From the Dean
Aware, agile, and confident in our strengths
As current events have catapulted Wall Street into the consciousness of every person on Main Street, the Johnson School has stepped up as a thought leader. Our faculty responded quickly to shed light on the origins and effects of the financial crisis through a series of panels on campus. Alumni shared their knowledge at Parker Series events in Washington, D.C. and New York City.
Agility and flexibility became paramount for faculty teaching finance-related courses this semester, and they rose to the occasion. Students in Professor Maureen O'Hara's Financial Markets and Institutions elective extolled her extraordinary facility for modifying course content overnight in response to tectonic shifts in the financial world. In addition to teaching, sharing her expertise in panel discussions, and responding to questions from the press, Maureen delivered a presentation on market fragmentation at the World Federation of Exchanges in Italy over fall break. It is great that our students have access to this level of expertise.
Recognizing that this will be a tough year for job placement for new graduates, we added advisors who specialize in finance, marketing, and consulting careers, and added new programs to assist our students. We anticipate that the effects of the downturn will be more evident in 2009. We are coaching students with this in mind, and remain optimistic that they are strong job candidates in any market.
The economic situation is also affecting some alumni, so we have added a job listserv, JohnsonJobs, a new Alumni Resume Database, and free access to an Alumni Career Advisor through June 2009. You can find out more through our Web site. We encourage our alumni to utilize these services and to help by listing job openings.
The Johnson School is flourishing in many ways. We have added 24 new courses in the resident programs in the past two years, and modified many courses in the EMBA programs. Our performance learning opportunities provide education and produce results: our Cayuga MBA Fund posted a positive return for 2008 as of Nov. 1, and our Big Red Ventures fund successfully cashed in a major investment. Experiences like these make our students competitive job candidates, even in the toughest of markets.
We've been proud to welcome fabulous speakers to the school this fall, including Park Leadership Speakers Daniel Hesse, MBA '77, CEO, Sprint Nextel Corp., and Barry Salzberg, CEO, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP; and our Durland Lecturer, William C. Weldon, CEO and chairman, Johnson & Johnson. We have many exciting events planned for the spring, including more Parker Series panels and "The Cornell Global Forum on Sustainable Enterprise: A Call to Optimistic Action," to be held in New York City June 1-3, 2009.
While responsive to the dramatic changes around us, we are also developing a strategic plan for our school's future, with a ten-year horizon. We have collected input and feedback from alumni, students, faculty, staff and recruiters. We are grateful to all who have responded with their insights and feedback. We will complete the plan this year and roll it out to the Johnson community in January.
As always, stay in touch with news about yourself and your ideas for us.
L. Joseph Thomas
Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean
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