All Simmons News{486F0E09-7C33-41E0-835E-229731A8B751} of Business Community News, September 2018<p>Assistant Professor <strong>Charlene Spiceland</strong> was elected president of the Southeast Region of the American Accounting Association as for 2018-19. Spiceland also co-wrote an article, &ldquo;Admission Criteria for Children with Obstructive Sleep Apnea After Adenotonsillectomy: Considerations for Cost,&rdquo; published in the <em>Journal Of Clinical Sleep Medicine</em>, December 2017. She made presentations at the 2018 Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges (TACTYC) Conference in Tampa, FL (May 19, 2018) and the Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Accounting Association in Greenville, SC (April 20, 2018).</p>2018-09-26T00:00:00-04:00{FAE80A3D-DE95-47F5-9BC1-AB0EC86D296E} Community News, September 2018<h4>Faculty </h4> <p>Director <strong>Sanda Erdelez</strong> was a panelist at the International Symposium on the Future of Education in Information Science, held in Pisa, Italy, September 10-13, 2018. The panel was titled"In search of a balance among human, technology, and information dimensions in creating a new curriculum," and Sanda's presentation focused on the human dimension of information science and how to support adaptability to change and innovation.</p>2018-09-25T00:00:00-04:00{677EF645-A2EF-4CB8-B94E-D212533DE3EB} for Social Justice with Sophie Hansen '16MSW<p><strong>ON THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS: </strong>Founded in 1955, the <a href="" target="_blank">National Association of Social Workers</a> (NASW) is the largest organization of professional social workers in the world, with over 130,000 members and 55 chapters. The Massachusetts Chapter of NASW (NASW-MA) is the largest professional social work organization in the state. We're committed to the mission of advancing professional social work practice and the profession, as well as promoting human rights, social and economic justice, and unimpeded access to services for everyone. Our 6,400 members work in a broad range of settings, including: hospitals and other health care settings, community agencies, government, academia, business, nursing homes, schools and private practice.</p> <p><strong>ON HER RESPONSIBILITIES AS POLITICAL DIRECTOR:&nbsp;</strong>My role has three parts: the first is to develop and foster relationships with elected officials at the State House, which enables our Chapter to effectively advocate for legislative priorities that will protect and elevate the social work profession as well as positively impact the populations we serve. The second part is to represent NASW-MA at coalition meetings where we work closely with like-minded organizations, labor unions, and professional membership associations that come together around shared key issues.<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Sophie Hansen '16MSW campaigning" width="350" src="~/media/483AD651FF1048CDA189D634948FBFA3.ashx" /></span></p> <p>The third is to engage and mobilize our membership of 6,400 social workers to bring their expertise and experience to the State House through testimony, rallies, meetings with legislators and other forms of advocacy. By actively working in all three areas, we're able to showcase NASW-MA as a trusted and steadfast advocate for social justice in the Commonwealth, which is at the core of social work and our code of ethics.</p> <p><strong><strong>ON THE REWARDING JOB OF SOCIAL WORK:</strong>&nbsp;</strong>My job allows me the flexibility to work in a variety of settings and sit down with experts regarding different policy issues. I enjoy representing the social work field and educating others about how vital the services are that we provide. My hope is that as our membership continues to grow and more social workers are running for office &mdash; two of which recently won state elections! I hope that the Commonwealth will recognize the unique value and lens social workers bring to all areas and invest in our profession.</p> <p>I also enjoy talking with current social work students as well as established professionals to help them bridge the gap between policy and their clinical work. Our field is often presented as two tracks &mdash; clinical and macro, but in reality, both work together and inform each other. Every social worker, at one point in time, has felt like they&rsquo;ve exhausted all their resources and still found a barrier when trying to address the needs of a client &mdash; that&rsquo;s a barrier that can typically be removed by implementing good policy changes. Advocacy is at the root of the social work profession. I've enjoyed seeing the recent increase in social workers flexing their &lsquo;macro&rsquo; muscles &mdash; we have such an important and unique perspective, and we can create positive change by sharing it.</p> <p><strong><img height="300" alt="Headshot of Sophie Hansen '16MSW" width="350" src="~/media/1040E3BA3339489FA62C31CA083DF89B.ashx" />ON CHOOSING SIMMONS: </strong>Simmons' reputation for the <a href="">social work graduate program</a> is unlike any other school in the area &mdash; the clinical opportunities, all-star faculty and quality job opportunities are unparalleled. Simmons gave me the clinical underpinnings needed to do this work in both the macro and micro aspects of the social work field (I also work per diem as a social worker at Boston Children&rsquo;s Hospital). The current clinical expertise that each faculty member brought to class aided me in the parallel process of my clinical placements. I feel really proud to be a graduate of the MSW program at Simmons.</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE PROFESSORS:</strong> Both of my social work practice professors, Seth Kleinman and <a href="">Nora Rushford</a>, were integral players in my development as a social worker. They started each class with such exuberance and pride in their clinical work. They also share my passion for the annual Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) that NASW plans for first-year MSW students across the state. I value their professional expertise and appreciate the collegial friendship that we&rsquo;ve developed since I graduated.</p> <p><strong>ON HER FAVORITE SIMMONS MEMORIES:</strong> Almost every day I run into a colleague who graduated from Simmons. Even if it&rsquo;s not the social work program, it establishes an immediate connection and we're able to reflect fondly about the personalized education and tight-knit network that Simmons provided for us. I take great pride in being a Simmons alumna and deeply value that Simmons continues to offer a special place for all of its alums and current students.</p>2018-09-20T00:00:00-04:00{BCA4E231-BE73-4D13-810D-2E23937E96E3} Are They Now: Emina Zahirovic '14, '15MBA<p><img height="244" alt="picture of Emina Z." width="244" src="~/media/C27DEF52F37E4A63BC6404117B0F09D5.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" style="height: 244px; width: 244px;" /></p> <h4>What does your job entail?&nbsp;</h4> <p> As the Payment Processing Associate Manager for Synapse Group Inc., my job is to manage multiple vendors and partnerships, providing analytic insight for business optimization as it relates to processing, fraud and trends in the credit card industry. I also develop risk models for recurring billing, chargeback forecasting and overall billing activity. As project manager for back end integration initiatives, I seek to expand existing capabilities, such as integrating PayPal as a method of payment for customers.&nbsp;</p> <h4> What brought you to Simmons to study in the MBA program?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I was drawn to Simmons because of the atmosphere and culture. I was always fascinated by how companies touch society through marketing and how evolved it has become with social change and environmental footprints, among other issues. That lead me to get my BSBA in <a href="">marketing</a>. I felt empowered as a student in the program, which prepared me to excel as a woman in business. Towards the end of my degree, I wanted to focus more on the analytics behind companies and the foundation on which they function. I applied to the <a href="" target="_blank">MBA</a> program to expand my knowledge and have an edge as a young businessperson. My MBA helps me every day in understanding organizational changes and how to best handle difficult situations.</p> <h4> Why is your work rewarding?&nbsp;</h4> <p> I work in the magazine publishing industry and my role is a mix of financial planning, risk mitigation and backend/information technology. I touch a variety of different departments, which gives me a taste of experience from each.</p> <strong> <h4> Do you have any advice for students who are in the job search?&nbsp;</h4> </strong> <p>Network &ndash; the opportunities are endless! Don't be afraid to look for new opportunities and ways to grow &ndash; and don't be afraid to try something unexpected. I didn't expect to be working for the largest magazine distributor in the U.S., but it's provided me with a rich, varied experience that I can use in future roles. </p> <p><hr /> </p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of Emina Zahirovic.</em></p>2018-09-19T00:00:00-04:00{44D2D5CC-9176-4FB4-8897-5F056FBCB31A} Student's Research Contributes to Digital Inclusion<p>Practitioner-scholar Alyson Gamble is a student in the <a href="">School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) PhD program</a>. Alyson has been working with <a href="">Assistant Professor Colin Rhinesmith</a> on a 24-month <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=39941B8213D647E8945E4399F33D71EC&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">research project</a>, <a href="">&ldquo;Measuring Library Broadband Networks for the National Digital Platform,&rdquo;</a> which received a leadership grant (award #LG-71-18-0110-18) from <a href="" target="_blank">Institute of Museum and Library Services</a> (IMLS) this spring. On October 24, the project will be holding their first workshop in Chicago. We spoke to Alyson to get their thoughts on this research project and the PhD program.&nbsp;</p> <p> </p> <h4>Why did you choose to get your PhD?</h4> <p>When I met my advisor&nbsp;<a href="">Dr. Rong Tang</a>&nbsp;through the ASIS&amp;T New Leader program, I was teaching college students and immersed in scholarship. Dr. Tang was brilliant, kind, and talked to me about my varied interests. She helped me explore these ideas further, which included pursuing a doctorate. My mentors agreed and here I am!</p> <p> </p> <h4>What is your research background?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Being a LIS practitioner is being a researcher. You have to stay on the cutting edge, report your findings and teach others. Additionally, there's some funding for independent research projects and continuing studies. I took advantage of as many of these as possible, which let me research a wide variety of topics, including the history of information science in marine biomedical research.</p> <p>Like most people in LIS, I was primed for this field by my eclectic background. I became a science librarian, but I started my academic career in liberal arts and wrote two comparative literature theses: one for my English major (BA, Spring Hill College) and one for my first master's degree (MLA, Tulane University). If things would have gone differently in the economy, I probably would have pursued an English doctorate. I&rsquo;m glad I ended up in LIS, though.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p> </p> <h4>What drew you to Dr. Rhinesmith&rsquo;s research project?