November 12th, 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.

New Information This Week
Note From Mary D
Mary Ds Sports Analogies for those that like them
Quotes of the Week

Deborah Merrill-Sands Feature in the Boston Business Journal

Spring 2010 Registration Updates
Reminder about Study Rooms
December Degree Requirements Reception Updates
Game Night for MBA Students!
Join Promising Pals and be a pen pal to a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student!
Interested in exploring a career in higher education?
The Entrepreneurship Club is Having an Event!

MBA Office Updates


Note From Mary D.

Next week marks the beginning of week 12, and seeing courses begin to wrap up. Orgs ended this past week as did QA in the day program. That should now free students up a bit more to concentrate on your other courses. Thanksgiving is a week away, remember that Jane has offered to host any students that don’t have plans and you should contact her directly to RSVP. There have been a ton of students sick in the last week or so and it appears the flu has hit the students hard recently. Please call or email the health center (I would email and tell them if you have had the flu or swine flu or their symptoms. They are trying to track it carefully within the college and the more information they have can only help us.

Mary Dís Sports Analogies for those that like them

Tom Brady was on SportsCenter this morning talking about the upcoming Colts/Patriots game on Sunday night and saying that this game was a true test of where their team was. The analogy is that your midterms and papers serve as that test for you. Football is a game of preparation, strategy and execution. As you head into the last month of the semester, you will be faced with the same challenges to prepare well and then stand up and deliver. My money is on each of you, just as it is on the Patriots this weekend!

Quotes of the Week

“You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.” -- Shira Tehrani

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for." --William Shedd

Deborah Merrill-Sands Feature in the Boston Business Journal

Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands was featured in the Boston Business Journal, being called "The Green Dean". Check it out!

Spring 2010 Registration Updates

GSM 601 BUSINESS PLAN ELECTIVE-Teresa will allow students into the BP course without having taken Creativity as a pre-req on two conditions. One is that you have her consent, the second is that you need to have had Marketing and either Finance or M. Accounting. Cap on the BP course will be 20.

Registration opens next week, November 16.

Reminder About Study Rooms

This is just a reminder that you need to come down to the Acacdemic Programs Office to book a study room. Even if the room is open, does not mean that it hasn't been booked by another student. Please check the study room reservation book before you enter a study room. The student that booked the room has priority and can ask you to leave.

We also would like to remind you that groups can only reserve a room for 2 hours at a time, especially the rooms with the projector/camera. Each member of the group is not allowed to book the room for 2 hours and book an entire room for 8 hours.

We will be monitoring this more closely, especially since finals are coming up and everyone needs an equal opportunity to a study room.

Thanks in advance!

December Degree Requirements Reception Updates

Debbie Kolb has agreed to give remarks on behalf of the faculty.

November 16 is the due date for student speaker nominations and award nominations.

Game Night for MBA Students!

All MBA Students are invited to come to game night, Wednesday, November 18th, from 4-7pm in C-105 (in the MCB). There will be games, wine, pizza, music, and a fun time had by all! Please bring $7 if you want to order pizza.

Join Promising Pals and be a pen pal to a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student!

The Promising Pals program highlights literacy and mentoring by giving students at the Timilty School in Roxbury an opportunity to correspond with students and professionals from Simmons and the surrounding community. Last year, more than 200 participants from Simmons joined over 500 professionals from greater Boston to be a part of this program. Participation is easy! All you have to do is:

  1.      Be a pen pal with a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student.
  2.      Exchange at least 4 letters between December 2009 and May 2010.
  3.      Read the assigned book and discuss it in the letters with your pal.
  4.      Meet your pal at the Pal Breakfast hosted by the Timilty School on June 4, 2010 from 7:30am - 10:30am. Attendance at this event is required, as the students are very disappointed not to have their pal attend the breakfast.

This opportunity is open to Simmons Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students. Please visit the link below to register as a Promising Pal. Registration deadline is November 13, 2009.

Interested in exploring a career in higher education? 

