Message from President Drinan - December 2013
As I write to you, Simmons students are diligently studying to complete their fall semester courses, making it a busy, exciting time on campus. In the past few months, our alumnae/i, students, faculty, and staff have accomplished so much together.
- Our inaugural Simmtober generated an enthusiastic response both online and on campus, and more than 1,934 members of the community made gifts to Simmons as part of the Trustee Challenge, exceeding our participation goal. Our online activity records show that in addition to creating a huge amount of social media activity, online giving to Simmons was 10 times higher this October compared to the same time period last year.
- Classes began for the new online nursing program Nursing@Simmons. A total of 175 students are enrolled in the master's program for aspiring family nurse practitioners or the bridge program preparing students for future admission.
- Hundreds attended "How Women Become Political," a forum discussing women in politics featuring Gloria Steinem and other distinguished panelists. Simmons co-hosted the event to celebrate the 175th anniversary of political activist Angelina Grimké's historic address to the Massachusetts Legislature in 1838.
Initiatives like these help advance our mission to provide students with transformative learning opportunities that link passion with lifelong purpose. As Simmons alumnae/i, parents, and friends, you play a direct role in helping our students prepare for meaningful careers – through scholarship, research, and leadership development.
Your gift of any amount to The Simmons Fund today helps to support the scholars, professionals, and leaders of tomorrow. I invite you to make your calendar year-end gift online by December 31, 2013.
Wishing you a happy holiday season,
Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM
President, Simmons College