April 2nd, 2009



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

Note from Mary D.- Princeton Review and the Rankings Update

March Madness Analogy for the Sports Students

Quotes of the Week

AACSB Vote is Official

Track Meeting

GSM 420B: Financial Reporting and Analysis- Summer 2009

Schedule Reminders- January 2009 Entry Class

QA Class- Summer 2009

Fall Elective Addition

Entrepreneurship Dates for Summer 2009

Schedule Reminders

Kate Hutchinson was Featured in TWO Marie Claire Articles

Undergraduate Students Looking for Feedback on Their Senior Project Idea

Technology Survey

Marie Marvanova, Political Activist is Coming to the SOM

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

As you know, for the last two weeks, I have been trying to find creative ways with my notes and quotes to snap you out of the spring semester doldrums and while I am not succeeding very well, you know I will keep trying! Next week marks the beginning of week 12, which is hard to believe actually! So, on one hand it makes sense that people feel that their energy and reserves are a little depleted. But, we also just got the official AACSB vote yesterday, which is the formal nod that we have entered a group of elite business schools and I know that makes you proud, as the value of your degree and all the classes that have preceded you, has gone up exponentially. So concentrate on all the good things happening in your life and at school to give you the energy boost to keep you motivated in class!

Note from Mary D.- Princeton Review and the Rankings Update

The great news that I have just found out is that enough of you filled out the survey for us to get a profile in the rankings this fall!! That is awesome news and a total tribute to all of you taking the time to fill out the survey over spring break!! Thank you!! If we get more information from them, we will let you know!!

March Madness Analogy for the Sports Students

I was struck last night by two noticeable stats in women’s college basketball. In 09, we had Pat Summit, coach of Tennessee become the coach with the most wins, male or female, in college basketball history. We also had Courtney Paris, from Oklahoma, become first four time All American in women’s college basketball history. Pretty amazing when you consider the depth of talent at both the player and coaching levels. The upsets of Pitt, Louisville and Memphis last weekend continue to make my MBA points that confidence in your ability to rise to the occasion and deliver the best exam, paper or marketing plan you can will carry you far. You all have the talent to do very well, but mental toughness and execution under stressful situations is sometimes what makes the difference!

Quotes of the Week

“Life’s ups and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want.”-- Marsha Sinetar

“Good work habits help develop an internal toughness and a self-confident attitude that will sustain you through every adversity and temporary discouragement.”-- Paul Fleyer



AACSB Vote is Official

AACSB has officially voted to give the SOM accreditation status as of this week! With only 30% of the business schools in the US have earned and maintained this accreditation, it is great to now be officially part of this elite group!  In the team’s report to the Dean, not only did we meet or exceed all 21 quality standards, but the review team gave us numerous commendations and identified 12 “Best Practices” which will be shared with other AACSB business schools.  In their summary assessment, the review team said, “We were overwhelmed with the top-to-bottom high quality exhibited by the faculty and students and were impressed with how the mission was lived every day throughout the curriculum and practices.”  The team noted, “The loyalty, involvement and enthusiasm of all stakeholders in and affiliated with the institution is commendable.” The team also called out our assessment of learning process as "exemplary." The support of the President and of the Board were also noted as a strength as was the quality of the SOM strategic plan.

Track Meeting

With the change in the double accounting class, the track meeting has been moved to Monday, April 13 at noon!

GSM 420B: Financial Reporting and Analysis- Summer 2009

If you are registered for GSM 420B for Summer 2009, please read the email from Katlyn about the proposed class change in June, one date only.

Scheduling Reminders- January 2009 Entry Class

We are advising all students in the 2.5 and 3.5 tracks that entered in January to take Financial Accounting and QA and hold BGGE to next summer. Part two is to take QA on Wednesday nights to balance the sections.

QA Class- Summer 2009

We are trying to balance the uneven distribution in QA for the summer as of today it is 45 to 6. If you can move to the Wednesday night class, please let Katlyn at Katlyn.cavanaugh@simmons.edu or Mary D at Mary.dutkiewicz@simmons.edu know by Monday, April 7. If we can’t balance them evenly, i.e. get to 15-20 students in the Wednesday section, we will cancel the Wednesday night class and have one big class. Students usually prefer the smaller class sizes when we have the option, but this one is so uneven that it doesn’t make sense to keep it as it is.

