On a sun-drenched fall semester afternoon on September 16, Isenberg alumni, students, faculty, and staff celebrated ground breaking for the school’s $62 million Business Innovation Hub. Beneath a tent on Isenberg’s northwest lawn and with construction equipment in the background, the audience heard enthusiastic remarks from Dean Fuller and three Isenberg alumni—Ed Shirley ’78, Stephanie Berenson ’16, and Martin Boyle ’15. Emceed by Associate Dean Lisa Pike Masteralexis, the ceremony also offered messages from Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg ’77, Chancellor Subbaswamy, and several UMass officials.
Hundreds of Isenberg students came out to celebrate the ground breaking of the Isenberg Business Innovation Hub. Students enjoyed local ice cream, tee shirts, music and participated in a group photo with Dean Fuller and Chancellor Subbaswamy in front of the construction site. This year's freshman and sophomores will be the first classes in the Hub, set to open in Spring 2019.
The 4th annual Isenberg Business Leadership Awards (IBLA) was held at The Colonnade Hotel in Boston, MA. This years principal awardees were Chuck and Karen Peters, owners of New England Wire Products and Isenberg supporters, and the Recent Alum Awardee went to Brian Tino '11, Enterprise Account Executive at InVision.
Dean Fuller challenged the 2016 senior class to a 30% participation rate in the Senior Class Gift Challenge, vowing to shave an "I" in the back of his head if they met the challenge. The seniors rallied around the goal, and Dean Fuller attended graduation with a new haircut.
The first-ever Isenberg Pitch Conference was held at the UMass Club in Boston on April 21st, 2016. Six schools, including UMass Amherst, Amherst College, UConn, Brandeis, Harvard, and Yale, pitched stocks investment plans to a panel of three experienced veterans in the finance industry. The day also included an Investment Professional Discussion Panel and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the pitch contest received monetary prizes.
Over 100 Isenberg alumni and faculty gathered at the Top of the Hub in Boston on April 28th to connect and hear Dean Fuller’s remarks on Isenberg’s recent news and exciting new campaign, how Isenberg Drives the Driven
On May 5 & 6, 2016 graduates from Isenberg's doctoral and masters programs celebrated with the reading of the MBA oath, doctoral robes, a reception and graduation. Students and families traveled from near and far to celebrate this momentous occasion.
Automated Controversy Detection, a startup business founded by UMass Amherst computer science 4th-year Ph.D. candidate Shiri Dori-Hacohen, earned top honors at the campus’s 2016 Innovation Challenge business plan competition. Coordinated by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, the multi-stage Challenge, in its culminating event of the year, featured six student teams.
More than 200 alumni, students, faculty, and friends from the industry attended the HTM Annual Awards Dinner in Boston, which was preceded by an hour of convivial networking. Alumni represented every age group in the program’s history and every subsector in the hospitality industry.
The Innovation Challenge has welcomed teams from engineering, the sciences, and beyond; provided a springboard for real ventures; and qualified the winning team for the finals of MassChallenge, a startup accelerator that has raised over $1.1 billion in funding, generated over $520 million in revenue and created over 6,500 jobs. At the MinutePitch event in October, more than 50 campus entrepreneurs and innovators participated in the UMass Amherst Innovation Challenge MinutePitch Competition. Thirty-six teams pitched their ideas to a panel of judges, and after three rounds, three teams emerged victorious. JamUMass, led by Ajey Pandey received $500. Snap-A-Deal, led by Matthew Schreibman and Michael Vinik, landed a second place finish and $750. The first place prize, and $1,000, went to the Glow, led by Abhishek Dwaraki.