Pandemic Pizza: An Even Bigger Slice of the Pie

From small establishments to restaurant chains, the pandemic has badly hurt many food service industry businesses. But one segment has notably bucked the trend: Americans are eating more pizza. When called upon by Forbes magazine to offer expert business insight into the current pizza boom, Shan Li, PhD, says she had to “do her homework.” … Continue reading Pandemic Pizza: An Even Bigger Slice of the Pie

Talent Pool: Bearcat Swimmer Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Asimina Hamakiotes (’20), a four-year Bearcat swimmer and Macaulay Honors student, was named The City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2019–20 season. The three-time CUNYAC Swimming All-Star graduated this spring with a 3.7 GPA, having earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with double minors in philosophy … Continue reading Talent Pool: Bearcat Swimmer Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Seeds of Change: Baruch’s Climate Scholars

Every first-year student at Baruch is now talking about climate change as part of their introduction to the College—all “because of five undergraduate Climate Scholars,” says Mindy Engle-Friedman, PhD, chair of the Baruch College Task Force on Sustainability and associate professor of psychology. Dr. Engle-Friedman and seven other members of the Baruch Climate Change Faculty … Continue reading Seeds of Change: Baruch’s Climate Scholars

Bringing It All Back Home: Author Daphne Andreades (’15) Returns as Harman Fellow

It's all coming full circle for Daphne Palasi Andreades (’15). The up-and-coming author will serve as this semester’s Sidney Harman Writing Fellow, a part of the Harman Writer-in-Residence Program, which Ms. Andreades participated in as a Baruch student only a few years ago. “When they reached out to me about participating, I remembered all that … Continue reading Bringing It All Back Home: Author Daphne Andreades (’15) Returns as Harman Fellow

DACA Dreamer and Healthcare Hero: JC Alejaldre (EMBA ’18)

In March 2020, Juan Carlos (JC) Alejaldre—an administrator in the Division of Community and Population Health at NewYork– Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center— received an urgent call from his supervisor. With the medical center’s Emergency Department overwhelmed by rising numbers of Covid-19 patients, Mr. Alejaldre was informed that “on Monday we would help decamp the … Continue reading DACA Dreamer and Healthcare Hero: JC Alejaldre (EMBA ’18)

Paying Dividends: Alan Chen’s Crusade for Financial Literacy

Like many Baruch students, Alan Chen (’17) had a lucrative, full-time job offer at graduation. But there was one significant problem: He had no idea how to properly invest his first paycheck. “My starting salary was more money than my parents had made over years,” says Mr. Chen, who had found employment as a software … Continue reading Paying Dividends: Alan Chen’s Crusade for Financial Literacy

Meet President S. David Wu: Our Leader for Extraordinary Times

On July 1, S. David Wu became Baruch College’s eighth president and the first Asian American to lead a CUNY college. With a career spanning more than 30 years at major private and public institutions, President Wu is an accomplished scholar, a technology innovator, and a bold and visionary academic leader. His journey to the … Continue reading Meet President S. David Wu: Our Leader for Extraordinary Times

Elevating Travel – and Making an Impact

Traveling has always been a passion for Bettina Garibaldi (’04) – so much so, in fact, that she’s made it a significant part of her thriving career. She currently serves as senior vice president at Ketchum, a global public relations firm, focusing on travel destination marketing. In recognition of her success, PR Week recently named … Continue reading Elevating Travel – and Making an Impact

Werq-aholic Brandon Voss (MBA ’05) Partners with RuPaul’s Drag Race

Flexibility and ingenuity are skills that Brandon Voss has tapped into often during his career. For the past three years, he and his company, Voss Events, have partnered with RuPaul’s Drag Race—among the most popular television shows of the past decade— to produce Werq the World, a global tour featuring the show’s former drag queen … Continue reading Werq-aholic Brandon Voss (MBA ’05) Partners with RuPaul’s Drag Race

Making Waves in Theater: Iyvon Edebiri (MA ’17) and the Parsnip Ship

Not even a global pandemic can stop great theater, as award-winning producer Iyvon Edebiri can attest. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak limiting public gatherings and events, her nonprofit—the Parsnip Ship—continues to highlight compelling play readings and music via podcasts and social media. “We typically record in front of a live studio audience in Brooklyn,” Ms. Edebiri … Continue reading Making Waves in Theater: Iyvon Edebiri (MA ’17) and the Parsnip Ship