The School of Business at SUNY New Paltz held its annual business plan contest and award ceremony on Wednesday, May 7, in the Student Union Building on campus.
Dear Business Alumni,
After a few years of hard work, the School of Business successfully achieved its AACSB Accreditation in the spring semester of 2013. Many of you may remember those assessment tests you took in your classes. The accreditation, on one hand, recognizes our past effort and accomplishment. It, on the other hand, requires us to continue improving our programs in the future to maintain the accreditation. Simply put, the school and its program will only get better and better in the future.
We are almost there! The School of Business has completed an intense seven year process in an effort to earn Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International accreditation. AACSB accreditation is the highest standard for business schools and will be a significant achievement for our School.
On Nov. 12-14, we held a final review visit, in which a team of three deans from AACSB business schools reviewed our academic program and interviewed a variety of people to evaluate our readiness for the final accreditation review. The AACSB Board will notify us in April of their decision.
According to AACSB, some of the benefits of accreditation include: national and international recognition; improved status from employers’ perspective; recruitment of more highly qualified students; and increased chances to obtain grants and donations.
Dr. Tulin Sener, Professor of Finance, has been a staple in the School of Business, teaching courses in both the undergraduate and graduate level for almost 30 years. With a heavy heart, she has decided to retire as of May 2013. Her presence and leadership in the School will surely be missed by her fellow faculty, colleagues, students, and alumni.
Dr. Hadi Salavitabar, Dean of the School of Business, raves of her success in many facets. “Dr. Sener’s accomplishments in teaching, research, and service were simply outstanding and unbelievable.”
MBA students and 2012 Business Plan Contest winners, Joe Lahita ’12, ’13g and Eddie Monroy ’12, ’13g, shared the valuable skills they acquired through the contest with local entrepreneurs. Joe and Eddie developed a two-session boot camp for Business HOPE participants. The sessions, held in September, were very well received, and highlighted marketing strategies, sales projections, and SWOT analysis.
Eddie said, “I was honored and privileged to share in the spirit of entrepreneurship and help the local business community.”
Featured: Workplace aggression and violence
For the better part of the past two decades, Dr. Joel Neuman, Associate Professor of Management, has conducted research and engaged in consulting related to workplace aggression and violence (i.e., efforts by individuals to harm others in work settings). His work involves behaviors variously described as emotional abuse, psychological aggression, insidious work behavior, incivility, generalized work harassment, bullying, abusive supervision, and social undermining, to name a few. These behaviors range from subtle expressions of hostility to fatal physical assaults.
The new Business Support Center in van den Berg Hall connects businesses and regional economic development entities with the knowledge, energy, and resources of SUNY New Paltz and its faculty and students. In its inaugural year, the Center kicked off an Inspired Success Speaker Series featuring accomplished executives/educators who spoke about topics such as urgency based selling, public relations, core values, leadership, and much more. The Center also publishes the International Journal of Accounting and Management Research, an interdisciplinary journal for researchers and practitioners.
Our mentor program is an excellent resource for our students to gain knowledge and support, as well as increase their network.
Daniela Surdo ’15 (Finance) is a mentee in the mentor program. “My mentor has given me a first-hand insight on classes, ways in which I can become more involved, advice about finding an internship and improving my networking skills, and much more!”
We also see the benefits to the mentors, namely, the ability to make a difference in the life of a current student, receive personal and professional satisfaction by contributing to the success and future growth of a student, and strengthen ties with the School of Business.
Please let us know if you are interested in mentoring a business student. Every semester we pair students with mentors based on major and career interests. We hope that the mentor and student speak throughout the year through phone, email or in-person visits.