Highlights of Recent EventsThe following business-related events were sponsored by Hofstra University, the Zarb School, or another Hofstra entity.
August 26: Zarb New Student Welcome
New graduate students of the Zarb School socialized with fellow students, faculty and administration at the Hofstra University Club on August 26, 2010. They also were greeted by Dr. Patrick Socci, the newly-appointed Zarb School dean.
August 30: Zarb Ice Cream Social
Members of Hofstra American Marketing Association
As part of Welcome Week celebrations, Zarb first-year students and new transfer students enjoyed an ice cream social with Zarb faculty, administrators and student leaders. New students learned about exciting programs offered in their school.
September 15: Zarb Undergraduate Organization Fair
Dr. Benny Barak, Dean Socci, Dr. Mohammed Tafti and Brian Hanley (B.B.A. ’11)
Professor Glen Vogel with officers of Institute of Legal Studies in Business
The 14 undergraduate student organizations of the Zarb School recruited new members at the annual fair. Participation in Zarb student organizations is at record levels.
September 22: “Leadership and Ethics," a Presentation by Charles Weinstein, CEO, EisnerAmper LLP
On September 22, 2010, Charles Weinstein, CEO of EisnerAmper LLP, spoke to Zarb students, alumni, faculty and administrators on “Leadership and Ethics.” Mr. Weinstein discussed the responsibilities of a certified public accountant (CPA) and a CPA firm, and illustrated his points with case studies highlighting core values necessary for success.
October 13: Zarb Undergraduate Welcome Back Barbecue
Zarb undergraduate students
Dr. Hak Kim and Dr. Daniel Tinkleman
Dean Patrick Socci
Assistant Dean Gioia Bales (third from left) with Zarb students
On October 13, 2010, Zarb undergraduate students celebrated their return to Hofstra with a barbecue at Hofstra USA. Students received Zarb T-shirts, and enjoyed music and discussion with each other, as well as with Zarb faculty and administrators.
October 13: Executive Speaker Series Presents Nancy Friedman, Senior Director, Pfizer
Lisa Kellerman, associate director, Graduate
Business Career Services; Dean Socci;
Nancy Friedman and Barbara Church-Kattan, director,
Graduate Business Career Services
As part of their Executive Speaker Series, the Graduate Business Career Services of the Zarb School hosted an informative session with Nancy Friedman, senior director of business operations and strategy for emerging markets Europe for Pfizer, on October 13, 2010.
Members of Zarb Alumni Association
October 13: The Career Center and the Zarb Alumni Association Hosts “Backpack to Briefcase” for Undergraduates
The Career Center, the Zarb Alumni Association and Zarb faculty led a discussion for undergraduates about the necessary tools for transitioning from student to professional. The evening included a presentation by Deloitte. The student organizations – The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and Phi Iota Alpha – partnered for this event.
October 20: Hofstra University Hosts a Conference on Real Estate Markets in Transition
Dean Socci; Dr. Ehsan Nikbakht, professor of finance;
Dr. Susan Wachter; Dr. Andrew Spieler, associate professor of
finance and Richard Guardino, Jr., executive dean,
Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies
The Zarb School of Business, in conjunction with the Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies and The Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra University, hosted a conference on Real Estate Markets in Transition. Susan Wachter, Ph.D., the Richard B. Worley professor of financial management, professor of real estate, finance and city and regional planning at The Wharton School of Business, discussed “Has Housing Hit Bottom?”. Students were provided with insight into various topics, including “Valuation, Tax and Related Issues in Real Estate;” “Current Issues in Real Estate Markets” and “Investment and Real Estate Opportunities and Risk: Market Update.”
October 20: Zarb Faculty Research Seminar Conducted by Professor Glen Vogel
Professor Glen Vogel, Department of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business, discussed his paper “Clinton, Campaign Contributions, and Corporations: Citizens United and Its Impact on Corporate Campaign Contributions.” This seminar was part of a new monthly faculty research seminar series sponsored by the dean’s office.
October 20: Alumni Relations, The Career Center and The Economics and Finance Departments Host “G, The Word Globalization”
Hofstra alumni from UBS, Moody’s, Gleacher & Company, and Moses and Singer shared their experiences with students. The event was an excellent networking opportunity for the undergraduate students at the Zarb School of Business.
