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$350,000 Supports Scholarship and New Award for Teaching

(February 4, 2013) -- Trustee Toby M. Sloane '60 and husband Carl S. Sloane share a commitment to supporting education with their philanthropy. Their latest gift to Simmons adds $250,000 to the Sloane Family Scholarship Fund, and provides $100,000 to establish a new award recognizing excellence in "student centeredness" in teaching.

Toby and Carl SloaneTrustee Toby M. Sloane '60 and husband Carl S. Sloane

"For many students, money for tuition is tight and hard to come by. But if you help a student afford an education, it's something they'll have forever. No one can take it away," says Toby Sloane, who notes that her husband originally created the family's scholarship fund to mark a special birthday of hers. "If any Simmons alumnae were helped, I encourage them to give back and help others." This year's recipient of the Sloane Family Endowed Scholarship is Ellen Girouard '14.

Ellen Girouard '14

"I cannot express how thankful I am to have received the generous Sloane Family Scholarship. Simmons has been a great experience both inside and outside the classroom; I feel as though I am getting a top-notch education from the professors. The College has helped me become a stronger woman and gain valuable life skills."

- Ellen Girouard '14

Carl Sloane also initiated the Toby Sloane Award for Student Centeredness in Teaching in his wife's honor. "There are extraordinary teachers in this world who touch students in ways that really alters their life trajectories. We should celebrate those teachers at Simmons who take an extraordinary interest in their students and really impact their lives," he says.

Creating a student-centered culture is a strategic priority for Simmons, and the Toby Sloane Award supports it by providing an annual award of up to $10,000 to the faculty member who makes the most significant contribution to the student experience in a particular year. The first "Toby" award was presented to Professor Donna Beers of the mathematics department.

In addition to her current service as a trustee, Toby Sloane's active support for Simmons has included membership on the Alumnae Association Executive Board, and establishing the Toby M. Sloane Endowed Fund for Hillel at Simmons. Last spring she was inducted into the College's Lifetime Giving Society.

First "Toby" Awarded to Prof. Donna Beers

Mathematics Professor Donna BeersThe first Toby Sloane Award for Student Centeredness in Teaching was presented to Donna Beers, a professor of mathematics, who has been at Simmons for 27 years. The annual award provides prizes of up to $10,000 and was created by Carl S. Sloane in honor of his wife, Simmons Trustee Toby M. Sloane '60, to recognize and promote excellence in student-centeredness in teaching.

"The fact that this award honors student-centered teaching is especially meaningful to me. That's what Simmons is all about," says Beers. "Students come to my classroom to learn the beauty of mathematics, but also the real-world applications. I hope they come away nurtured and encouraged to make a difference."


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