The class of 2017 is breaking philanthropy records in the Senior Gift Challenge, giving at a rate that far exceeded their goal. Isenberg is successfully tapping seniors to think about giving back while they're still on campus, increasing young alumni donations and engagement.
In late April, a team of Isenberg undergraduates excelled in the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) in Santa Monica, placing first for their 10-minute presentation, second for their 90-minute presentation, and second in the “Ethics Biathlon,” which combined a four mile run with the ethics portion of the competition.
Mila Getmansky Sherman, a finance professor at Isenberg, has received a $196,518 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Digging into Data Challenge. Professor Sherman’s award will fund a 3+ year research project.
A team of four Isenberg sophomores emerged as first-place winners in Kohl’s Invitational Case Competition. The Isenberg team—The Kohl Kids—won the contest’s $5,000 grand prize, prevailing over 222 teams in the national competition.
Laura Canfield ’83 MS, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as the Director at Large. Canfield boasts a prodigious reputation within the sport of tennis. She’s served as executive director of the USTA Middle States Section, special liaison to the USTA President, tournament coordinator/circulation manager for Tennis Week magazine, and more. Canfield is co-founder, and currently holds the role of director, of the Buck County Tennis Association. Read More.
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The McCormack Department of Sport Management hosted its annual PhD Research Seminar Day on Friday, April 21, 2017. This event is an opportunity to hear PhD candidate research presentations, discuss the state of research within the industry and meet with renowned industry researchers. Dr. Marlene A. Dixon, Professor in Sport Management in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at Texas A&M University was this year’s keynote speaker.
Dixon focuses on answering the overarching question: how can we design sport to improve life quality? The accomplished researcher warned against the tendency to use sports to solve problems without fully understanding the issue at hand. “You can’t just ‘spray’ sport to solve your problems” Dixon advised. When using sport to enhance quality of life, there’s a need to understand the desired outcomes and the population in need. Only after this information is understood can an effective sport program be built.
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Nefertiti Walker, assistant professor with the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management, will lead Isenberg’s diversity initiatives as its first Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Professor Walker will bring experience and proactivity to the school’s commitment to an increasingly inclusive culture. That includes greater diversity and inclusiveness among students, faculty, and staff.
Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel had never held a baseball before meeting J.B. Bernstein, but after winning the top two slots in his “Million Dollar Arm” reality TV show, they were signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates and became the first Indians contracted to play professional sports in the United States. Bernstein’s cross-cultural experience turned his career around, led to his marriage, and gave him a new perspective on the things that matter. Today, he continues to advocate for the power of this kind of breakthrough insight, in work and in life, and recently came back to UMass to inspire Isenberg’s next generation of graduates.
Robin Chase was featured pundit in the second edition of Driven, Isenberg’s series of conversations with business innovators at the UMass Club in downtown Boston. After chatting informally with attendees for 45 minutes, she joined WBUR radio journalist Asma Khalid on stage for a 50-minute discussion of Chase’s challenges as a transportation entrepreneur and of transportation’s increasingly disruptive future. Following the conversation, Chase fielded questions from her audience of more than 100 business practitioners and academics.
ElectroPure, a student team and developer of a water treatment/purification device for homes, schools, and other small-scale water systems, took first-place honors in the finals of the 2017 Innovation Challenge business plan competition on April 6th.
Dr. Mahmoud Hariri, a surgeon and former faculty member at the Aleppo University Faculty of Medicine, discussed harrowing wartime logistics and medical delivery challenges in Professor Nagurney's "Humanitarian Logistics and Healthcare" course.
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This year's Accounting Alumnus of the Year is John McNamara ’81 ’82 M.S., Assurance Shareholder with Sullivan Bille, P.C. McNamara will be honored on April 20th at Isenberg's Annual Accounting Banquet at The Log Cabin in Holyoke.
"There are no final victories; the struggle for legitimacy [by black and other nonwhite athletes] continues,” insisted sport sociologist Harry Edwards during his keynote talk as this spring’s Mark H. McCormack Executive in Residence. During his two-day visit to Isenberg on March 23rd and 24th, Dr. Edwards, an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at UCal Berkeley, spoke in Sport Management classes and met with McCormack program students and faculty.
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A recent article in the leading industry trade journal SportsBusiness Journal by McCormack senior lecturer and internship director Tony Lachowetz underscores the value of experiential learning for sport management students.
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Finance professor Mila Getmansky Sherman and two coauthors have received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute’s premier honor—its 2016 Graham and Dodd Award for Excellence—for their journal article, “Interconnectedness of the CDS Market.”
Isenberg’s Full-time MBA program has soared eighteen places from 75th to 57th in U.S. News’ just-released annual ranking of MBA programs. Isenberg also moved up three places from 16th to 13th in U.S. News’ ranking of Part-time MBA programs.
Jeff Prost-Greene ’12 is one of two Isenberg alums honored this year in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of Social Entrepreneurs. Prost-Greene is one of three founders of Up Top Acres, which owns and operates roof-top "farms" in Washington, D.C.
In February, 350 students, alumni, faculty, and staff attended the fourth annual Women of Isenberg conference, which brings together women from all career levels to talk about their unique experiences and challenges as women in business.
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The Financial Times has ranked the Isenberg Online MBA program #1 nationally and #3 worldwide. That included Isenberg’s Online MBA ranking of 2nd in the world in a metric where recent graduates praised our online teaching and resources.