Alumni


Grad Student Lexy Vecchio Wins IQ Challenge with Videogame that Mimics PTSD

Mary "Lexy" Vecchio and her startup Ursa Mayhem Media have won Innovation Quest 2022 with their video game, Here There Be Bears. (Contributed Photo)
Mary “Lexy” Vecchio and her startup Ursa Mayhem Media have won Innovation Quest 2022 with their video game, Here There Be Bears. (Contributed Photo)

At 11 years old, Mary “Lexy” Vecchio had a traumatic, life-changing ski accident.

She was skiing alone, without a helmet, and hadn’t told her family which trail she would be on. She had a terrible crash, and broke her hip. She was alone in the snow, stranded, frightened, and seriously injured. Her screams for help went unheard for a long time.Continue Reading


Commencement Speaker Rich Vogel: Pandemic Created Unprecedented Opportunity for Class of 2022

Areesha Khan '22, left and Sahar Sajjad '22, right, both MIS majors, attend the School of Business 2022 Commencement Ceremony at Gampel Pavilion. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)
Areesha Khan ’22, left and Sahar Sajjad ’22, right, both MIS majors, attend the School of Business 2022 Commencement Ceremony at Gampel Pavilion. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

Richard Vogel ’87, a marketing expert and an adviser and champion for startup businesses, recalled feeling proud, but also uneasy about his future, when he attended his UConn graduation 35 years ago.

“Don’t ever let that feeling stop you from going boldly into your work. Instead, use fear and anxiety as a motivator and source of focus,” he told 800 enthusiastic undergraduates, their families, and friends at Saturday’s School of Business Commencement ceremony in Gampel Pavilion.Continue Reading



Business Luminaries Share Insight, Humor at ‘Hall of Fame’ Ceremony

The newest inductees of the School of Business's Hall of Fame pose with Dean John A. Elliott. Back row, left to right: Nicholas Morizio, Dean John Elliott, Richard Eldh,   Richard Tavolieri.  Front row, left to right: Noha Carrington, Joanne Crevoiserat. (Thomas Hurlbut Photography / UConn School of Business)
The newest inductees of the School of Business’s Hall of Fame pose with Dean John A. Elliott. Back row, left to right: Nicholas Morizio, Dean John Elliott, Richard Eldh, Richard Tavolieri. Front row, left to right: Noha Carrington, Joanne Crevoiserat. (Thomas Hurlbut Photography / UConn School of Business)

Five new inductees into the UConn School of Business Hall of Fame shared their wisdom, advice, and fondest Husky recollections during the celebration Friday night at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.Continue Reading



Michelle Cote, Relentless Advocate for Innovation and Hartford, Named A Top Woman in Business

Top 25 Women in Business Award  recipient Michelle Cote (contributed photo)
Top 25 Women in Business Award recipient Michelle Cote (Contributed Photo)

Michelle Cote, a relentless advocate for innovation in Hartford, and an instructor at the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, will be honored with a Top 25 Women in Business Award by The Hartford Business Journal.Continue Reading



Inaugural Alumni Case Competition Draws Those Who Believe ‘Every Child Deserves a Shot’

Group photo of the Connect-Us Academy Graduation.
Group photo of the Connect-Us Academy Graduation. This non-profit engages in advocacy for teens and young adults in Bridgeport. (Contributed Photo)

With a full-time job, two young children, and a host of other responsibilities, alumna Namrata Mazumder ’15 MBA really didn’t need one more project on her plate.

But when she heard about an opportunity to brainstorm strategic ideas to support Connect-Us, a Bridgeport non-profit that expands opportunities for youth living in poverty, Mazumder was hooked. Continue Reading


Serial Entrepreneur, UConn Alum Nadav Ullman Tackling Supply Chain Nightmare

UConn Today – When UConn alumnus and serial entrepreneur Nadav Ullman ‘12 (BUS) created Project N95, a national clearinghouse vetting PPE from around the world in the thick of the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, he discovered something more daunting than a shortage of surgical masks and gloves.

He realized the whole global supply chain process was broken.


The School of Business’ Popular Hall of Fame Ceremony To Resume In-Person Celebration

A group of celebrants during the in-person Hall of Fame Celebration in 2019 (Tom Hurlbut)
A group of celebrants during the in-person Hall of Fame Celebration in 2019 (Tom Hurlbut)

The School of Business will resume its in-person Hall of Fame celebration this year, honoring five prominent alumni at an elegant ceremony on April 22 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.

“The Hall of Fame ceremony is one of the signature events at the School of Business,” said Dean John A. Elliott. “The event was established to recognize alumni whose professional achievements, character, and commitment to others have placed them among an elite group of graduates. We are looking forward to gathering to celebrate these five inductees, who exemplify the values of a UConn business education.”Continue Reading