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      • Oct 14, 2019 Pamplin Engagement Summit drives collaboration to disrupt the status quo of business education

        Over 300 Pamplin College of Business alumni, friends, faculty, and staff gathered in Roanoke to celebrate the college, and plan for its future, at the inaugural Pamplin Engagement Summit. The summit, which was held at the Hotel Roanoke, featured numerous board meetings and committee meetings on Thursday, Oct. 11, and featured a plenary session and luncheon on Friday, Oct. 12. The summit provided an unprecedented opportunity to bring together all senior volunteer leaders as the college transforms the traditional model of education and meets the needs of the 21st century workforce.

      • Oct 14, 2019 Corps of Cadets alumnus Maj. Stephen Schuyler named Rhode Island game Hokie Hero

        U.S. Army Maj. Stephen Schuyler, a Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus who earned a degree in marketing from the Pamplin College of Business and a minor in leadership studies from the corps’ Rice Center for Leader Development in 2007, was selected as the Hokie Hero for Saturday’s football game against Rhode Island.

      • Oct 14, 2019 Injury creates new opportunity for Pamplin student

        As an undergraduate, Nick Reisenweaver had already demonstrated the hustle and grit for which Hokies are known. Then, after a setback, he showed different qualities just as important: resilience and the ability to pivot.

      • Oct 10, 2019 Using data to make businesses more efficient

        To Professor Lara Khansa, data is an unmatched tool for progress. She’s applied data to improve everything from hospital emergency room staffing and surgical procedures to catching cyberloafing employees who are using workplace computers for nonwork purposes.

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      • Oct 03, 2019 Class of 2021 ring namesake and sponsor named

        Vice President for Alumni Relations Emeritus George E. “Buddy” Russell ’52 has been named the Class of 2021 class ring namesake and Arthur J. Keown, alumni distinguished professor and R. B. Pamplin professor of finance for Pamplin College of Business, has been named class sponsor.

      • Sep 20, 2019 Computer science career fair gives students and companies a distinctive edge

        For Case Consulting, a Leesburg, Virginia, software services company serving the needs of the federal government and private industry, the career fair serves as an ideal way to scout for their summer internship program. Owner Paul Farmer, a Virginia Tech accounting and information systems graduate in the Pamplin College of Business, explained this is the only career fair where he recruits in person.

      • Sep 13, 2019 Business Leadership Center celebrates 20th anniversary

        Shortly after May’s commencement ceremonies, while many of Kim Carlson’s colleagues were preparing for a summer of research, relaxation, or some combination of both, Carlson, along with management instructor Jack McDonald and a group of 12 students, found herself performing volunteer work in the Dominican Republic as part of the Business Leadership Center. For Carlson, director of the center, the distance between Blacksburg and the Dominican Republic – approximately 1,400 miles – represents how far the Business Leadership Center has come in the 20 years since its inception.

      • Sep 11, 2019 Virginia Tech's "Super Bowl" of job recruiting attracts thousands

        The line at Squires Student Center was out the door on the morning of Thursday, September 5 as students arrived for the Fall 2019 Business Horizons career fair. Regarded by many as Virginia Tech’s “Super Bowl” of job recruiting, the event consistently yields large numbers of students, companies, volunteers, and opportunities; and last week’s event was no exception. More than 3000 students attended the fair and its events for the chance to network among a lineup of over 140 companies. Hokies came prepared to make a good impression and the strong turnout resulted in more than 500 next-day interviews following Thursday’s event.

      • Sep 04, 2019 Pamplin kicks off the new semester

        Over 700 Pamplin College of Business faculty, staff, students, and guests – including numerous four-legged friends – gathered on the Holtzman Alumni Center Lawn on Friday, August 30, to “kickoff” the new academic year.

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      • Sep 04, 2019 Virginia Tech hosts Global Entrepreneur Challenge for 10th year

        The competition, held at The Inn at Virginia Tech, was part of a 10-day celebration of student entrepreneurship. Teams were housed by local families, spent interactive time with successful technology companies, and enjoyed fellowship with Virginia Tech students. Some of the activities included tours of the Virginia Tech campus and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, educational workshops, and shopping in Roanoke and Blacksburg.

      • Sep 03, 2019 Corps of Cadets alumnus Capt. William Chung named Boston College game Hokie Hero

        U.S. Army Capt. William Chung, a 2015 Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus who earned a degree in marketing management from the Pamplin College of Business and a minor in leadership studies from the Rice Center for Leader Development, was selected as the Hokie Hero for Saturday’s football game against Boston College.

