the way, this was almost 20 years ago, and this &ldquo;impossible&rdquo; thing has now been done by thousands of people, in front of their colleagues and their teams.</p> <h4>What&rsquo;s the best piece of career advice you&rsquo;ve gotten along the way?</h4> <p>Don&rsquo;t fret too long over this storm&hellip; the next one is just around the corner.</p> <h4>If you could change one way women support other women on their path to success, what would it be?</h4> <p>To form groups/ensembles that are made up of women from different walks of life and who are different economically, ethnically, by age, and by sexual preference. We need to be with women who are different from us, and support each other from where we are to help each other become who we are not... yet.</p> <style> </style> <h4>Any tips for work/life integration?</h4> <p>Oy. I wish I did. I mean, I know the right things to say...but I struggle with this. Biggest idea? Have pets. At a minimum you have to say silly things to them and pet them a lot.</p> </div> <h4>If you could dine with anyone, past or present, with whom would you dine and what would you like to ask him or her?</h4> <p>I would dine with Harriet Tubman. And I would ask her to speak at an event that I was organizing filled with people from all walks of life.</p> <div> <h4>Fill in the blank. People would be surprised to know that&hellip;</h4> <p>I can only see out of one eye. Late last year, I discovered that I had a large cancerous tumor in my left eye. I had plaque radiation therapy, and the prognosis is guardedly positive, but it&rsquo;s been and continues to be an intense, life-altering experience. I&rsquo;m only just beginning to talk about it publicly.</p> <hr /> <p><em>For recent news about the&nbsp;<a href="">Simmons Leadership Conference</a>, make sure you're following SimmonsLeads on&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>!</em></p> <div></div> </div>2018-03-06T00:00:00-05:00{AECCD8BD-934F-4342-8943-ECF22016D6FB} Vital Importance of Preserving Privacy in the Modern Library<p>The School of Library and Information Science is proud to welcome&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Frederick Lane</a> as our Allen Smith Visiting Scholar. An author, attorney, educational consultant, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, NY, Lane is a nationally-recognized expert in the areas of cybersafety, digital misconduct, personal privacy, and other topics at the intersection of law, technology, and society.&nbsp;</p> <p>Lane has appeared on <em>The Daily Show with Jon Stewart</em>, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the BBC, and MSNBC. He has written nine books, including most recently <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00RSNBZJW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fsl3com&amp;linkId=6CQIITURHYMIUS55" target="_blank">Cybertraps for Educators</a> (Mathom Press 2015) and <a href="" target="_blank">Cybertraps for Expecting Moms &amp; Dads</a> (Mathom Press 2016). </p> Frederick Lane will lead two panel discussions:&nbsp;<a href="">&ldquo;Free Speech, Civil Discourse, and Libraries&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;on March 13, 6-8 p.m., and&nbsp;<a href="">&ldquo;Cybertraps for Librarians&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;on March 16, 2-5 p.m. Each event will also be recorded and made available online. <div><hr /> <div> <h4>What is the most vital privacy issue facing LIS professionals?</h4> <p>Preserving the privacy of patron reading records is vital. At its most basic level, this means providing physical and institutional security for the records of which books patrons borrow from the library. "Physical security" can be accomplished by making sure that only authorized members of the library staff have access to the records. "Institutional security" refers to adopting policies that address under what circumstances law enforcement officials can review the borrowing records of patrons.&nbsp;</p> <p>A subset of both types of security is the issue of "computer security." With more and more library data stored on computers, and more and more readers borrowing books electronically, it is vital for libraries and librarians to understand computer security and implement appropriate safeguards. For instance, libraries should consider encrypting patron data and implement the use of the secure communication protocol (https) for remote connections.</p> <h4>How do LIS professionals and libraries use technology but steer clear of privacy issues?</h4> <p>The single most important way in which LIS professionals and libraries can use technology and protect patron privacy is to collect as little data as possible about patron library use. Data can't be stolen or misused if it is not collected in the first place. I would describe this as the "Least Feasible Data Collection" protocol. Before a decision is made to collect and store identifiable data about patron library use, the following questions should be thoroughly discussed:</p> <ul> <li>What data is the library planning to collect?</li> <li>What is the goal that the library is hoping to achieve through the collection of data?</li> <li>What is the least feasible amount of data collection necessary to achieve the goal?</li> <li>What is the maximum period of time the library needs to store the data consistent with the goal in question?</li> <li>What are the potential consequences for the patron or the library if the data is compromised?</li> <li>Is it possible to adequately protect the data and if so, how?</li> <li>Do the potential consequences of a breach or misuse outweigh the goal envisioned by the library?</li> </ul> <p>As a former school board member, I know that sometimes the perceived goals of an organization (library, school district, etc.) can outweigh the interests of the people served. Those concerns should be carefully examined each time a new policy is considered and on a periodic basis for existing policies.</p> <h4>What is the future of cybersafety?&nbsp;</h4> <p>In the near future, the main cybersafety issues we will face are an intensification of two existing trends: the intense harassment and bullying online, and the sociological impact of access to adult materials by minors. Although these are complicated issues that will only be solved through the efforts of many aspects of society, there is no question that libraries and library professionals can play an important role. With respect to bullying and harassment, libraries can help promote civil discourse through education programs, workshops, materials for parents, and positive example of the library space itself. As for online adult materials, the most powerful step libraries can take is to help provide context for what kids see online. I believe libraries should be proactive in selecting and collecting materials about sex education, gender roles, and related topics. Having done so, libraries should develop a thoughtful outreach program to inform kids and parents that such materials are available.</p> <h4>What can librarians do to encourage civil discourse?</h4> <p>First and foremost, create a space that models civility and calm, which most libraries do innately. But there are a variety of other proactive steps that can be taken: workshops for kids and parents about online civility, poster contests, civility challenges ("how long can YOU go without insulting or hurting someone online?"), and so on. I think that libraries have a place in communities and the moral authority to host conversations about what our values regarding civility should be and how best to promote those values.</p> <h4>How can the library be preserved as a safe (civil) space, while also dealing with challenging issues?</h4> <p>The two top answers are:&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>Maintain and promote the role of libraries as a safe space for multiple viewpoints.</li> <li>Actively encourage and promote respectful conversations, especially about challenging issues.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p>Libraries have innate advantages in this regard, in that they are typically grounded in a specific community and respected for their dedication to wide-ranging knowledge. I believe there is a growing hunger for opportunities to calmly discuss the issues with which we are grappling and I think libraries have a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of those conversations. Properly done, that type of conversational leadership will only enhance the reputation of libraries and their role in our communities and our intellectual lives.