Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Alumni of the Month- February 2011

Sergio Argueta ’03 

“My experiences as a sociology student and campus leader frame my fondest memories of Hofstra University. My introduction to the social sciences came by way of a rigorous academic program, under the tutelage of great professors who inspired me to challenge the world.” 

Sergio is among the youngest and most influential community activists on Long Island. He is founder and executive director of S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc. (Struggling To Reunite Our New Generation), one of the leading gang prevention and intervention agencies in the northeastern United States. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in political science from Hofstra University, where he served as president of Hofstra’s Organization of Latin Americans and senator in the Student Government Association. He was awarded the Turner Fellowship at Stony Brook University, where he earned a master’s degree in social work. Sergio recently became an adjunct criminal justice professor at Nassau Community College and is considered a leading regional expert on gangs and youth violence.

Joel Simkins ’98 

“Don’t wait until graduation to figure out what you want to do. Start looking today for internships and other learning opportunities that will differentiate you from your peers at Hofstra and other universities. ... Many of the people you know today, or will meet right after graduation, will form the foundation of your career network for many years to come.” 

As a Hofstra student, Joel interned at VZB Partners, a hedge fund managed by a Hofstra alumnus, where he gained pivotal real-world experience. He has held a number of high-profile positions since graduating, including senior associate at Moody’s Investors Service, associate analyst for Bear Stearns and for Deutsche Bank Securities, and vice president and senior gaming and leisure analyst for Prudential Equity Group, as well as managing director and senior gaming and leisure analyst for Macquarie Capital. Joel is a frequent guest speaker on Bloomberg Television and CNBC, where he discusses the gaming and lodging industries. In 2009 Institutional Investor magazine named him “the best up and coming gaming and lodging analyst on Wall Street.” Joel currently serves as director-senior gaming, lodging, and leisure
analyst for Credit Suisse Securities.


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