December 10th, 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 studentsí success and support them as they launch, advance, and change their careers.

MBA Office Updates


Note From Mary D/Sports Note

As I watched Sports Center this weekend, I was struck by Tim Tebow’s interview before the Alabama/Florida game when he talked about the importance of “finishing”. You are in your last week of classes, many of you have your accounting exam on tonight, and then next week, papers, exams, presentations, projects, all come due! Finish strong and give it your all! You have worked too hard to get to this point of the semester and just think, next Thursday will be here before you know it and then you can relax for a month!

Note from the Dean

I enjoyed the conversation with students on sustainability and our green building during the “Little Know Fact” session on December 3.  Many of the students attending wanted to know more about the green aspects of our building.  Please visit this link to get detailed information:

Note to Students Finishing Their Degrees On Monday

Congratulations! It is hard to believe that you are going to be done on Monday. I look forward to the Dean’s Reception next week to meet your friends and family and we have lots to celebrate! Traditionally it becomes a bittersweet week for all of you as you are thrilled to be done with your coursework, but when you think of the amount of time you have spent at the SOM, with your classmates, it is sometimes hard to imagine not seeing them everyday. But, wonderful things await each and every one of you and your friendships will remain strong forever!

Please make sure that Paula has your data sheet related to May commencement information before you leave!

Also, please make sure Paula or Katlyn has received your mailbox key and that you've cleaned out your lockers! The locks will be changed after the holiday break.

Announcements are also available for pick-up in the Academic Programs Office. Please see Katlyn or Paula to pick them up!

Quote of the Week (Student Favorites for Finals Week!)

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”-- Newt Gingrich

Registration Updates

Public Speaking is in danger of being cancelled for the spring due to low enrollments. If anyone has not yet registered or was thinking of switching into it, please do it before Monday. That is when we will decide!

2nd Floor Fridge

The refrigerator on the 2nd Floor will be cleaned out over the holiday break. If you leave anything in the fridge it will be thrown out.

Buy Your Books For Next Semester!

1) Go to
2) Under the header "Buy Your Textbooks On-Line Today!" use drop boxes #1 and #2 to select "SPRING 2010" and "GSM".
3) Select a course you are taking in the spring under drop box #3. Then select the section in drop box #4.
4) From this page, you can add additional courses u sing steps #2 and #3 and clicking "Add Course". When you have finished adding books to your list, click "View Textbook List".
5) Once the list has been generated, you can either purchase your books from the bookstore or from your favorite online vendor.

Technology and Operations Day Change

GSM 430 A-No class on April 15, class added from 1-3pm on April 16. This change is being done to give you a little breathing room between the presentations and exam!

Dean's Roundtable for Fall 2009 Admits

There will be a Dean's Roundtable on Tuesday, December 15th from 5-6pm in M-222.

Academic Programs Office Hours

The Academic Programs Office will have the following hours:

Monday, December 21st-Wednesday, December 23rd: 8:30am-4:30pm

Thursday, December 24th- Sunday, January 3rd: CLOSED. Simmons College will also be closed and you will have no access to the SOM building or any other Simmons College buildings.

Monday, January 4th- Friday, January 9th: 8:30am-4:30pm

Monday, January 11th: Normal office hours resume (M-TH, 8:30am-6:30pm, F, 8:30am-4:30pm)

Summer Schedule News

We will have a section of Financial Accounting at night this summer!

Open Meeting in January to Talk About Major Curriculum Changes Being Discussed in the Faculty

We will email you next week with a date in January over break to come in and talk with us about changes on the discussion table!

Eastern Europe Travel Course Has Been Opened to Include MBA Students: Berlin, St. Petersburg, and Moscow!

$3200 from May 18-30 for the entire program, - 4 days in Berlin, 4 days in St Petersburg, and 4 days in Moscow OR MBA students could miss the Moscow portion, and return earlier by May 26th for $2800. This would mean you most likely would only miss one week of classes. Please let Mary D or Vipin know if you are interested. Deadline for full travel payment would be January 25th, 2010.  This will be a cross cultural leadership focused course.

Student Academic Council Members

Please look at our elearning site next week as we outline the Curriculum Committee drafts for your input before it goes to the general student body. Thanks!

Volunteer Opportunity for Those Interested in Social Ventures and Social Investing

Venture Fellow applications due Dec. 15th for Investor’s Circle

Become an Investors’ Circle Venture Fellow! Support IC’s venture fair selection process and gain experience evaluating real-world social enterprises. Investors’ Circle is offering an exclusive opportunity for 2nd year MBA students. This is a 2-3 week, volunteer program beginning January 13th. Applications are due December 15th. Click here for more information:

Snow, Emergency Closings, and Other Information

As winter approaches, please be reminded that if Simmons College needs to be closed due to hazardous weather conditions, you will be informed about the closing in the following ways:

1) Use of the Emergency Notification System – A message will be sent through our emergency notification system. This message will be sent to all emergency notification phone numbers, e-mail addresses and text message numbers you have provided in AARC.


