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Congratulations To Our Admitted Undergraduate Students!

By Adam Capozzi | March 22, 2012

What an exciting time as you think about the best place for you to grow and learn.  As the Director of Undergraduate Recruitment at the Whitman School, I want you to know that we’re here at Whitman to help you learn about the many opportunities in and out of the classroom and to help you in any way we can. …

What Makes the Whitman MBA Experiential Learning Program Unique?

By Amy McHale | March 19, 2012

Last month I had the opportunity to present on the topic of “Measuring Experiential Learning Outcomes” at the GMAC/MBA Roundtable Leadership Conference.  Following my presentation, the subsequent discussions confirmed that our program is unique in at least a couple of aspects: Students can complete their requirement in a number of ways, including through internships for credit Course-based experiences…

The Corporate finance class

By Renyi Pan | March 14, 2012

“Corporate finance is the most helpful course I’ve taken, and it works especially well in my internship”,  a second-year MBA told me last semester. Indeed, it covers quite a lot financial principles in the practical world, and also includes several cases; one group project and one simulation that help students to have a better command of the fundamental knowledge of corporate finance.

The online homework seems a little bit tough at the beginning, and I got many poor scores at first. This discouraged me a lot, to be honest. However, I do understand the ideas better through completing these assignments.

The group project topic we chose was “IPO analysis—Energy Industry in China”, which aimed to find the best time for a company to have its initial public offering in this specific industry.

Whitman Experience Day

By Allison Chapman | March 6, 2012

We (current students, staff, alumni, and administration) had such a great day getting to know a handful of our admitted students this past Saturday at the Whitman Experience Day. We had a full line-up of conversations that included a student panel on successes of experiential learning classes and internships, as well as a brief resume triage and goal setting exercise.…

MSE Social – Emily Bolton MSE ’12

By Emily Bolton | March 6, 2012

Last week the MS Entrepreneurship faculty threw a social for the MSE students at Chuck’s – a local University bar.  It was so much fun to interact with our professors in a casual atmosphere!  It’s really nice to have these socials every now and then.  They help ease the stress of school and really facilitate building relationships with our professors.  I…

KeyBank Case Competition – Davis Hull MBA’13

By Jim Hull II | March 6, 2012

Can you say pressure to perform on a big stage?  This was our feeling leading up to the Key Bank Case Competition in Cleveland, OH on 2/24 – 2/25.  This was the first case competition that myself and the other members of our team had participated in. While we had done dozens of case analysis and presented plenty of times in class, this was different.

While we did not place in the competition, we learned so much.  We sat in on competitors presentations and saw different ways to convey our message.  We talked to the judges afterwards and found out exactly what they liked and did not like about all the different school presentations.   This feedback was useful as it helps us get better for the future.

WGSO- Emily Bolton MSE ’12

By Emily Bolton | February 27, 2012

At Whitman, we have a great resource for students- the WGSO, Whitman Graduate Student Organization!  This is essentially the student government that helps bring together MBA, MS Finance, MS Accounting and MS Entrepreneurship students socially, academically and professionally.  I’m the MS Entrepreneurship representative, and have really enjoyed participating in the group so far! The WGSO works with the administration to…

Internship Season – Davis Hull MBA’13

By Jim Hull II | February 27, 2012

Class in the morning, group projects in the afternoon and filling out internship applications/calling contacts in the evening, sleep, shower, and repeat. This has been my life since late December when I started applying for internships.  While I only started applying in December, 2011,  I had networked throughout the summer and fall.  I found that this has been far more…

To Learn From Experience: Whitman Experiential Learning

By Allison Chapman | February 23, 2012

One of the unique elements to the Whitman MBA curriculum is the Experiential Learning component, which I would like to take a minute to highlight. For those unfamiliar, it’s an opportunity to marry the teachings of the classroom with applicable “real world” experience. I have been lucky to have had FIVE different opportunities to meld these teachings while at Whitman—in…

My Move to Syracuse

By Renyi Pan | February 23, 2012

The first time I got to know about Syracuse was from a student forum, where a current MS student took a picture of Whitman covered by thick white snow at night which was really beautiful. When I came here in August last year, the campus I saw was even more amazing than the picture. The air is fresh, trees are…

Experiential Learning at Gaylord- Emily Bolton MSE ’12

By Emily Bolton | February 21, 2012

As a Masters of Entrepreneurship student, I am always looking for experiences that are both meaningful and will help me learn real skills that I can use in the future.  I was able to take advantage of one of these opportunities last semester at Syracuse in my Managing Product Development class.  The main focus of this course was to learn how to develop a new product, navigate it through the product pipeline, and take it to launch.  I felt confident that this was going to be a unique marketing class, but I was surprised at how interesting this class really was!

