Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Dean’s Message

Dean Patrick Socci


October 2011

In July, I marked my one-year anniversary as dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business. Because of the energy and enthusiasm of our faculty, administration, staff, alumni and especially our students, the Zarb School continues to make significant strides in strengthening our academic programs, enriching our community outreach efforts and fostering our relationships with the business community.


A school-wide faculty and staff retreat in January 2011 set the stage for a dynamic year, providing significant momentum to efforts to continue to provide a world-class educational experience. Hosted by the Strategic Planning Oversight Committee, ambitious goals were set in the areas of academic excellence, student personal and professional development, internationalization, pedagogical excellence, and innovation and scholarly research. Already, many of these goals have come to fruition. Recognizing the importance of accessibility to our graduate population, the Zarb School launched the first fully online M.B.A. program on Long Island. Eighteen highly qualified students, representing diverse professions and hailing from across the United States, comprise the inaugural cohort. Focusing on strategic business management, the program includes two residencies. The first took place on the Hofstra campus in August with additional meetings in New York City hosted by prominent Zarb alumni. During the second residency, students will travel abroad to engage with global business leaders.

In an effort to enrich our degree offerings and make our students highly competitive in a challenging employment market, the Zarb School launched a full complement of dual degree programs, allowing the completion of both an undergraduate and graduate degree in just five years. These programs include joint B.B.A./M.B.A. or B.B.A./M.S. programs as well as options that allow undergraduates majoring in disciplines such as economics and mathematics to obtain graduate business degrees.


I am very proud of Zarb’s commitment to social responsibility and the many endeavors in which our faculty and students are engaged that enrich our community. Funded by a generous grant from Capital One Bank, the Zarb School in collaboration with the School of Education, Health and Human Services will launch “Money and Me,” a financial literacy program. Beginning in October, Hofstra students will instruct fourth graders in low-to-moderate income districts on Long Island, using originally developed curriculum. Fifth graders from across Long Island will learn about the programs offered by universities when Hofstra opens its doors at Commerce Plaza, a simulated business community in Levittown, New York. In the “Entrepreneurship Challenge,” Capital One funds budding entrepreneurs from Zarb and Uniondale High School to develop and launch their own businesses. In “Ladder to Leadership: Nurturing the Next Generation of Women Business Leaders,” a community outreach program funded by Flushing Bank, graduate students from Zarb Women in Business will mentor young women from Uniondale High School. This fall we will also begin the development of The NASDAQ OMX Hofstra Financial Markets Academy. This Internet-based program will instruct high school students from around the world on securities markets and the various career paths that are available in the financial service industry.


The dedication of Zarb alumni has contributed greatly to our school’s success. We are pleased that Andrew F. Corrado (M.B.A. ’92), senior vice president and market manager and market president, Nassau County of Capital One Bank and Jack A. Weisbaum (B.B.A. ’64), chief executive officer of BDO U.S.A., were presented with Alumni Achievement Awards at a dinner on September 23 while Reginald Andre (B.B.A. ’04), vice president of Goldman Sachs & Co. received the Young Alumnus Award. They stand as models for our students to emulate.


Zarb students continue to be recognized in national competitions. Zarb graduate students took third place in the 2011 Strategy Case Competition sponsored by Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG). Marketing students placed first in their district in the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Case Competition.


We look forward to another dynamic year at the Zarb School of Business.







Corrado
Andrew Corrado
Weisbaum
Jack Weisbaum
Andre
Reginald Andre

The Frank G. Zarb School of Business Launches the First Online M.B.A. Program on Long Island







 Online M.B.A. students in the Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room
: Online M.B.A. students in the Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room
Sengupta and Miller
Kaushik Sengupta, Director, Online M.BA. program and Dr. Barry Berman, the Walter H. “Bud” Miller Distinguished Professor in Business
Sengupta and Students
Dr. Sengupta with Online M.B.A. students
Dean Socci with Online M.B.A. students
Dean Socci with Online M.B.A. students
Michael Eisenbud, Executive in Residence and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Management
Michael Eisenbud, Executive in Residence and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Management

The Frank G. Zarb School of Business launched the first Online M.B.A. Program on Long Island with a focus in strategic business management. The program is taught by full-time faculty members and has a global and industry focus with residency requirements that include interaction with New York City industry leaders and global corporations. Eighteen highly qualified students from across the United States began the program in late August when they gathered in New York for their first residency.



“As part of the Zarb focus on students, we are continually building and introducing new programs and courses that allow our students to stay on the cutting edge of business. Many of our graduate students are working professionals who rely heavily on a flexible program ─ a program that allows them to continue their studies while also continuing their professional careers,” said Zarb School of Business Dean Patrick Socci. “This Online MBA Program is tailored for those students who are trying to advance their education and career without leaving their current location and position.”



The small class sizes of the Online M.B.A. program provide a seamless interaction between faculty members and students and the flexibility of the program exists in its cohort program option, which allows for a completion of the degree within two years.


“We have an exciting global strategic business management focus for the program and the online components are supplemented with two one-week residencies at Hofstra’s New York location, providing opportunities to network with local industry leaders and our alumni base. A one-week foreign trip consisting of multiple business visits is also an integral part of this program and will provide a strong foundation to the global dimension of the program,” said Executive Director of the Online M.B.A. Program and Associate Professor of Management, Entrepreneurship and General Business Dr. Kaushik Sengupta. “We believe that these components add significant value to the program and will provide the necessary knowledge and exposure to the students in this era of global business, allowing them to succeed in their professional careers.”


For more information on this program visit hofstra.edu/onlinemba. For more information on Frank G. Zarb School of Business programs please visit hofstra.edu/zarb.

