Two days of Isenberg graduation events celebrated the achievements and grit of 1,230 graduating seniors, master’s, and Ph.D. recipients. Addresses by keynote speakers recounted students’ accomplishments at Isenberg and looked ahead to their promising careers and continued engagement with the school.
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Scores of Isenberg students were honored with substantial scholarship assistance at the annual Isenberg Scholarship Celebration, on April 21. The principal speakers—Vinnie Daboul ’87 and Marty Boyle ’15—praised Isenberg as an engine of opportunity and upward mobility. They urged alumni and students to support the school financially and through personal engagement.
“In my field, little things can lead to big things,” remarks forensic accounting specialist Lynda Schwartz ’86. A forensic accounting practitioner since the early 1990s, Lynda will teach a two-day colloquium on the subject on July 14-15 in Isenberg’s M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program.
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Hospitality & Tourism Management’s annual Awards Dinner, at the Boston Harbor Hotel, honored alumnus Robert McCarthy ’78, MGM Resorts Chairman James Murren, and HTM student Vimbai Moyo ’16. The event and its honorees celebrated the program’s values of personal resilience, continuous improvement, and hard work.
I worked for a manufacturing company called Rogers Corporation in Rogers, CT. I worked very closely with both to help write Design Walkthroughs, which illustrate the business processes. I collected sample transactions for various departments and tested for material misstatements and even fraud (extremely rare).
As part of Professor’s Oh’s HTM Leadership Academy course, over 20 students traveled to a Sodexo facility housed within Bose Headquarters to learn about leadership roles and life at the company from senior executives, including alumni from the HTM program. Student Renny Xu ’16 recounts the day.
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Hosted by the Isenberg-based Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship and the UMass Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, HackUMass attracted 300 students who competed in teams that generated and demonstrated innovative software and hardware projects. Students received advice and additional resources from mentors, who represented 33 corporate sponsors.
During her two-day visit to Isenberg as McCormack Executive in Residence, Women’s Tennis Association Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster explored her organization’s growing global footprint, its increasing deployment of technology, and its greater focus on the fan experience. Allaster also recounted a life in tennis dedicated to the advancement of women in the sport.
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Student-driven ideas will be the focus at HackUMass at UMass Amherst’s Integrative Learning Center on April 11-12. More than 600 participants, including 70 companies and students from across the region, will take part in the event, which is the Pioneer Valley’s largest hackathon and is hosted by the Isenberg-based Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship.
I was part of SIPP (Semester in the Profession Program) this Spring where I interned at EY in Boston, one of the "Big Four" accounting firms. I was in the assurance service line, or auditing. I audited many clients from industries like Bio-Technology (pharmaceutical companies), a professional football team from the NFL, and real estate investment firms just to name a few.
Red Cross executive Jeff Meyer dissected the supply and demand of blood supplies, in Anna Nagurney's course, Humanitarian Logistics and Healthcare. Cost and waste reduction have been the principal drivers in an increasingly consolidated national blood supply network.
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Todd Bari '94, an assurance partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Boston office, will be honored as Alumnus of the Year at Isenberg's Annual Accounting Awards Banquet on April 16th. Todd, who helps lead the PWC Boston office's Financial Services Assurance practice, will be the event's keynote speaker.
Isenberg undergraduate Rob Flanagan ’16 and his interdisciplinary team, FogKicker, won the top prize in the campus-wide Innovation Challenge on March 31. Other entrepreneurial teams also won prizes at the annual business plan competition.
The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management honored alumni and students at its Annual Awards Banquet on March 30. Alumni received the department’s VanderZwaag Award and its Alumni on the Rise Award. Twenty-two students earned scholarships.
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Like many aspiring business leaders, Kaila Kennedy likes to push herself out of her comfort zone. Initially attending a small school, she transferred to Isenberg because it would force her to interact with different types of people. Ultimately, she knew she needed to improve her people skills in order to have a successful career.
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Three Isenberg finance majors—Sam Jezard ’15, Hannah Kim ’17, and Joshua Owczarski ’17—are competing against student teams from 14 other business schools in this year’s Kerrisdale Capital Investment Case Study Competition on the Economist.com web site.
Seven Isenberg Hospitality students attended the World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo in San Antonio on March 8-12. The students participated in a competition and idea fair, networked with peers and employers, and attended education sessions that explored the club management industry.
Recruiters from diverse industries—hotels, food services, property management, senior living, clubs, and casino gambling—were in force at HTM’s 41st annual Career Day on March 4th. Two to three hundred students attended the daylong event to learn about opportunities at the 74 companies and to network with alumni and company representatives.