July 23rd, 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 for My Sports Folks

Quotes of the Week
Summer Schedule Updates For Next Week

Students Finishing Their Degree Requirements in August

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

Next week is week 11 and we will begin to see your courses finish up and the end of summer term in sight!  Strategy ends, BGGE presentations are next week and Entrepreneurship students have their last big weekend of classes.  3 weeks from today you will be done for the summer term and within five weeks, the students finishing their degree requirements will have received their diplomas and celebrated at the Dean’s Reception.  In the next few days, two surveys will be released.  Students finishing their degree requirements will receive the annual exit survey and all students will receive the student satisfaction survey. These surveys are our chance to see what is working well and what we can improve on within the MBA program.  It is a really important to all of us that you fill out the survey.  Our goal is to make the MBA program be the best it can be and the feedback we receive from all of you helps us keep moving in that direction. We take the feedback really seriously and know I will be hounding you to fill it out! But, based on how great you were at responding to our request for input into the program office services and hours, I am confident you will respond to these surveys as well!

Note to My Sports Folks

Many of you know that I love golf and watched the British Open last weekend, which was unbelievably exciting to watch, which if you don’t follow the game at all you might say, how can anything be exciting about golf!!  I had two thoughts as I watched Tom Watson stage the most wonderful final round in many years only to lose in the playoff. My takeaway for your MBA is around grace under pressure and confidence in your abilities has to remain strong regardless of the circumstances. He had to have been devastated when he missed that putt on the last hole, but it did not show on the surface...Did he slam his clubs into the ground like Tiger did during the week when it was clear early in the playoff that he had lost his momentum- no. He exhibited true grace under pressure as he watched his dream slip away, but I believe that people will not remember that he lost, they will remember his charge and how consistently he acted throughout it all-the good, the bad, the great and the ugly. You must believe in your ability to stand up and deliver in the moment and give it your all.  I won’t even talk about Tiger’s behavior, which was appalling to me!

Quotes of the Week

"I went to the brink many times. A couple of times I thought I'm gone.. This is it. But then you would just keep working. I think if you're close to the brink and just make sure that you work twice as hard and put twice as much effort into everything and the people around you and everything, you should come through." -- Gerry Harvey

As for the genius of innovation, clearly the one percent spark of inspiration is nurtured by a positive culture. But the 99 percent perspiration ingredient comes from employees who love what they do, as well as where they do it, and who invest in that Holy Grail of productivity called “discretionary effort." -- Stephanie Quappe, David Samso Aparici, Jon Warshawsky


Schedule Updates for Next Week

Last class for Strategy and Market Research is next week!

Entrepreneurship classes meet Thursday-the weekend.

BGGE Presentations moved from August 1 to July 29

Students Finishing Their Degree Requirements in August

Zoomerang ballots are out on the Pat Miller Award, please vote!

All student data sheets are in for diplomas, thank you!

Mary D would love to meet individually or with study groups to do personal exit interviews for students who want to meet with her. Some students do it as they are finishing up, others opt to come back in September and meet once they have had some time off!

Student Semester T-Pass Orders Deadline: August 5, 2009

Attention Students! Don't forget to order your Semester T-Pass!

Student Semester T-Pass orders and payment MUST be received by Wednesday, August 5, 2009. Order forms and a link to an online payment site are available on the OSLA website.

Please place your order online using our secure server. You can also print out an order form and mail it with your payment to:

The Office of Student Leadership and Activities
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

Changes in SOM Academic Programs Office Hours as of July 13th

Thanks to all of you that helped us evaluate service priorities for the program office going forward with our current staff. We had over a 50% student response rate to the Zoomerang survey and it was amazing how consistent your responses were on some ways we could change that would have minimal effects on service!  Here are our new hours of operation for the Academic Programs Office, effective July 14, 2009.

    * The program office will be open Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-6:30pm and 8:30am-4:30pm on Fridays.

    * We will be closed on Saturdays, but will have a staff member on call on any Saturday or Sunday that has a class in session. We will work in advance with the faculty teaching on the weekends to insure you all have everything you need. If there is a simulation or other major academic event running, we will staff the weekend as necessary.

    * We will hold all deliverables returned by the faculty in the program office for the week and then will move all deliverables to student mailboxes every Friday. This change will allow you to get deliverables over the weekend. We will also place any deliverable in your mailbox on request.  If you never picked up a key, or have lost your key, please see Katlyn and we will fill out a new key request form for you.

From the survey, we also learned that your biggest complaint relates to the booking of study rooms. You made it really clear that the current process is not working!! We are going to try a paper system that will be in a binder on Katlyn’s desk in the program office. Students can come in and check the binder and make reservations there. You don’t need to wait for someone to get back to you and you can see immediately what room is open or booked. We contemplated putting signup sheets on the doors, but felt that system left it wide open for non-SOM students to just write their names and use our spaces. We also considered joining the library system for study rooms, but if we do that, we have to open all our study rooms to the entire campus, and we didn’t want to do that! We also just received a lead from a current student on an electronic product called AppointmentQuest that we will now check out as well!

 We will re-evaluate what is working and not working both at the end of the summer term and the end of fall term. We invite any feedback you have and again, thank you for your support and help during this transition process. Getting your feedback made a huge difference in our ability to try some new hours and not compromise service!


