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A Vision Realized (Mar/Apr 2012)


One of the benefits of Student Center for the Public Trust (Student CPT) membership is exposure to the real world of business. For the students who attended the chapter meeting at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ, on February 6, nothing seemed more real than a real life story of the consequences tied to unethical behavior in business. Garrett Bauer served as their guest speaker. Bauer, a former independent day trader on Wall Street who pleaded guilty to insider trading in December, warned students to resist the temptation to cheat the system. Bauer forfeited about $20 million in bank and trading accounts, as well as a $6.65 million condominium on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and an $875,000 home in Florida. (At the time of print, he was awaiting sentencing.) The following two essays were written by officers of the Rutgers chapter describing the impact Bauer and the Student CPT has made on them.


My name is Stella Continanza, and I would like to share with you what being president and founding member of the Student CPT chapter at Rutgers University means to me. My parents raised me to always "do the right thing." However, once I entered the world of higher education and business, I realized this would be hard to do. Despite my initial fears, I have been able to succeed both academically and professionally while upholding high ethical standards. My peers struggle to stay ethical when faced with work deadlines and pressure to make good grades. I want to help others learn that they can achieve success in an ethical way. I take great pride in being a part of the Student CPT.

I believe a strong background in ethics is vital for any emerging professional, as situations in which our values are put to the test are inevitable. Ethics is a subject that is best learned from hearing personal stories and interacting with others. My executive board and I aim to bring in speakers to talk about ethical dilemmas they have faced. Garrett Bauer’s insight made me realize that one must decide how to act in a situation before it occurs.

Beyond giving me an outlet to develop my personal character, holding an executive board position in my chapter has allowed me to develope skills that will help me succeed after graduation. As a Marketing and Management double major, I am able to call upon insights gained from my classes to lead effective Student CPT meetings. Using social media to promote the organization has also helped me improve my marketing communications skills.

I am prepared to nurture and grow the Student CPT at Rutgers. Thank you for your continued support of the Student CPT and all of the wonderful opportunities it has provided to fellow members and me.


My name is Mitchell Collins; I am a junior studying Supply Chain Management and Marketing Science at Rutgers University. With one year left to earning my bachelor’s degree, I decided I wanted to be a part of a student organization that would make a difference in my life. I was fortunate enough to get word of the Student CPT’s first meeting. After that meeting, I immediately focused on committing to a leadership role with the Student CPT.

I am proud to announce I have been elected as the Student CPT, Executive Secretary. Our executive board has been proactively planning activities for the semester. Thus far, I acquired Garrett Bauer to speak about his insider trading case and the impact his unethical behavior has made on his future. This event was a riveting realization of life changing consequences due to unethical behavior. Coming up, we have David Costello, as a guest speaker, as well as playing the role of guest speaker ourselves to 7th and 8th graders at Newark, NJ public schools. Our goal as guest speakers is to make an impact through community service in an effort to reach out to the inner-city youth and speak on the importance of leadership and ethical decision-making. I am eager to see this student chapter prosper as the most notable for outstanding student leadership.

Finally, I would like to sincerely thank our sponsors for their benevolent donations to support of the Student CPT. It is an honor to be a part of an amazing organization that has made such an impact on me, while allowing me to pay it forward.