Alumni Blog



Scholarship Recipients Hope to Return Favor

Alumni Quian Callender '16 and Kamila Magiera '16 say scholarships gave them the chance to learn, grow and succeed. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
Alumni Quian Callender ’16 and Kamila Magiera ’16 say scholarships gave them the chance to learn, grow and succeed. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

Before Dan Toscano ’87 and his wife Tresa Toscano, endowed two full-ride scholarships to the School of Business, they, too, were students who struggled financially. Continue Reading


CEO: Among Worthwhile Charities, UConn Tops List

Eugene F. Martin III '87, '89 MBA, president and CEO of Gordon Brothers Finance Co., serves on the Dean's Advisory Cabinet, offering valuable advice and advocacy for the School of Business.
Eugene F. Martin III ’87, ’89 MBA, president and CEO of Gordon Brothers Finance Co., serves on the Dean’s Advisory Cabinet, offering valuable advice and advocacy for the School of Business.

“The UConn School of Business was the foundation for everything I did in my career. It set me on a great course,” said Eugene F. Martin III, ’87, ’89 MBA, president and CEO of Gordon Brothers Finance Co. “If a career is a pyramid, you need a strong foundation. That came from my education at UConn.” Continue Reading


Which Wine Should I Try?

Red Wine | Which Wine to Choose

Startup VineSleuth Paired with UConn Grad Students to Revolutionize Wine Selection

Here’s a toast: To a team of ambitious, hardworking UConn graduate students, whose research helped grow a revolutionary wine-selection company.

Surprisingly, the students in Marketing Professor Girish Punj’s ‘Big Data & Strategic Marketing’ class were able to “uncork” the answers they needed, without a drop of wine dancing on their tongues. Continue Reading



Landing the Job: Thank You, Mary Caravella

Professor Caravella and I at a Professional Sales Leadership event in March 2015. (Emily Vasington/UConn School of Business)
Professor Caravella and I at a Professional Sales Leadership event in March 2015. (Emily Vasington/UConn School of Business)

To put it simply: I credit Mary Caravella’s “Professional Selling” class (specifically, the role-play) for my job at a local TV station in Providence – WPRI/FOX Providence.

I graduated in December 2015 with a marketing degree, and spent the next few months applying for positions everywhere from Rhode Island to California. I had eventually ended up turning to temp agencies in the hopes of bettering my chances. Continue Reading


MBA Mentor Spotlight: Adam Kirshner

Adam Kirshner, Senior Associate Producer at WWE (Georgiana Dallas/WWE)

Would you ever think that the guy who starred in a YouTube video guiding people on how to give the perfect ‘wedgie’ was the powerhouse behind the digital presence of WWE?

That’s my MBA mentor – Adam Kirshner in a nutshell. An all-rounder in the world of producing but just a humble, real guy who proudly represents UConn Nation.Continue Reading



The Investor Pitch

The iQ program is a series of events that starts slowly, and then accelerates very quickly. It all starts with mentor meetings, followed by the application, and then the final pitch to get accepted to iQ. Then, a moment’s anticipation, then workshops, a flood of new ideas, constant networking, and barely enough time to breathe. All the while, you’re working on prototypes, building your business model, and then…  Continue Reading


I Cannot Think of Anything More Intimidating Than…

I cannot think of anything more intimidating then driving into an office with the NFL Shield displayed on the welcome sign for the first day of a new internship. Stepping into the facility felt like a dream and the entire orientation day flew by. On my second day I was just as intimidated. I learned quickly, however, that I could use the knowledge I acquired from my time at the UConn School of Business earning a Management degree to my advantage throughout every step of this experience. As a Project Management intern for NFL Films, I use the knowledge I gained through academic experience every day here. I have now been here for about a month, and I am constantly learning how to do new things.The personnel in the Project Management department are seen as the point people for every project that NFL Films takes on. Continue Reading