Going Virtual and Setting Yourself Up for Success

Work Remote Space

As of Monday, March 16, 2020 the College of the Holy Cross asked all students, faculty and staff to transition to working remotely as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  With new obstacles comes new opportunities and ways to set ourselves up for success to work virtually.

Setting up your space.  Not everyone has a a home office or desk but it is a really important way to set yourself up for success. Find a quiet place (earbuds work too!) that you can focus and separate from distractions – bonus if it has a window/view – and stay organized with only the materials you need out. Having a set space will keep your work area easily accessible, and the choice to be in that space or not. Working virtually does not come with the expectation that you should be available 24/7 and having the option to take a break is key for mental fatigue. Check out all of the ideas online by searching #setupyourspace.

Looking the part.  Come to class prepared and get ready for the day just as you would on campus .  It is easy to get out of daily habits and routines and your attitude/effort will fall with it.  Your professor will likely want to see your face in “class” so be sure you have good lighting – you don’t want to be back-lit which will only cast dark, unflattering shadows. Keep up appearances, stay on task and continue your good habits at home.

Exploring new technology.  Social distancing means new ways of communicating. While most of us are comfortable with the apps we use on our cell phones, they are different from the professional video conferencing platforms used for meetings and class time.  Give yourself peace of mind and test out Google Meet or ZOOM ahead of the scheduled meeting to become familiar with your new classroom.  Test with a friend you miss from HC!

Screen fatigue.  Ever notice how after a long binge on the couch you feel even more tired?  It is important to keep active throughout the day to keep your blood pumping and brain focused. Between classes, just like you would on campus, take a walk around the house/outside or even just do a few jumping jacks.  One way to keep your eyes from getting tired is to look at something 15-20 feet away for a few seconds every so often to reset your gaze.

Have patience. In the words of Dean Margaret Frieje… we realize that this is a stressful time for everyone, particularly as we try to balance our commitments to our families and their needs with our professional responsibilities.Please be patient and generous with yourselves we move through this ever changing landscape.

Overall, be safe and stay healthy!  We are all in this together and your community is here for you.  Please reach out with any questions or concerns, or to share a pic of your new work space!

Katherine Kalill ’21 Interns at the Ciocca Center

Student headshot.

My name is Katherine Kalill ’21. I’m a current junior at Holy Cross, majoring in Political Science with an Africana Studies concentration and working towards a Certificate in Entrepreneurship through the Ciocca Center. 

I recently returned to campus after working under the programming team at CBS Sports in New York City. Living in the city also allowed me to explore the various new market opportunities available. As a result, I am interested in learning more about the future of entrepreneurship and what it takes to turn an idea into a prosperous business. In addition, I would love to research what people have found to be the most successful way to pitch ideas and what separates successful ideas from the rest in the increasingly competitive global world of business. I hope to explore potential strategies of growth and conclude principles that hold true across industries.

Through the Academic Internship Program this semester, I am taking a seminar called “Boards and CEOs: Governing America’s Businesses” with Professor Dan Ricciardi and interning at the Ciocca Center. In my time here, my focus is to identify alumni who embody the spirit of entrepreneurship through their business endeavors and identify how their liberal arts education has complimented their success.

Stay tuned to see Katherine’s progress this semester!

Women in Business Volunteers at National Organization

WIB Committee Members at Dress for Success

Earlier this month, members of the Women in Business student committee spent a morning at Dress for Success Worcester. Dress for Success is a non-profit national organization dedicated to promoting female financial independence and career achievement by providing free professional clothing to wear in the workplace and to job interviews. In addition to providing clothing, the organization also assists women with resume building and interview preparation to increase their chances of being hired.

WIB committee members volunteered at the Worcester branch where they organized, steamed, and polished clothing and shoe donations. We were also able to learn more about what the organization does for the women it supports and opportunities to further get involved. We learned various helpful career and resume tips from Dress for Success staff members. For example, Justina Lachapelle  and Beth Butler, executive director and program director respectively, explained the difference between branding and marketing and how understanding the distinction between the two can be important when developing your own personal brand for purposes such as job interviews.

Spending the morning with Dress for Success was a great way to bring in the new committee members and to better get to know one another outside of our weekly meetings. It was a great opportunity to give back to an organization that does so much to support female empowerment in the professional world.

As a committee, we are currently working to plan the 15th annual Holy Cross Women in Business Conference which will take place on campus Saturday, November 7th, 2020. We have confirmed our morning keynote alumna speaker (stay tuned for an announcement!) and are planning plenty of new programming and surprises! I hope you will celebrate 15 years with us!

