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William Gameli July 3, 2020

Gamelli ’79 to lead 13 Coldwell Banker offices in N.J.

A recent career note from Patch in New Jersey about William Gamelli ’79: “Susan Yannaccone, executive vice president of Coldwell Banker Realty, is pleased to announce that William R. (Bill) Gamelli, Jr. has been appointed regional vice president of the New Jersey company’s southern region, where he will oversee 13 offices and approximately 1,120 affiliated sales associates throughout Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Somerset counties. Gamelli began his career within the banking industry in southern New Jersey before relocating to Connecticut, where he joined Westledge Associates, Realtors as the company’s vice president of finance. From there, he spent the next 32 years in a variety of upper management roles with William Raveis Real Estate, including chief financial officer and chief operating officer. While leading many of the company’s initiatives, Gamelli identified and integrated new technology solutions designed to assist sales agents in marketing and managing their business and was profiled in Forbes Magazine and PC Week for leadership in real estate sales automation. Currently a resident of Sayreville, N.J., he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Michael’s College in Winooski Park, Vermont.”
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Rob Spawn
June 19, 2020

Rob Spawn ’82 has a new job with Wedbush Securities

A recent business brief on the PRNewswire website, dateline Los Angeles, tells of Wedbush Securities announcing the appointment of Robert (“Rob”) Spawn as Managing Director, Regional Executive: “Rob serves the Pacific North Region, which includes our existing retail offices in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Rob joins the firm’s other Regional Executives … to amplify the firm’s growth trajectory through selective additions of advisors, branch offices, and AUM in these geographic areas. Rob is based in the firm’s Santa Rosa, California office … Rob has more than 38 years of experience dedicated to retail wealth management, where he served as a Financial Advisor, Trust Consultant, Sales Manager and Complex Director / Regional Director, with firms including Merrill Lynch, UBS, RBC and JPMorgan, in offices throughout the United States. Rob was also honored as one OnWallStreet’s Top 100 Branch Managers of 2017. Just prior to joining Wedbush, Rob founded Stella Consulting, focusing on recruitment, organizational consulting and expert witness services … Rob received his B.A. in Business Administration from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. He also holds a (California) Life and Health insurance License, he is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP), is an ABA Certified Trust Financial Advisor (CTFA), as well as being a FINRA Arbitrator.”
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Cassandra Falone

June 9, 2020

Balancing T1D and College Basketball – An Interview with Cassandra Falone of St. Michael’s College

Cassandra Falone, a double major in Business Administration and Psychology, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in sixth grade. During college, she played on the school basketball team and was also President of the St. Mike’s chapter of the College Diabetes Network. She spoke about her experience balancing diabetes and college basketball with the JDRF Northern New England staff. Read more

BA/AU In the News - Tenly Mazerolle
May 29, 2020

St. Mike’s student Mazerolle ’21 a Microsoft star

Top students from around the United States will compete in the 2021 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) U.S. National Championship in Orlando, Florida on June 21-23, 2021.  based on high scores on a qualifying exam, and one of those competitors will be Saint Michael’s College student Tenley Mazerolle ‘21 who had the highest score in Vermont. A rising senior accounting major from Nashua, NH, Tenley also is Secretary of Finance for the Saint Michael’s Student Government Association and also the Student Chair of the Fix it with Five Committee at St. Mike’s. “I am doing an auditing internship with the accounting firm RSM this summer, and I hope to take the CPA exam after graduating in May 2021,” she says. All competitors will take a Microsoft Office Specialist exam in their competitive track on June 22, 2021.

