Rochester Celebrates International Women’s Day

The University of Rochester community celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8, with a variety of events and field trips.

At the Simon Graduate School of Business, members of the Simon Women in Business Club gathered to recognize the day. As an organization dedicated to supporting businesswomen both during their tenure at graduate school and in the years that follow, SWiB coordinates efforts in career services, professional development, and mentoring. Celebrating March 8 is just one way the organization fosters camaraderie throughout Simon’s female community.

For the past three years, the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies (SBAI) has also celebrated International Women’s Day. The Institute brought  more than 30 students, faculty, staff, and members of the greater Rochester community on an annual historic field trip to the Matilda Joslyn Gage home in Fayetteville, NY.

photo2Matilda Joslyn Gage was a founding member of the National Woman Suffrage Association and publisher of its national newspaper. Trip attendees toured Gage’s home while learning about Gage’s life as a suffragist, Native American rights activist, abolitionist, and fearless advocate for religious freedoms. Gage worked closely with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, including co-editing the first three volumes of The History of Woman Suffrage. Her views on human rights deeply influenced her son-in-law, L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz stories.

Past trips included visits to the Women’s Rights National Historic Park, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, the Harriet Tubman House, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and the Women’s Interfaith Institute. Plans for next year’s trip are already underway! If you would like to be included in information about the trip, as well as other SBAI activities, send an email to sbai@rochester.edu.

TEAM Master’s Program Wins Award

Center for Entrepreneurship – The master’s degree program in Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) recently received the 2011 Award for Excellence in Specialty Entrepreneurship Education, presented by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) during its annual conference.

Through Rochester’s TEAM degree program students receive a strong foundation in entrepreneurial management by taking courses through the the University’s Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business.

Natalie Yager Antal ’11S (MS), show in the photo to the right, accepted the award on behalf of the Center for Entrepreneurship. GCEC has a membership of 200 university-based entrepreneurship centers from around the world.

Article and photo courtesy of Natalie Yager Antal, Center for Entrepreneurship.

Simon Students Awarded Accounting Scholarship

Univ. Communications – Every year since 1990, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and its Foundation for Accounting Education honors accounting students from New York with their scholarships. Of the forty-four recipients this year, two are from the University of Rochester’s Simon Graduate School of Business.

Both Joseph Greene and Michael Czlonka are enrolled in the Simon School’s master’s program in accountancy. At the end of the one-year program, they will be qualified to sit for the Certified Public Accountant examination in New York State and subsequently obtain a license. Their NYSSCPA scholarships, awarded based on merit and financial need, are worth $2,500 each, and will aid in paying for the cost of the program. The scholarship also is designed to encourage graduating accountants to remain and practice in the state.

Green, who grew up in Syracuse and graduated from SUNY Geneseo last year, has been interested in accounting since high school. He majored in accounting as an undergraduate and after an internship with KPMG, a major international accounting firm, decided to pursue a master’s degree. He has already been offered and accepted a position at KPMG in Rochester upon graduating from Simon. Green, whose father also is an accountant, enjoys the problem-solving aspect of the profession. “Each day presents a different set of challenges and different ways to benefit your client,” he said.

Czlonka, a Rochester native, graduated last year with a degree in finance from St. John Fisher College. “There is demand for accountants and being in public accounting is definitely a good place to start your career,” he said, explaining his decision to pursue this career. He has also accepted a job offer, with PWC, another major accounting firm, where he will work in auditing.

Czlonka describes accounting as “the language of business,” and both see it as an appealing and advantageous starting point for many careers in the world of business and finance. “I think that if you look at the typical career path of an accountant, especially one that starts with the Big Four [firms like KPMG and PWC], they typically will end up either as a partner or move to a major corporation. In terms of growth, it is probably one of the lowest risk-highest reward career paths that anyone can take,” said Czlonka. Both students also are drawn to the people-oriented nature of the profession as well as the data-based problem solving they are required to do.

Czlonka and Green were nominated for the scholarship by Heidi Tribunella, clinical associate professor of business administration. Every year, Tribunella pursues potential recipients, who have to be New York State residents and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and encourages them to apply. For the past four years, students from Rochester have received the scholarship every year. “I try to get as many as I can,” Tribunella said. “If I had a third New York State resident, I would throw them into the pool.”

Article written by Maya Dukmasova, a Take 5 Scholar at the University of Rochester and an intern at University Communications. She majored in philosophy and religion and focused her Take 5 year on researching the way American media covers current events in the Muslim world. An aspiring journalist, Dukmasova has freelanced for Rochester Magazine, the Phoenix New Times, and the Daily News Egypt in Cairo. She also maintains two blogs, one devoted to culture and society in Russia (www.out-of-russia.com) and the other to photography (www.myorientalism.com).

Business on the Brain? Then this Major is for You!

Univ. Communications – This spring, undergraduates at the University of Rochester will have the opportunity to declare a major in business, thanks to a new collaboration between the Arts, Sciences and Engineering’s undergraduate College and the Simon School of Business. The major, which is an extension of the pre-existing business minor, was approved by the New York State Department of Education last month.

“The business major is a good fit for the College,” said Richard Feldman, dean of the College at Rochester. “It builds upon the curriculum and course work found in the economics major while allowing undergraduates to take advantage of the many opportunities offered at the Simon School.”

Feldman says that the College has seen increased student interest in a business major, which will provide an expanded selection of courses in economics and statistics, as well as business-related disciplines, including finance, accounting, marketing, operations management, and organizational strategy. Courses will be taught by both College and Simon faculty. Students will take nine courses required for the major, and then choose between two tracks; the first focuses on organizations and markets, the second on marketing.

“We are pleased to collaborate with the College to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to major in business,” said Mark Zupan, dean of the Simon School. “Our analytic, economics-based framework for solving complex business problems serves students well in an increasingly competitive global business environment.”

The major, which has been in development for two years, was created by Feldman, Zupan, Ronald W. Hansen, senior associate dean for program development and William H. Meckling Professor of Business Administration at the Simon School, and Mark Bils, professor of economics. It will be supervised by a steering committee of faculty and administrators from both the College and the Simon School, including Feldman, Hansen, Bils, and Sanjog Misra, associate professor of marketing and applied statistics at Simon; Joanna Shuang Wu, associate professor of accounting at Simon; and Michael Wolkoff, senior lecturer in economics. The steering committee will monitor the program’s enrollment numbers and course offerings, and oversee internships, special lectures, and other opportunities that can enhance the student experience.

The program will be jointly managed through the Multidisciplinary Center in the College and the Simon School. Students who complete this major will graduate with a bachelor of arts degree with a major in business from the College.

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