Category: Undergraduate Students
Two SMG seniors, Josh Friedman of the men’s tennis team and Jessica Morrow of the women’s soccer team, were among the 10 student-athletes honored at the annual BU student-athlete reception on Monday, April 22. Jessica received the E. Ray Speare and Gretchen Schyler award, given yearly to the top male and female scholar-athletes. Josh was a recipient of the John B. Simpson Award, given both to a male and female senior who has demonstrated enthusiasm and leadership.
From BU Athletics:
Jessica Morrow concluded her career as a NSCAA Third-Team All-America honoree after claiming America East Defender of the Year honors. She posted a standout season in which she anchored BU’s defense that allowed just four goals in eight conference games to lead the league with a 0.49 goals-against average and help the Terriers to a perfect 8-0 league record and their sixth straight America East regular-season title. In addition to being BU’s leader on defense, the co-captain tied for the team lead with five assists on the season, which ranked fourth in the conference. The two-time member of the America East All-Academic team owns a 3.80 GPA as a business administration major which earned her NSCAA First Team Scholar All-America accolades.
A selfless, tireless and vocal leader both on and off the court, Josh Friedman was named the men’s tennis team MVP the last three seasons. He is a two-time all-conference honoree and an America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll member. As a sophomore, he moved to the No. 1 singles position and helped the Terriers win 10 matches, a feat not accomplished since 2007. The highlight of his junior season occurred when he defeated No. 60 Harvard’s two-time All-Ivy League First Team member, Jon Pearlman. This year competing at the top singles and doubles slots, he led the Terriers to their first winning season in six years and 7-0 sweeps against five opponents.
Pictured honorees, from left: Josh Friedman (SMG’13), Jessica Morrow (SMG’13), Mo Moran (CAS’13), Chantell Alford (CGS’11, MET’13), Ryan Ruikka (CAS’12, GRS’12, MET’13), Tina Hoppe (SHA’13), and Nestor Taffur (MET’14). Photo by Steve McLaughlin via BU Today.
A scholar-athlete leaves a fresh trail of sprinting records
Excerpts from BU Today:
R. J. Page explodes out of the starting blocks, his muscular arms pumping the air, straining for every inch of gain. It takes him 10.52 seconds to cover the 100-meter dash, but for the sprinter who’s been twice named Most Outstanding Track Performer at the America East Outdoor Championships and once at the Indoor Championships, it seems like a very long 10.52 seconds.
“People always say the 100 or 200 is so short, but for those of us running, it’s really not,” says Page (CAS’13, SMG’13). “It’s even tougher for us sprinters because the technical aspect is a lot more important than the 800 or the mile. I’m thinking constantly about holding my form, no matter how tired I get, and racing as strong as I can.”
Page has set several BU track and field team records: he holds the best time in the 200-meter dash (21.21) and shares with teammates the record for the 4×400 meter relay (3:08.41) and the 4×200 meter relay (1:24.24), among others. The speed, he says, begins with a mental effort to get in the zone.
Page’s impressive performance is not limited to what his legs can do. He is graduating with a double major, in economics and business administration and management, and has a GPA of 3.49.
“I’ve been challenged here like I’ve never been challenged before,” he says. “Everyone here is smart, and they bring a lot to the table, working with them, studying with them, so I’ve learned a lot from everything the University has to offer.”
Grzelcyk is a defensive powerhouse
Matt Grzelcyk is just a freshman, but the 18-year-old defenseman is well on his way to becoming a hometown success story for hockey-crazed Boston.
Grzelcyk (SMG’16) grew up a rink rat in Charlestown, Mass., the son of a longtime Zamboni driver at Boston’s TD Garden. Two years ago, he committed to play Division I hockey at BU, and in summer 2012 he was chosen by the Boston Bruins in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
“Playing hockey and getting the chance to play Division I, obviously your goal is to play one day in the NHL,” says Grzelcyk, one of nine freshmen in the 2012–2013 Terriers lineup. “But you have to stay realistic at the same time and realize how hard it is to get there. I have to work if I want it to happen.” Proof of his work ethic: in December 2012 he was named Hockey East Rookie of the Month and put on the preliminary roster for the U.S. National Junior Team.
