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  • OCOB - Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business Names Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Relations
    Dean s Advisory Council with Dean Scott Dawson Mary brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the assistant dean position said Dawson We are thrilled to have her join our leadership team to help guide our college during this energizing time of growth Kelting formerly served for more than two years as the director of development for the university s Center for Innovation Entrepreneurship CIE She was instrumental in building significant financial and community support for the CIE as it introduced new programs She also successfully rallied a network of entrepreneurs who have supported and advised the CIE and its student entrepreneurs to achieve notable success Before joining Cal Poly Kelting worked for 20 years in sales and marketing in the private sector including the companies Subaru and TechLink I feel fortunate that my new role will allow me to remain connected to so many business leaders who support the CIE especially many Orfalea College of Business alumni Kelting said Earlier this fall the college announced a new team of associate deans to oversee undergraduate programs graduate programs and faculty and research with Dawson who began his tenure as dean Aug 1 Kelting earned her bachelor s degree in

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/kelting (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Cal Poly Business Faculty Host Finance Conference with Santa Clara University
    of Business will host its first Finance Research Day in conjunction with Santa Clara University s Leavey School of Business on Friday November 14 2014 The event held in building 03 room 206 at Cal Poly is open to students and faculty across campus with interests in finance and economics The event will feature finance and economics faculty from Cal Poly and Santa Clara presenting and discussing new research centered upon empirical corporate finance According to Finance Area Chair Cyrus Ramezani he hopes the conference will help expand research collaboration between the two business programs by engaging faculty graduate and undergraduate students The event will feature presentations and discussions surrounding four research papers two authored by Cal Poly faculty and two authored by Santa Clara faculty Brian Ayash associate professor of Finance in the Orfalea College of Business will present his paper Piercing the Veil The origin and use of cash flow in LBOs Cal Poly associate professor of finance Pratish Patel will also present his work Debt Maturity and Term Spread For links to each paper and a full schedule of events visit the Orfalea College of Business website Posted Nov 3 2014 Recent News Paul Orfalea Speaks to

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/financeconference2014 (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Cal Poly and Draper University Entrepreneurship Program Partner to Offer Students a Silicon Valley Experience
    by seven weeks in San Mateo at the Draper program which aims to help would be entrepreneurs embrace risk and find the inspiration to innovate This is a unique opportunity for Cal Poly students from all disciplines throughout the university said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D Armstrong The Draper University program like Cal Poly s Learn by Doing approach fosters creative thinking and teaches students the value of jumping in doing the work and learning from failure on the way to success Draper University s residential program features a curriculum designed to advance students beyond their inhibitions and teach them how to harness creativity and inspiration in their entrepreneurial efforts The program touches on broad issues such as finance the legal system creativity and survival with courses on varied topics such as venture capital sales and digital marketing negotiation prototyping and lessons in failure Along the way participants network hone their public speaking skills develop business and product ideas and interact with some of Silicon Valley s brightest minds At the end of the program students will have the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of angel and venture capital investors We know our hands on training and access to Silicon Valley innovators provides an experience that can t be replicated in a university setting said Tim Draper founder of Draper University Our program will provide a launch pad for these stellar Cal Poly students to take their business ideas to the next level The Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs program is part of a broader focus on entrepreneurship at Cal Poly The university is also developing plans to expand its Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on campus as well as the center s Hothouse business incubator and accelerator program in downtown San Luis Obispo Draper is the founder

