Author: Brian Kelleher


Date: October 24, 2014

MSBAPM hosted a Diwali event, a Hindu festival, that was celebrated this year on October 24th. GBLC’s Observation deck was decorated with lights and craft throughout. “Housie,” a tradition game in India similar to bingo was played and prizes were given out. There were two amazing dance performances and a solo singer who performed that night. The evening concluded with all attendees dancing and enjoying traditional Indian food.

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Costa Rica Immersion Experience: Company Tours

On March 13 – 21, BCLC students will embark on their journey to Costa Rica. During this time they will have the opportunity to visit a number of  Costa Rican companies such as: Grupo ICE & Carton Surfboard Factory.

As soon as students land in Costa Rica, they will travel to a Costa Rican company.  There they will meet with an executive level representative. Students will enjoy a presentation on Finance & Accounting, followed by a panel discussion and tour of the facilities. Proceeding the presentation, lunch will be served.

Day 2, students will make their to another Costa Rican campny. They meet with an executive level representative. Students will enjoy a presentation on Marketing followed by  a panel discussion and tour of the factory.

For more information about the trip please click the following link…

Costa Rica Immersion Trip Details

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Call for Participation: Spring 2015 Innovation Accelerator

CCEI is excited to announce the re-launch of the Innovation Accelerator for the Spring 2015 semester!

We are now seeking applications from students interested in earning experiential learning credit through this program. After an interview process, students will be selected to form interdisciplinary teams and assigned a consulting assignment from a Connecticut-based startup or early stage company. For more information about the program, click on the Innovation Accelerator tab in the menu on this homepage. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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What can a UConn MBA learn about leadership from Geno?



Here at UConn we’re pretty proud of our womens’ basketball team.  Led by Head Coach Geno Auriemma, they’ve won 90 games in a row along the way to 9 national titles.  So you can figure that Geno knows a little bit about leadership—in fact a Harvard Business School management professor profiled him in her research about how leaders create winning streaks.

On October 22nd and 23rd, six of our current UConn MBAs will be attending the second annual Geno Auriemma Leadership Conference.  Jaimin, Mark, Mohit, Patrick, Shafin, and Premika will be live-tweeting the conference, as part of an experiential learning course they are taking.

Join the conversation at #genoleads, and learn about leadership and innovation from Geno, UConn Business School faculty, keynote speakers and panelists with leaders from a range of industries.

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Research Seminar with Junhong Chu

Professor JuJunhong Chu - Seminar Speakernhong Chu from the National University of Singapore gave a research seminar on Friday, October 10 about “quantifying cross-network effects in online C2C platforms.” This research examines the phenomenal growth of, a key reason behind the largest-ever IPO by Alibaba Group in September. is an eBay-like consumer-to-consumer platform. Professor Chu’s analysis suggests a significant cross-network effect on both sides of the market: buyers and sellers. The installed base of either side of the platform has propelled the growth of the other side. However, the installed base of sellers has a much larger effect on the growth of buyers than vice versa. In light of the results in this study, has changed some of its policies to become more “seller friendly.”

Junhong Chu is an associate professor of marketing at the National University of Singapore Business School. She earned a Ph.D. in marketing and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Her research interests include structural modeling of consumer and firm behavior, two-sided markets, distribution channels, e-commerce, and retailing. Her research has appeared in Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, and International Journal of Research in Marketing. She was a 2011 MSI Young Scholar.

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CTCPA Mourns Loss of Past President, UConn Instructor Michael R. Redemske

CTCPA Past President Michael R. Redemske of Avon passed away Saturday, July 26 at his home. Born in Chicago, IL, he was raised in Chicago and received his B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his M.S.T. from DePaul University. Michael served in the 107th Finance Battalion of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After the war he became a CPA and joined Price Waterhouse where he worked for more than 25 years, eventually becoming a managing tax partner. He then joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Business, teaching tax accounting.