Zarb Students Study in China During Summer 2011













 Executive M.B.A. students in China
Executive M.B.A. students in China
Executive M.B.A. students in China
Executive M.B.A. students in China
Executive M.B.A. students in China
Executive M.B.A. students in China
Executive M.B.A. students in China
Executive M.B.A. students in China
Executive M.B.A. students in China
Executive M.B.A. students in China
 M.B.A students in China
M.B.A students in China
M.B.A students in China
M.B.A students in China
 M.B.A students in China
M.B.A students in China



The Hofstra in Beijing and Shanghai program continues to be one of the most successful study abroad experiences offered at the Zarb School of Business. During the Summer 2011 Hofstra in Beijing and Shanghai program, ten Zarb School MBA students visited Beijing Hyundai Motor (an equally-owned joint venture between the South Korea company and Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co. Ltd), China National Technology Import and Export Corporation, Synthes (Suzhou) Medical Co., Ltd. (a leading orthopedic equipment maker in the world from Switzerland), and the University of International Business and Economics (a leading university in Beijing). In addition, the program participants also visited numerous cultural venues and attended shows in four Chinese cities during the intensive two-week period (Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Suzhou).


"This trip offered a great opportunity for Hofstra students to observe how businesses operate in China, the world's most populous country. The Zarb School's study abroad program helps enrich students' learning at Hofstra, broaden their perspectives about global business, and prepare them to better take advantage of opportunities and face challenges in their future careers," commented Dr. Yong Zhang, professor of marketing and international business and the program director.


During July 2011, Hofstra Executive MBA students visited China and Thailand as part of their international management practicum. While in Beijing, they visited the American Chamber of Commerce in China, Google China, GL Garrad Hassan China (a wind energy company), and Jun He Law Offices. In Bangkok, they visited Ford Thailand and Hutchison Laemchabang Terminal Limited. The students also visited cultural venues and attended shows. All participants agreed that this trip enhanced their knowledge about the nature of global business in the region, and enabled them to develop a deeper understanding of the cultures and people of both China and Thailand.

The Zarb School Strengthens Its Ties With the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University




Rotterdam School of Management students with Dr. Anoop Rai, Professor of Finance and Program Director
Rotterdam School of Management students with Dr. Anoop Rai, Professor of Finance and Program Director
Zarb M.B.A. student Peter Nicolardi on the Erasmus Bridge
Zarb M.B.A. student Peter Nicolardi on the Erasmus Bridge


Six M.B.A. students from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University attended the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) at Erasmus University in January 2011 for an intensive derivatives course taught by RSM faculty as part of the Hofstra-RSM exchange program. This program was made possible through a grant by the Netherlands-America Foundation, which provided scholarships to each student. Zarb students joined a group of Dutch students enrolled in the Master 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 and 26th globally by the Financial Times.


Derivatives and Risk Management was an intensive three-week course that identified, dissected, and explained complex financial instruments such as options, futures, and swaps. A thorough understanding of these financial products is crucial in a rapidly changing global marketplace. Very positive feedback was reported by Zarb students. They found the course to be very challenging because of the depth and breadth of the material. An understanding of complex financial models was required for valuation of these instruments. Students’ mathematical and statistical skills were tested and they were required to utilize high-level Excel software. The students were taught by a team of professors who are all distinguished in their fields.


Zarb students’ experiences were also enriched, both academically and socially, by their fellow Dutch students. All students stayed at housing arranged by the university. Students reported that their colleagues were indeed “citizens of the world” and possessed exemplary quantitative skills. Zarb students felt very accomplished after their successful completion of this rigorous program where they studied with some of the brightest business students in the world. "The Rotterdam exchange program provided the opportunity to experience different cultures, learn about derivatives from world class faculty and build a global network," said Peter Nicolardi, a Zarb graduate student who participated in the program.


Because of the success of the program and the continued generous support from the Netherlands-America Foundation, we plan to offer the exchange program in 2012. To increase the applicant pool, we plan to offer the program during the summer rather than the January session. We will begin interviews early in 2012. We also expect increased interest in the program due to the phenomenal growth in our Master of Science in Quantitative Finance program.


As part of the Hofstra/Rotterdam School of Management exchange program, a group of six students from Rotterdam School of Management’s Curacao program in the Netherlands Antilles enrolled in a finance course in June 2011 on the Hofstra campus. The students, enrolled in the Executive Master in Financial Management program, successfully completed their Bloomberg certification and their coursework for Management of Financial Institutions, offered by Professor Anoop Rai. This was the first year that the Rotterdam School of Management sent their graduate students to participate in the exchange program, and we expect to host additional students in the future.

The Zarb Alumni Association Takes an Active Role in Preparing Students for Careers


The Zarb School is fortunate to have a very active alumni organization that is strongly committed to preparing students for exciting business careers. Through the Zarb Alumni Association Career Series program, former students return to campus to directly engage current students, providing insight into what skills are crucial for success in the business world today and providing resume critiques and practice interviews. Since the program’s inception in 2009, more than 200 Zarb students have benefited from the expert advice that this mentorship program provides.


On September 12, 2011, nine Zarb alumni individually critiqued Zarb undergraduates’ resumes. Students benefited greatly from the one-on-one interaction with these seasoned professionals. This session was followed by an M.B.A. Practice Interview Session and Reception on September 21, 2011. Twelve alumni conducted practice interviews with graduate students and offered feedback on improving their interviewing skills. A networking session for alumni, students and faculty followed.
Undergraduates had the chance to practice their interview skills with alumni on September 27 and October 3, 2011.



