Isenberg Awards Banquet Celebrates Students, Alumni, & the School's High-Energy Culture

May 7, 2013

Award recipients with Dean Mark Fuller.Isenberg's annual Awards Banquet on April 29 at the Log Cabin Meeting House in Holyoke was a celebration of stellar students and the generous alumni and friends who helped create scholarships for 190 of them. If you include scholarships awarded at Isenberg's accounting banquet on April 18 and its Mark H. McCormack Sport Management banquet on May 1, Isenberg alumni and friends have funded $305,000 in scholarships this year.  According to Edward Brozman, Isenberg's Director of Development & Principal Gifts, 60% of the awardees work during the academic year; another 27% are first-generation college students.


Isenberg's dean, Mark Fuller, energized the students and their parents with news of the School's growing national reputation. In 2010, BusinessWeek ranked Isenberg's undergraduate program 78th in the nation (24th among public universities); today, Isenberg ranks 45th (20th among publics). "I'm about better jobs for our graduates," Fuller emphasized, offering his favorite BusinessWeek statistic: Isenberg's ranking of 23rd in the nation in the magazine's Employer/Recruiter Satisfaction survey.  


The banquet's keynote student speakers--Sport Management sophomores Reed Fox and Mike McGrath--were recipients of the Isenberg Citizens First Award, which recognizes leadership and service in the School and the wider community. In January, the duo founded the Northampton Exercise Club, which brings students together with the homeless on Friday mornings for running, basketball, and other activities. "We use sports to break down social barriers," noted Fox, who added that a number of their "clients" had opened up, revealing some of their problems and aspirations to receptive students. Like the banquet's other awardees, Fox and McGrath are thriving as self-directed, resilient students in Isenberg's entrepreneurial culture.


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