Author Profile

Antoine Rech

Antoine Rech is the Administrative Director of the Luxembourg branch of Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, USA. He directs and oversees the functions of the Jack Welch College of Business and performs administrative and programmatic functions including technology, human resources, and public relations. Antoine oversees admission activities for all Luxembourg academic departments in close collaboration with program faculty and staff, reviews and evaluates candidates for admission and counsels prospective students. Antoine is responsible for strategic planning, policymaking, and maintaining organizational effectiveness; he oversees the management of office staff and outside consultants. Prior to serving as Administrative Director, Antoine Rech was the Project Manager at Technicolor Luxembourg, part of the THOMSON Group. In this role, he managed clients representing 5 million euros of annual revenue and supervised orders and special projects handling for Microsoft and Disney. From 1999 to 2001, Antoine worked in New York for Bloomingdale’s and a wine import company located in SoHo where he developed and maintained an effective marketing communication strategy. Antoine received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ecole Française des Attachés de Presse (EFAP) in Lille, France, his Master of Arts degree from the Marymount Manhattan College in New York, USA, his Master’s degree in International Business from ICN in Nancy, France and his MBA from Sacred Heart University in Luxembourg, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

Princeton Review Puts SHU Students Among USA’s Happiest

Princeton Review Puts SHU Students Among Nation’s Happiest

The Sacred Heart University community hasn’t been exaggerating about its cheerful, generous and door-holding students. They are the real thing, and there’s proof—again.

According to The Princeton Review, SHU is not only one of the best 385 colleges and universities in the nation for undergraduates to earn their degrees, it is also home to happy students who give back. Out of 20 schools from across the country, SHU ranked 10th for “Happiest Students,” (up seven spots from last year) and 13th for “Students Most Engaged in Community Service” (up six spots from last year).

It’s wonderful to have this affirmation that our students enjoy Sacred Heart. They also understand the importance of volunteering and helping those in need. Many of our students spend their winter, spring and summer breaks on mission trips working with nonprofits to better the lives of families and children near and far. Social justice is a key piece of SHU’s mission, and our strong tradition of community service is an expression of that. This recognition of our students is well deserved.

SHU President John J. Petillo

Kevin O’Sullivan, Executive Director of Admissions, said the “Happiest Students” rank is a testament to the University’s commitment to providing students with first-class facilities and experiences,

This ranking confirms that we identify and meet students’ needs, allowing them to learn and thrive.

Kevin O’Sullivan, SHU Executive Director of Admissions

The Princeton Review company profiles and recommends SHU in the 2020 edition of its annual guide, The Best 385 Colleges. It selects only about 13 percent of America’s 3,000 four-year colleges and universities to profile, based on data it annually collects from administrators about their institutions’ academic offerings. The Princeton Review also considers data it gathers from surveys of college students who rate and report on various aspects of their campus and community experiences.

Responses from SHU students who answered The Princeton Review survey included, “We all hold doors for each other, help each other out, and look out for one another.” They described the student body as “one of the most tight-knit groups of people” to which they have ever belonged. Students also said the University offers “unique and amazing” internship and job opportunities,” professors are “enthusiastic, encouraging and helpful” and they appreciate that faculty members “allow students to engage with their research which then will allow kids to get published.”

We salute Sacred Heart University for its outstanding academics, and we are truly pleased to recommend it to prospective applicants searching for their personal ‘best-fit’ college,

Robert Franek, Editor-In-Chief & Lead Author of The Best 385 Colleges, The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review’s school profiles and 62 ranking lists in The Best 385 Colleges are posted at www.princetonreview.com/best385.

AN AMERICAN’S #SHUJOURNEY TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE EU

Written by Michael D. Herley., DBA in finance candidate at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut (US).

Published by Delano™ and Maison Moderne™

Sacred Heart University Luxembourg recently welcomed some of its Fairfield, Connecticut (US) DBA students, who visited a number of local institutions and professionals. Michael Herley writes about his experience on the trip.

Even though the EU is a nonfederated political and economic union, it felt more like an undiscovered country as I read more than 30 scholarly articles on the union in preparation for a weeklong doctoral seminar on European financial stability in Brussels and Luxembourg. I thought perhaps this was because it was my first trip to Europe.

The doctoral seminar kicked off at the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce with a presentation that focused on Luxembourg’s geographic advantage in close proximity to major European markets and the government’s agility in attracting business. No doubt these features contribute to Luxembourg’s per capita GDP of approximately $104,000, which is roughly 75% higher than the GDP per capita in the US as of 2017—a fact I suspect would surprise many back home.