      • Aug 27, 2019 Practicum gives students a window into Wells Fargo

        Virginia Tech finance instructor Brian Hart had a good dose of adrenaline leading up to traveling with 14 of his students to the Wells Fargo campus in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is the first time in the six years that he has taught the Wells Fargo/Pamplin winter course that weather was playing a decisive role in whether they would be able to leave from Blacksburg. Luckily, the weather cooperated and everyone arrived to check in to their hotel and get settled before their five days of being immersed in the world of Wells Fargo. Hart admits it was touch-and-go for a while with he and the students in contact with updates and back-up plans. Prior to meeting up in Blacksburg, Hart leads a week-long session with students online preparing them for their shared face-to-face experience.

      • Aug 21, 2019 Pamplin student receives national recognition as she prepares for a future in financial planning

        For Genna Coan, the preparation to become a financial planner never stops. It doesn’t stop when the semester ends. It doesn’t even stop to ring the closing bell for the Nasdaq Stock Market. Coan was one of 12 students nationwide to be awarded the $5,000 2019 TD Ameritrade Institutional RIA NextGen Scholarship. The scholarship, which was open to all first-, second-, or third-year students pursuing a degree in finance or financial planning, required applicants to submit an essay as to why they would like to work in financial planning along with a letter of reference from a personal or academic contact. To celebrate the achievement, the scholarship recipients were hosted by TD Ameritrade Institutional on a visit to New York City and the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square, where the students helped ring the stock exchange’s closing bell on July 23, 2019.

      • Aug 12, 2019 Nadia Rogers appointed to Virginia Board of Accountancy

        Nadia A. Rogers, associate professor of practice in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems of the Pamplin College of Business, has been appointed by Gov. Ralph Northam to serve on the Virginia Board of Accountancy.

      • Aug 06, 2019 Former VT roommates go to the dogs

        Justin LeGore has always been an entrepreneur at heart. By the time he was a high school student, LeGore was running his own lawn care business in his hometown of Frederick, Maryland. His decision to major in business management fell perfectly in line with his lifelong ambitions – albeit after a false start as an engineering major, where, during one of his first classes, he asked, “when will I be able to start my own business?” and was unsatisfied by the answer.

      • Jul 30, 2019 Marketing grad takes a leap, lands dream gig

        “If I didn’t take that big leap of faith, I don’t think I would be where I am today,” Melinda Tran explained. Where she is today, specifically, is at Facebook. Based in Silicon Valley, she works in content marketing, specializing in media partnerships. “I work closely with external media partners to help them develop audiences on our platforms,” she said.

      • Jul 24, 2019 Pamplin's management undergraduate degree ranked No. 6

        Great Business Schools, an organization dedicated to matching prospective business students to the right business school, has ranked the Department of Management’s undergraduate degree No. 6 in its “25 Best Business Bachelor’s Degrees for 2020.”

      • Jul 19, 2019 MSBA-BA students solve real-world problems for real-world companies

        For those participating in the Masters of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Analytics (MSBA-BA) program, the final hurdle to overcome prior to graduation is the capstone project. A distinctive feature of the MSBA-BA program, the capstone project requires “teams of interdisciplinary students to solve a real-world problem provided by various corporate sponsors,” according to Mike Flint, director of the Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics (CBIA), home to the MSBA-BA program.

      • Jul 16, 2019 Job satisfaction related to life satisfaction, no matter the culture, professor finds

        In 2001, Virginia Tech Real Estate Professor of Marketing Joseph Sirgy released his groundbreaking Quality of Work Life Scale (QWLS), which, using a specially developed mathematical formula, puts a numeric value to how well an employee’s needs are being met by his or her employer. His most recent research – published earlier this year – showed that the QWLS is a valid and reliable metric no matter the cultural background of the person studied. By extension, the study also showed that there is little in the way of cultural difference in the relationship between job satisfaction and life satisfaction; job satisfaction spills over to life satisfaction for employees across a wide range of cultures and countries.

      • Jun 25, 2019 New HTM minor complements all majors, helps build professional skill sets

        Set to launch in Fall 2019, the interdisciplinary minor in Event and Experience Management will “explore the interaction of people, technology, and the environment within the event management context,” according to Candace Fitch, a professor of practice with the Howard Feiertag Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, where the new minor will be housed.

      • Jun 17, 2019 Dwight Shelton honored with 2019 Virginia CFO Award

        Virginia Tech Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer Dwight Shelton has been honored with the 2019 Virginia CFO Award (large nonprofit organization category), sponsored by Virginia Business magazine.

      • May 30, 2019 Marketing grad embraces the unconventional

        Shortly after she graduated in 2012 with a degree in marketing, Charlotte Ryland – like most new graduates – received a job offer in her field of study. Unlike most graduates, however, she rejected the offer.

