Week Ending May 22, 2015

Updates:

  •  Lots of work on our focused capital campaign for the summer.  With many of you off campus, I will not be publishing a weekly blog all summer.
  •  Great synergy and energy among our CoBA Alumni Board, as judged from Monday evening’s meeting.  They will continue to play an increasing role in the success of the college.
  • Similar comments about the Student Organization Student Council, as judged by yesterday’s meeting.  Compared to five years ago, this group has coalesced into a coherent and unified representation of our student body and disciplines. Kudos to Carrie Smith for both.

Celebrations of Success:

  • Congratulations to Cata Ratiu for the award of a Living Lab Grant Program (“Developing and Reporting Sustainable University Business Practices”).
  • Cata Ratiu and Beverlee Anderson’s paper “The identity crisis of sustainable development” has been selected by the World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development’s editorial team as the Outstanding Paper of 2014.
  • Qi Sun has been selected and funded to participate in the Predictors of Students’ Academic Success and Struggle, Creating Solutions Workgroup.
  • I hope you had a chance to attend the commencement ceremonies Sunday.  If not, see below for a few snapshots of the event and our new alumni!

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Week Ending May 15, 2015

Updates:

  • I accepted the position of dean, transitioning from interim.  Heartfelt thanks to each of you for your support and encouragement along the way.   Working together to continue to influence the lives of our students in a positive way is what motivates me, as well as envisioning the possible accomplishments of our college in our region. Thank you again.
  • I am truly and deeply saddened that we are losing Syed Zaidi to Midwestern State University. As a colleague, and as a friend, he is a kind soul and I will miss his smiling countenance in the hallways.
  • Tuesday was a special day for me.  Ed Ashley accompanied me to an early morning meeting of the Chairmen’s Roundtable, one of our significant CoBA partners, for a presentation on CoBA’s signature programs.  Ed was impressed with how 60+ CEO egos were left at the door. The remainder of the day was filled with numerous meetings, followed by a very successful Business Reception and Senior Experience Trade Show that evening on campus.  I was particularly pleased that Kelly Briggs had lined up three impressive financial sponsors for the event: Wells Fargo Bank, Welk Resorts, and ViaSat. Two of of the sponsor speakers serve on our CoBA Advisory Board.
  • I am putting the finishing touches on early drafts of our capital campaign which has a specific focus on private contributions.  It won’t be completed until summer, but that will not stop us as we are scheduling lots of individual time over the summer.

Celebrations of Success:

  •  Business Reception and Senior Experience Trade Show Tuesday evening!
  •  Commencement this coming Sunday!
  • And the first real accomplishment of my deanship – somehow getting the plumbing and pipes on the first floor men’s room fixed. It took nearly four weeks, but I stopped in every day they were working and provided encouragement and a few cups of coffee, when needed.  I am cautiously optimistic that this will affect all of the rest rooms in Markstein Hall, but especially the first floor men’s and women’s rooms. 🙂

Alumni Highlight: Best experienced in person, this Sunday at 10 am, on campus.  I hope to see you there.graduation

Week Ending May 8, 2015

Updates:

  • Participated in the interviews of three of the four candidates for the Dean and CIO of IITS and was pleased with the quality of each of them.
  • A reminder that the Business Reception and Senior Experience Trade Show is this coming Tuesday, May 12 at 6 PM in the University Student Union.  If you haven’t RSVP’d, please do so now.
  • Outcome of department chair elections: Faculty Chair- Jack Leu; Department Chair of Accounting – Alan Styles; Department Chair of Management – Yi Sun; Department Chair of Marketing – Wayne Neu; Department Chair of OSCM – Robert Aboolian.

Celebrations of Success:

  • Congratulations to our soon-to-be graduating seniors, faculty advisors, and Ed Ashley for successful completion of 47 Senior Experience presentations this week.  I was only able to attend eight, but they were all well-presented and the feedback I have received so far from sponsors has been overwhelmingly positive. Here is a timely article about a successful project completed for the Rincon Tribal Nursery and advised by Vassilis Dalakas.
  • Attended the President’s Graduate Awards Reception where undergraduate Dean’s Award winner Panos Kotselas (below left, second from right) was honored along with University Graduate Award winner Keith Gemmell (below right, second from left).  Panos will be our Student Grand Marshall at Commencement next Friday, May 15 at 10 AM. I look forward to seeing faculty and staff there.

