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Alumnus Takes Students behind the Curtain of Accounting Regulation
April 17, 2014

"Considering the accounting profession's importance to capital markets and investors, you're going to have phenomenal opportunities for career growth," Brian Croteau '83 told accounting students during his campus visit on April 8th. the Isenberg alumnus is Deputy Chief Accountant of at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Professional Practice Group in its Office of the Chief Accountant. He is also the key point person in the SEC's oversight of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which watches over the audits of public companies.

Isenberg Professor's Book Fosters Idea-Driven Organizations
April 16, 2014

Many academics study ideas and innovation, but few focus on generating ideas on an organization's "front lines," where much of the work gets done, observes Alan Robinson, a professor in Isenberg's Department of Operations and Information Management. In a well-conceived idea system, in fact, those front-line insights, should account for 80% of an organization's overall improvement, notes Robinson in his just-published book, The Idea-Driven Organization.

Isenberg in the News--April 11, 2014
April 11, 2014

Recent News about Isenberg in the Print and Electronic Media

Isenberg Student Wins Campus-wide Innovation Challenge Business Competition
April 10, 2014

Rescue Collar, an Isenberg team led by first-year full-time MBA candidate David Waymouth, has won first-place honors in UMass Amherst's annual Innovation Challenge business plan competition. Rescue Collar emerged the winner against four other finalists at a formal presentation and awards dinner on April 7th. At the ceremony, Waymouth received a first-place prize of $25,000 and an invitation to participate with fast-track status in the vaunted MassChallenge business plan competition.

Profiles in Leadership: Kristin Peters '13
April 9, 2014

When Kristin Peters '13 attended an orientation at Isenberg before she applied, she knew it was the right school for her. "I just got a really great vibe," she says. Plus, both her parents graduated from UMass, and they were eager to keep the tradition alive.

Behind the Scenes at Coca-Cola's Sponsorship Activities at Sochi and Brazil's FIFA World Cup
April 9, 2014

In a presentation at Isenberg on April 2nd, accounting alumnus Peter Franklin '83 shared a behind-the-scenes look at Coca-Cola's sponsorship activities for the Sochi Winter Olympics and the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Franklin is Coca-Cola's Group Director for Worldwide Sports and Event Management.

Profiles in Leadership: Beth Gamel '78 MSBA
April 7, 2014

"The time is right to showcase Isenberg's fantastic alumni in a stylish annual event like the school's Business Leadership Awards Dinner (IBLA)," observes Isenberg alumna, Beth Gamel '78 MSBA. The annual gathering on June 18th at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston will celebrate David Fubini '79 as its chief honoree and Christina Calvaneso '03 with its Young Alumni Award.

Isenberg's Growing National Reputation Reflected in New Undergraduate Rankings
April 7, 2014

Isenberg now ranks 36th in the nation in BusinessWeek's just-released annual Best Undergraduate Business Schools survey. Isenberg's current ranking rose nine places from 45th in 2013 and six places from 20th to 14th among public business schools.

Isenberg in the News--March 31
March 31, 2014

Recent News about Isenberg in the print and electronic media

Navigating Crisis News in the Moment
March 26, 2014

"During a crisis, everything you've planned for in the media goes out the window," long-time ABC40/Fox6 Springfield news anchor and managing editor Dave Madsen told students in his February 27 visit to Anna Nagurney's course, Humanitarian Logistics and Healthcare. "You must deploy critical skills in the moment," added Madsen, a UMass Amherst alumnus who has been Channel 40's news anchor since 1992.

Sports Marketing Super-Agent Dissects Sales
March 25, 2014

"As an agent, the only things you can control are preparation and effort," emphasized sports marketing uber-agent J.B. Bernstein '90 in Stephen McKelvey's class in sport promotion & sales. To that end, the UMass Amherst graduate and Bateman Scholar in Residence offered a structured approach to pitching an athlete's promotional value to potential "buyers." As the cofounder, president and CEO of Access Group of Miami, Bernstein has represented a host of high-profile athletes, including baseball's Barry Bonds and football's Barry Sanders and Emmett Smith.