</p> <p><br /> </p> </div> </div>2018-03-06T00:00:00-05:00{8DF244E4-861B-4AA3-A61C-4E2C8B0D2CB6} Are They Now? Robby Robertson '15MHA<h4>What does your job entail?&nbsp;&nbsp;</h4> <p> As Chief Facilities Officer at <a href="" target="_blank">Lahey Health System</a>, my job is to provide vision and leadership for Lahey Health, Real Estate, Construction, Maintenance and Plant Operations departments, which consists of 5 hospitals and over 120 locations for outpatient and physician services. In addition, I ensure continuous operations to meet the demands of all the patients we serve, as well as develop multi year master facilities planning.</p> <h4>How did Simmons help prepare you for your career?&nbsp;</h4> <p> <a href="">Simmons</a> offered classes comprised of folks already in the work force looking to advance their careers. The faculty are experts in their fields and are passionate about their work. Their enthusiasm pushed students to dig down deep, think, reflect and become better leaders. All are dedicated educators committed to teaching excellence and who take pride in mentoring students. The curriculum was rigorous and fully engaged students to have healthy discussions and to think independently. The faculty&rsquo;s understanding of health care administration culture was exceptional.</p> <h4>Why is your work rewarding?&nbsp;&nbsp;</h4> <p>I'm passionate about my job. It's challenging, but exciting. I'm empowered and allowed to develop my team members. Although at times our world is very reactive, we as a team try to be proactive and improve processes and work flow design. Our mission at Lahey is to provide high-quality, value-based health care services to all the communities we serve. Employees take it seriously, as they truly care. The culture, diversity and mindset is that of teamwork.</p> <h4>What advice would you give to the current Simmons students?&nbsp;&nbsp;</h4> <p>If you listen well, engage and give 110%, you will succeed. The wisdom Simmons faculty provide is invaluable. I've been fortunate in my life: I have an amazing wife, beautiful healthy children, and multiple career advancements which led to achieving the highest position within my field. When reflecting on these life and work accomplishments, completing the Simmons MHA program is one of my proudest moments&mdash;an experience to remember for a lifetime.</p> <div><br /> </div>2018-03-02T00:00:00-05:00{2A0A9E29-7C96-4B88-A056-D309FF660B16} Community News, February 2018<h4>Faculty</h4> <p>Dean <strong>Eileen Abels</strong> and Associate Professor <strong>Laura Saunders</strong> co-facilitated a pre-conference workshop, "A Future by Design: What Do We Teach?" with Lynne C. Howarth (Toronto) and Linda C. Smith (Illinois) on February 6 at the ALISE Conference in Denver, CO. Abels and Saunders also participated in a panel, "Core and More: Examining Foundational and Specialized Content in LIS Programs" on February 7.&nbsp;</p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Naresh Agarwal</strong> has been invited to Paris, France to speak <a href="" target="_blank">about his book</a>,&nbsp;<em>Exploring Context in Information Behavior: Seeker, situation, surroundings, and shared identities</em> at the First Workshop on Context in Analytics, held in conjunction with the 34th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, April 16-19, 2018.</p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Gerald Benoit</strong> gave a talk to faculty and students at Harvard on Information Visualization at Adams House on February 27.&nbsp;</p> <p>Senior Lecturer <strong>Rebecca Davis</strong> presented her poster entitled "Expanding LIS Education by Thinking About How Academic Librarians Can Collaborate with Undergraduate Women and Faculty in STEM" during the Works in Progress session at ALISE on Tuesday, February 6 in Denver, CO.&nbsp;</p> <p> Associate Professor <strong>Laura Saunders&nbsp;</strong>was quoted in a Poynter article which focused on the trust the public has in their libraries and librarians.</p> <div> <p>Assistant Professor <strong>Amber Stubbs</strong> presented on a panel, "Team-Teaching with Humanities" at the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Technical Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland on February 22. Stubbs has a new Natural Language Processing Shared Task starting up. Registration is now open &mdash; data release is March 5.</p> <div> <p><span>Associate Professor <strong>Rong Tang</strong> co-moderated the ALISE Special Program: Connecting Teaching and Research, on February 7. She co-presented a Juried Paper: "Teaching User Experience (UX) in LIS Programs and iSchools in North America: Challenges and Innovations" and participated in a Juried Panel: Teaching Research Methods in LIS Programs: Approaches, Formats, and Innovative Strategies on February 9</span>.</p> <h4>Adjunct Faculty</h4> <p>Adjunct <strong>Sid Berger</strong> presented "Frankenstein in the Popular Imagination" at the 51st California International Antiquarian Book Fair on Saturday, February 10. The Fair celebrated the bicentennial of Frankenstein, exhibiting first editions, comics, and vintage movie posters of Mary Shelley's "monsterpiece."&nbsp;</p> <p>Adjunct <strong>Lisa Fagin Davis</strong> published a post,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Fragmentarium: a Model for Digital Fragmentology</a>, on her blog, highlighting her students' participation in a Fragmentarium case study, which lead to original discoveries now reflected in the <a href="" target="_blank">manuscript record</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Staff</h4> <p>SLIS Assistant Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs <strong>Em Claire Knowles</strong> participated on the American Library Association's President's program during the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO. The panel discussed "Are Libraries Neutral? Have They Ever Been? Should They Be?"&nbsp;</p> <p>SLIS West Lecturer and Site Administrator <strong>Eric Poulin</strong> will be presenting at the Massachusetts Library Association Conference in May with SLIS West students Olivia Eberli, Elizabeth Pawlowski, and Norman Berlin. Their presentation, "Think, Pair, Share&mdash;But Don&rsquo;t Stop There: Creative Teaching Techniques for Effective Instruction" will feature students from the Fall 2017 LIS 408-20 User Instruction course at SLIS West, demonstrating methods they developed for the class.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Students</h4> <p>SLIS Doctoral Student <strong>Sarah Al-Mahmoud</strong> won 2nd place in the Association for Library and Information Science Education doctoral student poster competition on February 9.</p> <p>Computer Science students <strong>Pam Qian</strong>, <strong>Gemma Lein-McDonough</strong>, and<strong> Clara Elizabeth Carleton</strong> participated in Google's J term. In one week at Google Cambridge, they learned about programming android applications, learned how to prepare for a technical interview, met with SLIS alumni who work at Google, and created their own android app during a "code sprint" and presented their projects. For the mobile apps, they applied many of the data structures learned in Data Structures and Algorithms, taught by Assistant Professor <strong>Amber Stubbs</strong>. </p> <p>SLIS Student&nbsp;<strong>Jessica Vogel</strong>, an intern for the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Maine Historical Society</a>, wrote a blog post about the Poor-Parsons-Frellick family from Peaks Island and Portland, Maine.</p> <h4>Alumni</h4> <p><strong>Billy C. Beal </strong>'77LS&nbsp;was posthumously inducted into the Meridian Community College Hall of Fame on February 12 in the MCC Riley Workforce Center. Beal's portrait will be ultimately hung in the Dulaney Room with fellow honorees.</p> <p>Children's Literature graduates were among those recognized by <a href="" target="_blank">ALA's Youth Media Awards</a>. 2014 Children's Literature graduate <strong>Mackenzi Lee </strong>was awarded a Stonewall Honor for her YA novel, <em>The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue</em>. Roaring Brook Press editor <strong>Emily Feinberg</strong>, who graduated in 2011, edited the Caldecott Honor book&nbsp;<em>Big Cat, Little Cat. </em>2013 Children's Lit grad <strong>Karen Boss</strong>, Associate Editor at Charlesbridge Publishing, was editor of <em>Malala: Activist for Girls' Education</em>, which was a&nbsp;Batchelder Honor Book 2018.