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Japan Trip 2012 by Simon Asian Club

By: Bonnie (He) Liu

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful start to the New Year and that everything is going well.

As promised, I would like to introduce our Japan Trip during the past winter break. Our nine days trip to Japan was amazing and this was the most wonderful trip that I have ever had! The trip had two major parts, one was corporate visits to companies, and the other one was sightseeing.

The opportunities of visiting top companies are very precious and unique for us business school students. During the trip we visited eight companies including: UBS, Toyota, Hitachi, Microsoft, Nomura, Societe Generale, Citi Bank and Rakuten. All the companies are leading players both in Japan and around the world in their own industry. What impressed me most was their hospitality. Although our visit was during the holiday season, which was also the busiest season for companies to do year-end balances, almost all the companies had their senior managers even CEO welcome us and present to us.

For the content of presentation, each company covered different areas of topics and shared their own insight with us. In summary, each company covered one or some of the following topics: 1) overview of the world financial market and Japanese market; 2) estimation of Japanese Economy under a new government leader; 3) company’s history and current status; 4) new product strategy, future business development strategy and people strategy etc.; 5) corporate social responsibility and partnership with other parties. At the same time all our participants had very active interactions with companies raising many insightful questions. We greatly appreciated what those eight companies shared with us and we did learn a lot as well. Not only did we have a deeper understanding of the market and the companies, we also got many networking opportunities with professionals from various areas.

The other important part of this trip was of course sightseeing and culture experience! Thanks to our Japanese classmates who helped organized the trip, we were able to visit those landmarks in Tokyo and at the same time enjoy life in Tokyo as real Japanese people.

We had our crazy Christmas party in Ginza singing Karaoke while enjoying delicious food. We had a whole day bus tour to 1) Tokyo Tower with the view of the whole Tokyo city and even Mt. Fuji; 2) one of the most famous gardens in Tokyo to watch a tea ceremony; 3) DIY Monjayaki on the boat with a great view of the sea; and 4) visit to Sensoji Temple. We had our alumni party in a great restaurant with 17 alumni who came to join us and shared their experience with us. We watched a Geisha performance and learned Japanese traditional art culture.  We went to Yokohama and Kamakura to explore Japanese Ramen culture and enjoyed a seaside hot spring house along with a visit to the famous Kamakura Great Buddha, and great snacks and food were a key part for sure. We also went to many other Tokyo’s landmarks including Omotesendo, Shibuya, Tsukiji fish market and Tokyo SkyTree. And for the last day of the year 2012 we had a wonderful hot spring tour and had our New Year countdown on the cruise with a fantastic night view of Tokyo Bay Area and fireworks! There can’t be a better way to finish an old year like this and start a new year by making a wish at a Japanese Shrine in the early morning.

Does this trip sound great to you? I can keep talking about our trip with a lot more fun we had there if there is not a word limit. Interested in the trip? Why not come and join us! I am curious of where is our next destination now.

At the very end, I would like to thank all our board members of the Simon Asian Club who made great efforts to make this wonderful trip real. And many thanks to all the eight companies who hosted us, thanks to all our alumni who joined our party, and thanks to all the support we received from different offices of the Simon School. We cannot make it without all of this help.

Thank you all who read this blog, and hope to see you soon at Simon.

Meliora.

 

24th ANNUAL SIMON SCHOOL GOLF CLASSIC

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.  

 

Broaden Your Horizon

By: Bonnie Liu

Hi all? How is everyone recently? Is the weather in your area getting hot now too? I hope that you can enjoy the coming summer. Weather in Rochester is mostly unpredictable, but is recently getting hotter and hotter!

Today, the hottest place is nowhere outdoors, but inside Simon, because our Broaden Your Horizon is moving to Latin America! Broaden Your Horizon is Simon’s traditional Seminar Series which has been going on for more than 20 years. Back to 1991, Simon Students initiated a series of lunchtime presentations sponsored by students from different countries around the world and hosted by SimonUnited. The presentations will introduce cultures, politics, economics and business of students’ home countries. Of course traditional cuisine is a “must-have” part in the seminar too! Since then, Broaden Your Horizon has become a traditional Simon Seminar Series and is held in every quarter throughout the academic year. Broaden Your Horizon is also one of the most popular seminars amongst all the Simon students!

I had a great lunchtime today with many Simon students at Broaden Your Horizon. What comes to your mind when talking about Latin America? Sunshine, beautiful beaches, delicious food and drink, music, dance, etc.? Anything that you can or cannot image is presented during each seminar. Students representing Chile, Cuba, Venezuela, Haiti and Brazil gave us an all-around introduction to their countries. Besides presenting slides and videos, our talented Simonites also danced and sang songs for us. I was greatly attracted by not only the cultures and awesome views of these countries, but also by our Simonites’ talent and passions. I just can’t wait to start my discovery trip in Latin American countries!

Being in such a diverse community as Simon, you can broaden your horizon every day. I feel lucky that I joined this great community and learned from all my Simon classmates. What is our next stop at Broaden Your Horizon? It can be anywhere and we are looking forward to you joining our Simon Family and introducing your home country to us.

Finally, as June is approaching, I would like to congratulate the Simon Classes of 2012. Congratulations on your graduation! Wishing you guys all the best, and keep broadening your horizon in the future! And to all my future Simon classmates, see you in the fall!

Meliora
Bonnie

 

 

Winter In Rochester

By: Adam Capozzi

Upstate New York is a very adventurous place to settle into, and if you have had the chance to live in Rochester, or heard stories about Rochester, you know that there really are just two seasons. The first being construction season, and the other being winter. The winters in Rochester are very unique, and there is hardly a year that goes by without a lot of snow, and complaining about how cold it is. However, there are still a lot of great things to participate in during winter time in this city.

Though it has been a pretty bleak winter so far this year, the biggest asset that Rochester has is the snowfall.  It isn’t uncommon to see 5-6 inches accumulate in a single day throughout this time of the year, and while some might not like it, it does give people a chance to get outdoors. Whether it be skiing, or sledding at the various public hills available, there are plenty of places to get out and do some fun things in the snow.

Whether you are going to visit Cobbs Hill or Ellison Park, you can find many places to go sledding.  If you don’t like sledding, you can always go out and make a snowman, or just play around in the snow. Regardless of how you like to enjoy the snow, you should get out and enjoy it because it isn’t going anywhere fast.

If going outside at this time of the year is not your thing, you still have plenty of options available to you.  Whether you want to go to the ESL Sports Centre, or to Thomas Creek, there are always plenty of good ice skating rinks available. These are great places to go to have fun with friends, and have a chance to enjoy a little bit of the winter atmosphere.

There are many other activities that will keep you busy during these epic months of snowfall.  You can finally take the time to visit one of the many amazing museums this city has to boost, or take advantage of our local winter athletics by supporting the Rochester Amerks, and/or Lancers at the Blue Cross Arena. Also, how can we forget about the Eastman Theatre, from the Christmas classic of the Nutcracker that plays every December to a wide range of theatrical performances that will keep you entertained throughout these coming months. 
 
Though Rochester winters might seem like a never ending series of snowy days and cold nights, there are still plenty of things to see and do. Winter might not be the most pleasant season in town, but it isn’t boring, and at times we still see the sun! With this wide array of activities, I truly urge you to take advantage of winter since it will always be here once a year…so we might as well make the most of it!