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									2010 & 2011
Academic Catalog




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Table of Contents
Academic Calendar                     3
Aims and Objectives                   5
President’s Message                   7
History of Simmons                    8
Funeral Service Today                10
Simmons Educational Philosophy       10
Board of Directors                   11
Administrative Staff                 11
Academic Program                     12
Facilities                           13
Curriculum                           15
Course Offerings                     16
Course Descriptions                  18
Admissions                           23
Student Complaint Procedures         24
Simmons Grading System               27
Weekend (Part-time) Study Program    30
Financial Aid                        32
Scholarships                         39
Guidelines for State Assistance      40
Guidelines for Federal Assistance    40
Graduation                           41
Tuition, Books, Supplies, and Fees   43
Directions to Simmons Institute      44




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Academic Calendar 2010
Spring Semester 2010
Classes Begin .........................................................................January 4, 2010
Weekend Classes Begin .........................................................January 9, 2010
Last Day to Add a Course ....................................................January 12, 2010
Midterm Examinations ................................................ February 9 - 13, 2010
Last Day to Drop a Course.................................................February 23, 2010
Final Examinations .............................................................April 6 - 10, 2010
NBE Review Review..........................................................April 12 - 16, 2010


Summer Semester 2010
Classes Begin ............................................................. Week of April 26, 2010
Weekend Classes Begin .............................................................. May 1, 2010
Last day to Add a Course............................................................ May 3, 2010
Midterm Examinations ......................................................... June 1 - 5, 2010
Last Day to Drop a Course........................................................June 26, 2010
Break ................................................................................... July 5 - 10, 2010
Final Examinations ............................................................August 3 - 7, 2010
NBE Review.....................................................................August 9 - 13, 2010


Fall Semester 2010
Classes Begin .......................................................... Week of August 30, 2010
Weekend Classes Begin .................................................... September 4, 2010
Last day to Add a Course.................................................. September 7, 2010
Midterm Examinations ....................................................October 5 - 9, 2010
Last day to Drop a Course .................................................. October 23, 2010
Thanksgiving Break ................................................. November 22 - 27, 2010
Final Examinations .....................................................December 7 - 11, 2010
NBE Review..............................................................December 13 - 17, 2010




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Academic Calendar 2011
Spring Semester 2011
Classes Begin .........................................................................January 3, 2011
Weekend Classes Begin .........................................................January 8, 2011
Last Day to Add a Course ....................................................January 10, 2011
Midterm Examinations ................................................ February 8 - 12, 2011
Last Day to Drop a Course.................................................February 22, 2011
Final Examinations ...............................................................April 4 - 9, 2011
NBE Review .....................................................................April 11 - 15, 2011


Summer Semester 2011
Classes Begin ................................................................ Week of May 3, 2011
Weekend Classes Begin .............................................................. May 7, 2011
Last day to Add a Course............................................................ May 9, 2011
Midterm Examinations ....................................................... June 6 - 11, 2011
Last Day to Drop a Course........................................................June 20, 2011
Final Examinations ....................................................... August 15 - 20, 2011
NBE Review.....................................................................August 8 - 12, 2011


Fall Semester 2011
Classes Begin .......................................................... Week of August 29, 2011
Weekend Classes Begin .................................................... September 2, 2011
Last day to Add a Course.................................................. September 6, 2011
Midterm Examinations ....................................................October 3 - 8, 2011
Last day to Drop a Course .................................................. October 17, 2011
Thanksgiving Break ................................................. November 21 - 26, 2011
Final Examinations .....................................................December 5 - 10, 2011
NBE Review..............................................................December 12 - 16, 2011




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Accredited By                                equAl opportunity in
The American Board of Funeral                educAtion
Service Education (ABFSE)                    Simmons Institute is an academic
3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G                 community whose doors are open
St. Joseph, MO 64506                         to all students without regard to
816-233-3747                                 race, religion, color, sex, national
www.abfse.org                                origin, age, disability, marital status
                                             or veteran status. The policy of equal
Authorized By                                opportunity in education prevails
The New York State Board of                  in all programs and services offered
Regents to confer the degree of              by Simmons. In implementing this
Associate in Occupational Studies            policy, Simmons Institute follows
(A.O.S.) HEGIS # 5299.20                     the guidelines and requirements of
                                             Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and
Approved By                                  Title IX of the Higher Education Act
New York State Department of                 of 1972.
   Health
New York State Division of Veterans’         hAndicApped persons
   Affairs for the Training of               Simmons operates in compli-
   Veterans and Other Eligible Persons       ance with the provisions of the
New York State Department of                 Civil Rights Act of 1964 and accepts
   Vocational Rehabilitation                 students without regard to color, na-
U.S. Department of Education for             tional origin, or handicap not likely
   Title IV Financial Aid Programs           to affect performance.
Approved for Training of Foreign
   Students by U.S. Department of            AiMs And oBjectives
         Justice                             1. To enhance the care provided
                                                by Funeral Service professionals
MeMBer                                          through excellence in education.
Association of Proprietary Colleges          2. To provide equal opportunity for
National Association of Colleges of             Funeral Service education to all
   Mortuary Science                             qualified candidates.
American Board of Funeral Service            3. To provide complete facilities and
   Education                                    programs of education specifically
National Funeral Directors Association          planned to prepare the student in
New York State Financial Aid                    all phases of Funeral Service.
   Administrators Association                4. To acquaint students with the
Greater Syracuse Chamber of                     responsibilities and legal obliga-
   Commerce
                                                tions of Funeral Service personnel
New York State Association for
                                                in safeguarding the health and
   Counseling and Development, Inc.
                                                welfare of the community.
New York State Funeral Directors
   Association                               5. To encourage students to broaden
                                                their background both technically


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   and culturally so that they may be          of its efforts to balance personnel
   fully aware of their responsibili-          requirements.
   ties and functions as members of         8. To stress the need for good citizen-
   the Funeral Service industry and            ship by encouraging integrity and
   society in general.                         ethical business practices result-
6. To provide students with an                 ing from good moral character
   awareness of the religious beliefs          and dedication to the profession.
   and customs in our society so that       9. To provide a curriculum at a post
   they may serve each family in the           secondary level of instruction
   manner of their personal require-           which encourages students and
   ments.                                      faculty research in the field of
7. To cooperate with the profession            funeral service.
   of Funeral Service in any and all




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                                     President’s Message
                                     Much has changed in our world since 1900 when
                                     Simmons Institute was founded. Educational
                                     requirements have moved from a “trade school”
                                     approach to obtaining a minimum of a two-year
                                     degree through an accredited college program.
                                     Having the opportunity to establish a solid founda-
                                     tion for further education while learning the arts and
                                     skills required for becoming technically competent as
                                     a funeral director is what Simmons is all about.
                                     Providing a program of study flexible enough to
Maurice C. Wightman                  recognize past individual academic accomplish-
  Chief Executive Officer/           ments has become accepted by Simmons as one of
         President                   its greatest challenges.
At Simmons funeral service education is our only business.
    Simmons Institute is one of the few accredited programs in the nation that maintains
and operates an excellent on-site clinical program in which to have the opportunity to
obtain invaluable practical experience. Personnel are available to teach embalming and
restorative art techniques around the clock seven days a week, 365 days a year.
    Simmons Institute was the first to develop the Weekend Study program in 1990.
Many students have been able to complete their education requirements by taking their
course work on weekends in combination with transferring credits from other colleges
and universities closer to home. Students also have the opportunity to cross-register into
weekday classes, thereby shortening their time spent at the Institute.
    Simmons Institute remains one of the very few programs in the United States today
that has a dress code requirement. The attitude of being and acting professional will
continue to be an important factor. Pride in personal appearance is not a given but
becomes a way of life.
    Faculty selection is based upon educational experience, background and accomplish-
ments. You will find the faculty most helpful in meeting your educational goals.
    Simmons has earned the right to be proud of its many accomplishments during the
20th Century; but more importantly Simmons is extremely proud of its graduates who
have made many major sacrifices and contributions toward the betterment of funeral
service as we know it today.
    Discover Syracuse and its surrounding areas located in the “heart” of Central New
York, offering the natural beauty of our four seasons and attractions for all interests.
    You are invited to make arrangements with the Institute for a personal interview after
you have had the opportunity to review our academic catalog. We look forward to
addressing your questions while exploring your future in funeral service.

