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Dyson Undergraduate Council

The Dyson Undergraduate Council is a student-directed organization committed to promoting and strengthening the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. The organization consists of students with diverse backgrounds and experiences, all united by their passion for the Dyson School community and undergraduate Applied Economics and Management (AEM) major.

Please feel free to contact the Dyson Undergraduate Council with questions regarding anything from student life to coursework.

This page will feature upcoming Dyson Undergraduate Council events, so check back often for the latest information on opportunities to live the AEM experience.

Mission Statement top

The mission of the Dyson Undergraduate Council is to promote and strengthen the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, give leadership and assistance to fellow AEM students, provide representation and information to the Cornell community and beyond, and embody the ambition, diversity, and goals of the Dyson School's undergraduate program.

Dyson Undergraduate Council Responsibilities & Initiatives top

Alumni Relations: Responsible for alumni outreach and programming. Responsibilities include contacting alumni and building support for the Dyson School, as well as establishing events that foster strong relations between current students and graduates.

Prospective Students: Responsible for communicating with prospective students throughout the year with a focus on Dyson Days programming for admitted students visiting campus during Cornell Days. Responsibilities also include developing peer mentorship programs for incoming Dyson students.

Pre-Enrollment Guide for New Dyson Students. The Dyson Undergraduate Council has created a helpful guide to provide new Dyson students with course recommendations, tips on navigating Student Center and DUST, and mock schedules for Freshman. If you have more specific questions, feel free to contact any member.
Download Pre-Enrollment Guide (1.2MB pdf)

Student Development: Responsible for academic, social, and professional development programming for current Dyson School students. Also responsible for contributing to discussions related to the current curriculum and potential changes.

The Dyson Undergraduate Council organizes its projects and meets its goals through the use of Initiatives, which are overseen by Vice Presidents and appointed Chairs. Examples of current and recent Initiatives include:

  • Alumni relations related activities like Externship Programs and Alumni Mentors
  • Public relations projects such as the Dyson Branding Initiative, which brought Dyson School apparel to the Cornell Store
  • Programs for prospective and admitted students, including Dyson Days, individualized meetings, calling panels, and peer mentorships
  • Student development events such as Pre-Enrollment assistance sessions, Dyson School Welcome Events, and Recruitment Preparation Professional Development Events.

Recruitment Information top

The Dyson Undergraduate Council recruits new members during the fall and spring semesters. Recruitment includes information sessions, application submissions, and interviews.

For Spring 2014, the Dyson Undergraduate Council will host information sessions on Monday, February 24th, and Wednesday, February 26th, at 5:00 PM in Warren 101. Please join us to learn more about our organization.

After attending a mandatory information session, applicants should submit resumes and letters of intent to by Friday, February 28th at 10 PM. In the letter of intent, please include both reasons why you would like to join the Dyson Undergraduate Council as well as ideas for improving the Dyson School. In the subject line write "DUC Application, YOUR NAME," and attach files named "First _Last_Resume" and "First_Last_Letter" both as PDFs. Applicants will be notified about interviews following the application deadline.

If you have any questions about recruitment, feel free to contact Kyle Brumm.

