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President Drinan's Message to the Community About Simmons and the Marathon

April 26, 2013

Dear Alumnae/i, Friends, and Family,

Members of the Simmons community in Boston – and beyond – have demonstrated unity, strength, resolve, and compassion in response to the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent events. Those of us here in Boston have been touched by the outreach of support from alumnae/i, parents, and friends around the country and the world.

To our knowledge, no current Simmons students, faculty, or staff were injured in the bombings. We do know, however, that members of our alumnae/i community are related to or know some of the victims. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Many in the Simmons community were at the Marathon finish line, either as observers, volunteers, or helpers in the first-aid tents. Others were in area hospitals which received victims, or were comforting those people later in the day. Here on campus, faculty and staff helped ensure the safety and comfort of our students throughout last week. I had an opportunity to thank each of them at a special gathering of our campus community.

As we all try to come to terms with what has happened and move forward, we must do so guided by the values that are our traditions: a collective investment in community, and collaboration for the common good. Inherent in our Simmons values is a spirit of inclusiveness that results in openness and trust, encouraging us to work together for a better life. It is heartening to know that each of us is exercising those values in our corner of the world.


Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM


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