Yours truly,



Maurice C. Wightman
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History of Simmons

S     immons Institute of Funeral
      Service was founded in 1900
by Charles A. Genung and Lena
                                           with the embalming process after
                                           attending an embalming seminar con-
                                           ducted by A. Johnson Dodge of the
R. Simmons as “Genung-Simmons              Dodge Chemical Company, located
Embalming Institute”. The business         today in Cambridge, MA. Mrs. Sim-
was first incorporated in 1904 with        mons, a school teacher who taught
a capital investment of $2,000.00.         grammar in high school, was edu-
Mr. Genung served as President             cated in the physiological sciences at
and Demonstrator, Mrs. Simmons             Syracuse University, College of Medi-
as Secretary and Instructor. Classes       cine. She was the first to introduce
formed the first Tuesday of each           subcutaneous suturing (“the blind
month, making the curriculum three         stitch) in restorative art techniques to
weeks long.                                funeral service.
    Mr. Genung, a second genera-               “Before her (Lena Simmons) ca-
tion funeral director from Waterloo,       reer was concluded, she was to write
New York, learned the early and not        on virtually every facet of embalm-
always efficient methods of embalm-        ing technique, funeral practice and
ing from his father Seth J. Genung.        psychology as well as to compose
Interested in developing a more pro-       poetry, fiction, and humorous satire.
fessional process, he experimented         Truly her gifted pen was, for all her
in the 1890’s and attended seminars        active career, a genuine contribu-
offered by embalming chemical sup-         tion to funeral service education”.
pliers. Eventually, he developed a         (Melissa Johnson Boffey, American
more modern technique and instru-          Funeral Director, January 1977)
ments which, with improvements,                The Institute was renamed,
are still used today. He became            in 1913, the “Syracuse School of
particularly known for his axillary        Embalming and Sanitary Science”
vein drain tube which was patented         until 1931 when Baxter G. Simmons
in 1906. He traveled throughout the        became President upon his mother’s
United States and Canada, lecturing        retirement. The school became known
and demonstrating his methods at           as “Simmons School of Embalming
state conventions and seminars.            and Mortuary Science”. Baxter shared
    One of the founders of the New         his mother’s fervor for excellence in
York State Embalmers Association           funeral service education. His commit-
in 1900, Genung served as the first        ment to that goal was demonstrated
President. The association later           by the broadened scope and increased
combined with the New York State           depth of the curriculum. During his
Undertakers Association to become          tenure, the course was expanded from
the present New York State Funeral         9 to 12 months.
Directors Association.                         Upon the death of Baxter Simmons
    Lena Simmons became fascinated         in 1968, his widow, Edith L. Simmons

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became Chairman of the Board of              Study Program was held on October
Trustees. She came to the task well          6, 1990. This program was first in the
prepared to carry on her husband’s           nation.
leadership. During her tenure, she               The New York State Board of
moved the Institute to 1828 South            Regents voted, on July 24, 1992,
Avenue, where it remains today.              that Simmons Institute of Funeral
    Philip J. Laurie, Edith’s son, was       Service, Inc. be authorized by master
appointed Chairman of the Board              plan approval to confer the degree
after his mother’s death. Since the          of Associate in Occupational Studies
1950’s, he had served Simmons in             (A.O.S.) on duly qualified students
a variety of faculty and administra-         successfully completing the pro-
tive capacities. Mr. Laurie’s greatest       gram.
contribution to the Institute was to             Simmons Institute, in conjunc-
invest in and expand the Institute’s         tion with Cazenovia College, located
Learning Resource Center. He hired           in beautiful Cazenovia, NY, 20 miles
the Institute’s first professional           east of Syracuse, signed two articu-
librarian, Dorothea B. Schultes, who         lation agreements on August 17,
had extensive experience in develop-         1997, leading to four-year Baccalau-
ing libraries for major hospitals in         reate Degrees.
the Syracuse area.                               In July of 1998, Simmons In-
    No history of Simmons Institute          stitute also signed an articulation
would be complete without including          agreement with SUNY Institute of
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Charles F Hite, Jr., who, for thirty-        Technology at Utica/Rome allow-
five years from 1946-1981, served as         ing students completing the AOS
Dean and President of the school. An         Degree from Simmons to receive full
eminent educator and administrator,          transfer of credit into the Business
his unstinting dedication contributed        program at Utica/Rome.
immeasurably to keeping Simmons
at the forefront of Funeral Service
Education.
    A new chapter began in the history
of Simmons on February 1, 1986,
when ownership of the Institute
transferred to Maurice C. Wightman.
A licensed funeral director, he is a
1964 graduate of Simmons and holds
a Masters Degree of Business Admin-
istration from Syracuse University.
During the height of the Vietnam
War, Mr. Wightman gained extensive
experience as an embalmer. He was
later appointed Non-commissioned
Officer in Charge of the United States
Marine Corps Grave Registration Unit
in Khe Sahn, South Vietnam.
    The first class of the Weekend
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  Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, completing 100 years of funeral service
  education in 2000, is committed to its leadership role in academic excellence.


Funeral Service Today
A     recent U.S. Bureau of Labor
      Statistics publication states that
few professions require the tact,
                                                gathering and reflection that helps
                                                us all to stay in the mainstream of
                                                life. The emotional and spiritual
discretion, and compassion needed               rewards for funeral directors are
in the service of funeral directors.            evident. They orchestrate one of
The family is under severe emo-                 the most momentous and dramatic
tional stress, often overwhelmed by             events in human life; and in doing
the intensity of their feelings. In this        so, they demonstrate to their own
regard, important personal traits               and others’ satisfaction their capac-
for funeral directors are compo-                ity to help others cope with their
sure, tact, and the ability to comfort          bereavement.
people in their time of sorrow.                     If your knowledge of Funeral
    As this indicates, the emphasis in          Service is limited or your inter-
Funeral Service has changed from                est is not clearly defined, talk to
concentration on death and the                  several practicing funeral directors
dead to a compassionate concern                 and assess carefully what you hear.
for the living. When death occurs,              If you then believe that you pos-
family and friends gather to cele-              sess the necessary qualities for a
brate, through ceremony and ritual,             career in Funeral Service, you are
a life that was lived and to share the          on the threshold of an honorable
sorrow. A funeral service is usually            and useful service. Opportunities in
a religious ceremony where par-                 Funeral Service are excellent. Posi-
ticipants take stock of themselves              tions presently exceed the number
and the meaning of life. Tragedy                of graduates. Other career areas
and grief are part of life every bit as         offer opportunities. Contact us for
much as love and laughter. It is this           further information.


Simmons Educational Philosophy
S   immons is a single purpose
    institute offering the highest
quality program of Funeral Service
                                                ted faculty whose primary function
                                                is to provide competent instruc-
                                                tion and advisement. To meet both
Education. We do our utmost to                  current and future demands, our
prepare students in embalming                   educational program is constantly
sciences, funeral directing arts, and           reviewed and curriculum revised as
business management for member-                 needed.
ship in a vocation of service.
    To this end we maintain a
professional, qualified, and commit-

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Board of Directors
Jeffry Bell                                 Maurice C. Wightman, LFD
Bell-Atlantic                               Chief Executive Officer/President, Sim-
Lois M. Easterday, Ph.D.                    mons Institute
Hospice of CNY, Associate Professor,        Vera U. Wightman
OCC                                         Secretary/Treasurer
Charles E. Garland, LFD
Garland Brothers Funeral Home
Kurt Lester, LFD
Ballwig & Lunsford Funeral Home
David P. Scheibel
AT&T GIS Professional Services
H. David Trautlein, Ph.D.
Founding Dean of
Herkimer County Community College




Administrative Staff
Maurice C. Wightman, LFD                    John F. Kotlik
Chief Executive Officer/President           Director of Physical Plant
Vera U. Wightman
Registrar / Administrator
Joseph H. Grossman
Director, Financial Aid




Legal Counsel
Samuel J. Costa, JD
Attorney at Law
Syracuse, New York




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Academic Program

T    he curriculum required for the
     education of prospective
Funeral Service personnel is a series
                                                 This curriculum places more em-
                                             phasis on the nontechnical areas of
                                             the industry than ever before in the
of course experiences designed to            history of Simmons. The embalming
meet the needs of this ever chang-           sciences comprise about one-third
ing industry. The curriculum, as             of the total hours with another third
outlined in this catalog, represents         in funeral directing and business
an effort on the part of the admin-          management, and the final third in
istration of Simmons Institute to            a combination of sociology, psychol-
implement the ideas of Funeral               ogy, and counseling plus legal, regu-
Service personnel from across the            latory, and ethical considerations.
United States and presents a body                With the course content update
of knowledge considered by the               and the expansion required by the
American Board of Funeral Service            American Board of Funeral Service
Education to be imperative for a             Education, the administration of
“major” in Funeral Service.                  Simmons feels that a minimum
    The history of the American              of 62 credit hours is necessary to
Board of Funeral Service Education           implement the instruction of this
and Simmons Institute, as accred-            material effectively.
ited, reflects a continuous effort to            Each student must earn a
ensure that prospective funeral              minimum of two credit hours in
service personnel are as well                practical embalming.
prepared as possible for entry into
the field after graduation and
licensure.




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Facilities

T     he main offices and facilities of
      Simmons Institute of Funeral
Service are housed in a two-story
                                                   The library has over 1000 books,
                                               40 periodicals, and 160 cassettes,
                                               videotapes and filmstrips. The
brick building, located at 1828                collection is available through our
South Avenue, Syracuse, NY. The                online catalog. In addition to the
first floor of this building features          funeral service collection, there are
the main business offices, book-               more than 200 books relating to
store, student lounge, funeral                 the sciences, business administra-
museum and embalming lab. On the               tion, communication, psychology,
second floor are two classrooms,               sociology, and law. Student services
casket selection room, the Library             include a subject index to periodical
for Funeral Service Education, and             articles. Internet access is also avail-
the computer center which is open              able to students. Simmons students
to all students as an extension of the         are welcome to use the Onondaga
library facility.                              Community College Library and all
                                               branches of the Onondaga County
                                               Public Library.