</p> <p><strong>Sondra Murphy</strong>&nbsp;'10LS began her position as <a href="" target="_blank">Director of the Leominster Public Library</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div>2018-02-27T00:00:00-05:00{8B80F69F-C5BD-4EEC-9A94-0C68FE8F4CFE} Announces First-Ever Million Dollar Match Madness<p>On March 1, the Trustees of Simmons are raising the bar and offering to match donations to the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=DAEA0B781D014586B97940EF5827D7EC&amp;_z=z">Simmons Fund</a> for up to $1,000,000. The <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=9E1B6F9B9983473CB51B89942CC54C5B&amp;_z=z">Match Madness Challenge</a> occurs every year and connects generous donors who agree to double the impact of their gifts made in March. In 2017, 765 donors gave over $290,000, which was matched by a generous donor, for a total impact of over $580,000.</p> <p>This challenge is part of the Trustees&rsquo; bold $2,000,000 commitment to The Simmons Fund, an unrestricted fund that supports programs and initiatives across campus. Barbara Cohen &rsquo;68, chair of the Trustee Advancement Committee says, &ldquo;We are making this groundbreaking investment because we recognize that this is one of the most important years in Simmons&rsquo; history.&rdquo;</p> <p>"Within two weeks this January, we opened the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0F2B139C46554638B0E1F08E20135F71&amp;_z=z">Center for Student Success</a> and the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=59DF7F313BC04827B610DC632A58FBA9&amp;_z=z">Multicultural Center</a>, which are providing state-of-the-art services to our students. And we&rsquo;re gearing up to launch four new colleges in the fall, including the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F41202130B524C6DADDF42885C61020A&amp;_z=z">Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities</a>," said Marianne Lord,&nbsp;Vice President of Advancement. "None of this would be possible without donors who believe in what we&rsquo;re doing. It&rsquo;s truly transformational."</p> <p><span style="font-size: inherit;">To honor these accomplishments and accelerate our progress, the Trustees ask alumnae/i and friends of Simmons to join them by making a gift to The Simmons Fund in March. Trustees promise to match every gift up to 12 times to stretch the impact of each gift as far as possible.</span></p> <span style="font-size: x-large;"> </span> <h5>3 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=9E1B6F9B9983473CB51B89942CC54C5B&amp;_z=z">MATCH MADNESS GIFT</a></h5> <ul> <li><strong>Monthly Sustaining Gift</strong>: Set up a monthly donation and the Trustees will match the total 12 times. So a gift of $10 a month ($120) will be matched with $1,440!</li> <li><strong>Three-year Commitment</strong>: Make a three-year pledge and the Trustees will match it 3 times. A gift of $50 a year will be matched immediately 3 times, for a total of $300.</li> <li><strong>Single Gift</strong>: The Trustees will match every gift in March dollar for dollar, doubling the impact!&nbsp;</li> </ul> <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=9E1B6F9B9983473CB51B89942CC54C5B&amp;_z=z">Make your gift</a>&nbsp;starting March 1, and follow us on <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a> for challenge updates.<br />2018-02-23T00:00:00-05:00{0FA7AD11-88C7-4AB8-94B6-D8EBB5BFF4F2} Magraw '20 Finds Courage on the Ice<p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>ON PURSUING NURSING:</strong>&nbsp;I've always loved caring for others and making them feel better when they're not at their best. My grandmother was also a nurse, so her stories inspired me.</p> <p><strong>ON ATTENDING SIMMONS:&nbsp;</strong>Simmons has one of the best <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0E39EC657B5644C080B15DF7C0F895BE&amp;_z=z">nursing programs</a> and the location couldn&rsquo;t be any better! All of the best hospitals are so close by, it was a no brainer. Also, I wanted to skate for the Skating Club of Boston, which is only 10 &ndash; 15 minutes from campus.</p> <p><strong>ON HER LOVE OF FIGURE SKATING:&nbsp;</strong>I began figure skating when I was just 4 years old, and for the longest time I wanted to skate for Disney on Ice. As I got older, I realized that if I wanted to skate for Disney on Ice, I'd have to take time off from school. To me, going to nursing school was my priority, but I also knew that I couldn&rsquo;t just stop skating. That's when I found synchronized skating and the collegiate teams. Being able to participate on a team that knows school comes first is perfect, especially with the intensity of the nursing program.&nbsp;</p>2018-02-22T00:00:00-05:00{706E30CE-14B2-43FA-801F-19363D454370} Swimming & Diving Celebrates Historic Win<p>The Simmons <a href="" target="_blank">Swimming &amp; Diving</a> team celebrated their first-ever win at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming &amp; Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship on Sunday, February 18 at the University of Rhode Island (URI). Competing against four other regional schools, the Sharks finished the four-day meet with a score of 1504 points.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Neuroscience and Behavior</a> major, Aine Scholand '20, was named the Swimmer of the Meet after breaking three school and meet records to capture a trio of gold medals in her individual events. Scholand shattered the 22-year old <a href="" target="_blank">NEISDA</a> record and the 28-year old URI pool record for the 1650-yard freestyle. She is also the second competitor in school history to win three individual gold medals during the NEISDA meet and the only competitor in school history to break three meet records.</p> <p>Prior to the meet, Scholand was unaware that the meet records were within her reach. "I had a general idea of the times I wanted and what places I wanted to aim for," said Scholand. "When I saw them, I got really excited and started talking strategies with my coach. She made sure I knew I was on pace to break them."&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Aine Scholand swimming backstroke" width="350" src="~/media/F8B207506CBE4DA88D8704F136FC3632.ashx" class="image-right" /></span></p> <p>In addition to being named Swimmer of the Meet, Scholand was also named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women's Swimming &amp; Diving Athlete of the Week for the week of February 12-18.&nbsp;</p> <p>Although she was honored to receive both accolades, Scholand credits her incredible teammates and coaches who encourage her every step of the way. "Having a good team really makes or breaks your experience," said Scholand. "I've been fortunate enough to be surrounded by amazing swimmers who value hard work... I'll always be grateful to them for accepting me as a part of the team."</p> <p>Overall, Simmons won six individual events and three relays for the meet and saw 14 of its 19 student athletes earn All-NEISDA status by virtue of a top-eight individual finish or top-four relay placing. The Sharks combined to achieve All-NEISDA status 56 times and earned 39 medals with a first, second or third place effort during the meet in addition to breaking eight school records.</p> <p>Other notable team accomplishments include:</p> <ul> <li>Jason Erichsen '19 &mdash; 2nd place, School Record in 200-yard breaststroke at 2:26.37</li> <li>Natalie Giraldi '18 &mdash; 2nd place, School Record in 100-yard IM at 1:01.19&nbsp;</li> <li>Maria Soraghan '21 &mdash; 2nd place, Personal Best in 100-yard freestyle at 53.89&nbsp;</li> <li>Anna Leedham '21 &mdash; 3rd place in Preliminaries, School Record in 200-yard butterfly at 2:13.39</li> <li>Elizabeth Bartlett '21 &mdash; 6th place, Personal Best in 100-yard IM at 1:04.61</li> <li>Lindsay Nichols '18 &mdash; 10th place, Personal Best in 200-yard butterfly at 2:26.89</li> </ul> <p>The Sharks are scheduled to attend the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships at Rutgers University the weekend of February 23-25.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><em>Photo credit: Mike Broglio<br /> </em></p>2018-02-21T00:00:00-05:00{2EA6C216-D61B-4688-AF6F-0E0242450B5E} Pizzollo '17LS is a Metadata Librarian for Amherst College<h4>What was your favorite course at SLIS?