Monday, April 28, 2008

A Message from Dean Salvatore F. Sodano

Sodano

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the inaugural edition of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business Electronic Newsletter. Our goal is to inform our friends, alumni, faculty, administration and students of exciting developments at the Zarb School and in the greater Hofstra community. A calendar, containing events open to all, will be posted. The newsletter will also highlight achievements of our alumni, faculty and students.


Let me take this opportunity to provide an update on some recent information and accomplishments at the Zarb School.



  • Our graduate program is included with other prestigious institutions in the Princeton Review's 2008 edition of the "Best Business Schools," a ranking compiled from surveys of 19,000 students from AACSB-accredited M.B.A. programs. CV Starr Hall, our primary classroom facility, is renowned as a state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility. Furthermore, Princeton Review wrote that our "finance professors are cutting edge, often putting together a curriculum not found in textbooks, incorporating tools developed and used in the field." Our Graduate Career Services also received strong praise in the Princeton Review.


  • Trading Room

    The Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room



  • I am incredibly proud of our Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room. We are privileged to have the largest, most sophisticated Bloomberg-based academic trading room in the world: With 34 terminals, our students and faculty can access the same data, analytics and software, used by professionals to make trading decisions and to measure and analyze risk in all global markets.

  • In April 2007, Hofstra finance students competed in a national trading competition sponsored by the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). NYMEX officials evaluated and ranked the top ten competitors, which included Ivy League students. In a significant romp, Hofstra students placed 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8.

  • Effective 2009, the Zarb School of Business has been accepted as a member of the highly-prestigious and competitive New York State Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA).

  • Additionally, this semester students from the Zarb School competed in NYSSA’s “Sixth Annual Investment Challenge,” a comprehensive eight-month program where business students are trained by Wall Street leaders to research and report on a publicly-traded company. The Zarb School joined other prestigious business schools in the New York area, including Columbia, NYU, Fordham and Baruch.

  • Commencing in Fall 2008, the Zarb School will offer a full-time day M.B.A. program which will include a cohort Honors Scholar section. This is an exciting new venture for our school. We are actively seeking high achievers, students with very strong GMAT scores and undergraduate GPAs. The program offers the opportunity for honors scholar designation, guest speakers, an opportunity for international travel and suggested internships. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we will be offering substantial scholarships for these top achievers. In addition, we have recently implemented an M.B.A. in Sports & Entertainment Management and an M.S. in Quantitative Finance.

  • An Endowed Chair in Chinese Business and Culture Studies has been established that will significantly enhance the global reputation of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business. This is the first step in our creation of the Center for the Study of Chinese Business Practices and Customs which will support student and faculty exchange between Chinese universities and Hofstra, and faculty research relating to Chinese business practices and culture. The Center will also assist local and regional businesses to enhance their understanding of Chinese business.

  • An Endowed Distinguished Professorship has also been established in the Marketing and International Business Department honoring Hofstra alumnus Robert Brockway.


The faculty and administration of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business look forward to an exciting academic calendar, filled with stimulating seminars and conferences highlighted below. Please join us.

FACES OF SUCCESS

One measure of success for any business is to examine the product. Our product - you the alumni - have assisted in making the Zarb School an outstanding institution of higher education. Please take a moment to review some of these success stories. This list will be ever growing to reflect the many exceptional graduates that we have produced.


See the Faces of Success from The Frank G. Zarb School of Business


Recently, Anthony Dalessio '80,through KPMG, and Larry Roman '77 made generous gifts to their alma mater. Click on the link below their photos, to learn more about these two successful alumni and their contributions to Hofstra University.


Roman

Larry Roman ('77) (top, center) with Hofstra students who received Roman Annual Scholarships. Mr. Roman interviewed all students personally.

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Dalessio

Dean Sodano presents Anthony Dalessio ('80), KPMG's lead partner for the city of New York, with a plaque in appreciation of his participation in the Executive Speaker Series.

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Lawrence Roman


On a crisp October morning last year, Lawrence Roman '77 was in Hofstra Hall interviewing applicants for the Lawrence Roman Annual Scholarship for the Frank G. Zarb School of Business. "I like to work with people individually," he said. "That's my personality." Mr. Roman met candidates over a span of three hours and awarded 29 scholarships. He said he was looking for three things: "genuine need, personal characteristics such as genuineness and kindness, and how serious they are in their studies."


Among the scholarship recipients were Tatiana Gamarra, an M.B.A. candidate from Peru who expects to graduate in 2008. She currently works full time and receives a partial scholarship. Yuting Hung, another recipient who plans to graduate with an M.B.A. this year, is from Taiwan. James Gilligan is hoping to graduate in 2009 with a B.B.A. in marketing and two minors, and said the scholarship would ease the financial burden on his family. Perhaps Mr. Gilligan spoke for all of Mr. Roman's beneficiaries when he said, "I think it's great when someone values education so much that they're willing to help others."


Mr. Roman established the scholarship in 2006. His mother had passed away, and he wanted to do something meaningful with the inheritance. "When you've been fortunate like I have, you try to do the right thing for the right people."


Mr. Roman has applied his direct approach in the business world with great success. A third-generation plumbing contractor, he joined the family business in 1978. "Then I just kept growing the business," Mr. Roman said. Today, Mr. Roman is president and chief operating officer of WDF Services and chief executive officer of WDF, Inc. WDF Services, a holding company that includes WDF, Inc., and Nagelbush Mechanical, Inc., is one of the nation's leading mechanical and specialty contractors. In August 2007 WDF, Inc., the company that Mr. Roman built, was ranked by New York Construction magazine as New York's second largest specialty contractor, behind only EMCOR.


