Week Ending March 27, 2015

Updates:

  •  Interviewed the eight departmental student award winners for selection of the Dean’s Award winner, a very difficult task indeed.  Please join me in congratulating the Dean’s Award winner, Panos Kotselas, and the other departmental winners (see below).
  •  Attended a two day conference in LA with 19 of the 23 CSU campus business deans.  Too much to summarize here, but very worthwhile.  Major subjects covered included AACSB faculty qualification standards, AACSB “impact” requirements, legal issues, and governance (see me if interested) .
  •  New business community connections included: Chris Van Gorder, President and CEO, Scripps Health (thank you Raj and Kelly); Jeff Campbell, SDSU, Chairmen’s Roundtable; Dan Nadir, VP of Product Management at Nexgate (thank you Chet); plus numerous new deans of the CSU (see above).

Immediate Plans:

  •  Drive home from LA (I’m typing this at the City of Commerce Library waiting for the 6 hour estimated drive to subside).
  •  Lots of periodic reviews to start and complete.

Celebration of Successes:

  • Special thanks to Raj and Carrie for a very special CLIMB Event Tuesday night with Gary Ridge (CEO, WD-40) and Ken Blanchard (American author and management expert).  Gary was named “Outstanding Business Leader”, read about it here.
  • Please join me in wishing the following best student department award winners.
    Upper row: Tyler Anthony (ACCT), Ian Kane (FIN), Panos Kotselas (GBM, also Dean’s Award winner), Rachel Bosemer (MGMT).
    Lower row: Steve Nguyen (MIS), Katie Finney (MKTG), April Blaszak (O&SCM), Amy Armstrong (Temecula).
    These students will receive honors at the April 10 Student Recognition Breakfast.

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Alumnus Highlight:

Devon Greco is a 2009 CoBA graduate who is the Product Architect at Narbus. Narbis is an exciting new development in brain training technology. Using technology developed by NASA to measure pilots’ attention levels, Narbis gives simple visual feedback that lets you know when your attention is drifting. Devon is currently running a Kickstarter campaign, read about it here.

Remember that name and this face: Devon Greco.
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Week Ending March 13, 2015

Let us start with Celebration of Successes this week, since we have so many!

Celebration of Successes:

  • The title of Professor Emeritus was recently conferred upon five of our distinguished faculty: Beverlee Anderson, George Diehr, Marty Gannon, Gary Oddou, and Alan Omens.  Please join me in congratulating each of them!
  • CoBA was ranked 19th of the nation’s top business schools for military veterans, according to a survey by Military Times magazine.  The ranking was based on criteria such as student success rates, academic quality, university culture and cost, including financial aid.
  • Well done, Accounting Department!  Our accounting program has consistently ranked high on CPA exam percent pass rate for all test takers with bachelor’s degrees among the twenty-three CSU campuses.  CSUSM graduates ranked fifth in 2013 and sixth in 2014 compared to all CSU accounting programs, but ranked number two in both years among CSU accounting programs with less than 100 bachelor’s degree test takers.
  •  While we are on the subject of accounting, kudos to student Carol Cox and department chair Alan Styles on the opening of the free tax assistance clinic for students.  Eleven of our accounting students, each certified by the IRS, staff the clinic and serve as volunteer tax coaches.
  • Expect to see more new faces this fall: Due to outstanding recruiting efforts on the part of our college (staff and faculty alike) as well as friends of the college (e.g. Regina Eisenbach), we have successfully recruited and hired six of seven new faculty since October.  It has certainly kept our faculty, Eve McElrath, Jennifer Martin, and Whitney Worley busy not to mention the office of Faculty Affairs.  Updates include:
    • Christine Sun, doctoral candidate in Accounting at Drexel University, is a new tenure track faculty hire in Accounting, starting in August.
    • Nima Zaerpour, assistant professor at VU University Amsterdam, is a new tenure track faculty hire in Operations and Supply Chain Management, also starting in August.
    • Regrettably we were unable to attract Valerie Rosenblatt in Management, but it was certainly not for lack of effort.  Valerie chose SDSU for its research support and an extremely competitive offer.
  • We have a lot of unsung heroes in our college: A special shout-out (Ludmilla, is urban slang permitted here?) to our CoBA advising staff (Linda Astorga, Jeff Green, Nubia Junco-Williams, and Maggie Badillo) for helping our students navigate their way to a college degree.

