Alumnus Nicole Therrien, BA MBA-HCM, was recently appointed as the new Executive Director of Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, Boston. LBFE is an international, volunteer-based nonprofit dedicated to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. There are many local programs that address the physical and nutritional needs of the elderly, however Little Brothers focuses on the social and emotional needs. Volunteers participate in programs including Inter-generational Matching, Social Events, Holiday Visiting, Medical Escorts and Emergency Food Pantry. Therrien is a graduate of the 5 year Gerontology and Health Care Management program.

Every piece of my experience at Quinnipiac has led me to Little Brothers, and I am extremely grateful for Professors Angela Mattie, Ronald Rozett, and David Ives for the mentorship and support throughout my journey. When I started college, Quinnipiac was one of the few universities offering a degree in Gerontology. Dr. Rozett met with me to talk about the new 5 year program with an MBA in Health Care Management. Through that program I became passionate about quality of life issues with the elderly, and also gained management and leadership training to put me in a position to do something about it. In addition to this program, I had the pleasure of working with David Ives and the Albert Schweitzer club which led me to Peace Corps in Ethiopia. Quinnipiac gave me the spirit of volunteerism, and the gerontology/management background to lead me to Little Brothers.


Courtesy: Beta Alpha Psi.

Courtesy: Beta Alpha Psi.

On Wednesday, November 12, members of Quinnipiac’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi along with the University of Hartford chapter visited the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) headquarters in Norwalk, CT. The FASB is responsible for setting financial accounting standards for publicly traded companies in the United States.

The visit included presentations and guest speakers, along with a tour of the facilities. Dean Mead, research manager at the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and Nick Cappiello, FASB Project Manager, each gave insights to the process of creating accounting standards. This visit exposed students to new career possibilities that were unknown prior to the trip.

“This was a great opportunity for us today”, said Robert Deatrick, President of Quinnipiac’s Beta Alpha Psi Nu Alpha Chapter. “To experience this atmosphere in person is something that very few students get to do, and it gives us a greater appreciation and understanding of the standard-setting process. Even though we learn about the FASB and the GASB in the classroom, this experience gave us first-hand meaning to our in-class curriculum”.

Both Dr. Gary Schneider, Chair of Department of Accounting, and Assistant Professor Dr. Ken Ryack joined students on the trip. Teaming up with members from the University of Hartford is part of the Nu Alpha chapter movement to reach out and make connections with chapters from other local universities.


“By creating opportunities for our members to interact with fellow Beta Alpha Psi members at other colleges, we provide opportunities to strengthen our sense of community as both a university-wide and a national organization”, said Deatrick.


The Beta Alpha Psi’s National Office recognized both Quinnipiac University and the University of Hartford on social media, applauding the universities’ joint effort in executing the trip.

Joseph M. Turner, MS, MBA, CHC, was recently named compliance officer for the VACT Healthcare System.

Joseph M. Turner, MS, MBA, CHC, was recently named compliance officer for the VACT Healthcare System.

Alumnus Joseph M. Turner, MS, MBA, CHC, was recently named Compliance and Business Integrity Officer for the VACT Healthcare System in West Haven, CT. Turner is a graduate of the MBA program within the Health Care Management track.

“My education at Quinnipiac University School of Business provided me the foundation that I needed to be knowledgeable in the Healthcare Compliance arena,” says Joseph. “It is what made me a competitive candidate for a Compliance Officer position.”


Joseph also holds a certificate in Health Care Compliance, a qualification he earned during his graduate studies at Quinnipiac. Joseph says that he is grateful for the training and mentorship of faculty members Associate Professor Angela Mattie, Chair of Health Care Management and Organizational Leadership, and Associate Professor Jennifer Herbst, Associate Professor of Law and Medical Sciences.

Through a program jointly developed by the School of Business and Engineering and the School of Law, the Health Care Compliance Certificate program is certified by the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) to offer the first university-based program in the country to train health care compliance officers. This program provides students with a sound academic foundation and the skills necessary to successfully implement the administrative and management principles required to function as competent and knowledgeable health care compliance professionals. It also qualifies them to sit the HCCA national certifying examination.

The Computer Information Systems Society (CISS) and Information Services co-hosted The Women in Technology Panel Discussion.

This semester the Computer Information Systems Society (CISS) and Information Services co-hosted The Women in Technology Panel Discussion, an event designed to bring attention to gender representation in the field of technology. Members of the 6-person panel shared their views and experiences as women in technology, and they suggested practical ways that women are able to advance in the workplace.

Featured panel members from the Quinnipiac community included Diane Ariza, Associate VP for Academic Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer, as well as Elizabeth Brown, an Instructional Technologist from Academic Technology.

“Dr. Ariza was first to speak,” said Marissa Maturo, VP of Career Development for CISS. “She discussed the University’s IMAGINE strategic plan and diversity initiatives, which of course, are pertinent in a discussion on gender.”

Next, panel member Elizabeth Brown shared a video of Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of the book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Published in 2013, the book explores why so few women occupy top leadership roles in the workplace, and what it will take to ensure more women reach the top – especially in the technology industry.

