W. P. Carey School of Business

Inaugural Student Economics Association Alumni Banquet celebrates 48 years

The inaugural event, which the department hopes to continue going forward, was a chance to celebrate the past and present of the economics department, and the support available to students and alums.

On April 14, 100 W. P. Carey economics students and alums came together for fun, food, and reconnecting with old friends. This special new event allowed current students and alums to network and share stories.

"This event was a fantastic opportunity for our students to connect with alums and learn from their success," said Kelvin Wong, clinical associate professor of economics and faculty advisor for the SEA. "We were also honored to bring back Professor Emeritus Allan DeSerpa, who started the SEA 48 years ago, along with a great group of alums from diverse fields."

Professor DeSerpa shared stories at the event

Professor Emeritus Allan DeSerpa, who started the Student Economics Association 48 years ago, returned to campus to share his story with current students.

The inaugural event, which the department hopes to continue going forward, was a chance to celebrate the past and present of the economics department. The first annual banquet was a good way for current and prior students to network while deepening ties with alums and the Department of Economics.

"Our inaugural alumni banquet was a fantastic experience for all club members, including myself," said Ryan Dalton (BS Finance '25), president of the SEA. "It provided an excellent opportunity for students, alums, and faculty to connect and share their experiences with economics at W. P. Carey. We were thrilled by the level of engagement from everyone involved; I'm already looking forward to next year's banquet!"

"As a current economics student, it was incredibly rewarding to hear from current employers and SEA alums regarding the numerous job prospects available for economics students," added Keerthana Kumar (BS Economics '26). "Additionally, it was inspiring to see such a large turnout of current students interested in networking and connecting with former SEA students. The alums were very excited to see each other after over 15 years, and it was a special night of camaraderie, lasting friendships, and a wonderful economics community."

Professor Kelvin Wong poses with a student

Ryan Dalton, SEA president, with Clinical Associate Professor of Economics Kelvin Wong, who advises the SEA.

The SEA is open to students of all majors with an active interest in economic issues and problems or career interests in economics or related fields. The SEA offers members networking opportunities with guest speakers in different industries, professional development workshops (resumes, cover letters, etc.), debate nights (over different economic policies), volunteer work, and social opportunities.

"I would describe SEA as a community of students who are interested in learning more about global politics and socioeconomics," said Neha Karanjia (BS Economics/BS Supply Chain Management/BA Business Sustainability '25). "While we are all intrigued to learn more about the world around us, our culture makes us distinct from any other club. The second you step into our weekly meeting, you immediately feel like a part of our community due to the amazing students in our organization."

Students interested in learning more about the SEA can follow them on Instagram @SEAASU.

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