Week Ending March 24, 2017


  • Hedayat Alibeiki has accepted our offer in OSCM/Business Analytics. Hedayat is receiving his Ph.D. in Operations Management from Gill University. We have six new hires expected in fall 2017 and one additional search underway in Finance. Two Finance candidates are scheduled for on-campus interviews on March 30 and April 7 respectively.
  •  Good alumni support and engagement at the Student-Alumni Speed Networking event at McMahan House on March 8. Our students continue to need encouragement to honor RSVP’s as well as to take advantage of the professional development opportunities we offer.
  • Attended the successful Super STEM Saturday event on March 11, with over 6,000 in attendance (below).


  • We were very proud of the engagement of our sophomore BPD students attending the March 15 Business Etiquette Dinner. The dinner was co-hosted by the Career Center and staff, our second such dinner of the semester.


  • I attended the all-CSU business deans meeting at CSU Monterey Bay on March 23-24 with 22 campuses and deans participating (below). This semi-annual meeting is undoubtedly the most helpful one I attend in that most CSU campuses share common problems and opportunities. I will share some of my findings at our next faculty meeting.


  • A photo below from last month’s preparation of our CoBA Advisory Board meeting for the College of Business Administration. What an incredibly talented group of people willing to “give back” to students and invest their personal time to help students succeed.


    Upcoming Events

  • Noon until 2 pm, Tuesday, April 4 – Dress for Success Fashion Show in Kellogg Plaza with the Grand Opening of the Career Closet. More information is available here.


  • Wednesday, April 5 – Professional Mentor Program Wrap-Up Event, 6 – 8 pm at Stone Brewing Escondido.
  • Friday, April 14 – Student Recognition Breakfast, 8 – 9:30 am, at Twin Oaks Valley Golf Club. CoBA Advisory Board Meeting at 6:59 am.
  • Friday, April 21 – Kim McCarthy, “Civility in the workplace and its influence on organizational culture,” as our next Emerging Business Concepts & Applications Series, 7:30 – 9:30 am at the McMahan House.
  • Tuesday, May 15 – Business Reception and Senior Experience Trade Show.
  •  Saturday, May 20 CoBA Graduation starting at 9 am.

Alumnus Highlight

  • Chris Gillespie is Vice President of Operations at Heaviland Enterprises, Inc. A 2011 CoBA and 2015 MBA graduate, Chris recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to promote a new pet product he developed. Remember that name and this face, Chris Gillespie:



Week Ending March 3, 2017


  • Under the able leadership of Professor Rebeca Perren, CoBA’s Latino Business Student Association is launching a Career Closet to provide professional clothing to CSUSM students who are unable to afford or obtain the proper attire for career related events. They are accepting donations of clean, in good condition, and recent style items to stock the closet. We hope that you will consider donating your gently used professional attire and share this information with others who may also have some items to spare. As usual, my Advisory Board is jumping in to help, and our own Emilie Hersh is hosting a supporting event at her home for 60+ of her closest female friends as only Emilie can do!  By working together, we can help all of our students succeed on their career journey! Do you have questions about a donation? Contact ccc.lbsa@gmail.com or visit the website at www.csusm.edu/coba/ccc.We are excited about this initiative and will have an official grand opening on April 4th at a Dress to Impress Runway Show at Kellogg Plaza 12pm-2pm.

    Below: The Career Closet is located in the Career Center, awaiting your donations!


  • Faculty and faculty chairs are working together to explore ways to encourage student engagement in our professional engagement programs as well as provide the culture change within our college to focus more effort on student professional success. In addition, our eight Executives in Residence, working with Jill Laing in our Business Professional Development Program, are updating key BPD program elements and methods of implementation for fall 2017 from what we have learned so far this academic year.

Celebration of Successes:

  • Following excellent work by the AA-Team and select faculty, our AACSB iSER (Initial Self Evaluation Report) was accepted and approved. Though there remain several years of work ahead of us to meet the two remaining (of fifteen) standards, iSER acceptance is an exceptional accomplishment given that our first effort started in 1993.  Congratulations to our accreditation team of Beverlee Anderson, Vassilis Dalakas, Glen Brodowsky, Melissa Simnitt, Eve McElrath, and our fearless leader, Mohammad Oskoorouchi.
  • Tuesday evening CLIMB and the San Diego Foundation sponsored an event honoring Malin Burnham at McMahan House. Malin received the CLIMB Outstanding Business Leader Award from Professor Raj Pillai and President Haynes for his exceptional service to the San Diego community.
  •  Majid Karimi has verbally accepted our offer in OSCM/Business Analytics. Majid is receiving his Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of Waterloo. We have another faculty offer outstanding, as well as two Finance faculty candidates planned for on-campus visits in the upcoming weeks.
  • If you are not on Facebook, you are missing some great graduating student posts as fall graduate diplomas arrive. Here is one from Quynh Pham, former president of the CSUSM Management Society:
    “This piece of paper [her diploma] represents $30k in student debt, 26 all nighters in Mark 344, at least 36 missed Patròn shots, over 2,737 cups of coffee, 912 Red Bulls, 378 Hot Pockets, 636 bags of nacho cheese Doritos, 22 missed friends’ birthday dinners, 1 missed Vegas trip, 28 group projects, 137 Ted talk videos, 182 read books, 1 new AMAZING society and a lifetime of memories.”

Alumnus Highlight:

Andrew Lowen is a 2009 CoBA Management graduate and with his wife Christy, also a CoBA alumnus, were the first successful couple married after working together on a Senior Experience project! Andrew and Christy are the parents of two delightful daughters.

Andrew is founder and CEO of NEXT Level Web, a 15 member firm that provides Website Development, Internet Technology Support, Search Engine Optimization, Sales Video Production, PPC Management, E-Commerce, Email Marketing, and Digital Marketing.

Remember that name and this face: Andrew Lowen.