Mentors enhance student success

Dean welcomes students

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This is an exciting time of the year as we get ready to welcome an outstanding class of freshmen and transfer students. At Binghamton, we begin the process of experiential learning and networking before students arrive on campus by inviting them to participate in the Dean’s Case Challenge. This edition of Reaching Higher focuses on how this experience and other case competitions conducted by School of Management organizations prepare students for the real world. 

The School of Management is unique among Binghamton’s schools because we connect our incoming students with outstanding juniors and seniors to promote professional development and networking. Each incoming student is assigned a mentor, and our student organizations and clubs are committed to developing skills and preparing students for the job-search process while recognizing that each profession has a different focus. For example, consulting concentrates on case interviews while finance requires current events and experience in valuation and stock pitches.

Alumni engagement and mentoring is another important element in the development and placement of our students. As many as 70 alumni and more than 350 students are expected to participate in the Mentoring and Networking Event during Homecoming weekend, Oct. 9–11.

The event will be Saturday, Oct. 10, and it is not too late for alumni to join in and meet with students. Details are available at

Alumni also host students at their offices during New York City visits in January and May each year. We are currently scheduling visits beginning the week of Jan. 11, 2016. If you would like to host students, or if you have internship and employment opportunities, contact Carolyn Schapiro at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

I hope you feel a tremendous sense of pride as you see the school continue to receive accolades in a variety of rankings. This was also a record-breaking year for fundraising for the School of Management, thanks to your investments in the school. We continue to look to you for support as we strive to reach even higher.


Upinder S. Dhillon
Dean and Koffman Scholar