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The Second Annual Connecting Women Breakfast Forum was held before spring break. The forum, which was sponsored by the School of Business, the School of Business Advisory Board, BWISE and QWMBA, focused on the theme of “Building Your Network.” Participants included professional guests, members of the steering committee, professors, and students—including some recent alumni. Professor Judy Gedge, who teaches business law at QU, moderated the event and Sharon Porter, analytics manager at Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute, was the Forum Committee Chair.

Women gathered at 8:00 AM for coffee, breakfast and conversation before the more formal events of the morning began. Students, professionals, and professors took turns in a round-robin discussion, responding to questions such as “How do I get started networking?” and “Where should I network?” All participants then switched tables to network with other members at the event, discussing questions such as “What is a good length of time to talk to the professional?” and “When should I give my resume versus my business card?”

In proper networking format, the morning concluded with another shift of tables. A final exchange was made with new professionals, who responded to the question “What are the benefits of social media and how should it be used?” Overall, the attendees unanimously benefitted from the event. If you are interested in learning more about Quinnipiac Women MBAs please visit them on Facebook at QWMBA.

For more information about women in business careers and networking opportunities please contact Grace Peiffer, Director of Employer Relations: Grace.Peiffer@quinnipiac.edu.

Group of QU students gathers at the front desk during their visit to Google in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Group of QU students gathers at the front desk during their visit to Google in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

On Thursday, March 27th, Dimitri Restaino, a major in Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management, and a small group of other QU students were given the opportunity to visit Google in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Accompanied by Grace Peiffer, Director of Employee Relations, the students had the opportunity to meet with Steven Geller, a QU alumnus currently working at Google. Dimitri explained that, like all the QU alumni he had been introduced to on this occassion, Mr. Geller was welcoming and knowledgeable about what it takes to be successful in business. Dmitri explained that, “It is always pleasant when students are able to see welcoming and hospitable QU alumni in a major business environment.”

 While on a tour of the premises, students were able to meet some of the employees and chat with them. The students were also given time to network with everyone attending the event and meet members from the QU Boston alumni chapter. Students left the event filled day with new contacts and a better sense of how Google does business–especially on site.  As Dimitri noted, from the private nap stations, to the fully stocked kitchens on every floor, the design was impressive.

“All in all, this was both a very beneficial and eye-opening experience for me as a second semester senior looking to enter the real world soon,” Dimitri stated, including that “…this was all possible due to the partnership between the Office of Development & Alumni Affairs and the School of Business Career Office.” 

Six international business undergraduate students and their professor, Dr. Robert Engle, presented research papers at the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute 2014 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA. All papers were also accepted for publication in the conference proceedings.

Alyssa Thomas and Christine Little’s paper, Perceptions of Corporate Social Responsibility Between the United States and South Korea, explores the difference of CSR perceptions among university students in the United States and students in South Korea. The paper is a discovery of how the subjects of each country view importance of CSR in various settings and experiences.

Briana Nash and Marcin Mazurek’s paper, The Role of Cultural Dimensions on Economic Development, examines the relationship of two major cultural dimensions: power distance and individualism. Their paper also explores the economic freedom and development of 70 geographic regions over a 30 year period.

Lisa Alessandrello and Tatiana Shams Costa’s paper, Behavioral Cultural Intelligence: The Influence of Multicultural Interaction, Time Spent in Foreign Countries, and Language Skills, looks at the relationship that multicultural interaction, language skills, and total time spent in foreign countries have on a subject’s behavioral cultural intelligence.

Robert Engle, professor of international business, presented a paper entitled The Impact of Cultural Intelligence on Problem Solving Performance. The topic is about the degree to which the four dimensions of cultural intelligence impact a subject’s ability to successfully solve a cross-cultural problem. He also presented a paper with a colleague from Widener University, The Antecedents of Cross-cultural Stress in Short-term International Assignments.

The conference provided an opportunity for students to join with faculty from QU and other institutions at a site for collective intellectual exchange.  Congratulations to all.

Professor Surya Chelikani, Assistant Professor of Finance, co-authored a winning paper at the 50th annual MBAA Conference. MBAA International is a 50 year old association and covers many disciplines in business. “Evidence of a Housing Wealth Effect on Municipal Bond Yields” won the Distinguished Paper Award at the conference.

