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  • OCOB - From Wall Street to Grand Avenue: Alumnus Gives Back to Accounting Faculty
    also knew how to teach the material in an effective manner Despite the incredible impact faculty left on Jacobsen throughout his career he noticed 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 As part of a major gift to the university Jacobsen and his wife Margaret established the Jacobsen Faculty Fellowship jump starting the college s initiative to attract and retain leading instructors committed to preparing career ready graduates through Learn by Doing This year the Jacobsen Faculty Fellowship award was given to three Orfalea College of Business faculty among whom stood Chris Carr a professor of business law and public policy in the Accounting Area Carr was selected for his profound ability to inspire students through international travel and forge meaningful connections with industry partners On three occasions he consulted as a Fulbright Senior Specialist on entrepreneurship curriculum development and academic program development first with a Tunisian university in North Africa and most recently an elite engineering university in Pakistan and a finance and economics university in Mongolia In addition to Carr the Orfalea College of Business honored economics Professor Edurado Zambrano and finance Professor Larry Gorman with Jacobsen Fellowships Faculty members are the building blocks 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 Associate Dean for Faculty and Research Rami Shani By being engaged in diverse collaborative research projects with industry

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/JacbosenFellows (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Cal Poly Accounting Club Expands Events, Recruiting and Leadership Opportunities
    moderated by Dean Scott Dawson The day after Fall Symposium CPAC hosted the first ever OCOB Olympics which brought together students faculty and professionals from 13 different accounting firms for an afternoon of games and casual networking It provided a friendly environment for students and professionals to form relationships while raising money for a great cause the Alzheimer s Association CPAC also hosted its annual Careers in Accounting Day an event geared toward underclassmen as they explore potential job and internship opportunities In addition to a recruiting fair the day featured a panel discussion from industry veterans including several Cal Poly alumni about what it s like to work for firms private companies and government agencies More than 300 students attended and 37 companies recruited at the event the most attendance in CPAC history Looking ahead CPAC president Jonathan Peck says they have a number of new events to enrich professional development for the club s members including industry tours at LinkedIn an internship panel with upper division students and an alumni panel with graduates across industries CPAC is also encouraging their alumni to mentor Orfalea College of Business students The college is building new opportunities for alumni to mentor locally in San Luis Obispo and remotely via Skype CPAC will also be hosting its annual Day in the Park event on Saturday May 14 2016 on O Neill Green The event is a chance to connect past and present accounting students over a fun casual afternoon of food and recreational activities Although Day in the Park is not a recruiting event more than 100 industry professionals and recruiters will be attending to interact with students in a friendly conversational environment Later that day the Cal Poly Accounting Area will host its annual Spring Banquet where junior scholarships and senior

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/CPAC (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Reaches Major Milestones
    for members of the community A recent success story involved a single mother of four who had been the victim of domestic violence When her abusive husband died she found herself facing a 126 000 IRS liability based on misstatements he had made on their tax returns related to his sole proprietorship Under the supervision of Orfalea College of Business faculty students at the LITC used equitable arguments to have her liability reduced to zero and she instead received an offsets refund check for 16 900 an amount higher than her annual salary This victory put Cal Poly s LITC over the 2 million mark in liabilities it has saved its clients since 2010 As of October the LITC had saved its clients a total of 2 205 702 63 One of the most rewarding aspects of running the clinic is seeing the reactions of the clients and the students when we win an important victory says Lisa Sperow the executive director for the program and an accounting lecturer at Cal Poly The client s relief and joy is contagious It is also a good feeling to know that you have helped secure some justice to a person who has suffered a great deal of injustice in their life The IRS also recently awarded the Cal Poly LITC a Taxpayer Advocate Service TAS grant for 2016 The TAS program has recognized Cal Poly s efforts with a steadily increasing grant every year that the clinic has been in operation The 2016 grant money will be used to accommodate a higher number of clients and support even more undergraduate senior projects The clinic has also purchased new computers for students to use It will also allow the clinic to attend a calendar call for the Federal Tax Court in Fresno Calif

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/LITC15 (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - A Message from Area Chair Doug Cerf
    goal requires building new avenues for students to obtain the necessary accounting education We have recently allowed students in other business concentrations like finance or information systems to add a second concentration in accounting We will also launch an accounting minor in fall 2016 to attract students from other majors on campus to add accounting to their curriculum Last but not least we aim to attract students from other quality academic institutions into our master s program which features specializations in taxation and financial accounting The other key pillar of this Campaign for 200 is adding additional accounting faculty We have added two additional full time tenure track faculty this year Kim Westermann and Adam Bordeman and will add another faculty member beginning in 2016 Attracting and retaining the nation s best teachers is critical to ensuring our program maintains its sterling reputation for quality education amid our plan for growth While we share good news of student success faculty excellence and growth know that you play a role in this campaign too Your support financially and your advocacy as an industry partner will help us reach our goal and supply the accounting profession with outstanding graduates who embrace Learn

