William N'doua

Quinnipiac University’s William N’Doua (standing, left) and his winning team

Senior accounting major William N’Doua was part of a team that recently won first place in the “Project Run With It” competition at the 2015 Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals with over 300 chapters on college and university campuses.

Each year at the Beta Alpha Psi annual meeting, ‘Project Run With It’ is a competition designed to promote the community service component of Beta Alpha Psi and provides students an opportunity to engage in an actual business consulting project. It was an intense undertaking in which 18 teams of four students had a day and a half to develop a formal presentation showcasing their solution to the business issues of various non-profit organizations in Wisconsin.  William was one of only 72 students from all the Beta Alpha Psi chapters around the world selected to participate in the competition.

William’s team was tasked with assisting the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) with developing a robust client feedback system as part of its 2014-2017 strategic plan.  WWBIC is a statewide economic development corporation that assists people interested in starting, strengthening, or expanding businesses.  It provides them with access to necessary resources and tools such as financial assistance and financial and business education.

William’s team won by offering real solutions to WWBIC’s problems.  “There was no magic bullet,” N’Doua said. “The other teams concentrated on making their presentations nice and having nice PowerPoint slides. We focused on the contents of the proposal.”  WWBIC intends to use the ideas presented by William’s team in their strategic plan.  Quinnipiac’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter will receive a plaque with William’s name on it, and a $1,000 award.


(L-R) Gary Havican, VP-Middlesex Hospital; Connor Rand (MBA-HCM '17); John Midy (MBA-HCM '15); Brianna Granatelli (MBA-HCM '16; Francis Kissi MBA_HCM '16; Kurt Barwis, CEO-Bristol Hospital; Darlene Stromstad, CEO-Waterbury Hospital; Esther Chow (GPA-MHS '16; Prof. Angela Mattie

(L-R) Gary Havican, VP-Middlesex Hospital; Connor Rand (MBA-HCM ’17); John Midy (MBA-HCM ’15); Brianna Granatelli (MBA-HCM ’16); Francis Kissi (MBA-HCM ’16); Kurt Barwis, CEO-Bristol Hospital; Darlene Stromstad, CEO-Waterbury Hospital; Esther Chow (GPA-MHS ’16); Prof. Angela Mattie

Members of Quinnipiac University’s student chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (QU-ACHE) recently attended the CT-ACHE annual meeting in Southington, CT. During the board meeting, held prior to the annual meeting, executives were provided with the QU-ACHE Student Chapter Academic Year Report. The report outlines the student organization’s activities for 2014-2015 academic year.  Students participated in seven events including attending a round table discussion on patient safety with Senators Blumenthal and Murphy.  This year also saw successful engagement of online students through virtual guest speakers and a leadership panel featuring faculty from the Department of Healthcare Management and Organizational Leadership.

Francis Kissi, current co-president, QU-ACHE,  was appointed as a student member to the CT-ACHE board at this meeting.   He joins Prof. Angela Mattie, who has served on the regional advisory board for several years, and views ACHE as partners in training the future generation of healthcare administrators.  “Connecticut healthcare executives generously give their time to advise our students, visit our campus and create internship and residency opportunities. We are very appreciative of their efforts and contributions to our students.”

QU-ACHE is open to graduate level students in the healthcare management program. It is affiliated with the larger ACHE professional society, to which 30,000 leading healthcare executives from across the United States belong.

To learn more about healthcare management at Quinnipiac University or other programs of study, please visit the School of Business website.


Norman Gray was appointed the new Carlton Highsmith Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Quinnipiac University. He was photographed at the school's Mount Carmel campus Wednesday June 17, 2015. (Photograph by Caroline E. Couig/Quinnipiac University)


Norman Gray, a senior biomedical scientist with 30 years of executive management experience across a wide range of health care disciplines, has been named the Carlton Highsmith Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “The appointment of Norman Gray to the Carlton Highsmith Chair illuminates the strength of our academic program while bringing a highly successful entrepreneur to Quinnipiac,” said Matthew O’Connor, dean of the School of Business. “Norm will provide strong, vibrant and visionary leadership in his new role.”  

Gray holds eight U.S. and international medical device patents. In 1984, Gray founded and launched Gammahealth. Under Gray’s leadership, the company evolved from an incubator medical research and development organization to a multinational group of companies encompassing product development, manufacturing, distribution and sales worldwide. Gammahealth was eventually acquired in 2008.

”Professor Gray has successfully guided companies in all phases of development, including planning, startup, acquisition and international expansion,” said Carlton Highsmith, vice chairman of the Quinnipiac University Board of Trustees, who established the chair in 2012 with a $1 million gift. “Practical experience coupled with superb academic credentials from Penn State and MIT makes Dr. Gray uniquely qualified to hold this chair.”

