Students and healthcare professionals recently came together for CTACHE’s 5th Annual East Coast Fellowship event, which focused on early career opportunities. Several student members of QU’s American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) chapter volunteered for the occasion. Sponsored by the Yale New Haven Health System for Excellence, guests learned of Marna Borgstrom’s journey to President and CEO of the Yale New Haven Health system. Borgstrom suggested taking every presented opportunity, even if it might not immediately jumpstart your ultimate career choice. She also stated how important it is to respect all levels of workplace structure; reflecting on her days as a unit secretary at Stanford Medical Center where she came to understand how nurses and staff members throughout healthcare work behind the scenes to make success attainable.

The event also featured a speed-networking portion where students were able to interact with the professionals and learn about fellowship opportunities. The night started many connections between students, fellows and healthcare professionals.



(L-R): Steve Merz (VP/ Executive Director, Behavioral Health), Professor Teresa Tai, Angelica Walter (MBA-HCM ’16), Gary Havican (CTACHE President/ VP Middlesex Hospital), Marna Borgstrom (President/CEO YNHHS), Professor Mattie, Alice Morgan (MBA-HCM ’16), Robyn Perry (MBA-HCM ’17), Francis Kissi (Co-President QUACHE), Kurt Barwis (President/CEO, Bristol Hospital)



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Eleven Quinnipiac students traveled to the Dominican Republic over spring break to participate in the School of Business’ service learning Microlending Experience.

Accompanied by Professor Charles Brooks, the students explored the complex relationship between the Dominican Republic and Haiti and advised aspiring entrepreneurs on basic business strategy, accounting and marketing practices. Microlending is based on the idea that low-income individuals are capable of lifting themselves out of poverty when given access to financial resources. Quinnipiac’s program combines access to small loans with assistance in business plan development.

“Masked by extravagant resorts with beautiful beaches, extreme poverty, as seen in the bateyes we worked in, is a reality for more than half the world population,” said Darek Chrzanowski, a junior accounting major. “Through Quinnipiac’s microlending program, we hope to lift these people out of poverty because we recognize that all of us are in this together.”

During the trip, the students explored Santiago and its cultural sites, visited Dajabón Market and saw Parque Nacional Del Este, one of the Caribbean’s largest marine parks. The Quinnipiac students also had an opportunity to partner with medical students from Universidad Central del Este in La Romana on a community service project.


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Swimming with sea lions while learning about harvesting bird droppings for use as natural fertilizer for organic agriculture — sounds too good to be true, right? For 15 QU MBA students, this was Spring Break 2016. On the nine-day trip to Peru, QU students explored Peru, the ancient seat of the Inca Empire and currently the fastest-growing economy in South America.

Accompanied by Professor Elahee and Professor Luoma, students visited Banco de la Nación, the largest commercial bank in Peru, met an entrepreneur who started a multi million- dollar snacks business from scratch, shared ideas with a French-U.S. consultant who helps set up businesses in Peru, visited a state-owned electric utility and met the CFO of the largest Peruvian firm dealing with foreign exchange.

“Peru opened our eyes to many things beyond new food and new sights,” said Kristen Padilla, a student in the MBA Health Care Management track. “We as MBA students were challenged intellectually to recognize the global challenges of business and the heavy influence of Peruvian culture throughout the different sectors.”

In addition to business visits, the students had opportunities to sightsee and experience the history and culture of Peru. According to Padilla, a highlight of the trip was visiting Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The students visited traditional Inca homes and stores, bought handicrafts and alpaca woolen sweaters, and visited the oldest cathedral in the New World, whose giant prayer hall is covered with gold from floor to ceiling. While swimming in the Pacific with sea lions, QU students saw first hand the ancient Peruvian technique of harvesting bird droppings for use as fertilizers.

“The students certainly got more than they bargained for,” said Elahee, Professor of International Business. “While on the trip the students had the opportunity to deepen their understanding about trade and investment beyond the border of the U.S. This action-packed study-abroad trip was certainly a life-transforming experience for the group.”

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Center for Women & Business Directors Kathy Simione, Judy Gedge and Trish Kelly recently accompanied Quinnipiac students to the “Women Empowering Women” Conference on Saturday, Feb. 6. Sponsored by the Yale Women’s Leadership Initiative, the conference focused on empowering future women leaders and emphasized ways to develop necessary skills to succeed, as well as the importance of having a mentor.

“It was wonderful to have the opportunity to learn from such highly respected professional women from around the country and learn about different perspectives,” said Nicole Zaino, a sophomore marketing major.

Students had the opportunity to attend sessions on topics including “Women Empowering Women,” “Overcoming Gender Obstacles,” “Breaking Barriers” and “Changing Careers.”

“I would love to attend more of these insightful conferences and workshops to enrich my knowledge as a woman in a business school,” said Megan Winagle, a freshman international business major.

One of the goals of the Center for Women & Business is to support a climate of inclusion that engages the talent of female leaders and develops the full potential of the female workforce. The Center is excited to provide students with opportunities like the conference to facilitate their professional development. The Center will host a professional development and speed networking opportunity on April 15. Look for details in the coming weeks.

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For 11 School of Business students, Winter Break 2016 was a far-reaching educational experience.

Accompanied by Professor Thomas Coe and Professor Choonsik Lee, the students traveled to Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, Japan, as part of the SB 360 International Business course.

“The SB 360 trip was full of experiences,” said Professor Coe, associate finance professor and acting department chair. “From traveling across the Pacific to countries never visited, getting to know each other, exploring new cultures and confronting different languages, as well as getting an introduction to different business methods and customs; the time the class spent together was a great experience.”

During the two-week trip, the students had the opportunity to go on many cultural and business visits, including the National Palace Museum of Korea, Reebok Korea, Korea University, IBM, the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Imperial Palace grounds.

“Visiting Asia was one of the most impactful experiences of my life,” said Gabriela Gualpa, a senior industrial engineering major. “It gave me an appreciation of a culture I didn’t know much about.”


Left to right: Bill Kenney (CEO, Test My Pitch); Charles Blizard (Senior); Jacob Armenia (Senior); Prof. Dale Jasinski

Left to right: Bill Kenney (CEO, Test My Pitch); Charles Blizard (Senior); Jacob Armenia (Senior); Prof. Dale Jasinski

Quinnipiac entrepreneurship majors had a record-breaking performance at the Connecticut State Business Plan Competition on December 11th, winning four of the six prizes including best presentation and best executive summary.
Quinnipiac teams beat teams from Yale, Trinity, Sacred Heart, University of Bridgeport, University of New Haven and Western Connecticut State.
Have a Heart, created by junior entrepreneurship major Bobby Palmieri, won both the best social enterprise prize and the overall prize for best presentation. Have a Heart helps children, who have lost a parent from heart disease, afford college.
JC’s Driving School, created by senior entrepreneurship majors Charles Blizard and Jacob Armenia, won the best service business prize and the best executive summary. JC’s Driving School is a do-it-yourself garage that offers a variety of driving classes.
All of the teams had Professors Dale Jasinski and David Tomczyk as their faculty advisors.

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!”