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      • Dec 19, 2017 Families Who Argue During the Holidays May Be Less Biased

        Don’t get stressed out if your family has arguments at the holiday dinner table. “Families that cultivate a culture in which disagreements are voiced may help raise individuals who are less prone to rely on their personal biases when they make decisions,” said Virginia Tech’s Anne-Sophie Chaxel, an assistant professor at the Pamplin College of Business.

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      • Nov 15, 2017 Women In Business: Richmond 2017

        Pamplin alumnae gathered at the Richmond Omni on November 9th for Pamplin’s Annual Women in Business (WIB) event. Students from Collegiate Women in Business, Finance for Females and PRISM also attended. The theme was “Navigate and Negotiate” and featured networking and a panel of successful alumni, including Kim Adams, Tessa Anderson, and Starlette Johnson, and a male, John Ashbury, who is the President and CEO of Union Bankshares, the event sponsor.

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      • Nov 08, 2017 John M. Pinkerton honored with emeritus status

        John M. Pinkerton, the SunTrust Professor of Finance in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of SunTrust Professor Emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

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      • Nov 07, 2017 Barracuda Bowl Season 3

        Coca-Cola and the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business’s Marketing Department teamed up again to make Season 3 of Barracuda Bowl one of the most exciting years yet. This year’s prompt was, “How can Coca-Cola leverage the power of gaming to reach teens and recruit the next generation of brand loyalists?” Out of dozens of applications, seven student teams were chosen to pitch their ideas to members of the Marketing Advisory Board as well as members of Coca-Cola’s corporate team.

      • Oct 19, 2017 PRISM Takes on NTC

        PRISMites headed up to New York City on October 11th to start their 7th annual trip. They traveled eight hours in vans eager to visit high-profile advertising agencies. Each year the trip gives members the opportunity to explore career paths in agencies while leveraging new skills and feedback received from alumni and professionals. During the trip, PRISM visited six agencies, Candyspace/Kinetic, FCB, ScreenVision, Etsy, Droga5, and McGarryBowen.

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      • Oct 19, 2017 Tara Petrucci, Pamplin’s 3rd Rising Star

        Pamplin’s Rising Star Award was created to recognize a young woman who exemplifies what it means to be a leader, as a student, an alumna, and in her career. Pamplin’s Rising Star Award 2017 was presented to Tara Petrucci on Thursday, Oct. 12, at the eighth annual Women in Business event at Morgan Stanley. This award recognizes a young woman who exemplifies what it means to be a leader, as a student, an alumna, and in her career.

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      • Oct 19, 2017 Women in Business: Navigating and Negotiating

        How do you navigate and negotiate as a woman in the field of business? This was the topic of discussion for Pamplin’s 8th Annual Women in Business (WIB) event. NYC-based alumnae and students from Collegiate Women in Business and PRISM gathered at Morgan Stanley on October 12 to network and hear from a panel of leaders. Three strong women sat on the panel—Tracy Castle-Newman, Charlotte Ryland, and Julie Talbot—all Pamplin alumnae. Mandell Crawley was the fourth member of the panel, adding a different perspective to the conversation since he was the only male.

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      • Oct 16, 2017 Business Economics (ECON) degree to be discontinued

        Pamplin is in the process of discontinuing the B.S. in Business, Economics (ECON) degree within the College of Business. The last opportunity students will have to change into ECON or add ECON as a second major will be during the December/January change major period. As an unrestricted major, students will have 6 weeks to apply for ECON (December 19, 2016- January 27, 2017).

      • Oct 06, 2017 Pamplin’s Award-Winning Alumni

        As a long-standing tradition, Pamplin has honored its outstanding alumni. The Pamplin Society established four new awards in 2017 to recognize additional alumni—the Pamplin Ut Prosim Service Award, Pamplin Rising Young Alum Award, Pamplin Corporate Ambassador Award, and Mentorship Award. The awards were presented at the annual Pamplin Advisory Council dinner in September.

