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Minority Male Leadership Association

John Davis, a second year MBA student at the Simon School has been instrumental in launching a new organization, the Minority Male Leadership Association (MMLA).  The mission statement of MMLA explores the characteristics of successful minority male leaders and builds a community of young driven minority men focused on success by providing mentorship and promoting excellence.

MMLA Objectives:

  • Symposium in April 2013 will partner with Teen Health and Success Program to build a mentorship program.  The day is designed to be a dynamic and productive forum – focused on better understanding the obstacles leading up to success in young minority men and providing positive male role models
  • Take action on this critical-issue of minority males achieving success by bring on more awareness to Schott report (black male graduation rates – 9 %, Latinos 11% -> Lowest district in country) More info 
    • Past event: “The Urgency of Now! Discussion of the Schott Report on Black Male Graduation Rates” Friday, 2/15, LeChase Hall, Room 141 sponsored by GSOC, SADE. Discussion Leaders: John Davis (Simon), Douglas Flowe (AS&E), Peter Kungu (Simon), David Paul (URMC)
    • 4th Annual  Diversity Conference, April 12th – “Our Differences, Our Strengths”- Workshop that draws attention to the issues as well as presents models for solutions to engage the community
  • Provide more long-term support to minority males in order to help improve recruitment, retention, graduation and overall success of minority males in Rochester, NY (Enrichment seminars, Community service projects, Annual symposium)

We’re really proud of our MBA students who follow their passions and take initiative to support the community of Rochester.  If you are interested in learning more or donating resources, connect with John and the leadership team of MMLA:

New Faculty Members Join the Simon Community

I’m pleased to share with you that we have hired three distinguished scholars to join our world-class faculty as assistant professors of business administration.

Erin Smith is expected to earn her doctorate in Finance from the Stern School of Business in 2013. In her dissertation titled “Do Shareholders Want Less Governance,” Erin uses a novel instrumental variable of over-voting in passing anti-takeover provisions to estimate that anti-takeover provisions increase firm value rather than reduce as was previously theorized. She has been awarded the “Best Finance PhD Dissertation in Honor of Stuart Greenbaum” by Washington University in St. Louis. She will be visiting the Securities and Exchange Commission for most of the next academic year and will join us full time in Fall 2014. Erin earned a BA in Engineering and Economics from Dartmouth College.

Garrett Johnson combines marketing and cutting edge econometric techniques in his dissertation“The Impact of Privacy Policy on the Auction Market for Online Display Advertising.” He will finish his doctoral studies in Economics at Northwestern University this summer and will join the faculty in our Marketing department. In his innovative study, Garrett imputes the cost of privacy to advertisers by analyzing the bids for display ads. Hefinds that the website publisher’s revenue decreases by six percent under an opt-out policy, by 56 percent under an opt-in policy, and by 62 percent under a tracking ban. Garrett will be teaching courses in advertising and Internet marketing next academic year. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Jaewoo Kim will be receiving his doctoral degree from the University of Iowa this summer. In his dissertation “Asymmetric Timely Loss Recognition, Private Debt Markets, and Underinvestment,” Jaewoo studies the collapse of the junk bond market and finds the firms that were timelier in loss recognition had better access to debt markets. Jaewoo is also working on papers on merger-related accounting manipulation and the importance of CEO career concerns and external governance. He earned an MBA from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and a BA in Economics from Korea University.

Roland A. Caputo and the Simon School in New York City

If you are interested in learning more about the MBA and MS programs at the University of Rochester, Simon School and are located in the NYC metro area, here’s your opportunity! Join alumni, students, and staff for an evening of networking and listen to an interview style program with Simon alumnus, Roland Caputo as he discusses The New York Times highly successful paywall project, and the impact digital media is having on traditional business models.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • 5:30 – 7:00 pm – Admissions pre-event reception at Westin Times Square, Westin Bar 10, 270 W 43rd St
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Roland Caputo event and Alumni Reception at TimesCenter, 242 W 41st St.

Attendees will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open beer and wine reception – the event is free but RSVP is required to Robyn Winstanley by Tuesday, Jan. 15th –

About the Speaker

Roland A. Caputo was named Sr. VP and CFO for The New York Times Media Group in November 2008. With this role, Mr. Caputo is responsible for the financial functions at The New York Times,, and The International Herald Tribune. Previously, Mr. Caputo had served as vice president and chief financial officer for the newspaper since January 2006. Mr. Caputo holds a B.A. in economics, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York (SUNY) and an M.B.A. in finance and applied economics from the University of Rochester.

MBA and MS Essay Topics for 2013 Application

By: Rebekah

Greetings from the MBA/MS Admissions Office! As we prepare for the 2013 Simon School full-time MBA and MS application cycle, I wanted to share details related to the application process.

2013 Full-time MBA and MS Application Deadlines
Apply early for your best opportunity for scholarships
Application Due: Notification By:
One-year Program, June 2013 Entry October 15
November 15
January 5
March 15
January 15
February 15
March 31
April 30
Two-year Program, (Aug. 2013 Entry)

MS Programs (Aug. or Sept. 2013 Entry)
October 15
November 15
January 5
January 15
February 15
March 31
Last deadline for International Students March 15 May 20
Last deadline for Domestic Students May 15 July 15

MBA and MS Essay Topics for 2013 Application:

Essay #1: Describe your post-MBA or post-MS career plans. How does your past education and experience support your career objectives? What aspects of the Simon School program make it a good choice for your graduate study? (500 word maximum)

Optional Essay: Share any information that you think is important in the evaluation of your application, including any concerns you think the Admissions Committee may have regarding your application. (500 word maximum)

Additional Information:

The rest of the online application process is straightforward and similar to prior years:

· General biographical background data
· Transcripts for all schools attended (uploaded to online application)
· GMAT or GRE score report (uploaded to online application)
· TOEFL (International Applicants) – Waived if you hold a degree from an English-speaking college
· At least 1 but no more than 2 professional recommendations (submitted online)

Our 2013 online application will be launched by August 1, 2012 and we will update via Social Media and E-mail with additional details. Once the application launches, you may register to start it at and then complete the application at your own pace. The Admissions Committee will begin reading applications and inviting candidates to interview as soon as the application is submitted.

Can’t wait to get to know you as you go through the application process to Simon! Have questions? Respond to my blog, email us at or call us at 1-585-275-3533.