Monthly Archives: June 2014

Have You Thought About the Zarb EMBA Program?

For about a dozen years, the Zarb School has offered an Executive MBA (EMBA) program. Among the more than 125 graduates of the program are many business and community leaders. Is this program right for YOU? If yes, contact program director Dr. Barry Berman at or 516-463-5711.

The EMBA program is designed for managers and professionals with at least seven years of managerial experience who want to accelerate their careers while continuing to work full time. The EMBA program integrates academic research, strategic analysis. and the latest management principles into a global perspective.

The 20-month EMBA schedule comprises seven consecutive semesters. The first 12 months of the programs (four semesters) combine an overview of the various business functions in the context of decision making and management. The final eight months of the program (three semesters) adopt a more interdisciplinary perspective  and intense international business study. The International Management Practicum is conducted at the beginning of this eight month time frame.


  • Class Size – Our class size averages 15 or fewer students. This ensures that students receive individual attention, know their classmates better, and get specific questions answered by faculty.
  • Lock Step Scheduling – All students take the same class sequence which includes important skill courses like statistics, accounting and information technology. These skill courses are taught early in the program and incorporated into subsequent classes later in the program.
  • An All-Inclusive Tuition – Tuition cost includes texts, cases, software, all student fees, and all foreign trip expenses (based on double occupancy).
  • A Convenient Class Schedule – The vast majority of classes are held on Saturdays. This enables executives to pursue a degree while working full-time. 
  • A Motivated EMBA Cohort – Most students have seven plus years of experience. Historically, over 90% of students are eligible for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, the business school honor society. The program has a very low attrition rate – over 90% of entering students complete the degree in a 20-month period.
  • A Student-Oriented Faculty – Our distinguished and award-winning faculty members are experienced in teaching business executives. They are knowledgeable in the skills business executives require to advance their careers.
  • The GMAT Exam Is Generally Waived – The exam is generally waived for applicants with a significant amount of business/professional experience.

Here is a slideshow highlighting the program.



The Zarb School Takes Communications and Career Skills Seriously

At the Zarb School, we know how important communications skills are for organizations that hire our graduates.

At the BBA level, students are required to take both oral communications and written communications courses to enhance their abilities to communicate well.

To strengthen the abilities of Zarb graduate students, we now require a special workshop for all MBA candidates.

        • This workshop is hands on and interactive. It focuses on effective individual and group presentation techniques, as well as the facilitation skills required for leading a discussion.
      • Topics covered include:  practical tips on controlling nerves, understanding the required physical skills, and the importance of time management.
      • Students have the opportunity to practice the skills during videotaped presentations and are given immediate feedback from their colleagues and the instructor.
      • After the workshop, each student reviews his/her video during a one-on-one coaching session.

The graduate workshop is taught by Marc Kopman, who has over 30 years of experience in the field of corporate training and development.  Formerly, he was Vice-President of Learning and Development for Time Warner Cable of New York City.  He has designed and facilitated numerous workshops on communication skills, management, and leadership development.

A Conversation with Zarb’s Assistant Dean for Administration Caligiure

Meet the People of Zarb: Assistant Dean Brian Caligiure

[Note: This is one in a series of posts to highlight the people who contribute to making the Zarb School of Business a special place.]

Here is our Q&A with Assistant Dean Caligiure.


  • In your time at the Zarb School, you have had various positions. Could you tell us about your roles at Hofstra.

I began my career at Hofstra as a Computer Facilitator in the Zarb School. This position was responsible for all technology related support for faculty and staff, Web site management, and coordination of special technology projects.

I was then promoted to Instructional Technologist, which integrated my position with Faculty Computing Services in the Computer Center. In this role, my responsibilities grew to include classroom facilities management and maintenance, management of university-level IT projects and software and vendor management.

I have also been heavily involved with the Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room since its inception and continue to serve as its Technical Co-Director.

In addition to my current position as Assistant Dean for Administration of the Zarb School, I also enjoy teaching as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics.

  • What does your job as Assistant Dean for Administration encompass?

