Category: Around Rochester

Simon Students Make a Positive Impact in the Rochester Community

Social impact is a key part of our Simon culture. Students pursue campus leadership opportunities to make a difference not only in our business school community but also in Rochester, the city we call home. 

To celebrate Earth Day this year, Simon students volunteered at several local organizations, sprucing up community gardens and even building a tiny library where local residents can pick up something new to read and leave books they would like to share with others. 

But our commitment to social impact goes way beyond Earth Day. During the 2020–2021 academic year, the Graduate Business Council and Net Impact created the Simon Impact Initiative, which culminated with a Net Impact award ceremony. To be eligible to win, Simon clubs were posed the following challenges:

  1. Have an impact—both with the club’s voice and its budget.
  2. Document the impact consistency throughout the year.
  3. Communicate that impact effectively in a way that demonstrates value to the club’s stakeholders.

After submitting both a metrics report and white paper to three committees consisting of faculty, alumni, and staff, Simon Volunteers won the social club category, Simon Black Student Alliance won the DEI club category, and the Simon School Venture Fund won the professional club category. Each winning club received additional budget to be used for impact-focused programming next year. We are so proud of our student leaders’ hard work and dedication to making a difference.

Here’s a look at the Simon Impact Initiative by the numbers:

  • 132 impact events held
  • 740 hours volunteered
  • 4,015 people engaged
  • $66,764 donated to or invested in community initiatives

Learn more about the Simon Impact Initiative in this video created by Andrew Datu ’21S (MBA):

If you’re looking to take the first step toward your future career while having a lasting impact on your business school and local community, you belong at Simon.

We are still accepting MBA applications for 2021 entry on a space-available basis and prospective students interested in our full-time MS programs—Accountancy, Business Analytics, Finance, and Marketing Analytics—can apply through June 15 to begin their studies this year. Better yet: our $90 application fee is waived for all 2021 applicants!

Contact to discuss your candidacy.

Seven Spring Things to Do in Rochester, NY

One of the nice things about Rochester is being able to enjoy all four seasons. Each year as winter fades into spring, we are ready for the flowers and fresh (warmer!) air that come with it. Here are a few things we look forward to doing as soon as spring has sprung in Rochester—we think you’ll love them, too.

1.) Get outside! There is nothing like a walk around a local neighborhood or park on one of the first warm, sunny days of spring. The perfect occasion to grab your sunglasses and get some steps in.

2.) Enjoy the Rochester Lilac Festival. Nothing says spring in Rochester like the Lilac Festival. This year’s festival will be held over three weekends in May and will feature food, drinks, vendors, and—of course, the city’s signature flower—while adhering to all county and state social distancing guidelines.

3.) Pick up some essentials (or treats!) at the Public Market. The Rochester Public Market is open year round on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and no matter what you’re looking for, you can find it at the market. Mask wearing and social distancing are required, and some vendors even offer delivery, pre-orders, and curbside pickup options to reduce contact as you’re collecting your must-haves for the week.

4.) Visit the Seneca Park Zoo. Rochester’s local zoo is open all year (except for a few holidays), but spring is an especially nice time to explore and learn about furry, scaled, and feathered friends. Tickets are limited each day to ensure safe conditions for all visitors.

5.) Head to a food truck rodeo. You’ll find several of our Rochester-area food trucks at events like the Lilac Festival, but you can also discover your new favorite treat at the monthly food truck rodeos held at the Rochester Public Market. The 2021 schedule is currently tentative, but we are hoping the trucks will be back in action this spring and summer.

6.) Take in some baseball at Frontier Field. Rochester is home to the Red Wings—the Triple A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The home opener is slated for May 18, and we are all eager to get back to cheering on our home team!

7.) Feel the ‘Seabreeze.’  Seabreeze Amusement Park sits on the shores of Lake Ontario and the Irondequoit Bay and first opened in 1879. It’s home to the country’s oldest, continuously running wooden rollercoaster—The Jack Rabbit—which turned 100 in 2020. The ride’s centennial will be celebrated this summer, as the park is slated to reopen in late May after last year’s closure due to Covid-19. (Don’t worry, The Jack Rabbit ran periodically even while the park was closed!)

