Connections                                                  Volume 2 Issue 13
  (A newsletter for CoB Undergraduate Students)                               March 29, 2017 
In This Issue
Core Introduction to the Eight Key Questions Workshops

the Madison Collaborative: Ethical Reasoning in Action for an introductory workshop about the Eight Key Questions (8KQ), JMU's framework for ethical reasoning. Grounded in vital, cross-cultural values, you will explore the decision science behind this inquiry-based process, learn more about how ethics are acquired, and practice using the 8KQ in dynamic, small-group activities.
Upcoming Workshop:
  • Thurs., Apr. 6, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon in Festival, Allegheny Room
To sign up for the session, please email us at   .
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.
Real Estate Symposium

Interested in learning more about commercial and residential real estate? Interested in learning more about the current environment in real estate financing?

The Department of Finance and Business Law will be hosting the annual Real Estate Symposium on Wed., Apr. 12 in Showker G5.  
Speakers and topics will be announced soon.

Everyone welcome.  
Attire: casual
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. 
Highlighted Event:

Campus to Career Conference
Sat., Apr. 1, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Madison Union Ballroom

G eared toward upperclassmen students who are entering the workforce. A day packed full of information about starting your career. There will be a keynote speaker, a catered lunch and several breakout sessions. Register on Recruit-A-Duke.

For more information, see the  Campus to Career Conference page. Questions? Contact Cassidy Lawson.

Upcoming CAP Workshops
and Events

Tues., Apr. 4  
1:00-3:00 pm 
Walk-in Hours with Career Educators  
SSC 3210  
Tues., Apr. 4  
3:00-4:00 pm 
Interviewing Workshop 
SSC 3270 
Thurs., Apr. 6 
12:00-3:00 pm 
Internships 101  SSC 3270
Tues., Apr. 11  
1:00-3:00 pm 
Walk-in Hours with Career Educators  
SSC 3210
Wed. Apr. 12 
1:30-2:30 pm 
Resume Writing Workshop 
SSC 3270 
Thurs., Apr. 13 
6:00-8:00 pm 
DigiComm Portfolio Workshop 
SSC 4043 
Fri., Apr. 14 
Deadline to apply for scholarships for unpaid internships 
Fri., Apr. 14 
12:30-1:30 pm 
Internships 101 
SSC 3270 
Sat., Apr. 15 
11:00 am-2:00 pm 
The 5th Annual Career Expo for Students & Recent Graduates 
 High School, Leesburg, VA 
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  
COB Events of Interest

Tues., Apr. 4  
5:30 pm 
Professional Sales Club Meeting   
Showker G2  
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.
Sam Collier, Director of Experiential Learning  ( Showker 205M).  Phone: 540.568.7415 Email: 
Kelly Gooch, Assistant Director of Experiential Learning (Showker 422). Phone: 540.568.3907

Terry Fernsler, Doctoral Assistant (Showker 205M). Email:

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.
Quick Links...
"Business and Government: Frenemies?"

WHEN:     Thurs., Mar. 30, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

WHERE:   Rose Library

WHAT:      A free event to explore the necessary,
                 but sometimes complicated, 
                 relationship between government and

JMuse Caf é, JMU College of
                 Business, & JMU Civic Engagement
CoB Global Brunch for Students
On the first Sunday of each month, the CoB hosts a brunch for international and U.S. students to network and learn from each other.  The next Global Brunch will be:

Sun., Apr. 2, 10:00 - 11:00 am, E-Hall

Seating is limited.  

Email, put BRUNCH in the subject line, and we will contact you.
College of Business Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

Learn more about proper methods and approach to research projects by applying for the CoB Research Experience for Undergraduates Program. Students selected for this program receive paid, hands-on experience conducting research alongside faculty advisers working on their own projects, . Assistants work 5 to 10 hours per week. 

Deadline to apply for summer term appointments is Mar. 31!
The student application form may be found here. General information on the program can be found here.
This program is a resume builder that can lead to publication and independent research opportunities before you graduate. You are more likely to be paired if you jointly apply with a faculty member. We suggest you approach a faculty member to discuss this opportunity, and direct them to the website for information on their own application.
For more information, or any questions, please contact Dr. Andre Neveu.

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. 

JMU Summer Accelerator

Student Entrepreneurs Wanted! 
  • Monetary support
  • Mentorship and Student Venture Group support
  • JMU faculty access
  • Free cloud services access
Applications open until Tues., Apr. 5 at .


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.
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.
Express Advising Returns to Showker Lobby

Visit us now until Apr. 6 for Express Advising to get your quick advising and registration questions answered.  An ASC representative will be stationed in the Showker Lobby at various times over 3 weeks leading up to fall advance registration. No appointment necessary.  Just stop by!

COB 300 Applications for 
Summer and Fall 2017
The Academic Success 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

Graduating in December?

Graduation applications for December commencement are due to your advisor by Apr. 14.  Why so early?  It's to ensure a thorough review by the ASC and the Registrar.  Don't delay.  Submit today.
Looking for a part-time job on campus next year? The CoB Integrated Marketing Communications Team (IMC) is looking for a junior or senior marketing strategist and a photographer!

Marketing Strategist 
Required skills:
  • Ability to maintain a project management system
  • Social media, analytics, and research experience
Required skills:
  • Proficiency with Photoshop and Lightroom
  • Serve as a photographer for CoB events

Contact Carrie Wood by Apr. 15 if interested.  

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.