October 15th, 2009
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
So this is the typical week of the year when many students hit the wall of the fall semester! The two yr night students have been here 3 consecutive nights a week for 7 weeks, the new students had a big Strategy deliverable due this week, the Accounting midterms for both financial and managerial are this week or Monday, it is truly midterm time!! Next week marks the beginning of week 8, which means the term is officially half way over. I really do encourage you all to plan out the back half of the semester for work, staying on top of your coursework, getting some rest and building in the important things that keep you grounded and centered. You can do it, you just have to do it thoughtfully and be realistic given all the priorities you are all juggling. But you have to stay on top of the work or the snowballing affect given the pace for the remainder of the semester will become difficult to manage. Use your classmates, your faculty, and all of us in the Program office to help!
Last weekend we saw the Red Sox and the Patriots play horribly, but the Red Sox go home and the Patriots play on. So my message is one on the importance of both preparation and execution. The other teams simply were better prepared and executed when they needed to, especially the Angels. Mistakes always happen, the goal is to learn from them to minimize them happening again. As you enter midterms, learn from the feedback you get and from your performance on your exams, because the good news is that you also have a long way to go before the semester is over. You can make up a lot of points in the last 8 weeks, but you may have to change your approach and increase the time you spend digging deep into the material. Use your faculty for strategies to And for those of you doing really well, the challenge is not to let up, even for a week!
“Doing the best you can, at this moment, puts you in line for the next best moment.”-- Oprah Winfrey
The Academic Programs Office will have a few Track Meetings at the following dates and times:
The Boston Pledge 2009 Conference
We are hosting the 4th annual UG Networking Dinner on November 17 and are looking for 5 MBA volunteers to help us with the networking process at the beginning of the evening and then join us for dinner. It would be a time commitment from 5:30-7pm, and the goal is to help UG’s learn some networking skills, introduce them to each other and just reduce some of the awkwardness that comes in a setting where many people don’t know each other! We are particularly looking for MBA’s with experience in Finance, Marketing, Accounting or General Management. RSVP to Mary D or Paula.Thanks!
NIGHT COURSE OFFERINGS IN SPRING 2010 and SUMMER 2010 (pre req’s will apply in many courses)
Spring: QA, Managerial Accounting, Career Strategies, BGGE, Negotiations, Marketing, SDM (Graduating students in August only), Leading Ind. and Groups, Strategy 1
Summer: Econ, Comm. Strat, LGA, IT, Strategy 2, Finance
DAY COURSE OFFERINGS IN SPRING 2010 and SUMMER 2010 (pre req’s will apply in many courses)
Spring: Negotiations (compressed), Tech and Ops, Leading Org. Change, Managerial Accounting, Finance, Econ
Summer: No day courses
NIGHT COURSE OFFERINGS IN FALL 2010 (pre-req’s will apply in many courses)
Leading Ind. And groups, Comm Strat, QA, Marketing, Leading Org Change, Ops, Negotiations, Financial Accounting, Strategy 1
DAY COURSE OFFERINGS IN FALL 2010
BGGE, Strategy 2, LGA, IT, Strategy 1, QA, Econ, Leading Ind. And Groups, Financial Accounting, Comm Strat, Career Strat
PLANNED ELECTIVE OFFERINGS IN SPRING 10 and SUMMER 10
Spring: Travel Courses: (India and UAE), Business Plan, Creativity, Public Speaking, Marketing for Non Profits and Social Causes, Sustainability, Gender and Leadership, Risk Management, 21st century Health Care, Health, Economics and Finance, Internship
Summer: HR, Business Models for People, Planets and Profit, Project Management, International Finance, CSR, Internship, IT Management (elective for students who entered prior to Sept. 08), Eship Certificate Courses, HC Certificate Courses
As midterms and papers are coming due, there is a lot of need to use the printers in the resource room and upstairs. If there is a jam or something goes wrong, please don’t just walk away from it, put a note on it and call the help desk, x2222 so that we can get it fixed as soon as possible. Thanks!
