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BUS MajorsAfter their separate summer internships at PVH companies, rising seniors Tracy Kaplan (marketing), Jenna Nerger (interdisciplinary business major) and Stephanie Menakis (management and psychology) teamed up to pitch their ideas about increasing awareness of PVH brands to millennials —- to some of PVH’s top management, including CEO of the Tommy Hilfiger brand, Gary Sheinbaum. Read more here.

Mexico 2Rising Economics senior Davis Craig is spending the summer of 2014 in Oaxaca, Mexico, taking 30 hours of classes a week, living with a host family, and attending cultural activities almost everyday. Read about excursions to the archeological site at Monte Alban, the monastery at Cuilapan de Guerrero, and more in his travel blog.

Commencement 2014Congratulations to the Class of 2014! On May 16th, the School of Business graduated 316 students in the TCNJ Rec Center. Click here for photos and the list of recipients of awards presented for academics, skills and leadership.

Minicozzi triplets Triplets Giovanna (sociology), Corinne (criminology and Spanish) and Rebecca Minicozzi (finance; center) graduated from TCNJ this spring. Rebecca, a member of Phi Beta Lambda, has accepted a position at BlackRock, in Wilmington, DE. Read their story by Matt Connolly on

Pfenninger 250x170Last summer, Tim Pfenninger traveled to the Academy of Legal Studies Annual Conference in Boston with Professors Nancy Lasher & Susanna Monseau to present “A Stealth Drug Recall: Who Protects Consumers and Shareholders?”  Pfenninger remarked: “Presenting and working with both Prof. Monseau and Prof. Lasher offered me an invaluable opportunity to pursue my interests while simultaneously honing my research, writing, and communication skills.” Read more here.

Celebration of Student AchievementInternational Business students are shown at left, at the Seventeenth Annual Celebration of Student Achievement. Over 60 business students participated at this event in April. More photos can be viewed here.

Delta Sigma PiMembers of Delta Sigma Pi honored advisor Dr. Lew Hofmann –who is retiring after teaching for 35 years at TSC/TCNJ –at their end-of-year celebration. Dr. Nancy Lasher will serve as DSP advisor moving forward. Click here for photos of the event and information about Delta Sigma Pi.

Howard TelsonIn April, accounting senior and tennis champ Howard Telson was presented the 2014 Dr. Harold W. Eickhoff Outstanding Senior Male Scholar-Athlete Award at the Athletic Department’s  27th annual Academic Honors Celebration. Read about his accomplishments here.

S14 ODE  Conference 250x170As in previous years, TCNJ economics students presented their senior capstone theses at regional conferences.  In March, 4 students presented their research at the Eastern Economic Association meetings in Boston; in April, 8 presented their research at the Omicron Delta Epsilon Undergraduate Conference in Collegeville, PA. Read more here.

Wambui GilbertInternational business junior Wambui Gilbert studied at IAU College in Aix-en-Provence, France this semester and participated in their 11th annual international student conference on U.S.-European relations entitled “Peace and Conflict in an Age of Total Surveillance.” The event was co-sponsored by Juniata College’s Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and AEGEE: The European Students’ Forum. Read more here.

Arreaza-Crosby and SchiumoSophomore Michael Schiumo, who has a double major in Finance and Russian Studies, has been awarded the prestigious Boren Scholarship, allowing him to spend this summer in Kazakhstan and the next academic year in Russia. “Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.” He is shown (right) with Martín Crosby-Arreaza, international studies major and fellow Boren Scholar. Read more here.

Charged! 250x140Read about the Mayo Business Plan winning team’s green energy solutions on the TCNJ homepage. SolarKick uses “piezoelectricity, the electric charge that accumulates on certain solid materials in response to applied mechanical stress. Put simply: move the case and harness natural power. Twenty minutes of walking provides roughly two-and-a-half minutes of charge.” See additional coverage in The Signal.

