Professor Abdo presented Writing as a PR/Social Media Maven at a workshop hosted by the Public Relations Society Association-National Capital Chapter.

Professor Abdo presented on building strategic communication for Digital and Social Media. His presentation answered questions on how to empower your writing and content story telling.  He also reviewed best practices to build an online community.  He focused on how to define and reach the right audience and the best way to build a digital journey.

Congratulations Professor Abdo!

Greetings SCIS students,

As we are beginning a new academic year, I would like to welcome you or welcome you back to the School of Computer Information Systems (SCIS) at Virginia International University. Our aim at SCIS is to empower you to realize your dreams, discover your passion and accomplish your educational and professional objectives to become globally competent professionals and leaders in the computer technology field. Please know that we are committed to providing high-quality programs delivered by highly qualified and committed faculty. Make sure to be engaged in building your future and reach out if you have any questions or need support to your instructors, advisers, and deans.

We are very excited about several initiatives we are carrying on in the School of Computer Information Systems this coming academic year. The School of Computer Information Systems will host its second International Conference on Computing and Technology on November3-4, 2017. We are very excited to announce several keynote speakers, including: Rene Forney, CEO Forney Group; Matt Larson, Vice-President of Research at ICANN; F. Brett Berlin, Director of the Capstone Program at GMU; and Dr. Jagdish Patni from the Center of Information technology in Dehradun, India. Please visit the Conference Website at https://conference.viu.edu/icct/ for more information.

Secondly, as you know, VIU requires that students adhere to the Code of Academic Excellence in order to build upon and foster the educational demands of the institution. Preserving the integrity of learning is as much a priority for online courses as it is for on ground courses. Please visit http://www.viu.edu/sed/prospective-students-2/study-at-viu-3/academic-integrity.html for more details.

Thirdly, we would like to strongly recommend for you to be engaged in your learning, starting with attendance. Research has proven that there is a high correlation between school attendance and academic performance and success, while absence from school is often the greatest single cause of poor performance and achievement. Since student engagement is a key driver for student learning and success, the School of Computer Information Systems will foster approaches to engage students inside and outside the classroom with the goal of enhancing academic quality and performance. We are thrilled to announce that the School of Computer Information Systems will work with the division of Student Affairs to emulate and complement their Leadership and Mentorship Program.

Finally, please feel to contact me to schedule a visit if you need any assistance. I look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best as you embark in or continue your academic journey.

Best regards,
Dr. Chakib Chraibi
Dean, SCIS

Dr. Chala presented on The Paradox of Ethiopian Economic Growth, Famine, and Youth Migration at the annual meeting for the Agricultural & Applied Economic Association. His presentation reviewed Ethiopia’s remarkable and rapid economic growth achievements. However, the United Nation and USAID are reporting that 5-10 Million people are in chronic food shortage for the last decade and currently 15 -20 Million people are exposed to emergency famine situation. Moreover, youth unemployment rate is estimated to reach to 25-30% and hence every year tens of thousands of urban and rural youths are venturing a dangerous journey for illegal immigration to the Middle Eastern, South Africa and Europe countries.

The purpose of his presentation was to explore the economic paradox. It addresses why there is starvation while food production is tripled; why there are limited opportunities to youths while the country is achieving the highest and stable level of economic growth. It also pinpoints any possible domestic and international push-pull factors for such riddle and suggests policy recommendations.

Congratulations Dr. Chala!


On July 4th, VIU participated in the City of Fairfax’s 51stAnnual Independence Day Parade.  The parade is the largest in Northern Virginia and was an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the University.

The hard work and long hours from VIU staff paid off as VIU received an Honorable Mention for our float.  Congratulations to the Student Affairs department and to all who helped put everything together!

To celebrate National Ice Cream Day (July 16th), VIU hosted a surprise ice cream social for its employees on Monday, July 17th.  Following a scheduled fire drill, employees gathered in the back of the building to enjoy the special treat on a particularly hot day. 
While the fire drill on July 17th was only practice, it is important for all employees to know what to do and where to go in the case of an emergency.

Please take the time to check the evacuation plan on the back of your office door and become familiar with what zone you are in and where you are supposed to meet in the event of a fire or emergency.