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Accounting major and Peer Mentor  Zakaria Rochdi ’17 discusses his appreciation of TCNJ’s winning culture as a scholar-athlete in the Spring 2016 issue of TCNJ Magazine. “I’m driven by a desire to challenge myself and learn from my mistakes, because I believe that’s the key to success. “

05.25.16_Business Analytics Conference 250Graduating seniors Edward Urwin (management, left) and Daniel Kennedy (finance, right) attended the Manhattan College Business Analytics Competition & Conference – along with advisor Professor Louis Tucci – where they took the prize for best poster presentation. During the dinner and award ceremony at the Microsoft Technology Center at Times Square, they had the opportunity to network with MS data scientists and analytics professionals.

SIF 250Since its inception, over 300 TCNJ students have participated in the Student Investment Fund, determining the portfolio’s allocation and selecting individual securities to buy and sell. Members have a dual mission of both growing and maintaining the funds and developing professionally from the investment experience while learning about the economic environment. The Spring 2016 SIF members are pictured at left. View their Annual Report and more here.

IMG_0813Congratulations to business students who presented their original research during the Nineteenth Annual Celebration of Student Achievement on May 4th. Click here for more information and photos of business student presentations. Graduating seniors Sonya West (international business), Cynthia Timko (finance), and Nicholas Dunn (international business) are pictured here with Professor Linghui Tang (l-r).

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Since 1997, Economics students have presented their senior thesis research at the Omicron Delta Epsilon Undergraduate Business and Economics Conference at Ursinus College. Each year, roughly 65 students from about a dozen colleges in the tri-state region participate as presenters and discussants of research. Read more here.

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This year’s Senators to the School of Business are: (l-r): Juan Giraldo, Priya Soni, Nicole Herrmann, Michael O’Connor, Austin Pelliciari, Aury Cifuentes, and Todd Kutcher. Not Pictured: Jacqueline Gilligan and Aleksander Soriano. Read more here

NIBC FinalsMembers of TCNJ’s Financial Management Association placed in top 25 out of 205 international undergraduate teams during the first round case submission of the National Investment Banking Competition in the fall, and advanced to the final round of the competition in Vancouver in March. They are (l-r): Adam Lynch (finance sophomore), James Tomasullo (finance senior), Brian Ford (economics freshman), and Zach Kaplan (finance sophomore.)

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Shawn Syed, a rising senior Philosophy major with minors in both Business and Society and Political Science, has completed the Spring 2016 White House Internship Program, in the Office of Presidential Correspondence. During this time, he also researched campaign financing and how the current system impacts both business and society, with Marketing & Interdisciplinary Business Professor Nancy Lasher. Read more here.

S16 Blue & Gold 250Alyssa Blochinger (l) and Katie Padmore (r) are shown at their induction into the Blue & Gold Hall of Fame. The Blue and Gold Award honors students who have made extraordinary and sustained contributions to TCNJ. These individuals have all proven themselves to be critical change-agents, excellent role models for their fellow students, and dedicated and able leaders in and out of the classroom. They represent leadership, scholarship, service and the core beliefs of the College. Read more about the Blue and Gold Award here.

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As a finance major, with a minor in psychology, Kayla Glynn did a sophomore externship at Bloomberg in Skillman, NJ, working on the Funds Team. According to Glynn, building and maintaining a strong network was essential due to the culture of open communication. Read about her Bloomberg Experience – which led to a full-time position – on the Career Center’s page.

NJCPA Scholarship 250Pictured left to right are Brett Sanders, Angela Ciallella, April Dellner, Alexandra Wallach, and Matt Charne, the 2016 TCNJ NJCPA College Scholarship recipients. Established in the 1960s, the New Jersey Society of CPAs Scholarship Fund has grown to become the largest professional scholarship program in New Jersey. 

pbl states 250x147The New Jersey State 2016 Phi Beta Lambda Competitive Events were held on Saturday, April 2, at Rutgers University. TCNJ Chapter members received 15 awards in various events, and had the opportunity to network with other business students from throughout the state. TCNJ Chapter President Nicole deQuintal (2nd from right) was awarded the first place Outstanding Officer Award, among others. View the full list of TCNJ winners here.

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The Zeta Zeta Chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon competed in various competitions with over 50 chapters nationwide, at the National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this March. Among other distinctions, TCNJ tied for most overall finalists in the Pro-Am Sell-A-Thon competition – a mock role play scenario. Read more here.

