Category: Posts by Julie

Consortium Orientation Program is an Exhilarating Experience!

By Julie:

I was lucky to be chosen to represent our Office of Admissions in attending the 46th Annual Orientation Program for the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, in Minneapolis earlier this month.  Joined by other Simon School associates, specifically from the offices of Career Management Center and Student Services, along with four of our current Consortium students, I eagerly welcomed 15 incoming Consortium MBA students for the Class of 2014.   A fantastic group to say the least!  

Consortium OP was an exhilarating but rigorous program for our students; however, the benefits far outweighed their cost of sleep deprivation!  To kick off the conference, we attended several special events hosted by corporate sponsors (i.e. 3M, Target and General Mills—where we were happily greeted and energized by the Grammy award-winning group, Sounds of Blackness!).  Included in the 6-day event was special programming for those interested in pursuing consulting, brand management, finance, healthcare as well as several other areas of interest.  Numerous professional and behavioral workshops were held each day, all leading up to the much-anticipated Career Forum, where each student had the opportunity to interact and interview with representatives from more than 65 top companies. 

By the end of my OP trip, I had formed new friendships and bonded with these amazing students…leaving me even prouder to work at the Simon School.  The experience left me with a renewed ambition not only for my current role as a member of the Admissions Committee, but also to further assist in promoting the Simon School to underrepresented U.S. minorities.

Simon is Hosting the 30th Annual Graduate Business Conference

By: Julie Sadwick

This blog is based on information shared by Simon School Dean Mark Zupan

For the past 29 years, student government leaders from the top 50 business schools around the world have gathered at an annual conference coordinated by the Graduate Business Forum. This prestigious and constantly changing group of leaders works together for several days to improve the MBA Experience at their respective schools by exchanging best practices, discussing common challenges and opportunities, and building a stronger and more direct communication network. Bids to host the Graduate Business Conference are submitted in a fashion akin to the manner in which cities vie to host the Olympics, with similarly fierce competition and emotional investment.

I am pleased to report that the Simon School has been granted the honor of hosting the 30th annual Graduate Business Conference to be held in the spring of 2012 on the River Campus of the University of Rochester! Our winning bid (the first in the Simon School’s history) is the result of the vision, courage, and hard work of outgoing GBC President Sarah Pare ’11, incoming GBC President Varun Shah ’12, and Organizing Committee Chairman Brandon Sloane ’12. Vital support also came from Simon Alumni Velan Thillairajah ’85 and Ricardo Medeiros ’10 (both past GBC Presidents) who have been working with the Graduate Business Forum, the not-for-profit organization that coordinates the conferences.

The 30th annual Graduate Business Conference promises to be not only of great importance to the Graduate Business Forum, but also to our School. With the selected theme of “Size Matters”, delegates will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of business and academic leaders on issues of how size impacts decisions and outcomes, participate in best practice sessions, network, and explore Rochester’s heritage. Simon students, in turn, will have the opportunity to organize the Conference and our School will benefit from the visibility associated with hosting the gathering.

We are all excited about this amazing opportunity! 

The Simon Partners Club

By Julie

You may be looking for the perfect b-school while at the same time, trying to please your spouse and/or family with the location you will choose to call “home” for the next one to two years. The Simon Partners Club recognizes the importance of family life during business school and its goal is to support all partners, family members, and students, by offering resources and organizing social activities within the Simon and Rochester communities.

This casual social club, operated by the significant others of Simon students, is an excellent way for Simon students’ partners to obtain career and volunteer contacts in the local area. Additionally, it is designed to provide partners an opportunity to build friendships—many that will last a lifetime!

Just a few of the many other resources and activities available to members of the club are:

· On-campus gym membership (for a nominal fee)
· Student club membership involving various academic, social, cultural and sports clubs
· Participation in Simon School events
· Use of the campus Rush Rhees Library

We welcome all partners (engaged, married, or otherwise) of students and their families to get involved with the Simon Partners community! For more information, please contact

Holiday Break Ambassadors@Home Program

By Julie Sadwick

Can you imagine having the opportunity to meet with a member of the Simon community, informally over coffee, to chat about their unique personal experiences in Rochester and on campus?  Well…you can!  We have an amazing group of current students and alums who have agreed to become Ambassadors of Simon.  Many of these Ambassadors have graciously offered to meet with prospective students in their home towns (throughout the world) during the holiday season.  Simon will be represented in 8 countries and over 35 cities between December 11th and January 8th!  Our students love to brag about how happy they are to be a part of the Simon School and share stories about their favorite faculty members.  Wouldn’t you like to hear their tales of exciting student club activities, occurring daily on campus?

To find out if a current student (or alum) will be in your area, please review the following link on our website: .  The Simon representative from your area would love to hear from you (using the specified link).  It would be most helpful if you were to send them your program of interest and resume in order for them to be better prepared for your conversation.    If you don’t see your city or area listed, please contact us (at ) and we can facilitate an introduction to a student when they return to campus after their winter break in January.

We hope to connect with you!