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Summer 2015 Student Accomplishments

Published date: August 25, 2015

Summer 2015 Student Accomplishments

The Reginald F. Lewis College of Business at Virginia State University celebrated the following summer 2015 student accomplishments.

(1) Kianna Rodrigues (Marketing major) and Marvel Taylor (Management major) have each been awarded a $7,500 Altria scholarship.

(2) Marshawn Shelton (Management major) has earned a full-time positon for after graduation in May with AT&T.  Marshawn interned for AT&T this summer in Atlanta and did very well.  Marshawn will manage forty employees upon assuming the full-time position.

(3) Deonesha Williams (MISY major) participated in the RichTech networking session in Richmond’s Scott Addition.  Deonesha networked with over 50 IT professionals.

(4) Mykala Daniel (Marketing major) earned a paid summer internship at WestRock, formerly MWV and RockTenn prior to the merger.

(5) Treyshon Harris (MISY major) earned a paid summer internship as a Data Entry Operator at Southern States.

(6) Atiya Leach (Marketing major and 14 grad) and LaTasha Richardson (Management major and May grad) participated in the Madison + Main Media Mixer in Richmond with 50 industry professionals.

(7) Deric Gassaway (Marketing major) earned a summer internship as a Public Relations Associate at the Friendship Public Charter Schools in D.C.

(8) James Barber (Management major) participated in a Workforce Investment Board (WIB) luncheon hosted for industry in Colonial Heights.

(9) Adrian Serry (Accounting/Finance major) earned a paid summer internship at Springleaf Financial Services in Petersburg.  Adrian was responsible for business development for all of southside Virginia.

(10) Kera Bridges (MISY major and May grad) and Eldon Burton (Management major and 11 grad) participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters breakfast with 150 persons in Richmond.

(11) Kineka Berry (Marketing major) earned a summer internship at Boutique Digital Agency in Richmond

(12) James Barber (Management major) represented the College of Business at the Richmond Raiders football game at the M. H. West & Co. executive suite at the Coliseum.

(13) Alanda Petes (Management major) earned a paid summer internship with Middleburg Bank.

(14) Alisha Williamson (Management major) earned a paid summer internship at Enterprise Rent-a-Car in the Manager in Training program.

(15) Asia Denwiddie (Accounting major and May grad) interviewed for an accounting position at the Virginia Department of Taxation and for an accounting position with Aijalon.

(16) Shanikka Richardson (Marketing major and May grad) earned a full-time position to stand up a marketing department at ChemTreat in Richmond.  Shanikka had multiple offers so she had to weigh her offers before deciding on ChemTreat.

(17) James Barber (Management major) and Shannon Thrower (Accounting/Finance major) attended the candidates forum hosted in-part by the College of Business and had an opportunity to interface with the State Senate and House of Delegates candidates along with the sponsoring organizations, i.e. Danielle Fitz-Hugh (Petersburg Chamber of Commerce) and Joe Croce (Southside Virginia Association of Realtors).

(18) Melanie Fowler (Management major and May grad) earned a Personal Banker position at Well Fargo, the Crater Road location.

(19) Caleb Rook (Marketing major and May grad) earned a position as a loan originator with Live Well Financial in Richmond.

(20) Jade Mims (Management major and May grad) earned a position at Dominion Credit Union in Richmond.

(21) Chrisana Cuffee (Marketing major) was offered a summer internship at the Hampton Coliseum.

(22) Stacey Davis (Management major and May grad), Melanie Fowler (Management major and May grad) and Alanda Petes (Management major) were featured in the new I AM PETERSBURG commercial coming soon to TV at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2vYg4UxOvU 

(23) Perlecya Dozier (Marketing major and 14 grad) earned a position as an Image Importer at Kantar Media in Norfolk.

(24) Zekia McCarvin (Accounting major and 14 grad) earned a job as an A/P Specialist at IMC, Inc. in Woodbridge.

(25) Aaron Torres (Accounting major and 12 grad) earned a position as a Recruiter for Accounting Principals in Northern Virginia.

(26) Hameed Salmond (Accounting major and 14 grad) earned a position as a Staff Accountant at Kearney and Company in Alexandria.

(27) Chantel Brown (Marketing major and 14 grad) earned a position as a Manager-in-Training at Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

(28) James Barber (Management major) participated in the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) networking social at the Wingate in Short Pump.  James reconnected with Mary Lynne Staib (Owner of VACO Technology) who hosted James for Project Shadow two years ago.

