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Category: Posts by Robyn

NYC Conference

By: Robyn

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 was a memorable day for the Simon School as we hosted our third annual New York City Conference. With over 300 attendees, the focus of this year’s conference was titled ‘Economic Action and the Management of Risk: Critical Decisions Hanging in the Balance.’ This year, speakers and panelists, including preeminent faculty, CEOs and senior executives of major multinational corporations, addressed critical issues involving changes in global financial regulation, opportunities and challenges of the impact of current economic policies, and the global economy, among other crucial issues. We were fortunate to hear from many individuals including: Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase; Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE; Larry Kudlow, Host of CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report;” and Richard Cordray, Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

This action packed day brought together so many individuals who are linked to the Simon community, whether it be as an alumnus, current student, future student, or guest. As an Admissions team member, I was especially excited to participate in the conference with several of the incoming MBA candidates who will be beginning their studies at Simon in a few months! I’m already looking forward to next year’s conference!

March Scholarship Weekend Success

In late March, we hosted our second Scholarship Weekend event for the year. Scholarship Weekend is an opportunity for a select group of our admitted full-time candidates for MBA and MS admission to be invited to campus to compete for additional scholarships. Through this event, the Admissions Committee was able to make decisions about scholarship increases, named scholarships, and full-tuition fellowships, and living stipends. During the weekend in March, we had over 50 students participate by preparing for a team case competition as well as informal interviews with Simon alumni, students, faculty and staff.

As a recruitment team member within the Admissions Office, I was thrilled to be able to assist with this program. It was wonderful to interact with many of the prospective students I have been assisting through the b-school search process. The dynamic of Scholarship Weekend is unique in the sense that all students who participate have been already admitted, which relieves quite a bit of stress, but  it was also tremendously enthusiastic, not only about the opportunity to increase scholarship awards, but also because of the amazing friendships that were already being fostered among future classmates. Scholarship Weekend is the perfect blend of team-based work, advice from the Career Management Center, discussions with alumni and current students, tours of the Rochester community, lots of great food and laughter, and who could forget – very little sleep!

 Thank you to all who were involved in making the weekend an amazing success, including all who participated. We are thrilled to have so many of you joining the Simon School this fall. Prospective candidates considering Simon down the road – this incredible opportunity can be YOURS! Applying early to the Simon School (generally by our January application deadline) can qualify you to be considered for the Scholarship Weekend event. For more information and to learn about Simon Leadership Fellows who were granted their fellowships through Scholarship Weekend events in the past, please click here.





The Impact of George Eastman

By: Robyn Winstanley 

George Eastman, the entrepreneur who founded Eastman Kodak Company and invented roll film, is a legacy in the Rochester, NY area. His philanthropy efforts stem deep into the University of Rochester. Throughout his life, Eastman donated over $100 million to various organizations, with about half of that benefiting the University of Rochester. His generous donations led to the founding of the University of Rochester Eastman School of Music and School of Medicine and Dentistry. Eastman’s passing in 1932 created a mark on the Rochester, NY community that will last forever. He helped to make Rochester the city it was and is today. In the early 20th century, Eastman and other leaders in Rochester worked together to plan the future of the University of Rochester, paving the way to transform the University into one of the leading educational institutions that is distinguished by excellence in education, research, health care, and service.

In light of the recent Chapter 11 filing by Eastman Kodak, it is bittersweet to think back to the life of Mr. Eastman. As one of the most influential humanitarians of his time who revolutionized the photography and film industry, I wonder what George Eastman would say if he were with us today.  As a Rochesterian, although it was sad to see Kodak declare bankruptcy, it’s also important to consider the fact that despite this, the Rochester region’s job growth rate has surpassed other areas of New York State and many parts of the country. Prior to the Chapter 11 filing, the Simon School Dean, Mark Zupan, spoke about Lessons from Kodak – http://simon.rochester.edu/news-and-media/mark-zupan-on-kodak/index.aspx, and the hypercompetitive environment that we live in.  Although we learn from the challenges at Kodak, it does not diminish the fact that each and every day, Simon School students look to contribute to the Rochester area and beyond by living and breathing the entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit of George Eastman.



Swim, Ski, & Golf this Winter!

By: Robyn

Despite the relatively mild winter we have had this year, there is no shortage of winter fun activities to keep the snow-loving Simon students ready for their next adventure. Beyond the academic classroom, our students are heavily involved in the many clubs and social activities available throughout the year. When persuing the variety of b-schools, make sure to take into account everything beyond your academic curriculum. Developing camaraderie with classmates will enhance any experience and knowing the community oriented environment of Simon, you are definitely likely to benefit from this. Depending on your interests, there are always a variety of clubs and events that one can choose to participate in. Check out a few of the following sponsored through the Simon School this winter:

1) Polar Plunge: Sponsored by the Winter Sports Club, this annual event supports the Special Olympics. A few of our brave students literally take the ‘plunge’ into the chilly waters of Lake Ontario, located near Rochester, NY. Temperatures in the lake usually run around 45 degrees Fahrenheit this time of year. Anyone up for a game of Marco Polo? Brrrrr!

2) Hunt Hollow Ski Trip: Midterms have just concluded for Simon students, and this is a great way to take a break from classes to spend a Saturday with friends and classmates on the slopes. With transportation, food, and beverages provided by the Winter Sports Club and Student Services, what more fun could you ask for? For those lacking the necessary ski skills (like me), not to worry, lessons are available, too – the perfect way for a new skier to learn.

3) Winter Golf Outing: Yes, you can golf in the winter in Rochester! The Simon Golf Club is organizing a day to visit OptiGolf, an indoor golf simulator that makes you feel like you are right on the course. A ‘must’ event for any golfer who is looking to keep their skills consistent during the winter. Even for the non-golfer, learn how to improve so that every shot you take on the real course isn’t a bogey.