May 1, 2020

Video celebrates business honor society inductees

Karen Popovich of the Saint Michael’s business administration and accounting faculty (right) this week sent a note of “congratulations to our Class of 2020 inductees to the Saint Michael’s College Chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, an international honor society for students in business, management and administration … While we wish we could celebrate this achievement with each of you and your families, we have created a virtual induction ceremony presentation to celebrate your academic achievement. The link (click image above) is to a 28-minute presentation video that recognizes your academic dedication and encourages you to accept honor, achieve wisdom, and fulfill aspirations.” She thanked Father Michael Carter, S.S.E. ’12, for the induction’s invocation, and Dean of the Faculty Tara Natarajan for opening remarks, along with faculty for their recorded contributions and students for photos and bios. “We hope you will share the video with your family and friends,” Professor Popovich wrote. Watch Now 

May 1, 2020

Good Prize winners named in business, history

Glenn ’56 and Susan Good established the Good Prize for Excellence in Business Administration and History to recognize academic excellence in both a pre-professional field and a liberal arts program. The purpose is to provide a $500 cash prize to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average in those two majors. The 2020 recipient from Business Administration this year is Delaney Patterson ’20 (top right), who has been inducted to Sigma Beta Delta (International Honor Society for Business, Management, and Administration) and Delta Epsilon Sigma (national scholastic honor society for students of Catholic institutions). She will receive a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Business Administration and French.  The other Good Prize winner for 2020 with the highest GPA in history is Sophia Bates ’20 (bottom right), whose achievements include a recent project researching female spies in wartime France. The online ceremony for the presentations the morning of Wednesday, April 29 this week featured announcing of the awards from Professor Karen Popovich, chair of business and from Jen Purcell, chair of history, after a welcome from Krystyna Davenport Brown, vice president for Institutional Advancement. About 30-plus faculty, staff, family and friends joined via Zoom. Awards from these two prizes honor Glenn Good’s lifetime success as a businessman in banking and his belief that students should be exposed to, and excel in, a true liberal arts education. The Good Prize was established in 2017.  Honorees have included: Kassidy Snair ’17, Zachary Maroon ’18, and Morgan Vasseur ’19.

March 19, 2020

Perron juggles life as student, athlete and F-35 Avionics Specialist

Business and Accounting double major Brady Perron is a member of the Air National Guard and balances his academics at Saint Michael’s, his work on the baseball field for the Purple Knights and his duties for the military. Read more


Rachel Sullivan

February 27, 2020

Student Profile: Rachel Sullivan ’20

A job already awaits accounting/business double-major Rachel Sullivan with broad liberal arts background and enriching extracurriculars. Read more


January 24, 2020

Okosi ’98 will lead YouTube in markets emerging in Africa, Europe, Middle East

Alex Okosi, who graduated from Saint Michael’s in 1998 with degrees Business Administration and Economics, is YouTube’s new managing director (MD) of emerging markets in Africa, Europe and Middle East (EMEA). Okosi is a Nigerian-born media proprietor responsible for developing and launching MTV Africa in February 2005.    Read more

January 11, 2020

Onetime rocker Duffy ’07 is ‘mortgage musician’

Garrett Duffy ’07, who majored in business administration at St. Mike’s, wrote to share a snapshot of his interesting career path since college. Writes Garrett, “My final year at Saint Michael’s was instrumental in my after college success … I managed and performed (harmonica) in an independent band called Barefoot Truth. For 7 years we traveled the country, put out 7 original albums, and amassed over 40 million plays on Pandora. The lead singer/songwriter of the band is another ‘07 Saint Michel’s graduate and close friend of mine (Will Evans ’07); After the band decided to stop touring, I started a career in real estate. This career led me to my current job as a mortgage loan officer. In order to differentiate myself in a crowded field, I started using the alias ‘The Mortgage Musician.’” Read more

Jan. 2, 2020

Freeman funds to support 11 in Singapore internships

Top students from the Business Adminstration and Accounting programs are among the 11 Saint Michael’s College students who will live, work and learn in Singapore for nearly two months early this coming summer 2020, funded by competitive and prestigious Freeman Foundation scholarships to support international internships in Asia. Read more 

*Due to COVID-19, all Singapore internships have been cancelled for the summer of 2020. 

