March 18, 2010



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
Quotes of the Week
Summer Schedule Updates
Credits For Graduation Clarification
The 2 vs 3 credit option after Summer 2010
Join the MGMA!
SOM Students in the News
Upcoming Track Meetings with Mary D.

Grad Assistant Needed in Student Life Office
Help HBP test new Change Management green business Simulation

Changing the Face and Shape of the Fashion Industry: A Young Entrepreneur's Story

MBA Office Updates


Note From Mary D.

There is no note this week, as Mary D. is on vacation!


Quotes of the Week

I'm not old enough to play baseball or football.  I'm not eight yet.  My mom told me when you start baseball, you aren't going to be able to run that fast because you had an operation.  I told Mom I wouldn't need to run that fast.  When I play baseball, I'll  just hit them out of the park.  Then I'll be able to walk."  ~Edward J. McGrath, Jr.


"I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day."  ~Abraham Lincoln


Summer Schedule Updates

E-ship Practicum and Managing High Growth: first class now May 14 for Practicum and May 15-17 for MHG.

Masters in Communications Management summer courses open to MBA students. 4 credit courses will count as 3 cr MBA electives.

· MCM 451 - Integrated Marketing Communications

Focuses on the marketing concepts and methods needed to capture fragmented customer-centric markets. Emphasizes the need to integrate all marketing communications, including public relations and advertising.

05/24/2010 - 07/22/2010



·         MCM 488M - Organizational Comm. and Cult-TRAVEL COURSE-ITALY

Examines several types of organizational communication, including marketing communications, public relations, crisis communications, and managerial communication, as they are practiced in Italy and the U.S. Focuses specifically on how culture shapes the practice of organizational communication. Includes lecture, discussion, guest speakers, and field trips. Offered in Rome during a two-week period in summer session. 05/17/2010 - 05/28/2010

GSM 550 B, Human Resources is now eligible for the 2 or 3 credit option. It will need to be declared by the first class.

Students with the IT/Finance Conflict

HCA 522- Health Info Systems is being taught on Monday nights from May 17th- July 12th, 5:30-8:30pm.  Attached is the syllabus from last summer. Marty Belscher-former CIO at Emerson taught it  in summer 2009. This Summer 2010 course has been approved by Deb Marlino and Mary Finlay to count towards the SOM IT course degree requirement.

GSM 559 B Public Speaking

Please know that Public Speaking is not on the schedule for next year as an elective, so if you are really hoping to take it, you should think about it for this summer!

Credits For Graduation Clarification

For students that started in January 08 or earlier and took Econ for 3 cr,  have SDM/Strat 1 for one credit, and are not required to take IT, you will all be cleared to graduate with 47 credits! We took the credit from Econ and the credit from SDM to make the 2 credits for IT, so you are one short, and will be ok!

The 2 vs 3 credit option after Summer 2010

We had a great question on whether after Sept. 1, there will be any flexibility to take a 3 cr elective for 2 credits and the answer is no! As of September 1, all electives will be 3 credits and students will need to take electives for all 3 credits. This is the last summer of the 2 or 3 credit option.

Join the MGMA!

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is the premier membership association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices. Get a head-start on being a part of this growing field by joining the association as a student member. Jump start your health care career using the resources and networking that MGMA offers for only $35 a year. Here are a few of the benefits student members enjoy:

Career resources and job database

Access to the EBSCO Health Business article database containing more than 450 health care administration journals Research assistance and advice from MGMA's library professionals Discussion forums and member-created e-groups Discounted registration on 100+ educational programs offered annually

To join or learn more, visit Contact MGMA if you have questions toll-free, 877.275.6462, ext. 1888.

SOM Students in the News

Kelly Fox has been asked to be the keynote at the Athena Award luncheon in Attleboro later this month and will address about 125 people on leadership!


Upcoming Track Meetings with Mary D.

March 29, 5pm, New January 2010 students

March 30, 12 noon, day students

March 31, 5pm, returning evening students

Pizza will be provided!


Grad Assistant Needed in Student Life Office

The Student Life Office would like to hire a student worker to begin in mid-late March. We currently have a grad assistant in our office that will be graduating in December 2010 and a senior nursing student that will be graduating in May 2010.  Ideally, we would like to find an adult student that can work 8-10 hrs. the remainder of the spring semester, help with coverage over the summer, and continue with our office in the fall and beyond.  I would like to seek your help for recommendations. 

Below are some responsibilities of this position:

Answer the phone in a professional manner and have the ability to be resourceful in the moment to answer questions or direct calls to the appropriate person/department.

Portray confidence and professionalism as the first point of contact for students, parents, faculty, and staff coming into the office.

Work on projects as assigned, handle confidential student information, bulletin board management, and website management (RedDot).  The student does not need to have prior experience using RedDot.

Overall, we would like to find a responsible student that enjoys interacting with students, faculty, and staff on a daily basis and can handle working in a fast-paced environment.  There are times when the student will be responsible covering the front office in my absence.  

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I welcome all recommendations and will be in touch with the students the week after spring break.  Thank you in advance for your help.


Valerie Foster





Help HBP test new Change Management green business Simulation

Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) is seeking volunteers to participate in the beta testing of our new online Change Management simulation on Wednesday, March 10 from 1:00-3:00 pm at Harvard Business School.  Can you persuade colleagues to adopt green initiatives at a sunglass manufacturer?  Explore how your influence, urgency and resources impact your success as a change agent.  

