February 5th, 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.

Quote of the Week

Schedule Reminders

Upcoming Track Meetings

Study Rooms

Printing to the pay-for-print stations from your personal laptop

CGO Distinguished Scholar Speaker Series, "Board Diversity: Critical Mass for Achieving Change"



MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

The next few weeks you will see folks working on final preparations for the AACSB site visit which begins Feb. 23, and we will be chatting more about this visit in upcoming track meetings next week. You are now through the first three weeks of the term and I suspect that you will start to feel the ramp up in your classes beginning soon as deliverables and exam due dates start to come around the corner. Plan your study time out as much as possible and remember my pleas about balance. If you keep your promise to yourself that you will continue to spend some quality time with the important people in your life or whatever keeps you happy and sane, even it if is reduced from what you would want all things being equal, you will be more focused at work and at school.

For my sports nuts, spring training starts in two weeks!! We will have some fun with the baseball season, and then my favorite time of the year, March Madness for college basketball is in March!!

Quote of the Week

“It is what we make of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”    --Nelson Mandela

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us." --Helen Keller


Schedule Reminders

Evening Track Meeting, Feb 10, 5-5:45pm

Day Track Meeting, Feb 12, 11:30-12:30pm

Investments is changing its start time from 8:30a-12:30p to 9a-1p as a permanent change to the spring schedule

Gender and Leadership starts this weekend, Friday, 6-9pm Saturday and Sunday, 9-4pm, M223

Upcoming Track Meetings

  • Tuesday, February 10th   5:00-6:00pm      M223 (new evening students)
  • Thursday, February 12th 11:30-12:30pm    M222 (continuing day students)
  • Tuesday, February 17th   5:00-6:00pm      M222 (continuing evening students)

Study Rooms

To reserve a study room on the second floor, please stop by the Program Office (M-M103) or email Nicole Catavolos (nicole.catavolos@simmons.edu). You can book the rooms for 2 hour blocks, although if no one comes to claim the room when your two hours are up, you're welcome to stay longer.

Printing to the pay-for-print stations from your personal laptop

If you're using the wireless network in the building, and would like to print a document, you can print to one of the available pay-for-print stations! Here's how:

1.  Click the Start button
2.  Choose "Run"
3.  In the field after "Open," type:   \\pay4print
4.  Hit "enter" (or click "ok")
5.  A window will appear with a long list of printer names.
6.  Scroll to the printer name: see note below
7.  Double-click on the printer name
8.  This will install the printer on your computer.
9.  After you print to that printer, you will need to walk to walk to the print station, select your name on the attached computer screen, and swipe your ID to "pay" for your print job (just like in the library).

NOTE: Here are the printer names:
--in the hallway outside of the caserooms on the second floor: som2study
in the MBA Resource Room on the first floor (black & white): som1resource
in the MBA Resource Room on the first floor (color): som1resource-color

CGO Distinguished Scholar Speaker Series, “Board Diversity: Critical Mass for Achieving Change”

Speaker: Alison Konrad, Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Western Ontario.
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Time: 4 – 5:30pm, Reception 5:30 – 6:00pm
Place: The School of Management building at 300 The Fenway, M501 (5th floor)

*Validated parking is available on site for $9

Interviews with 50 women directors, 12 CEOs, and 7 corporate secretaries of Fortune 1000 firms provide an enticing glimpse behind the closed doors of corporate boardrooms. Board diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, and nationality is clearly having an impact on these powerful corporations. Their stories suggest that achieving board diversity is not easy. Working with a dozen boards of (much) smaller organizations, Alison Konrad, Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Western Ontario, will discuss how she experienced many of the challenges first-hand.

Please RSVP by emailing Kerri Kivolowitz at cgo@simmons.edu or by following the link below:

» RSVP Now

The 2008/09 Speakers Series is sponsored by
The TJX Companies, Inc.

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Mailbox Keys

Please stop by the Program Office (M-M103)and pick up your mailbox key

MBA Resource Room

We do have a room opposite M104 called the MBA Resource Room that is a room just for the MBA students. It has computers, a printer, tables to study or read so take advantage of this space!!

