August 2017

Dear Fellow Deans,

Within the next few days, we will be welcoming our new batch of first-year students. This class was born in—hold it—as recently as 1999! The smartphone, Facebook, Amazon Prime, iCloud and selfies have always been integral to their lives. Here, as elsewhere, we are trying to figure out how this generation learns and what would be the most effective ways to connect meaningfully with them. Do let us know what has been working for you.

Rajib Sanyal, Ph.D.


Horizon-Opening Program for Underrepresented High School Students

As in past summers, in partnership with the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), faculty in the department of accounting organized and hosted the Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) program on campus. COAP is a unique learning experience designed to introduce promising, underrepresented high school juniors to careers in accounting. Twenty-seven students participated in this year’s weeklong program. Jack Angel, associate professor of accounting, coordinates this program. This program is an excellent example of impact, innovation and engagement—the three pillars of our AACSB accreditation.

Alumnus Gets Global Recognition

We are always thrilled with the success of our alumni, and it is particularly gratifying when their accomplishments are publicly recognized. So it is great news that Patrick Adams 83, M.B.A. ’86, head of global consumer marketing, PayPal North America, has been named by Forbes magazine as one of this year’s Top 50 Most Influential CMOs (chief marketing officers) in the world. We congratulate Adams on this recognition and take pride in the professional accomplishments of all our 17,700 alumni.

Global Connections

Speaking of alumni, we have long had students from abroad in our programs. Recently, I was in Athens, where I was able to connect with several of our alumni from Greece. There is no better way to keep those connections alive and memorable than meeting them in person. At ground-level cafes and terrace-top bars, alumni reminisced with great fondness about their Adelphi days, including when Greece played in the 1994 World Cup Soccer league matches in New York City and used Adelphi's grounds for its practice sessions! Our foreign students, as they were then called, from Greece were there to cheer on their home team.

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