2020 News Stories

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In Case You Missed It: Mason Homecoming @ Home

In lieu of a traditional, in-person homecoming celebration, William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business held a virtual event in October which brought alumni, faculty, and partners together with executives from some of the world’s leading organizations for an interactive four-day program.

Tim Donis
Empowering Data-Driven Decisions

As a graduate teaching assistant for Associate Professor Monica Tremblay, Tim Donis, MSBA ’18 contributed to the data analysis used in the recently published research paper titled “Basic Classes in Conceptual Modeling: Theory and Practical Guidelines.”

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Miller Hall: A Step Outside (Part 4)

Earlier this year, we explored “green-ness” in Part 1 of our series highlighting the behind-the-scenes operations of Miller Hall, the power of its HVAC system against airborne ailments in Part 2, and the vital role of its lighting system in Part 3. Today, we step outside to explore Miller Hall’s grounds.

Rebecca Susskind
Two Degrees in Four Years Through On-Campus, Study Abroad, and Remote Learning

The day Rebecca Susskind, MAcc ’21 visited William & Mary’s campus for a tour as a prospective undergraduate student, it was raining and the temperature was near freezing. But the Wayne, Pennsylvania-native was undeterred by the inclement weather and immediately fell in love with the university’s ivy-covered halls and welcoming environment.

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Mason School Faculty Publish Research on Effectiveness of COVID-19 Dashboards

Wilck, McCoy, and Pietz surveyed 25 different publicly available data analytics dashboards, 18 of which were endorsed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), representative of five different sectors including academia, research, government, news, and independent sources.

Professors Vladimir Atanasov and John Merrick
Mason School Professors Recognized for Research Study on Bond-Fund Investment Tactics

William & Mary Raymond A. Mason School of Business Professors Vladimir Atanasov and John Merrick, along with their colleague Philipp Schuster of the University of Stuttgart, recently published their study on the pricing of small mortgage security odd lots and special bond-fund investments they label single-fund securities.

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A Global Perspective on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

During a September 17th webinar entitled “A Global Perspective on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion,” Kristyn Allred shared her findings of a year-long research project with members of the Raymond A. Mason School of Business community, and facilitated a discussion around historical conflict and its role in interpersonal dynamics.

Jon Horbaly
Embracing Entrepreneurship

Jon Horbaly BBA ’08 came to William & Mary as an undergraduate business student with a clear vision of his future.

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Prescribing it Forward

When his medical board exams were postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, Aaron Gilani MBA ’17 used his idle time to seek ways he could leverage his business education to affect the medical community.

Professors Allred and McSweeney
Enjoying the Fellowship of Clare Hall: Professor Tom McSweeney and Professor Brent Allred

For Brent Allred, a professor at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business, and Tom McSweeney, a professor at William & Mary Law School, semester-long residencies in 2019 at Clare Hall offered time to concentrate on their scholarship, engage with an international group of fellows and graduate students from different disciplines, and enjoy Cambridge’s centuries-old grounds, history and traditions.

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W&M takes a 'one team' approach to career development

At a time when more than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and many companies and institutions have put hiring on hold, William & Mary’s career development leaders are collaborating to share information and leverage resources across different departments and schools.

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Miller Hall: Lighting the Way (Part 3)

Summer is here and the days have become noticeably brighter. It’s been three months since we’ve been on campus and at Miller Hall. Let’s return in Part III of the Miller Hall behind-the-scenes series.

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Data Feast: MSBA Case Competition

Created as part of the intensive capstone course for the Raymond A. Mason School of Business’ rigorous MSBA online and residential programs, the competition underscores the program’s ability to prepare fluent and innovative thinkers in the field.

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How B-School Students are Overcoming Blind Spots

Blind Spots connected the students with PwC’s approach on the topic and sought to empower them with knowledge and strategies they would need to become more effective and inclusive business leaders.

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Boël Gift Expands Mason School International Business Initiatives

“My family believes in the importance of a U.S. education and having international business experience,” said Boël, who is from Belgium. “As a William & Mary student, I was grateful for the opportunity to discover a different curriculum and the U.S. culture and, of course, Southern hospitality.”

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Wishing a Happy Mother's Day to Miller Hall's Newest Mothers

Spring ushers in a season of celebrations – from holidays like Easter, Passover, and Ramadan to milestones like Commencement. And while we’re all celebrating a little differently this year, this season is a reminder to cherish those we love the most, including our mothers.

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MAcc Accounting Analytics emphasis designated STEM OPT

The William & Mary Raymond A. Mason School of Business recently earned the STEM OPT certification for the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program’s new accounting analytics emphasis.

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Sprint-ing from Home

At 8 AM on the Monday morning after spring break, the 110 first-year William & Mary full-time MBA students learned about a new (fictitious) crisis: an outbreak of E. coli potentially traceable to a single company restaurant in Chicago.