S14 NYSE 2On Wednesday, April 16, the School of Business took a group of seventeen students to the New York Stock Exchange for a full afternoon of speakers, finishing with a tour of the floor, a conversation with a designated market maker, and the ringing of the closing bell. See photos here.

BGS Induction CeremonyOn April 13th, the School of Business proudly celebrated students who were inducted into Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Epsilon and the New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Association Honor Society. At left, Economics junior Warren Fields is inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma. Click here to view photos from the event and here for the full lists of inductees.

2014 AMA Conference 250x170Members of the American Marketing Association attended the 2014 AMA International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans, winning the award for “Outstanding Chapter Planning” for the second consecutive year. Participants had the opportunity to attend workshops and compete in challenges like the Marketing Strategy Competition; the Best Recruitment Video Competition; and the Best Website Competition. The conference also provided valuable networking opportunities such as a career fair, social scramble, president’s reception and crossfire networking session.

PSE Chapter AwardTCNJ PI Sigma Epsilon (PSE) students were among 450 students who participated in competitions at the National Conference in Miami from April 7 to 12. PSE is a national co-ed sales/marketing fraternity with over 100 chapters. Our students ranked very well, and our chapter won the top chapter award in their category. Read more here.

S14 Business Student AthletesBusiness student athletes: Stephen Gibson (2nd from right), a finance major  and member of the men’s swimming and diving team, was a member of two National Champion Relay teams. These titles were the first swimming relay championships in TCNJ history.  Read about this in TCNJ Magazine. Scott Vitabile (Economics) also earned All-American honors at the NCAA swimming championships. A swimmer earns All-American honors by placing in the top eight nationally in his/her event. Read more.

NCSC Sales Comp 250x170In March, juniors Phil Nichilo (interdisciplinary business) and Kristen Speigel (economics) competed at the National Collegiate Sales Competition at Kennesaw University in Georgia. They were among 145 contestants representing 65 undergraduate schools. Phil and Kristen were selected to compete because they placed 1st and 2nd respectively in the Pi Sigma Epsilon regional sales competition. Read more here.

Target Reps with WinnersCongratulations to the TCNJ students who participated in the Target Case Competition at TCNJ. 1st place winners Nassir Silwanyand Sean Casey (both finance seniors)are pictured at left with Professor Waheeda Lillevik and her fellow competition judges from Target. The first place prize was $2000; second and third place teams received $1000 and $750 (respectively.) The Target Case Competition was sponsored by the TCNJ Career Center.

2014 MBPC finalistsThe 2014 TCNJ Mayo Business Plan Competition drew 22 teams with students from across campus competing for the top three prizes. On April 9th, cash awards were presented to SolarKick in 1st place; Barber By Touch in 2nd; and  TCNJBudget in 3rd. At left, the finalists await the judges’ announcement. Read more here.

S14 DudzWhen business sophomores Tom Athan and Shea Paytas grew bored of their closet full of typical blue jeans and sweatpants, they didn’t head out to find new pants. Instead, they made their own colorful pants they called ‘Dudz’. Check out how Dudz are making their way out of the dorm room and onto consumers in The Times of Trenton, 4/8/14.

Goetschius 250x170Junior James Goetschius (International Business) is interning this spring at the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia.  On February 19th the Chamber held an event at La Famiglia Ristorante in  Old City, and James delivered a short presentation on the Abruzzo region, the theme of the evening’s dinner.  He communicates mostly in Italian while at work, and credits TCNJ’s strong Italian program for developing his confidence with the language.

What NOT to Wear In February, Delta Sigma Pi co-sponsored the What NOT to Wear on the Job Fashion Show, which was part of Dean Keep’s monthly 3rd Wednesday program. Volunteers modeled outfits that represented both appropriate and inappropriate ensembles for both casual and professional workplaces as well as the job interview. View photos here.

