Dear Whitman Alumni: New Year’s Message from Cindie Adams

CindieAdams_185x240Happy New Year! Just as you take stock at the end of each year and set goals for the year ahead, Whitman does the same. We identify areas for improvement and make plans to build on our successes. One such success is experiential learning. Providing valuable practical experiences has long been an underpinning of the Whitman School, and we are committed to being a pioneer in this space. We are proud to announce the launch of Consurtio. Consurtio is a student-run firm designed to remove the boundaries of practical preparation in business education. Students will work for the firm (and its clients), manage the firm and make decisions for the firm’s future based on resources, market demand and other factors.

Consurtio’s objective of career readiness through participation in real-world business projects is already being realized. You can read about the early success of three Consurtio pilot projects in the Fall 2015 issue of the Whitman magazine. New Consurtio projects have commenced since the firm’s launch last fall, and we look forward to sharing those stories with you soon. We fully expect Consurtio to be a key factor in achieving our expectations for excellence in 2016.

There were many other reasons to be proud in 2015, and detailed in the magazine. The Goodman IMPRESS program wrapped up a resoundingly successful first year, faculty research was published in more than a dozen scholarly journals, and several accomplished professors came aboard—as did new staff members. Our online MBA program’s rankings continued to rise as did interest among prospective students, while our new online masters of accounting program got off to a great start. A number of our student clubs received national recognition and renovations were completed on the Couri Hatchery, home to more than 100 student businesses. We redesigned the undergraduate core, created a master’s degree in analytics and enjoyed tremendous support from numerous alumni who generously shared their time, expertise and professional connections.

As a Whitman alumnus, you should have received your copy of the Fall 2015 magazine in December. If you have not, we encourage you to make sure your contact details are up to date. You can easily do so online. The web-based submission form can be used to update your address, email, phone and communications preferences as well as to share announcements (new positions, promotions, board appointments, marriages, births, adoptions, etc.) for the Class News and Notes section of the magazine and monthly Alumni Connections e-newsletter.

Another way to stay informed about all things Whitman—including ways you can remain engaged or reconnect—is to join our LinkedIn group and to follow us on Facebook or Twitter. We use these mediums to share alumni features, timely news, requests for alumni involvement and details about events both at Whitman and on the road (we may be coming to a city near you this year!).

Last year was one of significant progress at Whitman and we’re looking forward to more successes and milestones over the next 12 months. I hope the coming year is personally and professionally fulfilling for you and that your plans for 2016 include a trip to Syracuse! It would be my pleasure to welcome you back.


Cindie Adams, Executive Director of Alumni and Corporate Relations

Cindie Adams