New Building and Main Campus Information

Directions -- You can find directions to the main campus here: http://www.simmons.edu/overview/directions/

Parking -- There is one parking garage for the main campus. The driveway is off of Avenue Louis Pasteur, at the small navy blue Simmons sign. You need to either buy a full time student parking pass or put parking cash on your ID card to use the discounted student rate!! Otherwise, you will be charged the very expensive non-invited visitor rate! Go to the student parking website to find the parking application or stop by the parking office (E-007, basement of the Main Campus Building-MCB) when you are on campus.

Campus Map -- You can find a main campus map here:
Our building isn't drawn in yet, but it is labeled!

Bookstore -- There is no longer an SOM satellite bookstore, you must go to the College bookstore for your textbooks, coursepacks, and store hours. The bookstore is located in the basement of the Main Campus Building (MCB), across from The Fens Cafeteria.

Class locations: You can find your class locations on AARC: aarc.simmons.edu
You can either look in the alphabetical department listings for your courses, or you can log in and view or print out your schedule!

Faculty offices: all faculty are on the 3rd and 4th floors. There is a directory near the elevators in the first floor lobby.

IDs: You are going to need to use your ID to get in and out of the garage to park if you buy parking cash or a parking pass, so remember to bring it with you!!

MBA Resource Room on the 1st floor is reserved for MBA students only. Half of the study rooms will be held for MBA students, the other half for UG students to reserve

The MBA Office is now SOM Academic Programs, and we're located in M-M103, on the first floor, around the corner from the lobby staircase. See you there!

SOM Green Building Tour! 

Hosted by the Simmons Net Impact chapter, Mary D and Janet Fishstein (Director of Facilities) will lead us on a building tour to show us how the new SOM building saves energy, water, and money.  In addition, Somerville Climate Action and GreenPort Cambridge will discuss local residential energy initiatives to green urban and suburban housing.  Please join us!

February 12th
6-7:30 p.m
Simmons School of Management

Please RSVP to alison.haight@simmons.edu 


June 26-27, 2009

New York City, New York

We're excited to announce the date of the 2009 Forté MBA Women’s Conference.  This year's conference will be June 26-27 in New York City!  For those who are unfamiliar with this event, the Forté MBA Women’s Conference explores the hot issues around women in business leadership.  To view last year's MBA Women's Conference agenda, click here.

MBA Women's Conference -Save The Date  Participate in this year's MBA Women's Conference to:

  • Select from over 25 workshops, panels and interactive breakout sessions that have been developed just for you--this year's program includes 1st and 2nd year track workshops
  • Hear from America's most accomplished businesswomen including Deirdre Connelly, President of Eli Lilly & Co., Liz Smith, President of Avon, and Pattie Sellers, Editor at Large at Fortune at the Dialogue with Leadership
  • Meet with Fortune 100 recruiters at the MBA Career Forum
  • Network with current MBA students, Forté school and company sponsors and leading businesswomen

NYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South
New York, New York 10012 (Map)

Forté Fellows and MBA women currently attending Forté sponsor schools are invited to take part in the Forté MBA Women’s Conference.  Click here to view a list of Forté sponsor schools.

There is a $50 fee to attend the conference payable upon registration.  Registration is scheduled to open in late March.  Please stay tuned for your e-mail invitation to the Forté MBA Women’s Conference.  If you have questions, please email forte@fortefoundation.org.

The MBA Women's Conference is open to ALL women at Forté sponsor schools.  Please forward this Save the Date to your friends and classmates who may be interested.

Stay tuned for more information.  We look forward to seeing you in New York! 

Order Your MBA Business Cards!

If you are interested in ordering student business cards, please email Nicole in the MBA Office at nicole.catavolos@simmons.edu no later than February 9th. with the following details:

Your Name (exactly as you would like it to appear on the cards)
Your Class Year (it will read "MBA Candidate 'XX")
Contact Number (you can list up to two - home, cell, work, or fax)
Email Address

The cards will cost somewhere between $30 - $40 for 250, and take about three weeks to arrive to the SOM. To reflect consistency across the Simmons campuses, no additional information can be added to the business cards other than the fields listed above.

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A Conversation with Bonnie Hathcock, Chief Human Resources Officer of Humana

The SOM will present “ A Conversation with Bonnie Hathcock, Chief Human Resources Officer of Humana” on Tuesday, February 10, 2009.   In her dialog with Simmons College President, Helen Drinan, Bonnie will reflect on her role and experiences in leading Humana’s cultural transformation which has distinguished Humana as an industry leader.  She will also discuss how she has empowered Humana associates to become informed health care consumers and enabled the company to manage its rising health care costs. Bonnie has been named by HR Executive Magazine as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Human Resources Today.

