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  • OCOB - Adding Up
    through the Cal Poly Fund nearly every year since 1990 As he moved from working at a Big Four accounting firm to leading an entrepreneurial incubator called Idea Lab he continued growing his contributions because he felt so passionate about the stellar reputation of Cal Poly in the business world I really value the education and opportunities that were afforded to me because of my education at Cal Poly I want to give back and make sure others have the same opportunities Ongoing contributions like Chrisney s are critical to the college s Dean s Excellence Fund Gifts large and small add up giving the college flexibility to support emergent needs throughout the school year Every year more than 900 donors give back to the college through the annual fund which does everything from hiring new faculty to purchasing essential classroom technology Fellow alumni like Wendy Craig partner at Ernst Young have found a way to double the impact of their annual contributions Craig started with just a 25 contribution upon graduating in 1998 Over her 17 year career EY has matched each donation For me I started out with a modest salary but I knew I could still do a match Craig said of her first gift Each year as my salary increased it seemed like my giving to Cal Poly should increase as well Her gifts make a direct impact on Cal Poly s accounting program enabling it to host recruiting fairs industry tours and club events that help nearly 100 percent of accounting students secure internships and jobs long before graduation Craig now serves as an ambassador for EY s gift matching programing helping fellow employees and fellow Cal Poly alumni double their impact on the program that gave them their start Pictured Marketing student Nathania Faud

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  • OCOB - Back to Basics
    teaching assistants With these professors helping Jacobsen blend his technical abilities with confidence he made the leap from Grand Avenue to Wall Street But throughout his career Jacobsen noticed how major financial firms were consistently overlooking Cal Poly graduates in favor of those from more elite institutions Many firms are not familiar with the high quality of graduates coming out of the Orfalea College of Business and thus it is difficult for students to earn the opportunity to interview for financial analyst positions at top Wall Street firms Jacobsen said So he decided to do something about it Recently Jacobsen has turned back to Cal Poly to make a strategic investment in Orfalea College of Business faculty who are inspiring today s class of financial professionals As part of a major gift to the university Jacobsen and his wife Margaret established the Jacobsen Faculty Fellowship jumpstarting the college s initiative to attract and retain leading instructors committed to preparing career ready graduates through Learn by Doing The award will support one professor each in accounting economics and finance who exemplify Cal Poly s teacher scholar model while innovating curriculum and mentoring fellow faculty members Most importantly the award will recognize educators with a track record for motivating their students toward greatness in fields known for staunch competition Faculty members are the building block for all the college hopes to achieve particularly those teachers who can develop curriculum that will be responsive to the evolving external business environment said Shani By being engaged in diverse collaborative research projects with industry our faculty develop the ability to enhance refine and initiate innovative academic curriculum that is vital to practice With the right faculty leading the way Jacobsen believes the prowess of Cal Poly graduates will garner the attention it deserves among other big name schools While some graduates of elite schools take an analyst position for granted Cal Poly students are willing to run through walls to make the most of their opportunity Jacobsen said of his experience with new hires at Greenhill UPDATE The Orfalea College of Business has awarded the Jacobsen Fellowships to professors Chris Carr accounting Eduardo Zambrano economics and Larry Gorman finance The awards highlight each educator s ability to truly inspire their students and to cultivate meaningful connections with industry partners that have a direct impact on students Faculty members are the building block for all the college hopes to achieve Rami Shani Associate Dean of Faculty and Research In the long run Jacobsen knows there will be a sizable return on his investment in Orfalea College of Business faculty in the accounting finance and economics fields Jacobsen is looking to recruit more Cal Poly graduates from those programs at Greenhill through internships and entry level positions He has even welcomed cohorts of Cal Poly business students to his firm for in depth industry tours spotlighting competitive careers in finance Jacobsen sees the virtuous loop growing as more alumni rise into leadership positions in these industries and

