Week ending December 1, 2017


  •  Hedayat Alibeiki recently joined our faculty in the Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management from McGill University where he received his Ph.D. in Operations Management. Please join us in welcoming Hedayat to CoBA.
  • Our new Administrative Support Assistant, Casey Green, started Monday, Nov. 27th, 17. Please join us in welcoming Casey to CoBA.
  • Our Finance department held a special election last week and unanimously elected Professor Andreas Rauterkus as its chair. His term is effective January 17, 2018, through June 30, 2021. Please join us in congratulating Andreas and thanking him for stepping in.


  • Final amounts are not in yet, but we know we have been very successful in raising funds for CoBA students through Giving Day 2017. With a guaranteed match of up to $10,000 in total from CoBA and an equal match from the University for all gifts less than or equal to $1,000, most donor contributions are tripled. We hope to report final results next week. Thanks to all who participated!


  • This Thursday, December 14: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm CoBA is hosting its biannual North County Business Reception in the USU. Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and hors-d’oeuvres while listening to remarks from keynote speaker Mark Cafferty, President, and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. Guests are also invited to attend CoBA’s Senior Experience Trade Show immediately following the Business Reception. This event highlights Fall 2017 research projects that senior business students have completed for sponsoring organizations.

Celebrations of success:

  • We had well over 100 in attendance at our CoBA Holiday Party, held at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club; thanks again to our staff, faculty, Advisory Board members, and Executives in Residence as well as our colleagues from Advancement, the Career Center and Library that attended. Thanks to Advisory Board member Dick Lansing and his wife Carleen for being hosts.


  • Below: Lunch following completion of DISC Training of our new CoBA employees. Thanks to CoBA Advisory Board member and CEO of Renaissance Executive Forums Jim Tenuto for hosting the training.

DISC lunch

  •  Below: Semester wrap up and thank you luncheon to our volunteer Executives in Residence who donate their time to mentor and coach our students in professional and soft skills development.

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  •  Below: Staff Thanksgiving Breakfast serving up carbohydrates to spare!


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Week Starting November 27

Brief Update:

  • Please join me in welcoming Casey Green to CoBA, starting today!  Casey is our Administrative Support Assistant supporting the third floor as Whitney Steffler has moved to the MBA Office as MBA Operations Administrator.

Giving Day Tomorrow (Tuesday, November 28)


CSUSM Giving Day is your day to support what you love about the University for 24 hours on November 28, 2017, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59p.m. Held on national Giving Tuesday, CSUSM Giving Day is for everyone who loves CSUSM to join together in support of the University and maximize their impact through a matching gift! The University has a matching gift of $50,000 and CoBA Leadership has a matching gift of $10,000. So for every dollar given, your gift can result in $3 to CoBA. Show us your heart at www.csusm.edu/givingday/!

Week ending November 3, 2017


  • Whitney Steffler has moved to the MBA Office and promoted to MBA Operations Administrator. Please join me in congratulating Whitney in her new position.

Celebrations of Success:


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  • Ed Ashley and Todd Colburn presented the results of their study of the economic impact of the craft brew industry in San Diego at the SDNEDC Craft Brew Summit. The semi-annual report is done in partnership with the San Diego Business Journal and the San Diego Brewers Guild (SDBG). The head economist of the National Brewers Association also corroborated the report methodology. As a part of the collaboration, the University will be responsible for the official data collection and reporting on behalf of the SDBG.
  • Did you miss our Alumni Reception and Taste for Student Success events, now University-wide? They were widely attended, and we look forward to growing this event every year. Kudos to Paige Kepley and her team!



  • Did you miss Halloween as well?



Important Upcoming Event: December 14, 5:30 – 7 pm North County Business Reception and 7-8:30 pm Senior Experience Trade Show, both in the USU.

Alumnus Highlight:

Tanner McClellan is the Territory Sales Manager in Hendersonville, TN for Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Tanner has done a terrific job managing his career and keeping in touch with his mentor. Remember that name and this face, Tanner McClelland.


Week ending October 13, 2017

Important Upcoming Events: Next Saturday, October 21, our Taste for Student Success event with discounted tickets for faculty and staff. Get your tickets here. 100% of proceeds benefit student success programs.




Updates: Lots of events this past week. Here are some highlights:

  • All-CSU Business Dean’s Meeting (below) provides useful business school comparison data and shared updates of AACSB changes followed by…





  • Below: 7 am College of Business Administration Advisory Board Meeting and also to introduce our new faculty and staff.  I am so grateful to all of these successful people who give of their time to help make student success possible! The meeting was followed by our Dean’s Award Breakfast, photos to follow. Thanks to Yvonne Villalobos and Paige Pickler for their efforts towards two very successful events.


