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Local Businesses Find Innovative Ways to Help the Community During Pandemic

By Julia Fiedler | May 5, 2020

While COVID-19 has hindered the normal operations of businesses and institutions across the country, many leaders have quickly shifted their attention from “How can we continue to operate?” to “What can we do to help?” With this perspective, several local businesses have found innovative ways to utilize their existing resources to give back to the Syracuse community. Many of these…

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Women’s History Month Panel Empowers Women in Management and STEM

By Sandhya Iyer | May 5, 2020

Women’s History Month, celebrated every March, recognizes and honors the contributions of women to our history, society and culture — and more importantly, gives rise to conversations and initiatives that work to make the future brighter and opportunities more pervasive for women around the world. On March 5, Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management hosted a panel, discussing…

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“Quarantivities” Recommendations from the Whitman Community

By Mallory Carlson | May 4, 2020

While we all would rather be at the Whitman School, there is so much business content out there that can keep you entertained and engaged during the COVID-19 quarantine. From podcasts to movies, we have a collection of recommendations from the Whitman community on how to keep things professional at home. Books As for books, “Liar’s Poker” by Michael Lewis and “The Ride…

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Higher Education Recruitment Changes in Response to COVID-19

By Mallory Carlson | May 4, 2020

COVID-19 has had no shortage of effects on nearly all industries around the world, and higher education is no exception. While current college students have had their routines upended and are now taking classes from home, prospective college students have also been affected as they are not able to visit campuses or have a truly authentic feel for the usual…

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How COVID-19 Impacts Students with Disabilities

By Maya Bingaman | May 1, 2020

Online learning can have its challenges for any student. However, having a disability may pose its own unique advantages and disadvantages to this transition. When Paula Possenti-Perez, director of the Office of Disability Services, which will soon be called the Center for Disability Resources (CDR), began working at Syracuse University in 2014, there were only about 1,200 students registered with a disability on campus. Currently,…

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Why Should You Earn a Graduate Degree in Business Today?

By Maya Bingaman | April 29, 2020

Uncertainty is a lingering feeling that many people are experiencing right now given the current events surrounding COVID-19. This feeling is especially prevalent for individuals considering whether to apply and commit to a graduate program.  Recent graduates, full-time workers trying to advance their degrees and individuals who are seeking a career change may all be asking themselves this question, “Is…

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Whitman Trending Topic Webinar: COVID-19 and Supply Chain

By Kerri Howell | April 28, 2020

COVID-19 is impacting the world’s supply chain in myriad ways. Hear more on why this is happening and what can be done to mitigate future supply chain risk.

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Student Entrepreneurs Successful at both Techstars Startup Weekend Remote USA and Hult Prize Regional Competitions

By Cristina Hatem | April 28, 2020

A group of five Syracuse University students and one alumni, all active members of the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries (LaunchPad), were selected as a top ten team in the east division at the Techstars Startup Weekend Remote USA (Techstars) event held online from April 24 through 26. In a separate online competition held over the…

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Syracuse University Professors Co-author Book on Collaborative Success

By Mallory Carlson | April 27, 2020

Two Syracuse University faculty members recently published a book centered around team collaboration, titled “Team Being: The Art & Science of Working Well with Others.” The publication is a culmination of years of research conducted by the authors, Martin J. Whitman School of Management Professor Emeritus Gary Gemmill and S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Professor and Chair of the…

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What are Employers Looking for in Internship and Job Candidates?

By Julia Fiedler | April 27, 2020

As a college student applying for internships and potential future careers, you may find yourself asking, “What are employers really looking for?” Often with no professional experience, it can be hard to figure out how to prove yourself to be a worthy candidate. However, employers and interviewers understand this, and are looking to see how a student develops a solid…

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#WhitmanWatch: Arianna Boyce ’23

By Lindsey Godbout | April 22, 2020

Arianna Boyce ’23 chose to attend Syracuse University because of the welcoming atmosphere she felt in the campus community and the countless opportunities she saw for herself to grow personally, professionally and academically.  In addition to pursuing a major in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and a minor in information management and technology…

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Rachel DuBois Shares Her Passion for Her Work and Family

By Mallory Carlson | April 21, 2020

If spending a day at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, it’s likely you’ll run into Rachel DuBois, director of undergraduate recruitment. A familiar face to students, faculty and staff alike, DuBois is often seen in the halls of Whitman and always makes a point of engaging with the Whitman community whenever possible.  As director of undergraduate recruitment, DuBois…

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New Accounting Course Introduces Advisory Practice Area

By Kerri Howell | April 21, 2020

In January 2020, students had an opportunity to study the fastest growing practice area in accounting professional services through the new Accounting Advisory course, offered as part of the “Janmester” session in New York City. Taught by Kofi Appiah Okyere, the course provided direct daily interactions with panels of experienced advisory practitioners from leading global CPA firms, as well as hands-on skills development in state of the…

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Students Experience Guatemala Through Syracuse University Enactus

By Julia Fiedler | April 20, 2020

Over winter break, from Jan. 2-7, I was fortunate to have the opportunity as part of Team Guatemala, a Syracuse University Enactus project, to travel to Guatemala with project leaders Sarah Ferranti ’20 and Emily Rosen ’22, fellow team member Paige Koss ’20, and our faculty advisor Amanda (“A-Game”) Nicholson, assistant provost and dean of student success. Each year, A-Game…

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What to Do with Your Stimulus Check?

By Kimmy Kimball | April 17, 2020

Millions of Americans are starting to see Economic Impact Payments – otherwise known as a stimulus payment – deposited directly into their bank accounts. According to the IRS, they have worked with the U.S. Department of Treasury to send tens of millions of direct deposits already and are working to mail out checks in the coming weeks. Taxpayers who filed…

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Winners Announced for Entrepreneur Student Competitions

By Cristina Hatem | April 15, 2020

Winners of the School of Information Studies’ (iSchool) Raymond von Dran (RvD) Fund for Student Entrepreneurship competition, the Hunter Brooks Watson Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award, and the Compete CNY regional qualifier for the New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) were announced on April 14, 2020 via an online YouTube video event. The concurrent online competitions were coordinated by the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at…

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April Class Notes

By Alison Kessler | April 14, 2020

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 update your address or contact details, please visit https://securealumni.syr.edu. NEW POSITIONS AND PROMOTIONS: P. Michael Margolis ’85: Partner – Commercial Real…

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Whitman Day Virtual Town Hall: Please Join Us on April 23 at Noon EDT

By Alison Kessler | April 14, 2020

Did you miss the 2020 Whitman Day Town Hall? Check out the recording here! Though Whitman Day 2020 will look different than planned, it can still offer an opportunity for community and celebration of our school’s 100-year milestone. We hope you will take time on April 23 to reflect on your unique experience and the role you played in Whitman’s…

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MBA Students Pass Six Sigma Black Belt Certifications

By Kerri Howell | April 14, 2020

A certification that typically requires multiple years of work experience and practical projects has become a reality for two Syracuse University MBA students as they have successfully passed their American Society of Quality Six Sigma Black Belt exams. Eshank Sehgal ’20 and Xuan Nguyen ’20 are grateful for the opportunity to take the classes and the exam, for which the Whitman School paid, and say their…

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Research is Li’s Bread and Butter

By Karley Warden | April 14, 2020

Faculty members at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management come from a wide array of different backgrounds and fields, as well as bring specific skill sets to the University to share with each student their knowledge and experiences. Rong Li, assistant professor of supply chain management, joined the Whitman School with her research and teaching skills able to do…