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."

 STORRS — The University of Connecticut will host some 40 college student leaders from north and sub-Saharan Africa this summer for a five-week program focusing on social entrepreneurship.

The Global Training and Development Institute (GTDI) at UConn’s Center for Continuing Studies will host two concurrent Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). One institute will consist of 20 students from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Egypt; the other will host an equal number from Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Sudan and Cote d'Ivoire.

“This program provides representatives from the U.S. and the participating African countries the opportunity to learn about each country’s culture, society and values in order to foster tolerance, mutual understanding, and to strengthen the ties that bind us,” said Roy Pietro, UConn’s Principal Investigator for the program. "The training in social entrepreneurship, along with grant funds for social change projects, will hopefully help them to address some of the hardships faced by their local communities back in Africa."

All 40 undergraduate students, ages 19 to 26, will participate in educational sessions, experiential learning and hands-on volunteer work. The institutes will also provide an opportunity for them to experience UConn campus life and American culture.

Both institutes, which include U.S. history and business skill development with a focus on social entrepreneurship, are being funded by a $480,000 cooperative agreement from ECA. The programs, which run from June 25 through July 29, are part of a broader ECA initiative designed to promote a better understanding of the U.S. abroad and to help develop future leaders.

 BETHANY — Since 2003, the Graduate Institute has offered an MA in organizational leadership (MAOL) for high-performing leaders of some of the world's largest companies. This autumn the institute will offer a new version of the degree program designed for leaders, as well as those who aspire to become leaders, from diverse fields including education, the arts, social services, health care and the not-for-profit sector.

Organizational Leadership is a 36-credit program that treats leadership as a profession, with skills and protocols that promote a sense of "possibility" in all organizational imperatives. MAOL students explore the art, science and craft of leadership from multiple disciplines and ideologies. Classes meet one weekend per month for 22 months. Cost of the program is $12,348.

A free information session will take place at 5 p.m. on June 22 at the Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Road, Bethany. Visit to RSVP or learn more.