More than 50 UMass representatives participated in the 2018 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Conference on Nov. 2, 2018, including a stellar keynote speech from BDIC alum Marc Gammell of FogKicker (also the 2015 Innovation Challenge winning venture).
Hosted by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, the four-part Innovation Challenge began with The Minute Pitch on Wednesday, Oct. 24. In front of an audience of nearly 200 students, faculty, staff and supporters, 27 teams gave 60-second pitches of their venture idea.
The Berthiaume Center welcomed in the new academic year with Innovation Challenge: The Kickoff, an opportunity to mix and mingle with various campus entities focusing on entrepreneurial and innovation efforts and student programming and our entrepreneurship friends in the Valley.
The Isenberg School's Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) hosted its Fall Alumni Reception in Boston. This special reception was an incredible opportunity for Alums to hear from the Department Chair Dr. Muzaffer Uysal about departmental news. In addition, HTM Leadership Board Chair Jon Crellin also expressed his gratitude towards these HTM Alums for their continued support towards the Department. This reception was a great evening of networking and reconnecting with over 90 alumni, HTM Faculty and students.
On August 29, at the UMass Club high above Boston Common, David O’Leary ’81 MBA convened the 2018 MBA Keys to Success panel, in which the students learned career-building skills while getting to know each other. Panelists included Michael Fish ’12 MBA/MS, the Associate Project Manager, Golf Balls, at Titleist; Karen Keenan, the current Chief Administrative Officer of State Street (David’s previous position before his retirement); and Kevin Koswick ’85, the director of North American Fleet Lease and Remarketing for Ford Motor Company.
At the 2018 Senior Celebration, Dean Mark Fuller shared a memorable conversation he had with a Fortune 500 CEO who expressed tremendous admiration for Isenberg students. The CEO told him “We sprinkle Isenberg graduates around our organization to show others how to work,” Fuller said at the May 12th celebration at the Mullins Center which held an audience of 1,200 graduating seniors and their 6,500 family members and friends. “That work ethic,” the dean said, “is our DNA, our brand.” At the celebration, each graduate received a commemorative medal and congratulations on stage from their department chair and the dean.
Hosted at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston, the annual Isenberg Business Leadership Awards 2018 was a tremendous success. Isenberg honored former P&G Chairman Edward D. Shirley '78 as its Business Leader of the Year. Also honored was Melcolm Ruffin '13, Associate Manager, Business Operations for the NBA, as the first peer decided Driven Leadership Award winner.
Students in the MBA, MS and PhD programs celebrated their graduation from Isenberg on May 10th and 11th. MBA students participated in the Oath Ceremony, PhD students attend their robing ceremony, and all graduates could walk during UMass Graduate Commencement.