three people posing with Minney Mouse character at Disneyland

Alum lands dream job with company known for making dreams come true 

The journey for Darcy Accardi ‘06 from TU to the Walt Disney Company didn’t happen overnight but was still a dream come true. 

I always wanted to work for Disney,” she says. “I grew up going to the parks—just looking at all the scenery and rides and thinking, ‘What a cool job it would be to be part of the team that made something like that. Continue reading “Alum lands dream job with company known for making dreams come true “

College of business and economics student tori prestianni stands in the hallway of Stephens Hall

New Women in Business student organization empowers emerging female leaders

As a marketing major, when Victoria (Tori) Prestianni sat in her business classes, she noticed that there were fewer women than men—and the women did not interact with each other much.

As the President of the University Residence Government, Prestianni had been able to connect with people and grow meaningful friendships. However, what she felt was missing from that experience was the academic connection. She wanted to bridge the academic social networking gap and create a space for women with similar academic interests to come together, share experiences, and network. So, solution-driven Prestianni founded the Women in Business club in Fall 2018. The club started with 10 members and has more than doubled to approximately 20 to 30 active members. Continue reading “New Women in Business student organization empowers emerging female leaders”

New Faculty: Meet Kenneth Coriale, Department of Economics

This fall, CBE welcomes 8 new faculty members – here’s what you need to know.

Kenneth Coriale
Lecturer
Department of Economics

Education:

Ph.D., Economics
University of Maryland College Park

Post-Bac, Mathematics
North Carolina State University

B.A., Economics;
Government and Politics; History
University of Maryland College Park

What are your research interests?

Broadly, my research interests are in applied microeconomics, both in political economy and public economics. To be a little more specific, I am interested in the influence of institutional and program design choices on individual behavior, with an emphasis on data-based approaches to government decision-making. My recent work has examined the behavior of judges, state legislators, and college students.

What are you looking forward to in your new role at Towson University?

I’m most looking forward to meeting the students here at Towson University. I’m excited to help them achieve their educational and career goals. I also look forward to working with students on economic research here at the University.

What is something few people know about you that might be surprising to some?

I’m a huge soccer fan. My favorite team is Tottenham Hotspur. I even visited their new stadium in London while it was under construction.

How do you spend your free time?

I like to spend my free time with my wife and one-year-old son. I particularly enjoy going on trips with them around the area. This year we’ve been to the beach, the zoo, the aquarium, Gettysburg, and Mount Vernon.

What is your favorite TV show?

This is a tough question, but I think I’d pick Burn Notice. It’s a show in the spy genre that focuses much less on action and more on preparation and working intelligently. The runner up would be Game of Thrones.

If you could give your students one piece of advice from your life experiences, what would it be?

Focus on the career path you want, but also be open to other paths you haven’t considered. Once you graduate from Towson University’s College of Business and Economics, you’ll be well qualified for many positions. Focus on jobs that will help your chosen career path and that you will find enjoyable, but don’t become too set on a particular next step. There may be jobs out there of types you haven’t considered yet that are enjoyable and move you along in your career.

New Faculty: Meet Tanja Darden, Department of Management

This fall, CBE welcomes 8 new faculty members — here’s what you need to know.

Tanja Darden
Assistant Professor
Department of Management

Education:

Ph.D., Business Administration
Management – Organizational Behavior
Georgia State University

M.S., Electrical Engineering
North Carolina A&T State University

B.S., Electrical Engineering
North Carolina A&T State University Continue reading “New Faculty: Meet Tanja Darden, Department of Management”