Dr. Kim Gower’s Class Impacts Local Community With Service Learning Projects

Dr. Gower's class shares stories about their service learning projects.

Assistant Professor Kim Gower joined the College of Business faculty this fall and is already inspiring her students. Gower currently teaches two Leadership Theory and Practice (MGMT 425) classes. Each student was asked to commit 15 hours of volunteer time to the organization of their choice.  More than 80 students participated and over 1,200 hours were devoted to helping the local community. “I assigned the project because of the list of things from Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy and head of the Equal Justice Initiative, on How to Change the World, Gower said when asked about the purpose of the project. “I have always believed we all have the power to change the world and I was thrilled to see that Bryan had a list of ways to do it. His first point is the idea of Proximity. We often judge situations without really knowing what we are talking about or dealing with because we fail to get close to the situation. As business students and future managers and leaders we often make … [Read more...]

Students Visit NYC During Fall Break


Lynne Richardson, dean of the College of Business, and Ken Machande, associate dean,  accompanied a group of business students on a fall break trip to New York in October. During the trip, eleven students explored the city and met with several business alums and friends of the college. Upon their arrival, the students enjoyed dinner and a city tour with Frederick Smith, financial advisor at UBS. The students also met with Adam Raiken, CFO or MetLife Stadium. They received a full tour of the stadium before returning to the city for a visit with Fitz Maro '11 at 360i. Later that day, Freddy Smith welcomed the students to the offices for UBS. The trip also included a trip to Hazel Tree to meet with CEO, Sameer Shalaby and Jim Coppola, director of institutional partnerships at the CFA Institute. A portion of the trip was made possible by Dave Carey '96, Co-founder and President of ROI Training. … [Read more...]

2016 Executive-in-Residence Urges Students to Make Passion a Goal


The College of Business’ Executive-in-Residence, Kyle Ragsdale paired his love of golf with his mind for business to build a sports-marketing career that’s on par with the industry’s best. … [Read more...]

Alumni Spotlight: Charles Reed ’11

Charles Reed '11

"The business field is a rewarding career. Try to relate everything you learn in the classroom to what you may potentially do regarding your profession." … [Read more...]

Meet the Accounting Firms in Woodard Hall

Meet the Firms

The annual “Meet the Accounting Firms” event was held Wednesday, September 14 in Woodard Hall, new home of the College of Business. 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. Nine 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: Becker, Bowling, Franklin and Company, Department of Defense, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Foltz and Associates, Kositzka Wicks & Company, KPMG, PB Mares, and Thompson Greenspon. Almost fifty College of Business students attended the "Meet the Accounting Firms" event. Dean Lynne Richardson was joined by Assistant Dean Ken Machande, Professor Robert Frackleton, and Andrea Cordray from the College of Business. Kyle Danzey from the Center for Career for Professional … [Read more...]

Alumni Spotlight: Ivy Jacobs Lustig ’13

Ivy Jacobs Lustig '13

"I feel like my time at UMW gave me the underlying foundation that I needed to succeed in the business world. I had professors that took the time to help me develop skills like speaking to audiences, preparing concise reports, and analyzing data." … [Read more...]

Rhonda Stills Joins the College of Business as its Academic Advisor

rhonda stills

The College of Business is thrilled to welcome Rhonda Stills, the new academic advisor for the College of Business. COB: How long have you worked at UMW? RS: Almost 5 years. Prior to joining the College of Business, I worked in the Registrar's office as the assistant registrar for academic success. COB: What is your new role? Who do you advise? RS: I am the academic advisor for the College of Business. I advise undergraduate and graduate business students as well as potential business majors. COB: How can students get in touch with you? RS: Students can book appointments online with GenBook. They can also make appointments via email at cobadvising@umw.edu. COB: When/how often should a student plan to meet with you? RS: Students should plan to meet once per semester unless they have opted out of advising. (students with a GPA of  3.25 or higher may opt out by filling out the advising opt out form. The form may be found out-side of Woodard 232) COB: What … [Read more...]

Center for Business Research

Mukesh Srivastava

The Center for Business Research (CBR) has been established in the College of Business.  In partnership with the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, the CBR will undertake commissioned research projects in support of the business needs of the region.  The Center for Business Research will be directed by Dr. Mukesh Srivastava, professor of management information systems in the College of Business. … [Read more...]

Alumni Spotlight: Wes Host ’14

Wes Host

What was your major/minor and what year did you graduate? Business Administration, concentration in Accounting, class of 2014. Tell us about your current position. Can you describe a typical day? I am an audit assistant at Deloitte and Touche. Typical day includes applying procedures to financial information prepared by the client which ultimately becomes evidence supporting our opinion on the financial statements. Also being the low man on the totem pole, picking up lunch for the team is a given. How do you think your major/program prepared you for the job you have now? It prepared me well. I definitely enjoyed the small class environment, being able to access my professors in or out of office hours was really beneficial. How did you become interested in your field? Professors always told me accounting is the language of business and that really stuck with me through the years and even now! What’s the best career advice you have ever received? 90% of life is … [Read more...]

Jin Wong ’97 Visits with Students and Imparts Valuable Advice


Jin Wong ‘97 returned to Mary Washington as the keynote for the UMW Athletics Gala on Thursday, May 19. That same day he stopped by the College of Business to speak with a class of business students.  Wong is the Assistant General Manager of Baseball Administration for the Kansas City Royals. Jin Wong is in his 17th season in the Royals organization and second as Assistant General Manager. He joined the Royals as Scouting Operations Coordinator in 2000, was promoted to Manager of Scouting Operations in 2001, Manager of Baseball Operations in 2002, Director of Baseball Operations in 2004 and Director of Baseball Administration in 2006. Wong assists GM Dayton Moore in strategic planning as it relates to contract negotiations, salary arbitration matters, and roster management. His responsibilities also include the interpretation and application of the Basic Agreement and major league rules, budgetary procedure for Baseball Operations, and oversight of the club’s video coordination … [Read more...]