Business Administration and Accounting Special Opportunities

Baker-Simpson Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program

The Baker-Simpson Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program was envisioned by Simon Baker ’93, and first funded by his generous donation in spring 2014.  Simon’s Hartwick experiences as a double major in economics and French and as a Division I Soccer Player set his course for a career in financial management and entrepreneurship.  He is the founder of BakerAvenue Asset Management and chairman of the investment committee. He oversees the investment process and leads the development of BakerAvenue’s strategies and services.  Simon’s donation funds an unparalleled opportunity for at least 5 of Hartwick’s top students who imagine themselves as entrepreneurs.

The competitive program selects Fellows for a summer immersion in a start-up business where they contribute to multiple aspects of the enterprise.  Upon their return to campus in fall they share their experiences with the community, advise the next cohort of applicants, speak at both alumni and admissions events and are recognized at the spring Student Showcase.  Simon has not only funded the Fellows Program; he donates his time to the mentoring of each Fellow.  His generosity evidences his dedication to a sustainable Hartwick.

Clarkson 4+1 MBA Program

As a Clarkson 4+1 partner institution, Hartwick shares an articulation agreement that ensures that our students have the ability to plan their undergraduate program to include courses that serve as prerequisites for the Clarkson MBA. By meeting these requirements, students will be able to complete the Clarkson MBA in one year.

Also, as a graduate of Hartwick College, any student who enrolls in the Clarkson MBA program will automatically be awarded the Clarkson 4+1 Fellowship:

  • $10,000 Tuition Scholarship
  • $4,000 Travel Scholarship
  • $3,000 graduate assistant position
  • A streamlined application process

The list of courses that follow shows the equivalent courses at Hartwick that fulfill the prerequisites to complete the One Year MBA program at Clarkson. Hartwick College Course Equivalents (in italic) are as follows:


Accounting: Financial and Managerial
ACCO 101 and ACCO 247

Economics: Micro and Macro
ECON 101 and ECON 102

Corporate Finance
BUSA 280

Operations/Production Management
BUSA 348

Computer Science: Information Systems
CISC 120

Statistics and Quantitative Methods
MATH 108 or MATH 308

Law and Society
BUSA 310

Organizational Behavior
BUSA 230

Principles of Marketing
BUSA 240

For more information about this program, contact Dr. Carlena Cochi Ficano, Chair of the Department of Business Administration and Accounting at

Cooperative Internship Program

The Cooperative Internship Program, developed in partnership with on-line marketing and brand development entrepreneur and Hartwick alumnus, Douglas Stone ’83, provides a select group of students with a structured real world opportunity that straddles the line between academic study and professional development.  During the one year interdisciplinary Cooperative Internship Program assignment, students chosen through a competitive application process work in interdisciplinary teams under the direction of Mr. Stone and his colleagues to apply concepts and tools learned through their coursework to the challenges faced by a small start-up business.  Using market analysis, social media campaigns, and direct customer service engagement, the teams seek to further the brand success of their assigned client.  This immersive professional development experience presents real world expectations and implications.

For more information, contact Dr. Carlena Cochi Ficano, Chair of the Department of Business Administration and Accounting at

Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society

Hartwick’s Department of Business Administration and Accounting is a proud member chapter of the international honor society Sigma Beta Delta.  Membership is by invitation only.  Selection criteria requires student members to rank in the top 20%, by overall cumulative grade point average, of our combined business administration and accounting majors.  Invitation to membership is extended to eligible students after the January Term of their junior year.  Additional invitations may be extended in the senior year to those students meeting the above criteria.  To date the chapter has inducted over 100 student members.

The chapter, also, has had the good fortune to induct Hartwick graduates and supporters as honorary members.  Traditionally these honorary members spend at least one day on campus engaging students in discussions both in and out of the classroom.  They provide an excellent link to “real world” experiences and have opened doors to employment and internship opportunities.

Additiionally, chapter members have received SBD recognition beyond the College.  Ryan Twardowski ’10 received one of ten SBD fellowships in 2009-2010.  Bethany Lillie ’11 was one of 25 students selected from the SBD student membership to participate in the 2011 SBD Leadership Conference in San Diego, CA.  Chapter Advisor and Professor Penny Wightman, was one of five advisers chosen as a mentor for the Conference.

Honorary Members:
1997: Ann Fudge H’07, then President, Maxwell House Coffee Company
1998: Geoffrey Smith, then President, Medical Coaches Inc.
1998: Linda Worden ’81, then Director of Training & Development, At-A-Glance Inc.
1999: Bob Hanft ’69, PM’06, then COO & Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Inc.
1999: Harold Nelson ’69, then General Manager, CArramerica
2000: Dick Clapp ’62, then Vice President of Human Resources, Gannett Co. Inc.
2001: Ralph Walker ’73, then Client Executive, IBM
2001: Ed Brozman P’93, then Director, Hartwick College Trustee Center
2002: David Long ’83, H’14, now President, Liberty Mutual Life
2002: Bonnie Nobiling ’86, then Manager, Hartwick College Learning & Technology Center
2003: Stephanie Lavenberg ’92, then Vice President, Fulton Financial Corp
2004: Douglas Willies, then CEO, At-A-Glance
2005: Dr. William Streck, then President/CEO, Bassett Healthcare
2007: Deborah Elam, then Chief Diversity Officer, General Electric
2010: Paul Johnson ’67, then Partner/CPA, Johnson O’Conner PC
2011: Francis Rodgers H’82, then Vice President of Marketing, IBM
2012: Rob Rowe ’81, Managing Director at Citigroup
2013: Seth Haight ’96, Chief Operating Officer, Springbrook
2014: Carrie Casciani ’93, Partner, KPMG
2015: Simon Baker ’93, CEO, BakerAvenue Asset Management
2016: Erica Dingeman, Principal at Social Radiant 

For more information contact Advisor and Professor Wightman at:

Study Abroad

Each January Term, the Business Administration and Accounting Department develops an international program specifically for its upper-class majors.  Previous trips have visited Germany, Romania, Italy, India and China.  These courses include cultural excursions but highlight interactions with American and foreign businesses operating overseas.  

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