Connections                                                  Volume 2 Issue 11
  (A newsletter for CoB Undergraduate Students)                                February 21, 2017 
In This Issue
Design Thinking:
Innovating with Empathy

Presented by: Alexander Gavis, Esquire
Senior VP & Deputy General Counsel
Fidelity Investments

WHEN:   Thurs., Feb. 23, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
WHERE:  Showker 105

Join us to learn how business executives can use design thinking to meet clients' needs more efficiently.

Open to all JMU CoB Students.
Questions?  Contact Professor Daphyne Saunders Thomas at 

Sponsored by the Department of
Finance & Business Law and the
Office of Experiential Learning

RSM US Foundation Announces Spring Invasion Week Events 

Freshman event: RSM will be hosting a *NEW* program for freshmen called POWER UP! for those interested in pursuing a career in public accounting. The goal of POWER UP! is to provide insight into a growing firm and opportunities that public accounting can provide for them throughout their career.
Power Your Education Scholarship: The RSM US Foundation's national scholarship program is awarding 10 students with $10,000 scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year and an invitation to participate in RSM's externship. Please follow this link for more information and to learn how to apply.  Applications are due by Tues., Feb. 28, 2017.
Jackson-Rainey Business Plan Competition

WHEN:  Fri., Mar. 17, 3:00 - 7:00 pm

WHERE:  EnGeo 2301 
Free Hors d'oeuvres and t-shirts to the first 150 students!
Saturday, March 18, 2017 

4th Annual JMU
 Women in Leadership Conference 
Connect to JMU alumnae who w ill inspi re you to be a leader at every stage of your life.

9:30 am -
3:00 pm
Location: Festival Ballroom 
Questions?  Contact
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. 
Information Tables in Showker Lobby:
Central Intelligence Agency
Fri., Feb. 24, 9:30 - 11:00 am
Office hours in Showker 622
Fri., Feb. 24, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon and
1:00 - 2:00 pm 

Upcoming CAP Workshops
and Events

Thurs., Feb. 23 
2:30-3:30 pm
LinkedIn Hands-on Workshop 
SSC 3270 
Mon., Feb. 27 
4:00-5:00 pm 
Interviewing Workshop 
SSC 3270 
Tues., Feb. 28 
1:00-3:00 pm
Walk-in Hours with Career Educators 
SSC 3210 
Tues., Feb. 28 
3:30-4:30 pm 
Internships 101 
SSC 3270 
Wed., Mar. 1 
3:00-6:00 pm 
Mortgage Bankers Association Virtual Career Fair 
Tues., Mar. 14 
11:00 am-12:00 noon 
Interviewing Workshop 
SSC 3270 
Tues., Mar. 14 
1:00-3:00 pm
Walk-in Hours with Career Educators
SSC 3210 
Fri., Mar. 17 
12:30-1:30 pm 
Internships 101 
SSC 3270 
For more workshops, seminars, and on-campus interviews, visit the CAP Calendar at 

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...
CoB Global Brunch for Students
On the first Sunday of each month, the CoB will host a brunch for international and U.S. students to network and learn from each other. 

Join us this Sunday for the first brunch.  (The first Brunch is being held a week early because of Spring Break!)
Sun., Feb. 26, 10:00 - 11:00 am, E-Hall
Seating is limited. 
Email, put BRUNCH in the subject line and we will contact you.
ality Students:  Ar e You Looking for a Fun Inte rnship This Sum mer?

Attend the Hospitality Student Conference hosted by PCMA on Sun., Feb. 26! There will be speakers from various companies within the hospitality industry, including:
  • Massanutten Resort
  • Bold Rock Cidery
  • Quirk Hotel.

There will be door prizes and food and beverages throughout the day. Register in Godwin Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, or you can register online. Also, check out our Facebook page to stay up to date on conference details, including speaker announcements and other event features!  

Join us! Marketing EDGE
Student Career Forum
Thurs., Mar. 2, 2017 | Washington, DC
  • A unique opportunity to connect with marketing leaders
  • Network with companies including prominent DC nonprofits,marketing agencies, and brands
  • Hear presentations and receive career tips
  • Find out about internships and entry-level job opportunities
Cost: $10 per student!
Register and find out more at
Space is limited
Deadline:  Feb. 24 or when program fills

Scholarships for Future CPAs


College is an expensive investment in a student's future, and the  VirginiaSociety of CPAs (VSCPA) Educational Foundation wants to help. There are several scholarships available that range from $1,000 to $5,000.


You can apply today and learn more about the scholarship opportunities and eligibility requirements. All scholarship applications must be submitted by Apr. 1, 2017.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lauren Simonetti, Student & Member Engagement Coordinator, Virginia Society of CPAs by email or by calling 804.612.9427. 

Get Job Ready with the VSCPA Leaders' Institute

WHEN:  May 24 - 25, 2017

WHERE:  University of Richmond

This FREE program has helped hundreds of students:
  • Land jobs with top accounting firms
  • Develop their leadership skills
  • Network with other young professionals
  • Gain access to mentoring opportunities
  • Learn tips to polish their resume
Students should apply online at by Apr. 1, 2017 and must be a full-time undergraduate accounting student graduating in 2018 or 2019.
Academic Services Center Corner

COB 300 Applications for 
Summer and Fall 2017

The Academic Services Center is currently accepting COB 300 applications for Summer and Fall 2017.  All students who intend to take COB 300 in summer or fall must complete an application by Apr. 1.  Applications are only available through an academic advisor or peer advisor.  You may schedule this special advising session by visiting our Make An Appointment page.
Shape Your Future Series 

The Shape Your Future professional and leadership development series at the CoB helps you build key leadership skills for success in the workplace.  Spring semester sessions include:  
Etiquette Dinner
( Reservations required

Tues., Feb. 21 
6:30 pm

Montpelier Room 
Case Interviewing 

Wed., Apr. 5
6:00 pm

Showker G5
Reservations are required for the Etiquette Dinner.  For more information about any Shape Your Future event, contact the CoB Office of Experiential Learning .
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: 
10:00 am - 1:00 pm on Tuesdays
1:00 - 4:00 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays in Showker 205M.
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

Terry Fernsler
email at 
phone at 540.568.5660
Zane Showker Hall 219
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.