Week ending December 7, 2018


Updates and Celebrations of Success

  • Congratulations to Andreas Rauterkus for his outstanding performance in teaching Financial Decision Making and being awarded the Graduate Teaching Excellence Award.
  • Congratulations also to Nima Zaerpour for an Honorable Mention of Best Application Paper in the IISE Transactions Focus Issue on Design and Manufacturing for 2018. The award is selected by an examining committee from all papers published from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
  • MIS Student Nathaniel Garcia was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from SIM San Diego and presented by California State Assembly member Todd Gloria at the 2018 San Diego Technology Executive Leadership Summit.
  • CoBA alumna Kristin Elliott, CEO and Founder of Aquasend, Inc. and General Manager, Precision Measurement Engineering, is a finalist in the SDBJ Business Women of the Year Awards 2018.
  • There is a nice article in the San Diego Business Journal about CoBA alum Nathan Leathers, President of Green Guard Services, who was our alumni highlight in the most recent blog post.
  • We are delighted to welcome two new tenure-track faculty for fall 2019. Below at left is Serhan Kotiloglu who is completing his Ph.D. at Stevens Institute of Technology. Serhan’s research interests include innovation, entrepreneurship, opportunity creation, discovery of knowledge and behavioral theory.  Below at right, Paola Ometto who is completing her Ph.D. at the University of Alberta. Paola’s research interests include social and cultural entrepreneurship, social enterprises, and corporate social responsibility. Our faculty rock!


  • In case you missed them, there were nearly two dozen news articles and TV appearances showing significant revenue growth for independent brewers in San Diego with $1.1 billion in economic output to the region.  These stemmed from the CoBA Office of Business Research & Analysis, in collaboration with the San Diego Brewers Guild. Kudos to Ed Ashley, Ranjeeta Basu (CHABSS/Economics), and Ann Fiegen (Library) and their team.


Learning and Fun

  • Below: We had nearly three hundred attendees at our second Fall 2018 Business Etiquette Dinner, part of our Business Professional Development Program. Elegantly led by our etiquette expert Elaine Swann and our many community partner tables hosts. Special thanks to Jill Laing for all of her hard work organizing, our many community partner table hosts, and Paige Kepley for execution.


  • Below: Good attendance at the Global Supply Chain Management Society’s 5th Annual Alumni Spotlight and  Networking Event with alumni panelists Kelly Kinsman, Buyer at Zodiac Pool Systems; Taylor Ambrose, Manager in Training at J.B Hunt; Valerie Gorbushin, Inventory Specialist at General Atomics; Jordan Sieger, Logistics Program Analyst at Viasat; and Torey Roberts, Business Solutions Associate at National Express LLC.


  • Below: The First CalSHRM Student Summit and Case Competition hosted at CSUSM with teams from all over California. Special thanks to Nina Woodard for championing the event, soliciting teams and judges, and running the event.SHRM
  • Below: Our staff white elephant gift exchange with kudos to Yvonne Villalobos for planning and execution.


  • Below: Some goofy photos from our faculty and staff holiday party. Special thanks to Yvonne Villalobos for planning and also to Whitney Steffler, Casey Green, Jennifer Martin, and Denisse Tirado for decorations and helping. Amazing dessert award winners were Jennifer Martin (presentation) and Paige Kepley (taste). More photos of the event to come.


  • Below: Our staff appreciation Halloween luncheon at Urge.


  • Below: Markstein Hall stays beautiful because of facilities services staff Elijah Pauser (center); Elijah cares as much about our building’s appearance as we do. Well known across the campus, Elijah received the Zomalt Outstanding Service Award in 2015. We’d like to keep him for ourselves, ūüėĀ but he is a University-wide asset.


Alumnus Spotlight

Nathaniel Keifer-Wheals is a 2009 CoBA Cum Laude MIS alum and now a Senior Business Analyst at Covance Pharmaceuticals. Nathaniel served on the CoBA Chapter Alumni Board for many years, most recently as President, and is now President of the University Alumni Association and also serves on the University Foundation Board. Congratulations to Nathaniel as a recipient of the 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award at the North County Philanthropy Council luncheon.


