Virginia Tech undergraduates have an opportunity, for the first time beginning this summer, to take courses at Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia Center.

Two courses are being offered there this summer: Management Theory and Leadership Practice, and Business Policy and Strategy, to be taught by Pamplin College of Business management professor Michael Badawy.

Badawy, who teaches master of business administration students at the metro Washington D.C., center, said that undergraduate courses are being introduced there during the summer to accommodate students who are interested in taking courses while spending the summer at home with their families in the Washington area, as well as gauge and generate student interest in the new initiative. The center has previously offered only graduate programs.

Badawy will teach his courses on Thursdays and Fridays during the first summer session: Management Theory and Leadership Practice (MGT 3304) at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Business Policy and Strategy (MGT 4394) at 3 to 6 p.m. For more information about the courses, e-mail Badawy. More information about Badawy is online.

He is among 15 Virginia Tech faculty members, at the Blacksburg and Northern Virginia campuses, who received grants last fall from the provost’s office to support their summer teaching. The other two Pamplin faculty members who received the grants are hospitality and tourism management faculty member Pierre Couture, who will lead a study-abroad program, Event and Information Technology Management on the French Riviera (together with accounting and information systems professor France Belanger), and business information technology professor Robin Russell, who will be teaching Operations Management as an online course. Couture and Russell are based in Blacksburg.

Established in fall 2006, the summer sessions grant program aims to promote summer session as an integral component of a student’s learning, discovery, and engagement experience. The university summer session advisory committee received more than 50 applications for the 2008 summer sessions. The grants awarded totaled $75,000.

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