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Simmons Celebrates Founder's Day

November 19, 2012

Essay contest winner Mary Kate Quigley '13, President Drinan, second place winner Molly Maidman '13, Professor Nelson and Archivist Jason Wood toasted with fall apple cider. 

The Simmons community celebrated the birthday of College founder John Simmons October 31 with an afternoon program and artfully arranged cupcakes. Professor and Elizabeth J. McCandless Chair in Entrepreneurship Teresa Nelson delivered a Founder's Day speech reflecting on 19th-century Boston and the challeges women faced. "John Simmons was a visionary in that he invested in a future – he saw an opportunity for women that many didn't – he was an entrepreneur," she said. Nelson and President Drinan also recognized Mary Kate Quigley '13 as the winner of the 2012 John Simmons Essay Contest. This year's contest asked students to propose a philanthropic gift that would further the College's student-centered culture. Mary Kate proposed that Simmons create a school-wide mentorship program that would connect first-year students, seniors, and young alumnae to advance student-centeredness and increase alumnae participation.

Click here to view a "Then and Now" slideshow showing how the College has changed since its founding in 1899.