Please note you must provide your own laptop (wireless-enabled; browser; Flash 9 plug-in).

A $75 gift certificate to will be provided to all testers.

This usability beta test will allow you to give valuable feedback on an in-progress version of our change management simulation.  This test is open to undergrad, MBA, and/or doctoral business students with an interest in business simulations.  Knowledge in organizational behavior is useful, but not required.

Test Details:

·       Please confirm your plan to attend by emailing (include your school affiliation and use “Request to participate in CM Sim Beta-SOM” as the subject).  Space is limited.  If you are confirmed you will be sent specific directions.

·       Wednesday, March 10 from 1:00-3:00 pm at Harvard Business School (be sure to arrive 15 minutes before the test starts)

·       NOTE: this test is NOT at Harvard Business Publishing in Watertown

·       Laptop: ethernet and/or wireless-enabled; browser; Flash 9 plug-in

Thank you!


Wednesday, March 24, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Changing the Face and Shape of the Fashion Industry: A Young Entrepreneur's Story
Special Guest:
Ben Barry, Founder and CEO of the Ben Barry Agency; author & women's health advocate

Meet bestselling author and entrepreneur Ben Barry, who founded the Ben Barry agency out of the basement of his home at age 14. Barry is helping to rewrite the fashion industry’s rules on beauty with a new paradigm that includes models of all sizes, ages, and races.



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: March 29, 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



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…)


JOBNOB BOSTON (Simmons SOM is participating sponsor!)
For Jobseekers interested in working with a startup.  Free to Attend.  Must be 21 or older.
Date: Wednesday, March 24

*Check out Jobnob’s Chicago Event here:


Special Invitation for International Students and New Grads!
Date: Wednesday, March 24 (new date)
Location: M-221
Time: 12-1pm
Pizza will be served!

Join Dan Beaudry, author of, “Power Ties: The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States” for a look into how international students can find jobs in the United States.  What you hear might surprise you: stay away from job boards, don’t invest time wrestling with HR, speak for yourself instead of through a resume, and other unusual ideas.  Dan is the former head of campus recruiting for, and now directs the careers division of international education media company QS.


Note:  The CSO is partnering on this event. MBA students/grads are encouraged to attend.

Date: Wednesday, March 31
Time: 2:00 – 5:00pm
Location: Linda K. Paresky Center, 3rd Floor, Main Campus Building
Register: call 617-521-2488 or visit  


Innovation Forum - Greater Boston's Clean Tech Cluster
Date: Wednesday, March 31
Time: 7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
Location: InterContinental Boston
Cost: $50 (As a Simmons student you are a member!)
RSVP by: Friday, March 26

Moderated by: Scott Kirsner, Boston Globe
Featured Panelists:

  • Nick d’Arbeloff, President, New England Clean Energy Council
  • Bill Davis, President, CEO & Founder, Ze-Gen
  • Bart Riley, CTO, VP Research & Development and Founder, A123Systems

New in 2010, this breakfast forum will feature prominent leaders from business and government in the dynamic and growing fields of clean energy, life sciences, biotechnology and high technology. The first Innovation Forum of 2010 will feature leaders from Greater Boston's clean tech industry for a discussion on the economic impact of the local clean tech cluster on our region and the prospects for continued growth.




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

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.





  • 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 
  • Internship @ Volpe National Transportation Systems Center 
  • Information Systems Internships @ Partners HealthCare System 
  • Internship @  Sustainserv (Consulting)
  • Grant Writing Internship @ TerraVerdae Bioworks  


JOB Postings

  • 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
  • Inside Sales Manager @ enerNOC
  • New Product Planning Marketing Manager @ Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Senior Managing Director, Design @ Teach for America

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.



Job Seekers - Tell your readers WIFT (What's In it For Them)

Does your resume tell your audience WIFM (What's In it For ME - the candidate), or does your resume describe WIFT (What's In it For Them - the hiring company)? Unfortunately, most of the resumes I see now, and have seen through out my career are the WIFM variety, and fail to capture the hiring manager's attention ... because quite frankly, the hiring manager isn't so concerned about what you want. The hiring manager is primarily concerned about WIFT - what their company wants.

Work Smart: How to Make Procrastination Productive
You've got a big, important report to write for work and you're dreading it. The deadline has been weighing on your mind for weeks and so far, you've done nothing about it. At this point, you'd rather get a root canal than get started. Still, you set aside time this afternoon to buckle down and get to work, but instead you're playing Solitaire, you're checking Facebook, you're reorganizing your pens… You're procrastinating.



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Library Updates

Beatley Library Hours:
January 19th - May 8th

   * Monday-Thursday: 7:30am - 11:00pm
   * Friday: 7:30am - 8:00pm
   * Saturday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
   * Sunday: 10:00am - 11:00pm
Remember to check the Library web page for exceptions and holiday hours.
Librarians are available at the Reference Desk from 8:00am until 9:00 Monday thru Thursday. Check for weekend hours.

Research Clinics: Every Wednesday, 2-4, Beatley Room L-225. Get help with research from a librarian, or meet with a tutor from the Writing Center.

Business Bestsellers in the Library:
Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World by Bill Clinton
Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes by Mark Penn
The Comeback: Seven Stories of Women Who Went from Career to Family and Back Again by Emma Gilbey Keller
Richistan: A Journey Through The American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich by Robert Frank
Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness by Lisa Hamilton

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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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