Virginia Tech Evening MBA Scholarship Recipients - Fall 2017
Meet the highly accomplished students who received MBA program scholarship awards this fall:
Taylor Cavanagh (University of Virginia – BA Economics, Minor in Foreign Affairs) - “The Virginia Tech MBA program has opened my eyes to a wide variety of careers beyond the field of Government contracting and given me the tools to pursue them, whether it be marketing, finance or operations management. The analytic nature of the program has better prepared me to be successful in this world of big data, while the program's flexibility allows me to balance my career with my studies and personal life. I am very thankful for the opportunity to participate in this program, surrounded by such talented classmates and teachers!”
Melissa Divecchia (College of William and Mary – BBA Marketing, Minor in Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude) - “I was looking for a reputable program that would allow me to pursue my MBA on my own terms. I have experience in IT consulting, and the Virginia Tech MBA program allows me to combine my previous knowledge with an enhanced business perspective. I value the flexibility and quality of the program because I can continue my full time employment and prepare for life changes at work and beyond.”
Thomas Frick (Elon University – BS Business Administration and BS Economics, Magna Cum Laude) - "Working for a financial technology company, I was looking for an MBA program that would round out my knowledge in finance, but also allow me to learn more about project management and product development. VT’s Evening MBA has given me that and more. Through the program, I’ve built a strong foundation in ethics, analysis, and leadership, which has benefited me both personally and professionally. Also, the flexibility of being able to complete the program part-time at my own pace, while working 40-50 hours a week, has been invaluable."
Cole Jamison (George Mason University – BS Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Cum Laude) - “The Virginia Tech MBA program has been an excellent way to build upon my engineering background and provided me with a skill set that will be useful as I grow into higher positions throughout my career. The classes have been full of great people from a wide variety of backgrounds and interesting discussions that frequently relate the curriculum to current events. I couldn’t be happier to be a member of the Virginia Tech community. I look forward to continuing the program!”
Kyrylo Kruchynin (Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University, BS Applied Mathematics) - "The Virginia Tech MBA is contributing to my professional growth on a daily basis when I have to work on solving business problems as a software developer. Deeper learning of business disciplines helps me to better understand user needs and to develop better solutions. The knowledge of Finance and Accounting classes assists the most as I work in finance industry."
Katie Pidano (Temple University – BS Electrical Engineering, Honors) - “Coming from an engineering background, I wanted my master's degree to be less technically focused. The Evening MBA program has given me a great overall understanding of how businesses operate and how all of the different areas interact. I have enjoyed getting to know my classmates and their varied employment backgrounds and I know that the Virginia Tech MBA will help me to succeed in my career in the future.”
Cody Baldwin, Evening MBA 2013 - Senior IT Project Manager at HP.
"Choosing to go back and get an MBA was the best investment I could have made for my career. I was hired directly out of the program and given a generous raise and an opportunity to manage global teams in a field that I love, It has already paid for itself. In addition to building my resume and helping my find a better job, the program allowed me to build a network that will last for many years to come."
Deanna Starbuck, Evening MBA 2006 - Oil and Gas Industry, Bakersfiled, CA.
"I received my BS in Mechanical Engineering from VT in 2003 and due to the tough job market I stayed to get my MBA as part of the evening MBA program. I completed the program while working full time in my technical field. It was a great decision for me and helped to make me a more well-rounded engineer. It has opened several opportunities in my career in leadership and enabled me to work more effectively across multiple disciplines."
Evelyn McGill, Evening MBA 1990 - Virginia Works' Compensation Commission, Executive Director
"The Program Director and various faculty advising me as a student said that the MBA would help us in all facets of our lives, each and every day. Oh how true this statement has been for me during my career as well as in my personal life. Each and every day, the education that I received from the VTMBA Program has been extremely valuable. My ability to compete in the work world has been enhanced significantly as a result of the skills and abilities I learned as a VTMBA student."
Kathleen Moses Benson, Evening MBA 1990 - Communications/Marketing Strategist, 24 years of experience at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
"I chose the Virginia Tech MBA program because of its reputation as a nationally-ranked business school. My MBA degree certainly opened doors for me in my career. I advise new students to take the time to develop a relationship with not only their classmates, but more importantly, their professors. The MBA faculty is truly top-notch!"
Evening MBA News
Evening MBA Graduate Chosen to Speak at NCR Commencement
Jean Raleigh, who will receive a Master of Business Administration degree from Pamplin College of Business, has been selected as the student speaker for the Virginia Tech National Capital Region Commencement on Sunday, May 14. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. at the Center for the Arts in Fairfax, Virginia. Read more
Pamplin College of Business Graduate Student Award Goes to Evening MBA Student
In fall 2015, when Nicholas Brown started the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business program that offers dual master’s degrees in business administration and information technology, his work experience was somewhat eclectic. Read more
Study shows specific guidelines help auditors overcome 'attraction effect' influences in fair value assumptions
Auditing a company’s financial statement often requires verifying the value of a company’s investments. Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) rules require that such investments are disclosed at “fair value,” calculated by measuring assets and liabilities at estimates of their current value. Read more
Forever investors boost shareholder return
Finance professor Sattar Mansi co-authored a recent study that examined the effect on corporate decision making of investors with long-term investment horizons — i.e., investors who intend to hold on to their investments for more than a year and trade infrequently.
Specifically, Mansi and his co-authors looked at two questions: whether long-term investors improve a firm’s managerial decision making and, if so, whether this generates better returns for shareholders. Read more