2016

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      • Dec 22, 2016 Happy Holidays from Dean Sumichrast

        As 2016 draws to a close, I can't help but be extremely proud of all the accomplishments by our students,alumni, faculty, and staff. I am very impressed with not only the caliber of the work, but also the passion, dedication, and spirit of our college. I look forward to seeing this momentum continue in the New Year.

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      • Dec 15, 2016 2016 BIT Showcase

        The 2016 BIT Showcase was recently held in the Pamplin atrium. Each year, this showcase gives junior and senior BIT students the opportunity to present interactive project demonstrations they developed through class. Projects range a wide variety of topics, often relating to business problems that the sponsors of the showcase have. Altria and CarMax sponsored this year’s showcase, while several other companies attended to assess and engage with students. Each class was given one hour to present their projects to sponsors using laptop demonstrations and posters.

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      • Dec 13, 2016 Pamplin Society Cultivates Continued College Growth

        Pamplin pride does not stop after graduation. Graduates of the Pamplin College of Business are characterized by their appreciative generosity and strong connection to their alma mater. This is the fabric of the Pamplin Society, to promote, support, and improve the college that has dutifully served them– the Pamplin College of Business.

      • Dec 12, 2016 CISO Executive Summit in Washington, D.C.

        Pamplin faculty members Janine Hiller and Linda Oldham discussed privacy, security, and data analytics curriculum (or education) at the CISO Executive Summit in Washington, D.C., in November. In her presentation, Hiller, a professor of business law, focused on the “complexity around the regulatory and ethical aspects of privacy and how they intersect with data and cybersecurity that challenge today’s privacy conceptions, including health analytics, mobile devices, and the ubiquitous collection and storage of data.” She led the audience in a discussion framed by the following questions, “What are the evolving security and regulatory concerns around data and predictive analytics? How are privacy and cybersecurity management frameworks converging? What do major court and administrative cases foreshadow?

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      • Dec 08, 2016 Barracuda Bowl Season 2 Sparks Creativity and Innovation from Marketing Students

        The marketing department and Coca-Cola teamed up to host Season 2 of the Barracuda Bowl at Virginia Tech in November. The student competition challenged undergraduate marketing majors to create a social media activation campaign on the Virginia Tech campus to build brand love for Coca-Cola. Students were given a budget by Coca-Cola and a limit of five minutes to present their campaign.

      • Dec 08, 2016 The New Data Scientist

        Careers in big data are booming. No surprise. But what is surprising is the new data scientist. These experts are coming from business as well as the computational sciences. Turns out, big data is a segment that requires all comers.

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      • Nov 11, 2016 Power, passion, and purpose in Atlanta

        The Inaugural Atlanta Pamplin Women in Business event sponsored by Coca-Cola was held Thursday, November 3 at Coca-Cola Headquarters. Over 70 women ranging from students, alumni, faculty, keynote speakers, and Virginia Tech administrators attended the event.

      • Oct 31, 2016 Zeta Upsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Pi celebrates 50th anniversary

        Over the weekend of October 28-30, 2016, the Zeta Upsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Pi (DSP), a professional business fraternity within the Pamplin School of Business, celebrated its 50th anniversary. Since Zeta Upsilon’s establishment at Virginia Tech in 1966, over 1000 brothers have lived out DSP’s values of professional development, service, and scholarship. The weekend was marked with a number of events to commemorate the accomplishment for the 1049 initiated brothers. These events offered opportunities for active members and alumni to connect, including a happy hour at Hokie House, a lunch and a semi-formal gala at the Inn at Virginia Tech.

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      • Oct 24, 2016 Business Leadership Center announces 2016-17 cohort for New Pamplin Leadership Academy

        Recently, twenty students began a new leadership development program – Pamplin Leadership Academy. Designed as a bridge between our one-day Pamplin Student Leadership Conference and the 18-credit business leadership minor, the Academy seeks to offer Pamplin undergraduate students opportunities to develop leadership and professional skills through coaching and mentoring relationships with leaders and scholars in our professional communities.

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      • Oct 21, 2016 The Emotional Budget

        A study by a research group that includes Pamplin management associate professor Daniel Beal suggests that curbing your emotions at work leads to less productive and less collaborative work environments. Beal’s research suggests that teaching employees to manage their emotions more effectively can increase the amount of bandwidth that employees have for interacting with others throughout the day.