The Zarb Alumni Association also provides its members with valuable networking opportunities. On July 14, 2011, the association hosted a Summer in New York City Networking Night at Local West. More than 75 alumni gathered to network, and heard from representatives from the Zarb Alumni Association and Alan Kelly, Hofstra’s vice president for development and alumni affairs. This was the second Summer in New York City networking night and one of the most highly attended Alumni Association events. Other networking events are periodically scheduled throughout the year.


All Zarb alumni should consider becoming actively involved with this dynamic organization. For more information contact Amy Reich, director of alumni affairs, at 516-463-7580 or Amy.Reich@hofstra.edu.

The Scott Skodnek Business Development Center at Hofstra University Offers Valuable Programs for Local Businesses



The Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) offered by Hofstra University's Scott Skodnek Business Development Center provides participants with the "nuts and bolts" skills required to operate and grow a successful business, especially in a challenging economy. Participants receive training and counseling that will enable them to complete a business plan while attending the program. A free information session about the EAP was held September 21, 2011. Since February 1991, the EAP has helped more than 1,000 entrepreneurs launch and expand their businesses through management training offered in workshops ranging from developing marketing strategies to creating financial management systems. The next 60-hour program will be offered from October 3-December 7, 2011, on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. for a fee of $495 (scholarships and installments available), which includes a manual and all materials. An Entrepreneurship Certificate is earned upon completion of requirements. To register, please call 516-463-5850.



Recognizing the importance of social media in marketing a successful business, the Scott Skodnek Business Development Center will present A Social Media Workshop Series with Mitch Tobol. This five-part social media workshop series focuses on how to market your business successfully using social media tools such as Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook, among others. The presentations will be led by Mitch Tobol, a partner at CGT Marketing, LLC, an innovative marketing agency focused on helping companies achieve their goals through the intelligent use of traditional and social media. He has assisted more than 500 businesses in developing and improving their marketing strategies over the past 30 years. The series will be held on Tuesdays from 8-10 a.m. from October 18 through November 29, 2011. The titles of the sessions are Mobile Marketing; Learn to Use the Tools, Linkedin: Advanced Tactics, Twitter: Gain Knowledge to Use Effectively, Facebook: New Featured and Strategies, and Email: The 7 Secrets to Success. To register, please call 516-463-5850.

Zarb Faculty and Student Accomplishments

FACULTY ACCOMPLISHMENTS







    Dr. James Neelankavil, the Robert E. Brockway '46 Endowed Distinguished Professor in Marketing
    Dr. James Neelankavil, the Robert E. Brockway '46 Endowed Distinguished Professor in Marketing
    Dr. George Papaioannou, the C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor in Finance and Investment Banking
    Dr. George Papaioannou, the C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor in Finance and Investment Banking

  • Professors James Neelankavil and George Papaioannou received the 2010-2011 Dean's Service Award for their leadership in the strategic planning process on the Strategic Planning Oversight Committee (SPOC). The committee has set ambitious goals to improve the Zarb School of Business in the following areas: academic excellence, student personal and professional development, internationalization, pedagogical excellence, and innovation and scholarly research.



  • Dr. Anil Mathur, the Brodlieb Distinguished Professor in Business

  • Dr. Anil Mathur received the 2010-2011 Dean's Research Award for his paper titled "A Longitudinal Study of the Effects of Life Status Changes on Changes in Consumer Preferences," which was published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 2008.

  • Dr. Rick Wilson, Assistant Professor of Marketing and International Business

  • Dr. Richard Wilson received the 2010/2011 Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication for his submission "Competing Successfully against Multinationals: A Longitudinal Perspective of Hungarian Advertising Agencies," Journal of Strategic Marketing.

  • Dr. Hak Kim, Associate Professor of Information Technology (right)

  • Dr. Hak Kim, associate professor of information technology received The Best Conference Theme Paper Award at the International Conference on Information Resources Management 2011 for his paper titled "Evolution of Wireless Technologies: Exploring the Technology Trajectory in Competitive Wireless Industry."

  • Glen M. Vogel, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies in Business

  • Professor Glen Vogel's participated in the 2011 North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business (NEALSB) annual conference in Lenox, Massachusetts, and won the Best Paper of the Conference Award for his paper titled "Clinton, Campaigns, and Corporate Expenditures: The Supreme Court's Recent Decision in Citizen's United and Its Impact on Corporate Political Influence."

  • Dr. Ehsan Nikbakht, Professor of Finance

  • Ehsan Nikbakht, professor of finance, was recently appointed chairperson of the derivatives committee of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). NYSSA is the leading forum in the investment community since its founding in1937 by, among others, Benjamin Graham, who is considered to be the "father of financial analysis." A not-for-profit industry organization, NYSSA's mission is to promote best practices and the highest professional standards in the industry. The Zarb School is one of only 15 business schools to have a university partnership with this prestigious organization.



  • Dr. Andrew Spieler, Associate Professor of Finance

  • Andrew Spieler, associate professor of finance, delivered the keynote address at the Alternative Investing Forum sponsored by Catalyst Financial Partners in April 2011 at the Harvard Club. Dr. Spieler also serves as the chairperson of the derivatives committee of the New York Society of Security Analysts. Founded in 2008, Catalyst Financial Partners is a specialist investor events firm for the alternative investing industry.


STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS



  • The Zarb School's Delta Pi chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the honors organization for the financial information profession, has been recognized internationally as a "Superior Chapter." Under the direction of Professor Linda Schain, the chapter far exceeded the minimum requirements of Beta Alpha Psi and has excelled in the areas of academics, professionalism and leadership.




