January 22th, 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.

For the Sports Analogy Nuts Who Like the Comparisons to Your MBA Program

Schedule Updates for Next Week

Building Reminders

AACSB Updates - MBA STudent Event with Site Team

Quote of the Week

New Building and Main Campus Information

Order Your MBA Business Cards!

New Technology Section of the Update!

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

CGO Distinguished Scholar Speaker Series: Beyond Narrow Bands and Fine Lines

SOM Student Volunteers Needed for 2009 SOM Leadership Conference!

Weight Watchers Sessions at SOM


MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

Today we begin the new semester and the new chapter in SOM history! We are in the new building with MBA’s and UG’s all excited to be here, the accreditation team visit is in just about a month, we have the biggest January MBA class in many years, and regardless of your political perspective, the inauguration was very exciting! We are happy to have you back! We are located on the first floor, off the lobby if you are looking for us!


For the Sports Analogy Nuts Who Like the Comparisons to Your MBA Program

The super bowl is within two weeks and even though the Patriots aren’t in the playoffs, I did watch parts of the games. I have to admit I am going to root for the Cardinals because they haven’t been there in over 40 years, but never have stopped working, dreaming, and preparing for this moment. Your MBA program won’t take 40 years, thank goodness, but as we welcome a new class, some of the messages of expect great things of yourself, dream big and know that anything is possible. For my returning students, remember that what has brought you success in the past in the program-focus, preparation, persistence, hard work, among many adjectives I could have picked will continue to be the foundation for success as you enter your second, 9th semester and everything in between!


Schedule Updates for Next Week

First classes!!
International marketing on Saturday, 1/24
Night Accounting, Monday, 1/26
Business Plans, Monday, 1/26
Day Finance, Tuesday, 1/27
Marketing, Tuesday, 1/27
Leading Individuals and Groups, Tuesday, 1/27 (Also the last night of Foundations)
FSA, Tuesday, 1/27
Ops, Wednesday, 1/28
Leading Org Change-day, Thursday, 1/29
Comm Strat, Thursday, 1/19
Investments, Saturday, 1/31

Remember: Career Strat starts tomorrow, 1/23, all day!!

Building Reminders

We urge all of you to get parking cash on your ID so that you can come in and out of the garage, as it is right under the building. The bookstore is in the main campus building, as is Common Grounds Cafe, the coffee kiosk, and the Fens Cafeteria, all right across the quad from the new SOM building. Trains, T and bus schedules have all been sent out in previous updates but are also on the web!!

AACSB Updates - MBA STudent Event with Site Team

A separate email is coming, but I need students who are able and willing to meet with the accreditation team. We know now that the date for MBA students is February 23 rd from 6-7pm. Susan Hass is also willing to start class at 7pm for evening students that might want to participate. You will also be required to attend a prep session with Mary D that will be organized once we have a good mix of day, evening, and students from all tracks.This meeting will be important to really understand the importance of the visit to the SOM.

If you are available from 6-7pm, on Monday, 2/23 and are interested in being part of the event, please email Mary D at mary.dutkiewicz@simmons.edu by January 31st. Knowing you all as we do, we believe that a lot of you will volunteer!!. We are also awaiting information on the format, and depending on what the site team requires, we may have to limit the amount of participation so that it is manageable. But, for now, if you are interested, available and believe that you can help us in this important event, we would love to have you!

Quote of the Week

"Understand that it is ok to be scared or uncertain, however right beyond those barriers ultimately lies your dreams." Josh Hinds

“A positive attitude and a strong mind is the key to achieving results”  Unknown

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: All MBA classes are in the new building either on the first or second floor. Here are your room locations as of today:

M222 - Econ, BGGE, M. Acct, Marketing, Finance, Comm Strat, Leading Orgs, International Marketing, Brazil Travel Course
M223 - Ops, SDM, Career Strat, Gender, Public Speaking
M104 - Leading Ind., Investments
M105 - FSA, Negotiation

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!

We will be in contact with all of you soon about mailboxes and lockers!

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.

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.


