April 1st, 2010



Headings marked in BLUE represent new information. Headings marked in PURPLE represent old information.

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New Information This Week

Note from Mary D
Sports Analogies for Those Students That Like Them!
Quotes of the Week
Registration Updates
For students that entered prior to September 2010
Update on Students finishing Degree Requirements in August
Summer Schedule Change-- Communication Strategies and Public Speaking
Careers in Organizational Change: The CSR Perspective
Please participate in the important (and quick) study about “Organizational Silence
Register Today for the XII Latin American Conference at HBS

MBA Office Updates


Note From Mary D.

It is April 1, and I thought about doing an April Fools edition of the update, but figured that would be mean, so I opted not to do it!! The warm weather will finally appear this weekend and many of you are celebrating religious holidays this week and weekend. There are 6 weeks left in the semester. It is really hard to believe how fast the term is going!! In all my track meetings this week, students were really upbeat about things, which was great to see! Some courses are winding down, some are ramping up with projects and papers, others just continue to require a lot of work to stay on top of the material. Use your time wisely, but go outside this weekend for a walk or run to really feel that spring is here and that sunshine improves everyone’s outlook on everything!

Sports Analogies for Those Students That Like Them!

As I watched the highlights on March Madness, the caption on ESPN was-“it’s all about how you finish”.  I watched UConn women march to their 75th straight win. I watched Butler make it to the final four falling behind with a couple of minutes left and then rallying to win. You have 6 weeks left. Finish strong, and remember, it is not over until you take your final or hand in your final deliverable. Lots of grading points are still on the table and take advantage of every one of them.


Quotes of the Week

“Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them, have great dreams and dare to live them, have tremendous expectations and believe in them" –-Norman Vincent Peale

"We grow great by dreams ... Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they [flourish]; bring them to the sunshine and light, which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true." --Woodrow Wilson

Registration Updates

Prof. Paul  Myers has lifted the cap on Project management, so everybody that wants to take it can take it! Please email Katlyn or Paula if you can’t register yourself!

There are still many students still to register. If you are having trouble choosing courses, please talk to Mary D or your faculty for guidance, but we need to get you registered!  Mary D will be searching you all out next week, so register over the weekend to avoid that one!

Low enrollment electives as of today: Public Speaking, International Finance and Strategic Consulting only have 4 students. Please remember that Public Speaking goes away as an official elective next year and that Strategic Consulting will not be offered again until Fall 2011. International Finance is also not on the schedule for next year.

Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft is co-teaching the CSR course this summer. It is a terrific opportunity to spend a weekend with a corporate executive and Prof. Sylvia Maxfield. Last summer this course had rave reviews!

It is confirmed that the MBA study abroad trip will be to London next year over spring break and led by Prof. Fiona Wilson. Topic will be sustainability.

Please remember that if you are opting for a 3 cr elective this summer, you must declare it prior to the first class and know it cannot be changed back after the first class. Please let Paula or Katlyn know by email. If you do nothing, we will assume you are taking it for 2 credits.

For students that entered prior to September 2010

The SDM/Strat 1 course: Please remember that all students that entered prior to September 2010 need to have completed the Strat 1/SDM course prior to going into Strategy 2. The spring section has not started yet, and there is still room to enroll. The final time it is being offered will be over the January 20-23 weekend, 2011.

Update on Students finishing Degree Requirements in August

Anyone with 7 or fewer credits this summer will be allowed to walk in the College ceremony on May 14. Paula will be in touch in the next two weeks with more information, but it will be the afternoon of May 14, at the Bank of America Pavilion on the waterfront, starting at 2pm.

Dean’s Reception has been scheduled for Thursday night, August 12 from 6-8pm and we have been given permission to distribute your diplomas!

