Category: Current Affairs

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.

Witnessing a Unique Event at Simon

The following blog post was written by Andrew Belliveau, 2015 MBA Candidate

This week at the Simon Business School, students had a chance to witness a unique event: the conferring of an MBA degree that was earned 47 years ago. The degree was given to Gerald Gitner, and it was an honor to attend the event and learn about Gitner’s career since he attended Simon. He matriculated at the business school directly out of undergrad. After leaving Simon, his career took off in the airline industry. After just four years at Trans World Airlines (TWA) he became an executive and he served in increasingly important roles in several other companies in the industry, such as Pan American, before he started People Express Airlines. 

Dean Andrew Ainslie with Gerald Gitner

Dean Andrew Ainslie with Gerald Gitner

Gitner’s degree recognition was an inspiring event to witness for several reasons. Firstly, it is always nice to meet Simon alumni who have accomplished such incredible things with the skills they refined here. Secondly, I particularly associated with Gitner’s background since I also came to Simon directly from undergrad. Hearing his story about being recognized as a leader early on in his tenure at TWA gave me confidence as I embark on my own career. Thirdly, it was so nice to see Gitner return to Simon to accept his degree so graciously.

I hope that I will be able to stay connected to the school as an alumnus and this event was an example of what that might look like. I believe this is the beginning of a time of even stronger alumni relations at the school.