After the speakers had completed their presentations, a Q&A portion followed. “Questions to the panelists ranged from why women aren’t encouraged to pursue academic or professional careers in technology, and what challenges exist for women in the field today,” said Marissa.

The event closed with a brief reception and networking event, where audience members were able to speak individually with the panelists and gain more from their experiences as women, and as technology professionals.

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Grace Peiffer, Director of Employer Relations for School of Business, Olivia Atkin, William Jerome, Jacqueline Martire, Vicent Licari and John DeMezzo, Director of Development for School of Business.

On November 14, 2014, students from Quinnipiac University participated in The Northeast Intercollegiate Sales Competition (NISC), the largest and oldest sales role-play competition in existence. This year’s event, held at Bryant University, garnered national recognition from academic institutions and employers alike.

The team from Quinnipiac was comprised of School of Business seniors William Jerome, Vincent Licari, Jacqueline Martire, as well as sophomore Olivia Atkin.

“As a Quinnipiac student, I couldn’t think of a better way to learn about the field of sales, while also representing our school,” said marketing major and team leader William Jerome. “Much to our surprise, our hard work and effort had paid off as we were able continue on moving forward in the competition and keep Quinnipiac on the scoreboard until the very end.”

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Senior marketing majors Jacqueline Martire and William Jerome were recognized at this year’s Northeast Intercollegiate Sales Competition.

Jerome was able to advance to the semi-final round, while teammate Jacqueline Martire placed in the top four.

The competition challenged students to assume the role of a sales representative from one of the sponsor companies attending that year. With the guidance of John DeMezzo, Director of Development for the School of Business and a skilled sales professional, the Quinnipiac team prepared for the obstacles they were to face during their individual, mock-sales meetings.

“In a selling environment, competition is everything. John helped us learn the ropes of sales meetings as well as giving us extensive advice on how each of us should approach our individual pitches,” said William. “This event and the journey from start to finish was one of the most exciting activities of my undergraduate career.”

A variety of skill-building sessions were available to participants throughout the day, as well as networking opportunities with students from competing universities and potential employers.

“I was able to focus on something that I love to do, while being challenged by a real life scenario. This experience has opened my eyes to the willingness of the Career Development office to support each and every student,” said William. “They’ve helped transform my passion for sales into real opportunities, allowing me to glimpse into the world that I hope to enter soon after graduation.” Both John DeMezzo and Grace Peiffer, Director of Employer Relations, assisted in helping students think practically and strategically about the very real careers that can await them.

CFA InstitueQuinnipiac University has become the latest university to be welcomed into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. The Bachelor of Science in Finance program has been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. This program positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world. As Chair of Finance, Robert Porter, stated, “The CFA designation has become the gold standard for investment professionals throughout the world. We are pleased the CFA institute confirms that our program covers the body of knowledge required to receive this prestigious award.”

Entry into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that Quinnipiac University curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited in preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations.  Through participation in this program, Quinnipiac University is eligible to receive a limited number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.

“Students in these programs study the Candidate Body of Knowledge, which includes the core knowledge, skills, and abilities identified by practitioners worldwide as essential for successful practice,” said Charles Appeadu, PhD, CFA, Head of University Relations at CFA Institute. “By mastering the fundamentals of the CFA Program as well as the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, these future investment professionals gain a strong foundation that helps prepare them well to join the growing CFA Institute community dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.”

“We are very proud that our financial curriculum not only provides thorough academic foundations but also meets the high standards of the profession,” said Choonsik Lee, Assistant Professor of Finance.  With support from Matthew O’Connor, Dean of the School of Business, and from members of the finance faculty, professors Bob Porter and Choonsik Lee were instrumental in ensuring Quinnipiac University received this special recognition.

The BS program in finance prepares graduates for career opportunities in equities and fixed income analysis and portfolio management, corporate finance, financial services, working capital management, asset valuation, banking and credit analysis. The program also prepares students for graduate work in finance, business administration, law and other related disciplines. For students seeking a special focus during their studies, the undergraduate major offers three unique learning tracks; investment management, wealth management and financial planning, and corporate finance.

For more information on the Department of Finance, please visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/school-of-business-and-engineering/department-of-finance/

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Institutional investors such as plan sponsors and fund managers prefer American and Western European investments, and intend to pull back from Russian investments over the next year, according to a survey by Quinnipiac University’s Alternative Investment Institute and the Connecticut Hedge Fund Association.

Survey respondents, which were all based in the U.S. and had a total of $1.12 trillion under management, also indicated they planned to stick with their current commodities holdings, despite recent performance by that asset class.

Of all types of investment classes, the commodities category was the one in which the most respondents intend to make no change in their allocations. However, it was the only category in which investors displayed no level of bearishness.

The CRY commodity index is down 11.9 percent since the beginning of the summer, compared to the S&P 500’s return of just about 6 percent over that same time period, the survey said.

Investors were also asked about the Federal Reserve ending its bond buying program last month. While 20 percent said the so-called “taper” has reduced risk tolerance among investors, 40 percent felt there has been no change.

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