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New Faculty Members Join the Simon Community

I’m pleased to share with you that we have hired three distinguished scholars to join our world-class faculty as assistant professors of business administration.

Erin Smith is expected to earn her doctorate in Finance from the Stern School of Business in 2013. In her dissertation titled “Do Shareholders Want Less Governance,” Erin uses a novel instrumental variable of over-voting in passing anti-takeover provisions to estimate that anti-takeover provisions increase firm value rather than reduce as was previously theorized. She has been awarded the “Best Finance PhD Dissertation in Honor of Stuart Greenbaum” by Washington University in St. Louis. She will be visiting the Securities and Exchange Commission for most of the next academic year and will join us full time in Fall 2014. Erin earned a BA in Engineering and Economics from Dartmouth College.

Garrett Johnson combines marketing and cutting edge econometric techniques in his dissertation“The Impact of Privacy Policy on the Auction Market for Online Display Advertising.” He will finish his doctoral studies in Economics at Northwestern University this summer and will join the faculty in our Marketing department. In his innovative study, Garrett imputes the cost of privacy to advertisers by analyzing the bids for display ads. Hefinds that the website publisher’s revenue decreases by six percent under an opt-out policy, by 56 percent under an opt-in policy, and by 62 percent under a tracking ban. Garrett will be teaching courses in advertising and Internet marketing next academic year. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Jaewoo Kim will be receiving his doctoral degree from the University of Iowa this summer. In his dissertation “Asymmetric Timely Loss Recognition, Private Debt Markets, and Underinvestment,” Jaewoo studies the collapse of the junk bond market and finds the firms that were timelier in loss recognition had better access to debt markets. Jaewoo is also working on papers on merger-related accounting manipulation and the importance of CEO career concerns and external governance. He earned an MBA from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and a BA in Economics from Korea University.

A Great Class at Simon!

By: Xinrui (Cynthia) Yan

Greetings from Simon! I have some time to share my life with you and this time I’ve decided to introduce a class that I took last quarter. It is MGC–Business Management Communication. MGC is one of the essential classes that each Simon student (MBA and MS candidates) has to take. It consists of two parts: oral presentations and business memo writing. Like many other business writing classes, MGC teaches you how to write in a formal and professional way. However, MGC is more than just that. It gives students real opportunities to perfect their speech skills. Each student has to make their own presentations and evaluate other student presentations. Unlike those presentations that we made for class projects, these presentations are evaluated based on both content and professional presenting skills. The professor will give out feedbacks right after you finish a speech. You can also learn from professor’s comments on other presenters. Personally, I am always very nervous about presenting in front of a large audience. This class helped me improve a lot by giving me the opportunity to present in front of the professor and my fellow students. MGC class has benefited me more than that. In one of my recent job interviews, I was asked to talk about the market news that I have followed. We presented every week on recent news for our MGC class, so I was able to present confidently and professionally in front of my interviewers. I impressed them a lot!

MGC is just one of many great classes at the Simon School. When you have your chance to visit Simon, you will have an opportunity to visit one of the many great classes. I highly recommend that you explore Simon through this avenue; excellence on both academics and professionalism is absolutely what Simon takes great pride in.

Again, Simon welcomes you to visit and we invite you to sit in on a class. I hope that your new year has started out great and that your decision to apply to Simon is already in progress!

Simon- a Great Place to Be!

By: Vasudha

I take pride in introducing myself as a new blogger in the Admissions office. As an applicant, I found the admissions blog to be helpful in making my decision to attend Simon and I could envision its culture to understand what I would be getting into. Being a blogger now, I am thrilled to share my experiences to potential applicants and to everybody out there who is interested in Simon. Simon is a great school and I am really happy to be here. I was impressed with the intimate approach taken by the school right from the application procedures through to the everyday activities held at school.

Being in a one year MS Finance program, I was excited and tense at the same time to start out in the program. To make us feel at ease, Simon Admissions in collaboration with the Career Management Center held a tea party. At this event, I met many of my classmates and future friends for the first time and was excited to be among such a competitive peer group. And later the first week was spent in orientation sessions organized by the Career Management Center (CMC) and International Student Office (ISO). My key take-away from these orientations being an international student is that the CMC and ISO are my new BEST friends.

The first word which pops up to our mind when we think of a B-school is “Networking”. And yes, “Networking” is all that I hear about at ALL times at Simon. The concept of networking and reaching out to people overwhelms me, but thanks to the CMC and their preparation modules held over four weeks’ time, I am well equipped with the necessary communication skills to start networking. There is help provided to us at all times, however the onus is on us to utilize the resources in hand.

Classes and Professors-

The entire academic year is broken down into four quarters- Fall A, Fall B, Winter and Spring. Fall-A and Fall-B are the smaller modules when compared to winter and spring quarters. The Fall term focusses on building up the foundation for finance and we are allowed to take electives in the winter and spring term. In the Fall-A term, we had three core courses – Statistics, Economics and Capital Budgeting & Corporate Objectives. The first quarter was spread over 8 weeks. Though it started out on a familiar note, the course picked up pace in a couple of weeks and we got to learn excel in various other ways than we had already known. These courses are the foundation for all the future courses which we will be taking.

In the present quarter, which the admissions team fondly calls Fall-B, we have three courses- Investments, Accounting and Corporate Finance. Being from an Engineering & Economics background, this quarter’s courses are really new to me and I need to put in extra effort to catch up to the fast pace of teaching. However, the highly interactive teaching methods and expected high level of participation makes sure that we come prepared to class. It is fun to wake up every day to learn something new and our professors strive to keep making us learn.

Student Services-

The student services team at Simon is a highly approachable and friendly team. They keep us updated about all the opportunities that are available in the market that we could make use of. Nate Kadar is the guy who takes care of the MS Finance class and he is our go-to guy. He is a really helpful and experienced person who makes sure we are enjoying our time here at Simon. Simon hosts many coffee and networking events for us to interact with the Dean, professors and alumni which is consistent with the intimate atmosphere that Simon values the most. That’s all for my introductory post. I will be coming back soon with more on professors, their classes, updates on Simon events.

Simon School accepting registrations for November 11-12, 2012 Diversity Weekend

Each year, Simon Admissions hosts Diversity Weekend – an event that brings prospective Under-represented minority candidates who are considering the Full-time MBA or Master’s program to our campus to meet current students, alumni, faculty and Admissions staff.  This year our Diversity Weekend will be held on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12 and the agenda will include the following sessions:

  • Admissions Q&A Panel Discussion –tips on how to position yourself as a competitive candidate
  • Current Student and Alumni Panel Discussion – hear from those who chose to attend Simon
  • Tour Simon School and University of Rochester Campus
  • Meet Faculty and visit a class
  • Career Management Center presentation  – learn how the School supports your career success
  • Social Activities
  • Admissions Interviews (by request)

To learn more or register to attend, view details on our Web site.  All event meals and hotel accommodations for Sunday evening are provided by Simon on a complimentary basis.  You are encouraged to inquire about the possibility of a stipend to support your travel to Rochester for the event via e-mail to Lisa Bravo at Lisa.Bravo@simon.rochester.edu

Rebekah S. Lewin, MBA ’02
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration