Summer@Sawyer

What We’ve Been Doing During the Dog Days

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A Journey in Haiku

Trish Gannon, MPA ’97, recently published a book of poetry, The Year in Haiku: A Journey through the Seasons and their Holidays. As well as being a Suffolk trustee, Gannon is executive vice president of finance and planning and chief financial officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. So what’s a finance person doing writing poetry?

“I’ve always tried to balance my analytic, financial profession with my creative talents and interests,” says Gannon. “As my career path led me to more demanding roles in strategic finance, it’s been important to me to foster my creativity.”

In the spirit of the summer season––a time to slow down and think about things––we’re including some of her summer haiku.

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“Memorial Day”

Sun persuades tight buds,
Lilies open in tribute…
At dusk, they are gone.

©Trish Gannon

Learning What Business Is All About

Foundations of Business students visited the Google campus in Cambridge.
Foundations of Business students visited the Google campus in Cambridge.

“Foundations of Business,” offered this summer for the first time, is designed to immerse non-business students in the world of business.

The nine-credit course gave students an introduction to the fundamentals of marketing, finance, and organizational behavior. Along with in-class and online sessions, the class included site visits to Google Cambridge, John Hancock, and PwC.

“My biggest takeaway from the course was that, no matter your major, there is one qualification every employer is looking for: critical thinking skills,” says Communication major Jordan Waterworth. “Companies aren’t just looking to see what you’ve studied. They want to know you can use what you’ve learned to solve problems, lead projects, and think outside the box.”

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“Independence Day”

Lazily festive,
Haze, humidity linger:
Fireworks explode!

©Trish Gannon

EMBA students visited with Senator Ed Markey (far right).

We Went to DC…

EMBA and MPA classes each made trips to Washington, DC, where they met cabinet officials, lobbyists, Senators, and other political insiders. The big takeaway for those groups? Politics is part of everything.

“Regardless of our diverse professional backgrounds, our businesses are influenced by decisions made in Washington,” said Laura Elizabeth Ogonowski, EMBA ’18. “Having a greater understanding of the intersection of business and government allows us to be more well-rounded business leaders.”

Students learned about public policy issues in Dublin.

…and Dublin

The Comparative Public Policy trip to Ireland gave MPA and MBA students the chance to see how public policy initiatives work in the EU as compared to Massachusetts.

One special component of the trip is that students had the chance to do actual field research in areas like community policing, homelessness policy, immigration support, and restorative justice.

“The trip to Ireland was transformative,” says Priscilla Smith, MPA/MS ’18. “Suffolk’s relationships with the Irish Institute of Public Administration and Queen’s University Belfast highlighted the interconnectedness of the socio-economic issues impacting women and children globally, especially homelessness.”

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“Labor Day”

Soothed as twilight comes,
A tangible weariness…
Sultry air stifles.

©Trish Gannon

Helping Kids Solve World Problems

Even 12-year olds have ideas on how to solve global warming. Just ask the kids in this summer’s Suffolk Young Innovator’s Program, a collaboration between the Suffolk University Marketing department and the United Nations Association of Greater Boston. The program included children and wards of Suffolk faculty and staff who spent five days working on solutions for global warming.

“Innovation is the key to everything we do,” explains Professor Sushil Bhatia, who has sponsored the program since its inception. “Exposing the kids at an early age to innovation helps them think differently. It teaches them the importance of coming up with new ideas and seeing that their ideas can change their life.”

Activities involved hands-on projects such as design models for frugal innovation, Lego robotics, and computer engineering. There also was practical engagement with the Suffolk innovation lab, engineering lab, fab lab, and woodwork lab. The young innovators ended the week by presenting their ideas in a model UN simulation.