Four SUNY New Paltz alumni with expertise in business returned to campus for MBA Day, a panel discussion and information session with current students from the School of Business, Feb. 27. The event invited members of the campus community to learn more about the MBA program at New Paltz.
Speakers included business alumni Jamar Palmer ’11 ’13g, marketing manager for UPS in New York City; Fiona Lee ’12 ’13g, communications planning supervisor for Dentsu Aegis, Carat Inc., New York City; Josh Rosman ’12 ’13g, production manager for Mediaplanet, New York City; and Jon Scorcia ’15 ’16g, sales manager at Tesla, Denver, Colorado.
“I was promoted four times in my first 18 months at Tesla,” said Scorcia. “My MBA is absolutely the reason I was able to move up the ladder so quickly. It gave me an edge that not everyone has; it sets you apart and lessens the competition.”
The event included information on the College’s AACSB-accredited MBA degree program, an accomplishment that only five percent of Schools of Business worldwide can claim. Attendees were also given information on the , designed to provide scheduling flexibility and better accommodate students of all kinds. Faculty and staff from the School of Business and the Office of Graduate & Extended Learning were on hand to offer a full curriculum breakdown of the MBA, info on the admission requirements, help with the application process and a rundown of scholarship opportunities.
Current students from the program and the alumni speakers encouraged interested students to consider an MBA, acknowledging that it can and has provided a competitive edge in the professional world. Attendees learned about the diversity and flexibility of the programs offered and also how an MBA can open doors to broader opportunities both domestically and internationally.
“Having an MBA is important for our future business leaders because it is a differentiator that provides you with greater opportunities,” said Palmer. “In today’s growing global competitive environment, you’re not only working with peers in the U.S., you may be working with peers that have come from other countries, or you yourself may work abroad. A stronger educational foundation through an MBA gives you access to greater global opportunities and is a springboard for more success.”