  • Hofstra American Marketing Association students Alexander Schultz, Matthew Romano, Nicole Bazzinotti and Parks Middleton
    Hofstra American Marketing Association students Alexander Schultz, Matthew Romano, Nicole Bazzinotti and Parks Middleton
    Hofstra American Marketing students with Faculty Advisor Rick Wilson
    Hofstra American Marketing students with Faculty Advisor Rick Wilson

  • The Hofstra chapter of the American Marketing Association (HAMA) received several awards at the organization's international intercollegiate conference in New Orleans this spring. These awards included: Third Place Exhibit: Best Communication of Chapter Activities; Nintendo Case Competition Semi-Finalist; Outstanding Chapter Planning; Outstanding Community Service and Outstanding Chapter Communications.

  • Hofstra University's chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) received first place in their division in the Student Chapter Reporting and Evaluation Program (SCREP). SCREP is a national compliance competition between all NABA chapters. In June 2011, the group's achievements were recognized at the NABA Annual National Convention in Orlando, Florida.

  • Members of the case study competition with Faculty Advisor Rick Wilson

  • Students in the Advertising Case Competition class were charged with developing a $100 million, fully integrated yearlong campaign to attract female shoppers as part of the JC Penney-sponsored American Advertising Federation's National Student Advertising Case Competition. The students presented their campaign to advertising, media and JC Penney judges, and took top honors in their district composed of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. In addition to taking first place in the overall competition, the students were awarded Best Strategic Plan and Best Creative Plan. The team traveled to San Diego in June for the national competition.




  • Adrin Mammen, Ritika Sharma, Kate Wei, Ruth Franklin and Christelle Gamambaye
    Adrin Mammen, Ritika Sharma, Kate Wei, Ruth Franklin and Christelle Gamambaye
    Adrin Mammen, Ritika Sharma, Kate Wei, Ruth Franklin and Christelle Gamambaye
    One of the contestants and a Zarb Student, Ritika Sharma, with the prize check

  • Zarb graduate students Adrin Mammen, Ritika Sharma, Kate Wei, Ruth Franklin and Christelle Gamambaye participated in The 2011 Strategy Case Competition organized by Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG) and the National Association of Women M.B.A.s. The group took third place out of 21 participating universities and was awarded a $2,000 cash prize. "PSEG: A Roadmap of 2035" presented the group's plan for the company to achieve 80% of their electricity portfolio from clean energy sources by 2035.


  • Samantha Arpino


  • Zarb accounting student Samantha Arpino received the 2011 American Women's Society of Certified Public Accountants Award. Presented by the organization's New York City affiliate, the scholarship recognizes and rewards outstanding women who are pursuing a career in the accounting profession. Ms. Arpino was also the recipient of the 2011 Davis- Kassa Scholarship Award. The Davis-Kassa Scholarship is named in honor of former executive directors of the Institute of Supply Management-New York who served with distinction. In addition, Ms. Arpino was also accepted into the Geico Work Study and Leo Goodwin Scholarship Program. Under the terms of this demanding program, students receive a scholarship and an offer of paid part-time employment.

  • Four Zarb graduate students received awards for their superior academic performance. Ya Song and Alexander Chao received the Kraft Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Marketing. Ms. Song received the highest grade in the core marketing course and Mr. Chao was named the top graduating M.B.A. student studying marketing at the Zarb School. Zihuan Zhang and Hemang Shah received the Astoria Federal Savings Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Finance. Mr. Zhang received the highest grade in the core finance course and Mr. Shah was names the top graduating M.B.A. student studying finance.

Highlights of Recent Events

February 2011


February 3: Hofstra University and the Alumni Organization present “Leadership and Innovation in a Globally Interconnected World”

lecture series
Frank G. Zarb

Hofstra University and the Alumni Organization presented “Leadership and Innovation in a Globally Interconnected World” at Ernst & Young on Thursday, February 3, 2011. Participants enjoyed a conversation and reception with Ajay Banga, president and chief executive officer, MasterCard Worldwide, Inc. and Steven J. Freiberg (B.B.A. ’79; M.B.A ’80), chief executive officer, ETrade Financial Corp. Frank G. Zarb (B.B.A. ’57; M.B.A. ’62), managing director, Hellman and Friedman, LLC, moderated the event.


February 9: Zarb School of Business Alumni Association Resume Critique and Reception

The Zarb School of Business Alumni Association, in conjunction with The Career Center, conducted a resume critique and reception for students to have their resumes reviewed by industry professionals. More than 35 Zarb students had their resumes reviewed by 12 alumni volunteers.


February 9: Distinguished Lecture Series Breakfast: Russell M. Artzt Presents “Cloud Computing Made Possible”

lecture series
Richard V. Guardino, Jr., Executive Dean, Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies;
Herman A. Berliner, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Hofstra University; Russell M. Artzt, Vice Chairman and Founder of CA Technologies and Robert Rothschild, Mayor, Village of Garden City

Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz and Richard Guardino, vice president for business development, sponsored this distinguished lecture on the timely topic of cloud computing.  The keynote address was presented by Russell M. Artzt, founder and vice chairman of CA Technologies, who discussed cloud computing and its incremental advance in the field of information technology, representing a paradigm shift in the IT industry. Mr. Artzt is responsible for defining and directing overall corporate objectives and providing visionary leadership for technology, products and programs. Mr. Artzt collaborates with the company’s board of directors, president, executive leadership team, and shareholders to drive strategic, operational and financial needs.