Week Ending October 26, 2018

Updates and Celebrations of Success

Successful CLIMB Event featuring Vicki Mealer-Burke, Chief Diversity Officer Qualcomm, speaking on Leadership Strategies for Diversity and Inclusion.


Below: Our own Vassilis Dalakis speaking on live BisTalk Radio / ESPN 1700.


Below: Mark Dankberg: Founder & CEO of ViaSat.


Below: Our Master Chef: CoBA Edition team building and meal building event, a definite success at Harrah’s Resort.

teambuildingfullteamsBelow: Making Roasted Beet Salad with Candy Striped Beets, Baby Lettuce, Marcona Almonds, Spicy Mustard Dressing, Shaved Parmesan.


Below: Rolling Sushi Rice, Nori, Pickled Vegetable, Crab, Avocado, Tempura Shrimp, Sriracha Sauce.



Below: Chicken Ballantine with Roasted Potatoes and Lemon Butter Sauce, Poached Stuffed Breast of Chicken, with spinach, Sun-Dried Tomato, Pine Nuts, and Boursin With Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Lemon Beurre Blanc.20181026_124925

Below: Making Creme Brulee with Macerated Berries, Vanilla Custard, Mixed Berries, Pistachio Tuile.


Below: Enjoying the fruits of our labors.



Below: Once again, cruising the halls of Markstein you never know who you are going to run into! Another one of my favorite former students, Frederik Jahr, stopped by to see the campus. A 2016 CoBA graduate, Frederik is a member of the Tyrving Track Club, the premium professional club in Norway. As a high jumper at CSUSM, he was an All American.  highjump

Alumnus Spotlight

Nathan Leathers is a highly successful CoBA alumnus that recently moved into a 20,000 square foot facility in Escondido. After touring his new facility, I can’t speak highly enough about this young man and all that he has accomplished as President of Green Guard Services, employing over 60 people locally. They perform hood cleaning, filter exchange and kitchen equipment cleaning for commercial kitchens and restaurants all over the US. What is most impressive is the use of automation and software in everything that he does, in order to optimize his business processes, as well as the culture he has built with his team. He is a definite leader in his industry in the US and is about to launch a “best practices” training school for his industry. Not satisfied with one business, he also is President of Green Guard Merchant Services¬†providing equipment, portals, on-site support, installation of equipment, and consultation of best business solutions.

Remember that name and this face, Nathan Leathers.


Week Ending October 12, 2018

Updates and Celebrations of Success

Below: Accounting Career Connections networking event with twenty-two participating accounting organizations. The Accounting Society and department faculty do an outstanding job preparing our students for their future professions.


Below: The first of several Business Etiquette Dinners this semester for College of Business Administration students enrolled in the BUS 300 course. We had nearly 200 in attendance this first night.


Continuing with the student professional development theme, an¬†article and KPBS Midday interview¬†of Executive in Residence Mark James (photo below) on “How Cal State San Marcos Is Turning Students Into¬†Professionals.”


Below: Inaugural live broadcast by¬†BisTalk Radio, ESPN 1700¬†from CoBA’s Markstein Hall with host Bob Ryan and Montana Smit interviewing guest speaker Ed Ashley, our Director of Business Development. The live show airs on AM 1700 and select Facebook Live, Instagram, and LinkedIn channels every Thursday at 2 pm in MH 104. The schedule runs through November 15 and is available here.


Below: BisTalk Radio, ESPN 1700 AM broadcast from Cal State San Marcos with guest speaker Darin Anderson, CEO of NXT Robotics, former president of ESET.

Next week, 2 pm October 18 in Mark 104, our own Vassilis Dalakas and on October 25, Mark Dankberg: Founder & CEO of ViaSat.


Below: Todd Colburn speaking at the 2018 San Diego Craft Brewers Guild Economic Summit with ~130 San Diego breweries represented. The San Diego Brewers Guild and CSUSM report on the economic impact of more than $1 Billion to the region. See: Local craft beer is a heavy hitter, with triple the revenue of the Padres.


Below: Ed Ashley on KUSI speaking on the craft brew economic report.


