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July 2022

Dear Zicklin Community,

Summer is upon us, and I hope you are taking advantage of the more relaxed schedule to enjoy some much-deserved vacation time. I also hope you’ll take some time to nominate your colleagues for the inaugural Zicklin Process Innovation Award, which will be presented this fall to two Zicklin staff members. Innovations can include everything from technology-enabled solutions for answering frequently asked questions, to devising ways to assess student progress toward their degrees, to supporting student clubs and extracurricular activities, and more. Nominations should be submitted to Anne Rudder by September 15.

I’m delighted to report that many of our faculty members have received grants this summer to conduct research. These grants were awarded competitively based upon the faculty members’ publications in the Financial Times 50 (the top 50 academic journals used by the Financial Times to calculate its research rankings) and the most prestigious journals in their respective disciplines. From the Stan Ross Department of Accountancy, they are Donal Byard, Masako Darrough, Mingcherng Deng, Heedong Kim, Seil Kim, Kalin Kolev, Heemin Lee, Hagit Levy, Edward Li, Brandon Lock, Carol Marquardt, and Igor Vaysman. From the Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance, they are Linda Allen, Xi Dong, Guillaume Haeringer, Sonali Hazarika, Armen Hovakimian, Jian Hua, Yehuda Izhakian, Theodore Joyce, Lin Peng, Laetitia Placido, Robert Schwartz, Jun Wang, Yajun Wang, Liuren Wu, and Dexin Zhou. From the Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics, they are Raquel Benbunan-Fich, Yuangeng Cai, Qiang Gao, Nanda Kumar, Zeda Li, Kamiar Rahnama Rad, Adel Yazdanmehr, and Yu Yue. From the Department of Law, they are Marc Edelman, Matthew Edwards, Donna Gitter, Yafit Lev-Aretz, Nizan Geslevich Packin, Robert Wagner, and Valerie Watnick. From the Narendra Paul Loomba Department of Management, they are Lauren Aydinliyim, Tolga Aydinliyim, Ajay Das, Stephan Dilchert, Naomi Gardberg, Maria Halbinger, Aditya Jain, Molly Kern, Romi Kher, Shan Li, Ivan Montiel, Scott Newbert, Jared Peifer, and Xiaoli Yin. From the Allen G. Aaronson Department of Marketing and International Business, they are Mahima Hada, Diogo Hildebrand, Chul Kim, Zhuping Liu, Pragya Mathur, Lilac Nachum, Sankar Sen, and Ana Valenzuela. Finally, from the William Newman Department of Real Estate, they are Sophia Gilbukh, Pavel Krivenko, Waldo Ojeda, Yildiray Yildirim, and Albert Zevelev. Congratulations to all!

Finally, I offer congratulations and gratitude to Shulamith Gross of the Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics and Donald Vredenburgh of the Loomba Department of Management, on their January retirements. Each served at the Zicklin School of Business for more than three decades. They will be missed. Five additional colleagues will join the ranks of the retired in August. From the Loomba Department of Management, they are Ta-lung William Chien, Peter Pepper and Hannah Rothstein, from the Aaronson Department of Marketing & International Business Eleonora Curlo, and from the Stan Ross Department of Accountancy, Anthony Tinker. Thanks to all for their years of service. 

Sincerely,

Fenwick Huss
Willem Kooyker Dean, Zicklin School of Business 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2022 

Dear Zicklin Community, 

Baruch College held its commencement ceremony in person again at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last month. I’m delighted to welcome 3,160 undergraduates and 1,293 graduate and executive students to our family of Zicklin School alumni. They join a global network of more than 120,000 graduates of our business programs.

Guiding our students along their journey to commencement are our dedicated faculty, many of whom were honored last month for their devotion to classroom learning. The following Zicklin School professors have received awards for teaching excellence: Jay Dahya of the Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance, Gabriel Fernandez of the William Newman Department of Real Estate, Diogo Hildebrand of the Allen G. Anderson Department of Marketing and International Business, Romi Kher of the Narendra Paul Loomba Department of Management, Ina Kupferberg of the Department of Law, Carol Marquardt of the Stan Ross Department of Accountancy, and Adel Yazdanmehr of the Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics. In addition, Professor Andreas Grein of the Allen G. Aaronson Department of Marketing and International Business was inducted as the faculty honoree of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society. Congratulations to all!

