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Milligan students take on New York City

Contributed • Oct 19, 2019 at 4:46 PM

New York City is a global icon for culture and business. This fall, faculty and students from Milligan College’s business area and performing, visual and communicative arts areas traveled together to the “Big Apple” to connect their coursework to reality.

Business students invested most of their time in the financial district. Students received a behind-the-scenes tour of Macy’s corporate office and experienced Wall Street. For fun, the students strolled through Central Park, explored the Rockefeller Center and walked along the city’s High Line.

“The trip to New York City provides students with the opportunity to experience the excitement of business in a major city, and they observe how interconnected and vast the business world is beyond their textbooks,” shared Heather Vaccaro, assistant professor of business administration. “Their worldview expands during this trip as they explore different businesses and parts of the city.”

Students in the performing, visual and communicative arts visited several museums, including the Whitney, the Met and the Guggenheim. They also toured art studios in Chelsea and viewed shows on Broadway.

“It was great to explore the city and the museums as a group and at our own pace,” sophomore graphic design major Sydney Rhoton. “This trip not only allowed me to take in much of the arts in the city, it also allowed me to meet people in my program and in the business area.”

Both groups had the opportunity to network with Milligan alumni working in the city. The business students met alumnus Jack Allan in his office at Acuris and gained insight into his daily routine, along with his advice on internships and interviews. They also met with alumna Shannon Jewett, who works with Pfizer. The arts students met with Jonathan and Laura Mehl, two alumni working as artists in the city.

"Connecting with alumni who live and work in the city is beneficial for our current students,” Vaccaro said. “These networking opportunities allow students to hear from former students who have been successful, and they gain additional insight into what they can do now to better prepare for life after graduation."

Before returning, the entire group enjoyed the Broadway show “To Kill a Mockingbird” on their final night.

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