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Gina Renee Drakeford
Class of 1980
Hello to all of you, my fellow Simmons University Alumni and the entire Simmons Community. It is an honor and a privilege to share my personal perspective with you on, why I feel mental health in Society Today should be recognized and addressed by all our colleges, universities, and throughout the world too. First allow me to give you some information about how involved I was in the graduating class of 1980. I was very active in my educational pursuit as well as other extra-curricular activities. In 1975 I was a freshman at Simmons and for the 5 years there I was active in diverse activities on and off campus. In 1977 I was chosen as a Domestic Exchange Student in Oakland, California. Also, I was selected by the Simmons University Board to be a student interviewer in the college admissions office. In addition to that I wrote for Vantage, ran for the office of Student Government Public Affairs Agent and won. The Health Center also had a board which I served on. The following message I would like to leave with all of you. As for me it's taken me over 40 years to reconnect with you. However after all those years I'm finally determined to let my voice be heard and to convey to others through my gift of writing and public speaking; those who suffer with mental health issues their mental illness is an illness like any others, diabetes or cancer. The Importance of Addressing Mental Illness I'm here to shed some light on how people who suffer with this disability are more than their diagnosis and can receive treatment and their life become restored. As I previously stated, it’s been over 40 years since I have been in contact with all of you. However I have remained in contact with Dr. Elizabeth Rawlins, the acting Associate Dean of Simmons and Helen Boulware Moore Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, and former psychology professor both retired now. I hold in high esteem these two strong African American Women who never gave up on me. They paved the way for my reconnection with Simmons University. To this day they remain mentors and close friends of mine. Dr. Elizabeth Rawlins has kept me abreast of all the progress Simmons has made. Due to their being by my side for over 40 years, I have finally turned the corner in Accepting Who I am as a Strong African American Woman, who after many years of running and hiding from all of you, my fellow alumnus I am back now, Standing Tall as an Empowered Woman. Back in 1980 the year when I graduated, The African American Professors and Administrators had an Awards Recognition program for the graduating class of May 1980. I was awarded The Fannie Lou Hamer Award. It was and to this day very near and dear to me. She was an African American Voting and Women’s Rights Activist. In 2017, I received the Dubnick Scholarship Award at Care Plus NJ Gala Event (please see the picture). I was selected to be keynote speaker on behalf of all the recipients of the scholarship. For 2 years I have been awarded the scholarship which I use for ongoing training in Mental Health. I have been studying Mindfulness at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY and attended workshops offered by Care Plus NJ. I have also written a book titled Down But Never Out and because of the excellent care received by this agency. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Care Plus NJ Foundation to help The Partial Care Program where I am a Volunteer Recovery Guide. In this role, I co-facilitate groups and am there to be a positive role model for my peers. In all I do, I strive to be a universal, inspirational, motivational and a spiritual advocate for mental health.
Posted on January 29, 2019 in Catching Up
Lynn (Abramson) Wiese
Class of 1959
Anita Burns Janon, '59 and Lynn Abramson Wiese '59, junior and senior year roommates in Morse Hall wonder where Simmons will put us up in May as we plan to attend our 60th reunion! We want to shock the University (!) with the largest 60th reunion class ever! So come on along, fellow '59ers, Let's Wow Simmons with our ongoing vitality! C'mon Bev, Joanie, Maxine, Marlene, Felice, Jean Ann, Nancy, Sue, Cookie, Bobbie (x2), Elaine, Sally and dozens more! Get it onto your busy calendars! Still hobbling along, or with walkers, canes, wheelchairs, cross-country skis -- whatever you've got - to make their way to Campus to produce the largest 60th reunion class ever! Bring your vitamins, meds, stories, determination and your spunk, for us all to share!
Posted on January 29, 2019 in Catching Up
Class of 1979
I was a school and camp nurse for 19 years. One of my favorite summer camp jobs was in the Swiss Alps at the Leysin American School. 3 years ago I returned to Women's Health. I'm doing triage nursing at the Center for Women at Mount Auburn Hospital. My daughter Hannah is working in Institutional Advancement at Brandeis University while pursing an MBA there. My daughter Alice recently graduated from American University's Washington College of Law. She is a law clerk in Montgomery County Maryland. I stay in close touch with our classmate Barbara (Citronberg) Lown. Would love to connect with more classmates. Find me on Facebook!
Posted on November 6, 2018 in Catching Up
Class of 2016
Emma will begin her second year of law school in the fall. She lives in Portland, Oregon. She is writing to thank everyone who reached out to her at the passing of her uncle, Henry Halko, Professor Emeritus of History at Simmons College.
Posted on May 31, 2018 in Catching Up
Class of 1962
We had a really lovely reunion at the end of May. Sorry if you couldn't make it! Happy if you did! The college has done some amazing things in the 55 (good grief!) years we've been gone, mostly all to the good. Please send some news via this website if you can! Richard Druckman took some really lovely photos of those of us who were at the dinner Saturday night. Contact me if you'd like a copy of the Word doc I've pasted them into. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on August 7, 2017 in Catching Up
Class of 1991
I am working as a volunteer at Grey2kUSA.org in Arlington, the largest greyhound dog protection organization in the world. I am also a volunteer member of the Board of Directors at OpenTable.org, which offers a weekly community supper and food pantry program in the Concord area.
Posted on May 24, 2016 in Catching Up