At the end of another calendar year it is rewarding to reflect on 2017 and all of our accomplishments.
For one, the College was awarded reaffirmation of accreditation by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, International. Recipient of the HBCU Digest/Thurgood Marshall College Fund award, students along with faculty and alums accrued top honors including for example Phi Beta Lambda students besting the competition from thirteen other institutions of higher learning. For faculty, Dr. Yun Lee earned the Best Paper Award from the Academy of Business Research. For alums, Eldon Burton was recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 recipient by Style Weekly. Students, faculty, and staff were regularly featured in media including Earon Chandler (Management major) being profiled on NBC for shadowing Harry Black. Kapri Armstead and Mabertine Pierre (Management majors) along with Marcus Lowery and Michaela Nelson (Marketing majors) were cast in a new TV commercial. Jonathan Young was regularly interviewed in newspapers and on the television and social media posts for the College earned over 200,000 views.
Also of note, faculty published more than a dozen journal articles and Dr. Alex Weimer authored a textbook that was published by KendallHunt. Between students, faculty, and staff the College was represented at over 190 conferences and networking events including a visit to the New York Stock Exchange. Students attended events with the Governor, members of the General Assembly, local elected officials, and hundreds of business leaders. Students studied in Italy, Greece, and Morocco. Students were inducted in to the Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) International Honor Society and the College’s advisor Ms. Sharon Taylor was recognized by BGS for her excellence; Taylor also earned two certifications this semester.
Also of note, Dr.(s) Aurelia Donald, Mark Kunze, Patrice Perry-Rivers, George Weimer, and Mr. Louis Dabney spent countless hours coaching students while Mrs. Portia Robinson ensured our technology labs functioned. The College even sponsored a Homecoming Float! Michaela Nelson was selected for a publication profile because of her contributions, Dr.(s) Venkat Mummalaneni and Patrice Perry-Rivers launched a VSU Center for Entrepreneurship Google Analytics Service, several students signed up to mentor children at Walnut Hill Elementary School in Petersburg with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Dr. Art Wharton was appointed to the Associate Editorial Board of the African Economic and Business Review and Dr. Mabel Qiu served on the International Association of Business and Economics Executive Board. Jonathan Young was sworn in to office, Mr. Robert Elliott regularly hosted his office hours in the Academic Center for Excellence, and Sharon Taylor’s team advised 1,000 students. In every regard, the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business performed so well.
Dr. Emmanuel Omojokun