Archive for August, 2014

blog justeneMarketing major Justene Konop spent a month this summer studying abroad in Italy for academic credit. As Justene states, ” This was an  experience of a lifetime. During my stay, I was lucky enough to travel to many parts of Italy, such as Tuscany, Venice, Florence and San Gimignano. My favorite place was the floating city of Venice because of the little side streets, food and of course the shopping. I also had the opportunity to travel to the beautiful country of Croatia for a weekend where I went cliff jumping and river rafting.”

While in Italy, Justene studied the Art of Rome, an on-site course that brought students to all of the major historical sites around Rome, including different Basilica’s, Palatine Hill, the Vatican and many more. Justene states, “The Vatican had to be my favorite site because I was able to see the breath taking ceiling of the Sistine Chapel that put me to tears. I also had the pleasure of attending a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. The second class I took abroad was Italian Cinema where I watched movies such as the Godfather and Goodfellas. This class talked about Italian stereotypes in America, movies and in Italy.”

Justene found Rome to be the perfect place to study abroad due to the amazing culture, beautiful scenery and the unbelievable food. She said, “Although I was only there for a month, I learned so much more than I would have in the classroom. It teaches you how to be independent, culturally diverse and not take what we have in the United States for granted. I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to study abroad and it’s an experience that I will never forget.”  The School of Business encourages students to study abroad as part of their intellectual and academic development.


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Cantor Fitzgerald, a leading global financial services firm, recently announced the continued expansion of its Foreign Exchange (FX) Sales and Trading group with the appointment of Joseph Pinto as Senior Managing Director and Stephan McElreath as Vice President. Both will be responsible for building out Cantor’s global FX trading business, and increasing the firm’s market making capabilities. Joseph Pinto, who graduated from Quinnipiac with a B.A. in Financial Management, was head of Americas electronic forex sales at Goldman Sachs. He previously worked in electronic forex for Bank of America Corp and Barclays Capital, a unit of Barclays PlC.  Shawn Matthews, Chief Executive Officer, Canter Fitzgerald & Co., stated of Mr. Pinto and Mr. McElreath, “We welcome the breadth and well-established relationships these highly respected individuals bring to the Cantor team.”  James Reilly, Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Foreign Exchange, added, “Joe and Stephan’s extensive experience in FX strategy will play a significant role in driving our business expansion and developing a deeper client footprint.”

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Making waves

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Marcus Harun, an MBA candidate, assisted in managing the airwaves this summer at AM 1220 WQUN. Marcus’s internship in digital marketing management had him thinking about how a radio station can grow its digital presence.   As Marcus states, “Management at the Hamden based station realized the importance of the web, but worried that they lacked the man-power to create content for the airwaves and the web.”  That’s where Marcus stepped in.  As Marcus states, “I began the summer by researching technological tools and the apps that could increase efficiency and save time in the workflow of staffers.”   He observed that “staffers were previously keeping up to date with the news by individually researching headlines on 25 websites.” So, what Marcus did was “setup a group RSS account that all staff can log on to, which aggregates the top headlines of all 25 websites onto one page.” Once Marcus had accomplished that task, he began to research strategies that news publishing operations use to post their content directly online and on social media. Marcus evaluated WordPress as an option to manage WQUN’s on-line content because of the “add-on” tools that make it customizable.  Marcus approached his supervisor with his idea for staffers ” to use 4 clicks to copy and paste their current scripts into the new website, and have it posted on Facebook and Twitter.”  This project lead Marcus to think about how social media experts operate. He analyzed data from social media sites and scrutinized what news stations and radio stations did to get the most “likes,” retweets and shares  He then presented this research to both staffers and managers.  The result? Marcus set up a TweetDeck software for the staffers to organize new tweet organizations they want to follow.  As Marcus notes, “I am so happy with my WQUN internship because they empowered me and gave me real responsibilities.  I feel like I really had an impact on the business.”

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