Below: All CSU business deans meeting with all CSU campuses represented. Major topics of interest to us were AACSB accreditation, diverse faculty hiring, and building a leadership bench.

Below: Meeting of the Western Association of Collegiate Schools of Business with 36 participating universities. Major topics of interest to us were mentoring junior faculty, and career readiness and professional development.

Below: Our Advisory Board members, including three new alumni board members (Brian Bumiller, International Business Development and Sales Director
NuFACE; Erik Groset, Co-Founder, Fantasy Sports Co.; and A.J. van de Ven, President, Calsense).


Below: Our fall Dean’s List Breakfast with keynote speaker, Bob Rief, Executive Director of San Diego Sports Innovators.


Below: Speaking to the All-Academic Affairs Business Operations Fall Meeting at CSUSM on customer service. I was delighted to hear the ways that many of the staff impact the success of our students.


Below: Patrick Pelonero, Facilities Maintenance Mechanic for Markstein Hall/College of Business Administration among other buildings. We are proud of our building, as is he of the work he does in keeping it running well. Students, staff, and faculty – thank him when you see him!


Below: Cruising the halls of Markstein you never know who you are going to run into! One of my favorite former students, Sin (“Shin”) Yea Kook, stopped by to see the campus. A 2009 CoBA graduate,¬†Sin was a Marine officer with deployments in Iraq before CSUSM. ¬†Despite a¬†crushing leg injury¬†while deployed, she took up cross-country and was a leading member of the¬†2009 Women‚Äôs National Championship cross-country team.¬†Sin is in the process or relocating to San Diego from Seoul, Korea.Sin Yea Kook2

Alumnus Spotlight

Melissa Mandim is a 2017 CoBA graduate, determined entrepreneur, and Founder & CEO of The MULK Company, a San Diego company specializing in cold-pressed almond MULK. She was one of several CoBA food entrepreneurs written up in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Remember that name and this face, Melissa Mandim.



Week Ending September 14, 2018

Photo updates and celebrations of the start of the academic year!

Below: CoBAcation is the start of the new academic year!  Special thanks to Yvonne Villalobos and staff for event planning and help.

Below: CoBA Faculty Meet and Greet, with special thanks to Paige Kepley and our staff for helping out!CobafacultyMeetAndGreet

Below: CoBA Student Club Meet and Greet, with special thanks to Paige Kepley and Jill Laing and all our staff for helping out.CobaClubMeetAndGreet

Below: First review meeting this semester with our Executives in Residence, 7:30 am, that’s commitment!


Below (left): Have you met Obdulia Perez, always smiling, and our newest cleaning staff for Markstein Hall/College of Business Administration? We are proud of our building, as is she of the work she does to keep it professional looking. Thank her when you see her!
Below (right): Some of our new student benches on the 4th floor of Markstein, generously provided by Ken and Carole Markstein.


Alumnus Spotlight

Shadrach Vaughn is a 2014 CoBA graduate and Founder & CEO of ParkConnect, an on-demand platform that connects empty parking spots with drivers looking for a place to park. Launched in July, ParkConnect is a mobile and web platform that links vacant parking spaces with drivers seeking a place to put their cars.  Read a recent press release about his new venture.

Remember that name and this face, Shadrach Vaughn.


Week Ending August 17, 2018

Updates and Celebrations of Success

  • ¬†Those of you who have been traveling this summer, welcome back! Many events are planned for the fall, make sure to check them out and add to your calendars!¬†Paige Kepley has also put together a monthly events calendar. And be sure to RSVP for the 2018 CoBAcation at 11 am on Thursday, August 23. A change this year is that lunch will be provided after CoBAcation remarks.
  • Congratulations to Accounting faculty member Syed Zaidi for the award of tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor!


  • Congratulations to Jolynn Zhou and her husband Kai who are expecting their first child in early December!
  • ¬†Below: Recent graduates celebrating at the¬†Summer 2018 SMBA Awards Banquet.


