The Nahshon Society, a select group of approximately 150 recent YU graduates looking to remain actively involved with the University, was created in 2009 by YU’s Department of Institutional Advancement. Since then, this group of enthusiastic and committed alumni has participated in many conversations on University life, offering their suggestions on how to enhance the student experienced and ensure that alumni remain engaged in the YU community.

On February 7, Nahshon members, as well as a small number of YU juniors and seniors, participated in a unique networking event at Bloomberg, L.P. in Manhattan where they were treated to a “behind the scenes” look at Bloomberg’s impressive facilities, with its distinctive architecture and stunning panoramic views of Manhattan.  J. Michael Gower, vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer at YU, gave a presentation on the financial state of the University and took questions from participants, who are interested in the state of the University.

Nahshon’s upcoming spring meeting on March 21 will
feature a unique round table discussion with Karen Bacon, the Monique C. Katz dean of Stern College for Women, Barry Eichler, Yeshiva College dean, and Moses Pava, the Alvin H.Einbender chair in business ethics and director of the Syms School of Business. They will discuss the future of the undergraduate schools of Yeshiva University, including the changes now underway.  Dean Bacon said, “I look forward to speaking to the Nahshon Society about the exciting new academic projects and developments at Stern College. Through the exchange of information with such a committed group of alumni, we forge an important partnership for the benefit of the University.”

This meeting is also a milestone for the group, as it will serve as the final program for the 2009 Nahshon Society cohort – the inaugural class of Nahshon Society members. Josh Sladowsky ’09SB, a trader at J.P Morgan and co-founder of the Nahshon Society, said, “The February event at Bloomberg Headquarters was great and set the tone for the upcoming Spring meeting as the first class of Nahshon prepares to conclude its three years of service. It will be a culminating moment when we get to see the University’s young leadership begin to emerge from this collective journey, and to witness the strong connection that has been developed between the Nahshon members and their alma mater. I think everyone has learned a lot from their time with Nahshon, and I believe they will continue to be invested in YU as a result of this experience.”

While the majority of cohort spots in the Nahshon Society are filled by invitation, a select number of spots for graduating seniors from the forthcoming class of 2012 will be available to those who wish to submit an application. Candidates should have excellent academic credentials and leadership level involvement in student and communal affairs. For more information, contact nahshonsociety@yu.edu.

 

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