Message from the Dean

April 2018 –  from the College of Business Quarterly Newsletter for Alumni and Friends

Ken Machande

Acting Dean Ken Machande

The spring semester, and academic year 2017/18, is beginning to wind down.  We still have Honors Night, Finals, Graduation, and a few other events coming up, but they will be here before you know it!

We, in the College of Business, have had a particularly busy spring.  Specifically, we had a great “Giving Day”, raising over $25,000 for the College of Business, Career Chats was (again) a smash hit with the students and our alums, and students in Dr. Fontem’s DSCI259 class (Applied Statistics and Research) won UMW’s 2017 Writing Contest in the areas of Social Sciences (Sophomores and Juniors).  In a major realignment, the Center for Economic Development was repositioned to the College of Business (COB), which strengthens both the COB and the Center for Economic Development in meaningful ways.

Earlier this spring, students in Dr. Graefe-Anderson’s “Student Managed Investment Fund” made the first of their investments after 7 months of research, learning, and other preparation.  This fund consists of $100,000 given to the College of Business by the UMW Foundation to manage.  While there are some strings attached, this class provides a “real life” hands-on example of managing investments for students.  Our second annual Business Case Competition (which has serious prize money attached to it), sponsored by Beautiful Home Services, will be held on April 27.

Additionally, the College of Business is sponsoring a Great Lives lecture on April 10.  Alice Schroeder, author of the book “The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life,” spoke about the life of Mr. Buffett.

Finally, as you heard in the last newsletter, we are proud of UMW Business Administration graduates Abbas Haider (’12) and Robert Davis (’12), who were recognized in November by Forbes as two of the “30 under 30” in Manufacturing and Industry which is an incredible achievement and a great story, too.  But here’s the new twist.  Abbas and Rob will be the undergraduate commencement speakers on May 12!

Not only is it a great day to be an Eagle, but it’s great to be associated with the College of Business, too!

Ken Machande
Acting Dean, College of Business