Week Ending October 30, 2015

Updates:

  •  Attended the Business Etiquette Dinner hosted by the Career Center (thanks to Pam Wells as well as facilitator Sandy Punch).  With approximately 100 students and table hosts in attendance, it forms one of the critical elements for our students in the Business Professional Development Program.  I failed the entrance exam by improperly affixing my name tag to the left lapel of my suit coat.
  •  With two more training sessions this week, completed the Communication and Behavioral Style Training of approximately 40 staff and tenure-track faculty.  Those of you who participated should be familiar with the guide below.  SuccessInsigntsWheel
  • I hope to roll out the training to lecturers as the year progresses, and it is my hope that we be close to be 100% trained by the end of the academic year.  Though far less complete and with some caution, you can form a rough self-evaluation by completing the following free instrument: http://discpersonalitytesting.com/
  • With Vice President of Advancement Neil Hoss, Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services Linda Hawk and others, I am exploring candidate business formations (e.g. 501(c)(3)’s, Public Benefit Corporations, etc.) adaptable to and compliant with the University that enable us to build public-private partnerships.  It will be a long, slow road.
  • Interviewed two candidates for the Global Business tenure-track position, and working through the resumes of candidates for our posted positions for Director of Student Success and Director of Marketing.

Celebration of Successes:

  • As mentioned last week, we celebrated the promotions of Dr. Ben Cherry and Dr. Bruce Rich to full professor at the Promotion and Tenure Reception at McMahan House.  Event photo below.

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  • Below: At lunch after completion of Friday’s Communication and Behavioral Style Training.  A good session overall.

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Alumnus Highlight:

Kyle Hughes is a CoBA graduate who recently celebrated his first year after opening a Cuppa Juice Cold Pressed Juicery near campus at the Twin Oaks Shopping Center.  Remember that name and this face: Kyle Hughes.

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Week Ending October 23, 2015

Updates:

  •  Attended a two day training session at AACSB headquarters on accreditation.  I am encouraged, it was very worthwhile and the accreditation process is not as serious or imposing as I once thought.
  • If you haven’t done so, please meet our two new student assistants Tierra Brown (left, writing articles on students, alumni and faculty) and Paige Pickler (right, assisting with marketing collaterals).TierraBrownAndPaigePicklerSmall
  •  Next week: Completion of tenure-track faculty training on DISC – Behaviors and Motivators.

Celebration of Successes:

  •  Kudos to our Entrepreneurship Society’s 5th Annual Female Entrepreneur’s Event.  Below (left-to-right): Jessica Johnson, CEO of Foyer Industries and Triton Logistics, Keynote speaker Emilie Hersh, CEO of Unbuttoned Innovation, Inc., Stephanie Collins, President of the Society, Juliet Correnti, CEO Radeus Labs, Candace Covington, COO/co-founder of Roommatefax, Inc., and Anne Bermundez, CEO of TagIt.com.  Both Juliet and Candace are CSUSM alumni.FemaleEntrepreneursYear5
  • The Markstein Hall painting is finished, and all of our doors are fixed, thanks to Elijah Pauser and Patrick Pelonero.paintandWorkersSmaller

Alumnus Highlight: 

We’ve mentioned before the growing and successful CoBA Chapter of the Alumni Organization.  Below: Last night’s successful Alumni Mixer at Ballast Point.

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Week Ending October 16, 2015

Updates:

  • Two successful tenure track hires in the department of Management (see below), and additional searches underway in Global Business and Accounting.  We have three candidates with planned campus visits over the next week.
  • All of CoBA staff went through a second phase of DISC – Behaviors and Motivators training.
  • I will be traveling and out of the office Sunday through Tuesday, attending an AACSB Business Accreditation Seminar.