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Curriculum
T     he administration of Simmons
      Institute is pleased to offer this
comprehensive curriculum. This
                                                                   Board of Funeral Service Education,
                                                                   the State of New York Department
                                                                   of Education, and more especially,
is a curriculum designed to meet                                   the needs of future Funeral Service
the specifications of the American                                 personnel.
puBlic heAlth And technicAl content                                                                                credit hours
PHT 3053 – Thanatochemistry .........................................................................................3
PHT 2074 – Embalming Theory .......................................................................................4
PHT 3134 – Restorative Art ..............................................................................................4
PHT 4243 – Pathology .....................................................................................................3
PHT 2001 – Practicum .....................................................................................................1
PHT 3001 – Practicum .....................................................................................................1
.........................................................................................................Total Credit Hours 16
Business MAnAgeMent content
BMC 1023 – Computer Applications ................................................................................3
BMC 1093 – Accounting ..................................................................................................3
BMC 3153 – Small Business Management ........................................................................3
BMC 3172 – Funeral Directing & Professional Relationships............................................2
BMC 4223 – Funeral Home Administration .....................................................................3
.........................................................................................................Total Credit Hours 14
liBerAl Arts requireMents
LAR 1003 – English Composition ....................................................................................3
LAR 2143 – Effective Business Communications ..............................................................3
LAR 1083 – Essentials of Mathematics .............................................................................3
LAR 2044 – Anatomy .......................................................................................................4
LAR 4203 – Microbiology/Health .....................................................................................3
   ...................................................................................................Total Credit Hours 16
sociAl science content
SSC 1163 – Introduction to Psychology ...........................................................................3
SSC 2063 – Introduction to Sociology ..............................................................................3
SSC 4101 – History of Funeral Service .............................................................................1
SSC 4183 – Funeral Service Counseling ...........................................................................3
.........................................................................................................Total Credit Hours 10
legAl, regulAtory, And ethicAl content
LRE 2112 – Business Law I ..............................................................................................2
LRE 3152 – Business Law II .............................................................................................2
LRE 4192 – Funeral Service Law and Ethics .....................................................................2
...........................................................................................................Total Credit Hours 6
nAtionAl BoArd exAMinAtion review
LAR 5020 – NBE Review - Arts ........................................................................................0
PHT 5030 – NBE Review - Sciences .................................................................................0
                                                                                             TOTAL HOURS 62

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A    student may complete the
     A.O.S. Degree in four semesters
(normally 16 months) by adhering
                                                   Institution reserves the right to
                                                   cancel a class due to the lack of
                                                   enrollment.
to the recommended course sched-
ule. Transfer credits may reduce the               totAl credits required
length of the program.                             for siMMons AssociAte in
    Classes may be scheduled                       occupAtionAl studies
Tuesday through Saturday. The                      degree = 62



Course Offerings
Spring Semester                                    Summer Semester
2044 Anatomy .............................4        1003    English Composition. .........3
2063 Introduction to Sociology ...3                1023    Computer Applications.......3
2074 Embalming Theory .............4               1083    Essentials of Mathematics ...3
2112 Business Law I ....................2          1093    Accounting .........................3
2143 Effective Business                            1163    Introduction to Psychology .3
     Communications ................3
2001 Practicum ...........................1        3053 Thanatochemistry ...............3
                                                   3134 Restorative Art ....................4
3053 Thanatochemistry ...............3             3152 Business Law II ...................2
3134 Restorative Art ....................4         3153 Small Business
3152 Business Law II ...................2               Management .......................3
3153 Small Business                                3172 Funeral Directing and
     Management .......................3                Professional Relationships ...2
3172 Funeral Directing and                         3001 Practicum ...........................1
     Professional Relationships ...2
3001 Practicum ...........................1        4101 History of Funeral Svce ......1
                                                   4183 Funeral Svce Counseling ....3
4101 History of Funeral Svce ......1               4192 Funeral Service
4183 Funeral Svce Counseling ....3                      Law and Ethics ...................2
4192 Funeral Service                               4203 Microbiology/Health ...........3
     Law and Ethics ...................2           4223 Funeral Home
4203 Microbiology/Health ...........3                   Administration ...................3
4223 Funeral Home                                  4243 Pathology ...........................3
     Administration ...................3
4243 Pathology ...........................3




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Fall Semester                                        Last Week of Each
1003    English Composition. .........3              Semester
1023    Computer Applications.......3
1083    Essentials of Mathematics ...3               5020 NBE Review - Arts. .............0
1093    Accounting .........................3        5030 NBE Review - Sciences........0
1163    Introduction to Psychology .3

2044 Anatomy .............................4
2063 Introduction to Sociology ...3
2074 Embalming Theory .............4
2112 Business Law I ....................2
2143 Effective Business
     Communications ................3
2001 Practicum ...........................1

4101 History of Funeral Svce ......1
4183 Funeral Svce Counseling ....3
4192 Funeral Service
     Law and Ethics ...................2
4203 Microbiology/Health ...........3
4223 Funeral Home
     Administration ...................3
4243 Pathology ...........................3




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Course Descriptions
lAr 1003                                        the course. Calculators and newspaper
English Composition                             articles will be used.
3 hours credit
A study of language with concentra-             BMc 1093
tion on the skills of effective writing.        Accounting
Practical, individual assistance in             3 hours credit
planning, writing and revising is               The fundamentals of accounting are
based on critiquing assignments.                presented with emphasis on the prac-
                                                tical application of these procedures.
BMc 1023                                        The course is designed to give the
Computer Applications                           student the necessary terminology to
3 hours credit                                  communicate with accounting profes-
The effective use of computer                   sionals.
systems is taught. The computer is
explained from a user’s perspective,            ssc 1163
and the concepts necessary to master            Introduction to Psychology
practical applications are discussed.           3 hours credit
                                                This course provides a basic orienta-
lAr 1083                                        tion to the psychology of human
Essentials of Mathematics                       behavior. The student will study the
3 hours credit                                  aims and methods of psychological
This course seeks to enhance stu-               investigation and measurement and
dents’ knowledge and understanding              the influences of biological and social
of consumer mathematics by develop-             factors upon behavior. The course will
ing their arithmetic, algebra, problem          also focus upon the area of learning,
solving, and critical thinking skills.          motivation, emotion, perception, and
Topics will be carefully selected to            personality development.
build on each individual’s strength
to motivate the weaker students and
to challenge the stronger students.
Problems posed around individual
student’s strength will be central to




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lAr 2044                                      lre 2112
Anatomy                                       Business Law I
4 hours credit                                2 hours credit
An introduction to human anatomy              Comprehensive study of the legal
beginning with the overall organiza-          principles that govern the various
tion of the human body and progress-          roles, relationships, rights and obli-
ing with the integumentary system,            gations of today’s citizen, consumer,
osteology, arthrology, the digestive          business person and funeral director.
system, excretory system, male and            The course shall emphasize contract
female reproductive systems, the              law with its specific rules and also
respiratory system, the circulatory           review the legal system of the United
system, to adenology, the nervous             States, including criminal law, law
system, the muscular system, and              of negligence and torts, and the
ending with developmental anatomy.            purchase and sale of goods.
Special emphasis is given to those
structures that are important to prac-        lAr 2143
tical embalming.                              Effective Business Communications
                                              3 hours credit
ssc 2063
                                              The purpose of this course is three-
Introduction to Sociology
                                              fold: to acquaint the student with
3 hours credit                                the appropriate fundamentals of
A study of the concepts of sociology          oral presentations; to provide the
with an emphasis on theory and                principles of and practice in effective
research including culture, socializa-        written business communication; and
tion, social processes, population and        to present the tools for a successful
ecology, stratification, aging and the        job search.
family.
                                              pht 2001, 3001
pht 2074                                      Practicum
Embalming Theory                              1 hour credit
4 hours credit                                Each student is required to partici-
The student is instructed in every            pate in at least five embalmings per
aspect of the knowledge and skills            credit hour earned. This is a hands-
necessary in the preparation of the           on performance level course. Each
deceased for public viewing. This             operation assisted by the student is
includes a history, technical treat-          recorded on a case report which be-
ment of the terminology of death,             comes part of that student’s record.
and the objectives of the embalming
process, including variable problems
and solutions.