Int 250x175On March 24th, our monthly 3rd Thursday Program was turned over to current TCNJ Business seniors who shared their stories of successful internships! Our panelists were: Jacob Camin-Esakov, economics/finance; Nick Montesano, management; Corey Shubiak, accounting; Christine Tran, marketing; and Courtney Wirths, finance. Read more here.

Target 250x165TCNJ students recently participated in the 3rd Annual Case Competition sponsored by Target, with $4000 in prize money distributed among the winning teams! See photos here.

JnJ Case Comp 250In March, three student teams worked with faculty mentors and competed in the chance to represent TCNJ at the annual Johnson & Johnson University Case Competition. The judges congratulated all participants on their knowledge of the business case, preparation, and professional  presentation. Three of the five 1st place team members are shown here with the judges. Read more here.

Priya Soni 250x250Priya Soni, a first-year Business Open Options major, was recognized as the New Jersey High School Business Student of the Year by the State Board of Education, at the annual awards ceremony in May, 2015. This award was presented by the executive county superintendent and local school officials. Read more here.

TCNJEC SunBank 250x163Members of the TCNJ Entrepreneurship Club are shown at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton for Daymond John’s recent presentation on developing the FUBU brand, promoting his product, and ultimately growing his business from two twenty-dollar bills in his pocket to a multi billion-dollar brand. Read “Not All Sharks Bite: Daymond John,” by TCNJEC member Georgann Kaliroff here. Read more about TCNJEC here: “One Great Way to Succeed and Have Fun on Campus” by D.J. Kleinbard.

Ting Yang 250x170Finance junior Ting Yang, who is studying in Heidelberg this fall, has won a federal Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship: $8,000 to spend the spring semester abroad at the CIEE Study Center at Peking University in Beijing, China. Read more here. (Click on photo to view full detail.)

Alyssa Frietas RBI 250x250Alyssa J Freitas, a junior management major, won 1st place in the William Paterson RBI National Sales Challenge role play competition in November, competing against 72 students from 36 schools. She ranked 2nd in the combined role play and elevator speech competitions and received the “viewer’s choice” award for the best role play performance as judged by students attending. Alyssa is coming off a 1st place win in the Pi Sigma Epsilon regional sales competition held in Langhorne, PA on 10/30.

TCNJ came in 4th place as a team in the combined competitions, against sales programs with over 300 sales majors, so this result is especially noteworthy. Emily Dever, senior communications major, was a semifinalist in the role play competition. In addition to the competitions, students attended a networking career fair with sponsors including UPS, Lennox, Henry Schein Dental, ADP, Michelin Tires, Becton Dickinson, DHL, Laird Plastics, McKesson, Pentax Medical, Tom James, Waste Management Inc. and Liberty Mutual.

“It was an absolute pleasure to attend the William Paterson RBI National Sales Challenge. Not only do I love competing, but having the opportunity to network with other students, professors, coaches, and sales professionals is fantastic.” -Alyssa J Freitas

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In November, 4 TCNJ Pi Sigma Epsilon members competed against over 150 of the nation’s top sales students from 17 universities at Bryant University’s Northeast Intercollegiate Sales Competition. The TCNJ students are shown (left to right) with coach Professor Alfred Pelham: Allissa Kolczynski (management junior), Connor Hubler (marketing junior), Dr. Pelham, Steven Ientile (management senior), and Alejandro Garcia (finance senior).

A semifinalist in the role-play competition, Connor tied for 7th place (of 84 competitors). Steven was a quarterfinalist and tied for 13th (of 84) in role-play and also tied for 6th (of 50) in the elevator speech competition.

“It was a very rewarding experience where I was able to work closely with a number of professionals across a variety of verticals. From the feedback I acquired, I’ll be able to greatly improve my skills and abilities as a professional.” – Connor Hubler
“It was truly a great experience to network with many professionals across a variety of industries as well as students from a multitude of schools. From them, I was able to learn new skills that will help me improve for future competitions.” – Allissa Kolczynski

GoGlobal 280x169The 3rd Thursday GoGlobal! Program was sponsored by Dean Keep’s Advisory Council and co-sponsored by the American Marketing Association, Delta Sigma Pi, and Women in Business. We SKYPE’d with classmates in Heidelberg and organizers of global internships in Chile AND met with alumni & faculty who have worked around the world! Read more here.

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The TCNJ Fed Challenge team is pictured here with advisor Dr. Michele Naples (far left.) They competed in the Philadelphia Fed Region Fed Challenge on Nov. 5th at Lehigh University.

