July 30th, 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.

Quotes of the Week
Schedule Updates For Next Week

Students Finishing Their Degree Requirements in August

Students Looking for Part Time Job as an Excel Lab Trainer for Undergraduate Financial Accounting
Accounting Scholarship Available to MBA Students
Americorp Scholarship Information
Sammia Atoui Had her Baby!
Save the Date for the 2009 Net Impact Conference!

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

As promised, the student services satisfaction survey for all students and the exit survey for students finishing up this August have been sent to you and we would love it if you complete them.  As I said last week, the student services satisfaction survey is our internal report card of what is working, what is not, and where we can improve.  It is really important and won’t take you a ton of time to complete!!  Equally important is the exit survey if you are finishing, so that we get some macro feedback on the MBA program in a goal of continuous improvement!

I watched the BGGE presentations last night and continue to love to watch each of you in action!!  You would have been impressed with your classmates last night as they were definitely ready!!  It is a weird time of the semester though as Monday marks the last MBA class for a bunch of you, but many students still have the QA and Accounting finals ahead and 3 electives are yet to finish. 

Quotes of the Week

I found this quote that I hope motivates students still with big deliverables ahead and celebrates the end of BGGE and Strategy! Mary D

“One of the great undiscovered joys of life comes from doing everything one attempts to the best of one's ability.  There is a special sense of satisfaction, a pride in surveying such a work, a work which is rounded, full, exact, complete in its parts, which the superficial person who leaves his or her work in a slovenly, slipshod, half-finished condition, can never know.  It is this conscientious completeness which turns any work into art. The smallest task, well done, becomes a miracle of achievement.”--  Og Mandino


Schedule Updates for Next Week

BGGE, Market Research and Strategy are finished!!

Internship Meeting, Tuesday, August 4, 6-8pm

QA Review, Saturday, August 8, 10-12noon

Students Finishing Their Degree Requirements in August

Ballots for student speaker and Pat Miller award closed today. We got great participation, thank you!!

Mary D would love to meet study groups or individuals to do exit interviews with you  if you have any interest in further conversations about your MBA experience.

Reminder to RSVP for the Dean’s reception with the names of your guests to Katlyn at Katlyn.cavanaugh@simmons.edu.

Dean's Reception for Students Finishing in August

August 29, 2009, 4:30-6pm, in the Paresky Center at Simmons. Current students that have friends that are finishing up are welcome to attend, just let Katlyn know that you are coming by email at Katlyn.cavanaugh@simmons.edu.

Students Looking for Part Time Job as an Excel Lab Trainer for Undergraduate Financial Accounting

The financial accounting course at the UG level has a need for a excel trainer to work with UG students on Monday afternoons from 3-6pm through the fall semester. Interested students should contact Deb Marlino at deborah.marlino@simmons.edu. You must have already taken Financial Accounting at the MBA level, consider yourself strong in it, and be fluent in excel applications. Please email her by August 15.

Accounting Scholarship Available to MBA Students

Susan Hass has received a Faculty-Student Scholarship Award to the 5th Annual Lean Accounting Summit being held at the Contemporary Hotel at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fl on September 22 and 23, 2009.


The award is sponsored by the Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME) and the Institute of Management Accountants. Susan and the student who goes with her will each receive a scholarship to cover the $1,495 conference registration fee and a $500 stipend for 2 nights hotel and airfare. Lean accounting looks at alternative ways of assessing accounting information so costs can be organized and analyzed by value streams and includes nonfinancial measures that are equally effective and informative as more traditional accounting presentations.

All current students who will graduate after August 2009 and have taken MBA Managerial Accounting are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Interested students should submit a brief two page essay to Katlyn Cavanaugh (katlyn.cavanaugh@simmons.edu) by August 6, 2009 addressing (1) why they are interested in lean accounting and (2) why lean accounting and attendance at this conference would have an impact on their careers.  Two accounting faculty and a member of the MBA program office will read the submitted essays and select the student who will attend the conference.  She will be notified by August 15, 2009.

If this is an area that interests you and that can help your career, consider applying. This is a rare opportunity to join professionals in the field and learn about the latest techniques in management accounting.

Americorp Scholarship Information

I am delighted to let you know that we have applied for and received
17 Americorp Student Leaders in Service awards. Students completing
300 hours of service in one year can receive a $1000 Americorp
Education Award.

The applications are now available on the Scott/Ross
Center website and at the Scott/Ross Center (MCB W102) and will be
accepted on a rolling basis until September 14. Positions are
available for both undergraduate and graduate students.


