May 2017

Dear Fellow Deans,

This coming Sunday, at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, we will be conducting our annual Commencement ceremonies—a time for congratulations, goodbyes and reflection. Summer sessions will start in a few weeks and we are seeing robust enrollments in our on-campus classes—something we are very pleased with. I invite you to read these stories that may interest you.

Rajib N. Sanyal, Ph.D.

High-Impact Learning

The 14th Annual Adelphi Research Conference was the forum for students to showcase their scholarly and creative works in collaboration with the faculty. This is one example of the high-impact learning that we pride ourselves on. At this year’s program, 19 business students spoke about and presented their research on topics that ranged from pay equity and white-collar crime to leadership development and healthy foods. Laura Messano, lecturer in business communications (above left), coached and guided these students. You can learn more about this special day at

Community Connections—East Meets West

One example showing that we are a well-connected school is a program in which Rakesh Gupta, associate professor of decision sciences (above right), takes a group of international students from a particular country to speak to students in an area high school every semester. This East Meets West program has enabled an informative cross-cultural connection between these two groups of students. Over the years, students from China, India, Japan, South Korea and other countries have visited Wantagh High School to speak in a class on business and society, a high school course in which students can obtain college credit.

Student-Managed Investment Fund

Simulating real-world investing in stocks and bonds is now de rigueur in most business school curricula. Our student-managed investment fund course, Seminar in Finance, taken in the final year, provides students an unmatched opportunity to conduct research on economies, industries and companies—using 12 Bloomberg terminals in the James Riley, Jr. Trading Room—to recommend the stocks and bonds to buy and sell. Now managing more than $325,000, students present and justify their decisions to professional investors and University officials. That's experiential learning, preparing them to hit the ground running at graduation!

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