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Spring 2015 Orientation Recap: Amazing Alumni, Delicious Food and Lots of Good Advice

The Spring 2015 Newhouse NYC orientation was a huge success because in our book meeting talented Newhouse alumni and eating great food always makes for a good time.


On Thursday, January 8, the students learned all about where to eat from some accomplished (and hungry) alumnae: Tanya Elm (Global Communications Manager at Starwood Hotels), Allison Chesky (associate fashion editor at Real Simple) and Melissa Goolnick (Integrated Account Director at Bon Appetit). That night, BDJ junior Nicole Acevedo took Tanya’s advice and headed to Los Tacos in Chelsea Market for filling-yet-affordable ($3.75!) steak tacos, so that proves Newhouse NYC students are committed to becoming NYC foodies. Some other must-try places the panel suggested: ABC Kitchen for a splurge, Hu Kitchen for a healthy fix and Momofuku Milk Bar for their famous birthday cake truffles. Then the students headed to Soho for a gourmet pizza lunch at Rubirosa and Rice to Riches for french toast rice pudding. Not a bad first day at all!

pizza rice-pudding

On Friday, January 9, students got advice from alumni at the “Becoming a New Yorker” panel–everything from how to navigate the subway to making the best first impression on day one of their internship. Thanks to Weijia Jiang (Reporter at CBS News), Cori Sussman (Account Executive at Digitas LBI), Lindsay Silberman (Senior Editor at DuJour Media), Ben Asher (Manager, Creative & Production at Lifetime Marketing) and Naomi Ratner (Account Director at Relevent) for sharing such valuable tips.


The students then ate lunch (catered by Dos Toros Taqueria) with their wonderful mentors. Each semester, students will be paired with Newhouse alumni working in their field. The mentor will meet with the students at least two or three times during the semester to give them advice and make sure they are adjusting to the city. Thank you to the mentors this spring:

Jessica Cunnington, News 12 Now
Fiona Gibb, Editorial Manager, HBO Digital Products
Grant Margolin, Marketing and Brand Strategy, Magnises
Stephanie Tsofalias, TV Reporter, WPIX
Raja Ram, ZenithOptimedia Group, Asst. Media Planner
Sarah Schultz, Coordinating Producer, Logo TV
Jaimie Dalessio, Senior Associate Editor, HGTV magazine
Rachel Gerber, Account Director, Corporate Reputation, MWW
Megan Hess, Assistant Editor, Mashable
Lauren Finn, Copywriter, Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners
Cory Ferreira, Manager, Nielsen Catalina Solutions
Mindy Diamond, Executive Administrative Assistant, Twitter
Caroline Fine, Associate Account Manager, 360i


To see all the photos from orientation, visit the Newhouse in NYC Facebook page. And please follow us on Twitter and Instagram (both @NewhouseNYC) for up-to-the-minute posts on what’s happening this semester!

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