Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Accomplishments of Zarb Faculty and Students

Dr. Ralph S. Polimeni
Dr. Ralph Polimini


Dr. Ralph S. Polimeni, Professor of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business, Named Zarb Teacher of the Year


Graduating students of the Zarb School of Business selected Dr. Ralph S. Polimini as Teacher of the Year. Dr. Polimeni, Hofstra professor of accounting, holds the Chaykin Endowed Chair in Accounting. Prior to his current position, Dr. Polimeni served as vice provost for accreditation and assessment; dean of the Zarb School of Business; chair of the Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business Department; and director of the Chaykin CPA Review Program at Hofstra. Dr. Polimeni is a past recipient of the University's Teacher of the Year award. He holds a Ph.D. in business with a major in accounting, and is a certified public accountant in New York State as well as a certified cost analyst.



Dr. Polimeni is the co-author of numerous textbooks, some of which have been translated into foreign languages and are used internationally. He has also been published in accounting and business journals. Specializing in financial and managerial accounting, Dr. Polimeni worked for a "Big Four" public accounting firm; was chair of the Nassau County Audit Advisory Committee; and served on a financial task force for the City of New York. He has also been a consultant to several accounting and law firms.




Beta Gamma Sigma Holds Annual Induction Ceremony


On April 28, 2010, 39 undergraduate and 30 graduate students were inducted into the Theta of New York Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International. Dr. Laura Lally, associate professor, Department of Information Technology and Quantitative Methods is the faculty advisor for the Theta Chapter and served as master of ceremonies at the induction event. In addition, Dr. Nathan S. Slavin, professor and chair, Department of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business, and Dr. Kaushik Sengupta, associate professor, Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and General Business, were recognized as chapter honoree and faculty inductee, respectively. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.





Zarb student inductee Meghan Diver and her mother
Zarb student inductee Meghan Diver and her mother
Beta Gamma Sigma Holds Annual Induction Ceremony Image 1
Dr. Kaushik Sengupta
Beta Gamma Sigma Holds Annual Induction Ceremony Image 2
Dr. Nathan Slavin
Beta Gamma Sigma Holds Annual Induction Ceremony Image 3
Dr. Laura Lally



Debra Comer
Dr. Debra Comer


Dr. Debra Comer Appointed Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Education


Dr. Debra Comer, professor of management, entrepreneurship and general business, was recently appointed associate editor of the Journal of Management Education. The Journal of Management Education (JME) is dedicated to “enhancing teaching and learning in the management and organizational disciplines.” Dr. Comer has published extensively in the areas of individual and group behavior in organizations, organizational socialization, organizational politics, workplace drug testing, workplace diversity and experiential learning.





Special Issue of the Journal of Management Development Dedicated to Dr. Harold Lazarus



This summer, Dr. Harold Lazarus, the Mel Weitz Distinguished Professor in Business, will have a special issue of the Journal of Management Development published in his honor.


Dr. Lazarus joined the Hofstra faculty in 1952 and taught business courses for 12 years. Subsequently, he served as professor of management for 10 years at the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration, where he received an award for teaching excellence. He returned to Hofstra University in 1973 to serve as dean of the Zarb School. He was also president of the North American Management Council, president of the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration, and president of the Eastern Academy of Management. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Management.


Dr. Lazarus earned a B.A. in economics from New York University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He was voted "Teacher of the Year" twice by Zarb graduate students and has lectured extensively in Asia, Europe, and North and South America.




Elaine Winston

Dr. Elaine Winston


Dr. Elaine Winston Receives Best Paper Award


Dr. Elaine Winston, associate professor, Department of Information Technology and Quantitative Methods, was awarded the Best Research Paper award at the Global Information Technology Management Association World Conference in Washington, D.C., in June. Her winning paper was titled “Information Technology Innovation: Implementing an Electronic Medical Record.”






Salvatore Sodano Presents Dean’s Service Awards


At the final faculty meeting of the 2009-2010 academic year, Dean Salvatore Sodano presented the Dean’s Service Awards to Dr. Anoop Rai, professor of finance; Professor Gioia P. Bales, assistant dean; and Ms. Claudia Filiault, administrative assistant.