Fall Elective Addition

Consultative Sales Management, 2 cr, Saturday mornings, 10-1pm, taught by Maurice Gervais, no pre-req’s, Starting October 3 for 9 weeks.

Entrepreneurship Dates for Summer 2009

Practicum dates: 10am-4:30pm on Thursday, June 4 and July 30.

Managing High Growth Firm: Thursday-Sunday, June 4-June 7 and July 30-August 2

Schedule Reminders

Leading Individuals and Groups moves back to M-104 as of April 7.

GSM 421A: Managerial Accounting double class has been moved from April 1 to April 8. Class will be 10am-12pm and 1-3pm.

GSM 421B: Managerial Accounting reschedule is this Saturday, April 4, 9-noon.

Kate Hutchinson Was Featured in TWO Marie Claire Articles

Kate Hutchinson was asked by Marie Claire magazine to be a Career and Money "expert" for a couple of the magazine's blogs, answering readers' questions. Here are the links:



Undergraduate Students Looking for Feedback on Their Senior Project Idea

We have some seniors finishing off their capstone project in UG Management. They are looking for customer data on their product and I told them MBA students also do these kinds of projects and know how important it is to get prospective customer data!! Please take the time to fill it out for them!


Technology Survey

Technology at Simmons would like to know how satisfied you are with the resources Simmons provides you. We look closely at all of the responses, and as a result often make changes to our services/resources. Based on your recommendations from last spring's survey, we increased the email and file server quotas, and installed Express Print stations in the Library Information Commons, and double-sided printing in several public computer labs.

* It’s easy: take the on-line survey at my.simmons.edu/techsurvey
* It’s quick: the survey takes fewer than 5 minutes to complete
* It’s important: the information you provide helps us improve our services

Plus, you might be one of almost 40 prize winners:

* Microsoft Office Professional 2007 for home installation
* $50 Barnes & Noble gift certificate: can be used at Simmons bookstore
* Technology at Simmons USB flash drive
* 100 free print-outs
* and more!

For the complete list of prizes, go to my.simmons.edu/techsurvey!

Thank you for your participation, and good luck!

-Technology at Simmons

SDM/Strategy Reminders

SDM and Strategy are a combined course under two different course numbers this summer. If you have taken SDM but not Strategy, you must register for SDM and will get a full tuition refund for those two credits. Fiona is aware that there are a couple of students that had the pre-req’s to take SDM last summer, and is planning to work with these students as a group. It is very important for your overall Strategy course experience that you take SDM.

Summer Schedule Updates

First class of CSR will be June 7, 5-7pm

Reminder that IT Management is a required course for all students that entered as of Fall 08 and later. It is an elective course for all other students.

CSR is now closed with a waiting list started.

Graduation Meeting for all Students Finishing Degree Requirements in August 2009

Please come to a meeting on Tuesday, April 7 from 5-5:50pm with Mary D, Deborah Merrill-Sands, Deb Marlino and Donna Dolan, our college registrar to discuss final plans regarding graduation.

Got 7 minutes?

That's all it takes to have the SOM included in the 2009 edition of Business as UNusual: The Net Impact Student Guide to Graduate Programs! By taking the survey, you play a key role representing us in this year's guide. 

>> Take the survey today at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=kHtRiEp6vFVScYECT8IEog_3d_3d

The guide profiles graduate programs with Net Impact chapters, providing the student perspective on environmental and social themes in curriculum, extra-curricular activities, alumni networks, and career services. Last year's guide featured profiles of more than 60 programs, including the SOM, and input from more than 1,500 students. You can download the 2008 guide at www.netimpact.org/bizschoolguide.

We look forward to getting your feedback!

Please Reserve Study Rooms!

Please take the time to reserve a study room if you need to use one! If you choose to use a room without a reservation, please be aware that a student or group who has reserved it may come by to claim it, and if they do, please be courteous and leave promptly!  You may currently reserve a room for a 2-hour block, but if no one comes by to claim it with a reservation after your time is up, you are welcome to stay longer.