      • May 20, 2019 Pamplin College 2019 Hokie Grads Encouraged to Build Their Personal Brand

        With excitement buzzing throughout Blacksburg, Virginia Tech’s class of 2019 gathered in Lane Stadium on the morning of May 17th to commemorate the end of their undergraduate careers. After a rainy commencement ceremony, the Hokie graduates were sent off to attend the ceremonies of their respective colleges. At 3:30 pm, students and faculty from the Pamplin College of Business gathered in Cassell Coliseum to begin their traditional graduation ceremony.

      • May 14, 2019 Pamplin's Accounting & Information Systems Department and KPMG Join Forces

        “The accounting profession is continually evolving, and it is imperative that the education we provide evolves as well so that our graduates are prepared to successfully enter the accounting profession,” stated Nadia Rogers, associate professor of practice in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems (ACIS) and director of the Master of Accounting and Information Systems (MACIS) Program. “We recognize that data and analytics is the wave of the future and have taken the necessary steps to modify our curriculum.”

      • May 10, 2019 Commencement 101: Details about this year's ceremonies

        Thousands of people — from excited graduates to proud families – are gearing up for Virginia Tech’s spring commencement ceremonies this week. The events begin Thursday in Blacksburg and continue through Sunday in Fairfax, Virginia.

      • May 09, 2019 Virginia Tech receives national recognition for meeting study abroad goal

        Virginia Tech was among 32 institutions recognized with a Seal of Excellence by the Institute of International Education, given to colleges and universities participating in the Generation Study Abroad initiative that have achieved their commitment goal of increasing the number of students studying abroad.

      • May 06, 2019 Robert Davidson named William S. Gay Senior Faculty Fellow

        Robert Davidson, assistant professor of accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, was recently named the William S. Gay Senior Faculty Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

      • May 01, 2019 Students launch apparel company to support charitable causes

        Three years ago, two Virginia Tech students decided to turn a passion for clothing and creativity into an enterprise that could help the community. Their idea became Zappy, a company selling T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and more for men and women.

      • Apr 22, 2019 Hundreds gather for Hokies on Wall Street event

        More than 200 Hokies, including alumni, students, faculty, and staff, showed up for an evening of finance discussions and social networking at the recent Hokies on Wall Street reception organized by the Pamplin College of Business.

      • Apr 18, 2019 John Brozovsky honored with emeritus status

        John Brozovsky, retired associate professor of accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of associate professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

      • Apr 15, 2019 A group of over 30 students toured the Backcountry.com Distribution Center

        A group of over 30 students toured the Backcountry.com Distribution Center in Christiansburg on Friday, April 12. The tour, which lasted around an hour, was organized by the Virginia Tech Student Chapter of American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), a group comprised of students from both the College of Engineering as well as the Pamplin College of Business. The majority of those on the tour are enrolled in BIT 4464: Advanced Supply Chain Management, a course taught by Barbara Fraticelli.

      • Apr 10, 2019 Kent Nakamoto honored with emeritus status

        Kent Nakamoto, retired professor of marketing in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

      • Apr 10, 2019 Finance alumni seek to boost interest in banking studies and careers

        When Virginia Tech finance professor George Morgan suggested some years ago that two of his former students get to know one another, little did he know that the CEOs would later lead a merger to reconstruct something from their past: “a great Virginia-based regional bank,” like the ones they once worked for.

      • Apr 03, 2019 Kevin Boyle named Willis Blackwood Real Estate Director

        Kevin Boyle, director of Virginia Tech’s Program in Real Estatein the Pamplin College of Businessand professor of agricultural and applied economicsin the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been named the Willis Blackwood Real Estate Director by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

      • Apr 01, 2019 Women in Business: Charlotte

        Jeff Hartman (MGT ’79), executive vice president and senior managing director of Wells Fargo Private Bank, welcomed participants to the Women in Business event in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 28.

      • Mar 28, 2019 Women in Business: NCR

        About 75 students, alumni, faculty, and staff enjoyed an evening of networking and table discussions on professional development at a recent gathering of Women in Business - National Capital Region, organized by the Pamplin College of Business.

      • Mar 21, 2019 Pamplin donors were “In” for Giving Day 2019

        Hundreds of donors supported the Pamplin College of Business during the second annual Virginia Tech Giving Day. During the one-day fundraising event, which began at noon on Tuesday, March 19, and continued until noon on Wednesday, March 20, Pamplin alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends showed their support through donations – online and through various other avenues – as well as tireless promotion of the college throughout the event.

