Week Ending September 23, 2016


  •  We had 115 attendees at our Professional Mentoring Program kickoff event sponsored by and held at Stone Brewing.  This was our best turnout ever, and appearances from faculty as well (Kristin Stewart, Rebeca Perren, Emily Tarr, Nima Zaerpour, and Nina Woodard).  This represents a near doubling of the size of the program over last year.


  • We had a similar record turnout at our Student Organization Meet and Greet event with over 125 attendees. We are encouraged by the recent formation of the Latino Business Student Association and the Management Society, bringing to a total of 12 student organizations within CoBA.




Celebrations of Success



  •  Don’t miss our own Cata Ratiu, Ph.D. and William Byun, J.D. at this coming Thursday’s Business Dynamics of Sustainability at 5:30 pm at the McMahan House.  RSVP here.  Part of our Emerging Business Concepts and Applications series, this event will also include Marcos Bosquetti, Ph.D., Professor of Management, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil and Monte Montefusco, Director of Sales, Taylor Guitars.  What do guitars have to do with sustainability?  Come and find out!

Alumnus Highlight

John Yang is a CoBA graduate in Entrepreneurship. John recently opened a very successful Zen Asian Fusion fast-casual restaurant locally and the Yelp reviews agree with my assessment, very good! I watched as John struggled to get the restaurant off the ground while working as an auditor full-time during the week and part-time at a pharmacy on weekends where I would check up on his progress weekly.

Remember that name and this face: John Yang.



Week Ending September 9, 2016


  • Welcomed our new faculty at our first 2016/17 faculty meeting.
  • Thanks to our newly-appointed representing faculty on various University committees:
    • Kevin Hee and Syed Zaidi, CoBA representatives on the Academic Senate.  Syed also serves on the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) .
    • Fang Fang, Program Assessment Committee (PAC).
    • Ofer Meilich, Faculty Grants Committee (FGC).
    • Raj Pillai, Arts and Lectures Committee
    • Ted Shore, Student Grade Appeal Committee (SGAC).
  • Participated in interviewing three faculty candidates in Marketing with many more to come.  We have quite a few open faculty positions to fill!
  • With Jill Laing, Carrie Smith, Jennifer Martin, Paige Pickler, alumni speakers, alumnus and emcee JJ Gutowski, our eight Executives in Residence, CoBA student and band leader Jerry Olea and the 805 Drifters, launched our Business Professional Development Program with a high-energy, packed kickoff event in the USU ballroom.001_john_kellogg

Above: BPD Kickoff in the USU Ballroom
Below: Michael Marckx (EIR), John Kellogg (keynote speaker), Jim Ferguson (EIR), three of our ten speakers. speakersbpd

  • With support from the CoBA Alumni Association and Carrie Smith, led tours of the campus to our alumni, many of who had not been to campus for years.  The highlights of the tour for most were the USU and the new Sports Center.





  • Emerging Business Concepts & Applications
    Thursday, Sept. 29, 5:30 – 7:30 PM at CSUSM McMahan House
    Issues related to sustainability, clean energy, and climate change continue to get more public attention. Whether you are involved directly or not, there are regulatory challenges to navigate, but also new opportunities to explore. This seminar will help attendees understand:What are the overall trends affecting the business landscape in terms of new regulatory hurdles, costs and potential tax/economic issues?
    Where are the areas of new business and investment potential, including for sourcing new funding as well as expansion?
    What positioning considerations should local enterprises look into for planning for the threats and growth?
    Cata Ratiu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Strategic Management, CSUSM
    William Byun, Principal, Conchubar Fund
    Monte Montefusco, Director of Sales, Taylor Guitars
  • Student Recognition Breakfast
    Friday, Oct. 14, 8:00 – 9:30 AM at Shadowridge Golf Club
    1980 Gateway Drive, Vista, CA 92081
    CoBA recognizes and celebrates the Spring 2016 CoBA Dean’s List students. Keynote presentation from Michael Marckx, Chief Development Officer for Creative Disruption. This event is invitation only, sponsored by Wells Fargo.
  • CLIMB Leadership Seminar: Mindful Leadership
    Friday, Oct. 28, 7:30 – 9:30 AM at CSUSM, McMahan House
    CLIMB hosts leadership seminars every semester. The Fall 2016 topic is Mindful Leadership, featuring Shannon Jordan, MA and Christy Cassisa, JD from the UCSD Center for Mindfulness leading an interactive session that will help attendees bring mindfulness to their workplaces. This event is free to attend and open to all and is sponsored by Welk Resorts.

Alumnus Highlight

Stephanie Collins is a 2016 CoBA graduate in Entrepreneurship. She currently serves as a project coordinator at Hewlett Packard.  While at CSUSM, Stephanie served as President of the CSUSM Entrepreneurship Society.

Remember that name and this face: Stephanie Collins.