Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Highlights of Recent Events

(Lisa Kellerman, associate director, Zarb Graduate Career Services, contributed to this section.)

The following business-related events were sponsored by Hofstra University, the Zarb School, or another Hofstra entity.

February 2010

Zarb graduate students at welcome reception
Zarb graduate students at welcome reception

February 3: Zarb Graduate Business Career Services Hosts Welcome Back Reception

The graduate student organizations of the Zarb School of Business hosted a welcome reception and club membership drive. New students were encouraged to join one of the 14 active Zarb graduate student organizations.

February 12: Zarb Asian Students Association Celebrate Chinese New Year

The Zarb Asian Students Association (ZASA) organized an exceptional Year of the Tiger celebration for students, faculty and administrators. Ethnic dances, traditional food and, of course, the Lion Dance were enjoyed by all!

February 19: Zarb Women in Business Attend the 17th Annual Conference of Columbia Women in Business

The members of Zarb Women in Business attended the 17th Annual Conference of Columbia Women in Business (CWIB), Redefining Business, Reinventing Yourself. The keynote speaker at the event was Mary Beth West, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Kraft Foods. Zarb students networked with executives from companies such as Deloitte Consulting and Thomson Reuters.

February 20 and 21: Hofstra Investment Banking Association and Graduate Finance Association Sponsor Financial Modeling Seminar for Students

The Hofstra Investment Banking Association, in conjunction with the Graduate Finance Association, sponsored a seminar on financial modeling and corporate valuation by Wall Street Training. The two-day even took place at C.V. Starr Hall, on the South Campus of Hofstra University. The seminar helped students acquire knowledge about investment banking fundamentals and nuances, valuation modeling and advanced Microsoft Excel skills.

March 2010

Zarb students with Chaundra Daniels, assistant director of the Career Center (far left); Luke Ng, Zarb adjunct associate professor (5th from left); Carla Harris and Fred Burke, executive director of the Career Center
Zarb students with Chaundra Daniels, assistant director
of the Career Center (far left); Luke Ng, Zarb adjunct
associate professor (5th from left); Carla Harris and
Fred Burke, executive director of the Career Center

March 2: The Career Center and Zarb’s M.B.A./M.S. Black and Hispanic Association Present Carla Harris, Author of Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace

The M.B.A./M.S. Black and Hispanic Association, in conjunction with the Student Government Association, invited Carla Harris to share with students her insights and experiences on how to successfully navigate a Wall Street career. Ms. Harris is managing director in the Institutional Advisory Group at Morgan Stanley Investment Management.

Zarb graduate students with Lisa Kellerman, associate director of Graduate Business Career Services (far left) and Barbara Church-Kattan, director of Graduate Business Career Services (far right)
Zarb graduate students with Lisa Kellerman,
associate director of Graduate Business
Career Services (far left) and Barbara
Church-Kattan, director of Graduate
Business Career Services (far right)

March 10:The Hofstra Graduate Finance Association Hosts an Executive Speaker Career Networking Night

Graduate business students enjoyed an evening of career informational networking with alumni and other professionals. The cocktail reception was sponsored by Zarb Women in Business, the Graduate Finance Association, the Human Resource Management Association and the Graduate Marketing Association.

March 19:American Society for Quality and the Zarb School Present Fourth Annual Lean Six Sigma Symposium

The Long Island Section of the American Society for Quality (ASQ-LI) and the Zarb School co-sponsored the fourth annual Lean Six Sigma symposium. This year’s conference, Process and Quality Improvements Through Lean Six Sigma, explored how improvements, even in a difficult economy, can be accomplished by utilizing the people, processes and performance already existing in every organization. Senator Malcolm Smith delivered the keynote address on how government, industry and academic institutions can work together to achieve sustainable growth.
Zarb graduate students with Lisa Kellerman , associate director of Graduate Career Services (far left)
Zarb graduate students with Lisa Kellerman ,
associate director of Graduate Career Services (far left) and Jiyun Wu, assistant professor, Department of Management, Entrepreneurship, and General Business (far right)

March 23: M.B.A./M.S. Corporate Social Responsibility Association Sponsors “Take the Oath” Pledge Drive

The Zarb M.B.A./M.S. Corporate Social Responsibility Association organized a pledge drive to heighten awareness about corporate social responsibility. Association members encouraged approximately 100 students and faculty members to sign an oath committing to socially responsible behavior.

(from left) Kenneth Brodlieb, Helene Fortunoff, Sal Sodano, Dave McQueary, Norman Goldberg and Alan Kelly, vice president for development and alumni relations
(from left) Kenneth Brodlieb, Helene Fortunoff,
Sal Sodano, Dave McQueary, Norman Goldberg and Alan Kelly,
vice president for development and alumni relations

March 24: Zarb School Hosts Does It Pay to Be in a Family Business?