</h4> <p>One of the best things about LIS is how it touches everything &mdash; there's always more to learn. I chose the undergraduate institution that I did because of its commitment to social justice and I chose my profession (MLIS, LSU) because of that same dedication. In LIS, contributing to equitable access is what drives my work.&nbsp;</p> <p>I think of my research as a triangle: one side is biomedical informatics, one side is scholarly publishing, and one side is digital environments. The research with Dr. Rhinesmith involves digital environments and contributes to equitable access. This project allows me to actively learn from Dr. Rhinesmith while working on a project that involves my interests in digital inclusion and community engagement, which had not yet been formally applied to public libraries.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> </p> <h4>How did your collaboration with Dr. Rhinesmith come about?</h4> <p>This is a brand new area to me in many ways, which is exciting. The opportunity to explore new territory is one of the best things about being a doctoral student. I knew about Dr. Rhinesmith and his work from my colleagues in SLIS. When meeting Dr. Rhinesmith, I found him caring and devoted. As I looked into the Measuring Library Broadband Networks for the National Digital Platform project, it was fascinating to start examining how our broadband structures impact everything, including the digital divide. When I saw Dr. Rhinesmith needed a doctoral research assistant, I checked with my mentors, including my advisor, and then reached out.</p> <p> </p> <h4>What stage of the research are you now in?&nbsp;</h4> <p>We&rsquo;re preparing for our workshop. Two staff members from each participatory library selected for Year One of the project will attend a one-day, participatory design workshop on October 24, 2018 in Chicago, IL. At this workshop, the staff members will co-design the requirements for the project&rsquo;s broadband measurement system. The goal of this workshop is to identify the final technical specifications for the pilot measurement system, as well as some of the initial content to be included in the broadband measurement platform training manual.&nbsp;</p> <p> </p> <h4>What advice would you offer current students looking for research projects?</h4> <p>Be creative, be fearless, and be focused &mdash; find your research triangle. So many of the opportunities I've had came because I was reading my email and decided to take a chance on what was in the subject line. Also keep in contact with all of the mentors you have in your career &mdash; their advice continues to be helpful in locating and navigating new opportunities.</p> <p> </p> <h4>What advice would you offer people considering the SLIS PhD program?</h4> <p>Do it!&nbsp; Well, maybe give it some thought first, and then do it anyway.</p> <p><hr /> </p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of Alyson Gamble.</em></p>2018-09-18T00:00:00-04:00{920DDE20-6CA8-4CBC-9444-FF43E59D0341} University Ranked by U.S.News & World Report<p>Simmons University earned an impressive #4 ranking for Best Value in the <a href="" target="_blank">2019 <em>U.S.News &amp; World Report</em> rankings</a> in the Regional Universities North category &ndash; the most competitive higher education region in the nation. This marks Simmons' highest-ever ranking in the Best Value category, rising from the #5 spot in 2017.</p> <p> "Our combination of rigor, exceptional student experience, value, and range of programs is being recognized by national evaluators," said <a href="">President Helen Drinan</a>. "Simmons is a force in today&rsquo;s competitive higher education landscape, further elevating the stature of our distinctive <a href="">undergraduate program</a> for women and our nationally-recognized <a href="">graduate programs</a>."</p> <p>Widely considered to be the preeminent ranking service, <em>U.S.News&nbsp;&amp; World Report</em> publishes annual rankings of thousands of colleges and universities including 656 in the Regional University category.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h3 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px; padding-bottom: 15px;">"Our combination of rigor, exceptional student experience, value, and range of programs is being recognized by national evaluators," said President Helen Drinan. "Simmons is a force in today&rsquo;s competitive higher education landscape, further elevating the stature of our distinctive undergraduate program for women and our nationally-recognized graduate programs."</h3> <hr /> <p>Institutions included in the Regional Universities ranking offer a variety of undergraduate degrees and some master&rsquo;s degree programs. The regions are divided and ranked in four geographical groups: North, South, Midwest and West.</p> <p><span>The calculation for Best Value ranked 88 schools for their academic quality, as indicated by its 2019 <em>U.S.News &amp; World Report</em> Best Colleges ranking, and the 2017-2018 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.</span></p> <p><span>Simmons also placed #11 overall out of 196 universities in the 2019 <em>U.S.News &amp; World Report&nbsp;</em><a href="" target="_blank">Best Regional Universities North</a> rankings. The rankings evaluate colleges and universities on 16 measures of academic excellence, including &ldquo;widely accepted indicators of excellence as first-year student retention, graduation rates and the strength of the faculty.&rdquo;</span></p>2018-09-17T00:00:00-04:00{6F7FB93B-168E-4F3D-89C9-14334D8F5E4C} Pérez on the True Meaning of Inclusion and Equity<h4>What do the words &ldquo;organizational culture, inclusion and equity&rdquo; mean?</h4> <p>A healthy organization and culture is inclusive of the entire community &mdash; it represents and creates opportunities for the just and fair inclusion of everyone. In an inclusive culture, each individual can participate and contribute their full potential.&nbsp;</p> <p>A healthy organization is also self-reflective. We must always be asking ourselves what did we learn and how can we do better. In my mind, assessment and accountability must also be part of any diversity, inclusion and equitable agenda.&nbsp;</p> <p>The definition of equity is context-specific but it is not equality, where everyone gets the same treatment. Rather, it pays attention to power, privilege and oppression and makes sure that those that are not included, are; those that have been historically ignored are seen; and those that are excluded are included.</p> <h4>What inspired you to work in the area of organizational culture, inclusion &amp; equity?</h4> <p>I've been doing diversity, equity and inclusion work my entire career. I&rsquo;ve seen it done well and I&rsquo;ve seen it done poorly. I believe that diversity is a core strength of any organization, that a diverse organization has a much greater potential for excellence and effectiveness but only if it is inclusive and equitable. There's a large evidence base for the value of inclusion. This includes everything from better decisions made by more diverse groups to increases in profits from more diverse organizations.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve been asked why diversity isn&rsquo;t in my title. Too often diversity is ill-defined or exclusive &mdash; meaning that a diverse organization can be numeric, cosmetic or superficial, but not inclusive or equitable. You can have diversity without inclusion, and what we&rsquo;re trying to achieve is an inclusive culture.&nbsp;</p> <p>What inspires me is making a difference in the lives of others. I have long been committed to advancing social justice, work first in non-profit work and then in philanthropy. I started mentoring and coaching programs for scholars of color and LGBT scholars of color to advance their research and support them in staying in higher education. I've also done a lot of mentoring specifically for mid-career women and people of color interested in public sector leadership through <a href="" target="_blank">National Urban Fellows</a>. What's so great about mentoring is the opportunity to use one&rsquo;s power to lift up others. I often tell my mentees that the best thing about having power is giving it away. We all have the potential to give back as we move forward.</p> On the more personal side, I am inspired by creating a future where my 33 nieces and nephews can live in safe world fully expressing all their identities.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <hr /> <h3 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px; padding-bottom: 15px;">"I&rsquo;ve been asked why diversity isn&rsquo;t in my title. Too often diversity is ill-defined or exclusive &mdash; meaning that a diverse organization can be numeric, cosmetic or superficial, but not inclusive or equitable. You can have diversity without inclusion, and what we&rsquo;re trying to achieve is an inclusive culture."</h3> <hr /> <h4>Why did you decide to work at Simmons University?</h4> As a graduate of a woman&rsquo;s college (Douglass, Rutgers University), I know first-hand the critical role of higher education in building the future leadership for the country and the world. There's nothing more important in today&rsquo;s political, social and cultural context than strong, vibrant, educated and civil leadership. I'm convinced that educating women builds a better world. <p>Simmons University is a leader in social justice education and in leadership. I see a world in desperate need of civil, strong, community-centered leadership. I believe being a part of Simmons will give me an opportunity to support the future leadership of the country that reflects the richness of our heritage and leverages the wisdom of multiple identities.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What is your charge at Simmons University?</h4> <p>Simmons has been very clear about prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion work and has committed resources to establishing this <a href="">office</a> as well as centralizing its work as one of the top priorities for the <a href="">Strategy 2022</a>. Our job will be to operationalize the 2022 goals and objectives and to ensure that we achieve the five-year outcomes. In addition, and simply put, I aspire to make Simmons University the most inclusive campus in New England.&nbsp;</p> <p><span> Part of that culture change means that Simmons will empower staff, students and faculty to be their best selves and to achieve their greatest potential. One of the many phrases that I have heard and read about Simmons is &ldquo;<a href="">we are at our best when we put students first</a>.&rdquo; I believe this is especially true of our under-represented students.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>I&rsquo;m delighted to have a committed team working on these matters, and look forward to adding an additional <a href="" target="_blank">team member</a>. With that said, I also want to note that we can&rsquo;t do this work alone. Social justice work requires equity and equity is all of our work to do. It&rsquo;s the University&rsquo;s work &mdash; to be done at all levels. Every person at Simmons should feel responsible to make us the most inclusive campus in the region. It&rsquo;s an institution-wide effort that will take time but there are immediate things we can do to make people feel included.&nbsp;</span></p> <h4>What are you most excited for in your new role at Simmons?