Diversity


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



Sell-abration!

The four winning students with Kathleen Halligan, Grace Nardella, Victoria Gitelman, and Karen Narciso from Altria (Seanice Austin/UConn School of Business)
The four winning students with Kathleen Halligan, Grace Nardella, Victoria Gitelman, and Karen Narciso from Altria (Seanice Austin/UConn School of Business)

UConn Students Pitch Novel Snack Ideas for Trip to National Selling Competition

Roasted Habanero Nuts, Jalapeno/Cilantro/Lime Chips, Napa Valley Wine/Cheese Chips and Agave Sunflower Seeds were some of the ideas that UConn students pitched for a fictional private-label snack line dubbed “Simply Salt.” Continue Reading


Cinthia B. Satornino Joins Business Faculty

Cinthia B. Satornino (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
Cinthia B. Satornino (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

Professor Contributes to White House Agenda on Fostering Success Among Hispanic College Students

Newly hired UConn professor Cinthia Beccacece Satornino hopes to use her expertise as part of a White House educational initiative to assist Hispanic students in completing their college education. Continue Reading


Mo Hussein: The Story of a Beloved Professor

Mo Hussein (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
Mo Hussein (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

One of the first things people notice about Accounting Professor Mo Hussein is his warm personality. The second, is that he enjoys a little mischief.

“I once told students that my grandfather was a witch doctor,” he said, with a twinkle in his eye. “And some of them believed it!”

Hussein has spent his 38-year career at UConn, where he has taught thousands of students and helped to build the accounting department’s reputation as among the best in the nation. He also served as accounting department head from 1989-90 and from 2003-15, and as interim dean of the School of Business from 2006-07. Continue Reading


Mimicking the Boss

Nicole Jones Young
Nicole Jones Young (Melissa Ferrigno/UConn School of Business)

Doctoral Student Nicole Jones Young Wins Her Second Award for Research on ‘Trickle-Down Leadership’ and Inclusivity

Management doctoral candidate Nicole Jones Young has won her second prestigious award in two years for research that shows employees pay close attention to their bosses’ actions, more than their words, when it comes to inclusivity in the workplace.

“A Trickle-Down Approach to Inclusive Leadership: The Role of Supervisory Moral Identity,” was recognized by the prestigious Southern Management Association (SMA) as the top doctoral research paper focused on ethics, social and diversity issues.Continue Reading


Fighting Breast Cancer

Pink Tie Affair
The “Pink Tie Affair” was held at the UConn School of Business on October 16. (Nicolle Anderson/UConn School of Business)

‘Pink Tie Affair’ Spreads Message that Disease Impacts Everyone

Students, faculty and families gathered in a powerful display of reflection and hope during a breast cancer awareness fundraiser called The Pink Tie Affair.

Hosted by the UConn Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and Travelers EDGE, the most touching moment of the Oct. 16 evening was when members of NABA and the audience shared their personal stories of how breast cancer has taken their loved ones.Continue Reading


‘Leadership is Stamped All Over Her DNA’

Businesses Should Encourage Mentoring for Women, Minorities Says Alumna, SUNY Plattsburgh Dean Rowena Ortiz-Walters ’96, ’05 Ph.D.

A photo on the wall in Rowena Ortiz-Walters’ office shows her spunky 5-year-old daughter nestled happily between her two big brothers, a big, mischievous grin on her face.

“Leadership is stamped all over her DNA. She’s feisty, competitive, strong and confident,” Ortiz-Walters says about her youngest child. “I don’t want that to ever be stripped away from her. I want my daughter, and all young women, to have powerful female role models.”Continue Reading


Women on Corporate Boards

Experts to Discuss Ways to Increase Numbers to Improve Bottom Line

“Women in the Corporate Boardroom: A Business Imperative for American Companies,’’ is the topic of a Sept. 16 program at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, sponsored by the University of Connecticut School of Business, the Connecticut State Treasurer’s Office and the Connecticut Forum.

Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, will moderate a panel of experts who will discuss various viewpoints, enhanced by their own experiences and research, in addressing the shortage of women in the boardroom.Continue Reading


Alumna Named SUNY Dean

Rowena Ortiz-Walters Becomes One of the Few Hispanic-Americans to Lead a U.S. Business School

Rowena Ortiz-Walters
Pictured: Rowena Ortiz-Walters. Photo courtesy of Quinnipiac University.

Rowena Ortiz-Walters, a two-time UConn graduate who earned her Ph.D. in 2005, has been appointed Dean of the School of Business and Economics at the State University of New York—Plattsburgh.

Ortiz-Walters is only the ninth Hispanic-American dean of a business school in the United States, according to The Ph.D. Project, a program designed to foster more diversity in corporate America and higher education administration. She will begin her new job on July 1.Continue Reading