January 24: Life in the Fast Lane

Three May '17 UMW business alumni will return to campus on Wednesday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Woodard Hall, Room 202 to talk to current students about life after graduation. Hear insights and advice as they share their experiences about transitioning from UMW into the workplace. Free and open to all. The following alumni will join the College of Business: Coming soon! … [Read more...]

First Annual College of Business Alumni Awards: A Great Success

The First Annual Business Alumni Awards took place Friday, October 20 in conjunction with UMW’s Homecoming Weekend. More than one hundred alumni, faculty, students, staff and friends of the College of Business attended the inaugural event.  It allowed guests to reconnect while also recognizing alumni who have made exceptional contributions to their professions and are leaders in their fields. Attendees enjoyed live music, food and bar stations prior to the awards ceremony, which was led by Acting Dean of the College of Business, Ken Machande. Machande shared many humorous, yet meaningful stories about each awardee. ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation and Beautiful Home Services served as the event sponsors. More than 30 business students were sponsored to attend. Eleven alumni in total were honored and all were present to accept their award with the exception of Dave Carey, who sent an entertaining video acceptance speech with the theme of Carpool Karaoke. During the video, Carey sat … [Read more...]

2017 Executive-in-Residence, Roberta MacDonald ’72 Shares How To Dance Among Giants

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Alumna Roberta MacDonald credits the University of Mary Washington with giving her the tools it took to help launch her extraordinary 40-year marketing career. She’s served as Vermont’s first marketing director and worked for such heavy-hitters as the San Francisco Opera, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, American Express and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial … [Read more...]

College of Business Holds Admission Ceremony for New Business Majors

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The College of Business hosted its first Admission Ceremony for newly admitted business majors.  The ceremony recognizes this achievement and imparts what is expected from students as they continue their education in business and prepare for their professional careers. More than sixty students were welcomed into the College of Business on Friday, September 15, 2017, in conjunction with UMW's Family Weekend.  Parents and loved ones, along with College of Business faculty were in attendance at the event. Acting Dean Ken Machande served as the emcee of the event. The ceremony highlighted the Legacy of the College of Business and the student’s contribution to its principles. UMW business administration alumnus Dan Clendenin ’07 and current business administration major Caroline Mosberg spoke to the students as they were formally inducted into the College of Business. … [Read more...]

Meet the Accounting Firms in Woodard Hall

Melisa Pilipovic '17 from KPMG, and business major Ripken Smith.

The annual “Meet the Accounting Firms” event was held Wednesday, September 13 in Woodard Hall's Red Room. Co-hosted by the College of Business and Career for Career and Professional Development, the yearly event aims to bring together potential employers and current accounting students. Twelve firms and organizations from the Fredericksburg and DC areas were in attendance and met with students individually to offer information on internships and employment. Participating firms included: Auditor of Public Accounts - Commonwealth of Virginia, Becker, Bowling, Franklin and Company, Deloitte, Department of Defense, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Foltz and Associates, Kositzka Wicks & Company, KPMG, Liberty Tax, PB Mares, Robinson Farmer Cox, and Tate & Tryon. Students became acquainted not only with the firms, but with alumni who returned to represent their companies. Melisa Pilipovic '17 from KPMG and Ripken Smith reconnected at the event. Smith recognized Pilipovic's … [Read more...]

College of Business to Honor Alumni at First Annual Business Alumni Awards

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The First Annual Business Alumni Awards will be held on Friday, October 20 in conjunction with UMW's Homecoming Weekend. The College of Business Alumni Awards will allow alumni to reconnect while also recognizing alumni who have made exceptional contributions to their professions and are leaders in their fields. Registration is open and each ticket includes access to food stations and two drink tickets. A cash bar will be available. Recipients will be recognized at the event. Sponsorships are also available. 2017 Award Winners Business Hall of Fame Dave Carey ’96 Sue Meisinger ’74 Dan Wolfe ’84 Distinguished Business Alumni Award Lou Marmo ’94 Robert Strassheim ’96 Sarah Strassheim ’01 Young Business Alumni Award Andrew Blate ’04 Bryan Campbell ’06 Dan Clendenin ’07 Fitz Maro ’11 Charles Reed ’11 … [Read more...]

