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Real Estate Center Hosts Annual Celebration

Mallika Winsor, Senior Associate at Cushman & Wakefield, is surrounded by colleagues during the Real Estate Center's annual banquet. (Zack Wussow)
Mallika Winsor, Senior Associate at Cushman & Wakefield, is surrounded by colleagues during the Real Estate Center’s annual banquet. (Zack Wussow)

The Real Estate Center held its annual end-of-year banquet on Thursday evening in the Rome Ballroom, honoring outstanding students, alumni and other achievers in the field of commercial real estate.

Among those honored were: William Carlson, senior managing director at Cigna, with the Lifetime Achievement Award; Keith Kockenmeister, senior managing director of Kroll Bond Ratings, with Distinguished Alumni of the Year; and Caleb S. Manchester, president of Gansett Ventures with Alumni of the Year.

In addition, the Early Career Alumni Award went to Erik Edeen, director of Avision Young, and Mallika Winsor, senior associate at Cushman & Wakefield. Student of the Year was Caci Rhuda and the Industry Partner Award went to Cushman & Wakefield.

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UConn-grown Startups, Programs Recognized at Entrepreneurship Awards

CCEI, Accelerate UConn, Jennifer Murphy, and Get Seeded were recognized with honorable mentions. (Contributed Photo)
CCEI, Accelerate UConn, Jennifer Murphy, and Get Seeded were recognized with honorable mentions. (Contributed Photo)

UConn collected numerous awards this week at the CT Entrepreneur Awards, which identify, recognize and celebrate Connecticut’s leading entrepreneurs, ventures and ecosystem supporters. Jennifer Murphy, program manager for the School of Business’ Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CCEI) received recognition as a community builder. In addition, the university was recognized for CCEI, as well as its Get Seeded and Accelerate UConn programs. Three UConn-grown startups, QRFertile, Encapsulate and VigorSential also were honored.
 
QRFertile, Encapsulate, and VigorSential, all UConn-grown startups, received awards. (Contributed Photo)
QRFertile, Encapsulate, and VigorSential, all UConn-grown startups, received awards. (Contributed Photo)


Professor Lucy Gilson Named SMA Fellow

Dr. Lucy Gilson
Dr. Lucy Gilson

Professor Lucy Gilson, the head of the management department at the School of Business, has been named a Fellow of the Southern Management Association (SMA). The SMA is an affiliate of the Academy of Management and membership consists of more than 1,000 management professors, doctoral students and executives. Election to the Fellowship is based on scholarly achievements, service to the organization, and a history of contribution to the organization.

Congratulations, Lucy!


Professor Katherine Pancak Honored

Finance Professor Katherine Pancak
Finance Professor Katherine Pancak
Finance Professor Katherine Pancak was honored for Best Reviewer by the Journal of Housing Research.

Katherine is a Professor of Finance and Real Estate at UCONN in Stamford. She teaches both live and online undergraduate and graduate courses in finance and real estate including Financial Management, Personal Finance and Real Estate Principles. Professor Pancak conducts research on real estate law topics and has been published in a variety of real estate journals including Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Housing Research and Real Estate Law Journal.

Katherine received the award during the April 2019 American Real Estate Society meetings in Arizona.

Congratulations Katherine!



Cognizant Exec Speaks to Students About AI

Bret Greenstein, vice president and global head of artificial intelligence for Cognizant Technologies
Bret Greenstein, vice president and global head of artificial intelligence for Cognizant Technologies (UConn School of Business)

Bret Greenstein, vice president and global head of artificial intelligence for Cognizant Technologies, recently spoke to 350 undergraduate business majors about the emerging role of artificial intelligence in a variety of industries and functions. He also shared his perspectives on careers and gave advice to students as they plan internships, jobs and careers. Continue Reading