Former Washington University in St. Louis women’s basketball star Melissa Gilkey, BSBA’15, completed her first season overseas by helping lead the Virum Vipers to its first Danish Women’s Professional League Championship in 36 years. Gilkey majored in economics & strategy, and marketing.

Gilkey, a 2015 graduate, averaged a team-best 14.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for Virum in the program’s first season back playing in Denmark’s highest level of basketball. She shot 45.3 percent (130-287) from the field and 83.6 percent (92-110) from the free-throw line, and also connected on 20 three-pointers in 28 games played.

Virum won the championship series 3-2, including a 66-61 victory over Stevensgade in game five on the road. Gilkey averaged 7.8 points per game in the finals, and had 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting in the 71-57 win in game three.

GilkeyWeb“I had a fantastic time in Copenhagen and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to play the sport I love at the professional level,” Gilkey said. “With a new country and new team came new challenges, but my time at WashU definitely prepared me for the new experience. Of course it was incredible to end our season, and my career, on such a high note.”

Gilkey earned first-team All-America honors in 2014-15 after leading the Bears in scoring (19.1 ppg), rebounding (8.9) and blocked shots (45). She also earned first-team all-Central Region honors and was named the UAA Player of the Year. Gilkey was one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Jostens Trophy.

One of 13 players in school history to surpass 1,000 career points, she finished her career second on WashU’s all-time scoring list with 1,707 points. Gilkey also ranks third in career rebounds (876), fourth in blocked shots (144) and sixth in free-throw percentage (.785).

“While I’ve been here many Bears have come through Denmark and that has been so much fun,” Gilkey added. “Some were close friends and some were friends of friends, but we were all connected by WashU and I loved that I felt that alumni connection so strongly even in Europe.”

Gilkey announced she will be retiring following her one season in Denmark, and moving to San Francisco this summer to work for Protiviti, a business consulting firm. Until then, she will be traveling and seeing some of the countries through Europe that she didn’t get a chance to see during the season.

News release from WashU Bear Sports

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Roshni Shah, BSBA ’11, started in the Sam Fox School but decided she wanted to pursue business and made the switch to Olin.  After graduation, Roshni worked in Chicago for a few years before moving to New York City for an internal consulting role.

Roshni 2Inspired by the immense creativity that defines NYC, she began painting again. She was constantly astounded by how many undiscovered and extremely talented artists were in the studios around her. That’s when an idea struck her: Netflix for local artwork!

Following her passion, lessons from WashU, her consulting experience, and some gut instinct, she began planning and executing the operation’s groundwork. She wanted to run the general business model past someone trustworthy and knowledgeable.

By pure serendipity, her 5-year undergraduate Reunion was approaching, so she reached out to Mark Soczek, Director of the Taylor Community Consulting Project and Senior Lecturer in Accounting. In addition to being her former accounting professor, Mark was a source of well-rounded wisdom and an entrepreneur himself!

Immediately, Mark saw key decisions she’d be faced with six months down the road. Mark’s input planted seeds in her head regarding long-term potential, which she now considers as she makes day-to-day decisions.

Roshni focused her idea and is launching her start up, IMPART, an art rental community to promote NYC artists to NYC residents.  Visit to learn more about IMPART and to join Roshni for the NYC launch party on Sunday, May 15, 2016.  Meet more than 20 artists and view over 40 artworks all in one afternoon.

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Guest Blogger: KC Friedrich, Associate Director of Development, Olin A&D

CATEGORY: Career, News

Traffic jams around the the Skinker/Delmar intersection due to trolley track installation should be over according to The Loop Trolley website. Construction at the major intersection was completed a full day earlier than expected. Completion of the 2.2 mile track is expected this summer. Here’s an update on the trolley project:

Beginning on April 25, traffic was routed around the busy intersection in the heart of the Delmar Loop. After exploring options to accommodate both pass-through traffic and destination trips to the Delmar Loop, officials agreed that a full closure would have the least impact. Traffic signals along the detour route were re‐timed to handle the extra volume. The detour routes were monitored and traffic lights adjusted throughout the closure period to maintain efficient traffic flow.

Delmar Loop Trolley Feb-2016More more than 85 percent of the Loop Trolley track and most of the light and OCS poles have been installed. Construction of the Loop Trolley began in March, 2015 and is scheduled for completion late this summer. The trolley is expected to begin operations in March 2017 following several months of training and safety testing.

The Loop Trolley is a 2.2-mile fixed-track vintage electric trolley system currently under construction linking University City and Forest Park, with a turnaround at the Missouri History Museum. Owned by the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District, the Loop Trolley promotes connectivity, environmentally friendly transportation and LoopTrolleyConceptpedestrian-friendly neighborhoods to enhance quality of life, increase tourism and spur economic development. The Loop Trolley will be an environmentally positive attraction, a prototype for connecting other areas in St. Louis through clean electric transit, and a source of pride for the metropolitan area.

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Press release from the Loop Trolley website.


The final exam for The Hatchery course is unlike any other. Teams of students present the business plan for a startup to a team of judges made up of real-world investors, experienced entrepreneurs, and other experts. The judges ask detailed questions about the new product or service, the financial projections, patent-worthy innovations, and what kind of return on investment they can expect.

A dozen teams from the spring Hatchery have met this milestone in their entrepreneurial journey this week. Team NephroZip felt confident and pleased with their presentation for a new device that will simplify kidney surgery. Three students from Olin and one from the School of Engineering worked with the founder of NephroZip, a medical student, who initially pitched his innovation to Idea Labs.


Team NephroZip debriefs with Professor Cliff Holekamp and coach Mary Jo Gorman after their presentation. Members of the team include: James Jacobs,MBA’17; Adi Radhakrishnan,BSBA’16; Charles Hon, MBA’16, and Claire Wallace, A&S’16.

Congratulations to all the teams! We look forward to seeing their ideas develop beyond the Hatchery into profitable and successful enterprises!

Link to find out more about The Hatchery Course and Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship



CATEGORY: News, Student Life

A.J. Girdwood-Naddell is quite possibly the busiest musician on campus.

On Monday nights, the Olin Business School senior plays first trumpet with the Washington University Symphony Orchestra. On Tuesdays he takes the baton himself, conducting the student-run orchestra WUPops. Wednesdays he joins the Washington University Jazz Band. Thursdays are spent with the Washington University Wind Ensemble.

“A.J. steps up wherever he’s needed,” said Chris Becker, who conducts the jazz band and wind ensemble for the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences. “He’s an immensely talented guy. But what really stands out are his passion and versatility. Whatever he’s doing, you can just feel that it’s important—that he truly wants to be there and that he’s giving you his full attention.”

When not performing, Girdwood-Naddell serves as head teaching assistant for Olin’s introduction to microeconomics course, as well as founder and CEO of WUPS, a mobile phone shop and repair service. He points out that business, like music, is largely a collaborative enterprise.

“You can’t just look at the note that you’re currently playing,” he said. “You have to be always looking ahead, adapting to what’s coming up next.

“You have to listen to your environment.”

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by Liam Otten, previously published on WashU’s The Source

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