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Business professors meet with Italian academics about executive mentoring and Katrina

October 16, 2009

Loyola University New Orleans College of Business professors Michelle Johnston and Kate Lawrence and Dean Bill Locander met earlier this month with representatives from the University of L’Aquila, to talk about rebuilding after a disaster and partnering with local enterprises. L’Aquila, which is in the Abruzzo region of Italy, was devastated by an earthquake in April, which killed almost 300 residents and students of the university.

The representatives were professors and deans from the University of L’Aquila, who wanted insights into how Loyola University regrouped after Katrina and how the COB partners with local businesses in its Executive Mentor Program. The visit was arranged through the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

The Executive Mentor Program director Michelle Johnston, said the meeting was touching.

“I don't think you can truly understand what they are going through unless you have endured similar hardships,” Johnston said. “We get it. It’s only been six months since the earthquake, so our students wrote the professors letters of condolence and hope. We were all in tears.”

Johnston said the meeting went so well that the Italian university is working to get Loyola approved as an official sister school.

For more information on the College of Business, contact Catherine Koppel in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448 or ckoppel@loyno.edu.

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