UMW Business Alumni Honored at COB Alumni Awards for Making a Difference

The winners were praised for their achievements and contributions as role models and contributors to the business curriculum, and for financial support, including the establishment of endowed scholarships. All also have made a difference to Mary Washington students by hosting or making offers of employment to them at their businesses, according to Interim Dean of the College of Business Ken Machande. … [Read more...]

MBA Students and UMW Center for Economic Development Go Beyond the Classroom For Project with the Stafford Regional Airport

During the 2018 Spring Semester an MBA student group, in concert with the UMW Center for Economic Development (CED), worked on a project for the Stafford Regional Airport (SRA).  The group of COB/MBA students, working with Dr. Louis Martinette, Brian Baker, Executive Director of CED and help from alumni mentor Micah Dalton, produced a written strategic marketing plan for SRA. The outcome of the planning process was a plan that described a clear strategy for growth for SRA. The strategic marketing planning process included hands-on work with the Stafford Airport Authority, preparation, and follow-up evaluations along with a clear strategic plan of implementation. Through the process the student team and the Airport Authority worked together on a review of the current business model, revising the mission and vision, answered key questions for expanding the scope of business, and identified opportunities and defined ideas for expanding the business footprint of SRA.  The student team … [Read more...]

Professor Srivastava’s Experience as a Fulbright Specialist in Intellectual Property Management for an Innovation-Driven Future

My mission in undertaking the Fulbright Specialist assignment in Mauritius as an expert attached to the University of Mauritius was to establish Intellectual Property Rights Policy framework at the University. I also strategically developed functions, processes and organizational structure in collaboration with six Colleges (called Faculties at UoM), Deans and Academic Staff, Director of Legal Affairs, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academia), Pro-Vice Chancellor (Planning and Resources), Vice-Chancellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (International Trade Division), Tertiary Education Commission (Equivalent of SCHEV) and Mauritius Research Council (Research Funding Body). At the Onset, it appeared to be a challenging task, in the sense that I had not experienced  an opportunity like this before at any university or in my two prior Fulbright Specialist assignments in Tunis, Tunisia and Hanoi, Vietnam, where I developed curricula, delivered seminars and taught MBA level courses in information … [Read more...]

Meet the Accounting Firms in Woodard Hall

The annual “Meet the Accounting Firms” event was held Wednesday, September 19 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, Richmond 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, Central Intelligence Agency, Deloitte, Department of Defense, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Foltz and Associates, Kositzka Wicks & Company, KPMG,  PB Mares, Robinson Farmer Cox, Tate & Tryon and the Virginia Corporation Commission. Students became acquainted not only with the firms, but with over a dozen Mary Wash alumni who returned to represent their companies. Recruiters from KMPG spent the day on campus speaking in … [Read more...]

November 14: Speed Networking

Speed Networking is back! The College of Business and the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance are thrilled to present Speed Networking. Students are invited to join Mary Washington alumni and business professionals from the Fredericksburg area on Wednesday, November 14 from 6:15p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in Woodard 202 for an evening of networking. Speed Networking allows participants to network with professionals in short intervals making it a great way to develop new connections. Students will be paired with a business professional for a 3 minute interval before switching to the next professional. It’s informal, FUN and effective! Students who RSVP by Wednesday, November 7 will receive a small set of complimentary business cards to use at the event. Please RSVP to Andrea Cordray at acordray@umw.edu. Attire: Business professional required. … [Read more...]

MBA Student Takes Aviation Career To New Heights

Natalie Smith found her passion for planes as a teen. “I love airplanes and aviation, all of it, the way jet engines sound and feel, the movement, even smell of an airport,” she said. “Air traffic and air traffic control is a culture unto itself, a fascinating industry and a large part of our nation’s economy.” … [Read more...]

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

The  Annual Business Alumni Awards will be held on Friday, October 19 in conjunction with UMW's Homecoming Weekend. The College of Business Alumni Awards allow alumni to reconnect while also recognizing alumni who have made exceptional contributions to their professions and are leaders in their fields. The The College of Business Alumni Awards originated in 2017 and eleven alumni were inducted at the event. 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.  2018 awardees will be announced soon! 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...]

A Semester in Argentina: A Student’s Perspective

I studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the fall semester of my sophomore year.  I chose to study abroad because, as a business major, I have always been interested in relations between South and North America. … [Read more...]

The College of Business Hosts Second Annual Case Competition

The College of Business hosted its second Annual COB Case Competition, presented by Beautiful Home Services, on Friday, April 27 in Woodard Hall. Five groups of students from Dr. Woody Richardson and Dr. John Marsh'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 $2,000, and third place $1,000. Judging the competition was Andrew Blate '04 and Craig Schneibolk of Beautiful Home Services, Melinda May '91, Linda Blakemore '84 and Dr. Lynne Richardson, Vice President Admin & Finance at UMW. Results 1st Place - Jen and the Stay at Home Dads - Edward Buchanan, Jennifer Monroe, Adin Omerovic, David Gunnar Timm, Gavin Michael Wall 2nd Place - Management Gurus - Dylan Davis, Brian Hobbs, Maria Ingea, Nathan Neri, Carly Shapiro 3rd Place - Five Forces - Dan Clark, Sarah Karwowski, Brittany McBride, Madison McCoy, Jack … [Read more...]

Honors Night

The College of Business celebrated the success of its students during the annual Honors Night event on Tuesday, April 17 at UMW's Chandler Ballroom. The evening included student inductions into Sigma Beta Delta, a presentation of Outstanding Student Awards and an Ethical Student Award. Acting Dean Ken Machande welcomed almost 100 faculty, students and their guests to the event. Dr. Chris Garcia inducted 33 students into Sigma Beta Delta, an honor bestowed upon business students who have attained superior records in business programs in colleges with regional accreditation. Outstanding Student Awards were presented to: Patricia Lacey Metzger Memorial Award: Ethan Carter Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Caroline Mosberg Bachelor of Science in Marketing: Brian Hobbs Master of Business Administration: Kim Thornton The Ethical Student Award was presented by Mr. Chuck Bogue, president of the Rappahannock Rotary Club. Junior Anna Talcott was awarded for … [Read more...]