February 15: Diversity in the Workplace Series

As part of black history month, the Zarb Black and Hispanic M.B.A./M.S. Association  co-sponsored a panel discussion about minorities in the workplace with The Career Center. The keynote speaker for the event was Keith Clinkscales, senior vice president, content development & enterprises, at ESPN.  Panelists included: Takita Mason (B.A. ’01), senior account director, Working Mother Media and president of Hofstra’s Black/Hispanic Alumni Association; Christina Whitehurst (B.B.A. ’02), assistant controller, Real Estate Capital Partners; and Frederick Davis (B.B.A. ’85), partner, Mitchell & Titus and president of Hofstra’s Alumni Organization.

February 17: 18th Annual Columbia Women in Business Conference

lecture series
Attendees at the Women in Business Conference

On February 18, 2011, members of Zarb Women in Business attended the Annual Columbia Women in Business Conference. The theme for the event was “Mapping the Future: Dynamic Paths to Success.” The panelists at the conference discussed the diverse paths successful women in business have taken over the course of their careers.

February 25: Graduate Finance Association and Hofstra Investment Banking Association Host Networking Night

The Graduate Finance Association organized a networking reception at 230 Fifth Lounge in New York City that brought together current graduate business students and alumni from various fields of finance.

February 26: Social Gaming Event

lecture series
Zarb students at Social Gaming Event

Hosted by Zarb Women in Business in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, a group of 30 students from Hofstra and India communicated through web conferencing. Five social games were created that consisted of questions related to mapping and territory, taking into consideration the physical, digital and social environment of each location.

February 28: Zarb School of Business Alumni Association Mock Interviews

Zarb School of Business alumni spent a day at Hofstra conducting 30-minute mock interviews to provide students with tips on how to ace an interview. Almost 60 Zarb students were interviewed by 15 alumni volunteers.



March 2011


March 2: Professional Etiquette Dinner  

Hosted by the Zarb Asian Students Association (ZASA) in conjunction with the Graduate Finance Association, Dianne Weinstein from Cobalt Solutions gave a presentation on business dinner etiquette and how to best present oneself in front of potential employers.


March 7:  Night of Networking and Communication

lecture series
Night of Networking and Communication Panelists

Co-sponsored by Zarb Women in Business, the M.B.A./M.S. Marketing Association, the Hofstra American Marketing Association and the Zarb Alumni Association, undergraduate students and recent graduates interacted with some of Hofstra's most successful alumnae working in various fields of the media and communications industry.  The keynote speaker was Celia Burke (B.F.A. ’79), chief talent officer, Young & Rubicam Brands. Other panelists included: Theresa Patiri (B.A. '00/M.S.Ed.  '04), vice president, production management and operations, WEtv; Heather Cohen (B.A. '98 ), executive vice president, The Weiss Agency; Bonnie Optekman , vice president, News Technology, NBC Universal; Mary Beth Wright (B.A. '79), publisher, National Enquirer; Lauren Ruotolo (B.A. ’01), director entertainment promotions, Hearst Magazines; and Ellen Deutsch (B.B.A. ‘81/M.B.A. ’96)  senior vice president and chief growth officer, The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.

March 9:  Consumerology: The New Retail Rules and the New Consumer

lecture series
Marshal Cohen

At a presentation to students, Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst, NPD Group and author of the book Buy Me! How to Get Customers to Choose Your Products and Ignore the Rest provided insight into the apparel, footwear and accessories markets.  Mr. Cohen is a nationally known expert on consumer behavior and the retail industry.  Representatives from NPD were available at the event to discuss job and internship opportunities.

March 9:  Finance Management Association (FMA) Hosts Faces of Finance

lecture series
Reginald Andre

On March 9, 2011, the FMA presented “Faces of Finance,” which included a keynote address by Reginald Andre (B.B.A.’04) followed by a panel discussion.  All participants were Zarb alumni.  Gioia P. Bales (M.B.A. ’86), assistant dean, moderated the event.  Reginald Andre is a vice president at Goldman Sachs in their alternative investments division.  The other panelists were: Janice McFadden (B.B.A.’87/M.B.A. ’92), vice president and senior trader at Goldman Sachs Investment Partners; Steven Alves (B.B.A. ’07), assistant vice president and relationship manager at HSBC Bank; and Omar Khawaja (B.B.A. ’04), manager of hedge fund operations at Luxor Capital Group LP.

March 9: Panel Discussion on Strategies and Challenges Faced in Social Media

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Panelists (from left): Barbara Viola, President of Viotech Solutions Inc.; Hilary Topper, President & CEO,  HJMT Communications; Jonathan I. Ezor, Director, Touro Law Center; and David Rodriguez, Director of Staffing, Cablevision

The event was sponsored by Zarb School of Business, the Department of Information Technology and Quantitative Methods and the IT Executive Board of Visitors.  The panelists included Jonathan I. Ezor, director, Touro Law Center, Institute for Business, Law and Technology; Hilary Topper, president & CEO, HJMT Communications; and David Rodriguez, director of staffing, Cablevision.

March 10:  Lightship Partners Information Session

Lightship Partners LLC’s CEO, Mike Beller, and partner, Jean Hannon, visited Hofstra to discuss the firm, its various projects, and exciting internship opportunities.  The company is a Long Island-based management consulting firm.


March 16:  Zarb Women in Business Presents Women With Wings

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“Women with Wings” Panelists

“Women With Wings” was co-sponsored by the Zarb Black and Hispanic M.B.A./M.S. Association.  The panelists for the event included Anita Ramakrishna, Dynamic Logic; Charly Nguyen, McGarryBowen; Elizabeth Robinson, PwC; and Dawn Selg, Citibank NA.

