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  • OCOB - Industrial Technology Professor Explores the Gamification of Curriculum
    into the learning process affects students understanding and application of lean manufacturing concepts Dief says his interest in the research stemmed from industry trends towards gamification in lean consulting for professionals He says that classrooms have fallen behind by sticking to traditional lecturing methods to explain core concepts The classical way of using slides and presentations explaining the concepts isn t used anymore even in industry Deif said When it comes to universities that approach should be the same In his research which spans across graduate and undergraduate classes Deif matches lean six sigma concepts to physical games After a brief lecture students work in teams to complete the game and then share their thoughts on a number on factors such as attention span the game s relevance confidence in applying the concept and perceived cognitive effort Deif says he sees students apprehending detailed concepts during the games even without an explanation in the lecture He first presented his lean gamification research proposal at the Institute of Industrial Engineers Lean Six Sigma Conference in Sept 2015 After receiving support from an Orfalea College of Business career readiness research grant as well as funding from the Industrial Technology and Packaging area he was able to implement the games in the 2015 fall quarter Deif will be using the games throughout the remainder of the year and hopes to have an accurate sample of student assessments to determine which games are the most effective Eventually Deif hopes that the success found in gamification could be applied to other disciplines to improve student learning I m trying to jump into a new world with this idea There are a lot of concepts out there without games or exercises to explain them I want to understand from the already established games and in the

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/DiefGamification (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Continues Growth Spurt
    square foot space on Higuera Street above Ross Dress for Less The expansion provided new workspace for the 13 startups in the Summer Accelerator program and 12 businesses in the 24 month Incubator program Looking ahead the larger space could allow for each program to roughly double in size as well as allowing space for other CIE programs like Coworking and the Small Business Development Center for Innovation With the new square footage the CIE has also been able to expand its Incubator program to include members of the local community for the first time Applications from local startups for the program closed at the end of November and two companies will start working in the space this year On campus the CIE has new resources at hand Students now have access to the Nash Entrepreneurship Lab and the Hatchery newly renovated spaces where early stage startups can refine their concepts and business plans as they prepare for launch Students have access to interactive workshops insights from an entrepreneur in residence a mentor network and dedicated office space 24 7 Curious inventors can also work with prototyping software and tools in the Innovation Sandbox a space that encourages exploration within all disciplines Among faculty the innovative spirit has continued to take hold The CIE s Faculty Fellows program has grown to include 12 faculty members representing every college at Cal Poly These educators incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship within coursework serve as CIE ambassadors within their discipline and help guide motivated students through the different entrepreneurial career paths Cal Poly continues to look ahead to find the right space on campus and in the community where students and young ventures can continue to grow The university recently leased an additional 6 000 square feet of commercial space and 32 apartments for

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/CIEGrows16 (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Contributions to Cal Poly’s Accounting Area Support Faculty
    what exactly did your contributions support In 2015 the Orfalea College of Business supported several outstanding faculty members with critical fellowships Fellowships are also key in hiring new top tier educators to led core courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs as long time faculty retire This year these funds enabled faculty members to travel to national academic conferences to represent Cal Poly and engage in technical training Fellowships are the most essential tool for attracting and retaining excellent faculty those whose expertise makes a direct impact on each Cal Poly accounting student today Having enough industry leading instructors ensures class sizes stay small and students can develop one on one relationships with faculty that last long after graduation These faculty also develop new curriculum including courses on Excel and weave Learn by Doing into each experience to build confidence in students Contributions also backed dozens of student scholarships awarded to outstanding students concentrating in accounting In 2015 the Orfalea College of Business awarded 40 scholarships to juniors about to embark upon internships during their senior year Scholarships are sponsored by public accounting firms major corporations and the Central coast Chapter of CalCPA The area is currently working to raise funds for underclassmen and graduate program students to encourage these future professionals to pursue a career in accounting Thanks to your generosity the Accounting Area continues to compete with larger universities to ensure the best educators and students remain part of the Cal Poly community Many of your donations were doubled by gift matching programs offered through major employers From individual donations to support from public accounting firms each contribution added up to make a substantial impact on the longevity of our program To give back to the program and support the education of the next generation of accountants visit

