Simmons College of Kentucky, also referred to as Simmons College and Simmons Bible College, is a private, co-educational college located in Louisville, Kentucky. Founded in 1879, Simmons College is a historically black college. The school is in applicant status for accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education and also plans to apply to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools . Wikipedia.
News Article | May 8, 2017
Harris is the managing director and senior client advisor at financial services giant Morgan Stanley. The author of the book "Expect to Win: Proven Strategies for Success from a Wall Street Vet," she is considered to be among the most influential women in the financial services sector. Harris plans to share with conference attendees some of the valuable lessons learned during her 20-plus year career on Wall Street. WLC 2017, themed "Women Inspiring Women," is designed to inspire attendees to seek their highest level of personal and professional growth by presenting participants with role models, varying perspectives and strategies for development. For more than a decade, Harris was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk. She worked on the initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and the $3.2 billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, one of the largest biotechnology common stock transactions in U.S. history. "From Harvard to Wall Street to Carnegie Hall, Carla Harris's career path is intense, impressive and inspiring, and we're excited to feature her on our main stage," said Dawn Christensen, the conference's organizer and director of National Diversity Relations for MGM Resorts. "Whether working in a highly competitive environment that's still a mostly male-dominated field to being a best-selling gospel artist, WLC attendees will benefit greatly from Carla's pearls of wisdom." At Morgan Stanley, Harris is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. Harris has extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women's Business Council. She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and of The Executive Leadership Council, and sits on the boards of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), A Better Chance, Inc., and St. Vincent's Hospitals, and is an active member of the St. Charles Gospelites of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Mark Howell Singers. Harris is co-chair of the National Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and was a member of the Board of Overseers' Committee on University Resources, Harvard University. In 2015, she was named to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Additionally, Harris has received the Bert King Award from the Harvard Business School African American Alumni Association, the 2005 Women's Professional Achievement Award from Harvard University, the Pierre Toussaint Medallion from the Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York, the Women of Power Award given by the National Urban League, the Women of Influence Award from The Links, Incorporated and many other awards. Harris began her career with Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions department in 1987. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Harris received from Harvard Business School an MBA, Second Year Honors and an AB in economics from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude. She has also received Honorary Doctorates of Laws, Humanities and Business from Marymount Manhattan College, Bloomfield College, Jacksonville University, Simmons College, the College of New Rochelle, St. Thomas Aquinas College and Fisk University, respectively. Harris was recently named to Fortune Magazine's list of "The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America", U.S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise's Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2017), to Black Enterprise Magazine's "Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street" (2006 – 2011), and to Essence Magazine's list of "The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World", Ebony's list of the Power 100 and "15 Corporate Women at the Top" and was named "Woman of the Year 2004" by the Harvard Black Men's Forum and in 2011 by the Yale Black Men's Forum. In her other life, Harris is a singer, and has released her third gospel CD "Unceasing Praise" (2011), her second CD, a gospel album titled, "Joy Is Waiting", was featured on BET Nightly News while her first CD entitled, "Carla's First Christmas", was a bestseller on Amazon.com in New York and in record stores, and was featured on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in his "American Dream" segment. She has performed five sold out concerts at Carnegie Hall. WLC 2017 will also feature CNN International anchor and broadcast journalist Natalie Allen as a returning host. The conference is open to women of all ethnicities, professions and social backgrounds, locally and nationally, and the men who support them. The MGM Resorts Foundation is the conference's presenting sponsor. Each year, after costs, proceeds from the event are donated to a nonprofit organization devoted to the welfare and development of women and children in Las Vegas. Dress for Success Southern Nevada, the local nonprofit that provides gently used professional clothing and career counseling services to empower women to achieve economic independence, recently received a $25,000 gift from the 2016 conference. Registration costs $485 and includes the full conference and all workshops and lectures, a networking reception, and continental breakfasts and lunches catered by MGM Grand. Time is also allotted for attendees to build key professional relationships with other women attending while enjoying the hospitality and entertainment of MGM Grand and other MGM Resorts International