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Swimming in Opportunity

UConn Student Peter Goggins poses in a rustic warehouse.
UConn Senior Peter Goggins is the founder of Pisces Atlantic. He competes against four other startups in the Wolff New Venture Competition on October 19th. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

Student Entrepreneur Opens Fish-Food Production Facility; Prepares for Next Business Competition

Except for the challenges of operating an extruder machine that is as complex as an airplane control panel, and the problem of disposing of fish-food dust that can pile up ankle-deep, Peter Goggins is a happy guy.Continue Reading

Former Walmart CEO Bill Simon: In Challenging Times, the Wisest Business Leaders Triumph

Former Walmart CEO Bill Simon poses in front of an escalator in the UConn Stamford campus.
Former Walmart CEO Bill Simon ’81, ’88 MBA is the keynote speaker for the Schools of Business’s Rosenberg McVay Business Leadership series. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

Even in a year of unprecedented upheaval like this one, exceptional business leaders must persevere, said former Walmart CEO and UConn alumnus Bill Simon ’81, ’88 MBA.Continue Reading

Alumna Entrepreneur Hopes to Make a Splash with Revamped, Flattering Women’s Swimwear

Hayley Segar '17, founder of 'onewith', posing with a neon sign displaying her company logo.
Hayley Segar ’17 has founded ‘onewith’, a swimwear company focused on East Coast aesthetic and flattering design. (Contributed Photo)

Alumna Hayley Segar ’17 planned a trip to Miami last year and had at least a dozen swimsuit choices for the beach.

She hated every single one of them!Continue Reading

‘Society Gave Up on My Friends’

Janoye Williams,  stands with his business partner Chiziterem Uwaga.  Their startup Junity will be competing in the Wolff New Venture competition this year. (Contributed Photo)
Janoye Williams (right) stands with his business partner Chiziterem Uwaga (left). Their startup Junity will be competing in the Wolff New Venture competition this year. (Contributed Photo)

Startup Bridges Gap Between Struggling Students and Organizations That Help Them

The Florida high school that Janoye Williams was slated to attend was well-known for one thing: underperforming. In fact, it had earned an “F” rating among its peer schools.Continue Reading

15 New Faculty Join Business School

COmposite Image of new faculty members, with a welcome message in the middle
The School of Business welcomes new faculty this fall. Top from left, Meng Gao, Garth Monroe, Tao Lu. Bottom from left, Zachary Suetta, Ryan Coles, Christina Kan.

Fifteen new, accomplished, and enthusiastic faculty have joined the School of Business this fall.Continue Reading

School of Business Mourns the Loss of Keith Johnson, Professor Emeritus

Keith B. Johnson, 87, professor emeritus and former head of the School of Business’ Finance Department, passed away peacefully at Windham Memorial Community Hospital on Aug. 21.

Johnson had worked in the School for 34 years before his retirement in 1996. While he enjoyed his many professional accomplishments, such as his time in Washington D.C. at the Securities and Exchange Commission as a staff economist and summers as a Ford Foundation Scholar at Harvard University, he was truly most proud of his work with all of his students at UConn, his obituary read.

Johnson is remembered fondly by his colleagues as an outstanding faculty member, a trusted confidant, a hard worker, and a cherished friend.

Tom O’Brien, professor emeritus, worked for Johnson and became a very good friend. Johnson, he said, was a person you could confide in. When a colleague was terminally ill, it was Johnson who was consistently there to provide comfort, O’Brien said. And when you needed a helping hand, he was exceptional.

“I lived in my home for 10 years and I’d accumulated a lot of stuff in my basement,’’ O’Brien said. “When I was preparing to move, Keith came over and worked harder than I did to get the stuff loaded and cleared out. I’ve never forgotten how much he helped me that day. Of all the people I call my friends, no one went out of their way for another than KJay.’’

During his tenure, the School of Business created the Ph.D. program in finance. Although Johnson was initially skeptical about initiating the program, no one worked harder to ensure its success, OBrien said.

“Keith was a guiding light in the School in the 1980s and ’90s, as it transitioned into a full-fledged research institution,’’ recalled Karla Fox, professor emeritus and former Interim Dean. “He was one of the hardest-working, honest individuals I have ever known, and a pleasure to work with. He will be missed.’’

“It is definitely a sad day and a great loss, not only to the Finance Department but to the School of Business and the University,’’ said accounting professor Mo Hussein. “KJay was a leader whose contributions were beyond the finance department. He was also a community leader. He organized an annual race to raise money for the hospital and several other local charities.

“KJay was one of the first colleagues outside the accounting department to reach out to me and invite my family to his home,’’ Hussein said. “He is one of those who created the special the friendly culture of the school. In his passing I lost a friend and a mentor.’’

To read the full obituary, please click here.

(Video) Backward Economics: When Unemployment Offers a Living Wage

NBC Connecticut – The extra $600 in unemployment assistance made available through the Cares Act has been a lifeline for many workers, but it has created challenges for employers trying to get employees back to work. It raises questions about if jobs were paying a fair wage in the first place.