NORTH HAVEN — The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce held its 69th annual meeting and luncheon at Fantasia in North Haven on May 19th. The QChamber recognized outgoing board of directors and elected new directors. Scholarships were also presented to seven graduating students thanks to the largess of the Frederick DeLuca Foundation, QBEF/Cellular Connection, the Executive Auto Group and Roberts Chrysler Dodge. Nucor Steel Connecticut Inc. and Michaels’s Trattoria, both of Wallingford, were named Shining Stars for their commitment to business and the community. Also, the B.C. Bailey Funeral Home — identified as the oldest extant business in Wallingford — was presented with a plaque.

 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.