UNH Whittemore School of Business and Economics

WSBE Reunion Information


UNH Business School to Hold First Reunion

UNH Benefactors Peter Paul and Fred Whittemore Are Scheduled to Speak

By Janet Lathrop
UNH News Bureau

May 29, 2002

DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business and Economics will hold its first ever reunion June 7, 8 and 9, 2002, at McConnell Hall on campus in Durham.

The public is welcome to attend several events presented by Whittemore School faculty, beginning Friday with "Noteworthy Trends in Today's Business World." Stephen Ciccone, assistant professor of finance, will speak at 3 p.m. on "Investing Decisions," and how to choose among new types of investments such as Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF) and tax-exempt and other, more complex securities.

A concurrent session also at 3 p.m., will feature Linda Sprague, professor of operations management at UNH and the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Shanghai, speaking about "Reform, Opening-Up and Contradiction: The People's Republic of China." As Sprague notes, China's entry into the World Trade Organization signals a profound change in the country's economic climate. "Changes in the political climate, on the other hand, are subtle, nondramatic, and largely misunderstood in the West -- if they are recognized at all," she adds. Her presentation will trace significant changes as two leaders, Jiang Zemin and Zhu Rongji, retire this year.

At 4 p.m., Rita Weathersby, associate professor of organizational behavior, will speak on "Inspiration and Community at Work." Weathersby notes that today's leaders must find ways to foster inspiration and community, starting with themselves. Her session is "a conversation about how we do this," she adds.

Frederick Crane, a Whittemore School adjunct professor, will speak on "Environmental Scanning and Trends That Are Changing the Marketing Landscape" at 4 p.m. Crane will discuss environmental scanning and the importance of monitoring the marketing environment, as well as identifying key trends affecting the way customers behave and how businesses must respond to that behavior."

The following day, Saturday, June 8, Peter Paul, who earned a B.S. degree in business administration at the Whittemore School in 1967 and who gave the university $10 million last year, will speak at 9 a.m. in McConnell Hall on "Making Money and Having Fun in a Changing Economy." Paul also plans to offer his thoughts on how technology has changed the way people do business. His gift to UNH last year created the Peter T. Paul Chair in Space Science and the Dr. Samuel Paul Chair in Developmental Psychology. Paul is president of the Headlands Group, LLC, a family investment company based in Corte Madera, Calif. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the UNH Foundation.

At 10 a.m. Whittemore School Executives-in-Residence will host a Forum on Leadership. Featured panelists include Joan Leitzel, outgoing UNH president; Andy Lietz, managing director of Rye Capital and president and CEO, retired, at Hadco; Peter Markwith, adjunct professor at Bentley College, also owner and independent consultant for Unified Business Technologies, LLC, and Roger Worboys, senior vice president, retired, at Bresnan Communications.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Fred Whittemore, for whom UNH's Whittemore Arena is named, is an advisory director at Morgan Stanley and a member of the Whittemore School Advisory Board. He will discuss "The Latest News from Wall Street."

At 3 p.m. Len Rishkofski, president and CEO, Snowden Associates, Portsmouth, will speak on "How to Conduct an Effective Job Search," including career transitioning, executive coaching, and attracting and retaining employees.

All events are free and open to the public. Reserve a seat by calling 862-0017 or by e-mail to wsbe.reunion@unh.edu Information, including room locations, is also available on the Web at: http://alumni.unh.edu/chapters/wsbe/

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