(29) Lisa Abbott (Management/HR major), James Barber (Management major), and Shannon Thrower (Accounting major) attended the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneurship Competition held at the Carpenter Center in Richmond.  Fourteen start-ups participated and was attended by 350 persons.  The students networked with dozens of companies.

(30) Edmarie Rodriguez (MISY major and exchange student and 12 grad) was promoted at work and is now Associate Project Manager at BioTelemetry Research in D.C.

(31) Shannon Thrower (Accounting major) participated in Project Shadow in Richmond at REDC Community Capital with Randy Shelton, CEO.

(32) Val Simpson (Management major and 13 grad) earned a contract job at Ralph Lauren in Greensboro.  Val was previously working for Senator Kay Hagan prior to Hagan’s electoral loss in November.

(33) Philandra Jordan (MISY major) earned an internship for the summer in IT for Homeland Technical Support in Woodbridge.

(34) Kayla Peck (Accounting major and 14 grad) graduated from George Mason University with her Master’s Degree in Accounting.

(35) Terrance Hobson (MISY major and May grad) participated in a networking session in Richmond with 25 entrepreneurs.  Said session was hosted by our friend Dale Fickett, Executive Director of RVAWorks.

(36) (260) Kianna Rodrigues (Marketing major) earned an internship for the summer doing marketing for White Label in New York City. 

(37) Kort Murdock (MISY major) participated in the RichTech networking event at CenterStage in Richmond with seventy professionals.  

(38) Wesley Wright (Accounting major) earned a summer position as a Student Auditor for the United States Postal Service's Office of Inspector General.

(39) Shaniece Pugh (Management major) earned a paid internship in the Management-in-Training program at Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

(40) Stedman Hinds (Accounting major) earned a position as an Auditor at Hillsborough County.

(41) Taylor Ashley-Bean (Accounting major and May grad) earned a position in accounting at Deloitte back home in Bermuda.

(42) Joseph Burnett (Accounting major) earned a full-time position in accounting for after graduation with Allmond & Company in D.C.

(43) Justin Murchison (MISY major and May grad) earned a job as an IT Apprentice at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

(44) Brittany Stukes (Management/HR major) earned a summer position in management and sales/events with Dauntless Events.

(45) Shanikka Richardson (Marketing major) earned a contract marketing position with the Crater Procurement Assistance Center.  

(46) Twenty-five students interviewed for positions with our friends Chris Jones (Regional Leader) and Meg Kelly (Recruiter) from Tek Systems.

(47) Corey Peoples (MISY major and May grad) was hired as a Security IT Solutions Associate at General Electric (GE).  Corey first participated in Project Shadow with GE and visited again with the team when we hosted GE on campus.

(48) Monet Graves (Accounting/Finance major) earned a paid summer internship at State Farm.  As you may recall, we nominated Monet for a prominent insurance industry scholarship; a scholarship that she won!  Now, the scholarship has materialized in an internship!

(49) Olivia Jackson (MISY major and May grad) earned a paid Post-Grad internship in IT for the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

(50) Carl Capel (Accounting major) earned a full-time position as an Accounts Receivable Clerk at the Richmond Marriott downtown on Broad Street.

(51) Eliza Dizon (MISY major) and Deonesha Williams (MISY major) have been awarded free national memberships to the Black Data Processing Association compliments of a generous sponsorship by the Voice of Your Customer.

(52) Chelsey Green (Management major) and Akhenaton Blye (Management major) participated in a networking event guests of Marilyn West and M. H. West & Co. in the executive suite at the Richmond Coliseum for the Raiders’ arena football game.

(53) Tarasha Pierce (Management major and May grad) represented the College of Business guest of Greg Campbell and Smarter Interiors at the Richmond Flying Squirrels’ game at the Diamond.

(54) Matt Williams (Accounting major and 13 grad) has earned a position as a Junior Accountant at TFC Consulting in Rockville, Maryland.

(55) Ce’Erra Patton (Management major) was awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in the fall.  Ce’Erra will study at Mahidol University International College in Bangkok, Thailand.  Ce’Erra is currently interning at Dominion.  Please consider watching Ce’Erra’s video; CLICK HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0pVJ1OpCOE   

(56) The following MISY students passed their SAP Certification; Kera Bridges, Tiara Green, Eli Johnson, Kort Murdock, Corey Peoples, Shante Raines, and Diamond Sykes.

