The College of Business held a reception for international exchange students Friday, October 3 at The Vue in downtown Corvallis. The gathering was attended by international students who are here as part of the Arthur Stonehhill International Exchange Program.

Domestic Oregon State students paired up with the international students to help ease the transition joined the celebration, as well as and College of Business faculty and staff.

The Arthur Stonehill International Exchange Program is the biggest of its kind in the state of Oregon, and will host students from more than 20 different countries this year. The program allows students to gain cultural understanding and learn international business from a global perspective.

In addition to this reception, the College of Business also sponsored a trip to the coast and a trip to the Woodburn Outlet mall to acclimate the exchange students to the Pacific Northwest.

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As a student-led organization that actively manages a $1.6 million equity portfolio, the Oregon State Investment Group (OSIG) has a substantial undertaking that provides an unprecedented experiential learning opportunity. In addition to the value of hands-on experience, members of OSIG now have more accolades to add to their already-impressive resumes.

Blake Hendricks accepts a check from D.A. Davidson & Co.'s Rich Fisher for OSIG's first place win in the Portfolio Competition.
Blake Hendricks accepts a check from D.A. Davidson & Co.’s Rich Fisher for OSIG’s first place win in the Portfolio Competition.

OSIG took first place in the annual D.A. Davidson & Co. Student Investment Program competition that ran from Sept. 1, 2013 –Aug. 31, 2014. Student teams were provided with $50,000 to invest, and the top-performing teams received a check on behalf of their college. With a gain of 38% and ending portfolio value of $69,014.35, OSIG finished above the 20 other university teams competing. In a ceremony that took place in Austin Hall Friday, Oct. 3, OSIG was awarded more than $8,000 from D.A. Davidson & Co.

On September 5, 2014, 10 members of OSIG, accompanied by Assistant Professor of Finance Inga Chira, went to Wall Street in New York City  and were directly immersed in the world of finance.


“The annual New York trip is one of the most valuable experiences for the students in OSIG. The opportunity to witness firsthand the environment and culture of the Wall Street firms is something that cannot simply be taught in the classroom,” said Blake Hendricks, DADCO Portfolio Manager.

OSIG in New York City Wall Street
Members of OSIG in NYC include Jessica Kim
Katie Merrill, Arun Varghese, Majed Abdelrasul, Jake Roselli,
Chase Norlin and Alex Markgraff
Van Wong
Chris Koenig
Blake Hendricks

The group learned the value of networking, and spent time with OSU alumni at influential firms such as PIMCO, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, BIDS and Fortress. Among those they met was Wesley Edens, a College of Business graduate. Edens is co-chairman of the board of directors of Fortress, and co-owner of the Milwaukie Bucks.

“Because of this trip, I was able to gain several in-person interviews for a summer internship which ultimately led to a summer internship with PIMCO and a full time position after graduation,” said Jessica Kim, OSIG President. “I believe very strongly that none of this would have been achievable without the Annual New York trip.”

The College of Business hosted a popcorn social Thursday, September 25 for new students, which included a student organization fair for business clubs. Despite the rain, more than 200 students attended the gathering to make a popcorn “sundae,” listen to music, talk with advisors, faculty and the dean, and learn about the College of Business student organizations.

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The College of Business offers twenty different student organizations that span the various business and design disciplines. Learn more about each student organization here.

Brigitte 1Each fall the Oregon State University hosts a day that encourages faculty and staff to connect with each other and learn about what other departments and colleges are doing. Intended to inspire and motivate employees for the impending academic year, it is also a day to recognize and honor the people and achievements of its employees.

Taking place September 18, 2014, University Day includes awards to approximately 20 faculty and staff members in various categories for their accomplishments and contributions.

College of Business and School of Human Design Instructor, Brigitte Cluver, who also serves as the Program Coordinator for Apparel Design and Merchandising Management, is the recipient of the OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. This award honors unusually significant and meritorious achievement in teaching and scholarship, greatly enhancing instruction for students.

University Day Award Winner Brigitte Cluver with President Ed Ray.
University Day Award Winner Brigitte Cluver with President Ed Ray.

“Brigitte is an extremely dedicated teacher who finds a balance between empathy and stringency. She is uncompromising in her demand for excellence, and provides ample support for students to succeed in their learning,” said Minjeong Kim, Associate Dean for the School of Design and Human Environment.

Cluver, who holds a B.S. from University of California at Davis and two degrees from Oregon State (M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Behavior in the Near Environment) also worked in the textile and apparel industry as a textile laboratory technician.

“As a life-long learner, Brigitte is open to learning new strategies and commits herself to innovative teaching that results in enhanced student learning. Her courses are always evolving with more effective teaching methods.”