Grzelcyk’s father, John, taught him to skate at the age of two by getting him to lean on stacked milk crates at a local rink. The elder Grzelcyk has worked for 45 years as a member of the Garden’s “bull gang,” the team that switches the arena surfaces between hockey and basketball games. “I can remember waiting for my dad to call, telling me to come down and skate when the Bruins weren’t playing at home,” Matt recalls. “Anytime I got the opportunity I always took it.”
Accounting in the morning, Shakespeare in the afternoon: a normal day for sophomores at the School of Management. On October 31, SMG students watched Shakespeare’s Henry V, as enacted by the FeminaShakes, an all-female acting troupe.
Since the fall 2009 semester, the SMG organizational behavior department and the College of Fine Arts School of Theatre have collaborated on a cross-disciplinary project. Associate Professor Jack McCarthy, who conceived of the endeavor for the OB221 class, says “What I love about the project is that we teach the universality of behaviors, with people from different domains discussing trust, leadership, power, and working together in a team. What are the sources of power, of conflict? How do we resolve differences? We surface ideas around this joint interdisciplinary model and students from both schools come away with a new understanding.”
Pictured: Chloe Fuller (CFA’13) (on ladder), as King Henry V, and BU’s Femina Shakespeare troupe perform Shakespeare’s Henry V. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky via BUToday.
On Monday, October 15, 2012, School of Management freshman Parker Oks (BSBA’16) and his website AppointmentStatus.com were featured in a New York Times article about healthcare innovations helping patients, “The Doctor Can See You Now.”
Excerpts from the New York Times:
Often the worst part of a visit to the doctor isn’t the awkward hospital gown, needle sticks, or embarrassing physical exams — it’s the drawn-out wait, camped out in the reception room in the company of sick patients and old magazines.
During a particularly long wait to see his dermatologist, Parker Oks, 18, thought there had to be a better way.
“They know approximately how long an appointment will take,” said Mr. Oks, a freshman at Boston University. “But the problem is that they don’t know how long it will actually take.”
That realization led Mr. Oks to create Appointment Status, a Web site devoted to improving appointment efficiency and providing patients with information to avoid long waits. Working with three teenagers from Staten Island Technical High School, where he had gone, Mr. Oks aims to make it easier for patients to schedule appointments — and to find out how far behind the doctor may be before settling into a waiting room chair.
Appointment Status is designed to assist patients before they even take a seat in a waiting room — a sore point for many patients, as doctors well know. In a survey conducted by the doctor-review Web site Vitals, patients reported an average wait time of 21 minutes to see a doctor. Mississippi had the longest reported wait time, at just over 25 minutes.
Read the full article on Oks and other innovators helping patients today on the New York Times.
Entrepreneurial Success Starts With a Strong Pitch
Would you shop at a natural products convenience store? Can you think of a way to use a portable hologram projector? These were two of the 25 new business ideas proposed at the Pitch & Pizza event on October 26, the first stage in the three-part 2013 New Venture Competition. Open to the public, the New Venture Competition features BU students and alumni competing for the opportunity to win a spot in BU’s Startup Summer Camp and a package of startup legal consulting worth $10,000.
From October’s Pitch & Pizza, eight teams or individuals advanced to the semifinals in March (listed below, and pictured in the video above).
BU students and alumni with a business idea are invited to enter the next round of Pitch & Pizza on Friday, February 1, 2013. Applications will open in January.
The first stage of the New Venture Competition, Pitch & Pizza, is simply a 60-second verbal pitch for a new business. The judges allow visual aids, but no PowerPoint. In the semifinals (Friday, March 1, 2013), the deliverable is an executive summary and presentation to a panel of experts. At the finals (Wednesday, April 3), teams will deliver a five-minute presentation and executive summary to angel investors.
