Thursday, August 28, 2014

Welcome Back to a New Academic Year!

The offices and classrooms have been much busier during the past two weeks as students returned to campus and classes began for another academic year. Seeing the University as its meant to function and hearing the sounds of laughter is refreshing after a long and quiet (yet busy!) summer.

Dean Abela addresses the Class of 2018 during Orientation last week.
The School of Business and Economics is particularly happy to welcome the Class of 2018. In fact, this class will begin their time here at CUA with a few words of wisdom from our Dean, Dr. Andrew Abela, at the Freshmen Convocation on Wednesday, September 10. 

Prior to Freshmen Convocation, the School of Business and Economics will gather together all 500+ students in the Pryzbyla Center on Tuesday, September 9, for the first monthly SuperCurriculum lecture. This lecture will be given by Mr. Michael Millette, Partner and Global Head of Structured Finance at Goldman, Sachs & Co.

As always, it is a pleasure to serve you in your pursuit of education. We look forward to the year ahead, and please take a look at this inspiration talk from our very own Professor Widmer to remind you all of why the CUA School of Business and Economics is a Force for Good.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dean's Book Featured on Zenit

Dean Abela's newest book, A Catechism for Business, was featured over the weekend by Zenit, a non-profit news agency whose objective is to report topics and events that are particularly interesting for Christians everywhere.

We invite you to read the full article here.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

CUA Barnes & Noble Bookstore Opens on Monroe Street Market

Faculty and staff from the School of Business and Economics attended the grand opening ceremony for the new CUA Barnes & Noble Bookstore, which took place last week. The bookstore, which moved from the Pryzbyla Center to Monroe Street Market, will be the official bookstore that students will use to purchase their books, memorabilia, and more. The store also includes a cafe which will allow students and members of the Brookland community to enjoy refreshments while they read or study.

The bookstore is surrounded by a few current and upcoming restaurants and retail stores. Right across the street from the bookstore are two restaurants that students and faculty frequent - Potbelly Sandwich Shop and &Pizza, both of which are welcomed additions to the neighborhood and campus life. Right next door to the bookstore will be a Busboys and Poets restaurant, which will provide a bit more formal dining option when it opens in Winter 2014/2015, just a few months away.

After long weeks of class and studying, students are now able to enjoy these new neighborhood options, as well as the Brookland Farmers Market that takes place near the bookstore on Saturdays from 9am - 1pm, May through November. The community will still certainly enjoy all that Downtown DC has to offer through its convenient Metro access, but now the community has a wider variety of options to explore even closer to home.

New students will arrive in just a few short weeks to begin orientation at CUA. Incoming and current students should visit this website to learn more about how the bookstore can serve their needs this upcoming academic year.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Business Student Pairs Marketing with Helping Homeless

Rising senior, Quinn Martin, was raised in an environment that always placed value on caring for others. As the oldest sibling in his family, he was a teenager when his family decided to adopt a child from China. Quinn's younger sister has brought great joy to their family and, for Quinn, was further reinforcement of a lifelong pursuit to care deeply for others.

Quinn Martin, rising senior in the School of Business and Economics.
Quinn, a management major, has worked diligently in his studies and has performed very well, even while simultaneously playing for the CUA football team. Throughout his three years studying business, he has considered many career paths and pursued internships to determine whether they would be the right fit. This summer, Quinn was fortunate enough to land an internship with an unexpected employer, Community Family Life Services (CFLS), a small nonprofit that is located in the Judiciary Square area of Washington, D.C., and serves low-income and homeless families and individuals in the city. 

CFLS serves these families and individuals through housing, mentoring, youth development, career development, parent education, and emergency services. The aim of the organization is to help move each client into permanent self-sufficiency. Their emergency services include clothing and food distribution directly to those in need throughout the week, but their main goal is for each client to reach independence.

As a marketing and communications intern working in the development department, Quinn has been responsible for everything from drafting appeals, planning fundraising events, editing the newsletter and brochure, editing grant proposals, and managing the social media. The development department recently had a few staff members leave the organization, so Quinn has been communicating directly with volunteers and donors, helping find corporate sponsors, and working with CFLS' Executive Director to help sort through and screen internship applications for next semester.

When asked about his internship, Quinn enthusiastically stated:
"I can't tell you enough how great this experience has been. I have assumed a lot of additional responsibilities while working very closely with the Executive Director. It has been a great learning experience and I have felt so engaged and involved in the mission of the organization."
Quinn will begin his senior year with the School of Business and Economics in August 2014.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Catholic Relief Services Partners with CUA's Integral Economic Development Programs

In an event held on July 23rd at the CRS headquarters in Baltimore, MD, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Integral Economic Development programs at the CUA School of Business and Economics, launched a direct cooperation between the two institutions.

IEDM students and Dr. Martha Cruz with Dr. Alberto Andretta of CRS.
This cooperation will conduct research on Partnership and Capacity Strengthening. Three masters students of the Integral Economic Development programs at CUA will be working under the mentorship of Dr. Martha Cruz and CRS experts over an extended period of time. This represents a more strategic investment on the part of all stakeholders than previous approaches to internships. The students, Andrea Vasquez, Deborah Zelaya, and Alex Lutz, will conduct research on how effective CRS’s approach to strengthening local institutions is for the overall CRS goal of combating poverty and injustice in developing countries.

CRS is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. It reaches almost 100 million people in 93 countries across five continents, and as such, it is one of the largest U.S. organizations working in international development.

CRS and CUA are excited about this opportunity to collaborate.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CUA Accounting Society Leads Students to Jobs - Prior to Graduation!

The CUA Accounting Program has grown significantly in the past few years, since the founding of the School of Business and Economics. Recently, the CUA Accounting Society (CUAAS) was created to encourage student achievement and connect deserving students with renowned firms. Prior to the Accounting Society, students had managed to successfully land internships and jobs with the “Big Four” accounting firms, which demonstrates their character and dedication, but students’ ability to land these jobs has increased since the founding of CUAAS.

Prof. Kirst instructs a student during "Accounting Boot Camp" (ACCT 305)
Anne Flanley, a recent 2014 graduate of the CUA Accounting Program is a prime example of the importance of networking, especially within the accounting community. Early in her college career, Anne was asked to be a teaching assistant for an accounting class that she had performed well in the year prior. This opportunity opened the door to the network of CUA faculty and staff. Networking is not simply meeting new people and passing them a business card, it is encouraging new people to take notice of your dedication and work ethic. Anne's hard work was noticed, and in turn she received advice and networking connections from faculty members, such as Professor William Kirst, former Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. This connection eventually landed her an internship and later, her dream job. Anne is an example to all aspiring accounting majors. She understood the importance of her actions and her grades, which led her to a greater network within the CUA Community and ultimately, her job offers. Anne will begin working for Ernest&Young this coming fall.

After the founding of CUA’s Accounting Society, students have had even greater success securing internships and jobs. The most recent class graduated on May 17, 2014. Over 50% of their class had job offers by Christmas, and all but one student (who decided to pursue a career as a Navy SEAL) had jobs secured prior to graduation. This is an outstanding achievement of both the a
ccounting students and the Accounting Program within the School of Business and Economics!