During this holiday season many join together with friends and family as they celebrate together.  We hope that you will take time to reflect on this year and celebrate all your accomplishments.  
Some of you are graduating, some are in the middle of your programs, while others are just beginning your academic journeys. We hope that you take time to network with those around you and continue to build the relationships with those you love.      
This semester has been marked by several transitions in the School of Business, yet we remain committed to our mission “…to provide a diverse body of students with the ability to succeed in a global business environment.” Please know that as you celebrate the holiday season, we at the School of Business will be preparing for your return.  We are refining our curriculum and course content to assure that we are not just preparing you for the world that is, but helping you be ready for the future in an ever-evolving world! 
We hope each of you will create meaningful goals for 2017 and that we can work together to help you move closer to accomplishing them.   
From everyone here at the School of Business, we wish you a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year!

Congratulations to Anastassiya!  She is our newest PMP certified student.

To view her video check out the VIU School of Business YouTube page. 

We held our first VIU Diversity Luncheon Series: Muslims Ramadan Festival on July 20, 2015. The purpose of the event was to educate students about the Muslim faith and the significance of Raman in the Muslim culture. Dr. Bilgin opened the event by talking about diversity and why it is important. We then had a guest speaker, Jena Luedtke, the Director of Interfaith and Intercultural affairs to speak about Ramadan. She also asked students, faculty, and staff to share why Ramadan is an important time for them.

Student Affairs held its second VIU Diversity Luncheon Series 2: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month on September 24, 2015. The purpose of the event was to educate students about the Hispanic culture. We had a guest speaker, Michel Zajur, Founder and CEO of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce talked about his family immigrating from Mexico City to Richmond VA. He also shared how his family established a local restaurant called La Siesta. Lastly, he talked about his journey to founding the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. After Mr. Zajur spoke, we enjoyed some traditional food and music. Two VIU students, Maria Del Mar Gares Rendon and Shirely Cabrera, shared about Colombia to close the event. 
Student Affairs held its third VIU Diversity Luncheon Series 3: Celebrating Diwali-The Festival of Light on November 12, 2015. The purpose of the event was to educate students about why people celebrate Diwali. To open the event, Dr. Ramesh Ravella talked about Diwali and the significance of the event. We then enjoyed listening to the song Kamal Kuchawhich was sung by Krishnaveni. The students participated in a traditional Ramp Walk where men and women dressed in beautiful outfits. Traditional Indian food was served while watching Arun and Akshitha perform dances and Praneeth, Hasan, Nishat and Sam sing traditional Hindi songs.