March 23:  Executive Speaker Series — Todd Jacobson, National Basketball Association (NBA)

On March 23, 2011, the Zarb Corporate Social Responsibility Association hosted Todd Jacobson, vice president of community relations for the National Basketball Association.  Mr. Jacobson discussed how the NBA views its responsibility as a corporate citizen, what initiatives it has taken to further its corporate social responsibility goals, and how these initiatives fit into its broader business plan.

March 25:  Networking Event and Seminar on "Talkpower" — A Panic Clinic for Fearless Communication by Natalie H. Rogers

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Natalie Rogers and Vice Dean Esmeralda Lyn

On March 25, 2011, the Zarb Toastmasters International hosted Natalie H. Rogers, an actress, behavioral psychotherapist, professional trainer and author of The New Talkpower. Ms. Rogers’ presentation was aimed at helping students overcome the nervousness associated with public speaking.  Students had the opportunity to network with Ms. Rogers, Dean Patrick J. Socci and Zarb faculty.

March 25: M.B.A./M.S. Indian Student Association Presents Rang-A-Holi — Festival of Colors

The Indian Student Association celebrated an Indian religious festival.  Also known as “Dhuli Vandana” in the Sanskrit language, the festival is celebrated by throwing colored powder and water at each other. The students enjoyed the evening, which included traditional Indian food.

March 30: Expert Voice: The Emerging Power of Social Media

Sponsored by the Hofstra M.B.A./M.S. Marketing Association, “Expert Voice: The Emerging Power of Social Media” was a major-related event featuring Hofstra alumna Eve Fish (B.A. ’96/M.B.A. ’99), senior director of online marketing development, Publishers Clearing House.

March 30:  Microfinance Club Presents Erica Dorn, Head of Volunteering Activities, Accion USA
Accion USA is a microfinance organization that offers microloans and other financial services to moderate-income entrepreneurs in the United States. Ms. Dorn presented her views on the history of Accion USA and U.S. microfinance, the programs and services offered by the company, and various partnerships in U.S. microfinance.  The M.B.A./M.S. Microfinance Club is the newest graduate organization at the Zarb School.

March 31: South Asian Students Association Presents Talent Show

Hofstra clubs, organizations, and individuals performed their unique talents, which included group acts and solo performances. The winners received $300 for the club they represented, and 50 percent of the proceeds were donated to the Sunkara Eye Foundation.

April 2011


April 6: Lunch and Learn: The Gender Factor in Business and Finance

The Center for International Financial Services and Markets hosted a luncheon discussion on “The Gender Factor in Business and Finance With Emphasis on Women as Executives and Businesspeople.”  The group discussed recent research that studies the impact women in corporate leadership positions and on boards of directors have on company and investment performance.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Esmeralda Lyn, vice dean and the C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor in Finance and International Financial Services.

April 6:  M.B.A/M.S. Corporate Connections/Networking Program

Alumni and employers from diverse industries, especially finance and information technology, shared their career paths and hiring needs for full-time and internship positions at this program sponsored by the Graduate Finance Association and the Hofstra Information Technology Graduate Association. Representatives from companies such as OpenLink Financial, Sungard, Chase Auto Finance, All Scripts, United Way, North Shore Health System, Northrop Grunman and Cognizant were present.

April 6: Managing Portfolio Risk in Natural Disasters: A Playbook for Black Swan Events

“Managing Portfolio Risk in Natural Disasters: A Playbook for Black Swan Events” was sponsored by GARP – the Global Association of Risk Professionals.  The speaker for the event was Kenneth R. Solow, CFP, founding partner and chief investment officer of Pinnacle Advisory Group, Inc, a private wealth management firm.  GARP, the leading professional association dedicated to the advancement of the risk position, established a chapter at Hofstra in 2008.

April 7:  Hofstra American Marketing Association (HAMA) Second Annual Networking Dinner

This event featured prominent marketing professionals from Victoria’s Secret, Slightly Mad Communications and other companies.  This event was an excellent networking opportunity for the undergraduate students at the Zarb School of Business.

April 8:  Impact of Human Resources’ Role in Any Organization & Careers in Human Resource Management

Sponsored by Zarb Human Resources Management Association.  The speaker for the event was Laura Lack, vice president, Human Resources Management, Lord & Taylor.

April 11:  Presentation on Crisis Management followed by a Socratic Panel



Thomas S. Johnson
Thomas S. Johnson
Douglas L. Maine
Douglas L. Maine
Cono R. Fusco
Cono R. Fusco
Edward A. Orgon
Edward A. Orgon
Dan Colarusso
Dan Colarusso
Richard Torrenzano
Richard Torrenzano

The audience learned how to effectively respond to a crisis by observing a panel of experienced professionals in action.  The program moderator was Richard Torrenzano, chief executive officer of The Torrenzano Group, a global expert in crisis communications.  Mr. Torrenzano presented a corporate crisis and the panelists, assuming senior-level positions in the organization, responded on stage.  The participants included: Thomas S. Johnson, retired chairman and CEO, GreenPoint Bank; Douglas L. Main, former CFO, IBM and MCI Communications; Cono R. Fusco, retired managing partner, Strategic Partnerships, Grant Thornton; Scott E. Mollen, partner, Herrick Feinstein LLP; Edward A. Orgon, president and chief operating officer, The Torrenzano Group; Dan Colarusso, managing director, US Bloomberg Television; and John McCorry, executive director, Bloomberg News

April 12: A Conversation About Writing in the Workplace with MTV's Robyn DeMarco

Robyn DeMarco is senior vice president of programming and development strategy at MTV.  In this position, she oversees MTV’s program schedule and content strategy.  Miss DeMarco spoke about the importance of good writing in the creative and business world. 