October 22: Hofstra Graduate Finance Association Hosts a Presentation Skills Workshop
The workshop was conducted by Thomas Lombardi, principal, Presentations Plus, who has more than 25 years of experience working with presenters at business-oriented conferences. The session’s aim was to improve graduate students’ presentation and communication skills. Mr. Lombardi shared his views on topics such as, “Organizing Your Thoughts; Developing a Main Message,” “Coping with Stage Fright,” “Effective Delivery Techniques” and “Using the Q&A Session to Reinforce Your Key Points.”
October 25: Zarb Graduate Human Resource Management Association (ZGHRMA) hosts Dr. Bennet A. Price, CA Technologies, Inc.
ZGHRMA and the Industrial Organization Psychology Students Association presented Dr. Bennet A. Price, a member of the organization development team at CA Technologies. During the session, Mr. Price shared his thoughts on the journey from academia to the business world.
Dr. Shawn Thelen
October 25: International Business Association (IBA) Presents Dr. Shawn Thelen
IBA organized an informative session on what it takes to foster relationships with people and companies across the globe. The one-hour discussion was conducted by Dr. Shawn Thelen, associate professor of marketing and international business of the Zarb School of Business. Dr. Thelen shared his experiences living as an expatriate in Europe and East Asia. The event was helpful in preparing students for careers abroad.October 25: Alpha Kappa Psi Presents Joseph Cooney, President, Udi Data &Communications, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Psi presented Joseph Cooney, president, Udi Data and Communications. During the session, Mr. Cooney discussed “How Information Technology Has Impacted the Recession.” Students gained an understanding of the importance of information technology and its impact on industry. Mr. Cooney has 19 years of experience in information technology and telecommunications engineering. At Udi Data &Communications, he is responsible for developing and growing the company’s core business and expanding operations into new markets.
October 27: Hofstra Advertising Club Hosts Presentation by Abby Auerbach, Executive Vice President and Chief Media Officer, The Television Bureau of Advertising
The Hofstra Advertising Club organized a presentation by Abby Auerbach of The Television Bureau of Advertising, a nonprofit trade association representing the country’s commercial broadcast television industry. Ms. Auerbach has been employed with the company since June 2000. In addition, she sits on the board of the International Radio and Television Society.
October 27: Executive Speaker Series Presents Richard Leo, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Business Management, Integrated Systems Eastern Region, Northrop Grumman Corporation
The Zarb Graduate Human Resources Management Association (ZGHRMA), in conjunction with Graduate Business Career Services and the Zarb School of Business, presented Mr. Richard Leo from Northrop Grumman. He delivered a speech on “Transitioning to Corporate America.” At Northrop Grumman, Mr. Leo focuses on value creation, including financial analysis and planning, estimating and pricing, and many other areas related to financial analysis.
October 27: Memorial Service in Honor of Dr. John Ullmann, Professor Emeritus, Department of Information Technology and Quantitative Methods
Family and friends gathered at Hofstra University to honor the life of Dr. John Ullmann who recently passed away. Dr. Ullmann began his career at Hofstra in 1961 as chairperson of the Department of Management, Marketing and Quantitative Methods. After 33 years at Hofstra, Dr. Ullmann was appointed professor emeritus. During his career, he published 30 books and 100 articles, with a particular interest in the conversion of military resources to commercial purposes.
October 27: “Lunch and Learn” Sponsored by the Center for International Financial Services and Markets
As part of their “Lunch and Learn” series, the Center for International Financial Services and Markets of the Zarb School presented Professor Susan Martin from the Department of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business. Professor Martin discussed securitization.
November 2: The Center for International Financial Services and Markets Hosts a Conference on The Future of Alternate Investments in the Post-Crisis Environment
The conference provided a forum for representatives from hedge funds, private equity firms, media, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the accounting profession to discuss how alternate investments will evolve over the next decade. Panels were presented on “The Role of Hedge Funds and Private Equity in the Future;” “Accounting and Legal Perspectives” and “Corporate and Media Perspectives,” and comprised executives from the SEC, EisnerAmper LLP, Bloomberg LP, The Kenmar Group and Topspin Partners, among others. Richard Ketchum, chairman and CEO of FINRA, delivered the keynote speech at breakfast. Brian Ruane, CEO of Alternative Investment Services at BNY Mellon, was the keynote luncheon speaker. The day-long conference took place at the Hofstra University Club and was sponsored by EisnerAmper LLP.
November 2: The Advertising Club Hosts Corporate Visit to YES Network
The Advertising Club at the Zarb School of Business organized a corporate visit to the YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the United States. The company features exclusive telecasts of New Jersey Nets and New York Yankees games. The visit was an opportunity for undergraduates to understand the company’s operations and strategies.
