December 3rd, 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.

I hope everyone had a great holiday. In 13 days, you will be done. When I talked to students this week, they couldn’t believe how much they still had left to do in the semester from exams to videos! You have all worked really hard to get to this point in the semester. The students finishing on December 17 are in the bittersweet moment of realizing that they are excited to be done but realizing that the their lives enter a whole new chapter on December 18. Pace yourselves and make good to do lists of everything you need to get done. The good news is that all the holiday sales will still be there on December 17 when you are done or buy online, that is my new strategy!

Mary Dís Sports Analogies for those that like them

I will pass on the Patriots Saints game, other than saying that the team that was better prepared and executed better won. The Patriots were awful! But, I thought this week I would turn to NASCAR and Jimmie Johnson, who made history this year winning his fourth title. The analogy for you is that it is hard to stay at the top of your game day in, day out, semester in, semester out. It requires giving your best effort on every deliverable and always wanting to have it be a strong performance. Jimmie Johnson has done that one race at a time, year after year. I don’t know much about him personally, but do admire the dedication and work ethic to not lose his edge with success. It just made him work harder. As you go into the end of the semester, give it your all…

Quote of the Week

Tom Reilly in an article on dealing with tough times: "You fight this battle on two fronts. One, you fight it on the streets with your knowledge and skills. Two, you fight it in your mind—your thinking and your attitude. Attitude drives behavior. We move in the direction of our thoughts. We behave as we believe. What we feel on the inside we generally demonstrate on the outside. You may not be able to control your environment totally but you can control your reaction. You may not be able to control the outcome of your efforts but you can control your input. You may not be able to silence the cynics and the critics but you can prove them wrong with your attitude and behavior."

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:

Annual SOM Alumnae Holiday Party 2009

and dedication of the Jardim-Hennig Case Room

with special guest founding dean, Dr. Anne Jardim

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


School of Management and Academic Building 5th floor

Registration in the 1st Floor Lobby

Pre registration necessary, please sign up on Alumnet at:

A short dedication program will begin at 7:00p.m.

Refreshments will be served.

Degree Requirement Reception Date

We've made the decision to keep the reception on December 17 as scheduled from 6-8pm. I looked up, down and sideways at the data and came up with no better alternative.

So, December 17th from 6-8pm it remains. Thanks for your patience as we searched for a better alternative but hopefully we can get as many of you there as possible on the 17th!

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:

Pot Luck Dinner with the SOM International Club

The SOM International Club is organizing a Pot Luck Dinner for Dec 8th
Everyone is invited to come and join us; we want to share our typical dishes and backgrounds with our colleagues and faculty.

SOM International Club

Club Mission

The mission of SOM International Club is to support and empower the international community through collaboration of our members, colleagues, and alumni.  The purpose of the club is also to promote a multicultural exchange of perspectives between International and American students and all members of our SOM community.  We believe that principled leadership is enriched by diversity.

To join the club or contact us:

Greater Boston Food Bank Food Drive!

The School of Social Work (SSW) is partnering with the Greater Boston Food Bank for a canned food drive this holiday season.  Non-perishable items will be collected in the box in the program office through December 10th.  This is an easy way for the SOM community to help those less fortunate!  A volunteer afternoon is scheduled on 3/17 at the Food Bank, and there may be an opportunity for some folks from the SOM to join the SSW team.  Stay tuned for further details!  Any questions, contact Koren at

Entrepreneurship Facebook Page

Please spread the word around about the Entrepreneurship Certificate!

Reminder for Students Finishing Their Degree in August

You need to make sure that you have taken Career Strategies or plan to take it this spring, 2010. It will not be offered this summer.

Global E-Ship Event Results: Big Pitch

We had some terrific graduate “pitches” as part of global entrepreneurship week and happy to report that Christina LeBlanc won for her idea of changing the face of the bookkeeping industry through an academic base, opportunities to network, receive training and support services and establish an on-line community.

Schedule Updates for Spring 2010

UAE and India Travel trips are both a GO!

Tech and Ops: Start date is Wednesday, 1/27 not 1/28, end date is 4/14 and not 4/15.



News & Events



Career Services Updates


Pot Luck Event

Hosted by the SOM International Club
Date: Tuesday, December 8th
Time: 4-6pm
Location: SOM student lounge, 2nd Floor
Join us to celebrate the differences!

  • Taste unique cultures
  • See countries presentations
  • Experience diverse music
  • Enjoy the atmosphere

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



Recent Sustainability Job Postings
~ Sustainability Organizer @ Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation


The Massachusetts Conference for Women
December 10, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

European Career Fair
January 29-February 1, at MIT (for jobs in Europe)
You do not need to register to participate in the Fair. However, they offer the possibility to the candidates to submit their resumes online prior to the Fair. The online registration is now open and will close on November 23, 2009.

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

Job Expo
January 28, 10AM - 3PM, at the Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
The Boston Nonprofit Career Fair
February 23, at Boston University, Boston, MA
MBA Media & Entertainment Conference
February 26-27, New York City      


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 -
~ Community Manager @ Communispace
~ Residents Resources Specialist @ Allston Brighton CDC
~ 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.



63% of interviewers make the ‘not-to-hire’ decision within 15 minutes

70% of interviewers would view unpaid internship directly in candidate’s field as more positive than paid job not necessarily in candidate’s field 

Deal breakers:

  • Dressed too provocatively
  • Typos or other errors in cover letter/resume
  • Late for interview
  • Negative talk about former supervisor

Things to avoid saying during interview:

    • “this is my dream job”
    • “I think outside the box”


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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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