Mr. Roman's company has won the bidding wars for some of the biggest plumbing contracts in recent New York history, including Time Warner Center, 7 World Trade Center and its current project, the Goldman Sachs building. And, yes, he's worked for Donald Trump. "My mom and his mom were very close," he said. "Back in '95, I needed some work and I asked my mom if she would ask Mrs. Trump to set up a luncheon with her son. I knew Donald wouldn't take a call from anyone but his mother." The meeting paid off in a couple of projects for WDF, Inc. About his dealings with Mr. Trump, Mr. Roman said, "When it came to getting the price for his work, he beat me down the way he'd beat anyone else down. But he paid me every dollar he owed me. He was wonderful to work for."


The growth of Mr. Roman's plumbing business has taken some interesting twists and turns. In 1988 he sold the company, then called R&C Corporation, to Jamaica Water Properties, which became EMCOR. But in 1995 he bought it back at "a much reduced sum" and formed WDF, Inc. "I did much better with it than they did," he said. He sold the company again, in 2000, to KeySpan, but bought it back again in 2005. In 2007 he merged his company with Nagelbush Mechanical, creating WDF Services, and he sold an equity stake in the company to Eos Partners.


Anthony N. Dalessio


Anthony (Tony) Dalessio '80, CPA, a partner with the Big Four accounting and advisory firm KPMG LLP, recently gave a generous corporate gift to Hofstra University. This included contributions from other Hofstra alumni working at the firm, with funds matched by KPMG LLP. "On an annual basis, we reach out to alums at KPMG. We believe it's a way of showing our support to our University, which we are all proud of being associated with," Mr. Dalessio explained. Mr. Dalessio credits the opportunities he had at Hofstra for launching his career. An accounting major, he served as secretary of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals, in his junior year and as vice president in his senior year. "This gave me the chance to meet many of the CPA firms' representatives who were on campus," he said. Mr. Dalessio was also a faculty assistant to Dr. Ralph Polimeni, the Chaykin Endowed Chair in Accounting and former dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business (who is now vice provost for accreditation and assessment). "Dr. Polimeni was absolutely outstanding," he said. "He has been extremely helpful in coaching me throughout my career."


After graduating cum laude with a B.B.A., Mr. Dalessio joined KPMG as an intern. With the exception of 10 years when he served as deputy director general of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Auditing Standards Board) and the International Federation of Accountants, he has been at KPMG his entire career. "The 10 years I spent outside the firm were a unique opportunity for someone my age," he said. "I was given the opportunity to see the accountancy profession from many different perspectives, to travel around the globe and to affiliate with leaders of the profession in many different nations, and to learn their local laws and culture." As KPMG's lead partner for the city of New York, Mr. Dalessio has responsibility for audit, tax and advisory services for any city or state agency within New York City. He has led the firm in working with the city and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site - a responsibility he is considers an honor. Among other client responsibilities, Mr. Dalessio leads KPMG's advisory services practice for Long Island. He was also appointed to KPMG's first Partnership Council, presenting the views of partners across the country to the firm's CEO and Chairman. In addition, Mr. Dalessio is in charge of the firm's performance management process for KPMG's advisory services practice in the Northeast region.


Mr. Dalessio was an adviser to the Zarb School of Business and a member of the advisory council appointed to review the University for AACSB accreditation. In 2007 he returned to Hofstra as a participant in the Zarb School's Executive Speaker Series. Mr. Dalessio has served on a number of professional committees and organizations, including the Long Island branch of the American Heart Association, the Port Washington Union Free School District, and the Farmingdale Adult Day Care Center. He was a 2005 David Rockefeller Fellow to the Partnership for New York City. Mr. Dalessio resides in Sands Point, Long Island. When asked what motivates him, he responded, "I enjoy being successful by serving my clients and by seeing young team members advancing and learning from my past experiences."

Class Notes

1963


Steve Haar (B.B.A.) of Bayville, NY, retired as vice president of Handy Store Fixtures almost three years ago, having been with the company for over 35 years. Steve and his wife Mary Ann, whom he met at a Theta Kappa fraternity house party while at Hofstra, just celebrated their 43rd anniversary with their son and two daughters, two of whom received degrees at Hofstra. Steve serves on the board of directors for the United States Tennis Association on Long Island, is affiliated with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, and is a certified instructor with an active program for kids and adults. He participates in the Long Island Senior Games each year in golf, tennis and racquetball, is a political activist, manages investments, and takes college courses periodically. He is also a volunteer with the Hofstra CAAN program, and a member of the Hofstra Pride Club…


1966


Terence E. Smolev (B.B.A.) of Roslyn, NY, has been elected to the board of trustees of Dowling College, located in Oakdale, NY. Attorney Smolev is a partner at the Mineola-based law firm Forchelli, Curto, Schwartz, Mineo, Carlino & Cohn, LLP…


1968


Paul J. Flora (B.S.) of Massapequa Park, NY, a senior vice president and auditor for AXA Financial Inc., has been named Princeton Premiers Honored Member in Business. He is a reunion co-chair for the class of 1968…Kenneth Kuscher (B.B.A.) of Boynton Beach, FL, has been selected by the U.S. Army to serve on the Philip A. Connelly Awards Committee which inspects U.S. Army foodservice facilities all over the world to select the top operation of that branch of military. He was the only civilian chosen to be part of this special committee of three experts…


