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Through out the course of the semester, the Department of Administration at Eastern hosts guest speakers, corporate career informational meetings, career fairs, and group advising sessions for all students within the department and invited guests from the local community and regional employers.  Please check the university and department calendars or contact the respective department program coordinators to obtain additional information on upcoming department and program related events.

Eastern Students visit Cambridge Innovation Center and
Microsoft Technology Center
Nov. 21st, 2013

The ECSU chapter of AITP travelled to Cambridge, MA to visit the Microsoft Technology Center and Cambridge Innovation Center. The Microsoft Technology Centers (MTCs) are collaborative environments that provide access to innovative technologies and world-class expertise, enabling you to envision, design, and demonstrate solutions to meet businesses’ exact needs. The Eastern students were welcomed and given an informative introduction by Mr. Steve Ramsay, Director of the MTC. The Cambridge Innovation Center is a space for entrepreneurs ranging from a small startup to a growing midsize business, allowing flexible leases on office space and services to allow growing companies the resources they need to focus on their business. More information on the CIC Here.

Eastern Students visit IBM
Nov. 8th, 2013

On Friday, Nov. 8th, a group of students who are in Dr. Alex Citurs Emerging Technology and Business Applications class along with students in the AITP chapter visited IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY. Students were first given the opportunity to meet with a panel of new hires over lunch to ask questions about IBM. Then, students were led on several tours of the facility including the area where IBM manufactures and tests its mainframe computers for clients. Students left with an impression of the scale of IBM’s operations and in inside look at a top technology company.

Challenges to Doing Business in North Africa
Thurs., Nov 7th, 2013

On Thursday, Oct. 7th, Mr. Brian Grosjean of Pratt & Whitney visited Dr. Branko Cavarkapa’s International Marketing class. He spoke about the challenges of doing business in North Africa.

ECSU Career Fair
Thurs. Oct 10th, 2013

On Oct. 10th, 2013 a select group of local Accounting and Technology firms participated in the ECSU Career Fair which promoted opportunities for students to intern and land full time jobs with companies in the area seeking qualified Business and Accounting students. Companies setup booths provided by ECSU and were available to talk with, and take resumes from students who attended. The event was a great networking opportunity for employers and students.

Cigna Internship and Career Position – Info Session
October 3, 2013

Students learned about the large variety of paid internships and co-ops as well as career positions related to BIS and Computer Science, all Sophomore, Junior and Senior BIS and CS majors or minors were invited to attend. Free food and beverages were provided. Several current Cigna employees from the TECDP department spoke to students about what they are looking for in future interns and full time position candidates. Links for applying were provided.

Eastern Business Students Visit Mathematica, Inc. and MIT
Sept. 27th, 2013

On Sept. 27th, 2013 a select group of Eastern BIS and AITP students took a trip to Boston, MA to visit Mathematica, Inc. and MIT. The students were led by Dr. Alex Citurs, Professor of BIS, on a tour of Mathematica, Inc. – a company dedicated to Data Modeling and Analytics. The students were also led on a tour of MIT Media Lab Exhibits which featured Robotic Technologies and Holographic Technologies.

Student Club Fair
Sept 1, 2013

Eastern held their annual Student Club Fair on September 1, 2013 from 3-7pm at the Student Center Patio. Interested Students met with representatives from all different types of clubs. Our department clubs that attended the fair includes AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals), AMA (American Marketing Association), Accounting Society, Entrepreneurship club, and IMA (Institute of Managerial Accountants).

The 13th Annual Excellence Expo
May 1, 2013

The 13th Annual Excellence Expo showcased top quality students projects across a variety of categories. Attendees learned more about students’ research, academic and professional endeavors and projects. We encouraged members of the public, business, community and education leaders to attend the Expo which was held from 2 to 5 pm in the Betty Tipton Room. A reception immediately followed the conclusion of all presentations. The reception provided students with a chance to meet with prospective employers and discuss career opportunities in an informal setting.

BEST Fest
Feb 21st, 2013

What is BEST Fest?
The BEST Fest is a chance for your organization and other organizations to visit Eastern and meet students and view their projects and other work that gives them real world experience. This annual event provides you the opportunity to judge which projects you think are the best and help discern which students have skills your organization needs. It was held on Thursday, February 21st, 2013 from 2:00 to 5:00pm in the Betty Tipton Room of Eastern Connecticut State University’s Student Center.