Summer Schedule Change-- Communication Strategies and Public Speaking

GSM 460 Comm Strat-no class on 6/3 and add class on 6/1, 6-9pm

GSM 559 Public Speaking-no class on 6/1 and add class on August 3, 6-9pm

Careers in Organizational Change: The CSR Perspective

Who: Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft
When: Monday, April 12th 4:30pm
Where: Simmons SOM, Room 501

Description: Join us for an intimate talk with Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft. Dan is joining us to discuss career options in organizational change, from a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) perspective. He will spend a few minutes talking about his own experience at Microsoft and beyond, and then open the room up for questions and discussion.

Space is limited in order to ensure that the conversation remains intimate, and students from other schools will be in attendance. RSVP today!

RSVP: E-mail

Details: Announcement is online at

Please participate in the important (and quick) study about “Organizational Silence”

SOM affiliated faculty member, Margaret Heffernan, is involved in an important new study on “organizational silence,” as first described by Milliken and Morrison in their paper Organizational Silence: A Barrier to Change and Development in a Pluralistic World Elizabeth Wolfe Morrison and Frances J. Milliken The Academy of Management Review, Vol. 25, No. 4 (Oct., 2000), pp. 706-725 Published by: Academy of Management

With their permission, this survey takes the work one step further, in aiming to compare organizational silence within US companies to organizational silence within British-based companies. It is being conducted in collaboration with the School of Management at the University of Bath, one of the top business schools in the UK.

Data from the survey will be used in two ways:

1) Within a new book by SOM affiliated Professor, Margaret Heffernan. Her forthcoming book, Willful Blindness, argues that one reason business leaders fail to perceive threats is because the organization silences evidence of them.

2) By University of Bath Professor Michael Mayer in his academic publications.

The survey does not identify participants or their companies.

We would be extremely grateful if you could complete the survey at the following link:

Thank you!

Register Today for the XII Latin American Conference at HBS

Save the Date: April 13th, 2010 from 4:30pm-6pm for UAE Presentations!

UAE Study Abroad course students will share learning and pictures from their trip on Tuesday, April 13th from 4:30-6pm in M222! Come join them!

Access to Garage on Saturday, April 3rd

There will be a large crane in the main driveway on Saturday, April 3 from about 6 am to 5 pm.  No traffic will be able to use the main driveway off Avenue Louis Pasteur to enter the campus during this time.  The garage will remain open.  There will be 3 Simmons police detail officers to help direct cars to the Palace road driveway to enter and exit the garage during this time. 

Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter and Invitations

As many of you know, one of the wonderful benefits  of AACSB accreditation is the eligibility to start a Beta Gamma Sigma chapter at Simmons. BGS is the academic equivalent to Phi Beta Kappa at other schools. It is an academic honor society based on the top 10% of the UG management students  and 20% of the MBA students. Many of you saw Prof. Linda Boardman Liu and/or Dean Deb Marlino visiting classes over the last week announcing all the students that have been invited. The ceremony will be on April 22 and all students are welcome to attend!

Summer Registration

If you have not registered, please register ASAP. We will start making decisions on running or cancelling electives next week and we want to make sure we have accurate data!

Summer Schedule: The Econ Conflict on August 4 with IT and Finance

We have resolved the econ conflict on August 4! Please remove Econ from Wednesday, August 4 and add Saturday, 7/24, 11-2pm.

Summer Schedule: Communications Strategies and Public Speaking

June 8 is an on line class for Public Speaking and a face to face class for Comm Strat. This is appearing in the system as a conflict, but it is not!! Please email Katlyn and she can register you into the other class!

CSR panel/LGA Conflict

The CSR panel is a requirement of all LGA students to attend, so  if you are being blocked in the system because it is telling you there is a conflict, send an email to Katlyn at and we will get it fixed! This is also not a real conflict!

Brown Bag Lecture: Redefining Gender Research

The Center for Gender in Organizations invites you to the Brown Bag Lecture "Redefining Gender Research" with Entrepreneur Scholar in Residence Helene Ahl of Jönköping University in Jönköping, Sweden.  The lecture will be held from Thursday, April 8, from 12:30-2 in M-337 (Faculty Conference Room).  Please bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.