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pht 3053                                      BMc 3153
Thanatochemistry                              Small Business Management
3 hours credit                                3 hours credit
Begins with the study of General              Introduces the student to the essen-
Chemistry. Includes atomic and                tial functions of modern business, its
molecular structure, physical states,         structures, and management philoso-
chemical bonding, stoichiometry,              phies.
solutions, oxidation-reduction, and
acids-bases-salts. Then progresses to         BMc 3172
Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry,              Funeral Directing
Embalming Chemistry, and ends                 and Professional Relationships
with a consideration of toxicology.
                                              2 hours credit
pht 3134                                      The student studies the wide variety
                                              of groups in connection with ac-
Restorative Art
                                              tual funeral service procedures. The
4 hours credit                                mechanics and the dynamics of the
The student is instructed in the              conduct of the funeral process from
restoration of the deceased for public        the first notification through commit-
viewing. Instruction covers every             tal are presented with emphasis on
aspect of the knowledge and skills            the funeral service, religious service,
necessary to equip the student to             committal service, and finally frater-
carry out any partial restoration in-         nal and military funeral services. The
cluding application of cosmetics and          cultural universals and the symbolism
hairdressing.                                 of funerals as a method of cultural
                                              communication are also discussed.
lre 3152                                      The American funeral and how
Business Law II                               changes in the family structure have
                                              altered the funeral in this century are
2 hours credit
                                              covered. Understanding and respect
Covers all commercial contracts,              for the tenants of all groups and
the Uniform Commercial Code, sale             proficiency to meet their needs are
of goods and services, commercial             developed.
paper, promissory notes, and warran-
ties. Also covered are other business
aspects including corporations, part-
nerships, employment aspects, work-
ers’ compensation, and bankruptcy.




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ssc 4101                                       lre 4192
History of Funeral Service                     Funeral Service Law & Ethics
1 hour credit                                  2 hours credit
A survey of the funeral practices              A procedural course which presents
and beliefs of all major Western               the principles of mortuary law and
Cultures from preEgyptian times to             ethics essential to the successful
the present. Emphasis is placed on             practice of funeral service. Topics
the development of the JudeoChris-             presented as they relate to funeral
tian tradition, especially during the          service are: warranties, wills and
Greco-Roman period, as the primary             estates, the legal status of deceased
basis of modern funeral tradition              humans, custodial rights; funeral
and beliefs. Present American                  directors’ rights, duties, and liabili-
funeral practices, including embalm-           ties; liability for funeral expenses;
ing and methods of disposition, are            and regulations pertaining to funeral
discussed in view of their origin and          homes. Also covers state laws and
development. The evolution of the              regulations.
modern funeral director from the
early English undertaker is discussed          lAr 4203
as well as the effect of Colonialism           Microbiology/Health
to American traditions and beliefs.
                                               3 hours credit
Special emphasis is also placed on
the modern developments in funeral             An introduction to the structure and
service customs, the growth and                function of bacteria, viruses, fungi,
change of funeral merchandise, and             and protozoa. Also stressed are
the rise of professional organizations         virulence factors of each group.
and education.                                 Factors promoting and inhibit-
                                               ing growth are emphasized. After a
ssc 4183                                       discussion of the human immune
                                               system and general principles of
Funeral Service Counseling
                                               epidemiology, the specific pathogens
3 hours credit                                 of interest to the funeral director are
Covers the current theories in per-            covered in detail.
sonal counseling with an emphasis on
the bereavement environment.
The student is taught counseling
skills and is given insight into
disaster management and crisis
intervention skills. Counseling as a
tool in the grief resolution process is
examined.




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BMc 4223                                         lAr 5020
Funeral Home Administration                      NBE Review - Arts
3 hours credit                                   non-credit
This course is designed to teach                 This course is designed to review
effective management skills. Instruc-            all courses relevant to the Funeral
tion includes recognizing and solving            Service Arts portion of the National
funeral service management problems              Board Examination. Courses to be
and establishing and implementing                reviewed are: Funeral Service Sociol-
policies after decision analysis. The            ogy/History; Psychology; Funeral
Federal Trade Commission’s regula-               Directing; Business Law; Funeral
tions governing the funeral service              Service Law; Funeral Service Mer-
profession and the death benefits                chandising; Accounting/Computers/
available to eligible people are studied.        Management.
The course is also designed to
develop product knowledge which                  pht 5030
includes casket interior design, and             NBE Review - Sciences
manufacture and construction meth-
                                                 non-credit
ods of caskets, vaults, monuments,
and urns.                                        This course is designed to review all
                                                 courses relevant to the Funeral Ser-
pht 4243                                         vice Sciences portion of the National
                                                 Board Examination. Courses to be
Pathology
                                                 reviewed are: Embalming; Restor-
3 hours credit                                   ative Art; Microbiology; Pathology;
The study of disease and the disease             Chemistry; Anatomy.
process as it affects the human body.
Special emphasis is placed on how
various pathologic conditions affect
the embalming process. An introduc-
tion to autopsies and forensic pathol-
ogy is also included.




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Admissions
AdMissions inforMAtion/                        unless waived due to extenuating
requireMents                                   circumstances.
Applicants must have at least a high           Simmons enrolls new students every
school diploma or state approved               semester. All requirements for accep-
equivalency certificate. Applicants            tance must met before the acceptance
must also meet the requirements                deadline.
demanded by the state in which                 Application package for Fall Semester
he/she intends to be licensed.                 should be received by the Institute
                                               before June 15th, interview before
He/she should submit a completed               June 30th.
application package which consists of:         Application package for Spring
                                               Semester should be received before
- Application                                  November 1st, interview before
- $50 Application Fee                          November 15th.
- Typewritten Essay about him/her-             Application package for Summer
self and why he/she chose funeral              Semester should be received before
service as a career                            March 1st, interview before March
- Copy of Birth Certificate (must              15th.
be state-issued). If the name has
changed, a copy of the appropriate             If the applicant is unable to com-
documents verifying the change (i.e            plete the application requirements
marriage license).                             by the deadline, an additional fee of
- Signed Track Record/Campus Secu-             $100 will be charged. Applicants
rity Disclosure                                will not be regarded as matriculated
- Report of Separation from Active             until all requirements of admission
Duty (DD-214 long form), if military           have been met.
time was served.
- Medical Information form com-                AcAdeMic review
pleted by student                              An applicant’s previous academic
- Official copy of high school tran-           performance (high school and/or
script, sent directly to Simmons In-           college) is evaluated to help de-
stitue from the school, or equivalent.         termine his/her ability to meet the
- Official copy of college transcripts,        academic demands of the Simmons’
sent directly to Simmons Institute             curriculum. Based on the quality of
from the college(s), if applicable.            the academic work, it may be sug-
                                               gested the applicant first complete
A personal interview is required               some course work at a college that
as part of the application process,            provides remedial courses or other


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supportive services. This is in the              l. Any violent criminal behavior.
applicant’s best interest in that it will        2. Vandalism; Theft of Institute
better prepare him/her for a positive               property or property of another
learning experience. In these situa-                student.
tions, course work may be complet-               3. Gambling on Institute premises.
ed in courses that can be transferred
                                                 4. The abuse of alcohol or drugs on
into the Simmons curriculum. (See
                                                    Institute premises or at Institute
Transfer Policy).
                                                    seminars at other locations.
                                                 5. The use of abusive or vulgar lan-
iMMunizAtion policy
                                                    guage directed at any instructor or
The form includes information on                    administrator of the Institute.
the applicants medical history and
                                                 The decision to suspend or expel a
immunization record. Applicants
                                                 student will be made by the Admin-
will need to show proof of immuni-
                                                 istrative Committee of the Institute
zation (if you were born on or after
                                                 after consultation with the appro-
January 1, 1957) against measles,
                                                 priate faculty/staff and the student
mumps, and rubella. All colleges
                                                 involved.
and university students are required
                                                     A special emphasis is made here
under New York State Public Law
                                                 regarding academic honesty. Any
Sect. 2165 to obtain this.
                                                 form of dishonesty is expressly
                                                 forbidden. Academic dishonesty
AdditionAl oshA BloodBorne                       includes, but is not limited to: secur-
pAthogen regulAtions                             ing the contents of an exam or quiz
Simmons requires immunization                    prior to the exam or quiz; giving or
against Hepatitis B (a signed waiver             receiving assistance during an exam
may be accepted in certain cases).               or quiz; and presenting as one’s
A TB Test and/or a Chest X-ray is                own any report, assignment, quota-
required within 6 months of entry.               tion, etc. where proper credit has
A Tetanus immunization is also                   not been given to the source of the
required.                                        creative effort. Failure of a student
                                                 to maintain academic honesty will
student conduct                                  result in appropriate disciplin-
All students attending Simmons are               ary action and may result in that
expected to be familiar with, and                student receiving a failing grade in
abide by, the rules and policies of              the course in question or in expul-
the Institute as outlined here and in            sion. Any and all allegations of
the Student Handbook. These will                 such dishonesty will be thoroughly
be explained in detail during orien-             investigated, and due process will
tation. The following will be auto-              be strictly observed. Refer to the
matic grounds for severe disciplinary            Student Handbook.
action and may result in expulsion
from the program:                                student coMplAint procedures
                                                 A student may request Due Pro-
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cess as described in the Student               of Health may be held until the ac-
Handbook in the section Student                count is fully satisfied.
Academic/Personnel Complaint/Griev-               A student is responsible for any
ance Resolution Procedure. Whenever            legal or collection fees which may be
applicable, the student should follow          incurred by the Institute to collect
the correct progression of person-             delinquent accounts.
nel as listed in the aforementioned
procedure. The burden of proof                 refund policy
needed to substantiate the existence           Any student who withdraws prior
of a complaint shall rest with the             to the beginning of classes will be
student.                                       entitled to a full refund of all tuition
    In keeping with the intent and             paid (less the tuition deposit).
the spirit of these statements, it is          Students who withdraw during the
incumbent upon all parties in-                 semester will receive refunds accord-
volved to show respect, restraint,             ing to the following schedule:
and responsibility in their efforts to
resolve complaints. It is incumbent            End of the 1st week ..................80%
upon faculty members and students              End of the 2nd week ................60%
to arrange meetings and conferences            End of the 3rd week .................40%
with each other in good faith and to           End of the 4th week .................20%
communicate decisions within estab-            After the 4th week .......... no refunds
lished time frames to all concerned
parties.                                          Students who are terminated for
                                               disciplinary reasons will receive no
                                               refunds.
finAnciAl policies
                                                  For students receiving Title IV
Tuition and fees are due and pay-              Funds, please refer to the Financial
able in full at registration. Accounts         Aid Section of this catalog.
not satisfied within 30 days will be
subject to a service charge of 2% per
                                               withdrAwAl
month. Payments must be received
by the Institute before the last day of        A student who wishes to withdraw
the month.                                     from Simmons must complete a with-
    All grades for the current semes-          drawal form, which may be obtained
ter will be withheld and a student             from the Registrar. The student must
will not be allowed to advance to              obtain the signatures of the President,
the next semester until all financial          the Registrar/Students Accounts,
obligations are satisfied.                     and the Director of Financial Aid.
    When a student reaches his or              A student will be considered “of-
her final semester, grades will not            ficially” withdrawn after the form is
be released, and certification, to             completed, the signatures have been
the International Conference of                obtained and the form, along with
Funeral Service Examining Boards               their student card, has been turned
and the New York State Department              in to the Registrar by the individual
                                               withdrawing. Students who wish to

