- July 20, 2017

UM Issue 8: Assessment at a Glance

UM Issue 8: Assessment at a Glance

By: Christina Koonts Assessment plays an important role in an organization, Virginia International University included. The role assessment plays impacts everyone who has a stake in VIU. The process allows for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to better help plan and implement strategic plans for different staff departments as well as the deans of VIU’s […]

UM Issue 8: Leaders of Tomorrow

UM Issue 8: Leaders of Tomorrow

New graduates often enter the workforce with the idea that they are the “leaders of tomorrow” because that is what all of the old clichés have told them. They have long-term goals of landing themselves a “leadership role” and often connect that with achieving success. But what is a leadership role? What does it mean […]

UM Issue 7: Alt-Rock Dreams

UM Issue 7: Alt-Rock Dreams

Sam Gaius is currently a VIU student studying for his Masters in Information Systems Management. He has performed at VIU Got Talent, VIU Idol, and other various events on and off-campus in the past and hopes to kick-start the VIU Music Club. UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE: What first inspired you to start singing? SAM GAIUS: Singing has […]

Issue 7: Homemade Music for the Soul

Issue 7: Homemade Music for the Soul

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FOUNDER AND CEO OF HOMEMADESOUL MUSIC Based in Chesapeake, Virginia, Homemadesoul Music is a music licensing and publishing firm created to partner with independent artists. Curtis Clarke, Founder and President of Homemadesoul Music, is an artist himself. We caught him on the phone to get some insight on the music-making process and […]

Issue 7: Data Science. The Biggest Buzz Word of the Decade.

Issue 7: Data Science. The Biggest Buzz Word of the Decade.

Data science is all about analyzing data using mathematical models and deriving algorithms useful for making decisions in the future. The field of data science offers many employment opportunities due to rapid growth and unusual explosion of data in the recent years. An interested party should have the ability to invest time and hard work […]

Issue 7: Keeping Tradition Alive

Issue 7: Keeping Tradition Alive

My “Cindy” Huynh is a proud VIU alumna, focused on sharing her knowledge in English with those who would like to learn the language. Throughout her time in the United States, My has found ways to adapt to American culture while maintaining her country’s traditions through singing, dancing, and more. We asked her some questions […]

Issue 5: Daniel Okabe’s Amazing Race

Issue 5:  Daniel Okabe’s Amazing Race

Today we are looking back at the issue #5 and amazing achievements of Daniel Okabe, VIU scholarship recipient from Uganda. By Emily Leighty “I am from a beautiful country in East Africa called Uganda. It is also called ‘The Pearl of Africa’ because of its stunning scenery and amazing people,” Daniel tells us. Despite the devastating […]

- August 2, 2016

Issue 6: Alumni Spotlight – Julian Tanushi

Issue 6: Alumni Spotlight – Julian Tanushi

Pictured: Julian Tanushi’s portrait taken on-campus at VIU. Julian Tanushi is a graduate of Virginia International University.  During his time at our school, he studied for this Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.  He was the Class of 2010 Valedictorian. See what he has to say about his experience at VIU and his advice to […]

- July 29, 2016

Issue 6: Bringing About Change

Issue 6: Bringing About Change

Pictured: Samiullah Samsor posing for the University Magazine.  Samiullah is a recent graduate of Virginia International University.  He received his Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Management.  Samisullah plans on taking his talents to his home country in order to make a significant difference.  Read on for his graduation speech. By Samiullah […]

- July 20, 2016

Issue 6: A Quest for Education

Issue 6: A Quest for Education

Pictured: Kaewkhwan Srisang in front of VIU’s Student Center.  Kaewkhwan Srisang is an MA in TESOL from Thailand.  She recently was awarded the President’s Scholarship for her academic excellence and essay-writing skills. Read on to learn more about Kaewkhwan and how she came to study at Virginia International University. By Kaewkhwan Srisang While I was studying […]

