Following the success of its first year, the Business Plan Competition (BPC) held a series of new events throughout the year that helped 11 student teams compete in the semi-finals. In the finals, six student teams competed in the “Venture” (for profit) and “Social” tracks for prizes totaling $20,000 to help them start their businesses. View the new BPC video at www.fairfield.edu/businessplan.
Dolan School of Business faculty maintained a strong research output, with 46 peer-reviewed publications accepted or published, and 41 domestic and international conference presentations. Twenty-four percent of all the downloads from Digital Commons, the library’s electronic database, were for research by DSB faculty.
For the second year in a row, applications for the specialized master-level programs in the DSB are up: a 27 percent increase from 2012 in M.S. Accounting applications, and a 13 percent increase from 2012 in M.S. Finance applications.
The Dolan School hosted several events with experts in the field of sports management. Howard Saffan, president of the Bridgeport, Conn., Webster Bank Arena and the Sound Tigers hockey team, spoke to students about the business of sports and how he developed his career in the field. Mike Francesa, the award winning sports talk show personality, hosted his popular radio program and met with business students in the Dolan School last April.
PricewaterhouseCoopers awarded two DSB professors, Drs. Joan Van Hise and Dawn Massey, $10,000 for a curriculum development project entitled, “Accounting Ethics Education: Resources for Meeting Cross-National Needs.”