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September 22: The Pamplin Pulse

The Dean's Corner

Dear Pamplin Hokies and friends,

Like the cooler breezes and chillier mornings we’re experiencing ahead of the official start of fall, the positive energy that can be felt at Pamplin right now is palpable.

We’ve got much to be excited about. The college continues to be highlighted among the nation’s best for undergraduate business education. In U.S. News & World Report’s rankings published last week, Pamplin earned high marks across our programs, including Best Undergraduate Business Education (#39), Undergraduate Management Information Systems (#23) — our BIT and ACIS Departments — and our Learning Communities (#22). The U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 graduate rankings published earlier this year remain strong with the MIT program ranked (#3) and, as a subset, MIT is ranked #1 for Veterans, as well as our Business Part-time MBA Program (#23), et al. Our continued recognition for many other Pamplin programs and departments is a testament to our incredible faculty, staff, students, and alumni community.

Speaking of our incredible faculty, we welcome 21 new full-time teaching and research faculty to Pamplin this semester. This is an all-time high for new faculty appointments, indicative of the college’s upward trajectory. We continue to invest in the best and brightest faculty and our new faculty are leading scholars, instructors, and practitioners in their fields. Their expertise will help us advance research, teaching, and outreach around our Pamplin Pillars — business analytics; entrepreneurship; security, privacy, and trust; and improving the human condition — and strengthen our ability to deliver a world-class business learning environment at Virginia Tech.

Our Virginia Tech alumni continue to step forward in support of Pamplin. I want to especially highlight and thank Win Sheridan ’94 (College of Liberal Arts) for his ongoing strong engagement in the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs, a university center housed within Pamplin that serves all student populations, and the new $500,000 commitment the has made to the center - and the greater student entrepreneurship ecosystem at Virginia Tech. Sheridan’s philanthropic investment will help the Apex Center engage more student entrepreneurs in educational programming, networking, and funding opportunities to catalyze their business ventures.

These are just a few of the countless reasons to be excited as we move into autumn.

Thank you for your continued engagement with Pamplin.

Let’s Go...


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    Startup Weekend takes students from ‘ideation to action’
    Startup Weekend takes students from ‘ideation to action’ , article

    More than 80 students from across multiple colleges and disciplines descended upon the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs to participate in the first-ever Startup Weekend. The event, held Sept. 2 and Sept. 3, helped guide students through the steps of launching a startup, from ideation to action.

Pamplin Engage Undergraduate TA Program returns for 2022-23 academic year

Building on the successes of the 2020-21 and 2021-22 program years, the Pamplin Engage Undergraduate TA Program has returned for the 2022-23 academic year.

Inside GBAC Spotlight: Progress photos from September 2022

Follow the link below to see more images from a recent tour of the Data and Decision Sciences Building construction site. 

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

Upcoming Events

Women in Business at Burn Boot Camp

Recently, Heather Kelly '09 discussed how she is using her business, Burn Boot Camp Blacksburg, to impact the community in the New River Valley.

Pamplin alumnae are invited to a free workout and social on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5:30-7 p.m. Hosted by Pamplin Women in Business.

Burn Boot Camp
Thursday, Sept. 29
5:30 - 7 p.m.

Learn More and Register>>

CCI Integrated Security Seminar Series

Please join Shilpa Madan, assistant professor, marketing, as she discusses her recent research, "How you look is who you are: The "appearance reveals character" lay theory increases support for facial profiling." The seminar will also feature Mai Abdel-Malek, a postdoctoral associate with Wireless@Virginia Tech in the Virginia Tech Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who will discuss how next-generation cellular networks are expected to offer better service quality, secure and reliable service provisioning, and more cooperative operation even in unexpected stressful situations.

This seminar series, co-hosted by the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative in Southwest Virginia (CCI SWVA) and The Integrated Security Education and Research Center (ISERC), focuses on integrated security. Each seminar features two speakers from different areas of research who delve into the real-world, salient cybersecurity issues impacting businesses and individuals around the world.

Integrated Security Education and Research Center
Monday, Oct. 3

10 - 11 a.m. 
Zoom available

Learn More and Register>>

Join this year's Hokie Hike: Participate from anywhere!

Register for the Hokie Hike and then hike anywhere, anytime between Oct. 15 and Nov 27. Share your journey with us using #HokieHike! We'll celebrate the great outdoors and how far Hokies can go together.

Participants will receive a box of Hokie gear and a portion of each registration fee is a gift to support outdoor recreation for current students.

Oct. 15 - Nov. 27

Register Today>>

Save the Date: Salute to Veterans Day

The Pamplin College of Business invites you to Save the Date for the upcoming Salute To Veterans Day: The Embodiment of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

Please join us as we honor those Hokies who embody the spirit of Virginia Tech's motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

Friday, Nov. 11
12:30 p.m.
Pamplin Atrium (Blacksburg)
Live Stream Available