“I don’t have the stories that Jeff has,” remarked EY partner and New England recruitment leader Jason Janoff ’93. “I may be fun to listen to, but Jason is more important to you,” countered Jason’s former classmate and special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago office, Jeff Sallet ’93. With the aplomb and timing of a seasoned Saturday Night Live comedy duo, the former Isenberg classmates made an incontestable case for accounting as a professional destination. The venue was Cathy Lowry’s Introduction to Accounting class, and the students couldn’t get enough of Sallet and Janoff’s positive message.
Sport management Alumnus Bill Hubbard, in conjunction with Tokio-Marine HCC, has established an endowed fund with a $1 million gift that will provide financial support to McCormack Department of Sport Management students who participate in internships within the sport and entertainment industry.
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Hosted each school year by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, the Innovation Challenge is a series of four entrepreneurial competitions that replicates the process of developing and pitching a winning business venture. From the opening Minute Pitch event in the fall through the high-stakes Final round in the spring, teams have the opportunity to refine and improve their business plans and messaging, and to win thousands of dollars in seed money — thanks to sponsors Ernst & Young, The Heiser Family, Norman “Bud” Robertson, Kumar Ganapathy, Jeff Glassman, Darn It! and John & Sally Burke — to help make their ideas a reality.
October 25, 2017: The Minute Pitch
The venue: Amherst Room, Campus Center
The prize: $2,500, awarded to the top three teams and the audience choice
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.
Aclarity, LLC has recently been awarded additional funding via the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) Catalyst grant program, the 2018 Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) Accelerator and the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (NSF SBIR) grant program.
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.
John F. Smith Memorial Professor Anna Nagurney of Isenberg's operations & information department, has been selected as the OMEGA RHO Keynote Speaker at the annual INFORMS conference this November with her Plenary: Networks to Save the World: OR in Action. The OMEGA RHO Distinguished Lecture on Operations Research and Management Science is among the most prestigious series of lectures in the world and have been presented as a plenary at ORSA/TIMS and INFORMS Meetings since 1983. Previous speakers include Deans at Wharton and MIT and two Nobel Prize winners.
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.
On April 25, eight ventures led by current UMass students and one UMass alum were recognized at the 15th annual Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative Awards event in Holyoke, Mass. Co-founder of FogKicker, a high performance anti-fog solution, BDIC alum Marc Gammell was presented with the Grinspoon, Garvey and Young Alumni Award.
The McCormack Department of Sport Management’ hosted a three-member panel discussion called "Every Yard Counts; A Conversation on Football Analytics" The panel, organized by the student group, the Association of Diversity in Sport, and moderated by Sydney Robinson '19, featured Dean Oliver, Diane Bloodworth, and McCormack alumnus Dan Hatman ’11 who discussed the transformative power of data analytics in sports.
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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.