  • Below: Mohammad, our SMBA Awards Banquet Master of Ceremonies, along with the recipients of the¬†2018 Graduate Teaching Excellence Awards, Glen Brodowsky, and William Byun. Congratulations to Glen and William and Outstanding Students Award winners Abbie Josephsen and Jonathan Hsu!




  • Below: Student Organization Leadership Retreat at the¬†Green Dragon Tavern in Carlsbad, ably led by David Berry and Jill Laing.


  • Please welcome¬†May¬†Martinez, our new Administrative Support Assistant for CoBA¬†Advising. Maydeli is a CSUSM graduate in Human Development.
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  • We have Program Reviews scheduled for the BSBA (October 15-16) and MBA Programs (September 19-20) with external reviewers. Additionally, we are bringing in an AACSB Senior Examiner to informally review our progress toward AACSB accreditation (9/21). In the meantime, our¬†AACSB Accreditation team continues to make good progress.
  • Ed Ashley has started the¬†Office of Business Research and Analysis, in conjunction with faculty in other colleges to¬†offer a suite of research services for a fee to benefit small businesses and non-profit organizations.¬† The Office¬†unites faculty expertise with student researchers¬†to produce business and economic analyses for the community. Some of our better-known and recent projects include:
  • In for another day on training: Our nearly 27 Executives in Residence committed to teaching professional development and soft skills to over 500 incoming transfer students this fall.


  • You can now buy tickets for the October 2nd¬†fall¬†2018 Taste for Student Success!
  • Below: Yvonne, Paige, and me on our annual National Ice Cream Day celebration. A small way to thank the staff across University for all the work they do for us!


Alumnus Spotlight ‚ÄďIzaac Villalobos

Izaac is a CoBA graduate, General Manager at¬†Fallbrook Winery, and¬†also Yvonne Villalobos’s cousin! Izaac is a very active member of the CoBA Alumni Chapter, serves on the Alumni Chapter’s Leadership team, and generously provides wine for many of our events. Read a little more about Izaac at¬†Meet Izaac Villalobos of Fallbrook Winery.¬†Remember that name and this face: Izaac Villalobos.


Week ending April 20, 2018

Updates and Celebrations of Success

Below: Spring 2018 Student Recognition Award Breakfast at the Crossings in Carlsbad with students, faculty, and Advisory Board members and guests.dean_breakfast_spring_2018Below (top row): Congratulations to our CLIMB Student Leader Award winner Jeff Mata (escorted by Nenita Mata); Accounting: Tim Bode; Finance: Jon Gramuglia; Global Business Management: Andrea Iglesias; Bottom row: Management Information Systems: Elizabeth Snowden; Global Supply Chain Management: Caleb Ruggieri; Management: Elizabeth Buckle; Marketing and Dean’s Award winner: Lilia Lopez. Not shown: Temecula campus award winner Matthew Pflepsen.award_winners

Below: Further developing student networking and professional development skills at the Student/Alumni Speed Networking event at the USU.Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, people sittingImage may contain: 2 people, people sitting and indoorBelow: The 5th Annual North County Economic Summit was hosted by the San Diego North Economic Development Council (SDNEDC) in the USU. Regional economic growth continues to be very strong, with much lower unemployment numbers (<3%) than other regions of the state, however insufficient housing will continue to be a major challenge. The five industry clusters that have seen strong growth and have a high concentration in our region include Defense, Aerospace, and Communications; Manufacturing; Life Sciences; Craft Beer and Related Beverages; Sports and Active Lifestyle; and Visitor Attractions and Accommodations. The research and reports can be accessed here.2018_Economic_Summit_USU

Below: During spring break, Jim attended the CSU Association of Business Deans (CSUABD) Reception at CSU Fullerton. The spring 2019 CSUABD meeting will be held at CSUSM. Jim was elected to the Executive Board and secretary/treasurer of the organization.CSUADBfall2018

Faculty Spotlight ‚Äď Glen Brodowskyglen
Glen currently serves as Professor of Marketing and chair of the Department of Management in CoBA. Please join me in congratulating Glen as the 2018 recipient of the Marketing Educator of the Year, an award he received this week at the Marketing Educators’ Association Annual Conference in Santa Fe, NM. Glen is a past president of the organization (2010-11). In addition to his many contributions to CoBA, CSUSM, and the CSU, Glen is a regular guest lecturer at Universities in Copenhagen, Ecuador, Germany, Mumbai, Shanghai, and Taiwan and maintains relationships with these international institutions.