The MBA Admission and Marketing team is currently looking for two MBA students to assist with recruitment efforts for the Fall/Spring semesters.  Responsibilities include executing call campaigns; conducting informational interviews and assisting with events.  This is a great opportunity to gain experience in higher education while earning a little extra cash.  Please contact Kerri Brophy at or 617-521-3840.  Please include “Graduate Admission Assistant” in the subject line. The estimated time commitment is ~10 hr/week.

The Entrepreneurship Club is Having an Event!

Please join the Entrepreneurship Club on Monday, November 23rd, at 6 pm in M-501 for appetizers, wine, and conversation.

Hear current student Liana Cassar present on her recently launched business, Rooted Radiance -

Learn about opportunities to build your resume and develop transferable skills.

Meet the current entrepreneurship cohort to ask questions.

Contribute your ideas for future events!

RSVPs appreciated - please email by Wednesday, November 18th.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Health Care Certificate Program

Are you interested in the Health Care Certificate program? The deadline to apply is March 1st, 2010! For more information please email Darla at

Congratulations to Linda Boardman Liu!

Prof. Liu successfully defended her dissertation last week at BU and has completed her doctorate. She is now Dr. Linda Boardman Liu! As all of you know because you are in a graduate program, finishing your doctorate is another major accomplishment in one’s career!

Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week!

Nov. 16-20, 2009

Participate in the Simmons College “What’s Your Bid Idea?” pitch contest. All students welcome. $300 prize to winner in graduate and undergraduate categories. Guidelines for participation attached. If you have questions, contact: or call 617-521-3848.

Spring Schedule Updates

NEGOTIATIONS: If UAE runs, we will cancel the Negotiations Friday/Saturday weekend time slot (March 5 and 6)and move those weekend classes to March 4, 18, 25 in its normal Thursday night slot, 6-9pm. If UAE does not run, we will keep the Friday/Saturday weekend time slot as scheduled. Students who have any other conflicts  should really try and take the day section from January 20-26 or wait until the Fall!

STRAT 1/SDM: Priority for this spring section is going to August 2010 students who are finishing up. January 20-23,2011 is the next time slot for this course and if you know you cannot make it in January 2011 now, please let Mary D know.

21st CENTURY HEALTH CARE: Days of the week are right, times are right but we were off a day on both, it is January 22 and 23.

SUSTAINABILTY: Start date is correct at January 21.

CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION: This course being offered over intersession is a great 2 cr compressed elective for consideration.

The Confusion Over SDM/Strategy 1/Strategy 2/Strategy and Leadership

There have been some totally understandable confusion over all these sections and courses, who is taking what, when should they take it, etc. Let me try and explain it again to see if we can clear up some of the confusion! The Strategy 1 section is designed for brand new MBA students who have had no other coursework. The Strat1/SDM section is designed for MBA students that have had a lot of coursework. You are all just in very different places academically and wanted to gear the course appropriately.

Strategy 1 is the course that all new students coming in after Sept 09 take. Anyone who entered this fall took this section and is done! The next part of this sequence is Strategy 2.

Current students who were in progress earlier than this September are in a group that needs a section called Strategy1/SDM. If you are graduating this summer, you take Strat1/SDM. If you are not, we have another section next January, January 20-23, 2011, for the rest of you already scheduled! If you know now that you can't make that weekend, we will try and get you into this summer's section!

Strategy and Leadership, and Strategy 2, are the same course and this is the capstone course all MBA’s take the semester they are graduating.

Gain non-profit board experience and connect with SOM alums - Join the School of Management Alumnae Association Board

Apply by November 15, 2009

Interested in serving on a non-profit board?  Wish to serve in a leadership capacity between your fellow students and the alumnae community?  Want to make a difference in the SOM Alumnae community?

If so, then joining the School of Management Alumnae Association (SOMAA) Board of Directors as a Student Representative could be an exciting next step in your MBA career.

