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Alumni Spotlight

Lerner alum turns undergraduate project into successful burrito franchise

In the 1990’s, University of Delaware assistant professor of hotel, restaurant and institutional management (HRIM) Ron Cole assigned student Paul Altero to create a mock business model. Altero created a concept called Bubbakoo’s Burritos, which today has become a successful business that is now franchising.

Developing entrepreneurs across Africa

Since his graduation from the Lerner College's Ph.D. program in economics, Samuel Mathey has worked to spread entrepreneurial knowledge throughout his home country of Cote d’Ivoire and other countries in Africa. Mathey created the African Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (AFFEED) this year, which promotes sustainable economic growth in the continent.

A floating spa

University of Delaware master of business administration alumnus Matt Kay has opened the new East Coast Float Spa, offering his clients the health benefits of total weightlessness. 

Lerner alumnus and corporate expert discusses his new book

Lawrence Cunningham, leading authority on corporate governance and culture, spoke with UD students and faculty as part of the Chaplin Tyler Executive Leadership Series. UD is the first stop on a 15-campus book tour for his new book, Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values.

Water ice entrepreneur

Lerner College alumnus Jeremy Litwack was 18 years old when he began selling water ice as a street peddler in Philadelphia. Today, he is the founder and CEO of Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, a thriving enterprise with 150 employees and eight stores throughout Florida.

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The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

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