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/AccountingFellowships15 (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Recent Grad Aims for the CPA and CFA in 2016
    Certified Public Accountant Examination CPA and the Chartered Financial Analyst Exam CFA in parallel in 2016 a daunting task for any professional let alone an undergraduate The CPA is a four part fourteen hour test administered to professionals who wish to become U S Certified Public Accountants The CFA is considered the gold standard for finance professionals worldwide and requires an estimated 300 hours of preparation to pass the three part exam Passing either of these exams on their own is a significant feat but it is especially rare attempt for a student according to finance and accounting faculty at Cal Poly Holding a bachelor s degree is a minimum prerequisite to sit for these exams and it is often attempted by professionals with years of industry experience But tackling both at the same time That s nearly unheard of in the undergraduate world especially without the help of a professional or university preparation course So why take both exams now especially knowing the exams aim for two inherently different career paths In part Azaiez s motives are personal He is passionate about self education and enjoys having something to work towards Intellectual stagnation means death for me said Azaiez If I stop studying or if live just to make money and bring in a paycheck I would be depressed I need to always have some sort of academic objective to pursue There s the also benefit of just simply having more options with both certifications There s no point in restricting myself when getting both gives me the opportunity to pursue more opportunities he noted But when you delve deeper into Azaiez s motivations you can see that taking these exams is much bigger to him than a side project or a line item on a resume To him passing the exams means opening up opportunities not just to advance himself but to later advance the lives of others Right now this is all a very individualistic perspective of life says Azaiez Yes I can go take the CPA CFA maybe go get my MBA That s all fine But what am I doing that for Azaiez says one of the biggest lessons he s learned at Cal Poly has been the increased impact he can make when he looks beyond himself and focuses on someone else s viewpoint Emotional awareness and knowing how other people can be affected by your actions is very important even in the professional world That is something I learned here at Cal Poly Azaiez reflects Next time you re sitting down with a person ask yourself How does she feel or How does he feel I tried it in a class with Professor Jean Francois Coget It literally changes the way you think Azaiez says that he views this stage in his life as a building phase where he will grow as fast as he can in order to achieve dreams larger than himself like preserving peace in the Middle East or starting

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/Azaiez (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Leading a Profession: A Q&A with alumnus George Famalett
    embraced this opportunity as a way to give back to the profession of public accounting where he has built his career It s very important that the industry is seen as regulating itself said Famalett who is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Having spent my entire career in the industry I feel like I have a vested interest in making sure that we do that effectively from the view of all key stakeholders whether it be licensees or the public at large During his tenure Famalett and fellow board members will guide regulation on the mobility of professionals to practice in different states The board is also surveying the implementation and impact of a 150 semester unit requirement for the CPA exam But Famalett says there are even larger issues facing the accounting profession Looking forward it s about how either new technologies or new data sources can impact how accountants and CPAs do their job Whether that be data analytics or other things there are ever changing skills in information that a CPA has to deal with We make sure that the right curriculum can keep up with those changes Famalett has stayed close with Cal Poly as his work took him from international to federal to state and local tax He served as a member of the Orfalea College of Business Accounting Advisory Board which called upon him in 2008 to return to campus and teach several courses in the new Master of Science in Accountancy Taxation program He has also returned to his alma mater to recruit Cal Poly accounting graduates on behalf of PwC He still remembers his college days fondly recalling I remember Learn by Doing at Cal Poly which back then meant working with a computer His advice to students today I d say take

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/Famalett (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Accounting Faculty Updates
    perspectives within their social context Her in process research is rooted within sociology and organizational behavior literatures examining both audit practitioners and clients about their perspectives on current issues in auditing Professor Steve Mintz Receives Accounting Exemplar Award The American Accounting Association recently honored Cal Poly Professor Steven Mintz with the Accounting Exemplar Award in the public interest section The award is given annually to accounting educators and practitioners who have made notable contributions to professionalism and ethics in accounting With this honor Cal Poly becomes the only educational institution to have two faculty members receive the Accounting Exemplar Award Cal Poly accounting Professor Mary Beth Armstrong received the award in 2009 Previous award winners also include Cynthia Cooper the whistleblower who exposed 3 8 billion in fraud at WorldCom I m thrilled that Steven s thought leadership has been recognized once again said Orfalea College of Business Dean Scott Dawson Having seasoned professionals like him in the classroom helps prepare career ready graduates and affirms our accounting program s powerful reputation A veteran professor and dean in the California State University system Mintz joined Cal Poly s Orfalea College of Business in 2006 More than 40 colleges and universities have adopted his textbook Accounting Ethics He also writes blogs on ethics issues in business and society ethicssage com and on workplace ethics workplaceethicsadvice com Professor Li Dang Ventures to China Professor Li Dang is on sabbatical for 2015 16 academic year as a visiting faculty member at Yanshan University in Qinhuangdao China a coastal city about 190 miles east of Bejing The university is very similar to Cal Poly in that it is a comprehensive polytechnic school but with a student population of about 38 000 Professor Dang is currently working with graduate accounting students to help them develop

