Thursday, July 2, 2015

July 2, 2015 - CUA on Wall Street

We are excited to say that CUA on Wall Street program continues to grow its network with the addition of new alumni and students in New York City. On June 24th, thirty-six CUA affiliates ranging from current or new graduates to experienced professionals gathered at Lincoln Square Steak on West 70th Street for a reception. This annual summer social was an opportunity to thank our alumni for their support and update them on the success of the program. 

Additionally, the evening was an occasion for current and past students to reconnect, many of whom met through the program and now work alongside one another in the finance industry. The level of attendance was a clear testament to the commitment of the members and value of the program.

Thank you to all of the alumni in attendance last week! We appreciate your efforts to stay in touch with your fellow colleagues, mentors and friends from the CUA on Wall Street.

To learn more about the CUA on Wall Street program, click here and be sure to join our group on LinkedIn.

Friday, June 19, 2015

June 19, 2015 - Pope issues urgent appeal to fight climate change

Dr. Jay Richards, assistant research professor in the School of Business and Economics, was interviewed by WZZM13 (Grand Rapids) on the Pope's encyclical 'Laudato Si'.

Watch the interview here.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

June 18, 2015 - From border to academia, enthusiasm for papal encyclical runs high

Dr. Jay Richards, assistant research professor in the School of Business and Economics, was interviewed by Catholic News Service on Laudato Si, an encyclical by Pope Francis released on June 18th.
"Long before Pope Francis' encyclical on care for creation was released, it was providing a boost for a group of women struggling to keep the negative influences of modern-day life from erasing valued Mexican traditions and treasured cultural practices along the Mexico-Texas border. 
The dozens of members of El Paso, Texas-based La Mujer Obrera (Women Workers) see the document as a validation of their efforts, according to Lorena Andrade, the organization's director."
Click here to continue reading. 

June 18, 2015 - Integral Economic Development Master’s Programs Celebrate New Graduates

Faculty and graduates of the Integral Economic Development programs
On Tuesday, June 16th, the Integral Economic Development Master’s Programs hosted an event at The Catholic University of America to celebrate its new graduates from the Integral Economic Development Management (IEDM) and the Integral Economic Development Policy (IEDP) programs. The interim dean of the School of Business and Economics, Dr. Brian Engelland, spoke at the event.

Dean Engelland told graduates to remember that “The education you’ve received in your graduate program has shown you how to apply an objective reality to the question of integral economic development. This is a prudent approach that is vastly superior to feelings-based analysis.” In order to cultivate prudence, Dean Engelland recommended two steps: “First, keep your eye on your goal, which is not the earthly goal of acceptance or comfort or prosperity. Rather, it is that heavenly gold and silver awarded for a job well done. Second, you have received a wonderful education, so don’t hesitate to pass it on to others. There is such a thing as objective truth. When your friends and colleagues use feelings as the basis for decision-making, ask them to step back and apply a little prudence. Eventually, like ripples in the water caused by a stone tossed into a lake, your actions will have a profound impact on all of society.”

The following students were congratulated on the occasion: Omar Fallatah, Huda Alahmdi, Brenda Yoboue, Lylian Peraza, Christina Wist, Louie Feagans, Rachel Sladich, Liga Chongwa, and         Bander Alalwi from the IEDM program. From the IEDP program, Nasim Mahmoud and Kevin Kamto were also honored.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June 17, 2015 - A Force for Good: Commencement Challenge Accepted

We were worried about the rain on May 16, but instead got a scorcher for Commencement. Nevertheless, our graduates proudly walked across the stage to receive their diplomas from the School of Business and Economics at the Catholic University of America. Dr. Engelland, then Associate Dean, served as our Master of Ceremonies, announcing each graduate's name as the candidates received his or her diploma from a professor in their field of study. Each graduate was then warmly congratulated by Dr. Abela, then dean of the school. The students were addressed by two of their fellow graduates, Michael McLean and Genevieve Leo. Once the crowd had settled down from their thunderous applause, McLean, Class of 2015 B.S.B.A., Concentration in International Business, opened the ceremony in prayer. Leo, Class of 2015, B.S. in Accounting addressed her fellow graduating class with the message that every student graduating that day from the School of Business and Economics had an opportunity. She challenged her fellow classmates to make the choice between sitting idly or being a force for good. We believe our graduates will make the choice to live out the words of our school’s motto: "a force for good."