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Thanks to Grace Ingram ’20, WIB Committee Co-Chair, for sharing her experience.  We look forward to the 15th annual conference this fall!

The HC Student Investment Fund Competes in Michigan

 

Holy Cross Student Investment Fund students posing at Engage Summit in Michigan

Left to Right:  Jack McConville ‘20, Liam Busconi ‘21, LJ Foley ‘21, Maggie Burd ‘20 & Jack Mucci ‘21

Five students in the Holy Cross Student Investment Fund (HC SIF) competed at the annual ENGAGE, Annual Undergraduate Investment Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The two-day event, October 18-19 of 2019, consisted of various panels, speakers and nearly 30 schools, including Texas, Notre Dame, Virginia, Elon, Washington University. HCSIF pitched AT&T based on broader macroeconomic themes and a thesis on future company transition influenced by an activist investor letter, a thesis eventually proven true in the short term by the market.  You can view their pitch deck here: AT&T Engage Undergraduate Investment Pitch.


This spring the student group plans to compete in CQA, a virtual portfolio competition, as well as at the annual UMASS Isenberg Stock Pitch Competition.  Additionally, the group plans to visit alumni in Boston and NYC for site visits and alumni networking opportunities. Stay tuned! 

Insightful Interview with Ted Lynch 84

 

Interested in finance? Take a listen to an interview by Leif Johnson ’21 withTed Lynch ’84. Leif first met Ted, Managing Director at Bank of America, during the annual spring Corporate Finance & Banking Workshop in Boston.  Ted has been a great mentor for many students, including Leif, and he is eager to share new opportunities with Holy Cross students.

Holy Cross will teach you to think critically and persuasively, no matter your major.” – Ted Lynch ’84

Leif Johnson ’21 and Ted Lynch ’84 at a Holy Cross event.

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Annual Innovation Challenge Solves Campus Problems

HC Launch, the student incubator through the Ciocca Center, hosted the fall Innovation Challenge on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Building off of last spring’s Innovation Challenge, this event brought students together to brainstorm problems centered around issues on campus at Holy Cross stemming from the Engage Summit and to ideate potential solutions to these problems.
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Maggie O’Neill ’99 Inspires at the 14th Annual WIB Conference

“When you enter a room, you need to have confidence. But you also need to check your ego at the door.” This was the advice that keynote speaker Maggie O’Neill ‘99 shared with over 200 students and alumnae gathered in Hogan Ballroom on the morning of November 2nd. This event marked the 14th annual Women in Business Conference held at the College of the Holy Cross.  Continue reading “Maggie O’Neill ’99 Inspires at the 14th Annual WIB Conference”

Alumna Interview: Jillian Caffrey ’14

Alumna: Jillian Caffrey ’14
Major: Political Science, Anthropology minor
Profession: 
Assistant to Global Marketing COO, BlackRock

How has your liberal arts education helped you professionally? There was a transformative point during my time at Holy Cross at the end of my freshman year.  At the time, I was an accounting major and was struggling with the material so I consulted my Montserrat professor for advice.  I was struggling to figure out how and if I was going to pivot from this major that I set before I even stepped foot on campus.  While I didn’t identify a new major right away, she did help me realize the true value of a liberal arts education, it was a moment I never forgot as she rattled off countless examples of Holy Cross grads and their “majors” and current career paths.  While I ultimately landed into a political science major and anthropology minor because I was interested in the content, I credit the lessons I learned while in school that have helped me in business including problem-solving and communication skills that I would have learned regardless of the major I selected. Continue reading “Alumna Interview: Jillian Caffrey ’14”

Alumna Spotlight: Seton McFarland ’16

Seton McFarland ’16, second from right, on an alumni panel at UBS.

Alumna: Seton McFarland ’16
Major: Accounting
Profession: Analyst, UBS

Who/What inspired you to enter the business world?  Both of my parents worked in business, so I definitely gravitated to what I was familiar with coming out of college. Within the business world, I chose to enter into the financial services industry because it complemented my strong interest in economics. Continue reading “Alumna Spotlight: Seton McFarland ’16”

HC Launch Incubates Eight Student Businesses

On Sunday, September 29, 2019 the HC Launch student incubator started off with its semester kickoff event. The application process yielded eight student-led startup teams, with ventures ranging from data security to the cosmetics industry. Paul Wiley ‘20 and Tom Cremins ‘21, managing directors, kicked off the event discussing the direction of the incubator this semester, matched student teams, and led an engaging team building activity.  Continue reading “HC Launch Incubates Eight Student Businesses”