Senior Reflections: Sean Kinslow ’17

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Graduation is here. Four years at Mary Wash already gone, in what seemed like a blink of an eye. Looking back, I am so happy I made the decision that I did in coming to UMW. I have made lifelong friends, made memories and learned things in and out of the classroom that will help shape me fort the rest of my life.  I came to Mary Wash for a degree but I will be leaving with so much more. The “so much more” came from getting involved here on campus. As a business major, I have really enjoyed my four years in the College of Business (COB). Great professors, small class sizes, and a friendly and helpful administration have all left me with an outstanding experience in the COB. Even better than in-classroom activities was getting involved outside of the required lectures. The COB constantly has great events for business majors and non-business majors alike. Activities such as mocktails, speed networking, and guest lectures were some of my favorites. These events helped prepare me for … [Read more...]

Senior Reflections: Melisa Pilipovic ’17

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Melisa Pilipovic is a senior accounting major. She will begin as a federal auditor with KPMG in May. How the College of Business Helped Me With only roughly two weeks left until my Undergraduate Commencement, I have been reminiscing on all of my past experiences here at Mary Washington. Many of my fondest memories revolve around the College of Business. Every semester, the College of Business hosts many different types of events to engage students, help them with networking, and to meet professionals that may be of guidance for the future. I have attended multiple events offered like Speed Networking and various Financial Seminars, but one event in particular became an event that I looked forward to attending every fall semester. The event is called Meet the Accounting Firms. Being the ambitious freshmen that I was, I attended Meet the Accounting Firms my first fall semester, not knowing anything about it. This event was structured towards upperclassmen and Business … [Read more...]

College of Business Hosts 1st Annual COB Case Competition

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The College of Business hosted its 1st Annual COB Case Competition, presented by Beautiful Home Services, on Friday, April 28 in Woodard Hall. Five groups of students from Dr. Woody Richardson and Dr. Wei Chen's MGMT 490 classes were selected by College of Business faculty as finalists in the competition. Each group pitched its final presentation to a panel of judges. The prize for first place was $3,000, second place $1,500, and third place $500. Judging the competition was Andrew Blate '04 and  Craig Schneibolk of Beautiful Home Services, Melinda May '91, College of Business faculty member Dr. John Marsh and Cara Parker '05 MBA. Results 1st Place - Pink Ladies 2nd Place - KJAM 3rd Place - Financial Revolution Finalists Pink Ladies - Jessica Hendricks, Abigail Mathews, Bridget McCormack, Taylor Turner KJAM - Kadeem Gittens, Jasmine Mann, Ariel Paulk, Margaret Tuite  Financial Revolution - Wyatt Burr, Sarah Cloude, John Lowe, Kayla Smith TRAJE - Tiffany Yowell, … [Read more...]

Senior Reflections: Sierra Turner ’17

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What COB Means To Me Written by Sierra Turner '17 Here I am in my final semester at the University of Mary Washington. Over the past few years I have made lifelong friends, gained a vast amount of knowledge, and made the University of Mary Washington my home. The most impactful part of my time here has been being involved with the College of Business, also known as the COB. Come graduation, I will not only leave the university with professional relationships and the knowledge to successfully go out into the “real world,” but also a new perspective of what COB really means to me. Community, Opportunity, and Beneficial conjointly interpret my experiences with the College of Business. Reminiscing to the first day I stepped foot into Woodard Hall I was overwhelmed with the sense of community between the students, staff, and professors. While walking through the building I was greeted with warm smiles, enlightening conversations, and the sense of belonging. In class professors … [Read more...]