destinations. Participating sponsorships are available to organizations or companies who share the vision and goals of this conference. Current sponsors include: The Coca-Cola Company, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Southwest Airlines, Bank of America, R&R Partners Foundation and McCarran International Airport. For more information about WLC, please visit mgmresorts.com/womensleadershipconference. About MGM Resorts International MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company opened MGM National Harbor in Maryland on December 8, 2016, and is in the process of developing MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. MGM Resorts controls and holds a 76 percent economic interest in the operating partnership of MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE: MGP), a premier triple-net lease real estate investment trust engaged in the acquisition, ownership and leasing of large-scale destination entertainment and leisure resorts. The Company also owns 56 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited (SEHK: 2282), which owns MGM MACAU and is developing MGM COTAI, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort & Casino. MGM Resorts is named among FORTUNE® Magazine's 2016 list of World's Most Admired Companies®. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com. About The MGM Resorts Foundation The purpose of The MGM Resorts Foundation is to collect and distribute monies and assets donated by employees of MGM Resorts (NYSE: MGM) for the aid and support of qualified community nonprofit programs, agencies or organizations designated exclusively by MGM Resorts employees. In addition, the Foundation collects and distributes donations to the Foundation by third-party non-employees to support charitable, scientific, literary, and educational activities approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors and organized by MGM Resorts employees to benefit qualified non-profit charitable organizations designated by the Foundation's Board. 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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: SiS-2007-220.127.116.11 | Award Amount: 1.50M | Year: 2008
The project Practising Gender Equality in Science (PRAGES) consists of an action of coordination aimed at comparing the various strategies implemented for promoting the presence of women in decision-making bodies relating to scientific research in public institutions. It pursues the objective of collecting, classifying and evaluating good practices and positive actions (involving those where a positive contribution from men is recorded) that can be found in OECD countries, both at the national level and at the level of the individual institutions, and to make them available, in a usable form, to a number of selected targets, including both decision-makers and other relevant stakeholders. It will be characterized by four particular elements: the attempt to integrate the most important and relevant results deriving from the studies and good practices relating to the fight against vertical segregation in various professional, political and social areas; enhancing the understanding of the exclusion of women as being deeply linked to what may be called the lack of socialisation of gender in science, that is, the resistance of scientific community to recognise and manage social and gender dynamics that drive the production of scientific research and its assessment; the comparative approach, from a geographical point of view, with the inclusion of both European and non-European partners and countries (including, in particular, the United States, Canada and Australia); the orientation to benchmarking, above all in order to concretise the indications in terms of policy-making. These features are translated, at the operational level, into 7 work-packages: WP1- Operational networking; WP2- Monitoring of significant events; WP3- Good practice database; WP4- Benchmarking; WP5- Guidelines; WP6- Public communication and dissemination; WP7- Management. The project will last 18 months. Consortium includes researchers from 8 countries.
News Article | December 16, 2016
BOSTON (Dec. 16, 2016)--Two legends in the Tufts and dental medicine communities will be honored with Dean's Medals from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine at a ceremony today. The medals celebrate the contributions Hilde H. Tillman, D.M.D. and Esther M. Wilkins, R.D.H., D.M.D., both Tufts alumnae and faculty emeritae, have made to the Tufts and dental medicine and education communities. Dr. Hilde Tillman is clinical professor emerita of public health & community service and a leading champion of geriatric dentistry. She graduated from Simmons College in 1945, and from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1949 and was a member of the Tufts faculty for more than 50 years. She has devoted her career to dental education and was instrumental in developing Tufts' geriatric dentistry program, which has grown to become a unique educational model, blending academic knowledge and community outreach to effectively serve a diverse aging population. Today, Dr. Tillman continues to serve Tufts in conjunction with the City of Boston's Elderly Commission to provide free dental screenings for the elderly and disabled in the greater Boston area. Dr. Esther Wilkins, who passed away this week at the age of 100, was clinical professor emerita of periodontology and a world expert on dental hygiene. She graduated from Simmons College in 1938, received a certificate from the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene in 1939, graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1949 and went on to establish the Dental Hygiene Program at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. In 1959, she published what has become the definitive text on dental