Category: Posts by Dana

Commencement 2012 – Eastman Theater

By: Dana

The Eastman Theater is a historic venue within the Rochester community.  Built by George Eastman as a center for music, dance, and silent film with orchestral and organ accompaniment, the building first opened in 1922. Since its opening, the theater has undergone a series of renovations.  The renovations were completed in the fall of 2009, and in October of that same year, the hall reopened as Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Today, the Eastman Theater serves as the primary concert hall for the Eastman School’s larger ensembles, including its orchestras, wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, and chorale.  It also is the principal hall for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and is used periodically throughout the year by a variety of community organizations for concerts, lectures, and other special events. 

Sunday, June 10, 2012, Eastman Theater served again as the location for our very own Simon School of Business Commencement ceremony.  Students, faculty, staff, family and friends came together to celebrate our graduates as they begin the next chapter in their lives.  On behalf of the Simon School Admissions Office, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Class of 2012! We wish you well, and look forward to working with each of you as alumni in the future – Congratulations again, and best of luck in all of your future endeavors!



April showers bring May lilacs!

By: Dana

It’s May and the Lilac Festival is almost here!  An annual Rochester tradition, the Lilac Festival is a 10 day free festival with art exhibits, a parade, food vendors,  live entertainment, and of course a gorgeous display of colorful lilacs throughout Highland Park.  This year the festival is set to take place May 11th-20th.

As noted on the Lilac Festival’s official website, Highland Park displays over 500 varieties of lilacs on more than 1,200 lilac bushes- so be sure to bring your camera!  First planted in 1892 by horticulturist John Dunbar, the assortment has turned into the world’s largest lilac collection, bringing visitors from all over the globe to participate in this annual celebration.  Over the course of the 10 day event, the festival brings in well over a half-million visitors.  So how did the festival get started?  In short, the first Lilac Festival informally began in May of 1898 when a crowd of thousands gathered at what is now known as Highland Park to see the lilac collection in bloom.  On May 24, 1908 Rochester celebrated its first “official” Lilac Sunday, which later extended to Lilac Week.  From there, a parade was introduced that started downtown to the park’s summit, and in 1979, Lilac Week was renamed Lilac Festival (  200+ years later, crowds still gather to see the lilacs, take in the entertainment, and celebrate the start of spring.

The festival is perfect for all ages, and includes free children’s entertainment during the week and weekends.  You can participate in the Medved Lilac 10k and 5k family fun run on Sunday, or watch the lilac parade featuring various marching bands, and decorated floats.  There are also 2 arts and crafts shows during the weekend featuring local and national artists.  For a full list of exhibitors, entertainment schedules, special events, and directions, be sure to check out the lilac festival website online!


The Great Balancing Act: Academics, Career Search/Networking, and Campus Life

By: Dana

On Monday, April 2nd, the Simon School Admissions Office hosted another successful Open House event on-campus!  This time, I had the opportunity to moderate a current student and alumni panel.  One of the questions that generated a lot of discussion amongst our panelists and audience was in regards to the work (study)/life balance of a b-school student.

The life of a graduate business student can be quite busy- after all, you are balancing academic course work, team work outside of class, and the full-time search for job placement or internships.  With limited hours in the day, it is very important to fine tune your time management skills and maintain realistic expectations about how you plan to accomplish everything while still fitting in time for clubs, networking, and of course a few hours of sleep here and there!  As one of our alumni noted, this will take some time to get used to in the beginning, but you’ll find that it gets easier as you go.  While the first quarter will be an adjustment, by the second and third quarters of study you, “find your groove” so to speak, and will have a much better sense of what your personal limitations are in the great balancing act.  Of course, having Friday’s free from classes helps to build in time for the networking and career search that our students will focus on during their study at Simon.

In addition to the academics and career search, another exciting and important aspect of b-school is the extracurricular component.  There are many clubs, guest lecture series events, networking opportunities, and social functions for our students to take part in.  These opportunities cater not only to your academic pursuits, but also your career ambitions, and even social and athletic interests! With clubs that range in everything from portfolio management (Simon Meliora Fund), to dance (Simon Dance Club), to soccer (Simon Soccer Club) to wine-tasting (Simon Uncorked) there is certainly no shortage of opportunities to get involved.  In addition to clubs, Simon students keep busy by attending our on-campus guest lecture series events. The Frederick Kalmbach Executive Lecture Series (sponsored by the Simon School through a gift from the Frederick Kalmbach Foundation and managed by the Student Services Office), offers students and opportunity to hear from senior corporate executives from around the world as they come to Simon to lecture on current issues in management. The Max Farash Luncheon Series (underwritten by a contribution from the late Max Farash, Chairman of The Farash Corporation) are informal, interactive luncheon lectures featuring prominent speakers from the alumni and business communities.  And finally, the Sands Leadership Lecture Series, founded by Richard Sands, chairman of Constellation Brands, is one built on the premise that leaders emerge from all fields (government, business, education, not for profits).  Interested in studying abroad?  The Simon School also offers International Exchange Programs to provide experience abroad to students anticipating careers with an international focus.  

There is much to gain from your b-school education: a solid foundation of business knowledge, a network for your career search and resources to assist in reaching your professional goals, as well as a vast array of opportunities for leadership and extracurricular involvement.  So how do you do it all? According to our panel of current student and alumni experts, the key to making the most of your experience all comes down to time management.

Simon School Open House

By Dana

This past Monday, the Simon School hosted our second Open House of 2012, and it was a huge success!  We had 33 students in attendance from all over the United States, interested in both MS and MBA programs alike.  Students were able to attend a Simon class, take a tour of campus, and interview with either a member of our Admissions team or Simon alumni.  Personally, my favorite part of the Open House is the Student/Alumni Panel, consisting of current Simon MS and MBA students, as well as alumni who have returned to campus to share their unique perspective on how the Simon degree has helped shape their career since graduation.  Students also have an opportunity to sit in on a presentation from our Career Management Center Executive Director, Bob Park.  Bob does an excellent job of walking students through an overview of the Career Management Center’s structure, resources, and recruiting tactics for full-time internships and job placement.
If you missed out on attending this event, don’t worry- there is still an opportunity to visit campus for our next Simon Open House scheduled to take place Monday April 2nd!  Registration is open online for this event, as well as our last Open House of the spring scheduled for Monday, May 21st.  We hope you will be able to attend, and look forward to seeing you at Simon in the near future!

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