- June 6, 2016

Issue 6: LinkedIn: Allowing Recruiters to Contact You about Employment

Issue 6: LinkedIn: Allowing Recruiters to Contact You about Employment

Robert Brandau teaching prospective employees about the ins-and-outs of LinkedIn Recruiting.  Robert Brandau is the Founding Director of Career-Confidence.org. He has been in the recruiter field since 1998 in full time and part time capacities. He teaches, coaches and encourages people in job transitions. He has spoken at Virginia International University in March and April […]

- May 26, 2016

Issue 6: When an Entrepreneur Becomes a Student

Issue 6: When an Entrepreneur Becomes a Student

Pictured: Abror Nazirov on-campus at Virginia International University.  Abror Nazirov is an Uzbekistan native working on his Master’s Degree in TESOL at VIU.  Not only does he study on a day-to-day basis, but Mr. Nazirov is a young entrepreneur who founded and remotely runs his own language school in his home country.  Abror challenged the […]

- May 13, 2016

Issue 6: John Hughes: A Journalist’s Journey to Success

Issue 6: John Hughes: A Journalist’s Journey to Success

Tamila Khalikova and Mohamed Moustafa, two Virginia International University students on the path to graduate this May 2016, had an opportunity and interview John Hughes, this year’s keynote speaker. John Hughes is an editor for Bloomberg News’ First Word DC, a breaking news desk in Washington DC, and the 108th president of the National Press […]

- March 8, 2016

Issue 5: Marija Smilevska, Macedonian Student in America

Issue 5: Marija Smilevska, Macedonian Student in America

Marija Smilevska came to VIU from the University American College in Skopje, Macedonia, with whom Virginia International University (VIU) has a strong bond due to the academic collaboration between the institutions. Marija is enjoying her time at VIU, studying with diverse students, learning a new culture and languages, and exploring America through her active lifestyle […]

- September 1, 2015

Issue 4: Why I Love Teaching at VIU?

Issue 4: Why I Love Teaching at VIU?

When people ask me why I teach at VIU, which is far away from my home, instead of teaching at nearby universities in Maryland, I have one answer: I love my students at VIU and I feel that they love me too. But there are many reasons why I love teaching at VIU. By Dereje […]

- August 20, 2015

Issue 4: Don’t Call VIU’s “Adventure Guy” Disabled

Issue 4: Don’t Call VIU’s “Adventure Guy” Disabled

Xabier Mendes, a graduate student at VIU, enthusiastically agreed when we asked to feature him on the cover of this issue of University Magazine. Through the process of photographing and interviewing him, we were constantly reminded of his positive attitude, infectious spirit, and kindness to others. Hailing from Spain, Xabier fills his life with adventure. […]

- June 23, 2015

Overcoming Obstacles: Manar Alhazmi

Overcoming Obstacles: Manar Alhazmi

We recently sat down with one of our students, Manar Alhazmi, who is currently completing the elementary level of VIU’s ESL program. Her talent, determination, and personal story have made her family, teachers, and peers admire her, and I was eager to meet her myself. As a genuinely open person, Manar is strong enough to […]

- January 13, 2015

VIU Professor Takes Education Abroad

VIU Professor Takes Education Abroad

Picture Credit: Michael Jarosz, www.500px.com/mikejarosz On a cloudy afternoon in January 2014, 600 college students from around the world gathered near the port of Santiago, Chile to embark on the journey of a lifetime. These students were about to step foot aboard the MV Explorer, a 590 foot, 25,000 ton ship for the next 120 days. […]

- December 17, 2014

A Letter To My Friend

A Letter To My Friend

By Tamara Strupp To all my fellow students, no matter if you are already at VIU or planning to go to VIU soon. I wanted to share my personal story, which might give you some thoughts or motivate your future success. I am originally from Germany.  I came to the United States in 2008 as […]

VIU Scholarships: Our Students’ Success is VIU’S Success

VIU Scholarships: Our Students’ Success is VIU’S Success

                It is well-known that students feel more motivated when they are recognized for their effort and hard work, and as a result, they are more likely to be engaged in activities proposed by their professors and university. Thus, the question is: what is the best way for a university to acknowledge and promote student […]