Gift supports academic programming, faculty development and student scholarships.
A $1 million gift from Charles M. Kim '98 and his wife, Jean Su Maeng-Kim, is boosting Binghamton University's business curriculum and giving students a competitive edge in the job market. The gift supports academic programming and faculty development, as well as student scholarships — vital resources Charles Kim says the School of Management and the University need to achieve their strategic goals. "This is a critical time in Binghamton's continued ascent to becoming one of the nation's best and most competitive universities," he says.
With support from the gift, the School of Management has been able to offer students a course that incorporates financial spreadsheet modeling, as well as purchase software that students use to participate in mock job interviews. Additional software gives students assessments that assist with career development.
"The skills set the students apart from other students who are applying for jobs," says Dina Layish, a visiting assistant professor who teaches the finance course that includes spreadsheet modeling. "Students who can talk smartly about Excel, put together a macro or use Excel to automate something — employers see that as a valuable skill."
School of Management Dean Upinder Dhillon says the training, first offered to Binghamton students several years ago, helps them become "subject-matter experts" and enhances the University's reputation for having a premier business school.
"Not every university focuses on this. The top-tier schools are just starting to put together courses like this," Dhillon says. "If you're not on the cutting edge, it's hard to attract outstanding students. Then, the challenge is, once you recruit outstanding students, how do you challenge them above and beyond what a regular school would do? We're extremely grateful to Charles and Jean Su for their outstanding gift. It's helping to transform the school."
Kim says he hopes his gift will "wake up fellow Binghamton alums to the great strides our alma mater has taken in recent years, as well as the challenges it faces in the years to come."
"We give because we know that our contribution, whether it be big or small, will be used for the most vital and important projects at the University," he says. "Binghamton has put together the pieces to be one of the best universities in the nation. They just need to be supplied the tools to continue to build upon them."