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Our students come from all kinds of backgrounds but they are all ambitious and eager to engage, accelerate and succeed. When they utilize the tools they gain from the classroom and the real world, success is guaranteed.


Jacqueline Granado

Jacqueline Granado, known by her friends as Jackie, graduated from the Strome College of Business in May 2022 with her Master's in Business Administration (MBA). Granado took advantage of Strome's online program and completed classes remotely from Arizona. Due to her husband's military status and constantly relocating across the country, she needed a program that was flexible and affordable. That ultimately led her to the MBA program at Strome.


Sommer Alexander

The Strome College of Business is filled with different students on unique paths. Sommer Alexander is amongst the non-traditional students who have earned their degree through a different journey than most.


Matthew Foster

"Why not go further?" is what recent Old Dominion graduate Matthew Foster asked himself in 2017 when he looked across campus after receiving his associates degree. For him, the road was longer than he anticipated. His college journey had not followed the traditional path that most students take, but now he is one of the best in his class.

Saloni Jain

Phi Kappa Phi Honoree | Class of 2020 | Finance and Business Analytics major

Every year, the ODU Chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards a scholarship to one student from each of the academic colleges and a distance learning student. Eligibility for the scholarship requires membership in PKP and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75. The 2020 PKP Scholarship recipient from the Strome College of Business is Saloni Jain.

Glory Johnson

Glory Johnson

Being a student athlete at Old Dominion University has taught me so many valuable life lessons, and it has been no different during this time of uncertainty in our world.

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Christopher Wallace

In 2012 I began my journey at the Strome College of Business as an incoming sophomore transferring from TCC. I chose to major in finance due to my ever-increasing interest with business and investing at the time.

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I owe much of my success to the Strome College of Business with a big part of that being the internship fair that is put on every year. It was at one of these fairs where I discovered the company I represent today, Northwestern Mutual. During my time at Strome, I received endless support from the faculty there including, but not limited to, Maureen Stiner, Dennis Harvey, Dr. Mark Lane, Kelley Alvey, and Dr. Bruce Rubin. I owe much of my success in passing the Certified Financial Planner exam on the first try to Dr. Rubin. He is the one who encouraged me to take advantage of the CFP certificate program the university offered as opposed to going with an online self-study course.

Having an in person live instructor is very helpful when dealing with the complexity of topics the CFP exam presents. I was able to enjoy courses taught by Mark Flaherty and Walter McDaniel who are both CFPs themselves and work in the industry which made for a much more practical approach to teaching.

I enjoy regularly coming back to the university to give talks to the finance club and other organizations and teach a series the athletic department puts on called life after athletics.

Tyler Harrell

Tyler Harrell

The spring 2020 semester began with all the usual challenges and excitement one would expect for any graduating senior. I do not think any of us could have expected or fully planned for the dramatic sequence of events that subsequently unfolded. This has truly been a trying semester for me with having to abruptly move off campus and transition to a completely online platform within a matter of days.


Angela Blue

Angela Blue is the Editor-in- Chief of Coastal Virginia Magazine, CoVa BIZ, Savor Virginia and Coastal Virginia Bride. She's been employed at the publishing company, VistaGraphics, Inc., since 2010 and has been in her current role since 2015.

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As Editor-in- Chief, Angela oversees the editorial content for all publications, ensuring that the tone and stories reflect each magazine's overall goals and vision.

Working with a regular team of freelance writers and a small staff of editorial assistants, Angela gathers feature and department story ideas by keeping abreast of local news, trends and people of interest. She also familiarizes herself with other city and regional publications and the content they're producing. "I'm passionate about working for a city and lifestyle publication that celebrates our region and engages our readers," she shares. "National publications have their own set of admirable characteristics, but I really enjoy getting to know our readers and covering stories that they can connect with.

It's makes the entire process more personal." A 2009 alumna of ODU, Angela obtained a BA in English with an emphasis in journalism. "I truly enjoyed my time at ODU," she says. "It was invaluable having the chance to learn from professors like Jim Raper, Joyce Hoffmann, and Joe Cosco, who not only gave us the fundamentals of journalism but could also incorporate their own real-life experiences to paint a more realistic picture of the world in which we were about to embark."


Jamayca "Jay" Madolid

Jamayca "Jay" Madolid, graduating magna cum laude from Old Dominion University with a bachelor's degree in business management and a minor in business analytics, has always been ambitious.

"From a very early age, I've been a self-starter," Madolid said. "I grew up in a home where it was valued and emphasized to get things done before being asked."


Jordan Stewart

Program Student Accomplishment - Capsim Spring 2017 Capstome Challenge

Jordan Stewart, an MBA student of Professor Anil Nail, triumphed against other business students all over the world in an international business simulation competition.

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Program Student Accomplishment - Capsim Spring 2017 Capstome Challenge

Jordan Stewart, an MBA student of Professor Anil Nail, triumphed against other business students all over the world in an international business simulation competition.

Thousands of the best students from more than 20 countries around the world including Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, Kuwait, Thailand, Turkey, the West Indies and the United States who have used the business simulator in their courses compete in the biannual competition.

Capsim President Reda Chafai said "It's a deep dive into high pressure international business...finalists have to run their simulated companies to a strict timetable over eight simulated years in eight hours. In some countries that means competing overnight. As any global executive knows, there's no nine-to-five in business today so it's great preparation for the rigors of a business career."

The capsim simulation is used in Professor Anil's Strategy course Stewart took with other classmates. Professor Anil says "The simulation offers students the challenges involved in managing the complexity of an enterprise, and dealing with uncertainties - particularly the challenges of forecasting and strategic planning in an uncertain environment." Jordan shared a similar sentiment about the competition saying, "The simulation highlights how certain decisions impact many facets of a company," adding that what he most enjoyed about the experience was "discovering opportunities to improve my competitive advantage."

Jordan is the first of Professor Anil's students to place in the top 10 in the global capsim challenge. Winners enter the Capsim Challenge Hall of Fame and receive a $400 American Express voucher for a dinner or victory party.

Donna Krauss

Donna Krauss

This was the semester I decided to take two classes. As a full-time local government employee balancing my time is a daily challenge, but as I approached the half-way mark through my program, I thought I can do this! Mid-way through the semester the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Over these last six weeks, I have heard many people say we are all in this together and we are not alone, but it is not like that. We are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat. We each have our own perceptions and needs.

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