Please RSVP to the CGO at or x3824 with further questions.  We hope to host a series of these Thursday Brown Bag Lectures through the remainder of the spring semester.

Helene Ahl's discourse analysis of research texts on women's entrepreneurship demonstrated some limitations of extant research. Whereas entrepreneurship indeed offers opportunities for wealth creation and influence, research on women's entrepreneurship tended, through its focus on gender as a binary opposition, to recreate women's secondary position in society. A re-framing of gender is suggested, which includes going back to the use of the term gender in its original meaning, namely as socially constructed norms around masculinity and femininity. This moves the research interest from simple comparisons of men and women to gender constructions and their effects on men's and women's lives. Such reframing also means that researchers must confront their personal pre-existing ideas and language around gender.



Career Services Updates


Internship Search Drop-In:  Sharing Needs and Leads
For students looking for a summer 2010 internship, please join us!  This will be an informal group brought together to share how your searches are going, and for seeking advice and networks.  If possible, students are encouraged to bring internship postings of interest, as well as their target organizations so we can brainstorm on how a door may be opened.  Mondays, from 11:00-12:15pm, Room M221 on these below dates.  Bring your snacks!

DATES: April 5, April 12, April 26, May 3, & May 10


New – Join the CSO list serve to receive internship (and search-related) announcements!  If you are interested, please email Georgette to sign up at


FOLLOW THE CSO ON TWITTER! simmons_mba_cso




Babson Latin Entrepreneurship Forum
Date: April 9
Time: 7am-6pm
Location: Babson College, 231 Forest Street, Needham, MA 02492
Registration: $20 at

The event will focus on entrepreneurial opportunities in Latin America, highlighting both the expansion of local businesses into the global arena as well as ventures from international corporations inside the region. This Forum will generate insightful debates about the identification, structuring, and growth process of local business opportunities.


Date: Wednesday, April 14
Time: 5-9pm
Location: SOM, 5th Floor

**They are looking for 10 MBA Students to volunteer at this event to welcome guest as they arrive. If you are interested please email ASAP**

This panel discussion will give you insights to assess your career during these times.

  • “How to recognize the right opportunity for you”
  • “What skills are critical to prepare me for my next role?”
  • “What type of industries are hiring?”

Panelist will represent a broad range of industries and companies including:

  • Prudential Financial, William Cuff
  • BNY Mellon, Carlos Morales
  • Federal Reserve, David W. Leavell
  • Plus Hill Holiday, Harvard University

Event Agenda:

  • 5:00pm - Networking
  • 6:30pm - Panel
  • 8:00pm - Career Information Services & Networking


NEW – Network for Women in Enterprise
Date: Wednesday, April 28
Time: 5pm-8pm
Location: SOM 5th Floor
Mark your calendars! More details coming soon!


Internship/Practicum meeting
Date: Thursday, May 6
Time: 3:30 – 4:45pm
Location: TBA

Recent SOM graduates will be joining us for a panel discussion. The Alums will be sharing stories and answering questions about what their internship experiences were like. We are looking forward to having a wonderful conversation with them.


The 2010 MITSloan CIO Symposium
Cloud Computing Panel - Strategic Implications, Security, Business Model
Date: May 19, 2010
For Registration and more information visit  

Join us on as our panel of industry experts discuss the implications of the Cloud across all industry segments. The Cloud keynote panel will address the practicality and applications necessary to ensure that Cloud applications and services fit seamlessly into existing processes. Strategically, this objective only can be achieved for enterprise level IT processes if applications running in the Cloud conform to established security and governance policies. Concurrently they must integrate with existing systems and operational procedures without disrupting existing budgets. The panelists are an all-star cast of experts who have had a big dose of industry experience. Including:

  • Ms. Kirsten Wolberg, Chief Information Officer at
  • Mr. Michael Kirwan,  hief Information Officer at Yahoo!'s
  • Mr. Mark Forman, Federal Performance and Technology Advisory Services, KPMG's
  • Mr. Sanjay Mirchandani, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at EMC