Celebration of Successes:

  •  Wednesday we celebrated the promotions of Dr. Ben Cherry and Dr. Bruce Rich to full professor at the Promotion and Tenure Reception at McMahan House.  Please join me in congratulating Ben and Bruce.
  • We are delighted that we have received verbal acceptances of offers to tenure-track faculty candidates Kim McCarthy and Emily Tarr in the department of Management.  Kim will assume her position in spring 2016, Emily in fall 2016.  Please join me in congratulating and welcoming them to our college and University.
  •  Both Rebeca Perren and Kristin Stewart are graduates of, and served in leadership positions with, The PhD Project, supporting doctoral programs for minorities and increasing the diversity of business school faculty.  The PhD Project was just chosen for the Commitment to Action by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
  • We launched our new faculty series Emerging Business Concepts and Applications Series which features a faculty presentation coupled with a practitioner’s response.  This morning Vassilis Dalakas addressed how fan’s love for their teams and athletes (and hate for their rivals) impacts sports marketing. This session covered the practical aspects of Vassilis’ work with industry expert, Reid Carr, CEO of Red Door Interactive.VassilisDalakisReidCarrGroupPic

Alumnus Highlight: 

Karen Michel is a 2013 CoBA graduate.  Karen is the campus recruiter for Northwestern Mutual in North County San Diego including CSUSM.  Karen also serves on the Board of Directors of the CSUSM Alumni Association CoBA Chapter and as a mentor in our Professional Mentoring Program. Remember that name and this face: Karen Michel.

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Week Ending October 9, 2015

Updates:

  •  In the Executive Chair has had some very business-capable, non-profit CEO’s whose business acumen is both refreshing and transformational – most recently, Margaret Davis, President & CEO, Marine Scholarship Foundation, Mark Arms, CEO, Helen Woodward Animal Center, David Wellis, CEO, San Diego Blood Bank.  If you haven’t attended ITEC recently, it is well worth your time to check the schedule of speakers.
  • We met with Nathan Fletcher (former State Assemblyman, now global strategist at Qualcomm and UCSD faculty member) and select CoBA veterans as part of one of our multidisciplinary efforts in conjunction with University Advancement, College of Science and Math, and the Veterans Center Director and staff.  We are exploring a possible “vetrepreneur” initiative in conjunction with Nathan’s Valor Ventures.

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  • Some early good press on the new Masters of Cybersecurity Program in conjunction with College of Science and Math.
  • Continued on-going coverage of our water certificate program.  The fall forum Fresh Perspectives on California’s Water Future will hold it’s second in the series, The Politics of Water next Wednesday October 14.  This second in the series will be moderated/hosted by our own Lee Brown and Alan Styles and will include Pulitzer Prize-winning, Los Angeles Times reporter Bettina Boxall, along with Francis Spivy-Webber, vice chair of the California Water Resources Control Board, Richard Atwater, executive director of the nonprofit Southern California Water Committee and Eric Larson, executive director of the San Diego County Farm Bureau.

Celebration of Successes:

  •  Our students that made the dean’s list were honored at this morning’s Student Recognition Breakfast.  Keynote speaker Doug Lombardi and event sponsor Brian Lee provided complementary motivational advice to our students.

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Alumnus Highlight:

Cristina Ahmadpour is a 2010 Global Business Management graduate. Cristina is a Senior Consulting Manager for Isle Utilities, an independent technology and innovation consultancy focusing on clean tech and disruptive technologies in the water sector. Remember that name and this face: Cristina Ahmadpour.

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Week Ending October 2, 2015

Updates:

  •  Lots of hiring activities this week, including interviewing three faculty candidates for one position, receiving final approval from the provost for two more (for a total of five new faculty hires), as well as approvals for a Student Success Director and AACSB Coordinator.  We are also moving our Marketing position (Carrie) state-side and thus must post the position.  Eight positions in total!
  • Met with our Student Organization Council, it is good to see our student clubs so coordinated, thanks to the efforts of Carrie Smith.
  • Reminder to faculty and advising staff: Next Friday 8 am is the Dean’s List Breakfast at the Shadowridge Golf Club.  Recently-hired faculty will join me at our CoBA Advisory Board meeting at 7 am.

Celebration of Successes:

  • Congratulations to Julie Nunez for being selected as the October Employee of the Month.
  •  Congratulations to Jennifer Martin and Whitney Worley for winning the spring 2016 Schedule Build Competition.  Our college provides a challenging semester scheduling task and these two are the best at it!

Alumnus Highlight:

Kyle Casement is a 2011 CoBA graduate and currently an Assurance Services Senior at Moss Adams LLP.  Kyle passed his California CPA exam in January 2013.  Kyle also serves as a very active member and Vice President of our CSUSM Alumni Association, CoBA Chapter.  Remember that name and this face: Kyle Casement.

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