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  • OCOB - A Legacy Lives On
    wit something his students would often note in his instructor evaluations Drandell retired in 1986 and continued to teach a few classes at Cal Poly while writing a book about his experience at IBM When Drandell passed away in 1990 his family realized how much he cherished his teaching experience at Cal Poly With a 3 000 gift in hand including other contributions from friends Mrs Drandell established the Milton Drandell Memorial Scholarship Endowment to support the education of one outstanding information systems student each year As the endowment principal grew to 22 000 so did the scholarship s disbursement to students preparing for their senior year in the Orfalea College of Business In 1997 that student was Stacey Pham nee Chu She quickly rose to the top of the information systems discipline with a near perfect GPA and an ambition to work in technology That year the San Jose native used the scholarship to buy vital software for her Learn by Doing senior project But Pham quickly realized the scholarship meant something more Far beyond the financial benefit the scholarship was a significant encouragement for me Pham recalls My hard work was recognized and I felt that I would owe the scholarship sponsor a commitment to succeed The award made me feel proud of myself Pham met Mrs Drandell in the spring of 1997 at an Orfalea College of Business scholarship banquet where the two made an instant connection Pham took it upon herself to update Mrs Drandell on her success at Cal Poly and her internship with Hewlett Packard that summer Their relationship did not stop there As Pham s career continued to evolve in the technology sector she never failed to stay in touch Every year I would get a holiday card from Stacey with an update Mrs Drandell said A few years later I also received a wedding announcement and eventually I saw she had two daughters It s been a pleasure to watch Stacey grow Pham is just one of 25 students the scholarship has touched Over the years Mrs Drandell has enjoyed seeing how her husband s memory continues to support the best of Cal Poly I have had the utmost pleasure and pride knowing that excellent students have been chosen for this award for their fine character and academic records she said In 2015 information systems junior Jillian Zdepski won the scholarship for her academic excellence and leadership of her peers Zdepski says she feels humbled by the Drandell family s generosity as she looks toward her last year at Cal Poly As a senior and executive board member of the Information Systems Association I have truly found home in the concentration among my peers and professors From her home in San Luis Obispo Mrs Drandell s thoughts are never far from Milton and the life they shared together I feel sure this is the best legacy for him Pictured Milton Drandell right helps Nobel Prize Winner Harry Markowitz computerize his portfolio selection

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  • OCOB - By the Numbers
    Mission Statement Student Ambassadors Business programs are accredited by AACSB By the Numbers Your contributions add up to something bigger The Orfalea College of Business builds endowment funds for the purpose of generating income in perpetuity from gifts invested in the college Gifts made throughout the year enable the college and its academic areas to provide timely support for Learn by Doing projects and extracurricular programs Together these funds ensure a sustainable future for the Orfalea College of Business as it prepares career ready graduates Totals reflect the Orfalea College of Business accounts as of June 30 2015 2 494 001 Gifts and commitments raised during fiscal year 2014 15 1 297 Gifts and pledges made in fiscal year 2014 15 415 271 Dean s Excellence Fund account balance 18 827 919 Orfalea Foundation Endowment 7 793 643 Other college endowments 80 Number of college endowments 1 498 320 Endowment payouts during fiscal year 2014 15 Donate to the Orfalea College of Business Download this article Download a PDF of the magazine Recent News Paul Orfalea Speaks to Students on Campus Visit Cal Poly Faculty Receives 400 000 Grant to Study Economy of Local Food Cal Poly Students Rank High

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  • OCOB - Coming Back, Giving Back
    alumnus and owner of Western Land Financial Experts who are actively involved with Cal Poly are also more likely to hire our grads Recently volunteer insights have translated into new classes soon appearing in the Orfalea College of Business course catalog The Dean s Advisory Council s DAC sub committee on data analytics played a direct role in shaping the Master of Science in Business Analytics program which debuts in 2016 Alumni leaders like Rodrigues and Lori DeMatteis of Emerson Network Power worked with Associate Dean for Graduate Programs Sanjiv Jaggia to mold course content aimed squarely for the projected growth in the data analysis job market We want to ensure that future students have the same high quality experience at Cal Poly so they achieve similar if not greater success Steve Kitson DAC Chair I think all of the alumni on our boards and task forces attribute their educational experience at Cal Poly as a significant factor in achieving their professional goals said DAC Chair Steve Kitson B S Business Administration 1974 Long term I think we have made sure curriculum allows for students to develop critical thinking skills teamwork skills and soft skills which can be overlooked Area and program advisory boards also help the Orfalea College of Business think ahead The college s Accounting Advisory Board which consists of Big Four and other public accounting firm partners and professionals is guiding the Accounting area to expand and prepare 200 CPA eligible graduates each year by 2017 The Packaging Advisory Board has also helped Cal Poly s Packaging program advance toward a variety of goals including strengthening a specialty in healthcare packaging The Industrial Technology Advisory Board has supported digital fabrication upgrades in the program s Learn by Doing labs Meanwhile Marketing area task forces with representatives from

