December 11th, 2008



Headings marked in BLUE represent new information. Headings marked in PURPLE represent old information.

The mission of the Simmons School of Management is to educate women for power and principled leadership. We are committed to the advancement of knowledge and practice in management through excellence in education and research. Our academic programs offer rigorous, applied, management education designed for women. We focus on leadership, and our programs integrate the strategic, functional, and behavioral aspects of management. SOM students gain the knowledge, analytical skills, and confidence that they need to manage successfully in dynamic and global environments. We are invested in our students’ success and support them as they launch, advance, and change their careers.

New Information This Week

Note from Mary D.

Quotes of the Week

Move Information for Students


New SOMAA Student Representatives

Returning Students Who Never Picked Up New IDs

Registration Updates

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

This is the last MBA update of the semester which should bring a smile to your faces that the semester is over!! When you read this note, many of the big exams and papers will be over or submitted and Finance students will be heading into their final tonite! Then, it is just Leading and the last round of Marketing presentations!! For the first time ever, you will have a month off!! Last year’s students started back up on January 3 and you don’t start til the 22nd and you will be in the new building, so you get almost 3 additional weeks!!

For many of us, next week will be a bittersweet moment at the SOM. No one is more excited than I am to move into the building, but I have to admit, there will be some sentimental moments for many of us as so many years of history are associated with these buildings. A new chapter in the SOM history is about to start and you are all a part of it!!

Enjoy your break and I would encourage you to do some reflection about the fall at some point when you catch you on sleep! Think about what worked well, what didn’t work so well, what will you change and what will you continue to do. It doesn’t matter whether this is your first or 6th semester, each closing of a semester is different, and it is sometimes fun to think about how your skills and abilities have changed!!

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season if you celebrate them and a Happy New Year to everyone. We will see you in January in the new building!!


Quotes of the Week

“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do and you've done it. --Margaret Thatcher

"Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing." --George Sheehan


Move Information for Students

Please go back to read my email entitled MOVE Info: Key Information for MBA students once you are done!!

It is really important you know about parking, where the building is, how to get there, etc!! My worst fear is that someone will come to me and say “I forgot we moved!!”, but just in case, we will put a sign on the door at Mockler!

You can also visit the move website at:


Grades are not officially due for fall term until January 5. Most faculty want to start their holidays earlier as well so many faculty will submit grades early. You will be able to find them on AARC and they get posted as they get submitted, so you will not have to wait til all your grades are in to see them!!

New SOMAA Student Representatives

Please join the SOMAA Board of Directors in welcoming Jennifer Clark to the board as Student Representative.  Jennifer represents the evening class, and will serve as a bridge between the alumnae association and the current class of students.  In addition, the student representative plays an important role in ensuring that the SOMAA Board is aware of the priorities and concerns of future constituents.  Jennifer's term of service begins January 5, so please contact her with any input that you would like to have relayed to the Alumnae Association board.  Jennifer brings a very positive outlook and a pragmatic approach to increasing involvement of students - our future alumnae!  

The SOMAA has extended the application period for day students interested in serving as Student Representative on the Board.  If you are an interested day student, please send your resume and statement of intent to by December 23, 2008.

The SOMAA Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our current Student Representatives, whose term of service ends in January 2009.  Heather Lantz '08 and Jennifer Albert '08 have been valuable members of the board contributing much over the past year.  Many thanks to both for their involvement!

Sherri Schwaninger '97, SOMAA Board of Directors COO

Returning Students Who Never Picked Up New IDs

You will need your new ID to get into the main campus buildings in January and to put parking cash on if you plan to drive to campus!! Please come by the office and get it before December 16th!!

Extra Study Hours at the SOM for Finals

We will open the SOM for extended study hours over the next two weekends. Students can have access to all SOM spaces on Friday, December 5 and 12 until 9:30pm, Saturday December 6 and 13 from 9 to 5pm, and Sunday, December 7 and 14 from 9 to 5.

Coffee, Tea, and Supplies

Just a quick reminder that we will not be replenishing the coffee, tea and supplies in December as we are using up our stock before we move!

Spring 2009 MBTA Pass Information

Applications are now available for the Spring 2009 Semester (February - May).  Completed applications and payment are due by January 6, 2009, to the Office of Student Leadership and Activities. For more information please visit:

Registration UpdateS

Spring Semester Updates

  • BGGE-Jan 30 class will run 10:30 -1:30 instead of 11-2

  • Public Speaking-first class moved from Jan. 22 to Jan. 29

Summer Semester Updates

Course Description: Managing Risk

In today’s rapidly changing business world, potentially devastating risk events are becoming more frequent and obvious. Organizations that once owned seemingly invulnerable strategic niches have been reeling under assaults that no one predicted. This case based course will define some of the many types of risks that organizations face and suggest ways to manage and/or mitigate risk in the organization. Our discussions will include, but not be limited to financial risk, enterprise risk, project risk, industry risk, and reputation risk. Guest speakers will discuss some of their experiences with risk in their organizations.


