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Pictured L to R: CIS majors Joseph Portella, Kereece Williams, faculty advisor Professor Kiku Jones, Kristi DeSimone and Colin Burke

Pictured L to R: CIS majors Joseph Portella, Kereece Williams, faculty advisor Professor Kiku Jones, Kristi DeSimone and Colin Burke

A Quinnipiac Computer Information Systems (CIS) student team recently took first place in the Travelers IT Case Competition, winning the grand prize of $1,200. This marks the second time in the last three years that a QU CIS team finished first in the competition.

This year’s winning team consisted of CIS majors Joseph Portella, Kereece Williams, Kristi DeSimone and Colin Burke. The QU team beat out student teams from Bentley University, University of Connecticut, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Concordia University and Central Connecticut State University.

“This year, all of the universities who competed did a really great job. That made this win even more amazing,” said Professor Kiku Jones, who served as the faculty advisor to the QU student team. “Our students’ presentation of their solution was flawless. They looked like a consulting company presenting in front of a board of directors.”

The competition gave each student team three weeks to come up with a resolution to a case provided by Travelers. Quinnipiac’s winning solution was “trAVs” – drone technology that would assist in the claim technology.

“It was awesome to see our hard work from the past three weeks pay off with a win,” DeSimone said. “The competition was strong and we were unsure of our standing at the end of the day, but when we heard we had won, we were very excited!”

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On October 30, Quinnipiac gave 5-year-old Kendall Pallone her very own Cinderella story.

5-year-old Kendall Pallone trick-or-treats through crowd of more than 200 supporters on the QU Quad

5-year-old Kendall Pallone trick-or-treats through crowd of more than 200 supporters on the QU Quad

With her wheelchair transformed into Cinderella’s carriage and donning a blue princess gown, Kendall “trick-or-treated” through a crowd of more than 200 supporters on the Quinnipiac Quad. School of Business seniors Philip Cenatiempo, Kevin Smolar and Haley Swartz — Kendall’s “fairy godparents” — planned the event as part of their Entrepreneurship Business Creation Plan course.

Kendall, the daughter of Adam Pallone, an associate athletic trainer at QU, has cerebral palsy and never had the opportunity to go trick-or-treating prior to the event.

“Seeing how many students came out to support Kendall was truly amazing to see,” said Smolar, a senior entrepreneurship major. “Instead of coming up with a hypothetical business, we got to see the end result of our product— Kendall’s smile and the support of the QU community.”

Smolar, Swartz and Cenatiempo worked all of October to prepare for the event. A major task was the transformation of Kendall’s wheelchair into Cinderella’s carriage using cardboard, fabric, felt and dozens of lights.

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