Alumnus Highlight:

Denise Gurule’ is a CoBA Accounting graduate who started her professional career at LEGOLAND, then TGG Accounting, and was recently named Chief Financial Officer at Feeding San Diego, a leading hunger-relief charity & food bank serving San Diego County. Remember that name and this face, Denise Gurule’:


Week ending September 29, 2017

Updates: Lots of events this past week. Here are some highlights:

  • Tuesday night’s successful event sponsored by CSM and CLIMB: Cybersecurity in the Age of Espionage. Guest speaker Eric O’Neill is an American former FBI counter-terrorism and counterintelligence operative.

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  • An enjoyable time was had by all at our Team Building Event held at Urge in San Marcos. Below: Team One celebrates Rebecca’s great score!


  • Below: Highest scoring team award, Team Four (Jeff Green, Janet Morris, Jeff Kohles, and Jolynn Zhou. No expense was spared to provide meaningful trophies!


  • Below: Winners who achieved an exact targeted score (Nima Zaerpour, Maia Farkas, Yvonne Villalobos, Eve McElrath, and Vassilis Dalakas).


  • Below: First-time bowlers Majid Karimi, Rebecca Perren, and Maia Farkas. Majid exceeded his estimated scoring with an 84-point improvement, followed by Yvonne Villalobos with a 37-point improvement.


  • Don’t forget to register for our Taste for Student Success event Saturday, October 21! Early bird 2-for-1 General Admission ends tonight, but there are discounted tickets for faculty and staff. Get your tickets here. 100% of proceeds benefit student success programs.


Alumnus Highlight:

Frederik Jahr is a 2016 CoBA graduate and currently a member of the Tyrving Track Club, the premium professional club in Norway. As a high jumper at CSUSM, he was an All American and also won the Dr. Hal Charnofsky Memorial Award (NCAA) for academic and athletic achievement. Frederik also started as a management trainee in August 2016 at REMA 1000, Norway’s largest grocery retailer. Within the year he was promoted to HR Manager, and now has responsibility for recruiting for 600 stores and 14 regional offices, as well as responsible for training and internal communications for their 11,000 employees.

Remember that name and this face: Frederik Jahr.

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Week ending September 22, 2017


  • Tickets are now on sale for Taste for our Student Success event, 3 PM – 6PM on Saturday, October 21. This is our major annual fundraiser with all proceeds going to support student success programs. Guests enjoy samples from local wineries, breweries, restaurants, and other exhibitors. Click below and please select “College of Business Administration: Student Success Grant Program” as the association/college you would like your contribution to benefit. Additionally, CoBA faculty and staff are invited to the CoBA Alumni Association event that starts at 2 PM.


Please join me in welcoming Paige Kepley as CoBA's new Marketing and Events coordinator. She will be starting this coming Monday, September 25.

Paige is a 2013 CoBA graduate with several years of experience as an event manager and marketing coordinator. Paige's office will be located in Markstein 422.
  • Thank you to the following faculty serving on numerous University committees important to our college and the University:
    • Alan Styles: Technology Policy and Advisory Committee
    • Bruce Rich: Promotion and Tenure Committee
    • Emily Tarr: Student Affairs Committee
    • Glen Brodowsky: State-wide Academic Senate and Faculty Affairs Committee, CSU Executive Committee
    • Qi Sun: University Curriculum Committee
    • Raj Pillai: Promotion and Tenure Committee
    • Wenyuh Tsai: Nominations, Elections, Appointments, & Constitution Committee (NEAC)
    • Yi Sun: co-chair of the Budget and Long Term Committee
    • Our Academic Senators: Kevin Hee, Kristin Stewart, Maia Farkas, Qi Sun, Rebecca Perren and Syed Zaidi.
  • We had a successful annual kickoff of our Professional Mentoring Program at Stone Brewing in Escondido,  organized by Jill Laing. Thanks to Steve Wagner (second from left, below) for hosting the annual kickoffs and end-of-year wrap-up events for the fifth year.



  • Below: Your CoBA staff enjoying lunch together!


Celebrations of Success:

  • The hiring of Stacy Slagor as our director of development; read the article here.
  • Congratulation to Don Sciglimpaglia for the successful completion of numerous marketing projects for numerous North County arts agencies as part of his newly-developed FEMBA class, Customer and Consumer Insight. Read some of the press garnered here.

Alumnus Highlight:

Jayrell Ringpis is a 2012 CoBA alumnus with entrepreneurial blood in his veins. A community organizer and national facilitator for Startup Weekend, Jayrell is the founder of Snoice with his wife Dianne. Snoice serves high-quality, fully customizable interpretations of Taiwanese-inspired shaved snow, Filipino-inspired halo-halo, and the ever-popular milk tea with Boba. Snoice was launched as a Kickstarter Project to demonstrate how talent from an underprivileged neighborhood can collaborate to overcome adversity in Paradise Hills/southeast San Diego.

