Monday, April 28, 2008

A Message from Dean Salvatore F. 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.


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