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      • Sep 14, 2017 Business Horizons Fall 2017

        Once again, Business Horizons has proven to be one of the best career fairs for student job seekers and recruiters alike. On Thursday, Sept. 7, thousands of students had the opportunity to connect with more than 150 of the top recruiting organizations. This year, Business Horizons broke many records. “This was the most attended fair by both employers and students – ever. Our students continue to be in high demand, and employer feedback was complimentary. We would like to thank everyone for participating, especially the student leadership team.” – Stuart Mease, Executive Director for Student Advancement and Career Services in Pamplin

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      • Sep 14, 2017 Pamplin Kick-Off Picnic 2017

        Free to all Pamplin faculty, staff, and students, the picnic was held from 4-6 pm on Alumni Association Lawn at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Picnic-goers enjoyed hotdogs, hamburgers, side dishes, desserts and drinks. The band Empty Bottles played to an appreciative crowd. Students hung out and high-fived the Hokie Bird, learned more about exciting opportunities to get involved with some of Pamplin’s many student organizations, and mingled with Pamplin faculty and staff, Emeritus faculty, and VT senior leadership.

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      • Aug 29, 2017 Pamplin welcomes new faculty members

        THIS FALL, eight new tenure-track faculty members will join Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business. Their addition to our faculty reflects our commitment to hiring such faculty to further strengthen our teaching, research, and business outreach, particularly in business analytics, innovation through entrepreneurs

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      • Aug 22, 2017 Apex CIE Helps Launch 84 Companies in 2016-2017 School Year

        During the 2016-2017 school year, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Apex CIE) helped launch an outstanding number of student-founded companies; 84 to be exact. According to its website, Apex CIE’s mission is to “inspire and empower students to turn their passion, purpose, and ideas into action.” Over the course of this year, companies like Park & Diamond, SmartGoggleIQ, Bar None Insulated Apparel, and Tech Wound Solutions have made a name for themselves, thanks to the support they received from Apex CIE.

      • Aug 15, 2017 Interdisciplinary real estate program moves to Pamplin College

        To support its continued growth, the Virginia Tech Program in Real Estate has become an academic unit in the Pamplin College of Business in collaboration with the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. The program will be housed in the Intelligent Infrastructure and Construction Complex, and students will earn a bachelor of science in real estate or a real-estate minor through the Pamplin College.

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      • Aug 02, 2017 Nancy Gard McGehee honored as Outstanding Woman in Travel Research

        Nancy Gard McGehee, head of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Managementin the Pamplin College of Business, has been recognized as one of the “Top Women in Travel” by Women in Travel and Tourism International (WITTI). McGehee was honored as an “Outstanding Woman in Travel Research,” one of only three award recipients in that category.

      • Jul 19, 2017 Roberta S. Russell appointed head of business information technology

        Roberta S. (Robin) Russell has been appointed head of the Department of Business Information Technology in the Pamplin College of Business. Russell joined Virginia Tech as an assistant professor in 1983. She was promoted to associate professor in 1988 and to professor in 1993.

      • Jul 17, 2017 Chuck Taylor steps down after 34 years as department head

        Bernard W. (Chuck) Taylor has stepped down as head of the Department of Business Information Technology in the Pamplin College of Business, a department he had led since 1983. Taylor will return to the faculty in the fall to teach courses in management science. “After 34 years, I probably should have run myself out a lot sooner,” Taylor said jovially. Over the course of his career as department head, Taylor has overseen many changes, most notably, developing what was then a nondegree program into a successful major.

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      • Jul 12, 2017 Forever Investors

        Finance professor Sattar Mansi co-authored a study that examined the effect on corporate decision making of investors who intend to hold on to their investments for more than a year and trade infrequently – known as long-term investment horizons.

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      • Jun 27, 2017 Safeguarding health data

        Data analytics, increasingly used in health care, can promote cures and deliver efficiencies, but massive data collection about individual health and social status may lead to loss of privacy, unequal treatment, and the perpetuation of health inequality, says Virginia Tech business law professor Janine Hiller.

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      • Jun 13, 2017 HTM’s Eojina Kim receives Best Paper Award

        Congratulations to Eojina Kim for her Best Paper Award at the Asia Pacific CHRIE Conference in Indonesia for “Understanding Customer Perception of Restaurant Innovativeness and Customer Value Co-creation Behavior.” In all, 340 papers were submitted to the conference and approximately 220 authors were invited to do presentations. Kim is an Assistant Professor in Pamplin’s Hospitality and Tourism Management department.