The Frank G. Zarb School of Business hosted this round-table discussion of effective strategies to run a family-owned business. Guest speakers Helene Fortunoff, Kenneth Brodlieb, Dave McQueary and Norman Goldberg shared their personal experiences with successful family business and how to structure job responsibilities among family members.

Rudolphe Remy (M.B.A. ‘10) and Andrew Corrado
Rudolphe Remy (M.B.A. ‘10) and Andrew Corrado

March 24: Frank G. Zarb School of Business Executive Speaker Series Presents Andrew Corrado, Capital One Bank Market President, Nassau County, Senior Vice President and Senior Private Banker

Zarb Graduate Business Career Services, with sponsorship from the Graduate Finance Association, invited Mr. Corrado, a Zarb M.B.A. alumnus, to discuss “Business Leadership Strategies in Today’s Economy.” Mr. Corrado’s presentation provided students with a comprehensive approach to leadership development. Students left with an understanding of how to cultivate the skills needed to help them become business leaders.
Mr. Corrado is focused on continuously improving the Capital One Bank customer experience, growing revenue and leveraging market opportunities. He plays a critical role in overseeing and coordinating company resources to help ensure that Capital One Bank is making a meaningful contribution to local communities. Mr. Corrado graciously offers assistance to the Zarb School by providing exceptional opportunities to develop our business students’ skills.
Joel Simkins (B.B.A. ’98) and Joseph March (B.B.A. ’10)
Joel Simkins (B.B.A. ’98) and Joseph March (B.B.A. ’10)

March 24: Joel Simkins (B.B.A. ’98), Associate Director and Senior Gaming and Leisure Analyst at Macquarie, Addresses Zarb Students

Joel Simkins (B.B.A. ’98) discussed equity analysis with Zarb students. The event, sponsored by Hofstra's Financial Management Association (FMA), was held at the Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room. Mr. Simkins, FMA’s president in 1998, also described his career progression and advised students on negotiating a difficult job market.


April 2010

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer

April 9: U.S. Senator Charles Schumer Speaks to Small Business Owners at Hofstra

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer spoke to small business owners at the Hofstra University Club. The event was co-sponsored by the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, Hofstra’s Scott Skodnek Business Development Center and Continuing Education.

April 9: Zarb Corporate Social Responsibility Association, in Conjunction With Team M.B.A., Participate in Junior Achievement Day

Zarb’s Corporate Social Responsibility Association (CSRA) worked in collaboration with Junior Achievement to hold a day of learning for local school children. The curriculum centered on business courses.

April 9: The Indian Students Association Hosts Holi Festival

The Indian Students Association hosted the Rang-A-Rang Holi event, at which students, faculty and administrators celebrated the festival of colors. The festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of “good” over “bad.” On this day, people hug and wish each other “Happy Holi.”
Zarb graduate students at Holi festival. Zarb graduate students at Holi festival with James Neelankavil, the Robert E. Brockway Endowed Distinguished Professor in Marketing (2nd from right)
Zarb graduate students at Holi festival.
Zarb graduate students at Holi festival with James Neelankavil, the Robert E. Brockway Endowed Distinguished Professor in Marketing (2nd from right)

April 13: The Career Center and IMPACT Sponsor “G, The Word Globalization”

Marc Barnes, principal, KPMG, was the keynote speaker at a seminar for students on the powerful impact of globalization on businesses today. At KPMG, Mr. Barnes is responsible for enhancing global awareness among KPMG’s client service team, and he regularly hosts delegations of government officials and business executives from emerging economies.

April 14: Executive Speaker Series Presents Leonard Santalucia, Chief Technology Officer, Vicom Infinity, Inc.

The Executive Board of Visitors of the Information Technology/Quantitative Methods Department and the Hofstra Information Technology Association presented Leonard Santalucia, chief technology officer and business development officer of Vicom Infinity, Inc. Mr. Satalucia, a 27-year IBM veteran, spoke on “Changing Landscape of Legacy Systems.”

Brian Ruane
Brian Ruane

April 15: BNY Mellon Hosts Zarb Alumni Networking Event

Brian Ruane (M.B.A. ’95), chief executive officer, BNY Mellon, Alternative Investment Services, spoke on “The Importance of Building Relationships During Transformational Times,” at a Zarb Alumni Association cocktail reception hosted by BNY Mellon at its New York City headquarters.

April 16: M.B.A./M.S. Marketing Association Hosts Alumni Networking Event

The M.B.A./M.S. Marketing Association brought together Hofstra alumni and students to connect and build professional relationships within the marketing field.

