Category: Games


By: Jeromy

“A Tradition Unlike Any Other…” Well, the Masters has laid claim to this phrase, but Simon has a golf tradition of its own, and on May 18th more than 120 Simon students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends from near and far converged on Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor, NY for the 24th annual Simon School Golf Classic!
For me it was a bittersweet opportunity – having spent 10 years outside the ropes planning major golf championships for the PGA of America, it was nice to finally be inside the ropes and enjoy the beautiful weather, camaraderie, spend quality time away from the office with members of the Simon community, and enjoy the wonderful game of golf.

One might not expect that members of the Simon community would be highly-skilled in golf, after all they are supposed to lead and excel in business, but the winning team of Marais Lombard (’12 MBA), Professor Ron Schmidt, Peter Hebert (’12 MBA), and Varun Shah (’12 MBA) posted an impressive score of 54, or 18 under par.  I won’t get into the technicalities of how golf is scored, but 18 under par is equivalent to scoring one less than par on every hole (ie. a score of 2 on par 3, a score of 3 on a par 4, or a score of 4 on a par 5).  To put this into perspective for the non-golf enthusiasts, the lowest score ever recorded in a round by a professional is 59.  All teams in the Simon Golf Classic had a slight handicap though, we played the round using a ‘Scramble’ format (each player hits his/her own shot, then you pick the best shot out of the group and proceed with this process through completion of the hole), but needless to say, there were a number of impressive golfers and team scores this year.

An event of this magnitude would not be possible without the support of many, and we owe a very special thanks to Nate Kadar for coordinating another successful tournament, the Vangellow Family for their continued support of the Simon School and Alumni Golf Classic, Dr. Vinay Aggarwal ’09 for his countless efforts and enthusiasm for the tournament, and all of the tournament volunteers (Kris Seewagen, Melissa Kunzer, Sue Bauer, Eleni Kiriakidis, Laura Gavigan, Daina Bullwinkle, Keir Meisner).  We are also grateful for the support of event sponsors including the Vangellow Family, RW Dake, Rochester Steel Works, Rhino Trunk, AcquisitionsNow LLC, Dr. Vinay Aggarwal, and Ravenwood Golf Club for welcoming us to their beautiful facility.

There will certainly be a lot of anticipation for next year’s Golf Classic, which will take place May 17th at Ravenwood Golf Club, so be sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend!  If you’re looking to quell your golf itch for the remainder of the year, be sure to get out and play one of the many wonderful golf courses in Rochester, or check-out the Wegmans LPGA Championship taking place June 7-10, 2012 at Locust Hill Country Club.  


Put away the sleds, Rochester…it’s time for Summer!

By: Dana

Summer may have just begun, but here at the Simon School we are already beginning to see familiar faces on campus as our incoming summer and fall students start to arrive in Rochester!  For those of you who are currently in the city, or those planning a trip to the area over the course of the summer months, there is no shortage of things to do while you are in town.  Here are a few ideas of places to go, and things to do- Enjoy!

Let’s not forget the 4th of July celebrations!
The 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, is a celebration of the United States Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.

Local Fireworks Shows
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Rochester Area Festivals:

2011 Corn Hill Arts Festival
The 2011 Corn Hill Arts Festival marks the 43rd anniversary for this celebrated arts festival in Rochester’s historic Corn Hill neighborhood. This year’s festival is July 9th – 10th and features over four hundred artists, the Emerging Artists Expo, four stages of continuous live music, sponsored events, the Labatt Blue Beer Garden and “Sipping the Lakes” Wine Garden.
The Corn Hill Arts Festival is all volunteer run and is officially recognized as one of the top 200 festivals by Sunshine Artist Magazine (
Dates: Saturday July 9th & Sunday July 10th
Schedule of Events:
Location and Directions:

Canandaigua Art & Music Festival 2011
The historic downtown Canandaigua will once again be the site of the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival this year!  Attendees will enjoy over 100 food vendors, the best local music on two stages, artist exhibits specializing in painting, drawing, photography and more and the Kids Korridor and Family Stage, which includes wildlife exhibits, clown shows and obstacle courses.  The Canandaigua Art & Music Festival features affordable family fun for all ages.  Festival hours are 12:00pm – 8:00pm on Friday and 10:00am – 6:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday.  For more information, please visit (
Dates: July 15, 2011 to July 17, 2011
Venue: Downtown Canandaigua
Address: Canandaigua, NY, United States, 14424

Park Ave Summer Art Fest
One of Rochester’s oldest and most unique neighborhoods celebrates its 35th Annual Festival of arts, crafts and music. This festival annually attracts over 250,000 people! This year’s festival will feature 300 artists, vendors, and exhibitors from 21 states and Canada! (
Dates: Saturday, August 6th, 2011: 10am – 6pm & Sunday, August 7th, 2011: 10am – 5pm
Location:  Downtown Rochester, Park Avenue
Sporting Events

Rochester Red Wings – Minor League Baseball
The Rochester Red Wings are a minor league baseball team based in Rochester, New York. The oldest and longest running minor league franchise in the history of professional sports, the team plays in the International League and is the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins major-league club. The Red Wings play in Frontier Field, located in downtown Rochester (
Address: Frontier Field – One Morrie Silver Way, Rochester NY 14608
Dates/Game Schedule:

The Rochester Rhinos – Soccer
The Rochester Rhinos are an American professional soccer team based in Rochester, New York, United States. Founded in 1996, the team plays in the National Division of the new USL Professional Division, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, having self-relegated from the USSF D2 Pro League at the end of the 2010 season. The team plays its home games at Sahlen’s Stadium, formerly known as PAETEC Park, where they have played since 2006 (
Address:  Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak Street Rochester, NY 14608
Dates/Game Schedule:

Theater Arts and Entertainment Shows/Schedules
Auditorium Theater:
Geva Theater:
Downstairs Cabaret Theater:

Concert Venues/Schedules
Water Street Music Hall:
Blue Cross Arena:
CMAC Performing Arts Center (Canandaigua, NY):

Simon’s Basketball Team – We’re #2!

