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Class Notes

August Class Notes

By Alison Kessler | August 20, 2019

We welcome announcements of new jobs, promotions, board positions, marriages and family additions. Please visit our online submission form to share your news. You can also use this form to request your copy of the Whitman biannual magazine via email rather than in print. To…

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Whitman Women Participate in Mentorship and Networking Trip to NYC

By Julia Fiedler | August 14, 2019

In May, 20 undergraduate students in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University traveled to New York City for the Whitman Women in NYC career exploration trip. This experiential learning opportunity allowed students to learn about careers in…

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Defense Comptrollership Program Graduates Exceptional Students

By Julia Fiedler | August 13, 2019

On July 26, 2019, the latest class of the Defense Comptrollership Program (DCP) graduated at a ceremony held at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. DCP is joint program at Syracuse that allows students to earn an…

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Whitman School Alumnus Launches Book Titled “Adversity to Advantage: How to Overcome Bullying & Find Entrepreneurial Success”

By Cristina Hatem | August 7, 2019

Randy Ginsburg ‘19 recently launched a book titled “Adversity to Advantage: How to Overcome Bullying & Find Entrepreneurial Success.” Ginsburg, a graduate of the Whitman School of Management, earned a double major in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises and marketing management…

#Whitman Watch: An Ni Hsu G ’20

By Bill Conallen | July 26, 2019

Name: An Ni Hsu Graduation Year: 2020 Major(s):  MS in Marketing Hometown: Taoyuan, Taiwan An Ni Hsu G ’20 was immediately interested in the flexibility of the master’s in marketing program that encompassed both a rigorous academic schedule along with practical internship…

Starting a Career in Silicon Valley

By Bill Conallen | July 25, 2019

Nikita Omprakash Kuckian ’20, an entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises major at the Whitman School, has been able to hone entrepreneurial skills through a variety of academic and experiential activities. Kuckian joined the Entrepreneurship Club as a first-year and now holds…

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Blazing a Trail, Leaving a Legacy

By Kerri Howell | July 25, 2019

Luke Pesane was the first in his family to go to college. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1949, after earning a marketing and psychology degree from the School of Business. Now, at 101, he recalled how groundbreaking it was…

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Alison Kessler Appointed Director of Alumni Engagement

By Kerri Howell | July 24, 2019

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University recently announced the appointment of Alison Kessler to the position of director of alumni engagement. Kessler has worked for the Whitman School since 2012, first serving as a communications specialist…

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Fran Tucker Seeks to Teach Students that Learning is an Iterative Process, not a Memorize and Repeat Game

By Bill Conallen | July 18, 2019

Fran Tucker, associate professor of marketing and supply chain and co-chair of the Salzberg Memorial Program at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, spent her childhood moving every three years with father’s job at General Electric. “Pittsfield, Cleveland,…

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#WhitmanWatch: Perri Vimadalal ’20

By Julia Fiedler | July 15, 2019

Name: Perri Vimadalal Graduation Year: 2020 Majors: Finance and Marketing Management Minor: Political Science Hometown: Weston, Massachusetts Perri Vimadalal ’20, like many university students, came into the Whitman School of Management unsure of what to pursue and what the future…

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Featured Alumni Entrepreneur: Margaret (Jones) Gay ’13

By Margaret Jones Gay | July 15, 2019

After receiving a box brand tea bag in a cup of hot water (that cost me $3) and looking over at my husband’s delicious latte, I realized there was a huge gap in the cafe space for the tea drinker…

Class Notes

July Class Notes

By Alison Kessler | July 14, 2019

We welcome announcements of new jobs, promotions, board positions, marriages and family additions. Please visit our online submission form to share your news. You can also use this form to request your copy of the Whitman biannual magazine via email rather than in print. To…

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Fatma Sonmez-Leopold Seeks to Inspire a Belief that Knowledge is Power

By Julia Fiedler | July 12, 2019

Throughout her academic and professional career, Fatma Sonmez-Leopold, assistant teaching professor of finance in Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, has displayed an aptitude and passion for education. Sonmez-Leopold is of Turkish origin and lived in Canada for…

Spring Break Sustainability Lessons in Mexico

By Kerri Howell | July 10, 2019

During Syracuse University’s spring break in March, seven students elected to take a trip to Mexico not for sun and fun, but rather to learn all about sustainability. Led by Todd Moss, associate professor for entrepreneurship and faculty director of…

Recreational Cannabis Legalization A Substitute for Alcohol, Not Tobacco

By Bill Conallen | July 9, 2019

A new study forthcoming in Marketing Science indicates although recreational cannabis legalization (RCL) significantly increases cannabis online search volume, the increase comes from adults only, not the younger demographic. RCL also influences the alcohol and tobacco industries asymmetrically: it reduces…

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June Class Notes

By Alison Kessler | June 18, 2019

We welcome announcements of new jobs, promotions, board positions, marriages and family additions. Please visit our online submission form to share your news. You can also use this form to request your copy of the Whitman biannual magazine via email rather than in print. To…

