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  • OCOB - Economics Graduate Student Earns Second Place in CSU Research Competition
    Hatfield England earned a second place award at the 2015 California State University CSU Research Competition His work explored the impact of asset selloffs by the Federal Reserve Bank on short term interest rates Thomson was one of 13 Cal Poly student scholars who presented their work on 10 different projects at the competition Participants in the systemwide competition submitted a five page research report and gave an oral presentation before a panel of judges They were judged on clarity of purpose appropriateness of methodology interpretation of results clear articulation of the research and ability to field questions from the jury and audience More than 245 students from 22 CSU campuses participated Cal Poly tied for the most first place awards and was second in most awards overall It is a testament to the quality of research opportunities and mentorship available to our students that we compete so well in this competition each year said Dean Wendt Cal Poly dean of research Our faculty impact student learning through their research programs and it is a prime example of Cal Poly s Learn by Doing approach and our academic excellence Posted Oct 6 2015 Recent News Paul Orfalea Speaks to Students

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/CSUResearchThomson (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Alumni Spotlight – Chuck Templeton
    economics class I wrote my senior paper on pollution distribution sites in the LA Basin exploring the whole idea of buying pollution credits from other companies who were reducing pollution faster than you were That sort of thing helped me move toward the environmental bent that I ve got these days After graduation Templeton gravitated toward the start up scene He took his first big step in entrepreneurship when he founded OpenTable in 1998 only four years after leaving Cal Poly Today what was once a humble startup is now the global leader in restaurant reservations with customers in all 50 states and more than a dozen countries OpenTable s success not only changed the way restaurants grow their customer base it also opened doors for Templeton to focus full time on his passion for the environment Getting a platform of success under your belt no matter how big can be a huge platform of credibility says Templeton Templeton was eager to answer one central question How do you build a for profit business that makes the world a better place at the same time To answer it he joined Impact Engine a venture accelerator supporting for profit businesses that address an environmental or social goal Beginning in 2012 Templeton helped build Impact Engine from the ground up providing leadership and guidance for nearly every facet of the business from company recruitment to corporate philosophy to funding and beyond Today he remains a part of Impact Engine as Chairman of the Board Templeton says that Cal Poly s Learn by Doing philosophy has been an integral part of his professional experience and is one of his most valued traits in entrepreneurs There s room for theory and thinking strategically but at the same time you ve got to get your

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/Templeton (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Economics Alumnus Rik Floyd Joins Foster Thornton, LLC
    and Cal Poly alumnus Rik Floyd has joined Foster Thornton LLC a private fiduciary company based in the Carmel Valley area of San Diego He was selected to join Foster Thornton after earning certification as a California Licensed Professional Fiduciary CLPF In addition to CLPF Floyd also holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from St Mary s College of California and a Bachelors of Science in Economics from Cal Poly His background and experience in economics and real estate align with the company s objective to provide personalized fiduciary services to all of its clients Floyd remains engaged with Cal Poly as president elect of the Cal Poly Alumni Association and as a member of the Orfalea College of Business Dean s Advisory Council Formerly he was president and treasurer of the Cal Poly Alumni Association San Diego chapter In 2013 Floyd was recognized as Cal Poly s Honored Alumnus of the year for the Orfalea College of Business Pictured Current Cal Poly Alumni Association President Kirstie Macpherson Boyett B S Industrial Technology 1996 Packaging Minor and President Elect Rik Floyd Posted Oct 6 2015 Recent News Paul Orfalea Speaks to Students on Campus Visit Cal Poly Faculty Receives

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/Floyd (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Economics Professor Collaborates with United Nations to Develop Measurement Standards for Green Economies
    worked with a team of UNEP researchers and international scholars to build a methodology for tracking progress in three key dimensions of a green economy social inclusivity environmental sustainability and economic efficiency For each dimension the team identified targets to aspire to thresholds to stay away from and formulated a methodology to measure comparative progress towards those targets Zambrano and the other team members traveled to UNEP meetings in Geneva Switzerland in April and June to present the findings The project supports the organization s mission to improve the comprehensive well being of its member countries and monitor the sustainability of such well being Zambrano was selected for the team based on his past work with the United Nations Development Programme UNDP in which he assisted in the redesign of the Human Development Index and the design of the Gender Inequality Index As the leading international organization for addressing environmental issues UNEP is well positioned to play a critical role in developing and supporting green economy progress indicators Zambrano s involvement with UNEP is ongoing and the Green Economy Progress Index is set to be released by UNEP by the end of the year In addition to his excellent work

