April 1st, 2010
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Information This Week
Note from Mary D
Sports Analogies for Those Students That Like Them!
Quotes of the Week
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
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!
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.
“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
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.
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.
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!
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
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: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/53NMBS9
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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Internship Search Drop-In: Sharing Needs and Leads
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 email@example.com.
FOLLOW THE CSO ON TWITTER! simmons_mba_cso
Babson Latin Entrepreneurship Forum
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.
NSHMBA BOSTON 2010 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
**They are looking for 10 MBA Students to volunteer at this event to welcome guest as they arrive. If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP**
This panel discussion will give you insights to assess your career during these times.
Panelist will represent a broad range of industries and companies including:
NEW – Network for Women in Enterprise
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
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:
Mass Innovation Nights
CONFERENCES AND EXTERNAL CAREER FAIRS
Boston’s NAACP Professional and Executive Diversity Job Fair www.psijobfair.com
International Corporate Citizenship Conference 2010 www.bcccc.net
HBS Latin American Conference www.drclas.harvard.edu/events/hbs_latinamericanconference_2010
Global Health & Innovation Conference www.uniteforsight.org/conference
Women MBAs 2010 Virtual Career Fair! www.womenmbavirtualcareerfair.com
Women for Hire Expo www.womenforhire.com/career_expos/spring_2010/boston
Good Jobs, Green Jobs: 2010 Green Innovation Expo www.greenjobsconference.org
RECENT INTERNSHIP AND JOB POSTINGS
NOTE: PLEASE LET LISA OR GEORGETTE KNOW IF YOU WILL BE APPLYING FOR ANY OF THESE POSITIONS, OR OTHERS ON CAREER CONNECT!
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