Zarb Advertising Club students present t-Shirt to Michael Wach
Zarb Advertising Club students
present t-Shirt to Michael Wach

April 21: The Hofstra Advertising Club Presents Michael Wach, Senior Vice President, YES Network

Michael Wach (B.A./M.A.), who oversees all national, regional and local advertising sales for the YES Network, spoke to Zarb undergraduate students.

April 21: National Association of Black Accountants Annual Membership Appreciation Dinner

The Hofstra student chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) hosted its third annual membership appreciation dinner. Saudia Thomas (B.B.A. ’10, accounting), NABA president, welcomed guests and introduced the keynote speaker, Geoff Cooper, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Mr. Cooper, recipient of the 2009 PwC Chairman’s Award, addressed the important issue of social responsibility in business.
Members of NABA NABA students with Deb Sledgianowski, assistant professor, Department of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business
Members of NABA
NABA students with Deb Sledgianowski, assistant professor, Department of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business

Executive Board of Visitors
Executive Board of Visitors

April 21: 2010 Information Technology Executive Board of Visitors Mixer

The Information Technology/Quantitative Methods (IT/QM) Department of the Zarb School of Business held its annual Executive Board of Visitors Mixer. The Executive Board of Visitors serves as an advisory group to the IT/QM Department for long-term planning and curriculum development. It is composed of senior-level IT executives from organizations such as North Shore-LIJ Health System, Group Health Inc., Emblem Health.com, AmeriGroup, Discovery Communications, RCG Information Technology, Cablevision, Cable & Wireless International, Kanebridge and Frequency Electronics. Three distinguished IT professionals spoke at the event, which was attended by more than 75 Zarb students, faculty and administrators and other IT professionals. The keynote speaker was Christopher Dressler, vice president, enterprise architecture, Cablevision. Dr. Tom Fitzpatrick, client account executive, health care & public administration, IBM, spoke on “Healthcare and Information Technology,” and Jonathan Ezor, Touro Law School, addressed “Social Media and the Law.”

April 28: Hofstra University Chapter of GARP Hosts Meeting on Volatility Derivatives and Correlation Trading

The Hofstra chapter of GARP, the Global Association of Risk Professionals, and Hofstra Quants & Traders hosted an informational meeting at Hofstra’s Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room. Ram Meenakshisundaram (M.B.A. ’08), development manager, OpenLink Financial Inc., spoke on “Volatility Derivatives and Correlation Trading.” GARP, the leading association dedicated to the advancement of the risk profession, established a college chapter at Hofstra in 2008 – one of only eight college chapters globally.

April 29: Annual Finance Department Alumni Recognition Dinner

Brooke Richartz (B.B.A. ’04; M.B.A. ’08) received the Alumni Recognition Award at this year’s dinner, which was jointly sponsored by the Financial Management Association, the Hofstra Graduate Finance Association, Hofstra Investment Banking Association, and Hofstra Quants & Traders. Ms. Richartz is an active member of the Zarb Alumni Association and heads ZAAP, the Zarb Alumni Adviser Program, which teams alumni advisers with student organizations.
Zarb student inductee Meghan Diver and her mother Beta Gamma Sigma Holds Annual Induction Ceremony Image 1
(from left) Nancy White, chair, Department of Finance; Ehsan Nikbakht, professor, Department of Finance; Rudolphe Remy (M.B.A. ’10) and Edward Zychowicz, professor, Department of Finance
Zarb graduate students with Bill Agressi (B.B.A. '78) (center)
Beta Gamma Sigma Holds Annual Induction Ceremony Image 2 Beta Gamma Sigma Holds Annual Induction Ceremony Image 3
Zarb graduate students with Brooke Richartz (B.B.A. ’04; M.B.A. ’08) (far left)
(from left) Rudolphe Remy (M.B.A. ’10), Brooke Richartz (B.B.A. ’04; M.B.A. ’08), Gioia Bales, Zarb School assistant dean and Joseph March (B.B.A. ’10)
Beta Gamma Sigma Holds Annual Induction Ceremony Image 2 Beta Gamma Sigma Holds Annual Induction Ceremony Image 3
Zarb students with alumni
(from left) Raffaello Curtatone (M.B.A. ’08); Amy Reich, director for alumni affairs; Lisa Kellerman, associate director, Graduate Business Career Services and Sonam Bhambri, M.B.A. student
Zarb graduate students with Ed Sliwinski (third from left)
Zarb graduate students with Ed Sliwinski (third from left)

April 30: Zarb Human Resource Management Association Holds Induction Ceremony

Ed Sliwinski, New York State Council director of college relations of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), inducted the officers of the Zarb Graduate Human Resource Management Association into the newly recognized SHRM Hofstra Student Chapter. The chapter now is affiliated with the International Society of Human Resource Management, and members will attend Long Island SHRM programs and events throughout the year, introducing Zarb students to other human resource professionals.

