February 26th, 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
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.
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.
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 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.
March 9-March 13, no day or evening classes. The Academic Programs Office will be open until 6pm each night.
T-Passes for the month of March are available for pick up in the Academic Programs Office, M-M103.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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
NOTE: Here are the printer names:
Directions -- You can find directions to the main campus here: http://www.simmons.edu/overview/directions/
Campus Map -- You can find a main campus map here:
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
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 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!
Babson Marketing Case Competition Committee
Where Entrepreneurship and Marketing Meet
Patrizia Damiani: firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Fabbrucci: email@example.com
Sarah Carroll: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Net Impact Brown Bag Session - Tuesday, March 17th from 12-1 pm
Topic: The Accumulation of Disadvantage: A Simulation of How Perceptions Advance Women's Leadership
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.
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 (email@example.com)
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.
Oil and Natural Gas: Sustainable in a World with CO2 Restraints?
Associated Grant Makers Diversity Fellowship Program
MITX Start-Up Clinic: Business Models & Cost Efficiencies
Guest speaker - Cheryl Damian
THE FIRST ANNUAL The Association for operations Management (APICS) NORTHEAST STUDENT CASE COMPETITION (April 2009)
EXTERNAL CAREER FAIRS
Women for Hire
Boston Career Fair (Co-sponsored by National Career Fairs and Monster)
Boston Healthcare Career Fair
Boston Career Fair
Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect
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!
INTERESTING CAREER ARTICLES – Add market trend info
Where Stimulus Jobs Will Be – And Jobs Open Now
Even in this job market, you can still stand out
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-521-3851.
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