After a long week of studying for the CPA exam and preparing group memo assignments, we were treated to a memorable evening planned by our wonderful Graduate Commerce (GCOM) Council– the Graduate Gala! The Gala was held at the Paramount Theater at the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, which is no more than a few minutes away from Grounds. The event lasted from 7:30 to 11pm on Thursday, and required a formal “cocktail hour” dress attire. The GCOM Council coordinated a live band (Lake House), reserved bar area, and of course, a ton of food! Luckily, the theater even had a TV near the bar for those with the March Madness fever!
We hope everyone had a great Spring Break! While many M.S. in Accounting (MSA) students enjoyed their time off at the beaches in Florida or in Charleston, 12 students traveled to London to study “Accounting, Finance and Financial Management in Europe.” This London trip allowed students to develop an in-depth understanding of the complex social, economic, and cultural dynamics affecting today’s rapidly changing global business environment. According to Program Director Roger Martin, who led the trip, “The goal was to help students understand differences in how businesses in Europe and in the U.S. are conducted,” while also to inform students of reasons and ways to prepare for future international assignments in the global market.
Within the graduate programs offered at the McIntire School of Commerce, there are endless opportunities to get involved beyond the classroom. Among our M.S. in Accounting (MSA) class of bright and talented students are several teaching assistants, graduate program assistants, student ambassadors, and of course, social media interns (shout-out to our blogger crew). However, one particular group of students stands out to the class: the GCOM Council. This group volunteers time to maximize the experience of our two semesters here at UVA. The GCOM Council is comprised of four MSA students and six M.S. in Commerce students, who often who work closely together to plan events for our graduate student body.
Saturday mornings are for catching up on sleep… except when ESPN’s College GameDay comes to town. Last Saturday, M.S. in Accounting students had the chance to be a part of ESPN’s live broadcast from John Paul Jones (JPJ) Arena. According to Rece Davis, one of the four commentators on the show, the fans did not disappoint.