Alumni Profiles

A Free Lunch for Two Economics/Finance Majors?

Roxana Idu of Bucharest Romania and Yangyi Shan of Quing Tain, China originally and Budapest, Hungary recently are taking their Plattsburgh State School of Business and Economics educations to another level.

Yangyi Shan, left, and Roxana Idu Each has been accepted in a Ph.D. program in Economics with fellowships and grants that will cover her tuition and fees.

Ms. Idu has decided to attend SUNY Buffalo (she was accepted at Georgetown University as well), while Ms. Shan will be going to SUNY Albany (she was accepted at West Virginia University too).

They may have chosen different SUNY graduate schools, but both agree that it is the nurturing of their interests by the faculty of this SUNY school that has made the difference.

Ms. Idu said, "it may be cliched but it is the faculty support and guidance that was so important to me."

Ms. Shan added, "I like that the dean has an open-door policy; his door is always open; I can go in to ask him a question at any time."

Mentors That Made A Difference

Both Ms. Idu and Ms. Shan credit Dr. Walter Page in the economics and finance program for the direction their educations took. This professor, both students agree, stimulated their interest in and heightened their understanding of the field that they will both now pursue at the graduate level.

While both students have taken many of the same classes with many of the same professors, their programs have enabled each to pursue individual interests. Ms. Shan may do her graduate work in economic theory; Ms. Idu will study public policy and economic development.

Other Recent Economics and Finance Grads Doing Graduate Work

They join recent graduates like John Comeau, who is now doing his Ph.D. in Economics at Cornell, and Farrah Barrios, who is doing her Ph.D. in International Economics at Johns Hopkins University.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the economics and finance program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Robert Christopherson, Department Chair
Office: Au Sable 203
Phone: (518) 564-4195
Fax: (518) 564-4215

SUNY Plattsburgh
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Plattsburgh, NY 12901