Please reserve a room by contacting Nicole at nicole.catavolos@simmons.edu or 617-521-2400, or by stopping by the Academic Programs Office (M-M103).

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News & Events

Marie Marvanova, Political Activist, is Coming to the SOM

SAVE THE DATE:  Wednesday, May 6, 4:45-5:45,  Simmons School of Management (room to be announced)

Please join us in meeting Marie Marvanova, political and gender activist from the Czech Republic. Marie will share with us:

· her own story becoming a leader in the banking sector during and after Socialism, navigating the upheavals in the cultural and political landscape

· her political activism, including an unsuccessful launch of a Czech Women’s Party to successfully establishing  two NGOs focused on gender-equity

· her current project, “Be Elected or Be Neglected,” focused on bringing women into Czech politics.

Come, learn about gender and women’s leadership in a country that continues to see monumental changes, and share with Marie your own response to her question: “Our democracy and the fight for gender equity are very young.  What do we need to know?  What mistakes can we avoid by learning from your own experiences and research?”

SAVE THE DATE! – May 3rd Building Opening and Dedication

Please join President Helen Drinan and Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands to celebrate the opening of the School of Management and Academic Building on Sunday, May 3rd from 10:00am-12:30pm.  Come enjoy the company of fellow students and staff, faculty, and alumnae as we celebrate the new building with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Light refreshments will be served.

To register for the event, please call 800-246-0573 by April 17th

Ignite Change

Date:       Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Time:       6:00pm - 9:00pm

Where:    Hult International Business School,
1 Education St Cambridge MA

Register @ www.democampboston.org

IgniteChange is a forum for the community to share their ideas on how to apply innovation and creativity to solve social issues currently impacting both our local and global communities.  The socially-focused, sustainable  enterprises may be non-profit,  for-profit, or somewhere in between. Presenters can focus on any subject area, such as energy, the environment, health, or technology 

IgniteChange is made up of two important parts:

     1.      The presentations from those in the community

     2.      Connecting people with each other

How it works

IgniteChange will follow the 5x5 format. Presenters will have 5 mins to present   (5 minutes - max 20 slides which will rotate automatically at equal intervals (ie. 10 slides 30 sec/slide; 20 slide = 15 sec/slide) followed by5 minutes for questions from the audience.

Please visit our website for more details.


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Career Services Updates


Did you know the CSO website has online printable resources?

For a list of Professional Associations and Online Job Boards by industry visit the CSO Website at my.simmons.edu/som/career/resources.shtml



Date: Tuesday, April 7th
Time: 11:45am-12:45pm
Location: SOM 2nd Floor Student Lounge, Off of Elevators
Pizza will be served!

Are you interested in learning how technology is impacting healthcare?   Join Partners Healthcare guest Dave Santino for an informal chat about their internship program for Application Analysts (internship posting is also in Career Connect).  Note:  You don’t have to be a technical person, but rather a business person who will communicate between clinicians and technical teams to enhance operational efficiencies. 


3rd Annual SOMAA Speaker Series
A two-part series to discuss the current "State of the Economy," and an industry panel discussion and networking event on "Where are the Jobs?"

Part Two: Where Are The Jobs?
April 14
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: M-501, Executive Education Conference Room
To Register: contact the CSO at 617.521.3857 or georgette.jover@simmons.edu

For those of you thinking about career advancement and/or a career transition, don't miss this opportunity to interact with panelists representing healthcare, green technology, and other high growth industries for a discussion on trends, as well as the expertise and skills needed to compete in today's changing environment.


Date: Monday, April 27
Time: 3-5:45pm
Location: M-222


Boston Women in Finance 2009 Entrepreneur Panel
Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Bingham McCutchen, 1 Federal Street, 13th Floor, Boston, MA 02110
Fee:   Members - $10 / Students & Affiliates - $15 / Non-Members - $20
Entrepreneurs will discuss how their companies have evolved and the special challenges they have faced as women in business. For more information visit http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=180147



Boston’s NAACP Professional and Executive Diversity Job Fair
Tuesday, April 7, 10am-3pm, at the Marriott Boston Copley Place, 110 Huntington Ave.
For more information visit www.psijobfair.com/boston_04072009.aspx

