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CONNECTED forever!

Being on the field is always a wonderful experience, be it anywhere. The five students from SHU, Luxembourg had the first hand experience in Business market functions during their two weeks of 2016 USA-Luxembourg Connections Summer Enrichment Program in the U.S. From July 17 to July 30, 2016, these students attended classes with their U.S. counterparts at SHU campuses in Stamford and Fairfield, and also visited corporate houses like NYSE, IBM, and Sandler O’Neil. Having been exposed to the bigger world, what were the main insights from the program? Let’s hear it from them.

Paulo Fernandes (Student, Welch MBA):

PauloThis was not my first trip to the U.S. but the experience was different and refreshing. The 2016 USA-Luxembourg Connections Summer Enrichment Program created strong links between the MBA colleagues, both Luxembourg and the U.S. based.

Out of the corporate visits we had, I personally liked the Sandler O’Neill visit the most. The takeaways from the discussions with Bob Castrignano (Principal, Equity Sales, Sandler O’Neil), about what made his success, amongst other topics, were very interesting. The story about what happened to the company after 9/11 and his commitment to help rebuild the company was inspiring. A very good visit.

The classes were also very interesting. Obviously, due to cultural differences, professors and students have different point of views and perspectives on many subjects, which is a good thing as it created very interesting discussions.

During the weekdays we went to the beaches close to Stamford several times. We went for a run regularly and played sports such as Basketball and Tennis. For our free two-day weekend, we decided to rent a car and drive to Atlantic City. It was a lot of fun! We enjoyed the beach, the good food and the parties.

I realized the importance of connections and creating and keeping a good network with this trip.

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 Maria del Rosario Cleofe Chavez Cortez (Student, Welch MBA with internship)

MariaThe CONNECTIONS program was full of great moments, but this trip gave me the opportunity to meet new people with awesome perspectives and ideas on different business topics. This trip was my best experience, and of course it was more than what I expected. Being there, with perfect sunny days, visiting important companies and meeting new people, gave me the chance to acquire more business insights and earn new connections.

All the corporate visits gave me the opportunity to learn something new and also taught me some important lessons. The most interesting visit to me was to the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange). It was so exciting to see people working on the trading floor, a place which I am used to seeing in photographs, newspaper and on business TV channels.

The SHU students from Fairfield are friendly and everyone supported us for any need. They are competent and showed engagement during classes. It is difficult to compare professors, because all our professors are amazing professionals that answer all our questions concerning doubts or curiosities. Through an international perspective, all classes were explained under different point of views, and everyone was unique.

I enjoyed every corner of New York City. I visited the MOMA, the Rockefeller center, Atlantic city and also some amazing beaches, such as West Beach and Cove Island Park in Stamford. I will remember the nice people I met from this trip and all the efforts of Prof. Mary Trefry who worked a lot for this program. And New York City, with all its chaos and frenetic life, it was simply magic.

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 Fabián Mejía Pinto (Student, Welch MBA)

FabianWith this trip I reinforce the importance of the technology-enabled connections and the social capital and also the importance of developing strong and weak links through social media and different technology based channels.

All our corporate visits were very interesting, but IBM visit was my favorite. We met Watson, the technology platform that use natural processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data (http://www.ibm.com/watson/what-is-watson.html). This kind of machines can really improve the capacity to analyze large amounts of data and help in decision making processes in any service or industry.

We had very good lectures and group discussions about Developing Social Capital in the era of global networks connections, Marketing in the age of social media and Big data and predictive analytics. We had an excellent atmosphere between the Luxembourg based students and developed very good relationship with the US based students. In class, we had interesting debates about US presidential elections, sustainability and environment, where we could see differences of opinions.

Meetings and dinners with SHU professors like Alfred Steinherr and Mary Trefry and with US executives like Richard Robustelli and Robert Castrignano were very interesting and enriching.
Now that we all are back, we expect to keep in contact with the U.S. based students and maintain the great relationship we built with them.

SHU Students Visit IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

It was more than just a visit for Dr. Alfred Steinher, Academic Director, Sacred Heart University, Luxembourg, when he accompanied five students of the 2016 USA-Luxembourg Connections Summer Enrichment Program for the corporate visit of the Thomas J. Watson Research Center at IBM Headquarters in Yorktown.

On July 22 we visited this world famous IBM research center, set up in the 1960s by T.J Watson, the founder of IBM, as part of the two-week study program for students from Luxembourg at the main University campus in Fairfield, CT. Our visit lasted from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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The IBM campus extends over the rolling hills of Yorktown surrounded by prime estates for executives of the wider New York area. It is a dream location, spacious, green, peaceful. We were graciously hosted by two Luxembourgers: Laurent Schares and Michel Hack. Laurent studied in Paris before doing his Ph.D. in physics at MIT. Michel got his Ph.D. from the Swiss Technical University in Zurich and both happily have been ever since with IBM in Yorktown. The center is a playground for Nobel Laureates and those working toward it. Despite the relaxed style, thousands of patents are being generated here. It was home of the most powerful computer in the world until IBM was overtaken by a Chinese super computer. The research activity of the center is surprisingly diverse and we got a good taste of that: we had presentations on blockchain technology and security, on quantum computing, on weather forecasts at the micro level (per square mile) and we could participate in a Jeopardy game (playing against a program developed by IBM) that has been a big success on US television. What a day!