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seek readmission: see Readmission                  Documentation needed for read-
policy.                                        mission:
trAnsfer policy                                     • Completed application & fee
Transfer credits are accepted from                  • Typewritten essay stating why
accredited postsecondary institu-                      he/she left the program and
tions at the discretion of Simmons                     how things have changed
Institute. These must be “semester”                    allowing him/her to complete
hours of transfer credit. Only credits                 the program
are transferred; and grades achieved                • Signed Track Record/Campus
at other schools are not included in                   Security Disclosure
the student’s grade average at Sim-
                                                    • Completed Medical Informa-
mons. All credits must be certified
                                                       tion forms
by an official transcript.
    Simmons reserves the right to                  A personal interview will also be
evaluate the transcript from other in-         required.
stitutions. The applicability of trans-            The reapplication process does
fer credits is determined by Sim-              not guarantee re-admission.
mons Institute: Content of course                  If a student leaves for medi-
must duplicate the course offered              cal reasons, the fee will be waived.
by Simmons; Transfer credit must               Documentation of medical leave
be a grade of C or better if earned            must be in the student’s file when
within 5 years of the student’s entry          he/she begins the leave.
into Simmons. A grade of B or bet-                 Weekend students who take a
ter may be considered if the credit            summer semester leave due to the
was earned more than 5 years prior             fact that needed courses are not
to the student’s enrollment. The               offered or the student is taking the
student’s overall GPA must be 2.0 or           business/liberal arts courses near his/
better for transfers to be considered.         her home will not have to reapply.
    The maximum allowable number               However, if he/she leaves for more
of transfer credits is 30 credit hours.        than the one semester, reapplication
                                               will be necessary.
reAdMission policy
                                               AttendAnce
In the event a student leaves the
program for a semester or more,                The issue of attendance is given
he/she must reapply for admission.             special emphasis because it is crucial
The student must go through the                to academic success. Absences may
entire admissions process, in the              jeopardize some forms of financial
time frame stated in the academic              aid. Simmons does not condone any
calendar, and attend orientation.              absences from scheduled classes or
    All previous obligations to the            seminars. A record of attendance
Institute must be met before the ap-           will be kept for each class and
plication will be considered.                  reported to the administration by
                                               the individual faculty member. Each

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faculty member is responsible at the
beginning of the term for announc-             orientAtion
ing his/her attendance policy and the          Orientation for all new students will
effect on the course grade.                    be held on a day before classes begin
    It is the student’s responsibility         each semester. This is a day new
to communicate with the individual             students may become more familiar
faculty member concerning any                  with the Institute and the surround-
absences. Students are advised that            ing area, as well as meet some of
absence from class, for whatever               their fellow students.
reason, does not excuse them from                 Each student will receive a
meeting course requirements and                Simmons Institute Student Hand-
objectives. Responsibility for work            book and Institute policies will be
missed due to tardiness or absence             reviewed. As required in Section
rests with the student. Failure to             1213 of the Higher Education Act
complete course requirements as                of 1965 (HEA), as amended, by the
deemed necessary by the assigned               Drug-Free Schools and Communi-
instructor may result in failure of the
course.

Simmons Grading System
     Grade

        A                            97-100                               4.0

       A-                             93-96                              3.67

       B+                             89-92                              3.33

        B                             85-88                               3.0

       B-                             81-84                              2.67

       C+                             78-80                              2.33

        C                             75-77                               2.0

        F                           below 75                             0.00

       W                           Withdrawal

        I                          Incomplete

        P                                 Pass


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ties Act Amendments of 1989, drug              subject, in grade point average or
and the abuse of alcohol program               in attendance, the student will be
will be presented. A program will              placed on academic probation or
be presented which will discuss the            considered for dismissal (depend-
Institute’s sexual assault policies for        ing on severity of deficiency). Any
all students. A Financial Aid “en-             student on probation who does not
trance interview” is required for all          meet the terms of probation will
students receiving aid.                        be considered for dismissal by the
                                               Administrative Committee.
dress code                                         Students with a grade of F in one
One of the traditions of Simmons               or more subjects or a grade point av-
is that of maintaining a “Profes-              erage of less than 2.00 are required
sional Dress Code”. The Institute has          to repeat the deficient courses.
received many compliments in the                   Students who are having dif-
past from the community and from               ficulty may be given the option of
families in funeral service. Therefore,        having a reduced course load in the
learning how to dress is considered            ensuing semesters in order to meet
part of your education.                        graduation requirements. Based on
    MALES: Dress shirt; tie; dress             the sequence of courses offered, this
shoes and socks; dress slacks and              usually entails a delayed graduation
jacket or business suit. Sweaters are          for the student.
permitted; however, a jacket must be               Students who are having difficul-
on the premises. Hair should be short          ties are encouraged to make an ap-
and neat. No earrings or nose rings.           pointment with the faculty member
    FEMALES: Business suit; pant               involved and/or the Administrative
suit; dress skirt/slacks and blouse/           Committee so that remedial plans
sweater or dress and appropriate               can be made early. An appointment
shoes and stockings. Earrings only             should be made with the Financial
are acceptable.                                Aid Advisor since poor academic
                                               progress may affect financial aid sta-
   No jeans, sweat pants, sweatshirts          tus. Refer to the Student Handbook.
are allowed for anyone. Body pierc-
ing and visible tattos are unaccept-           coMputAtion of grAde points
able.
                                               (AwArding of credit)
                                               The computation of grade points is
proMotion And proBAtion
                                               based on the credit hour require-
In order to be promoted to suc-                ments for courses of study and the
ceeding semesters, a student must              grades earned.
achieve an academic grade point                For example: A grade of A in a two-
average of 2.00 and have a satisfac-           hour course gives a total of 2 x 4 or
tory attendance record.                        8 grade points. A grade of B in the
   If at the end of any semester, a            same course gives a total of 2 x 3 or
student is deficient in grade in any

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6 grade points. The Grade Point                the fine arts and a culturally rich
Average (GPA) is obtained by divid-            environment. Furthermore, Syracuse
ing the total number of grade points           is home to some of the finest edu-
by the total number of credit hours            cational institutions in the nation.
carried. (GPA=Quality Points di-               Syracuse also offers excellent winter
vided by Credit Hours earned.)                 and summer athletic programs for
                                               both participants and spectators
office hours                                   alike. Syracuse is a city which offers
The offices of Simmons Institute of            “Big City” life along with the tran-
Funeral Service are open Monday                quillity of the countryside.
- Friday, 7:30am to 3:00pm and
Saturday, 7:30am to 12pm.
Telephone (315)475-5142 or
1-800-727-3536.

housing
Although we are unable to provide
“on campus” housing, the Institute
will endeaver to help the student
find housing in any way possible.