(57) Aaron Blosser (Management major and 13 grad) earned a position as a Career Services Coordinator at the Media Tech Institute in Houston.

(58) Tarasha Pierce (Management major and May grad), Allison Selby (Management major and May grad), and Equasha Smith (Management/HR major and 14 grad) interviewed for a HR position at the HUF Center. 

(59) Tarasha Pierce (Management major and May grad) participated in Project Shadow with Dale Fickett (Executive Director of RVAWorks) in Richmond.

(60) James Barber (Management major) and Elijah Miller (Marketing major) participated in the Urban Financial Services Coalition (UFSC) business competition workshops and conference for a week in Atlanta.

(61) Jasmine Mason (MISY major) earned a paid summer internship at Nationwide Insurance.  Jasmine worked out of Columbus, Ohio.  Jasmine now constitutes our fourth Nationwide Intern in as many years.

(62) Stacey Davis (Management major and May grad) earned a position in Sales and Customer Relations at All State in Tidewater.  Stacey was interning for State Farm here while in school and has elected to stay in the insurance industry.

(63) Alana Dawson (Marketing major and 14 grad) earned a position as a Client Associate working with Private Wealth Financial Advisors for Wells Fargo in Charlotte.

(64) Abraham Bangura (Marketing major and 14 grad) has been hired by Enterprise Rent-a-Car for the Manager-in-Training program.  Abraham now joins Cornelius Barnes, Chantel Brown, Imani Bullen, Colisha Davis, Chad Flucas, Kamesha Gibbs, Tiana Grayson, Tiffany Gullins, and Alisha Williamson at Enterprise!

(65) Shantell Johnson (Management major and 13 grad) has earned a position as a Production Specialist at Mondelez International in Richmond.

(66) A’Rion Hyman (Management major) earned a paid summer postion at General Dynamics in Chester.

(67) Justin Carr (Accounting major and 14 grad) earned a position as an Inventory Accounting Associate at GPM Investments LLC with the Fas Mart stores in Richmond.

(68) Cindy Tologo (Accounting major and 13 grad) will attend William and Mary in the fall to earn her Master’s in Accounting.

(69) Azzeza Mussa (Accounting major) married her sweetheart and earned a position as a sales agent at Aflac. 

(70) James Barber (Management major) facilitated an opportunity for nine Ettrick Elementary students to participate in our Richmond Area Program for Minorities in Engineering.  The elementary students joined our middle and high school students and were mentored by professionals from Northrop Grumman, W.M. Jordan, U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, and Owens & Minor. 

(71) Terenn Stafford (Management major and 12 grad) returned to campus to participate in our Richmond Area Program for Minorities in Engineering.  Specifically, Terenn mentored our middle school students on behalf her employer, Northrop Grumman.  Additionally, Terenn coordinated all of the volunteers (mentors) for NGC. 

(72) Brittney Young (Management major and 12 grad) has earned a position as the HR Coordinator at Ketchum in New York City.

(73) Asia Denwiddie (Accounting major and May grad) earned an accounting position at the Virginia Department for Health.  Asia now has a decision to make because she was recently awarded an accounting job at Dinwiddie Water Authority.

(74) Mary Scott (Accounting major and 11 grad) earned a promotion as an Auditor at the Auditor at Public Accounts and has earned an adjunct accounting teaching position at Virginia Commonwealth University.

(75) Ta’Keisha Martin (Accounting major and 12 grad) earned a promotion as a Financial Analyst at AbbVie.

(76) Tiara Green (MISY major and May grad) earned a position as an IT Analyst at Virginia Premier Health in Richmond. 

(77) Eli Johnson (MISY major and May grad) earned a position as an IT Analyst at Virginia Premier Health in Richmond.

(78) Keyona Davis (Accounting major) earned a paid summer internship at the Defense Supply Center in Richmond.  Keyona is working in contracting.

(79) Juwariyah Abdus-Salaam (Management major and 12 grad) earned a teaching position at a university in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Juwariyah will be teaching English.  She is currently teaching English in Konya, Turkey.

(80) Linsey Burch (Marketing major and 12 grad) earned a position as a TDM Engagement Specialist at Wells + Associates in D.C.

(81) James Barber (Management major) and Marnelle Fanfan (Management major and December grad) represented us in the M. H. West & Co., Inc. executive box at the Coliseum for the Richmond Raiders game.

