Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Rochester Hosts International Baccalaureate World Student Conference

Since 2013, Allen Fitzsimmons has served as chief executive officer of Transitioning Forward, a Belchertown, MA-based company that appraises and sells assets for clients who are downsizing or settling estates. Allen Fitzsimmons comes to this role with a master’s degree in management from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, which hosted the sixth annual International Baccalaureate World Student Conference in August 2017. 

The sixth annual International Baccalaureate World Student Conference brought together more than 200 students who participate in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The global pre-college program provides a challenging course of study that emphasizes critical thinking. Approximately 10 percent of incoming Rochester students come from IB schools, and Rochester was the first institution in the Northeast to offer scholarships to such students. 

At this year’s International Baccalaureate World Student Conference, the keynote speaker was John Harris, the co-founder of Politico and a native of Rochester, New York. Harris gave an address titled Change and Continuity in Media and Politics: A Survivor’s Guide to the Daily Madness. Students also enjoyed the opportunity to visit Niagara Falls and attend a game of the Rochester Red Wings, a minor league baseball team. Finally, the event served as a way for students to see the River Campus and consider making the University of Rochester part of their future.