Lecturer Spotlight ‚Äď David Berry
David Berry

David is the Founder and Principal of RULE13 Learning, LLC, formerly Vice President of Leadership and Organization Development at TaylorMade Golf Company. David coaches and teaches executive leaders and RULE13 Learning inspires them to be more courageous, resourceful and generous in the face of complexity and change.
David started teaching in the Management Department in fall 2016 in the areas of organizational behavior, business environments, and entrepreneurship. David also serves as an Executive in Residence in our BPD Program. In 2016, David published his first book, A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change. 

Staff Spotlight ‚Äď Whitney Steffler

Whitney is out Program Support Coordinator for the MBA Program and is the “go-to” person for our MBA students. She started this position in fall 2017 and previously had provided administrative support for the Marketing, Finance, and Accounting departments. She is a CoBA graduate! Whitney, like all of our staff,¬†is willing to help where she can ‚Äď a team player.

Volunteer Spotlight ‚Äď Misti Cain
mistiMisti is the Founder and Chief Advyzzor of whyzze ‚Äď a company that provides personal, professional and creative mentorship. She is also the Marketing Director for Ideator, an innovation platform located in San Francisco. With a background in both traditional and digital marketing, she has worked with well-known companies including MasterCard, Jazzercise, Medifast, AMN Healthcare, and CIGNA Healthcare. She is passionate about helping entrepreneurial-minded individuals bring their ideas to life. Misti serves CoBA as an Executive in Residence and as a CoBA Advisory Board member.

Alumnus Spotlight ‚Äď Alaric Fuller
Throughout his years at CSUSM, Alaric Fuller aka ‚ÄėDJ Majestik,‚Äô maintained a strong interest in the radio industry. He combined much of what he learned in his courses with his work as a radio DJ and mixer in San Diego. He started his radio career in San Diego while attending CSUSM. Majestik is now a recognized name in the music industry abroad.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Alaric traveled back to his hometown of New York City to continue his radio career. He soon became a well-known morning show personality for CBS radio and DJ on SiriusXM satellite radio. His reach now exceeds millions through his mix shows and as a radio personality.  He has worked side by side with artists that include Selena Gomez, DJ Snake, and many more.  Alaric also travels the globe as an international club DJ and has performed in front of a sold-out crowd at the legendary Madison Square Garden in NYC, with artists Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias. Alaric has recently returned to Southern California, finding new opportunities in Los Angeles radio. He is now a show producer and DJ on 97.1 AMP Radio’s morning show, The New Guys.

Remember that name and this face: Alaric Fuller.Image result for Alaric Fuller

Week ending March 16, 2018



  • Below: Our fifth Business Etiquette Dinner of the academic year. Thanks¬†to our sponsors and table hosts!


  • Below: Jim Desmond, Mayor of San Marcos, delivering the State of the City address on campus and highlighting the importance of the relationships with the local educational institutions to the development and growth of the city.


Celebrations of Success

  • Exceptional performance by CoBA finance students who placed 4th at the San Diego¬†CFA Institute¬†research challenge! Special thanks to William Byun,¬†CoBA Executive in Residence and Lecturer, for his leadership as the team advisor!


  • Below and from left to right: Finance students Emily Larson, Lama Haddad, Noah Rabbani, Katherine Juan, and Nicole Sanford. These students sacrificed the entirety of their Holiday break, pulled quite a few all-nighters, and lost every weekend to do the best they could on a challenge no one required them to do.


  • Congratulations to CoBA Advisory Board member Shawn Duffy (below), Senior VP and CFO of Viasat for receiving the¬†CFO of the Year Award, Large Public Company from the San Diego Business Journal. In background left: Nels Jensen, Editor in Chief at San Diego Business Journal and¬†CoBA Advisory Board member.