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#WhitmanWatch: Katie Franc

By Bill Conallen | June 11, 2019

Name: Katie Franc Graduation Year: 2019 Major(s): Marketing Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   In April of her senior year of college, Katie Franc ’19 jumped on a plane and flew across the country to Los Angeles to pursue her hopeful future in the…

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Orange Accounting News 2018-19

By Joe Comprix | June 7, 2019

Orange Accounting News 2018-19 As I write this letter we are wrapping up the 2018-19 academic year, another year of tremendous growth and success for the Joseph I. Lubin School of Accounting. The number of declared accounting majors is at…

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Remembering Tracy Halpin

By Kerri Howell | June 7, 2019

Aug. 26, 1984 – Jan. 21, 2006 It’s often said that life can change in an instant. This is all too true for Tracy Halpin. One moment she was walking back to her apartment and the next she had collapsed.…

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Beta Alpha Psi to Revamp Recruitment and More

By Delaney Wehn | June 6, 2019

Like many members of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), Ryan Houck ’19 first heard about the organization during his first year accounting course. Upon hearing that BAP is an international honor society for students studying accounting, finance and information systems, his…

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Matt Keller ’18, ’19 M.S.

By Kenneth Mintz | June 6, 2019

When Matt Keller ’19 isn’t crunching numbers, he spends his free time at the Ensley Athletic Center working on his snaps in preparation for a life where he can balance his knack for accounting and passion for football. Keller is…

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Danielle Matfess ’13, ’14 M.S.

By Arielle Spears | June 6, 2019

Degrees: B.S. majoring in finance and accounting; M.S. in professional accounting Hometown: Grew up in Topsfield, Massachusetts, currently resides in New York City Exposure can play a key role in college and career decisions. This was the case for Danielle…

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Annual Beta Alpha Psi Banquet Recognizes Students’ Academic Achievements

By Kerri Howell | June 6, 2019

The Joseph I. Lubin School of Accounting was pleased to recognize these students at its annual spring banquet in April. Student Recognition Institute of Internal Auditors Award Lauren Dishman ’18, ’19 M.S. NY State Society of CPAs Career Preparation Award…

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Don Harter Helps Students Understand Data

By Arielle Spears | June 6, 2019

Don Harter, associate professor of management information system, was employed at BDM International, a global consulting firm and Carlyle Group company for 18 years before entering academia. During his time with the firm, he worked his way up from an…

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In Search of Accounting Stars

By Kerri Howell | June 6, 2019

“Keep calm and love accounting.” That’s the mantra hanging on Professor of Accounting Practice MaryAnn Monforte’s office door. She believes accounting is fun, despite how challenging it can be to undergraduates exposed to its principles for the first time. Monforte…

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#WhitmanWatch: Daniel Strauss

By Delaney Wehn | June 5, 2019

Name: Daniel Strauss Graduation Year: 2019 Major(s): Finance Hometown: Hillsborough, New Jersey If you’ve been to Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, you’ve most likely had the pleasure of seeing Daniel Strauss ’19 in action. In his four-year tenure as…

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Mutual Fund Borrowing Poses Risk to Millions of Investors

By Kerri Howell | May 21, 2019

A new study forthcoming in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies provides evidence that mutual funds are borrowing in an attempt to improve their performance. But those attempts are not only falling short, they are creating more risk to investors…

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May Class Notes

By Alison Kessler | May 20, 2019

We welcome announcements of new jobs, promotions, board positions, marriages and family additions. Please visit our online submission form to share your news. You can also use this form to request your copy of the Whitman biannual magazine via email rather than in print. To…

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Chris Wszalek Appointed Executive Director of Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment

By Kerri Howell | May 20, 2019

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University recently announced the appointment of Chris Wszalek to the position of executive director of graduate admissions and student recruitment, effective May 28. Wszalek brings almost a decade of experience in…

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Syracuse University Entrepreneurship Thought Leaders Appointed to CNBC Disruptor 50 Advisory Council for Fourth Year in a Row

By Arielle Spears | May 15, 2019

For the fourth year in a row Michael Haynie, Syracuse University’s vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and innovation, and Alexander McKelvie, associate dean for undergraduate and master’s education, and professor and chair of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s…

News Voices

Faculty and Staff Honored at the Whitman School Annual Awards Ceremony

By Arielle Spears | May 14, 2019

Faculty and Staff Honored at the Whitman School Annual Awards Ceremony Several members of the faculty and staff of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University were honored at a ceremony May 14, including: STAFF AWARDS RISING STAR AWARD Daniel J.…

Holtz Award Honoree Donald Favre ’80 Among Alumni Recognized by the Whitman School

By Alison Kessler | May 13, 2019

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management has announced the 2019 awards for exemplary service and professional excellence. This year’s honorees are: HOLTZ ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR: Established in 1986 by Jonathan J. Holtz ’78, the Holtz Alumnus of the Year…

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#WhitmanWatch: Alex Straus

By Kenneth Mintz | May 11, 2019

Name: Alex Straus Graduation Year: 2019 Major(s): Public Relations, Economics Minor: Finance Emphasis: Financial and Investor Communications Emphasis (FICE) Hometown: Doylestown, PA For Alex Straus, it was an enjoyable four years being a part of the Martin J. Whitman School…