1969


Martin Press (B.B.A.) of Fort Lauderdale, FL, was recognized by Chambers USA 2007 as a top lawyer amongst those practicing in the area of tax-related issues. He has also been named one of the top taxation lawyers for South Florida…


1972


Kenneth J. Witkin (B.A.) of Brookline, MA, has been named president and chief executive officer of CBRE Realty Finance Inc.…


1973


Mayer
Robert O. Mayer

Meierdiercks
Warren Meierdiercks


Robert O. Mayer (B.B.A.) of Woodbury, NY, has been featured in Long Island Business News "Who's Who in Accounting." Mr. Mayer, CPA, is managing partner at Mayer & Company LLP, a full service certified public accounting firm with offices in Woodbury, Westhampton Beach and New York City…


1974


Howard Dewey (B.B.A.) of Huntington Bay, NY, is currently employed as senior vice president and chief financial officer for the Institute for Community Living. The Institute for Community Living is the largest provider of services for the mentally ill in New York City. Mr. Dewey and his wife, Tracy, recently celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary and are expecting their first grandchild in January…Daniel T. Henry (M.B.A.) of Rockville Centre, NY, has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of American Express. He will be responsible for leading the company's finance organization and representing American Express to investors, lenders, and rating agencies…Wayne Hoeberlein (B.B.A., J.D. '77) of Washington, DC, has joined UHY Advisors FLVS, Inc. as managing director in the firm's New York office. He will serve as the practice leader for the firm's litigation services practice in New York City and is the latest experienced litigation consultant to join UHY Advisors' growing team of professionals providing consulting services related to investigations, disputes and litigation…Warren Meierdiercks (B.B.A) of Seaford, NY, is the superintendent of the Sewanhaka Central High School District…


1975


laserra
Ronald LaSerra


Daryl Jo Greenwald (B.B.A.) of Brookhaven, NY, had her poem, "Mary Magdalene's Beloved Fable," published in Concert magazine…Ronald LaSerra (B.B.A., M.B.A. '77) of Farmingville, NY, has been appointed a financial services representative /investment advisors representative with North Shore Financial Group, an office of MetLife in Hauppauge, NY…


1976


Frederick C. Johs (B.B.A.) of Melville, NY, is one of the founding partners of Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles LLP with offices in Melville, Riverhead and New York City. He serves as senior trial partner in all areas of litigation…


1977


Sal Gervasi (B.B.A.) of Massapequa, NY, a former district manager of Administaff's New York office, has been named district manager of the company's new Long Island office in Melville…John S. Hodgson (M.B.A.) of Tempe, AZ, is chief financial officer of Syntax-Brillian Corporation, a manufacturer and marketer of LCD and LCoS™ HDTVs and digital entertainment products…


1979


Debra N. Oster (B.B.A.) of Oceanside, NY, has been featured in Long Island Business News "Who's Who in Women in Professional Services." Ms. Oster, CPA, is director of tax compliance at Margolin, Winer & Evans LLP in Garden City, NY…


1980


Diane Lazuta (M.B.A.) of Freeport, NY, has been featured in Long Island Business News "Who's Who in Banking". Ms. Lazuta is regional manager for Citibank's 78 Financial Centers on Long Island…Ilene Schuss (B.B.A, M.S.Ed. '04, ADVCRT '07) of Oceanside, NY, attended Hofstra's Summer Certificate program to extend her NY State Mathematics teaching license into grades 5-6. She has been helping local area alumni connect to Hofstra as Planning and Events Coordinator of the Nassau Alumni Chapter and as Executive Council representative for the SOEAHS Alumni Association. She has been on a quest to encourage local area alumni to provide updated emails to Hofstra so they can hear about exciting events happening on campus. Ilene currently is teaching Mathematics at Lynbrook High School…


1981


Portalatin
Julio A. Portalatin

Salvator
Joseph M. Salvator

Clarke
Thomas J. Clarke

Lang
Michael Lang

Marinello
Kathryn Marinello

Bartels
Steve Bartels


Lawrence Byrne (B.A.) of Pelham, NY, is a litigation partner at the international law firm, Linklaters LLP, and has been named the co-managing partner-U.S., of Linklaters' New York office where he is also the head of the litigation department…Jerome Nevitt (B.B.A.) of Freeport, NY, is celebrating twenty years of marriage, with two daughters, 13 and 18 years old. He works as a computer technician…Julio A. Portalatin (B.B.A.) of Princeton Junction, NJ, has been promoted to president of AIG Europe, S.A., and president of AIUs Continental European Region, based in Paris. He has served as president of the AIU Accident and Health Division since 2002…Joseph M. Salvator (B.B.A.) of Lake Grove, NY, is a partner at Biscotti, Toback & Company in Rockville Centre. He was featured in "Who's Who in Forensic Accounting" for his integrity as an auditor and his expertise in finance…


1982


Diane Giordano (B.B.A.) of Farmingdale, NY, has been featured in Long Island Business News "Who's Who in Women in Professional Services." Ms. Giordano, CPA, CFP is a senior tax manager at Marcum & Kliegman's Melville office…


