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The Anchor- Parent & Family October Edition

This edition of The Anchor will cover Homecoming, Parent Programming, Student Safety, and Student programming. 

Homecoming 2022

View of Main Campus Building from Academic Quad
Homecoming FAQ

We invite you to join us during Simmons' Homecoming Weekend 2022 from Friday, October 14th through Sunday, October 16th. Please RSVP for Homecoming events in advance! If you have any questions, please contact Julia Hvoslef at [email protected] and Keegan Wales at [email protected].

Homecoming Weekend Schedule

Homecoming general admission allows you entry into all ON-CAMPUS events. Separate tickets are required for any off-campus events (ie: Duck Boat Tours, Harbor Cruise, etc.).


The general admission ticket fee is waived for students. If students wish to attend the off-campus events (City Harbor Cruise and/or Duck Boat Tour), they will need to pay the ticket fee of $10/per event. Students can use promo code SimStudent to purchase a complimentary general admission tickets.


Friday, October 14, 2022


Check-in | 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | University Center of Main College Building

We can't wait to welcome you and check you in for the weekend's festivities.


Campus Tours | 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm (exact times TBD) | Starting on the 5th floor of the Management and Academic Building

Tour our beautiful campus, including the new Lefavour Building. Multiple tours will be available between 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, exact times TBD.


Shabbat and Social Hour | 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm | Academic Campus Quad

Simmons Hillel is inviting all friends, family, and alumnae/i associated with Hillel to join us around the Sukkah on the academic quad for a brief Kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by light bites and some socializing! We can't wait to meet friends and family of current Hillel students and to reconnect with our Simmons Hillel alumnae/i community as well. In the event of bad weather, we will join together in room C-503.


Class of 1972 50th Reunion | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Function Room at 1443 Beacon Street, Brookline (where Jacque Friedman '72 lives)

50 years! Join 1972 classmates for an evening of fun, great conversation, reminiscing, and celebration of the remarkable women of our class, while enjoying catered appetizers, desserts, and beverages. A commemorative gift will also be included.


Welcome Reception | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Academic Campus Quad

Join us on the Academic Campus Quad for food trucks, lawn games, music and more! Enjoy a warm welcome from our University leadership and catch some amazing student performances!


Class of 1967 Dinner | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm | Citizens Public House and Oyster Bar

Classmates will enjoy a Dutch treat dinner at nearby restaurant.

Saturday, October 15, 2022


Check-in | 9:00am - 3:00pm | University Center of the Main College Building

We can't wait to welcome you and check you in for the weekend's festivities.


What to Expect vs. What You Were Expecting: The Developmental Path for Students (and Families!) | 9:00 am - 10:00 am | Room A-151 in the Main College Building

Have you seen a change in your student since they arrived at Simmons? Probably many positive things! And possibly some things that make you wonder what happened to the child you dropped off? In this session, we will share a bit about college student development theory and how the experience of going to college provides a unique developmental growth opportunity. This session is especially applicable for family and friends of first year students, but applies to all students!


Campus Tours | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (exact times TBD) | Starting on the 5th Floor of the Management and Academic Building

Tour our beautiful campus, including the new Lefavour Building. Multiple tours will be available between 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.


State of the University Address | 10:00 am - 10:45 am | Linda K. Paresky Center in the Main College Building and Virtual

Join Simmons University leadership and current students to hear about all the exciting campus updates, both short and long term.


Alumnae/i Association Executive Board Meeting | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm | Knight Board Room, Main College Building

You are invited to attend a working meeting of the Alumnae/i Association Executive Board open to all Homecoming attendees in person and online. Visit us for part or all of this meeting. New co-presidents Karen Thomas '77 and Bobbi Thompson '77, P'11, and the Board's committee directors will share updates on activities for the year ahead. In person space is limited. If you are attending virtually, please RSVP separately here to receive the link to the meeting.


The AAEB is requiring masks be worn for this meeting.


Class of 1967 Lunch, Presentation, & Museum Visit | 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm | lunch (Common Grounds Cafe, Main College Building), presentation (Room 455, Main Campus Building), visit (Gardner Museum)

The Class of 1967 will gather for Dutch treat lunch at Commons Grounds Cafe before hearing a presentation entitled, "Isabella Stewart Gardner: Patron of Music," by Professor Gregory Slowik, who will then accompany the class on a visit of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.


Boston Harbor City Cruise | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm | 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston

Experience Boston from a whole new perspective. Enjoy the beauty of Boston's historic skyline from the water. Ticket price is per person & includes buffet lunch; cash bar available. Transportation is NOT provided. Must find your own transportation to and from 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston. Boat loading time is 11am - 12pm, event time is 12pm - 2pm.


Duck Boat Tour | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm | Prudential Center, 53 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Traverse both land and water for breathtaking views of Boston and learn about historical landmarks that make Boston special (Duck Boat is accessible). Boarding time is 12:45pm - Transportation is NOT provided.