2) WBZ 1030 (AM) Radio and WBZ-TV Channel 4 Television - WBZ NewsRadio will read the list of school cancellations twice per hour during Storm Center operation and also during the local news updates on the CBS The Early Show Program.  Every effort will be made to ensure that a Simmons College closure is made beginning with the 6:35 A.M. newscast. Members of the community who commute from long distances are advised to delay their departure from home until complete cancellation information is available.

3) Simmons Information Line – The main college information line will be updated with closing information.  You can call 617-521-3463 and select the menu choice for school closing information.

If possible, we will inform you about storm closings and other emergencies through the following additional methods:

Voice Mail Message – A voice mail message will be sent to all Simmons phone numbers in the database.

Email Message – An email message will be sent to all Simmons e-mail addresses in the database.

Web Posting – A message will be posted on

Simmons Radio Station – We will inform the Simmons radio station when there is a school closing.

Every effort will be made to keep the College open during a snowstorm including making use of delayed openings.  If appropriate, the broadcast and voicemail announcement will specify delayed opening time for day classes.  Most closings will be for day closings ONLY unless specified otherwise.  In the event that evening classes must be canceled and the decision is not made at the time of the original announcement, a separate announcement will be made by mid-afternoon.

If public transportation is readily accessible from where you live, it is strongly suggested that this option be utilized to get to and from the College during snowy and icy weather.

Please do not call the Department of Public Safety to ask whether or not the College is open. During snow, storm, and other emergencies the Public Safety Dispatcher is extremely busy, and calls of this nature may impede the handling of serious problems.

Judgments for weather related closings are based upon the best information available from the National Weather Service. Clearly, each member of the community should make his or her own decision about whether to travel to campus based on weather conditions in his/her area. For employees, if the College is open and an employee is not present, this absence will be charged either as vacation time or as unpaid time if vacation time is exhausted.  Employees should follow regular guidelines for notifying their supervisor.  It is the responsibility of individual departments to establish telephone trees or other means of communication if they so desire.

Student Volunteer Needed for the Library!

The library is looking for a student who would like to volunteer to be part of a short test of the online catalog.  It takes 30 minutes and takes place in the library. They are working to make the catalog more user friendly and are seeking volunteers from each school. It can be done anytime during the next 2 weeks.

The reward is home baked goodies and a $5.00 gift card to Starbucks. Please email Linda Schuller if you are interested at

Final Schedule for GSM 470B: Negotiations

Please read as there are some changes to the original schedule. All students registered as of 11/30 were notified by email as well.

Class 1 1/21

Class 2 1/28

Class 3 1/29

Class 4 1/30 (AM)(10-1pm)

Class 5 2/4 (midterm)

Class 6 2/11

Class 7 2/18

Class 8 2/25

Class 9 3/4

Negotiations Books

For students going to India and everyone else in the day section of Negotiation wanting a jumpstart on reading requirements:  Getting to Yes and Everyday Negotiation are the two books required.

Students Finishing Degree Requirements on December 17th

Ashley Lucas has been selected by her class to give the student remarks and Debbie Kolb will deliver remarks on behalf of the faculty. Reception is December 17, 6-8pm, 5th floor of the SOM building. Make sure Paula or Katlyn knows how many people you are bringing!

Spelman Alumnae Blue Print Conference for Middle and High School Girls

Each year the chapter hosts a conference to create the space for open dialogue between Boston area girls and women of color. As a day-long conference, girls are given the opportunity to connect with each other and learn about goal setting, self-esteem, and sisterhood.

Next year's conference is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2010. We have made a request to host the conference at the Harvard Ed School again this year and hope to find out if this location is available within the next month or so.

We would like to schedule our first meeting and to begin appointing committee chairs.

If you are interested in leading or being on a committee, please fill out the survey link below:

Now Accepting Orders for the Spring 2010 Semester T-Passes

We are now accepting orders for the Spring Semester T-Pass. You may order your T-pass on the secure website using a credit card or checking account. If you choose to order your T-pass by mail, please note that all orders must be received by Monday, January 4, 2010.

T-passes will be available a few days prior to the beginning of each month at the Cashier's Window (W-207, 2nd Floor, Main College Building) or the School of Management MBA Office (for students in the School of Management). For more information please visit:



News & Events



Career Services Updates


Join the CSO Task Force!

As a member of the CSO Task Force you will act as an advisor to the CSO team, provide feedback as we explore new program and service offerings, and also serve as an ambassador in promoting CSO initiatives to the larger student body.

We will have one introductory face-to-face meeting and then we will continue to “meet” electronically through the year. If you are interested in joining, or if you have any questions, please contact or 617-521-5837 as soon as possible.

The SOM Investments Club is open for business!
Questions? Interested in joining the club? Email

If you are interested in learning and earning, join us as we launch our on-line community this semester, soon to be followed by face-to-face events. Whether it is for professional or personal growth, our group will empower women in the field of investments.
• Further your knowledge on stock and fund picking
• Advance your understanding of portfolio strategies
• Learn about professional opportunities in investing
• Participate in research studies on women and investing
• Stay on top of current events and trends in the industry
• Enjoy getting to know your SOM network

MSCPA's "From Campus to Accounting Firm"
Date: Friday, December 11
Time: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Bentley University, Adamian Academic Center Commons
For more information and to register CLICK HERE
A conference/networking opportunity for accounting faculty, HR professionals and firm administrators


Sustainable Life Media Launches Sustainable Brands Boot Camp Series: An Introduction to Sustainable Business Innovation
Sustainable Life Media announces the first Sustainable Brands Boot Camp, a 13 part online course in sustainable innovation. The course is designed to teach companies to build business value and brand equity by innovating for sustainability, and give students additional resume qualifications and the tools to enact change from within their company.
Click Here to Learn More!