1983


Thomas J. Clarke (M.B.A.) of Bridgewater, NJ, was elected director of LiveDeal, Inc., the nation's first combined local online classifieds and Yellow Pages marketplace. Mr. Clarke was recently featured in the 2007 Silicon Alley annual list of the 100 most influential folks in New York digital business, ranking 26 out of 100…


1984


Michael Lang (B.B.A.) of Hauppauge, NY, joined the firm Rosen Seymour Shapss Martin & Company LLP, Certified Public Accountants and Profitability Consultant, as a principal. Mr. Lang has been providing auditing, accounting, tax, and consulting services for over twenty-three years……Kathryn Marinello (M.B.A.) of Minneapolis, MN, has been elected to the General Motors Corp. Board of Directors…


1985


Robert Ballan (B.B.A.) of Incline Village, NV, is founder and CIO of RB Capital Management LLC, a money management firm with over $150 million in assets under management…Steve Bartels (B.B.A.) of Riverside, CT was promoted to president/COO, Island Def Jam Music Group…Karen Parrish-Deesing (M.B.A.) of Babylon, NY, is proud to announce that her daughter, Tracey Lee, is currently a sophomore at Villanova School of Business in PA and that her son, Francis James, is currently a freshman at Saint Francis University, also in PA, majoring in management…


1986


Robert Cirabisi (B.B.A.) of Commack, NY, has been named chief risk officer and interim head of internal audit at CA, Inc…


1987


Lisa M. Ricciardi (B.B.A.) of Massapequa, NY, has been featured in Long Island Business News "Who's Who in Women in Professional Services." Ms. Ricciardi CPA, DABFE, DABFA, is a partner at Armao, Costo & Ricciardi, CPAs PC; with offices in Valley Stream, NY, New York City, and Greenwich, CT…


1988


Volkman
Deborah Brown-Volkman


Karen Amato (B.B.A.) of Syosset, NY, has been featured in Long Island Business News "Who's Who in Women in Professional Services." Ms. Amato is an audit partner in KPMG LLP's assurance practice on Melville, NY… Eileen Nolan (M.B.A.) of Farmingdale, NY, was featured in Long Island Business News "Who's Who in Banking" for recently joining the Nassau Educators Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) in Westbury as senior vice president, marketing and community relations…Dawn Walker (B.B.A.) of Mooresville, NC, received her M.A.Ed. in June and is employed as a fifth grade teacher at Mount Mourne Elementary School in Mooresville NC…Deborah Brown-Volkman (B.B.A.) of East Moriches, NY, has published her fifth book, How to Feel Great at Work Every Day. Deborah is a professionally certified coach, motivational speaker, and the president of Surpass Your Dreams, Inc. She provides career coaching for senior executives, vice presidents and managers who are looking for new career opportunities or seeking to become more productive in their current roles…


Walker
Dawn Walker


1989


Eric Goldstein (B.B.A.) of Sandy Hook, CT, and his sister Joelle Goldstein Cohn (B.B.A. '91) of Charlotte, NC, have started a company called Sporty Minds. They have developed a DVD targeted to children ages two and up that teach children their ABC's through sports imagery. To learn more about Sporty Minds, visit www.sportyminds.com…


1991


Augusto Esclusa (B.B.A.) of Coconut Grove, FL, is vice president of multi-cultural marketing at Citi One Bank…Joelle Goldstein Cohn (B.B.A.) of Charlotte, NC, and her brother Eric Goldstein (B.B.A. '89) of Sandy Hook, CT, have started a company called Sporty Minds. They have developed a DVD targeted to children ages two and up that teach children their ABC's through sports imagery. To learn more about Sporty Minds, visit www.sportyminds.com...


1992


Shelhorse
Matthew J. Shelhorse


Jeffrey Barber (M.B.A.) of Plainview, NY, was promoted to senior vice president/team leader in the State Bancorp Commercial Lending Division…Curtis Barnhill (B.B.A.) of Selden, NY is now the managing director of SMART Business Advisory and Consulting LLC's New York firm…Thomas Hanik (B.B.A.) of Farmingdale, NY, was featured in Long Island Business News "Who's Who in Title Insurance." Mr. Hanik is senior title consultant at CLE Abstract in Amityville, NY… Michael Minars (B.B.A.) of Massapequa, NY, has been named a chair on Logicworks independent advisory board of select business leaders. Mr. Minars is the chief financial officer of Millennium Technology Ventures. He is responsible for all of the financial operations, accounting procedures, and reporting functions as well as structuring transactions, monitoring portfolio company performance and performing financial diligence…Namira Salim (B.B.A.) of Southern France is poised to become the first Pakistani woman astronaut, having successfully completed her space flight training at a facility in the U.S. ahead of blasting off into space in the world's first commercial space liner, Virgin Galactic, in 2009. She was Hofstra's Alumna of the Month in March 2008…Daniel Sheinwald (B.S.) of Marlboro, NJ, is now the senior vice president of business development for ExpertPlan…Matthew J. Shelhorse (M.B.A.) of Huntington, NY, is a director in PricewaterhouseCoopers' Investigations & Forensic Services Practice in Melville. He has been featured in Who's Who in Forensic Accounting for providing accounting, financial, operational and investigative expertise to attorneys, corporate clients, individuals and governmental agencies assisting them in a variety of matters including the investigation of embezzlement, misappropriation of assets, FCPA violations, contractual disputes and money laundering as well as the performance of risk assessments, royalty audits, arbitrations and purchase price disputes…