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/ZambranoUNEP15 (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Economics Society Students Travel to San Francisco for World Oil Prices Discussion
    oil prices and American energy sentiments Former Special Advisor to President Obama Jason Bordoff former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Bill Reilly and Senior Vice President of Next Generation Kate Gordon participated in the conversation One of the leading discussion topics centered on the phenomenon of cheaper oil prices with crude oil recently dropping below 50 a barrel Will oil continue to spiral down or will the adjusted price be higher than we initially expected While the classic economists answer of perhaps we simply cannot predict the future seemed imperative other speculations surrounding the state of oil prices garnered much interest from the audience The demand for sport utility vehicles is soaring some oil producing countries face tremendous economic turmoil and increasingly environmentally conscious Americans are wary of what the future holds Panelists Gordon and Reilly spoke highly of the United States reaching its target of cutting carbon emissions 20 percent by 2020 based on declining miles driven per vehicle and hydraulic shale fracking creating greater efficiency Bordoff spoke quite intimately about how policy namely cap and trade plays a particularly crucial role in the future of industry and individual carbon reduction Climate One a derivative of The Commonwealth Club seeks to bring together scholarly leaders to foster the discussion of climate change energy efficiency and other relevant environmental issues According to its mission this is to help advance the march toward a low carbon economy The Cal Poly Economics Society grasped this knowledge and relate d to the many diverse economic implications of the discussion Afterward some members even discussed their opinions with Bordoff and enjoyed a brief photo opportunity CPES thanks faculty advisor Steve Hamilton for his help in organizing and carrying out the successful event Pictured in Photo Isabela Galvez Amanda Schafer Anthony Berardi John Crescent Austin White

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/EconSociety15 (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Letter from Area Chair Steve Hamilton
    macroeconomics and econometrics We placed our first class of graduating students into high level positions with technology companies and economic consulting houses We expect continued great things from our graduate students as they join our distinguished economics undergraduate students in the workforce On the undergraduate side enrollment in economics continues to grow along with overall growth at Cal Poly In fall 2015 we admitted our largest most ethnically diverse and most academically talented freshman class in the history of the program We remain one of the most selective economics programs in the country and now have nearly 300 economics students enrolled for the 2015 16 academic year We are excited about the increased interest in economics and the increased quality of our applicants The growth of our undergraduate economics program continues to be a strong and extremely welcome trend In spring 2015 economics faculty joined students from the Cal Poly Economics Society at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco to hear Jason Bordoff former special advisor to President Obama on energy policy speak on the implications of lower oil prices for economic growth It is always a pleasure to have the opportunity to interact with economics students at off campus events Thank you to those who helped make this experience a reality The economics faculty continues to attain a high level of success in obtaining research grants and publishing research in respected economics journals Our faculty remain active and research productive which benefits students by exposing them to real world problems Our commitment to interactive teaching methods remains a focal point of our undergraduate and graduate programs and the nexus of this interaction is the ongoing research activity of the faculty As always we encourage you to stop by and see us whenever you are in San Luis Obispo Our

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/letter-from-area-chair-steve-hamilton/ (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Marketing Professor Stern Neill Kicks Off a Year in China
    be on sabbatical during 2015 16 academic year during which he will be a visiting scholar at Yanshan University in Qinhuangdao China Afforded to faculty every seven years sabbatical is an opportunity for reflection and renewal allowing fulltime pursuit of scholarly activities and instructional innovations and returning to duty with greater insight and vitality During his sabbatical Professor Neill will be combining his previous research in entrepreneurial and global marketing by examining entrepreneurship in China Professor Neill will bring back to the classroom and discipline new thinking on the capabilities that enable innovation and value creation for customers At Yanshan University Professor Neill will be conducting research with senior faculty while also helping graduate students and new faculty on how to develop research projects Located in Qinhuangdao City a coastal city about 190 miles east of Beijing Yanshan University is similar to Cal Poly in that it is a comprehensive polytechnic but with a student population of about 38 000 The business school offers undergraduate masters and Ph D degrees We all wish Professor Neill a rewarding sabbatical and eagerly await his return to Cal Poly Posted Sep 22 2015 Recent News Paul Orfalea Speaks to Students on Campus Visit

    Original URL path: http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/NeillChina15 (2016-02-17)
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  • OCOB - Management Students Design Programs for Local Businesses
    education into actual organizational situations area business and non profits by designing workforce learning programs that these organizations can actually implement Thanks to Cal Poly s Learn by Doing emphasis students feel empowered to explore employee development needs based on actual business capability gaps and create a learning program that can make an immediate impact Management Lecturer Calvin Stevens taught a section of this course last fall with seven student groups who worked directly with Ralph s Supermarkets Collaboration Business Consulting Central Coast Health Richardson Properties and others In each case students took the lead to determine a need for employee and volunteer training and create a corresponding program suited to that business One such organization the American Cancer Society ACS used the student designed program to supplement their national training program for volunteers After the class concluded one member of the student team further developed the program for her senior project She put the content into final form down to the individual slides that the ASC would used in the training ACS leadership is now determined and equipped to provide improved organizational training developed by Cal Poly management students Posted May 7 2015 Recent News Paul Orfalea Speaks to

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