syrAcuse
Syracuse (known as the “Salt City”
because of the region’s salt mining
 history) is situated in the heart
of New York State. Located at the
juncture of Interstate Highways 90
and 81, Syracuse is within six hours
driving time of Boston, Cleveland,
Montreal, Toronto, New York City,
and Philadelphia, just to mention a
few. From the air, Syracuse is open
to the world through Hancock Inter-
national Airport.
    Syracuse is the fourth largest city
in the state of New York and has an
excellent reputation for presenting




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Weekend (Part-time) Study Program
BAckground                                   prActicuM requireMent
On October 6,1990, the Institute             (2 Credit Hours)
embarked on a new adventure, the
                                             The American Board of Funeral Ser-
introduction of a (part-time) Week-
                                             vice Education and Simmons require
end Study program, the first of its
                                             that each student must participate
kind in the nation. Although many
                                             in a minimum of 10 case calls prior
colleges of funeral service education
                                             to graduation. Although Simmons
offer evening programs, Simmons
                                             has an exceptional case load during
did not feel that its geographical
                                             the year to meet the requirements of
location would lend itself to this
                                             weekday students, weekend students
approach.
                                             may find it more convenient to ob-
    The weekend program, which is
                                             tain this requirement outside of Sim-
more conducive to reaching out to a
                                             mons. This may be achieved through
larger area, began in 1990 with six
                                             an “off site” agreement arranged in
students. Our program has grown in
                                             conjunction with the Institute, the
popularity.
                                             student and the funeral home, pref-
                                             erably located near the student.
progrAM of study                                 Prior to participating in an Off-
New students may only enter the              Site agreement, the student must
program in the summer or fall                be duly registered with the New
semesters. Classes are scheduled on          York State Department of Health, be
Saturdays for 14 weeks per semester.         in possession of a “student pocket
They may start as early as 7:00 am           card” and must be currently enrolled
and end as late as 5:00pm.                   or have satisfied course require-
                                             ments for Anatomy, and Embalming
                                             Theory.

                                             length of progrAM
                                             Students entering the program
                                             without transfer credits may com-
                                             plete the program in 28 consecu-
                                             tive months, provided they begin
                                             in the Summer term.
                                                The length of the program will
                                             vary among students. Transfer
                                             credits accepted from other ap-
                                             proved programs do not assure that
                                             one might finish the Weekend Study


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program in less than 24 months. The
Institute cannot guarantee course
offerings each semester for transfer
students registered in the Weekend
Study program.
    All Institute graduation require-
ments must be met before the A.O.S
Degree in Funeral Service Arts and
Sciences can be granted.

course frequency for weekend
(sAturdAy) students:
Registration allowing, all courses
will be offered at least once in 28
months. Simmons reserves the
right to cancel classes due to lack
of enrollment.

institute policies
All Institute policies apply.

orientAtion for new students
Orientation for weekend students
will be held along with the week-
day students, held on a day before
classes begin each semester. This is
an opportunity to take care of mis-
cellaneous registration details.




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Financial Aid

S    immons Institute maintains a
     Financial Aid Office prepared
to assist prospective and enrolled
                                               enrollment. Students who do so will
                                               be exempt from a late charge being
                                               applied to their account the first
students with information concern-             month. Those students who do not
ing sources of financial assistance            apply in a timely manner may lose
and application procedures. All stu-           their exemption to the late charge.
dents who wish to be considered to             It is recommended that the student
receive assistance must be a United            keep copies of all applications and
States citizen or permanent resident           forms for their own records.
alien, and are required to complete
a Free Application for Student Aid             procedure for filing fAfsA:
(FAFSA) form annually. Financial
                                               In order to receive any form of
Aid at Simmons Institute is awarded
                                               financial aid, the student must
on the basis of student need and the
                                               complete a FAFSA for the student’s
availability of funds.
                                               coming academic year. The financial
    You are encouraged to write or
                                               information provided on this form
call the Director of Financial Aid toll
                                               must be based on the previous year’s
free at 1-800-727-3536.
                                               income tax.
    Financial Aid is a grant, scholar-
                                               The FAFSA must be comleted on
ship, loan or employment oppor-
                                               line via the Department of Edu-
tunity with the express purpose of
                                               caiton’s website: WWW.FAFSA.
assisting students with educationally
                                               ED.GOV. Paper applications will no
related expenses. The identification
                                               longer be accepted.
of financial aid sources is a crucial
                                               Any applicant under the age of
stage in the financial aid process.
                                               24, who does not meet the federal
The money for financial aid comes
                                               standards for independent status,
primarily from two sources: the
                                               must also include his/her parental
federal government and the state
                                               financial information based on the
government. Descriptions of the
                                               same year.
programs, eligibility requirements,
application procedures and award
amounts are summarized on the                  finAnciAl Aid disBurseMents
following pages. In addition to this           Financial assistance is awarded to
information, the financial aid office          the student on an academic year
offers publications to further explain         basis (an academic year being
financial aid.                                 defined as 30 weeks of consecutive
Applications for financial aid                 class time). Proceeds will be applied
should be obtained and processed               to the student’s account; and any
at least 30 days in advance of                 remaining balance will be returned


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to the student within 14 days.                      the college by adding the current
    Financial assistance for new                    rates for tuition and fees, the average
students cannot be disbursed for                    cost of books, and the estimated
30 days after the start of their first              costs for transportation and living
semester. Students should have                      expenses. The student’s financial re-
resources to cover attendance costs                 sources are calculated by the Depart-
through at least the first four weeks               ment of Education and consideration
of classes.                                         of family circumstances, including
                                                    the size of the family, the number of
cost of AttendAnce                                  family members attending post-sec-
                                                    ondary institutions, and the family
per seMester                                        assets and debts. The Student Aid
Below is listed the estimated cost of               Report (SAR) is the document by
attending Simmons per semester.                     the Department of Education stating
These costs have been estimated                     your financial resources.
based upon an average student’s
attendance here. This may vary
slightly according to individual                    Federal Programs
students.
                                                    federAl pell grAnt
TUITION ...............................$5300        This Federal grant is awarded to eli-
ROOM & BOARD ....................2725               gible full or part-time undergraduate
PERSONAL EXPENSES ..............475                 students. Award amount is deter-
BOOKS & SUPPLIES..................500               mined by financial need. It can be
TRANSPORTATION ...................475               used for any college related expenses
TOTAL: ..............................$9475          and does not have to be repaid.
                                                    Applications Procedures:
eligiBility requireMents                            Applications and other materials
Students pursuing an Associate De-                  are available at high schools and the
gree and enrolled at least half-time                Simmons Institute Financial Aid Of-
(6 or more credits in each regular se-              fice. Students must complete a Free
mester) may apply for financial aid.                Application for Federal Student Aid
While some scholarship programs                     (FAFSA) annually.
are awarded on the basis of merit,                      The completed application
most aid programs require students                  should be submitted for processing
to demonstrate their need for college               according to the directions. A calcu-
funding. “Need” is the difference                   lated Student Eligibility Report will
between “college expenses” and the                  be sent to the applicant. Based on
“financial resources” of the student.               this, the amount of the applicant’s
The Free Application for Federal                    award is determined by the Financial
Aid is required to determine your                   Aid Officer at the post-secondary in-
financial need. College expenses are                stitution attended. Upon enrollment
figured by Government agencies and                  the funds are credited to his/her
                                                    institutional account.

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    Selections of Recipients and Al-           f ederAl s tAfford l oAn
location of Awards: The applicant              p rogrAM (f orMerly
must be enrolled as a matriculated             g uArAnteed s tudent l oAn -
undergraduate student in an ap-
                                               gsl)
proved post-secondary institution.
    Financial need is determined by            The student should obtain a loan
a formula applied to all applicants. It        application from the Institute’s
was developed by the U.S. Depart-              Financial Aid Office. The completed
ment of Education and is reviewed              loan application (MPN) is presented
periodically by Congress. The                  to the financial aid director at Sim-
student’s eligibility index is calcu-          mons for processing. The MPN need
lated by this formula. Students must           only be completed once. A Free
be in good academic standing and               Application for Federal Student Aid
attending class regularly to receive           (FAFSA) must be filed in order to
aid.                                           determine eligibility for a Federal
Award Schedule: Currently awards at            Stafford Loan.
Simmons range from $0 - $1350 per                  To be eligible for a Federal Staf-
semester. The amount of the award              ford Loan, a student must (1) be a
will be affected by cost of attendance         United States citizen or permanent
and full or part-time enrollment               resident alien; (2) be enrolled, as at
status. The Pell Grant award is not            least a half-time student, at an ap-
duplicative of State Awards.                   proved college, university or post-
                                               secondary institution in the United
                                               States or foreign country; (3) show
title iv disBurseMent policy
                                               compliance with applicable Selective
Simmons Disbursement Policy for                Service requirements; (4) not be in
recipients of the Pell Grant: After            default Title IV Loan or owe a refund
tuition and other charges due Sim-             on a Title IV grant; and (5) make
mons are deducted, the remaining               satisfactory academic progress.
proceeds are refunded to the stu-                  There are two types of Federal
dent. Students are advised to have             Stafford Loans. If the student has
resources to cover attendance costs            a need ( i.e., subsidized) Stafford
through at least the first four weeks          Loan, the federal government pays
of classes.                                    the loan interest while the student
                                               is in college or in deferment. If the
                                               student has non-need based (i.e.,
                                               unsubsidized) Stafford Loan, the
                                               student is responsible for paying the
                                               interest while in college or in defer-
                                               ment.
                                                   A student may borrow at a
                                               relatively low variable interest rate