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      • Oct 06, 2016 Virginia Tech and Schwab Advisor Services dedicate Charles Schwab Financial Planning Suite

        Virginia Tech and Schwab Advisor Services dedicated the Charles Schwab Financial Planning Suite in 302 Hutcheson Hall on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 10:30 a.m. The suite, which comprises classroom and informal meeting spaces, was created with a $200,000 gift from the Charles Schwab Foundation to enhance the learning experience for students in Virginia Tech’s undergraduate program in financial planning. Virginia Tech President Tim Sands, Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast, and Executive Vice President and Head of Schwab Advisor Services Bernie Clark spoke at the dedication. Attendees included faculty, students, alumni, and donors to the program.

      • Sep 26, 2016 University reveals plans for $225 million Global Business and Analytics Complex

        Virginia Tech officials have revealed plans for a more than $225 million Global Business and Analytics Complex to galvanize people who share a passion for an analytic approach to problems that occur in societies, governments, and businesses throughout the world. Four new buildings are planned on the Blacksburg campus, including two academic buildings and two living-learning residential communities for about 700 students.

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      • Sep 22, 2016 Power, Passion, and Purpose in New York City

        See the Women in Business NYC 2016 event photo gallery Pamplin’s seventh annual Women in Business event was held Tuesday, September 13 in New York City. The event was hosted by Tracy Castle-Newman of Morgan Stanley and was attended by over 60 women, both students and alumni, looking to connect with each other. Highlights of the evening included keynote speaker Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke and the presentation of Pamplin’s Rising Star award. “Power, Passion, and Purpose,” was the theme of the evening.

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      • Sep 19, 2016 Kristy Laughlin, Pamplin’s newest Rising Star

        Pamplin College of Business’ Rising Star award for 2016 was presented to Kristy Laughlin on Tuesday Sept. 13, 2016, at the seventh annual Women in Business event hosted by Tracy Castle-Newman of Morgan Stanley in New York City. View the Women in Business NYC 2016 Event photos.

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      • Aug 27, 2016 2016 Pamplin Picnic Recap

        Pamplin's Kickoff picnic was held on Friday, August 26, 2016 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on the Alumni Association Lawn. The picnic was free for all Pamplin faculty, staff, and students. The band Empty Bottle played, students mingled with Pamplin faculty and staff, Emeritus faculty, and VT senior leadership, and learned more about Pamplin’s student organizations.

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      • Aug 26, 2016 Executive MBA students analyze Aerospace Corporation patents

        Students in Virginia Tech’s Executive MBA program in metro Washington, D.C., were given an opportunity this summer to evaluate patents held by The Aerospace Corporation and make recommendations to company executives on the best ways of commercializing them. Ed Swallow, vice president of Vaeros, a division of Aerospace, said he was impressed with the students’ team presentations and came away with action points from each of them.

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      • Aug 24, 2016 Accounting programs ranked in nation’s top 25

        Virginia Tech’s undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting broke into the top 25 for the first time in all three degree categories ranked by the Public Accounting Report. “The Hokies landed at No. 22 in both the undergraduate and master’s rankings (up from No. 29 and No. 30 in 2015, respectively) and debuted at No. 24 in the doctoral rankings,” the report said in its August 2016 newsletter, which discussed the findings of its annual survey of accounting professors.

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      • Aug 22, 2016 Art Keown: A Lifetime Investment in Teaching

        At the core of the Department of Finance in the Pamplin College of Business is one of the College’s long-standing working trains. He seems to be tireless and is most definitely committed, and now he is being recognized for those traits.

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      • Aug 05, 2016 Pamplin student develops search tool for product safety data analysis

        Vaibhav Mummalaneni, of Richmond, Virginia, a rising senior with majors in business information technology and marketing, is spending the summer in a paid internship with the federal government. Mummalaneni is working as a student trainee for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in its Office of Compliance, in metro Washington, D.C.

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      • Jun 10, 2016 MSBA program launches new concentration in business analytics in 2016

        The Pamplin College of Business supported by the college’s Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics (CBIA) is accepting applications for its new concentration in Business Analytics within Master of Science in Business Administration degree program. The program is designed to give students the necessary business knowledge, technical expertise, and professional skills to be effective business analytics practitioners. The program requires the completion of 30-credit hours. Students who have fulfilled the prerequisite requirements (i.e., individuals with basic skills in statistics, computer programming and database management) can normally complete the degree in 12 months.

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      • Jun 08, 2016 PRISM Wins Award for First & Main Blacksburg Transit Bus Wrap

        Out of more than 1,200 submissions from 33 countries, Blacksburg Transit’s bus wrap, designed for First & Main Shopping Center, by Pamplin Reinventing Social Media (PRISM,) has won a gold award in the 2016 Muse Creative Awards competition. The winning work was created by Molly Marshall of PRISM.