</h4> <p> I'm excited about learning from and working with the students at Simmons. They have so much to teach staff and faculty about advancing a social justice agenda and being intentional about being inclusive. I recently met a student activist who spoke of their experience here at Simmons and how hopeful they were about making Simmons a place where the trans community is valued, recognized and rewarded for its contribution to this community and to broader society. </p> <hr /> <h3 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px; padding-bottom: 15px;">"I believe being a part of Simmons will give me an opportunity to support the future leadership of the country that reflects the richness of our heritage and leverages the wisdom of multiple identities."</h3> <hr /> <h4>How do you understand the words &ldquo;privilege&rdquo; and &ldquo;intersectionality&rdquo;?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I&rsquo;d say privilege is the power to change things, but not doing so. And there&rsquo;s a broad spectrum of people who have privilege. Intersectionality is important to understand as it&rsquo;s looking at our various identities and recognizing the impact of how they intersect. As a Latinx cisgender woman of color from the LBGTQ community &ndash; my experience is informed by more than one identity. Also, my identity is strongly influenced by being a first-generation college graduate.</p> <h4>If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?</h4> <p>Unstoppable! If you have purpose, nothing can stop you. One of my favorite quotes is from Sage Patanjali:&nbsp;</p> <p><em>&ldquo;When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></p> <p>This speaks to the power of possibility. Seeing what no one else sees as doable and doing it. This doesn&rsquo;t mean that there won&rsquo;t be barriers or challenges, there always are. It means seeing&nbsp; your way forward despite them. I often tell my mentees, whether you believe you can or you believe you cannot, either way you're right.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What&rsquo;s your favorite book?</h4> <p><em>The Alchemist</em> by Paulo Coelho. It inspires me to believe that everyone has the potential to realize their dreams as long as they believe they can. The universe will conspire to help achieve all our desires. I've seen this happen in my life. It's happening right now.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Tell us one fun fact about yourself</h4> <p>I'm a pretty good salsa dancer and learned how to lead.&nbsp;</p>2018-09-17T00:00:00-04:00{626BA0EC-93A2-433B-B476-C27C1B3F25B7} Simmons to Standup: Emma Willmann '08 Arrives on Netflix<div class="photo-and-caption-left"><img height="300" alt="Emma Willmann performing stand-up at the Comedy at the Knitting Factory" width="350" src="~/media/55847A75DBEB45CF96E2D94EC343C60F.ashx" />Photo courtesy of Yoko Haraoka</div> <p> Hours before headlining a show for the Women in Comedy Festival, we sat down with <a href="" target="_blank">Emma Willmann</a> '08 to discuss her journey from Simmons to the entertainment industry. Eagerly discussing her college days, Willmann shares personal anecdotes from Simmons and jokingly reminisces about the feeling of learning in higher education. </p> <p>"You know when you go to the dentist and haven&rsquo;t flossed in a long time?" Willmann muses. "When they finally floss your teeth it&rsquo;s a weird massage on your gums, but it feels kind of good. That&rsquo;s what it feels like when you learn things you&rsquo;ve never imagined. When you go to college, you feel your brain getting stimulated in a whole new way."</p> <p> Now a seasoned comedian, Willmann&rsquo;s success on the stand-up circuit has led to <em>The Late Show with Stephen Colbert</em>, <em>The Comedy Lineup: Part Two</em> Netflix special, and roles on HBO&rsquo;s <em>Crashing</em> and the CW&rsquo;s <em>Crazy Ex-Girlfriend</em>. Not to mention her widely successful podcast, <em>Inside the Closet</em>, which <em><a href="" target="_blank">Time Out New York</a></em> listed as one of its favorite NYC podcasts. </p> <p>Surprisingly, Willmann didn&rsquo;t plan to enter the entertainment industry after graduation. She intended to pursue an entirely different career&mdash;as an inventor.</p> <p><span>"I had a great grandfather who was an inventor and I wanted to try my hand at it," she explains. Unfortunately, after developing her invention, she sent her prototype to a scam developer. "I was crushed," says Willmann.</span></p> <div class="photo-and-caption-right"><img height="300" alt="Headshot of Emma Willmann" width="350" src="~/media/FD371E17DF064A33B50D9F2D26A41B21.ashx" />Photo courtesy of Mandee Johnson Photography</div> <p>Feeling defeated, Willmann attended a party where a woman performed a comedy routine. This fortuitous performance put the wheels in motion and changed her life forever. Instead of creating a product, Willmann decided to invent something else entirely: her career as a comedian.</p> <p><span>"I started doing comedy once a month for four months," she recalls. "I called myself a comedian, but it doesn&rsquo;t work like that. Then I entered a comedy competition at an actual club and I did awful. I got heckled&mdash;it was a total mess."</span></p> <p><span>Willmann describes these early days as isolating and embarrassing at times. But instead of accepting failure, Willmann kept her goal of success at the forefront of her mind&mdash;a tactic she learned at Simmons.</span></p> <p><span>"I had taken this great <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=8E7404E75FED42AE9813DEA88601939B&amp;_z=z">entrepreneurship</a> class with <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=1513DF89F273402E9530E3C26FD1EFC9&amp;_z=z">Teresa Nelson</a>," Willmann says. &ldquo;I thought about that class a lot when I started out because no one tells you how to bridge the chasm between stand-up and television. It seems insurmountable and insane, but like an entrepreneur, you need to cling to your vision. So I remember thinking 'cling to the vision, cling to the vision.' And that&rsquo;s kind of what I&rsquo;m still doing." </span></p> <p><span>Her determination has paid off. With a growing repertoire of stand-up, acting gigs and radio appearances, Willmann&rsquo;s refusal to accept failure has catapulted her career into what it is today. </span></p> <hr /> <h3 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px; padding-bottom: 15px;">"There&rsquo;s such an importance placed on intersectionality at Simmons," Willmann says. "You&rsquo;re constantly deconstructing race, class, gender&mdash;and you see it in every class you take. Simmons cultivates critical thinking and I try to be very critical of that lens when doing stand-up."</h3> <hr /> <p>"Failure to me is not what you get, it&rsquo;s what you turn it into," Willmann explains, "and Simmons is a very luxurious place to fail. Even if you don&rsquo;t get something, there&rsquo;s a supportive net to catch you. If you want to try something out of your comfort zone, you&rsquo;re not going to get a better environment than Simmons&mdash;now&rsquo;s the time to really go for it."</p> <div class="photo-and-caption-left"><img height="300" alt="Emma Willmann performing stand-up comedy at UNDER St. Mark's Theatre" width="350" src="~/media/69D15D38473947DBB4B389FECC3C1194.ashx" />Photo courtesy of Hunter Peress</div> <p>Although Willmann's anecdotes from Simmons haven&rsquo;t made it into her stand-up routine, she acknowledges that her experience at a women-centered institution has influenced how she approaches her comedy.</p> <p>"There&rsquo;s such an importance placed on intersectionality at Simmons," Willmann says. "You&rsquo;re constantly deconstructing race, class, gender&mdash;and you see it in every class you take. Simmons cultivates critical thinking and I try to be very critical of that lens when doing stand-up."</p> <p>Willmann asserts that these lifelong lessons occurred everywhere&mdash;even outside of the classroom. Whether it was her time in the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=E8856E5356B74C9CBA760BBD97E352BE&amp;_z=z">Student Government Association</a> or spending all day in Bartol Dining Hall among good friends, these lessons and memories impacted how she navigates her career today.</p> <p>"The people that are attracted to Simmons are just awesome," Willmann says. "It was amazing to learn and grow with such a core group of people."</p> <p>So what&rsquo;s next for this thriving comedian? From her return to the final season of <em>Crazy Ex Girlfriend</em> to the premiere of Netflix's <em>The Comedy Lineup: Part Two</em> in August&mdash;Willmann&rsquo;s career is showing no signs of slowing down. We&rsquo;ll keep watching as this former Simmons Shark continues to make waves.</p>2018-09-13T00:00:00-04:00{EA2BC409-DAF9-472D-9861-47081E97C5FC} Caraballo '11 on Taking a Risk to Find the Perfect Job<h4>Tell us about your background.</h4> <p>My experience so far has been a bit of a whirlwind. I started my career in a boutique asset management firm in Boston as an assistant to the CFO and CEO. I was there for about a year until my adventurous side kicked in and I quit my job, packed my bags, and moved to California. I got a job at Credit Suisse on the private banking side assisting a team of brokers maintain and grow their book.&nbsp;</p> <p>After two years, I left and joined a San Francisco startup. After eight months, the startup was acquired. I stayed at the firm bouncing around projects and roles, and then this year I transitioned to a role at our parent company. My experience has given me the opportunities to work directly with clients on their investments, with larger financial institutions on partner projects, and even dabble in technical areas.</p> <h4>What has been your biggest &ldquo;aha&rdquo; moment?</h4> <p>I left a big-name company with a good reputation for a small startup that was still raising capital. On paper, this seemed like a big risk. But for me, the risk was staying in a job that I no longer found rewarding and gave me no career options. The risk isn't always about a name on your resume, it is also about personal fulfillment.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What is your &ldquo;one word&rdquo; to describe Simmons?</h4> <p>Empowering. I transferred into Simmons from another school that was not a good cultural fit for me. Being at Simmons made me feel like I could conquer the world. I made wonderful friends and had wonderful professors who were all fun, understanding, and supportive.</p> <h4>Was there ever a time you wondered if you were on the right path?&nbsp;</h4> <p>As much as career and life are paths, I believe they are also a series of decisions that you make, some good ones and some bad ones. For me, pushing and persevering means reflecting on what decisions lead me to where I am, learning from the experience, and making the next decision.</p> <h4>What advice would you give your 21-year-old self?</h4> <p>Have hobbies outside of work. Call your parents. Travel every chance you get. Be open to feedback. Don't dwell on the past.</p>2018-09-13T00:00:00-04:00{87D449B8-0F8A-4D51-9455-8B93D47D2A3F} New Simmons Faculty<p>Greetings to all of our new students and to our new faculty members in the Division of <a href="">Mathematical</a> and <a href="">Computer Sciences</a>: Assistant Professor Lauren Provost and Assistant Professor Anthony Scotina.</p> <p>Computer science students may see Provost in her computer networks classes, while math students may see Scotina in "Introductory Statistics." We asked them a few questions about the work they plan to do at Simmons this fall and how they spend their free time.