Archive for November, 2009


November 24th, 2009 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Below are brief biographies from American students traveling to Thailand/Vietnam for the Winter 2010 term.

Ben Ulpan PictureBen Fuld– Ben is a Junior Marketing and Finance double degree. He is a lover of all things musical and summer camp. He just came out with a CD on iTunes, and will be working in an administrative position at the URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, New York this upcoming summer. Ben is incredibly excited to be afforded the opportunity to study and learn in South East Asia; a part of the world he has never been to before.

Chris LenociChristopher Lenoci- Christopher Lenoci is expected to graduate in May from the Robert H. Smith School of Business with a dual degree in accounting and finance. He was recently published in The Collegiate Scholar on a financial literacy opinion article called, Time to Teach America a Lesson. In addition to his studies, he volunteers as a Spanish interpreter for a non-for-profit organization known as Blancas House, which conducts international Medical Missions in third world countries. Upon graduation, he will be launching his career as a full time Private Banking Analyst for Citi in New York, where he will be specializing in investment strategies for high net worth individuals. When he is not fulfilling his duties as a senate representative for the University of Maryland or President of the Business Golf Club, he enjoys working out, travel as well as taking long walks on the beach and dancing in the rain. Christopher is a native of Long Island, New York and plans to sit for the CPA and level 1 CFA examinations within the next year.

Maurice NickMaurice Nick- My name is Maurice Nick, I am a Sophomore at the University of Maryland. I am majoring in Supply Chain Management and I plan to add Information Systems as my second major next fall.  I am extremely active on campus; I am involved in the Black Business Association, The Black Student Union, National Association for Advancement of Colored People, plus the Real Estate Investment and Development Society.  I am also in the CIVICUS living and learning program.  This program is founded on the assumption that to be engaged members of civil society we have an obligation to be aware of the world outside of the classroom.  Outside of my academia I enjoy playing tennis and basketball, going to the gym and socializing with family as well as friends.

Stephanie CantorStephanie Cantor-Hi my name is Stephanie Cantor and I’m from Bethesda, MD.  I am a sophomore Finance and Economics major in the University Honors Program here at the Maryland.  On campus I am involved in several clubs in the Business school, Terp Runners, Greek Jewish Community, and Phi Sigma Sigma sorority.  I enjoy spending time with my friends, playing sports (soccer!), and hanging out at the beach.  This coming spring break I am leading a Hillel Alternative Spring Break to New Orleans.  This will be my first trip to East Asia and I cannot wait to experience a new culture!


Chelsea Riedel- My name is Chelsea Riedel and I am from Hanover, Maryland. I am a sophomore Accounting major in the University Honors Program. On campus I am involved in several business clubs and Delta Delta Delta sorority. Currently, I have a job doing the bookkeeping for my family’s business, which is what initially got me interested in studying accounting. This will be my first trip out of the United States! I am very excited about the unique exposure to global business that this trip to Vietnam and Thailand offers.

Mai Huynh DinhMy name is Mai-Huynh Dinh, I am a Junior at the University of Maryland. I am studying Government and Politics with a focus in foreign policy and also minoring in Asian American Studies. I am a Youth Program Coordinator for the Vietnamese Non-Profit BPSOS in Silver Spring. I set up programs for disadvantage kids in the area, right now I’m running an after school program with 17 kids. I want to go into the foreign services once I graduate or be a teacher.

Kirsten Head ShotKirsten Chen is a current Junior at UMD, and is majoring in Operations Management with a double minor in Chinese Language and Chinese Studies. Just last summer, 2009, Kirsten took her first big trip across the world to China. Now, Kirsten has got the travel bug! She is looking forward to being immersed in Thailand and Vietnam culture and learning new things every day. She’s also looking forward to the food! Kirsten will be blogging daily during the trip and hopes to provide friends and family at home with insight to the global, business arenas in which we will be explore. Additionally, she hopes the blog will serve as an interface for trip members and the friends we make abroad!

Melissa KallasMelissa Kallas is a senior at the Robert H. Smith School of Business pursuing a dual degree in Marketing and Supply Chain Management.  She is involved with the Business Honors Fellows Program, the Music Management Fellows Program and the Design and Innovation in Marketing Fellows Program.  Outside of the classroom she is the President of Student Entertainment Events (SEE), the University’s main programming board, and Vice President of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society.  Following graduation, Melissa will be teaching in Houston as part of the Teach for America program.

