Business & Public Policy class visits the State House in Montpelier

On February 27, 2013, Professor and Department chairperson Robert Letovsky took students from his BU 409 Business & Public Policy class to the Vermont State House in Montpelier. The students spent the morning attending various standing committees of the House and Senate. A number of these were in session, and students were able to watch testimony and workings at the House Health Care, Natural Resources & Energy, Human Services and Ways & Means Committees, and at the Senate Health & Welfare and Finance Committees. The class then met with Sen. Philip Baruth (D- Chittenden) in the Senate chamber for a brief chat on current issues, followed by lunch in the statehouse cafeteria. Over lunch, the class met with Reps. George Till (D- Chittenden-3), Michelle Kupersmith (D- Chittenden 7-1) and Sens. David Zuckerman (P–Chittenden) and Ginny Lyon (D-Chittenden). After lunch, the class moved into the legislature chamber, and was formally introduced to the legislature by Rep. Till. The day was capped off with a brief session at the Vermont Senate before the group left to come back to campus. All in all, students felt the trip had given them a unique first-hand look at public policymaking at the state level.

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14th annual Enterprise Plan Competition April 19, 2013

On Friday, April 19, the Department hosted the annual 14th Enterprise Plan Competition at the Hoehl Welcome Center. The event, sponsored by alums Peter Worrell ’77 and Dr. Kareen Kendrick Worrell’ 79, is one of the highlights of our academic year, and represents the culmination of a lot of work over the previous six months by students and faculty. Once again this year, we had five amazing teams present their plans to a distinguished panel of judges from the business community. A special thank you to all of the competing teams who entered this year’s competition. We are happy to announce the winners of this year’s Enterprise Plan Competition:

1st Place ($5,000 prize): Culinary Connections: Emily Magee, Nora Moore, Alex Remy; Faculty Advisor: Karen Popovich
2nd Place ($2,500 prize): Shuttle Safety: Cassie Crockett, Julianne Vesciglio, Allison Graf; Faculty Advisor: Joanne Scott
3rd Place ($1,000 prize): Vermont Revamp: Teresa Lautenschlager, John Slane: Faculty Advisor; Tamara Mullarky

The event can be viewed in its entirety at the Enterprise Plan Competition web site within the Department of Business Administration & Accounting webpage: http://www.smcvt.edu/Academics/Majors-Minors-and-Curriculum/Business-Administration/Enterprise-Plan-Competition.aspx

Department inducts thirteen Accounting/Business students into Sigma Beta Delta

On Saturday, April 20, 2013, the Department of Business Administration & Accounting held its annual induction ceremony for new members of Sigma Beta Delta, International Honor Society in Business, Management, and Administration. The Society was founded in 1986 to honor students who have attained superior records in business or accounting programs in schools and colleges with regional accreditation. Sigma Beta Delta’s core principles are wisdom, honor and the pursuit of meaningful aspirations. The Society currently has 380 chapters throughout the country, with over 70,000 members. The Saint Michael’s College chapter of Sigma Beta Delta was established in 2003 and held its first induction ceremony in the spring of 2004.

Following the invocation by Fr. Brian Cummings ’86 and opening remarks by Vice President for Academic Affairs Karen Talentino, chapter Officers Karen Popovich, Paul Olsen and Steve Doyon inducted thirteen Accounting and Business students (listed below). This year’s honorary inductee was Saint Michael’s College Vice-President for Enrollment Management Jerry Flanagan ’71. In his remarks to the inductees and their families, Jerry spoke eloquently about weaving a commitment to service into one’s career trajectory.

The full induction ceremony can be viewed at: https://tegr.it/y/14344

Congratulations to the 2013 Saint Michael’s College inductees into Sigma Beta Delta:

Adrianna M. Bilancieri
Kelsey A. Campbell
Justin C. Castagna
Nicholas P. Colangelo
Cassandra L. Crockett
Thomas W. Fergus
Xiaoyu Hu
Teresa J. Lautenschlager
Michelle M. McGuinness
Erica M. Rogers
Carrie L. Sheeran
Petr Soustal
Colin T. Thompson