CGO Distinguished Scholar Speaker Series: Beyond Narrow Bands and Fine Lines

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Place: M-501
Speaker: Professor Joyce K. Fletcher

Its been over 20 years since the publication of Breaking the Glass Ceiling (1987) and the identification of what authors Ann Morrison, Randall White, and Ellen Van Velsor called the ?narrow band? of behavioral options for female leaders. Act too feminine and your competence is questioned which disqualifies you for leadership. Act too masculine and you are seen as aggressive and arrogant which also disqualifies you for leadership. Indeed, the double bind women like Hillary Clinton face when vying for leadership positions was so obvious in this year?s presidential primary that the issue has entered the common vernacular and become conventional wisdom. That we have general agreement on the problem is, of course, good news. Solutions, on the other hand have not fared as well. Advice for women has progressed little beyond how to walk a ?fine line? or navigate the labyrinth of leadership these double binds create. In this session Professor Fletcher will use CGO?s ?fourth frame perspective? to re-think the double bind in light of leadership issues facing us today. She will offer a new framework to use in identifying strategies for success and engage us in a discussion about how to apply these lessons to our own leadership challenges.

Please join us for this inaugural session of our Distinguished Research Scholar Series.

SOM Student Volunteers Needed for 2009 SOM Leadership Conference!

Vision to Voice: Leadership in the Global Age

Please attend our informational session on Tuesday, February 3rd at 5:15–6:00 pm in SOM Case Room – M-222 (2nd floor).  We will provide an overview of the conference and answer your questions.  This informational session is designed to help you determine if you would like to volunteer.  Following the meeting, you will have the opportunity to sign up.

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.    

Weight Watchers Sessions at SOM

Tuesdays, 11:30am-12:15pm

Weight Watchers is hosting a 12-week session at the School of Management beginning Tuesday, January 27th in Room 337 (3rd Floor of the new SOM building).  The 12-week session meets every Tuesday through April 7th from 11:30am-12:15pm and costs $156.00.  Payment is due at the 1/27 meeting.  If you are interested, please join us next week.  Any questions, contact Karen Morrissey (x 3821 or karen.morrissey@simmons.edu)

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.

Job Opportunity for MBA Students

Want to make $15/Hour? Free on Friday afternoons?

Phoenix Charter Academy - a third year charter high school in Chelsea - is looking for passionate and talented undergraduate and graduate students to work as MCAS tutors every Friday afternoon from Mid-January through Mid-May.  This is a great opportunity for students interested in teaching, urban education and/or public policy.  $15/hr, 1-4:30pm on Fridays. Unfortunately the time is not flexible. If interested, please contact Tristram Hewitt, thewitt@phoenixcharteracademy.org


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.



Career Services Updates


Do you know how to effectively use LinkedIn and Facebook to build your network?

Dates and times:
          Advanced - Monday, January 26th at 2pm
          Basic - Wednesday, January 28th at 8pm
          Advanced - Monday, February 2nd at 2pm
          Basic -Wednesday, February 4th at 8pm

Members - $9.99   Non-Members - $19.99
Webinar Host:Emilie Cortes

Join NAWMBA for a webinar as we learn best practices and how to avoid snafus on both LinkedIn and Facebook in order to enhance your professional networking.
To sign up for the webinar, visit our website or follow the link. If you have any questions about the webinars, contact membership@mbawomen.org.

Preparing to Tackle the United States Job Market
Sponsored by The Stevenish Career Management Center – Clark University School of Management

Date: Friday, February 6
Time: 12–3:30pm
RSVP: crichard@clarku.edu

NOTE: this event is in Worcester, MA. Please contact the Career Services Office at georgette.jover@simmons.edu or 617-521-3857 if you are planning to attend this event to talk about transportation. 

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. 


Boston Career Fair (Co-sponsored by National Career Fairs and Monster)
Tuesday, January 27, 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
Register:  www.nationalcareerfairs.com

Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference 
February 4 – 6, in Washington, DC
For more information visit www.greenjobsconference.org  

Hire Purpose
Friday, February 6, at the Radisson Hotel Boston
For more information visit www.hirepurpose.net

Northeastern Mega Career Fair
Thursday, February 5, 2-6pm, at Northeastern University, Boston, MA
For more information, including a list of attending employers, click here.

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  

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  
~ Education Program Manager – Philips
~ Field Marketing Manager – Philips
~ Sr. Manager, Employee Communications – Philips
~ Sr. Manager Market Research - Philips
~ Director of Finance - Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership  
~ Vice President, Human Resources - Stybel Peabody & Associates, Inc

Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ 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


Recruiting and Job Hunting in Tough Economic Times
During a trying economy, having the right people on board as well as finding the best professional opportunities are of the utmost importance to nonprofit leaders.

The 'healthiest' area of the economy is...
The overall economy, to put it mildly, is very sick. However, one sector is holding up a lot better than the others: healthcare.




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.



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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