PE Events

This page is updated frequently as new events are added!  Check back often.

To inquire about PE Credits earned prior to January 2016, please email Mr. Davis (davisw12@wpunj.edu)

If you were a Freshman, Sophomore, New Transfer Student, or New Business Major at the start of the Fall 2016 semester (or after), CLICK HERE to learn about the Professional Enrichment 2.0 program

All others are grand-parented into the previous PE requirements.  CLICK HERE to learn about the pre-Fall 2016 PE requirements.


Career Development

An important part of the Professional Enrichment 2.0 program is the Career Development Component.  This requirement will allow students to participate in guided activities and experiences that will teach them how to develop the necessary skills in order to navigate their professional career development process.  All Cotsakos College of Business students will take part in the following career components through the Career Development Center:

  • Develop a Career Development Plan (PE 1.0 - 1 point)
  • Have an approved resume on file with the Career Development Center (PE 1.0 - .5 point)
  • Have a well developed LinkedIn Profile (PE 1.0 - 0.5 point)
  • Complete at least one Mock Interview (PE 1.0 - 1 point)

All Freshmen, Sophomores, and New Business Majors should set up their first Career Development appointment as early as possible during their first semester as a Business major.

To schedule an appointment, call the Career Development  Center at (973) 720-3291 and ask to schedule your Initial PE Appointment with Mary Alice Barrows.


Microsoft Excel Certification

Students at the Cotsakos College of Business can satisfy the Technology Tier 1 "Excel Basics" requirement by passing the Microsoft Excel Specialist exam through the College's Global Business & Finance Institute (GBFI). The second exam for Excel Expert Certification can be used toward completion of the Technology Tier 2 "Excel Advanced" activity.

Excel training is offered through instructor-led workshops as well as on-demand video tutorials. Students may use either channel although attendance at instructor-led workshops is strongly encourage.  For more information on the Excel Certification program, please visit our Microsoft Excel Certification web page.


Fall 2017 Schedule

To register for an activity, click the "Register" button and then select "Going" button in Facebook

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Leading Change Using Case Methods

September 19, 12:30 - 1:45 PM
Valley Road Room 2009
Contact: Mr. William "Jay" Davis
Event # F17-137 |  Soft Skills Tier 2

Learn how to analyze and solve problems, make decisions, and be an effective leader! Professor Annette Baron, PA, MBA, of the Cotsakos College of Business and President, The Training Edge will show students the fundamentals of using case methods and how to translate case studies into effective change leadership.

Leading Change Using Case Methods

September 27, 4:30 - 5:45 PM
Valley Road Room 2009
Contact: Mr. William "Jay" Davis
Event # F17-137 |  Soft Skills Tier 2

Learn how to analyze and solve problems, make decisions, and be an effective leader! Professor Annette Baron, PA, MBA, of the Cotsakos College of Business and President, The Training Edge will show students the fundamentals of using case methods and how to translate case studies into effective change leadership.

Public Speaking 101

September 28, 12:30 - 1:45 PM
Valley Road Room 2009
Contact: Mr. William "Jay" Davis
Event # F17-131 |  Communication Tier 2

Presented by Mr. Michael Yakubov, Director of Graduate Business Programs, you will learn the fundamentals of effective public speaking!.

October 3, 12:30 - 1:45 PM
Valley Road Room 2009
Contact: Mr. William "Jay" Davis
Event # F17-103 |  Communication Tier 1

Do you want your resume to truthfully declare that you have excellent written communication skills?  Do you want to have 21st century business writing skills that will catapult your career? If you answered YES to these questions, you'll want to attend this fun and highly interactive business writing workshop delivered by Professor Annette Baron, PA, MBA, of the Cotsakos College of Business and President, The Training Edge.

Business Writing Like You've Never Seen it Before

October 4, 4:30 - 5:45 PM
Valley Road Room 2009
Contact: Mr. William "Jay" Davis
Event # F17-103 |  Communication Tier 1

Do you want your resume to truthfully declare that you have excellent written communication skills?  Do you want to have 21st century business writing skills that will catapult your career? If you answered YES to these questions, you'll want to attend this fun and highly interactive business writing workshop delivered by Professor Annette Baron, PA, MBA, of the Cotsakos College of Business and President, The Training Edge.

Not Just Bitcoin: Blockchains for Finance & Accounting

October 12, 12:30 - 2:45 PM
Valley Road Room 2014 (GBFI Trading Floor)
Contact: Mr. Peter Caiazzo
Event # F17-140 |  Technology Tier 2

Introduction to blockchains and smart contracts. Learn what they are, how they work, and how they could impact the worlds of accounting and finance—autonomous ledgers, new kinds of financial instruments, and more

Boss Lady!

October 19, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
University Commons (Student Center) Room UC 168A
Contact: Ms. Mary Alice Barrows
Event # F17-138 |  Soft Skills Tier 2

Jen Santiago, Talent Acquisition Manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car presents "Boss Lady!" in celebration of Women Entrepreneurship Week. Join this fun interactive workshop sponsored by the WP Career Development Center to learn valuable take-a-ways of being a successful female leader.

(Yes, Men are welcome too!)

Topics and activities will cover branding, networking, effective communication and how to lead a diverse team. Let's show everyone who's the bosslady!

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

October 24, 4:30 - 5:45 PM
Valley Road Room 2009
Contact: Professor Terri Reicher
Event # F17-139 |  Soft Skills Tier 2

Terri Roth Reicher,JD, LLM, of The Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) will host a workshop on conflict resolution. She will be joined by several members of the Justice Garibaldi Inn of Court including its current President Nicholas Stevens, partner at Starr, Gern, Davison & Rubin, P.C.

Terri Reicher is the Past President of the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for ADR, Charter Member National Association of Distinguished Neutral, and 2016 Jeydel Award Recipient. Terri Reicher also serves as an Adjunct Professor at William Paterson University’s Cotsakos College of Business in the Accounting and Law Department.

Pitch Tank Competition First Round

November 29 and 30, 2017 (Entry Deadline: November 15, 2017)
Location to be announced
Contact: Dr. Bahar Ashnai and Ms. Kate Muldoon
Event # F17-135 |  Communication Tier 2

The Student Pitch Tank Competition is a great opportunity to:

  • gain valuable advice in developing your concept and business plan
  • network and exchange ideas with students, professors, and entrepreneurs
  • learn how to communicate and "pitch" your idea to potential investors
  • earn cash rewards and recognition

Students will be asked to prepare and present a brief business concept in groups of 1 to 4 that will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Visit the Pitch Tank Competition web page for more information.

The competition is open to all William Paterson University undergraduate and graduate students.  Business majors will earn Professional Enrichment credit for the First Round.  You must submit your idea and a brief overview by Midnight, November 15, 2017 using the following link.