A month after the debut of Isenberg’s game-changing Business Innovation Hub, impromptu interviews with undergraduates reveal unanimous appreciation for the new building and its resources. Students agree that the 70,000-square-foot addition to Isenberg offers great study and social space, and they applaud its architecture, its abundance of natural light, and its internationally diverse café.
Executives from Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox participated in the inaugural Isenberg Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion. Tyrone Brooks and Pam Kenn '01 discussed how and why their organizations are working to ensure that players, staffers, and fans all feel welcome.
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Tony doesn’t take his success for granted. He worked hard to get where he is today. “There aren’t a lot of people that look like me in the Boston market doing the job that I have. And you know, I was told by others, ‘I don’t know that you can do this, because not many minorities are successful.’ And I put my head down a long time ago to say hey, I’m going to be the example.”
Isenberg PhD graduate Mary Catherine Dodgson ’17 and her dissertation co-directors, Christopher Agoglia and Bradley Bennett, received top honors for her dissertation in the American Accounting Association’s Accounting, Behavior and Organizations Section.
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Akshaya Pawar and Raju Gholap, doctoral students in the Hospitality & Tourism Management Department at Isenberg, received the Best Graduate Student Research Paper Award in November at the International Association of Hospitality Financial Management Education (iAHFME) Research Symposium in New York.
Andrew Kitto, an assistant professor in Isenberg’s accounting department, was selected as an Economic Research Fellow at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the regulatory body that oversees the audits of public companies.
Anne P. Massey, professor and Ruth L. Nelson Chair of Business at the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin, has been named dean of the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The appointment of Massey, who built her distinguished career at Indiana University, was made by Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs John J. McCarthy.
A 1982 Isenberg accounting graduate, Paul Carney spent the lion’s share of his career in senior managerial finance and administration positions for early-stage, emerging technology companies, funded by premier Silicon Valley venture capital and private equity firms. Paul has been a consistent donor to the greater UMass community since he graduated. Isenberg’s Business Innovation Hub boasts a state-of-the-art café and seating area that carries the proud name of Paul Carney ’82 and his family. “My aim in making this high-profile gift is to raise awareness of giving and philanthropy at Isenberg and UMass Amherst,” he observes.
Chris Bent '12 founded Piccles, a collaborative online coloring app targeted to children in hospitals and other medical facilities. The 2012 Innovation Challenge runner-up (for Crowd Solar, which used crowd-funding to help communities buy renewable energy) has consulted with Matt Glennon's marketing classes on his new venture.
Aiming to improve the residential foundation for rural communities in India, the venture team consists of Aashish Kumar (computer science), Kavya Ramachandran (chemical engineering) and Achintya Kumar (engineering).
“In Isenberg’s Online MBA program, my professors and the administrative staff consistently went out of their way to ensure that I had the opportunities and resources that I needed to succeed in the program and in my profession,” recalls 2015 graduate Dr. Edward Kolb. A medical doctor with a focus on anesthesiology and pediatrics, Ed is Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Hospital Operations at Boys Town National Research Hospital and Clinics, in Omaha, Nebraska. This November, he assumed the role as hospital director.
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In front of an audience of nearly 200 students, faculty, staff and supporters, 27 teams gave 60-second pitches of their venture idea. Determined by a panel of industry expert judges, $2,500 in prize money was awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams and the audience choice selection.
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“Sports fans are getting older,” observed 2018 Mark H. McCormack Executive in Residence Bernie Mullin in a campus-wide lecture in October. “In that trend, baseball does worst, with fan age growing by half a year each year,” Mullin remarked. Last year’s NCAA football attendance, he added, was the lowest in 30 years. And three years ago, season ticket sales to collegiate football continued their decline, dropping by 10%.
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Ten years ago, the globe was gripped in a historic financial crisis. Markets crashed, entire countries defaulted – Greece is still reeling from the effects -- and the event forced major policy shifts that have shaped the financial landscape across the globe. This was the topic of presentations and discussions at the Isenberg School of Management’s annual CISDM conference on October 4.
It’s a steamy Friday afternoon in early June, and the window air conditioner in the third-floor conference room in Bartlett Hall is working furiously to provide relief to the handful of students gathered around a large meeting table. The setting is unmistakably a university classroom in summer, but once Birton Cowden begins to speak, it becomes immediately clear that this is anything but a typical college course.