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#WhitmanWatch: Lauren Knafo

By Alexander Straus | November 22, 2016

Name: Lauren Knafo Graduation Year: 2017  Major: Marketing Minor: Economics Hometown: Allentown, P.A. As Lauren Knafo, president of the Whitman Student Government, entered her senior year, she recognized her personal desire to integrate both business and law into her studies. She credits Syracuse University‘s Martin J. Whitman School of Management for being ready and able to meet this interest. Through…

MBA Reflections: Alexis Drickel ’17

By Arielle Spears | November 18, 2016

In this “MBA Reflections” blog post series, we will be featuring the profile and thoughts of a select few Whitman MBA students graduating in May of 2017. Alexis Drickel Major: MBA – Marketing Background: B.A. Marketing Hometown: Webster, New York LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexisdrickel   Why an MBA? In undergrad, I absolutely loved what I was learning in my higher level…

Syracuse University’s E-Club Attends Harvard’s SPARK Entrepreneurship Conference

By Xinye Zou & Flanagan Brown | November 18, 2016

On Nov. 5, Syracuse University’s Entrepreneurship Club experienced the Harvard Business School’s one-day entrepreneurship conference, SPARK, once again. This time, it was even better than before. Over 40 members of the club were given the opportunity to attend. They gained entrepreneurial knowledge from listening to Luke Sherwin, chief creative officer and co-founder of Casper, to Ryan Williams, the CEO and…

Alumni of the Week: Pearl Berkowitz ’14

By Pearl Berkowitz | November 16, 2016

Since graduation, I have held positions in retail and digital media marketing, including my first position with Uniqlo, for which I was recruited because of my Whitman connection, and my second job with POPSUGAR, to which I was introduced by a Whitman alumna. My most recent position working for EY is my most exciting, yet. Having recently been promoted, I…

Whitman School’s Entrepreneurship Programs Ranked in the Top 20 in the Nation by Princeton Review/Entrepreneurship Magazine

By Kerri Howell | November 16, 2016

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs were ranked #13 and #17 respectively by Princeton Review/Entrepreneurship Magazine in the annual rankings, which were based on a survey that included topics such as the percentage of faculty, students and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors, the number and reach of mentorship programs, scholarships…

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Syracuse University’s Xi Tau Honored With DSP Regional Awards

By Logan Margolis | November 10, 2016

With more than 265,000 initiates, Delta Sigma Pi (DSP) is the nation’s largest co-ed professional business fraternity. The Xi Tau Chapter was established at Syracuse University in 2001, and encourages personal and professional development for business and economics students through professional, service, academic and social events.  Each fall, the national fraternity hosts Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) Schools, regional forums dedicated to leadership topics…

A Love for Teaching

By Kerri Howell | November 10, 2016

After earning her master’s degree from Syracuse University‘s Martin J. Whitman School of Management in 1998, Susan Albring, associate professor of accounting, knew what to expect from Whitman students. “I chose to teach at Syracuse University because of the high quality of the undergraduate and graduate programs,” said Albring, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College in Syracuse,…

Dear Whitman Alumni: November Message from Cindie Adams

By Cindie Adams | November 6, 2016

As we work to wrap up production of the Fall 2016 Whitman magazine, I found one article particularly interesting. This year, the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veteran’s with Disabilities (EBV) program celebrates its decade anniversary. To date, 1,300 veterans have graduated from this program that began at Whitman and now operates on 10 U.S. college campuses. This article struck me as especially timely–not only because of…

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November 2016 Class Notes

By Alison Kessler | November 6, 2016

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 Appointments: Jeffrey Danish ’98 – Senior Head BPO Consultant,…

Orange Family Legacy: Ninety-Five Years and 20 Buhrmaster Alums

By John Buhrmaster | November 5, 2016

My grandmother Flower Sheldon Buhrmaster ‘37 had her 100th birthday this past February! As we sat together that day leafing through some old photos, we came upon a picture of Archibold stadium. She said to me, “no one will know how much that place means to me,” referring to Syracuse University. At that moment, it became clear to me how much Syracuse…

