Whitman Students Explore Manhattan During Winter Break

While most college students may have been resting and relaxing over winter break, three groups of students from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University visited Manhattan to expand their knowledge about various career paths while networking with business executives. Students interested in real estate, marketing, and finance spent part of the winter break touring business centers, meeting Whitman alumni, Whitman students at Madison Square Gardenand learning from professionals in their fields.

Whitman supported experiential learning through ‘live’ classroom instruction in New York City. Yildiray Yildirim, associate professor of finance, facilitated executive engagement in the through a three-credit course for students interested in Real Estate. This ‘Janmester,’ an initiative of the James D. Kuhn Real Estate Center at the Whitman School, was hosted at JPMorgan Chase's offices in Manhattan. James Kuhn ’70 BS, ’72 MBA, president of Newmark Knight Frank, and Michael Solodnz ’82 BS, vice president of Sunrise Communities, were guest lecturers.

A select group of 20 students attended Whitman’s second annual Marketing Career Exploration trip. Over three days and accompanied by Whitman faculty and staff, they visited companies representing different areas of marketing in Manhattan, including Turner Sports, L’Oreal, Macy’s Merchandising Group, the New York Knicks, News America Marketing, and Third Avenue Fund. Each of the visits was sponsored by Whitman alumni working in those companies. A highlight of the trip was the alumni reception sponsored by News America Marketing.

At the same time, Whitman sophomores and juniors participated in “Wall Street Goes Orange” to learn more about different career paths within financial services companies in Manhattan. The purpose of this trip was to broaden the students’ understanding of finance careers so they could focus their future job searches. Students visited Ernst & Young, Morgan Stanley, American International Group (AIG), Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase. An alumni reception was held at the Rock Center Café, sponsored by General Electric.

“When we say ‘Scholarship in Action’ here at Whitman, we mean it,” says Melvin Stith, dean of the Whitman school. “We want Whitman students to have a realistic understanding of the fields that they are being prepared for; this real-life experience is an integral element for their development into working professionals. We are happy to be able to offer our students these opportunities to learn about the business world outside of the classroom, and we are so pleased and proud that Whitman alumni supported these trips every step of the way.”

For more information, contact Amy Mehringer, Whitman director of communications, at (315) 443-3834 or aemehrin@syr.edu.