&nbsp;</p> 2018-09-07T00:00:00-04:00{DD6B5FE8-F0B6-4B12-8779-DCB779818CDC} Convocation and Simmons University<p>University <a href="">President Helen Drinan</a> '75MS, '78MBA welcomed members of the Simmons community to "Convocation: A Celebration of University" on Wednesday, September 5. Cheers from the crowd echoed throughout the academic campus as faculty, staff and students celebrated the beginning of this next chapter.&nbsp;</p> <p>Provost and Senior Vice President <a href="">Katie Conboy</a> kicked off the festivities with a presentation of the four newly organized colleges, headed by our&nbsp;<a href="">four inaugural deans</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Continuing this spirit of welcome and celebration, Associate Provost and Dean of the Undergraduate Program, <a href="">Catherine Paden</a>, congratulated the newest Members of Academy &mdash; Simmons' undergraduate honors society. Paden, along with the four new deans, inducted 26 new members of the Class of 2019 into the Academy.&nbsp;</p> <p>Professor Geoffrey Turner, President of the Faculty Senate, gave an address to the Class of 2019 on behalf of the faculty. As a behavior scientist, Turner urged students to truly engage in their surroundings and foster relationships with peers and professors &mdash;&nbsp;many of whom will become lifelong friends.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Get lost in what you do here at Simmons," said Turner. "Find out what engages you. Find meaning and a higher purpose in your work."</p> <hr /> <h3 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px; padding-bottom: 15px;">"The Simmons story has many more chapters to be written," said Provost Conboy as she concluded her remarks. "Let's write them together!"</h3> <div><hr /> <p>Turner was followed later in the ceremony by Provost Katie Conboy, who gave the Convocation Address. She lauded the current success of the University and the redesign of its academic structure before taking attendees through Simmons' institutional journey.</p> <p>"We shouldn't forget that Simmons has already been many things," Provost Conboy reminded the audience. "In some ways we might consider all of these versions of Simmons as strands of our DNA."</p> <p>Provost Conboy explored where we've been, how far we've come and where we're going &mdash; encouraging the Simmons community to go forward in confidence as we begin the next chapter in the University's history.&nbsp;</p> <p><span>"The Simmons story has many more chapters to be written," said Provost Conboy as she concluded her remarks. "Let's write them together!"</span></p> </div>2018-09-06T00:00:00-04:00{7E31B735-8C9F-41C8-8205-EF22F3432A2D} Missing in Action: The Passing of Senator John McCain<div class="photo-and-caption-left"><img height="300" alt="Headshot of Professor William Bellamy" width="350" src="~/media/A0073F5B744642ABA79B9C89DC01322F.ashx" /></div> <p>The news was expected, but when Senator John McCain died last week the collective gasp in Washington was almost audible. Whatever one thought of McCain &mdash; and by the end an astonishing 59% of Republicans had pivoted to President Trump&rsquo;s jaundiced view of him &mdash; no one disputes that he was unique. His fierce patriotism, his personal courage, his willingness to break ranks time and again and stand alone on principle set him apart from virtually every other lawmaker in Washington &mdash; Democrat or Republican.&nbsp;</p> <p>Earlier this summer I had been thinking about McCain as I travelled to Zimbabwe with a small delegation of former U.S. ambassadors and officials. We&rsquo;d been asked by a Washington-based foundation to assess the political climate in Zimbabwe on the eve of that country&rsquo;s first election following the military coup that had deposed long time tyrant Robert Mugabe. We were hoping to find that Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe&rsquo;s former vice president and security chief, was sincere in his promises to end the violent and corrupt misrule of his former boss.</p> <p>Years earlier I had attended a dinner in Washington co-hosted by McCain and Madeleine Albright to honor another Mugabe opponent, trade union leader and democracy activist Morgan Tsvangirai. Tsvangirai had been arrested, beaten, tortured and nearly killed by Mugabe&rsquo;s agents more than once. He had come to the U.S. desperately seeking aid for Zimbabweans struggling to restore the rule of law. McCain listened intently then rose to tell Tsvangirai that he would have America&rsquo;s full support. The room erupted in applause. McCain knew without asking that the White House would back him. Madeleine Albright stood at his side beaming. It was as if a sword had been placed on Tsvangirai&rsquo;s shoulder and he&rsquo;d been told to arise and go forth to battle.</p> <p>McCain believed it our duty to stand up to despots wherever we can, and to export the best of our political values to those struggling against tyranny. For the Arizona senator, there was no room for partisanship in this or any other important foreign policy or defense issue. Back then the International Republican Institute (IRI) which he headed and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) led by Albright were shining emblems of bi-partisanship in foreign policy. This is what President Reagan intended when he urged Congress in 1982 to &ldquo;foster the infrastructure of democracy&rdquo; by creating these bodies. Today IRI and NDI represent competing parties but share the same vision and mission to advance democracy abroad.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h3 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px; padding-bottom: 15px;">"McCain believed it our duty to stand up to despots wherever we can, and to export the best of our political values to those struggling against tyranny."</h3> <hr /> <p>IRI and NDI were already on the ground when our little party landed in Zimbabwe. Their joint monitoring mission would ultimately help judge the credibility of the election. For five days we consulted intensively. On our last day a promised meeting with President Mnangagwa failed to materialize. The President of a small but very rich oil producing African state had arrived unexpectedly aboard his personal Boeing 777. With Zimbabwe bankrupt and its ruling elites hungry for cash, Mnanagwa&rsquo;s schedule change was understandable.</p> <p>We had listened, questioned and heard enough to conclude reluctantly that Mnangagwa was not a real reformer, though he needed to masquerade as one to obtain debt relief and new foreign loans. The July 31 election would not be free, fair or credible.</p> <p>That was the gist of the conclusions we conveyed in Washington. It was at our meeting with Senators Coons (D-DE) and Flake (R-AZ) that I was reminded again of McCain. Coons and Flake rarely voted the same way. But together with Senator Booker (D-NJ) they too had travelled to Zimbabwe and were considering amendments to laws sanctioning Zimbabwe. They were eager for our readout.</p> <p>I watched Coons and Flake banter while they questioned us and mused together about the best course of action for the Senate. It was a McCain moment, with Republicans and Democrats laboring together to defend our values and interests, whether on small issues like Zimbabwe or big ones like Russia, NATO or North Korea. I wondered: with McCain gone, who is left to lead and inspire? Regrettably it will not be the disheartened Flake who will quit the Senate this year. On the Republican side, there are no McCains left. Among Democrats, no one of his stature or authority is in sight.</p> <p>As for Zimbabwe, the election was indeed deeply flawed, and followed by deadly violence against protestors. Coons, Flake and Booker successfully sponsored legislation to tighten U.S. sanctions on Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe&rsquo;s beleaguered reformers are again looking to America for inspiration and support. They too will miss the senator from Arizona.</p>2018-09-05T00:00:00-04:00{936BA7AA-7BE4-4810-A99A-8924B649E267} to Simmons University<p>I write to you today with one of the most exciting announcements to date. We all have reason to celebrate as Simmons takes its rightful place in the landscape of higher education as Simmons University.&nbsp;</p> <p><img height="300" alt="Helen Drinan" width="350" src="~/media/FC761DB82D8B409AA81090C555DCDCCD.ashx" class="image-left" /></p> <p>Becoming Simmons University is a key strategy in the redesign of our academic structure to inspire today&rsquo;s students. It signals to the world that Simmons is a force in today&rsquo;s competitive higher education landscape, further elevating the stature of our distinctive undergraduate program for women and our nationally-recognized graduate programs. We are capitalizing on Simmons&rsquo; strengths to foster interdisciplinary and inter-professional study and collaboration&mdash;fertile ground for innovation and impact. The renowned schools and programs you are familiar with are now organized in four new colleges:</p> <ul> <li><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=DAD003362ACC4443AE3A9C282D716E91&amp;_z=z">The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities</a></li> <li><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=CD6FD8A33526437D970C6CDE26E1A3FB&amp;_z=z">The College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences (including the School of Nursing)</a></li> <li><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=1F12A35AC98D4DCABF38B898B9A12D13&amp;_z=z">The College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences (including the School of Library and Information Science and the School of Business)</a></li> <li><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=9C0D6BDE27CD4B25A7DE14A7FC76B52C&amp;_z=z">The College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice (including the School of Social Work)</a></li> </ul> <p>Simmons today reflects a decade of progress resulting from bold planning and action, including the launch of our internationally-reaching online graduate programs. We successfully navigated the Great Recession and other economic headwinds to grow stronger academically and financially. In the past ten years, we&rsquo;ve increased revenues 71 percent, doubled financial aid to $44 million, strengthened undergraduate enrollments, and doubled graduate enrollments. Now we&rsquo;re poised to further enhance our commitment to a student-centered culture while sustaining our financial vitality by maximizing the value of Simmons&rsquo; real estate assets and campus opportunities.&nbsp;</p> <p>Since John Simmons had his revolutionary idea over 100 years ago to found a college that would enable women to earn independent livelihoods and lead meaningful lives, Simmons has evolved to meet the changing needs of students and the world. Yet every step of the way, we have actively remained true to our founding mission, which continues to guide me and all of my Simmons University colleagues today.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is a thrilling moment in our history. I&rsquo;m honored and proud to be a part of it, and hope you are, too. I invite you to join me as, together, we embrace the exciting journey ahead.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sincerely,<br /> <br /> Helen G. Drinan, &rsquo;75LS, &rsquo;78SM<br /> President2018-08-30T00:00:00-04:00{794657AF-0774-4851-9725-682739C58DE8} at Simmons<p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Anti-war demonstration, 1969" src="~/media/AAB360AEC2EB4BC080013A82A2304D2D.ashx?w=370" style="margin-bottom: 165px; float: left;" /></a>Decades before women in America gained the right to vote, Boston businessman John Simmons had a revolutionary idea&mdash;that women should be able to pursue an education that would allow them to earn independent livelihoods and lead meaningful lives. This same spirit of inclusion and empowerment produced the first African-American Simmons graduate in 1914 and made Simmons one of the only private colleges that did not impose admission quotas on Jewish students during the first half of the 1900s.