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with no repayment while enrolled
at least half-time and for six months        The amount of each payment de-
after program completion or de-              pends upon the size of your debt.
parture. Payment of principle may            You should ask your Iender what
further be deferred (I) during study         your monthly payments will be
under a graduate fellowship pro-             before you take out the loan.
gram approved by the United States
Secretary of Education; (2) during           verificAtion
a period up to three years of active         Verification is the process by which
service in the U.S. armed forces; (3)        your application for federal financial
during a period up to three years            aid is selected for review. The infor-
of a full-time Peace Corps or VISTA          mation reported on your application
or similar national program volun-           must be proven. You will be asked to
teer; or (4) during a period up to 12        verify information such as: taxable
months of unsuccessful search for            income, federal income tax paid, the
full-time employment.                        number of family members enrolled
    If a student applies for an ad-          in college at least half-time, and any
ditional loan, application must be           untaxable income and benefits.
made to the original lending institu-            As part of the verification process
tion. Four months after ceasing to           you will have to provide to the
be at least a half-time student, the         Financial Aid Office signed copies
borrower must make formal arrange-           of your federal income tax return
ments with the lending institution to        (if applicable), your parents’ federal
be begin repayment. The following            income tax return, and your spouse’s
regulations apply:                           federal income tax return (if applica-
1. Repayment of student loans is             ble). You will be asked to complete
   determined by the lender and              a Verification Worksheet, as well as
   regulated by New York State               to provide additional documentation
   Higher Education Services (NYS            (e.g., Social Security verification, if
   HESC).                                    applicable).
                                                 The federal regulations require
2. The maximum repayment period
                                             the Financial Aid Office to complete
   is 10 years.
                                             the process of verification before
3. The maximum period of the loan            making a disbursement of any finan-
   from the date of original note may        cial aid to you. In some cases (e.g.,
   not exceed 15 years, excluding            Federal Stafford Loan Program) the
   authorized deferments of pay-             verification process must be com-
   ments.                                    pleted before the application can be
4. Repayment in whole or part                processed.
   may be made any time without
   penalty.


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electronic processing of                      such changes.
federAl stAfford loAns                            Students who recieve Federal
Simmons Institute participates in the         Title IV Funds (Stafford Loans, Pell
NYSHESC Escrow Electronic Funds               grants) and withdraw before com-
Transfer Service. This is a paperless         pleting 60% of the semester enroll-
process that allows the lender to             ment must return the unearned
electronically disburse Federal Staf-         portions of these funds. The refunds
ford Loans and Federal PLUS Loans             are made via the Federal Return
to Simmons thereby eliminating                Policy calculations.
paper check disbursements and de-                 The above calculations may
creasing the time normally required           require the student to return some of
for issuance of funds.                        the refunds issued to him or her. As
    Stafford Loans disbursed in               soon as the withdrawal date of the
this manner will be credited to the           student is determined, the refund
student’s account within 72 hours             calculations must be made, using
of receipt. A notice will be issued to        special software issued by the Fed-
the student informing him/her of the          eral Department of Education.
disbursement and the remaining (if                In accordance with Federal stu-
any) balance on the account.                  dent aid requirements, refunds will
    Disbursement from outside                 be credited to the Federal Student
guarantors, such as PHEAA, will               Aid Program in the following order:
be received by a paper check. The             Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, Subsi-
student (or parents in case of PLUS           dized Stafford Loan, Plus Loan, Pell
loans) must co-indorse the check              Grant. Refunds to other Federal,
with Simmons and it will be credited          State or private student aid programs
accordingly.                                  may also be required. Students
                                              who withdraw from all courses in a
refund policy for federAl Aid                 semester may become ineligible for a
progrAMs                                      TAP award in subsequent terms.
Refund: Student aid is awarded
based on the assumption that a stu-           Borrower responsiBilities And
dent will be attending classes for the        rights
entire academic term. A share of any          It is the borrower’s responsibility:
financial aid must be returned for            1. To attend an entrance interview
students who withdraw from school.               with the Institute before you
Students who drop below full-time                receive your first loan disburse-
status may become ineligible for                 ment.
certain aid programs. Students who            2. To repay all loan amounts ac-
drop below half-time (less than 6                cording to the terms of the loan
credit hours) will be ineligible for             agreement(s).
financial aid. The Financial Aid              3. To notify the Institute and the
Office should be consulted prior to              Iending institution if you:
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    a. graduate, withdraw, or reduce             a. the total debt amount (prin-
       your course load to less than                ciple and interest), interest
       half-time status; and/or                     rate, and total interest charges
    b. change your name, address,                   of the loan, the date repay-
       or Social Security number;                   ment begins, and an estimate
       and/or                                       of your monthly payment;
    c. transfer to another school.               b. the name of the lending in-
4. To attend an exit interview with                 stitution that holds the loan,
   the Institute and/or the lending                 how and where to make loan
   institution before you leave the                 payments, and where to write
   Institute.                                       if you have questions about
It is the borrower’s rights:                        the loan;
1. At the entrance interview with the            c. any fees and/or charges which
   Institute to be informed of:                     may be incurred during the
    a. the effect that borrowing will               repayment period; and
       have on your eligibility for              d. an explanation of default and
       other types of financial aid;                its consequences.
    b. all charges and/or fees associ-
       ated with receiving the loan,          pArent loAns for
       and how they are collected;
                                              undergrAduAte students
    c. yearly and total loan amounts
                                              (plus)
       available, maximum and mini-
       mum repayment periods, and             The PLUS loan program is for par-
       repayment and refinancing              ents of dependent undergraduate
       options; and                           students who wish to borrow funds
                                              to meet the student’s post-second-
    d. an explanation of default and
                                              ary educational costs. Parents can
       its consequences.
                                              borrow up to the full costs -less any
2. To know the loan repayment                 financial aid- per year. Repayment
   schedule, including the due dates,         begins 60 days after the check has
   frequency, number and amounts              been issued. The application form
   of all payments.                           should be obtained from the Insti-
3. To know the condition/circum-              tute’s Financial Aid Office for pro-
   stances under which loan repay-            cessing. The lending institution will
   ment may be deferred of canceled.          notify the borrower when the loan
4. To attend an exit interview with           has been approved. The amount ap-
   the Institute before you leave the         proved will be transferred electroni-
   Institute. Information provided to         cally to the Institute account.
   you must include:




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veterAn’s AdMinistrAtion (vA)                  The New York State Higher Educa-
educAtionAl Benefits                           tion Services Corporation (HESC)
                                               administers this State grant. Since
Application forms are available at
                                               this award is a grant, it does not
all VA offices. Completed forms are
                                               have to be repaid.
submitted to the nearest VA office.
                                               Application Procedures:
    Those eligible for benefits are
                                               Applicants must apply annually by
persons who served over 180 days               completing a Free Application for
between January 31, 1955 and Janu-             Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Ap-
ary 1, 1977, and who: (1) continue             plication forms are available at high
on active duty; (2) were honorably             schools and the Simmons Financial
discharged at the end of their tour of         Aid Office.
duty; and (3) qualify because of ser-          Selection of Recipients and
vice connected disabilities. Veterans          Allocation of Awards:
are entitled to benefits for full-time         Tuition Assistance Program is an en-
study at an approved post-second-              titlement program. There is neither a
ary institution for I 1/4 months for           qualifying examination nor a limited
each month of active service, up to            number of awards. The applicant
45 months. Eligible veterans who               must: (1) be a New York State resi-
served 18 continuous months are                dent and a U.S. citizen or perma-
entitled to benefits for 45 months             nent resident alien; (2) be enrolled
of full-time study. In each case, the          full-time (12 hours of course work
equivalent in part-time study may be           required to obtain a degree) and
authorized. Eligibility extends for 10         matriculated at an approved New
years after release from service. Chil-        York State post-secondary institu-
dren, spouses and survivors of vet-            tion; (3) have, if dependent, a family
erans, whose deaths or permanent               net taxable income below $80,000,
disabilities were service connected,           or if independent and single with no
or who are listed as missing in ac-            tax dependents, a net taxable income
tion, may be eligible for education            of $10,000; (4) be charged with a
benefits under the same conditions             tuition of at least $200 per year;
as veterans.                                   and (5) be in compliance with the
                                               academic requirements.

                                               *NOTE: New York State has made
                                               adjustments to income levels which
State Programs                                 may affect eligibility. Please refer
tuition AssistAnce progrAM                     to the application form for further
(tAp)                                          details.
                                               Award Schedule:
                                               The amount of TAP award is scaled
                                               according to level of study, tuition
                                               charge, and net taxable income.

