“One of the best things about UMass and Isenberg is the network of opportunity,” observes Operations Management major Davies DeCesare-Fousek ’16. That includes, he notes, Isenberg’s vibrant alumni network, which “is extremely impressive and has helped open many doors that I didn’t even know existed."
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Manhattan-based entrepreneur, realtor, and developer David Gaunt '70 MBA recalled the early years of his real estate career in New York City. The Isenberg graduate explained how he combined creative problem solving and persistence to gain traction in the market.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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.
The second annual Women of Isenberg Conference took place on February 7. Coordinated by the student group Isenberg Women in Business, the day-long event attracted 210 members of the Isenberg community, including 42 alumnae, a dozen Isenberg faculty and staff members, and 150 students.
Debbie Wilson, a nurse formerly on the front lines of Ebola relief in Liberia, spoke in Professor Anna Nagurney’s course, Humanitarian Logistics and Health Care. Wilson discussed the logistical and cultural challenges that arose during her six-week stay in the field.
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Isenberg undergraduates are giving high points to their interactions and appointments with the school's Undergraduate Programs Office. Gone are the sometimes lengthy wait times and hurried advising of previous years. In their place is a deftly designed process reflecting a strategic investment in both technology and people.