Business Students Travel to Paris

Story submitted by Alyssa Bilkovski  Photo Credit: Alyssa Bilkovski and Madison Pace Before going on this trip, I was mainly looking forward to seeing Paris as a whole. I have studied French for many years and was excited to use and practice my French. Being surrounded by French people was the best way for me to improve my language and comprehension skills. On top of practicing my French, I was excited to explore the city of Paris. Paris is such an iconic city and it was a dream to see the Eiffel Tower in person! I studied at the American Business School of Paris (ABS) and took two management electives: Learning to Fail and the Business of European Football (which was taught by accounting professor Dave Henderson). I had class every Tuesday and Thursday, so I was able to explore Paris and travel during my days off. During my time in Paris I was able to see all the major landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Sacré Coeur, and the Arc de Triomphe. On the weekends I was able to … [Read more...]

College of Business Alum Selected for Future 40 Class of 2019

Every year Maverick PAC recognizes conservative young professionals across the United States that they believe embody the next generation of leadership in the public and private sector.  This year, UMW College of Business alum Abbas Haider (Class of 2012) was selected for this honor.  During his time at UMW, Abbas founded Aspetto, a multi-million dollar international bullet-resistant clothing line, which outfits such federal agencies as the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security. Despite his busy schedule, Abbas serves as a member of the COB Executive Advisory Board, and was awarded the Young Business Alumni Award at the 2018 COB Alumni Awards.  He also serves as a mentor to those starting out on their own entrepreneurial journey through various speaking events, including TEDx, Forbes Summit, and OPEN DC. To read more about Abbas and Future 40, click here. … [Read more...]

College of Business Students Participate in Berkshire Hathaway’s Annual Shareholders Meeting

On May 3rd, members of UMW’s Investment Club attended Berkshire Hathaway’s Annual Shareholders Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.  The group had secured tickets after Investment Club president and rising senior, Joseph “Joey” Opiekun wrote Warren Buffett last summer explaining how he, a Berkshire Hathaway shareholder, would like to have the club attend the shareholders meeting.  In response, he received a handwritten note from Warren Buffett himself stating that he was thrilled the club wanted to attend, and to let him know how many tickets they would need. With the tickets secured, Joey and members of the Investment Club spent months planning and fundraising for the airfare and hotel costs.  They were also fortunate to receive assistance from Student Activities and Engagement (SAE), which ultimately allowed for Joey and five members of the club to attend the meeting. On the morning of May 4th, members of the club attended Berkshire Hathaway’s Annual Meeting, which lasted all day, and … [Read more...]

College of Business Holds Third Annual Case Competition

On Friday, April 26th, six teams of MGMT 490 students participated in the College of Business’ Third Annual Case Competition, presented by Beautiful Home Services.  Of the thirty teams that initially entered the competition, six teams were selected by COB faculty as finalists, and presented their case proposals live for a panel of five judges.  This year’s judges included COB alumni Linda Blakemore, Dan Clendenin, Melinda May, Andrew Blate, and Mr. Blate’s Beautiful Home Services co-founder Craig Schneibolk. The Fabulous 4 (left to right: Samantha White, Chenoa Forrester, Maria Herrera, and Sophia Somsen) came in first for their proposal, earning the $4500 grand prize.  MJM Consulting (Monica Davidson, Jacob Dubnowski, and Micah Mattozzi) came in second place and The Money Funnel (Kait Higgins, Jolie Richards, Ripken Smith, Zavier Webb, and Riley West) came in third, earning the teams $2500 and $1000, respectively.  Judge Andrew Blate commented that this year’s teams had some of the … [Read more...]

College of Business Participates in Record Breaking Giving Day

On March 19, 2019 the College of Business participated in its second Mary Wash Giving Day, and had a preliminary total of $35,284 for student scholarships, research, travel opportunities, professional development programming, and the Galen deGraff Scholarship fund. Alumni, faculty, and the College of Business Advisory Board generously hosted many challenges, which encouraged current students, alumni, and friends of the College of Business to make a gift.  Professor Gower's dogs, Izzy and Teddy, were even encouraging donors to give to the College of Business! 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 and #AllinforUMW hashtags. … [Read more...]

UMW Alumna Provides Vital Support to Navy

In a recent employee spotlight by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Jennifer Ferrell discussed her role as a financial analyst and administration specialist, as well as her experience as a UMW student.  Ms. Ferrell, who earned her B.S. in Business Administration in 2011 and MBA in 2014, both from UMW, says of her position, "I find pride in knowing that even though my role is non-technical, I can still make an impact to our warfighters by promoting more efficient financial and human resources policies and processes." When discussing her MBA studies, she states that is was one of the most challenging, but rewarding experiences of her life, and credits the four or more presentations per course with helping her beat her fear of public speaking.  In addition to her education, she credits her first position with NSWCDD, which was as the Financial Central Point of Contact, for providing her with the building blocks she needed to be successful and gain a greater knowledge … [Read more...]

40 UMW College of Business Students Tapped for Honor

The UMW College of Business has tapped the inaugural class for its chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma!  Beta Gamma Sigma,  the International Business Honor Society, was founded in 1913, and has 599 chapters in more than 190 countries.  The College of Business' inductees will be joining 830,000 global members of Beta Gamma Sigma, and will have access to all of the programs, connections, benefits, and opportunities associated with it. In order to qualify, students must be in the top 10% of their junior or senior class at an AACSB accredited school of business.  UMW's College of Business earned AACSB accreditation in Fall, 2018, and is proud to offer their students the opportunity to be recognized as the "best in the business".  Eleven MBA students and twenty-nine undergraduate students were invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma, which has a lifetime membership.  The induction ceremony will be held at the COB Honors Night on April 9th. … [Read more...]