Contact a Dyson Undergraduate Council Member top

Executive Board Members: 2014-15
Name/Title Hometown Internships Concentration/Activities
Karolyne DeBriyn '15
Houlton, WI Shoptiques, Inc., Longitude Capital Finance
Pi Beta Phi Sorority: Membership Election Assistant and Former VP of Finance, TA for AEM 2200 & AEM 2240, Ho-Nun-De-Kah CALS Honor Society, Shoptiques Campus Ambassador
E. Alec Kane '15
Executive Vice President / VP, Student Development
Manhattan Beach, CA MBK Real Estate, CIIFAD, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting Finance, Strategy
Cornell Venture Capital: Project Manager, Student Assembly Finance Commission: Vice Chair for External Relations, CALS Dean's Student Advisory Council: Co-Chair, Club Water Polo, Cornell Tradition, BOLD Leadership Certificate Program, Research, TA for AEM 2700, Former TA for AEM 2010, AEM 2600 & AEM 2601, Former Research Assistant, Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity, Ho-Nun-De-Kah CALS Honor Society
Raj Merchant '15
VP, Alumni Relations
Scotch Plains, NJ Bloom Energy Finance, Strategy
Mutual Investment Club of Cornell: VP of Public Relations and Former Senior Analyst, Research Assistant, TA for AEM 2200 & AEM 2601, Ho-Nun-De-Kah CALS Honor Society
Betty Cao '16
VP, Student Development
Plano, TX Karen Dillard's College Prep Finance
Cornell Annual Fund, Johnson Graduate School Alumni Affairs Department Student Assistant, 85Broads, Translator-Interpreter Program, AIESEC, Kappa Delta Sorority
Stephanie Ou '16
VP, Operations
West Chester, PA Jacobs Music Accounting, Finance
Society for Women in Business: VP Internal Development, Student Assembly Finance Commission, Cornell Current, Cornell Accounting Association, CALS Ambassadors
Elizabeth Shvidky '16
VP, Public Relations
Brooklyn, NY Allstate, Finacity Corporation Finance, Accounting
Society for Women in Business: Junior Apprentice, Alpha Chi Omega, TA for AEM 2420
Amanda Wong '16
VP, Prospective Students
Sterling, VA The Rehancement Group, Inc. Finance, Strategy
Cornell Finance Club: Vice President and Director of FI/FX, Society for Women in Business: VP Internal Development, Cornell Consulting Club, Cornell Intramural Soccer, Cornell Rotaract Club, Cornell Baja SAE Racing
Kyle Brumm '16
VP, Recruitment & Training
Pasadena, CA Trader Joe's, U.S. Growers Cold Storage Strategy
Alternative Breaks, Cornell International Affairs Review, Cornell Tradition, CALS Dean's Student Advisory Council, IvyQ, Cornell Business Alliance
Council Members
Nick Baccile '14 Greenwich, CT Ares Management Real Estate Group Finance, Strategy
Real Estate Minor Cornell Real Estate Club, BOLD Leadership Certificate Program, Mutual Investment Club of Cornell, TA for AEM 4010, Sigma Nu Fraternity
Dylan Berkenfeld '14 Dix Hills, NY Green City Force, JustMelt, Nutricap Labs Entrepreneurship
Delta Sigma Pi Professional Fraternity, Student Assembly Finance Commission, ILR Sports Industry Management Club, Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity, TA for AEM 1230 & AEM 2410, Ho-Nun-De-Kah CALS Honor Society
Nicholas Farago '14 Santiago, Chile Evercore M&A Investment Banking, Citi Investment Banking (DCM), Santander Global Markets Finance
Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Fraternity: VP Alumni Relations, TA for AEM 1200, AEM 4570 & AEM 3500, Mutual Investment Club of Cornell
Bryan Gertzog '14 Scarsdale, NY, Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network Strategy
Delta Sigma Pi Professional Fraternity, Former TA for AEM 1200 & AEM 2400, Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity
Alison Nathanson '14 Harrison, NY Macy's, Bloomingdale's, INsider Marketing, Strategy
Society for Women in Business: Junior Associate, Researcher in Food and Brand Lab, Sigma Delta Tau Sorority: Former Panhellenic Delegate, Pi Sigma Epsilon Business Fraternity, TA for AEM 4020, Ho-Nun-De-Kah CALS Honor Society
Gianni Parente '14 Pittsgrove, NJ Salem County Improvement Authority, Farm Credit East, Cascade Investment Agribusiness, Finance
Alpha Zeta Fraternity, Undergraduate Research
Alexandra Rheinhardt '14 Cooperstown, NY Scheinmen Institute Researcher, Alcoa,
Bassett Health Care
Marketing, Strategy
Cornell Republicans, Golden Key International Honour Society, Undergraduate Research
Rachel Woloszynski '14 Elma, NY Crowley Webb Advertising Agency, M&T Bank Marketing, Strategy
Delta Sigma Pi Professional Fraternity, Student Assembly Finance Commission, Alpha Phi Fraternity
Kristen Barnett '15 Sherborn, MA The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, Barclays Int’l Trade & Development
Delta Sigma Pi Professional Fraternity, Mountains for Moms at Cornell, Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity
Vincent Daigger '15 Commack, NY State Farm Insurance Finance, Strategy
Mutual Investment Club of Cornell, Cornell Tradition, Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity, Cornell Italian American Organization, Cornell Annual Fund
Kyle Fitzgerald '15 Dix Hills, NY Church Pension Group, Goldman Sachs Securities Finance
Mutual Investment Club of Cornell, Cornell Annual Fund, TA for AEM 2100, Cornell Strategic Consulting, Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity
Nicole Ghannam '15 New Hope, PA Third Federal Bank, Bank of Tokyo-Mistubishi Finance, Strategy
Society for Women in Business: President, Sustainable Enterprise Association: Vice President, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Arab Student Association
Jake Gillman '15 Livingston, NJ Magnetar Capital, Blue Ocean Brokerage Services, Mascott Corporation Finance, Accounting
Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Fraternity, Cornell Entrepreneurship Organization, TA for AEM 1200, Sigma Phi Society, Ho-Nun-De-Kah CALS Honor Society
Dylann Katz '15 Weston, CT Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Goldman Sachs Food Industry Management, Finance
Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, Society for Women in Business, Ho-Nun-De-Kah CALS Honor Society, TA for AEM 2010 & AEM 2700
Zach Kushner '15 Scarsdale, NY CBRE, Soros Fund Management Finance
Mutual Investment Club of Cornell, TA for HADM 2230
Zach Leighton '15 Jericho, NY City of Binghamton: Office of the Mayor Finance, Marketing
Phi Gamma Nu Professional Fraternity, Mutual Investment Club of Cornell, Cornell Model Congress, Cornell Real Estate Club, CALS Committee in Support of Teaching and Learning
Andrew Powers '15 Ithaca, NY Ernst and Young BAP Finance
Delta Sigma Pi Professional Fraternity, Sigma Phi Society, Ho-Nun-De-Kah CALS Honor Society, Research Assistant in Human Ecology, TA for AEM 1200
Kelly McDarby '16 Horseheads, NY Sikorsky Aircraft, AWISCO Finance
85Broads, Cornell Cheerleading, Cornell Current, Kappa Delta Sorority
Dylan Troy '16 Greenwich, CT Camp Counselor at Boys and Girls Club Finance
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, National Society of Collegiate Scholars Honor Society (Cornell Chapter), TA for AEM 2420
Michenna Conway '17 Overland Park, KS OneLouder Apps, myEDmatch Entrepreneurship, Strategy
Society for Women in Business: Junior Apprentice
Kimberly Letzler '17 Manhasset, NY Accents Real Estate Strategy, Finance
Society for Women in Business: Junior Apprentice, Cornell Information and Visitor Relations (Tour Guide)
Laya Mallela '17 Moorestown, NJ Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: The Center for Applied Genomics Marketing, Strategy
Society for Women in Business: Junior Apprentice, Cornell Fitness Centers Monitor
Samuel McGarvey '17 Chicago, IL Plum Creek Timber, StreetWise Inc. Finance, Strategy
Amanda Miles '17 Great Falls, VA Neustar Inc. Finance, Strategy
Society for Women in Business: Junior Apprentice
Stephanie Slaven '17 Singapore, Singapore Navis Capital Strategy, Finance
Society for Women in Business: Junior Apprentice