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Top Lerner College stories of 2018

By Lerner January 7, 2019

Now that 2018 has come to a close, we reflect on the exciting work and accomplishments that this year has seen from our Lerner College students, faculty, staff and alumni. From student success to new faculty research, here are our top 10 most popular blog posts from 2018 at Lerner:

1. From Mumbai to Manhattan: ISTM student reflects on her journey

Surabhi Bhate is an international graduate student in the Information Systems & Technology Management (ISTM) program at the Lerner College who will be graduating this spring. In September 2018, she attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. Bhate writes about her experience in choosing to come to UD, and how the ISTM graduate program helped her land a job with American Express during the conference career fair.

2. Top CPA Candidate: UD Grad Jim Celia wins Elijah Watt Sells Award

Recent graduate Jim Celia has won the 2017 Elijah Watt Sells Award, which awards outstanding performance on the CPA exam. Celia was one of just 58 winners out of more than 95,000 CPA exam candidates, placing him in the top 0.06% of all CPA candidates.In this Q&A, Celia, who earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s in accounting from the Lerner College, discusses how he got here, offers advice for future test-takers and more.

3. Five Essential Tips for Updating Your Resume

These key tips from Jill Panté, director of our Lerner Career Services Center, that can help professionals at every level of experience. From length to organization to content, these tips will help you prepare your resume for today’s business world.

4. From Student to Alumna Success: Q&A with Lauren Pizzimenti

Last year, Lauren Pizzimenti spoke in a video about her experiences with undergraduate programs at the Lerner College and how they helped her land a career opportunity with Bloomberg. Pizzimenti returned to UD campus for her first homecoming weekend as an alumna, and chatted with Lerner about her life so far as a working professional.

5. Guardrails and paradoxes: The dynamic mindset behind successful social enterprises

As our world cries out for repair, organizations have responded. For-profit businesses are adopting socially responsible programs and practices.” This is how Wendy Smith, Lerner College professor of management, and her co-author, Cornell University’s Marya Besharov, begin their examination of the trend of companies working to both do well and do good. In their recent blog post on the Cambridge Judge Social Innovation Blog, they summarize their paper on this topic, published in top management journal Administrative Science Quarterly.

6. The Lerner Bucket List: 10 Essential Blue Hen Experiences

For students of UD’s Lerner College, the Lerner Bucket List offers 10 ways to celebrate and connect with the Lerner community, while making your UD experience the best that it can be. Checking off your #UDBucketList is a fun way to celebrate UD traditions and build lifetime bonds. Items include everything from spending time at the Geltzeiler Trading Center to grabbing a bite from the food carts outside Purnell Hall.

7. Over 350 local students gathered for UD alumnus led leadership program

On Oct. 9, over 350 students from 17 local middle and high schools gathered at Clayton Hall at UD for the fifth Siegfried Youth Leadership Program. Alumnus Robert Siegfried returns biannually to his alma mater to host this unique program in collaboration with his company, The Siegfried Group, the Lerner College’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE) and Junior Achievement of Delaware.

8. Lerner freshmen compete in pitch competition

In BUAD 110, a required course for Lerner freshmen, students learn about the functional areas of business and are then tasked with applying those newfound skills for their pitch presentations. They form teams within their sections and contend to become one of the top groups that will present their pitches to the entire freshman class. This article includes a link to the Facebook Live footage of this year’s event.

9. Nationally ranked Online MBA

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the UD Online MBA program 22nd in the country as part of the 2018 US News Best Online programs rankings. This is a jump of 43 places, as UD’s Online MBA program was ranked 65th in 2017 and 72nd in 2016. From its launch in 2013 with 52 graduate students, the Online MBA program has grown to 252 students in fall 2017, and is now the largest graduate program at Lerner College and one of the largest at UD.

10. Meet Lerner College’s 2018 Faculty Fellows

“Thanks to successful development initiatives and generous alumni, the number of faculty fellows Lerner College can recognize and support increased again in 2018,” announced Lerner College Dean Bruce Weber this summer. “The objective is to acknowledge faculty members who are productive scholars, publishing in top journals, committed to our students’ success, and contributing to the college’s research environment.”