Douglas Tyler
Realizing a Big Dream with A Tiny House

Like many kids, Douglas Tyler FTMBA ’19 craved to have a space of his own in the form of a treehouse. While the Richmond, Virginia native’s dream was never realized as a young child, it would serve as the inspiration later on when he started his own company, A Tiny House.

Maggie Bing Li
Bridging the Gap: From Military Service to Business

“Army finance differs fundamentally from Wall Street finance in its purpose and functionality,” Maggie Bing Li explained. “But the experience groomed me to become an efficient member of a team, an effective leader, and overall a better person.”

Chelsea Mandello at Troopster
Troopster Aims to Send 50,000 Care Packages to Healthcare Heroes

On April 7, Chelsea Mandello EMBA ’21 launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $1.1 million to fund the costs associated with sending 50,000 essential medical kits to hospitals, health care workers, doctors, nurses, corpsmen and first responders working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Miller Hall: Behind the Scenes (Part 2)

Part 1 of this series focused on Miller Hall’s “green-ness.” Today, we explore how the built-in measures are relevant to our fight against the spread of airborne ailments.

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Persevering through a career pivot

Monique Zhao MAcc ’20 was working as a payroll and benefits specialist for GE’s Shanghai office when she received an outreach email about a Master of Accounting (MAcc) program at Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary in the United States.

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Miller Hall: A Way Forward

Right now, as we shuffle about our individual homes during our first couple of weeks of virtual instruction, we miss Miller Hall. Students, faculty, and staff can’t return to campus during this period of self-isolation. So, instead, let’s visit this beloved building in our minds by exploring what makes it unique and special to us.

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Online MBA Residency Hosts Largest Contingency to Date

The Center for Online Learning at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business hosted its largest Online MBA Residency program from February 28 to March 1 on William & Mary’s campus.

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The Future of Accounting: Sarah Taylor, MAcc '17 Looks to Automate the Industry

The initial impression that Sarah Taylor, MAcc ’17 had of the accounting profession was not one run by “corporate, stuffy, tax people”. At sixteen-years-old, the Hershey, Pennsylvania native participated in a program through which she was dually enrolled in high school and her local community college.

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In The Arena with Nathan Knight '20

Nathan Knight, a senior from Syracuse, New York, not only excels on the basketball court but also within his professional network and the classrooms of the Raymond A. Mason School of Business.

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The Executive Alternative

William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business has been in the life of Geoffrey Cole, EMBA ’19 for as long as he can remember. His parents, Gary Cole, EMBA ’88 and Ruth Cole, EMBA ’87, graduated with the inaugural Executive MBA cohorts and are enthusiastic supporters of the university.

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Long-Distance Love Returns to Miller Hall

It’s a balmy 70-degree winter day and Isabel Hirama ’14, MSBA ’17, and Jonny Mills ’17, MSBA ’18 are strolling hand-in-hand by the Lake Matoaka Amphitheater. As the sun sets over the treeline, the pair walk back to campus, reflecting on their shared history at William & Mary.

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Easing the Military to MBA Transition

Recently, the Raymond A. Mason School of Business hosted its first Executive MBA Military Leader Orientation. The inaugural event was designed to prepare incoming Executive MBA students, who are active-duty military leaders, to navigate the non-military space of the business classroom.

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Engineering a path to the C-suite

When the Chesapeake-Elizabeth Sewage Treatment Plant goes offline by the end of 2021, Jay Bernas EMBA ’13 will have indirectly saved the Hampton Roads Sanitation Department (HRSD) more than $100 million Net Present Value (NPV) over the next 30 years.

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In the Arena with Sophie Caplan '19, MAcc '20

Sophie Caplan is a Master of Accounting (MAcc) candidate within the Raymond A. Mason School of Business. A native of Clarksville, MD, Caplan has consistently achieved unrivaled heights within her academic, professional, and athletic “arenas.”

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MBA Students Partner with American Woodmark

This past year’s Field Consultancy Project was given American Woodmark as a client for the intense seven-week project, there were initially some reservations.

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Hans Boateng MBA '16 thrives on looking forward while giving back

The story of Dr. Hans Boateng, MBA ‘16 is one of achieving the quintessential American Dream. Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, he and his parents immigrated to the United States to pursue greater opportunities and a better life.

Melvin Greer and Dean Pulley
3rd Annual Tech Day a Success

Just before winter break, the Raymond A. Mason School of Business hosted their third-annual Tech Day. Tech Day is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to learn more about both the business and computer science sides of the Tech Industry.

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Q&A: Inga Carboni on networking in the New Year

Inga Carboni, an associate professor at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business, is the author of 2019's "Connect the Dots How to Build, Nurture, and Leverage Your Network to Achieve Your Personal and Professional Goals."