Business Students Travel Near and Far this Academic YearBusiness Students Travel Near and Far this Academic Year
This academic year, students from the School of Business traveled to some of the most exciting places in the world.

From New York City to the United Arab Emirates, and places in between, business students at Ithaca College had many opportunities to visit locations that left a lasting impression.

In the fall, accounting students had the opportunity to visit employers and alumni at major firms in New York City. This annual fall tradition gives students a valuable insight into what it’s like to work at a major firm.   Ryan O’Connor ’12, said “the alumni we met were great – easy to talk to, willing to share their new experiences and give advice as to which way we can look for.”

Three School of Business seniors,  Jennifer O'Leary, Julius Vainauskas, and Joe Zenz, attended the Beta Gamma Sigma National Student Leadership Forum in Memphis, TN.  The Forum brings together student members from colleges and universities across the country for a chance to improve their leadership skills, development and personal growth. Only 100 students are able to attend this prestigious event.  Students often characterize it as a "life changing experience."

This spring, four students packed parkas and not swimsuits for spring break and headed to Alaska to provide free tax help to residents of remote villages. After arriving in Anchorage, the teams received their assigned territories and traveled via puddle jumper planes, pickups, ATVs and snowmobiles. “I feel extremely fortunate to have twice had the opportunity not only to travel to beautiful parts of Alaska but also to have a positive impact on the lives of those I met. Participating in Ithaca College's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program definitely helped prepare me for the experience and made transitioning confidently into a leadership role in the field almost seamless.” said Meghan Miller, ’12.

Lauren Goldberg, ’13, and Professor Aimee Dars Ellis, attended the “Women as Global Leaders” conference in the United Arab Emirates where they presented on a panel called, “Sustainability Education from Three Perspectives.” Lauren Golderg said that, “Attending the conference in Abu Dhabi was a wonderful experience.  I am lucky to have met so many confident, motivated women from all over the world. I learned a lot about cultures other than my own, allowing me to broaden my view of the world. I would consider it one of the highlights of the college experience thus far.”

Freshman Asaad Anjum had the rare opportunity to attend the World Model United Nations conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, in March. The WorldMUN is the most diverse college-level Model UN conference in the world. Participating in Model United Nations is an excellent way to develop one’s negotiation skills, learn effective communication skills and form solutions with peers from around the world, as well as to broaden one’s perspective on a variety of international topics. “People might think that me winning the Best Diplomacy Award at the biggest MUN conference is huge...for me, getting the chance to sit with people from all over the world and discuss current global pharmaceutical scams and wildlife crimes was huge. “ said Asaad Anjum.

Members of the Ithaca College chapter of the American Marketing Association spent a week in New Orleans for the 34th Annual International Collegiate Conference. While there, the ICAMA presented on various panels and moved up to a Bronze Chapter (number 12 overall). Jake Tennenbaun  ’12, said “Having the opportunity to travel to New Orleans after spending years working with the club was an amazing opportunity. I had the opportunity to hear incredible speakers from around the world, whom I was able to probe for questions and converse over unique topics like social media and green marketing. This trip was truly an amazing experience, one that I will never forget!”

“These away-from-campus experiences allow students to apply what they've learned in the classroom at Ithaca College, and to interact with others in the business world and from other colleges and countries. Such interactions enrich the learning experiences and expand the perspectives of our students in ways that are invaluable in preparing them to be successful in the world. And the Ithaca College environment encourages students to seek out these kinds of opportunities."  said Dean Mary Ellen Zuckerman.


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