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The Quinnipiac Nu Alpha Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi recently received international recognition as a Superior Chapter for its successful efforts during the 2014-2015 academic year. Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students attending universities accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) or the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). The organization has over 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members worldwide.

According to Beta Alpha Psi president Shawn Harter, Quinnipiac’s Nu Alpha Chapter received this distinction because it excelled in the areas of academics, professionalism, and leadership. Harter also commended QU accounting professors Kenneth Ryack and Christopher Hodgdon who serve as the advisors for the Nu Alpha Chapter.


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mmexport1442306913693A graduate of Quinnipiac’s Long Term Care Administration Certificate program, Dr. Gregory Shahum has recently taken his talents to Zengchang, Guangdong, China. Dr. Shahum will be leading a large rehabilitation department at a Level A, Tier 3, 1,000-bed hospital as the China Director for Genesis Rehab Services.

“The team will consist of specialized therapists applying smart medicine and integrative care to optimize wellness, manage chronic disease and sustain a lasting lifestyle change for clients,” explained Shahum.

Shahum credits his time at Quinnipiac for helping provide the administrative skills he needs to succeed in this type of environment.

“At Quinnipiac, the fusion of advanced curriculum and experiential learning were immensely beneficial in my preparation to lead as an Administrator at a large nursing home facility in Connecticut,” said Shahum, who also holds a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and an MHA from the University of Scranton, as well as a PhD in Public Health and Policy from Vysoká škola zdravotníctva a sociálnej práce Sv. Alžbety.

According to Shahum, the network of peers and colleagues that he developed in Connecticut with the help of Quinnipiac allowed him to connect with his initial role with Genesis Healthcare Rehab Services in North Carolina, where he oversaw a community of over 700 residents residing in Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Memory Care Units.



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women in business

About 175 people attended the inaugural event for the Center for Women & Business on Friday, October 2. According to Professor Kathleen Simione, QU Center for Women & Business, “The goal of the event was to showcase successful female leaders and entrepreneurs and provide them an opportunity to share their insights about their experiences. We believe that hearing from these women, particularly the high points and how they overcame challenges, is inspirational and encourages us all to strive for excellence.”

The event was moderated by Diane Smith, a New York Times bestselling author, Emmy award winning journalist, producer and speaker. She is the author and senior producer for program development at CTN, the Connecticut version of C-Span. Smith was joined by Ann Arpino, a Director for Marcum LLP, and Kate Emery, Founder and CEO of the Walker Group, a technology services firm started over 20 years ago and ranked one of Connecticut’s Best Place to Work 2015.  Other panelists included, Caren Kittredge, Director of Marketing for UTC Building & Industrial Systems; Fran Pastore, Founder, President & CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council; and Cindy Russo, Central Region Vice President for Operations for Hartford Healthcare.

Event attendees included students, faculty, staff, alumni, business professionals and others from the community.

“This event was a great opportunity to hear stories from top professionals and let me know there is hope for someone like me coming out of college looking for a job,” said QU sophomore Lindsay Paixao. “I will keep their advice and comments with me as I move forward with my corporate journey,” added Paixao, who is an accounting and CIS major.

Yu Mei Li, a 2012 QU  graduate with a B.S. in accounting, also found the event valuable. “I liked the message that a woman can have a family, children and still have a successful career.” Current international MBA students, Malna Polya, of Hungary, and Beta Ambroze, of Poland, noted that women’s empowerment in the U.S. is very advanced. But they also added that there are challenges in both a national and an international context for all career women.

Attendees echoed the idea put forth by the panelists that the journey to achieving a career goal is “a jungle gym and not a linear path.”







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NForbesNatalie Forbes, a student in Quinnipiac’s School of Business MS in Organizational Leadership program, recently had her paper accepted to be presented at the International Leadership Association 17th Annual Global Conference in Barcelona, Spain. The theme of the conference, which will take place from October 14 to 17, is Leading Across Borders and Generations. Forbes’ paper titled “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: A Growing Responsibility for Philanthropic Foundations in the USA” will be highlighted in both the poster session and the emerging scholar session. The paper was as a result of a term paper Forbes completed for Professor Yawson’s OL 615 – Leadership Across Boundaries Class in Fall 2014. To learn more about the conference, visit http://www.ila-net.org/Conferences/2015/index.htm.

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Incoming freshmen recently had the opportunity to get “on board” the Quinnipiac School of Business 3+1 program during a team-building session at Riverfront Adventure.

Incoming School of Business students in the 3+1 program recently attendeded a team-building session at the Connecticut River.

Incoming students in the 3+1 program recently attendeded a team-building session at the Connecticut River.

Our incoming students enjoyed paddling down the Connecticut River on dragon boats and getting to know both their peers and faculty advisors in a fun, interactive environment.

During the trip, students participated in various activities that put their problem solving, communication, and leadership skills to the test.