Dec. 3, 2019

Annual Pitch Your Passion competition features student entrepreneurs

One student’s already promising startup company centered on selling handmade jewelry won this year’s “Pitch Your Passion” competition, in which students present their business models to faculty judges. Read more

Oct. 7, 2019

St. Mike’s business student appears on “Made in Vermont” segment

Francesca D’Elia ’20 was recently featured on the “Made in Vermont” program on WCAX out of Burlington, Vermont for her homegrown jewelry business, which she runs along with her full-time studies at Saint Michael’s. Watch the segment here >>

Oct. 7, 2019

Alumni panel tells how economics majors led to success

Five Saint Michael’s College economics majors returned to campus for a panel presentation on how they forged a path to success after college. They presented to a room full of 60 business and economics students, where the alumni touted Saint Michael’s dedication to internships and experiential learning in both business and economics. Read more 

Sept. 19. 2019

Students hear top business leader on workplace diversity

Prominent businessman Timothy Ryan on Thursday (September 12) shared with Saint Michael’s students his knowledge about fostering a diverse, inclusive workplace. The event took place at 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Recital Hall and was well-attended with a large portion of the audience consisting of business majors and students enrolled in business classes. Read more

August 23, 2019

Alana Parker ’19 wins national Sigma Beta Delta scholarship

Steve Doyon of the Saint Michael’s business and accounting faculty shares that recent graduate Alana Parker ‘19 (summa cum laude) was announced recently as a $1,000 national Scholarship recipient by Sigma Beta Delta, the International Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration. Steve writes: “Alana joined our SBD Chapter as one of 21 new members in the class of 2019 at our April 12 ceremony. Additional achievements include: Saint Michael’s College Book Award, Delta Epsilon Sigma (National Catholic Honor Society), 2019 Gallagher, Flynn & Company Scholarship awardee, 2019 Department and Program Honors in Accounting, member of 2019 Vermont CFA Institute Research Challenge winning team from Saint Michael’s, competed with teammates in Americas regional (New York City, April 2019); her extracurriculars included Her Campus, Saint Michael’s Business Society, and Saint Michael’s Founder’s Society. Each SBD Chapter is permitted to nominate one member for the annual Scholarship Program (formerly Fellowship Award, 2018 and earlier). Alana is our fourth consecutive Saint Michael’s College nominee to receive a Scholarship/Fellowship Award, and she is our Chapter’s sixth awardee since 2009: Jessica Waterbury ’09, Christopher Kopka ’10, Justin Colletti ’16; Connor Mitchell ’17; Ashley McGann ’18. Congratulations again to Alana, and best wishes as she begins graduate study at the University of Vermont (MAcc) this fall. Alana has earned a full-time public accounting employment offer for after graduate school through an internship during her Senior year at Saint Michael’s.” – From Saint Michael’s College THIS WEEK

Xinting Zhen
August 23, 2019

Xinting Zhen publishes works in her finance field

Xinting Zhen, who joined the Saint Michael’s Department of Business Administration and Accounting in Fall 2018 to teach finance, shares recent news about her research: “The first is a research award I recently obtained from Emerald Publishing. My doctoral research entitled “Three essays in financial institutions and corporate finance,’ has been chosen by the editorial team of Managerial Finance as a Highly Commended Award winner of the 2018 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Finance category. Founded in 1967, Emerald Publishing has continued to champion innovative ideas that ‘would advance the research and practice of business and management.’ The Awards help to foster, celebrate, encourage and recognize excellence in scholarly research all over the world. Secondly, I have a research paper entitled ‘Whom you borrow from matters: Universal banks and firm innovation,’ co-authored with Haizhi Wang, Desheng Yin, and Xiaotian Zhang, which has been published by Managerial Finance on April 6, 2019.” – From Saint Michael’s College THIS WEEK

August 16, 2019

St. Mike’s Freeman scholars see Hong Kong at historic time

Eleven Saint Michael’s students participate in internships in Hong Kong – including students in the Business program – this June and July as world attention became more focused on potentially historic political currents as part of the prestigious Freeman Foundation internship program. Read more

April 11, 2019

Gov. Scott in campus talk: Vermont needs more taxpayers

Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott told a well-attended “town hall meeting” on the Saint Michael’s College campus the afternoon of Monday, April 8, that “we can make Vermont more prosperous by attracting more taxpayers.” Read more

April 11, 2019

St. Mike’s team wins $800 prize at business ‘marathon’

A team composed of Saint Michael’s College students, accompanied by Professors Robert Letovsky and Karen Popovich of the Department of Business Administration & Accounting, on March 1, 2019, competed in the 7th annual “Free Enterprise Marathon” (FEM) held at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, taking home an $800 fourth place prize. Read more

