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  • OCOB - Business Students Win Two Awards, Funding in Cal Poly’s Pitch Perfect Competition
    prize money make a student s idea into a reality In February students from all colleges submitted video pitches for developing new spaces apps and programs to bring people together across campus After judges weighed in the winners of Round 1 are Best Overall 1 000 President s Pick 850 PolyProjects by Kathryn Cassidy Best of Orfalea 750 CoLab by Ashlee Lam Orfalea College of Business Student Most Creative 700 Brilliant Minds by Sean Christensen AND Expand by David Quiray Fan Fave 700 PolyPaths by Jenna Hoffman Orfalea College of Business Student I couldn t be more impressed by and proud of each and every student who participated said President Jeffrey Armstrong I am particularly struck by the number of students who focused on wanting tools to help connect with other students across academic disciplines I have no doubt their combined interest and energy can and will lead to some tangible ways to enhance collaboration This is what Learn by Doing is all about In this year s expanded competition all students who entered Round 1 are invited to enter Round 2 In that round students will develop a one page business canvas for the idea they pitched in the video One canvas is selected as a winner and awarded an additional 1 000 Students who complete Round 2 will also be considered for the SLO HotHouse Accelerator Program The deadline is April 20 2015 The CIE will host an information session on how to write a one page business canvas on Thursday April 2 during UU Hour 11 a m 12 p m in the Entrepreneurship Ideation Lab Bldg 2 Rm 206 The student or team who submits the winning business canvas will work with library staff and faculty on developing their idea during summer quarter 2015 with a

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/PitchPerfectRound1 (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Cal Poly Students to be Honored at State Capitol on March 9
    family of products that would help their university recruit new students The team incorporated San Luis Obispo s iconic hills throughout their cardboard series of products in addition to the Cal Poly logo and Mustang mascot These students are indicative of our Learn by Doing philosophy and reflect what their peers are also accomplishing at Cal Poly said university President Jeffrey D Armstrong We want to honor these representatives of our six colleges for their success in the classroom and for their extracurricular activities throughout the community The group will be introduced on the floors of the Senate and Assembly by local representatives Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian and Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning In addition the students will meet with Lt Gov Gavin Newsom They also will greet family friends and alumni at two receptions in the Sacramento area March 8 9 The group also includes statistics major Jimmy Wong who took second at last month s National Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition Delany Bales a mechanical engineering major and member of Cal Poly universities award winning 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade float and liberal arts major Gabrielle Amar who was selected for a Clinton Foundation internship in 2014 State lawmakers will also honor Dr Philip Bailey the longtime Cal Poly faculty member who has headed the university s College of Science and Mathematics since 1983 Bailey will receive a joint Senate Assembly resolution for his nearly 50 years of service at Cal Poly The resolution is co sponsored by Assemblyman Achadjian R San Luis Obispo who graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in business administration Sen Monning D Carmel whose district includes San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz counties and portions of Monterey and Santa Clara counties Sen Tom Berryhill R Modesto who attended Cal Poly and lead sponsor Sen