Remember that name and this face: Jayrell Ringpis.


Week ending September 15, 2017


  • The academic year has started off very well. New fresh faces all around campus. We had record attendance at our Meet and Greet events for students.
    Below: Faculty Meet and Greet on 9/12:


  • Below: Student club Meet and Greet on 12/14:


  • Below: Grant and Julie Wright, of Wright On Communications speaking to In the Executive’s Chair on 9/12. Julie and Grant are longtime friends of the college and the University and continue to build a very successful PR business, recently expanding with a new Los Angeles office.


  • We had successful interviews of candidates for the Marketing and Events coordinator and have extended an offer to a very capable individual.  Thanks to interview team members Yvonne Villalobos, Jill Laing, Vassilis Dalakas, and Ed Ashley. More to announce soon!

Celebrations of Success:

Tuesday evening we celebrated the graduation of students from our Certificate in Water Management & Leadership Program. We had strong attendance by regional water district managers and leaders who also provided leadership and curriculum for the program.


Alumnus Highlight

A.J. van de Ven is a 2004 CoBA and Computer Science graduate and recent graduate of our Certificate in Water Management & Leadership Program. A.J. is President at Calsense, a manufacturer of smart irrigation solutions for government entities including municipalities, counties, universities, and departments of transportation. Both CSUSM and SDSU are among the customers using Calsense systems.

A.J. will be speaking In the Executive’s Chair on Tuesday, October 3 from 10 am until noon. Come and say hello!

Remember that name and this face: A.J. van de Ven.

A.J. van de Ven

Week ending September 8, 2017


  • Congratulations to all faculty and staff for a good starting two weeks of the fall semester. It is good to have everyone back on campus!
  • Photo below: Your AACSB Assessment team hard at work.


  • Per our changes in Governance, our new Operations team and Strategy team replace the original Leadership team and now meet regularly.  The Strategy team is developing a 10-year plan with the following six draft areas of focus; I welcome any and all well-thought out contributions to our effort.


  • I am delighted to announce that Stacy Slagor has accepted a position in Advancement supporting the College of Business Administration. Stacy has experience in major, corporate, and foundation fundraising as well large, comprehensive universities.
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    Students got a chance to meet our Executives in Residence during two evenings of speed networking at tables arranged around the USU Ballroom.IMG_2964


    • Did you know about our own Yvonne Villalobos’ connection with the Prohoroff Poultry Farm before it became CSUSM? Read the article here about our now famous Villalobos family!
      Below: Yvonne with her father Arturo Villalobos, Aunt Hilda Garcia, and Alex Perkins, Yvonne’s cousin, who works on campus in Event and Conference Services.


    • Attended the 2017 Venture Summit to re-visit the state of new venture funding in San Diego. The audience was approximately 1/3 investors, 1/3 entrepreneurs, and 1/3 service providers. Keynote speaker Bill Maris is the founder and first CEO of Google Ventures.

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    • Below: Just in case you missed our start-of-year CoBAcation, some additional photos of the event.

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    Alumnus Highlight

    CoBA graduate Erik Groset and CEO of Fantasy Sports Co. was recently chosen as a finalist at the John G. Watson Quick Pitch Competition, the largest competition of its kind in San Diego. Erik is well known as the co-founder of Zipbuds never tangle earphones. Zipbuds manufactures and sells premium earphones with noise-canceling microphone and remote, Bluetooth wireless earphones, as well as conventional headphones and studio-quality headphones.  Eric was also recognized as an Empact100 under 30 Entrepreneur at the White House in 2011 (2-minute video of Erik).

    Sam Clarke and I are planning to attend, it’s my 10th, and our Entrepreneurship Society Quick Pitch event is modeled after this event. Let us know if you’d like to join us or register here. The event is from 5 pm to 9:30 pm on October 5th at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121.

    Remember that name and this face: Erik Groset.



    Week ending August 25, 2017


    This week our student club leaders attended the half-day Leadership Training Retreat at Green Dragon Tavern led by Jill Laing with planning help from several of our alumni (Gelareh Shafiei Taylor, Quyun Pham, Madison Walker), students (Vanessa Pina, Josefina Medina) and attendance by several of our faculty (Rebeca Perren, Syed Zaidi). Thanks to our keynote speaker, Heidi McLaughlin, on Overcoming Fear.


    Did you miss CoBAcation 2017? Thanks to Yvonne Villalobos for the theme, food, and arrangements and to Amara Weber for photography.


    If you were not around much of the summer, you may have missed the hard work by our staff superheroes!

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    Alumni Highlight

    Brian Platzer is a recent MIS graduate who completed a Daimler internship under Cata Ratiu. Brian recently accepted a position with Daimler Financial Services in Stuttgart, in their IT Department with a focus on web analytics.