Instead of creating a theoretical project and taking that through the theoretical steps of the product pipeline, our groups got to develop a real product concept and pitch our final designs to the local company Gaylord, which specializes in library products.  This opportunity made the project so much more interesting because Gaylord was seriously considering adding our product suggestions to their current inventory.  We conducted our final presentations at Gaylord’s offices and with an audience of five Gaylord executives. 

Meet Josh LaFave, Director of Graduate Enrollment

By Danielle Goodroe | February 17, 2012

My experience for the past seven years has included a wide range of higher education disciplines. I have experience in most facets of graduate enrollment management including recruitment, admissions, yield and retention. I have researched and developed models for more efficient recruiting practices, creatively utilized technology in developing processes to improve productivity and ease of use for others, and continue to…

Renyi Pan MS in Finance’ 12

By Renyi Pan | February 16, 2012

  Hi,  I’m an MSF from Shanghai, a coastal city in China.  Before completing my undergraduate degree at Shanghai University last year, I had two internship experiences – one in a commercial bank, and one in a fund company. I decided to apply for the MSF program at Whitman for more insight into the financial industry before entering formal work. It seems to be  a good choice for…

Learn by Doing as a Whitman MBA

By Amy McHale | February 16, 2012

I am the inaugural Director of Experiential Learning for the Whitman MBA program.  The experiential learning requirement was introduced for the Class of 2010.  Full-time MBA students build an experiential portfolio through internships, consulting, specialized courses, community engagement, and other practical experiences that make them more valuable in the marketplace.  Students complete a minimum of 6 approved experiential elective credits through…

Get to Know Rebecca Schied

By Rebecca Schied | February 16, 2012

My name is Rebecca Schied, I am 22 years old, and from a tiny town called Bradford, NY. I have always been into sports and have played tennis, basketball, softball, and rugby. I am also a huge fan of football and I love the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills. Beyond sports, I like to play violin and trumpet, and watch…

Emily Bolton MS Entrepreneurship ’12

By Emily Bolton | February 8, 2012

I’m an MS Entrepreneurship student originally from Cincinnati, OH.  Some of my favorite things to come out of that city are Skyline Chili, the Bengals and Graeter’s ice cream.  I completed my undergraduate degree in Philadelphia as a double major in International Business and Spanish, and I am greatly enjoying my year here at Whitman in the MS Entrepreneurship program!…

Meet Davis Hull MBA ’13

By Jim Hull II | February 3, 2012

Waking up to a few inches of snow is what living in Syracuse is all about! Living in Syracuse has definitely been an adjustment for me. I am originally from Mississippi and have lived in Houston, TX for the last 5 years.  This time of the year I am accustomed to playing golf.  However, I have had some experience with…

Meet Allie Chapman MBA ’12

By Allison Chapman | February 3, 2012

Hi! I am Allie Chapman and I am a second year MBA student concentrating in Supply Chain and Marketing. Prior to returning to school I worked in Inside Sales for 5 years in Boston, MA. In my time here at Whitman, I have served on the Whitman Graduate Student Organization (WGSO), Whitman Women in Business and am an acting Student…

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Open Houses go Virtual: Fulltime MBA Program

By Danielle Goodroe | January 13, 2012

Last fall, the Masters Program Office embarked on a new project of creating an open house experience for students that were unable to come to campus in person.  Understanding the questions students have about our MBA program, a comprehensive open house was designed with videos, interactive conversations, and presentations specific to what the students would see on campus, only offered…

Experiential Learning Towards the Full Time Job Search

By Amy McHale | January 12, 2012

Jennifer Dodd, MBA 2010

I just started the first week at my post-MBA full time job at Carestream Health, a medical imaging system manufacturer headquartered in Rochester, NY.  My first days as a Marketing Analyst have been going pretty well, and looking back I feel that the Experiential Learning component of the MBA program at Whitman made me well-prepared to enter the working world.  In addition to classroom work, I had three distinct internship experiences, all helping me get a step closer to the elusive full time placement.