</p> <p>Activism&mdash;engaging in action or involvement as a means of achieving political, social, or economic goals&mdash;has remained an important facet of the Simmons experience throughout the College's history. From the establishment of the Student Guild by the first class to attend Simmons, to campus involvement in the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 1960s, to advocating for equality and fairness for all members of the community, Simmons students have driven change in important ways.</p> <p>Explore <a href="" target="_blank">Activism at Simmons</a></p>2018-08-28T00:00:00-04:00{A90B1FC9-1347-48CA-BF1E-FAB97712A87B} History at Simmons<p><img alt="1989 African American Alumnae Association" src="~/media/86BD2C02087C447DAC85900DF8B53C55.ashx?w=350" style="float: left;" />From its founding in 1899, Simmons University has provided generations of women the means to obtain an independent livelihood. Just as Simmons, with its inclusive, socially conscious mission, has evolved with the passing of time to present academic offerings of relevance and currency, so too has the composition of its academic community changed, constantly striving to be an environment grounded in engagement, respect, and inclusion.</p> <p>This exhibit presents an overview of the experience of the black students who attended Simmons University and the impact their presence had on the institution, most significantly, perhaps, through the promotion and provoking of conversation, reflection, and change.</p> <p>There is no way to conflate the experience of all black students who attended Simmons. There was not, nor could there ever be, a universal black experience, even as common themes emerge. As such, this exhibit does not claim to tell the definitive story of the black student experience at Simmons. Instead, the exhibit aims to acknowledge the struggles and celebrate the victories of the University's black students. It intends to provide a truthful account of the challenges these students faced, to recognize the community they've built, and to acknowledge the powerful and essential roles that black students, individually and collectively, have played and continue to play in the development of the Simmons community.</p> <p>Please take some time and explore the <a href="" target="_blank">exhibit</a>.</p>2018-08-28T00:00:00-04:00{3F52918B-E849-48C3-88F9-DE9C92D9A066} Must Read Tips for the Class of 2022Our <a href="">Orientation Leaders</a>, Delaney Roberson '20, Josephine Tran-Vong '21 and Emily Mills '19, told us what they wish they knew before coming to Simmons. Here are a few tips that will help make your transition to Simmons as easy as possible! <h3><img height="300" alt="Students in dorm room" width="350" src="~/media/F5EA5C28F1A345B39FD9DCCD5A4DDE3A.ashx" />1. Pack wisely!</h3> <p>Packing for college doesn't have to be overwhelming. We've taken the stress out of packing by curating a <a href="">comprehensive checklist</a> for our first years. And when it comes to clothes, be sure to come prepared for our beautiful&mdash;but sometimes unpredictable&mdash;New England weather!</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"I wouldn&rsquo;t have survived my first year if I didn&rsquo;t bring my fan and my rain jacket. And make a mental note of the toiletries you use! Target was ransacked the first week I moved in, so I had to borrow my roommate&rsquo;s shower shoes&mdash;her feet were MUCH smaller than mine."</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">-Josephine Tran-Vong '21</h4> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3>2. Embrace new friendships.&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Photo of the African and Caribbean Student Union E-Board Members: Kara Walsh '20, Aisha Lawal '18, Ogugua Uchendu '20, Rae&rsquo;Niqua Victorine '20 and Tozoe Marton '18" width="350" src="~/media/C1CF254EC09846CBA85EADFE4B633B3D.ashx" /></span></h3> <p>Ask any alum&mdash;Simmons is where lifelong friendships are made. Although it might seem intimidating in the beginning, meeting new people and making friends is easier than you think. Don't know where to start? With over 70 to choose from, try joining one of our many <a href="">clubs and organizations</a>!&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"Don't put so much pressure on yourself to fit in right away. For some students, it may take a bit of time to adjust to new surroundings. That&rsquo;s totally okay! I promise that you will eventually figure out exactly where you need to be."</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">-Delaney Roberson '20</h4> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><img height="300" alt="Green line MBTA train" width="350" src="~/media/4458A410524C4ACD80E1EACAEB98E08B.ashx" />3. Getting around the city is easier than it looks.&nbsp;</h3> <p>Boston is known for being a walking city&mdash;there are so many <a href="">interesting neighborhoods</a> just steps away from our campus. If you don't feel like walking, public transit is affordable and easily accessible. Although the schedules and routes may seem confusing at first, we promise that you'll be a pro in no time.&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"The T is not scary. I was so flustered when we took the T during Orientation and thought I'd have to avoid it. I quickly overcame this fear after just a few trips&mdash;it's so much easier than you think."</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">-Emily Mills '19</h4> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3>4. Take your time when choosing a major.&nbsp;<span class="image-right"> &nbsp;<img height="300" alt="students studying in Common Grounds" width="350" src="~/media/2E34F0DD3B4A4A548F40B26A05525509.ashx" /></span></h3> <p>Did you know that 25% of our students come to Simmons <a href="" target="_blank">undecided</a>? Undecided is technically our second most popular "major"! We know that it takes time to discover your passion&mdash;that's why you don't need to declare a major until your sophomore year.&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"I wish I knew that I didn&rsquo;t need to pick my major right away. I was so stressed trying to figure out what to do with my life my first year."</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">-Emily Mills '19</h4> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><img height="300" alt="Students getting food in Bartol Dining Hall" width="350" src="~/media/36C44471EC234C80BFA4A671598CFF8C.ashx?h=300&amp;&amp;w=350" />5. Stay healthy and get enough rest!</h3> <p>Your first semester will be a big adjustment, so be sure to take care of yourself. Pulling all-nighters and spending all day at a desk will eventually catch-up with you. Not sure how to start? Check out these <a href="">handy tips</a> from Simmons' nutrition experts!</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"Just because Star Market is open 24/7 does NOT mean that you should go on an expedition at 3 a.m. to get ice cream."</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 20px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">-Delaney Roberson '20</h4>2018-08-15T00:00:00-04:00{CBC59D19-DD93-433E-87DA-399525FA52CB} Community News, August 2018<strong> <h4>Faculty</h4> </strong> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Naresh Agarwal</strong> co-authored a paper "Ascertaining the Place of Library &amp; Information Science in Knowledge Management Research" which was accepted at the 81<sup>st</sup> Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&amp;T) 2018 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, November 10-14. Agarwal has also started an initiative called "<a href="" target="_blank">Project Oneness World</a>"&nbsp;which will feature a variety of interviews.&nbsp;</p> <p>SLIS Director&nbsp;<strong>Sanda Erdelez</strong>&nbsp;gave a keynote presentation, "Encountering Information in a Rapidly Changing Environment" in June at the 2018 Western Balkans Information Literacy Conference (WBLIC), Bihac, Bosnia &amp; Herzegovina. At the same conference she gave a well-attended workshop, "Information Encountering and New Information Literacy." Her co-authored paper, "Distraction to Illumination: Mining Biomedical Publications for Serendipity in Research," was accepted for the Annual Meeting of ASIS&amp;T.</p> <p>SLIS Assistant Professor <strong>Ann Graf</strong> is co-leading a&nbsp;SIG-AH (Arts &amp; Humanities) panel, "Everyday Documentation of Arts and Humanities Collections" that was accepted at the ASIS&amp;T 2018 Annual Meeting. The panel is composed of a diverse group of academic researchers and practitioners from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. It will focus on "everyday documentation" of arts and humanities-based collections done by those outside libraries, archives, and museums, and how such documentation practices can and should inform institutional practice and technological developments.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Melanie Kimball</strong> co-edited and wrote a chapter for&nbsp;<em>Engaging Teens with Story: How to Inspire and Educate Youth with Storytelling, </em>which&nbsp;was awarded Best Professional Resource for School or Youth Librarians by the School Library Connections/American Reference Books Annual for 2018. Kimball also presented a paper, "Twice (or Thrice) Told Tales: Re-making Popular Literature for Youth via Graphic Novelization," at the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing 2018 annual conference, July 9-12 in Sydney, Australia.</p> <strong> <h4>Students</h4> </strong> <p>SLIS student <strong>Judith Haran</strong>&rsquo;s article, &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">The Nuremberg Trials Project at Havard Law School: Making History Accessible to All</a>,&rdquo; has been published in the <em>Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies</em>.</p> <p>SLIS students <strong>Moonyung Kang-Larsen, Cristian Alejandro Martinez (YALSA Scholar), Daisy Crystal Muralles, Elise Riley&nbsp;</strong>and<strong> Mallory Elizabeth Walker</strong> have been awarded <a href="" target="_blank">Spectrum Scholarships</a> from the American Library Association. These scholarships are awarded to exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information science&mdash;both online and face-to-face.&nbsp;</p> <strong> <h4>Alumni</h4> </strong> <p><strong style="font-weight: bold;">Adriene Galindo </strong>'16MS received a Frank B. Sessa Scholarship for Continuing Professional Education of Beta Phi Mu Members. Award winners receive $150 to cover expenses for the professional continuing education opportunity of their choice. </p> <strong> </strong>2018-08-07T00:00:00-04:00{0AC94163-57D6-40F0-8F5B-4D92506563FE} J. Pérez Named Senior Vice President of Organizational Culture, Inclusion & Equity<p>Simmons, one of the first institutions of higher education in the United States to focus on preparing women for leadership, announced today the appointment of Debra P&eacute;rez, PhD, as Senior Vice President, Organizational Culture, Inclusion &amp; Equity.