1993


Carlo Gambale (B.B.A.) of Commack, NY, is a partner in Computer Information Solutions Firm, Nextlevel Information Solutions in Lido Beach. He is a partial owner of a large recording studio and music venue, 3MB Recording Studies, in Smithtown, New York. He is married to Tanya Schulte (B.B.A. '95). They have two children; Hayley and Christopher…


1994


McCreesh
Michael McCreesh

Rinckey
Gregory T. Rinckey


Arisleyda Maldonado (M.B.A.) of Glen Cove, NY, serves on Merrill Lynch's Diversity Council for the Long Island region…Michael McCreesh (B.B.A.) of Southport, CT, has been named "hero father" by Best Life Magazine for his passion and commitment to his family and especially for his dedication to his son, Brent…


1995


Carrie Quinn (M.B.A.) of East Northport, NY, has been featured in Long Island Business News "Who's Who in Women in Professional Services." Ms. Quinn is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP…Gregory T. Rinckey (B.B.A.) of Albany, NY, the managing partner of Tully, Rinckey & Associates, writes a syndicated column for the Federal Times, "Ask the Lawyer," which focuses on topics including employment law, federal procurement law, and general litigation…Seth Weingarten (B.B.A.) of Fanwood, NJ, was recently promoted to vice president of network technology at National Cable Communications. Seth resides in New Jersey with his wife, Karyn (B.A. '96, J.D. '99), and their two children, Lillian Rose and Perry Michael…


1996


David Scileppi (B.B.A.) of Plantation, FL, is a corporate and securities attorney at Gunster, Yoakley, and Stewart where he recently handled the multifaceted mergers and acquisitions, securities, and bank regulatory issues regarding the Gunster Yoakley Corporate Team representation in the First United Bank and Equitable Bank merger. In addition to serving as president of Hofstra's South Florida Alumni Chapter, he is also a co-founder of Orbis, a new organization that has emerged for young professionals to develop their personal and business relationships while helping build an energetic South Florida…


1998


Wolk
Jeremy Wolk


Jeremy Wolk (J.D. /M.B.A) of Mineola, NY, joined the Rochester office of Nixon Peabody LLP as an associate in the firm's Private Company Transactions Group where he represents clients in matters including contract negotiations, corporate acquisitions, securities requirements and operational agreements …


2004


Adam Cantiello (B.B.A.) of Oakdale, NY, is a financial and investment advisor with Goodman Financial Group, MetLife. He works with businesses of all sizes designing and implementing employee benefit programs…Michael T. Hanley (B.B.A.) of Kings Park, NY is the managing partner of Merl & Hanley, LLP, and has been elected president of the Irish Business Network, an organization of 120 Irish business owners and financial professionals from Suffolk County. The Irish Business Network strives to assure progressive, orderly community development; support effective government at all levels, and maintains a good climate for a sound expanding economy. Mr. Hanley was recently named "One To Watch" in the field of accounting by Long Island Business News…


2007


Christopher Franks (B.B.A.) of Long Beach, NY, is currently working for Morgan Stanley on Wall Street, managing documentation on large financial transactions…


Andersen Coleman Fantini
Bella Grace, Mitchell Joseph & Matthew Daniel


New Arrivals:


Bella Grace born to Brendan (B.A. '98) and Gina (Recine) Andersen (B.B.A. '99), and big brother, Nicholas Joseph

Mitchell Joseph born to David (B.B.A. '87) and Laurie Coleman, and big sisters, Brenna, 4, and Meghan, 2

Matthew Daniel born to Karen (McNeil) Fantini (B.B.A. '93, M.B.A. '96) and Paul Fantini (B.A. '96) and big brother, Joey

Daniel Ryan born to David (B.B.A. '02) and Alyson (Mittleberg) Gass (B.A. '02, M.A. '04)

Reilly Benjamin and Joshua Hayden born to Douglas (B.B.A. '90) and Beth Moini

Dylan Richard born to Steven (B.B.A. '03) and Nicole Van Bochoven.

Adriana Delainey born to Anthony (B.S. '98) and Danielle (Kolb) Willis (B.B.A. '98)


Gass Van Bochoven Willis
Daniel Ryan, Dylan Richard & Adriana Delainey


Marriages:


David E. Ellis (B.B.A. '04) and Noreen E. Gass (B.A. '04)


In Memoriam:


George Asseng (B.B.A '57, M.B.A. '61)

Richard Eugene Ast (B.B.A. '52)

Louis Auricchio (B.B.A. '59)

William Beckert (M.B.A.'58)

Thomas J. Finneran (B.B.A. '65)

Leonard Franck (B.B.A. '60)

William J. Gray Jr. (B.B.A. '63)

Richard Haas (M.B.A. '75)

Arthur Haje (B.B.A. '65)

Robin Kugelman Holstein (B.B.A. '85)

Roger Kendall (B.B.A. '64)

Hervey Kimball (B.B.A. '55)

Seymour Kulick (B.B.A. '60)

Walter J. Luger (B.B.A. '65)

Eugene McAuliffe (B.B.A. '67)

Raymond J. Moran (B.B.A. '72)

Ashirah Naphtali (J.D.M.B.A. '83, M.B.A. '84)

Victoria Rogers (B.B.A. '96)

William Rothaug (B.B.A. '62)

Stanley Shurpin (B.B.A. '65)

Gary Steinsmith (B.B.A. '79)

Raymond Strauber (B.S. '52, M.B.A '53)

Harold Joseph Sullivan (B.B.A. '66, M.S.Ed. '67)

Anthony Todaro (B.B.A. '05)

Stanley J. Upbin (B.B.A. '56)

Walter R. Wendel (B.B.A. '69)


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Initiatives at the Zarb School

New Academic Programs


Students
Daniel Novello (MBA '08), Director of the Hofstra Business Consulting Group, presents an analysis identifying potential savings for the Nassau County Library System. The plan was requested through the office of County Executive Tom Suozzi.

