April 2nd, 2009
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
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!
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!!
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!
“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 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.
With the change in the double accounting class, the track meeting has been moved to Monday, April 13 at noon!
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 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.firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary D at Mary.email@example.com 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.
Consultative Sales Management, 2 cr, Saturday mornings, 10-1pm, taught by Maurice Gervais, no pre-req’s, Starting October 3 for 9 weeks.
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
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 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:
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 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.
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
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?
>> 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.
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
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Hult International Business School,
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.
Career Services Updates
Did you know the CSO website has online printable resources?
PARTNERS HEALTHCARE INTERNSHIP PRESENTATION
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
Part Two: Where Are The Jobs?
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.
Boston Women in Finance 2009 Entrepreneur Panel
EXTERNAL CAREER FAIRS
Boston’s NAACP Professional and Executive Diversity Job Fair
Boston Healthcare Career Fair
The Digital Combine: the next-generation employer and talent showcase.
Massachusetts Society of CPAs Career Fair/Networking Expo
Boston Career Fair
CSO Career Expo
1st Annual Asian MBA Leadership Conference & Career Fair
Recent Job Postings – Visit Career Connect
Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect
INTERESTING CAREER ARTICLES
The Changing Employer-Employee Relationship
Top 10 technology skills
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-521-3851.
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