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“It takes a village to make a name in this industry,” observed former sport management department head and current Isenberg Senior Associate Dean Lisa Pike Masteralexis at the annual McCormack Awards Banquet on April 1. She underscored the department’s exceptional collaboration between its faculty, students, and alumni, four of whom were presented at the event with the department’s highest honor—the Harold J. VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Isenberg’s Department of Accounting honored students and alumni at its annual banquet at the Log Cabin on the summit of Mount Tom in Holyoke. At the event, 60 students received awards for academic excellence and community service. The principal alumni honorees were Rick ’79 and Susan '81 Gulman.
At its annual event at the Boston Park Plaza March 28, Isenberg’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) lived up to its name. With 350 alumni, faculty, and friends from industry in attendance (along with 30 HTM students who made the trip), the event attracted a dynamic cross section of Greater Boston’s hospitality community. The gathering honored two HTM alumni—Victoria Vega ’88 (left), who received the Stephen Elmont Award, and Matt Alemany ’10, who earned the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
The Isenberg Doctoral Program’s 50th Anniversary Celebration brought together over 250 alums, faculty, current students, and their families who have spread themselves all over the globe. The Celebration was a full-day event on Friday, April 5th, 2019, in the new wing of the Isenberg building, the Business Innovation Hub, inaugurating the building as the largest event yet.
The 3rd Isenberg Stock Pitch Competition took place Thursday, March 28th 2019 at the Revere Hotel in Boston. The event brought together over 65 attendees, consisting of 11 schools who competed, corporate employers, faculty, and Isenberg Alums. $6,000 in prize money was awarded, with Holy Cross, MIT, and Northeastern placing top three respectively.
The Isenberg Women in Finance Luncheon was presented by MassMutual and hosted at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston. Panelists included Teresa Hassara, Head of Workplace Solutions, MassMutual Financial Group, Ellen Goodman, Financial Advisor, Prudential and John J. Murphy, managing director, Business Analytics - Investment Products and Strategies, Wellington Management. The event was attended by undergraduate and graduate students along with supportive faculty and staff advisors.
More than 50 UMass representatives participated in the 2018 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Conference on Nov. 2, 2018, including a stellar keynote speech from BDIC alum Marc Gammell of FogKicker (also the 2015 Innovation Challenge winning venture).
Hosted by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, the four-part Innovation Challenge began with The Minute Pitch on Wednesday, Oct. 24. In front of an audience of nearly 200 students, faculty, staff and supporters, 27 teams gave 60-second pitches of their venture idea.
The Berthiaume Center welcomed in the new academic year with Innovation Challenge: The Kickoff, an opportunity to mix and mingle with various campus entities focusing on entrepreneurial and innovation efforts and student programming and our entrepreneurship friends in the Valley.