March 13, 2019

Saint Michael’s hosts student-entrepreneur competition

February 22 was cold but sunny as about 50 people gathered in the Dion Family Student Center Roy Room to hear students from four Vermont colleges and universities pitch business ideas in the fourth annual LaunchVT Collegiate competition. Read more

March 6, 2019

St. Mike’s business students win Research Challenge again

For the second year straight, a Saint Michael’s College team of business/accounting students in February won the Vermont Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge. Read more

Feb. 7, 2019

Networking event keys on women in business, technology

A group of Saint Michael’s students and faculty from the Business Administration and Accounting Department on January 31 visited Logic Supply, a global industrial PC company focused on hardware with its headquarters in South Burlington, for a “Women in business and technology” panel and networking mixer. Read more

December 7, 2018

Excel course helps all 17 achieve certifications

Seventeen Saint Michael’s students earned their professional Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Excel 2016 Core Certification this past week. Students enrolled in BU 190 Topics: Microsoft Excel, a two-credit elective course taught by Professor Alaba Apesin of the Department of Business Administration and Accounting (photo at right), were given the option to sit for the exam at the end of the course. Among other things, the course taught students how to navigate the popular software, including how to conduct functions, perform operations with formulas, and create charts for reporting purposes. While students in the course were not required to sit for the certification exam, 17 chose to do so. All 17 students passed the exam – earning recognition with a printed professional certificate and digital badges to showcase on their LinkedIn profiles. Knowledge of how to use Microsoft Excel is considered a relevant and important skill in the 21st century workplace, said Kellie Campbell, Associate Dean for Online Learning and Non-Traditional Programming, further adding that “…students are learning incredible skills through their courses. This testing option is exactly that, an option. If a student chooses to apply that learning towards a certification, it is nice for the college to support them with obtaining externally validated credentials on things they are learning on their way towards their degree. These recognized skills can only help as they build out their resumes and professional profiles.” Alex Colletta, an employee in Information Technology and assistant lead on many programs, helped get the testing center set up this past fall, as there was only one testing site option in the state (a distance away). Saint Michael’s recently became one of only two Certiport Authorized Testing Centers in Vermont. – From Saint Michael’s College THIS WEEK

July 20, 2018

Summer College Excel class leads to certifications

Six students studying business and accounting in the Saint Michael’s College Accelerated Summer College (ASC) traveled with their Professor Karen Popovich to Lyndon State College in Lyndon on Tuesday, June 26, to take the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Excel 2016 Core Certification. Read more

April 24, 2018

Will Meconi ’03, Professor Scott address business honors group

The Saint Michael’s Department of Business Administration and Accounting held its 15th Induction Ceremony of the Saint Michael’s College chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, an international honor society that recognizes outstanding academic scholarship and achievement for students in business, management, and administration. Read more

April 23, 2018

Students learn etiquette does & don’ts for business dinners

The Saint Michael’s College Business Society held its second annual Business Etiquette Dinner in early April. Led by Professor Robert Letovsky of the Department of Business Administration & Accounting, the event focused on helping Saint Michael’s students develop some basic strategies in terms of do’s and don’ts if they are invited to a meal during the job interview process. Read more 

April 20, 2018

Jobs picture strong for St. Mike’s accounting graduates

Ten Saint Michael’s College accounting alumni who graduated between 2003 and 2015 joined five Business Administration and Accounting faculty and more than 20 current Saint Michael’s students in Pomerleau Alumni Center on April 19 for the department’s Careers in Accounting Panel & Networking event. Read more

March 2, 2018

Team excels at Free Enterprise Marathon

A team composed of five Saint Michael’s College students, accompanied by Professor Robert Letovsky of the Department of Business Administration & Accounting, competed in the 6th annual “Free Enterprise Marathon” (FEM) held at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh. Read more

February 16, 2018

Saint Michael’s team tops in state as financial analysts

A Saint Michael’s College team of five business/accounting students on February 13 won the 2018 Vermont CFA Institute Research Challenge, a state qualifier for an annual global competition that provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis. Read more