April 13:  Frank Catalanotto of the New York Mets

Frank Catalanotto spoke about his experiences in Major League Baseball and sports marketing.  He played major league basketball from 1997–2010 when he retired from the New York Mets.  He played for the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays during his career.

April 13: Executive Speaker Series - Matthew McCarthy, Senior Director, Marketing, Unilever

Matthew McCarthy, Senior Director, Marketing, Unilever

The Hofstra M.B.A./M.S. Marketing Association and Zarb Graduate Human Resource Management Association hosted Matthew McCarthy (M.B.A. ’97) who spoke to graduate business students about trends in brand management. Mr. McCarthy, currently senior director of marketing at Unilever, was also part of brand development at AXE products.

April 14:  Hofstra University and Capital One Bank Launch “Money & Me” Program  for Local Youth







Dr. James Neelankavil, the Robert E. Brockway '46 Endowed Distinguished Professor in Marketing
Andrew Corrado and Jennifer Stredler of Capital One Bank and Jamie Bogenshutz of Commerce Plaza
Dr. George Papaioannou, the C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor in Finance and Investment Banking
Nicole Bazzinotti and Alexander Schultz, Members of the Financial Corps
Dr. James Neelankavil, the Robert E. Brockway '46 Endowed Distinguished Professor in Marketing
Zarb Graduate Student Allison D'Ottavio (far left) and Graduate Education Student Jessica Gartland (far right) with Financial Corps
Dr. George Papaioannou, the C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor in Finance and Investment Banking
Representatives from Capital One Bank with Assistant Dean Gioia P. Bales (third from left) and Associate Professor Marsha Iverson (fourth from right), co-Directors of Money and Me


Hofstra University and Capital One Bank  launched “Money & Me” a program designed to bring financial literacy into the classroom and provide fourth graders with money management skills.  Marsha Iverson, associate professor, School of Education, Health and Human Services and Gioia P. Bales, assistant dean, Zarb School of Business, serve as the program directors.

The Money & Me interactive curriculum incorporates mathematics and ELA concepts, as well as practical applications, through lessons that will be instructed by Hofstra undergraduate and graduate students. The curriculum consists of approximately 12 lessons, with one lesson presented each week. Parent workshops will also be provided as part of the program. The program is funded through a generous grant from Capital One Bank.

April 15: Zarb Women in Business (ZWiB) Launches “Ladder to Leadership,” a Community Outreach Program







Dr. James Neelankavil, the Robert E. Brockway '46 Endowed Distinguished Professor in Marketing
Dean Socci (far left) and Vice Dean Lyn (far right) with Representatives of Flushing Bank
Dr. George Papaioannou, the C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor in Finance and Investment Banking
Zarb Faculty and Staff with Uniondale High School Students
Dr. James Neelankavil, the Robert E. Brockway '46 Endowed Distinguished Professor in Marketing
Pearline Everett, Assistant Principal, Uniondale High School

“Ladder to Leadership,” a program designed by the Zarb School of Business and its Zarb Women in Business graduate organization, was formally launched at a tea at the Hofstra University Club.  More than 75 young women from Uniondale High School were introduced to the program, which aims to establish mentoring relationships between these students and ZWiB members.  Female executives from Flushing Savings Bank, the program sponsor, also attended the tea.

April 27:  43rd Annual Induction Ceremony of the Theta of New York Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma







Dr. James Neelankavil, the Robert E. Brockway '46 Endowed Distinguished Professor in Marketing
Dr. James Neelankavil, Dr. Laura Lally and Dean Socci
Dr. George Papaioannou, the C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor in Finance and Investment Banking
Dr. Farrokh Nasri and Dean Socci
Dr. James Neelankavil, the Robert E. Brockway '46 Endowed Distinguished Professor in Marketing
Dr. Laura Lally and Graduate Student Inductee
Dr. George Papaioannou, the C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor in Finance and Investment Banking
Graduate Student Inductee

On April 27, 2011, the Zarb School hosted the 43rd annual induction ceremony of the Theta of New York Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma. James P. Neelankavil, Ph.D., Robert E. Brockway Distinguished Professor of Marketing and International Business, was the Chapter Honoree and Farrokh Nasri, Ph.D., professor of information technology and quantitative methods, was the faculty inductee. Eleven juniors, 12 seniors and 54 M.B.A. students were inducted.


May 2011


May 2:  The Zarb Alumni Association Hosts a Networking Reception for Graduating Students

The Zarb Alumni Association (ZAA) welcomed graduating students to their organization.  The networking reception gave students the opportunity to build connections with established alumni. Dean Patrick Socci spoke to alumni and students about the importance of staying involved with the Zarb School following graduation.

May 2: The National Association of Black Accountants Hosts Annual Dinner

The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. held a successful event at their Hofstra University Chapter fourth annual membership dinner.   The guest speaker at the event was Arlene Isaacs-Low, CPA, CFA, senior vice president of Moody’s Investors Service.

May 4:  Department of Information Technology Presents Executive Board of Visitors Mixer







Dr. James Neelankavil, the Robert E. Brockway '46 Endowed Distinguished Professor in Marketing
Dean Patrick Socci speaks to over 125 guests at the Annual IT/QM Department's Executive Board of Visitors Dinner
Dr. George Papaioannou, the C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor in Finance and Investment Banking
Dr. Mohammed Tafti, Chairperson of the IT/QM Department welcomes guests at the Annual IT Executive Board of Visitors Dinner
Dr. James Neelankavil, the Robert E. Brockway '46 Endowed Distinguished Professor in Marketing
Michael Alesandro introduces speakers at the

Annual IT Executive Board of Visitors Dinner

Graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, alumni, and IT executives from more than 15 organizations participated in this networking event.