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stAte AssistAnce to nAtive                 Website: www.tributefoundation.org
AMericAns                                  Tribute Foundation Scholarship
Aid is offered to an applicant who         Committee
is a member of one of the Native           NYS Tribute Foundation, Inc.
American tribes located on reserva-        426 New Karner Road
tions within New York State. Appli-        Albany, N.Y. 12205
cation forms may be obtained from:         800 291-2629
Native American Education Unit
                                           locAl AssociAtion
New York State
Education Department                       scholArships
Albany, New York 12234                     Prospective students, as well as those
                                           currently enrolled at Simmons, are
                                           encouraged to check with their lo-
                                           cal Funeral Directors’ Associations
Scholarships                               to see if scholarships are awarded.
                                           On many occasions, awards are not
ABfse scholArship                          granted due to the lack of student
The American Board of Funeral              scholarship applications.
Service Education has established
a nationwide scholarship program           MilitAry Benefits
with awards from $500 to $2500.            Students classified as war orphans or
Information may be obtained by             who are veterans of military ser-
contacting:                                vice may be eligible for educational
Scholarship Committee                      benefits under the G.I. Bill of Rights.
The American Board of Funeral Ser-         Applicants should contact their near-
vice Education                             est Veterans Administration Office
3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G               for a certificate of eligibility.
St. Joseph, MO 64506
Website: www.abfse.org                     rehABilitAtion
816 233-3747                               A student with a physical disabil-
                                           ity may be eligible for educational
nys triBute foundAtion                     benefits. Contact the nearest State
scholArships                               Department of Vocational Rehabilita-
Awarded to qualified mortuary sci-         tion office. This department is asso-
ence students who reside in New            ciated with the State Department of
York State. Information may be             Education. The Institute will offer its
obtained through the Tribute Foun-         services to help establish the fitness
dation:                                    of the student for entrance into the
                                           field of funeral service.




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Guidelines for Satisfactory
Academic Progress

S   tudents receiving financial aid
    are required to maintain mini-
mum program pursuit and aca-
                                             aid (TAP, etc.) and Federal aid (Pell,
                                             etc.). The charts below indicate the
                                             standards to be achieved minimally
demic progress standards in order            (effective with new students in Fall
to continue to receive assistance.           1984).
The requirements differ for the State



Guidelines for State Assistance
To be eligible for this payment              1st    2nd 3rd      4th    5th    6th
A student must have accrued
at least this many credits                    0      3     9      18    30      45
With at least this Grade Point Average       .0     0.5 0.75     1.3    2.0    2.0


Guidelines for Federal Assistance
To be eligible for this payment              1st    2nd 3rd      4th    5th    6th
A student must have accrued
at least this many credits                    3      9     18     30    45      60
With at least this Grade Point Average       .5     .75   1.2    1.4    1.5    1.6




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Graduation
student retention                              AwArds
In the last three years Simmons has            Awards may be given for individual
enrolled 103 students in the various           excellence in the following areas:
classes and has graduated 68. Over             Mortuary Arts
this period of time 28 students left              Embalming
the program for various reasons, a                Restorative Art
retention rate of 73%.                         Mortuary Science
                                                  (Anatomy, Chemistry, Pathology,
grAduAtion requireMents                           Microbiology)
1. Satisfactory completion of all              Business Management Disciplines
   required courses.                           Legal Disciplines
2. An earned cumulative grade point            Social Science Disciplines
   average of at least 2.00.                   Award of Excellence
3. A satisfactory attendance record.              An award may be given to a
4. All indebtedness to the Institute              student who best exemplifies the
   paid in full.                                  ideals of Funeral Service.
                                               Mu Sigma Alpha Award
5. When applicable, certified copy of
                                                  An award from the National
   transcripts for transfer credit must
                                                  Association of Colleges of
   be in student file.
                                                  Mortuary Science may be given
6. All books returned to the library.             to 10% of the graduating class.
7. Student receiving financial aid                Contact Administration for
   must complete an exit interview.               eligibility details.
8. Student must pass National Board
   Examination.
    All students meeting the above
requirements will be awarded the
A.O.S. Degree in Funeral Service
Arts and Sciences.




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grAduAte plAceMent                            Simmons are eligible to take the
The Institute constantly updates a            National Board Examination, which
list of funeral homes that are look-          in many states is either required or
ing for residents and other full-             accepted as part of their licensing
time employees. It is the student’s           procedures.
responsibility to contact prospective            Effective January 2004, all stu-
employers and prepare resumes.                dents must take the National Board
The Institute cannot guarantee the            Examination in order to graduate.
placement of all graduates. There                A fee is charged by the Confer-
is no charge for this service to the          ence for this exam. Applications
employers or to students. Graduates           and fee information may be obtained
and other non-students who wish to            from the Registrar’s Office.
obtain a computer printout of avail-             The annual passage rate of first-
able positions may do so by sending           time takers on the National Board
a $5 donation to Simmons Institute            Examination (NBE) for the most
to cover the costs of printing, post-         recent three-year period (starting
age, and handling.                            2004) for this institution and all
    Of 22 graduates in 2008, 84%              ABFSE accredited funeral service
found work in the funeral service.            education programs is posted on the
    The Federated Funeral Direc-              ABFSE web site (www.abfse.org).
tors of America recently reported                Passing rate for Simmons Insti-
that the average starting salaries for        tute first-time takers of the National
residents without living quarters are         Board Exam:
approximately $19,800. The average            2006 - 57% 23 students took the
for a newly licensed employee was             exam, 13 passed both sides the first
approximately $28,700.                        time.
                                              2007 - 70% 23 students took the
nAtionAl BoArd exAMinAtion                    exam, 16 passed both sides the first
This examination is administered by           time.
the Conference of Funeral Service             2008 - 73% 22 students took the
Examining Board of the United                 exam, 16 passed both sides the first
States. Students who have satisfied           time.
all requirements for graduation from




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Tuition, Books, Supplies, and Fees
tuition*
Per Semester (full-time, 12-18 credit hours) .......................................$5300.00
Per Credit Hour (part-time, less than 12 credit hours
& more than 18 credit hours) .................................................................445.00
Application fee must accompany application (non-refundable) ...............50.00
Initial Tuition Deposit deductible from tuition (non-refundable) ...........200.00
lAte fees:
Applying for FA/SL: .............................................................................100.00
Application Process: ............................................................................100.00
Books, supplies And fees*
Estimated Book and Supply expense for entire program ....................2000.00
Graduation fee.....................................................................................200.00
Transcript fee...........................................................................................5.00
Returned check fee ................................................................................30.00
fees required By other Agencies*
NY State Dept. of Health registration fee................................................50.00
Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board fee
(National Board Examination) ...............................................................350.00
1/2 of Exam .........................................................................................200.00
* Amounts are subject to change without prior notification.




    Simmons Institute of Funeral                         between any student and Simmons
Service makes every effort to include                    Institute of Funeral Service. Sim-
accurate and current information on                      mons reserves the right to change,
policies, tuition, fees, programs and                    amend, supersede, and/or revoke
courses in this catalog; however it                      any policies, including tuition and
does not contain all regulations that                    fees, described herein, with or
relate to students. This document                        without notice. Changes will become
is provided as a general informa-                        effective whenever proper authorities
tion guide. The provisions of this                       so determine and will apply to both
catalogue are not to be construed                        prospective students and those cur-
as a contract, express or implied,                       rently enrolled.




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Directions to Simmons Institute
froM north of syrAcuse tAke                  froM west of syrAcuse tAke
route 81 south:                              the new york stAte thruwAy
Take Route 81 South to Exit 17,              (route 90):
Brighton Avenue. At the end of the           Take The New York State Thruway,
ramp, go left to the next light. Turn        heading East, to Exit 36 (I-81). Get
right onto Brighton Avenue. Stay on          on 81 South and follow directions
Brighton Avenue to the third light.          listed above.
This is the intersection of Brighton
Avenue and South Avenue. Simmons             froM eAst of syrAcuse tAke
Institute is on the corner of the            the new york stAte thruwAy
intersection.
                                             (route 90):
                                             Take The New York State Thruway,
froM south of syrAcuse tAke
                                             heading West, to Exit 34A. Get on
route 81 north:                              I-481S (Cortland). Take I-481S to
Take Route 81 North to Exit 17,              Exit 1 (Brighton Avenue). Turn right
Brighton Avenue. At the end of the           on East Brighton Avenue going West.
ramp, go left; and at the second             East Brighton turns into West Brigh-
light, turn right onto South Salina          ton at South Salina Street. Take West
Street. At the second light, turn            Brighton to South Avenue. Simmons
left onto Brighton Avenue. Stay on           Institute is on the corner of the
Brighton Avenue to the second light.         intersection.
This is the intersection of Brighton
Avenue and South Avenue. Simmons             Parking lot entrance is behind the
Institute is on the corner of the            building off West Brighton Avenue.
intersection.


                                             See map on following page.




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