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Robins School Update

March 20, 2012

Nancy BagranoffDear Robins School Community:

As we approach the end of another spectacular year at the Robins School of Business, I look forward to year-end events with mixed emotions. Each event becomes bittersweet, as we celebrate students and their accomplishments, all the while knowing that they will soon be leaving our halls, charting a new course in their lives.

In the next month alone, we will have some of our most notable year-end events, including the Business Pitch Competition and the McWick Case Competition. We will also conduct our annual Honor’s Convocation (April 10), where we will induct new members of Beta Gamma Sigma, honor our Executive of the Year, recognize merit scholarship winners, and announce the 2012 faculty, staff and student award winners. On the following evening (April 11), we will then host our Senior Dinner. This highly-anticipated event, held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, recognizes and honors Robins School seniors and all that they have accomplished. This relaxing and festive evening among faculty, staff and seniors is just one way we hope to thank students for being a part of our family over the years.

In addition, our hugely successful Robins Executive Speaker Series will soon be wrapping up, with our final speaker, Ruth McCartney, on March 28. McCartney, CEO of McCartneyMultimedia.com and stepsister of Paul McCartney, will speak about her experiences in social media marketing from the early Beatles’ days to today. Our other unique speaker series, C-Suite Conversations, will wrap up in May, with Gail Letts, President and CEO of the Central Virginia Region for SunTrust Bank. I’m proud of the list of exceptional speakers we have been honored to host this year, and I look forward to another great year of speaker events starting in the fall!

Now, with March Madness in full swing (I wish I was cheering on the Spiders in the tournament again this year!), it is fitting that this month’s newsletter features stories with sports-related themes.

First in our line-up for March is Robert Goodman, Senior Associate Commissioner for the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), who is no stranger to the excitement and energy of sporting events. Goodman plans over 20 tournaments for the CAA and recently enrolled in the Robins School’s Executive Education Mini MBA program. Through the Mini MBA, Goodman refined some off-court skills in project management that he was able to transfer to his workplace.

Next up is Denis Malkov, ’08, a former business administration major with a concentration in finance, who joined the finance development program at Genworth Financial after graduation. Most recently, Malkov has transitioned to the Business Development department where he was instrumental in launching the firm’s Live+Well project. Live+Well is a collaborative effort with the Mayo Clinic, and provides program-based resources for Genworth’s long-term care policyholders on health and wellness. Malkov personally loves to stay active by biking and playing tennis, and he even started a P90X exercise group at Genworth. 

Finally, Chris Rigoli, ’12, is featured for his work on the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) and for landing a position as an investment banker with the Cowen Group in New York City. Rigoli credits the University’s lacrosse team for teaching him discipline and time management skills needed to make his accomplishments possible. As he said, “I have a commitment to the coaches, to the team, and to myself to be there. Organizing my schedule in a way that I can get everything done has become important. It’s put more structure into my life.”

I hope you enjoy this month’s line-up of all-star Robins School students and alumni.

Nancy Bagranoff
Dean
Robins School of Business

Robins School Highlights
Dr. Saif MehkariAssistant professor of economics was drawn to the Robins School's small class size and commitment to both teaching and scholarship
Classroom discussions on current affairs make professor's classes a vibrant learning environment
Veris ConsultingThree 2011 Robins School graduates gain experience in forensic accounting and accounting outsourcing in Reston, Va.
In 2012, the firm was named number four on Virginia Business' list of best places to work in Virginia
Robert Goodman, Mini MBA graduateSeasoned sports management professional went back to the classroom and refined project management skills through the Mini MBA program
Strong ties to professors and classmates left an impression on CAA Senior Associate Commissioner who manages and executes 22 championship events each year
Denis Malkov, '08Robins School graduate's personal passion for health and wellness fits within his career goals and objectives at Genworth Financial
Alumnus was instrumental in launching Live+Well, a collaborative effort with the Mayo Clinic, specifically designed for long-term care policyholders
Chris Rigoli, '12Senior looks ahead to career as investment banker
An internship with the Cowen Group gave Chris Rigoli, ’12, a look at a future in investment banking — and a job offer before his senior year even began.

Center for Active Business Education

On April 16th, the University of Richmond Entrepreneurship Club and the Center for Active Business Education are co-sponsoring a competition for nascent entrepreneurs, the 2012 Undergraduate Business Pitch Competition.  Undergraduate students across all schools and departments in the University will be competing for a first place prize of $3,500 and the opportunity to present its business pitch to a group of local angel investors. Total prize money is generously funded by ACG Richmond.

On April 19th, student teams from the Robins School will compete in the McWick Case Competition.  Teams are assigned a business case with only a very short time to evaluate it and make recommendations for the company.  The first round is judged by instructors of the strategic management course in which the students are involved.  The best teams from each section are sent to a semi-final round to be judged by other Robins School faculty.  The final round is judged by seasoned executives.  This event is generously funded by the McWick Fund.

Center for International Business Programs

Undergraduate Perspectives

The MBA 570 Global Environment of Business/International Residency concluded the residency portion of the class on March 11.  Company visits while in Brazil included The Brink’s Company, Natura Cosmetics, Ogilvy Advertising, Allianz Global Assistance (formally Mondial Assistance), Embraer (airplane manufacturer), as well as a visit to the Consulate General of the United States.  Senior executives of The Brinks Company and Allianz Global Assistance are members of the Robins School of Business Executive Advisory Council. The focal point of the international residency course is the International Consultancy Project (ICP).  The class of 18 was divided into five teams, and each team was assigned a client in Brazil – an actual company – and the team works with company management on a business issue.  In most cases the clients are interested in entering the U.S. or expanding their presence in the U.S.  Teams met with their client companies on March 6 and will prepare reports to be submitted to the companies at the end of semester. 

Eight students will participate in the MBA 570 International Residency class in Budapest, Hungary, during Summer Session I.  The in-country portion of the class will be May 19-26.

120 Robins School undergrads will be studying abroad during the fall 2012 semester.  Accepted students attended orientation for study abroad for business majors on March 14 and 15 and are in the process of completing their paperwork for approvals of courses for which they want to receive transfer credit from their abroad schools.

The Center for International Business has begun processing applications for incoming exchange students who will be studying in the Robins School during the fall 2012 semester.  Twenty-eight applications have been received thus far.  Additional applications are expected, as the business school typically hosts between 60 and 70 foreign exchange students each fall.

Dr. Junguang Zhang (Ph.D. in Software Project Management), School of Economics and Management, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, will be an international visiting scholar at the Robins School during the fall 2012 semester.

Dr. Thomas Cossé will be participating in a European Foundation for Management Development panel on external relations at Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration in Riga, Latvia.

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