Executive-in-Residence, Lecturer, and event director Beth Goldstein said, “[The judges] were all impressed with the range of business concepts presented at Pitch & Pizza I, and we look forward to seeing more at Pitch & Pizza II in February and how all the winning entrepreneurs move forward with their projects. To support their efforts, we’ve developed a new program called our Terrier Track New Venture Workshops, which we’ll begin rolling out as soon as students return for their spring semester in January. These will be 90-minute intensive workshops every Friday afternoon, led by experts in launching businesses. Anybody can participate and we’re planning on offering this on the cloud so our alumni can also watch.”
The New Venture Competition is sponsored by the Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (ITEC), housed in Boston University School of Management, and first stage judges include SMG entrepreneurship faculty, invited alumni, and sponsors from the venture capital, legal, and entrepreneurship worlds.
The eight October 26 Pitch & Pizza teams that will advance to the March semifinals are:
- Consumer Website Help, Peter Smith (BSBA’13)
- Customized Cupcake Bar, Jill Acquarulo, (BSBA’13), Soleil Schwabe (BSBA’13), and Emily Burdett (BSBA’13)
- DiagnosQuick (People’s Choice Winner), Timothy Chanoux (BSBA’13)
- euMetrica Project, Dmitri Boulanov (ENG’10)
- I.Deal.Lokal, Sinisa Baranac (BSBA’13)
- NineBrain, Inc., Arun Rai, (MED’14) and Ruby Kandah
- Read Ahead, Matt Uvena (MS·MBA’14)
- TownRally, Asad Butt (MBA/MS in Media Ventures ’12)
Zoe Tey’s Art Decorates SMG Water Fountains
Wildlife is always drawn to watering holes, so don’t be surprised when you see a giraffe staring down at you the next time you take a drink from the SMG building’s second-floor water fountain. At the third-floor fountain, you’ll be sharing with a Blue-tailed Bee-eater bird.
The animals are the subjects of artworks created by Zoe Tey (BSBA’15), who is doing a minor in the College of Fine Arts School in Visual Arts.
Tey did the assignment for an art class that required a site-specific piece on campus. “I saw the indented walls at the drinking fountains on every floor of SMG and thought that they were meant to hold a piece of art; the spaces are like frames formed by the walls, waiting to be filled.
“I’m interested in animal patterns and colors, and also nature with a hint of technology (the way I “pixelated” the images). The two pieces are called Urban Safari.”
After she finalized her proposal, she approached Allen Questrom Professor and Dean Ken Freeman to ask if he would be open to the idea, and he readily agreed to the installation. Zoe did most of the work toward the end of last spring and early part of the summer. The pieces were installed on September 4.
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BU Urban Business Accelerator Wins for Students and Businesses
Some business students just don’t relax. Even over the summer.
As a junior, Nathan Bernard (BSBA’12) pitched an idea to Ken Freeman, the Allen Questrom Professor and Dean, about providing microfinancing to Boston-area small businesses. The dean was interested, but wanted more details.
During his senior year, Bernard’s goal was to apply his skills in an arena that would help others, particularly in underserved areas of the city, and in the process hopefully create his own job. He worked with numerous members of the School’s Institute for Technology and Entrepreneurship Commercialization (ITEC) community, including Kristen McCormack, Peter Russo, Beth Goldstein, and Ian Mashiter, and was eventually steered to SMG Strategy & Innovation Lecturer Erik Molander, who became the program’s mentor.
Part of Bernard’s preparation involved door-to-door research—he interviewed more than 180 small companies to ascertain their needs. Through his previous international experience he discussed the concept with the organization ACCION, a global nonprofit that has been microlending for years. People in the local office of ACCION told Bernard that businesses first need better organized financials and bookkeeping in order to apply for loans.
“Then it all clicked,” Bernard says. “Microlending is probably covered. We shifted to thinking this would be a superb opportunity for students to get hands-on experience and for businesses to get much-needed help in an area where they probably lacked expertise. Plus it was a much better way for students to see small businesses up close, and help those entrepreneurs advance, financially and educationally.” He went back to the dean with his revised plan and the dean was impressed—so much so that he suggested the names of a few alumni who might be willing to help Bernard finance the project. Joel Carlton-Gysan (MBA’12) and Jeffery Khan, both of the development and alumni office, provided guidance in successfully working with the alumni.
