Hispanic Business magazine named the William E. Simon School of Business Administration the No. 1 U.S. graduate business school for Hispanic students seeking their master?s degree in business administration in its September 2000 issue.

The magazine recognized the Simon School for its participation in diversity programs, its efforts to recruit highly qualified Hispanic students and its minority-oriented organizations.

In forming its rankings, Hispanic Business also looked at cost, availability of financial aid, academic stature, minority retention of students and faculty and support services such as mentoring programs.

?The Latin American Student Organization at Simon helped tremendously in my transition to M.B.A. student life,? said Carlos Cesta, a Class of 2001 student from Brazil in a release.

Simon School Dean Charles Plosser said the school was one of the first business schools to recruit in Latin America.

?Doing business in a marketplace that knows no international boundaries is a fact of life today. We have aggressively sought to bring that reality to life in the classroom and in our student body,? he said.

In a class of 220 students at the Simon School, 40 nations are represented. International students make up 38 percent of the class. Sixteen percent of the class is Hispanic.

Fitness Center expands morning hours

On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, be sure to set the alarm clock earlier and grab that cup of java.

Over the summer, the athletics and recreation department decided to expand the hours of the Fitness Center in the Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center.

The center?s new hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The center previously opened at 11 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

?We figured that the Fitness Center, with its new facility and new equipment, would generate more interest,? said Jane Possee, associate director of the sports and recreation department.

She also noted that there is a possibility that the hours could be expanded further on Friday, Saturday and Sunday if student demand necessitates.

?If there is that demand on those days, we should try to respond to it,? Possee said. ?We are monitoring student interest and are open to comment and consultation.?

UR alumni to hold 2nd annual Wilson Day USA

More than 100 alumni from six major cities across the United States will participate in the second annual Wilson Day USA on Saturday.

?In addition to Rochester alumni, the University?s many other ?relatives? ? families of current students, including and friends ? will be participating in the day of service,? said Associate Dean of Alumni Relations and Development Bob Bartlett in a release. ?We?re hoping to create an atmosphere of community involvement and rekindle memories of their Rochester days.?

Two weeks ago, UR?s 12th Wilson Day took place at more than 60 sites in the Rochester area.

Dressed in work clothes, UR President Thomas Jackson joined more than 1,000 students.

The theme of both days, ?The Many Faces to Service,? accentuated three keys to the day ? the ways UR students, faculty and staff can give back to their community, the personal interaction and fulfillment that service to the community provides and the diverse needs for service.

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