The hybrid 3+1 BS/MBA program allows students to complete both their undergraduate and MBA degrees in the four-year time period generally required for the bachelor’s degree alone. The accelerated format provides substantial savings of both time and money for students and their families.

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(L-R) Gary Havican, VP-Middlesex Hospital; Connor Rand (MBA-HCM '17); John Midy (MBA-HCM '15); Brianna Granatelli (MBA-HCM '16; Francis Kissi MBA_HCM '16; Kurt Barwis, CEO-Bristol Hospital; Darlene Stromstad, CEO-Waterbury Hospital; Esther Chow (GPA-MHS '16; Prof. Angela Mattie

(L-R) Gary Havican, VP-Middlesex Hospital; Connor Rand (MBA-HCM ’17); John Midy (MBA-HCM ’15); Brianna Granatelli (MBA-HCM ’16); Francis Kissi (MBA-HCM ’16); Kurt Barwis, CEO-Bristol Hospital; Darlene Stromstad, CEO-Waterbury Hospital; Esther Chow (GPA-MHS ’16); Prof. Angela Mattie

Members of Quinnipiac University’s student chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (QU-ACHE) recently attended the CT-ACHE annual meeting in Southington, CT. During the board meeting, held prior to the annual meeting, executives were provided with the QU-ACHE Student Chapter Academic Year Report. The report outlines the student organization’s activities for 2014-2015 academic year.  Students participated in seven events including attending a round table discussion on patient safety with Senators Blumenthal and Murphy.  This year also saw successful engagement of online students through virtual guest speakers and a leadership panel featuring faculty from the Department of Healthcare Management and Organizational Leadership.

Francis Kissi, current co-president, QU-ACHE,  was appointed as a student member to the CT-ACHE board at this meeting.   He joins Prof. Angela Mattie, who has served on the regional advisory board for several years, and views ACHE as partners in training the future generation of healthcare administrators.  “Connecticut healthcare executives generously give their time to advise our students, visit our campus and create internship and residency opportunities. We are very appreciative of their efforts and contributions to our students.”

QU-ACHE is open to graduate level students in the healthcare management program. It is affiliated with the larger ACHE professional society, to which 30,000 leading healthcare executives from across the United States belong.

To learn more about healthcare management at Quinnipiac University or other programs of study, please visit the School of Business website.


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Students, faculty and staff packed the Mount Carmel Auditorium for alumnus Frank Casanova ('80), featured guest lecturer for the Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

Students, faculty and staff packed the Mount Carmel Auditorium for guest lecturer and distinguished alumnus Frank Casanova (’80) – April 23, 2015

Students, faculty and staff packed the Mount Carmel Auditorium (formerly the Grand Courtroom) last Thursday for alumnus Frank Casanova (’80), featured guest lecturer for the Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

Casanova, a senior director for Apple Inc., spoke about his personal life, profession, and the “nonlinear path” that led him from Quinnipiac University to Silicon Valley.

Frank Casaova currently leads a team managing the marketing activities for iPhone and iPad with telco partners around the world. He works with Apple’s Enterprise team helping manage relationships with companies like IBM.

Frank earned his bachelor’s degree in Information Systems (IS) from Quinnipiac University. During the lecture, he spoke about the decision to change his accounting major after an “Introduction to Computers” elective class.

“Computers spoke to me,” he said before giving credit to the friends that helped him through his student career.

After graduating, Frank joined Apollo Computer outside Boston where he was Senior Product Manager for a line of desktop workstation computers. After just a few short months and one large acquisition, Frank was laid off and forced to find another job.

Reflecting on this experience, Frank told the audience, “Don’t sweat it. When the floor is taken out from underneath you, those are opportunities.”

Frank would eventually be recruited by Apple to join their High-End Computer Group, and after more than 25 years, has had four entirely different jobs at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters. In Frank Casanova’s opinion, “Changing jobs is good.”

When it comes to management and leadership, Frank tells students to learn as many bad things from bad managers possible, and then push them away. Relationship management is crucial, and the key to successful relationships is being kind, approachable and honest.

(From left) Debbie Casanova ('81), Frank Casanova ('80), Paul Caiafa ('80), Professor Bruce Saulnier

(From left) Debbie Casanova (’81), Frank Casanova (’80), Paul Caiafa (’80), Professor Bruce Saulnier

Quinnipiac University, Frank says, was his “spring board,” and he has remained close with Computer Information Systems Professor Bruce M. Saulnier. Especially in recent years, Frank has enjoyed talking with West Coast hockey fans about the impressive Men’s Ice Hockey team.

Frank and Debbie Casanova (’81), a member of the Quinnipiac University Board of Trustees, have two children, Caelyn and Cory. They reside in Saratoga, Calif., and as one audience member had asked – they are in fact fans of the HBO television show Silicon Valley.

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