April 30: Zarb Undergraduate Student Leaders Honored at Luncheon

The Zarb Student Leadership Council celebrated its accomplishments at a luncheon at the Hofstra University Club. Dean Salvatore Sodano presented each student with a book on leadership. The Leadership Council was formed in fall 2009. Leaders from each of the 15 Zarb undergraduate organizations meet periodically to coordinate activities and discuss ways to improve the Zarb School.
Zarb undergraduate student leaders with Brooke Richartz (B.B.A. ’04; M.B.A. ’08) (back row; 2nd from right) Former dean Salvatore Sodano
Zarb undergraduate student leaders with Brooke Richartz (B.B.A. ’04; M.B.A. ’08) (back row; 2nd from right)
Former dean Salvatore Sodano


May 2010

Lisa Kellerman, associate director of Graduate Business Career Services (center) with Zarb graduate student leaders
Lisa Kellerman, associate director of Graduate Business Career Services (center) with Zarb graduate student leaders

May 7: Graduate Student Advisory Dinner

To honor the graduating e-board members of student organizations, Zarb Graduate Business Career Services organized a dinner and recognized graduating students. Special recognition was given to several officers for their dedication to the student organization.


(from left) Joshua Mitgang (B.B.A. ’10); Allison Calabrese (B.B.A. ’10); Gary Perlin; Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz and Jonathan Monahan, Zarb student
(from left) Joshua Mitgang (B.B.A. ’10); Allison Calabrese (B.B.A. ’10); Gary Perlin; Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz and Jonathan Monahan, Zarb student

May 12: Scott Skodnek Business Development Center Presents Gary Perlin, Chief Financial Officer, Capital One

As part of its Distinguished Lecture Series, the Scott Skodnek Business Development Center presented Gary Perlin, chief financial officer, Capital One, who spoke about prospects for the economy after the financial crisis.

May 13: Capital One Hosts Alumni Networking Reception Featuring Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano

The Zarb Alumni Association sponsored a networking reception hosted by Capital One. The event was held at Capital One’s Melville headquarters and featured Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano (B.A. ’84; J.D. ’87). Mr. Mangano discussed the challenges facing the new county government, including the difficulties associated with real estate assessments.
Reginald Andre (center) with other Zarb alumni Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano (center) with Zarb alumni
Reginald André (B.B.A. '04) (center) with other Zarb alumni
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano (center) with Zarb alumni


June 2010

June 9: Hofstra Hosts Careers in Business 2010: Opportunities and Challenges

Hofstra invited members of the community to Careers in Business 2010: Opportunities and Challenges. Panelists Dr. Joel Evans, RMI Distinguished Professor of Business; Gary Huth, principal economist, New York State Department of Labor; Barbara Church-Kattan, director of Zarb Graduate Business Career Services; and Fred Burke, executive director of The Career Center discussed job market trends and how to prepare for a fulfilling career in business. They encouraged the audience to capitalize on the opportunities that change presents.
(from left) Alan Eidler, President and CEO Spiegel Associates, Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman, Town of Huntington, Stuart Rabinowitz, President, Hofstra University, Marilyn Monter, Chair, Hofstra Board of Trustees, Milton Cooper, Executive Chairman, Kimco Realty Corporation, Wilbur F. Breslin, President, Breslin Realty Development Corp. and Richard V. Guardino, Jr., Executive Dean, Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies
(from left) Alan Eidler, President and CEO, Spiegel Associates, Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman, Town of Huntington, Stuart Rabinowitz, President, Hofstra University, Marilyn Monter, Chair, Hofstra Board of Trustees, Milton Cooper, Executive Chairman, Kimco Realty Corporation, Wilbur F. Breslin, President, Breslin Realty Development Corp. and Richard V. Guardino, Jr., Executive Dean, Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies

June 15: The Institute of Real Estate Presents Milton Cooper

At its fourth annual luncheon, the Institute of Real Estate of the Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies at Hofstra University presented a keynote address by Milton Cooper. Mr. Cooper is a founding member of Kimco and executive chairman of Kimco Realty Corporation, a real estate investment trust that owns and operates the largest portfolio of neighborhood and community shopping centers in North America.
This annual luncheon brings together the leadership of the real estate community and offers them the opportunity to interact with some of the most powerful and influential thinkers in economic development and real estate.

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