&nbsp;</h4> <p>It's a tie between Descriptive Cataloging (416) and Literacy and Service to Underserved Populations (422). The first because I'm a metadata librarian and I love cataloging and organizing resources so folks can find them. That class taught me the standards and theories behind the organizational systems so that I could move forward with a good foundation. The Literacy and Service class was invaluable; we discussed people who are often forgotten and went to the libraries and environments that supported them. I especially enjoyed our visit to a correctional facility library; my mother worked in a prison for many years. Also, User Instruction is essential if you want to be an instruction librarian, and it helped me conquer stage fright. We gave a presentation in every class&mdash;nothing formal, but it repeatedly got me to speak in front of people and it was nice to start off by speaking in front of supportive classmates.</p> <h4>How did you balance work and classes?&nbsp;</h4> <p>By constantly reminding myself that this was temporary and I wouldn&rsquo;t be devoting so much non-work time to school forever. I also reminded myself that, especially with graduate school, you really get out what you put in. Two years with minimal free time was tough, but I gained knowledge that will make professional life better for many years to come. I also continued to exercise and meditate, even while taxed with school and work; this was vital for my overall happiness, which impacts the quality of my work and school performance.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming student?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Don&rsquo;t get overly preoccupied with thinking that you&rsquo;re not getting enough practice during your grad school courses. Master&rsquo;s level classes, regardless of discipline, are going to incorporate practice, but they will largely be about theory. That&rsquo;s okay! The theory will help you more in the long run because the practice will come in work.&nbsp;</p> <p>That in mind, it is good to get internships, jobs, and volunteering in while you&rsquo;re in school to get more practical application time. During my time at SLIS, I had two internships in Tech Services at Amherst College and in Scholarly Communication at UMass Amherst.</p> <h4>What are you doing now?&nbsp;&nbsp;</h4> <p>I&rsquo;m the Bicentennial Project Metadata Librarian at <a href="" target="_blank">Amherst College</a>. I make metadata records to help users find, identify, select, and/or obtain digitized archival resources that we put in our repository. Metadata records are the new card catalog cards.</p> <h4>How have your studies at Simmons prepared you for your current work?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Simmons SLIS has given me a breadth of knowledge and a broad information organization theoretical framework. Conferences and journals are great for getting ideas on professional standards and how other institutions are doing things, but graduate school gave me a solid foundation.</p>2018-02-20T00:00:00-05:00{CDE74F6D-0127-48AE-884F-29F783829E02} Cartus: Progress Takes More than One Woman<h4></h4> LGBTQ activist <a href="">Brooke Cartus</a> is a senior facilitator with ImprovEdge, a corporate training and consulting company that helps clients learn to think on their feet, improve collaboration, and cultivate a positive work environment. <h4>What&rsquo;s the best piece of career advice you&rsquo;ve gotten along the way?</h4> <p>My mom always told me in grammar school, &ldquo;Don't let the turkeys get you down.&rdquo; That advice ran through my head every first day of school, of a job, of a project, of anything. It stayed with me. I was frustrated in law school while working on a group project. I called my mom and said, &ldquo;The turkeys are getting me down!&rdquo; and she said, &ldquo;That&rsquo;s kind of the point &ndash;&nbsp;we are surrounded by turkeys.&rdquo; There are always people around just squawking and doing little to nothing &ndash; just forge through and pay them no bother, they will be squawking long after you succeed.</p> <h4>If you could change one way women support other women on their path to success, what would it be?</h4> <p>I think that women underestimate the importance of a plurality at the table. Just one woman doesn&rsquo;t always make a difference in the decision-making of a leadership group. It takes more than one woman to shift the decision making and conversation. I think we need to shift from a view of tokenization to teamwork if we are going to continue to make progress and lift one another up.</p> <h4>What major issue do you think women should focus on to effect change?</h4> <p>Women&rsquo;s healthcare access is a huge priority for me. Living in a state (Ohio) with the second highest infant mortality rate in the country has really affected how I view women&rsquo;s health. From well visits to cancer screenings, from affordable contraceptive access to support through childbirth, I think about how crippling it was for my life when I didn&rsquo;t have access to good healthcare, and it negatively impacted every other part of my life. As women, if we could all work to give each other a baseline of healthcare, I think that would mark incredible progress.</p> <h4>If you could dine with anyone, past or present, with whom would you dine and what would you like to ask him or her?</h4> <p>Amelia Earhart! I would ask her what happened.</p> <hr /> <p><em>For recent news about the <a href="">Simmons Leadership Conference</a>, make sure you're following SimmonsLeads on <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>!</em></p> <style> </style>2018-02-19T00:00:00-05:00{F9A8A172-8F46-49F8-AD43-594D413D190D} News Coverage is Impacting ExxonMobil’s Social Responsibility<p><em></em></p> <p><em><em>Professor&nbsp;<a href="">Edward Vieira</a>&nbsp;teaches for the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6ED072F5A08A4527AB2862B768F1FA1E&amp;_z=z">Simmons School of Business</a>&nbsp;and has&nbsp;over thirty years of experience in marketing research/management and strategic marketing.&nbsp;</em></em></p> <p><em>We're taking a glimpse into his research about&nbsp;Exxonmobil's social responsibility messaging.&nbsp;</em></p> <hr /> <br /> <h5>THE STUDY</h5> <p><a href="" target="_blank">This study</a> examined ExxonMobil's corporate social responsibility (CSR) messages from 2002 to 2013. In order to determine if there was a relationship between news coverage and subsequent CSR efforts, the CEO's letter that summarizes ExxonMobil's Corporate Citizenship Report was examined. This 12-year segment provided enough time to assess if there was a pattern of&nbsp;proactive and/or reactive CSR messaging as it applied to profit, people, and the planet.&nbsp;</p> <h5></h5> <h5></h5> <h5>THE FINDINGS</h5> <p>Corporations have a reactive response following a major external event. For example, following the 2007 financial crisis, there was a decreased focus on profit. Similarly, CSR letters following the 2010 BP oil spill had an increased focus on the planet.</p> <h5></h5> <h5></h5> <h5>THE SIGNIFICANCE</h5> <p>Corporations that don't live up to stakeholder expectations may experience a decrease in credibility, reputation, and legitimacy. It's beneficial for an organization to consistently communicate its CSR actions as well as address culturally relevant events. Therefore, it's logical that as the world&rsquo;s fourth largest oil producer, ExxonMobil&rsquo;s CEO&rsquo;s letters delivered CSR messages that focused on major external events.</p> <p>Generally speaking, it's imperative that organizations establish communication efforts that focus on their CSR performance. For example, as businesses become more global and competitive, CSR messaging focused on sustainability practices may become more important as cultural norms and values shift towards environmental impact. Staying at the forefront of CSR issues fosters trust in the organization&rsquo;s leadership capabilities and its commitment to culturally important issues.</p>2018-02-16T00:00:00-05:00{054F713B-86D6-478C-AD62-A886B61A9680} Cozzolino: The Key to Success is AuthenticityAs senior vice president of Cisco Services, <a href="">Joe Cozzolino</a> leads the company's growing $12 billion global services business. In this capacity, he and his team help customers transform their businesses through a portfolio of advisory, implementation, training, optimization, managed, and support services. <h4>Was there a moment in your career when you made a move to disrupt the status quo?