February 26th, 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

Please Reserve Study Rooms!

Spring Break is Coming!

March T-Passes are in!

The Admissions Team is launching a SOM Student Ambassador Program (SAP) and we need your help!

SAVE THE DATE: 1st Annual Babson College MBA Marketing Case Competition

Simmons School of Management's Leading Women Entrepreneur Series Presents Jessica and Casey Forbes, Founders of Ravelry.com

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

If you were at school yesterday you know that it was a historic moment as the site team had a unanimous recommendation for us to get AACSB accreditation in April. Even though we had many positive signals during the visit, I have to admit I took a big gulp when we were all at the table yesterday and they began to talk! But as soon as they said we got it, that feeling for what it meant to the school was something I can treasure for many years!!

For those of you at school yesterday, you heard that one part of their report is to send back to AACSB best practices and these deans had normally done an average of 4, but they cut it back to 12 for the SOM and that was really a wonderful testimony to the faculty, staff and students about what happens in this community. You should be very proud!! In April, we will join a very elite group of schools that have this accreditation and it really is an external validation of the excellence of your degree!!

The 23 students that represented all of you on Monday night with the site team were terrific and the site team couldn’t believe the consistency of what they heard from them, each in their own words about the SOM experience and why they came to this program. MBA students who were on the site team visit included: Georgina Michael, Alison Haight, Lauren Grymek, Gail Parente, Candace Shreve, Lisa Craig, Rachel Anderson, Olivia Handerson, Lisa Perry, Sarah Stevenson, Laurie Bennett, Colette Hendricks, Nancy Buzby, Alyson Loria, Aparna Lahiri, Meret Peter, Amy Blackshaw, Beth Dunn, Lindsay Noll, Oana Ghiga, Ali Pincus, Cat Rojo, and Karen Hartke.

Quote of the Week


Given we worked on accreditation for 10 years, I thought this quote was a good one!

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it is determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal, a commitment to excellence."-Mario Andretti

This quote is to acknowledge that an effort of this size, scope and length always involves a ton of people, but particularly the lead of the Associate Dean Deb Marlino. Deb was the faculty lead of accreditation since day one!! As MBA students, think of agreeing to lead something this important in your organization and what a level of personal and organizational commitment it takes to stay with it for 10 years, never losing site of the goal or its importance. We are very lucky to have had her dedication and leadership in this effort.

”Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many” Unknown.


Schedule Updates

Accounting evening section review: Monday, March 2, 4:45pm

Comm Strat: last class, Wednesday, March 4

Econ library review: Thursday, 5pm

No BGGE, Friday March 6 but class on Tuesday, March 3 instead

Brazil travel course is leaving next weekend!!

Please Reserve Study Rooms!

Please take the time to reserve a study room if you need to use one!!  If you choose to use a room without a reservation, please be aware that a student or group who has reserved it may come by to claim it, and if they do, please be courteous and leave promptly!  You may currently reserve a room for a 2-hour block, but if no one comes by to claim it with a reservation after your time is up, you are welcome to stay longer.

Please reserve a room by contacting Nicole at nicole.catavolos@simmons.edu or 617-521-2400, or by stopping by the Academic Programs Office (M-M103).

Spring Break is Coming!

March 9-March 13, no day or evening classes. The Academic Programs Office will be open until 6pm each night.

March T-Passes are Available

T-Passes for the month of March are available for pick up in the Academic Programs Office, M-M103.

The Admissions Team is launching a SOM Student Ambassador Program (SAP) and we need your help!

 As a Student Ambassador you may be asked on occasion to:

  • Host a student on a class visit
  • Participate in an information session
  • Attend an external event
  • Serve as a resource for prospective students requesting to speak with a current student
  • Share your experience in the classroom with the SOM Marketing Team and/or various media outlets

The time commitment is minimal but would add a tremendous amount of value to potential students, the Admissions Team AND yourself as you continue to expand your network.  Please email Darla at darla.pires-degrace@simmons.edu if you are interested in volunteering to be a part of this new initiative. 

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.

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

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

SAVE THE DATE: 1st Annual Babson College MBA Marketing Case Competition

The F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business will hold its inaugural MBA Marketing Case Competition on April 17-18 2009.

This competition is an opportunity for first year MBA students to apply entrepreneurial thinking to real marketing issues.

You can expect a formal invitation as well as well as information on registration from us later this week. In the meantime here is a synopsis of the event.

Focus of the Competition

Marketing and entrepreneurship go hand-in-hand. The intention of this case competition is to reinforce the link between these two disciplines as we bring together first year students from top MBA programs to solve real marketing issues.


We are proud to announce that  this year’s case sponsor is Ocean Spray.

Other primary sponsors include Procter & Gamble. Students will have the opportunity to network with representatives from sponsor companies.

If you have any questions regarding this unique event please feel free to contact any of the committee members at the emails below.  We look forward to your participation in April!

Best regards,
Julie, Patrizia, & Sarah

Babson Marketing Case Competition Committee

Where Entrepreneurship and Marketing Meet

Patrizia Damiani: pdamiani1@babson.edu

Julie Fabbrucci: jfabbrucci1@babson.edu

Sarah Carroll: scarroll3@babson.edu

Simmons School of Management's Leading Women Entrepreneur Series Presents Jessica and Casey Forbes, Founders of Ravelry.com

Monday, Mar. 16, 2009, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
in Room 501-502

Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired by Jessica and Casey Forbes, founders of Ravelry.com, a two year old social networking site for knitters, crocheters and other fiber arts enthusiasts to keep track of their yarn and pattern information, as well as to seek inspiration. With over 250,000 members it has grown to feature Ravelry brand products sold through an online store and has fostered a worldwide community of knitters.

