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School of Management student Peter Fiduccia will receive his MBA this month.
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Commencement 2014 profile: Peter Fiduccia
May 12, 2014Tweet
Although his time in the MBA program is coming to a close, Peter Fiduccia isn’t quite ready to conclude his academic career. He credits the School of Management with fueling his love of learning. The Orange County, N.Y., native plans to enter a management doctoral program in fall 2015, and will bring with him a varied set of skills and experiences collected during two years in SOM.
Fiduccia, who earned his undergraduate degree at Hartwick College, was a graduate assistant to Associate Dean George Bobinski and to Alesia Wheeler-Wade, assistant director of Binghamton’s MBA and MS programs.
“Peter was a very strong team member who thrived on challenging assignments,” Bobinski said.
Fiduccia assisted with student registration, met with prospective applicants to the MBA program, mentored first-year MBA students and helped run information sessions. As part of his marketing efforts for the school, he produced promotional videos that appear on the SOM website.
“It was a wonderful opportunity to see behind the scenes – into the admission process – how SOM strives to look for and admit top-quality candidates on the MBA side and MS side as well,” he said.
During the past academic year, Fiduccia was also vice president of the Graduate Student Organization, playing a leadership role in beginning to rebuild the organization’s constitution and streamlining day-to-day processes to make the group more professional and accessible to all students.
“It has been a great experience that allowed me to branch out beyond SOM, start making great connections with other schools, and really work to create a sense of unity and community around campus. I’ve been really fortunate to have a part in it,” he said.
Fiduccia said Professor Surinder Kahai’s e-business course was a standout experience in his graduate school career. Kahai taught the class how to use electronic systems to increase marketability and profitability while emphasizing the importance of human connection and emotional outreach.
“Often people view business as cut and dry, but it’s very much a social science, a human-based experience, as much as any other kind of study,” Fiduccia said. “It’s because the majority of our work deals with numbers, data or figures that our responsibility to create and maintain these strong emotional connections with our peers, friends and families is that much more meaningful and our responsibility is that much greater.”
Fiduccia said that small class sizes and responsive faculty positively shaped his SOM experience. He was pleased by the level of personal attention afforded to him by faculty, administrators and staff.
“Anybody can teach you coursework. It’s how you craft an experience and how you engage the students that creates long-lasting connections benefitting alumni and future students coming into the program, and I feel that Binghamton has done a surprisingly good job at making those connections happen from day one.”