Monthly Archives: August 2014

Zarb Professors Are Active in Many Ways

Yes, Zarb School professors are very good teachers, well-known scholars, and involved in the Zarb and Hofstra communities. But, some of our professors are active in other, more unusual ways.

One example is Victor Lopez, an Associate Professor in the Department of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business. He has written a short story collection called Mindscapes: Ten Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Short Stories. This book was just released in an audio format.

As Professor Lopez stated:

This is not related to my professional area of research, but there is much more to us as faculty than lecturers, researchers, and authors in our field. I was pleased and grateful when one of my articles was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in the spring, having been previously cited by another federal court, elevating what was already a first-tier article. But I am no less proud of my book of poems or my book of short stories which are also at the core of who I am — not just as a Hofstra Professor but as a person. My liberal arts roots run very deep; and though these publications have no impact on my professional credentials, research, or value to the Zarb School, they are at the core of who I am and help me balance my ‘real’ peer-reviewed work such as the research I am currently conducting on usury laws in all 50 states that was the core of my summer activity.”


Fall Schedule for Graduate Career Services

Here is the fall 2014 calendar of events for the Zarb Graduate Business Career Services (ZGBCS) office.

For more information about ZGBCS, click here

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The Zarb Beijing and Shanghai Program

Here is another example of how active the Zarb School is in global activities. Besides a summer trip to South Africa, the Zarb School sponsored a trip to China under the direction of Dr. Yong Zhang.

During Summer Session I, participants of the Hofstra in Beijing and Shanghai Program traveled to China for two weeks as part of the requirements for MKT 220 and IB 207.

They visited several companies, such as DePuy-Synthes, a Johnson & Johnson company; Beijing Hyundai Motor Corporation; and China Construction Corporation. They traveled by bullet trains to cities, such as Suzhou, Beijing, and Tianjin, where they visited numerous cultural and business venues. Students attended presentations by CEOs and managers, visited automobile production lines and construction sites, and climbed the Great Wall!

“It was a life-changing and fascinating experience,” said one student.

The Zarb School study abroad activities have greatly enhanced their academic study at Hofstra and broadened their perspectives about global business and cultural differences.

Here is a photo slideshow.

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Q&A: What Is the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics?

Students in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics at Hofstra University get a well-rounded education.  Superior, hands-on programs are offered in Information Technology, Business Analytics, and Quality Management. Each program is combined with a solid grounding in business processes and functions.

Students may study design, implementation, and management in the following areas: Network and Security, Commerce and Cloud Computing, Health Information Technology, Enterprise Systems, Big Data, and Business Analytics.

The Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics provides students with:

  • An IT Executive Board of Visitors. This Executive Board is comprised of senior industry leaders in New York City and Long Island who help the Department stay ahead of technology trends, and mentor and advise on student internship opportunities. The Board offers invaluable real-world perspective on the increasing demand for students with knowledge and skills in information technology and business analytics.
  • Strong academic partnerships with Cisco Networking Academy, SAP Academic Alliance, Oracle, and Microsoft. These partnerships enable our students to attain substantial hands-on experience with the most contemporary software solutions.
  • An active student organization. The Hofstra IT Association (HITA) sponsors a variety of programs including professional networking events with guest speakers, hands-on workshops, and peer and faculty tutoring.
  • Five-year BBA/MBA and dual degree BBA/MS programs. These program options save students considerable time and money compared to earning a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree separately.

The Hofstra IT Association (HITA) is a student club that is supported by the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics.  It is actively working to promote IT, to provide all students interested in IT the opportunity to become acquainted with emerging information technologies, and to contribute to the Hofstra community. Visit it at Facebook.

HITA Members engage in the following activities:

  • Professional networking events with guest speakers
  • Hands-on workshops in such IT areas as ERP systems, SAP, RFID, and Wireless Networks
  • Discussion panels in technology and business applications and issues
  • Special tutoring by other members and faculty volunteers
  • Online discussion and video conferencing
  • Gaining insightful knowledge from professional guest speakers about IT career  opportunities
  • Learning about various skills needed in the workplace

Here is a YouTube video about HITA. [Note: This video was shot before the Department name change.]

Zarb Welcomes YOU to 2014-2015!

In the academic world, “Happy New Year” means the start of the fall semester at Hofstra and the Zarb School.

PLEASE welcome our returning students and our new ones by offering a brief comment for this post. In that way, we can show the vibrancy of the Hofstra and Zarb communities. PLEASE.

Also, if you have not yet done so, please sign up and follow the Zarb School on social media:

Have a great year ahead!

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Upcoming Zarb School Events

With the 2014-2015 academic year just around the corner, it is an action-packed time for the Zarb School. During the year, there will numerous events — aimed at all of our various constituencies. This includes YOU.

A section of this blog is devoted to upcoming on-campus events. This section is always available to you when you visit our blog (so you don’t have to remember a long URL. 🙂 ).

To see what’s happening on campus this semester, click here.

Online MBA Students and EMBA Students Do Their Global Practicum in South Africa

Online MBA  students and EMBA students  from the Zarb School traveled to South Africa this summer for their global practicum. The group was led by Dr. Richard Hayes, Dr. Yong Zhang, Dr. Paul Martorana, and Dean Patrick Socci.

Students visited a number of companies in Cape Town and Johannesburg, including meetings with such top-level executives as the senior vice-president of Philips and the chief executive officer of Philips Africa, a multinational corporation committed to delivering meaningful innovations that help enhance the lives of Africans; and the head of human resources and marketing of Cape Union Mart, a large upscale retail chain in South Africa; and the founder of Waterford Wine Estate. The group also met with the chief executive officer of Yum Brands in Johannesburg, the largest food/beverage producer in South Africa, and visited Mediclinic South Africa, a major private hospital network, where they attended presentations by its chief financial officer and chief clinical officer. The program culminated in an exciting two-day trip to the Entabeni Game Reserve where they experienced a traditional safari.

“The global practicum is an essential component of the Online MBA Program. It serves to integrate a practical experience-based component in the global, strategic aspects covered in the program’s courses. This practicum provides the necessary cultural and corporate immersion that is so essential to an MBA education today,” commented Dr. Kaushik Sengupta, Director of the Online MBA Program and Chairperson, Department of Management and Entrepreneurship.

For EMBA students, the trip is preceded by EMBA 410, a team-taught, six-credit international practicum class. The class covers important concepts in international business, with a focus on the country visited. Many students view the trip as one of the highlights of the program as it illustrates current business practices as well as cultural differences among countries.   According to Barry Berman, EMBA director and the Walter H. “Bud” Miller Distinguished Professor of Business, “The trip is designed to contrast the business environment either within or between countries. Previous trips have been so successful that past graduates have chosen to attend new trip destinations.”

Upon returning from South Africa, one of the participating students stated: “I would like to compliment the professors on the trip, especially Dr. Zhang who did a great job. This trip to South Africa was a great opportunity that certainly exceeded my expectations.”

Here is a portfolio of photos from the trip.


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