November 3: Zarb Professors Discuss “Methods of Determining Course Grades”
Professors Daniel Tinkelman, Elizabeth Venuti and Linda Schain of the Department of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business led a brown-bag discussion on “Methods of Determining Course Grades.” They provided examples from a recent study they conducted and discussed the implications for course design, student motivation and faculty-student communications.
November 5: The National Association of Mothers’ Centers (NAMC) Hosts 15th Annual Conference: Work/Life Strategies for a Competitive Edge
Eight students from Hofstra University attended the 15th Annual Conference hosted by NAMC at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury. The event was a wonderful opportunity to explore issues in the work/life arena. Some of the featured speakers included Domenique Camacho-Moran, partner, Farrell Fritz, P.C., who spoke on “Gaining a Competitive Edge Through Flexibility in the Workplace” and Anne Weisberg, talent director, Deloitte & Touche LLP. An informative series of presentations and workshops on human resource policies and implementation of work/life strategies took place during the day-long conference.
November 5: M.B.A./M.S. Marketing Association Sponsors a Corporate Visit to Google, Inc.
Graduate students of the Zarb School of Business were provided with an exciting opportunity to experience the culture at Google, Inc, New York. A group of 20 students was chosen to visit the multinational company that provides Internet-based products and services. In addition to showing the company and work environment to students, the marketing and sales department held a question-and-answer session.
November 8: The Career Center and The Alumni Association Host Roundtable Discussion on “Building a Career Preparation Road-Map”
Aimed at sophomores and first-year students, Zarb alumni and faculty discussed key career preparation milestones such as identifying fields of interest and then investigating how The Career Center and alumni can help achieve those milestones. The event was a wonderful networking opportunity for undergraduate students.
Faculty of the Information Technology
and Quantitative Methods department
November 10: Panel Discussion: Health Care IT – Present and Future
The Zarb School of Business Department of Information Technology and Quantitative Methods, in conjunction with the Graduate Business Career Services, organized a panel discussion on “Health Care IT – Present and Future.” The panelists for the two-hour discussion included Robert Allen, CIO, Affinity Health Plan; Tom Check, CIO, Visiting Nurse Service of New York; Dr. Michael Oppenheim, CMIO, North Shore-LIJ Health Systems; and Pedro Villalba, CTO, Emblem Health.
November 12: Hofstra Graduate Finance Association Sponsors a Corporate Visit to Bethpage Federal Credit Union
The Hofstra Graduate Finance Association organized a corporate visit to Bethpage Federal Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions on Long Island. The executive team provided insight into the company’s operations, departmental strategies and employee backgrounds.
November 12: M.B.A./M.S. Hofstra Indian Students Association Hosts Diwali Dhoom 2010
Kevin Taylor, executive director of
The Indian Association organized a Diwali Dhoom to celebrate the festival of lights. Diwali marks the celebration of Lord Rama’s return from a 14-year-long exile. The event was celebrated with the Indian folk dance festival Navratri, Indian food, and traditional songs for Garba and Bhangra.
November 13 and 14: Hofstra Investment Banking Association Sponsors Evaluating 10-K Details and Valuation of Private Companies Seminar for Students
The Hofstra Investment Banking Association (HIBA) organized corporate evaluation training by Wall Street Training. The two-day event took place at CV Starr Hall on the South Campus of Hofstra University. The program provided insight into the fundamentals of the 10-K report and discussed the concepts of financial modeling.
Members of Hofstra American Marketing Association
November 13: The Hofstra American Marketing Association Sponsors a Professional Affair: A Look Into Entertainment Marketing
The Hofstra Marketing Association (HAMA) sponsored the event at Hofstra University's Student Center Theater. The opening address was given by Chaundra Daniels, assistant director at Hofstra’s Career Center. Guest speakers included Frank D'Agostino, senior marketing manager, Discovery Communications; Marco Maddaloni, director, international marketing, ESPN; Sal Fresca, executive producer, MNow TV; and Paul Levine, president, Slightly Mad Communications.
November 16: Hofstra University Hosts a Conference on Social Media and Real Estate Development
Richard V. Guardino, Jr. , executive director,
William F. Breslin Center for Real Estate
Studies; David Pennetta, executive vice president,
Oxford & Simpson Realty, Inc.; Alan Eidler,
president, Institute of Real Estate @ Hofstra
University; Gary Lewi, senior executive vice
president, Rubenstein Associates Inc.; Mitchell D.
