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Sacred Heart University’s Khawaja A. Mamun, chair and associate professor of economics and finance, recently partnered with Lisa Dierker at Wesleyan University to bring her innovative teaching method, “Passion-Driven Statistics,” to the Fairfield campus. Mamun’s interest, in fact, resulted in a two-day workshop for SHU’s statistics faculty that took place this fall at the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center. Dierker and her Wesleyan associate, Jennifer Rose, led the sessions.
Recognizing that many nonprofit groups are struggling to survive after years of state funding cuts, Sacred Heart University recently conducted a conference to explore ways to help them overcome their challenges. Other reasons for the challenges are increased demand for services and fewer donations. All these reasons are forcing nonprofits to do more with less. Much like for-profit businesses, nonprofits need to learn how to most effectively use their available resources. This often requires creative and/or hard-nosed business decisions if they are to thrive.
A lively discussion on voter turnout, political races and the state’s future ensued at Sacred Heart University’s post-election analysis in mid-November. Lesley DeNardis, director of SHU’s Institute for Public Policy (IPP) and program director for the Master of Public Administration program, moderated the panel discussion, “Post-Election Analysis: What Happened and What Lies Ahead for Connecticut,” in the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center’s forum. Panelists included Gary Rose, professor and chair of the Department of Government; Ken Dixon, politics editor for Hearst Connecticut Media Group; Michael Vigeant ’98, CEO of GreatBlue Research; and Ebong Udoma, senior reporter at WSHU Public Radio.