F13 Matt Napoli, Dan Cottrell at RBIMarketing majors Dan Cottrell (senior) and Matt Napoli (junior) participated in the William Patterson RBI National Sales Challenge in November. (Pictured l-r: Matt, faculty advisor Dr. Al Pelham, and Dan.) Both Dan and Matt are Pi Sigma Epsilon members who have been finalists in regional and national sales competitions. Recruiters included: ADP, McKesson, DHL, Reckitt-Benkiser, Reynolds and Reynolds, Tom James, Canon, EMC, Michelin, Lennox, Lutron, Oracle, Stryker Orthopedics, and UPS. 

Florida State UniversityThis fall Kelly Cosentino (left), a senior marketing major and Rachael Scott (right), a junior marketing major, participated in the Florida State University International Collegiate Sales Competition. Their combined point total placed TCNJ 21st of 48 universities. Employers at the career fair included ADP, Paycom, TekSystems, Aerotek, Gallo Wineries, Henry Schein Dental, Laird Plastics, McAffee Software, Netsuite Software, and Tom James. They are pictured at the competition with faculty advisor Dr. Al Pelham.

2013 PBL at HomecomingStudents from Phi Beta Lambda, the Society for Human Resource Management and Student Government supported the School of Business Alumni Chapter at their 2013 Homecoming tent on October 19th. PBL volunteers are pictured (l-r): Shreya Vora, Amber Tuttman and Stephen Fabiano.

F13 PSE Sales 250x170At left Amber Loihle, Phil Nichilo, Chris Minitelli and Kristen Spiegel display trophies earned at the PSE Northeast Regional Sales Competition at UCONN this fall. TCNJ won first and second place in the sales competition and first place in the public speaking competition. Nine of the ten finalists in the sales competition were TCNJ students. Phil Nichilo won first in the sales competition and Chris Minitelli and Kristen Spiegel tied for second. For the second year in a row Amber Loihle won the public speaking competition.

 2013 EU Study Tour 250x210Eight students accompanied Professor Pelham on the summer European Study Tour to France and Germany for the International Business 250 course. The purpose of the course was to develop an understanding of how culture and politics impact business decision making for companies in the European Union and companies doing business globally. In France the students went on tours of Paris, Strasbourg and Vichy where they attended lectures at Pole University/Clermont-Ferrand University. In Germany they toured Heidelberg and Frankfurt where they attended a lecture by a European Central Bank representative about the role of the bank in Europe’s financial stability.

Garret Erny 250x170First-year marketing student Garrett Erny (pictured, right) interned this past summer with Morayea Pindziak ’99 at The Agency Inside Harte-Hanks. He spent 8 weeks at their Yardley, Pa, office and then traveled to Colorado for a marketing conference, where he participated in workshops and a group project. His fellow interns were from St. Joe’s and University of Tampa.

MUSE 2013 Nick MalmiSenior economics major Nick Malmi spent eight weeks in residence at TCNJ this summer working with Professor Michele Naples on a Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience (MUSE) research project focused on how the New Jersey education system is taking action due to the rise of children diagnosed with autism. Read about the MUSE program and Nick’s project in The Signal.

KMWhen Kyle Magliaro ’13 was considering colleges, he choose TCNJ in part due to our convenient location. “It’s situated almost directly between New York and Philadelphia, which I hoped would provide me with job opportunities after graduation.” Magliaro — now training as an underwriter at  Chubb Insurance – spoke with The Times of Trenton reporter Nicole Mulvanely about the strength of TCNJ’s Career Center and School of Business in a recent interview.

Grad video 250x170 TCNJ graduating seniors share their post-graduation plans in this video on the College Youtube page, which includes interviews with business seniors Bob Mika (marketing), Samantha Codner (accounting), Kristen Duke (economics) and Winnie Rene (accounting.)

Sade BakerJunior Harcourt Scholar Sade Baker is majoring in accounting with plans to to apply to Teach for America or pursue an MAT after graduation. In an interview for TCNJ Magazine, she discussed how she dicscovered a passion for teaching through her freshman Community Engaged Learning assignment: “Through my service, I’ve learned that I love teaching. I love the classroom. I love the kids. I love the feeling of them knowing something new after I leave.”

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