An Expert Panel on Careers in Business Information Systems
and Computer Science

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:45 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Smith Library, Johnson Room, 204

On Thursday, March 21st an expert panel from Aetna enthusiastically discussed in the Paul Johnson Room “The Future of Information Technology Careers” with almost eighty students in Eastern’s Business Information Systems and Computer Science programs. Having on campus guests from a leading health insurance provider is important given the fact that our Healthcare Informatics minor was the first program in this field when launched two years ago. The panel was organized and led by James Kidd ’86, Chief Information Officer of International Businesses, Aetna International and included Mark Coderre, Head Information Security Architecture, Jackie Czaplinski, Head of IT Leadership Development, Dawn R. Shane ’07, Head of Information Data Governance, Matthew Thibeault ’11 and Katie Kirby, Leadership Development Professionals. The guests were officially welcomed by Mr. J. Tolisano, CIO and Dr. Don Petkov, Healthcare Informatics Coordinator.

The panelists stressed the value of integrating a range of business, information systems and technical computer science skills and experiences into one’s educational and experience portfolio. They discussed the importance of showing initiative and getting involved in meaningful volunteer, course and internship projects. The students learned that to be considered for career positions by a large information technology employers like Aetna that they need to demonstrate creativity, motivation, and a desire to learn. Dawn Shane and Matthew Thibeault (ECSU BIS Almuni) discussed also how their careers evolved allowing them to apply in practice their Eastern BIS education skills. The event was a result of the cooperation between Aetna and the IT programs at Eastern supported also by our CIO and Institutional Advancement.


Mr. James Kidd*, CIO Aetna Intl.

Mr. Mark Coderre, Head Info. Security Architecture, Aetna

Mr. Matthew Thibault*, Lead Dev. Professional, Aetna

Mr. Joe Tolisano, CIO, ECSU
Mr. Don Petkov, Coordinator, Healthcare Informatics, ECSU
Mr. Huan-Yu Tu, Chair , Computer Science, ECSU
Mr. Alex Citurs, Coordinator, Bus Info Systems, ECSU
Mr. Joe McGann, Director, Institutional Advancement, ECSU
Mrs. Dawn Shane*, Head of Info. Data Governance, Aetna
Mrs. Jackie Czaplinski, Head of IT Leadership Development Aetna
Mrs. Katie Kirby, Leadership Dev. Professional, Aetna
*ECSU Graduates

Alpha Mu Alpha – April 2013

Marketing majors were inducted into the Alpha Mu Alpha honor society in April. The society is committed to the advancement of excellence in the field of marketing and recognizes senior undergraduates who have a marketing concentration in the Department of Business Administration and hold a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon – April 2013

The UPE Honor society ceremony for Business Information Systems and Computer Science students was held in April.

Delta Mu Delta- April 2013

Business majors were inducted into Delta Mu Delta, the international honor society for business administration in April. The society recognizes academic excellence of students in a community that fosters the well-being of its members and the business community through life-time membership. Inductees must hold a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and be in the top 20% of their junior or senior class.

Innovative Tech Startups in CT Mill Towns
Nov 15, 2012

For over two hundred years, the people of eastern Connecticut mill towns have produced a cascade of revolutionary creative technologies and businesses, with global impact. Rather than producing colorful bolts of fabric and thread, eastern Connecticut mill towns have been spinning out creative technology innovations and startups.

A panel of Connecticut innovators and entrepreneurs discussed their strategies, for launching and building successful innovative technology firms in Connecticut mill towns. A professional networking expert shared dynamic best practices! In addition, students from CCSU, ECSU, QVCC and UConn competed and sought feedback on their creative tech startup ideas and proposals.

The panel discussion and professional networking presentation started at 3:00 PM in the Johnson Room of ECSU’s Smith Library. During the following reception, networking with Connecticut entrepreneurs, innovators, and business community members took place. Plus, participants had the opportunity to discuss the Connecticut mill town startup ideas and innovation proposal posters by college and university students scattered throughout the floor.

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