Representatives from Con Edison, including Frances Resheske, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs; Marilyn Caselli, Senior Vice President of Customer Operations; and Katia Gordon, Director of Staten Island Regional and Community Affairs were on hand on April 10 to officially cut the ribbon at the Con Edison Trading Room. This dedication ceremony celebrated Con Edison’s generous naming gift to the College of Staten Island’s School of Business.
The Con Edison Trading Room is a transformed educational facility that provides opportunities for curriculum innovation, enhanced academic instruction, and support for student success initiatives. Formerly a conventional computer lab, the Trading Room has been reshaped into a dynamic learning environment equipped with high-performance computer terminals with dual monitors, electronic displays, data feeds, and specialized software, which emulate the immersive environment of trading and financial analysis spaces.
As a part of the ceremony, students spoke about how their learning experience has been enhanced by this opportunity to use cutting-edge technology in an academic setting.
Founding Dean of the School of Business, Susan L. Holak, noted that the School “is extremely grateful for Con Edison’s long-standing support of the College on a variety of initiatives, in particular the funding for the Con Edison Trading Room facility, which demonstrates their commitment to empowering students to succeed as the future leaders of our community.” Dean Holak went on to say that “the Con Edison Trading Room not only provides a state-of-the-art experiential learning venue, but also a data center with timely financial feeds, opportunities for co-curricular activities such as student clubs and competitions, and outreach to potential students and other constituencies.”
“Con Edison is delighted to have helped create the Trading Room, where students can learn up close about finance, business and Wall Street,” said Con Edison Senior Vice President Frances A. Resheske. “And it furthers STEM education. It’s a great match because finance is one of the most exciting and dynamic types of math and science.”