Congratulations are also due to the BMCC-Baruch Business Academy, which recently received a $200,000 grant from the College Completion Innovation Fund. This is in addition to prior grants the Academy was awarded by the Heckscher Foundation for Children, the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, and Dennis Gilbert

The Office of Executive Programs has successfully gained full approval from the New York State Education Department for revisions to several executive degree programs. This includes the introduction of the new ZEP courses, short for “Zicklin Executive Programs.” Our executive degree programs have always been designed for students at later stages of their careers than the traditional graduate programs, but the courses and programs didn’t clearly reflect that. The new ZEP courses incorporate those features, and the program revisions include modifications that provide better fits for the executive students, such as replacing several 1.5-credit courses with 3-credit courses. These changes are effective for students entering in the Fall 2022 semester.

This spring, Executive Education hosted Executive MBA students from two European universities for the international experience component of their degree programs. Two groups of EMBA students from NEOMA Business School in France attended programs on fintech and asset management. EMBA students from the Warsaw University of Technology Business School participated in a program on “Business Digital Transformations: Challenges and Opportunities.”

We look forward to hosting more international groups in the coming months.

Sincerely,

Fenwick Huss
Willem Kooyker Dean, Zicklin School of Business

 

 

 

 

May 2022 

Dear Zicklin Community, 

As I write this, the Zicklin School has just wrapped up a series of highly successful events. On May 4-5, the 20th annual Financial Reporting Conference took place, with an introduction by conference chair and Zicklin alum Norman Strauss (BBA ’63; MBA ’69). This was also the first public forum for keynote speaker Erica Y. Williams, the new chair of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), who held a “fireside chat” with Senior Associate Dean Paquita Davis-Friday.

Dr. Davis-Friday, with Dr. Karl Lang, also co-chaired the PhD Project – Baruch College Research Symposium at the end of April, with Baruch College’s Provost Linda Essig and Executive Chief Diversity Officer Elliott Dawes in attendance. One of the participants, Nicholas Brown, a PhD candidate in information systems at Virginia Tech, perhaps said it best: “I have the highest regards for Baruch and the PhD Project for giving underrepresented minorities a platform to tap into Baruch’s rich reservoir of knowledge capital.”

And speaking of doctoral candidates, the Doctor of Business Administration program is graduating its first eight students. Congratulations to Edward Aw, James D’Arcangelo, Joan Miao, Julie Monroid, Errol L. Pierre, Jihoon Rim, Vivian Williams, and Schiro Withanachchi for becoming our inaugural group of DBA graduates. We look forward to their future accomplishments in business and the academy, as well as to many future DBA students and graduates.

Sincerely,

Fenwick Huss
Willem Kooyker Dean, Zicklin School of Business 




April 2022 

Dear Zicklin Community, 

April, wrote Shakespeare in Sonnet 98, “hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” I couldn’t agree more. The warmer weather has renewed everyone’s energy here at the Zicklin School!

Also energizing was the recent, eagerly awaited release of the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. I’m delighted to report that once again, all three of our graduate MBA programs (Full-Time, Evening, and Accounting) are ranked #1 among public institutions in New York City and New York State. Our Full-Time MBA program jumped 15 positions this year to rank #62 among 363 public and private institutions, while the Evening MBA moved up 10 spots to #36 among 278 schools. Congratulations to everyone involved in this tremendous effort.

Our faculty are receiving much-deserved recognition. Professor Marc Edelman (Department of Law) just won the Abraham J. Briloff Prize in Ethics for his forthcoming, co-authored Florida Law Review paper on how the NCAA placed their commercial interests above the safety of the student-athletes they were supposed to protect. Professor and Krell Chair Lin Peng of the Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance co-published research in the Journal of Accounting Research analyzing the importance of first impressions about financial analysts. Interestingly, one of Prof. Peng’s coauthors was Yakun Wang, who earned his MBA and PhD right here at the Zicklin School.

Also on the research front, I’m looking forward to our hosting the PhD Project – Baruch College Research Symposium on April 28-29 — in person for the first time since the pandemic. PhD candidates from underrepresented backgrounds will present their original scholarship on a variety of topics, from algorithmic decision delegation to whether business roundtable members are more socially responsible. As always, participants hail from a wide range of institutions, including Arizona State, UNC Chapel Hill, Yale, and more.

Of course, we value classroom teaching just as much as research, which is why I’m pleased to announce a new, $10,000 award for innovation in teaching. Innovations can be in such areas as curricula, pedagogy, or classroom technology. All full-time faculty are eligible but must be nominated by their department chair.