Michael served the CTCPA as president, president-elect, treasurer, and secretary, and as a member of the Board of Governors.  He served as chair of the committees on Bylaws, Annual Service Award, Executive Education Review, Membership, Nominating, Uniform Accountancy Act, and Governmental Affairs.

“Mike’s leadership at the Society was critical in helping the organization negotiate challenging times,” said CTCPA Executive Director Art Renner. “Mike was both an agent for change and a pragmatist at the same time. Simply stated, he was an accomplished professional. I enjoyed knowing him as well as working with him.  I will always think of Mike as an ally and a friend.”

As an instructor-in-residence at UConn, Michael oversaw student work on the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

“Mike always volunteered for tasks beyond the requirements of his job,” said UConn School of Business Professor of Accounting and Department Head Dr. Mohamed Hussein. “He developed a one-credit tax course to be the foundation of our VITA program, which he advised. The quality of [the UConn VITA] work is so high that the IRS sent an executive to observe how the work is done so as to share those practices with other schools.”

Michael also took over the leadership of a project funded by the Department of Higher Education to develop a distance learning course on financial literacy. “Mike worked with a unit of CPTV and faculty from several departments to develop a course accessible to young people,” Hussein explained. “His wise counsel and calm demeanor helped us improve our undergraduate and M.S. in accounting programs. More importantly, he is a great friend who lightened any setting with his warm smile and funny anecdotes.”

“Mike made UConn his passion after retirement from Price Waterhouse,” said CTCPA Past President Dr. Lawrence Gramling, associate dean for undergraduate programs at the UConn School of Business.  “He supervised a number of honors theses for students who were interested in tax as a topic and inspired many young students to become tax academics.”

“During my six-year tenure at Deloitte, every single tax student who we brought on from UConn had attributed choosing tax based on how much they enjoyed Professor Redemske’s class,” explained former student Frank Murphy, who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Arizona.  “If it were not for him, I might have not been exposed to tax research and taken the path I’m currently on.”

In his free time, Michael enjoyed playing golf, reading, cheering on his grandchildren in their sporting activities, and taking long road trips with his wife Mary Jo. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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Bloomberg Online Training Program


For those who came out to the Bloomberg Training Session, below is additional information about completing the Bloomberg Certification.

The Bloomberg Certification (BESS) is a training portal that helps students like yourself learn core Bloomberg functionality and key market fundamentals. The training process includes three phases: training videos, exams and acknowledgments.

To get started:

1. Login to the Bloomberg Terminal using your own login name and password (If you do not have a login yet, see “Creating a Bloomberg Login”).

2. Type the Bloomberg mnemonic “BESS” followed by <GO> into the command line located in the upper right corner.

3. You should now be at the Bloomberg screen titled “Training Videos.” Follow the Bloomberg steps provided above or on your terminal screen in order to complete the training program.

For a more detailed description of how to login please click the following link: Bloomberg Creating Your Own Login


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2014 AOM Best Paper in Healthcare Management Award

Lauren D’Innocenzo (PhD ‘14) Assistant Professor, Drexel and Margaret Luciano (MGMT ABD), co-authors: Travis Maynard (Ph.D. ’07) Associate Professor, Colorado State; John Mathieu Professor of Management, UConn; Gilad Chen, Professor of Management, Maryland, won the 2014 “Best Paper in Healthcare Management Award” at Academy of Management. “Empowered to Perform: A Multi-level Investigation of Empowerment on Performance in Hospital Units.” (A version of it is R&R at AMJ!)


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JOOP Best Paper for 2013

Margaret Luciano (MGMT ABD), Hyoun Sook Lim (MGMT ABD), and Lucy Gilson, Professor of Management, UConn was selected as the Best Paper for 2013 in Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology (JOOP).  ” Unpacking the cross-level effects of tenure diversity, explicit knowledge, and knowledge sharing on individual creativity” will be featured JOOP’s website and include an announcement in an upcoming issue.

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