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      • May 12, 2016 2016 Outstanding Senior Kaley Burlingame

        Kaley Burlingame, an accounting and finance double major, was selected as the Pamplin’s 2016 Outstanding Senior, in recognition of her achievements. She maintained a 3.94/4.00 GPA and served as co-CEO of SEED, a student-run equity portfolio of over $5 million. She supervised six area managers and 30 analysts and led the technical analyst training program.

      • 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Chris Shean
      • May 11, 2016 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Chris Shean

        Chris Shean, chief financial officer for Liberty Media and Liberty Interactive, received the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Pamplin College of Business at the college’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13, at 3:30 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum.

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      • May 02, 2016 Pamplin’s PRISM awarded Telly for “Welcome to Hokie Nation” online video

        The Pamplin College of Business social media group PRISM (Pamplin Re-Inventing Social Media) is the first Virginia Tech organization to win a Telly Award, the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs. PRISM is being honored for their creation of the 2015 “Welcome to Hokie Nation” preview video that was developed to excite high school seniors that had been accepted into Virginia Tech to join the community in Blacksburg.

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      • Apr 28, 2016 Hokies on Wall Street Reception

        Initially an event for alumni working on Wall Street, it has expanded to include alumni from many curriculums at Virginia Tech. Students from several Pamplin College of Business groups were invited to participate in the New York events and they also attended the reception, where they had the opportunity to meet over 380 alumni living and working in the New York area

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      • Apr 27, 2016 NYSE Closing Bell

        Virginia Tech President Tim Sands, Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast, and a group of alumni, including advisory board members of the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange at 4 p.m. April 26 in celebration of the university’s initiatives in innovation and entrepreneurship.

      • Apr 15, 2016 Pamplin Advisory Council integral to the college’s success (part 2)

        In this series of videos, you will learn about many of the high profile members of one of Pamplin’s most esteemed alumni board: The Pamplin Advisory Council. The Pamplin Advisory Council (PAC) is the senior-level advisory council that is dedicated to the success of Pamplin students and the college overall.

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      • Mar 29, 2016 Evening MBA program ranked #16 again

        Virginia Tech’s part-time MBA program in the Washington metropolitan area is again ranked No. 16 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Graduate Schools 2017 survey. The program is based in the Pamplin College of Business and known as the Evening MBA. “We continue to be the top-ranked school in Virginia for part-time MBA programs,” said Pamplin dean Robert Sumichrast.

      • Mar 28, 2016 The Importance of 'Care' in Healthcare

        One of the requirements under the Affordable Care Act is that data must be gathered and analyzed to determine what’s working well and what’s not. According to a study by a Virginia Tech Professor, what matters more to patients than anything else is the quality of the connection patients have with their doctors.

      • Mar 28, 2016 Pamplin Advisory Council integral to the college’s success

        In this series of videos, you will learn about many of the high profile members of one of Pamplin’s most esteemed alumni board: The Pamplin Advisory Council. The Pamplin Advisory Council (PAC) is the senior-level advisory council that is dedicated to the success of Pamplin students and the college overall.

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      • Mar 23, 2016 Hats Off to Celeena Jefferson

        As one of Virginia Tech’s newest graduates—officially as of December 2015—Celeena Jefferson said she could not pass the opportunity to come to campus and partake in the graduate ceremony, with her husband and three children.

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      • Mar 10, 2016 Matt Arden joins Marketing Department’s Marketing Industry Mentoring Board (MIMB)

        Matt Arden, the Senior Vice President and Executive Creative Director at Screenvision, has accepted an invitation to join the Pamplin College of Business MIMB. He is a three time Emmy Award winner with experience in the sports and entertainment industry, being previously employed for companies like TNT, Turner Sports, and Maggie Vision Productions. Arden has also acted as the Executive Director for Shoot Film Not Guns, a non-profit founded by him and his wife in Atlanta.

      • Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe visits students at inVenTs Residential Community and Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
      • Feb 24, 2016 Innovating the Future

        As a collaborative effort between Virginia Tech Housing & Residence Life, Pamplin College of Business, and university faculty members, Innovation was born. In August 2013, those core groups came together with the common goal of creating a unique program to jumpstart innovation and entrepreneurship at Virginia Tech. Hosting a range of students representing all seven colleges within the university, the focus of the program is brought to light and applied within many different disciplines.

      • Jan 12, 2016 MIT Program Ranked #2

        Virginia Tech’s online Master of Information Technology degree program once again earned a No. 2 ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Top Online Education rankings. The program – a partnership between the College of Engineering and the Pamplin College of Business – has maintained a No. 2 ranking for three years in a row, behind the University of Southern California. The program has been highly ranked every year since U.S. News debuted the Top Online Rankings in 2012.