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      • Jun 08, 2017 Management Professor Steve Markham Named Outstanding Alumnus by Claremont McKenna College

        The faculty at Claremont McKenna College, in conjunction with the Kravis Leadership Institute, voted Pamplin Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Steve Markham, as their outstanding alumnus for the year. Claremont McKenna College is a very selective and highly rated liberal arts college in California, and this prestigious award honors one of Pamplin’s longest tenured management professors

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      • May 15, 2017 HTM’s Zheng Xiang receives Paper of the Year 2016 award

        Zheng “Phil” Xiang, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, received one of the two Papers of the Year 2016 awards from Electronic Markets, a leading international academic journal that offers a forum for research on networked business. Xiang’s co-authored paper, “Smart tourism: foundations and developments,” was published in the 25 (3), 2015 issue.

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      • May 11, 2017 Commencement Keynote Speaker Brian Slingerland

        Cancer drug company founder and CEO Brian Slingerland will give the keynote address at the Pamplin College of Business commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13, at 3:30 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum. Slingerland, an alumnus who received a bachelor’s degree in finance in 2000, co-founded Stemcentrx, a biotechnology company in San Francisco that is doing research to develop new types of cancer treatments. Stemcentrx, which has five cancer drugs in human clinical trials, is being acquired by drugmaker AbbVie Inc. in a $10.2 billion deal that is one of the 10 biggest biotechnology deals in history.

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      • May 09, 2017 Pamplin graduate awarded prestigious NCAA scholarship

        A May 2016 Pamplin College of Business Graduate, Calyn Witz, was recently awarded the prestigious NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Scholarship to help with the costs associated with pursuing graduate studies. Her undergraduate experience of serving as a student manager for the women’s lacrosse team, her extensive experience in other parts of the VT Athletic Department, and her work with the Management Department’s Undergraduate Programs Committee were important factors in her selection for the NCAA Women’s Enhancement Scholarship. Ms. Witz is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration.

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      • May 02, 2017 Spring 2017 Commencement Keynote Speaker Wayne Robinson

        President and CEO of Career Path Management & Associates, LLC, in Greensboro, North Carolina,Wayne Robinson (Finance ’80) will give the keynote address at the Pamplin College of Business commencement ceremony on Friday, May 12, at 3:30 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum.

      • Apr 25, 2017 In Memoriam: Vic Bonomo, associate professor of finance

        Vittorio (“Vic”) Bonomo, associate professor of finance, 80, died on April 20 in Blacksburg. Bonomo, a native of New Brighton, Pennsylvania, joined Virginia Tech in 1968, where he taught for 48 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Duquesne University in 1962 and his Ph.D. in economics from Brown University in 1969.

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      • Apr 25, 2017 Spring 2017, Students of Distinction Reception

        On April 12, students, faculty, parents, and staff gathered together in the Owens Ballroom to honor the achievements of students in the Pamplin College of Business. The Students of Distinction Reception awards those graduating in the spring who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance and leadership.

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      • Apr 13, 2017 VTAMA Wins Fourth Place In Conference Competition

        Recently, the Virginia Tech American Marketing Association proudly represented the Pamplin College of Business at the International Collegiate AMA Conference in New Orleans. The conference is a sales and marketing summit where more than 200 colleges around the world compete in events and case competitions. Industry leaders give presentations and there are career networking opportunities. With support from Pamplin’s marketing department, the Virginia Tech chapter of the AMA (VTAMA) was able to send eight student representatives.

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      • Apr 10, 2017 Alumni Spotlight: Theda Blackwood

        After making her mark at Virginia Tech, earning a degree in Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management, Theda Blackwood used her enthusiastic spirit and unwavering determination to establish a legacy post-grad. This Q&A explores her entrepreneurial endeavors, her experience on stage as Annie, and her future plans to continue dreaming big and giving back to the Virginia Tech community.

      • Apr 07, 2017 Congratulations to Pamplin’s award-winning students

        Pamplin congratulates the graduating seniors who won the highly competitive Pamplin undergraduate awards for 2016-2017. Three accomplished seniors who showcased their leadership skills, dedicated time to service, and achieved high grade point averages, during their time in the Pamplin College of Business are recipients of the Pamplin Undergraduate Awards this year.

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      • Apr 05, 2017 Women in Business: How do you get “a seat at the table”?

