February 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 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

Strategy/SDM Coursepack Info

Schedule Updates

New Student Marketing Focus Group

Attention Business Plan Students: Application Deadline for Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Two Volunteer Positions Available at Girls Get Connected

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



MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

While I know that many of you follow sports and many don’t, there was a historic moment in sports last week when Pat Summit became the first NCAA coach, male or female to have 1000 wins in college basketball, all at the same school-Tennessee, over 35 years. What are the corollaries to your MBA program, actually tons of them, but here is one. Every year she started with new players and had to work with them to bring out their potential, building on the strengths of the team she had in front of her, getting them to believe in her and her systems, and believe in themselves- year after year. In your jobs, you will be leaders and managers that also will need to be able to inspire others to share your vision, believe in your leadership, want to do the best jobs they can for themselves and for you, and then execute and improve on a continous basis. She is a master at sustainable leadership and it was a wonderful moment for leadership as well as college sports.

We are also about to start week #5 in the MBA program next week, so think about it that after next week, you will be done with the first third of your term. You will start to head into the middle of the semester which usually means some adjustments because of exams, papers, starting to happen or coming around the corner! Enjoy the long weekend and Happy Valentine’s day!!

Quote of the Week

“She taught me that it's OK to let down your guard and allow your players to get to know you. They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” --Pat Summit


Strategy/SDM Coursepack Info

Many of you have asked if the book for SDM will be used in Strategy and the answer is yes!! But, you will also need to purchase the Markstrat simulation for summer as well as a small coursepack. What is critically important is that you buy the current edition that Fiona specifies in her booklist. Last year’s edition will not help you with many of the materials she is using this summer.

Schedule Updates

BGGE A is meeting 11-2 on Friday, February 13

Little Known Fact, Wednesday, 4-5pm, SOM Living Room

Returning student track meeting has been moved from Feb. 17 to March 3 to allow students to attend another SOM event! We will meet from 5pm-6pm in M-222.

New Student Marketing Focus Group

Please join the SOM marketing team for a new student focus group that will be held from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17th in M104. Please RSVP by emailing Maiju Brewer (maiju.brewer@simmons.edu) by noon on Tuesday, February 17th.

Attention Business Plan Students: Application Deadline for Certificate in Entrepreneurship

***Reminder: The Application Deadline for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship is Friday, February 13th.  Please submit your applications to Darla Pires-DeGrace, M411.  Thank you!

Application link:


Two Volunteer Positions Available at Girls Get Connected

Girls Get Connected (http://girlsgetconnected.org/) inspires and prepares girls for careers in science and technology though summer and after-school programs.   One of Girls Get Connected’s signature programs, EcoStem, teaches Boston middle school students about the city’s urban environment and geographic information and global positioning systems.   The activities, co-developed with our program’s high school students, teach middle school students the importance of trees and other green spaces in the urban environment. 

Another program that Girls Get Connected is launching will cultivate in interest in pursuing computer science as a career.  Working with Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and UMass Boston, college women learn software programs, Alice, Python, and Java, which they then teach to high school students, with faculty support.  Once the high school students learn these programs, the students complete one of two service learning projects.  They work as teaching assistants in high school AP Java courses or they teach Alice programming to middle school girls.

Girls Get Connected is beginning a fund raising campaign for the EcoStem program during 2009.  In June, we are hosting an EcoStem fundraiser in which we are seeking donated restaurant space with the restaurant providing light appetizers and wine and obtaining about 1o donated gifts that attendees will purchase raffle tickets.  Attendees will also pay a fee, probably $25.00 to attend.  I would like someone to work with me on developing and leading this event.

Girls Get Connected would also like to find a graduate student who would work on the science and technology programming for the Ecostem project.  This would include planning and teaching.

Interested students should contact Deborah Muscella at deborah.muscella@simmons.edu

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!

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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News & Events

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

 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


Stay Informed of THE LATEST market trends!
Visit the Market Trends put together by the Career Resource Library (CRL).

Date: Thursday, February 26
Time: 4:30-5:45pm
Location: Case Room M-222
Food & drinks will be provided!

H1B-Visa Database
CSO has a subscription to the H1B visa database from h1visajobs.com.  International students will find this database useful in helping them identify U.S. companies who are predisposed to sponsorship.  
To access the database:

  1. go to: http://www.h1visajobs.com
  2. Click “Login” in the top left navigation panel.
  3. Enter the user name and password:
    • Username: students@simmons.edu.aug2008
    • Password: students



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: 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


Boston Women in Finance: Wine tasting & Networking Event 
Date: Thursday, February 26
Time: 5:30-8:30pm 
Location: Vlora Restaurant, 545 Boylston St.
Cost: $20                            
To register go to: www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=176824
A relaxing evening of wine tasting and networking with some of today and tomorrow's female leaders in Finance & Financial Services in the Boston area.  Enjoy Hungarian and Italian wines presented by Scott Peterson from Peterson Imports, as we meet new friends and reconnect with old acquaintances in a private room at Vlora's Restaurant, located in the Back Bay.  Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please bring business cards to share and be entered into a drawing for one free membership for 2009.

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 



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 20-21, 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

Boston Healthcare Career Fair   
Monday, April 13, 11am-2pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
Register: www.nationalcareerfairs.com


Recent Job Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ Records Manager/Archivist - History Associates Incorporated
~ Operations Manager - Crowe Paradis
~ 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.

Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ Investment Analysts - Interns - MIT
~ Summer 2009 Fellows Program - The Conference Board
~ Summer 2009 Internships (Non Tech MBA Positions) - EMC Corporation
~ Multiple Internships – 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


Defense industry helps keep I-495N market ignited
It’s been said that government is the one industry that never gets smaller. That’s a good thing for the Interstate 495 North market, where a handful of companies associated with government contracts and the defense industry are signing deals and expanding.

Tech execs get sexy
In tough times, the chief information officer becomes a strategic and financial asset.





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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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