Faculty Spotlight – Beverlee Anderson
Beverlee currently serves as Professor Emerita of Business and Marketing in CoBA. What many people may not know is that she has held nearly every position in our college, including two separate stints as dean. Beverlee also served as a dean at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She is active in many professional organizations and is past president of the Marketing Educators Association. She is a prolific researcher and collaborator and has authored and co-authored many papers and manuscripts in cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary business topics. She has taught and lectured in Mexico, Jordan, UK, and India and brings an international perspective to all her courses. But most importantly, Beverlee is a dynamic force in our college, always willing to help colleagues and new faculty.

Lecturer Spotlight – Tom Sennhauser

In keeping with our international faculty theme, Tom is a lecturer in Global Business Management. Before CSUSM, Tom exhibited broad management and turn-around experience in both public and private hi-tech companies. He has a strong operating background – funding, restructuring, strategic partnering, ROI focus, and scaling firms for growth and/or acquisition. He has significant multicultural (North America, Europe, Asia) and multilingual (English, German, French, and Swiss) experience. He brings that international experience into the classroom in a very effective way; he is highly regarded for the extraordinary measures to help and educate students.

Staff Spotlight – Jennifer Martin

Most of you know Jennifer as the hardworking Administrative Support Assistant to the departments of Accounting, MIS, and GSCM and Senior Experience. In addition to her competence, Jennifer is always willing to help where she can Рa real team player. What you may not know is that she is a prolific hiker and accomplished sprint triathlete! Below: Jennifer celebrating her recent birthday.Jennifer_Martin

Student Spotlight – Lilia Lopez
Lilia is a Marketing student who will be graduating this May and who was instrumental in establishing and running the Career Closet. Special thanks to assistant professor Rebeca Perren who provided invaluable guidance to Lilia. Below: Lilia (center), along with Ivanna Plata (left) and Vanessa Pina (right), all leaders in the Latino Business Student Association.


Volunteer Spotlight – Bob Rief

Bob is the Executive Director of San Diego Sport Innovators that help nurture young businesses in Sport and Active Lifestyle segment. Bob is an Executive in Residence in our BPD Program. Bob recently arranged for five senior executives to network with his BPD cohort; the students got to meet and talk with: Tony Finn, Founder of Wake Boarding; Monique Keefer, Chief Financial Officer, Surftech; Steve Lake, Co-Founder & former President of Sector 9 Skateboards; Marcus Valdivia, Sector 9 Skateboards; and Kirby Brady, Director of Research, SD Economic Development Corporation. Below: Photos from the networking event on campus.



Alumnus Spotlight – Sean Clayton

Sean is a 2014 COBA graduate of the Global Supply Chain Management option. He started as an Operations Team Lead at Amazon in 2015 and was recently promoted to Senior Program Manager, Worldwide Operations Integration at Amazon. Remember that name and this face: Sean Clayton.

Sean Clayton

Week ending February 9, 2018

Celebrations of success:

Below: preparing for our College of Business Administration Advisory Board Meeting Friday at 7 am. For some of these generous volunteers, this is the third sequential college event in thirty-six hours, all for the good of our students!


Below: Wednesday evening, our fourth Business Etiquette Dinner this year for our Business Professional Development students. Ably led by Jill Laing, Mark James, and assisted by our Executives in Residence, our Career Center partners, and our many business volunteers.2018_02_07_Business_Etiquette_Dinner.jpg

Below: President Haynes 14th annual Report to the Community with over 600 in attendance. CoBA sponsored four tables and forty guests to hear an update on the University activities and the challenges for the year ahead. We were pleased to see some of our faculty (Kristin Stewart) and alumnae (Denise Gurule) highlighted, as well as our Senior Experience projects on University Economic Impact (458 million dollars), Craft Brew Economic Study (150 craft breweries with an impact of 870 million dollars), and the Burnham Leadership Experience gift of $225,000 to fund non-profit organization Senior Experience projects in perpetuity. You can read President Haynes message here.


Below: Tuesday’s noontime faculty and department Meet and Greet.


Below: Thursday’s noontime Student Societies Meet and Greet.


