Author: Claire Hall


John Malfettone ’77 Named Foundation Board Chair

John Malfettone '77 (BUS) speaks about the importance of giving back to your alma mater, on the occasion of his induction into the School of Business Hall of Fame in 2017. (Nathan Oldham/UConn Photo)
John Malfettone ’77 (BUS) speaks about the importance of giving back to your alma mater, on the occasion of his induction into the School of Business Hall of Fame in 2017. (Nathan Oldham/UConn Photo)

John Malfettone ’77 became chair of the board of the UConn Foundation, the fundraising entity for the University of Connecticut, in October. Malfettone is a senior managing director at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice of New York City, one of the world’s Top 10 leveraged buyout private equity firms, from which he will retire at the end of the year.Continue Reading


Prof. Thompson Honored for Excellence in Public Engagement

Kevin Thompson (MGMT) has been honored by the Provost with an Award for Excellence in Public Engagement. (Devin Basdekian / UConn School of Business)
Kevin Thompson (MGMT) has been honored by the Provost with an Award for Excellence in Public Engagement. (Devin Basdekian / UConn School of Business)

Assistant Professor-in-Residence Kevin Thompson is the recipient of the UConn Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement in the non-tenure track faculty category.Continue Reading


Diversity of Thought Propels Management Society Case Competition

The Business Management Society (BMS) recently hosted a case competition with power-tool manufacturer TTI, the parent company of Milwaukee, Ryobi and Hoover. Student turnout was large, drawing participants from BMS, Women and Business, and other business students. They were tasked with evaluating different marketing strategies to increase the company’s brand exposure on campus. Groups took several routes of action including social media, virtual reality, and brand ambassador programs.

After the competition, the judges awarded prizes to three winning teams:

The first place team included: senior Caleb Saleeby (Management), junior Kevin Dean (Management) and senior Michael Boni (Economics). The second-place team included: senior William Simics (Finance); junior Julia Simics (Real Estate), junior Swathy Shriram (Management); and junior Gina Wiezbicki (Marketing). The third place team members were: senior Suxian Kuan (Management); sophomore Tanvi Dandekar (Finance), sophomore Angela Wang (Finance) and junior Emily Curina (Management & Economics).


Ben Morneault, president of BMS, was impressed at the variety of majors and grade levels among student competitions. “Diversity in thought is so often overlooked in case competitions, but these teams understood the importance of diverse teams, and it showed in their solutions,” he said.

The Business Management Society and Women in Business meet on Tuesdays in the School of Business. For more information, please contact Ben Morneault at uconnbms@gmail.com, or Sam Adamo at uconnwomeninbusiness@gmail.com.


First ‘Get Seeded’ Event Awards $3k to New Ventures

Junior Daniel Ruskin, one of the winners of the first "Get Seeded" competition, organized by the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)
Junior Daniel Ruskin, one of the winners of the first “Get Seeded” competition, organized by the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

Junior Daniel Ruskin has an idea for creating an in-home, hand-held voting machine that electors would receive when they register to vote.Continue Reading




Financial Risk Students Place Third in Global Challenge

UConn students, from left, Junchao Liao, Xiofan Hou, Xiao Wang and Tuershunjiang Ahemaitijiang hold their check after being recognized as the top U.S. team at the McGill International Portfolio Challenge in Montreal earlier this month. They are surrounded by event organizers. (Photo Courtesy of Jose Aponte)
UConn students, from left, Junchao Liao, Xiofan Hou, Xiao Wang and Tuershunjiang Ahemaitijiang hold their check after being recognized as the top U.S. team at the McGill International Portfolio Challenge in Montreal earlier this month. They are surrounded by event organizers. (Photo Courtesy of Jose Aponte)

A team of four graduate students in the MS in Financial Risk Management program took third place in an international competition in Montreal earlier this month, and were the highest-placing U.S. team in the competition.Continue Reading