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Come and knock on our door! – The Simon School invites you to visit campus this Fall…

By: Dana

As summer comes to an end, September marks the beginning of a new chapter for our MBA Class of 2013, and MS Class of 2012!  It’s been a busy summer here in Rochester, and we’re not slowing down anytime soon.  Now that the graduate and undergraduate students of the University have returned for the school year, we are busy preparing to open our doors for future students to visit campus and see what Simon has to offer.

The campus visit is an extremely important and exciting component of the application process. It allows for the unique opportunity to experience first hand what a school and city has to offer.  Here at Simon, we have a variety of upcoming visit dates that allow our prospective students the opportunity to tour campus, sit in on a class, and meet with Simon faculty and staff.  Each of the following events listed below provide students with an inside look into the Simon and Rochester community to better determine how Simon and our programs could be a good match for your unique academic and career aspirations.
For first time visitors to campus, we recommend attending one of our Graduate Information Sessions.  This event is designed to provide an overview of each of our program offerings to determine which may be the best fit for your needs. Programs covered include: Full-Time MBA and MS, Part-Time Flexible MBA, Part-Time MS, as well as the Executive MBA (EMBA) and Accelerated Professional MBA (PMBA) Programs. Faculty, Admissions staff and current students are present to answer questions. Check-in begins at 5:45 p.m. and the event starts promptly at 6:00pm.  Our Information Session is set to take place on October 12th.

For those students who have completed undergraduate degrees and are interested in full-time MBA study, we recommend attending a Simon Open House. The Open House provides a chance to meet Simon alumni, faculty and staff, as well as participate in scheduled presentations or discussions, and attend a Simon class.  Our first Open House is scheduled for October 10th, with additional dates to follow throughout the year. Too busy during the week?  Come see us on a Saturday!  Saturday at Simon allows for a similar experience as an Open House, but takes place on a weekend- perfect for those who may need to travel from out of town.  Our first Saturday at Simon will be held on December 3rd, with an additional date planned for February 18th.

Of course these are not the only opportunities to visit. Visits to campus are encouraged Monday through Thursday, for anyone interested in gathering more information on our Full-Time MBA or MS programs.  Tours and Informational Meetings can be arranged by contacting us at:, or by calling 1-585-275-3533.  In addition, I highly recommend visiting our website for more information on-campus programming and visit dates.

 We hope to see you in Rochester soon, and look forward to having the opportunity to show you around campus, and introduce you to all that Simon has to offer.

Put away the sleds, Rochester…it’s time for Summer!

By: Dana

Summer may have just begun, but here at the Simon School we are already beginning to see familiar faces on campus as our incoming summer and fall students start to arrive in Rochester!  For those of you who are currently in the city, or those planning a trip to the area over the course of the summer months, there is no shortage of things to do while you are in town.  Here are a few ideas of places to go, and things to do- Enjoy!

Let’s not forget the 4th of July celebrations!
The 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, is a celebration of the United States Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.

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Rochester Area Festivals:

2011 Corn Hill Arts Festival
The 2011 Corn Hill Arts Festival marks the 43rd anniversary for this celebrated arts festival in Rochester’s historic Corn Hill neighborhood. This year’s festival is July 9th – 10th and features over four hundred artists, the Emerging Artists Expo, four stages of continuous live music, sponsored events, the Labatt Blue Beer Garden and “Sipping the Lakes” Wine Garden.
The Corn Hill Arts Festival is all volunteer run and is officially recognized as one of the top 200 festivals by Sunshine Artist Magazine (
Dates: Saturday July 9th & Sunday July 10th
Schedule of Events:
Location and Directions:

Canandaigua Art & Music Festival 2011
The historic downtown Canandaigua will once again be the site of the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival this year!  Attendees will enjoy over 100 food vendors, the best local music on two stages, artist exhibits specializing in painting, drawing, photography and more and the Kids Korridor and Family Stage, which includes wildlife exhibits, clown shows and obstacle courses.  The Canandaigua Art & Music Festival features affordable family fun for all ages.  Festival hours are 12:00pm – 8:00pm on Friday and 10:00am – 6:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday.  For more information, please visit (
Dates: July 15, 2011 to July 17, 2011
Venue: Downtown Canandaigua
Address: Canandaigua, NY, United States, 14424

Park Ave Summer Art Fest
One of Rochester’s oldest and most unique neighborhoods celebrates its 35th Annual Festival of arts, crafts and music. This festival annually attracts over 250,000 people! This year’s festival will feature 300 artists, vendors, and exhibitors from 21 states and Canada! (
Dates: Saturday, August 6th, 2011: 10am – 6pm & Sunday, August 7th, 2011: 10am – 5pm
Location:  Downtown Rochester, Park Avenue
Sporting Events

Rochester Red Wings – Minor League Baseball
The Rochester Red Wings are a minor league baseball team based in Rochester, New York. The oldest and longest running minor league franchise in the history of professional sports, the team plays in the International League and is the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins major-league club. The Red Wings play in Frontier Field, located in downtown Rochester (
Address: Frontier Field – One Morrie Silver Way, Rochester NY 14608
Dates/Game Schedule:

The Rochester Rhinos – Soccer
The Rochester Rhinos are an American professional soccer team based in Rochester, New York, United States. Founded in 1996, the team plays in the National Division of the new USL Professional Division, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, having self-relegated from the USSF D2 Pro League at the end of the 2010 season. The team plays its home games at Sahlen’s Stadium, formerly known as PAETEC Park, where they have played since 2006 (
Address:  Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak Street Rochester, NY 14608
Dates/Game Schedule:

Theater Arts and Entertainment Shows/Schedules
Auditorium Theater:
Geva Theater:
Downstairs Cabaret Theater:

Concert Venues/Schedules
Water Street Music Hall:
Blue Cross Arena:
CMAC Performing Arts Center (Canandaigua, NY):

Commencement is just around the corner!

By: Dana

It’s June, summer is in the air, and the Simon School of Business is gearing up to hold our 2011 Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, June 12th at 10 a.m. in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, N.Y.
In a recent Simon press release it was announced that Kapil Wadhawan will deliver the Commencement address.  Wadhawan is chairman and managing director of Dewan Housing Finance Corp. Ltd., one of the leading housing finance institutions in India. The Wadhawan family, owners of a billion dollar conglomerate of real estate holdings, supermarket and restaurant chains, and luxury hotels throughout Western India, pledged $1.5 million to the Simon School in 2009 to establish an endowed professorship fund—the first gift of its kind from an Indian family to a leading American business school. The Rajesh Wadhawan Professorship Fund will support a full-time faculty member who plays a leading role in advancing the standing of the Simon School and management education through service and teaching contributions with a preference for a professor making an impact in India. The gift, in memory of the late patriarch of the Wadhawan family, is from his wife, Aruna R. K. Wadhawan, and his sons, Kapil and Dheeraj Wadhawan.  The fund is an effort to build upon the Simon School’s top-ranked business education by growing its world-class faculty.  Kapil Wadhawan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Bombay University and an MBA in finance from the Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.

The Simon School Class of 2011 includes a total of 282 graduates of the full-time and part-time MBA programs (189 full-time and 93 part-time); 38 graduates of the Executive MBA program; 189 graduates who will receive MS degrees (162 MS in business administration and 27 MS in accountancy); and five graduates will be recognized for earning the PhD in Business Administration. In addition, the Simon School’s Executive MBA Program in Bern, Switzerland, will graduate 26 students.

It is with great pride that we congratulate our graduating Simon students on their achievements.  Meliora!

-Original press release by Charla Stevens Kucko, May 27, 2011

It’s Official! – Undergraduate Business Major Offered at the University of Rochester

By: Dana

The recent addition of a new undergraduate business major is exciting news for The College at the University of Rochester, and the Simon School of Business alike.  In a recent news article shared on the University’s website, the details of this exciting collaboration between the University of Rochester and Simon School of Business are disclosed as follows: 
“This spring, undergraduates at the University of Rochester will have the opportunity to declare a major in business, thanks to a new collaboration between the Arts, Sciences and Engineering’s undergraduate College and the Simon School of Business. The major, which is an extension of the pre-existing business minor, was approved by the New York State Department of Education last month.”

“The business major is a good fit for the College,” said Richard Feldman, dean of the College at Rochester. “It builds upon the curriculum and course work found in the economics major while allowing undergraduates to take advantage of the many opportunities offered at the Simon School.”

Feldman says that the College has seen increased student interest in a business major, which will provide an expanded selection of courses in economics and statistics, as well as business-related disciplines, including finance, accounting, marketing, operations management, and organizational strategy. Courses will be taught by both College and Simon faculty. Students will take nine courses required for the major, and then choose between two tracks; the first focuses on organizations and markets, the second on marketing.

“We are pleased to collaborate with the College to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to major in business,” said Mark Zupan, dean of the Simon School. “Our analytic, economics-based framework for solving complex business problems serves students well in an increasingly competitive global business environment.”

The major, which has been in development for two years, was created by Feldman, Zupan, Ronald W. Hansen, senior associate dean for program development, William H. Meckling Professor of Business Administration at the Simon School, and Mark Bils, professor of economics. It will be supervised by a steering committee of faculty and administrators from both the College and the Simon School, including Feldman, Hansen, Bils, and Sanjog Misra, associate professor of marketing and applied statistics at Simon; Joanna Shuang Wu, associate professor of accounting at Simon; and Michael Wolkoff, senior lecturer in economics. The steering committee will monitor the program’s enrollment numbers and course offerings, and oversee internships, special lectures, and other opportunities that can enhance the student experience.

The program will be jointly managed through the Multidisciplinary Center in the College and the Simon School. Students who complete this major will graduate with a bachelor of arts degree with a major in business from the College.”

Contact: Melissa Greco Lopes

Charla Stevens Kucko

This collaboration is a result of the dedicated work of individuals from both The College at the University of Rochester, and the Simon School of Business.  We wish the incoming class all the best as they begin their studies and experiential learning in the exciting world of business at the U of R!