      • Mar 20, 2019 Lockheed Martin executive to discuss ethics and assurance

        Lockheed Martin executive Leo S. Mackay Jr. will discuss ethics as a business imperative on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Burruss Auditorium as the featured speaker of the Del Alamo/Hogan Symposium on Business Ethics, hosted by the Pamplin College of Business.

      • Mar 18, 2019 Scholarship supports Danielle Jeffers’ passion for helping others afford college

        Danielle Jeffers was packing for a study abroad trip to the Steger Center for International Scholarship in Switzerland when she received a letter from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Only moments before, the multimedia journalism major had been worrying about the logistical challenges of studying overseas.

      • Mar 14, 2019 Pamplin students hosted at national conference

        Two Pamplin College of Business students were recently afforded the opportunity to attend the 2019 TD Ameritrade National LINC conference. Genna Coan, a finance and accounting dual-major from Chantilly, Va., and Kelly Lynch, a finance major from Smithtown, New York, were two of 63 National LINC Scholars selected to attend the conference as part of the RIA (registered investment advisors) NextGen program.

      • Mar 14, 2019 Virginia Tech MBA Program Named One of Top 15 in Country

        Virginia Tech’s Evening MBA program moved up three places to No. 14 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 rankings of the best part-time MBA programs. The Northern Virginia-based program also retained its place as the top-ranked program in Virginia and now ranks as the top public university part-time MBA in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

      • Mar 08, 2019 Third-year medical student earns MBA from Pamplin College of Business through new program

        Last year Mercedes Robinson, a third-year student at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, set her white coat aside and picked up a briefcase in order to pursue a master of business administration (MBA) through Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business. She was the first of her classmates to take advantage of this relatively new program, developed by both schools, to give future physicians a set of skills that will allow them to navigate many challenges in health care management.

      • Mar 07, 2019 Vatican’s communications expert to speak

        Seàn-Patrick Lovett has shared his media and communications expertise with college students and professionals around the world. On March 20-21, he will be in Blacksburg to give a public lecture and participate in small-group discussions.

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      • Mar 05, 2019 Student award winners announced

        The Pamplin College of Business has announced the recipients of the 2019 undergraduate student awards. The winners are chosen by members of the Undergraduate Awards Committee, which consists of one representative from each of Pamplin’s seven departments. This year’s honorees are seniors Caroline Rector, Jack Holland, and Julisa Perdomo Santos.

      • Mar 04, 2019 Werth Testing Center helps students fully achieve access and success

        When the Werth Testing Center was dedicated in late January, a large contingent of students, faculty, staff, family, alumni, friends, and administration was present to show their appreciation to Robbie and Marianne Werth and their family, whose gift made the expanded center in Lavery Hall possible.

      • Feb 28, 2019 First-year business course raises over $17,000 for CVC

        Experiential learning is a core component of the Department of Management curriculum. One course, MGT 1104, Foundations of Business, offers students a unique experiential learning opportunity – a project which allows them to start their own business while also enabling them to give back to the community. Over 800 students across 15 different sections from the Fall 2018 course gave back in a major way, raising over $17,000 for the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC), a record amount for the course project and nearly half of the $40,000 total raised by the Pamplin College of Business.

      • Feb 21, 2019 Greg Fansler completes term as president of Council of Alumni Marketing and Membership Professionals

        Greg Fansler, director of reunion programs for alumni relations, recently finished his third term as president of the Council of Alumni Marketing and Membership Professionals (CAMMP), an international organization that provides professional development and shared business practices for more than 450 alumni relations professionals representing 200 different institutions of higher education in areas of marketing and communication for alumni associations at colleges and universities.

      • Feb 19, 2019 Business Horizons Sets Record

        Spring Business Horizons set another record as just under 1700 students attended the fair in its temporary home – The Inn at Virginia Tech.

      • Feb 01, 2019 Pamplin’s Award-Winning Alumni - 2018

        Scenes from Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business' Advisory Council meeting in Richmond, Va. on Thursday, December 6, 2018. (David Hungate/ Dominion Images Photography)

      • Jan 28, 2019 Alumnus parlays pickleball into online retail business

        Coming out of high school in Virginia Beach, Ethan McAfee looked at Virginia Tech as ahead of the game in technology. The Blacksburg Electronic Village gave students a leg-up on the rapidly growing internet, and he saw the university’s SEED team — a student-run investment portfolio in the Pamplin College of Business — as a unique opportunity.

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      • Jan 03, 2019 More than 2,700 students enrolled in largest winter session to date

        The 2019 winter session residential classes open this week with more than 2,700 students enrolled in 167 courses. This represents the largest number of enrollments since winter session first launched in 2014, with an increase of more than 500 from last year’s winter session.