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January 2018

Dear Robins School Community:

Nancy Bagranoff

Welcome back, Spiders! The first day of spring semester our halls are buzzing with students sharing their experiences from around the world.  About half of our juniors were studying abroad last fall and it’s wonderful to have them home.  We look forward to having them enrich our classrooms with their knowledge of business and culture in different countries.

In early January, we congratulated our business manager, Pat Macaulay, on her retirement from the University of Richmond after 37 years. Dozens of faculty, staff, family, and friends gathered in the Jepson Alumni Center to wish her happy trails. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her, she has been one of the brightest lights here on campus and a great source of institutional memory.  Pat has served under six University of Richmond presidents, and is the unofficial campus historian who speaks to incoming employees about our wonderful community. We will miss her dearly! But don’t worry, she will be back on campus, as we gave her an Osher Gold membership as a retirement present.

We also said a ‘sort of’ goodbye to Professor Bob Schmidt.  Bob has taught economics in the Robins School for 36 years.  During his time at Richmond, he has been an off and on Chair of the Economics Department and served as Interim Dean in 2009-10.  He has held the CSX Chair and has been named a Distinguished Educator.  Professor Schmidt will be much missed for his humor, his calm demeanor, and his knowledge of Robert’s Rules.  Dr. Schmidt also is the recipient of the largest ever grant made to the University of Richmond, for his work on a state vocational rehabilitation project.  He will continue to work on that project in retirement under a Courtesy Appointment, which means that we will continue to have him around for a while.

This weekend we celebrated our 10th anniversary of Q-camp, our signature boot camp program for professional skills development. 190 sophomore students spent the weekend at The Westin Richmond honing their networking expertise through workshops on everything from interviews to dining room etiquette. They tested their new skills with about 100 alumni, faculty, employers, and friends of the Robins School. It was our largest group ever! Look for a full report in the next newsletter.

We welcomed Tim Bezbatchenko, '04, general manager of the Toronto Football Club, as our first participant in our spring C-Suite Conversations this week. He discussed his career from his days on the Richmond Spider soccer team all the way through his work now in Toronto. In a few weeks, we will host our Watts Lecture and first Robins Executive Speaker Series event of the semester, with Michael Piwowar, commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission. February also has a full calendar of events, as we welcome Tom Monahan, formerly of CEB, Michael Walrath, '97, of Yext, and host a Reel Time at Robins.

I look forward to our many upcoming events! You can see our full list of speakers for the semester here. I wish all of you a wonderful start to your spring semester!

Nancy Bagranoff
Robins School of Business

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Faculty Accomplishments

  • Accounting Faculty Awarded Grant for Audit Research

    The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) awarded Ashley Austin, assistant professor of accounting, a grant for her research “Detecting Fraud: A Proactive Approach to Improving Auditors’ Attention to Fraud During Audit Testing.” The CAQ awards grants to fund independent academic research on projects of interest to the auditing profession

  • Marketing Professor Named a Favorite Business Professor by Poets&Quants

    Bill Bergman, instructor in marketing, was named as a favorite business professor by the class of 2020 in Poets&Quants' annual survey. Bergman's humor, insight, and conversational class format were noted as hallmarks of his unique teaching style.

  • Professors Explore How to Use Client Personalities to Increase Sales Joel Mier, lecturer in marketing, and Jeffrey Carlson, assistant professor of marketing, published "Business buyers are people too: exploring how geodemographics affects business-to-business selling effectiveness", in the Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing. The study explores how sale professionals can use clients'/prospects' personality to increase sales effectiveness with a step-by-step process for practitioners to follow.
  • Marketing Professors Publish Article in AMS Review

    Jeffrey Carlson, assistant professor of marketing, and Adam Marquardt, associate professor of marketing, along with Bill Ross and Robin Coulter from the University of Connecticut, published an article ("About time in marketing: an assessment of the study of time and conceptual framework") in the Academy of Marketing Science Review, 2019, Vol 9, Issue 3/4.

  • Professor of Finance Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award

    Jerry Stevens was recognized by the Financial Education Association (FEA) and Academy of Business Education with a lifetime achievement award in financial education. The FEA sponsors the oldest and best known journal in financial education, the Journal of Financial Education. Stevens has long served these groups in a wide variety of roles.

  • Violet Ho Named 2019 Distinguished Educator

    Violet Ho, professor of management, was named a 2019 Distinguished Educator. This distinction honors outstanding contributions to excellence in education by University faculty.

  • Alexander Persaud wins best paper in Journal of Economic History

    Alexander Persaud, assistant professor of economics, won the research prize for best paper at the annual Economic History Association conference. The Arthur H. Cole Prize is awarded annually by the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economic History for the best article in the previous year’s volume of the Journal.

  • Tom Cosse appointed to the EQUAA International Peer Review Team EQUAA (Education Quality Accreditation Agency) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization base in Lima, Peru.  It is an international accreditor focused on increasing the academic quality of the business programs of schools, institutes, careers, colleges, universities and other educational units of Latin America and the world. 
  • Robins School named in Money Magazine's Top 10

    Money Magazine named the Robins School #6 in its ranking of best colleges for business majors for the second year in a row.

  • Ashley Austin awarded research award by American Institute of CPAs

    Assistant professor of accounting focuses research on blockchain technology.

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Pat Macaulay retired as business manager of the Robins School after 37 years with the University of Richmond and nearly 10 years in the business school. Congratulate her here.

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