12/5/2013 2:53:24 PM
Student Conference in Business
Monday, May 06, 2013
By Sarah Vistocco '13
Siena College business students showcased collaborative research and celebrated their success at the 8th Annual Student Conference in Business. They also had the opportunity to hear first-hand that a Siena education can lead to achievements in the business world.
Siena graduate John Bellardini ’86, vice president of finance at for the yogurt company Chobani, Inc., delivered the Conference’s keynote address. Bellardini credits his success in business to the respect and morals he developed in college. “These are real things, and it’s really what Siena has prepared you for,” Bellardini said. “It’s doing the right thing – always.”
Along with learning from this high-achieving alumnus, Siena students displayed the results of their hard work. They had paired with professors to create presentations on research in one of four fields: marketing, economics, entrepreneurship and management information systems.
Nicholas Stark ’15 collaborated with Professor of Marketing Raj Devasagayam, Ph.D., on “Preliminary Examination of Consumer Self-Handicapping in Purchase Decisions.” The work was so successful that Stark also presented it at the Global Marketing Conference in Mumbai, India last January. The trip was funded by Siena College’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (CURCA).
“The experience of presenting in front of an international audience of Ph.D.’s from over 10 different countries was incredibly exhilarating,” said Stark.
Stark has conducted research with Devasagayam’s guidance for the past two years. “His success is due to his willingness to engage with diverse and complex areas of business,” Devasagayam said. He also applauded Stark’s perseverance and ability to find fresh solutions to complex human problems. Stark and Devasagayam plan to return to Mumbai, India this summer through Siena’s Summer Scholars Program to present new findings.
Meredith Baade ’13, who worked with Professor of Economics Scott Trees, Ph.D., presented “Global Literacy Rates and Internet Usage: An Economy Analysis and Why it Matters.” She received the Best Presentation in Economics award for her research.
Baade explained that this is her first time presenting this paper at the Student Conference in Business. She presented a paper in the Entrepreneurship track too. She honed her presentation skills knowing that the competition means more than just a trophy from the Siena audience. “No matter what I do in the future, I will have to present to colleagues and superiors,” Baade said, adding that the conference was another way for her to improve her public speaking ability in front of a considerable audience.
Siena College President Fr. Kevin Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D. applauded this year’s student participants. “This is one of the premier examples of students and faculty working together to collaborate,” Mullen said. He added that this collaboration not only advances learning now, but also helps these undergraduates prepare for the future.
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