</p> <p>Dr. P&eacute;rez will be responsible for expanding Simmons&rsquo; significant programs and practices underlying the university&rsquo;s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. She will serve as a strategic partner to the President and to her colleagues in building bridges and identifying and pursuing meaningful engagement with faculty, staff, students, alumnae/i and the Boston community. In collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Deans, Dr. P&eacute;rez also will work to integrate inclusive excellence into the university curriculum and pedagogy, preparing faculty to teach diverse learners and preparing students to navigate diverse communities.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;This is an exciting time to be joining such a dynamic university,&rdquo; said Dr. P&eacute;rez. &ldquo;Simmons has a well-founded reputation as a welcoming community for all learners. Great change at Simmons is aligned with greater demands for inclusive leadership in the country. I look forward to working with the entire Simmons community to making a significant contribution to maintain and nurture an inclusive environment now and into the future.&rdquo;&nbsp; </p> <p>Founded in 1899, Simmons announced that as of September 1, 2018, it will be known as <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=14870956522B4065AB39B8B6A6FC96B6&amp;_z=z">Simmons University</a>, a culmination of a strategic planning and visioning process begun in 2011 that led it to restructure its academics into four new colleges led by four <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C32D984E4DBD4A5CBBFBB1025C005154&amp;_z=z">recently appointed deans</a>: the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities; the College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice; the College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences; and the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Debra P&eacute;rez is an experienced leader who brings a great deal to our university,&rdquo; said <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=78AE8F7006AD4533BAC27B910E349D57&amp;_z=z">Helen Drinan</a>, President of Simmons. &ldquo;She arrives with abundant relevant expertise, and importantly, a clear vision for how we can establish successful protocols as we promote diversity, inclusion and equity in our classrooms and throughout our campus. I am confident that under her leadership, our faculty, staff and the entire Simmons community will become a model for diversity, inclusion and equity now and into the future.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dr. P&eacute;rez earned a bachelor&rsquo;s in communication from Douglass College; a master&rsquo;s in social science and women&rsquo;s studies from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England; a master&rsquo;s of public administration from Baruch College; and a doctorate in health policy from Harvard University. She is currently the chief evaluation and learning officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in Palo Alto, CA.&nbsp;</p> <p>She previously served as Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Learning at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and assistant vice president for research and evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. During her career, Dr. P&eacute;rez has been responsible for bringing diverse perspectives to research and policy decision-making, and she has developed more than a dozen initiatives designed to foster multidisciplinary research and expanding various dimensions of diversity.&nbsp;</p> <p>She will start her new role at Simmons University on September 5, 2018.</p>2018-08-06T00:00:00-04:00{6229917C-81B1-4AAA-85E5-E8391D265D37} Coren '14MS Selected as an Emerging Leader<p><em>Ashleigh Coren &rsquo;14MS is the Special Collections Librarian for Teaching and Learning at University of Maryland College Park and was selected as an <a href="" target="_blank">Emerging Leader</a> by the American Library Association. We caught up with her to learn about her career thus far.</em></p> <h4>Tell us about the work you&rsquo;ve done since graduating from the <a href="">School of Library Science</a> (SLIS).&nbsp;</h4> <p>The three years after finishing the SLIS program were incredibly fruitful and essential to my growth as a professional. In that period, I served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer, worked briefly at Emerson College and completed a library residency program at West Virginia University(WVU). Through these experiences I learned how to develop positive and sustainable partnerships with educators, students, informational professionals and community members. I know now that I can create and manage successful projects while working with different personalities and needs.</p> <p>Some of the projects I completed during this period include co-creating a technology literacy program for middle and high school students with AmeriCorp, co-coordinating WVU's first Open Access Week, and redesigning a three-credit online course on film and media literacy.</p> <h4>Have you always wanted to be a leader in the LIS field?</h4> <p>Absolutely not! It took me a while to understand that leadership is not just about having a title or having a certain kind of personality. It's all about impact, influence and reputation.&nbsp;</p> <h4>How did SLIS prepare you for a leadership role?&nbsp;</h4> <p>The general management course was a great introduction into different leadership styles and workplace culture. It forced me to think about what kind of organizational structure would be a good fit for my skills and personality.&nbsp;</p> <h4>How did SLIS prepare you for the LIS profession?</h4> <p>There were a few classes that set the tone for the work I do now as a Teaching and Learning Librarian in special collections, though I had no idea at the time this would be my future position. LIS 403 "Evaluation of Information Services" was my introduction to assessment. The discussions on bias and historical empathy that I had in LIS 438 "Introduction to Archival Methods and Services" recur in the classes I currently teach. Out of all of my experiences, my job updating the <a href="" target="_blank">Jobline</a> and sorting through job descriptions for two years was probably the best introduction to the profession. It's how I learned about library residencies and professional organizations. I also became pretty decent at HTML!</p> <h4>What&rsquo;s next for you? Any big projects on the horizon?</h4> <p>In Spring 2018 I co-developed the <a href="" target="_blank">UMD LGBTQ Oral History project</a> which captures the voices of students, faculty and staff across campus. This summer I'll be transcribing interviews and working with our electronic records archivist to add these interviews to our digital collections.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Photo courtesy of Ashleigh Coren '14MS.&nbsp;</em></p>2018-07-24T00:00:00-04:00{644C0D1C-DAFA-4E6A-9837-CE7901BE7DA0} Clark Sterne, Longtime Simmons Professor, Passes Away at 91<p>Known as Dick to his friends, Professor Richard Clark Sterne is the author of <em>The Nation and Its Century</em>, a history of the venerable liberal magazine, published on its centennial in 1965, and <em>Dark Mirror</em>, <em>The Sense of Injustice in Modern European and American Literature</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p><img height="284" alt="Richard Clark Sterne" width="200" src="~/media/115DC54329A84FA78C683731B229EC30.ashx" style="float:right !important;margin: 3px 0 10px 15px !important;" /Professor Clark Sterne was a Francophile who taught in both French and English during a Fulbright in France in the 1958-59 academic year and returned frequently for research and vacations with his wife Ruth and his sons, Daniel and Larry.>Dick also taught English on a Fulbright at the University of Lisbon in Portugal for the 1962-'63 academic year, learning conversational Portuguese during his stay. A lover of languages, he also taught himself Spanish, Italian, Russian and ancient Greek.</p> <p>A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Dick was a Navy veteran and earned a BA from Columbia College and a PhD from Harvard University. A memorial service was held on July 25 in Newton, MA. Donations in Dick&rsquo;s memory may be made to Amnesty International.</p>2018-07-19T00:00:00-04:00{38A7E8CA-C147-417F-99AB-CE269838D94A} Green '19 Studies Journalism in South Africa<p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong> Simmons gave me the opportunity to experience living in Boston while also benefiting from a small campus environment, with low student-professor ratios and student-run organizations.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="">public relations and marketing communications</a> major allows me to take courses in everything from <a href="">journalism</a> and <a href="">graphic design</a> to marketing and project management. Besides meeting my interdisciplinary interests, the variety of courses in this major prepare you for life after graduation.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON THE HONORS PROGRAM: </strong>While touring Simmons my senior year of high school, I attended an honors course taught by Professor <a href="">Dawna Thomas</a> about the different experiences people with disabilities face throughout diverse communities in the United States. In that class, I saw a group of students who applied introspection and critical thinking to a topic outside a "required" course. After that tour, I knew that in the <a href="">honors program</a> I'd be challenged to be a more engaged, well-rounded person and student during my time at Simmons.&nbsp;<span class="image-right"> &nbsp;&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Hannah Green and her fellow journalists en route to Pringle Bay" width="350" src="~/media/E5A3320CDF614A869BBD05C1A6D0A836.ashx" /></span></p> <p>One of my favorite aspects of the honors program is that we're constantly learning from one another &mdash; each student brings different lived experiences, interests, majors, etc. Additionally, honors students have access to honors designated courses and the Honors Global Scholars Scholarship, which helped fund my <a href="">study abroad</a> experience.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON STUDYING ABROAD:</strong> I studied with the School for International Training (SIT) in South Africa in the spring of 2018. I spent two months studying social and political transformation in Durban, and the remainder of my semester in Cape Town interning at the <a href="" target="_blank">Sunday Times</a>. The semester culminated with an independent study project in journalism. My chosen topic was the private security industry, inequalities of safety and policing in South Africa.</p> <p><strong><img height="300" alt="Hannah Green speaking with veteran South African journalist, Martine Barker. " width="350" src="~/media/FCD39912A6A743F08330BCED1EA42711.ashx" />ON BEING PUBLISHED:</strong> I had five stories published in TimesLIVE, two published on Times Select and one story published in the Sunday Times print edition.&nbsp;</p> <p>These articles were meaningful for me &mdash; the researching, writing and editing I put into them &mdash; and for the numerous South Africans who shared their stories with me hoping they would be heard. Whether I was speaking to the lawyer&rsquo;s of Cape Town&rsquo;s most notorious <a href="" target="_blank">mafiosos</a> or an up-and-coming circus acrobat from the Khayelitsha township, I learned that storytelling, when done accurately and humanely, is a means of democratizing our world.