During the prime-time hour in the United States Monday night, President Donald Trump will begin talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, marking the first time that a sitting U.S. president has met with the dictator’s regime. The historic summit, starting at 9 a.m. local time at the Capella Hotel in Singapore, comes after many months of negotiations and threats from both countries as the U.S. seeks to eliminate or limit North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.
Alumni Spotlight: Saudi Cable Company President Mohamed Ali Vaid Offers Seven Strategies for Fixing Underperforming Businesses
Mohamed Ali Vaid (McIntire ’99) has a proven history of turning things around. Before being promoted to company President, the former Vice President of the Saudi Cable Company helped the previously struggling firm to avoid closing its doors by controlling costs and scrapping its failing product segments and non-core assets while reducing its working capital cycle.
Fifty years ago, the Final Exercises procession on the Lawn – perhaps the greatest rite of passage for University of Virginia students – was cancelled because of bad weather. On Saturday, as the Class of 1968 gathered on Grounds for its 50th reunion, bad weather again forced a cancellation of formal plans for members of the class to, at long last, walk the Lawn.
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Robert F. Kennedy, a 1951 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, was mortally wounded June 5, 1968 – 50 years ago today. Better known as “Bobby,” Kennedy served as attorney general from 1961 to 1964, during a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement, and as a U.S. senator from 1965 to 1968, opposing American involvement in the Vietnam War (despite earlier support as part of the administration of his brother, President John F. Kennedy).
As World War II drew to a bloody close just over 70 years ago, a young woman from Charlottesville transferred into the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce – the only woman in the school’s Class of 1946. Patricia Earle had never intended to go to the University. Though her father graduated from the School of Law, Earle never really believed UVA had a place for her. She mostly associated the University with the crowds of often-rowdy men who roamed through her town; besides, there were few openings for women there.
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Three University of Virginia scholars will spend the summer immersed in foreign cultures and languages, thanks to the Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. Department of State. They are among approximately 550 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received scholarships from the program. They will spend seven to 10 weeks this summer in intensive language institutes in one of 13 countries, studying languages the U.S. government has deemed "critical".
Ozair Ahmad (McIntire ’18) is deeply indebted to his UVA mentors for his McIntire experiences and the upcoming opportunities that stand to define his future. The Finance and Management concentrator credits his Finance professors for helping to cultivate his passion for investing and where it will take him. He also thanks his fellow members of the Alternative Investment Fund (AIF), of which he was CEO for the last academic year and managing director of its special situations group in the year previous.
On Saturday morning, Britain’s Prince Harry wed American actress Meghan Markle in a royal wedding that captivated an audience of millions with its extraordinary blend of traditional ceremony and modern sensibility. Amid it all, a trained Wahoo eye could have spotted at least two University of Virginia connections: one in the crowd and one in the text of the sermon itself.
Around the World with DWCs: T. Hoang Le (MBA '18) on Four Global Experiences to Uganda, Cuba, Israel, and Ghana
Recent graduate T. Hoang Le (MBA ’18) attended Darden as an international student from Vietnam. She moved to the U.S. when she was 16 and proceeded to attend Bryn Mawr College where she graduated with a degree in Mathematics in 2013. Before coming to Darden, T. helped companies in the technology, telecom, and media (TMT) space optimize their data science strategies.
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John Bonvillian, a pioneer in the field of augmentative and alternative communication who retired from the University of Virginia’s psychology department in 2015, died May 8 in Charlottesville. He joined the faculty in 1978 and also had an appointment in the interdisciplinary linguistics program. Bonvillian, 69, was a developmental psycholinguist who worked for years on developing a simplified sign language that non-speaking children with disabilities, including autism, could easily learn.
If Emily Sun’s pockets are full of goodies to distract and delight small fry (from Paw Patrol and superhero stickers to “freezie spray” for a quick numbing before inserting IVs), her head is also a treasure trove of kidstuff. Lyrics to “Frozen” songs. Ana and Else references. Maybe even a ukulele song or two. But Sun, who on Sunday will receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Virginia, also knows that pediatric nursing has as much to do with parents as it does with youngsters.
Aly Yarris (Class of 2018) Compares Themes and Lessons from Three of Darden's Global Immersion Courses
Before coming to Darden, Aly Yarris worked as a program manager at Stanford University where she designed educational leadership development programs for students. Aly earned a master degree’s in education at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 before deciding to pursue a business degree. Darden’s tight-knit community, emphasis in the classroom experience and close student-professor relationships were a few of the main drivers in her decision to attend Darden.
A ceramic water purification tablet developed at the University of Virginia and used by tens of thousands of people in 40 countries is now four times better than before, thanks to recent innovations in its manufacturing process developed through research at UVA. Called MadiDrop+, the continuously reusable ceramic tablet – small enough to fit in the palm of your hand – disinfects water by slowly releasing safe pathogen-killing silver ions.
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Experiential learning – the practice of learning through hands-on experience – made all the difference for Joshua Jaspers, who will graduate Saturday from the University of Virginia. Several internships, his positions with Housing and Residence Life, and a recent international January-term course provided some key experiences and allowed him to practice different aspects of leadership and public service, he said. All of this contributed to his successes and helped him procure his upcoming job with a health care startup, Aledade.
Immersion, Learning, and Profession: Tyler Kirchoff (Class of 2018) Relates Three Darden Worldwide Course Experiences
Tyler Kirchoff (Class of 2018, far left in above photo) is a current second year student at Darden. After graduating from the University of Richmond with degrees in Business Administration and Leadership Studies in 2010, he joined Mangham Associates, Inc., an outsourced investment office for endowments and foundations, where he worked as an analyst and an investment associate in Charlottesville for four years. After graduating this May, Tyler will join the Boston Consulting Group’s D.C. office as a full time generalist consultant.
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Nicaragua native Maria Ernestina Castillo helps international students feel welcome as the Latino Student Network’s president and group “mom.”
The first week of May brought the fourth International Partner Program from Darden’s partner school in Lima, Peru, PAD School of Management, to Charlottesville. This group consisted of 32 part-time and full-time MBA students and two administrators who came for a week of courses and company speakers focused on a general management approach to entrepreneurship and innovation.
Passing her anatomy course was the least of Rebecca Abdul’s worries. It was the fall of 2013 when Abdul – then a 19-year-old, second-year University of Virginia student just entering the School of Nursing – struggled to keep her focus. Always a straight-A student, her difficulties had little to do with the science and everything to do with her mother.
Darden’s Center for Global Initiatives recently hosted its fourth International Partner Program with one of its partner business schools in Shanghai, the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), on 30 April – 4 May. During the week-long program, titled “Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Networks in the U.S.”, 27 MBA students and staff from CEIBS learned about starting, growing and financing entrepreneurial ventures, and how to use empathy design thinking in those processes.
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Two University of Virginia students will study foreign languages and cultures overseas as Boren Scholars. Joshua Zabin of Ashburn and Geneva, a second-year Chinese language and literature and history distinguished major, will study Persian Farsi at the University of Dushanbe in Tajikistan next spring and summer. Katherine Gasser of Vienna, a first-year Russian and East European studies major, will study for a year at the Jagiellonian University of Krakow, Poland.