To learn more about MBAA International: http://www.mbaainternational.org/

Pamela Shepperd is starting her career in long-term care exceptionally well.

Pamela Shepperd is starting her career in long-term care exceptionally well.

Quinnipiac University alumni, Pamela Shepperd, completed her Long-Term Care (LTC) Certificate program in 2013. It took 15 months to complete the program and she passed the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) in December 2013. After earning her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Fordham University, she decided to pursue long-term care. Pam has also succeeded in becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Nursing Home Administrator (NHA).

She has been a social worker at her company, Hancock Hall & Filosa in Danbury, CT, for three years. Pam was sponsored by her company to complete the LTC Administration program and continue working for the third-generation run organization. In January 2014, Pam was promoted to Director of Social Services at Hancock Hall and Filosa. She is now responsible for managing the social services needs of both Filosa facilities, and she has taken on Administrative responsibilities including monitoring managed care cases.

The LTC Certificate allowed Pam to continue the hands-on social work that she loves, while advancing at a company for which she has much faith in. When asked about why Pam chose Quinnipiac, she explained that it was “for [Quinnipiac’s] strong reputation, ease and convenience of classes, and fulfillment of her longtime dream to attend Quinnipiac.”

Angela Mattie, HCM chairwoman at Quinnpiac, promotes urgent care centers.

Angela Mattie, HCM chairwoman at Quinnpiac, promotes urgent care centers.

Angela Mattie, chairwoman of the department of health care management at Quinnipiac University, is quoted in Hearst Connecticut’s recent article on urgent care centers. She said the country is in the grips of a physician shortage that often makes it difficult for people to get an appointment quickly. “(Urgent care) provides an alternative for when you have a cold and need to see someone right away,” Mattie said.

The shortage is expected to get worse in the coming years, with the federal health care legislation known as the Affordable Care Act expected to provide health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans this year. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the country could have a shortage of nearly 92,000 physicians by 2020, a number that is expected to grow to nearly 131,000 by 2025.

“Given that landscape,” Mattie said, “the idea of the neighborhood physician is disappearing and people are seeking medical care from whoever will see them the fastest. That’s a large reason why many people who can’t get in to see a doctor – either because the physician is busy, or because they simply can’t afford it – end up in the emergency room.”

Urgent care centers typically accept most insurance plans and some, including Doctors Express, offer special rates for the uninsured and underinsured. Depending on where the patient goes and what insurance they have, urgent care visits are either close to or slightly more expensive than a trip to a primary care physician. Either way, the clinics charge significantly less than emergency rooms.

For the full article, click this link: http://www.newsdaily.com/health/430aa347ececca2083e4883e97060aac/urgent-care-centers-aim-to-fill-health-need

Ron Perine (Above), QU School of Business alumni, has been made President of Mintz + Hoke.

Ron Perine (Above), QU School of Business alumni, has been made President of Mintz + Hoke.

Mintz + Hoke is an integrated, full-service communications firm offering a wide range of strategic planning, advertising, public relations, interactive, media planning and buying, and direct marketing services. As part of a new strategic focus for the 43-year-old marketing communications agency, the company has named Ron Perine as President.

Ron Perine has earned steadily increasing responsibility during his 20 years with Mintz + Hoke. He joined the organization in 1994 in the agency’s IT department, and within a few years headed up both the IT and finance operations. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Quinnipiac University School of Business, is a member of the Finance Committee for the American Association of Advertising Agencies and is actively involved in Worldwide Partners, the global network of agencies in which Mintz + Hoke is a shareholder. In 2012, Perine was name to the Hartford Business Journal’s Top CFOs list.

A passionate leader and team member, with deep experience in all facets of agency operations during his 20 year tenure, Perine will continue his current COO responsibilities, remain on the Board of Directors as Treasurer, and report to agency principals Mary Farrell and Chris Knopf. “Ron has been indispensable in making Mintz + Hoke the strong and progressive company it is today,” said CEO, Chris Knopf. “His unique skillset is knowing everything there is to know about managing and leading a marketing communications agency in the 21st century.”

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