***LAST CHANCE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE PROMOTIONAL RATE FOR THE CERTIFICATE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP***
All students enrolled in the Certificate in Entrepreneurship program are eligible to receive 50% off the last two Certificate courses (GSM 602 and GSM 603). This promotion ends summer 2010. Apply now to the Certificate in Entrepreneurship, and reserve your space in the 2010 class - scholarships are available! Please click here to print a copy of the application and send all materials to Darla Pires-DeGrace in M411 or via email at Darla.firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1st. For those of you considering the Entrepreneurship program AND to take advantage of the promotion, we encourage you to register for the first of four required courses: Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship scheduled during the January 2010 intersession. Please contact Darla for more information.
"One of the top 25 graduate entrepreneurship programs in the United States”
Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society for MBA and UG Management Students
The SOM is finishing the application process to join the Beta Sigma Gamma Honor Society for Management UG and MBA students and start a chapter at Simmons. This is a national honor society that we are now eligible for with AACSB accreditation. More information will be coming soon!
The SOM will be registering on November 16 and 17 for Spring 2010 term.
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 (email@example.com) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Clark: email@example.com
GSM 516: Sustainability Analysis and Evaluation
Module, Schedule and Deliverables Overview
The Essence of Sustainability Analysis and Evaluation: Course Framework
►Evaluate the business case for sustainability
(ASSES EXISTING or IMPLEMENT NEW INITIATIVES/PROGRAMS)
►Measure: collect data on metrics
Module One: Introduction to Issues and Metrics
GRI knowledge café F2F Jan. 21
Module Two: Strategic Performance Measurement: Business Case-Goals-Metrics-Data
Read: Hitchcock and Willard, Chapters 2-5
Module Three: From Sustainability Metrics Data to Financial Values
Module Four: Sector “Best Practices” Evaluations
Deliverable (5 points): Read/Re-read Hitchcock and Willard and make a list of best practice processes (individual exercise - can be turned in anytime during the semester but no later than March 4)
Capstone Integrative Exercise (Individual)
Volunteer your creativity, management skills and entrepreneurial spirit to plan and execute this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week event. The Direct Selling Education Foundation will partner with Simmons Collage to sponsor an event aimed at educating Generation Y consumers on the direct-selling industry and feature companies with widespread corporate social responsibility and green products. Modeled after popular events such as “Shecky’s Night Out,” the event is designed to feel like giant party taking place in a fair or trade show atmosphere where participants network, sample products, and shop. The evening will include inspirational speakers, food and drink, DJ, fashion show, and a free goodie bag for all attendees.
The event team is currently seeking volunteers to assist in the following resume-building areas: Event Planning (includes fashion show), Marketing and Public relations, Brand development, Market research, Strategic Marketing Plan Creation, Web 2.0/Social Media Strategy, Graphic design, Print, Web and Operations management. Please send statement of interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the SOM on November 10th in the MGMT 321 diversity class at 4pm, for Kija Kim’s visit to the SOM. All MBA students are invited to this event. Room location TBA.
“A niche player in homeland security and disaster relief, a leader in the development of advanced geospatial technology with their internationally recognized multi-hazard portfolio analysis…and yet all of this made Kija wonder, was this where it ended? Could she sustain this distinct niche as supplier of software, systems integration and geospatial data management services to “the big guys” in government and Fortune 1000 companies? She had come a long way and she knew the answer was less about her strategy and more about her sense of self. What would make her feel successful? “ “I’ve gone back and forth on whether being a woman, being a minority person or being an immigrant was the most difficult part of breaking into business.” Quotes from the Case that Prof. Lynda Moore and Prof. Bonnie Betters-Reed wrote about Kija Kim and published this summer.
Swine Flu Symptoms and Health Center Protocol Reminders
In accordance with the guidelines set by the Boston Public Health Commission, the Simmons Health Center will diagnose students with ILI on the basis of symptoms. The treatment recommendations are the same for anyone with ILI as they would be for confirmed cases of either seasonal flu or H1N1: isolation for 24 hours after fever is gone without help from fever medication, or four days from the onset of symptoms — whichever is longer.
