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Survivors on the Yoga Mat

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Contributed by: Zenaida Peterson

Sociology professor, Becky Thompson, recently published her book "Survivors on the Yoga Mat," discussing issues of trauma, race and yoga. On Tuesday September 23rd, 2014 she had a book signing at Brookline Booksmith. The event was wonderful, people throughout the Simmons Community as well as yogi's and booklovers filled the basement of the independent bookstore to celebrate Becky Thompson's book and get it signed. Professor Becky Thompson was one of the first professors to take an interest in my academics and like many other professors, she has been a huge part of what has made my Simmons experience exceptional. Professor Thompson has taught many of my sociology courses including Sociological Theory and Working for Social Justice, the latter I became a TA for. She has showed me that my potential is limitless. I am so happy that I chose to come to Simmons to be a part of this incredible network of activists, teachers and friends. Thompson's book signing is an example of many ways that the Simmons community is deeply entrenched in Boston's academic culture.


A Chat with Simmons Provost

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Contributed by Adam Gray



Recently Adam Gray had the opportunity to speak with Simmons College's provost, Dr. Katie Conboy. In July 2013 Dr. Conboy came to Simmons from Stonehill College where she has worked for the past 25 years. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Notre Dame. Adam was able to ask Dr. Conboy some questions to get to know her a little better and see if she had any advice for students during the spring semester.

What is your favorite quote?

"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark" from Hamlet. I am especially fond of this quote when I come home and smell something rotten in my refrigerator. Generally that means I have been spending too much time at Simmons and not enough at home.

What is your favorite college memory?

During my senior year I was able to travel to England for a study abroad experience. I made some amazing memories and encourage everyone who has the chance to go abroad. This experience helped expand my horizons and experience a whole new world. 

dean neill photo.pngHave you ever wondered what exactly makes Dean of Student Life Sarah Neill tick? I had the wonderful opportunity to ask Sarah some hard-hitting questions to really get to the bottom of what exactly makes her so incredibly fabulous.

Do you think aliens exist?
Yes, but only alien babies.

What's Emmett's favorite book?
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

Now & Then

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pres.jpgSimmons College has been fortunate to have incredible presidents who have confidently led our institution. In honor of Presidents Day I thought it would be nice to hear a little about Simmons' first president and our most current president.

jain2.jpgHow did you get into Health Education?
I originally was a dentist back in India. However, after some time I started to miss interacting with people about health issues and prevention topics. I realized I wanted to be more involved with public health, and that is what led me into Health Education.

What is your favorite part of Simmons?
I love that everyone is very caring and looks out for each other. Great support here!

An exciting look into the private life of a Reslife RD

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cribs.jpgAn Interview with Kristi Swartz

What is your favorite thing in your apartment?
My favorite thing in my apartment is probably my Starbucks sign. I bought it at a yard sale for a dollar, and now Starbucks has changed to a new logo - so it's historical! I think it looks pretty cool near my coffee machine.