Baruch College Students Win Ernst & Young’s Your World, Your Vision Competition

Macaulay Honors Program students from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business recently placed ahead of 40 schools including New York University and the University of Southern California to win the 2011 Ernst & Young’s Your World, Your Vision national competition. The competition invites students to develop and submit proposals designed to make a difference in their communities in one of three areas – education, entrepreneurship, or the environment. The Baruch College team, including students Matthew Connelly, Joseph Han, Linda Haviv, Doris Hu, Kyuchang Jung, Maria Kamenetskaya, Matthew Law, Hannah Lee, Tiffany Wong and Yeena Wu, consisted entirely of freshmen and sophomores.  They will receive $10,000 to implement their program.

The Baruch team developed Striving Towards Education Means Success (S.T.E.M.S.), an eight-week summer program aimed at empowering struggling young adults living in Covenant House, a homeless shelter for 18-21 year olds, to pursue their individual aspirations for higher education. Volunteers from the program will offer information and guidance in the form of seminars that will cover goal setting, college entrance exam preparation, college application assistance and scholarship availability. Motivational speakers will also be brought in to discuss other areas of interest.

“We are very proud of our students’ commitment to give back to the community,” said Zeljko Sockovic, the Ernst & Young Student Advisor. “We encourage our students to participate in these competitions not only to make a positive impact, but also to help them develop valuable leadership and communication skills outside the classroom.”

The idea, approach, and title of the community programs for this competition were left up to the students. A team of students from each campus was asked to submit a creative program that would significantly impact their communities – on campus, in a nearby town or city, or in a virtual community. A panel of firm leaders from Ernst & Young LLP evaluated all submissions and named the three winning programs which also include University of Georgia and University of Illinois.

Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business is the largest accredited collegiate school of business in the United States. In addition to its undergraduate business education, the Zicklin School offers an array of premier graduate business degree programs including nationally ranked undergraduate, part-time, and full-time MBA programs, and an accelerated MBA, specialized masters, and doctoral programs.

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Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. Through its three schools—the School of Public Affairs; the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences; and the Zicklin School of Business, the largest AACSB-accredited business school in the nation—Baruch College offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees that reflect the college’s foundation in the liberal arts and its strong focus on management and public affairs. Baruch College dates back more than 160 years to the founding in 1847 of the Free Academy, the first free public college in the nation. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.

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