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/StudentCapitol2015 (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Cal Poly Student Team Wins Second Consecutive Local CFA Institute Research Challenge
    consecutive year Finance seniors Erin Averill Robert Ricci Divyan Waland Aaron Hay and Nate Fisher represented Cal Poly at the event in Los Angeles The students were advised by Finance Area Chair Cyrus Ramezani San Luis Obispo financial advisor Phillip Cohl and 2005 Cal Poly finance alumnus and CFA charter holder Scott B Kirk David Larsen 2014 information systems alumnus and captain of last year s winning team also advised the group The Cal Poly students competed against teams from the College of the Canyons Claremont Graduate University UC Santa Barbara and USC The competing teams were charged with analyzing and making buy sell hold recommendations for The Walt Disney Company Cal Poly s team now advances to the Americas Regional competition in April in Atlanta where it will compete against universities from the U S Canada and Latin America The winners of the three regional competitions Americas Europe the Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific will compete in the Global Final This was a true team effort our success is the result of more than 300 hours of focused research and analysis from our students said Ramezani I feel our second consecutive win is a tribute to our finance faculty who provide the educational challenges that enable our students to shine in this competition We re proud to represent Cal Poly s Learn by Doing philosophy in Atlanta The CFA Institute Research Challenge provides an opportunity for students to learn from industry experts and compete with other top finance programs The event promotes best practices in equity research among the next generation of analysts through hands on mentoring and intensive training in company analysis and presentation skills All participants are introduced to and held to the standard of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/LocalCFA2015 (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Cal Poly LITC Granted $87,000 from the Taxpayer Advocate Service
    has been awarded a 87 000 grant from the Taxpayer Advocate Service for 2015 This is an increase from the 85 000 it received in 2014 With this increased funding the Cal Poly LITC will continue to provide free tax controversy representation in addition to educating individuals who speak English as a second language ESL about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers The 2015 grant award will be divided up with 77 000 toward controversy work and 10 000 allocated toward ESL work This funding is crucial to the operation and maintenance of the LITC as all services offered at the Cal Poly LITC are provided free of charge Since its inception in 2010 demand for the LITC s services has increased dramatically The clinic began with just one student accountant and faculty member assisting clients today 21 students work in the LITC handling 66 client cases The LITC assists clients in San Luis Obispo northern Santa Barbara and southern Monterey counties For continuous updates and information visit the LITC Blog About the Taxpayer Advocate Service The Taxpayer Advocate Service awards matching grants to qualifying organizations across the United States to operate clinics that represent low income taxpayers in federal tax disputes with the IRS as well as to educate individuals who speak English as a second language ESL about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers Although the Taxpayer Advocate Service is a division of the Internal Revenue Service it operates independently from the IRS About the Cal Poly LITC The Cal Poly Low Income Taxpayer Clinic began operating in 2010 through the generosity of Chevron Corporation and a grant from the Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer Advocate Service It is open year round and is located on campus in the Orfalea College of Business Building 3 Room 107 Posted Feb

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/LITCGrant2015 (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Business Faculty Lead Two Study Abroad Programs to India
    be dictating terms in a few decades he said I m just exposing students to the human side of things You could take all the business courses here at Cal Poly and never understand that aspect While traveling from New Delhi to Agra Mumbai Pune and Bengaluru students will have the option to further immerse themselves into the culture with visits to a yoga ashram the opportunity to experience Mumbai s nightlife participate in cooking classes and visit open air street markets Each city will also incorporate a guided tour along with a free day to wander and explore We ll be taking them to the Taj Mahal some forts and factories and we ll see things being made and constructed Singh said If they think they know Indian food it s going to be an eye opener Singh incorporates pre departure sessions into his program to better prepare the students for the adventure ahead We try to get them to learn about India as much as they can beforehand he said Then again we can t really prepare anyone for it Even I get surprised when I go back there even though I ve been there so many times Understanding different types of business and culture is critical for students whether they are seeking degrees in business or not Singh says The exposure will bring a lot of meaning to whoever participates he said It s not just a course It s also about learning about yourself learning to adapt learning to be understanding And that s the underlying theme throughout all of this Another new and emerging Cal Poly study abroad opportunity in India is Management and Culture in India led by international management professor Beena Khurana The courses within the program includes Culture of India a humanities course and a business course titled International and Cross cultural management Classes are at the Indian School of Business a premiere college within the country located in Hyderabad I teach international management and cross cultural relations so taking a course like that in India is virtually like having a laboratory right around you she said It makes wonderful sense She plans to begin in Hyderabad while making her way to Mohali Along the way students will have the opportunity to explore the culture of India through many varied and colorful assignments like wearing traditional Indian clothing for a day and renting out an auditorium for a screening of a Bollywood film One is never too old to become bicultural she explained The idea is that I am going to introduce you to a new culture and encourage you to embrace it And you should come back a changed person Excursions outside of the main city include a trip to the Taj Mahal in Agra and a trek to Amritsar s Golden Temple A visit to the Wagha Border of India and Pakistan for the changing of the guard will be a great learning experience for students This really gives the

