Archive for December, 2014


Alumnus Nicole Therrien, BA MBA-HCM, was recently appointed as the new Executive Director of Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, Boston. LBFE is an international, volunteer-based nonprofit dedicated to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. There are many local programs that address the physical and nutritional needs of the elderly, however Little Brothers focuses on the social and emotional needs. Volunteers participate in programs including Inter-generational Matching, Social Events, Holiday Visiting, Medical Escorts and Emergency Food Pantry. Therrien is a graduate of the 5 year Gerontology and Health Care Management program.

Every piece of my experience at Quinnipiac has led me to Little Brothers, and I am extremely grateful for Professors Angela Mattie, Ronald Rozett, and David Ives for the mentorship and support throughout my journey. When I started college, Quinnipiac was one of the few universities offering a degree in Gerontology. Dr. Rozett met with me to talk about the new 5 year program with an MBA in Health Care Management. Through that program I became passionate about quality of life issues with the elderly, and also gained management and leadership training to put me in a position to do something about it. In addition to this program, I had the pleasure of working with David Ives and the Albert Schweitzer club which led me to Peace Corps in Ethiopia. Quinnipiac gave me the spirit of volunteerism, and the gerontology/management background to lead me to Little Brothers.



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Joseph M. Turner, MS, MBA, CHC, was recently named compliance officer for the VACT Healthcare System.

Joseph M. Turner, MS, MBA, CHC, was recently named compliance officer for the VACT Healthcare System.

Alumnus Joseph M. Turner, MS, MBA, CHC, was recently named Compliance and Business Integrity Officer for the VACT Healthcare System in West Haven, CT. Turner is a graduate of the MBA program within the Health Care Management track.

“My education at Quinnipiac University School of Business provided me the foundation that I needed to be knowledgeable in the Healthcare Compliance arena,” says Joseph. “It is what made me a competitive candidate for a Compliance Officer position.”


Joseph also holds a certificate in Health Care Compliance, a qualification he earned during his graduate studies at Quinnipiac. Joseph says that he is grateful for the training and mentorship of faculty members Associate Professor Angela Mattie, Chair of Health Care Management and Organizational Leadership, and Associate Professor Jennifer Herbst, Associate Professor of Law and Medical Sciences.

Through a program jointly developed by the School of Business and Engineering and the School of Law, the Health Care Compliance Certificate program is certified by the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) to offer the first university-based program in the country to train health care compliance officers. This program provides students with a sound academic foundation and the skills necessary to successfully implement the administrative and management principles required to function as competent and knowledgeable health care compliance professionals. It also qualifies them to sit the HCCA national certifying examination.

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The Computer Information Systems Society (CISS) and Information Services co-hosted The Women in Technology Panel Discussion.

This semester the Computer Information Systems Society (CISS) and Information Services co-hosted The Women in Technology Panel Discussion, an event designed to bring attention to gender representation in the field of technology. Members of the 6-person panel shared their views and experiences as women in technology, and they suggested practical ways that women are able to advance in the workplace.

Featured panel members from the Quinnipiac community included Diane Ariza, Associate VP for Academic Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer, as well as Elizabeth Brown, an Instructional Technologist from Academic Technology.

“Dr. Ariza was first to speak,” said Marissa Maturo, VP of Career Development for CISS. “She discussed the University’s IMAGINE strategic plan and diversity initiatives, which of course, are pertinent in a discussion on gender.”

Next, panel member Elizabeth Brown shared a video of Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of the book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Published in 2013, the book explores why so few women occupy top leadership roles in the workplace, and what it will take to ensure more women reach the top – especially in the technology industry.

After the speakers had completed their presentations, a Q&A portion followed. “Questions to the panelists ranged from why women aren’t encouraged to pursue academic or professional careers in technology, and what challenges exist for women in the field today,” said Marissa.

The event closed with a brief reception and networking event, where audience members were able to speak individually with the panelists and gain more from their experiences as women, and as technology professionals.

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Grace Peiffer, Director of Employer Relations for School of Business, Olivia Atkin, William Jerome, Jacqueline Martire, Vicent Licari and John DeMezzo, Director of Development for School of Business.

On November 14, 2014, students from Quinnipiac University participated in The Northeast Intercollegiate Sales Competition (NISC), the largest and oldest sales role-play competition in existence. This year’s event, held at Bryant University, garnered national recognition from academic institutions and employers alike.

The team from Quinnipiac was comprised of School of Business seniors William Jerome, Vincent Licari, Jacqueline Martire, as well as sophomore Olivia Atkin.

“As a Quinnipiac student, I couldn’t think of a better way to learn about the field of sales, while also representing our school,” said marketing major and team leader William Jerome. “Much to our surprise, our hard work and effort had paid off as we were able continue on moving forward in the competition and keep Quinnipiac on the scoreboard until the very end.”

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Senior marketing majors Jacqueline Martire and William Jerome were recognized at this year’s Northeast Intercollegiate Sales Competition.

Jerome was able to advance to the semi-final round, while teammate Jacqueline Martire placed in the top four.

The competition challenged students to assume the role of a sales representative from one of the sponsor companies attending that year. With the guidance of John DeMezzo, Director of Development for the School of Business and a skilled sales professional, the Quinnipiac team prepared for the obstacles they were to face during their individual, mock-sales meetings.

“In a selling environment, competition is everything. John helped us learn the ropes of sales meetings as well as giving us extensive advice on how each of us should approach our individual pitches,” said William. “This event and the journey from start to finish was one of the most exciting activities of my undergraduate career.”

A variety of skill-building sessions were available to participants throughout the day, as well as networking opportunities with students from competing universities and potential employers.

“I was able to focus on something that I love to do, while being challenged by a real life scenario. This experience has opened my eyes to the willingness of the Career Development office to support each and every student,” said William. “They’ve helped transform my passion for sales into real opportunities, allowing me to glimpse into the world that I hope to enter soon after graduation.” Both John DeMezzo and Grace Peiffer, Director of Employer Relations, assisted in helping students think practically and strategically about the very real careers that can await them.

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