Archive for April, 2012

On Friday, April 20, three students competed in and won the CT State Business Plan Competition. The team comprise Tom Nassr (sophomore Entrepreneurship major), Mike Nanna (senior Management major), and John Healy (senior Journalism major). They started their business, Qustir (pronounced CUE-ster) in the Media Innovation Collaborative (MIC) Project, a class that combines business and communications students to develop digital or media-based businesses. Qustir allows people who download their app to send and use coupons on their smartphones, eliminating the need for paper and giving customers coupons they want to use. Qustir beat 50 other teams from colleges all across the state to win the grand prize of $5,000.

Entrepreneurship students take home the winning prize. Mike Nanna, John Healy, Tom Nassr.


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CT Health Information Technology Board Meeting. From right to left, Peter Cortway, CIO, Danbury Hospital; Jewel Mullen, MD, Commissioner, CT Department of Health; Michael R. Berman, M.D., Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Yale School of Medicine; Edward O'Connor, School of Health Science, Quinnipiac University; Angela Mattie, Associate Professor, Management at Qu, CT-HITE Board Member

Fr The Health Information Technology Exchange (HITE-CT) Constituent Value Proposition summary was recently presented at the Board of Directors meeting.  Professor Angela Mattie guided students through this complex process, which was well-received by all. Students work was recognized by The Commissioner and CEO of the HITE.   Other Board members commented on the importance of the findings of the QU selected participants to the Board.

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Beta Gamma Sigma Award

Beta Gamma Sigma Award

Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for undergraduate and graduate business students, has awarded its Medallion for Entrepreneurship to David Director ’81, president of Connecticut Lighting Centers, Inc., in a ceremony on April 11. Director studied marketing at the School of Business.

The medallion is awarded to outstanding individuals who combine innovative business achievement with service to humanity. The BGS Medallion for Entrepreneurship was established to provide appropriate recognition to those individuals and firms who contribute significantly to the vitality and strength of the economy, combining innovative business achievement with service to humanity.

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International Experience, Hungary

 Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the István Széchenyi Institute, Chris Ball, will be hosting a group of MBA students from the Corvinus School of Management in Budapest, Hungary for the week of April 23-27.  They will begin their week with a visit to QU campuses and lectures from professors and business guests. The remainder of the week consists of daily visits to businesses in CT where students discuss American business practice with managers and executives from some of Connecticut’s leading companies including (in alphabetical order) Connecticut Innovations, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Light Sources Inc., Marcum Advisors, Serious Fun Children’s Network – Paul Newman Foundation, Sikorsky Aircraft, and Updike, Kelly & Spellacy P.C.  They end their weeklong visit with a closing reception in New Haven where 30 or so business professionals from Connecticut are expected to attend.

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The Media Innovation Collaborative (MIC) Project combines Business and Communications students into a course where they form interdisciplinary teams to develop media-based businesses. This is the third semester of the Project, and we have our strongest set of teams ever! One of our teams received a $25,000 loan from the state of Connecticut, while several others have already started courting investors. The final presentations will be held in Mancheski Seminar Room on Thursday, May 3rd at 6 pm. The teams will be presenting before a panel of judges for cash prizes. All audience members get to vote on their favorite idea, and the audience favorite will be given an additional cash prize.

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Students win SIFE award

The Quinnipiac Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team has qualified for Nationals for the fifth year in a row! This year, we have created brand new projects. Project Growth is working to bring a farmer’s market to Quinnipiac’s main campus while educating the farmers on key business skills, like marketing and logistics. My Career Start is a job training program to be used at shelters, non-profits, and high schools that help people build résumés, develop interview skills, and become proficient in financial management. Foundation Renovation gathers gently used furniture and supplies people need as they transition into their first homes. Re-New Haven has developed a workbook to help high school kids develop their own projects to help improve their community. The Granville Academy Project goes to local high schools to train students in core business skills, such as accounting, finance, marketing, leadership, and more. And to top it all off, we have a team of three first-year students who are writing a business plan for Habitat for Humanity to help them decide whether and how to build a ReStore in the Greater New Haven area.

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BWISE and QUWBMA, the two major organizations dedicated to mentorship and advancement of women at the Quinnipiac University School of Business, sponsored a panel discussion on April 3 that went to the heart of women in business leadership. 

Five panelists-Denise Fiore (VP of Clinical Support Services, Yale New Haven Hospital), Marlene Ibsen (VP Community Relations and CEO of Travelers Foundation-strong education focus of company), Laura (Sr. VP Lincoln National Life-service and technology), Violet (Staples VP of Financial Services and Systems), Carmela Malone (VP of Continuous Performance Improvement-The Hartford) joined a standing room only crowd of women (and men!) to hear about the unique challenges associated with female leadership within organizations that range from a major health care provider to one of the largest insurance organizations in the world.  The panel was admirably moderated by Judy Gedge of the Department of Accounting at the b-school

The primary take-aways from the event were that women, in order to succeed, usually need to try a little harder and look for opportunities to excel and contribute.  Further, that “down” time, e.g. with friends, relaxing, doing things that are enjoyable is one of the many keys to success.

Interestingly, not one of the panelists started out specifically headed to their current career and did things as varied as serve as a prosecutor to living abroad for an extended period of time.  Each talked about passion as a critical factor in helping them find their way and to jobs that they enjoy and through which they feel as though they are contributing to their own well-being and that of others.  Mentorship was also a featured topic on the panel, and some of the panelists reported that it can come from unexpected places and it is important to be open to this. 

Other “lessons learned” by this distinguished group of achievers included:  1) build your base and build your experience  2)never turn down a project that enables you to be part of a team 3) a combination of good luck, hard work and being in the right place at the right time lead to success  4) teamwork is critical as is knowing when it is your turn to lead.  You will at some point be asked to step up. Do it! 5) don’t confuse leadership and management.  Everyone is being asked to be a leader, even in individual contributing roles with no one reporting to you.  How well you can influence peers, lead a project, get results are the things that people recognize and that are rewarded.  You need to start this on day one.

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