Another shining aspect of the doctoral seminar was being immersed in the rich history of Europe, Luxembourg, and Brussels, including visits to cultural centers and historic sites, and dining on exquisite cuisine. It was equally impressive to see how environmentally conscious European society is and how clean the air was in both cities. I particularly enjoyed the biodegradable wooden comb my hotel provided, which is not something typically found at US hotels.

This commitment to the environment was further brought to bear during our meeting with European Investment Bank’s civil society officer, who explained how this organization was the largest lender for actionable climate investments in the world and the largest issuer of green bonds.

Coming out of a presentation at the Banque centrale du Luxembourg a couple of days later, I certainly felt like a million euros. Senior representatives from the central bank focused on the importance of financial stability and emphasized the benefits of having a more unified macroprudential policy stance across the 19 EU countries that have adopted the euro, including placing more financial tools under the purview of the European Central Bank. It certainly will be interesting to watch how these policies evolve as unforeseen economic challenges undoubtedly arise.

Throughout our discussion with representatives from the European Stability Mechanism, I struggled a bit, however, to grasp the willingness of the EU to bail out Greece and other countries during the sovereign debt crisis of 2010. Despite the federal deficits in the US, most states are in reasonably good financial shape, and it’s hard to imagine our federal government bailing out one that was on the brink of insolvency.

Now, notwithstanding the fact that the EU is not a “United States of Europe,” its economic integration has modeled certain aspects of the US system—though I surmise it was easier to bring together the 13 original American colonies in pursuit of a more perfect union than the current members of the EU, all of which are long-standing, independent countries with distinct cultures and political and economic systems. We Americans still like to talk about the “Spirit of 1776” and the success of the American experiment. History, too, will to be the judge of the European experiment currently underway.

Unfortunately my terrific week in Luxembourg and Brussels had to come to an end, but not without a capstone presentation at the European Commission (EC) headquarters led by Dr. Vinhas de Souza, head of the economics team of the European Policy Strategy Centre at the EC; Jan Vandenberghe, policy coordinator and trade negotiator for EU-US trade relations at the EC; and Christophe Manet, deputy head of division for China, Hong Kong and Taiwan at European External Action Service. I will admit that I did not fully agree with their perspectives on trade negotiations with the US, but it was an incredible opportunity to hear the European perspective, and I was equally impressed by both the passion and conviction of the presenters. In many ways it felt as if I were living in history as these negotiations continue to play out in the global arena.

During my visit I learned much about the EU’s structure, international finance, and what the EU hopes to achieve in the years ahead, and, despite any shortcomings in the EU structure or early blind spots, it has provided for the longest period of peace among EU members, which alone is history.

I soon headed home, recognizing that I was now a much richer person than when I first arrived in Europe.

Martha J. Crawford, Dean, Jack Welch College of Business, SHU

International Business Leader is New WCOB Dean

International Business Leader is New WCOB Dean

Martha J. Crawford, Dean, Jack Welch College of Business, SHU

Martha J. Crawford will be the new dean of the Jack Welch College of Business (WCOB) at Sacred Heart University, effective August 5. She has both a business and academic background, having served as senior vice president of Research & Development for several multinational companies (Air Liquide, Areva and L’Oréal) based in France. In those roles, she fostered technological innovation, sponsoring internal innovators, coaching and helping to develop tech startups with VC partners and creating new startups with innovation partners.

In 2016, after living and working in France for 20 years, Crawford repatriated to the United States to accept a teaching position at the Harvard Business School. Since 2016, she has taught the MBA core-curriculum course, “Leadership and Corporate Accountability,” which covers legal and ethical aspects of corporate responsibility. In addition, she developed a course—“21st-Century Energy”—that was nominated in 2019 for a national prize by the Harvard Business and Environment Initiative.

Crawford is a resident of Cambridge, Mass. She earned her master’s degree in business administration from the Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris in 1998. Prior to that, she received her MS and doctorate degrees in environmental and chemical engineering from Harvard University (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) in 1994 and 1997 respectively.

Crawford is excited to lead the growing College of Business at Sacred Heart,

I look forward to helping transform West Campus into a regional center of excellence for teaching entrepreneurship and innovation with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, co-working space, start-up accelerator and incubator space and joint innovation programs with industrial partners. I also look forward to building or reinforcing academic bridges and degree program with other SHU colleges. This will help prepare students to thrive in an increasingly complex world that requires interdisciplinary knowledge and skills.