RSVP Today: http://somevents.simmons.edu/1999/jessica-marshall-forbes-of-raverlycom#more-262

Net Impact Brown Bag Session - Tuesday, March 17th from 12-1 pm

Come join the 2008 conference attendees for a casual discussion about session topics such as socially responsible investment, microfinance, social enterprise and CSR! Ask questions about what you read in the recently published issue of the newsletter, The Principled Leader, available in the Academic Programs Office (is that what y'all are called now?). Refreshments will be provided.

Upcoming CGO Event

Topic: The Accumulation of Disadvantage: A Simulation of How Perceptions Advance Women's Leadership
Speaker: Barbara Lawrence, PhD
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm, Reception 6:00pm – 6:30pm
Place: The Simmons School of Management building at 300 The Fenway, M501 (5th floor)
Parking: Underground parking is available on site for $9 after validation. Validation coupons will be made available at the event. Access to the parking garage is available via Louis Pasteur Ave.

Organizations have used a wide range of strategies in an effort to increase the proportion of women in leadership. Understanding which interventions are most effective, however, can be difficult. In this presentation, Professor Barbara Lawrence, drawing on the work she has done with co-authors Jim Blythe and Cathy McGrath, offers a simulation-based approach to reproduce the micro-dynamics of hiring, retention and promotion decisions. Eventually, this simulation will facilitate comparisons of explanatory theories and organizational interventions that produce effective change.  This Speaker Series session will include an overview of this exciting new approach, a discussion of the critical simulation parameters, and a chance to think about how to apply this approach to your organization.

*The simulation is based on demographic data from a large commercial organization, including population data on work groups, sample survey data identifying subjects? social networks and data from the local SMA labor force.  

Barbara S. Lawrence is Professor of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1983.  She received her PhD from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  In 1999 her work with co-authors in Spain and the United States, received the Best Paper Award of the First International Conference of the Ibero-american Academy of Management.  She received the 1998 Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management.

» Please RSVP

For more information on CGO events, check out the CGO website under “News and Events,” or become a fan of the CGO Facebook page, to keep up to date with CGO news and announcements.

Also, be sure to join us next month, April 29, 2009 in welcoming Karen Proudford of Morgan State University, for a talk on “Putting conflict in its proper place: a look at outside influences on competition and controversy among women.”

This talk examines the influence of cross-gender interactions on the relationships among women, such that conflict originates outside and erupts within woman-to-woman interactions. Implications for building networks of supportive relationships among women, and for establishing a solid base of support for women in leadership, will be discussed.

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

Contact Person: Kerri Kivolowitz, CGO Coordinator (cgo@simmons.edu)

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


Oil and Natural Gas: Sustainable in a World with CO2 Restraints?
w/ Sherri Stuewer, VP, Environmental Policy & Planning for Exxon Mobil Corp.
Date: Tuesday, March 3
Time: 6:00pm
Location: ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Intercultural Center
RSVP via email to Angela.Borseti@tufts.edu
For More Information visit fletcher.tufts.edu/ibc/gss_2008-09/mar3.shtml  

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.

MITX Start-Up Clinic: Business Models & Cost Efficiencies
Date: Thursday, March 12
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Riverfront Office Park, 1 Main St, Cambridge MA
Learn more and Register at www.mitx.org/events/1793.cfm
Presenter: Doug Levin, Serial CEO and Entrepreneur
Don't miss this two-way discussion about business planning for software companies and Internet start-ups, including the popular topic of determining cost efficiencies in today's business environment and given a long-term business model.  This event is complimentary!
*You must be an entrepreneur to attend

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

Guest speaker - Cheryl Damian
Date: March 24th. 
Time & Location: TBD
Guest speaker from Cone, Cheryl Damian, will be visiting an undergraduate marketing class (MBA students are invited to attend). Cheryl has 15 years of marketing and communication experience, developed in both the private and public sectors. Her goal is to bring together private and public sector resources to affect social change. Cheryl’s work with corporations, nonprofits and government agencies allows her to bring a holistic perspective to the clients she serves at Cone.  Specific areas of expertise include brand messaging and identity development, communications strategic planning and implementation, audience research design and public-private partnership development. For more information on this event and Cheryl Damian, please visit the Career Events page on Career Connect.

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




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

Boston Career Fair
Monday, May 18, 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
Register: www.nationalcareerfairs.com
June 26-27, at the NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York City
Register: www.fortefoundation.org
Boston Career Fair
Monday, July 20 - 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
Register: www.nationalcareerfairs.com
1st Annual Asian MBA Leadership Conference & Career Fair         
September 10-12, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City
Register: www.asianmba.org

Recent Job Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ Human Rights Licensee Administrator - Phillips-Van Heusen (PVH)
~ Executive Director - Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc.
~ Executive Director – The Boston Society for Architects
~ Multicultural Business Development Manager - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass.

Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ NPEA Intern - The Steppingstone Foundation
~ Volpe Transportation Internship - Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
~ Internal Financial Compliance - Tufts Health Plan
~ Climate Corps Fellowship - Net Impact: New Leaders for Better Business
~ Investment Analysts - Interns - MIT
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


Where Stimulus Jobs Will Be – And Jobs Open Now
Plus, why contract work might be good for you.

Even in this job market, you can still stand out
There are two kinds of people today: those who are in the job market hunting for their next position and those who worry that they may be any day now.


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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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