Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 28, 2014 - Liberty and Solidarity Conference a Success

Modern culture often wags its finger in shame at the business world, shaming it for being corrupt, greedy or selfish. While there certainly are businesses that are guilty of at least one of the aforementioned traits, it certainly cannot and should not be our overall viewpoint of business. This is why the CUA School of Business and Economics teamed with the Napa Institute to host a conference addressing the topic of Liberty and Solidarity: Living the Vocation to Business.

Archbishop Vigneron, Fr. Michael Czerny and Cardinal Peter Turkson at
the 2014 CUA/Napa Institute conference.
Men and women from across the globe attended the conference to discuss and further implement virtue within business. Academics and business leaders alike paired their research and practices to present attendees with rich content on how specifically to incorporate Catholic Social Teaching into business. As we have learned from the Holy Father himself, "Business is - in fact - a vocation, and a noble vocation, provided that those engaged in it see themselves challenged by a greater meaning in life" (Evangelii Gaudium, 203). The CUA/Napa Institute conference aimed to help business practitioners continue to approach business in this way, and with greater understanding.

Those who attended the conference provided outstanding feedback and encouragement for the event. Louis Kim, Vice President for Hewlett-Packard, commented that "...the conference was profound because of so many fundamental shifts in perspective. Amazing quality of speakers..." In addition, Tim Busch, Founder of the Napa Institute, The Busch Firm and Trinitas Cellars, stated, "It was the best substance I have ever heard." Another attendee, Mitch Boersma, Chief Operating Officer of the Catholic Information Center, congratulated CUA and the Napa Institute by saying, "A fantastic few days of lectures and fellowship, brilliantly organized and executed."

Opening Mass celebrated by Cardinal Turkson, concelebrated by
Archbishop Vigneron (left) and Fr. John Mellein OP (right)
The conference was held from Wednesday, September 24 - Friday, September, 26 at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. It was attended by Peter Cardinal Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, whom addressed the conference on the opening day and also celebrated Mass. Other speakers included Frank Hanna, Sean Fieler, Rev. Dr. Robert Spitzer, Dr. Russell Hittinger, Dr. Andrew Abela, Dr. Arthur Brooks, and more.

To see photographs of the event, including Mass with Cardinal Turkson, please see the conference gallery here.

To learn more about the conference, please visit the website here or read what the Catholic Courier and Catholic News Agency had to say about the event. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014 - School Hosts First Trivia Night

The School of Business and Economics has continued to evolve and grow over the past several months. One of the changes that occurred during the summer months was the hire of Ms. Julie Larkin, 2014 MSBA graduate, who joined the staff as the new Student Experience Manager. Ms. Larkin replaced Ms. Jennifer Barbera, whom transitioned into a new position within the school in June. This change has brought about fresh ideas and new events to the Student Experience mission, including the first ever School of Business and Economics Trivia Night, which students were happy to attend.

The Trivia Night was well attended by both students and faculty. The event featured trivia questions about the University, the School of Business and Econmics, faculty, and outside corporations. Just a few examples of questions include: "What is President Garvey's middle name?", "Which faculty member has the most number of children?", and "Where did the company name 'Gatorade' originate from?"

All those who attended were able to enjoy wings provided by the school, and prizes for those who answered the most number of questions correctly. Students thoroughly enjoyed the event and requested that it be hosted again in the future, which the school plans to offer.

Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014 - Andreas Widmer Interviewed on EWTN

Pope Saint John Paul II was honored by the Universal Church on Wednesday, October 22 with the celebration of his first feast day. Andreas Widmer joined EWTN in memory of John Paul the Great to discuss the unique qualities that he shared with all who knew him and how he inspired us all to strive for sainthood. Mr. Widmer begins his commentary at minute 15:50.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 22, 2014 - Seventh Annual Wall Street Career Panel


Panelist, Kelly Brown, meets with a small group of students.
The seventh annual CUA On Wall Street Career Panel took place on Tuesday, September 30th from 6:00-8:00 PM in Great Room C of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. Six panelists attended and spoke to students for one hour about their success in the financial industry. The panelists included Jeffrey Baccash of BNP Paribas, Rob Barcellona Jr. of Morgan Stanley, Kelly Brown of Morgan Stanley, Lauren Campos of Northrop Grumman Corporation, Mike McFarland of Barlays Wealth Management and Michael A. Pascale Jr. of Wells Fargo Advisors. Each panelist, with varying expertise, shared exciting and useful tips for all students who attended. However, the hour-long panel was not the only useful part of the event.

The second hour of the event was used for small group discussions between the panelists and students. The panelists spoke personally with the students for 15 minute intervals and answered any questions the students had about the industries - how to get started in the job and internship market, resume building, interview etiquette, and more. Breaking into small groups allowed students to ask questions that they normally might not have asked, and allowed for more in-depth conversation between the panelists and students.

It was a wonderful evening for students from all grade levels and we applaud the students who participated for taking the time to listen to the panel's expertise and get a head start on their futures. We also applaud the fantastic example of each panelist and the intense work they have put in to their careers to accomplish what they have - it is a true inspiration for our students.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October 7, 2014 - Business and Economics Homecoming Reception

The CUA Homecoming and Reunions Weekend will be hosted October 17-19, 2014.  The School of Business and Economics will host a cocktail reception on Friday, October 17 from 5:30-7:30pm, to include free wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres for any alumni of the School of Business and Economics that attend.

The school ran a similar event during last year's Homecoming Weekend and received excellent feedback from those that attended. Alumni enjoyed catching up with many former classmates and professors, and even heard a few words from the Dean.

If you're interested in attending the event, registration is required. Please register for the event here. For the full schedule of events, please click here

Monday, September 15, 2014

September 15, 2014 - Washington Post Interviews Dean Abela

Dean Andrew Abela was one of just five new business school deans highlighted by The Washington Post on Sunday, September 14. Other deans included in the article hail from the University of Maryland, George Washington University, George Mason University, and American University. All five deans featured in the article - which covers nearly every major university in the Washington Metro Area - have been appointed within the last two years.

The article also includes several frequently asked questions regarding CUA's new School of Business and Economics, such as: "Why transition from a department to a standalone school?"

Please click here to read the full list of questions and Dean Abela's answers.