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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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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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Left-President & CEO of Qualidigm, Tim Elwell; Center-Erika Edlund (MBA '16); Right-Consulting Director, Deb Quetti

Left-President & CEO of Qualidigm, Tim Elwell; Center-Erika Edlund (MBA ’16); Right-Consulting Director, Deb Quetti

Many graduate students in the MBA Healthcare Management track spent their summers interning at various healthcare related placements. Recent graduate from the School of Health Sciences ‘15, Erika Edlund, had the opportunity to intern at a national healthcare consulting company, Qualidgm.

Located in Wethersfield, Qualidigm provides consulting services in various settings such as hospitals, outpatient care, home care, and long-term care. Edlund worked alongside President and CEO Tim Elwell as well as Consulting Director Deb Quetti, to complete valuable market research on each of the fifty states Medicaid programs in order to assist with strategic planning for business expansion. Professor Angela Mattie, who sits on Qualidigm’s board of directors, appreciates the opportunity for Erika.  “Qualidgm’s leadership are excellent mentors/advisors to our students.”

Edlund says her experience at Qualidigm taught her valuable “hands-on” lessons that are unable to be taught in the classroom. “My internship experience at Qualidigm was incredible to say the least. The lessons I learned, the people I met, and the projects I worked on throughout the past eleven weeks have only further solidified my passion and drive to begin a career in the healthcare management field.” Edlund hopes to pursue a career in the healthcare consulting field upon graduating with her MBA in May 2016.

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connecting women 3 The 3rd Annual Connecting Women Breakfast Forum was held on February 26.  More than twenty five professional guests met with students in a round table forum to discuss business opportunities for women. Key in the exchange was a conversation about mentorship and its importance in building and establishing relationships. Kiku Jones, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems and conference professional guest,  noted, “There was great conversation regarding mentorship, particularly at the beginning of your career. The informal conversations you have with your mentor can be just as important, if not more important, than the formal ones.” The breakfast allowed students to interact with professionals through a series of “table talks” that involved discussing work and life balance, how to build on current skill sets, and how to land, achieve, and advance. Female students were able to learn from professionals on how to successfully transition from classroom to career.  MBA candidate and conference participant, Alexandra Nardelli stated, “This was a great network event with successful women. It was very motivating in making you want to achieve as much as these women have in their careers.”  Dean Matthew O’Connor and Connecting Women Breakfast Forum Chair Sharon Porter kicked off the morning exchange. The event closed with remarks from Prof. Kathleen Simione, accounting, and Prof. Rowena Ortiz-Walters, Chair of management.  Grace Peiffer, Director of Employee Relations and a member of the steering committee, stated, ” We are grateful for the Dean’s support of the yearly event focused on helping female students with career guidance.”  

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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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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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