</p> <p><strong>ON HER SIMMONS MOMENT:</strong> Presenting my final paper for my Honors Program Learning Community course on race, meritocracy and education in America is my Simmons moment. I researched how the current system of racism reinforces our capitalistic class structure along racial lines by disproportionately subjecting Black students to an integrative education that ultimately inhibits their social mobility. My professors gave me the resources and freedom to find this topic &mdash; I know that this is an experience I only could have had at Simmons.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Middle Photo: Hannah and some of her fellow journalists take a pit stop en route to Pringle Bay.</em> </p> <p><em><span>Bottom Photo: Hannah discussing her independent study project in journalism with her mentor, veteran South African journalist Martine Barker.&nbsp;</span></em></p>2018-07-17T00:00:00-04:00{76D2D997-BF59-4800-A1AC-E99D0F44AF95} Community News, Summer 2018<h4>Faculty</h4> <p>Senior Lecturer <strong>Rebecca Davis</strong> gave two presentations at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on May 21: "Transforming Health Sciences/Medical Libraries Courses for Library and Information Science Students" and a poster titled, "Active Learning in Library Instruction for Students in Problem Based Learning."</p> <p>Assistant Professor <strong>Catherine Dumas</strong> is part of a SIG SM (Social Media) panel, "Politicians &amp; the Public: The Analysis of Political Communication in&nbsp;Social Media," that was accepted at the&nbsp;81st Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&amp;T)&nbsp;2018 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada,&nbsp;November 10-14. In addition, Dumas and <strong>Colin Rhinesmith</strong> are part of the program and organizing committees for a SIG SI, IEP, SM Workshop, at ASIS&amp;T "The 14th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium: Sociotechnical perspective on ethics and governance of emerging information technologies," at the ASIS&amp;T Annual Meeting&nbsp;Hyatt Regency Vancouver,&nbsp;Vancouver, Canada,&nbsp;November 10.</p> <p style="background: white;">Assistant Professor <strong>Colin Rhinesmith </strong>will co-present a paper, &ldquo;Edge Perspectives in Online Scholarly Communities: A Network Analysis of #critlib&rdquo; at the ASIS&amp;T Annual Meeting, in Vancouver, Canada this fall. Rhinesmith spoke at the Cambridge Public Library on June 21, "Dividing Lines:&nbsp;Why Is Internet Access Still A Luxury In America?"</p> <p>Associate Professor&nbsp;<strong>Laura Saunders</strong>&nbsp;was quoted in the American Libraries article, &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Our Vocation Is Information</a>,&rdquo; which also mentioned the recent <a href="">"Know News" Symposium</a>. The Symposium was featured on&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Innovation Hub</a>&nbsp;in June.</p> <p>Associate Professor&nbsp;<strong>Rong Tang</strong>'s paper, "Towards a More Inclusive Technical Website: Knowledge Gaps,&nbsp;Performance, Experience, and Perception Differences Among Various User Groups," was accepted for at the 81st ASIS&amp;T Annual Meeting, which will be held in Vancouver, Canada, November 10-14. This paper was the outcome of Tang's&nbsp;research grant, funded by NEH through a subcontract with WGBH. Her co-authors are SLIS students Wenqing Lu, Will Gregg, Steven Gentry, and Stephen Humeston. Tang's panel proposal "ALISE@ASIS&amp;T: Building an LIS Research-Teaching Nexus" was also accepted to the 2018&nbsp;ASIS&amp;T Annual Meeting.</p> <h4>Staff</h4> <p><strong>Em Claire Knowles</strong>, Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs, gave the keynote speech at the Beta Phi Mu Annual Meeting at the ALA Annual Conference on June 23 in New Orleans, LA. Knowles is the winner of the 2017 Beta Phi Mu award. At the event, Beta Phi Mu celebrated their 70th anniversary. <em>Pictured above.</em><strong></strong></p> <h4>Students&nbsp;<span class="image-right"> &nbsp;<img alt="SLIS West Students Olivia Eberli, Elizabeth Pawlowski and Norman Berlin with Eric Poulin" src="~/media/22E860C084CC4D38B164D62763F0BB09.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" class="image-left" style="height: 244px; width: 244px;" /></span></h4> <p>SLIS West students <strong>Olivia Eberli</strong>, <strong>Elizabeth Pawlowski</strong> and <strong>Norman Berlin</strong>, pictured right with SLIS West Coordinator&nbsp;<strong>Eric Poulin</strong>, gave a presentation, "Think, Pair, Share&mdash;But Don't Stop There: Creative Teaching Techniques for Effective Instruction" at the Massachusetts Library Association Conference on May 22.</p> <p>SLIS West student <strong>Judith Haran</strong> recently had&nbsp;her paper, "<a href="" target="_blank">The Nuremberg Trials Project at Harvard Law School: Making History Accessible to All</a>," published in the <em>Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies</em>: Vol. 5 , Article 9.</p> <p>Computer Science/Math student <strong>Pam (Peizhu) Qian</strong> has been selected for the Grace Hopper Student Scholarship to attend the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration in Houston, Texas, September 26-28.</p> <p>SLIS student <strong>Alessandra Seiter</strong> has been awarded the Progressive Librarians Guild's 2018 Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize for the essay "Libraries, Power, and Justice: Toward a Sociohistorically Informed Intellectual Freedom." The&nbsp;Braverman&nbsp;Memorial&nbsp;Prize is awarded annually to a student in Library Science or Archival Studies for an essay submitted on the theme of progressive or activist librarianship. Alessandra's essay will be published in a forthcoming issue of Progressive Librarian and Alessandra will also receive a small monetary award to help offset the cost of travel to the ALA's Annual Conference, where the award will be presented at the PLG's annual dinner.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Alumni</h4> <p><strong>Ashleigh Coren</strong>&nbsp;'14MS, <strong>Netanel Ganin</strong> '15MS, and <strong>Samantha Qui&ntilde;on</strong> '16MS, were chosen as "<a href="" target="_blank">Emerging Leaders</a>" by <em>American Libraries</em>.</p> <p><strong>Maura Deedy</strong>&nbsp;'06MS is Library Advisory Specialist for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Previously, she was Assistant Director of Libraries at the Robbins Library in Arlington.</p> <p><strong>David S. Ferriero</strong>&nbsp;'74MS, 10<sup>th</sup> Archivist of the United States, presented &ldquo;The Librarian and the Archivist&rdquo; with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden at the ALA Annual Conference on June 24. Hayden and Ferriero discussed &ldquo;the importance of collecting physical information and materials in the digital age,&rdquo; as well as the role of the Library of Congress and the National Archives in making their valuable resources accessible to the public.</p> <p>Children's Lit MFA graduate <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Luisana Duarte Armendariz</a></strong> '17MA/MFA&nbsp;received a <a href="" target="_blank">New Vision Award</a> from Lee &amp; Low Books. Her middle grade novel <em>The Regent Enigma</em>, will be published by <a href="" target="_blank">Tu Books</a>, an imprint of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Lee &amp; Low</a>.</p> <p>MFA alumna <strong>Laura Quinlan</strong> '17MFA was one of four writers to receive the PEN New England Susan P Bloom Discovery Award presented at Simmons on May 20.</p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Courtney L. Young</strong> &rsquo;97MS, head librarian and professor of women&rsquo;s studies at Penn State University&ndash;Allegheny, has been named <a href="" target="_blank">university librarian at Colgate</a>.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Main photo: Em Claire Knowles in New Orleans for the ALA Annual Conference. Photo courtesy of Dean Eileen Abels.</em></p> <p><em>Second photo from left: Olivia Eberli, Elizabeth Pawlowski, Norman Berlin and <em>Eric Poulin</em>.</em></p>2018-07-10T00:00:00-04:00{635A38F6-40BD-4FAE-8B5B-B2013D5EF163} Boston Spots You Can't Miss<p>We're right in the heart of Boston, and there's so much to do and see in this city. Our <a href="">Orientation Leaders</a>,&nbsp;Delaney Roberson '20, Josephine Tran-Vong '21 and Emily Mills '19,&nbsp;told us their favorite places to visit during the school year. Here are just a few of the many iconic Boston landmarks that you can't afford to miss while you're here.</p> <h3><img height="300" alt="Entrance to Museum of Fine Arts" width="350" src="~/media/C8B6632408B84A0286DA64C38CC047FC.ashx" />1. Museum of Fine Arts</h3> <p>There's tons to do right around the corner from the Simmons campus. Just steps from our front door, you can take in some of the greatest pieces of art in the world at the <a href="">Museum of Fine Arts</a>&nbsp;(MFA). And you won't have to worry about admission &mdash; Simmons students can visit free of charge!</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"I think the MFA is perfect for gloomy days. Whenever I feel overwhelmed or stressed, the calming atmosphere is just what I need."</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5;">- Delaney Roberson '20</h4> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3>2. Fenway Area&nbsp; <span class="image-right">&nbsp;&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Citgo sign by Fenway Park" width="350" src="~/media/24F2681B06974ED793C4B66CEEF64C67.ashx" class="image-right" /></span></h3> <p>Although we love watching the <a href="" target="_blank">Red Sox</a> play at Fenway Park, there's much more to this area than baseball! Just steps away from our Residence campus, there's great shopping and restaurants for Simmons students to enjoy.&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"I love Fenway area. There&rsquo;s a two story Target and a ton of places to eat &mdash; my favorites are El Pel&oacute;n and Thornton&rsquo;s on Peterborough Street!"</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5;">- Emily Mills '19</h4> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><img height="300" alt="People studying in the Boston Public Library" width="350" src="~/media/CD5085C0B6614CB49D180F07D82C2FC3.ashx" />3. Boston Public Library</h3> <p>Founded in 1848, the <a href="http://" target="_blank"></a><a href="">Boston Public Library</a> is the first free municipal library in the United States! Located in Back Bay, this area is known for its architecture&nbsp;&mdash; from the iconic Boston brownstones to <a href="" target="_blank">Trinity Church</a>, you'll find several beautiful buildings just steps away from the library.</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"I love going to the Boston Public Library with my friends. There's always other college students so it&rsquo;s fun to meet new people!"</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5;">- Josephine Tran-Vong '21</h4> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3>4. Boston Public Garden&nbsp; <span class="image-right">&nbsp;&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Boston Public Garden lagoon with skyscrapers in background." width="350" src="~/media/D7B626E812064DCE84B46D81B27BC5D4.ashx" /></span></h3> <p>Established in 1837, the <a href="" target="_blank">Boston Public Garden</a> was the first public botanical garden in America. Enjoy the outdoors while never leaving the heart of the city &mdash; and while you're there,&nbsp; take a ride around the garden's lagoon on a historic <a href="" target="_blank">Swan Boat</a>!