SOMAA is recruiting for two Student Representatives (one full time, one part time) from the Class of 2011 to sit on the Board as non-voting members.  Student Representatives are critical to the Alumnae Association as they represent the interests of current students, SOMAA’s pre-alumnae constituents.

SOMAA plays an important role by acting as the liaison between the SOM and both its direct alumnae community and that of Simmons College overall. As a 15 member board, it strives to foster engagement though advocacy, programming and special events that advance both alumnae development and the strategic initiatives of the SOM.

As a Student Representative, you will have the opportunity to work closely with other board members on a variety of initiatives, as well as lead the selection process for future Student Representatives. Commitment to serving on the board requires attending monthly board meetings held the first Monday of every month.

Your year-long term as a Student Representative would begin in January 2010 and end January 2011 with the option to renew your term if you are still an SOM student. This is a wonderful opportunity to extend your leadership skills in a non-profit setting, while maintaining a close connection to the SOM as you progress in the program.

To apply, please email a copy of your resume and a statement of interest to Maicharia Weir Lytle ( by November 15, 2009. 

If you would like more information including a full position description before applying, please contact our current Student Representatives:

Meara Ryan:

Jennifer Clark:

Thanksgiving Invitation from Jane Mooney

For many years, Prof. Jane Mooney has invited MBA students to her home for Thanksgiving. Traditionally, there is always a group that head out to Wellesley to join her, her daughter Eva and many of their friends. They always come back saying how great the food is and what a nice day they had!! So, if you have no plans and want to join her, please let her know by November 23! RSVP to

Dean's Roundtable Events: Put This on Your December Calendar!

1. Evening Students: Monday, 11/30, 5-6pm, M223

2. Day Students: Tuesday, 12/1, 11:30am-12:30pm, M223

3. Graduating Students:  Thursday, 12/3: 12-1pm, M223

Student Research Fund—Funding Opportunity for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 13, 2009 by 4:30 p.m.

The Simmons College Student Research Fund supports student-initiated scholarly research and creative endeavors. Students may apply for grants of up to $1,000 to support their independent research projects in all academic disciplines. These grants are competitive and awards will be made based on the quality of the proposed work. Students must work under the guidance of a faculty advisor. It is expected that 8-10 grants may be awarded during each year.

Selection Criteria: Grants will be awarded based on the significance and feasibility of the research and its relevance to the student's academic experience. Students are expected to develop this proposal with the guidance of their research advisor.

The Student Research Funds guidelines and application materials may be found at:


Valerie Beaudrault

Great News: Ranking Top 20 in Aspen Institute's Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking -
We did it again!

We should all be so proud that today we have secured yet one more national ranking.  Our MBA program is ranked #15 globally in the 2009-10 Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking conducted by the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program.  We moved up from #32 two years ago.  As many of you know, this bi-annual ranking is the gold standard for business schools committed to integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into their MBA programs. 


The ranking methodology is rigorous.  As the Business and Society Program notes, “While many MBA rankings exist, only one looks beyond reputation and test scores to measure something much more important: how well schools are preparing their students for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business.”  In formulating their rankings, the program reviews curricula, course syllabi, and faculty publications.  This year, 149 business schools from 24 countries competed to ranked in the top 100.


 “In these challenging economic times, the general public, not just scholars, are questioning whether the established models of business are broken,” said Rich Leimsider, Director of the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education.  “Beyond Grey Pinstripes schools are thoughtfully pursuing new approaches.  They are preparing students who take a more holistic view of business success, one that measures financial results as well as social and environmental impacts.”


In this ranking, we are in great company.  Among the top 15 schools are: U. of Michigan (Ross),  Yale School of Management,  Stanford Graduate School of Business, Notre Dame (Mendoza), UC Berkeley (Haas), NYU (Stern), and Columbia Business School, U. of Virginia (Darden), Cornell (Johnson), GWU School of Business. I am also pleased that we were ranked significantly ahead of local competitors – Babson is #26, BU is #56, Bentley is #67, and Boston College (Carroll) is #73. Our #15 gives us a great competitive edge in recruiting MBA students! Given the relevance of these issues to undergraduate students, we will leverage this ranking to increase visibility for the entire school, not just the MBA.




