Archive for March, 2013

game forum - CopyThe third annual Quinnipiac Global Assessment Management Education forum will be held  at the Hilton New York Hotel in New York City on April 4, 2013.  Dr. David Sauer, professor of finance at QU and managing director and co-chair of the conference, has partnered with Dr. Bob Froehlich, moderator and program co-chair, who serves on the board of directors as an independent director and a member of the Audit Committee for American Realty Capital Daily Net Asset Values Trust, Inc.,  to create an impressive day of exchange with leaders in the global business marketplace.  Conference participants will have an opportunity to learn from and ask questions of  strong industry leaders whose names have become associated with successful management, economic, accounting, and financial strategies that drive industries. Speakers are known for their field knowledge and their ability to foster new ways of strategic approach to problem-solving.  Among those featured are:  Robert H. McCooey JR., Senior Vice President of New Listings and Capital Markets, NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.;  Abby Joseph Cohen, CFA, Senior Investment Strategist & President Global Markets Instiute, Goldman Sachs; Jeffrey N. Kleintop, CFA, Chief Marketing Strategist at LPL Financial.

Some of the Keynote Speaker Panels include:  Global Economy, Alternative Assests, Federal Reserve Perspective, Corporate Governance, and Global Markets.

QU business students are encouraged to attend this professional conference at a discounted rate.  Additional information available on the Web: game.quinnipiac.edu. Or email: game@quinnipiac.edu


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L to R: Chemi Lama, Nicole Hurst, Amanda Pacciotti, Prof. Robert Engle, Elvis Rambanapasi, Marilyn Serna, Luis Suarez, Jonnathon Castro

L to R: Chemi Lama, Nicole Hurst, Amanda Pacciotti, Prof. Robert Engle, Elvis Rambanapasi, Marilyn Serna, Luis Suarez, Jonnathon Castro

Seven School of Business international business students have presented research papers at the Society for the Advancement of Management (SAM) annual conference in Washington, DC.

Nicole Hurst and Chemi Lama presented their research paper entitled “Antecedents of motivational cultural intelligence: Effects of international experience and personality”;  Marilyn Serna and Luis Suarez’s research paper was entitled “Cultural intelligence: The role of cultural distance, personality, and international experience”; Amanda Pacciotti’ s (with co-author Zachary Brody)  research paper was entitled “Corporate social responsibility in relation to gender”; and Elvis Rambanapasi and Jonathon Castro’s research paper was entitled “Antecedents of Total Cultural Intelligence.” All papers will also be published in the conference proceedings.

SAM was founded in 1912 by the colleagues and disciples of Frederick Taylor, the “Father of Scientific Management.”  It is a non-profit organization run and advanced by hundreds of volunteers. Members come from a variety of disciplines — productions, finance, marketing, accounting, research and development, entrepreneurship, — but share a common bond of interest in becoming stronger managers.  SAM builds bridges among academicians, practitioners, and students not only to better share management expertise, but also to develop and promote new management ideas.

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Carol McFateCIO Xerox

Carol McFate
CIO Xerox

This February Quinnipiac had the privilege of hosting Carol McFate the Chief Investment Officer of Xerox. With amazing experience in the world of finance managing $9 billion in Xerox’s pension plan and formally working for AIG in their insurance department, Ms. McFate spoke and took questions about the financial crisis that started in 2008.

Ms. McFate used her alma mater, Harvard, to illustrate one of the central issues of the crisis, illiquid assets. At the time of the crisis, Harvard had made two large mistakes she contended. These consisted of  holding most of its endowment fund in illiquid asset types and betting that interest rates would go up. When interest rates went down the University was forced to sell illiquid assets quickly and at a loss to get an infusion of capital to finance some day to day functions. This was the case with many institutions that gambled and lost. Those firms who were able to sell off assets survived while firms that could not sell off enough assets or raise enough capital went under.

This has had a large impact on Xerox and how Ms. McFate manages the pension fund at Xerox. Since 2006 Congress passed a law that required companies to fund any pension plans they have. They can be funded through portfolio growth, which has been the normal way of funding them, or the company has to put cash into the fund. This change makes investing even more important, because companies, as Ms. McFate, explained do not want to have to put operating funds into the pension plan. This puts pressure on day to day operations and strains revenues. Even during the crisis as companies faced declining revenues and increasing pressures on their core businesses they were required to fund the pension plan at a time when portfolio growth was not just stalled, it was receding.