hygiene, Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, now in its 12th edition. She returned to Tufts in 1966, where she stayed until her retirement in 2011. Dr. Wilkins received the American Dental Education Association's William J. Gies Award for Achievement by a Dental Educator in 2012 and the International College of Dentists Distinguished Service Award in 2013. "Drs. Tillman and Wilkins enrolled in dental school when not even 2 percent of practicing dentists were women. Now, more than 50 percent of the dental students at Tufts are women," said Huw F. Thomas, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., dean of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. "Drs. Tillman and Wilkins have been leaders in dental medicine, at Tufts, in their communities, nationally and internationally." "Dr. Tillman's ongoing work with the school and our local communities exemplifies the leadership principles of passion and humanitarianism that we embody in our students," he continued. "And Dr. Wilkins was a true pioneer, a devoted educator and a friend to everyone at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine." Established in 1996, the Dean's Medal recognizes individuals who have demonstrated loyalty, service and generosity. It is the highest honor bestowed by the dean of a school at Tufts University and is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to their school and the greater community. Founded in 1868, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) is committed to leadership in education, patient care, research, and community service. Students obtain an interdisciplinary education, integrated with medicine, with access to training in dental specialties. Clinics managed at TUSDM provide quality comprehensive care to more than 18,000 diverse individuals annually, including those with special needs. Nationally and internationally, the School promotes health and educational programs and researches new procedures, materials and technologies to improve oral health.
News Article | December 1, 2016
The Robert E. White Gallery at Husson University presents "My Curiosities," an exhibit highlighting selections from over 15 years of original oil paintings and intaglio prints by artist Mary Hart. Hart is a visiting professor of printmaking at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Her studio and art practice are based in Portland, Maine. The title of this show refers to an old tradition of collecting marvelous objects into a “Cabinet of Curiosities.” From the Renaissance to a recent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, as the scholar Francesca Fiorina writes, these collections provide us with “…a microcosm or theater of the world, and a memory theater.” Hart has a similar goal for the body of work now showing at the White Gallery in Campus Center at Husson University. One will find 30 artworks, including paintings and prints, as well as a small installation case of the objects she uses as a visual reference. Of her work, Hart says: “We all collect unique things; it could be a penny on the sidewalk, a piece of driftwood from the beach, or a round stone. These objects may be repositories of memory, reminding us of a particular time and place, or their physical qualities may hold symbolic meaning for us… the perfect roundness of the pebble could represent calm and balance or the odd shape of driftwood might suggest a contorted figure. They make our emotions and thoughts tangible. When I compose paintings and prints, I use this collection to tell stories.” Mary Hart is a painter and printmaker from southern Maine. A former member and president of Peregrine Press, she also started the first printmaking classes at Southern Maine Community College. Born and raised in Connecticut, she moved to Maine in the 1980s to teach and paint in the Western Mountains region. Her family spent summers there for five generations. She now lives and works in Portland, Maine. Hart earned her Bachelor of Arts in art and English from Dartmouth College, and her Master of Fine Arts from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College where she was the recipient of the Elaine de Kooning Scholarship in Painting. Dealing with issues of growth, damage, struggle and beauty, Hart’s work links the natural world with an inner narrative. Her small, sometimes miniature paintings and prints are intensely focused and detailed. Their larger purpose is the formation of visual associations that describe the artist’s place in the world and her emotional response to it. This work has been exhibited at Aucocisco Gallery in Portland, Maine since 2000. She was represented in the Maine Women Pioneers III: Dirigo exhibition at the University of New England and her paintings have been included in exhibitions at the Portland Museum of Art. She has also had solo exhibitions at the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College and the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor. Hart’s work is currently in the collection of the Portland Museum of Art, Simmons College, the University of Maine, Southern Maine Community College, Bates College and numerous private collections. She received an Artist’s Resource Trust Grant in 2006, a Good Idea Grant in 2007 and was artist-in-residence at SMCC in 2007-08. The opening reception for "My Curiosities" is Thursday, December 1 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. The artist will give a gallery talk at 4 p.m. In addition to the gallery talk and reception on December 1, Hart will spend part of her day working with Husson University fine arts students as a visiting artist. For inquiries about the exhibit, please contact Husson University Assistant Professor Kathi J. Smith by email at robertewhitegallery(AT)husson.edu. For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells, and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.