    Remember that name and this face, Brian Platzer.

    Brian Platzer

    Welcome to the fall 2017 semester!

    Upcoming Events

    • This coming Thursday, August 24: CoBAcation with lunch provided from 11 am on the Markstein Patio followed by our all-college meeting at 12:15 pm in MARK 106. RSVP’s are required, and if you have not done so, you can do so here: RSVP. Expect our annual group photograph to be taken between the lunch and all-college meeting. CoBAcation follows the University-wide Convocation in the USU Ballroom with breakfast at 9 am, and the program at 10 am.
    • Save the date: Upcoming fun event, help us welcome our new faculty and staff: CoBA Team Building Bowling at URGE  Gastropub and Common House 1:30 pm – 4 pm Friday, September 29.
    • Save the date: CoBA Holiday Party 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Friday, December 1 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, with a guest, spouse, or significant other.

    Welcome to our new faculty and staff!

    Samuel Clarke joins the Department of Management from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he received his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Strategy. Sam’s office is Markstein 349.
    Fun fact: Samuel is bilingual in English and Russian. One of Sam’s hobbies is molecular gastronomy.
    Denisse Fernandez joins us as the Director of MBA Operations. Most recently, Denisse was Director of Marketing for PC Synergy. You may also recall Denisse as a recruitment assistant in the MBA office while earning her MBA in CoBA.
    Fun fact: Denisse is a chamber choir soprano as well as a runner, having completed two half-marathons.
    Majid Karimi joins the Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management from the University of Waterloo where he received his Ph.D. in Management Sciences. Majid’s office is Markstein 437.
    Fun fact: Majid’s favorite book is Thinking, Fast and Slow.
    Andreas Rauterkus joins the Department of Finance from the University of Cincinnati where he received his Ph.D. in Finance. Andreas’ office is Markstein 326.
    Fun fact: Played and coached soccer. Worked in intelligence during his time in the Navy.
    Eric Rhodes joins the Department of Management from the University of Hawaii where he received his Ph.D. in International Management. Eric’s office is Markstein 350.
    Fun fact: Conversationally fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
    Marcus Wardley joins the Department of Marketing from the University of Oregon where he recently completed his Ph.D. in Marketing. Marcus’ office is Markstein 360.
    Fun fact: Marcus has his charter sailing qualifications and would like to sail around the world.
    Jacqui Wise is the new receptionist in our Advising Office.
    Fun facts: Jacqui has two-year-old fraternal twins. She claims she attended UCSB only for the weather and studied English/Creative Writing. She landed her first job through a lottery.
    Linying “Jolynn” Zhou joins the Department of Accounting from the University of Texas where she received her Ph.D. in accounting. Jolynn’s office is Markstein 434.
    Fun fact: Jolynn enjoys hiking and baking in her spare time.
    • Hedayat Alibeiki who accepted our offer to join the Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management will delay his arrival until spring 2018.
    • Search efforts are underway for a Marketing and Events Coordinator to replace Carrie Smith as well as a Development Officer in Advancement to replace Kelly Briggs.

    Celebrations of Successes

    • Congratulations to Kristin Stewart for winning the “Valuing Diversity New Faculty Research Grant” at the American Marketing Association Conference. Rebeca Perren was a grant winner in 2016.
    • Congratulations to Ed Ashley and Jocelyn Wyndham for securing a $225,000 gift to establish the Burnham Leadership Experience, a program under the umbrella of the College of Business Administration’s (CoBA) Senior Experience Program.
    • Lots of media mentions and press about our faculty and programs this summer. Vassilis Dalakas takes the lead with six popular press articles. The popular press faculty incentive program is being continued for AY 2017-18.
    • In conjunction with the San Diego Business Journal, we have published Diffusion Indices for Business Confidence, the Craft Beer Industry, with more indicators in development or now underway.
    • We have a great lineup of business and community speakers for this fall’s “In the Executive’s Chair.” Tuesdays from10 am – noon in Markstein 125. I make it a point to attend as many as possible.
    • We have grown our Executives in Residence program to fifteen strong, each of who have committed to coaching in our Business Professional Development Program. Starting this fall, this program is required of all incoming sophomores and transfer students. Additionally, our optional Professional Mentoring Program is extended beyond juniors and seniors to be available to all of our MBA students.

    Alumni Highlight

    Martin Suarez is a 2013 Summa Cum Laude CoBA graduate in Marketing and is currently a director of Marketing at ESET, a pioneer of antivirus protection and award-winning threat detection software. Martin_Suarez

    Why do I include the alumni highlight? You all have invested in some way in the lives of our alumni, and it is encouraging and heartwarming to see some of the successes they have achieved.