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Pre-Business Program is up and Running

By Phyllis Hanlon

Professor Nancy Baldiga, Eric Tapper '03, J. Peterman '63Holy Cross has introduced a pre-business advisory program. The program is modeled after the College's long-standing and highly successful pre-medical and pre-law advising programs, with the advisor working directly with students to increase their awareness of opportunities following graduation. 

Professor Nancy Baldiga, of the economics department, is the program's faculty advisor.  Baldiga earned her bachelor of arts degree in economics from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., and a masters degree in taxation from Bentley College, Waltham, Mass.  Joining the faculty in 1991, she was promoted to associate professor in 1999.  Baldiga teaches a variety of courses in the economics/accounting program and has served as the accounting coordinator for the past three years.  Prior to coming to Holy Cross, she worked as an audit manager in the Boston office of Price Waterhouse. 

Baldiga will be responsible for advising students, promoting participation in the College's new summer internship program and coordinating special alumni and parent programs. The creation of the pre-business program reaffirms the College's pledge in our Mission Statement to educate students, who, as leaders in business, professional and civic life, live by the highest intellectual and ethical standards.

As a result of a gift from Arthur A. Ciocca '59, the pre-business program will sponsor an annual seminar series on issues confronting the entrepreneur. 

" This gift is a fine example of the kind of direct impact alumni giving can have on Holy Cross," says Frank Vellaccio, provost of the College. "Through Art's generosity, we'll be able to bring leaders from the front lines of business and industry to share their experiences and talk with our students."   

"I believe the key to success for this new program is getting alumni involved with students, so that our students can see that it is possible to succeed in business with a liberal arts degree," says Baldiga. "Over the past year, I've received a wonderful response from alumni. I know that I can count on them to volunteer to speak to students, and I hope that I will be able to turn to them for the critical financial support for programming that will distinguish pre-business at Holy Cross."


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