Please let me know if you have any questions.

Carolyn Grimes
Program Director
Graduate Community Engagement and Service Learning
Scott/Ross Center for Community Service
Simmons College
300 the Fenway
MCB W102
Boston, MA 02115

Sammia Atoui Had her Baby!

Amira Atoui-Rodriguez was born on July 17th. Please see the following link for some beautiful pictures!


Spring 2010 Travel Course Information

Spring 2010, MBA Travel Courses to India (January) and UAE (March)! Contact Prof. Vipin Gupta at vipin.gupta@simmons.edu for further information and  registration form.

1) GSM 547 - Sustainable Business in Emerging Markets (3 credits)

India - The Triangle (Mumbai, Coimbatore, Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi)
January 2-17, 2010
Class dates: Sat, Nov 14, 2009 (3-6 pm),  Sat, Feb 27 2010 (3-6 pm)

Program Description
 Learn about India's sustainability challenges, political, economic, socio-cultural, technological, ecological, gender, fair trade.  We visit universities, businesses, micro sites, nonprofits, markets, restaurants, and cultural sites, in different States for a diversity of approaches to sustainability.  Participate in an international conference on gender and sustainability, and network with local students and experts.

Course highlights
Adventure: Experience the wonders of India from The 7th wonder Taj Mahal, to the elephant and camel rides, cultural villages, and ethnic dresses, meals, and festivals.
Basics: Transform how you think about India as you encounter her diversity, and debrief.
Case dialogues: Get inspired through live case dialogues of how women in India are at the forefront of sustainability, ecological, economic, and social.

Program price:  $3,200 (shared occupancy; single occupancy supplement: $500)
Price includes  International and domestic airfare, visa fees, lodging, meals, ground transportation, university and business visits, excursions, ethnic experiences

Faculty information: Prof. Vipin Gupta has done award-winning research on culture and leadership in India and other nations.   He is the author of a leading textbook on Strategy used in many colleges of India.    He has led a hugely popular travel course to India for the past 3 years.

2) GSM 590 - Cross-cultural Comparative Studies of Women leaders

UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi)
Travel dates    March 4-15, 2010
Class: Sat, Feb 20 and 27, and April 10, 1-5 pm (meet in class), and Sat, Mar 27, 1-5 pm (work online).
Program Description     Learn about the culture and women leadership of UAE by participating in an international conference, live case studies, and cultural excursions.  Meet representatives from the women's association, chambers of commerce, government ministries, United Nations office, and/or US embassy office.  Interact with women students, expatriate faculty members, and businesswomen and entrepreneurs from for profit and non profit sectors.

Course highlights
Adventure: Experience the palaces, mosques, forts, museums, heritage villages, souqs, and dessert safari.
Basics:  Network with the women students from the local universities, and learn about their gender and leadership journeys and aspirations, and the role of families, universities, society, and the government
Case Studies:  Live case studies of the challenges, opportunities and pathways to leadership for women.

Program price   MBAs : $3,200 (double occupancy; single occupancy supplement: $500)+ tuition fee

Alums and non-MBA graduate students: $5000 including tuition fee (double occupancy; single occupancy supplement: $500)

Price includes  International airfare, visa fees, lodging, meals, ground transportation, university and business visits, excursions, ethnic experiences.   Personal expenses extra.

Faculty information
Prof. Lynda Moore has spent a year in UAE as a Fulbright scholar, working on a project on women leadership in UAE.  She has an established track record of successfully teaching and inspiring research on gender and diversity.  She has previously led a hugely popular travel course to UAE.

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News & Events

Save the Date for the 2009 Net Impact Conference! 

November 13 - 14 in Ithaca, NY at The Johnson School at Cornell University

  • Hear from CSR Leaders like keynote Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE
  • Engage in panel discussions on topics ranging from Base of the Pyramid Strategies to Environmental Sustainability Consulting
  • Participate in fun and thought-provoking networking opportunities with organizations and individuals committed to positive social and environmental change
  • Explore the beautiful gorges, wineries and town of Ithaca, New York
  • Gain a new appreciation of your role as an individual business changemaker
Please contact Amy Longyear at amy.longyear@simmons.edu for more information.



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Career Services Updates


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.


Date: Thursday, September 10
Time: 12:30-5:30pm
Location: Simmons School of Management Building, 5th Floor
RSVP to georgette.jover@simmons.edu
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


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.



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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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