&nbsp;</h4> <p>When I was at Motorola, I decided we needed to diversify into a completely new market area. This was met with a fair amount of resistance and negativity. Fours years after doing a "start-up" in a big company, the net result was over $1 billion in new revenue. It was a satisfying result to a rough start.</p> <h4>What would you say is the most daring move you've made in your career?&nbsp;</h4> <p>At the age of 34, with three children and a fourth on the way, I left a terrific role in managing a 1000+ person sales organization to run sales and services at a start-up. It was successful, but plenty of friends thought I had lost my mind. Thankfully, my wife trusted my judgment.</p> <div> <h4>What did you learn from that experience?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Taking risks, working hard, building great teams, and focusing on your customer will result in success.</p> <h4>What&rsquo;s the best piece of career advice you&rsquo;ve gotten along the way?</h4> <p>Be authentic and be yourself. In my career, that advice has never failed me. Being authentic and honest breaks down barriers and makes it easier to form relationships, which is key to success.</p> <h4>Fill in the blank. People would be surprised to know that I ____</h4> <p>started a security company out of college that supplied doormen (bouncers) to local bars and clubs in Worcester, MA. It was an interesting side job from my full-time role as an engineer.</p> <p><hr /> </p> <p><em>For recent news about the <a href="">Simmons Leadership Conference</a>, make sure you're following SimmonsLeads on <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, and <a href="">Instagram</a>!</em></p> </div>2018-02-16T00:00:00-05:00{B7FCD9A6-D009-4140-BB37-B1965E71755A} Sirens Qualify for A Cappella Quarterfinals<p>The Simmons Sirens will return to the <a href="" target="_blank">Varsity Vocals International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella</a> (ICCA) for the fourth consecutive year on Sunday, February 18. The ICCA competitions, which inspired the popular <em>Pitch Perfect</em> franchise, showcase nearly 500 groups from around the world &mdash; each vying for the title of International Champion.</p> <p>A cappella groups from all over the country submit video auditions each fall in order to compete in their respective regional competitions. The Sirens are one of ten ensembles selected to compete in this year's Northeast Quarterfinal; only the top two finishing groups will advance to the Northeast Semifinal in March.&nbsp;</p> <p>Since submitting their audition video last fall, the Sirens have spent the past months dedicating countless hours to rehearsals as they ready themselves for Sunday's competition. For those students who are unable to attend the Northeast Quaterfinals, the Sirens will host an "ICCA Preview Night!" in Quadside Caf&eacute; on Friday, February 16.&nbsp;The group plans to showcase their full set including, "<em>Take Me Home</em>" by Jess Glynne, "<em>Blue Eyes Blind</em>" by ZZ Ward, and "<em>Quiet</em>" by MILCK, known for being the unofficial anthem of the Women's March.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">2018 ICCA Quarterfinals</a> for the Northeast region will take place at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Kresge Auditorium at 2:00 p.m.</p>2018-02-14T00:00:00-05:00{6DD933AF-6315-4539-9C8B-240E9D3C56A4} Wray on Transforming Challenges into Opportunities<p><a href="">Lily Wray</a> leads the Emerging Technology Operationalization team within Liberty Mutual's US Consumer Markets (USCM) Transformation Office. In this role, she's responsible for identifying, vetting, and scaling new technologies to support the company's business priorities and strategies.</p> <h4>What&rsquo;s the best piece of career advice you&rsquo;ve gotten along the way?</h4> <p>If your next project or career move doesn&rsquo;t leave you uncomfortable, you&rsquo;re not stretching yourself enough. My best learning moments happen when I enter a role a little scared about the weight of responsibility that's now upon me. However, I find that I surprise myself in exactly those moments, which builds confidence for the next challenge.</p> <div> <div> <h4>Any tips for work/life integration?</h4> <p>There is no one out there who can tell you what positive work/life balance will look like for you. I&rsquo;ve been in numerous situations where I&rsquo;ve felt self-inflicted guilt on both sides &ndash; for working too much during a challenging project, or for working too little when I needed to be at home. That balance will always look different for everyone, so you have to define what your priorities are and stick to them instead of getting worked up about the expectations of those around you.</p> <h4>If you could dine with anyone, past or present, with whom would you dine and what would you like to ask him or her?</h4> <p>I would dine with Reese Witherspoon &ndash; I admire her frank appraisal of the entertainment industry and its lack of of strong, female-driven movies/TV shows. Rather than just talk about the issue ad nauseam, she was proactive in forming her own company to offer exactly those types of movies/TV shows out to the marketplace. She identified a need, took action, and enacted a lot of positive social change along the way.</p> <h4>Fill in the blank. People would be surprised to know that I ____</h4> <p>am a tough negotiator. Throughout my academic career, I was very involved in impromptu speaking and debate. Today, I flex a variety of styles in how I collaborate across the organization and motivate my team towards our goal. However, I dig into my prior background when it comes to negotiating with vendors on contract terms and prices.</p> <p><hr /> </p> <p><em>For recent news about the <a href="">Simmons Leadership Conference</a>, make sure you're following SimmonsLeads on <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>!</em></p> <p> </p> <div></div> </div> </div>2018-02-14T00:00:00-05:00{E88F6ECB-A49C-4D35-AA56-33BCA5A4114F} Sumpman '19: An Accident Led to My Passion<p><strong>ON PURSUING PHYSICAL THERAPY:</strong> I&rsquo;m fascinated with the human body and providing care for others, so I always planned on becoming a doctor. Then, at the age of 12 I broke my leg in a skiing accident (shocker!) and ended up needing physical therapy. As a patient, I was immersed in the clinical environment and I knew that I was meant to pursue&nbsp;<a href="">Physical Therapy</a>.&nbsp;After taking Psych 101 in my sophomore year, I learned about the strong connection between the body and mind. I decided to add a&nbsp;<a href="">Psychology</a>&nbsp;minor because I knew that this would only enhance my skills as a physical therapist.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON BEING A SIMMONS ACADEMIC MENTOR (SAM):&nbsp;</strong>I became a <a href="">SAM</a> because I wanted to give advice to first year students that I could have used when I was in their shoes. I truly enjoy helping students feel more comfortable as they begin their journey at Simmons. I&rsquo;m also overly passionate about course registration (it's probably my favorite time of the year apart from the Winter Olympics!) and I like guiding students through that process.&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Lindsey Sumpman skiing" width="350" src="~/media/361749EBDF70466B8016257F66D44C3C.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" /></span></p> <p><span><strong>ON HER LOVE OF SKIING:</strong> Skiing has always been at the center of my life. Both of my parents are skiers and I&rsquo;ve been skiing since I was 18 months old. I spent the majority of my childhood at Mountain Creek in Vernon, New Jersey. Now, I race independently on the weekends throughout January and February, traveling to mountains throughout New England to compete. I also ski recreationally and last spring break I went on my first ski trip out west to Utah!&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>ON THE WINTER OLYMPICS:</strong> I love the camaraderie surrounding the Olympics. It&rsquo;s a time of unity for the United States and for the world. When I was little, I used to watch the opening ceremony with my notebook and I'd write down how many members were on each team. I&rsquo;m particularly excited for the Winter Olympics because of my love for ski racing. I love seeing athlete's dreams come true.