The Sophomore Symposium for Business Students

Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on September 24, 2010

On September 21, 2010, sophomore business students awaited the wisdom and insight of peers and mentors of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business who gathered to help kick start their journey as scholars and professionals. The Annual DSB Sophomore Symposium, hosted by the Dean’s Office, opened with a welcome by Dean Norm Solomon, and featured an Academic Programs Panel, a Co-Curricular Panel, and a Q&A period that followed.

Panels of experienced professors, department leaders, and upperclassmen students offered advice on topics both academic and personal, from what classes sophomores should be taking to how best to spend their semester abroad.

The annual event, organized by the School of Business, is designed to offer ideas and guidance to sophomore business students, addressing topics such as course and program offerings, individualized plans of study, internships, international education opportunities, and University involvement. Features included:

Members of the faculty and administration present on the panel included:

  • Dr. Joan Van Hise, Chair of Accounting Department
  • Dr. Walter Hlawitschka, Chair of Finance Department
  • Dr. Christopher Huntley, Chair of Info Systems/OM Department
  • Dr. Janie Leatherman, Director of International Studies/Business
  • Mr. Jermain Griffin, Associate Director of International Studies/Business
  • Dr. Donald Gibson, Chair of Management Department
  • Dr. Mark Ligas, Chair of Marketing Department
  • Heather Petraglia, Asst. Dean/Dir. of Undergraduate Programs
  • Kathleen Tellis, Director of Internships
  • Cathleen Borgman, Director of Career Planning
  • Christopher Johnson, Assistant Dean, International Education

Student panelists and their majors included:

  • Greg Burke ’12, Accounting and Economics
  • Nicole Nalbandian ’11, Accounting
  • Heather Boyd ’11, Accounting and Finance
  • Lyndsey Broderick ’11, International Business
  • Aaron Chan ’12, Finance
  • Megan Kimmins ’11, Marketing
  • Chelsea Gover ’11, Finance
  • Jenna Allegretto ’11, Accounting
  • Rosanna Corvino ’11, Information Systems and Economics
  • Alexa Cognetta ’11, Accounting and Marketing
  • Jeanette Rizzitiello ’11, Finance
  • Matthew Signore ’11, Marketing

Approximately 90% of the sophomore class attended the event this year. As Shanee Griffith ’13 stated, “It was really helpful to hear from all these different people on almost every topic. A lot of my questions were answered, and it’s a lot less scary to be facing the next three years now that I have a network of people to help me out.”

For more information, please contact the Dolan School of Business Dean’s Office at or visit here.

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