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Reunion 2018

This year’s Reunion (May 31–June 3) attracted more than 270 alumnae from classes ending in “3” and “8” for a weekend of reuniting, reconnecting and reminiscing. Reunion classes raised over $1.1 million for The Simmons Fund and scholarships, and the Class of 1968 joined the Half-Century Club.

Photographs, from left: 1. Judy Phair King ’68, Terri Messer ’68, and Nasyria Taylor ’19 spoke about the legacy of Gwen Ifill ’77, ’93HD after a screening of the video tribute to the late journalist. 2. The Class of 1973 celebrated their 45th reunion. 3. Janet Guenther Coughlin ’78 and her mother, Rita Starr Guenther ’43, at the Alumnae/i Recognition Luncheon and Class of 1968 Daisy Chain Celebration. 4. Reunion attendees head to Simmons Night at the Pops. 5. Senior VP of Institutional Advancement Amy White ’81 and President Helen Drinan, ’75MS, ’78MBA with Lenore Epstein Blum ’63, who was recognized with the Alumnae Lifetime Achievement Award for her efforts to get more women and girls involved in STEM fields. 6. Members of the Class of 1993 at their 25th Reunion dinner. Photographs: Cheryl Richards and Lucky Li ’18

View the Reunion 2018 Photo Album on Flickr.

Black Alumnae/i Symposium 2018

Alumnae/i, faculty, staff and students gathered on campus April 27-29 for this year’s Black Alumnae/i Symposium, “The Power of Our Presence: Celebrating the Greatness Within Us.” Held every five years, the event is hosted by the Office of Alumnae/i Engagement and the African American Alumnae/i Association. The weekend featured speakers, panel discussions, networking and a preview of Simmons’ Gwen Ifill Archive. The Gwen Ifill Trailblazer Award was presented to Juliette Mayers ’01MBA.

Photographs, from left: 1. 2018 Black Alumnae/i Symposium participants in front of the Main College Building. 2. The Black Alumnae/i Symposium Steering Committee. Sandy Fonseca-Lopes ’15, Chanelle Peters ’04, Kenyora Parham ’10, Morgan Ward ’16 and Candyce Lindsay ’84, with keynote speaker Symone D. Sanders, CNN political commentator and former presidential candidate press secretary (3rd from right). 3. Select items from Gwen Ifill ’77, ’93HD Archive were previewed at the opening reception. 4. Harriet Elam-Thomas ’63, ’00HD, Pamela Moran Dashiell ’75, Carol Waller Pope ’74 and Desiraé Simmons ’05, ’06GS talk about the importance of civic engagement during a panel discussion. Photographs: Cheryl Richards

View the Black Alumnae/i Symposium 2018 Photo Album on Flickr.

Crew 40th Anniversary Commemorative Gala

More than 140 people gathered on campus on September 22 to celebrate 40 years of rowing at Simmons. Attendees included current and alumnae athletes, present and past coaches, athletics staff, faculty, families and friends. The event included raising funds for the Friends of Simmons Crew. See related story, Just Add Water.”

Photographs, from left: 1. Guests at the Crew 40th Anniversary Gala. 2. Director of Athletics Alice “Ali” Kantor and Head Crew Coach Nikolay Kurmakov. 3. Carol Jean Butler, Melissa Mack ’81, Cathy Coons ’79, Laurie Pepin ’80 and Kathy Dander ’80. Photographs: Alesia Bennett P ’18, Samantha P. Kelsey ’21, Clarice Johnson ’18

View the Simmons Crew 40th Anniversary Commemorative Gala Photo Album on Flickr.