South Africa Trip is First for Isenberg Students
March 21, 2014

This coming May, 18 students and their instructors from the new Isenberg course Ubuntu & Business in South Africa will visit the tip of Africa on a study tour of businesses, historical sites, and cultural venues. It is the first visit by an Isenberg class to South Africa, the continent's leading economy.

Isenberg Part-time MBA Ranked 16th Nationally by U.S. News & World Report
March 20, 2014

Isenberg's part-time MBA program is ranked among the best part-time MBA programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Business Programs, which was released March 10. The Isenberg part-time MBA was ranked 16th overall, 9th among public universities out of 212 schools ranked by the publication.

Isenberg Community Mourns the Passing of School Namesake Eugene M. Isenberg '50
March 19, 2014

The Isenberg School of Management mourns the passing of Eugene M. Isenberg '50, '00H who died on March 16, 2014. Gene was the school's greatest benefactor and a graduate when it awarded both economics (Gene's major with a concentration in business) and business degrees. For 25 years, Gene was chairman and CEO of Nabors Industries, a world leader in gas and petroleum drilling.

Innovative Isenberg Course Features Two High-Profile Visitors Talking on Crisis Management
March 18, 2014

Two high-profile visitors in March to Professor Anna Nagurney's innovative course, Humanitarian Logistics and Healthcare, were UMass Amherst family and sports medicine physician Pierre Rouzier and Springfield Channel 40 ABC/Fox6 news anchor Dave Madsen. This news story focuses on Dr. Rouzier's relief work in Haiti and at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Isenberg Ranks High as Military-Friendly Business School
March 13, 2014

Isenberg ranks 31st in the nation (19th among public business schools) in Military Times magazine's newly released survey, Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014. In the survey, which focused on business schools with graduate programs, Isenberg distinguished itself in the categories, academic support and staff support.

Elkins Boardroom Will Expand Isenberg's External Reach
March 12, 2014

Isenberg's dedication ceremony for the Arthur '57 and Barbara R. Elkins Business Intelligence Boardroom on March 10 attracted an enthusiastic gathering, including Chancellor Subbaswamy, Dean Fuller, former Dean O'Brien, and a number of Arthur Elkins' beloved former colleagues on the Isenberg faculty. Just off the Isenberg atrium, the new facility offers an ideal setting and technologies for small group discussions, problem solving, and external communications.

40th HTM Career Day Resounds with Strong Employment Prospects
March 6, 2014

On March 5th, several hundred students met with recruiters from 68 companies in the 40th annual Isenberg Hospitality & Tourism Management Career Day. Run like clockwork by Isenberg HTM students, the stylish event featured a central career fair in the Campus Center Auditorium, individual information sessions hosted by recruiting firms, and, at the end of the day, a lavish reception and networking event for recruiters and students in HTM's Marriott Center for Hospitality Management.

MBA Student Team Explores Local Meat Industry
March 4, 2014

What could possibly motivate three Isenberg MBA students-all vegetarians-to devote their second-year MBA practicum to a business vivisection of the local meat industry in Western Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley? Last May, Ellen Dickenson '13 MBA, Spirit Joseph '13 MBA, and Jonathan Ward '14 MBA/MPP presented their findings and recommendations to the MBA community and the team's client, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA). CISA strengthens local agriculture through community programs that foster education, research, and sustainability.

Sport Management Speakers Tackle NFL Head Injuries
February 28, 2014

On February 20, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and author Steve Fainaru and his journalist coauthor and brother, Mark Fainaru-Wada, spoke to the UMass Amherst community on the implications of head injuries in the National Football League. Sponsored by Isenberg's Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management and UMass Amherst's Journalism department, the presentation explored issues raised in their best-selling book, League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth and its companion documentary, which aired last October on PBS Frontline.