New on the Podcast: On-Campus Events Student Roundtable

SimonBizcast_podcast_logo_MR1_LightFit is important when deciding on a business school, and at Simon we believe there is no better way to truly get a sense of what your life will be like as an MBA student than to experience it for yourself.

Julie Sadwick, senior associate director of admissions, chats with MBA students who visited Simon during the admissions process—they reflect on favorite campus visit memories, how attending events influenced their decision to enroll, and more!

MBA Panelists:
Emily Bader ’20 
Sean Dozier ’21 
Joshua West ’20 
Sayuri Yassuda ’20 

Check out our Experience Simon Weekend events for 2019-20 and mark your calendar. We hope to see you in soon in Rochester! 

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See Yourself Here: Visit Simon this Fall

Welcome to SimonFit is such an important part of deciding where you want to pursue your MBA, but how can you be sure of something so intangible? At Simon, we believe there is no better way to get a feel for student life than to live it. We hope you will join us at one of our fall on-campus events so that you can experience our #SimonStrong culture firsthand. 

Experience Simon Weekend with Diversity Conference 
– October 11–12, 2019

The event kicks off on Friday, October 11, at 11:30 a.m. with Diversity Conference, which includes conference sessions on community impact and diversity and inclusion, a Diversity Leadership Panel, and an opportunity to network with Leadership Panelists, current students, and alumni.

Diversity Leadership Panelists include:

  • Victor Anthony ’02 (MBA), Managing Director – Internet Media, Aegis Capital
  • Ronald Brien ’99 (MBA), Founder & Managing Director, AstroHire Recruiting and Staffing
  • Stevan Ramirez ’95 (MBA), Vice Chair, Catholic Charities Community Services
  • Belimar Velazquez ’09 (MBA), Marketing Director, Volpara Solutions

Experience Simon Weekend programming kicks off at dinner on Friday, where you will have the opportunity to network with Simon alumni, faculty, staff, and current students. The evening will also feature a conversation with Jeremy Cooney, principal at Red Thread Strategies, LLC. 

On Saturday, October 12, you and other prospective MBA students will fill your day at Simon with the following activities:

  • Alumni and student panels
  • Admissions interview (optional)
  • Campus tour
  • Sample MBA class
  • Networking with faculty, current students, and alumni with work experience at companies including Boehringer Ingelheim, Celgene, Dell, Frito-Lay, Gartner, PepsiCo, and more. 

After our formal event programming concludes late Saturday afternoon, you will have the option of attending our annual Simon Gala, where you can meet and mingle with current Simon students and get a taste of student life.

Experience Simon Weekend with Women’s Conference – November 8–9, 2019

The event kicks off on Friday, November 8, at 11:30 a.m. with Women’s Conference, which includes conference sessions, a Women’s Leadership Panel, and an opportunity to network with Leadership Panelists, current students, and alumni. 

Experience Simon Weekend programming kicks off at dinner on Friday, and the event programming extends throughout the day on Saturday, when you will be able to:

  • Attend alumni and student panels
  • Conduct your admissions interview (optional)
  • Take a campus tour
  • Participate in a sample MBA class
  • Network with faculty, current students, and alumni with work experience at companies including Intel, JP Morgan Chase & Co.,  and more.

After our formal event programming concludes late Saturday afternoon, you will have the option of attending a social event with current students sponsored by Simon Women in Business.


Visiting campus is a great way to assess fit, and at Simon we make it easy with generous travel stipends, complimentary hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights, and meals during scheduled events. For more information email

We’re also flexible. Can’t miss work on Friday? Join us on Friday evening for the remainder of the weekend’s programming—dinner begins at 7 p.m. Please note that if you attend the conference, you are required to attend the entire Experience Simon Weekend event. 

Register today to take the first step toward immersing yourself in the Simon community. We hope to see you in Rochester this fall!