February 19th, 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 Updates

AACSB Site Team Visit

Katlyn Cavanaugh is Back from Leave!

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

As you know, we have been preparing for this site team visit for many years. It is hard to be reflective this particular week, but I am struck by the phenomenal support and commitment of faculty, staff, students and alums towards this moment and am confident that we have done as much to prepare as possible. We will let you know the outcome as soon as we can! I know exams and papers are starting as we enter week 6 of the semester, but just remember, you go on spring break in two weeks!!

Quote of the Week

“Talent alone won't make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: 'Are you ready?”- Johnny Carson

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."- H. Jackson Brown Jr.


Schedule Updates

Accounting day review: Wednesday, Feb 25, 11:45-12:45

Econ class #1 starts Wednesday, Feb 25

Comm Strat videotaping: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

AACSB Site Team Visit

Next week is the site team visit and we have attached the bios of the three site team members who will be on campus. They will arrive on Sunday, February 22 and be here through Wednesday, February 25. Students have requested I resend the MBA Program Goals, but they are part of your current academic policy document, as well as the mission for your review. They will have a very busy few days here but may wander into classes, especially the day section of Managerial Accounting! I have 25 current students for the meeting with the site team, and they will represent you proudly!! Please see attachments for this information, as well as bios for the three site team members.

Katlyn Cavanaugh is Back from Leave!

Katlyn Cavanaugh in the Academic Programs Office is back from maternity leave. If you have anything for the update going forward please email her at katlyn.cavanaugh@simmons.edu.

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.

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

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!

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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

Dear Students,

Please be sure to visit Career Connect as we have new internship postings listed for Tufts Health Plan (Compliance, working for terrific SOM Alumna) and MIT (Investment Analysis).

Also, HP would welcome the opportunity to hold a 30 minute webinar with students who are interested in summer internships.  Currently, they have a need for MBA students interested in Human Resources (MA or CA based locations).  In addition, they may have needs in marketing and other functional areas – particularly based in Palo Alto, CA – as they are just receiving internship requests from hiring managers.  We need at least 7 students to hold the webinar.  Please email lisa.toby@simmons.edu as soon as you can, if possible by Friday, Feb. 20th, if you are interested in attending the webinar here within the SOM building (space tbd).  We would likely hold it between the 4:30-5:30pm window when there are no classes scheduled.

Thanks very much,
The CSO Team

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

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



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

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

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.

Date & Time: Thursday, March 19 @ 4-6pm
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 22 @ 3-5:45pm
Location: M-104 

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



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  
~ Executive Director - Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc.
~ Executive Director – The Boston Society for Architects
~ Operations Manager - Crowe Paradis
~ Financial Analyst - Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
~ Multicultural Business Development Manager - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass.

Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ Internal Financial Compliance - Tufts Health Plan
~ Climate Corps Fellowship - Net Impact: New Leaders for Better Business
~ 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


MBAs: Uncle Sam Wants You
With the private sector job market more dismal than ever, suddenly government and nonprofit jobs are some of the hottest tickets around.

A Cover Letter Is Not Expendable
Cover letters are still necessary, and in a competitive market they can give you a serious edge if they are written and presented effectively.



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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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