And we are proud again!

Congratulations to Roland Junck, MBA, Class of ’95 and Marcello Bergamo, MBA, Class of 2013.

Roland Junck, MBA, Class of ’95

SHU alumnus and steel industry veteran, Roland Junck, MBA ’95, has been appointed as the as the new Chairman of the Board of British Steel.

“Roland Junck began his career in Arbed and now plans a future in British Steel” Photo by Luxembourger Wort, Chris Karaba

The referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union does not make things easier, but perhaps more interesting.

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Over recent weeks I have visited many of our sites and have been very impressed by the drive and determination of our employees as they continue to take the business forward. While everyone is aware of the challenges the steel industry faces, British Steel already has a strong business plan in place.

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Marcello Bergamo, MBA, Class of 2013

Gold Medalist and Valedictorian of the Jack Welch College of Business graduating class of 2013, Marcello Bergamo, has been appointed as the General Manager Europe at Ampacet Corporation.

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About Ampacet

Founded in 1937, Ampacet is a privately held company that produces masterbatches and employs over 2000 people. It operates 24 manufacturing sites in 17 countries.

 

Ready for Take-Off!

In less than 24 hours five students from SHU Luxembourg, Jack Welch College of Business, will fly off to the main University campus in Fairfield, CT (U.S.) for the 2016 USA-Luxembourg Connections Summer Enrichment Program. Participating students have the incredible opportunity to visit some of the big U.S. corporate houses in NYC and meet one-on-one with leading professionals from Bloomberg, IBM, JP Morgan, NYSE and Sandler O’Neill (investments & trading). Throughout the two-week excursion, students will also get the chance to interact with the U.S. faculty and study alongside U.S. students—all while earning elective credits in their MBA program for the course BU 687 Contemporary Issues in Global Management.

There is an air of excitement and anticipation among the Lux students as they eagerly pack and prepare for tomorrow’s take-off, so SHU decided to check in with the lucky students and see what some of their expectations are for the trip. Here’s what they had to say:

Maria del Rosario Cleofe Chavez Cortez (Student, Welch MBA with internship)

MariaI am very excited to embark on this new experience because this will be my first time at SHU’s Graduate Center in Stamford, Connecticut. I am also enthusiastic about the course BU 687 Contemporary Issues in Global Management because it will cover interesting topics concerning new trends that impact global businesses such as: social media and networking, cyber security, environmental changes, etcetera.

Thanks to this cross-cultural connection, I will have the opportunity to interact and learn from other students in the U.S. I hope to build a strong relationship with others by sharing my opinions and discussing different topics.

During the course I want to gain more awareness about the latest development in global business and I want to acquire a new vision that will make me responsible with my actions in the future. I am looking to achieve a higher level of professional knowledge and develop new skills; gain a high level of English knowledge and, more generally, become more competitive. I am curious to know about the culture in the United States—to learn about other people’s lifestyle and enjoy visits at important companies, such as New York Stock Exchange, IBM, JP Morgan, Bloomberg, while also enjoying some sight-seeing trips and social events.

Fabián Mejía Pinto (Student, Welch MBA)

FabianI’m very excited to participate in this Connection Enrichment Experience. It is a two-week program including sight-seeing, corporate visits and social events. I’m looking forward to having stimulating discussions on how technology-enabled connections affect us as individuals, organizations and societies, and to meet our classmates of the SHU U.S. campus and to have a great experience.

 

Iría Martinez (Student, Welch MBA)
Iria 2I am extremely excited to be part of the U.S. program and I look forward to enriching discussions in class between the U.S. and European minds. This will also be an amazing opportunity for me to spend some time in New York; a city I have always been in love with, and come to know what life is like across the “big pond”. SHU Luxembourg has been very helpful in facilitating the application process with clear guidance and support, as well as Professor Mary Trefry, who I really look forward to meeting in person and spending memorable days with.

Danijela Radic and Paulo Fernandes from the Luxembourg MBA Class of 2016 will also be joining the program with Maria, Fabián, and Iría.

SHU wishes them a meaningful learning experience and a safe journey!

 

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Professional Planning beyond the walls!

What would you say to a night out with no reception on your mobile phone or no GPS to guide you? Well, SHU students of Professional Planning took it up as a challenge and decided to venture into the dark woods for one night.

As a part of bonding exercise, students along with Prof. Esther Celosse organized a trip to Trier Forrest at Stuckradweg, Germany (Approximately 50KM from Luxembourg City). An hour and a half walking tour which began at the sunset was guided by Trier Forrest Ranger, Kerstin Scmitt. The team had an adventurous experience in the dark with no commercial help and having only the guide and team mates to rely on, and their senses to follow the hiking path through the trails.

Sacred Heart University believes in education beyond the four walls of the classroom; and offering opportunities to learn and understand each other in the most interactive means possible.