As the Assistant Dean for Administration, I am primarily responsible for managing Zarb’s operating budget, processing faculty compensation, course scheduling, and preparing copy for the undergraduate and graduate bulletins, as well as the curriculum process.

  • What is your proudest accomplishment at the Zarb School?

Since I’ve been Assistant Dean for Administration, I have had the opportunity to participate in a number of commencement ceremonies and have had the privilege to read student names during the ceremony. It’s especially rewarding to be able to participate in such a special way for those students with whom I have built strong relationships with in their time at Hofstra.

  • You earned both a BBA and MBA at the Zarb School. What were your majors and favorite courses?

I actually earned both my BBA and MBA in Business Computer Information Systems. My favorite undergraduate course was BCIS 120 with Professor Hardiman and my favorite graduate course was Accounting 230 with Dr. Jones.

  • What message do you have for fellow alumni?

The Zarb School of Business has changed significantly over the past few years; the Dean and the faculty are leading the school into exciting new areas. There are many wonderful events that we hold for alumni. If you haven’t been back in a while, please check them out!

  • What is something that most people do not know about you? 

My wife and I met in Dr. Zhang’s IB 150 class.

  • Any final thoughts?

Hofstra is a wonderful institution and a great place to work. I have had the opportunity to see it from several perspectives and there is nowhere else I would rather be.


Zarb Produces Stars: Here’s a Great Example

To us, all Zarb students are stars and our main constituents. When they graduate, these students become our treasured alumni.

When our Zarb students do especially well, this makes us at the Zarb School quite proud. One recent example is Liza Albaine, a 2014 BBA with a major in Management and a minor in Marketing.

Ms. Albaine graduated Summa Cum Laude in May and was awarded the Outstanding Senior Scholar Award for achieving the highest GPA of the entire class of 2014 consisting of over 1,400 students.

While at Hofstra, Ms. Albaine was inducted into  Beta Gamma Sigma; was active in the Association for Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting); and did volunteer work for Edeyo (a student club that supports the cause of the Edeyo Foundation) — dedicated to improving the future of children in Haiti through education).

Ms. Albaine intends to pursue a career in human resources. Good luck Liza!! 


Liza Albaine_Graduation Class of 2014

Zarb School and Beta Gamma Sigma: An Exemplary Chapter

For business students, achieving membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the equivalent of liberal arts students earning Phi Beta Kappa designation.

This year, the Zarb School of Business’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the premier business honor society, achieved Exemplary Chapter status. Only a select number of Beta Gamma Sigma’s 500 worldwide chapters achieve this status based on their membership induction and their support of the principles of the organization.

At the on-campus chapter member induction ceremony this spring hosted by chapter advisor Professor Glen Vogel, the Zarb chapter honored distinguished alum Larry Roman. Mr. Roman, a very successful entrepreneur and businessman, was honored not only for his success in business, but also because he has generously devoted both his time and financial support to many worthwhile charitable organizations and has been a long-time supporter of Hofstra University.

As a result of its new Exemplary Chapter status, the Theta Chapter was invited by the headquarters of Beta Gamma Sigma to be one of the pilot chapters to launch the new BGS 2.0 initiative starting this fall. Only a select few chapters were asked to pilot this new initiative as BGS begins its second century as the premier business honor society.


Dean’s Business Scholars

In our Tuesday interview with Associate Dean Bales, she noted that the establishment of the Dean’s Business Scholars Program, an extra-curricular enrichment program for Zarb’s best first-year students was one of her proudest accomplishments.

So, what exactly is this exciting new program?

The Dean’s Business Scholar’s program is an opportunity extended to high-achieving, first-year students in the Zarb School. It provides accepted students with several opportunities for experiential learning including access to special panel discussions, presentations, and Graduate Business Career Services events; trips to local and New York City companies; engagement with the Zarb School’s executives in residence; and involvement in a development project with the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency.