Crawford said the creativity and boldness of the SHU senior leaders enticed her away from the Harvard Business School where she has been very happy.

I was impressed with their putting the School of Computer Science and Engineering within the College of Business and acquiring the former GE headquarters to build out an innovation campus that will become an important platform for business growth in the region. During my interviews, I was excited by the sense of mission, energy and the capacity to embrace change. I look forward to working with the team at SHU, and I believe my former C-suite experience managing R&D, intellectual property and innovation partnerships for multi-national companies has given me the skills and network necessary to help the WCOB achieve its goals.

SHU’s mission is also important to Crawford.

My parents taught us that we had to give back to society in proportion to our capacities—that we need to use our resources to create value, reinforce our communities and help make the world a better place. A tour of campus with my daughter (a rising high school junior) and interaction with several students convinced me that SHU is teaching that same philosophy and equipping students to make a positive difference. That resonated with me.

“We are excited to welcome Martha to the SHU community. We believe she is the right person to actualize our vision of integrating business and technology education—something that began with the move of the School of Computer Science & Engineering into the College of Business,” said Rupendra Paliwal, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Her expertise in creating value through technical innovation will be critical as we continue to develop an innovation center at West Campus. She is dedicated to providing a transformational learning experience for our students and also contributing to the regional economy.

Rupendra Paliwal, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Jack Welch College of Business is named after the legendary former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch. Its goal is to develop the next generation of leaders, and all activities and programs focus on enhancing student learning. Students work with a dedicated community of scholars and practitioners rooted in the Catholic intellectual traditions, ethics and values with learning taking place both inside and outside of the classroom. Business students participate in learning communities, in-service experience with area non-profits and international exposure through courses at SHU’s Luxembourg and Dingle campuses. The curriculum of the WCOB is to prepare students to achieve their goals, give back to their community and make a difference in global society.

4th of July Alumni Networking Drink! End of the Academic Year Party with SHULA! July 4, 2019

4TH OF JULY ALUMNI NETWORKING DRINK

REGISTER TODAY

REGISTRATION REQUIRED

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JULY 3, 2019

4TH OF JULY ALUMNI NETWORKING DRINK
Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

The 4th of July is one of the best-loved traditional celebration days in the U.S. where people gather together with friends, family and neighbors to celebrate American Independence Day—a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

It’s a day when Americans love to let their hair down, relax and have some fun.

This year, the Jack Welch College of Business and the SHU Luxembourg Alumni Association bring together our fellow American university alumni associations, the Cornell Club of Luxembourg, the Harvard Club of Luxembourg and the Thunderbird Graduate School for International Management Luxembourg Alumni Chapter, to proudly celebrate the 4th of July at the world’s first Conversion Hub! Foundry is a totally unique environment, community and working space in the heart of Luxembourg City. We could not wish for a more appropriate venue to connect the American university community!

The #4thofSHUly celebrations come at the perfect time for JWCOB students!

As the 2018-2019 Academic Year draws to an end, the SHU Luxembourg Alumni Association hope to congratulate all the hard work, dedication and achievements of our students and alumni, by kicking off your summer with the 4th of July Alumni Networking Drink (End of the 2018-2019 Academic Year Party!)

Joining us for the evening we have a special guest, representing the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg, Daniel Pattarini!

This event is open to alumni, current students, faculty and friends. Registration is Mandatory.

Fees:

  • FREE ENTRY: There is NO charge for SHULA alumni/members, Cornell Club of Luxembourg alumni/members, Harvard Club of Luxembourg alumni/members, Thunderbird Luxembourg Chapter alumni/members, current Jack Welch College of Business students, or Jack Welch College of Business faculty.
  • PAID ENTRY: The Alumni Association requests a small donation of €10 from outside participants or guests of alumni, students and faculty for this networking event.
  • €10 can be paid upon registration, or in cash upon entry so friends/co-workers will be able to join and take advantage of the complimentary food and drinks offered by Jack Welch College of Business and the Alumni Association.
  • REGISTRATION: Please have your guests, friends, or co-workers register here or at: http://www.shu.lu/alumnievents.
  • REFUND POLICY: 7 days-Attendees can receive refunds up to 7 days before the event start date.

