Alumnus Awarded 2021 Payne Fellowship

The College of Business is proud to recognize 2020 graduate, Nehemia Abel, for receiving a 2021 Payne Fellowship through the U.S. Department of State, which “provides up to $96,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities.”  The Payne Fellowship is a highly competitive program, though for many it is no surprise that Abel, who was highly involved in the UMW and Fredericksburg communities, made the cut. While pursuing a degree in marketing, Abel, who is a Burundian refugee, sought opportunities to promote diversity and multiculturalism on campus through participation in events through the James Farmer Multicultural Center, leadership roles with the African Student Union and Brothers of a New Direction, and as a mentor with RISE.  He also helped co-found the non-profit organization, Ubumwe, which assists Burundian refugees with pursuing higher education and careers. This commitment to helping the community and promoting … [Read more...]

Professor Leigh Frackelton: A Conversation on Retiring

  Q: You began teaching at Mary Washington College in 1986.  What made you want to become a professor? A: I began practicing law in Fredericksburg in 1978 with an emphasis in the areas of tax , wills and estates, and business transactions.  In 1980 I was requested by an acquaintance to teach a tax class at Germanna.  I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and each semester I taught either a tax or business law class.  In the fall of 1985 as a Business Leader I attended the Department of Business Administration’s Annual Business Breakfast and at that event I told the Department Chair that if he ever needed somebody to teach tax I would be happy to do so.  He explained that there was a full time position open to do just that and so I applied. After being chosen to be the candidate I then had to learn how to divide my time to carry on two equally enjoyable and demanding careers.  What made this such a great combination was that in the mornings I was teaching the students how … [Read more...]

So You Think You Want to Work in Sports? Talk to These Guys!

For Tad Dickman ’12, Glenn Gray ’07, Jin Wong ’97, and Ricky Volante, sports at Mary Washington weren’t just a game; they were a passion.  A passion that each of them has translated into a career in the sports industry.  On Tuesday, February 2nd, the College of Business welcomed all four back to discuss their work as part of the ‘So You Think You Want To…’ series, which gives students the opportunity to learn more about industries that they might be interested in, as well as connect with alumni who are currently working in those industries. As mentioned, all four panelists participated in team sports at Mary Washington; Wong and Volante played baseball, Dickman played basketball, and Gray played soccer.  Now, all four are working in various areas of the sports industry; two in professional sports, Tad Dickman with the PGA Tour and Jin Wong with the Kansas City Royals, and two in roles that support the sports industry, Glenn Gray with the Buffalo Groupe and Ricky Volante with the … [Read more...]

COB Launches Orientation Website for Incoming Students

The world of business is fast paced and ever changing, much like the uncertain times that have accompanied the Covid-19 pandemic.  Thus, to help prepare incoming students who wish to study business, the College of Business has developed an orientation website that not only provides students with information about the programs offered within the COB, but also features videos from current students, staff, faculty, and alumni. In addition to the orientation website, the COB has also launched a Facebook group, UMW Incoming Business Students, through its Facebook page.  Students who are interested in majoring in a business program are strongly encouraged to join this group in order to connect with other students, faculty, and staff. To visit the COB's orientation website, click here.   … [Read more...]

COB Celebrates Students with a Virtual Honors Night

Embracing the versatility that has become necessary during the Corona virus pandemic, the College of Business decided to celebrate its students with a virtual Honors Night on Thursday, April 16.  Over 40 individuals joined Dean Lynne Richardson, COB faculty and staff, and students via Zoom to celebrate the accomplishments of students who were awarded for their achievements in their major, as well as those students inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the AACSB honor society.     The following students were recognized for their achievements within their major: Patricia Lacey Metzger Memorial Award - Carley Vaughn             Outstanding Student in Business Administration Award - Savannah Powers Outstanding Student in Marketing - Quintin Ricci Outstanding Student in Master's of Business Administration - Eric Boynton Dennis Ferry was also awarded the Rappahannock Rotary's Ethical Student of the Year … [Read more...]

College of Business Covers Bases with Alumni Honor

October 21, 2019  |  By: Lisa Chin Marvashti As a freshman at Mary Washington, Pat Filippone ’88 knew right off the bat what he wanted to do with his life – build a career in professional baseball. He just didn’t know how. Four years later all that had changed, he told a crowd last week at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center. A bachelor’s degree in business administration, a well-rounded perspective from a liberal arts education, and an undergraduate career marked by personal attention from memorable professors, allowed him to hit a grand slam in his professional life. Now the president of 7th Inning Stretch, which owns and operates three minor league baseball teams, Filippone returned to campus last week as this year’s College of Business (COB) Executive-in-Residence. The program, now in its 30th year, gives UMW students the opportunity to learn from and interact with established corporate leaders. “The foundation of my career was definitely built here,” Filippone told a … [Read more...]

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...]