With the alumni funds secured, Bernard recruited students and businesses and launched the pilot of the BU Urban Business Accelerator this past summer with the help and daily guidance of Molander.
The 2012 BUBA summer clients were D’Benny’s, a pizza shop and A. Dalliance, a fashion boutique, both in the Field’s Corner section of Dorchester. “In each case,” Bernard says, “students did research for industry norms, looked at the client’s specific business for gaps and similarities, and then used QuickBooks to help the business owners organize their financial records and comb the data for ways to cut costs. They then taught the owners how to do it themselves.”
The two summer pilot teams totaled six undergrads and two MBAs, and were drawn from both the School of Management as well as economics and international relations majors from the College of Arts and Science.
Bernard says, “Most of the students were surprised how much work goes into a small owner-operated business. It’s extremely hard to stay organized while running the day-to-day operations, maintain customer service, keep the inventory well-stocked, and so on.
“Owning your own business, especially in a less affluent neighborhood, is not an easy way to make a living. There are few vacations and little help. It’s all on you and there’s real value for idealistic students to witness a small business owner’s life,” Bernard added.
“The dean and ITEC have been extremely supportive,” says Bernard, “Dean Freeman has the School sponsoring us for this fall semester, along with financial support from the BU Center for Finance Law and Policy. From what we learned this summer, we set up six new BUBA client businesses and student teams for this fall.”
The program is already a success by another measure as well. On September 20th, Nathan Bernard gave his entrepreneurial pitch on MSNBC’s Your Business.
As one might imagine, Bernard’s confidence is boundless. “There are tons of businesses across the country that could benefit from help provided by university students. And I just happen to know a few…so my hope—my plan—is to make this a national program powered by BU.”
See an article from The Huffington Post on BUBA.
September 14, 2012 – Boston University School of Management’s undergraduate business program placed 40th overall in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of undergraduate business schools, an improvement of one spot over last year. The ranking is part of the 2013 U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings.
The School of Management’s “Best Colleges” ranking is based solely on a peer assessment score from AACSB-accredited schools. Each school in the ranking is rated on a 1-to-5 scale by survey participants.
Overall, the ”Best Colleges” list ranked Boston University 51st in the nation, a three-way tie with George Washington University and Tulane University, out of nearly 1,400 colleges included in the report.
For more information, please visit the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings page.
Freshmen selected from record number of applicants
Excerpt from BU Today:
Staff at Boston University Admissions ask two questions as they go about the business of building a class.
“First, will this student be academically successful at BU? And then, will this student contribute to, and enrich, the BU community?” says Kelly Walter, an associate vice president and executive director of admissions. “Building a class isn’t just about SAT scores and GPAs.”
And so while the incoming Class of 2016 is the strongest academically ever to enter the University, it is also notable for other accomplishments: one is a Broadway performer, another a chronic myelogenous leukemia researcher, a third a certified tae kwon do black belt instructor.
“The incoming Class of 2016 as a whole is very talented,” Walter says. “Their experiences are unique, so exceptional, and these are the future leaders of BU and the world at large.”
This year’s freshman class of 3,900 students was whittled down from a record number of 44,003 applicants. Only 45 percent of applicants were offered admission, the lowest in BU’s history.
The incoming freshmen boast an average high school GPA of 3.57, with 56 percent of them graduating in the top 10 percent of their class. This represents a slight increase over last year’s entering class, which had an average high school GPA of 3.53, with 55 percent of students ranking in the top 10 percent of their class. Freshmen entering BU two decades ago posted an average high school GPA of 3.09, with 34 percent graduating in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
This year’s freshmen come from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam. More students hail from Massachusetts than any other state, followed by New York, California, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
The Class of 2016 is notable too for its record number of international students. The class has approximately 700 students from abroad, with China, Korea, India, Canada, and Singapore the top countries. These international students comprise 18 percent of this year’s class, up from 16.1 percent last year, a figure that reflects BU’s growing reputation abroad. In 2001, 2,017 international students applied to BU. This year, 7,117 international students applied, a 253 percent increase.
Story by Amy Laskowski. Photo by Cydney Scott via BU Today.