Rechler, managing partner, Rechler Equity Partners;
The Honorable Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. , New York
state senator; Adam Isserlis, director of digital media,
Rubenstein Associates, Inc.; Jed Morley. CEO,
The Money Organization, Long Island Press Publications
The Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies, in conjunction with The Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra University, presented a conference titled Social Media and Real Estate Development. The moderator and panelists discussed how social media is a must for real estate development in the digital age. The panelists came from different industries such as real estate, government, news media and advertising.
Dean Socci, Jared Kushner and Dean Evan
Cornog, School of Communications
November 17: Jared Kushner Speaks With Zarb School of Business and School of Communication Students
Jared Kushner, principal, Kushner Companies, and chairman and publisher, Observer Media Group, presented his views on “What I’ve Learned Outside of Business School.” Mr. Kushner discussed his careers in both real estate and media, and urged students to pursue their passions.
Dr. Barry Berman
November 17: Faculty Research Seminar by Professor Barry Berman
Barry Berman, professor of marketing and international business, conducted a faculty research seminar on November 17. During the event, Professor Berman discussed the benefits of book writing, differences between article and book writing, and negotiating a contract. In addition to writing books, he has either authored or co-authored 12 articles in the past 10 years.
November 17: Zarb School of Business Executive Speaker Series Presents Mark Standard, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo
The Zarb Black and Hispanic M.B.A./M.S. Association invited Mark Standard to discuss “Game Change — How to Manage a Career Through Industry Shifts, Corporate Mergers and Economic Crashes.” The one-hour session was interactive and helped the students understand ways to manage their careers under difficult circumstances.
Dr. Sharon Oster
November 22: Yale School of Management Dean and Hofstra Alumna Discusses Behavioral Economics in Management Decisions
As a part of the celebration of its 75th Anniversary, Hofstra University hosted a presentation on “Behavioral Economics in Management Decisions.” The discussion was held at the Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater by Dr. Sharon Oster, dean and Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship of the Yale School of Management and a 1970 graduate of Hofstra University. She discussed the theory behind behaviors in the decision-making process in business.
November 22: The International Business Association (IBA) Hosts Annual International Food and Music Night
IBA organized an international food and music night. The event was open to all the members and was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the world we live in. The association presented food from regions across the globe and various forms of music.
December 1: Zarb School of Business Co-Sponsors a Conference on Social Responsibility in Business in the 21st Century
In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of Hofstra University, The Center for International Financial Services and Markets, in conjunction with the Zarb School of Business, presented a conference on Social Responsibility in Business in the 21st Century. The day-long conference took place at the Student Center Theater, Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus. Joseph Grundfest, the W.A. Professor of Law and Business, Stanford University, opened the conference with his keynote address, "Corporate Social Responsibility: Why the Concept Is, and Will Always Be, Confusing and Controversial." Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz presented Mr. Grundfest with the prestigious presidential medal. A series of panel presentations were followed by a banquet that featured keynote speaker Paul O'Neill, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and former chairman and CEO of ALCOA. The conference was sponsored by Broadridge and also received support from BNY Mellon, Nassau Educators Federal Credit Union and RXR Realty LLC.
Dr. Joseph Grundfest
Beta Alpha Psi hosted a presentation by Jill Grossman, senior tax manager, Grant Thornton LLP. The theme for the event was “The Transition From College to the Workplace.”
December 3: Zarb International M.B.A./M.S. Association Hosts Semi-Formal Night
The Zarb International M.B.A./M.S. Association organized a semi-formal night at the Marriott Hotel in Hempstead, New York. Zarb graduate students had a wonderful time and enjoyed the cultural food and dance performances at the event.
December 6: Lunch and Learn Sponsored by the Center for International Financial Services and Markets
Professor Rusty Mae Moore held a discussion on “International Trade in the Post-Financial Crisis World,” at the end-of-semester lunch and learn sponsored by the Center for International Financial Services and Markets.
December 9: Beta Alpha Psi Induction Dinner)
Beta Alpha Psi, the national honors fraternity for financial information professionals, held their annual fall induction dinner on December 9, 2010. The event was sponsored by Deloitte and Deloitte partner Eugene Gelling was the guest speaker. Sixteen new members were inducted and 19 scholarships and awards were presented.
Dr. Ralph Polimeni; Professor
Dr. Elizabeth Venuti and
Dr. Daniel Tinkleman and Dr. Robert Katz