Mass Innovation Nights
Mass Innovation Nights connect Massachusetts-based innovators with the marketplace using social media. The monthly Launch Parties (second Wednesday of the month) and networking events are FREE for everyone — companies and guests alike.  All we ask is that guests help spread the word about cool new products they see at our events.  Blog, Tweet (#MIN), Facebook, LinkedIn or tell a neighbor or a friend (yes, in person, you know, talking…)


Boston’s NAACP Professional and Executive Diversity Job Fair
April 6-7, 10am to 3pm, at the Double Tree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston

International Corporate Citizenship Conference 2010
April 11-13, Boston, MA

HBS Latin American Conference
April 11, 8am-8pm, at Harvard Business School, 280 Soldiers Field Road, Boston

Global Health & Innovation Conference
April 17–18, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Women MBAs 2010 Virtual Career Fair!
April 21, 10am to 6pm, Anywhere You and Your Computer Are

Women for Hire Expo
April 28, 10am to 2pm, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

Good Jobs, Green Jobs: 2010 Green Innovation Expo
May 4 – 6, at the Hilton Washington Hotel, Washington, D.C.

The 2010 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
May 19, 7:30AM-7:00PM, MIT Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge, MA





  • Summer Internship @ Mullen
  • Several Opportunities @ Mindspark
  • Several Opportunities @ WHDA
  • MBA Market Assessment  Intern or full time contract position @ BA Logix
  • MBA Market Research internship @ Percivia
  • Marketing Internship  @ Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Internship @ Comcast
  • Marketing/Finance/Sales/HR Internships @ EMC
  • Summer Intern @ Ceres
  • Digital Marketing Internship @ Staples, Inc
  • Summer 2010 Social Impact Internships @  Root Cause Institute  


JOB Postings

  • Senior Manager, Market Intelligence @ Philips
  • Resource Development Officer @ Urban Development
  • Chief Executive Officer @ KRIPALU (Isaacson Miller)
  • Manager, Portfolio Team @New Profit Inc (Commongood Careers)
  • Multiple positions @ The Asian University for Women
  • IT Business Systems Analyst – Corporate Division @ iRobot
  • Energy Research Assistant  @ KEMA
  • Director Business Development @
  • College Preparation Associate @ East River Development Alliance
  • Financial Officer @ MIT

Visit Career Connect for all the latest internship and job posts.  
As a reminder, please keep your Career Connect profile up to date. If you forgot your username and password, please contact Please do not re-register yourself as past information about you will be lost.


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Library Updates

News from the Library:
Current Library Hours:
 January 19th - May 8th
         o Monday-Thursday: 7:30am - 11:00pm
         o Friday: 7:30am - 8:00pm
         o Saturday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
         o Sunday: 10:00am - 11:00pm

New from the Library: Schedule a research appointment online.
Starting a research project and don?t know where to begin?
In the middle of researching and not finding what you need?
Struggling with a library resource? Go to the Library home page and click on the link that says Book a Research Appointment Online.  Your request will be answered and scheduled asap!

Popular Research Clinics available on Wednesdays from 2-4.Drop in!
Are you writing a research paper? Drop by one of our on-going clinics in L225 for individual assistance with any stage of the research or writing process. Clinics will be staffed by a Writing Center tutor and a reference librarian to help you with things such as:

   * finding books, articles, and high-quality websites on your topic
   * searching electronic databases
   * evaluating the quality of your information sources
   * organizing your information and ideas
   * conveying your argument clearly
   * using APA, MLA, or other documentation styles
   * avoiding plagiarism
No appointment necessary! Drop by with a few quick questions, or stay longer for more extensive help. Or just come in to use a computer and work on your paper, knowing that professional assistance is conveniently nearby.

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Technology Information

Alerts, Announcements and Events from Technology are all available through the my.simmons portal.

  • For other tip sheets and descriptions of technology resources visit 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
  • Media Services has a variety of equipment is available for you to borrow including laptops and cameras:
  • 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.


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