Melissa Baker, an assistant professor in Isenberg’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, is recipient of a 2018-19 Lilly Fellowship. The nationally competitive fellowships foster teaching excellence through pedagogy workshops and seminars, course development and redesign, third-party assessment of teaching skills, and other resources. The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Development has awarded the fellowships since 1986.
“UMass Amherst and Isenberg are now investment grade,” remarked Edward D. Shirley ’78, principal honoree at Isenberg’s annual Business Leadership Awards gathering on June 14. “When Mark Fuller became dean in 2009, he developed a strong aspirational team culture with the faculty that will live beyond [him],” Ed told his audience of 450 alumni, students, and faculty at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston. Isenberg’s rebranding as a “driven” community was a powerful catalyst in its rise to national prominence, Ed continued.
In April, a team of five Isenberg undergraduates won first place in the annual International Business Ethics Case (IBECC) competition’s main undergraduate event. This year’s three-day competition, at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston, attracted 28 undergraduate teams from five countries. (Graduate programs also vied in their own division. An Isenberg MBA team placed second in a 90-second competition in that division.) For the main undergraduate event, each team devised its own case topic for legal, financial, and ethical dissection.
Thom Lytle ’07 MBA, Senior Director of Social Business and Digital Marketing with Dell, spoke to Isenberg’s full-time MBA students to share his insights on the importance of aligning social media practices with a company's marketing strategy.
The 2018 Isenberg graduation celebrations were held on May 12th at the Mullins Center before an audience of 1,200 graduating seniors and their 6,500 family members and friends. Dean Fuller gave his farewell address at the event which was MC'ed by William Brown, the new undergraduate dean. One day prior, on May 11th, 630 Isenberg graduate candidates received degrees in a campus-wide commencement ceremony for graduate students.
Linda Enghagen was appointed Isenberg’s Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs on January 1, 2018. She will now lead Isenberg’s dynamic Online/Part-Time MBA program, the school’s full-time MBA program, and a new Master of Science in Business & Analytics program. Her predecessor, John D. Wells, is now UMass Amherst’s Senior Vice Provost for Online Education.
Isenberg is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Bing Liang to the newly created Charles P. McQuaid Endowed Professorship. The professorship’s benefactor is Isenberg finance graduate Charles P. McQuaid ’74 who retired after 35 years at Columbia Wanger Asset Management in Chicago.
Professor David Piercey has been appointed as the first John F. Kennedy Endowed Professor. Chair of Isenberg’s Department of Accounting and John Spinney Faculty Fellow, Piercey is a nationally prominent researcher in behavioral accounting. The endowed professorship’s benefactor, John F. Kennedy ’76 M.S., is a long-time supporter of Isenberg and its students.
The 2018 Annual HTM Awards Dinner at the Boston Park Plaza featured an awards ceremony and vibrant gathering for networking, attracting 440 alumni, faculty, students, and other movers and shakers from Greater Boston’s hospitality community and Florida, Washington, D.C., California, and other states.Richard M. Kelleher ’73, one of eight awardees, was honored with HTM's Distinguished Industry Industry Leader award.
McCormack Sport Management has launched the Initiative for Underrepresented Students which pairs Sport Management graduates mentors with the department’s current McCormack students—all from minority backgrounds. Melcolm Ruffin '13 partnered with Nefertiti Walker, Sport Management Professor/ Director of Diversity & Inclusion; Nicole Melton, Sport Management professor; and Molly McGuigan, Communications, Events/Alumni Relations Coordinator in this first-step toward a longer-term initiative, which will take on recruitment, scholarships, and career development dimensions.
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Three student-led teams won top honors at the final of the 2017-18 Innovation Challenge at the annual cross-campus entrepreneurship competition run by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship at the Isenberg School of Management. The start-ups, eBiologics, Phytos Therapeutics, and Kinase, Inc., were awarded seed money of $35,000, $20,000, and $15,000, respectively, by a seven-judge panel of area business leaders.
The outpouring of female accounts of sexual misconduct in the workplace from the #MeToo movement first took hold in response to the world of Hollywood, but the problem has surfaced in almost every sphere, including the world of business. Companies that once seemed invincible have paid dearly, both in business and reputational terms—a concern for anyone with an entrepreneurial vision. Political analyst and federal anti-discrimination law expert Jennifer C. Braceras shared her knowledge on the topic in Charlie Johnson's entrepreneurship class.
“It isn’t working hard that gets you recognized. It’s working smart,” emphasized Victoria Vega ’88, keynote speaker at the 5th annual Women of Isenberg Annual Conference. Vega’s remarks formed the basis of a prevailing theme throughout the day-long conference, which stressed a changing landscape for women in the workplace and the importance of finding one’s own way even in challenging circumstances.
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Each year, Jeff shares career insights with scores of students in Isenberg’s introductory accounting course. “You will always be employable and not just in public accounting,” he tells them. “I wanted to be an FBI agent from the beginning. Among other things, my accounting degree was a means to an end, a differentiator."
For the second year running, Isenberg has earned the #1 U.S. and #3 worldwide ranking in the Financial Times’ annual survey of Online MBA programs. Founded in 2001, Isenberg’s online program has 1,500 active students. It maintains the same high academic standards as the school’s 65-year-old Full-time MBA program.
Hosted by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, the four-part Innovation Challenge continued with The Semifinal on Wednesday, February 28. In front of a panel of four judges, 12 student-led teams gave five-minute pitches describing their ventures and participated in a 10-minute Q&A session. The judges selected seven teams to advance to Innovation Challenge
Waters Corporation, Chairman, President & CEO, Accounting, Isenberg School of Management Watch as Doug Berthiaume talks about his time at Isenberg and UMass and his view on business and entrepreneurship. In early 2014 the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship at the Isenberg School of Management was established thanks to the generous financial support of Diana and Doug Berthiaume.