February 05, 2016
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Upon completing a three-week program in United States
business practices, the students of International Business School –
São Paulo enjoyed a graduation ceremony on January 28, 2016. The
Mount’s Office of International Programs and School of Business,
who helped coordinate the program, presented certificates to 55
graduates representing 16 countries.
More than 50 students from across the globe completed a
three-week business course at Mount Saint Mary College on Thursday,
The ceremony was streamed online, allowing friends and family of
the international scholars to view the event live.
“Your challenge, and my challenge to you, is to focus on what is
right,” said Judy Kennedy, City of Newburgh mayor, to the
graduates. “Focus on how you can make a change and put your stamp
on the world.”
Through the International Business School – São Paulo and the
Mount’s Office of International Programs, the Mount’s School of
Business hosted the scholars, who learned standard business
practices in the U.S. In addition to regular classes, the students
enjoyed panel discussions lead by local entrepreneurs and visited
leading area businesses, including Hudson Beach Glass in Beacon,
N.Y. and the Newburgh Brewing Company.
Judy Kennedy, City of Newburgh mayor; Tracey Niemotko,
Mount accounting professor and School of Business chair; Ashley
Knox, study abroad coordinator at the Mount; Moira Tolan, Mount
business professor and graduate program coordinator; and Aldo
Brunhara, institutional relations director for International
Hailing from 16 different countries, including Brazil, Costa
Rica, the Netherlands, England, Poland, Spain, and Australia, the
scholars began taking classes at the Mount on January 11, 2016.
According to Ashley Knox, study abroad coordinator at the Mount,
the courses helped prepare the students to be employed in the
global market “through intensive English language courses and
providing them with a deep understanding of sustainable business,
also known as green business.”
Aldo Brunhara of Brazil, institutional relations director for
International Business School, was proud of the scholars’
“They are outstanding students,” he said. “They learned lots
about how to do business in America, globalization, project
management, finance, and strategic thinking.”
Vanessa Lehmann of Brazil and Jacob Gadziala of England on
their last day of classes at Mount Saint Mary College.
Vanessa Lehmann of Brazil discovered the program through her
college, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, and joined so she
could improve her English and business knowledge. She says the
course also enhanced her critical thinking skills.
“Everything was helpful,” she said. “How to think outside of the
box – I think that’s the main lesson.”
Lehmann also got a lesson in meteorology when the Hudson Valley
received its first winter storm of the season.
“I never saw snow falling,” she explained. “I went outside and
felt like a child on a playground.”
For Jacob Gadziala of University of Westminster in London, a
Polish man living in the United Kingdom, the program offered his
first exposure to the United States.
“I love courses like this,” he explained. “It was a great
experience meeting new people and integrating with this culture.
This opportunity has given us a massive head start.”