This year, more than 30 faculty who received internally and externally-funded grants were recognized on stage at Convocation for their achievements, and Simmons School of Management Professor of Practice Mary Shapiro was presented with the prestigious Faculty/Staff Community Service Award.
Mary Shapiro is a prime example of how often the recipient's personal commitments to service are coupled with their professional life. She was a Girl Scout Group Leader for 12 years, has served on the Board of the Eastern Massachusetts Girl Scouts for the past 8 years and has participated over the past 17 years in the 200-mile Pan Mass Bike Ride raising money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. "She's not only a great teacher but an inspiration to many students," said Scott/Ross Center for Community Service Director Steve London, who presented Shapiro with the award. "We talk a lot at Simmons about 'student-centered' and a 'transformative education.' These are more than just words to this professor."
Volunteering has always been part of Management 100 course; it is consistent with the SOM Mission to graduate principled leaders. This course, which Professor Shapiro teaches, is one of the strongest service-learning courses at Simmons in which her students apply course material and gain new perspectives from their placements with nonprofits and community based programs in the city. Congratulations to Mary Shapiro for her dedication to her community service efforts and bringing service-learning to the classroom.