Global Food Festival 2017

Darden School

One Darden Week ended on Sunday with Darden’s largest global event, the annual Global Food Festival. Sponsored by the Global Business and Culture Club and supported by the Center for Global Initiatives and many of Darden’s affinity clubs, this year’s festival attracted nearly 600 attendees who enjoyed cuisines from 21 different cultures and countries.

So Long, Cassini: UVA Astronomer Celebrates The Successes of Saturn Explorer

University at Large

The Cassini spacecraft is slated to end its phenomenally successful 20-year, 4.9 billion-mile mission in spectacular fashion Friday morning, breaking up and burning like a hurtling meteor toward the multi-ringed planet it has orbited for the last 13 years. University of Virginia planetary astronomer Anne Verbiscer, a participating scientist with the mission, is attending this week’s end-of-mission celebration at the California Institute of Technology.

One Darden Week 2017

Darden School

This week Darden celebrated its diverse global community through various events, workshops and discussions, and with lots of free food! Many of Darden’s affinity clubs hosted the events of the week. See below for pictures from the week and a recap of some of the global events of One Darden Week!

Meet the UVA Alumnus Who Brought Pablo Picasso Back to America


In 1921, Sameul Kootz graduated from the University of Virginia with a law degree. He went on to become one of the 20th century's most famous American art dealers. Kootz, who died in 1982, is perhaps most famous for his relationship with Pablo Picasso. He mounted the first post-war exhibition of Picasso’s work in America at The Samuel Kootz Gallery in New York City.

Julian Forero (Class or 2018) Shares Global Internship Experience and Advice

Darden School

Julian Forero, a second-year student from Wellington, Florida, interned for McKinsey & Company in Bogotá, Colombia this summer. Julian is a Consortium Fellow and is involved in the Latin American Student Association, Consulting Club, and Soccer Club at Darden. Julian took a few minutes to share about his global internship experience this summer.

Virtual Reality Can Make a Remote Crisis Real - and Spur Effective Responses


In Gyumri, Armenia, about 4,000 survivors of a 1988 earthquake that destroyed their city are still living in uninsulated shipping containers. Engineers a half a world away can help solve these problems through virtual reality, according to Bethany Gordon, a first-year Ph.D. student in civil engineering at the University of Virginia.

Ghost Nets to Art: Exhibition Raises Awareness of Ocean Litter

University at Large

Seventeen large, intriguing sculptures of sea animals fashioned by indigenous artists in northern Australia hang from the ceiling of the University of Virginia’s Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library. The exhibit, “Defending the Ocean with Art,” sponsored by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum and UVA’s Department of Environmental Sciences, will be on view through Jan. 7.

Here's What We Can Learn Today From Empires of Yesterday

University at Large

University of Virginia sociologist Krishan Kumar has devoted his recent research to analyzing five empires: the Ottoman, Habsburg, Russian/Soviet, British and French empires. Kumar says European empires of the past can shed light on how societies could accept being multicultural and inclusive. 

How One Darden Alum is Using His MBA to Improve India's Notorious Roads


University of Virginia alumnus Krishnan Srinivasan graduated from UVA's Darden School of Business in 2001 and is using his MBA to bring order to India’s notoriously complex roads. His first post-graduation position involved working in Kazakhstan with the MBA Enterprise Corps, where he saw firsthand the impact he could have working in the developing world.

Meet Sergi Pereira (Class of 2018), President of the European Society

Darden School

Sergi Pereira, originally from Barcelona, Spain, is a second-year student at Darden. Sergi holds two bachelor degrees in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration. At Darden, he serves as an admissions ambassador and as the President of the European Society.

Darden Welcomes Fall 2017 Exchange Students

Darden School

Darden welcomes 11 exchange students from leading business schools around the world during the fall 2017 semester. While at Darden this semester, these students will take various elective courses and will be involved in Darden’s community and co-curricular activities. 

Lois M. McEntyre (MBA '95) on Global Leadership and Impact

Darden School

Lois McEntyre (MBA ’95) has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the airline, automotive, banking and consulting industries, including three years living and working in Shanghai. During her time leading the Shanghai OnStar customer service organization, McEntyre’s team won multiple awards.

Darden's Eastern Philosophy Class Yields 3 Key Insights for Business Leaders

Darden School

Jay Bourgeois, a professor in the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, believes business students – and professionals – can learn a lot from Eastern philosophy and a course that he teaches regularly, “Strategic Intuition and Eastern Philosophy,” is based on the idea that, if MBA students are going to thrive in a global economy, they need to be aware not only of linear analytics and Western economics, but also aspects of Eastern philosophy.

Q&A: Star-Struck Student Recounts the Adventure of a Lifetime

University at Large

Five University of Virginia undergraduate students and their astronomy department mentors traveled to specific locations in remote areas of South Africa and Argentina to watch the star wink out as the shadow of Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69 passed by.

Island Dreams: Dominica Offers Ideas and Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurship

Batten School

For budding social entrepreneurs, Dominica provides tremendous opportunities and a full-immersion experience for 13 UVA students gave them insights and exposure through Batten’s second Global Field Experience: Social Entrepreneurship in Dominica.

Q&A: Darden Alum Leading Intel in China Offers Global Leadership Lessons


With a clear desire to better understand global business, Christopher Smith, a 2001 graduate of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, jumped into work in China with both feet when his employer, Intel Corp., needed someone with his background and skillset to lead a finance team overseas.

Christopher Smith (MBA '01) Shares His Global Leadership Story and Offers Advice to Future Leaders

Darden School

With a clear desire to better understand global business, Christopher Smith (MBA ’01) jumped into work in China with both feet when his employer, Intel Corp., needed someone with his background and skillset to lead a finance team overseas.

Global Research Priorities Identified For Sudden Unexpected Infant Death

School of Medicine

The scientific journal Pediatrics today published a paper from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the American SIDS Institute and partner international organizations which sets out new global priorities for tackling sudden unexpected infant death.

Executive Students Complete South Africa Residency

Darden School

This year Darden introduced a new Global Residency location to its fast growing Executive MBA Program. Students traveled to South Africa to explore leadership, business operations, and global economics over the course of a week. 

40 Million Liters of Dirty Water Now Safe to Drink, Thanks to UVA Enterprise

University at Large

Nearly two years ago, the University of Virginia founded a public benefit company to provide an affordable way for families in infrastructure-challenged countries to purify drinking water. Today that company, MadiDrop PBC has shipped more than 20,000 ceramic purification tablets to humanitarian organizations in several countries, primarily in Africa and Latin America.