Category: Current Affairs

URMC, Simon Alumni Contribute to Pandemic Response

At Simon Business School we always consider ourselves fortunate to be part of the University of Rochester, but in this moment it has been incredible to watch the partnership and leadership demonstrated by our U of R community.

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), along with researchers and faculty at the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry, is on the forefront of the local and national COVID-19 response. URMC is participating in an NIH-sponsored clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of an antiviral drug in hospitalized adults diagnosed with COVID-19. Faculty members, along with the Medical Center’s Vaccine Trials and Evaluation Unit (VTEU), will lead the Rochester study involving COVID-19 patients at Strong Memorial Hospital. One of only nine VTEU sites in the US, Rochester’s unit conducts clinical trials of vaccines, treatments, and diagnostics for known and emergent infectious threats.

We encourage you to follow the @urmc_heroes Instagram account to stay up to date on everything our UR Heroes are doing for our community.

In addition to our University colleagues and friends at URMC, several Simon Business School alumni are lending their expertise to the COVID-19 response in their industries.

  • James Cuthbert ’09 (MBA), senior vice president of brand marketing & strategy for BET, shared the network is launching a series of initiatives with the goal of helping Black communities hardest hit by the virus, including “Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort,” a special hosted by Kelly Rowland, Terrance J, and Regina Hall that will air on April 22.
  • Melanie Huet ’03 (MBA), executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Serta Simmons Bedding, shared that Serta donated 10,000 mattresses to New York City hospitals to aid in the fight against COVID-19.
  • Gary Lewin ’02 (MBA), senior buyer, ExOps, at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, shared that the company recently launched a COVID-19 antibody test to market, and testing kits should be available within the month.
  • Jonathan Muniz ’17 (MBA), senior manager of digital product management at CVS Health, noted his company is working to help communities during the pandemic in several ways, including:
    •  – Delivering bonuses to employees who are required to work on-site during the coronavirus pandemic
    •  – Opening three rapid drive-thru testing locations in Georgia, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island in collaboration with federal and state officials, which can detect positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in as little as thirteen minutes
    •  – Announcing that Aetna would waive costs to patients for hospital admissions related to COVID-19
    •  – Announcing free Rx Delivery during the epidemic to encourage people to stay home
  • Brianne Wojtesta ’15 (MBA) is chief of planning for Harborview Medical Center’s COVID-19 response in Seattle, WA. It is the region’s only Level 1 trauma center, which serves Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.

We’ll continue to provide updates on the amazing work our University colleagues and our #SimonStrong alumni are doing to help keep our communities safe during this challenging time. In the meantime, we send our very best wishes for your health and safety.

If beginning business school later this year is one of your goals, please check out our MBA and MS COVID-19 application related FAQs for the most up-to-date information, flexibility on requirements, and more. To show our support, your $90 application fee is waived when you apply for Fall 2020 entry. Simply choose the fee waiver option on the payment screen when you’re ready to submit and we’ll take care of the rest.

Our #SimonStrong Community Responds to COVID-19

The following blog post was written by Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid

First and foremost, I hope this finds you well. 

Over the past two months, we have been planning and responding to the impact of COVID-19 within our business school community as it has evolved into a worldwide issue. Though times are uncertain and unprecedented, we are adjusting and innovating in relentless support of the educational, professional, and personal goals of our prospective, incoming, and current students.

Here are a few examples:

  • After receiving feedback from many admitted and confirmed students, we are eliminating our Pre-Fall orientation and academic coursework and shifting our entering date to August 2020 to allow entering students more time to arrive in Rochester. This additional time will also ensure that more students can enjoy a face to face learning experience in a healthy and stable environment.
  • Staff members from every department continue to virtually strategize and reimagine programming that will keep current students on track toward graduation and success in the career search and that will provide a cohesive onboarding experience for our incoming students.
  • On March 11 the University of Rochester announced a move to distance learning for the remainder of the academic year. Our faculty and Simon Technology Services team pivoted in a matter of days to launch our Spring B mini semester courses online last week, and we’ve heard great things so far! We are grateful for the hard work from so many that allows us to provide an excellent virtual educational experience for our students.
  • The entire Simon—and University of Rochester—community is taking social distancing seriously, but thankfully that doesn’t mean we are disconnected from one other. Students immediately found ways to pull together while staying apart, and our Simon Slack channels have been a great resource for sharing Netflix recommendations, offering tutorials on new hobbies, launching fitness challenges, and more! In fact, recently students held the first virtual “Keeping Simon Social” event, during which roughly 35 students connected via Zoom to get a little face time with their Simon family.

We’ve always known our tight-knit community was special, but over the past few weeks it has shone brightly in a new way. We will continue to support one another and work through challenges together—we are #SimonStrong, after all. 

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve around the world, please know the Simon Admissions Team has care and concern for you and your family, friends, and all those affected. We’re aware many people targeting 2020 enrollment have questions about application requirements, so we developed COVID-19 related application MBA and MS FAQs to help answer questions that are top of mind for so many.

We wish and your family health and safety, and as always, we encourage you to reach out to us if you have additional questions so we can continue to support you and your graduate business goals.

Learn more about the University of Rochester’s COVID-19 latest resources and updates.

Snow Day in Northeast – Application Deadline Extended to March 19

snowy photo of Eastman Quad

View of the Eastman Quad from Simon on March 15, 2017. Photo courtesy of Jason Buitrago, associate director of admissions operations and financial aid.

Greetings from snowy Rochester!

In light of the significant winter weather that much of the Northeast US is experiencing, the Admissions Office is extending our March 15th application deadline to March 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (eastern time) for all applicants. As long as you submit a completed application by March 19th, it will be considered for the Round 4 application deadline for admission and scholarship consideration, with a final decision issued on or before April 30th.

Hopefully the extra time will allow you to manage the unexpected challenges that you may be facing due to the weather, and also give full effort into submitting a great application to Simon for MBA or MS study. If you have any questions related to Simon, our programs, or the application deadline, please reach out to us via email for assistance – our team is available and ready to help. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application.

In the meantime, please stay safe and warm!

Meet Tim Hayward, 2016 MBA Candidate

Simon’s first-year MBA students are keeping busy this summer by fulfilling the internship requirement as part of the program. Our students are interning in various industries and roles across the globe. Meet Tim Hayward, 2016 MBA Candidate, who is currently doing a consulting internship at Bain & Company. Check out this video to learn how b-school made him a competitive candidate during the internship process.

Interested in learning more? The Simon Admissions Team is kicking off recruitment travel this week and may be visiting a city near you! Off-Campus Events and On-Campus Events are listed on Simon’s website. For questions, contact Simon Admissions at admissions@simon.rochester.edu or 1-585-275-3533.