SHU Students Present at Intercollegiate Forums

News Story: January 17, 2013

Three Sacred Heart University students were featured presenters at prestigious intercollegiate forums recently. Michael V. Fazzino, a junior business administration and political science major, and Amanda Francini, a sophomore psychology major, participated in “Be the Change,” a conference at Babson College, from April 3-5. It was sponsored by the Core Commitments program of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. And Nick Diieso, a junior finance major at the John F. Welch College of Business, examined the current economic crisis and chaired a round-table discussion at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference held the last weekend of March in Annapolis.

The Core Commitments conference brought students together from the 23-school AACU consortium that explores values education on campuses across the country. Fazzino was randomly chosen to work with students from four other colleges, and the team created a concept that will share in the $5,000 prize offered for the best ideas submitted. “Micore Exchange” is the plan for a campus thrift store – with a twist. It would encourage donations of items that would otherwise be tossed out helping to clog landfills. Customers would pay for recycled furniture, books, clothing and the like with money or the donation of service hours or canned food.

The store would be staffed by volunteers or a work-study employee and would run at set hours during the school year with donations likely to be particularly heavy at the end of each semester. In addition to its environmental advantage and its convenient access to perfectly usable goods, it would give students on limited budgets the opportunity to stretch their dollars in an atmosphere where everyone was doing the same.

Diieso was among a select group of students invited to participate at the annual event. The topic of his presentation was “From Wall Street to Main Street: A Macro-Economic and Sociological Analysis of the Present Financial Crisis.” Following his address, he led a wide-ranging discussion with students and faculty members from a number of prestigious institutions of higher learning across the Northeast. He also discussed “game theory” and its implications for traditional economics with a student from Saint Elizabeth College in New Jersey.