Category: Posts by Jeromy


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.  



By: Jeromy Manser

Simon prides itself on being one of the most diverse graduate programs among top business schools… an effort that extends well beyond the classroom! 

In early March, I will be making my first ever trip to India to conduct an Alumni Panel Discussion and meet with prospective MBA and Master’s students.  Sure, there’s a bit of nervous anxiety about boarding a plane for a 14 hour flight from Newark to Mumbai, but I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to introduce Simon to the newest group of prospective students – who may someday find themselves on a similar flight to Rochester – meet with Simon alumni, and experience a new culture half-way around the world.

Opportunities such as this aren’t few and far between.  In fact, representatives from the Simon School Admissions office have logged countless miles traveling to more than 75 domestic and international recruiting events over the last eight months – including Brazil, Venezuela, Japan, England, Taiwan, U.S. (more than 25 cities), Korea, Vietnam, India, and Turkey to name a few.  These efforts, along with extensive student/alumni outreach, play a significant role in communicating the Simon brand globally, and shaping the diversity of our incoming classes.  They also provide us with a chance to speak with prospects in-person, and get to know them on a personal level, which in my opinion is a level of communication that social media, email, the web, and telecommunications have yet to replace.

With just a few short weeks/months left in the 2011-2012 recruitment cycle our travels will slowly come to a close, but preparations for future travel are quickly taking shape.  So whether you are preparing for graduate school in the coming months, or are introducing your alma mater to family, friends, or prospective students, keep in-mind that a Simon representative is likely to find themselves in your home country/city very soon, and they would love to meet you in-person!

Click HERE to join Simon March 3, 2012 at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India for a Distinguished Alumni Panel Discussion & Information Reception.

For a full list of events, please visit our website

GMAT or GRE – Which One Will You Submit?

By: Jeromy Manser

The Graduate Record Exam, commonly referred to as the GRE, is a standardized test taken by graduate school candidates as a requirement for admission.  Similar to the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test), the GRE measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills.  For the first time in the admissions process, the Simon Graduate School of Business will now accept the GRE as an alternative to the GMAT for candidates completing an application for full-time MBA and Masters programs (test scores are optional for MS Marketing and MS Medical Management programs).

One advantage in accepting the GRE is that it allows the Simon School to strengthen its applicant pool – approximately 600,000 people take the GRE every year, while only about 270,000 take the GMAT.  It also follows a significant trend of prominent business schools that have revised their admissions requirements to accommodate GRE test scores.

An average score has yet to be calculated for candidates submitting GRE results with their Simon School application as the process is in its early stages, but in keeping with the Simon School’s academic standards, the following GRE to GMAT converter can serve as a reference tool in calculating your score as you complete and prepare to submit your application.

GRE to GMAT Conversion Chart:

In completing an application, candidates are encouraged to submit their best GMAT or GRE test score, but are also reminded that GRE and GMAT scores are one of a multitude of criteria in evaluating candidates for admission.

For additional questions related to the Simon School’s Admissions requirements please visit For material preparation, a list of testing centers, and additional information related to the GRE, please visit