The evening of Thursday, January 21, 2016, saw members of the Executive Board, faculty, Board of Trustees and Advisory Board of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management gather for the Frankfurt School New Year’s Dinner. Together with invited alumni and sponsors, they reviewed the past 12 months and drank a toast to the year ahead. Matthias Zieschang, Executive Director Controlling and Finance at Fraport AG and a member of Frankfurt School’s Advisory Board, sponsored the evening on behalf of Fraport AG with a donation of 8,000 euros.
Professor Dr Udo Steffens, President of Frankfurt School, welcomed the 120 or so guests and gave warm thanks to Dr Matthias Zieschang and Fraport AG for their generous gift. “My dear Dr Zieschang, I am indebted to you for your advice and support, and regard the sponsorship by Fraport AG as a sign of your confidence in our work at Frankfurt School. I am immensely grateful to you,” he said, as he introduced Dr Zieschang’s talk.
In turn, Dr Zieschang explained that Fraport AG is always happy to provide support where it can, and that Frankfurt School is an institution eminently worth supporting. He went on to urge dinner guests to join with Fraport AG in assisting Frankfurt School on its quest to become one of the best business schools in Europe.
Professor Steffens then took the floor again to point out some of the highlights of the past year. The Frankfurt School community, said the President, has already achieved an enormous amount. At the start of the 2015/2016 winter semester, the business school welcomed more first-year students than ever before. And Frankfurt School’s international accreditations and excellent performance in international rankings are all helping the institution to establish itself as a top-flight business school. But 2015 was also a year of expansion, in the form of the new building project. Construction work is progressing well; indeed, the project is currently ahead of schedule, and the topping-out ceremony is due to be held in June. Another milestone for Frankfurt School and the new building project was the sale of the Sonnemannstrasse campus, finalised shortly before the end of the year. The buyer, ASB e.V., is intending to set up an Erasmus School on the premises.
Professor Steffens went on to thank the many sponsors whose generosity has already enabled Frankfurt School to make such impressive progress, encouraging them to continue their support and become more involved in the business school’s ongoing development. He highlighted the tree sponsorship campaign, inviting guests to make a donation in return for their own personal tree in the new campus gardens. He thanked Barbara Brosius, who recently donated an oak tree to the gardens, and handed her a symbolic token of “her” tree.
Finally, while the dinner guests enjoyed their meals, Professor Dr Selin Atalay, Frankfurt School’s Professor of Marketing, regaled them with her witty account of the faculty’s research work. Her humorous discussion of current research topics – and in particular her explanation of how our senses influence our purchase decisions – ensured that all those present spent a thoroughly entertaining evening.