Quinnipiac was honored to have Ms. Carol McFate come and speak to a crowd filled audience with standing room only. The Dean’s Speaker Series has provided great experiences for Quinnipiac and the students who have attended those events.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, Mark Thompson, senior vice president for academic and student affairs, Matt O'Connor, dean of the School of Business

Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, Mark Thompson, senior vice president for academic and student affairs, Matt O’Connor, dean of the School of Business

Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, who founded the practice of microcredit as a means to combat global poverty, was presented with Quinnipiac University’s Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award and accepted an invitation to join the Albert Schweitzer Institute’s honorary board. After receiving the award, Yunus urged the university community to find creative solutions to the world’s problems. “I believe in the human creative power,” Yunus told more than 1,300 people at Burt Kahn Court. “The problem may be big, but the solution is often simple.”

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Beta Alpha Psi Installation Ceremony

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Left to Right: Peter Bertochi (Treasurer), Kevin Stoddard (President), Andrea Carlone (Chapter Reporter), Jacqueline Buttendorf (Vice President)

On Tuesday, February 26 at 7 pm in Burt Kahn Court the Nu Alpha of Beta Alpha Psi at Quinnipiac University was installed. This installation was the culmination of a lengthy petitioning period. Those initiated demonstrated the ability to successfully conduct the activities of a Beta Alpha Psi chapter including a personal record of superior scholarship in academic endeavors and demonstration of active participation in the program of the petitioning chapter.

Beta Alpha Psi is both an honorary and professional organization. Membership in Beta Alpha Psi recognizes academic excellence and complements members’ formal education by providing interaction among students, faculty, and professionals. Since the value of membership in Beta Alpha Psi is based on a member’s participation, candidates and members of Beta Alpha Psi must be active participants in the activities of the organization.

Beta Alpha Psi was founded in 1919.  To date there are 298 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi’s formation.

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Garvey Business blog.docx

Garvey scores!

Senior guard Garvey Young (Washington, D.C.) of the Quinnipiac University men’s basketball team was recently selected to the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Scholarship Program by the Greater Hartford Chapter of the NBMBAA. Young, who is in his first year of a demanding MBA program at Quinnipiac, was one of four individuals to earn the prestigious award.

As Garvey reflected, “[T] his scholarship required me to write a two-page essay about a great leader I admired and how I could also eventually become such. I wrote my essay about the man I was named after, Marcus Garvey. I spoke on his ability to motivate and galvanize his followers towards a greater cause, and learned that great leaders serve the people and sacrifice themselves for the others. As I continue to complete my college career as a student athlete, I have had the opportunity to follow many great leaders both here at Quinnipiac and also during my high school education at Georgetown Preparatory School.

I hope that the commitment I demonstrate to both my studies and my team as a Division 1 athlete could inspire others with the passion to succeed and also fearlessly pursue their greatest potential.”

Young also thanks Quinnipiac University along with coach Tom Moore and his staff for invaluable guidance and support while helping him develop into a leader in his own right.

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Don DesideratoQuinnipiac Graduate

Don Desiderato
Quinnipiac Graduate

Quinnipiac alumni Don Desiderato is the new senior managing director and chief technology officer for New York Life Insurance. He will oversee retirement administration, distribution and marketing, investment operations and warehouse platform and infrastructure services and business/IT risk management, all while reporting to John Kim president of the investments group. Prior to his arrival at New York Life Desiderato was an industry analyst for Novarica and was the Chief Information Officer for Prudential and ING. Desiderato earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Quinnipiac University and still lives in Connecticut with his wife and children.

New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States and one of the largest life insurers in the world. New York Life has the highest financial strength ratings currently awarded to any life insurer by all four of the major credit rating agencies. Headquartered in New York City, New York Life’s family of companies’ offers life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance. New York Life Investments provides institutional asset management and retirement plan services. Other New York Life affiliates provide an array of securities products and services, as well as institutional and retail mutual

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