Robert Anderson GinsbergRob Ginsberg –I was born April 21, 1989 in Washington Dc and was raised in the great state of Maryland. Growing up I played a plethora of sports from ice hockey to baseball but in the end settled on Lacrosse. I am currently a junior at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and am double majoring in Supply Chain Management and International Business. In my free time I enjoy the company of friends as well as playing Lacrosse, which I do so for Terps Lacrosse club while as being its treasurer.

Julia CoochJulia Cooch – I’m a sophomore, business major and Spanish minor. I grew up in Annapolis, MD and am the second youngest of six kids. On campus I am involved in Smith Ambassadors, Alpha Chi Omega sorority,  and University Honors Program. I enjoy traveling, art, and spending time with friends and family.

Lauren MurphyHi! My name is Lauren Murphy, and I am from Long Island New York. I am currently a junior and I am pursuing a dual degree in criminology and finance at the University of Maryland. I am the VP of Finance of my sorority Alpha Chi Omega and play on our intramural soccer and volleyball teams. I am a member of the financial services fellows program in the business school. I've never traveled outside of the United States and this is an incredible opportunity that I cannot wait to experience!

James EvansMy name is James Evans, and I’m a senior Finance major and English minor here at UMD. I’m from a small town called Boxford about 25 minutes north of Boston, MA, and I am really excited about this trip as it will be my first time traveling outside of the country (besides Canada). I also am involved with the 2008 NCLL Champion Terps Lacrosse Club along with fellow trip-mate Rob Ginsberg. Next fall I look forward to working with PWC in their Business Advisory group in Tysons Corner, VA.

Teonna LononMy name is Teonna Lonon and I am from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. I am a Junior Accounting and Finance double major in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. I am currently involved in the Smith Talent Acquisition and Referral System (S.T.A.R.S.) Fellows Program, Black Business Association, National Association of Black Accountants, College Park Chapter, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Primannum Honor Society. I have also participated in the Discover Tax Program with Ernst and Young, LLP and will be working for Ernst and Young again this summer as a Horizon’s intern. I am a firm believer of volunteering and giving back to the people and organizations that have given something to me. To showcase this, I have participated as a host in the University of Maryland Experiencing Diversity, Growth, and Excellence (EDGE) Program and a volunteer in Finance Field Day with plans to continue participating in both programs. I currently serve as the President for the National Association of Black Accountants, Membership Chair for the Black Business Association and Teaching Assistant for the Freshman Fellows Colloquium focusing on Practicum in Professional Development.

Tiffany Harvey , My name is Tiffany Harvey and I am a native of Prince George’s County, Maryland. Born June 27, 1989, I am the oldest of four children with the youngest being six years old. I am currently a junior in the Business Honors Fellows Program majoring in Accounting and Information Systems. On campus, I am the co-president of the Robert H. Smith Business Honors Council, Treasurer of  the Kappa Phi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, and involved in several national and international honor societies. I also participate in many mentoring programs where I gladly give back to the community that has always generously given to me. This is my very first time studying abroad and I am bursting with excitement.

gemspictureMy name is Esther Blinkoff, and I am a Junior Finance & Accounting
major. I am very involved in the business school, in charge of running
a small student business called the Smith Store (selling smith branded
products to students, alumni, faculty & staff). I am also Co-President
of the Entrepreneur club on campus, MUSE. I am very excited to explore
the culture of Southeast Asia, and compare their perspectives on
entrepreneurship and innovation to the US. Outside the business
school, I am involved in the Gemstone Honors Research program, as well
as the Hinman program. This will be my first time in Asia, and I can’t
wait for the new experiences!
Scott Shuffield - photoScott Shuffield is from Miami, FL and a sophomore at the University of Maryland
where he is a double major with International Business and Finance.
At the Smith School of Business, he helped reinstate the Global Business Society
and served as co-president for the Spring and Fall 2009 semesters. Around campus
he a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Last summer (2009) Scott had the opportunity through the Smith School to intern
at Prisma Microfinance in Honduras and is grateful for this opportunity to travel to Vietnam and Thailand.
My name is Alysse Glovinsky and I am a senior marketing major from Baltimore, Maryland. On campus I am involved in the Smith School Women’s Society, SGA Communications department, Hinman CEOs Entrepreneurship program, and Business Honors Fellows program. I love to travel and I am very excited for this trip!