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  • OCOB - Top 5 Ways to Give Back
    in Your Donation Print out this form to mail in your donation to Cal Poly and the Orfalea College of Business Give Online Visit www giving calpoly edu to make your contribution to the college or your favorite academic program Match Your Gift Double your support of Learn by Doing by leveraging your employer s matching program at www giving calpoly edu matching Give Through Payroll Deductions Set up a simple payroll deduction through your human resources department to support Cal Poly throughout the year Plan Your Gift Include the Orfalea College of Business in your estate plans to leave a legacy on campus by visiting www plannedgiving calpoly edu Contact the Orfalea College of Business advancement team to discuss how your passion can turn into possibilities for our students Scott Dawson Dean scdawson calpoly edu Jennifer Boncich Administrative Support Coordinator jboncich calpoly edu Tina Guerrero Director of Development ctguerre calpoly edu Mary Kelting Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Relations mkelting calpoly edu Sheri Boscaro Executive Director for Accounting Excellence Not pictured sboscaro cal poly edu Robyn Kontra Communications Specialist rkontra calpoly edu Donate to the Orfalea College of Business Download this article Download a PDF of the magazine

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  • OCOB - Cal Poly Startup Dives Head First Into CES
    ground and help their new product go viral in the swelling health and wellness technology space Now leading the team as Spritely s CEO Dylan Brodsky set his sights on attending the much lauded CES event one of the world s largest technology trade shows held once a year in Las Vegas The annual gathering has been a hotbed of tech product splashes from major players like Apple and Samsung but small scale startups have been known to make their mark on the trade show floor With this opportunity at hand Brodsky went into full planning mode beefing up his team with nearly a dozen fellow students specialized in marketing UX user experience product development and entrepreneurship Thanks to some planning help from Mary O Brian a CIE advisor and travel funding from the Orfalea College of Business the team made their way to the show in early January Brodsky says the experience was a lot to take in at first from the paid models hocking other products at CES to his entire team bonding in one hotel suite With an intense itinerary of appointments the team had the chance to present a Spritely prototype to the consumer electronics world and network with innovators and retailers from around the globe Brodsky found he was making fast progress with online and brick and mortar outfits interested in one day carrying Spritely It was pretty crazy said Brodsky It was like Learn by Talking I realized that in person marketing has a huge impact While there Spritely earned mentions in major media outlets like NBC the Chronicle of Higher Ed CNET Silicon Angel and CRN The mentions are helpful and they re igniting buzz Brodsky says for its first litmus test with consumers The trade show was the launch pad for Spritely

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/spritelyCES (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Cal Poly to Host Central Coast Lean Summit Feb. 18–19
    originated in manufacturing but has influenced other sectors to streamline processes and require less human effort less space less capital and less time to make cost effective products and services with fewer defects Lean is really coming of age on the Central Coast More organizations are recognizing the need for a systematic approach to continuous improvement just to stay competitive said Eric Olsen Cal Poly s Industrial Technology and Packaging Area chair Olsen also serves as director of Central Coast Lean a research project in the Orfalea College of Business Programs throughout the event will be led by industry professionals with real world experience in implementing lean processes in a variety of environments The event will begin with two pre summit workshops on Feb 18 to delve into lean accounting and production preparation processes applicable in industries such as healthcare The workshops will be followed by a lean networking reception for attendees The summit on Feb 19 will feature a keynote address by Sam MacPherson co founder and executive director of The Lean Leadership Academy and former chief of training for the Elite U S Army Special Forces known as the Green Berets MacPherson s presentation Leading a Culture of Excellence will focus on building leadership teams capable of navigating and sustaining a lean transformation The summit will also include interactive workshops led by Ken Snyder executive director of the Shingo Institute Steven Kane director of Customer Success at Gemba Academy Jonathan York and Lori Jordan from Cal Poly s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Paul Stamper Lean Six Sigma master black belt and deputy executive officer for Ventura County and Kim Brown Sims a chief nursing officer at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center Throughout the event a coaching café with lean expert Beau Keyte president of the Keyte Group

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/CCL2016 (2016-02-17)
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