As for teaching, Sara Ryoo, a lecturer in the Narendra Paul Loomba Department of Management, has been named to Poets & Quants‘ list of Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professors for her caring, collaborative work in the classroom. And speaking of undergraduates, three BBA students in the Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics — two of them women, by the way — were the winners of “Best First-Time Hack” at the 2022 HackNYU Hackathon. Congratulations to Hao Kai (Kevin) Liao (BBA, ’22), Cirill Florenz Dalangin (BBA, ’23), and Ying Mai (BBA, ’23)!

I look forward to seeing you around campus.

Sincerely,

Fenwick Huss
Willem Kooyker Dean, Zicklin School of Business 




March 2022

Dear Zicklin Community,

As Emerson said, March weather is “savage and serene in one hour.” But have no fear — spring is just around the corner! Meanwhile, the Zicklin School has held a number of events since our last update.

For the March Zicklin Talks Business webinar, our benefactor Larry Zicklin (BBA, ’57) led a lively discussion on the future of the NYC office market that included a Zicklin alum, Michael Morris (MBA, ’07), vice chairman at Newmark. At the Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity, Assistant Professor of Law Yafit Lev-Aretz moderated a conversation on building more ethical tech by reducing ethical debt. In Graduate Admissions, Senior Associate Dean Paquita Davis-Friday led a webinar on diversity in our graduate programs with participation by Zicklin graduate students and alumni from underrepresented minority groups.

In other news, our marketing and communications team has been busy producing new videos for our #WhyZicklin campaign. Please visit the Zicklin YouTube channel to see just-released videos featuring our esteemed colleagues, Professor of Marketing Sankar Sen (who is also the Lawrence and Carol Zicklin Chair in Corporate Integrity and Governance) and Assistant Professor of Information Systems Alain Claude Tambe Ebot.

Finally, I’m delighted to announce that the Wasserman Trading Floor of the Subotnick Financial Services Center has reopened after a hiatus of nearly two years.

I hope to see you all soon!

Sincerely,

Fenwick Huss
Willem Kooyker Dean, Zicklin School of Business

February 2022 

Dear Zicklin Community, 

Happy Lunar New Year! We are now in the Year of the Tiger, which I find most appropriate, as it is a symbol of strength and resilience in the face of adversity. It’s been energizing to see more of you around campus with our spring semester off to a strong start.

The Zicklin School welcomed 13 new faculty members this academic year. The Stan Ross Department of Accountancy has hired Eduardo Fuste (Florida State University), Eunhee Kim (Carnegie Mellon University), and Yanrong Jia (Washington University in St. Louis). Babak Somekh (University of Oxford), Alexander Chinco (New York University), and Bruce Iwadate (London School of Economics) are the newest hires in the Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance. The Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics welcomes Ecem Basak (University of Illinois Chicago), Jooho Kim (Washington University in St. Louis), Isaac Vaghefi (McGill University), and Chung Eun Lee (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Finally, the Narendra Paul Loomba Department of Management has hired Sara Ryoo (University of Michigan), Tsedale Melaku (CUNY Graduate Center), and Yuan-Mao Kao (Duke University). Congratulations to all!

On April 28-29 we will host 15 business doctoral candidates from other institutions as part of the fourth annual PhD Project – Baruch College Research Symposium, which is focused on diversifying business school faculty. This annual event is an excellent opportunity to build a hiring pipeline for faculty from underrepresented minority groups.

Speaking of pipelines, the BMCC-Baruch Business Academy, which launched in Fall 2021, has 25 BMCC students currently enrolled. The Academy team here at Zicklin is collaborating closely with our counterparts at BMCC to ensure that these students make appropriate progress in the program. We are also working on expanding the Academy through partnerships with LaGuardia Community College and Queensborough Community College.

Also on the undergraduate level, Professors Lipner and Hazarika led a faculty development seminar in information literacy this past summer, with assistance from three staffers at the Newman Library. The goal was to create a research guide for Zicklin students, identifying and describing the research skills used generally in business and specifically working in fields in which students major. In addition, undergraduates now have the option of minoring in fintech, an interdisciplinary minor that brings together courses in finance, computer information systems, and law.

Senior Associate Dean Paquita Davis-Friday has been busy with some prestigious speaking engagements. She just finished moderating a panel discussion on what investors need to know about audits for the CFA Society’s New York chapter, and in May she will be holding a “fireside chat” at the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity’s Financial Reporting Conference with Erica Y. Williams, the new Chair of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).