In addition to teaching undergraduate entrepreneurship and engineering students at Quinnipiac, Gray will be responsible for the university’s Innovation Center and partnership with the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT) located in New Haven.

“The ConnCAT Entrepreneurial Academy is designed to help an entire generation of inner-city youth gain an appreciation for entrepreneurship and free enterprise,” according to Erik Clemons, ConnCAT’s executive director. “Students will learn what it takes to build a business from that first idea to the birth of a successful company,” Clemons said. “Quinnipiac University students will serve as mentors, sharing their knowledge of finance, management, marketing and advertising while also serving as role models for our students.”

Gray earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from MIT. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State.


PrintThe Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded a 2014-2015 Superior Merit Award designation to the Quinnipiac University SHRM@QU student chapter for providing exceptional growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members.

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 professional and 20,000 student members in over 160 countries, the association serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.

“SHRM is pleased to announce our 2014-2015 Student Chapter Merit Award winners. These chapters, led by an inspiring and dedicated group of student volunteers and chapter advisors, truly represent the future of the HR profession,” said Susan Post, Divisional Director, East, and the lead for SHRM’s Student Programs. “Their achievements, which go above and beyond their everyday academic and work commitments, is commendable, and we applaud the positive impact their efforts have on their schools, the local community and beyond. The future of HR shines bright knowing these students are among those leading the way.”

Chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which ran from April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015.

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, exists to encourage development of more effective student chapters and to promote outstanding activities and projects by student chapters in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.

The Quinnipiac University SHRM student chapter receives a digital logo for use in electronic or print communications and will be recognized in SHRM’s publications and at its conferences.

For more information about SHRM’s Student Chapter Merit Award program, visit http://www.shrm.org/Communities/StudentPrograms/Pages/awards.aspx.

For more information about SHRM@QU, visit https://shrmatqu.wordpress.com/

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Mary MeixellMary Meixell has accepted the position of Interim Associate Dean of the School of Business and Engineering.  Mary will begin her appointment on July 1, 2015.

Mary earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Penn State, her M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia, her M.S. in Transportation from MIT, and her Ph.D. In Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University. Mary is currently Associate Professor of Management and Industrial Engineering in the School of Business and Engineering.  Prior to joining Quinnipiac, Mary was Assistant Professor in the School of Management at George Mason University and has industry experience at Lucent Technologies and General Motors Corporation.  Mary has published extensively in a variety of areas including logistics, transportation, operations research, manufacturing technology, and management.  Mary has also been a strong contributor on campus through her work on the University Education Committee, Faculty Senate, Curriculum Review Committee, New Synthesis Task Force, Engineering Task Force and Steering Committee and several School of Business and Engineering Committeees.


Justin Kile, associate professor of industrial engineering at Quinnipiac University. August 20, 2012.

Justin Kile, Associate Dean of Engineering at Quinnipiac University

Justin W. Kile, Associate Dean of Engineering, was the Keynote Speaker at the 2015 ACE Mentor Program of Connecticut Scholarship Awards Dinner. The Dinner celebrates the achievements of students and mentors from the Connecticut chapters of the national organization. Kile highlighted the new Quinnipiac Engineering programs and discussed the need for enthusiastic young engineers to help solve the grand challenges facing our society.

The ACE name stands for Architecture, Construction and Engineering. The ACE program helps to mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. It’s now the construction industry’s fastest-growing high school mentoring program, reaching over 8,000 students annually.

The mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.

The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. not only engages sponsors and volunteer mentors to expose students to real-world opportunities, it financially supports each student’s continued success through scholarships and grants. Since 1994, ACE has awarded over $14 million in scholarships to promising participants.

Kile, who joined Quinnipiac in 2012, holds a PhD and ME In industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

SB450 WinnersEach semester, students in the Capstone Undergraduate Strategy Classes (SB 450) run a simulated athletic footwear company. The winning team’s company performance is measured by meeting certain investor expectations, as well as how they score relative to other companies in their class.

The achievements of the winning team members from each section are recognized at an end-of-semester awards ceremony.

Winning teams from the Spring 2015 term include the following:

Fantabulous Footwear (Tara Daleo, Dereka Nawracay, Emilio Tomas)

Just Shoes (Robert Bluze, Sam DeBlois, Rebecca Holstein, Jennifer Moll)

Casual Kicks (Travis Minor, Arthur Snyder, Andrew Stimpson)

Jack McAdoo (Matthew DeVore, Matt Laggis, Jack McAdoo)

Alpha Footwear Inc. (Joe Almeida, Tracey Hummel, Kevin Russell, Kylie Stanger)

Endurance Footwear (Alexa Bestoso, Nick McCloskey, Ashton Pett)


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