Below: Pierre Towns, bringing his wealth of knowledge to the College of Business Administration as one of our fifteen Executives in Residence to help students understand how to find success in the corporate world. Pierre, like all of our Executives in Residence, has an impressive background; read more about Pierre here.


A record for our faculty Popular Press Program:¬†Perhaps not prestige-wise, but in terms of audience size, it may be the biggest we have received yet: Vassilis Dalakas’ quote in the Costco Connection newsletter on “Loyal Returns: Creating a rewards¬†program that works,” with a readership distribution approaching¬†ten million.

We scored a fourth interview on BISTalk Radio on ESPN by Executive in Residence and management lecturer David Berry with host Bob Ryun.

Alumnus highlight:

Artem Druzhkov is a 2016 CoBA graduate and the Marketing Manager at Fish District Eatery. Artem is an aspiring, self-taught software developer honing his development skills as an open source front-end developer at draggr.io. Though he started learning languages as an inside joke among friends, he discovered object-oriented programming, and he says that he absolutely loves programming!

Remember that name and this face, Artem Druzhkov.

Artem Druzhkov

Week ending January 26, 2018


Welcome back, faculty and staff. By the time you have read this, you will have completed your first week of the spring semester!

Welcome to new faculty member Hedayat Alibeiki, who joined the Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management from McGill University, where he received his Ph.D. in Operations Management. Hedayat’s office is Markstein 454.
Fun fact: Hedayat is trilingual in English, Farsi, and French. 

We have one open faculty search underway (in Accounting) with our first candidate visiting on Friday, February 9. Please plan to join me in attending his research presentation at noon in Markstein Hall 104.

We have four new Executives in Residence starting with us this semester: (left-to-right below) and are up to sixteen total, all exceptionally committed to our students:


Make sure to check out the new CoBA Events Calendar, and our CoBA Events page, courtesy of Paige Kepley. Among the highlights:


  • Please encourage your students to attend the CoBA Meet & Greet with faculty (Tuesday, February 6) and student organizations (Thursday, February 8), both at noon in Markstein Hall 125.
Our CLIMB Event Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 am in the McMahan House with guest speaker Ed Jenks. Ed is the author of "CEO Point Blank: Straight Talk for CEOs, Business Owners, and Entrepreneurs.
Ed was a recent guest "In the Executives Chair" and will not disappoint you!

Celebrations of success:



  • Jill Laing held her spring student club organization retreat with nearly 60 student participants.¬† The retreat focuses on learning¬†more about leadership development, cross-club collaboration, transition management and last but not least, fun, as shown below!


Week ending December 15, 2017


  • CoBA’s survey results in the “Great Colleges to Work For” taken this fall showed major improvements over our fall 2014 results. I attribute¬†much of this improvement to faculty and staff efforts at understanding and improving the working culture of our college, including the excellent additions to our faculty and staff.
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  • There were lots of end-of-semester presentations this past week, including 28 Senior Experience and eight MBA team projects. Two projects, Economic Impact¬†of CSUSM Upon its Service Region, and the CSUSM Innovation Hub¬†were independently solicited to present to President Haynes upon recommendations from others.

Celebrations of success:

  • ¬†It is the time for end-of-calendar year celebrations, and we had our share! Following our successful CoBA Holiday Party, held at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, our fall 2017 Business Reception was highlighted by keynote speaker¬†Mark Cafferty,¬†President, and CEO, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. At a separate event, Malin Burnham was recognized for his¬†establishment of the Burnham Leadership Experience. That program will fund three teams of students every semester in perpetuity.¬† Our well attended Business¬†Reception, photos below, was followed by our Senior Experience¬†Trade Show. Thanks¬†to corporate sponsors EDCO, Tri-City Medical Center, and Wells Fargo Bank. Special¬†thanks¬†to Paige Kepley for orchestrating four successful VIP events in one day!



  • On an experimental basis, we held an abbreviated CoBA Advisory Board meeting followed by a social hour where our advisors mixed with some of our student¬†leaders (below).


  • Below: CoBA Staff Holiday Gift Exchange:


  • And our Ugly Sweater contest winners:


Wishing you joy, peace, and prosperity for the holidays and beyond!