On February 19-20, the Simon School Basketball Team participated in the 22ndannual Georgetown Ultimate 4 Basketball Tournament in Washington, D.C., the largest and longest running MBA basketball tournament in the country.  Hosted by Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, the tournament benefits Horton’s Kids, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit organization that provides services to children such as tutoring, mentoring, enrichment, advocacy, and family support.  This year’s tournament raised $10,000 for Horton’s Kids.

Twenty-two teams from across the U.S. participated so I’m pleased to report that our Simon School team took the tournament by storm.  The team began its pool play on Saturday morning against Wharton (University of Pennsylvania).  The game was back and forth throughout the first half, but Seth Hauben ’11, Matt Gustafson (PhD candidate), and Dan Burgess ’10 were too much for Wharton to handle as the Simon team rolled to a double digit win.  Up next was the Katz (University of Pittsburgh), and Simon jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.  Katz did all they could to slow the Simon big men down, but Nate Kadar (Assistant Director, Student Services) and Amit Nagdev ’11 hit some big shots from the outside leading the team to another double-digit win.  The last game of pool play matched Simon up against Sloan (MIT), and again Simon came out fast with a balanced inside and outside game that left the Sloan team scratching their heads.  Brennan Mulcahey ’11, Kyle Stanbro ’11 and Mike Hartman ’10 helped lead the way with big shots from the outside and consistent stops on the defensive end.  Simon finished pool play with a 3 – 0 record, claiming the #3 seed and a spot in the quarterfinals!

Simon faced a tough Fuqua (Duke) team to kick-off the quarterfinals.  Fuqua tried to pick up the tempo early and use their quickness to their advantage, but Simon’s defensive pressure was too much for them to handle.  Seth Hauben came up huge on the offensive and defensive end, crucial 3 pointers by Kyle Stanbro and intense defense by Dan Burgess helped Simon advance to the final 4 to face Wharton.  Simon and Wharton traded baskets and defensive stops throughout the entire game, but Seth Hauben and Matt Gustafson once again were too much for Wharton to handle. Amit Nagdev’s incredible defensive hustle and Nate Kadar’s big 3 gave Simon the spark they needed late in the second half to send Wharton home and advance to the final game!

In the championship, Simon faced defending champion Booth (University of Chicago).  Booth brought the defensive pressure early, but Seth Hauben and Matt Gustafson kept the team in the mix giving Simon a 2 point lead at halftime.  In the second half, Booth continued their tough defensive pressure, leading to some crucial Simon turnovers and easy baskets for Booth.  The Simon team did all they could to withstand the pressure but could not get the defensive stops needed late in the second half and came up just short, losing 50 – 45.

Overall, we are extremely proud of our #2 ranked Simon Basketball Team and the unbelievable showing they had in Georgetown this past weekend.  Go Simon!

Goal! Victory for the Simon Soccer Club

By: Crisandra Harrison

On the weekend of October 9th and 10th, the Simon Soccer Club placed 2nd at the 21st Annual Yale Cup soccer tournament, our best ever finish. It was a hard-fought battle, especially for a team which only began practicing together at the beginning of the school year in September!

The Simon Soccer Club was scheduled to play four games on Saturday, October 9th  against some familiar competitors. The first game, against MIT, was hard fought, ending in a 1-1 draw. The second game matched Simon with Duke, the 2009-2010 MBA Championship Series overall winner, and once again the match was highly contested with no team being able to break the deadlock. Several potential game winning shots were blocked by our goalie as the time ticked away. The final score ended at 0-0. The third game was much more exciting, and started off very fast with a Simon win over Yale. Going into the fourth and last game, the Simon team knew they needed a win or a tie to move on and the opponent Carnegie Mellon needed to win. Simon continued to work hard and finished the game off with another strong defensive performance. A final goal not only advanced Simon to the knockout stages, but made Simon the No.1 seed. 

At the event’s dinner Saturday night, Simon found out they were matched against the Columbia Lions team. The Columbia Lions knocked Simon out of last year’s Yale Cup in the semi-finals on penalty kicks. Simon was poised to tackle the challenge on Sunday morning. Final score Columbia 1, Simon 4. An hour later, the next match was against Columbia Blue. Through some great team and then individual efforts by Simon’s entire defensive line, Simon emerged victorious.

Set to play in its first-ever finals in Simon School history, the team was matched against Wharton. Surviving regulation time without a score, penalty kicks were used to decide the winner. Both teams put forth great efforts. However, through the first five shots, both teams were tied with four goals each. On to sudden death, where Simon had a chance to win the game on the 7th round after a Wharton miss, only to have the Wharton goalie make a crucial save. In the 10th round of sudden death penalty kicks, the Wharton goalie again made a diving save, this time to seal the victory for Wharton. 

The Simon Soccer team should be proud to have made it so far.  The team consisted of MBA and MS current students, part time and full time students, as well as Simon alums.  They are a great example of the Simon community, and we are proud of their second place victory!