Every year, first year Business Majors must take BU 113 (or Business Critical Thinking and Communication). A major part of the class consists of a team project, in which teams of three or four students create, market and sell a product both on and off campus. It a great way for students to see and better understand all the facets of running a business (the managing, marketing and financial aspects in particular).
Students can gain initial funding for their project by selling stock certificates to classmates and Business professors. Each year, Professor Letovsky will select a few companies from which to buy stock. Below are some of the stock certificates Professor Letovsky purchased during the Spring 2015 semester.
Check them out!
Check out this great snippet written by Rob McCarty, a graduate with the Class of 2013 and Business Major. He does and excellent job explaining how his time at St. Michael’s has helped him get to where he is now. Rob works for Staples Advantage.
“As a graduate of the the Class of 2013, I am constantly reminded of my time and experiences at Saint Michael’s. When I was a student, I was lucky enough to be a member of the Men’s Baseball Team for two years, an Orientation Leader for three and I was able to perform over a dozen times at Turtle Underground with the bank that I am still a part of, B2C. The relationships, sense of community and values that I developed while attending St. Mike’s are still a major part of who I am.
The academic workload was a difficult adjustment form high school early on in my transition to St. Michael’s, but it forced me to become as efficient as possible when it comes to time management — a skill that has significantly helped me as I continue to develop my career with Staples.
As I approach the beginning of my third year as a Business-to-Business Sales Consultant for Staples Advantage (our commercial division), I am responsible for generating new business by partnering with small-mid size businesses in the Metro South Area of Boston. While people traditionally think of us as just an office supply company, many people are surprised to hear that we are the nation’s leading Janitorial/Breakroom Supplier, Commercial Furniture dealer and can supply just about anything a company requires to operate with our product assortment of over 500,000 SKUs.
My typical week consists of two days in the office taking care of administrative work and setting up appointments, and the other three days are spent in the field attending meetings. I am responsible for my own schedule and am constantly challenged to make the most of the “money hours,” or the time when customers are buying. The time management skills I developed at St. Michael’s while balancing academics, baseball, music and my job as a waiter at Sweetwaters, have helped my development and success with Staples.”
Justin Castagna, a Business Major, a member of the Class of 2013, and a former SMC Ice Hockey player, is now employed by Aerolease in Long Beach, CA. At Aerolease, Justin works on various projects regarding: airport development, airport management consulting, and facility management.
While work keeps Justin busy, he continues to find time for hockey. While it is mainly for fun, Justin and some of his friends from California play in a Sunday league whenever they can.
Megan Beattie, from the Class of 2015, just started her job as Project Assistant at National Life Group, a life insurance company based in Montpelier, VT. She is working in the Business Delivery Office assisting the VP of Strategic Projects on various initiative and learning about the ins and outs of project management. Megan aspires to work in management on day so this is a great first step for her! At National Life Group, Megan is surrounded by fellow SMC alumni; everyone is extremely friendly and welcoming. National Life Group is already starting to feel like a home away from St. Mike’s!
Keep up the great work Megan!
Jess Machavern, who received his undergraduate Business Administration degree from Saint Michael’s College, now runs a clothing store in Shelburne Vermont. The store is called Guns & Money LLC.
Jesse and his brother, Chris, operate the store together.
Kelsey Campbell a 2013 graduate with a double major in Business Administration and Accounting, is employed in the Boston office of Ernst & Young LLP. After graduating in May 2013, Kelsey spent the summer studying for the CPA exam and taking the last 6 credits she needed to meet the 150-credit hour requirement for future CPA licensure.
Kelsey passed three sections of the CPA exam in the summer and started working for Ernst & Young LLP in September 2013. Kelsey is a Staff Auditor in the Audit Department of the firm’s Assurance practice.
In April 2013, Kelsey was inducted into the St. Michael’s College Chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, international honors society for students in business.
In June of 2014, SMC ’12 Alum, Matt Foley, successfully completed the final part of his CPA exam.
Matt is employed for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in New York City. His main roles within the company include, performing insurance company stock compensation & benefits and employee benefit plan auditing.
Matt emphasized that the strong concepts and principles taught in his accounting classes at Saint Michael’s helped him a great deal.
Every once in awhile alumni will reach out to their former professors giving them an update on where they are since graduating. Professor Doyon, of the Accounting Department, recently provided us with a great update on a number of Accounting graduates.
Here is what some former students are up to:
Pat Kelly received an offer from Aon’s captive management accounting practice in Burlington, VT.
Corey Carlos, Chris George, Kevin Holloman, Jillian Mulcahy and Walter Nash have accepted positions with public accounting firms in Vermont or Boston.
Samantha Foulsham, Chris Howard, Kevin Holloman and Danny Riley have reported accepting admission to Northeastern University’s MSA graduate AC program in Boston for May-Dec. 2014.
In early January 2014 Professor Karen Mitchell’s Business and Public Policy class took a tour of the Dealer.com facility here in Vermont. Kayla Bittner and Jill Badolato provided the tour and talked with students along the way. It was a great opportunity for students to see corporate social responsibility in action. The tour gave the abstract concepts discussed in class a real world application. While on the tour Professor Mitchell said she could even see ” lightbulbs popping up over student’s heads as they discovered so many concepts.”
Taking tours of local businesses is just one of the many great ways that students get to see concepts in action here at Saint Michael’s.
On Friday, April 24th the Saint Michael’s College Business Department hosted its 16th annual Enterprise Plan Competition in the Pomerleau Alumni Center. First place was awarded $5,000 and there were cash prizes given out to the second and third place winners as well.
The team members and presentation times were as follows:
1:15 Urban Upload – Michael Girardi
1:40 Camp Champs – Jacob Joseph and Casey Chisholm
2:05 South Station – Alexandra Brenock
Ten Minute Break…
2:40 Synergy – Megan Beattie, Timothy Nagy and Kevin Kenneally
3:05 Adventure Endeavours – John (Jack) Wadleigh and Camden Latimer
3:30 The Woof Pack – Lisa McCormick, Aubrey Ouellet and Casey Snyder
The event is sponsored by alumnus Peter Worrell, ’79 H’06 and his wife, Dr. Kareen Kendrick Worrell, ’77