December 17th, 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.

You made it! A special note of congratulations to all our students who finished their degree requirements this week and will celebrate on Thursday night with their families and friends!! It is a wonderful milestone that they have completed and we wish them great success as they embark on a new chapter of their professional lives!

For the rest of you, congratulations on a finishing either your first or for those in the 3.5 yr program, your 9th semester! All of you have worked hard and leave the semester with different skills and perspectives than when you started. Take some well deserved time off, have a wonderful holiday season and we will see you in mid January if you are in E-ship, otherwise around January 20th. By the time you return, another group of new MBA students will have started and completed Foundations!

Quote of the Week (For the End of the Semester!)

“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

Summer Registration: Cancellations, Changes, and Additions

· Financial Accounting will add a section this summer. Managerial Accounting is likely now to be added as a fall night section.

· Travel Courses: MBA students are now eligible to enroll in the MGMT 245 Cross Cultural Leadership travel course to Eastern Europe for the full 12 days at $3200 or for 8 days at $2800. The whole trip covers Berlin, St. Petersburg and Moscow. The 8 day trip covers Berlin and St. Petersburg. Students will also have the tuition costs as well. This is a 3 credit elective. Please contact Prof. Gupta or Mary D if you are interested in enrolling for this elective.

· MGMT 247: Intro to Emerging Markets will be opened to MBA students as a 2 credit elective. It is listed as an UG course but will have its deliverables ramped up to be MBA level. This is a terrific opportunity for students wanting a global perspective course and is a weekend compressed course as well! Vipin is also contemplating adding a couple of sessions specifically for MBA students who enroll sometime in March or April. You should contact Paula if you are interested in this elective.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

February 7, 10-1pm

February 27, 10-1pm

March 27, 10-1 and 2-4pm

March 28, 10-1, 2-4pm

April 10, 10-1, 2-4pm

April 11, 10-1, 2-4pm

May 1, 1-5pm

Changes: QA-Delete February 6 (Saturday) and add April 29. This will now clear up the Gender and Leadership conflict as well!

Cancellations: Public Speaking has been cancelled due to low enrollment but will be offered this summer.

Come to the SOM on January 11th to Talk About Upcoming Curriculum Changes: 6-7:30pm

We are going to have some wine and cheese and have an open meeting with any students that are around and interested in the curriculum changes being discussed that would have us adding concentrations and additional credit requirements for new students entering after Sept. 2010. It will be informal, and hosted by Deb Marlino and Mary D.

Spring Semester Job Opportunity

20 hours a week,$15 an hour in the registrar’s office. Main responsibility is working with transcripts. Students must have extreme attention to detail and good customer service skills. Resumes should go to Mary D. and she will forward them on to Donna Dolan, Registrar, for review and any next steps!

Final Details for Students Finishing Degree Requirements

Reception, tonight! 6-8pm, 5th floor, SOM

Cocktails at 6pm, program starts at 7pm

Class photo will be taken

Please finish your exit survey on the program

Mary D encourages you and/or your study group to meet with her for informal exit interviews sometime in January

Katlyn has forwarded an FAQ on wrapping up loose ends at the SOM, you should have gotten it this week!

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)

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:

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!

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)

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!

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



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.


Development 2.0: Sustainable Change and Innovative Impact
The Deshpande Foundation is challenging you to create solutions through social innovation and entrepreneurship for some of the top issues that NGOs face in the Sandbox region of Northwestern Karnataka, India.

If your project is one of the three winners, you will receive funding for your group to travel to the Sandbox during the summer of 2010 and implement the project. If the product shows promise of success, the Deshpande Foundation may choose to fund Innovators on a long-term basis. To view the nine most pressing challenges in the Sandbox region visit the job post for this opportunity on Career Connect.



Coca-Cola takes on climate change
Global warming creates business risks for Coca-Cola, and not merely because it wants to preserve the tradition of light-hearted advertising with polar bears.
Click Here to Read this article!

Recent Sustainability Job Postings
~ Intern for the Management & Organizational Sustainability Tool @ MSH
~ The Mita Business in Society Fellowship @ The Hitachi Foundation Fellowship
~ 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 -
~ Account Manager – Internet Advertising Sales @ AT&T Interactive   
~ Senior Decision Support Analyst @ Kelly Financial Resources
~ Principal Gifts Manager @ Partners in Health  
~ On-line Communications and Community Specialist @ Partners in Health   
~ Grants Development Associate @ Partners in Health 
~ Campus Recruitment Manager @ Citizen Schools
~ Web Application Developer (Internship) @ JobPlanr
~ Marketing and/or Product Management Internship @ JobPlanr
~ 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.



The hottest industries for job growth
More than half of the new jobs in the years ahead will be in professional and service occupations, the Labor Department said.

Why You Should Keep Searching for Jobs Over the Holidays!
Are you looking for work? Since the holiday season spells vacation time for companies and businesses across the country, there is a common misconception that December is the worst time to look for a job.

New Job, Same Firm:  Learning the Ropes
While starting a new job means learning the ropes at an unfamiliar place, for those faced with a sudden role shift within the same company, the move can be even trickier. But it's happening more these days as companies downsize and responsibilities shift.


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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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