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Whitman Alumni of the Week

Alumni of the Week: Amruta Ghodke ’14 MBA

By Amruta Ghodke | July 1, 2016

Housing one of the oldest supply chain and logistics programs in the country, Whitman was one of my top choices while deciding on MBA schools. Having worked in the FMCG industry in the lean manufacturing environment, I had decided on to pursue my MBA in supply chain. Whitman offered the perfect combination of class room training and real life experiential…

Faculty Spotlight: Amber Anand

By Catie Jones | June 28, 2016

Amber Anand, professor of finance at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, considers himself not only a teacher but also a professional discoverer. “Generally speaking, professors are in the discovery profession,” said Anand. “You can either try and find some knowledge through research or help students discover it.” This Aug. 2016 will mark his 15-year anniversary as a professor at…


From Russia, With Love

By Kerri Howell | June 27, 2016

When Ginger Wagner first came to Syracuse University she studied Russian language and linguistics and had a plan to achieve her Ph.D. in Slavic linguistics. She loved the language and everything about it. But when the Berlin Wall fell, everything changed. Professor Wagner ended up working at a rental agency on campus, a job that paid the bills but not…

Discerning a New National Identity After Brexit

By Catie Jones | June 24, 2016

With Britain’s vote to exit the European Union, a stream of questions have sprung to life. What will the separation process involve? What will be the economic and political consequences? Who will become the next leader of Britain? Many of these details will be decided in the weeks and months following Thursday’s tumultuous vote. Yet a larger question emerges, one…

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Alumni of the Week: Seth Fleming ’08

By Seth Fleming | June 22, 2016

Coming from a small town in Ohio, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I arrived at Syracuse. Now, with the benefit of hindsight, I can say that my time at Syracuse – and Whitman specifically – helped me develop skills that have been instrumental in shaping my career. I knew that I had a passion for business, but I…

Professor Yourougou Sets Sights on Helping His Homeland

By Kerri Howell | June 22, 2016

When Pierre Yourougou first came to the Whitman School as a professor of finance practice, he knew he wanted to help those in need through advancing scholarship and research in the areas of public debt management, financial and emerging markets and African business intelligence. Now, as managing director of the Africa Business Program and associate director of the Kiebach Center…

#WhitmanWatch: Andrew Garibaldi

By Tahirah Newkirk | June 22, 2016

From developing innovative marketing strategies to creating a plan to finance a development project, Andrew Garibaldi has increased his financial acumen while pursuing his MBA at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. After graduating from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and biology in 2012, Garibaldi worked for an IT services firm for two years. During…

Q&A: Brexit Vote and the Possible Economic Impacts

By Tom Barkley | June 21, 2016

British citizens have a weighty decision this week. Stay in or leave the European Union (EU), the economic and political union composed of 28 European countries that they have been part of for decades. Each side of the “Brexit” question has laid out its pros and cons involving potential economic impacts, but the debates will continue until Thursday’s referendum. Tom…

Of Political Campaigns, Candidates and Marketing

By E. Scott Lathrop | June 20, 2016

Most people readily recall Barack Obama winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, but how many know he was the 2012 Ad Age Best Marketer of the Year? Obama shaped his campaign using issues identified in social media forums. He was able to persuade and build power by listening to base constituents—his target audience. Marketing, too, relies upon persuasion. American political…

Featured Alumni Entrepreneur: Mark Everton Gray ’00

By Mark Everton Gray | June 19, 2016

After graduating from Syracuse, I was working full time at Verve Records in the new media strategic marketing department (a new department at the time). During the course of my time at Syracuse, I interned at The GRP Recoding Company and MTV over three summer breaks, which helped get me the position at Verve Records. While I was at Verve, I…

Three Ways to Spring Clean Your Business Analytics

By Arielle Spears | June 18, 2016

Spring cleaning doesn’t just mean organizing the office or dusting filing cabinets. Consider refreshing the digital foundation of your business by removing the clutter from your analytics processes and systems. Data quality is a key factor of successful business analytics use. Poor data quality can result in making negative business decisions and can cause inefficiencies in the business processes that…

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Orange Family Legacy: From Saudi Arabia to SU

By Shihnaz Alshegry | June 15, 2016

I am going to be honest, I did not know about Syracuse University growing up like many of the family legacies you have read and heard before. In fact, the very first time I came to know about SU and the city of Syracuse was while reading a novel, which did not describe Syracuse as a sunny bright city. Yet,…

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Alumni of the Week: Natasha Olejar ’14

By Natasha Olejar | June 15, 2016

If you had told me just how much Syracuse University would shape my life, I never would have believed it. I chose Syracuse for two reasons: one was the beautiful campus that made me feel at home, and the second was all that Whitman had to offer. I can proudly say that I took advantage of almost everything on campus…

The Real Estate Apps You Need in Home-Buying Season

By Sarah Graham | June 13, 2016

Whether you’re a first-time or seasoned homebuyer, locating quality property and navigating the purchasing process can be challenging especially during the home-buying season. However, there are helpful apps that can make finding and purchasing a home that fits your needs easier. According to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Freddie Mac, the real estate deals that happen in April, May…

Featured Alumni Entrepreneur: Ryan Blum ’14

By Ryan Blum | June 12, 2016

In the winter of 2013, Ryan Blum and Brett Newman (who would eventually become co-founders) were both looking for roommates for the upcoming study abroad semester in Barcelona. The two initially connected via a Facebook group with four others to become roommates. Blum and his roommates booked an apartment through a realtor, but it did not work out as planned. The…

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Alumni of the Week: Scott Bernstein ’03

By Scott Bernstein | June 8, 2016

What originally interested me about Syracuse University when looking at colleges were the sports teams. I had started following the basketball and football teams back in the 90’s and, when it was time to pick a school (being a big college sports fan), Syracuse was at the top of my list. When it came time to choose a major, I had no…

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June 2016 Class News and Notes

By Alison Kessler | June 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: JobyHirschfeld ’92 – Vice President, Creative, Design, Events…

Dear Whitman Alumni: June Message from Cindie Adams

By Cindie Adams | June 6, 2016

It’s June, and the halls of Whitman seem a bit wider. The bustle of busy students has been largely replaced with a quieter buzz of staff and faculty wrapping up the academic year and planning (though not quite yet in earnest) for the start of fall classes. June provides some time for reflection on the accomplishments of the previous year before…

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Meet June’s Featured Alumni Entrepreneurs

By Alison Kessler | June 6, 2016

This month, we are pleased to introduce you to two Whitman alumni entrepreneurs: Joe Bednar ’97 VPA, ’00 MBA, ’00 MS WHIT/NEW of PowerVJ, a unique network, which is reinventing music TV in LGBT nightlife Stephanie L. Howitt ’09 of the premier lifestyle management company, SLH Lifestyle LLC

Read the Spring 2016 Whitman Magazine Online

By Alison Kessler | June 6, 2016

The Spring 2016 Whitman alumni magazine is now available online. If you prefer to receive our biannual magazine via email rather than a printed copy, please complete the online preferences form. You may also use this form to update contact details and submit an announcement for Class News and Notes.