As part of the fall 2013 series of events, Dean’s Business Scholar students sat down for an intimate discussion with Frank G. Zarb who regaled them with stories of a career spent at the highest levels of Washington and Wall Street. Mr. Zarb served in multiple cabinet positions for two presidents (Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford), ran the National Association of Securities Dealers and the NASDAQ Stock Market, was CEO and Chairman of Smith Barney, and has chaired state commissions and boards on education reform and the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan. “For me, a diversity of experience was important,” Mr. Zarb said. “I just found it was fun …and it really benefited me to move around and do many different things.”

To learn more, click the icon to visit the Dean’s Business Scholar multimedia Web page.


A Conversation with Zarb’s Associate Dean Bales

Meet the People of Zarb: Associate Dean Gioia P. Bales

[Note: This is one in a series of posts to highlight the people who contribute to making the Zarb School of Business a special place.]

Here is our Q&A with Associate Dean Bales.

  • In your time at the Zarb School, you have had various positions. Could you tell us about your roles at Hofstra.

Yes, in my 25 years at Hofstra, I have held various positions. I began my tenure at Hofstra as the MBA Placement Director, where I worked with graduate business students on career development (resume and interview preparation and networking skills) and employer development. I was actively engaged with alumni in a career information series. I also began teaching undergraduate Finance courses.

After a year-and-half in this position, I became a full-time member of the Finance faculty where I taught both undergraduate and graduate courses for 18 years. During this time, I was also the Coordinator of the Center for International Financial Services and Markets; the Finance Department’s Internship Coordinator; and the Faculty Advisor of the Financial Management Association.

In 2008, I was appointed Zarb’s Assistant Dean and then in 2011, I was promoted to Associate Dean. In this role, I am responsible for all aspects of the undergraduate program including advisement, professional development, and internationalization.

  • What does your job as Associate Dean encompass?

In addition to doing one-on-one advisement with students who have special circumstances, I coordinate activities with our Zarb team in the Center for University Advisement. I also work closely with our Zarb team in Undergraduate Career Services.

Many of my efforts are focused on building student affinity to Zarb, making them feel like they are a very important part of our school. To achieve this goal, we have institutionalized events beginning with a Zarb Quiz Bowl during freshman orientation and ending with the Zarb Welcome Back BBQ every Fall.

I work closely with the 20 Zarb undergraduate organizations, and I attend undergraduate admissions events and talk to high school students about the many unique opportunities available at Zarb. This year, we started a Zarb Ambassador Program, where our students participate in Admissions events.

Promoting undergraduate study abroad programs and faculty exchanges is another area of focus. Recently, the Zarb School joined TABSA, the TransAtlantic Business School Alliance, which provides exchange programs with four European institutions.

  • What is your proudest accomplishment at the Zarb School?

These are my proudest accomplishments: (1) The opening of the Zarb House in the Netherlands complex as a living-learning community for first-year business students. In addition to other business-related events, residents of the Zarb House invited faculty to three dinners this year. (2) The establishment of the Dean’s Business Scholars Program, an extra-curricular enrichment program for our highest-achieving first-year students.

  • What advice you offer to Zarb students?

The career planning process needs to start on day one. Make an appointment with the Career Center; perfect your resume; do a mock interview. Start thinking about internships and what companies you would like to target. Join a Zarb student organization – these organizations provide excellent networking opportunities. Get to know your faculty – their insights are invaluable not only in terms of your coursework but also your professional development.

  • Before joining the Zarb School, you had a successful career in business. Could you tell us about your career highlights.

For 8-½ years, I worked at Salomon Brothers Inc. in Global Fixed-Income Research, where I authored reports which were distributed to institutional investors worldwide. Although the hours were long and there was tremendous pressure to produce, it was an invaluable learning experience. I observed firsthand how markets work.

More recently, I was a consultant in the Global Fixed-Income Research Department at Merrill Lynch. Both of these experiences have helped me to be a more effective instructor.

  • What is something that most people do not know about you? 

My first job at Hofstra was as a Resident Assistant of the 4th floor of “Tower D,” now Estabrook Hall.

  •  Any final thoughts?

I am a proud Zarb alumna. MBA 1986.