The Frank G. Zarb School of Business held the first meeting of its inaugural group of Dean’s Business Scholars at the University Club this afternoon. The Dean’s Business Scholars Program is an opportunity extended to high-achieving, first-year students in the Zarb School. The 40 students who accepted the invitation will have all the same opportunities as their fellow Zarb students, but as Dean Patrick Socci put it in his welcome, “the volume will be turned up” for the Dean’s Business Scholars.
Among the special program components are engagement with the Zarb School’s executives in residence; invitations to special panels, presentations and Graduate Business Career Services events; trips to local and New York City companies; and a community project with the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency.
Dean Socci said the skills the students will learn should stay with them throughout their careers and give them the ability to keep reinventing themselves, professionally and personally.
In her welcome at the luncheon, Associate Dean of the Zarb School Gioia Bales said this first group of scholars will be paving the way for others in the future. “We are looking forward to watching you grow as students, leaders and young professionals.” She strongly encouraged the students to become involved on campus and to take advantage of the study abroad opportunities Hofstra offers.
Dongli Ye, a finance major from China, was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the program. “I feel proud and thankful to the school for choosing me.”
Serena Ruel, who hails from Bayville, Long Island, felt the same. “I feel like I’m part of elite group.” She hopes participating in the program will allow her to network with professionals and give her studies and professional goals more direction. “I’m hoping this program will allow me to graduate from Hofstra knowing the workforce and knowing where I want to go.”