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/DraperPartnership (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business Names Local Business Leader as Honored Alumnus
    covering the operations side of manufacturing He went on to complete his master s degree in the same discipline at Cal Poly in 2002 Bickel has been an involved member of the college s Industrial Technology Advisory Board since 2005 In that role he has contributed to the overall strategic plan of the area Bickel has also guest lectured in a product development course orchestrated industrial technology projects and mentored student teams In 2008 Bickel created the Bickel Family Scholarship Endowment to support incoming industrial technology freshmen Mike is a great friend of the college and a prime example of how the comprehensive polytechnic model works here says Orfalea College of Business Dean Scott Dawson The Industrial Technology area has built such a great reputation and we know that s in part to leaders like Mike who help guide it forward Bickel s company RPS Holdings owns Rantec Power Systems an engineering and upper tier designer and manufacturer of power supplies for the military and aerospace markets based in Los Osos Calif He started his career at Rantec in 1982 as a quality assurance inspector After he rose to the position of general manager Bickel purchased the company to oversee its expansion and success He continues to serve as Rantec s president Today Rantec employs many Cal Poly alumni from the College of Engineering roughly 60 percent of its professional hires are Cal Poly graduates Bickel lives locally with his wife Lori Graphic Communications 86 His daughter Alexandra Recreation Parks Tourism Administration 12 is also a Cal Poly alumna and son Aaron is an alumnus of the University of Oregon Economics 14 The title of Honored Alumni is the highest honor bestowed on an alumnus by the Cal Poly Alumni Association Cal Poly named its first Honored Alumnus in 1953

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/cal-polys-orfalea-college-of-business-names-local-business-leader-as-honored-alumnus/ (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - TechPitch Brings Together Entrepreneurs, Community Leaders & Business Alumni
    Center for Innovation Entrepreneurship the Economic Vitality Corporation and Softec The event brought together six early stage technology startups from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties to pitch to a panel of angel investors for a 5 000 prize The Cardboard Guys founded and run by three business alumni pitched their product line of inexpensive recyclable corrugated cardboard furniture for kids and college students Justin Farr Industrial Technology 14 Jordan Keplar Industrial Technology 14 and Jake Disraeli Entrepreneurship 13 shared their plans for a crowd sourcing campaign to propel production forward Tyler Dycus recent Orfalea College of Business graduate and co founder of Tandemech Engineering supported Tandemech s presentation of its wall scaling robot Tandemech and The Cardboard Guys were both part of CIE s HotHouse Accelerator program during the summer of 2014 The ventures are now involved with CIE s Incubator program to help sustain key growth and secure funding The winning team from the pitch competition was Superior Solutions Manufacturing who presented the removable lift gate for pickup trucks called the LiftGator Superior Solutions Manufacturing swept both the judge s award and the audience choice award Their cash prize also comes with professional consulting services to aid the business launch S Brett Whitaker Business Administration 86 who owns Whitaker Construction donated the cash prize for the pitch competition and served on the panel of judges Fellow judges included Jo Anne Miller co founder of SLO Seed Ventures Paul Meyer managing partner of TechCXO Laura Pickering partner of Innovation Quest Rick Stollmeyer co founder and CEO of MINDBODY Inc and Helio Fialho founder of LeftLane Sports and CEO of Auspient Inc Douglas Hutcheson former CEO of Leap Wireless was the evening s keynote speaker He discussed how he founded Cricket Wireless to pioneer unlimited wireless calling in the

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/techpitch-2014/ (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business Welcomes Executives in Residence
    program During these visits executives from the finance advertising manufacturing investment banking and technology sectors will share their insights with students and faculty while learning about the college s experiential business education philosophy According to the college dean Scott Dawson the program is designed to be mutually beneficial for the Cal Poly community and the executive We teach business in such a hands on fashion that it makes sense to invite industry leaders here to experience it themselves as well Dawson said Everyone especially our alumni will get a chance to see firsthand how Learn by Doing has evolved in our college to prepare career ready graduates More than half of the scheduled Executives in Residence visits are from Orfalea College of Business alumni who have leveraged their Cal Poly degrees into successful careers The Executives in Residence have the opportunity to give a class lecture in one of the college s six academic areas Student roundtables and class question and answer sessions will also give current students a chance to network with the executives ask questions and share ideas about what they are studying Faculty will benefit from pragmatic industry insights as they shape their curriculum to prepare graduates ready for lasting careers in dynamic business fields Dawson said This fall s visiting executives include Mike Bickel president of Rantec Power Systems Rich Jacobsen managing director of Greenhill Co Al Moffatt president and CEO of Worldwide Partners and Jeff Henley vice chairman of Oracle Google s Dolores Bernardo and entrepreneur Barry Waitte have already visited campus spending time with business faculty and leaders They also toured the Center for Innovation Entrepreneurship s HotHouse and the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics Dawson plans to continue the program indefinitely to give more executives the opportunity to experience Cal Poly firsthand