You can use the following checklist to help decide if you have the flu:
-Fever of 100 °F or more
-Headache, body aches, or chills
-Vomiting or diarrhea
If you have a fever of 100 °F or more, a cough and/or sore throat, you have an influenza-like illness and should follow these guidelines:
Stay home, do not attend classes, and contact the Health Center at (617) 521-1020 promptly for further health care instructions. If you live on campus and are able to return home without using public transportation, we will ask that you do so promptly. If you cannot return home, we will make arrangements for you to stay in your room on campus while you recover. Residence Life will offer alternative accommodations for any impacted roommates.
Do not return to campus/classes until 24 hours after being fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication, or four days from the onset of symptoms – whichever is longer.
We have asked that faculty offer flexibility regarding absences and class assignments, should you be away from class due to ILI. You will not need to produce a doctor’s note for your absences, but are asked to communicate with your faculty via email directly regarding your absences wherever possible. Our Academic Technology department also is working to develop a plan for providing access to course lectures for students who have an influenza-like illness. More information regarding this will be disseminated shortly.
The Simmons College Emergency Response Team continues to meet regularly and to plan for any potential outbreaks of H1N1 or seasonal flu on campus. We are working with the Boston Public Health Commission and are regularly monitoring information from both the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In the meantime, we strongly encourage the practice of good hand and respiratory hygiene. This includes:
Hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, or with an alcohol-based hand rub or gel, especially before you eat, after visiting public places, or after being in contact with anyone with a cold or flu.
Don't share items that you put in your mouth, such as drinking cups, straws, or utensils.
Cover your mouth or nose when you sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve — not on your hands — to prevent spreading the virus.
We will provide regular information and updates via the Simmons Health Center website http://my.simmons.edu/services/health, which includes an H1N1 & Seasonal Flu FAQ prepared by the Health Center. If you have any questions or concerns about your health, please contact the Health Center at (617) 521-1020.
Academic Year Travel Courses for MBA Students
Spring 2010 to India: Travel during Winter Break, January 2-17 and will focus on Sustainable Business and will be led by Professor Vipin Gupta.
Travel costs all inclusive (airfare, visa, ground transportation, meals, double shared lodging, excursions) are $3,200. Tuition costs are additional.
Spring 2010 Travel Course Information
Spring 2010, MBA Travel Courses to India (January) and UAE (March)! Contact Prof. Vipin Gupta at email@example.com for further information and registration form.
BUILDING YOUR ONLINE BRAND: LinkedIn
Communications Career Information Exchange (Networking Event)
Note: This is an educational networking event, not a job fair, but feel free to bring copies of your resume and dress to impress if you choose.
Trip to The Studio: The 3 women owners will share fashion tips & talk about themselves as business entrepreneurs
Careers in Arts & Culture: The Boston Museum Group
Boston World Partnerships: Join 300 rising stars of Boston’s business community to start building relationships that will benefit you for years to come.
Public lectures by Rhonda L. Seegal
Managing in Stormy Financial Seas
CONFERENCES & CAREER FAIRS
National Society of Hispanic MBA www.nshmba.org/conferencesites.asp
2009 Net Impact North America Conference www.netimpact.org
COF Green Networking & Careers Fair
CFN Boston Career Forum http://www.careerforum.net/event/?lang=E
TALENT ACQUISITION EXECUTIVE-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
The Career Services Office (CSO) is pleased to introduce our new Talent Acquisition Executive-In-Residence (TAEIR) program. This innovative program will provide an opportunity for SOM students to benefit from the TAEIR’s expertise in sourcing, evaluating and hiring candidates in today’s competitive marketplace. Our goal is to leverage this “inside knowledge” to help our students stand out as top candidates for the career opportunity they aspire to secure.
We are proud to introduce Lauri Rich as our first-ever Talent Acquisition Executive-In-Residence. Lauri has extensive Human Resources experience, with over 20 years in the field. Beginning in September, Lauri will be available approximately 15 hours per month. To schedule an appointment, please contact Lauri directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent Posting -
Visit Career Connect for all the latest internship and job posts.
INTERESTING CAREER ARTICLES
Managing Your Career as a Business
How a Good Candidate Clears the H.R. Hurdle
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.
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.
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.
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.
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