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Dean’s Excellence Awards announced

Each year, the Dean’s Excellence Awards recognize outstanding contributions from CBA faculty and staff in support of the mission of the College. Congratulations to the 2015–2016 recipients!

Frank Budnick

Budnick scholarship promotes student community service

Professor and former CBA Dean Frank Budnick, who is retiring from the College after 44 years, has established the Frank and Deborah Budnick Scholarship to promote public/community service as a core value for CBA students.

Steve Atlas

Providence Journal: CBA Research Shows the Power of Giving Customers Options

Small business owners often stay up nights trying to find the right price to make money and to satisfy customers and get them to come back. Assistant Professor of Marketing Stephen Atlas, who has a background in economics and a doctorate in marketing from Columbia, has been doing experiments at a local restaurant to learn what people will pay.

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Business@URI, Issue 2

Read the latest issue of Business@URI, the College of Business Administration newsletter. Celebrate the accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni. In our top story, learn about how our MBA students are energizing the Rhode Island economy.

Steve Atlas

Business research: Pay-what-you-want pricing that adds up

Paying what you want for a meal is not usually a choice on a menu, but it is an option that’s been used in some urban area restaurants in recent years. Does it work? Can a business and patron both be satisfied? Assistant Professor of Marketing Stephen Atlas explored the viability of elective pricing options in a live experiment at a local restaurant, Mia’s Kitchen in Kingston.

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PBN article: “Banking, Insurance Leaders Look to Boost Training” features Michael Ice

The Providence Business News features Professor of Finance Michael Ice in an April 8 article exploring the need for professional development in the financial services workforce in Rhode Island.

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Vangermeersch Lecture features Center of Transparency founder

Bobbie Shay Lee, founder and current executive director of The Center for Transparency, will be the guest speaker at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Business Administration’s 9th Annual Vangermeersch Lecture, held on April 13.

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Professor Mazze featured in Wallet Hub holiday issue

Distinguished University Professor of Business Administration Edward Mazze was featured in a recent Wallet Hub “Ask the Experts” piece that looked at the economics of the Easter holiday.


Kent & Diane Fannon Create CBA Endowed Career Fund

A couple who met as URI students in the ’70s and went on to marry and pursue successful business careers have established The Kent and Diane Fannon Endowed Career Fund at the College of Business Administration with a gift of $500,000. Seizing career opportunities is the inspiration behind the new fund, which will benefit CBA students gearing up to enter the workforce.


Leading Spanish banking official to discuss Spain’s financial crisis

Distinguished Visiting International Scholar Salvador Marín Hernandez, Ph. D., president and CEO of Spain’s Compañía Española de Financiación del Desarrollo, will present “Spain’s Financial Crisis and Austerity Policy Response: Economic, Political, and Social Impact,” on March 28. A URI faculty panel that includes Silvia Dorado and Michael Ice, will follow the lecture. Professor Alejandro Hazera will moderate the discussion.

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