College of Business Participates for First Time in Mary Wash Giving Day

The College of Business participated in its first Mary Wash Giving Day on March 20, 2018 and raised over $25,000 for student scholarships, research, travel opportunities, professional development programming and the Galen deGraff Scholarship fund. The University Center, serving as the on-campus Giving Day headquarters, bustled with activity, including a donation station, food, games and giveaways, even a photo booth with Sammy D. Eagle. Social media lit up all day long, as UMW supporters went wild with tags, shares and likes for posts and tweets that included the #MaryWashDay hashtag. The second annual 24-hour online giving event allowed supporters to contribute to all departments and colleges on campus. The University community came together for what ended up being the largest single day of fundraising in the university’s history. The initial goal of 1,908 gifts, in honor of its founding year, far surpassed the outcome of more than 2,600 gifts and over $425,000 in gifts. … [Read more...]

Dr. Mukesh Srivastava Selected for Fulbright Specialist Roster

UMW College of Business Professor Dr. Mukesh Srivastava has been selected for the Fulbright Specialist Roster. The Fulbright program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, serves to promote the international engagement of academic scholarship and build linkages between U.S. and overseas eligible institutions. … [Read more...]

Life in the Fast Lane

2017 UMW Business alums Clark Billups, Sean Kinslow, Victoria Le and Melisa Pilipovic returned to campus on January 23, 2018 to talk to current business students about life after graduation. The alums assembled in Woodard Hall where  Acting Dean of the College of Business, Ken Machande, moderated the panel discussion. Pilipovic, a federal audit associate at KPMG, began her job as an intern during the summer of 2016. She loves everything about her job and how it is constantly changing, She is always learning new things. "On the flip side, I wish I have been working longer. I don’t like that I don’t know everything yet," she said. Le, a contract specialist at the Marine Corps System Command at Dahlgren, suggested that students start job searching early and apply for a wide variety of positions. She stressed that "the hardest thing is the learning curve in a new job. Thankfully, everyone I work with is willing to help me learn and succeed." Kinslow, who currently works for … [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 … [Read more...]

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

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

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...]

Senior Reflections: Sean Kinslow ’17

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

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

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

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...]