Sal Sodano, Gioia Bales and Anoop Rai

Sal Sodano, Gioia Bales and Anoop Rai

Claudia Filiault

Claudia Filiault





Zarb School’s first class of M.B.A. graduates with Dean Sodano (far left) and Vice Dean Mathur (far right)

Zarb School’s first class of M.B.A. graduates with

Dean Sodano (far left) and Vice Dean Mathur (far right)


The Zarb School’s First Class of Full-Time MBAs Graduates


On May 14, 2010, the Zarb School of Business hosted a luncheon to celebrate the graduation of its first class of full-time M.B.A. students, a highly accomplished group from all over the world. As students, they participated in an extensive career management program that included an executive speaker series. These graduates have secured positions in top public accounting, health care, financial advisory and consumer products organizations.





Beta Alpha Psi Hosts Spring Induction Dinner


The spring induction dinner of Beta Alpha Psi was held on May 6, 2010, at The Swan Club in Glenwood Landing, New York. Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, the event included the induction of 20 new members. Dr. Nathan S. Slavin, chairperson, Department of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business, welcomed guests. Arielle T. Geffner, president of the Delta Pi chapter, introduced the keynote speaker, John P. Lane, tax leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. In addition, 19 scholarships were awarded to Zarb students.


Officers of Beta Alpha Psi with faculty advisor Linda Schain (far left)
Nathan Slavin and John Lane



Marketing Students Place Third in American Marketing Association Case Study Competition

Zarb students at American Marketing Association

convention with faculty advisor Rick Wilson (far right)


Marketing Students Place Third in American Marketing Association Case Study Competition


On April 10, 2010, students from Hofstra's chapter of the American Marketing Association (HAMA) were awarded third place honors in the final round of the parent organization's annual International Collegiate Case Competition. Ranking in the top 20 of 190 student chapters, HAMA was also named an outstanding chapter. More than 40 schools participated in this year’s competition, and only 10 were invited to the final round in New Orleans. Students were challenged to develop a marketing plan for UNICEF’s Tap project, a program designed to raise awareness of the world’s water crisis. The Hofstra team included Erin Dahms, Courtney Flannigan, Stephanie Grabbe, Sweta Govani, Joanna Rubenstein, Valerie Reimer, Jill Reinholt, Jenn Sacks, Charli Shafiroff and Katie Sullivan.






Members of Hofstra’s chapter of the American Marketing Association

Members of Hofstra’s chapter of the

American Marketing Association


Hofstra Chapter of the American Marketing Association Wins Best Pre-Professional Club Award


HAMA, the Hofstra chapter of the American Marketing Association, was named “Pre-Professional Club of the Year” at the Hofstra Student Leadership Awards held on May 5, 2010. Nominated by the Office of Student Leadership and Activities, HAMA was described as “priding itself on developing the best marketing students at Hofstra University by providing opportunities for growth that include on- and off-campus conferences, workshops and speakers.”






Graduate Finance Students Participate in ACG Cup With Other Prestigious Business Schools


Graduate finance students from the Zarb School participated in the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) New York Chapter’s ACG Cup, a case study competition designed to bring together the brightest M.B.A. students and provide them with real-world experience and invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions (M&A), investment banking, financial advisory and private equity by giving them access to leading practitioners in those fields. The competition was held on April 22, 2010, at the offices of Legg Mason in New York and was the culmination of a series of intra-school competitions. M.B.A. students representing Baruch, Cornell, Fordham, Hofstra, New York University and Pace presented valuation, capital markets and M&A strategic advice to a panel of seasoned M&A professionals from the ACG community, including professionals from CapX Partners, Fidus Capital Partners, Grant Thornton, Houlihan Lokey, Legg Mason, Villani Advisors and Venable. ACG New York is the premier New York membership organization that facilitates relationship-building and focused education for middle market deal-making professionals in the world’s financial market.




