Finance and Accounting Mentoring Group

  • On June 18, 2015

Thomas Brigandi ’12 (CSI) on Why Having a Mentor in the field of Finance is absolutely critical to your future career

  • On April 8, 2015

Click on photo to hear why having a mentor is crucial in the field of financeWhy do Macaulay alumni mentors think having a mentor is so important to one’s career, especially for a student searching for their first job in the accounting and finance industry?

In my personal opinion, having a Macaulay alumni mentor is an important factor for our mentees to secure a first job or internship in the finance and accounting industry‎. Not only are our mentees competing with students who come from schools with robust on-campus recruiting programs, but also with a recruiting process that favors students from target schools.

Although, in my perspective, our mentees are generally just as intelligent and driven as their counterparts at target schools, they usually must work harder to get their resume in the resume pile than their counterparts, as our mentees have limited access to on-campus recruiting programs. That said, I strongly believe that Alumni mentors help to provide mentees with more level playing field by providing them with not only a template on how to get their resume in the resume pile, but also guide them through the interview process.

What are some examples of how Macaulay alumni mentors have helped students‎?‎‎

Alumni mentors‎ provide specific networking and interview guidance, in addition to connecting mentees to people in their respective networks who work at firms that our mentees are interviewing, giving our mentees a competitive edge when asked questions like “why our firm?” or “why our group?”. We have mentored over 75 mentees since the program began and our mentees have secured jobs and internships at firms such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, PwC and JP Morgan.‎

I believe that the lessons mentees learn from alumni mentors in terms of networking, professionalism and interview prep serve the mentees with a fundamental base for career advancement. The mentees will not only be able to apply this skill set in their current first job or interview search, but also over the course of their careers. Lastly, in most cases, the mentees build long-term mentoring relationships with their mentors, another positive in terms of their career development and building the Macaulay alumni community.

Alumni Volunteer Opportunity – Share Your Experience!

Calling alumni volunteers to email 10 students who have been accepted to Macaulay Honors for this coming fall semester. Volunteers will offer a chance to chat online, email, or talk on the phone to these students as they set out to make their college choice.

All that is needed is a willingness to share your own Macaulay experience!

Email if you are interested or would like more information.

Is your current contact information up to date?


We want to stay connected with all of our alumni and let you know what is going on at Macaulay Honors College.


New Alumni Association

Congratulations to the newly elected Macaulay Honors College Alumni Association Board

President – Daniel T. Allen ’08 (Hunter)

Vice President – Rori Picker Neiss ’07 (Hunter)

Co-Treasurers – Olga Barskaya ’10 (Baruch) & Sandro Lemberg ’05 (Baruch)

Secretary – Joy Piedmont ’07 (Hunter)

If you would like to join become an active member in the Alumni Association, email Brianne Donnelly at

Become an Alumni Mentor

Email if you are interested in becoming an Alumni Mentor

Calling for Alumni Volunteers!

This March and April, alumni will again be hosting the accepted students event for Macaulay’s accepted applicants and we need your help! These yield events were developed by your own dedicated alumni relations committee to help make Macaulay the best it can be and attract the best and brightest students. We need as many alumni volunteers as possible to ensure these are a success.

Wednesday, March 28 6 to 8 pm – Hunter
Sunday, April 22 10 to 12 – Brooklyn, CSI, Lehman
Sunday, April 22 2 to 4 – Queens, City
Thursday, April 5 6 to 8 pm-  Baruch

EMAIL Brianne at to volunteer!

Support Macaulay!

Three reasons why Alumni Giving is important…

-Your support helps advance the mission of the college
-Your gift demonstrates your satisfaction with your Honors College experience
-Your participation is an opportunity to invest in the program that invested so much in you

Alumni make permanent mark on W67!

Over 50 Macaulay alumni gathered on October 5 to welcome the Class of 2011 and dedicate the new word cloud mural.

The word cloud, a gift from the Classes 2005-2010, was dedicated by Macaulay’s 10th anniversary alumni giving chairs, Mila Matveeva ’10 (Hunter) and Dan Blondell ’10 (Hunter). Thanks to all who participated!

Artist, Joseph Sopp '10 (Hunter), with fellow alumni at the dedication

Following Mila and Dan’s dedication, Miriam Samstein ’07 (Brooklyn), Macaulay’s first alumnus Director for the Macaulay Honors College Foundation Board, kicked off the 2011/2012 fund raising efforts!

Miriam strongly emphasized that participation and “giving back” is what matters most – not the amount of the gift.