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/StudyAbroadIndia (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Cal Poly’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Saves Taxpayers Nearly $1.2 Million
    LITC advocates significantly reduced or eliminated a client s tax liability by clarifying applicable legal and tax provisions establishing substantial economic financial hardship providing substantiation of client expenses or deductions filing the proper tax forms or negotiating settlements The LITC provides undergraduate and graduate business students the opportunity to work with underserved communities while enhancing their professional accounting and taxation skills The clinic was conceived as an experiential service learning project based on Cal Poly s Learn by Doing philosophy LITC student advocates under the direct supervision of Orfalea College of Business faculty represent low income taxpayers involved in controversies with the IRS and California s Franchise Tax Board Students also educate community members on the rights and responsibilities of taxpayers through year round outreach events Students provide personal consultations legal and tax assistance and educational materials in English and Spanish all at no charge Working in the LITC allows students to develop valuable professional skills while helping real clients resolve real problems said LITC Executive Director Lisa Sperow More than 160 students have participated in the program as their senior project gaining practical experience working with a variety of tax cases and controversies Each case requires a student to become familiar with the federal tax system and applicable tax laws and exercise professional judgment to find an appropriate solution The Cal Poly LITC is the only tax clinic of its kind in the region according to Sperow Cal Poly is also the first academic LITC not affiliated with a law school to assist unrepresented taxpayers during trial sessions through an agreement with the U S Tax Court Students assist attorneys Sperow and clinic founder Eddy Quijano in advising litigants at the Tax Court s calendar call sessions at the U S Courthouse in Fresno Calif Cal Poly has attended

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/LITC2015 (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Jay Singh Joins Packaging Digest’s Editorial Advisory Board
    and innovations This is a tremendous brain trust of packaging leaders with cumulative decades of experience said Packaging Digest Executive Editor Lisa McTigue Pierce We appreciate their commitment to serve and will tap them for general ideas as well as input on specific topics She anticipates the group will contribute background consultations as well as networking assistance for investigative stories Singh lends the advisory board an extensive background in academic research and professional consulting related to package design and implementation The other members of Packaging Digest s Editorial Advisory Board include Scott Biondich group director of sparkling packaging IC equipment development at Coca Cola North America Jane Chase senior director of packaging engineering at Schwan s Shared Services LLC and The Schwan Food Co David France packaging research fellow at ConAgra Foods Packaging R I Nina Goodrich executive director of Sustainable Packaging Coalition Greenblue Mary Gregg director of packaging at Campbell North America and Campbell Soup Co David Luttenberger CPP global packaging director at Mintel Group Ltd Joe Mase vice president of marketing business development at Sagent Pharmaceuticals Inc Eva Peters global head of packaging development industrial design at Novartis Consumer Health Packaging Digest aims to help professionals understand and

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/packagingdigestboard (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Cal Poly Program Attracts Tech Startup to San Luis Obispo
    Hall Specright s vice president of product development They can come in and immediately make a contribution We re thrilled with the partnership The students will offer reverse engineer packaging services and create specification files for manufacturing needs Employees will then catalog the specifications into Specright s proprietary software platform to give clients and suppliers access to reliable consistent data The company s enterprise neutral cloud based model aims to save money time and redundancy for packaging clients in a variety of industries I am hoping this job experience helps improve my skills and lets me build relationships in the industry because in packaging everyone knows everyone said Cal Poly business senior Jacob McKinney Specright also hired Victor Sanchez who recently graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in industrial technology and a minor in packaging as a full time engineering supervisor to manage the part time team He led the cohort through a training program on Specright s software and immediate projects I m excited to see Specright grow and to see our progress I want to make each Cal Poly student we hire better than I am he said While Cal Poly will be a source of packaging engineers for Specright the startup will in turn work with faculty to evolve curriculum and packaging best practices in a variety of industries We look to the university for advice Specright s Hall said Cal Poly is a cornerstone in the packaging world and it can help us anticipate how the industry is moving for better strategy It s a win win Specright is expanding and building relationships with companies throughout California and the U S in packaging and other disciplines Cal Poly students are working on projects in the produce and industrial sectors for Specright clients According to company

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/specright2015 (2016-02-17)
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