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/eir-2014/ (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Business Students and Alumni Shine at Entrepreneurship Forum
    were selected to pitch their big idea in just 90 seconds Two business students were among the entrepreneurs on stage in the preliminary Idea Cloud division and more mature Launch Pad categories Katherine White a business administration freshman won the Audience Choice Award for ClockIn an app that would use mobile geolocation technology to create a digital time card for hourly employees Fourth year Industrial Technology student Katie Boe pitched an app called DingBot that aims to collate and streamline frequently used mobile app functions for quicker access The competition s judges awarded her idea 3rd place in the Launch Pad category The evening s overall winner was Chad Kihm an industrial engineering student for his pitch introducing a suite of mobile game education tools called Game of War Real Tips He was awarded 1 000 to develop his idea and the opportunity to pitch at the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization s National Elevator Pitch Competition in Florida Entrepreneurship professor and CIE co founder Jonathan York led the panel discussion From Dorm Room to Board Room exploring how successful entrepreneurs transition from a big idea to a successful venture The panelists who also served as judges in the pitch competition included two Orfalea College of Business alumni Sander DiAngelis a 2014 entrepreneurship graduate and 2013 pitch competition participant spoke about how his company Moja Outdoors benefited from CIE s HotHouse Accelerator and Incubator resources Romy Taormina a marketing alumna from 1993 described her path toward the successful launch of her invention Psi Bands to combat nausea in pregnant women and chemotherapy patients DiAngelis and Taormina joined Alex DeNoble executive director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University and Jo Anne Miller co founder of SLO Seed Ventures and managing partner at Brown Dog Partners on the panel Their

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/2014-ray-scherr-pitch-competition/ (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Marketing Professor Named Senior Faculty Fellow for Entrepreneurship
    the Orfalea College of Business As the CIE and its Faculty Fellows program continues to expand the Senior Fellow role will be come critical to sustaining an entrepreneurial community on campus that supports collaboration between instructors and students The existing Faculty Fellows including Metcalf will join three new professors recently appointed to the program Brian Granger associate professor of physics in the College of Science Mathematics Dale Dolan the Hood Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Christiane Schroeter associate professor of agribusiness in the College of Agriculture Food Environmental Sciences were recently selected to join the program With these additions each of Cal Poly s six colleges have faculty connected to the CIE The CIE Faculty Fellows program grants a yearly stipend to each fellow with the goal of developing entrepreneurial curriculum and research across colleges in partnership with the CIE Additionally each fellow will seek to incorporate entrepreneurship into their coursework and encourage entrepreneurial involvement among the university s faculty and students Each fellow will build on Cal Poly s teacher scholar model by developing cross disciplinary programs and research projects that involve students At Cal Poly we believe that collaboration across disciplines and between students and faculty cultivates innovation and entrepreneurship said Jonathan York faculty director of the CIE and entrepreneurship professor The Faculty Fellows program serves as a catalyst to accomplish both these goals Metcalf has already embraced that collaborative spirit within the Faculty Fellows program When she Journalism Chair Mary Glick and Graphic Communications professor Lorraine Donegan were named Faculty Fellows in 2013 the three envisioned curriculum that would integrate the content development presentation aesthetics and data analytics of each discipline They began work on what would become an Integrated Marketing Communications minor tying journalism graphic design and business courses together

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/metcalf_senior_fellow_2014/ (2016-02-17)
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