May 10:  The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) Hosts a Panel Discussion on “Your First Step Toward Success”

lecture series
Members of the Executive Board of ALPHA with Assistant Dean Gioia Bales (second from right)

At its first event after its establishment on the Hofstra campus, ALPFA hosted a discussion where panelists shared their personal reflections on success.  Moderated by Gioia P. Bales, assistant dean, the group discussed such topics as: “Connections, Networking and the Elevator-Pitch,” “From Interview to Internship & Landing an Offer,” and “Career Paths, Obstacles, and Success.”  The keynote speaker for the event was Javier Lora (B.B.A. ’98), financial representative, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.

May 12: Beta Alpha Psi Induction Dinner








Neil Cotty with Beta Alpha Psi Students

Executive Board of Beta Alpha Psi with Professor Linda Schain, Faculty Advisor (center)

Former Executive Board of Beta Alpha Psi


The spring induction ceremony for Beta Alpha Psi, the National Honors Fraternity for Financial Information Professionals, was held May 12, 2011, at the Swan Club in Sea Cliff. The event was sponsored by PwC. Neil Cotty (B.B.A. '76), chief accounting officer of the Bank of America Corporation, was the guest speaker. Seventeen new Zarb students were inducted and 17 awards were presented.

May 19:  Creating Revenue Through Sustainable Economic Growth

lecture series
Andrew A. SanFilippo, Executive Deputy Comptroller, Office of State and Local Government Accountability, New York State Office of the State Comptroller; Lawrence Levy, Executive Dean, National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®; The Honorable Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller; The Honorable Robert J. Duffy, Lieutenant Governor, State of New York; The Honorable Peter Grannis, First Deputy Comptroller, State of New York; Honorable Mark Lesko, Supervisor, Town of Brookhaven and Richard V. Guardino, Jr., Executive Dean, Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate

The Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies and The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®, in partnership with New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, hosted the third Local Government Leadership Institute on May 19, 2011. The Institute’s goal is to inform and challenge local government leaders through constructive engagement on regional issues. The presentation included a keynote address in the morning by Thomas P. DiNapoli (B.B.A. ’76 ), a Zarb alumnus, and a luncheon keynote address by New York State Lt. Governor Robert Duffy.

May 25: Distinguished Lecture Series Breakfast Presented by Steve Linehan, Treasurer of Capital One Financial Corporation

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Richard V. Guardino, Jr., Executive Dean, Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies; Wayne J. Hall, Sr., Mayor, Village of Hempstead; Steve Linehan, Treasurer, Capital One Financial Corporation; Arthur J. Kremer, Hofstra University Trustee and Partner, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C. and Herman A. Berliner, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Hofstra University

Steve Linehan, in his presentation, “The Economic Recovery: The Challenges in Attaining Escape Velocity” spoke on the prospects for a worldwide economic recovery and discussed issues surrounding the economic recovery, including financial regulations shaping the banking industry, health care reform and the national debt. As treasurer, Mr. Linehan is responsible for Capital One’s overall balance sheet management and interest rate risk strategy and for coordination of its global funding. In addition, he manages relationships with the company’s bank group and rating agencies and is responsible for all communication with the company’s investors.

June 2011


June 14: The Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra University Presents David Wolkoff, Principal, Heartland Business Center

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Richard V. Guardino, Executive Dean, Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies;
Wilbur F. Breslin, President, Breslin Realty Development Corp.; Laureen Harris, Esq., President, Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra University and Partner, Cronin, Cronin & Harris; David Wolkoff, Principal, Heartland Business Center; Jerry Wolkoff, Principal, Heartland Business Center and Paul Tonna, CEO of Professional Evaluation Medical Group

The Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies and the Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra University hosted a scholarship luncheon and presentation featuring David Wolkoff, principal, Heartland Business Center. Mr. Wolkoff overseas the acquisition, financing and management and development of major real estate projects, including a $4 billion project that will transform an abandoned hospital property into a 451-acre development. 

July 2011


July 12: Zarb School Hosts Special Session During First-Year Orientation

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First Year Zarb Students with Professor Mohammed Tafti, Chairperson of Information Technology and Quantitative Methods (far left); Assistant Dean Bales (center); Dr. Nancy White, Associate Professor of Finance and Vice Dean Lyn

The Zarb School of Business extended a special welcome to the Class of 2015 by hosting receptions during first-year orientations beginning in June through July 12, 2011. New students enjoyed meeting Zarb faculty and administrators and engaging in a lively business trivia competition.

July 14: Second Annual Summer Alumni Networking Night in New York City

lecture series
Alan Kelly

Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs Alan Kelly spoke to alumni about exciting initiatives taking place at Hofstra University, including the newly developed School of Engineering and Applied Science. David Katzman (M.B.A.’06) of the Zarb Alumni Association Career Development Committee discussed upcoming programs for fall 2011.

September 2011


September 15-18: Zarb Women in Business Attend National Conference

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Zarb Graduate Students

National Association of Women MBAs hosted its Annual Conference and Career Fair in Texas this year. Attended by seven graduate students from Zarb Women in Business, the 2011 conference and career fair “Are You Ready ?”was designed to assist women, both students and professionals, as they continue along the journey to develop and enhance their leadership skills. The conference provided exceptional opportunities for professional development, networking and career enhancement.