“We’re thrilled to be able to give our students, faculty, and alumni the opportunity to learn from and engage with one of the most innovative and influential sport marketers of our time,” stated Dr. Janet Fink, Chair of the McCormack Department of Sport Management. “Jon Spoelstra’s literature and experience has had an undeniable impact on our curriculum, and it will be especially meaningful for our students to hear and learn from him.”
Jon Spoelstra will be on campus Oct. 23rd-25th for a host of classroom presentations and roundtable meetings with McCormack students and faculty. In addition, Spoelstra, as part of the McCormack Innovators Lecture Series, will deliver a lecture titled Marketing Outrageously in Sports and Having Fun Every Step of the Way on Oct. 23rd at 6:30p.m. in Mahar Auditorium. This lecture is open to the public.
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In August, Professor Bradley Bennett began a prestigious three-month residency with KPMG’s James Marwick Professor in Residence Program. Based at KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice in Manhattan, Bennett is working with the firm’s Audit Innovation Group.
Nearly 1,000 accounting professors from 200 colleges and universities ranked Isenberg’s Department of Accounting 3rd in the Northeast and 25th in the Nation in the Public Accounting Report’s annual roster of the top 50 undergraduate accounting and master’s degree programs.
Summer C.A.M.P. in July at Isenberg? For 35 high school students, it was the easy first choice versus fun in the sun. For 19 years, the Isenberg School of Management has hosted Massachusetts high-school students predominantly from underrepresented backgrounds in an all-expenses-paid* weeklong immersion of accounting- and business-focused learning experiences. Also known as the Careers in Accounting and Management Professions program, C.A.M.P. features business-focused talks, workshops, skill-building activities, and field trips.
Deftly moderated by David O’Leary ’81 MBA, the panel discussion on August 30 at the elegant UMass Club on Beacon Hill in Boston was the culminating event at the annual David C. O’Leary MBA Orientation Program.* The three-day retreat for Isenberg’s 42 first-year full-time MBA students offered workshops and discussions devoted to team building, personality management, improvisatory skills, behavioral interviewing, and other career building skills. The immersive gatherings also included three days of social and networking opportunities with fellow MBA students and Isenberg alumni.
Recently the Chase Career Center rolled out Big Interview as its online suite for interview and career preparation resources and tutorials. “Big Interview places far greater emphasis on online interactive videos with interviewing and other career-focused activities,” notes Executive Director Nic Wegman.
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Professor Charles Manz's new book "Twisted Leadership" offers business leaders a new way to think about leadership and suggests how to avoid the "leadership disease" - the idea that leadership is something that resides in one person who influence lower-level workers.
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The McCormack Center recently completed another successful Summer Sport Leadership academy, a two-week Pre-College program in its fifth year featuring educational workshops, site visits, and leadership training for dozens of driven high school students.
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In a field of 1150 teams, Isenberg undergraduate Kyle Pandiscio ’19 (Marketing) and Julia Keefe ’17 (BDIC) won first-place honors in the billboard display category in Project Yellow Light, a national advertising competition that promotes safe driving practices.
“There is renewed energy in Isenberg’s PhD program,” exults its director, George Milne. In 2017, the program, he notes, generated 18 graduates, the highest number in its history. (Milne cites records dating from 1984.) “The students,” he continues, “are engaging in research earlier in their careers and continue to refine their teaching skills both in live and online classes. That reflects our commitment to continuously improve teaching and research.”
Operations & Information Management graduate Hailey Cockrum has accepted a job at the high-profile Elon Musk venture SpaceX in Hawthorn, California. Hailey is just one example of a long list of OIM and other Isenberg students landing incredible job opportunities.
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"Business leadership is critical. As a management major at Isenberg I learned about balancing economic growth with social responsibility,” emphasized Earl Stafford ’76 at Isenberg’s Business Leadership Awards (IBLA) dinner on June 15. Stafford was Principal Honoree at the annual event, which attracted 340 Isenberg stalwarts to Boston’s Colonnade Hotel. “Isenberg taught me business practices and techniques. Professors like Tony Butterfield and Art Elkins taught me the importance of value-based decisions—decisions that also promote the common good,” he told the gathering.
On May 25, three UMass Amherst-based startups—all recipients of advice and technical assistance from Isenberg School of Management MBA Fellows working through the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship—were among 12 monetary award recipients/graduates of the Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) Accelerator program in Springfield.
Fred Mitzner '86 (HTM) is the Senior Vice President at ConferenceDirect a national third party go-between that secures conference sites and services at hotels and other venues for trade associations and other special interest groups.
The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management hosted alumni for a networking breakfast event at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Conference (NACDA) in Orlando, Florida. Joining Associate Department Chair, Steve McKelvey (far right) are Jonathan DeAndrade, Ben Rosenfeld, Gloria Nevarez, Ryan Pierce, Leigh Torbin, Jack Woodbury, Thorr Bjorn, Noreen Morris, Mark Wilson, James Paquette, Leslie Wurzberger, Casey Stark, Craig Fink, Todd Nebeker, Amy Coleman and Jamie DiLoreto.
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