Food: Finger Food offered by the SHU Alumni Association & Jack Welch College of Business
Drinks: Complimentary drinks from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm offered by the SHU Alumni Association & Jack Welch College of Business

Take the opportunity to celebrate our #4thofSHUly and spend your evening networking and connecting with students, alumni and friends in a relaxed environment!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Registration is Mandatory.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JULY 3, 2019

Space may be limited so RSVP, be sure to save your spot today!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

PARKING
Kindly note that there are NO PARKING facilities at the venue.
Parking may be found on surrounding streets, but the best way to reach us is by public transport or walking from the city center. However, if you arrive by car you can leave it at the P+R Bouillon and take the bus 17 (stop: Hollerich, Heentze Park) to arrive at the Foundry.

BUS CONNECTIONS
Bus Line: 17
Bus Stop: Heentze Park

QUESTIONS?
For any inquiries regarding your registration please contact:
Email: alewis@shu.lu or jdhillon@shu.lu
Call: +352 22 76 13 – 33

FAQs

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
YES
Please print your ticket from the order confirmation email or pull it up in the Eventbrite app on your mobile device to make sure you’re ready to attend.

Check-in Opens at 18h00. Your QR-Code will be scanned. The QR-code is allowing only one entry per scan.

Can I update my registration information?
YES

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?
NO
Please submit one registration form per guest. Each ticket is personal and non-transferable.
It must be presented upon arrival.

Kind support for this conference provided by:

Participants are hereby informed that they are likely to appear on photographs taken at the event. These are intended to be published in print and/or digital media published by Sacred Heart University Luxembourg and/or our event partners.

4th of July Alumni Networking Drink! End of the Academic Year Party with SHULA! July 4, 2019

Kindly note that there are NO PARKING facilities at the venue.
Parking can be found on surrounding streets.

Connect & Share!

PAST ALUMNI EVENTS

The Sacred Heart University Luxembourg Alumni Association exists to serve alumni, friends and graduates of the Jack Welch College of Business Luxembourg by providing opportunities to network and giving graduates a community to help shape career paths and bring a bit of their Alma mater wherever they go.

The Alumni Association is a great way to network, which is why students are always welcome to join any SHULA events. If you want to spend an evening networking and connecting with alumni, students, faculty and friends in a relaxed environment

REGISTER HERE: www.shu.lu/alumnievents/

We run alumni events through out the year, so please check back regularly for updates!

SHU Alumni Networking Drink: H-ALUM-ween Party with SHULA! October 31, 2018

REGISTRATION REQUIRED

KINDLY RESPOND BY OCT 28, 2018

Eventbrite - HALUMween With SHULux

Calling all Monsters, Ghosts, Witches and Ghouls, your SHULA invite you to eat, drink and dance like fools. In honor of all your hard work and continued dedication to our SHU community we hope that you will kindly accept our invitation to the first SHU H-ALUM-ween Party!

Please join us if you want to spend an evening networking and connecting with students, alumni and friends in a relaxed environment! And don’t forget to dress to scare!

This event is open to all alumni, current students, faculty and friends. Registration is Mandatory.

Food: Finger food offered by the Alumni Association & SHU
Drinks: Complimentary drinks from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm offered by the Alumni Association & SHU

We look forward to seeing you there!

SHU Alumni Networking Drink: End of the Academic Year Party with SHULA!
July 5, 2018

That’s a wrap! On July 5, 2018 the SHULA hosted the End of the 2017-2018 Academic Year Party to celebrate the hard work, dedication and achievements of the SHU Luxembourg students!

This event was open to all alumni, current students, faculty and friends. Registration is Mandatory.

Food: Finger food was offered by the Alumni Association & SHU
Drinks: Complimentary drinks were offered from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm the Alumni Association & SHU

SHU Alumni Exclusive Event: Luxembourg Stock Exchange June 14, 2018

The Luxembourg Stock Exchange is the leading exchange for international securities and  the first stock exchange in the world to introduce a platform exclusively for green securities.

The SHU Luxembourg Alumni Association organized an exclusive behind the scenes presentation of the LuxSE with none other than Maurice Bauer, Secretary General of the LuxSE.

This event was open to all alumni, current students and faculty. Registration was Mandatory.

The visit was followed by a Networking Cocktail courtesy of the LuxSE.

BUILD YOUR CAREER

JUNE 6 at 6:30 p.m.