Mary D

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Career Services Updates


Date: Tuesday, July 28
Time: 12-2pm
Location: Center for Women & Enterprise, 24 School Street, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02108
To register: call 617-536-0700 or email info@cweonline.org.
For more information visit us at www.cweonline.org.


The Power of Networking (A NAWMBA Event)
Date: Thursday, July 30
Time: 6-8pm
Location:  The New York Times Conference Center, 620 8th Ave, 15th Floor, NY
RSVP to nawmbanyc@gmail.com
Come and meet the newest professional chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs for an evening of networking and light refreshments.  This event is open to all and everyone is welcome.  There is no cost to attend. 


The Boston NAWMBA Chapter Local Launch!
Date: Wednesday, August 5th
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Northeastern University, Raytheon Amphitheatre, Egan Center
free event! To register email a.tryba@neu.edu

You need skills, knowledge and a top notch professional network to advance your career. Take advantage of this opportunity to attend a local event, meet new people and stay connected by joining the new Boston Chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs. Their mission is to help propel women into leadership positions across the U.S. - Did you know that as a Simmons SOM student you are already a NAWMBA member? And that we have a NAWMBA club?


Part 1 – Twitter
Date: Tuesday, August 11
Time: 5:30–7pm
Location: One Palace Road, Library Classroom 225 (room change)
RSVP to terry.delpercio@simmons.edu with “Twitter Wkshp” in the Subject Line

Bring your laptop if you wish and come hear what twitter is all about! Learn how to register, create a bio, and get started. Gather tips on how to use Twitter for your career advantage. And watch out for date for the other 3 parts of the series (LinkedIn, Blogs, and Putting it All Together) coming soon!


Date: Tuesday, August 11
Time: 12-2pm
Location: Center for Women & Enterprise, 24 School Street, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02108
To register: call 617-536-0700 or email info@cweonline.org.
For more information visit us at www.cweonline.org.


Date: Tuesday, August 25
Time: 12-2pm
Location: Center for Women & Enterprise, 24 School Street, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02108
To register: call 617-536-0700 or email info@cweonline.org.
For more information visit us at www.cweonline.org.

Johnson & Johnson Boston Metro Event
Targets 2nd year MBA students for International positions with J&J.  The interviews are tentatively set for October 6th and 7th. There might be a presentation/reception a few weeks prior to the interviews open 1st and 2nd year MBAs (possibly on September 24, 2009). 
More details coming soon….



2009 ALPFA National Convention www.alpfaboston.org/events.html
August 8 - 12, at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

CSO Career Expo
September 10, 12:30-5:30pm, at the School of Management Building, 5th Floor
RSVP to georgette.jover@simmons.edu

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

Boston Career Fair www.nationalcareerfairs.com
September 21, 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
National Black MBA conference www.eshow2000.com/nbmbaa  
September 22-26, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana        
Reaching Out MBA 2009 www.reachingoutmba.org/dc08/  
October 15 - 18, at he Westin Peachtree in Atlanta, GA
NAWMBA www.mbawomen.org/site/Calendar/2084584999?view=Detail&id=100981
October 29-31, in Disneyland, Anaheim, CA
National Society of Hispanic MBA www.nshmba.org/conferencesites.asp 
October 8-10, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
Boston’s NAACP Professional and Executive Diversity Job Fair www.psijobfair.com
October 20, 10am-3pm, at the Marriott Boston Copley Place, Boston, MA        
2009 Net Impact North America Conference www.netimpact.org
November 13-15, in Philadelphia, PA

CFN Boston Career Forum http://www.careerforum.net/event/?lang=E
(For Japanese-English bilingual jobseekers)
November 20-22, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, MA


eMarketing Manager  - Blue cross blue shield of massachusetts

The eMarketing Manager leads e-marketing efforts (including outside agencies) in strategic and creative development, implementation and measurement of all online promotion and search engine optimization strategies. Responsible for supporting the personalization, email marketing and database marketing disciplines, the eMarketing Manager utilizes effective online communications to extend and support the overall brand experience.  For more information visit Career Connect.

For all recent job and internship postings visit Career Connect.
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. Please do not re-register yourself as past information about you will be lost.




A brainwave in the study of leadership
What makes a good leader? Which attributes guarantee a chief executive’s ability to be sensitive, compassionate and still lead through tough or stressful times? And if these skills could be honed in the minds of MBA students, corporate managers or military officers, is this something that should be pursued?


Why Community Is the Secret to Being One of the "Good Guys" in Business
The limitless access to information today has created a more educated consumer base. Truth and transparency have become de facto for businesses. Consumers no longer buy just a product or service. They are committing to brands and buying stories that resonate with them.


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Library Updates

Hours for Beatley Library & Information Commons:
May 18th - August 7th

   * Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-10:00pm
   * Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
   * Saturday: 8:30am-5:00pm
   * Sunday: 12:00pm-10:00pm

Career Resource Library: May 18th - August 7th

   * Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm
   * Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED

Research Assistance: Stop by the Beatley Library Reference Desk for help
from a librarian. You can also contact Linda Schuller Wolf, SOM Librarian,
at linda.wolf@simmons.edu or x2767.

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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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