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/AccountingFaculty (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Mustang Memories: Accounting
    forward to attending every class Being an MIS concentration who could forget Barry Floyd He was quite possibly the most personable instructor ever willing to discuss anything with a genuine interest in helping students find their way Gaston Leyack Business Administration International Business Wine Viticulture Minor 03 Business Law Professor Chris Perello s laws of cooking 1 there is no such thing as too much butter and 2 there is no such thing as too much bacon I may have reversed the order but both still hold true in my cooking experience Professor Perello made something quite dry and abstract very easy to understand and absorb His presentations were clear and very engaging I still remember there was one test question or was it an assignment that involved a customer using TurboLax I remember laughing out loud in the middle of the class Kathy Black Business Administration Accounting 79 Office Administrator Donations Processor Agape International Missions Dr Charles Andrews was my advisor and my professor for a couple of upper level accounting courses in the late 1970s He was knowledgeable and personable He cared about what was going on with his students and he loved his subject matter I had been a very good student mostly but he noticed my grades slipping during a particularly difficult period late in my junior year so he called me in for a meeting and wanted to know what was going on with me He listened and then provided not a fix for my problems but perspective that helped me make better decisions from that point on I feel honored to have had him as my professor Evan Kilbourne Business Administration Accounting Economics Minor 12 Senior Consultant Rugeti Associates P C Rodney Mock also known as the accounting department s gym superhero Mock is easily one of the brightest down to earth and effective accounting teachers there is Larry Bello Business Administration Accounting 84 Partner KPMG LLP While a number of professors were impactful during my years at Cal Poly there are two that I felt were really special Roger Bishop taught my individual tax and governmental accounting courses Roger was practical clear had a great sense humor and kept the class engaged and attentive He was the first professor I had that asked us to call him by his first name friendly and approachable Dr Janice Carr taught my corporate tax course and cared about every student in the class My friendship with Dr Carr continued long after I left Cal Poly for KPMG a great mentor and friend Samantha Blonstein Business Administration Accounting 12 Senior Tax Associate Grant Thornton My favorite memory is from Professor Mock s class when he would play random YouTube videos during our class breaks and take us on Starbucks runs James Main Business Administration Financial Management and International Business 00 Client Relationship Manager State Street Corporation I recall the first day of Chris Carr s Business Law class Right after he walked in his dog a Golden

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/MMAccounting (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Accounting Alumna Inducted into Cal Poly Athletics’ Hall of Fame
    West Conference championship and first Division I post season appearance in 2007 To this day she says that season is still her most unforgettable experience at Cal Poly In the years prior we had good teams and worked really hard but we came up short In 2007 we had a mission to win the conference and go to post season says Modglin We all came together from freshmen to seniors to be the first program do that since we became a Division I program It was a fun season Today Modglin still holds program records for career batting average 369 hits 236 runs 152 steals 41 doubles 43 triples 17 total bases 379 and slugging percentage 593 She also is in the top 10 in numerous single season categories at Cal Poly including No 1 in batting average 476 hits 81 runs 56 home runs 16 total bases 157 slugging percentage 924 and steals 18 Modglin is only the second softball player in the school s history to be inducted into Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame Desirae Knipfer French was inducted in 2003 Modglin also played professionally including two years with the New England Riptide 2007 08 and four more with the Akron Racers 2009 12 in the National Professional Fastpitch League Today Modglin is a tax manager at Watson Associates CPAs in Boulder Colorado In addition to her Mustang Pride from softball Modglin says she is proud to share her academic experience at Cal Poly When I tell people I have an accounting degree from Cal Poly it s always an impressive thing I m glad I have the Cal Poly business school behind me because my degree is really worth something Looking back on her time at Cal Poly Modglin says she will always hold fond memories

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