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Wise Move: Football-Player-Turned-Bobsledder Goes for the Gold in South Korea

University at Large

Bruce Wasem, the head football coach at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, was participating in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in Wise when he learned that one of his former players, Hakeem Abdul-Saboor, had qualified for the 2018 Olympics as a bobsledder on Team USA.

Panel of Senior Leaders Prepares Darden, McIntire Students for Upcoming Courses to Israel

Darden School

In March, about 19 U.Va. McIntire students will visit Israel for a global program, followed shortly by 34 Darden students participating in a Darden Worldwide Course to Israel focused on technology and innovation. Both Darden and McIntire students gathered to hear from Charles, Meiky and Louis for a pre-departure session as they prepare for their upcoming international courses.

5 Factors That Fuel Income Inequality

Darden School

Peter Belmi still remembers how surprised he was when one of the Stanford Graduate School of Business courses he took, called “Paths to Power,” turned out much differently than he expected. Belmi, now a professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, learned a lesson in workplace politics, power plays and the competitive advancement dynamics in many corporate structures in Silicon Valley and elsewhere.

Maria Melchor (Class of 2019) Shares 'Why Darden?' and Club Involvement

Darden School

Having no prior experience in finance, Maria Melchor (Class of 2019) desired to acquire deeper financial knowledge to support her career in finance and business moving forward. She is passionate about becoming a well-rounded business leader and decided to pursue her MBA in a school that would provide her the best opportunities to do so. 

Darden Celebrates Lunar New Year

Darden School

Last Thursday, Darden's Asia Business club at Darden (ABCD) and Net Impact Club co-hosted a Cold Call to celebrate Lunar New Year. ABCD's VP of Communications and one of the celebration's organizers, Johnny Cao (Class of 2018) shared a few thoughts and photos of the event and what it means to celebrate it at Darden.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Why the Berlin Wall Maintains a Grip on Us

University at Large

The Berlin Wall has officially been gone as long as it existed. The wall, built in 1961 to divide the former and future German capital between its Western-controlled sectors and Communist East Germany, stood for 29 years. This year will mark the 29th anniversary of its toppling.

Darden Worldwide Course to Cuba Offers Kyle Collins a Return to His Roots and Lessons in Innovation and Hope

Darden School

Kyle Collins (Class of 2018) recently participated in the Darden Worldwide Course to Cuba, led by Darden finance professor Marc Lipson. The course focused on an economy in transition and was designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of Cuba's history, business context, and insights into the economic and social transition currently taking place. For Kyle, the course also unlocked family history and personal perspectives.

Q&A: What's Going On with the Stock Market?

Global Affairs

On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 1,100 points – its largest one-day points drop in history. The rapid downturn, which came just over a week after the Dow hit a record high at the end of January, sparked a frenzy on the stock market floor and gave investors around the world cause for concern, especially when Asian and European markets also took a nosedive.

Catching Up with the Founder of Darden's International Blog, Greg Little (MBA '11)

Darden School

Greg Little (MBA ‘11), Director of Marketing at Adaptive Biotechnologies, served as the President of Darden’s International Business Society when he founded Darden’s international blog. The blog, Global Voices of Darden, which continues to serve as a forum for discussion on global events and topics for the Darden community, has now grown to include over 250 articles.

McIntire Worldwide: Alumni in India

McIntire School

McIntire’s Dean Carl Zeithaml is on the move. As the School strengthens its global programs and deepens its international alumni connections, he maintains an active travel schedule. This January brought him to India, where he made stops in Delhi and Mumbai to speak with alumni, parents of current and prospective students, and important partners of the growing McIntire community.

Research, Listen, Observe, and Withhold Judgment: Terence McElroy Shares Lessons from Singapore and Sri Lanka on Minimizing Conflict

Darden School

Terence McElroy (Class of 2018) recently participated in Darden's new Worldwide Course to Singapore and Sri Lanka, led by professor Marc Modica. Terence, originally from New York, graduated from West Point with a degree in U.S. History and served one tour in Afghanistan before beginning work on his degree at Darden. He reflected on learnings from the Singapore and Sri Lanka course, connecting them with other parts of his life and applying them to his own leadership approach. 

A Safe Haven: UVA Women's Rugby Coach is More Than Just a Coach

University at Large

That selfless quality has been a hallmark of  Nancy Kechner’s 21-year coaching career. Since 1997, she and partner Julie Comer – the team’s assistant coach – have been second moms to countless UVA students.

Executive Students Explore Tokyo, Nagoya and Kyoto on New Darden Worldwide Course

Darden School

Twenty-three Darden Executive MBA students recently returned from an elective course to Japan. This course, separate from the program’s global executive residencies, allowed students to learn about business in Tokyo, Nagoya and Kyoto. While Darden has run Darden Worldwide Courses for full-time MBA students to Japan, this was the first course for executive MBAs to the country.

How UVA Has Become a Global Center for Indigenous Art

University at Large

Charlottesville is also a premiere destination for Australian Aboriginal art. Kluge-Ruhe – home to the most comprehensive collection of Aboriginal art outside of Australia – is the nexus point in a global network connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists with museums all over the world.

NFS-funded Project to Bridge Science and Art in Arctic

College of Arts and Sciences

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to Arts & Sciences faculty from the Departments of Environmental Sciences and Music who are collaborating with colleagues in the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture to develop a new Arctic Research Platform at UVA.

Behind the Scenes, This Navy Veteran is Instrumental in Astronomers' Success

College of Arts and Sciences

John Wilson first visited Chile as a 15-year-old Naval sea cadet aboard the USCGC Glacier, a Coast Guard icebreaker, when the ship made a port of call at Valparaíso on a return trip from Antarctica. Decades later, Wilson returned to Chile as a senior scientist in the University of Virginia's Department of Astronomy to install a cutting-edge spectrograph at Las Campanas Observatory, high in the Atacama Desert. 

Approaching Culture with a Business Mind: Reflections from the Darden Worldwide Course to Russia

Darden School

Lydia Hackert (Class of 2018) participated in the January 2018 Darden Worldwide Course to Russia, which took students to Moscow and St. Petersburg, focusing on adapting products, services and businesses to an emerging market. Lydia, who worked for the U.S. Department of State before coming to Darden, shared her reflections on the course and how it fits into her overall MBA experience.

In the Room Where it Happens

Global Affairs

For Pete Souza, the awe of photographing the president never quite wore off. As the chief White House photographer for former President Barack Obama and a White House photographer for former President Ronald Reagan, Souza had a front-row seat to some of the most consequential moments in American history and unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to the American president.

Miller Center Scholars Analyze Trump's First Year

Global Affairs

The University of Virginia’s Miller Center has spent more than two years analyzing how American presidents have performed during their first year in office. On Thursday, scholars focused that analysis on President Donald Trump.The Miller Center’s First Year Project, launched in October 2015, provides historical context and analysis of the challenges facing current and previous administrations, based upon research from numerous scholars and the center’s own remarkable archives.

And the Oscar Goes To...

Alumni

The world’s first fully painted feature film – co-produced by 1991 University of Virginia alumnus Sean Bobbitt – has just been nominated for an Academy Award. “Loving Vincent” is the product of more than six years of painstaking work. The thick brush strokes of a cadre of skilled artists created 65,000 film frames in Vincent Van Gogh’s signature swirling impasto style.

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