Commencement 2019

News Briefs


Ethics is the theme of this semester’s VWC Business Conference, a bi-annual event organized by students in the MBE 301 course “Principles of Management.” The weeklong event, occurring April 22-26, will feature daily activities that shine a spotlight on ethics in small business, supply chain and operations management, media, medicine, politics, law, environment, recreation and sports. Local guest speakers will share their ethical insight, including retired general and thoracic surgeon and founder of the Chesapeake Care Free Clinic Dr. Juan Montero (Medical Panel, April 23), and Virginia Beach City Council Member Bill R. DeSteph (Ethics in Political Campaigns, April 24). Throughout the week, the conference will host a diverse array of area businesses, including TFC Recycling (April 25) and Final Kick Sports (April 26). Several alumni will return to campus as judges in the conference’s popular adaptation of the hit TV series Shark Tank (April 22, 25), in which teams of “Introduction to Business” students will present their entrepreneurial concepts to the panel of loan “sharks.” Associate Professor of MBE Paul Ewell stresses the takeaway of the event: “We want students to realize that there’s a social responsibility component to being in business. We want you to be smart and we want you to know business, but you also need to be good people, good corporate citizens and responsible business leaders.” For additional information, view the schedule of events, visit the conference Facebook page, or contact VWC Business Conference CEO Shelby St. Gelais ’13 at