&nbsp;</p> <div> <p> </p> </div> <p><span><strong><img alt="Lindsey Sumpman with award" src="~/media/766548E31D4C418EB0C015523CCC6D8A.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" />ON&nbsp;</strong></span><strong>HER OLYMPIC FAVORITES: </strong>I love all of the alpine skiing events but the Women's Slalom is probably my favorite. I&rsquo;ll be cheering for Mikaela Shiffrin to bring home the gold in multiple alpine skiing events!</p> <div> <p><span><strong>ON HER SIMMONS MOMENT:</strong> I spent my summer here as a Summer Admission Representative, where I gave campus tours to prospective students and their families. We ended our tours on the rooftop garden of the Management and Academic Building and I remember standing in front of the group thinking how proud I was of myself, how much confidence I had gained, and how much I had grown as a person due to my experiences at Simmons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> </p> <div><br /> <br /> </div> </div>2018-02-12T00:00:00-05:00{5CB18168-149F-49A8-89EC-F8ECA5C14E31} Are They Now? Megan McGrath '17SM<img height="241" alt="Picture of Megan McGrath" width="241" src="~/media/09FBFFE1F6FE4E75A84D324026D039EC.ashx" /> <h4><span style="font-weight: normal;">What is your role at Harvard?</span></h4> <div> <p><span>I'm the Director of Communications at Harvard Medical School&rsquo;s Center for Primary Care. I oversee the Center&rsquo;s comprehensive communications strategy including PR, branding, and content creation and distribution through a variety of channels including the Center&rsquo;s website, social and print media, and events. A journalist by training, I enjoy distilling complex health care concepts into digestible material for the Center&rsquo;s various audiences. One of my favorite parts of my job is engaging in coaching and mentorship. For example, to enhance the abilities of our senior leadership team, I've developed and implemented a training program on messaging and public speaking.</span></p> <div> <div> <h4><span style="font-weight: normal;">You recently began teaching at Northeastern. What are you teaching?</span></h4> <p><span>In January, I began teaching graduate students in communications at Northeastern University for the College of Professional Studies. I'm excited to share some of the concepts I learned during my time at Simmons and throughout my career. I know firsthand how classroom work can impact one&rsquo;s job performance. Also, during my time at Harvard, I've been involved in the creation of executive education and continuing education programs. I've learned a great deal about adult learning theory and I look forward to applying some of this knowledge in the classroom.</span></p> <h4><span style="font-weight: normal;">What made you decide to teach at Northeastern?</span></h4> <p><span> I went to Northeastern for undergraduate studies and had an overwhelmingly positive experience. Their blend of experiential education was particularly helpful and I believe gave me a leg up when entering the workforce. It was this experience and reputation that led me to explore opportunities with Northeastern.&nbsp;</span></p> <h4><span style="font-weight: normal;">As a recent alum, what do you look forward to most in your career?</span></h4> <p><span>Receiving my master&rsquo;s in management has opened up new doors for me &ndash; I wouldn&rsquo;t have the opportunity to teach without it. Also, a great deal of what I learned in the classroom is applicable in my job. I look forward to seeing what other doors are opened to me as a result of my time at Simmons.&nbsp;</span></p> <h4><span style="font-weight: normal;">What advice would you give to current Simmons students?</span></h4> <p><span>Going to school while working full-time is a challenge, to say the least. Finding time to fit everything in can be overwhelming, but it will be worth it.&nbsp;</span></p> <div><br /> </div> </div> </div> </div>2018-02-08T00:00:00-05:00{285D565B-397F-498C-983B-97E3FD8E6C64} President Cuts Ribbon to New Multicultural Center<p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong> In high school, I started a tech-based education reform club called the iSchool Five. We traveled around to different conferences and schools in the Northeast. We attended a conference in 2014, which happened to take place in Boston. Long story short, I fell in love with the city. Yes, I love New York City, but Boston is great as a college student.</p> <p> When Simmons came on my radar, I was able to check many things off my college must-have list. It was in Boston, the Communications Department offered a great education and I knew that I'd be able to build a great network. When I stepped foot on campus, the energy felt different; I knew that this was where I was going to succeed.</p> <p><strong>ON THE BLACK STUDENT ORGANIZATION (BSO):</strong> As a first-year, I sought out the&nbsp;<a href="">BSO</a>. Being Black at a predominately white institution isn't easy and I wanted the support of others who were having similar experiences. BSO is a community I&rsquo;ve grown to love and where I&rsquo;ve found many of my friends. Moreover, a lot of our conversations allow for support, growth and building relationships with other Black students in the Greater Boston area.&nbsp;&nbsp;<span class="image-right"><img height="300" alt="Multicultural Center Ribbon Cutting" width="350" src="~/media/8D0F30848D8F4B77887D3FCFB63C5A10.ashx?h=300&amp;w=350" style="height: 300px; width: 350px;" /></span></p> <div> <p><strong>ON BEING BSO PRESIDENT:</strong> It's busy, but I wouldn&rsquo;t trade it for anything. When I was a first-year, I told the current president at the time, <a href="">Morgan Ward</a>, that I'd be the president of BSO by my senior year. Well, I managed to do it by my junior year.</p> </div> <p> My favorite part of the position is taking the role and making it my own. I&rsquo;ve learned that leadership comes in many different forms. I&rsquo;m an introvert so I prefer to get to know people in smaller settings, which is why I love the general body meetings we host weekly.&nbsp;</p> <p>In many ways, being president of the BSO is shaping me as a person. I'm learning to let my voice be heard, it has supported my event planning passions and it has expanded my knowledge of many social issues.</p> <div> <p><strong>ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH:</strong> Black History Month is a time to remember and celebrate the achievements of Black people, past, present and future. The history taught in school is not the only history. This month allows us to show more to the story through our lens. It&rsquo;s a reminder to us how glorious being Black truly is.</p> <p><span><strong>ON HER SIMMONS MOMENT:</strong>&nbsp;This past week the college opened its first ever <a href="">Multicultural Center</a>. This was sparked by the ten demands which were presented to the administration in 2015, my first year at Simmons. I participated in the protest alongside other students of color. In the demands, we stated wanting a multicultural office/center for students of color to create community, feel supported and for others to use as a resource. It is now two years later and our demands are being fulfilled. My moment was <a href="" target="_blank">cutting the ribbon</a> at the grand opening and realizing&nbsp;</span>Simmons is on a journey towards equity. This moment definitely made me proud to be attending Simmons.</p> <div><br /> </div> </div>2018-02-08T00:00:00-05:00{12608C74-045D-4F72-B366-2DF06839FB65} Welcomes Cybersafety Expert as the 2018 Allen Smith Visiting Scholar<p>In March 2018, SLIS welcomes <a href="" target="_blank">Frederick Lane</a> as our Allen Smith Visiting Scholar. An author, attorney, educational consultant, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, NY, Lane is a nationally-recognized expert in the areas of cybersafety, digital misconduct, personal privacy, and other topics at the intersection of law, technology, and society.&nbsp;Lane&nbsp;has&nbsp;appeared on <em>The Daily Show with Jon Stewart</em>, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the BBC, and MSNBC. He has written nine books, including most recently&nbsp;<a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00RSNBZJW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fsl3com&amp;linkId=6CQIITURHYMIUS55" target="_blank">Cybertraps for Educators</a>&nbsp;(Mathom Press 2015) and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Cybertraps for Expecting Moms &amp; Dads</a>&nbsp;(Mathom Press 2016).