December 2016

Dear Fellow Deans,

Greetings from Garden City, New York!

The joyous sights and sounds of the winter holiday season are all around us. As always, it is amazing how quickly the semester has gone. As our students prepare for the final exams, and faculty and staff plan for some quality time away from work, I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday and the very best wishes for the New Year!

Rajib N. Sanyal, Ph.D.

Alan Cooper, Ph.D. (center), with the team that won the Adelphi Apprentice Challenge 

School Hosts Entrepreneurship Contest

The Willumstad School hosted the 10th annual Adelphi Apprentice Challenge, where more than 240 students from 27 high schools in the region presented strategic marketing plans and campaigns for new business development before a panel of judges from the corporate world, many of whom are alumni of the School. Alan Cooper, Ph.D., associate dean, was one of the judges and also the master of ceremonies for the event. 

Tanweer Ansari, vice president and chief compliance officer, First National Bank of Long Island, speaking to students 
Practitioners Shed Insights on Corporate Ethics

As part of the School’s Hagedorn Lecture Series on ethics and corporate social responsibility, two banking practitioners—one domestic, the other international—provided students with fantastic insights on how banking regulations and compliance requirements have dramatically altered the industry, impacting costs and innovation. The two speakers were Tanweer Ansari, M.S. ’03, M.B.A. ’10, J.D., senior vice president and chief compliance officer, First National Bank of Long Island, and Michael Graziano ’77, managing director, ethics and compliance, BNP Paribas.

Panthers soccer player Alejandro Penzini was named to the Academic All-American Third Team.

Student-Athlete Excels

Adelphi University competes in NCAA Division II sports and the Willumstad School has over the years attracted exceptionally talented student-athletes. Recently, Alejandro Penzini, an M.B.A. student hailing from Venezuela who plays on the Panthers soccer team, was named to the Academic All-American Third Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

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