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Ivey’s top social media stories of 2016

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  • Dec 19, 2016
Ivey’s top social media stories of 2016

What a year!

From architectural awards to the Kardashian family, Ivey News stories took over our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

What were the biggest stories of the year? We took a look back at what got the most traction on social media – likes, shares, comments, replies, and retweets – and narrowed it down to a top five list.

1. The Richard Ivey Building wins architectural honours

Whether you’ve sat in its classrooms, studied in its library, or just strolled through the hallways, if you’ve been in the Richard Ivey Building, you know it’s a special place.

Last summer, the Ivey Building received the International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

This was just one of the architectural awards the Ivey Building received this year. You can read about the others here.

2. Ivey grad named youngest GM in NHL history

In 2015, John Chayka, HBA ’14, accepted the role of Assistant General Manager/Analytics for the Arizona Coyotes. This year, he took on the job of General Manager – becoming the youngest GM in the NHL’s history.

3. Ivey entrepreneur keeps up with a Kardashian

If you opened a magazine, watched television, or scrolled through social media in 2016, chances are you saw something about the Kardashian family.

Kylie Jenner, the youngest of the Kardashian crew, launched a make up kit this year that sent the cosmetics world into a frenzy – and it was an Ivey grad who helped make it possible.

Ryan Ward-Williams, HBA ’15, heads the digital branding company,, that was behind the make up kit’s website.

4. HBA Faculty Director takes home case-writing award

Mary Weil is a woman of many titles: Communications lecturer, Director of the HBA Program, and now case writing competition winner.

Weil was among the winners for the 2015 EFMD Case Writing Competition for her case Boldly Go: Character Drives Leadership at Providence Healthcare, written with Chitra P. Reddin from Communications Solutions.

5. Students learn from a convicted criminal

In April, Ivey students learned that the world isn’t black and white. And who better to explain it than convicted criminal Andy Fastow, former CFO of Enron.

Many students had heard about the 2001 Enron scandal, what some refer to as the greatest fraud in corporate American history. But they didn't know Fastow thought his actions were legal. He taught students there are grey areas in life where the rules aren’t clear, and it isn’t always easy to tell what’s right and what’s wrong.