Hofstra’s NABA case study team

Hofstra’s NABA case study team


Zarb Students Participate in NABA and Deloitte Third Annual Case Study Competition


Hofstra’s chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) participated in NABA’s third annual case study competition. The competition, sponsored by Deloitte & Touche LLP, is an opportunity for students to discuss relevant case studies in accounting drawn from practical challenges. The seminar included analyses and research of technical issues, problem solving, group dynamics, presentation skills, interpersonal skills and client-auditor interactions. The Zarb team consisted of Saudia Thomas (Accounting, '10); Ivana Williams (Accounting, '10); Ricardo Romero (Finance, '10); Dominique Charles (Legal Studies in Business, '10); Joseph Gilles (Accounting, '11) and Brittany Hinds (Accounting, '12). The Zarb team was commended by the judges for its presentation.





Zarb Graduate Students Participate in Derivatives Program at Rotterdam School of Management


Zarb Graduate Students Participate in Derivatives Program at Rotterdam School of Management


In January 2010 Diane Taylor and Shiyao He, Zarb graduate finance students, attended the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) at Erasmus University for an intensive derivatives course taught by RSM faculty as part of the Hofstra-RSM exchange program. They joined a group of international students enrolled in the Masters in Financial Management program (MFM), a one-year, intensive program offered by RSM. The Rotterdam School of Management has been consistently ranked as one of the top 10 M.B.A. schools in Europe.






Hofstra exchange students in Amsterdam

Hofstra exchange students in Amsterdam


Zarb Undergraduates Receive Scholarships to Study at the University of Amsterdam


As part of an exchange program, five undergraduate students from the Zarb School received full tuition scholarships to study at the University of Amsterdam during the 2010-2011 academic year. Katherine Chlosta, a business economics major and information technology minor, will attend the University of Amsterdam for the full year. Teng Leong and Nicholas Carbone, both finance majors, will study during the fall 2010 semester, while Brian Ross, an entrepreneurship major, and Michael Calabro, an accounting major with a minor in legal studies in business, will study during the spring 2011 semester.


Six University of Amsterdam students will study at Hofstra University. Bas Jongerius and Nynke Slegten will study at Hofstra in fall 2010. Annelot Jonges, Tim-Patrick Limmer, Susan Sjouwerman and Katla Visser will study in spring 2011.




Zarb students in China

Zarb students in China


Zarb Students Study in China During Summer 2010


Seven Zarb graduate and undergraduate students, accompanied by Professor Yong Zhang of the Department of Marketing and International Business, studied in China in June 2010. The Zarb School’s program in China offers students the opportunity to integrate their knowledge of international business and marketing gained in the classroom by exposing them to the real-life business environment in China. Through such field experiences, students gain valuable experiential insights and perspectives that enhance and supplement their learning at Hofstra University. Students explored international marketing and business in two stages, attending three weeks of classes on campus and then traveling to China to experience the subject first hand. Students visited businesses and learned about business practices in China. Local scholars and company personnel gave guest lectures as part of the program.





Members of the Hofstra Business Consulting Group

Members of the Hofstra Business Consulting Group


Hofstra Business Consulting Group Secures Exciting, New Projects


The Hofstra Business Consulting Group (HBCG), a select team of top M.B.A. and M.S. students providing consulting services to Long Island- and New York City-based businesses, increased its client base by 75 percent during the 2009-2010 academic year. New projects include the crafting of a strategic business plan for Nassau County’s new children’s museum. In addition, the group has established a long-term partnership with the Lightship Consulting Group, which will provide HBCG with projects year-round.






Participants in the Long Island Real Estate Group Internship Program

Participants in the Long Island Real

Estate Group Internship Program


Hofstra Students Participate in Long Island Real Estate Group Internship Program


During the spring 2010 semester, the Long Island Real Estate Development Group (LIREG) sponsored Real Estate @Work – an exciting internship opportunity for Zarb undergraduate students. First offered in fall 2009, the Real Estate @Work program is designed to expose students to the many facets of the real estate business as they prepare for their careers. In the spring, eight Hofstra students participated in this rotational program. Students rotated among 24 companies, including law firms, developers, title companies, engineers, architects, banks and marketing companies.






Zarb M.B.A. Student Receives Astoria Scholarship


Binyamin Rosenbaum, a first-year student in the full-time M.B.A. program, was awarded the Astoria Federal Savings Bank Scholarship for the spring 2010 semester. Mr. Rosenbaum’s concentration is real estate.

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