Fall 2016 Incoming Class

By Andrea Parisi | October 28, 2016

Learn more about our fall 2016 incoming class at Syracuse University‘s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. The Whitman School educates students to become successful entrepreneurial leaders in a rapidly changing global economy. The Whitman School offers B.S., MBA, M.S. and Ph.D. programs, all accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The school’s faculty includes internationally…

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#WhitmanWatch: Sarah Whittaker

By Alexander Straus | October 28, 2016

Sarah Whittaker Class of 2017 Majors: Marketing and communication sciences and disorders Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania Having a unique combination of interests, Sarah Whittaker was concerned at first about being able to incorporate all of her passions into her college experience. Now a senior at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and the College of Arts and Sciences, Whitaker…

Alumni of the Week: Dylan Weinberger ’16

By Dylan Weinberger | October 26, 2016

Originally admitted to Syracuse University as an applied statistics major, I came to the realization prior to starting my undergraduate career that a business degree would help me gain the professionalism and real-world context to be successful in any field that I decided to pursue. When I did learn that my internal transfer request to Whitman was accepted in March…


Whitman School Ranked #4 on College Choice’s List of Best Undergrad Business Schools in New York State

By Kerri Howell | October 26, 2016

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management  is among the top five undergraduate business schools in New York state, according to College Choice, “an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college.” Whitman is #4 on the list, which is based on several sources, including placement data and publicly-available sources, such as U.S. News…

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s M.S. in Finance Program Ranked #30 in the Country by TFE Times

By Kerri Howell | October 25, 2016

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University’s M.S. in Finance Program has moved up three spots to #30 in the country, according to TFE Times’ annual ranking of graduate finance programs. Whitman’s M.S. in Finance program was chosen from the nearly 100 universities that offer a Master of Finance degree. “We’re pleased that our M.S. in Finance…

Syracuse University’s Whitman School Hosts Alumni NYC Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

By Arielle Spears | October 24, 2016

Syracuse University‘s top-ranked Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises department at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management will host an Entrepreneurship Bootcamp on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fisher Center in New York City. The NYC Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is designed for Syracuse University alumni who are thinking about starting a business or who have recently founded a company. The NYC Bootcamp helps participants discover their innate entrepreneurial potential by giving…

Alumni of the Week: Chelsea Ransom-Cooper ’15

By Chelsea Ransom-Cooper | October 20, 2016

When I began my college career at Whitman, like many of my peers, I was torn on what my major would be. I knew I enjoyed thinking analytically and using numbers to solve problems. It wasn’t until my sophomore year when I took Professor Wagner’s corporate finance class and Professor Zadzilka’s managerial accounting class, that I realized I had a…

Featured Alumni Entrepreneur: Geof Lambert ’84

By Geof Lambert | October 19, 2016

Costa Academy was created after Geof Lambert and co-founder, Michael Kalathas, were approached by the senior administrators of their local school district who were looking to innovate education and find new ways to teach students. The district was facing short- and long-term challenges and needed creative solutions. Among the challenges were the increasing enrollment of non-college-bound students coupled with being at physical capacity in…

S.P. Raj Named Interim Dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management

By Kerri Howell | October 19, 2016

A longtime leader and widely respected scholar in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management has been selected to serve as interim dean. Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele G. Wheatly today announced that S.P. Raj, Distinguished Professor of Marketing and chair of the Department of Marketing, will serve as interim dean, effective immediately. Today’s announcement follows more than a month…


Whitman Research Newsletter – September/October 2016

By Kerri Howell | October 19, 2016

The Whitman Research Newsletter highlights awards, honors, new research and more from Whitman’s research faculty. It is published bi-monthly. Send your research inquiries/highlights to: Michel Benaroch, associate dean for research and doctoral programs. Awards and Honors Natarajan Balasubramanian, associate professor of management, received a Distinguished Paper Award at the 2016 Academy of Management meeting for his paper, “Locked in? Noncompete enforceability and the…