ESU Students Visit New York Stock Exchange and the Museum of Finance

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A group of economics students from East Stroudsburg University visited the New York Stock Exchange and the Museum of Finance earlier this month. Pictured in the front row: Althea Ross, a junior biochemistry major from Effort, Pa.; Jonathan Gavilanes, a senior political science and economics major from Effort, Pa.; Jose A. Martinez, a senior economics major from Stroudsburg, Pa.; Christine DePalma, a 2013 ESU graduate; Angelica Alvarez, a junior economics major from West Chester, Pa.; Kathy Migliaccio, a junior business management major from Bartonsville, Pa.; Rachal Lachow, a sophomore sport management major from Levittown, N.Y.; Alek Liskov (kneeling), a senior economics, computer science and applied math major from East Stroudsburg, Pa. Back Row: Sean Megill, a senior business management and economics major from Chalfont, Pa.; Eddy Lawrence, a senior business management major from Scotrun, Pa.; Victor Pazmino, a junior economics major from Edison, N.J.; Michal Jezowski, a senior economics major from Stroudsburg, Pa.; Anthony Honorowski, a freshmen political science major from East Stroudsburg, Pa.; Alex Camaerei, a junior business management major from Sciota, Pa.; Donald G. Everitt III, a senior business management from Mount Bethel, Pa.; Pattabiraman Neelakantan, Ph.D., chairperson and professor of economics at ESU; Justin Miller (white shirt behind Dr. Neelakantan), a senior business management and economics major from Tamaqua, Pa.

Taking the photo: Jonathan Weber, a senior computer science major from Stroudsburg, Pa.

Economic students from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania made a trip to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Friday, October 4. The trip was organized by the university’s Economics Club and the Department of Economics. The students, accompanied by Pats Neelakantan, Ph.D., chairperson and professor of economics, also visited the Museum of Finance while they were in New York City.

At the Museum of Finance, the students learned about the U.S. financial market, economic challenges and the role of regulatory agencies such as the Federal Reserve.

“Learning about stocks is one thing, but actually being on the floor where millions of dollars’ worth of transactions are occurring right before your eyes was surreal,” said Alek Liskov, president of ESU’s Economics Club.

The students spent almost two hours at the NYSE, where they learned how the world’s largest stock market functions. They also toured the building where they met Steven Wheeler, director of corporate responsibility, as well as designated market makers, who work on the trading floor. James Woods, a designated market maker for Goldman Sachs, told the students about his career and how he pursued his dreams.

It took nearly seven months to put the educational tour together, Neelakantan said

“The students organized this whole trip and worked very hard to pull it off,” Neelakantan said.