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Community Connections

Commitment to Community

As one of our strategic objectives, the College of Business and Public Administration is commited to establishing and maintaining strong connections with the community - local, regional, national, and international. Consistent with that commitment, the College's faculty, students, and staff are engaged in strong community partnerships that form the foundation for organizing the application of our expertise and energies to promote community well-being, provide student internships and mentoring opportunities, and offer continuing business and government education. Community outreach and engagement is accomplished in a variety of ways, including the activities of our Centers and Institutes, Executive Advisory Council and departmental/programmatic advisory councils, our Executive Mentoring Program, student internships and team projects, faculty exchanges, hosting of conferences, and executive education programs.

Highlighted Student Connections

The College of Business and Public Administration is committed to ensuring that our students establish solid connections to the local and regional community, including service learning/community service, customized projects, and mentoring relationships. Some examples from the 2012-2013 academic year are highlighted below.

  • Through its Students on Site (SOS) initiative, the MBA program connects the best and brightest of our students with public and private companies/organizations in the Hampton Roads area. This "immersion" model provides a unique, hands-on learning environment while exposing the local community to the talent of our MBA students. To date, Students on Site have completed projects for the Virginia Stage Company, Liberty Tax and, most recently, VMASC and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS).
  • The Executive Mentor Program (EMP), piloted in fall 2012, partners high-achieving undergraduate business majors with successful executives, entrepreneurs, and public sector leaders. The primary objective of the EMP is to foster the development of confident graduates with exceptional leadership, critical thinking, ethical-decision making, and interpersonal skills. Pilot Phase 1 had eight very successful partnerships and Phase 2, now underway for 2013-2014, increased the number of partnerships to 22.
  • The CBPA hosts a student chapter of Enactus (formerly known as SIFE), a community of student, academic, and business leaders committee to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world. Guided by academic advisors, student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects, helping the students develop the kinds of talent and perspectives that are essential to leadership in a changing and challenging world.

"Real-world business experience, understanding the challenges and dynamics of working on team solving complex problems, and positive exposure to local business leaders and organizations...this is what colleges of business should strive to give their students."

- Michael Griffin, MBA ‘12; Students on Site participant