We invite you to join the tradition of giving back by making a gift today!* Press the “Give” button to contribute now.



*Gifts will go to Macaulay’s Foundation that supports current students, academic programs, faculty and the “Opportunities Fund” that supports study abroad, independent research, internships, and community service projects.

Alumni activities are supported by the generous support from the Laura Schor Fund for Alumni Relations

Macaulay Launches Network for Media, Arts and Entertainment Professionals

Dear Friend,

Approaching its tenth anniversary, the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY has grown from a bold experiment in higher education to a full-fledged degree granting institution with its own landmark building.

I feel proud each time I learn of the great successes that Honors College alumni have achieved in a variety of fields, from medicine to law, launching new business ventures to engaging in intense graduate research at the world’s top institutions.

However, many alumni have achieved success in other creative ways. Launching a groundbreaking website, landing a staff photography position for a weekly magazine, headlining live music shows at top New York City nightclubs or operating an independent video production company is the type of success that can be difficult to quantify and share with others.

For this reason, I have proposed the creation of a Creative Professional Alumni Network for Macaulay Alumni working in the arts, entertainment and media. This network aims to bring inventive minds together in a way that strengthens social and professional connections. It will be a place for like-minded individuals to share ideas, best practices and discover new opportunities.

I realize that it may be a challenge to convince our peers that this specific type of alumni network has a place in their lives. Although the number of Macaulay graduates working in arts, media and entertainment is modest, I think that this presents an advantage. We have the opportunity to begin with an intimate group and grow our numbers, reaching out to previously unconnected alumni and even tapping into our own social networks outside of the Honors College for support.

I am currently finalizing a rollout plan that includes a podcast and website to showcase alumni accomplishments, a kickoff event, and later, a speaker series and a mentoring program. I hope that you will share in this vision for the Creative Professionals Network. I have taken the initiative by drafting the proposal but I cannot make it a reality without your support.

Please contact me at if you are interested in helping to make this group a reality.


Daniel T. Allen
Community Engagement Coordinator
Friends of Thirteen, Inc.

Need funding for Graduate School? Macaulay has advisors to help you apply for prestigious national scholarships and fellowships

If you are applying to graduate school or are at the beginning of your graduate career, there are a number of scholarships and fellowships that provide funding for your studies such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, The Rhodes Scholarship, The Harry S. Truman Scholarship for Public Service, and the Fulbright U.S. Student Program among others. Jim Airozo, the CUNY Director of Student Academic Awards and Honors and Mike Lamb, the Macaulay Fellowship advisor work together to assist students with scholarship and graduate school applications. Jim can be reached at 212-729-2908 or at and Mike can be reached at 212-729-2907 or at There is also a prestigious scholarships website on the CUNY portal with scholarship information in summary and links to scholarship websites. Just type in the words CUNY Prestigious Scholarships in your search engine to access this site.

Alumni Committee

Interested in serving on the Macaulay Alumni Committee? Contact Brianne Palmieri at for questions and to RSVP.

Macaulay Honors Wall

We would love to have all our wonderful alumni honored on our Macaulay Honors Wall! Submit a picture and an academic, personal, or professional accomplishment of you or a classmate to Check out the Honors Wall online here: or in person by coming by to our campus on West 67th Street.
*for best quality, please submit a picture with a minimum of 180 dpi quality

Join the NYC Civic Corps

New York City Civic CorpsNew York City is looking for a select group of dedicated individuals to commit one year to the NYC Civic Corps, an AmeriCorps affiliated program. The NYC Civic Corps is a diverse group of adult volunteers dispatched in small teams to local organizations for one year of service, with the charge of promoting civic engagement by developing sustainable volunteer programs and expanding organizational capacity to impact several different areas, including:

  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Environment/Clean Energy
  • Health

The ultimate goal of the NYC Civic Corps is to engage more New Yorkers in volunteerism to support non-profits and public agencies as they address some of our City’s greatest needs.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Education Affinity Group

Recently, about a dozen Macaulay alumni in the education sector have come together to explore the creation of an alumni education affinity group. Representing educators in the private and public schools, from early childhood through high school, classroom teachers, administrators and others in the teaching and curricular fields, the group aims to harness the resources and experiences of its members and offer opportunities to share, learn, network and grow.

Inspired by Macaulay’s mission to prepare students to solve the social, economic, cultural, and scientific challenges of New York City and the world, the alumni education group hopes to provide its members with the tools, resources and connections to help them in turn provide quality educational opportunities to students across New York City, the state, and the world.