The McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia today received a STEM designation for its M.S. in Accounting Program. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, based on definitions of a STEM field set forth by the U.S. Department of Education, applies the designations to degree programs.
Unfortunately, nobody has the luxury of knowing the outcome beforehand. Not on the football field, not in the classroom, not in the workforce, not in the military—and especially not in UVA alumnus John Griffin’s (McIntire '85) world. This semester, the Board of Visitors member, who founded the hedge fund Blue Ridge Capital, has been teaching a seminar at McIntire, “Deciding Wisely and Thinking Critically.”
If you’re listening to UVA student speeches detailing the benefits of drinking tea, stressing the importance of incorporating mindfulness into a daily routine, or toasting the members of the University’s national champion basketball program, the McIntire School might not be the first school on Grounds you would expect to host such an event. But life is full of surprises. In fact, the April 24 event was the 20th such edition of the Communication Forum, which Professor Rob Patterson incorporated into his elective class, “Public Speaking and Persuasion,” in 2007.
In the infield, groups of children, more than 100 in all, were bunched around University of Virginia student volunteers, playing tag, duck-duck-goose or getting piggy-back rides.
This past fall semester, Blocks 5 and 6 students engaged in the inimitable hands-on third-year program drew additional inspiration directly from the School’s newest ICE sponsor, Margaritaville Holdings.
Coding for Kids, a two-day program created for fifth graders at Charlottesville’s Walker Upper Elementary School, gave McIntire students the opportunity to develop their mentoring skills, while helping to develop the youngsters’ STEM skills through a circuit of solar system-based, NASA-themed challenges.
At a recent panel on the future of analytics, McIntire Associate Dean for Analytics Initiatives Ahmed Abbasi welcomed analytics professionals and current M.S. in Business Analytics students to discuss the exciting real-world applications of big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence and their ability to produce insightful business decisions.
Wealth management and financial planning have a reputation for being the kind of services that are reserved only for the elite. Lazetta Rainey Braxton has aimed to single-handedly change that.