Updates:

  •  I was a panelist at the 2nd Annual North County Economic Summit, but the most impressive presentations and data were the National / State / Regional economic forecasts by Mark Vitner, Senior Economist at Wells Fargo Securities, as well as the Regional / County / Local forecasts by Josh Williams of BW Research.  The local, regional, and national economy is indeed in recovery mode, which is good news for our May graduates.
  •  Make sure you have April 10 marked for the Student Recognition Breakfast at Shadowridge Golf Club.  I had the pleasure of interviewing all of the finalists for the Dean’s Award this morning, a delightful task.
  • Lots of new community connections this week: Sunita Cook, President of MiraCosta College; Tom Capizza, EVP at DJO Global; Ruprecht von Buttlar, VP of CONNECT; Todd Coleman, UCSD Coleman Neural Interaction Lab; Kiva Allgood, Senior Director of Global Market Development at Qualcomm; Boian Spassov, founder/CEO of Locbit; John Fortune of MiraCosta College; and Alice Vestergaard of the Learning Continuum.

Immediate Plans:

  •  Gone all next week (March 16-20), a delayed vacation from December.  March 26-27 at the CSU Business Dean’s Meeting at CSU Northridge.

Alumnus Highlight:

Christopher Heil is a 2012 graduate in Finance who had been working for Federal Express, but recently joined his brother to form a company, Total Merchant Services.  They provide point-of-sale and payment processing for restaurants.  Somewhat unique is that they hire people on parole to help give them a new start on life.

Remember that name and this face: Christopher Heil.

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Week Ending March 6, 2015

Updates:

  •  Lots of tenure track interviewing and hiring activities this week with a lot of effort from faculty and staff.  These led to final selections of candidates in three disciplines:
    • Christine Sun (Accounting): Awaiting approval to offer.
    • Nima Zaerpour (Global Supply Chain Management): Awaiting approval to offer.
    • Valerie Rosenblatt (Management): Verbal offer extended and now exercising a “full-court press” by the team.  We have very stiff competition from SDSU.  They have more money, we have better people and more passion. 🙂
  •  More good community connections (Peter Callstrom, CEO of Workforce Partnership;  Debra Rosen, President & CEO, N. San Diego Business Chamber; Daniel Paramo, Warden, Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (thank you Raj); Kevin Brown, Managing Partner, RBTK, LLP and new member of our Accounting Advisory Board; Dick Lansing, The LANSING Group).
  • Attended Office of Internships Town Hall and met with student team interviewing the internship directors at the twenty-two other CSU campuses as well as our own faculty.

Immediate Plans:

Celebration of Successes:

  •  Under Carrie Smith’s leadership, the numerous CoBA student clubs have learned to coordinate events and work together, which is a major improvement over years past.  This week’s event, the first How to CoBA, was an ice cream social where seven of our student organizations overviewed their activities.
  • Press about our Water Management Course. “Water use and the related environmental issues are extremely pertinent here in Southern California,” Professor Alan Styles, Ph.D., CSUSM College of Business Administration.
  • Video published of Cata Ratiu’s presentation that won best paper award at the fall 2014 World Association for Sustainable Development Conference, titled:  Cooperative Capacity and Sustainable Transportation: An Emerging Business Model.

Alumnus Highlight:

Nicole Ruth is a 2010 Global Supply Chain Management graduate that very recently moved to Seattle, Washington.  Nicole was a supply chain manager at General Lock, a division of Anixter Inc., and previously as a supply chain manager at Target.  She served for several years in leadership in our CoBA Alumni Association as well as on the San Diego chapter board of directors of  APICS (Association for Operations Management).

Remember that name and this face: Nicole Ruth.

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