Richard Kochanek

Corey Birch ’16 is All Business—On the Golf Course

Corey Birch (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

No one needs to tell recent School of Business graduate Corey Birch ’16 to keep his eye on the ball. Or the green. Or the competition, for that matter.

Birch, a member of the UConn golf team, who graduated in May with a degree in accounting, is hoping to turn pro golfer this fall, fulfilling a career goal that he set in the sixth grade.  Continue Reading

Alums Inducted Into Hall of Fame

2016 Hall of Fame Alumni Inductees Robert Hughes '92, Drew Figdor '83, and Corliss Montesi '85 (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
2016 Hall of Fame Alumni Inductees Robert Hughes ’92, Drew Figdor ’83, and Corliss Montesi ’86 (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

School Honors Three Top Business Leaders Who Also Make Time to Give Back

The UConn School of Business honored three of its top alumni on May 6, inducting them into the School’s Hall of Fame during an elaborate and festive ceremony at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.

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Award-winning Professor Dick Kochanek’s Accounting Class Came with a Bonus: Great Advice for Living Life

“If the person next to you in class leans over and whispers, ‘I love you,’ you have to say: ‘Not until after class. I have to focus on Kochanek’s lecture now!'”

That’s one of the many witty remarks that Professor Richard “Dick” Kochanek has used to engage the 250 underclassmen in his “Principles of Financial Accounting” class.

Kochanek, who retired at the end of fall semester, is one of the most beloved and highly regarded professors at UConn. He has extremely high ratings from his students and is widely credited with turning their curiosity about accounting into a life-long career.Continue Reading

Business Hall of Fame Induction

2015 Hall of Fame Recipients
Pictured L to R: 2015 Hall of Fame inductees David B. Greenfield ’84, Norman W. Lacroix ’72 MBA, Wendy Reeves Watkins ’74

Alumni Say Though Campus Has Changed, the Camaraderie at UConn Remains the Same

The School of Business welcomed four new members to its Hall of Fame and paid tribute to veterans of the U.S. Armed Services in a May 8 ceremony at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

Among the inductees were: David B. Greenfield ’84; Norman W. Lacroix ’72 MBA, Wendy Reeves Watkins ’74. The late Brigadier Gen. James S. Creedon ’53 was inducted posthumously.

Dean John A. Elliott noted that this year’s inductees have not only achieved tremendous success in their careers, but have made a personal commitment to the betterment of their communities by advocating for and supporting higher education, theaters and museums, food banks and many other deserving institutions.Continue Reading

Dinner and a Show


Faculty Retirees Gather to Socialize, Reminisce

By Cynthia Adams, Group Coordinator

Retirees from the School of Business recently participated in a second social event this academic year, which included a scrumptious dinner in the School’s Boardroom and the opportunity to attend a performance of Rhythmic Circus at the Jorgensen Auditorium.

The April 18 event drew some newcomers to the group, including Karla Fox, Tom and Sondra Morrison and Marge and Dick Kochanek. Others in attendance were: Dean John Elliott and Laura Philips, Rob and Mary Hoskin, Harry Johnson, Keith and Marietta Johnson, Lin and Waldo Klein, Richard Norgaard and Karen Zimmer, Murphy Sewall and Virginia Fulton, Crayton and Harriett Walker, Susan Spiggle and Tom Martin, and Roger and Cindy Adams. In addition, we were pleased to welcome alumnus Roger Adams, ’74 MBA, who was the graduate assistant of Keith Johnson.

A brief survey will soon be emailed to retirees to see what programs will best meet their needs in the Fall.

Photos from the gathering can be viewed here.

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