The Sy Syms School of Business is the place to be at Yeshiva University. We have excellent faculty, administration, classes and students. There are many changes going on to constantly improve the school in order to make it a top business school in New York. The SYMS Student Council (SYMSSC) is working hard to help achieve this goal and offer students the unique opportunity to learn outside the classroom and get ready to begin their careers once they graduate. We are also committed to giving Sy Syms a “family” feel by connecting faculty and administration with our students.
We run many different types of programs at Syms. The biggest job we have is managing 15 clubs. These clubs cover an array of topics from the Accounting Society to the Marketing Club; and the Sports Management Club to the Latin American Business Club. The clubs run extracurricular events to best educate the student body on things that may not be covered in the classroom. For example: The Accounting Society, one of the biggest clubs on campus at YU, has held several events over the past year. They brought someone in from Becker CPA to educate the students how to earn their CPA licensing. They have had people come in from different size accounting firms to talk to us about how the lifestyle and work is at different size Public Accounting Firms. And if you aren’t interested in working at a Public Accounting Firm, they hosted a panel of different jobs you can get with an accounting degree. These events give the students an opportunity to find out what their career may be like and even give students the opportunity to network in order to increase their chances of getting a job or internship. Clubs also run numerous site visits every year. A site visit is an opportunity to go on site to a business, to see what the workplace is like and learn about the company in a real work environment. I think this is the best opportunity to learn what the business world is like and to get a feel for where one could be working in a few years. Some of our most notable site visits include The Federal Reserve, Ernst & Young and Madison Square Gardens. This year we have Google and American Greetings on the calendar.
Besides working with our amazing clubs, there are a lot of other great stuff we participate in on campus. We also run some of the bigger programing and social events on campus. Recently, we hosted Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Economy Minister, at YU with more than 400 students in attendance. He spoke about innovation in Israel and gave some insights on his own entrepreneurial success. We also partner with Sy Syms in running the Leading with Meaning Series hosted by Professor Charlie Harary. These events give our students the opportunity to learn about ethical and moral behavior in the business world. These are well-attended events and we hope to see you at the event in the Spring.
In particular, I am very proud of the Yeshiva Consulting program that we started along with some ambitious students this semester. Yeshiva Consulting is a program that allows students to take the skills they learn in the classroom and use it to help local businesses in Washington Heights. We are sending in teams of students to help these businesses and business owners with accounting, social media, marketing, web design and legal work. The point of this project is twofold: with Dean Pava’s guidance, we believe that “experience based learning” is essential to growth and preparing you for life after school. We are happy to be giving our students the opportunity to practice their skills before they graduate, while having on site coaching from faculty and a local non-for-profit we teamed up with. More importantly, we feel it is important to dedicate time to give back to others and our community. Yeshiva Consulting is just starting out, but we have more than 60 students signed up and we are excited for the program to grow!
The Syms Dinner is a highlight every year at Yeshiva University. More than 400 students, faculty and alumni get together to eat delicious food at a beautiful venue in downtown Manhattan to celebrate an amazing school year with the graduating class at Sy Syms. This is always a night to remember and I urge you to come this year. Mark your calendars for April 30th – tickets will be on sale next semester.
Our hope is that we are able to help every student at Syms, and respond to the needs of our students. If there is anything you would like to get involved in, I encourage you to reach out to me. If you have any ideas for us that you wish to see, we would love to hear from you! Please come say hello at any time, as I would like to meet every single student at Sy Syms and help cater our program to YOU.
Look out for our programs on ystuds, flyers and social media blasts! We would love for you to come to events. I look forward to seeing you there.