</p> <p>&ldquo;We are pleased to welcome Fred Lane,&rdquo; says Dean Eileen Abels, &ldquo;and look forward to the opportunity to engage in conversations about these issues that impact all of us.&rdquo;</p> <p>During his time as Visiting Scholar, Lane will lead two panel discussions: &ldquo;Free Speech, Civil Discourse, and Libraries&rdquo; on March 13, 6-8 p.m., and &ldquo;Cybertraps for Librarians&rdquo; on March 16, 2-5 p.m. <a href="">Register Now</a>!&nbsp;</p> <p>He will also teach a short course during Spring Break, &ldquo;Cyber Security and Information Literacy.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program was established in 2008, following the death of Dr. Allen Smith, a beloved faculty member at SLIS for 31 years. Smith taught primarily in the areas of reference, humanities, and oral history. He was also an advocate for the development of the Children&rsquo;s Literature (MA)/Library Services to Children (MS) dual degree. Dr. Smith earned a Master of Library Science degree at the University of Denver and a Ph.D. at the Institute of Dialect and Folklife Studies at the University of Leeds, England. This fund has brought distinguished scholars to Simmons SLIS annually, most recently including&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Wayne Wiegand</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Paul Sturges</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Jack Gantos</a>. In the selection process, preference is given to scholars whose areas of expertise include oral history, reference, or the humanities.</p>2018-02-06T00:00:00-05:00{59DF7F31-3BC0-4827-B610-DC632A58FBA9} Celebrates Grand Opening of New Multicultural Center<p>On January 31, Simmons celebrated the grand opening of the Multicultural Center, a new space that offers advocacy, programming, and resources in regards to <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=23BDB3EDDEED46DEA7746EA9DCC37C39&amp;_z=z">diversity, equity, and inclusion</a>.</p> <p>"This moment is truly groundbreaking," said Nasyira Taylor '19, President of the Black Student Organization. "I hope the center will be a hub for students of color on campus and that all of us find a sense of community in the space. This center is the representation of the struggles of underrepresented people. This is where we are centered."&nbsp;</p> <p>The speaking program also included remarks by&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=78AE8F7006AD4533BAC27B910E349D57&amp;_z=z">President Helen Drinan</a>; Lisa Smith-McQueenie, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion; Noha Elmohands, Director of Multicultural Student Affairs; Morgan Ward '16, former President of the Black Student Organization (BSO); and Celina Fernando '19, from the Like Minds Coalition.</p> <p>Lisa Smith-McQueenie was honored with the first Multicultural Community Award for her commitment to equity work at Simmons; this award will be given annually.&nbsp;</p> <p>The center functions as a multipurpose space for programming, studying, and socializing and includes the Director of Multicultural Affairs' office.&nbsp;</p> <p><em> Multicultural Center is located across from the bookstore, next to the elevator. It is open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.</em></p>2018-02-01T00:00:00-05:00{C8882C77-C431-4F85-A808-BB220230E2B0} of Excellence<p><em>This article first appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=4CB709FE8FDE41D3818FBDFDC09BA6D4&amp;_z=z">Management Magazine</a> and was written by Kaitlyn DiPietro.</em></p> <p>Simmons College has been known to produce generations of leaders, innovators, and thinkers. It is a bit of a rarity, however, for these generations to go through one family. The McConaghy family has had three generations pass through the halls of Simmons College, each member adding to the community and our world in her own way. </p> <h4>Adele McConaghy</h4> <p><img alt="Adele McConaghy" height="300" width="220" src="~/media/5CC5E86128524C039BD0507F6FB19630.ashx" />Adele McConaghy '92LS was asked to be the director of Boxford Libraries in 1987. In order to be successful in her role as director she felt it was important to expand her knowledge of library science. Therefore, she decided to go back to school to pursue a master's degree. She chose the Simmons library science program because of its strong reputation and extensive reference section. During her time at Simmons, she developed valuable skills that helped her build a powerful voice and presence in the library science community.</p> <p>Throughout her 32-year career at Boxford and North Andover libraries, she was instrumental in securing thousands of dollars in grants and awards to improve library collections, educational programs, and technological offerings. She introduced automation and expanded access for patrons through inter-library loans, a program that earned her a $21,000 award from the Massachusetts regional library system in 1996. </p> <p>For her service, Adele has the day of October 19th dedicated in her honor by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She has also been published in the Library Journal and The Friends of Boxford Library has created the Adele McConaghy Program Grant, collecting $8,000 to continue her work. Adele's desire to make an impact in her community is a trait that runs through the McConaghy family.</p> <h4>Lori McConaghy</h4> <p><img alt="Lori McConaghy" height="300" width="220" src="~/media/085725EBE29E4AD9BB5CA7AC128096EF.ashx" />When Lori McConaghy '97SM, the daughter-in-law of Adele, was working at the Massachusetts Financial Services Company (MFS) she decide to pursue an MBA. Lori chose Simmons because of its solid reputation of training women to be future leaders. She liked that most of her classmates had already been in the workplace and brought a breadth of "real work" knowledge into the classroom. When Lori first started attending the MBA program she was pregnant with her first child, Alexandra. At the time of her graduation, Lori's proud family, including her mother-in-law Adele and young daughter Alexandra, were in attendance.<strong><br /> </strong></p> <p>Lori's time at MFS spanned 10 years, culminating in a role as a manager in broker/dealer marketing, until she and her family moved overseas to Hong Kong and Singapore. </p> <p>Always having a passion for philanthropy, she started volunteering for the nonprofit Caring for Cambodia (CFC) when she moved to Singapore. This charity was developed to enhance educational opportunities for children in Cambodia. Lori has been working with CFC in many different capacities since it's inception in 2003 and was instrumental in initiating the charity's Kids Helping Kids program. This program fosters a spirit of philanthropy and encourages students to help others less fortunate at the CFC-sponsored schools, by raising awareness, conducting donation campaigns, raising funds, and participating in service trips. In 2012, the Cambodian Minister of Education awarded Lori with the Golden Hand Award, the highest award given to a non-Cambodian, for her service in improving the education system in Cambodia. </p> <p>In addition to Lori's passion for the kids in Cambodia she has a strong interest in health and fitness. Lori achieved one of her personal goals when she competed in her first international Olympic triathlon in Phuket, Thailand at the age of 40, placing second in her age group. Lori continues to challenge herself by participating every year in many athletic races around the world. Her enthusiasm for service, travel, and personal interests has inspired her daughter, Alexandra, a soon-to-be third-generation Simmons graduate. </p> <h4>Alexandra McConaghy</h4> <p><img alt="Alexandra McConaghy" height="300" width="220" src="~/media/79065465C9B04DDD9D61019BDC3BC80D.ashx" />Alexandra McConaghy '17 grew up in Hong Kong and Singapore. When deciding on colleges, Alexandra explored international options, trying to discover the perfect fit for her college experience. With close family ties in the United States, and the legacy of her grandmother and mother who attended before her, she decided to pursue her education at Simmons College in the SOM program. With such powerful women influencers, she knew that Simmons was the perfect place to begin her dreams of one day making an impact like her family members.