Recent Sustainability Job Postings
~ IC Venture Fellows @ Investors' Circle
~ Sodexo/Net Impact Sustainability Fellowship @ Net Impact
~ Climate Corps Fellowship @ Net Impact
~ Sustainability Organizer @ Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation

East Coast Career Fair
January 11, 11AM - 2PM, at the Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA     

European Career Fair
January 29-February 1, at MIT (for jobs in Europe)

The Boston Nonprofit Career Fair
February 23, at Boston University, Boston, MA
MBA Media & Entertainment Conference
February 26-27, New York City

Social Venture Capital/Social Enterprise Conference
March 17-19, in Miami, FL



We have received excellent feedback from students and graduates who have met with our new Talent Acquisition Executive-In-Residence, Lauri Rich.  SOM students & graduates benefit from Lauri’s expertise in sourcing, evaluating and hiring candidates in today’s competitive marketplace. She brings over 20 years of experience working with top financial services, healthcare and nonprofit organizations, among other sectors. To schedule an appointment, please contact Lauri directly at



Recent JOB Postings -
~ Social Media internship @ Citizen’s Schools
~ Strategy Analyst VF @ Next Street Financial
~ Strategy Associate @ Next Street Financial
~ Marketing and/or Product Management Internship @ JobPlanr
~ Web Application Developer (Internship) @ JobPlanr
~ Community Manager (Spanish Speaker) @ Communispace
~ General Management Apprentice Programs @ Fidelity*
*Simmons was selected among the 15 B-Schools in the U.S. to recruit candidates for this prestigious program. Please contact the CSO if you are interested!

Visit Career Connect for all the latest internship and job posts.  
As a reminder, please keep your Career Connect profile up to date. If you forgot your username and password, please contact Please do not re-register yourself as past information about you will be lost.



How to Turn Downtime Into Job Offers
IF there is one thing that most unemployed job seekers have in abundance, it is time. And yet many of them misuse it.

To ensure prompt replies, build a better e-mail
If you are like the vast majority of us, you’ve had the experience of sending an e-mail and feeling as if you’d just dropped a very small pebble into a very deep well. How much more effective could we be if we improved our e-mail batting averages, prompting quicker and more complete replies?  

10 Must Follow Twitter Lists For Job Seekers



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Library Updates

Library Hours

*Simmons College ID required for building access after 8:30pm*

Beatley Library & Information Commons, 300 The Fenway, 617.521.2780 (recording), 617.521.2786 (circulation desk)

   * September 1st - December 10th
         o Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-11:00pm
         o Friday: 7:30am - 8:00pm
         o Saturday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
         o Sunday: 10:00am - 11:00pm
   * December 10th - 23rd
         o Friday, December 11th: 7:30am - 8:00pm
         o Saturday, December 12th: 8:00am - 8:00pm
         o Sunday, December 13th: 10:00am - 11:00pm
         o Monday, December 14th - Thursday, December 17th: 7:30am - 11:00pm
         o Friday, December 18th: 7:30am - 6:00pm
         o Saturday, December 19th: 8:00am - 2:00pm
         o Sunday, December 20th: CLOSED
         o Monday, December 21st - Wednesday, December 23rd: 8:30am - 4:30pm
   * Holidays & Exceptions
         o Winter Break
               + Thursday, December 24th - Sunday, January 3rd: CLOSED

Research Paper Clinics:

Wednesdays at 2pm in L-225 Every Wednesday in L-225, the Library and Writing Center provide individual assistance with any stage of the research or writing process. These drop-in research clinics, have both a Writing Center tutor and a Reference Librarian available to help students find books, articles, and high-quality websites on their topic; search electronic databases; evaluate the quality of their information sources; organize paragraphs; convey ideas clearly; use APA, MLA, or other documentation styles; avoid plagiarism.No appointment necessary - students can drop by with a few quick questions, or stay longer for more extensive help.

Research Appointments:

Need help with research for a project or assignment? Get in touch with Linda Schuller, Management Librarian.  Call or email her for times to meet in person, via email or chat.

Research Guides:

The College Librarians have prepared research guides to help you find information on many topics. We especially recommend the following guides: Company Information, Industry Information, Entrepreneurship, Demographics and Statistics, and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Tours of the Library:

Still having trouble finding your way around the Library? Want to know where to find quiet places to study, the latest magazines, or the business books collection? Contact Linda for a 20 minute tour.

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Technology Information

Alerts, Announcements and Events from Technology are all available through the my.simmons portal.

  • For other tip sheets and descriptions of technology resources visit 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
  • Media Services has a variety of equipment is available for you to borrow including laptops and cameras:
  • 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.


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