Boston Healthcare Career Fair
Monday, April 13, 11am-2pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
Register: www.nationalcareerfairs.com

The Digital Combine: the next-generation employer and talent showcase.
Tuesday, April 28, 12:30–4:30pm, at the Back Bay Events Center, Boston MA  
Register now at http://www.mitx.org

Massachusetts Society of CPAs Career Fair/Networking Expo
Wednesday, May 13, 3:30-5pm, at The Colonnade Hotel, Boston
For more information visit secure.mscpaonline.org

Boston Career Fair
Monday, May 18, 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
Register: www.nationalcareerfairs.com
June 26-27, at the NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York City
Register: www.fortefoundation.org
Boston Career Fair
Monday, July 20 - 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
Register: www.nationalcareerfairs.com
2009 ALPFA National Convention
August 8 - 12, at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA
Register: http://www.alpfaboston.org/events.html

CSO Career Expo
September 10, at the Linda Paresky Center, Simmons College, Boston, MA

1st Annual Asian MBA Leadership Conference & Career Fair         
September 10-12, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City
Register: www.asianmba.org


Recent Job Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ Financial Administrator - Children’s HealthWatch
~ Financial Specialist - Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
~ Executive Director - The Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation
~ Director of Passageway - Brigham and Women's Hospital
~ Fiscal Officer - MIT

Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ MBA Intern – US Marketing Transplant / Oncology - Genzyme
~ MBA Intern: Marketing – Genetics - Genzyme
~ Marketing Intern - The Green Roundtable, Inc. / NEXUS
~ Intern, Marketing - Vertex Pharmaceuticals
~ Hospital Elder Life Program- MBA Internship - Hebrew SeniorLife
As a reminder, please keep your Career Connect profile up to date. If you forgot your username and password, please contact georgette.jover@simmons.edu or 617-521-3857. Please do not re-register yourself as past information about you will be lost.


The Changing Employer-Employee Relationship
Bad times affect expectations on both sides. But managers can turn downturns into an opportunity to build employee loyalty

Top 10 technology skills
Jobs are still available if you have expertise and certifications in these areas…The Project Management Professional certification remains in demand.


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Library Updates

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 linda.wolf@simmons.edu or 617-521-3851.



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Technology Updates

Greetings SOM Students!

On behalf of Technology at Simmons, welcome to the Main Campus!  Technology is here to help you have a smooth semester start as you settle in to your new space!

  • For other tip sheets and descriptions of technology resources visit my.simmons.edu/technology/students  We even have some podcasts on iTunes U.
  • Need help with your computer?  Sign up for a Technology Self Help Clinic by calling (617-521.-2222) or emailing helpdesk@simmons.edu.
  • Media Services has a variety of equipment is available for you to borrow including laptops and cameras: my.simmons.edu/services/technology/media
  • The Technology Desk on the 1st floor of the Beatley Library Information Commons is staffed with Simmons students eager to help you use the computers and study rooms available to you throughout the Library. This includes the Media Viewing and Listening Room, where you may watch or listen to DVDs, VHS tapes, and broadcasts.
  • At the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor you may borrow, among other items, a laptop that has the Bloomberg application on it.
  • Do you wish to enhance your software skills?  Go to ptrc.simmons.edu for a course catalog and to sign up for a workshop.

In addition to all of the resources around campus, the new SOM building has computing spaces available to you.

  • The MBA Resource Room on the 1st floor houses six computers and both a black/white and color pay-for-print printer.  Two of the computers are Macs that run Windows Vista or Mac OS X Leopard.
  • The MBA Living Room on the 2nd floor contains two Express Web Stations. 
  • There are also seven study rooms, all of which include a computer.  In addition, M205 and M230 include the following:
  • Large screen LCD monitor
  • Auxiliary audio and video inputs (e.g. for laptop)
  • VCR/DVD player
  • Audio/video recording (beta service: requires prior training)

Stay tuned for additional information about the College, including Technology’s services and resources by reading the MySimmons announcements on a regular basis. 

We are happy to assist you, so please let us know what we can do to help you get acclimated to the Main Campus.

- Technology at Simmons


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