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...]

Senior Reflections: Sean Prin

Sean Prin '17

As graduation quickly approaches, the College of Business will feature a new senior blog post each week. This week's post is from Sean Prin.  Sean is majoring in accounting and will begin work at KWC, Certified Public Accountants in Alexandria, Virginia. In my time at the University of Mary Washington and the UMW College of Business, I have matured in my studies and character through sports and the relationships built with my professors. Although I no longer play lacrosse, the time I spent going to workouts, practices, and social events helped me develop the necessary skills to balance work and fun. My motto became “work hard, play hard.” There is sometimes a negative perception about athletes in regards to the classroom. But that is not true. As athletes, we are taught to put our studies first, hence the term “student-athlete.” My coaches never gave me issues when I needed to see a professor and had to be late for practice. The biggest issue I struggled with were the days … [Read more...]

Senior Reflections: Alexander Cragg

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As graduation quickly approaches, the College of Business will feature a new senior blog post each week. Our inaugural post is from Alex Cragg.  Alex is majoring in business administration and plans to attend graduate school for his MBA degree. There’s a science in everything It absolutely astonishes me how much we know about the natural world.  The way we have evolved, not just physically, but in our capacity to reason and understand what’s around us is staggering, and there doesn’t seem to be a ceiling.  The immensity of the universe can often make one feel small and inconsequential, but the silver lining for me is that there’s simply so much out there to be gained – in knowledge, and in ability. When I began college in 2013, I hadn’t the slightest clue about where I wished to go afterwards, much less what I would major in.  All I knew was that I never wanted to stop learning, so keeping an open mind and a variety of options seemed essential.  It eventually became clear that … [Read more...]

Marketing Down Under

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Early this January, 13 UMW students took a 3-mile kayak trip across the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland to Rangitoto Island. Hiking to the summit of the island’s volcano, the class watched the sun set over the city in the distance before paddling back under a star-filled sky. … [Read more...]