Each Isenberg department has chosen a senior from the Class of 2021 to share a video speech for the May 14 online graduation celebration. Read about all seven outstanding senior speakers here:
Thomas Colucci, Accounting
Lindsey Guenther, Management
Lauren Markey, Finance
Wong, who is from Hillsborough, New Jersey, recently started working as the cabana manager at Travers Island, the New York Athletic Club’s property in Pelham, New York. She is currently working on building her team and getting the club prepped for a busy and fun summer.
Suchecki, who is from Groton, Mass., is graduating with dual degrees in marketing and political science. He’s planning to move to Washington, D.C., this summer to look for work on a communications team for a member of Congress.
Welter, who is from Lynnfield, Mass., recently accepted a short-term position as a digital platform consultant for Rachel's Table, a food redistribution center in Springfield. The grant-funded position was a result of her honors thesis case study focused on the organization. Starting in July, she will be starting full-time as a technology risk consultant in EY's Boston office.
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Isenberg senior Ali Saif has won the 2021 Gerald F Scanlon Best Student Employee of the Year Award. Ali has worked for the DEFA Film Library since 2019 as their Business Manager.The intent of the award is to recognize and honor students who have demonstrated outstanding performance by contributing their time and/or skill to help the university achieve its goals and objectives.
In the year of COVID-19, UMass Amherst’s NCAA men’s ice hockey championship has been a shot in the arm for the entire campus, and it has had particular impact for Isenberg—15 of the team’s 21 players are Isenberg student-athletes.
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“Anna’s research reputation and international stature combined with her integrative work in operations management and engineering make her a perfect fit for the honor,” wrote Isenberg Dean Anne Massey in an email announcement.
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Associate Professor David Tyler, a 2013 PhD graduate, and fellow McCormack doctoral alum Joe Cobbs ’10 are cofounders of Know Rivalry, a pathbreaking research lab devoted to identifying and measuring rivalries.
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The Class of 2024 college cohort was invited to return to campus for the spring semester, and many are attending the seminar Big Ideas in Business in person in the Learning Commons of Isenberg's Business Innovation Hub.
HTM’s Laurie Salame is part of a multi-year, multi-disciplinary research project investigating the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA), under a grant from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. As part of the larger research project, Salame is the lead for patron surveys conducted at MA casinos, used to understand who frequents the casinos and their spending patterns.
Prof. Muzzo Uysal has been working in the area of quality of life and its connection to tourism and hospitality settings for a long time. One of his recent research articles with Prof. J. Sirgy makes an argument that quality of life (QoL) indicators can also be treated as performance indicators, independently or nested forms with conventional indicators in tourism.
The HTM 387 Information Technology and Social Media for Hospitality Industry class worked with local Bed and Breakfast (B&B) to promote the accommodations on social media. The local B &B’s are Amherst Inn and Allen House, both owned by Alan and Ann King of Amherst. Students were responsible for one social media platform such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and TikTok. Each account was created and managed by the students with relevant information regarding the accommodations. The posts included information about COVID-19 regulations and how the B&Bs are handling the safety and hygiene concerns of the guests as well as information and events about Amherst. Students had the chance to have first-hand experience at a real-world social media marketing management and learn social media metrics to measure their success. The hospitality and tourism management department’s collaboration with local businesses also strengthens the community bond in Amherst.