Last week's visit to Nasdaq’s MarketSite in New York’s Times Square was “an exciting time for Pamplin, as we continue to celebrate our 50th anniversary, and a great time to be a Pamplin alum,” Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast said about “ringing the opening bell” last Thursday with Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands.

Sands and Sumichrast were accompanied by Pamplin alumni, members of the Pamplin Advisory Council, students, and college representatives, including from its Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Nasdaq visit followed an evening of networking for Pamplin alumni and students at the “Hokies on Wall Street” reception.

The event can be viewed on the Nasdaq site.

Speaking just before Sumichrast pushed the button -- there's not actually a bell -- to mark the start of the day’s trading, Sands said Virginia Tech seeks “to educate students to be engaged citizens and to drive economic development through discovery.”

For 50 years, he noted, “the Pamplin College of Business has fulfilled this mission with excellence and innovation. We are proud to celebrate this milestone. Under the leadership of Dr. Sumichrast, Pamplin is poised break new ground in business intelligence and analytics, innovation through entrepreneurship, and international outreach.”

The Apex Systems Center, Sands said, will empower our students with the skills, tools, and information they need to be successful. “Young entrepreneurs will receive the support and resources they need to launch new ventures.”

The event took place at Nasdaq MarketSite’s broadcasting studio that also hosts closing bell ceremonies, more than 175 live television broadcasts, and other events.

Outside, a video loop comprising campus scenes and research images from Virginia Tech promotional half-time TV spots was also shown on MarketSite’s illuminated, seven-story electronic display tower.