Author: Melissa Ferrigno



How to Fix the High College Dropout Rate?

In order for the United States to return as the top-ranking nation in terms of college degree attainment, Hispanics will need to earn 5.5 million degrees by 2020.
In order for the United States to return as the top-ranking nation in terms of college degree attainment, Hispanics will need to earn 5.5 million degrees by 2020.

Focus on Hispanic High School/College Students Could Reverse Educational Slide in Our Country

The United States is no longer the top-ranking nation in terms of college degree attainment; the U.S. has the highest college dropout rate (estimated between 40 and 49 percent) among the industrialized nations. Continue Reading


Greenwich Residents Elected to World Affairs Forum Board

AmericanTowns.com – Reelected: Dr. John Knopf is currently the Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs at the School of Business, UConn-Stamford. He has taught at a number of universities, including Towson State, NYU, Gothenburg, Pace and Seton Hall, and at the University of Connecticut since 2004. In addition, he has either written Expert Opinion Letters and/or Conducted Training for, among others, Credit Suisse First Boston, Goldman Sachs, ING, Metropolitan Life and Morgan Stanley. John serves on the Editorial Board of the UConn School of Business Magazine and the Journal of Emerging Market Finance and is the recipient of a number of awards and grants. He is also the author of numerous publications. John received his BA from Ithaca College, his MBA from Loyola College, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Finance from NYU.


Dollars for Scholars Awards Scholarships

Greewich Time – Stamford Dollars for Scholars awarded 29 city high school graduates scholarships worth $97,500 at its sixth annual ceremony last week.

More than 180 family, friends and guests attended the ceremony, which featured a keynote address from Gary Freeman, president of Stamford Dollars for Scholars. Twenty-three of the scholarships, valued at $44,000 were sponsored by generous individuals and organizations in the community.


Presidential Historian Talks Trump and Risk at UConn-Stamford Conference

Stamford Advocate – United States of America Inc. last year made its riskiest hire to date when its shareholders chose a new chief executive, according to a knowledgeable observer of the enterprise.

In the keynote speech Wednesday at the University of Connecticut’s Risk Management Conference at the Crowne Plaza hotel, presidential historian and author Douglas Brinkley assessed the rise and prospects of President Donald Trump and compared the current commander-in-chief’s challenges to those of his predecessors.


Stamford Hedge Fund Pushes City Mall Owner for Change

Connecticut Post – Jon Litt takes an elevator down from his seventh-floor offices at the downtown Landmark Square complex and walks a few steps to visit the city’s shopping mall.

At the Stamford Town Center, the founder and chief investment officer of hedge fund Land and Buildings enjoys visiting establishments such as the Apple store and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5TH.

But Litt sees much more than a place to go shopping.





OP-ED | Big Ideas Are Needed to Grow the Economy and Solve the Budget Mess

CT News Junkie – The recent economic news in Connecticut is Dickensian.

On the one hand, it’s the best of times: “The formal opening [on June 2] of the $60 million refurbished United Technologies Corp. research center handed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy a much-needed opportunity to celebrate some good news.”

On the other hand, it’s the worst of times: “An Aetna spokesman said [on May 31] the company is in ‘negotiations with several states regarding a headquarters relocation with the goal of broadening our access to innovation and the talent that will fill knowledge economy-type positions.'”