MBA Students Become Leaders through Community
by Tavonna Goodman
In addition to meeting the standards of one of
the most competitive MBA programs in the SUNY
system, many School of Business students are touching
the lives of people in the Capital Region community
through volunteer work.
part of their MBA program, students participated
in several volunteer events this past fall.
“Being involved helps our MBAs develop leadership
skills, and stresses how important it is for business
leaders to be connected to and involved with the
community,” said Assistant Dean of MBA programs
Students raised more than $1,650 in the Junior
Achievement bowlathon. Junior Achievement supports
business-based education in Capital Region schools
for grades K-12. More than 25 School of Business
faculty made personal pledges. Krzykowski, Interim
Dean Paul Leonard, Assistant Dean Albina Grignon,
Professor Peter Ross, Assistant Director Lynda
Holt, and Professor Paul Miesing attended.
Many professional MBA students have full-time
jobs, and with such rigorous schedules during
the day, they can only attend classes in the evenings
and on weekends. After working with the Southern
Saratoga Chamber of Commerce in the Chamber of
Angels program, the professional MBA students
adopted six children from one family and spent
$150 on each child. Assistant Director of the
Weekend MBA Program, Lynda Holt, coordinated the
“I am very proud of our students’ involvement
in these and other community service programs.
We hope to instill in our students the importance
of being good citizens and the vital connection
between private sector businesses and community
organizations,” said Interim Dean Paul Leonard.
Members of the Graduate Student Association (GSA),
a School of Business student group, transported
more than five boxes of canned and non-perishable
goods to Catholic Charities of Albany and Rensselaer
counties. Catholic Charities offers assistance,
including basic food, shelter, and clothing, to
those in need.
“It does not take a lot of time or resources,
just some interest to help out and make a difference,”
said Christine Galka, a first-year MBA student.
Galka is also secretary of the GSA and co-chair
of its Community Relations Committee.
This past November, 15 students and faculty volunteered
to help at the annual Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner.
Management Science and Information Systems (MSIS)
Professor Sanjay Goel worked with the students.
“It served as a great way to bond with one of
our favorite professors, as well as be involved
in a huge community event,” said GSA President
MSIS Professor Peter Ross also worked with Social
Services to find a family in need. Twenty students
volunteered to pledge and collect money from faculty
members and friends and then shopped for the family.
In the end the students and staff raised more
than $900 for gifts for a family consisting of
a mother, three daughters, a son, and a granddaughter.
“Yes we are students, but that’s not all. We
are active participants in the community who are
dedicated to helping others,” explained Ranjit
Singh, a second-year MBA student. This spring
semester the GSA’s Community Relations Committee
is hoping to participate in a Walk-a-Thon to benefit
charity. Also, MBA students are planning to partner
with Junior Achievement and actually work in the
classrooms of some local schools.
“The members of the MBA program are a unified
group that wants to help others. And in helping
others, they help themselves to become leaders
who will impact their communities for many years
to come,” said Singh.