Full-time, Day M.B.A.

The Zarb Business School is introducing a new full- time day M.B.A. program starting in September 2008. It has been created for students who have scored exceptionally high on the GMAT and are interested in an alternative approach to an M.B.A. M.B.A. students will complete a two-year program with a rigorous core curriculum and advanced specialized work in a professional field. The program requires a 41-48-credit course of study in the fundamental areas of accounting, finance, information technology, marketing, international business, operations, communications and leadership skills, global decision making, economics, and the legal environment. The program includes a 15-credit concentration and a capstone course that involves solving complex business problems, integrating knowledge and skills from various functional areas. Relevant internship experience will also be stressed.


Trading Room

The Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room


Master of Science in Quantitative Finance

To serve the dynamic and challenging field of quantitative finance, the Zarb School has introduced a new Master of Science program. During the last decade, interest in measuring, managing and controlling financial and operational risk has surged. At the same time, the field of finance has moved towards more sophisticated and highly quantitative methods to enhance our understanding and ability to measure and control a myriad of risks in our highly-volatile economic environment. Consequently, the demand for professionals with strong quantitative skills and knowledge of financial theory and markets has grown. The new Zarb M.S. in Quantitative Finance will provide students who have a sophisticated mathematical background the opportunity to apply their skills to analyze and develop quantitative solutions to contemporary financial problems.


M.B.A. in Sports and Entertainment Management

The M.B.A. in Sports and Entertainment Management, offered by the Zarb School in collaboration with the School of Communication, is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the sports, media, music, event management, entertainment and gaming industries. Students explore the important issues of management operations, marketing, facilities and financial management, agent/client relations, contract negotiations and arbitration, advertising, promotion and sponsorship. The program is intended to meet the needs of middle and senior management in the profession by enhancing their education and skills, as well as preparing students for entry-level positions.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad


Study Abroad
Ireland

In Ireland... Zarb School of Business students have the opportunity to integrate their knowledge about international business/marketing/advertising with the real-life business environment in Ireland, the European Union's strongest economy. Through classroom studies with an emphasis on the host country and specific field experiences related to the subject taught, students gain valuable insights and perspectives that enhance and supplement their learning. Classes are held at the National University of Ireland in Galway and are taught by a Hofstra professor. In addition, students, listen to guest lecturers and participate in local trips, including visits to some of Ireland's best-known advertisement agencies. For further information about Zarb School in Ireland, please contact Dr. Charles McMellon, Department of Marketing and International Business, 223 Weller Hall, (516) 463-6450, or via email.


In the Netherlands ... Hofstra's Exchange Program With the University of Amsterdam ... Hofstra University and the Zarb School of Business offers students the opportunity to travel to the Netherlands to take classes either on a full-time basis during a regular semester or on a part-time basis during the summer at the University of Amsterdam. Students from the University of Amsterdam also benefit from this exchange program and may take courses at Hofstra. For more information about the School of Business' exchange program with the University of Amsterdam, please contact Professor Gioia Bales, Acting Assistant Dean, 308 Weller Hall, (516) 463-5703 or via email.


In the Netherlands ... Hofstra's Exchange Program With Erasmus University ...The Zarb School of Business in cooperation with Erasmus University offers an exchange program for graduate students majoring in finance. Under advisement, Zarb School students may register for courses offered as part of the Master in Financial Management program at Erasmus University and Erasmus students may register for courses in the Master of Science in Quantitative Finance program and other graduate finance courses at Hofstra. For further information about Hofstra's Exchange Program with Erasmus University, please contact the Department of Finance, 221 Weller Hall, (516) 463-5698 or via email.


The Netherlands-America Foundation offers many opportunities to Fullbright Fellows and educational loans for students enrolled in exchange programs. Please take a moment to review these funding opportunities at http://www.thenaf.org/index.cfm?s=education


Beijing

In China ... The Zarb School's program in China offers Hofstra business students the opportunity to integrate their knowledge about international business/marketing by exposing them to the real-life business environment in China, the fastest-growing economy in the world. Students study international marketing in two stages: they attend three weeks of classes on Hofstra's campus where they learn about international marketing, and then they travel to China to experience the subject first hand and attend more lectures at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. Students visit businesses and learn about business practices in China. Local scholars and company personnel will give guest lectures to expose students to the local environment. For further information about the Zarb School in China, please contact Dr. Yong Zhang, Department of Marketing and International Business, 127 Weller Hall, (516) 463-5713, or via email.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad


Study Abroad
Ireland

In Ireland... Zarb School of Business students have the opportunity to integrate their knowledge about international business/marketing/advertising with the real-life business environment in Ireland, the European Union's strongest economy. Through classroom studies with an emphasis on the host country and specific field experiences related to the subject taught, students gain valuable insights and perspectives that enhance and supplement their learning. Classes are held at the National University of Ireland in Galway and are taught by a Hofstra professor. In addition, students, listen to guest lecturers and participate in local trips, including visits to some of Ireland's best-known advertisement agencies. For further information about Zarb School in Ireland, please contact Dr. Charles McMellon, Department of Marketing and International Business, 223 Weller Hall, (516) 463-6450, or via email.