News & Events

Spark: Building & Sustaining the Future 2008

Spark: Building & Sustaining the Future 2008 is a full day conference for young ladies (ages 14-17) in the Boston community who have limited exposure to careers in business and professional development. This event is sponsored by the SOM, Scott Ross Center, and the Women of Color Club.

It is also an opportunity for current students and alumnae of Simmons MBA program to engage in social responsibility and give back to the community by empowering these young women— connecting through conversation (Speed Networking) with the young female participants at the event, and also providing them with insight into their professional journey into careers in business

We are seeking 10 volunteers to participate in this event, 5 current Simmons SOM students and 5 Simmons SOM Alumni.

Spark: Building & Sustaining the Future 2008
Event Date: December 13th
Time Commitment: 12pm – 2:30pm
Location: Simmons College Main Campus

To confirm your interest in volunteering, please send an e-mail to with the following information:
* Contact information
* Profession/ Career Industry
* Year of Graduation from Simmons SOM



Career Services Updates


Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference 
February 4 – 6, in Washington, DC
For more information visit  

Hire Purpose
Friday, February 6, at the Radisson Hotel Boston
For more information visit

Women for Hire
Thursday, March 19, 10am to 2pm at the Sheraton Boston Hotel
For more information visit



Did you know that 80%+ of people seeking jobs ultimately secure them through some form of networking?  In that spirit, the Career Services Office (CSO) is pleased to present the third edition of the Networking Profiles book.

To access the Networking Profiles book:

  1. Log on to e-Learning
  2. Go to the SOM Community Forum, and open the file named “Networking Profiles 2008.”
  3. For any problems, or to add your profile, please contact Georgette Jover at or 617-521-3857.


  1. JOB STREAM: when you do a job search in the search results, two “job search results” tabs appear (1st tab is for Career Connect, 2nd tab is MonsterTRAK). 
  2. CAREER AD NETWORK (CAN): Based on what you are interested in, MonsterTRAK provides targeted job ads to you on your home page and job search screens. 

Recent Job Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ Development Associate, Foundations - Ceres
~ Manager, Industry Program – Ceres     
~ Corporate Development Program - Liberty Mutual Insurance Group
~ Employee Benefits Consultant – Bostonian Group
~ Director, BUAC & MAAP - The Medical Foundation (TMF)

Recent Internship and Fellowship Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ Tobago Cocoa Project Internship
~ Finance Fellowship - MGH Physician Organization (MGPO)
As a reminder, please keep your Career Connect profile up to date. If you forgot your username and password, please contact or 617-521-3857. Please do not re-register yourself as past information about you will be lost.

Is your organization looking for smart, talented candidates?  Do you have an Employee Referral Program?  Tap into the amazing candidate pool right here at Simmons SOM!

  • Contact Lisa Toby ( about specific opportunities for individual matching of students and alumnae
  • Post positions on Career Connect thru the CSO
  • Add an announcement in the MBA Update
  • Use the electronic networking profile book which includes profiles of participating current students
  • Introduce CSO to your organization's HR/Recruitment


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Library Updates

Do you have any library books to return?

With the move to the main campus fast approaching, we ask that you return all books you no longer need to the library. The library will be moving with the rest of the SOM on December 17th, so until that time please return the books to the SOM Library. After that time, please return books to the Beatley Library, where the SOM collection will be housed.

Free Book Giveaway!

In preparation for the big move, the School of Management has organized a FREE Book Give-Away! Books and journals will be donated to the Give-Away by SOM faculty and staff. All SOM Community members, including students, staff, faculty, and alumna, are invitedto peruse though unwanted books and journals. Find a home for unwanted books and help make the moveto our new building a little lighter!

The SOM FREE Book Give-Away

Lobby of 409 Comm. Ave           
Friday December 12
Lite Refreshments

Research Assistance

Need help figuring out the best database to find articles? Problems finding what demographic is the biggest consumer of ham products? Contact the librarians and set up a time when we can help you! Linda Schuller Wolf, the SOM Librarian, is at or 617-521-3851 and Michael Wick, the SOM Library Assistant, is at or 617-521-3847.

Library Blog

We’re happy to report that the SOM Library blog has been chosen as one of the “Top 100 Management and Leadership Blogs” by HR World. Check out the list at and read the SOM library’s blog, found on the web at for articles of interest to the SOM Community.


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