Fairfield University is a dynamic learning community of individuals who measure their lives by how they influence the world for the better. Our faculty, staff, students, alumni and programs are featured frequently in local, regional and national media. Here are recent stories:
Ying Zhang, Ph.D., assistant professor of Finance at Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business, explains below how social media effects financial markets. He has written such published papers as, ‘Do Internet stock message boards influence trading?’ and ‘Online-talk, Does it matter?’ He researches investments, asset pricing, behavioral finance, and portfolio management. “Unarguably, social media is playing an important role in modern life…”
Published in Equities.com, Targeted News Service on 5/13/13
A profile of the Dolan School of Business’s university-wide contest. The segment featured interviews with Alex Boothe, a marketing and management major who was part of the winning ‘inCognito’ team competing in the Social Enterprise track, and Christopher Mandly, an international business major who was runner-up in that category for his idea for solar powered iPhone cases.
Appeared on News 12 TV News on 5/13/13
Jim Motavalli interviewed student winners and Dolan School of Business faculty member Dr. Chris Huntley, co-chair of the competition with Dr. Mukesh Sud. Eighteen teams competed. The ‘SenseFit’ and ‘inCognito’ teams – made up of students from the Dolan School and the School of Engineering – took home $10,000 and $5,000 in start-up funds respectively, in the ‘Venture’ and ‘Social Enterprise’ categories. Interviewed were electrical engineering major Darren Mondezie, co-designer of ‘inCognito climate controlled hats’ for cancer patients, and Bernardo Navarro, an accounting and economics major who was part of the ‘SenseFit’ team that designed a health and fitness monitor.
Appeared on WPKN Radio on 4/30/13
Jill Deupi, Ph.D., J.D., director of the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield, wrote an intriguing piece on a recent educational trip to Cuba that is part of the museum’s new program promoting cultural exchange. “Yes, Cuba is a place that assaults the senses, that embodies paradox and defies logic,” she wrote.
Published in Fairfield Magazine in May/June 2013
Fairfield (Conn.) University will be honored with a 2013 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for creating an international program that is benefitting a community in Nicaragua and educating both Nicaraguan and Fairfield students.
Appeared on Nurse.com, Gannett Company on 5/6/13
The team effort worked: On Wednesday, the students, who left HSC in January to join an early college program, returned to their high school to share good news. “We”re going to Fairfield!”
Published in New Haven Independent on 5/3/13
Some consumers are considering dumping their bank and instead using prepaid debit cards as an alternative to a traditional checking account. The reasons for doing so vary, but convenience and a desire to control spending are among the top motivators. However, the decision to embrace prepaid debit cards can be fraught with danger, according to Nikiforos T. Laopodis, associate professor of finance at Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business in Connecticut.
Michael Tucker, a finance professor at Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business, says that while the SEC’s announcement opens another outlet to inform investors, it is only a “big deal” if companies actually use it. “Not everyone accesses social media,” Tucker said. “It is a closed environment. What makes it moot is that there will be plenty of people out there willing to pass along anything divulged on social media to the general public.”
Published in Hartford Business Journal on 4/29/13
A common technique for raising money to a deadline is to have a sliding scale of packages with lower prices and better benefits for early adopters. For example, a $20 pledge for a DSP card built on an Arduino Shield offered by Connecticut based Douglas Lyon, developer and chairman of the computer engineering department at Fairfield University, was designed to give the first crowdfunders for his project the rights to one of the first assembled boards.
Published in New Electronics on 4/23/13
Father von Arx, Fairfield University, shares his thoughts on everything from his favorite music and television shows to his goals for Fairfield University.
Appeared on Moffly Media in 5/13
An excerpt from “Your Ad Here: The Cool Sell of Guerrilla Marketing” by Dr. Michael Serazio, assistant professor of communication, appeared on Bloomberg.com’s opinion page. “Modern marketers desperately want to fit in – into our blogs, our Twitter feeds, our YouTube uploads and our status updates. Social media, they suspect, conveys authenticity. And no quality is more coveted for advertising than authenticity,” wrote Dr. Serazio.
Appeared on Bloomberg on 4/30/13
Dr. Michael Serazio, assistant professor of communication, said the deal is all about cold, hard cash. “The holy grail for advertisers right now is engagement,” he says. “TV networks and Twitter will try to coordinate and harness all of that energy and buzz and social media momentum around a particular plotline or character.”
Appeared on WNPR’s Marketplace on 4/23/13
Frank Serravalli founded The Winning Trade a year ago after taking home top honors and $10,000 in prize money from the university’s first-ever Student Business Plan Competition. Chris L. Huntley, an associate professor of information systems and operations management at Fairfield University and co-chairman of the competition, said he and fellow co-chairman Mukesh Sud were “just deliriously happy with how everything worked out” in the event’s first year.
Published in Fairfield County Business Journal on 4/18/13
David L. Downie, director of environmental studies and associate professor of politics at Fairfield University, said the report is “completely in line” with the thinking in the scientific field. “It’s true that not any one single extreme weather event can be attributed to climate change,” he said. “But it’s the trend that matters, and there has been an increase of extreme weather events around the world.” Downie, who also read the report, said the data is getting increasingly clear that the warming planet is making life more costly, dangerous and uncomfortable.
Published in Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate, Danbury News Times, Greenwich Time on 4/17/13
“Fairfield University has got a number of things going for it in setting up a temporary Emergency Operations Center,” said student Wael Atarji who worked on the project with classmates Tarek Abouallaban, Bandar Almosa, and Michael Graham-Cornell. “We knew, for example, we have more than adequate Information Technology resources, and campus is a very important [200 feet] above sea level.”
Published in Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production Newsletter on 4/16/13