A few of our graduates have already made the decision to be that force for good in the world. Evidenced by their stellar performance in the classroom and extracurricular activities, we trust that their scholarship and virtue will continue to grow even after graduating from the Catholic University of America. The following students were presented with awards at CUA’s Honors Convocation on Friday, May 15, and recognized at the Business and Economics Diploma Ceremony on Saturday: Allison Stevens—The Federal Reserve Bank of Excellence Award, Nicholas Badalaty—Distinguished Economics Major Award, Michelle Maurer—The Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award, Michael McLean—The Alexander Woroniak Award, Erin Tacopina—The Fra Luca Pacioli Award, Natasha Backman—The Henry Spiegel Award, Colleen Trombetta—Distinguished Accounting Major Award, John Lucente—Distinguished Financial Management Major Award, Victoria Neill—Distinguished International Business Major Award, Michael McFarland—Distinguished International Economics and Finance Major Award, Victoria Marcavage—Distinguished Marketing Award, and Quinn Martin—Distinguished Management Award. Congratulations award recipients! 

In Dr. Abela’s closing remarks to the graduates, he encouraged them to grow in the virtue of humility. He quoted Colleen Barrett of Southwest Airlines who was fond of saying: “humility is not thinking less of yourself, but of thinking of yourself less.” We are confident our graduates will take their degrees in accounting, economics, finance, international business, international economics and finance, marketing, and management to make a positive difference in this world. Our hope is that they instill this sense of humility as they enter their new workplace, thinking of themselves less as they contribute their unique and generous talents to society. We wish the Class of 2015 the best of luck in their future endeavors and pray that wherever their degree takes them, that they will be a force for good in this world.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June 2, 2015 - Andrew Abela, Business School Founding Dean Named Catholic University Provost

Andrew V. Abela
President John Garvey announced today that he has appointed our very own Dr. Andrew V. Abela as the new University Provost, effective June 3.

Dr. Abela has been a member of the University’s faculty since 2002. In 2009, he was appointed chair of the then-Department of Business and Economics. In January 2013, shortly after the creation of the University’s School of Business and Economics, Abela was named as its first dean.

“The process of searching for a new provost yielded a number of fine candidates,” said University President John Garvey. “I was resolved to fill the provost position with an individual who would be the best fit for The Catholic University of America — a charismatic figure with an accomplished academic record, excellent leadership skills, and a passion for the University’s mission, who would command the respect of the board, the cabinet, the deans, the faculty, and the student body. Andrew Abela meets all those qualifications. He has done a superb job as the dean of our new School of Business and Economics. Under his leadership, in less than three years the school has experienced rapid growth in both students and faculty; this fall School of Business and Economics students will represent about 22% of our total incoming freshman class. He has established a board of visitors composed of top-notch business executives and entrepreneurs who are providing strategic support for the school. Dean Abela has also succeeded in attracting a number of substantial new grants to support the hiring of additional faculty,” said Garvey.

President Garvey has asked Dr. Brian Engelland, associate dean and professor of marketing, to lead the school as its interim dean. "Please know that I have accepted this position because I am enthused about the capabilities and dedication of the people that comprise the school." said Dean Engelland. "I really enjoy working with each of you. Together we can continue the work toward accomplishing our strategic plan by striving for academic excellence, enhanced reputation and impact in all that we do," said Dean Engelland.
Please join the School of Business and Economics in congratulating Dr. Abela on exceptional dedication to the school, to his colleagues, and to his students, who have had the privilege of gaining authentic inspiration from their fearless leader!

Andrew V. Abela, Ph.D., is Provost and Associate Professor of Marketing at the Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC. His research on the integrity of the marketing process, including marketing ethics, Catholic Social Doctrine, and internal communication, has been published in several academic journals, including the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, the Journal of Business Ethics, and the Journal of Markets & Morality, and in two books. He is the co-editor of A Catechism for Business, from Catholic University Press, and winner of the 2009 Novak Award, a $10,000 prize given by the Acton Institute for “significant contributions to the study of the relationship between religion and economic liberty.” 

Dr. Abela also provides consulting and training in internal communications; recent clients of his include Microsoft Corporation, JPMorganChase, and the Corporate Executive Board. Prior to his academic career, he spent several years in industry as brand manager at Procter & Gamble, management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and Managing Director of the Marketing Leadership Council of the Corporate Executive Board. 

He holds a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland, and a Ph.D. in Marketing and Ethics from the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Kathleen, live in Great Falls, Virginia with their six children.