        How do you get “a seat at the table”? This was the question posed by keynote speaker, Cydni Tetros at the Northern Virginia Women in Business (WIB) reception held on Thursday, March 30th. Over 100 women – including alumni, featured guests, and roughly 20 students – gathered in Reston, Virginia to network and connect with fellow Hokies. Derick Maggard, executive director of Pamplin’s Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship connected WIB to Tetros, and sponsored her presentation.

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      • Apr 04, 2017 Shin Fujiyama

        Shin Fujiyama, founder of Students Helping Honduras, spoke in Squires’ Haymarket Theatre on social entrepreneurism on Tuesday, February 16 at 7pm. Fujiyama talks about founding Students Helping Honduras while in college. He has also started a bilingual school and children’s homes in Honduras. His social entrepreneurship efforts are having a profound impact on the lives of students in both the U.S. and Honduras.

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      • Mar 01, 2017 Pamplin professors Zheng Xiang and Patrick Fan win Best Conference Research Paper award

        Two Pamplin professors, Zheng Xiang, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM), and Weiguo “Patrick” Fan, Ph.D., an R.B. Pamplin Professor of Accounting and Information Systems (ACIS), received the “Best Conference Research Paper” award recently at the ENTER 2017 eTourism Conference held in Rome, Italy. The paper, “Assessing Reliability of Social Media Data: Lessons from Mining TripAdvisor Hotel Reviews” is authored by Zheng Xiang (HTM), Qianzhou Du (doctoral student in business information technology,) Yufeng Ma (doctoral student in Computer Science,) and Patrick Fan (ACIS). In addition to receiving the award, Xiang will assume the editorship at the Journal of Information Technology & Tourism.

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      • Feb 09, 2017 Students Engage and Learn with Peers and Employers at Pamplin Leadership Conference 2017

        Students gathered at the German Club Manor on Saturday, January 28th to attend the 18th Annual Pamplin College of Business Student Leadership Conference. Hosted by the Pamplin Leadership Development Team with 11 corporate sponsors, the conference allowed undergraduate students to attend company-led seminars, participate in breakout sessions, and network with alumni and business representatives.

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      • Feb 06, 2017 Dean Sumichrast unveils plans for $250 million Global Business and Analytics Complex

        The future of the Pamplin College of Business was further unveiled to an eager crowd of students gathered in the Pamplin Atrium this past Wednesday. Dean Robert T. Sumichrast led the presentation with a speech highlighting the opportunities surrounding the Global Business and Analytics Complex that will break ground in 2020. This $250 million project will rely on a percentage of private donations—an exciting opportunity for alumni to contribute to the future of Pamplin.

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      • Feb 03, 2017 The Stress of After-Hours Email

        A study co-authored by William Becker, a Virginia Tech associate professor of management, finds employer expectations regarding monitoring e-mail after work hours is the main reason employees are unable to enjoy a healthy work-life balance. In the study, he notes that even when no e-mails are present to respond to, the expectation alone leads to stress and ultimately affects employees’ overall well-being and job performance. While those who actively try to keep an intense work and home life separation are most affected, even those who don’t care are still often negatively affected. The results of the study offer practical insights for employers to keep employees more focused during work hours, and less stressed during non-work hours. Managers need to be aware that extreme expectations ultimately lead to poor employee function. Becker suggests enforcing organizational practices that protect employees and prevent e-mail overload.

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      • Feb 03, 2017 Battling for Balance

        As consumers, we are constantly choosing whether to practice self-control or allow our desires to take over in decision-making. Frank May, assistant professor of marketing, found that memory is not always a reliable source during these decisions, like we may assume. In his recent research, May found that when given an opportunity to indulge, memories of past behavior may become distorted in order to justify a treat.

      • Jan 19, 2017 Devi R. Gnyawali appointed management department head

        Devi R. Gnyawali has been appointed head of the Department of Management in the Pamplin College of Business. Gnyawali, who was appointed the R.B. Pamplin Professor of Management in 2011, joined Virginia Tech as an assistant professor in 1997. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2003 and to professor in 2010. He specializes in teaching and research on strategic management, entrepreneurship, and technology management.

      • Jan 13, 2017 MIT Maintains No. 2 Ranking for 2017

        Virginia Tech’s online master of information technology degree program once again earned a No. 2 ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Top Online Education rankings. The program — a partnership between Pamplin and the College of Engineering — has maintained a No. 2 ranking for four 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.