In the Netherlands ... Hofstra's Exchange Program With the University of Amsterdam ... Hofstra University and the Zarb School of Business offers students the opportunity to travel to the Netherlands to take classes either on a full-time basis during a regular semester or on a part-time basis during the summer at the University of Amsterdam. Students from the University of Amsterdam also benefit from this exchange program and may take courses at Hofstra. For more information about the School of Business' exchange program with the University of Amsterdam, please contact Professor Gioia Bales, Acting Assistant Dean, 308 Weller Hall, (516) 463-5703 or via email.


In the Netherlands ... Hofstra's Exchange Program With Erasmus University ...The Zarb School of Business in cooperation with Erasmus University offers an exchange program for graduate students majoring in finance. Under advisement, Zarb School students may register for courses offered as part of the Master in Financial Management program at Erasmus University and Erasmus students may register for courses in the Master of Science in Quantitative Finance program and other graduate finance courses at Hofstra. For further information about Hofstra's Exchange Program with Erasmus University, please contact the Department of Finance, 221 Weller Hall, (516) 463-5698 or via email.


The Netherlands-America Foundation offers many opportunities to Fullbright Fellows and educational loans for students enrolled in exchange programs. Please take a moment to review these funding opportunities at http://www.thenaf.org/index.cfm?s=education


Beijing

In China ... The Zarb School's program in China offers Hofstra business students the opportunity to integrate their knowledge about international business/marketing by exposing them to the real-life business environment in China, the fastest-growing economy in the world. Students study international marketing in two stages: they attend three weeks of classes on Hofstra's campus where they learn about international marketing, and then they travel to China to experience the subject first hand and attend more lectures at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. Students visit businesses and learn about business practices in China. Local scholars and company personnel will give guest lectures to expose students to the local environment. For further information about the Zarb School in China, please contact Dr. Yong Zhang, Department of Marketing and International Business, 127 Weller Hall, (516) 463-5713, or via email.

Highlights from Recent Events

2008


Forex

Chairman Walter Lukken & Dean Sodano


Forex Symposium: Regulation of Currency Exchange and Its Impact on International Business


February 2008 ... The Journal of International Business and Law, which is co-published by the Zarb Business and Law Schools, sponsored its first FOREX-symposium. Dean Salvatore F. Sodano gave his opening remarks and then introduced Acting Chairman Walter Lukken of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, who served as the event's keynote speaker. Three consecutive panels followed with Hofstra faculty moderating each panel. The first panel, "Is the depreciating dollar good for the U.S. and world economy? Policy Implications," featured speakers from the International Monetary Fund, Bank of New York Mellon and CMC Markets. The second panel, "FOREX Regulations in the New Millennium" featured speakers from the National Futures Association and Hofstra University School of Law. Featured speakers in the third panel, "Will the pricing and hedging strategies for individual firms be affected by the declining dollar and the legal implications thereof?" included representatives from Estee Lauder, Shearman & Sterling LLP. and the Zarb School of Business.


Hofstra/New York Mercantile Exchange High School Commodities Trading Competition


January 2008 ... Hofstra University and the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) have developed an innovative program designed to introduce high school students to the exciting world of commodities markets and their impact on the economy and investments. This program extends the Zarb School's ongoing efforts to provide Long Island high schools with business education beyond that offered at the high school level. NYMEX has traditionally offered the NYMEX Commodities Challenge at the college level and limited participation to the top business schools in the country. Students from 15 high schools competed in mock, open outcry commodities trading at the state-of-the-art Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room. hhttp://people.hofstra.edu/Ahmet_K_Karagozoglu/Hofstra_NYMEX.html


2007


Hofstra-Commerce Bank Summer Business Camp


August 2007... The Zarb School, the University College for Continuing Education and the Business Development Center's Entrepreneurial Assistance Program at Hofstra University, in conjunction with Commerce Bank, presented "Camp Business - A Competitive and Fun Introduction to Business." This dynamic, two-week summer program was designed to give high school students a rigorous and realistic introduction to business. The camp's focus this summer was entrepreneurial studies and demonstrated that starting a business can be fun and exciting! Fifty high school juniors and seniors were selected from various public, private and parochial schools in the area. Camp Business closed with an outstanding opportunity for students to apply what they learned by designing and presenting a business plan before a panel of Commerce Bank executives and Hofstra faculty.


Private Equity

George Papaioannou, Merrill Lynch Center Director, Leo Guthart & Dean Sodano


Merrill Lynch Center Hosts Conference on Private Equity


May 2007 ... The dynamic topic of private equity was the subject of the Merrill Lynch Center's annual spring conference held at Hofstra University on May 2, 2007. Attended by over 100 Hofstra students, faculty and business professionals, the conference brought together academics and practitioners in three consecutive sessions followed by a roundtable discussion. The conference titled, Private Equity: A New Force for Value Creation, was directed by Dr. Andrew Spieler, associate professor of finance and Merrill Lynch Center associate. The Center was honored to begin the conference at an executive breakfast featuring Leo A. Guthart, chairman and CEO of Topspin Partners, as the keynote speaker. Mr. Guthart, a member of the Hofstra University Board of Trustees, discussed the topic Private Equity: A Long Island Perspective. Following the executive breakfast, conference participants convened at the Scott Skodnek Business Development Center for the conference sessions. Dr. Kenneth Lehn, the Samuel A.McCullough Professor of Finance at the University of Pittsburgh, served as the luncheon keynote speaker.


