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Click here for a recent list of alumnae/i whose deaths have been reported to us. To notify us of a death or to post a remembrance, please use the Class Notes form.

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Eugenia Sikalis Patterson


Class of 1950

Would love to hear from all Class of 1950 alumnae!

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Catching Up

Elsie H. Swirsky


Class of 1954

My mother, Elsie Swirsky, '54 passed away at her home in Longmeadow, Massachusetts on April 13, surrounded by her family. She was a truly wonderful human being and my best friend, and will be missed greatly.

Posted on September 18, 2019 in In Memoriam

Barbara Passero

School of Library and Information Sciences
Class of 1975

Dear Simmons SLIS Family and Friends, "Saving the Earth in your backyard? As you know, for the past five years my business partner, Jean Devine (MBA '85), and I have been empowering youth to make a positive contribution to the environment and their futures, by immersing them in nature and teaching them how to create pollinator-friendly, native-plant gardens and meadows that help to restore biodiversity and mitigate the impact of global warming in their communities. So far, with the help of volunteers and college students, we have touched the lives of 300 youth, age 5 - 21, who in turn, have created more than 5,000 sq. ft. of healthy habitats for bees, butterflies, insects, worms, birds and other wildlife. Since 2017, high school students enrolled in our Youth Environmental Entrepreneurship Program (YEEP) have had the opportunity to earn a paycheck while they learn how to make native-plant gardens and how to run a business where they sell and install native plants for customers — residential, business and public entities — in their towns. This summer we are offering YEEP in four communities — Belmont, Cambridge, Newton and Waltham. While we are close to securing the funding for the high school students — through each city’s summer youth works budgets — we need to fundraise for all other expenses, including pay for college student mentors. So…we are launching our first-ever, very-ambitious, crowdfunding campaign. Would you be able to contribute toward our cause? Any amount is welcome! Here is a link to our campaign: https://www.ioby.org/project/funding-meadowscaping-biodiversity-0 If you have any questions, please ask. Thank you! Barbara Barbara Passero Founder/Director Jean devine Co-Creator/Program Leader Meadowscaping for Biodiversity (MS4B) Meadow Clubs & Youth Environmental Entrepreneurship Programs (YEEP) 174 Moody St. #244 Waltham, MA 02453 www.meadowmaking.org jeanm.devine@verizon.net 617-947-6256 bpassero@meadowmaking.org 781-209-0052 Healing the Earth — through education — one meadow at a time.

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Community Engagement

Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW

School of Social Work
Class of 1991

Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW has been awarded the Silver Nautilus Award ("Better Books for a Better World") for her most recent book: Wisdom, Attachment and Love in Trauma Therapy: Beyond Evidence-Based Practice (Routledge, 2018). She continues to practice and write in Portland, Oregon. Susan will be presenting a workshop at the Council in Social Work Leadership Conference in Denver this October, 2019. You can find her at www.suepeasebanitt.com. She would love to hear from you!

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Awards and Recognition

Sarah Pratt

School of Library and Information Sciences
Class of 2012

Sarah Pratt graduated from SLIS in 2012 with my MLIS in Library Science/Archives Management. Pratt will begin teaching as Assistant Professor at Simmons SLIS in Fall 2019.

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Career Milestones

Donna Graham Stewartson

School of Business
Class of 1993

Donna Graham Stewartson: In April, I accepted the Director of Operations position at the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts and Humanities. In this role, I oversee the college's budget, operations, and professional staff. Working closely with the Provost Office and other Operations Directors to align university systems and best practices. I am a 1993 Graduate of the School of Business.

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Career Milestones

Hilary Chen


Class of 2016

Hilary Chen completed an M.S. in Health Informatics from Northeastern in December 2018. Chen is currently Senior Data Repository Specialist at MEDITECH.

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Career Milestones, Education

Beth McIntyre

School of Library and Information Sciences
Class of 2007

Beth McIntyre was awarded the ALA's and ALSC's 2019 Bechtel Fellowship: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/profawards/bechtel/bechtelcurrentwinner.

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Awards and Recognition, Career Milestones

Reham Isa Alshaheen

School of Library and Information Sciences
Class of 2018

Reham's dissertation is listed as one of the "Notable Dissertations 2019" by American Libraries! https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2019/06/03/notable-dissertations-2019/. Reham is a graduate of the PhD program.

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Awards and Recognition

Adriene Lim

School of Library and Information Sciences
Class of 2012

Adriene Lim '12MS: University of Maryland Names Adriene Lim Dean of University Libraries https://umdrightnow.umd.edu/news/university-maryland-names-adriene-lim-dean-university-libraries

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Career Milestones