WEST HAVEN — A gift of $1 million from an anonymous alumnus will fund the exterior renovation of Maxcy Hall, built in 1909 and one of the original three buildings on the University of New Haven campus. Maxcy Hall presently serves as the university’s main administration building. UNH acquired the approximately 98,000-square-foot building in 1960 when it moved to its current campus from downtown New Haven. The structure had formerly housed the New Haven County Orphanage. The restoration includes power-washing, restoring deteriorated brick and stone, painting the exterior and replacing rain gutters.

“We are tremendously grateful for this transformational gift that will enable us to fully restore our signature building’s exterior, furthering our ongoing efforts to beautify the university’s campus,” says UNH President Steven H. Kaplan.

The gift is the second million-dollar donation UNH received in May. The first, a gift from the Wintek Technology Corp. of Taiwan announced May 9, will establish an advanced training program for police officers from Taiwan and China at UNH’s Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science.

Europe, China sojourns broaden business horizons


HAMDEN — Quinnipiac University MBA students are traveling to China, England and Hungary this summer to meet with industry leaders and study each nation’s business climate.

Separate groups of MBA students, along with  faculty mentors, will visit the three countries as part of the university’s MBA study abroad requirement.

“Our MBA curriculum stresses the importance of being able to do business in an international environment,” explains Richard McCarthy, associate dean and professor of computer information systems in QU’s School of Business. “This enables our students to see what it is like to work for and with companies with global operations.”

McCarthy is accompanying seven students on a June 4-16 trip to China, with an itinerary that includes stops in the cities of Shanghai, Suzhou and Beijing. Students will visit finance, manufacturing, marketing and media relations firms, as well as entrepreneurs doing business in China. Planned company visits include GE Aviation in Suzhou, Haworth Corp. and Deloitte in Shanghai and Laird Technologies in Beijing.

“The economy in China is rapidly growing, and the economies of the U.S. and China have a significant impact on each other,” says student Cynthia D’Amore. “I'm very excited to meet the people in China, better understand their culture and learn from what the executives in these companies have to offer.”

Through June, 13 MBA students are touring Hungary in a trip that provides a glimpse into the worlds of Hungarian business and politics.

“Students on this trip have high-level access to Hungarian government officials and are special guests of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, and all our company visits are with executives,” said Chris Ball, associate professor of economics and the Istvan Szechenyi Chair in International Economics.

Among the companies students will visit in Hungary are Morgan Stanley, E.ON-Hungaria, Citibank and KPMG consulting.

“I expect to learn how multinational corporations function on an international level by visiting numerous businesses and networking with senior level executives,” says student Tanya Huggler.

Another group of ten MBA students will visit London from July 15-24.

“The trip will provide students with the opportunity to experience one of the world’s centers of international finance and commerce, learn about England’s historical role in trade and economic development and gain insight into comparative U.S.–U.K. business practices,” says Robert Porter, assistant professor of finance.

"An overarching theme of the trip is the differences between U.K. and U.S. social and economic policies in the post-World War II period," Porter adds.


 SCSU biz students excel in academic competition


A group of business students from Southern Connecticut State University scored in the top ranks of an academic competition that pitted them against peers from institutions such as Harvard and Vanderbilt.

Linda Ferraro, an SCSU assistant professor of management, announced the outstanding performance of two sections of Southern students in her Management 450 course this semester (pictured above). MGT 450 is the capstone course within the School of Business which aims to coalesce all of the students' academic learning into an integrated experience drawing from various disciplines (finance, accounting, marketing, management, human resources and others).

Ferraro uses a simulation in the courses she teaches called (coincidentally) "Capstone," by Capsim Management Simulations. During the spring semester SCSU undergraduate student teams outperformed many others in the simulation rounds. Capsim maintains a Top Ten list that keeps a running account of the teams that have reached a level of performance far above others. In various rounds of the game (eight in all), the Southern team performed better than 99 percent of all schools — including graduate teams and also teams from Harvard and Wharton.

According to Ellen Durnin, dean of the SCSU School of Business: “The inclusion of an exercise that simulates teamwork, decision making, quantitative and presentation skills is exactly the type of experience that sets apart Southern's graduates from their counterparts at other schools.  It is our goal to work closely with the business community to provide them with employees who are ready to contribute to their organizations from day one.  Congratulations to Southern's business school students on their fine performance in this capstone course experience."