The Zicklin Talks Business webinars continue monthly, managed by the Office of Executive Programs and led by our benefactor Larry Zicklin (BBA, ’57). Recent sessions have covered everything from New York City office space to cryptocurrency to ESG, DEI, and other timely topics.

Finally, as the pandemic appears to be winding down, study abroad is picking up. The Weissman Center for International Business will send six students to South Korea this spring and plans to send more students abroad in both the summer and fall terms.

I look forward, and I’m sure all of you do too, to a return to normalcy in 2022.

Sincerely,

Fenwick Huss

Willem Kooyker Dean, Zicklin School of Business 

September 2021 

Dear Zicklin Community,  

Welcome back! I hope this message finds you and your families in good health. After 17 months that can only be described as “unprecedented,” the Zicklin School has reopened for in-person, hybrid, and online instruction. 

It’s been very gratifying to see our students, faculty, and staff again and I appreciate the patience, flexibility, and fortitude you have all shown. Your resilience and dedication in the face of adversity are what Zicklin and New York are all about.   

We are very fortunate. With our excellent location and our ranking as the number-one public business school in New York City, it’s not surprising that interest in the School is at an all-time high. After enrolling a record number of new students in spring 2021, enrollment for fall is up again, and we welcomed 12 new faculty members to campus. 

In other news: 

Baruch College, in partnership with the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), is piloting a pipeline program that will provide undergraduate students with a transparent and smooth path from BMCC’s Associate of Science program into the Bachelor of Business Administration program within the Zicklin School of Business.  

Three degree programs — the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance, the Master of Science (MS) in Finance, and the Master of Science (MS) in Financial Risk Management — have been designated as affiliated programs within the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. This designation is granted to degree programs that prepare students well for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam. 

In partnership with the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, the Zicklin School has launched the Financial Engineering Hub, with a Center for Financial Engineering opening on campus this fall. 

And speaking of opening, many of us are taking advantage of the late summer weather to enjoy the brand-new 25th Street pedestrian plaza. I hope to see you there one day soon.  

 

Sincerely, 

 

Fenwick Huss 

Willem Kooyker Dean, Zicklin School of Business  


January 19, 2021

Dear Zicklin Community,

With the New Year now upon us, we look back on the successes of 2020, which are all the more remarkable given the year’s hardships. Despite a worldwide pandemic and months of isolation and lockdown — not to mention civil unrest — the Zicklin School of Business managed to pivot successfully to online learning, transform our undergraduate curriculum, initiate major changes related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and achieve record enrollment in our graduate degree programs. That hasn’t stopped, by the way—our spring 2021 graduate enrollment is over 40 percent higher than spring 2020.

The New Year at Zicklin looks very promising, as there are multiple initiatives that will launch and events that will take place.

Each month, the Office of Executive Programs will continue to offer our Zicklin Talks Business webinars, with faculty and business executives providing insight into today’s business and economic challenges.

In February, the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity will host a conference with the Chartered Financial Advisors (CFA) Society’s New York chapter, led by Zicklin professors Douglas Carmichael and Thomas Ray.

In April, the Zicklin School will host the third annual PhD Project – Baruch College Research Symposium. This is a wonderful opportunity for PhD candidates in business from underrepresented minority groups to get advice and mentoring on their doctoral research from Zicklin faculty.

In Executive Programs, we have launched a new data analytics course in our Executive MS in Finance Program and have added important new content on diversity, equity, and inclusion into our Executive MS in Human Resource Management Program. These are two vital subjects with which graduates in these fields need to be familiar.

On the undergraduate level, we anticipate a fall 2021 launch of the Baruch College-BMCC Business Academy, a major DEI initiative, in which BMCC students will be paired with Baruch College alumni, faculty, and student mentors, who support and advise them as they transition from their associate degree programs into the Zicklin School’s BBA program. Additionally, our operations management major has been redesigned to align with the thinking skills and experiences necessary for current market needs, by offering options to pursue a more quantitative or more managerial concentration.

And as President Wu previously announced, our own Myung-Soo Lee has been appointed Interim Provost, effective February 1. Congratulations to Dr. Lee on this well-deserved recognition.     

Finally, with COVID-19 vaccines already being administered around the globe, we see the light at the end of the tunnel at last. We will continue to monitor the health of our faculty, students, and staff, and provide you with the latest updates.

I look forward to a rewarding and healthy 2021.

Sincerely,

Fenwick Huss
Willem Kooyker Dean, Zicklin School of Business


 

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