Alumnae/i Career Panel | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Linda K. Paresky Center, Academic Campus and virtual

All are welcome to join the Latinx Affinity group as they host an alumnae/i panel discussion on health equity and access. Learn what it is like in their communities, how they are utilizing inclusive leadership to overcome disparities and how their Simmons experience prepared them to take on this work. This Hispanic Heritage Month event is in celebration of the impact that our Latinx alumnae/i are having on the world and it will be moderated by a member of the student Organizacion Latina Americana. If you are planning to participate virtually, a link will be posted to the event on Simmons Network.


Cooking Class & Demo | 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Location TBD

Join Aramark and the REEF Student Support Center to learn how to cook a delicious, fun & healthy meal on a budget! Free food samples provided.


Faculty-led Mock Courses | 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Location TBD

Two courses will be occurring concurrently. Ever reminisce about your favorite professor or course? Want to share in the current Simmons student experience? Check out one of our mock courses!


Class of 1997 25th Reunion | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Time Out Market (formerly known as the Sears Tower)

Join your Class of 1997 classmates to celebrate your 25th Reunion. Look for our semi-private spot upon arrival! According to their website, "Boston’s innovative eating-and-drinking destination features the city’s top chefs, most-talked-about restaurants and buzziest bars—plus the latest in arts and culture—all together in the heart of The Fenway." Celebrate and enjoy the drink and food of your choice!


Class of 1967 55th Reunion | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | Address to follow

The Class of 1967 will celebrate this momentous occasion at the home of classmate and host Jennifer Kane Coplon for a night of reminiscing, reflecting, reconnecting and great cheer over a special dinner. The address will be sent in a follow up communication.


Pumpkin Painting & Autumn Treats! | 7:30 pm | Residential Campus Quad (Alumnae Hall rain location)

Simmons invites you to its very own paint night with a festive flair for fall. Gather for this fun, family tradition as you exercise your artistic talents. Take home your new decor, or gift it to someone as an act of kindness and/or appreciation. All abilities welcome.


Simmons Sharks Pride | Team Schedules

Cheer on the Simmons Sharks teams this weekend!

Sunday, October 16, 2022


Alum-led Yoga | 10:15 am | Holmes Sports Center Dance Studio

Join a Simmons alum for calming morning yoga.


Brunch | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm | Academic Campus Quad

Enjoy brunch, lawn games, music, and more on the Academic Campus Quad!


Student & Alum Business Fair | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm | Residential Campus Quad

Browse from a variety of different student and alum owned businesses.


The Station in the Fenway | 12:30 pm | Meet on Academic Quad

First to FINish, Simmons' first generation college student program, invites students and families to come with us to The Station. The Station is a new outdoor gathering space where people can enjoy flea markets, local live music, games, and much more!


Trustman Art Gallery Tour | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm | 4th Floor, Main College Building

Join the Art & Music Liaison student organization for a Trustman Art Gallery tour.

Off-Campus Events

Please note for any of the off-campus programs we do not provide transportation or an escort to the location.


  • Food Tour of Fenway/Kenmore - There's tons of great food in and around Simmons! Take a walk and sample some of local eateries including Eventide Fenway (Seafood), Sweet Cheeks (BBQ), Timeout Market (variety), Hojoko (Japanese), Thaitation (Thai), Blackbird Donuts, and more! Off campus event, varied starting points.


  • Boston Women's Heritage Trail - Choose from 12 different self-guided tours across and through Boston to see where women from a wide variety of settings, occupations, and backgrounds made history. The BWHT is committed to restoring women to their rightful place in the history of Boston and in the curriculum at schools throughout the city. Off campus event, varied starting points


  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum | Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 5 pm - Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and experience a unique interplay of paintings, sculpture, tapestries, decorative art, and horticulture and garden design. Off campus event, 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115


  • Museum of Fine Arts | Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 5 pm - The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 500,000 works of art. Current exhibitions include "Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated," "Women Take the Floor," and "Paper Stories, Layered Dreams: The Art of Ekua Holmes" among others. Off campus event, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Student Safety

In light of recent events in Boston, including the incident at Northeastern University, Paul Lombardo Simmons Public Safety has a message. This letter contains information on how your student can sign up for emergency notifications. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email [email protected]

Note from Public Safety

Simmons Student Events

Student Affairs and Organizational Events

October 4


October 11

  • LBGTQ+ Tree Wrapping Kickoff @ 11 am
  • National Coming Out Day Open Mic Night @ 6:30 pm
  • JP Licks and PJ Party @ 7 pm


October 12 

  • Decorating the Sukkah Tabling Event @ 3:30 pm


October 14-16


October 31

  • Challah-ween with Simmons Hillel @ 7:30 PM

Simmons Athletics

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October 5


October 8


October 12


October 13

Stormy the Shark standing in front of the Citgo sign
Simmons Athletics

Stay safe, and be well.