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Simmons College Alumnae Receive Awards at Leadership Weekend

BOSTON (November 22, 2010) — Simmons College alumnae recently gathered on campus for Leadership Weekend, an annual celebration that acknowledges alumnae leaders of the college for their dedication and achievements. Four alumnae received awards this year: Jacqueline Pell Tuttle, Dr. Marjorie Sobelman Checkoway, Courtney Knapp, and Carol Liebermann Ellman.

Jacqueline Pell Tuttle of the class of 1955 won the Alumnae Service Award, which is presented for outstanding service to Simmons College and the Alumnae Association. In addition to her duties as class president, Tuttle organizes two mini-reunions each year in the fall and spring in Boston. Known for taking a "hands on" approach in reaching out to her former classmates, Tuttle sends personal letters to each member of the class, updates class members on the activities of the mini reunions, and sends birthday cards, anniversary cards, holiday cards and notes to every class member. She also calls classmates who are not regular participants at reunions and encourages them to support Simmons. This year, the class reached 73 percent participation rate in giving and received the Highest Participation Award at Reunion Weekend.

The Community Service Award recognizes alumnae for continuous involvement with, or outstanding commitment to, their community. This year, the award went to Dr. Marjorie Sobelman Checkoway, a member of the class of 1969. Checkoway is a professor of education at Madonna University in Michigan and serves as the director of Educational Leadership in the Master's Program. She has collaborated with faculty members in the College of Arts and Humanities to write four National Endowment for the Humanities grants. Checkoway has been an active volunteer in her community for more than 10 years, including six years as president of the Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, Michigan.

Courtney Knapp, of the class of 2003, received the Recent Alumnae Achievement Award. The award is presented to an alumna who has graduated Simmons College in the past 10 years, and who has attained a high level of achievement in her professional or civic field of endeavor. Most recently, Knapp, who received her master's from Simmons in 2006, served as an economic and development planner with the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments. Her work resulted in a $5 million Department of Energy award to the City of Lowell (MA) to make its historic downtown more energy efficient. She also has facilitated vital public workshops in New York City, Houston, and Providence for Project for Public Spaces, and created a community economic impact assessment related to Harvard University's campus expansion into Allston (MA).

Carol Liebermann Ellman of the class of 1965 received the Mary Logan Canavan '38 Planned Giving Award for her work in furthering the planned giving program at Simmons College. Ellman often serves as a volunteer for the Office of Planned Giving, and has devoted her time as a member of the Alumnae Association Executive Board. She also is currently vice president of her class.

Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston. It offers an undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in health sciences, education, liberal arts, social work, library and information science, and communications management, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women.