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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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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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The following Quinnipiac School of Business Professors recently were granted tenure:

Nelson Alino, associate professor of accounting, earned a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of South Carolina. He also has his MBA and bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nigeria. He joined the faculty in 2009.


Surya Chelikani, associate professor of finance, has a Ph.D. in finance in the area of market microstructure from Oklahoma State University. He also holds an MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Andhra University. He joined the faculty in 2009.

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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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Norman Gray was appointed the new Carlton Highsmith Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Quinnipiac University. He was photographed at the school's Mount Carmel campus Wednesday June 17, 2015. (Photograph by Caroline E. Couig/Quinnipiac University)


Norman Gray, a senior biomedical scientist with 30 years of executive management experience across a wide range of health care disciplines, has been named the Carlton Highsmith Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “The appointment of Norman Gray to the Carlton Highsmith Chair illuminates the strength of our academic program while bringing a highly successful entrepreneur to Quinnipiac,” said Matthew O’Connor, dean of the School of Business. “Norm will provide strong, vibrant and visionary leadership in his new role.”  

Gray holds eight U.S. and international medical device patents. In 1984, Gray founded and launched Gammahealth. Under Gray’s leadership, the company evolved from an incubator medical research and development organization to a multinational group of companies encompassing product development, manufacturing, distribution and sales worldwide. Gammahealth was eventually acquired in 2008.

”Professor Gray has successfully guided companies in all phases of development, including planning, startup, acquisition and international expansion,” said Carlton Highsmith, vice chairman of the Quinnipiac University Board of Trustees, who established the chair in 2012 with a $1 million gift. “Practical experience coupled with superb academic credentials from Penn State and MIT makes Dr. Gray uniquely qualified to hold this chair.”

In addition to teaching undergraduate entrepreneurship and engineering students at Quinnipiac, Gray will be responsible for the university’s Innovation Center and partnership with the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT) located in New Haven.

“The ConnCAT Entrepreneurial Academy is designed to help an entire generation of inner-city youth gain an appreciation for entrepreneurship and free enterprise,” according to Erik Clemons, ConnCAT’s executive director. “Students will learn what it takes to build a business from that first idea to the birth of a successful company,” Clemons said. “Quinnipiac University students will serve as mentors, sharing their knowledge of finance, management, marketing and advertising while also serving as role models for our students.”

Gray earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from MIT. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State.


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Mary MeixellMary Meixell has accepted the position of Interim Associate Dean of the School of Business and Engineering.  Mary will begin her appointment on July 1, 2015.

Mary earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Penn State, her M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia, her M.S. in Transportation from MIT, and her Ph.D. In Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University. Mary is currently Associate Professor of Management and Industrial Engineering in the School of Business and Engineering.  Prior to joining Quinnipiac, Mary was Assistant Professor in the School of Management at George Mason University and has industry experience at Lucent Technologies and General Motors Corporation.  Mary has published extensively in a variety of areas including logistics, transportation, operations research, manufacturing technology, and management.  Mary has also been a strong contributor on campus through her work on the University Education Committee, Faculty Senate, Curriculum Review Committee, New Synthesis Task Force, Engineering Task Force and Steering Committee and several School of Business and Engineering Committeees.


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