The event will be held on the 5th floor of the SOM on Tuesday February 10th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  There will be a reception for all guests from 7:30-8:00 p.m.  The event is free to all guests. 

Please refer to the SOM web site for more information on the event and to RSVP.    I hope you plan to attend as well.


SOM Student Volunteers Needed for 2009 SOM Leadership Conference!

Vision to Voice: Leadership in the Global Age

Information packets are available from the SOM Academic Programs Office (M-M103).

Volunteers are essential to our success.  In exchange for your contribution, you will be permitted to attend the Conference FREE.  (Conference fees are $450 for SOM students)

  • Volunteers may attend closing keynote address.      
  • Volunteers will receive a complimentary conference bag.                            
  • Volunteers have the opportunity to network with corporate sponsors and interact with attendees from the nation’s major corporations.
  • Volunteering for the Leadership Conference is an active, ‘hands-on’ way to show your support for the SOM.   

Volunteering for the Conference requires the following minimum commitment:                                                                    

  • Attendance at the Tuesday, February 3rd meeting                                       
  • One additional pre-Conference instructional meeting and tour in April (2 options will be offered, parking and dinner will be provided) at the Seaport World Trade Center
  • Half-day (approximately six hours) of work at the Leadership Conference.
  • Review of comprehensive conference informatiol packet prepared for volunteers (including session rooms, speakers and volunteer schedule).

SOM Leadership Conference Date: Saturday, May 2, 2009

We need your support. Your time and effort directly supports the SOM.  

All proceeds raised by the Leadership Conference support the Simmons SOM MBA scholarship fund.

Questions welcome:
Judy Benjamin                                    Ali Corvino                                          
Associate Director                              Volunteer Coordinator            
SOM Leadership Conference             SOM Leadership Conference
judith.benjamin@simmons.edu          ahcorvino@comcast.net       

For complete information on the 2009 SOM Leadership Conference, visit our website at http://www.simmons.edu/leadership.    

New Online Student Account System

You can now view your accounts and pay on line! Here is how:

1. Log into AARC.
2. Under Financial Information, click on the Access Student Account Center
3. Click on View Bill/Make a Payment.


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News & Events

Every Wednesday, 4-5pm, 2nd floor living room

Start date: February 4

 Little Known Fact


 Little Known Fact is a new, free, weekly gathering by and for the students of the Simmons College School of Management that will be hosted by Beth Dunn, MBA student, ’09.  A casual, fun, and friendly series consisting of brief presentations, fellowship, and food, Little Known Fact will bring together full-time and part-time MBA students of all cohorts, undergraduates, faculty, and staff Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the new School of Management building.

SOM students have longed for a third place – not the classroom, not the bar – in which they could build real community and strengthen important relationships within the vibrant Simmons community.  Little Known Fact will provide a consistent and compelling focus for this diverse community, by drawing on and celebrating the unique skills and talents of current SOM students.

Each weekly gathering will feature a brief, five-minute presentation by a current SOM student, who will share her Little Known Fact – some hidden skill or talent that would otherwise go unnoticed in the fast-paced rush of the semester. 

After the presentation, attendees will ask questions and discuss their own experiences on the subject.  Whether it’s How to hail a cab in six different languages or How to make a stunning necklace in 30 seconds, each session will present a lighthearted, but intriguing glimpse into the lives of our fellow students.  No college gathering is complete without free food, so light fare, snacks, coffee, tea, and soda will be provided at each weekly session. 

Expand your horizons, learn new skills, and meet your SOM colleagues this Spring Semester at Little Known Fact, Wednesday afternoons beginning February 4 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm in the second floor lounge at the top of the stairs.



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Career Services Updates


The First Annual The Association for operations Management (APICS) NORTHEAST STUDENT CASE COMPETITION  (April 2009)

This is an opportunity for Graduate and Undergraduate students to test their knowledge of operations management in a competitive, fun, and supportive atmosphere. For more information visit www.bostonapics.org


Date: Wednesday, February 11
Time: 5pm
It’s a fast-paced industry, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take pit stops. Women in the financial services profession discuss how they down-shifted and up-shifted to accommodate sharp turns in their personal and professional lives. Women from Forté sponsor companies offer proof that you can skillfully maneuver through major life changes and still stay on track.  Click here to register.



