Pictured L to R: CIS majors Joseph Portella, Kereece Williams, faculty advisor Professor Kiku Jones, Kristi DeSimone and Colin Burke

Pictured L to R: CIS majors Joseph Portella, Kereece Williams, faculty advisor Professor Kiku Jones, Kristi DeSimone and Colin Burke

A Quinnipiac Computer Information Systems (CIS) student team recently took first place in the Travelers IT Case Competition, winning the grand prize of $1,200. This marks the second time in the last three years that a QU CIS team finished first in the competition.

This year’s winning team consisted of CIS majors Joseph Portella, Kereece Williams, Kristi DeSimone and Colin Burke. The QU team beat out student teams from Bentley University, University of Connecticut, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Concordia University and Central Connecticut State University.

“This year, all of the universities who competed did a really great job. That made this win even more amazing,” said Professor Kiku Jones, who served as the faculty advisor to the QU student team. “Our students’ presentation of their solution was flawless. They looked like a consulting company presenting in front of a board of directors.”

The competition gave each student team three weeks to come up with a resolution to a case provided by Travelers. Quinnipiac’s winning solution was “trAVs” – drone technology that would assist in the claim technology.

“It was awesome to see our hard work from the past three weeks pay off with a win,” DeSimone said. “The competition was strong and we were unsure of our standing at the end of the day, but when we heard we had won, we were very excited!”

On October 30, Quinnipiac gave 5-year-old Kendall Pallone her very own Cinderella story.

5-year-old Kendall Pallone trick-or-treats through crowd of more than 200 supporters on the QU Quad

5-year-old Kendall Pallone trick-or-treats through crowd of more than 200 supporters on the QU Quad

With her wheelchair transformed into Cinderella’s carriage and donning a blue princess gown, Kendall “trick-or-treated” through a crowd of more than 200 supporters on the Quinnipiac Quad. School of Business seniors Philip Cenatiempo, Kevin Smolar and Haley Swartz — Kendall’s “fairy godparents” — planned the event as part of their Entrepreneurship Business Creation Plan course.

Kendall, the daughter of Adam Pallone, an associate athletic trainer at QU, has cerebral palsy and never had the opportunity to go trick-or-treating prior to the event.

“Seeing how many students came out to support Kendall was truly amazing to see,” said Smolar, a senior entrepreneurship major. “Instead of coming up with a hypothetical business, we got to see the end result of our product— Kendall’s smile and the support of the QU community.”

Smolar, Swartz and Cenatiempo worked all of October to prepare for the event. A major task was the transformation of Kendall’s wheelchair into Cinderella’s carriage using cardboard, fabric, felt and dozens of lights.


The Quinnipiac Nu Alpha Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi recently received international recognition as a Superior Chapter for its successful efforts during the 2014-2015 academic year. Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students attending universities accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) or the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). The organization has over 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members worldwide.

According to Beta Alpha Psi president Shawn Harter, Quinnipiac’s Nu Alpha Chapter received this distinction because it excelled in the areas of academics, professionalism, and leadership. Harter also commended QU accounting professors Kenneth Ryack and Christopher Hodgdon who serve as the advisors for the Nu Alpha Chapter.

mmexport1442306913693A graduate of Quinnipiac’s Long Term Care Administration Certificate program, Dr. Gregory Shahum has recently taken his talents to Zengchang, Guangdong, China. Dr. Shahum will be leading a large rehabilitation department at a Level A, Tier 3, 1,000-bed hospital as the China Director for Genesis Rehab Services.

“The team will consist of specialized therapists applying smart medicine and integrative care to optimize wellness, manage chronic disease and sustain a lasting lifestyle change for clients,” explained Shahum.

Shahum credits his time at Quinnipiac for helping provide the administrative skills he needs to succeed in this type of environment.

“At Quinnipiac, the fusion of advanced curriculum and experiential learning were immensely beneficial in my preparation to lead as an Administrator at a large nursing home facility in Connecticut,” said Shahum, who also holds a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and an MHA from the University of Scranton, as well as a PhD in Public Health and Policy from Vysoká škola zdravotníctva a sociálnej práce Sv. Alžbety.

According to Shahum, the network of peers and colleagues that he developed in Connecticut with the help of Quinnipiac allowed him to connect with his initial role with Genesis Healthcare Rehab Services in North Carolina, where he oversaw a community of over 700 residents residing in Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Memory Care Units.



women in business

About 175 people attended the inaugural event for the Center for Women & Business on Friday, October 2. According to Professor Kathleen Simione, QU Center for Women & Business, “The goal of the event was to showcase successful female leaders and entrepreneurs and provide them an opportunity to share their insights about their experiences. We believe that hearing from these women, particularly the high points and how they overcame challenges, is inspirational and encourages us all to strive for excellence.”

The event was moderated by Diane Smith, a New York Times bestselling author, Emmy award winning journalist, producer and speaker. She is the author and senior producer for program development at CTN, the Connecticut version of C-Span. Smith was joined by Ann Arpino, a Director for Marcum LLP, and Kate Emery, Founder and CEO of the Walker Group, a technology services firm started over 20 years ago and ranked one of Connecticut’s Best Place to Work 2015.  Other panelists included, Caren Kittredge, Director of Marketing for UTC Building & Industrial Systems; Fran Pastore, Founder, President & CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council; and Cindy Russo, Central Region Vice President for Operations for Hartford Healthcare.

Event attendees included students, faculty, staff, alumni, business professionals and others from the community.

“This event was a great opportunity to hear stories from top professionals and let me know there is hope for someone like me coming out of college looking for a job,” said QU sophomore Lindsay Paixao. “I will keep their advice and comments with me as I move forward with my corporate journey,” added Paixao, who is an accounting and CIS major.

Yu Mei Li, a 2012 QU  graduate with a B.S. in accounting, also found the event valuable. “I liked the message that a woman can have a family, children and still have a successful career.” Current international MBA students, Malna Polya, of Hungary, and Beta Ambroze, of Poland, noted that women’s empowerment in the U.S. is very advanced. But they also added that there are challenges in both a national and an international context for all career women.

Attendees echoed the idea put forth by the panelists that the journey to achieving a career goal is “a jungle gym and not a linear path.”







NForbesNatalie Forbes, a student in Quinnipiac’s School of Business MS in Organizational Leadership program, recently had her paper accepted to be presented at the International Leadership Association 17th Annual Global Conference in Barcelona, Spain. The theme of the conference, which will take place from October 14 to 17, is Leading Across Borders and Generations. Forbes’ paper titled “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: A Growing Responsibility for Philanthropic Foundations in the USA” will be highlighted in both the poster session and the emerging scholar session. The paper was as a result of a term paper Forbes completed for Professor Yawson’s OL 615 – Leadership Across Boundaries Class in Fall 2014. To learn more about the conference, visit http://www.ila-net.org/Conferences/2015/index.htm.

The following Quinnipiac School of Business Professors recently were granted tenure:

Nelson Alino, associate professor of accounting, earned a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of South Carolina. He also has his MBA and bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nigeria. He joined the faculty in 2009.


Surya Chelikani, associate professor of finance, has a Ph.D. in finance in the area of market microstructure from Oklahoma State University. He also holds an MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Andhra University. He joined the faculty in 2009.


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