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DESCRIPTIONFairfield University's Dolan School of Business Newsletter
DOLAN UPDATEDolan School of Business
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Message from the Dean 1
Dolan School Fast Facts 2
Introducing Two New Academic Programs 3
Meet Our New Professors 5
Real Estate Club 6
Dolan School Internships 7
Spotlight on Accounting 8
Faculty Newsbreakers 10
New Advisory Board Members 12
New Advisory Board Chair 13
Dolan School Highlights 14
Business Plan Competition 16
Ethical Business Leaders For A Global Future
Dean Donald E. Gibson, PhD
Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Programs Mark Ligas, PhD
Assistant Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs Dawn DeBiase, LCSW
WINTER 2016DOLAN UPDATE
Integrated Marketing Manager Alison Wade
Designer Roberta Reynolds
Send Inquiries to: Dolan School of Business Fairfield University 1073 North Benson Broad Fairfield, CT 06824-5195 203-254-4070 fairfield.edu/dsb
1This is my fifth year serving as dean of the Dolan School
of Business, and it has been quite a ride. I began with
a strategic focus on building student career readiness,
assuring a caring learning community, and increasing
our recognition in the marketplace. This newsletter will
provide a glimpse of the ways weve made progress on
all three of these fronts in the last year, and our plans for
continuing our upward trajectory.
The Fast Facts on the next page capture some of the
highlights, illustrating a key aspect of the last four
years: strong growth, especially in our undergraduate
programs. In spring 2012, we had 1,088 business majors;
by spring 2015, we had 1,565, a 44% increase. Business
minors grew from 191 to 328 in the same time period,
a 72% increase. Why are we growing? There are many
factors, but certainly this growth is a reflection of the
word getting out about the quality of our faculty, our
programs, and our students.
The Fast Facts also reveal some recent positive rankings
and excellent student job-related outcomes, such as the
percentage of students completing internships and our
coveted 99.5% of students who have full time jobs or
are in graduate school six months following graduation.
In an environment where the value of college is being
questioned, its important to demonstrate our ROI, and
these strong measures tell a great story.
While the news on the following pages will give you
insight into some of the activities of our busy school,
you really have to be here to get a feel for whats going
on. I invite you to see the students in action making
professional-level class presentations and engaging
with industry guest speakers; catch a business start-up
idea at our elevator pitch competition, attend a faculty
research presentation or join one of our alumni events
which bring students and alumni business leaders
Thanks for being part of our family, and for keeping up
with our progress. I encourage you to take a moment to
send me a note at email@example.com I would enjoy
hearing from you.
Donald E. Gibson, PhD
Dean and Professor
Message from the Dean
Why are we growing?
...word getting out about the quality of our
faculty, our programs, and our students.
2Dolan School Fast Facts
Ranked #7 by LinkedIn, the Best Undergraduate Accounting Programs, 2014.
73% of the Class of 2015 Internships are paid
99.5% of DSB graduates have a job or are accepted to graduate or professional school within six months of graduation
A+Quality of Teaching grade from
93% of graduating seniors completed at least one internship (Class of 2015)
YEAR 2012 2013 2014 2015
Undergraduate Enrollment is Growing
The average salary of Class of 2015 graduates is $56,225
Nationally ranked by
3This year the Dolan School introduced two new academic programs:
The MS in Business Analytics (MSBA) and the Graduate Business
Essentials Certificate. These programs are designed to offer students
the cutting-edge skills and professional business knowledge needed in
todays workforce and economy. To learn more about these programs
we sat down with the professors who have been instrumental in piloting
DR. JIE TAOAssistant Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management
The M.S. in Business Analytics is designed to provide students with
the skillsets, knowledge and confidence to effectively use, and make
strategic sense of, a wealth of data.
Q. Dr. Tao, are you currently working on any special projects as
part of the program?
A. Im working with local businesses to develop course projects
from real-world business problems. The idea is to give students
first-hand exposure to challenges that real companies face, and have
them use analytics to determine a solution.
Q. Why would you recommend an MSBA degree?
A. Data analytics is the most popular and cutting-edge topic in the
business world today. Data has turned out to be at the core of all
business applications for decision making. When students possess
the analytical skills to use big data they will be better positioned to
succeed in the business world.
Q. What can students expect to get out of the program?
A. Students will walk away with a comprehensive understanding
of data analytics including contexts and techniques. Theyll gain
hands-on experiences, critical thinking skills, and problem solving
DR. MARK LIGASAssociate Dean and Director of Graduate Programs
Q. Dr. Ligas, what influenced the Dolan School to offer a program
such as the Graduate Business Essentials Certificate?
A. This certificate is a great way to launch a business career. Most
people, regardless of whether their undergraduate major was English
or Biology, will end up working in business. In order to succeed, they
need the language and skills of accounting, organizational behavior,
marketing management, and finance. Thats what we offer. This
certificate also provides a solid alternative for those who desire
advanced business knowledge but are not yet ready to commit to an
Q. Who should apply to the Business Essentials Certificate program?
A. The certificate is available to anyone with an undergraduate
degree. If you believe that having foundational business skills will
enhance your ability to compete for and obtain a desirable position,
or if you would like to gain experience with graduate-level business
coursework as a way to see if youre ready for graduate study, then
this certificate program is an excellent choice.
Q. What can students expect to get out of the program?
A. Students in the program can expect to gain by increasing their
understanding of how business works. And a benefit of the program
is that students will be able to take these courses in flexible, conve-
nient formats, both online and in-class, over a short period of time
potentially one summer.
Introducing Two New Academic Programs
Give us one year,well give you a career
4This year the Dolan School of Business welcomed Chris Hamer, a
highly experienced digital executive, founder and CEO of CrowdFlik,
Inc. as the Schools fourth Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR). Having
Chris here as our EIR is significant for the Dolan School, said Dr. Don
Gibson, dean of the School. Hes working directly with students and
providing a vivid example of how high motivation, clever ideas, and
a good business sense can lead to a very successful start-up. Having
him here is an amazing opportunity for us.
Hamer will be engaging with students in a variety of ways, including
involvement with Dr. Carl Scheragas Technology Ventures course,
mentoring StagUp Business Plan Competition teams, and coaching
new businesses in the Fairfield University Accelerator and Mentor-
ing Enterprise (FAME). Hamer explained he decided to take the role
as EIR because of his experience with students. When I attended a
Business Plan Competition event two years ago I was so impressed
with how dialed in the students were. They were there at 9:30 a.m.,
wearing business attire, eager to network and engage.
In the fall, Hamer spent much of his time working with students in
the classroom. He kicked off the school year by pitching real business
ideas hes prepared to fund that students could work on during
the semester. The idea is to stimulate research, discussion and work
that students would be doing if they were employees of CrowdFlik.
The students are working on ideas Ive brought to them that Im
prepared to take to market. Its really exciting to be able to offer
students the chance to be a part of my business and give them expe-
riences that will set them apart from other candidates when they go
on their first job interview, said Hamer.
To continue the fall semester momentum into spring Ill be moving
my company CrowdFlik into the FAME building in downtown Fair-
field, explained Hamer. Here Ill conduct my busines