</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"I have many places that I would like to explore further in Boston, but I will always be up for a trip to the Boston Public Garden. The Public Garden is especially gorgeous in the warmer months."</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5;">- Delaney Roberson '20</h4> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <h3><img height="300" alt="People walking in Downtown Crossing area." width="350" src="~/media/66644C2667A9464498C6D1F323BD842C.ashx" />5. Downtown Crossing</h3> <p>Have some free time? Check out the <a href="" target="_blank">Downtown Crossing</a> area! Located next to the Boston Common, this section of the city has plenty of shops, restaurants and unique storefronts to keep you entertained.&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5; padding-top: 15px;">"I love the Park Street/Downtown Crossing area. Whether it&rsquo;s hanging out at the Common, or shopping at Primark, there's so much to do."</h4> <h4 style="color: #6e7377; font-size: 22px; line-height: 1.5;">- Emily Mills '19</h4>2018-06-29T00:00:00-04:00{3735E22D-FE59-4265-9BF0-F66E7F9CA458} Professors Confront Fake News with Misinformation Symposium<p><em>On April 21-22, a Symposium of nearly 80 academics and professionals from library science and the allied fields of journalism, communications, and education gathered at Simmons to confront the challenges of mis- and disinformation in an era of fake news and post-truth. Symposium participants analyzed and compared the practices, values, standards and research across the professions related to questions of authority and trust, and discussed the role of the library as a living laboratory to integrate best practices across fields for collective impact to support patrons in engaging with, evaluating, and understanding mis- and disinformation.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>The Symposium was funded by a National Forum grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, granted to School of Library and Information Science Associate Professor <a href="">Laura Saunders</a>&nbsp;'01MS '10PhD, Communications Lecturer <a href="">Rachel Gans-Boriskin</a>, and Professor Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) for their research project, &ldquo;Know News: Understanding and Engaging with Mis- and Disinformation.&rdquo; We asked Prof. Saunders some questions after the successful symposium.</em></p> <p><em></em></p> <hr /> <em> </em> <h4><img height="300" alt="Portion of Know News symposium mural April 2018: &quot;This is not a new challenge. From Ancient Greece to James Madison to Hannah Arendt&quot; #knownews2018" width="350" src="~/media/506963B82EEC470880D0C9DE41DE2EA1.ashx" />How can LIS Professionals respond to "mis- and disinformation"?</h4> <p>Librarians can use their expertise in research and evaluating sources to help identify trustworthy information, to create guides to trusted sources, and to teach people how to evaluate information for themselves by helping them learn news and media literacy skills. We don&rsquo;t have to work alone&mdash;part of the point of the symposium was to think about how we can work across fields including journalism, education, and the tech sector to find solutions. My new saying is that the solution has to be "neither just the human nor the bot"&mdash;I think it makes sense to find some algorithmic and AI developments to help with the problem, but we can't let that replace critical thinking, which has to be taught and practiced at all levels.</p> <h4>How much of this type of information do you imagine we each encounter in a day?</h4> <p>It depends on what sources we tend to follow but, especially if rely a lot on social media platforms, we're running into fake news, and mis- and disinformation all of the time.&nbsp; According to some recent articles:&nbsp;</p> <p>"Craig Silverman of&nbsp;<em>Buzzfeed News</em>&nbsp;tracked the engagement on social media of the top fake news stories against the top stories from established news outlets like the&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<em>Washington Post</em>&nbsp;in the final 3 months of the 2016 election to show just how deeply the fake news stories penetrated (Silverman, 2016). According to his analysis, the top 20 fake news stories generated 8,711,000 likes, shares, comments and other reactions on Facebook, while the top 20 major news outlet stories garnered 7,367,000 reactions, showing that the fake news stories well out-performed stories from major news outlets. According to one estimate, as many as 126 million Americans may have been exposed to fake news content created by Russian hackers in the two years around the 2016 election (Volz &amp; Ingram, 2018)."</p> <h4>Who attended the symposium?&nbsp;<span class="image-right"> &nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Portion of Know News symposium mural April 2018: &quot;Library as a living laboratory to consume, preserve, evaluate, produce, investigate, archive and check&quot;" width="350" src="~/media/D41F0E9396F745D2B560920C5A912121.ashx" /></span></h4> <p>The symposium included 79 librarians, journalists, faculty from both fields, and "allied professionals" which included researchers, museum educators and people from the tech sector. You can see the Bio book profiling who attended on the <a href="" target="_blank">project website</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h4>How will the ideas generated at the symposium be shared?</h4> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">White Paper</a> has been posted to the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Know News website</a>. We'll be doing conference presentations, including one at LOEX on May 5th, and possibly also submitting articles for publication. We are also exploring creating an online group for symposium attendees to connect and continue conversations, and possibly hosting monthly Twitter chats.</p> <h4>Do you foresee any next steps for implementation? </h4> <p>The symposium resulted in nine specific idea proposals. Part of the next steps will be to decide which proposal(s) we want to follow up on, who wants to be involved in implementing them, and then looking for funding.</p> <p>Recent media coverage of the symposium: </p> <ul> <li>WGBH&rsquo;s Marc Filipino (2018) covered the symposium for&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl=";q=;source=gmail&amp;ust=1529581635330000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFlH1HqtsvN210En0jdV8agjjQKKQ" style="color: #1155cc;">Innovation Hub</a>.</li> <li>Symposium attendee Barbara Fister (2018) wrote about the symposium on her Library Babel Fish blog on the Inside Higher Ed Web site, in a post entitled&nbsp;<span style="color: #1155cc;"><a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl=";q=;source=gmail&amp;ust=1529581635330000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEG4rhS4NuLry4hMDDvl5w-_zd1Ag" style="color: #1155cc;">Know News, Good News</a></span>.</li> <li>Symposium attendee David Beard (2018) referred to the symposium on Poynter&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl=";q=;source=gmail&amp;ust=1529581635331000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHXO6E0gM8hlgY4tGgBmhzh1Tc2Tg" style="color: #1155cc;">Morning MediaWire</a>.</li> <li>Symposium attendee Marcus Banks (2018) referred to the symposium in an <em>American Libraries</em>&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl=";q=;source=gmail&amp;ust=1529581635331000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEAHfU8R8M1u8gbiiTpOBCvEP_NcQ" style="color: #1155cc;">article</a>.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <hr /> <p><em>Pictured above: Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Laura Saunders '01MS and Rachel Gans-Boriskin</em></p>2018-06-27T00:00:00-04:00{EC7A558A-2A3E-4330-93B4-C33BBF7C087D} Are They Now: Brianna Desrochers Wetherbee ’16MBA<strong><img height="244" alt="Picture of Brianna" width="244" src="~/media/6DD9EBB57C93418FB9E44D777798324E.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" style="height: 244px; width: 244px;" /> <h4>What does your job entail?&nbsp;</h4> </strong> <p>As the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Accreditation Project Manager, my job is to ensure that my employer, the Denver Health Medical Plan, Inc., is fully prepared for and earns health plan accreditation. There are over 2,000 requirements that must be met in order to do so, which means I have to be extremely detail-oriented to ensure nothing gets missed. In addition, because multiple departments partake in the preparation process, I'm responsible for coordinating cross-collaboration, ensuring consistent communication, and holding C-Suite and director-level stakeholders accountable.&nbsp;</p> <div><strong> <h4>Tell us about NCQA.</h4> </strong> <div> <p> NCQA is a private, 501 &copy; (3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a driving force for improvements throughout the health care system, helping to elevate the issue of health care quality to the top of the national agenda.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <strong> <h4>What brought you to Simmons to study in the MBA program?&nbsp;</h4> </strong></div> <p>It was extremely important for me to have a strong academic foundation in place early on in my career. I was immediately drawn to the <a href="">Health Care MBA</a> program at Simmons because I was interested in the business side of health care. Unlike other programs, Simmons' curriculum was tailored specifically to health care professionals. This meant that not only could I work full-time and go to school, but I could learn from a perspective that was immediately applicable to my job &mdash; the program allowed me to apply what I was learning in the classroom to what I was doing professionally the next day.&nbsp;</p> <div> <strong> <h4>How did Simmons prepare you for your career?</h4> </strong></div> <p> Simmons helped me identify personal areas of interest, including quality and process improvement, project and change management, and leadership &mdash; and then developed those interests into transferable knowledge and skills. I appreciated that the culture at Simmons allowed me to refine these skills in a safe environment that also promoted constructive feedback, which was critical to my own personal growth and development.</p> <div> <strong> <h4>What makes your work rewarding?&nbsp;</h4> </strong></div> <p>If you're not working in a clinical role providing direct patient care, it can sometimes be challenging to see the positive impact your work has on patients and families. I find my work rewarding because it focuses specifically on assuring that high-quality care is provided &mdash; I'm able to see the impact I'm making through data, reporting and earning accreditation.&nbsp;</p> <div> <strong> <h4>Do you have any advice for students who are currently looking for employment?&nbsp;</h4> </strong></div> <p> My best advice is to network! Whenever I work with someone who has a skill or quality that I'd like to emulate, I work to foster a mentor-mentee relationship with that person so that I may learn and grow, personally and professionally. I was fortunate enough to build a solid network in Boston, and have continued to do so now that I am in Denver. This network has proven invaluable when it comes to researching and exploring opportunities, preparing for interviews and even negotiating offers. In addition, it's great to have a group of individuals with different backgrounds and experience to talk through problems with and lean on for support.</p> <div> <div><br /> </div> </div> </div>2018-06-25T00:00:00-04:00