FIRESIDE CHAT + Q&A + NETWORKING COCKTAIL
with

JAMES MONNAT

CEO of Mason Bower & Foundry
SHU Alumnus – Class of 2014

This event is open to the public. Registration is Mandatory.

On Thursday June 6, 2019, The Jack Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University Luxembourg in collaboration with Foundry presents:

Build Your Career: Success Starts at Foundry
A conversation and discussion SHU Alumnus James Monnat

Our host James Monnat, MBA is spearheading the start-up eco-system across Luxembourg, offering local entrepreneurs a space that goes beyond the services incubators currently offer. James Monnat, MBA, CEO of MasonBower and founder of Foundry Luxembourg offers a space for collaboration, a space where starts-up can grow and nurture each other by collaborating to fill the gaps in their businesses.

Join James Monnat, MBA for a fireside chat about his journey so far and the fundamental tools required for success in the fast paced world of business. The session will be followed conversation with Prof. Marcus Müller Ph.D., about the fundamentals for successful management. The session with be followed by a Q&A session with both James Monnat, MBA and Prof. Marcus Müller Ph.D., Professor of Management at the Jack Welch College of Business and networking cocktail.

Foundry is a unique community, working space and business support program in the heart of Luxembourg. A place where people with ideas work alongside those who can make them happen. The Foundry community of businesses and creatives all work together under the same roof to convert ideas into operational businesses, forming an ecosystem for innovation.

Foundry is also a program combining MasonBower expertise with all complementary services from Luxembourg and Europe needed to convert an idea into an operational business. We will bring together all the necessary business and creative resources against a rigorous go-to-market process.

Ideas submitted for the Foundry Program are selected by the Foundry Committee based on the respective business case. The Committee consists of experts from different areas of the Luxembourg ecosystem: financing, private and public support, operations and market strategy. Once the idea is accepted into the program, MasonBower will work together with the idea owners to make their ambitions happen, tapping into the rich pool of resources, connections and talent that Luxembourg has to offer to make them real.

Through the Foundry Program, MasonBower can help turn dreams into reality by bringing the most amazing ideas out where they should be: in the market.

At the Jack Welch College of Business, we share Foundry’s dedication to promoting the understanding and appreciation of the constructive expression of ideas.

We believe that inquiry, pursuing knowledge, and intelligent reflection—both inside and outside the classroom—create greater opportunities and choices.

We challenge students to be fearless in their curiosity and courageous in their creativity and drive, both professionally and personally.

We are passionate about the role we play in helping our students and alumni to reveal their true potential. The discovery of individuals talents, abilities, strengths, character, and dreams is the most valuable outcome we strive for as educators and mentors.

Spaces to this event are very limited, so please be mindful and cancel tickets if you are unable to attend.

18:00 – Event Check-in Opens

18:30 – Fireside Chat with James Monnat
James Monnat, MBA
CEO MasonBower, Founder of Foundry and SHU Alumni

WHEN TO GROWN & DEVELOP YOUR CAREER OR BUSINESS?
WHAT ARE THE BUILDING-BLOCKS OF SUCCESS?
WHERE WILL ACHIEVEMENT LEAD YOU?
WHO CAN HELP BRIDGE THE GAP?
HOW CAN FOUNDRY ASSIST YOU?

19:15 – Fundamentals of Successful Management
Marcus Müller, Ph.D., MBA
Professor of Management, Jack Welch College of Business, Sacred Heart University, Luxembourg

BUILDING YOUR ROAD-MAP TO A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS PLAN

19:30 – Question & Answer

19:45 – Networking Cocktail

This event is open to the public. Registration is Mandatory.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

PARKING
Kindly note that there is NO PARKING facilities at the venue.
Parking can be found on surrounding streets.

BUS CONNECTIONS
Bus Line: 17
Bus Stop: Heentze Park

QUESTIONS?
For any inquiries regarding your registration please contact:
Email: alewis@shu.lu or jdhillon@shu.lu
Call: +352 22 76 13 – 33

FAQs

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
YES
Please print your ticket from the order confirmation email or pull it up in the Eventbrite app on your mobile device to make sure you’re ready to attend.

Conference Check-in Opens at 18h00. Your QR-Code will be scanned. The QR-code is allowing only one entry per scan.

Can I update my registration information?
YES

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?
NO
Please submit one registration form per guest.

http://www.shu.lu/conferenceregistration/

REGISTER NOW: www.shu.lu/conferenceregistration/

Kindly note that there are NO PARKING facilities at the venue.
Parking can be found on surrounding streets.