News Article | November 19, 2016
Leading higher education information and resource site AffordableCollegesOnline.org has released its list of the Best Online Accelerated Nursing Degrees & Programs in the nation for 2016-2017. Using a variety of cost and educational outcome data to compare accredited programs side by side, the list rates the University of Saint Mary, University of Wyoming, The Sage Colleges, University of Indianapolis and Samford University as the top-scoring schools for accelerated nursing students. "As the demand for qualified nurses grows, more colleges are implementing fast-track education options for nursing students,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "These programs are rigorous, but the schools on our list stand out for providing the best quality education and support to help students comprehend quickly and ultimately start their careers in nursing sooner.” AffordableCollegesOnline.org required schools to meet several basic requirements to be considered for the Best Online Accelerated Nursing Degrees & Programs list. Each college must be accredited by the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and be a public or private not-for-profit institution to be included. They must also offer students job placement and academic counseling services to qualify. Individual school scores are then determined by weighing a variety of qualitative and quantitative data points, such as nursing certification pass rates, tuition costs and more. The Top 50 list of schools, as well as specific details on data and methodology used to determine ranking and scoring can be found at the link below: An alphabetical list of schools on the Best Online Accelerated Nursing Programs list for 2016-2017: Adelphi University Albany State University Ball State University Barry University Baylor University Clemson University Creighton University DeSales University Drexel University Duquesne University East Carolina University Georgia Southwestern State University Indiana Wesleyan University Jacksonville University Lewis University Loyola University Chicago Lynchburg College New Mexico State University - Main Campus New York University Northern Arizona University Ohio University - Main Campus Olivet Nazarene University Quinnipiac University Robert Morris University Rutgers University - Newark Saint Xavier University Samford University Seton Hall University Shenandoah University Simmons College Southern Nazarene University Texas Christian University The College of Saint Scholastica The Sage Colleges University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Arizona University of Delaware University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Indianapolis University of Memphis University of Miami University of North Florida University of Northern Colorado University of Saint Joseph University of Saint Mary University of Wyoming Utica College Valparaiso University West Virginia University Wilkes University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
News Article | December 19, 2016
HANOVER, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ledyard National Bank is pleased to announce their expansion into the Concord, New Hampshire region. Ledyard launched this effort with the hiring of Diane DeStefano, Diane Mullin, Karen Crump, and Jeffrey Trombly who bring with them a combined 82 years of experience in investments, financial planning, portfolio management, retirement planning, and gifting. They will be leading the effort to expand Ledyard’s services into the Concord area by introducing Ledyard Financial Advisors as the premier wealth management firm providing integrated investment, tax, and wealth management services to individuals, families, and institutions. Kathy Underwood, President and CEO of Ledyard National Bank remarked, “Expanding into Concord is an important next step as we look to grow. We are thrilled to launch this endeavor with such talented and established professionals who know and understand the Concord market. We expect the addition of commercial banking, mortgage lending, and private banking activities to follow quickly.” Ledyard’s wealth management division, Ledyard Financial Advisors, was established in 1994 and was designed to provide outstanding investment management, trust, and custody services. Today, with over $1 billion dollars in assets under management and headquartered in Hanover, New Hampshire, it serves clients in 29 States and 5 foreign countries. The four individuals joining Ledyard’s Concord team are: Diane DeStefano has over 25 years of senior level experience in investments and financial planning. She received her Associate’s Degree from Rivier College in Nashua, NH, her Bachelor’s Degree from the University System of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, and obtained a Certificate in Financial Planning from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. She