Date: Tuesday, February 17
Time: 6pm

Click here to register.
As women advance, they need to become career savvy which means that these women leaders know what smart career risks to take and how to manage them successfully. Smart risk-taking comes from understanding the three zones of performance: comfort, stretch, and yikes; and learning how to thrive in the stretch zone (trying out new behaviors that energize and allow growth without causing “breakdown” response or significantly diminishing your effectiveness.  Join Kathryn Mayer, CEO of KC Mayer Consulting for this web seminar.

HR: It's More Than You Think!

Date: Wednesday, February 25
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Boston College (Corcoran Commons Bldg.) - Chestnut Hill
For more information visit www.nehra.com


Associated Grant Makers Diversity Fellowship Program

Application deadline: Thursday, March 12
Finalist’s full day of interviewing: Thursday, April 30
This program is intended to provide a comprehensive training program to people of color interested in pursuing a career in the field of philanthropy.  The application and additional information can be accessed on the Associated Grant Makers website at agmconnect.org. Further questions should be emailed to diversity@agmconnect.org.


Dates: Thursday, March 19
           Wednesday, April 22 
Time: 3-5:45pm
Location: M-104 


Simmons Spring Career and Internship Fair
Wednesday, February 11, 2-6 pm, in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center
For more information, please visit the Spring Career and Internship Fair webpage.  To register, visit: http://careerlink.simmons.edu/

Volpe Career Day - Career Day Open House U.S. Department of Transportation
Wednesday, February 11, 1-3pm in Boston, MA
For more information visit www.volpe.dot.gov  

3rd Annual Advertising Industry Diversity Job Fair & Leadership Conference Wednesday, February 11, at the NYU Center for University Life, New York, NY
For more information visit www.bdionline.com/nydiversity09

New York Career Forum (global companies)
February 13-14, at the Penn Plaza Pavilion, 401 7th Avenue, New York, NY
for more information visit www.careerforum.net/event/ny/index.asp?lang=E

International Career Fair
February 20 - February 21, San Francisco, CA
Register:  http://www.icf09.com/jsp/core/PlageHome.jsp

Idealist Non Profit Career Fair
Tuesday, February 24, 11am-3pm, at the BU Community Service Center, Boston, MA
Register:  www.idealist.org

Women for Hire
Thursday, March 19, 10am-2pm at the Sheraton Boston Hotel
For more information visit www.womenforhire.com

Boston Career Fair (Co-sponsored by National Career Fairs and Monster)
Monday, March 23, 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
Register: www.nationalcareerfairs.com


Recent Job Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ Product Development Specialist - American Student Assistance
~ Financial Analyst - Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
~ Manager, Technology Transfer Group  - Foresight Science and Technology
~ Multicultural Business Development Manager - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass.
~ Field Marketing Manager - Philips

Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ Summer 2009 Internships (Non Tech MBA Positions) - EMC Corporation
~ Internships & Cross-cultural Competency Immersion Programs Tailored to your
~ interests & career paths – Spanish & Fun
~ Biosurgical Specialties Marketing Team – Genzyme
~ Performance Metrics – Genzyme
~ Corporate Development – Genzyme
~ Biosurgery Business Development – Genzyme

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 or 617-521-3857. Please do not re-register yourself as past information about you will be lost.

Is your organization looking for smart, talented candidates?  Do you have an Employee Referral Program?  Tap into the amazing candidate pool right here at Simmons SOM!

  • Contact Lisa Toby (lisa.toby@simmons.edu) about specific opportunities for individual matching of students and alumnae
  • Post positions on Career Connect thru the CSO
  • Add an announcement in the MBA Update
  • Use the electronic networking profile book which includes profiles of participating current students
  • Introduce CSO to your organization's HR/Recruitment


Social Networking Sites Are Now Career Centers
Leveraging the web in your search for work has vast advantages, but it doesn't entirely replace the tried and true.

Nonprofits? Not a Recessionary Refuge for Job Seekers
Job-seeking refugees from the for-profit world shouldn't go running to the not-for-profit sector.



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Library Updates

Research Assistance

Need help figuring out the best database to find articles? Problems finding what demographic is the biggest consumer of ham products? Contact the librarians and set up a time when we can help you! Linda Schuller Wolf, the SOM Librarian, is at linda.wolf@simmons.edu or 617-521-3851.



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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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