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/Cerf15 (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Peter Oppenheimer Speaks at Cal Poly’s First Futures in Finance Career Fair
    on Oct 14 2015 The event gathered students from the Orfalea College of Business with 20 recruiting companies including Wells Fargo Adobe Yahoo and the Big Four accounting firms The career fair allowed for general networking for students of all ages and interviews with internship or full time candidates Futures in Finance Day featured a keynote address from former Apple CFO and Cal Poly Foundation Board Vice Chairman Peter Oppenheimer Oppenheimer talked about his career path in finance after college and lesson he learned from different industries He also answered questions from students on topics ranging from the value of an MBA to how to find a professional mentor to leadership styles at Apple It s always a lot of fun to come back to campus and interact with the students Oppenheimer a Cal Poly agribusiness alumnus said after the event They are all so energetic and are really smart They keep you on your toes This industry specific career fair is the latest of several tailored recruiting events designed to foster career readiness one of the Orfalea College of Business biggest student initiatives Business students also have access to career fairs for accounting and marketing as well as startup

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/FuturesinFinance2015 (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Integrated Marketing Senior Project Course Returns to Host Entrepreneurship Festival
    working with a group of marketing seniors to plan promote and execute a landmark entrepreneurship event in San Luis Obispo The event slated for winter quarter 2016 will be the culmination of Mullikin s BUS 464 Integrated Marketing Senior Project course According to Mullikin the event will be part TED conference part Shark Tank and part crowdfunding festival It will bring together a mix of entrepreneurs venture capitalists and community members in a place where students can share their startup projects learn from industry experts pitch ideas and gather funding for new endeavors Marketing students participating in the senior project class will research and execute the best format for the event focusing on elements such as collection of event sponsors creating interests in the venture capitalist community acquiring industry speakers ideal location and time of year and adopting practices from similar successful events such as the OneSpark event in Jacksonville Fla Students will also create and push the promotional content on social media and other channels Last year s BUS 464 students went through a similar process to develop an integrated communications plan to host a film screening and panel discussion for the Rational Middle a video series on energy sources sponsored by Shell Oil The group of 25 students was able to meet and exceed all of the goals they had set for the event including attracting more than 200 students faculty and staff to the screening for a spirited discussion on energy consumption policy and the environment The team presented a final report on the event s impact to Shell in December 2014 Mullikin hopes to see similar success in this year s class and is excited to help put San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly on the entrepreneurship map For more information about the senior project course

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/marketingseniorproject15 (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Marketing Faculty Update
    2015 16 academic year serving as a visiting scholar at Yanshan University in Qinhuangdao China At Yanshan University Neill will conduct research with senior faculty and also help graduate students and new faculty develop research projects He will combine his previous research in entrepreneurial and global marketing by examining entrepreneurship in China Qinhuangdao is a coastal city about 190 miles east of Beijing Yanshan University is similar to Cal Poly in that it is a comprehensive polytechnic school but with a student population of about 38 000 The business school offers undergraduate master s and doctorate degrees Neill will bring back to the classroom new ideas about the capabilities that enable innovation and value creation for customers Jeff Danes to Retire Marketing Professor Jeffrey Danes will be retiring in June 2016 after 29 years of dedicated service to Cal Poly Danes has a long history of research and innovation in marketing with work ranging from research in mathematical models and multidimensional scaling to new product development packaging and beyond Danes has collaborated with many other Cal Poly professors on cutting edge research projects and his work has been published in a number of prestigious academic journals including the Journal of Consumer Research Journal of Business Research Journal of Sales and Personal Selling Human Communication Research Advances in Consumer Research and the Journal of Marketing Research He has a strong interest in entrepreneurial activities and co founded the online discussion tool Dialogr Danes earned a bachelor s degree in psychology from San Jose State University and a doctorate in communications from Michigan State University Norm Borin Ventures to Thailand with Cal Poly Students Professor Borin took 34 Cal Poly students from a variety of majors to Chiang Mai Thailand for a seven week course on the global environment The course which

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/MarketingFacultyUpdate15 (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - American Marketing Association Grows, Plans Next Marketing Career Conference
    one of Cal Poly s largest and oldest professional business clubs AMA also provides insight into a variety of career opportunities related to marketing This past year AMA received the Club of the Year Award from Cal Poly the Leaders in Community Outreach Award from the Orfalea College of Business and placed second in Mustang News Poly Picks for Best Academic Club The club continues to recruit and engage new members every quarter and recently selected executive vice president Chris Melchione as Member of the Year A few highlights to look forward to this upcoming year include quarterly corporate tours to top employers such as Workday Facebook and Sony weekly meetings and workshops networking events professional speakers and collaborative events with other clubs including Net Impact and Cal Poly Entrepreneurs AMA will be hosting its own Marketing Career Conference on Feb 26 2016 bringing top employers from across the country for a full day of networking workshops and marketing competitions available exclusively to its members AMA is accepting conference sponsorships from companies looking to present and recruit top marketing students at the event For more information on Cal Poly s AMA chapter or to learn how you can get involved

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/AMAUpdate15 (2016-02-17)
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