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August 24: The Pamplin Pulse

Welcome back message from Interim Dean Robin Russell

Dear Pamplin Hokies and friends,

The start of the new academic year brings much optimism, and we have an exciting semester and year ahead. The Blacksburg campus is buzzing with students, faculty, and staff starting their first day of classes this week. Our faculty are continuing to participate in research with real-world positive impact. Nearly 200 undergraduate TAs are beginning the semester, gaining invaluable educational and professional growth experiences along the way.

When asked this summer by Provost Clarke to serve as the Interim Dean of Pamplin this academic year, I accepted this invitation instead of my long-planned retirement after 40 years at Virginia Tech and the last 5 years as the Department Head of BIT. I served on the search committee for Pamplin’s next dean last year and the consensus was that we have not yet found the next dean,  and conversely, Pamplin’s next dean has not yet found our community. We will have updates on the dean search throughout this academic year. This is an exciting deanship at a historic moment for Pamplin.

The first building under construction in the Global Business and Analytics Complex (GBAC) continues to transform with visible progress observed every day and the architect selection for the next building in GBAC is nearing completion. In Northern Virginia, our graduate programs continue to see strong enrollment by industry leaders across every sector.

We are looking forward to engaging with many Pamplin alumni this semester. Whether cheering on the Hokies at Lane Stadium together or through a host of upcoming Pamplin and university alumni events – which will be shared here in the Pulse – there are lots of ways to stay connected.

I look forward to seeing all our Pamplin Hokies this semester. Thank you for your continued support of the college.

Let’s Go...


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    PIP Academy concludes inaugural session
    PIP Academy concludes inaugural session , article

    The Pamplin College of Business Office for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) recently wrapped their first-ever Pamplin’s Inspiring Possibilities (PIP) Academy. The 10-day residential program introduced 27 rising high school seniors—many of whom come from underrepresented and underserved communities—to the dynamic world of business and business careers.

Pamplin Society Signature Event recap

On June 23, 2022, Pamplin Society hosted its signature panel and networking event at the Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center in Arlington.

Inside GBAC Spotlight: Data and Decision Sciences Building construction progresses

Follow the link below to see recent images from the Data and Decision Sciences Building construction site. Exciting progress was made over the summer, with the first of the two new academic buildings scheduled to open in Summer 2023.

View now to see the construction of the Data and Decision Sciences Building in real-time with the most recent time-lapse image.

Virginia Business profiles Asali gift for learning accelerator

Follow the link below to learn more about the landmark $1 million gift from the Omar and Rula Asali Foundation that will fund the Asali Learning Accelerator, a dedicated space for Pamplin undergraduates to receive and deliver academic coaching services that will be housed in the second building of the Global Business and Analytics Complex.

Upcoming Events

Day for Data: Analytics in Action

Join us for Day for Data: Analytics in Action, a brand-new conference at Virginia Tech that will connect students and industry professionals in a practical exploration of the modern applications of big data and data analytics in the corporate setting! Featuring keynote speakers, networking opportunities, panel discussions, and the opportunity to connect with recruiters from industry-leading companies.

Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room
Friday, September 9
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Fall 2022 Startup Weekend

Pitch your idea. Find your team. Make your mark. Get started on an entrepreneurial journey this semester with Startup Weekend! Over the course of 24 hours join students from all disciplines as you take an idea and develop it to the next level. The weekend will begin with an inspiring Keynote Speaker and then move into ideation. Ideas will be developed onsite (no ideas or new ventures already in progress). Ideas are then voted on and selected. Teams are formed and ideas are turned into action (no existing teams). Teams will work with entrepreneur mentors during the course of the weekend and meet some amazing VT alum! There will be plenty of food, prizes, fun and networking! Don't forget your computer!

432 N. Main Street
Suite 200
Blacksburg, Va.

Friday, September 2
4 p.m.

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