(82) DeLydia Lawrence (Accounting major) has earned a position as the Manager at Destination Theater in Prince George.

(83) Terrance Hobson (MISY major and May grad) earned a post-grad internship as a General Manager-in-Training at Sam’s Club.

(84) Our students’ commitment to excellence earned an investment of $3,000 from our friends at Enterprise Rent-a-Car. 

(85) James Barber (Management major) and Eliza Dizon (MISY major) hosted sixty middle school students from Richmond for fun hands-on experiential learning role-play exercises.  For us, it constituted another recruiting opportunity.

(86) Eliza Dizon (MISY major) represented us at the Petersburg Rotary meeting luncheon and addressed a group of 30 business and community leaders at the Petersburg Country Club.

(87) Kera Bridges (MISY major and May grad) earned a position as Customer Care Support Technician at Fannie Mae for the Xerox contract.

(88) Thirty students were awarded $1,000 each in new or additional scholarship money for the fall semester subsequent their application and award.

(89) Jhadee Gordon (Accounting major) earned a paid summer internship at the University of Maryland.  Jhadee is a Tutor Counselor teaching high school students.

(90) Ryan Villogram (Marketing major and 14 grad) was hired by New York Life as an agent in Maryland.

(91) Marnelle Fanfan (Management major and 14 grad) was hired full-time as the City of Petersburg’s Tourism/Events/Film Operations Manager.  Marnelle first interned in this capacity and thereafter as a contract worker.

(92) James Barber (Management major) represented the University and College as a volunteer at Ettrick Elementary distributing meals for the Foodbank.

(93) Briana Taylor (Marketing major) earned a paid summer internship at Inbound Central in Richmond with responsibilities pertinent to social media.

(94) Stedman Hinds (Accounting major) has earned a position as an Accounting Specialist at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Tampa office.

(95) Mame Dior Beye (Management major and May grad) has been hired as a HR Coordinator at Managements Systems International in Arlington.  Additionally and more importantly, Mame was awarded her U.S. citizenship!!!!!

(96) Sylvia McHerron (Management/HR major) has earned a full-time position for after graduation in December as a Logistics Manager at Walmart.  Sylvia has interned for WalMart Logistics in South Carolina this summer.  It should be noted that Sylvia and her husband also bought a house!

(97) Kianna Rodrigues (Marketing major) participated in Project Shadow with Kym Grinnage (General Manager) and Judy Gibson (HR Director) at NBC12 in Richmond.

(98) Brandin Harvell (Marketing major) participated in Project Shadow with Renee Chapline (Executive Director) and Lauren Bowman (Project Manager) at Virginia’s Gateway Region.

(99) Kianna Rodrigues (Marketing major) participated in the Industrial Turnaround Corporation (ITAC) Dream It Do IT camp for high school students.  Kianna delivered a presentation regarding what constitutes branding and coached the students.  For us, it constituted another recruiting opportunity.  Thirty high school students from the region participated.

(100) Stacey Davis (Management major and May grad) earned a position as an Accounts Payable associate at DB SCHENKER.

(101) Kevin Kidd (Agribusiness major and May grad) earned a position as a Farm Manager for Murphy Brown in Waverly. 

(102) Nia Thompson Branch (Management major and 11 grad) has co-founded a company in Hampton, i.e. Level U Fitness, LLC.  Nia continues to work as a Program Cost Control Analyst for Newport News Shipbuilding.

(103) Cecilia Bayoh (Management major and 13 grad) earned a promotion at Victoria’s Secret and is now a Merchandising Supervisor. 

(104) Jamarl Asbery (Marketing major and 13 grad) earned a full-time paid internship in Logistics Management at Fort Lee for the U.S. Army.

(105) Eliza Dizon (MISY major) was awarded a $2,500 Johnson & Johnson Scholarship.  We nominated Eliza for the scholarship in her capacity as a member of our Black Data Processing Association and Eliza is one of only four students in the entire country to be awarded the scholarship!

(106) Aaron Kinney (Marketing major and 13 grad) earned a position as an Administrative Assistant to the Director at the Academic Support Center at Notre Dame College in Cleveland.

(107) Tiana Robertson (MISY major and May grad) earned a position as an Inbound Sales Associate for Wells Fargo in Charlotte.

(108) Deonesha Williams (MISY major) earned a paid internship at General Electric (GE) in their cyber security operations.  Deonesha has now been offered a coop for the fall semester.

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