received the designation of Certified Financial Planner from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, as well as the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers. Diane can be reached at (603) 640-2708. Her email address is email@example.com Diane Mullin has over 12 years of experience in the financial industry. She worked in the financial services industry specifically in product design and competitive intelligence for variable and universal life insurance products. Ms. Mullin received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Business Administration from Simmons College. She successfully completed the courses of study for the American Bankers Associate Trust Administration Level I, II, & III with emphasis in Taxation and Estate Planning, Trust Administration, and Investment Management. She is currently matriculated in Boston University’s Institute of Finance studying for her Certificate in Financial Planning. She also holds the designation of FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute). Diane can be reached at (603) 640-2736. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org Karen Crump is a graduate of Champlain College in Vermont and has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. Ms. Crump manages portfolios for individuals, families, institutions, and charitable organizations. Her expertise ranges across the investment landscape, including extensive work with companies in the healthcare sector and industrial domestic companies. Karen can be reached at (603) 640-2741. Her email address is email@example.com Jeffrey Trombly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bates College and comes to Ledyard with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has completed more than 500 hours of professional training in a variety of financial areas and managed client portfolios for a large financial institution based in Springfield, Massachusetts prior to joining Ledyard. Jeffrey can be reached at (603) 640-2733. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org Ledyard Financial Group, Inc., headquartered in Hanover, New Hampshire, is the holding company for Ledyard National Bank. Ledyard National Bank, founded in 1991, is a full service community bank offering a broad range of banking, investment, tax, and wealth management services. Ledyard Financial Group, Inc. shares can be bought and sold through the NASD sanctioned “OTC Markets” under the trading symbol LFGP. Shares may be traded through an individual’s broker. For more information, please refer to the “Investor Relations” section of the bank’s website at www.ledyardbank.com or contact the bank’s Chief Financial Officer, Gregory D. Steverson.
News Article | February 15, 2017
The Nike Soccer Camp at Simmons College provides the unique opportunity to learn new techniques, tactics, and improve on fundamentals on Simmons home turf at Daly Field. Daly Field’s beautiful turf surface provides a clean and safe environment for campers to develop their skill and love for the game. Camp Director Erica Schuling is entering her tenth year as Simmon’s head soccer coach. Since taking over the program in 2016 as head coach, Schuling has been named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2014. In addition, Schuling has worked numerous camps and clinics, including those at Boston College, Princeton University, Bowdoin College and Villanova University. "This state-of-the-art facility combined with a variety of experienced coaches provides an excellent environment for campers looking to develop their soccer skills," states Renee Chapman, Nike Soccer Camps Manager at US Sports Camps. The Simmons College Soccer Camp staff offer two different soccer camps to accommodate every player's training needs: Registration for both sessions is now open. Simmons Sharks Soccer School welcomes any and all entrants, ages 6-14, who want to develop their soccer skills in a fun and encouraging environment. This program is designed for all player levels, ranging from beginner to more experienced. This day session runs on June 26-29, from 9am – 3pm each day. The Simmons Prospect Clinic is designed specifically for high school girls who want to experience collegiate soccer training and to learn more about the recruiting process. This clinic offers an opportunity to develop your technical skills, increase your tactical knowledge and strengthen your leadership abilities. This one day clinic runs on June 30th from 9am-3pm. For additional details or to register online, visit http://www.ussportscamps.com or call 1-800-NIKE-CAMP. About US Sports Camps, Inc. US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America’s largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. Over 80,000 kids attended a US Sports Camps program in 2016. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement.
