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The College of Business will bring scores of alumni back to campus on Friday, Oct. 24, to share their wisdom with more than 1,700 CBA undergraduate and graduate students. Run like a professional conference, Career Day will open with a keynote address at Edwards Hall, featuring Apollo Group Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer Fred Newton ’78, followed by breakout sessions and workshops throughout the day in Ballentine Hall and the Memorial Union.
According to Matt Gusto, a former boat captain, lobsterman, government fisheries observer—and 2014 “Blue MBA” grad, the ocean is where it’s at. That’s why he chose a graduate program that combined his interests in ocean science and business, earning two URI degrees—an MBA and a Master of Oceanography—and gaining a competitive edge in the growing marine technology field.
For Mat Franco, magic has always been less about the tricks and more about fun and a connection with the audience. And whether the audience was a few friends gathered around a table, hundreds of freshmen at URI orientation sessions, thousands watching at Radio City Music Hall or millions watching on TV, the URI grad always made you feel like you were the only one in the room.
Mat Franco ’10 is preparing for another electrifying performance at Radio City Music Hall on September 16 when he competes on America’s Got Talent against five other finalists for $1 million and a headline show in Las Vegas.
URI alumnus, entrepreneur, and magician extraordinaire Mat Franco visited URI on August 13 to share stories about his “America’s Got Talent” experience.
From the Providence Business News, July 21-27, 2014: “The only business school in the state offering a doctorate, the University of Rhode Island’s College of Business Administration shows no signs of slowing a longstanding commitment to growth.”
When Mat Franco graduated in 2010, his big idea was to use his new business skills to promote and advance his career as a magician. You could say he’s done that. He’s formed a talent agency featuring the best college performers, and is now on his way to Radio City for the “America’s Got Talent” live rounds. “It wouldn’t have even been a possibility without the business education I received at URI,” he said.
Professor Judy Beckman has been named the Academic Fellow in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Chief Accountant in Washington, D.C. The only accounting professor nationwide to be selected for this annual fellowship, she will serve in the Office of the Chief Accountant’s Professional Practice Group under Deputy Chief Accountant Brian Croteau.
On July 10, URI College of Business alumnus Doug Coté ’82 was featured on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” segment. Chief Market Strategist for Voya Investment Management, Coté contributes regularly to “Closing Bell” in addition to other media outlets.
Mark Higgins, dean of the URI College of Business Administration, is featured on NBC 10 WJAR’s Business Lunch on July 8 talking about the impact of recent changes at Alex and Ani.
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