Archive for May, 2012

The university today announced that it has established the Carlton Highsmith Chair in Entrepreneurship.  Quinnipiac will match Highsmith’s gift, creating a $2 million fund in perpetuity.

“The Carlton Highsmith Chair in Entrepreneurship will provide the School of Business with sustainable leadership and ensure the long-term success of our entrepreneurship program,” said Matthew O’Connor, dean of the School of Business.  “This is a remarkable gift for the School of Business and instantly raises our program to a new level.”

Highsmith is the retired vice chairman of PaperWorks Industries of Philadelphia. Highsmith was the founder, president and chief executive officer of the Specialized Packaging Group, Inc., which merged into PaperWorks in 200, according to Forbes.  Paperworks is the third largest integrated recycled paperboard company in North America.


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Iva T.Naydenova, who is completing her MBA degree in Health Care Management, received accolades from those that she worked with while she was an intern at St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven, CT. Iva’s immediate supervisor, Martha Judd, Director,  commended Iva for her research skills, her ability to focus on a specific task/goal and manage results, and her ability to partcipate in gathering data for assessment. Iva’s faculty supervisor for her internship, Prof. Angela Mattie, has worked extensively in healthcare management and has mentored Iva and others in their career paths.  For more information about internships, please go to: https://quinnipiac-csm.symplicity.com/

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Speed Voyager received an award from Dean O’Connor. Pictured from left to right: Anthony Poli, Kelsey Bray, Christie Snow, Matthew Peca, Hadley Crossman, Dean Matt O’Connor



During the Spring 2012 term, students new to QU or the School of Business, participated in this exciting business simulation course where they learned to run their own bike manufacturing business.  The course is commonly known as ‘MikesBikes.”  Students are exposed to the concept of cross-functional business teams (strategic management, marketing, finance, accounting, operations, supply chain management) both in class lectures and readings and then in actual hands-on experience using a web-based business simulation.  The student business teams are encouraged to compete throughout the term and mimic the real-world role of management to maximize “shareholder value.” 

This semester there were two sections of this course with one winning team in each section.  “Speed Voyager (SPV)” achieved a shareholder value just 34 cents above the closest competitor.  “Street, Inc. (STI)” truly achieved an outstanding shareholder value in their section, exceeding their closest competitor by over $18.

Street, Inc. team members included: Jill Cole, Lorenzo Fortunato, Yesim Memis, Marco DiFilippo and Nicholas MacDonald

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 Eight MBA students  from QU’s partner school, Corvinus School of Management in Budapest, Hungary,  visited the Quinnipiac’s School of of Business  the week of April 22-27.   Events commenced  with lectures on campus.  Dr. Christopher Ball, Director of the Istvan Szechenyi Insitute and Chair of International Economics,led the group.  He was joined by Dr. Frank Bellizzi, Professsor of Management. The MBA executive students visited the following companies: Travelers, Connecticut Innovations, Marcum, Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, Serious Fun Children’s Network, Sikorsky, Light Sources and Foxwood.  After spending a few hours touring each company, students sat down and talked with executives.





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