Connections                                                   Volume 2 Issue 15
  (A newsletter for CoB Undergraduate Students)                                        April 26, 2017 
In This Issue

Learn what you need to know about Commencement in the April Commencement newsletter.

Please join us in congratulating those members of the CoB community who will be speaking at commencement ceremonies this year!
University Ceremony
David Vaughn, Finance Major
Dr. Alexander Gabbin, Professor of Accounting

College of Business Ceremony
Brooke Robertson, Marketing Major
Dr. Theresa Clarke, Professor of Marketing
Career & Networking Month 
May 2017 is Career & Networking Month!
Opportunities to learn from and connect with your fellow Dukes will be offered throughout the month.  
Whether you attend an in-person event or access our virtual resources, there will be exciting ways for you to engage and cultivate your professional self!
Scheduled events and links to registrations:  
Career and Academic Planning Office
(CAP) Corner
JMU students, make your next move! The Career and Academic Planning (CAP) office is here to help! Visit CAP to talk to a Career Counselor about choosing a major and/or finding a job, internship, or grad program. Make an appointment through your Recruit-A-Duke account or stop by the CAP office on the 3rd floor of the Student Success Center. 

Help Finding Jobs and Internships

Any reputable article, blog, or instruction on searching for jobs/internships will confirm that finding jobs and internships  is not convenient or easy.  Opportunities will not fall in your lap unless you create them. CAP has a lot of search strategies to help you in your search.  Go to   Search Jobs and Internships Strategies for links to opportunities that can be sorted by major, location (even abroad), population, and more. 
Getting the Most From Your Summer Position

Having a summer job or internship can be a great way to develop new skills and utilize what you have learned during the school year at JMU. Here are three things to help you get the most out of your summer.
  1. Figure out how you will use what you already know. You have learned a lot during the year in your classes. What projects and experiences can you seek out to reinforce what you already know?  Remember to keep a journal of what you do so that you can add it to your resume.  Employers want to know what your impact was in the workplace not just the job duties, so seek out opportunities to try new things, join projects and develop new skills.
  2. Find ways to connect to people at your job. There are a lot of ways to connect to other people.  You can introduce yourself one on one or attend office events. Through introductions you can find Dukes alumnae or other people that have interesting backgrounds and it will help you figure out who does what in the office. 
  3. Remember to be professional. Employers frequently say students entering the workplace may struggle with professionalism. The office environment may be different than what you are used to at JMU.  Ask your supervisor for tips on managing the office culture and their expectations. Demonstrating professionalism can include dress, behavior, being on time in the morning, appropriate use of social media and phone calls during the day as well as navigating office politics and gossip.
Fall 2017 CAP Workshops 
and Events

Tues., Sept. 12  
12:00 noon - 3:00 pm 
ResumePREP (Personal Reviews with Experienced Professionals)   
Madison Union Ballroom, Warren Hall 
Mon., Sept. 25   
11:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Career & Internship Day 
Festival Conference & Student Center 
Tues., Sept. 26 
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Career & Internship Day Festival
Conference & Student Center
For more workshops, seminars, and on-campus interviews, visit the CAP Calendar at 

Check out the CAP Blog for posts on: 
  • Career advice
  • Intern and Alumni spotlights
  • Employers hiring JMU students

The College of Business CAP Liaison is

Venus Miller
 in the CAP Office, 3rd Floor
 Student Success Center
You can make an appointment with Venus via
Questions? Contact Venus at  
Quick Links...
Year in Photos: 2016-2017




Ask us about any of these events and
how you can get more involved at the 
College of Business!
Calling all World Travelers and Photographers 

The Center for Global Engagement is happy to announce the 2017 International Week theme, "Global Engagement: Out of Many, One" along with the 17th annual I-Week Photo Contest.  Our hope for the future lies in our ability to connect with one another and collaborate. Since 2000, members of the JMU community have submitted photographs documenting their travels around the globe.
Current students, faculty, staff and official affiliates of JMU are encouraged to submit their best photos to exemplify this year's theme in the following four categories: 
1.     People
2.     Nature
3.     Architecture
4.     Miscellaneous
We welcome photos taken anywhere on the globe.  The deadline for submission of photos is Fri., Sept. 8.  For further contest rules and to submit your photos, use this link.  
Winning photos will be on display in the Prism Gallery during International Week, starting Sept. 25, 2017.

The I-Week Photo Contest reception, during which photo contest winners will be honored, will take place on Thurs., Sept. 28 at 6:30 pm, in Festival's Prism Gallery
(date and time are subject to change)
For additional information about  I-Week events, please visit here.
Save the Date! 

Meet the Firms
WHEN:   Tues., Sept. 13, 2017

WHERE: Festival Ballroom

WHAT:    Evening Recruitment Event

HOST:      Beta Alpha Psi
Open to accounting, finance and CIS students.
Academic Success Center Corner
Courses for Transfer Credit

Are you considering taking a course at home this summer?  There are many policies governing acceptable transfer credit. Consult with your academic advisor before enrolling.  And remember, JMU requires advance permission by completing the Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit form available on the Registrar's website and in the ASC.
COB Events of Interest

Wed., Apr. 26 
8:15 pm 
MIF meeting 
Showker 106 
Fri., May 5 
3:00 pm 
University Commencement Ceremony 
Bridgeforth Stadium 
Fri., May 5 
6:00 pm
College of Business Commencement Ceremony 
Bridgeforth Stadium 
Need to Talk with the Office of Experiential Learning? 

Questions or comments about professional development programs and Experiential Learning Tours are welcome!

Office hours are posted on 
the door of Showker 205M: 
Sam Collier, Director of Experiential Learning  ( Showker 205M).  Phone: 540.568.7415 Email:
Kelly Gooch, Assistant Director of Experiential Learning (Showker 646). Phone: 540.568.3907

The mission of the CoB Office of Experiential Learning is to complement and enhance the student learning experience at the College of Business. The office engages students in leadership and professional development programs that increase students' capability to be proficient in the workplace. 
The Office of Experiential Learning collaborates with employers, alumni, and community partners locally, nationally and internationally, to help them access talented students and assist in the educational process of preparing students to become engaged and qualified business leaders.

Learn more about our programs on our web page.
Contact the Office of Undergraduate Programs

Contact the Office of Experiential Learning

Ms. Molly G. Brown
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
phone at 540.568.1697
Zane Showker Hall 644  
For more information contact Christine Shiflet at 
Samantha Collier
email at 
phone at 540.568.7415
Zane Showker Hall 205M 
Kelly Gooch
email at
phone at 540.568.3907
Zane Showker Hall 646

The College of Business Office of Experiential Learning website is
where you can learn more about internships and externships, experiential learning tours and activities, and other professional development opportunities of interest to Business Majors.