Thursday, March 11, 2010

Achievements of Faculty and Students

Dr. James Neelankavil

Professor James Neelankavil Awarded Fulbright “Senior Specialist” Fellowship

Professor James P. Neelankavil, The Robert E. Brockway ’46 Distinguished Professor in Business, was appointed as a Fulbright Senior Specialist fellow in 2008. Dr. Neelankavil, a professor of marketing and international business at the Zarb School, developed, introduced and taught a new course, Global Strategic Marketing, at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Manila, the Philippines. While at AIM, Dr. Neelankavil also helped faculty members develop their research ideas. He is awaiting information regarding his second Fulbright assignment during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Full-time, day M.B.A. 
students on trip to New York City. Full-time, day M.B.A. students on trip to New York
Full-time, day M.B.A. students on trip to New York City.

Second Cohort of Full-Time Day M.B.A. Students Begin Their Studies at Zarb

The Zarb School continues to attract the best and brightest students to its graduate programs. The 59 students in the second cohort of our full-time, day M.B.A. program form a talented and diverse group with an average GMAT of 611 and 3.32 grade-point average. Close to 70 percent are international students from countries such as China, India, Greece and Russia. Students participate in special programs such as a mandatory career management program, team-building workshop, and various social and cultural activities.

Hofstra American Marketing Association Advances to Nationals in Case Study Competition for UNICEF

The Hofstra student chapter of the American Marketing Association (HAMA) was one of only 10 teams chosen to advance to the national case study competition to be held in New Orleans in April 2010. The 10-member team, which included Zarb students Sweta Govani, Erin Dahms ‎Joanna Rubinstein, Stephanie Grabbe, ‎Valerie Reimer, Jill Reinholt, Jenn Sacks, Katie Sullivan, ‎Courtney Flanagan and Charli Shafiroff, prepared a plan for UNICEF’s Tap Program, an initiative aimed at providing children with clean drinking water.

Zarb Undergraduate Leadership Council Formed

Zarb undergraduate student 
leaders Allison Calabrese Zarb undergraduate student 
leader Eric Webbe
Zarb undergraduate student leaders Allison Calabrese and Justin Schain
Zarb undergraduate student leader Eric Webber
Zarb undergraduate student 
leaders Andrew Schuetz and David Marzulloe Zarb undergraduate student 
leaders Saudia Thomas and Jeff Garroway
Zarb undergraduate student leaders Andrew Schuetz and David Marzullo
Zarb undergraduate student leaders Saudia Thomas and Jeff Garroway
To leverage the significant leadership potential of our undergraduate students, the dean’s office formed the Zarb Undergraduate Leadership Council this semester. This dynamic group represents the Zarb School’s 17 undergraduate organizations that are active on our campus. The council meets once a month to discuss important issues facing the Zarb School and collaborate on new programs and speakers.

undergraduate student leaders
Zarb undergraduate student leaders

Three New Undergraduate Organizations at the Zarb School

A group of dedicated management majors met during the fall semester to form the Hofstra chapter of the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM), the oldest professional student organization in the United States. SAM hosted their first event on December 8, 2009. Scott Nicholson (B.B.A., ’86), president and founder of Xtraordinary Home Products, Inc., presented “At Home on the Range.” Mr. Nicholson shared his rules for success with Zarb students and explained how he grew his startup’s revenue 800 percent in one year. The Hofstra Fashion Club (FIERCE), which began in September 2009, helps members explore various aspects of the fashion industry. The group hosted supermodel Shirley Mallmann who presented “Communicating the Brand.” The Hofstra Pride Investment Club was also formed in fall 2009. This undergraduate organization manages a mock portfolio aimed at outperforming the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

Two New Graduate Organizations at the Zarb School

The Corporate Social Responsibility Association (CSRA) was formed at the Zarb School in spring 2009, and has been very active. On October 16, 2009, the group attended a sustainability event at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City and in November participated in the national Net Impact Conference at Cornell University. The Human Resources Management Association was also formed during the fall 2009 semester.

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Members of Alpha Kappa Psi

Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity Wins Campus Honors

For the second consecutive year, the Mu Psi chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi – the professional business fraternity – was named the Hofstra Fraternity of the Year. In addition, the group received the Fraternity with the Highest GPA and the Inter-fraternity Council Chapter of the Year Awards. The chapter also won the Serve Your Community Award. Alpha Kappa Psi has been a leader on the Hofstra campus for more than 20 years.

Zarb Students Win Margolin Winer and Evens (MWE) College Accounting Challenge

A five-member team of Zarb accounting students took first place in the MWE College Accounting Challenge held at Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus on November 17, 2009. Newsday columnist Ellis Henican hosted the event. Zarb undergraduate students Mike Schwartz, Mike DeMarco, Kevin Kwok, Antoinette Oliveri and Steven Farrell made up the winning team.

Zarb Students Excel in PricewaterhouseCooper’s (PwC) xACT Competition

During the fall 2009 semester, 35 Zarb students participated in PwC’s xACT competition, which focuses on high-level issues designed to test and improve students’ decision-making skills. Zarb sponsored seven teams, each mentored by a Hofstra faculty member. The two-week competition starts with a complex accounting dilemma – this year, whether a struggling business should declare bankruptcy or accept bailout money. Students developed a memo and a 12-minute presentation with their proposed solutions and then tackled questions from PwC partners. Zarb students delivered superb, well-developed responses and were lauded by judges.The winning team, mentored by Dr. Cheryl Lehman, was composed of the following students: Tara DeBono (junior), Priscilla Franzese (junior), Lyobov Yusupove (sophomore), Natash Puri (sophomore) and Soo Ahn (junior).

Zarb Finance Students Participate in Prestigious New York Society of Security Analysts’ (NYSSA) Eighth Annual Investment Research Challenge

Zarb students joined students from 16 other top business schools in the NYSSA Challenge, which kicked off November 20, 2009. Mentored by leading industry professionals, teams learn to research and report on a publicly-traded company. This year’s case study will feature Bitstream Inc.

M.B.A. Student Represents Zarb at MasterCard Business Ethics Roundtable

Jagdaman Grewal (M.B.A., ’10) participated in MasterCard Worldwide 2009 Business Ethics Roundtable on December 3, 2009. The roundtable provides graduate students with the opportunity to hear and discuss with panelists what makes a company ethically sound, how to find such components when seeking employment, and in what ways the academic community can contribute to building the next generation of ethical business leaders.

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Development Group interns
Long Island Real Estate Development Group interns

Zarb Undergraduates Participate in Innovative Real Estate Internship Program

The Long Island Real Estate Development Group (LIREG) initiated Real Estate @Work─ an exciting internship opportunity for Zarb undergraduate students during the fall 2009 semester. A second rotational internship will be offered during the spring 2010 semester. The Real Estate @Work program is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to the many facets of the real estate business as they prepare for their careers. Students are given the opportunity to visit six Long Island companies engaged in different aspect of the real estate industry.


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