News and Events
On May 13, the University of Rhode Island Foundation presented Associate Professor of Accounting Cynthia Blanthorne with this year’s URI Teaching Excellence Award. She will be recognized for her distinction in the field of teaching at the University’s 2015 Commencement ceremonies.
The College of Business Administration has added a new graduate program that many students and professionals in the finance industry can count on to sharpen their skills. The new master of science in finance (MSF) will be the first and only program of its kind to be offered in Rhode Island and will join the College’s other accredited graduate programs in business at the Providence Campus.
The URI Chapter of the American Marketing Association received a commendable mention in the Case Competition at the organization’s 37th Annual International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans. The chapter was also recognized for exemplary chapter performance in membership, fundraising, and communications. This honor was a first for the URI Chapter.
Denise L. Fletcher, vice president and chief innovation officer for Healthcare Payer, Pharma and Life Sciences at Xerox, is featured speaker at the College’s 8th Annual Vangermeersch Lecture at 5:30 p.m., April 7, URI’s Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences. Fletcher’s address, “Is there an App for that?,” will describe how technology is and can be used to improve people’s health.
Chris Wolfe, a 1991 B.S. grad with a major in finance, was featured on CNBC’s Squawk Box, sharing his outlook on the markets and economy. Wolfe is Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer
for Portfolio Solutions, Private Banking and Investment Group & Institutional at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.
For the second year in a row, URI business students took first place at the annual Minority Business Conference Case Competition sponsored by the Boston Metropolitan Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants. Not only that, another CBA team placed third. Last year was the first time a URI team participated in the competition, which until then had been dominated by Boston-area business schools.
Kathryn Jervis, an award-winning University of Rhode Island business professor, has been named interim dean of the College of Business Administration.
In honor of Mark Higgins, who recently moved on from his post as the dean of the URI College of Business, nearly $60,000 has been raised in just a few months to support the College.
College of Business alumni and current MBA students gathered in New York City on November 6 for a great evening of networking and lively discussion. Hosted by alumna Jodi Fournier ’82, administrative officer of Korn Ferry, the world’s largest executive search firm, the event featured Professor Tony Wheeler, director of URI’s One-Year MBA in Strategic Innovation, and Edward Hanlon MBA ’14, asset management associate at JP Morgan Chase.
This fall, students in Assistant Professor Stephen Atlas’s marketing research class have been conducting market research in the field to answer business questions for local companies. Their clients include
WaterFire Providence, the BIG NAZO, Lobster.com, and Performance Research, among others.
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