News & Events



Career Services Updates

Upcoming Events

Accretive Health
Date: Monday, November 16
Time: 4:45-6pm
Location: SOM, M-101

Join us to hear about their business, meet some of their leaders, and learn about career opportunities! Accretive Health is a built-for-purpose company founded in 2003 with the sole focus of generating significant, sustainable improvements in revenue cycle outcomes sufficient to enhance healthcare providers’ ability to pursue their core mission: the delivery of high quality healthcare services to their communities. They pursue this mission by offering end-to-end managed services for revenue cycle operations and through the creation of productive, long term partnerships with providers. 


Date: Tuesday, November 17
Time: Registration begins at 5:30pm. The event begins at 6:00 pm. Please join the    speakers and other attendees at a networking reception to take place after   the panel discussion.   
Location: SOM, 5th floor conference room
Cost: $10 for SOM students, $20 for SOM alumnae.
For more information go to Alumnet Event Calendar 
An evening of creativity and innovation as we celebrate entrepreneurship with an exciting line up of events. The program will begin with an interactive workshop led by Dr. Teresa Nelson to explore how we limit – and unleash – creativity. We will then conduct what is sure to be a lively panel discussion with Kathy Sherbrooke, CEO and Co-Founder of Circles, and Beth Williams, President and CEO of Roxbury Technology Corporation.
*** CSO will be holding a raffle for 10 tickets to this event. To be entered in the raffle email by noon on Friday, November 13. Winners will be selected on Friday, November 13 by 4:30pm.


Internship Meeting
Date: Monday, November 23
Time: 12-1pm
Location: SOM, M-223

Thinking about or planning to conduct an internship?
Come learn all that you need to know about planning for an internship search:

  • Why do an Internship
  • Doing an internship for credit
  • Finding the right internship
  • And much more!



SOM Named One of Top 15 Socially Responsible Programs in the World!

Eight Socially Responsible Business Plan Competitions Offering More Than $100,000 in Cash and In-Kind Prizes

Now available in the Library!
Profession and Purpose: A Resource Guide for MBA Careers in Sustainability by Katie Kross
“Around the world, MBA students realize that a different model will be required for businesses in the coming decades. The career paths that fall under the broad umbrella of 'sustainability' are as diverse as the MBA students themselves.” Click Here to read the introduction to this book. 

COF Green Networking & Careers Fair
November 19, 1- 4pm, at the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, Simmons College

~ Sustainable Investing Internship @ Trillium Asset Management Corporation
~ Internship - Sustainability Education & Communication @ Sustainserv
~ Internship - Sustainable Business in Boston @ Sustainserv
~ Internships (several) - @ The Green Roundtable, Inc. / NEXUS


COF Green Networking & Careers Fair
November 19, 1- 4pm, at the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, Simmons College

CFN Boston Career Forum
(For Japanese-English bilingual jobseekers)
November 20-22, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, MA



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 -
~ Director of Marketing @ MIT
~ Executive Director @ Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation
~ Director of Finance @ The Union of Concerned Scientists
~ Sales Operations/Inside Sales Admin @ Dossia
~ SEO Content Editor @ Mindspark

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.



With Jobs Scant, MBAs Consider Startups
Landing a banking or consulting job used to be the main reason for going to B-school. These days, it's just as likely to be launching a business

Unleashing Your Creativity While You're Moonlighting
It's no secret that job security is a thing of the past. Taking on part-time work—especially in a creative arena you've always wanted to pursue—is one way to earn extra income and begin exploring new work opportunities.





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Library Updates

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.

Library Hours:
# Beatley Library & Information Commons:
September 1st - December 9th

   * Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-11:00pm
   * Friday: 7:30am - 8:00pm
   * Saturday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
   * Sunday: 10:00am - 11:00pm

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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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