Tag: "life"

Volunteerism and Community Service Projects are Part of the Simon Experience

There are many opportunities for volunteerism and service projects during the Simon School experience.  Earlier this week, several staff from the Simon School MBA/MS Admissions office took time out of our busy schedules and went to Foodlink Rochester to volunteer.  While there, we received a brief tour and overview of the organization – learning that they rescue and redistribute more than 13 million pounds of food annually to a network of 450 member agencies in a 10-county service area!  As you can imagine, the warehouse is enormous and the network of paid staff and volunteers needed to run the organization is quite large.

After the tour, we were put to work inspecting and sorting the food and readying it in boxes for future shipments to Foodlink’s network of their partner organizations and agencies.  The time passed really quickly and we all agreed that it was a rewarding way to “give back” and make an impact within our community.

Simon students have similar opportunities – either through involvement in the Simon Volunteers student-run club, or by directly connecting with non-profit agencies and organizations within the Rochester community.  We strongly encourage our students to follow your passion and interests and stay involved in service projects during grad school.

Take on the World at Simon

By: Jerrica

As someone who will be posting regular blog posts for Simon, I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Jerrica, and I just started the MBA program in early August.  In contrast with most of my fellow students, I don’t have an exact plan in mind for after graduation; I have an idea, but I’m still fleshing out the details on what path to take to realize my goals, especially because I have always had varying interests.

To give you an idea of what I mean: I was, and still am, interested in studio art; I began my undergraduate career at Lake Forest College intending to go into Chemistry, but after working in a research lab one summer, decided I needed more personal interaction than a gas spectrometer could provide; worked as a DJ for the campus radio station and eventually became the General Manager; graduated with a degree in Communication and English; worked at a bank; was the Office Manager for a small law office (meaning I had a chance to do pretty much ev-er-y-thing for the office), and then finally applied to business schools and enrolled at Simon. Phew.  Though some classmates have seemed destined for management since childhood, I’ve never felt like that (as if the wandering path couldn’t tell you already).

But, as I’m sure you’ve felt, I had a moment when I felt I could take on the world, and I knew that business school was the tool I needed. For me, it happened during a breakfast conversation with my parents one Saturday, while my mom was venting her frustrations about her boss. Hearing her laments, I started coming up with solutions and giving advice (some that I clearly was not qualified to make) and thought, why not? After that, I began my search for programs, eventually found Simon, and instantly fell in love with the campus and the people.

If you’re interested in Simon (and if you’re taking the time to read this, you probably are—just a little bit), then I want to talk to you.  What are your plans, or better yet, what has been your path?  What was your “take on the world” moment? Though I can’t speak for other business schools, I know that Simon is all about networking and connecting, so you might as well start practicing.  Post a comment below, or send me an email: Jerrica.Krzywicki@Simon.Rochester.edu.

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!

Reference: http://www.esm.rochester.edu/concerts/halls/kodak/


Social Media in Higher Education

By: Adam
Looking back a decade ago, the thought of social media didn’t even exist.  We kept in contact through traditional media like phone calls, e-mails, and sometimes even the good old-fashioned hand-written letter.  Different announcements and information were broadcast through television, magazines, billboards and the occasional internet banner.  Now, fast forward to today and the main source of news is now found on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, making everyone’s lives a lot easier.  Not only are more websites being created every day, but each individual social media site is expanding and integrating to make things more convenient for its users.  We have entered the world of social media and we are now using our online voices to speak louder than ever before.

As we continue to move forward, social media is starting to shape the world we live in on a “most recent” basis and from this; there is no denying that Social Media is everywhere!  It has become the common practice of staying in contact, sharing the latest news stories and now, it’s become a common place to learn more about a specific University.   With this shift, these social tools can be used to quickly access information and expertise on the school, but also improve collaboration, engagement and cooperation, while enhancing relationships through constant contact. 

Though the Simon Website will always serve as the best source of information on the school, these social media tools are serving as a new and innovative twist on sharing specific details of the “Simon Experience”.    This swift change is meant to capitalize on the growing population in this interactive world, as we are constantly updating our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channel to captivate our audience on everything that is currently happening here at the University.

To learn more, take the time to visit our Simon Social Media page and get involved, because let’s be honest, Social Media is not going away!