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Finance senior Matt Liang said attending “The BGS Global Leadership Summit was a great experience. I was able to identify my key strengths and learn how to best utilize them as a leader. There were numerous speakers from all career paths; music producers to CEOs. I enjoyed getting to meet business students from all over the world and compete in a case study along side of them.” 304 top business students from 14 countries represented 155 schools at the Summit, making for a truly global and collaborative experience. Read more about the Global Leadership Summit here.

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In September, Shaina Kang and Matthew Marmolejos participated in the “Phillies College Night Series” at Citizens Bank Park, taking advantage of behind-the-scenes opportunities offered exclusively to business students, including: attending a discussion panel with high level professionals from the Phillies organization; game tickets for the Budweiser Rooftop Bleachers; and a Phillies Power Ticket for concessions. According to Matthew, “The College Series event hosted by the Philiadelphia Phillies opened my eyes to another side to the financial and accounting fields of work that truly shows that one can mix both business with pleasure.”

AKPsi Gamma Class 250x203Alpha Kappa Psi welcomes it’s Gamma Class! AKPsi is a business fraternity open to students of all majors. The TCNJ colony was installed on May 3, 2014, officially becoming Chi Xi, the 353rd chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi with 31 initiated brothers. Visit their webpage here.

TCNJEC w Chris Hindley 250x171The TCNJ Entrepreneurship Club recently hosted alumnus Chris Hindley ’04 (center), founder of Hoodie Pillow, who appeared on the TV show “Shark Tank.” See more here. TCNJEC also co-sponsored the School of Business and ASBDC event, “Managing Chaos – You Cant’ Give Birth to Adults” with Brian Smith, founder of UGGS. Read more here.

PSE F15 Sales Comp 250x166Forty-two students from TCNJ, Temple, Bryant, Widener and William Patterson competed in the second annual TCNJ Sales Competition hosted by Pi Sigma Epsilon on Saturday, October 3rd. Over 25 representatives from 11 diverse companies, such as BD Medical, Verizon and UPS, worked closely with the participants of the competition for a one-of-a-kind experience, with TCNJ PSE alumni participating as buyers and judges.

The event kicked off with an introduction by Dean Keep followed by PSE’s faculty advisor Dr. Al Pelham and concluded with an awards dinner. Pi Sigma Epsilon is grateful for the support of the School of Business, the chapter’s local and corporate partners and the competitors who made this event a success. PSE would especially like to thank Dean Keep, Dr. Pelham and PSE’s alumni for their continuous support and efforts throughout the planning and execution of this event. Pi Sigma Epsilon will continue to host this event and its members look forward to the third annual competition next year!

F15 HeidelbergDuring the Fall 2015 semester, 21 TCNJ students are studying in Heidelberg, Germany, along with TCNJ Prof Waheeda Lillevik. Here, they are shown in front of Heidelberg castle. View more of their photos on the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement’s Facebook page. Read about TCNJ’s Heidelberg Study Abroad Program here

2015 Christine Tran 250x172This past summer, marketing senior Christine Tran interned at Calvin Klein’s New York office, where she had the opportunity to play an active role in product development and (with her team) present a marketing campaign to the CEOs of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger Americas, and PVH Corp. She credits company leaders as well as her fellow interns and TCNJ faculty for making this a rewarding experience. “The development of the campaign and presentation has truly been one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever worked on. I could not have done it without the help and support of my team of fellow interns. It took ten weeks of bottomless research and intensive editing; all on top of our daily responsibilities within our respective departments. However, I can most definitely say that developing this  presentation was one of the best learning experiences I’ve ever had. It is also one of my accomplishments that I am most proud of. ” 

MHFI AwardOn July 20, Finance senior Matt Martin received this year’s top Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Award from McGraw Hill Financial during the CEO Intern Reception in Manhattan. Matt (shown at far right) interned this summer in the CREDit Analyst Intern Program at Standard and Poor’s in NYC. He noted: “I have gathered such a wealth of knowledge from simply being around some of the most intelligent people I have ever met. New York City is an experience in itself, but getting to work at such a storied company has given me such valuable insight both in terms of day-to-day operations and the general working environment. This summer has impacted me both professionally and personally, and the scholarship I received is extremely humbling. I’m very proud, grateful, and reflective on the opportunity I was afforded this summer, and immensely appreciate the people who have made this experience as incredible as it has been.”

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Business graduate Devon Ziminski ’15 attended the 2015 Marketing and Public Policy Conference in Washington D.C. from June 4-6 to share her work and connect with other marketers and policymakers. A marketing major who worked with Professor Karen Becker-Olsen, Devon presented her research project, “The Impact of Messaging Frameworks on Salience, Attitudes and Behaviors towards Distracted Driving” during a poster session at the conference.

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