<strong><br /> </strong></p> <p>Alexandra says that attending Simmons has allowed her to push boundaries and challenge herself to be a critical thinker, to network, and to drive herself to live up to her family's accomplishments. After completing her BSBA, with a major in business management and minor in marketing and entrepreneurship, Alexandra continues on as a member of the Simmons community working to complete her MBA as a member of the Class of 2019. She has also recently become a certified real estate agent for the state of Massachusetts, where she will be able to put her networking skills to work as she continues to complete her MBA. </p> <p>While Alexandra has been on campus, she has made herself a known leader amongst SOM students, holding leadership positions in the Management Liaison, the Simmons Chapter of the American Advertising Federation, Simmons Chapter of the American Marketing Federation, and acting as a mentor figure to underclassmen. During her time in Boston, Alexandra worked in the marketing department of the successful startup VocoChat and became a member of the Network of Executive Women New England Chapter. At Alexandra's graduation, both her mother Lori and grandmother Adele were in attendance to watch her become the third-generation McConaghy family member to complete a Simmons education. </p> <p>The McConaghy family continues to inspire and work tirelessly in their pursuits. Simmons is a community that inspires and creates leaders, and upon graduation, many students can say that they are truly leaving with a family.</p>2018-02-01T00:00:00-05:00{5ACDFB87-549D-4015-975F-84F608895D81} Community News, January 2018<h4>Faculty </h4> <p>SLIS Assistant Professor <strong>Janet Ceja</strong> co-wrote an article to be published in <em>The Library Quarterly</em>. The article, "Immigrant Rights Advocacy as Records Literacy in Latinx Communities" was co-written with <strong>Desiree Alaniz</strong> '17LS and former SLIS faculty member M&oacute;nica Col&oacute;n-Aguirre, now at East Carolina University. Ceja also presented with <strong>Adam Schutzman</strong> '16LS at the AMIA Conference in New Orleans, LA in December. The presentation, on competencies in audiovisual archiving curriculum, was&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">translated into Japanese</a> by Collaborative Cataloging Japan, an international non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of Japanese experimental moving images.</p> <p><span class="image-right"><img height="244" alt="Daniel Joudrey" width="244" src="~/media/0E8C829CAEDA4C18A9543F5172AF6BF4.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" class="image-left" style="height: 244px; width: 244px;" /></span></p> <p>SLIS Associate Professor <strong>Daniel Joudrey</strong>&rsquo;s book, <em>The Organization of Information, 4th Edition</em>, <a href="" target="_blank">was published</a> by Libraries Unlimited in November 2017 (pictured right). The third edition of this book has been published in Arabic and Vietnamese, the second edition in Chinese.</p> <p>Children&rsquo;s Literature Professor <strong>Cathryn Mercier</strong> was quoted in <em>The Boston Globe</em> on January 9 in <a href="" target="_blank">an article</a> about Junot Diaz's new children's book.</p> <p>SLIS Associate Professor <strong>Laura Saunders</strong>&nbsp;was <a href="" target="_blank">quoted in article</a> in <em>Poynter</em> about how patrons trust their libraries and librarians.</p> <p>SLIS Assistant Professor <strong>Amber Stubbs</strong> gave a keynote presentation, "Getting Started with APIs" at the New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology (NE ASIS&amp;T) winter conference on January 8.</p> <h4> Alumni </h4> <p><strong>Ashleigh Coren</strong> &rsquo;14LS and <strong>Netanel Ganin</strong> &rsquo;15LS were accepted into the <a href="" target="_blank">2018 ALA Emerging Leaders program</a>.</p> <p><strong>Alma Ramos-McDermott</strong> &rsquo;07LS was selected to serve a two year term with the <a href="" target="_blank">Newbery Committee</a>. An elementary school Media Specialist in Immokalee, FL, Ramos-McDermott is a reviewer with <em>The Horn Book Magazine</em>.</p> <p>Biostatistics alum<strong> Iman Saeed</strong> '15 won the Master's Thesis Award of Excellence for the Biostatistics Department at Brown. Her project, "Comparison of Methods for Handling Missing Data in Randomized Controlled Trials," also won Best Master's Poster at Public Health Research Day.</p> <p><strong>Karen E Selden</strong> &rsquo;95LS was <a href="" target="_blank">elected to the Executive Board</a> of the <a href="" target="_blank">American Association of Law Libraries</a> (AALL). Her three year term as a Member at Large will run from July 2018 to July 2021. Selden is the Metadata Services Librarian at the William A. Wise Law Library at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder, CO.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Jehan Sinclair</strong> &rsquo;16LS was featured in the <a href="" target="_blank">Schlesinger Library Newsletter</a> for her work in the archives, specifically for processing the Schlesinger's backlog of African American collections.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Heather Soyka</strong>&nbsp;&rsquo;07LS joined the faculty of Kent State University School of Information as a tenure track faculty member in February 2017. </p> <h4>Students </h4> <p>SLIS Doctoral Student <strong>Sylmari Burgos-Ramirez</strong> received an award to attend the annual ALISE Conference in Colorado in February 2018.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Staff</h4> <p><img height="244" alt="Em Claire in library in India" width="244" src="~/media/16D5324ACFA247F6B23B56C199CCFFC6.ashx" class="image-left" />Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs <strong>Em Claire Knowles </strong>(pictured left with librarian) traveled to India with a group of students for the history course, &ldquo;Cross Cultural Encounters" taught by <strong>Stephen Ortega</strong>, Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in History/Archives Management. The group included LIS student&nbsp;<strong>Quincy Knapp</strong> (pictured above with Stephen Ortega). This was the first travel history course. The group spent most of their time in Cochin and visited mosques, temples, a Jewish graveyard, a Dutch cemetery, and Catholic churches and grave yard. They also visited Trivandrum, the home of the royal family of maharajahs and maharanis (kings and queens), and went to nearby St. Albert's University and held several cross-cultural discussions with their graduate students. More photos of the trip can be found on the <a href=";album_id=10156081523549264" target="_blank">SLIS Facebook page</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Research &amp; Instruction Librarian and Zine Librarian <strong>Dawn Stahura</strong> wrote a chapter for the recently-published book, <em>The Feminist Reference Desk: Concepts, Critiques, and Conversations</em>. <a href="" target="_blank">The book</a> is available at Beatley Library.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> </p> <div><br /> </div> <p><br /> </p>2018-01-31T00:00:00-05:00{E8AF6EC7-8E46-4476-A33B-8CF146ED555E} School Professor Teaches Immersion Course in D.C.<p>A group of more than 35 <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F5E3DFC20BA742B399AE4D34390889C3&amp;_z=z">Simmons School of Business</a> students traveled from all over the country to Washington D.C. for the first weekend of January to take part in a three-day intensive course, "For Profit, For Good: Finance in the Service of Society," with School of Business Professor of Practice <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=AADB5AAD5BFE4522BF0A23A0CE77C965&amp;_z=z">Jane Hughes</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The students spent the weekend immersing themselves in innovative finance techniques that blend financial profits with social returns, such that investors support good social outcomes while also earning money for themselves.&nbsp;</p> <p>The students enjoyed a guided tour of Capitol Hill courtesy of Senator Elizabeth Warren, as well as a festive dinner at one of Washington's trendiest restaurants, and were privileged to meet with three highly knowledgeable impact investors who shared their experiences.</p> <p><img height="415" alt="MBA@Simmons class in Washington D.C." width="624" src="~/media/3E1175D8F7694A7A87A7425FF14F92BF.ashx" /></p>2018-01-31T00:00:00-05:00