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  • Spotlight article about graduating senior Jeffrey (“JJ”) Gutowski who will be our Commencement speaker.
  • Recent additional press faculty mentions of Wayne Neu and Vassilis Dalakas.
  • I’m certain that many of you, faculty and staff alike, receive accolades from students for what you do for them.  GEICO made hire offers to three of Ron Gerevas’ Career Development class and the following excerpts are examples of how his class touches students’ lives:
    • “I just wanted to say thank you for everything you taught me this semester. To be honest, I was not sure just how much of what we learned I would end up applying in real life, but this course and the material helped me tremendously. I found myself in situations I never thought I would. I attended the business etiquette dinner hoping to fulfill an assignment and ended up networking with the directors of CSUSM ASI’s student centers. I expressed my interest in HR to a professor during a class this semester, and she ended up recommending me to a job I will be starting next week. I had never used the resume critique service from the Career Center, and that was the first thing I did when my professor asked me to send her my resume for this job. I developed a better SAR story in the process, as well. Overall, I feel more prepared for my future and know about the resources around me and how to utilize them. I know that what I have learned this semester will stay with me beyond my final year of college.”
    • “I would like to thank you for everything you have taught me this semester. This has been one of the most valuable courses I have ever taken in my academic career in CSUSM. I cannot imagine going forward with my professional career without all the advice that you have given. Your class is a must for students who are serious about their future. Hope to keep in contact with you as I go forward with my career.”

Alumnus Highlight:

Patty Robbins is a 2012 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Management Program/Entrepreneurship in CoBA and is receiving her Juris Doctorate with concentrations in business and corporate and international law from the School of Law at University of San Diego.   Since graduating from CoBA, Patty has received eleven awards for leadership and community service and held internships or positions at First Allied Securities, Reilly and AssociatesHiggs Fletcher & Mack, the Employee Rights Center of San Diego, and the San Bernardino Superior Court Resource Center.

Remember that name and this face: Patty Robbins.

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Week Ending May 1, 2015

Warning: It has been a long week for us all so please allow me a bit of levity in today’s blog.  Some of these items may not meet with your sense of decorum for an interim dean’s blog.

Updates:

  •  On Monday and Tuesday I was required to work off campus for reasons I need not go into, and I did work even though my office view was quite enticing, as photographed below: Part of the 25 acres of trees I maintain on Palomar Mountain.  Yes, that’s an adult-level zip line you see it the top right of the photo.
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Celebrations of Success:

  • Attended and spoke at the TRIO Student Support Services graduation event.  They provide personal, transitional, and academic support to students from first-generation, low-income, and disability backgrounds and have an astounding >90% graduation completion rate.  Over 70% of their students graduate in 4 years.
  •  Highlight accomplishment of the week:  Over my earlier ten years at CSUSM I was never successful at getting much attention to the appearance and cleanliness of Markstein Hall, causing me consternation as we bring many hundreds visitors to our building a year.  The one exception is painting, but that success was due to the strong work ethic and pride of work of my friend, Elijah Pauser.  As evidenced in the photo below, Eve’s and my Level One Leadership Skills suddenly count, as we have successfully brought attention to the hygienic problems of first floor restrooms.  So far there are a lot of good intentions, the men’s room has been closed for over a week, and hopefully there will be some measurable progress soon.  Users of the first floor ladies room, do not despair, I have been assured this will fix the problems encountered.mensroomdoor

Alumnus Highlight:

Leslie Fulton is a 2012 graduate of the Management Program in CoBA and recently served for two years as an Advisory Board member of the CoBA Alumni Chapter of the Alumni Association.  Leslie was the very successful Research Director of the San Diego Business Journal, compiling and reporting on the top businesses in many industries, as well as producing the annual Book of Lists.  Leslie currently works as a Marketing Specialist at HUB International | Intercare.

Remember that name and this face: Leslie Fulton.

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