News Article | November 8, 2016
After more than a century with no home playing fields for its outdoor athletics teams, Simmons College decided it was time for a change. Entering into a unique public-private partnership, the college transformed a derelict grass field deemed unsafe for play by the state of Massachusetts into a state-of-the-art athletics complex. The installation of the Shaw Sports Turf fields was completed at the beginning of September, and the school now boasts an NCAA Division III regulation soccer field, a Massachusetts High School compliant football field, an NCAA compliant softball diamond, an NCAA compliant lacrosse field, and an NCAA Division III field hockey field. Beyond field condition and its impact on the safety of players and performance of the teams, among the key reasons the college switched to synthetic turf was the environmental impact. “These fields abuts the Charles River, so we were especially concerned about fertilizers and other toxins that might be used on a natural grass field,” said Jeremy Solomon, Director of Communications. “We also appreciated the conservation of water and cost savings by using a synthetic field that needs little to no extra water.” The $13.5 million state-of-the-art Daly Field Athletic Complex project featuring the Shaw Sport’s Turf fields was a collaborative effort between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Simmons College, and community partners like Brighton High School and the Allston-Brighton Little League. Activitas of Dedham, Massachusetts provided the design work for the project. The partnership prompted Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to say, “The rehabilitation of the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Daly Field serves as an excellent example of what can be accomplished when state government partners with private entities to achieve a common goal that will benefit and meet the needs of the public for years to come.” The hockey/softball field features the Momentum system. Fast, dense and firm, Momentum is a high-performance synthetic turf system designed with a proven slit film technology. In addition to its durability and performance benefits, Momentum’s fiber construction results in an umbrella effect that helps hold infill and reduce overall fly-out. For their multipurpose football/soccer/lacrosse field, they installed Legion. Legion is a combination of high-performance monofilament fibers and a durable slit film fiber. The slit film fiber is a workhorse which will handle the workload, while the monofilament provides a more resilient surface that enhances performance characteristics. Both surfaces will feature organic GeoFill infill, chosen by the school for its reputation as the most environmentally-friendly product on the market, domestically and internationally, for 10 years. Once again, because of its proximity to the Charles River, the environmental impact was a key consideration. “We took the extra measure to protect the safety of our student-athletes, and the thousands of others who will use these fields in the years to come,” said Solomon. GeoFill provides the natural footing and support of a natural field without the mess of dirt and instability of other infill systems. It demonstrates great stability and excels in critical ball-to-surface interactions such as ball roll and ball bounce. It is not only a great, natural infill system, it helps create a high-performing, state-of-the-art playing surface. There are over 500 GeoFill installations in the world today and that number continues to grow. In 2016, dozens of schools and programs in the United States have selected GeoFill for their synthetic turf system. An added benefit of GeoFill is that it is inherently cooler than other synthetic playing surfaces. Coconut fibers have excellent moisture retention qualities that provide evaporative cooling. GeoFill fields have been seen to be as much as 40 degrees cooler than other synthetic fields. Other alternative infills claim to be cooler, but most are hydrophobic and cannot provide the cooling effect of GeoFill. The new surface will benefit student-athletes by providing them the safest, most environmentally-friendly surface available, but beyond that, Solomon said, “Student-athletes will now have a home field to call their own for the first time in school history, which will provide a real home field advantage and instill pride in our institution.” f Similar to Simmons, Brighton High School has not been able to play home games for more than 25 years because of the condition of their field, but that is no longer the case. The new athletic complex at Daly Field enabled its fans, alumni, and school community to finally enjoy a home football game in the opening week. “A state of the art facility using a surface such as the Shaw Sports Turf fields gives Simmons College and Brighton High School Athletics a decided advantage over its opponents, and it also enables us to be a candidate to host conference, state, and national post-season matches,” said Solomon. The fields will be used by Simmons College athletics teams, as the home field for the Brighton High School football team, and as the facility for the local Allston-Brighton Little League teams. But it’s also open to the community; for roughly 75% of playable hours, the facility will be open to community groups and individuals for recreational activities (by permit). Shaw Sports Turf Territory Manager, Joe Kacevich, is pleased that he was able to offer Simmons College the most affordable, high-quality product for their individual needs. “We value our partnership with Simmons and look forward to watching the institution and surrounding community benefit from the new turf fields,” said Kacevich. The first home matches by Simmons soccer were played on September 1st, and the first home football game for the Brighton High School Bengals took place on Friday, September 9th. Opening ceremonies took place the following day, with several elected officials on hand to celebrate the opening of the Daly Field Athletics Complex, highlighted by home games for the Simmons College soccer, field hockey, and tennis teams. ABOUT SHAW SPORTS TURF A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/ stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. Shaw Sports Turf is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 1,500 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. For more information please visit http://www.shawsportsturf.com, call 866-703-4004 or find us on Facebook. ABOUT SIMMONS COLLEGE Founded in 1899, Simmons is the only undergraduate women’s college in Boston, and maintains a history of visionary thinking and a focus on social responsibility. The college also offers world-class coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, life sciences and technology, liberal arts, library and information science, business management, and social work. Follow Simmons on Twitter at @SimmonsCollege and @SimmonsNews.