NYMEX

Hofstra students with Dr. Karagozoglu at the NYMEX


NYMEX Trading Competition: Hofstra Students Shine


April 2007 ... An "open outcry" simulated trading competition was held at the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) trading floor. Participating students assumed the role of a pit trader, buying and selling crude oil futures contracts. A panel of judges made up of NYMEX officials and floor traders evaluated 30 student traders on their ability to execute trades. Dr. Ahmet Karagozoglu, Associate Professor of Finance and Academic Director of the Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room announced that the first prize, $1000 cash and a prestigious summer internship at NYMEX, was awarded to Surbhi Kapoor, a Hofstra Finance M.B.A. student. Sila Nazli Saylak, an M.S. in Finance student, and Tansel Alan, a Finance MBA student also both from Hofstra, won second- and third-place cash prizes. Three additional Hofstra Finance MBA students were among the competition's 10 prize winners. This trading competition was the final round of the 4th Annual NYMEX Commodity Challenge. Earlier this year, 21 teams participated in an electronic trading competition. In that competition, Hofstra's team placed third.

Mark Your Calendar

There are many different entities on the Hofstra campus that host seminars, conferences and programs relevant to business students, faculty and professionals. The listing that follows is organized according to the group sponsoring the event. A link to their website is provided for additional details.


Graduate Business Career Services

Executive Speaker Series: Corporate Executives and alumni from diverse industries are invited to present on current business issues and trends. The programs are designed to enhance professional development and provide career insights to invited students and alumni, while professional networking is promoted. Each semester three or more executives are brought in to share their organizational expertise.



  • Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 6:00-8:00pm, 10th Fl., Axinn Lib.

    Jeffrey Siegel, Chairman & CEO, Lifetime Brands, Inc. a leading designer, developer and marketer of a broad range of nationally- branded consumer products used in the home.


Recent Executive Speakers



Hofstra is very proud to have highly-prominent professionals, many of whom are Hofstra graduates, participate in the Executive Speaker Series. Recent speakers have included the following:



Executive Seminars


l. to r.: Brian McNally, Divisional President, Arrow Electronics, James Campbell (MBA '81), President/CEO General Electric Consumer and Industrial, Doug Maine (MBA '78), Former CFO, IBM, Randy Levine (JD '80), President, New York Yankees, Thomas DiNapoli (BBA '76), New York State Controller


  • Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 6:15-8:30pm, 246 BDC, Bank of New York Mellon, White Paper Presentation on Operational Risk of Hedge Funds (co-sponsored with The Merrill Lynch Center).


Corporate Industry Roundtable: Corporate management/alumni are invited to participate on panels to present information about personal career paths, corporate experiences, management roles and share hiring requirements for internships or full-time opportunities. Students are exposed to corporate success stories, as well as given advice on corporate job search practices. The speakers also get to know students in small group discussions. These programs are scheduled throughout each year.



  • Wednesday, April 16, 2008

    6:00-8:00pm, Scott Skodnek Business Development Center, Room 246.

    Our presenters for the 10th Annual Corporate Industry Panel and Roundtable include alumni, managers and analysts from Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers (Hedgefund), Citigroup (Derivatives Department), Arrow Electronics Inc, Synovate (Global Market Research) and OpenLink .


The Merrill Lynch Center for the Study of International Financial Services and Markets



THE MERRILL LYNCH CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS

and

SALVATORE SODANO, DEAN, FRANK G. ZARB SCHOOL OF BUSINESS


cordially invite you to attend an


EXECUTIVE BREAKFAST AND CONFERENCE


Keynote Speaker


Richard G. Ketchum


CEO, NYSE Regulation Inc. and Non-Executive Chairman, FINRA


“Reflections of a Regulator in Challenging Times”


Monday, May 5, 2008, 8-9:30 a.m.

Hofstra University Club, David S. Mack Hall

North Campus


Conference to follow breakfast:


"Stock Exchange Competition and International Listings"


Scott Skodnek Business Development Center, Room 246

Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, South Campus

R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, April 30, 2008.

Phone: (516) 463-6216 - Fax: (516) 463-4834


Support Your Alma Mater

Thank you to the many very generous benefactors who have contributed to the Frank G. Zarb School of Business. The donations we have received have directly supported everything from scholarship dollars to programmatic initiatives to faculty research and capital improvements. A strong emphasis has been placed on increasing the overall unrestricted dollars raised in the Zarb School. Unrestricted funds are, in many ways, the most valuable gifts that we receive, because they allow the dean to address immediate priorities and enhance programs not covered by the endowment or other sources of income.


Please consider making a gift to support your alma mater. You can make a contribution online at: https://www.hofstra.edu/alumni/support/support_giving.cfm


Under the section - Your Gift Designation - please mark school and select the Zarb School of Business. This way the amount donated will go directly to the business school. Many employers will match your charitable donations. To see if your company participates in matching gifts, please visit www.matchinggift.com/hofstra.


Thank you again for your continued support of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business.


Ben Vogt

Senior Director

Major Gifts

516-463-6199