We are excited to introduce ourselves as the new leadership of the Zarb Alumni Association (ZAA). First, we would like to thank Ed Watson (M.B.A. ’89), the immediate past president of the ZAA, for his vision in re-energizing the Zarb Alumni Association. Under Ed’s leadership, the ZAA was restructured and is now better positioned to accomplish its goals of increasing the number of alumni volunteering toward the service and activities of the Zarb Business School and its community, increasing alumni participation in fund raising activities and promoting a strong sense of pride, tradition and community among Zarb alumni, students, faculty and administration. Ed’s work resulted in a very fruitful year for the Zarb community and created a great deal of positive momentum that will lead the ZAA toward even greater successes in the future.
Over the past year, the ZAA offered a number of great events and programs to the Zarb community. We hosted networking events in New York City and Long Island, including a reception featuring Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano ’84, ’87. We also worked closely with the Hofstra Career Center to bring alumni back to campus to hold practice interviews, résumé critiques, networking receptions and roundtable discussions for current students. The ZAA also launched the Zarb Alumni Advisors Program to support Zarb undergraduate and graduate student-run organizations.
Looking ahead to the 2010–2011 academic year, we look forward to further leveraging the resources and talent of the Zarb community to continue these efforts and expand the ZAA’s suite of programs and events under the leadership of our Executive Committee: Jim Wenk ’05 (VP for Communications), Erin Veltman ’08 (VP for Events and Regional Activities), Mark Matthews ’90 (VP for Fundraising and Scholarships), and Jennifer Strafford ’06 (Secretary). We intend to bring more alumni back to campus to provide career enhancement activities to an even larger number of students and alumni. We will also ramp up our fund raising efforts to offer more scholarships to Zarb students and to support our suite of activities for the Zarb community. This ambitious 2010-2011 plan will only be accomplished with the support and engagement of Zarb alumni.
We look forward to meeting all of you at future events, especially during Hofstra’s 75th Anniversary Weekend, September 23 -26. If you are interested in getting more involved with Zarb Alumni Association programs and events, please contact Amy Reich, director of alumni affairs, at Amy.Reich@hofstra.edu or 516-463-7580.
Andrew Corrado, M.B.A. ’92, President, Zarb Alumni Association
Réginald André B.B.A. ’04, 1st Vice President, Zarb Alumni Association