Awards were given by President Ed Ray at the OSU Faculty Teaching Award Reception on Wednesday, September 17 and again acknowledged at an all university presentation held at LaSells Stewart Center in Austin Auditorium on University Day.

While Austin Hall has many striking features, the artwork, textures, colors and design elements used throughout  make the building truly unique. Until you have the opportunity to experience it firsthand, enjoy this sneak peek of the art and design.

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The move to Austin Hall has commenced – the finishing touches are being added, boxes are being unpacked and computers are being set up. While waiting to open doors to students and visitors, below find a sneak peek amid the unpacking and finishing work chaos.

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This editorial cartoon from the Barometer in 1981 depicts the growing pains experienced by the College of Business at the time.
This editorial cartoon from the Barometer in 1981 depicts the growing pains experienced by the College of Business at the time.

As the Oregon State College of Business packs to move into Austin Hall, there is reflection on the growth and expansion of the college throughout the years.

Boxes in Bexell Hall await the move to Austin Hall.
Boxes in Bexell Hall await the move to Austin Hall.

Growth of the college is common and according to Barometer articles in the early 1980s, increased enrollment numbers taxed the college’s resources so much that measures were taken to deliberately curtail the number of students entering the business programs at Oregon State.

The original caption for this photo: "On the Outside Looking In: Some students have found themselves unable to get into School of Business classes, and are like those students pictured above."
The original caption for this photo: “On the Outside Looking in: Some students have found themselves unable to get into School of Business classes, and are like those students pictured above.”

At one point, a lack of available teachers resulted in more than 700 business students unable to enroll in necessary courses because the college simply ran out of space.

Despite these challenges, the constraints were eventually lifted, the growing pains subsided and the college continued to innovate and expand for more than 30 years.

The culmination of decades of expansion in programming and enrollment will finally be realized as the College of Business moves into Austin Hall, a building that has the space and technology to support the growth.

As faculty and staff move in next week and students begin the first term in Austin Hall on September 29, the state-of-the-art facility will now reflect and enhance the innovation, entrepreneurship and experiential learning opportunities available to our students and future business leaders.

Oregon State MBA grad Frances Chen
Oregon State MBA grad Frances Chen

Frances Chen completed her MBA from Oregon State in June and is currently working at Seattle-based Henrybuilt, a company that specializes in high-end customized kitchen systems. Chen is overseeing the company’s business development, helping them expand and increase sales by developing new sales and marketing strategies. Read about how Frances successfully transitioned from the Oregon State MBA program into what she describes as a “dream job.”

Did you complete any internships while attending OSU?

 Yes, I was working as one of the interns in the OSU Advantage Accelerator from June 2013 to June 2014. I helped clients define their target markets, then helped establish a plan to deliver their products to the market. The experience prepared me for a career in business and defined what I really want to do after college.

What was the best part of your MBA experience at Oregon State?

 The internship was a great experience for me. I was very lucky to meet lots of helpful faculty and staff members there who helped me through the MBA program and become who I am today. Bob Mayes, Jeewon Cho, Shirley Chow and John Turner all provided a nurturing environment for me to overcome challenges and apply what I learned to work and life.

What is the most significant project from completing your degree that you think will benefit you in your early career?

I think the MBA Integrated Business Plan project really helped me learn how to work as a team. In fact, in my current job, I’m responsible for organizing meetings and generating info from all departments to come up with the best possible strategy to help the entire company provide what our clients need. Also, the MBA program overall was a great opportunity and journey to reveal who I really am instead of beating around the bush, not having a goal or not knowing how to pursue my passion.

What advice would you give current and future College of Business students about how to be successful in their program and in seeking a job?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, you won’t get it when you are out of college.

Don’t be afraid to slow down and think about what you really want to do.

Don’t be afraid to make decisions on your own. You’ll learn from your mistakes and failures.

Chen presents an award at the 2014 Celebration of Excellence awards banquet.
Chen presents an award at the 2014 Celebration of Excellence awards banquet.

What is your favorite thing about Corvallis?

I love the summer and fall in Corvallis, it’s so lively. Since I am in a big city now, I really miss the warm and small community feeling Corvallis offers.

What’s your favorite thing about OSU/OSU’s campus?

There’s no favorite thing. I love everything about the OSU campus! Especially the people there.

If you knew you were leaving Corvallis for good, where would you go for your last meal here? What would you order?

It’s a great question. I would definitely go to Downward Dog for their happy hour.

Do you have any “secret” talents or hobbies?

I play the piano well, but not for just anyone. I only play for close friends and family.

What are you most looking forward to in your career?

Right now, I have a perfect opportunity to tackle challenges by doing what I love — marketing and sales and learning to be a leader.  am hoping that someday very soon I can start my own business to help people/students get to where they want to be.

Connor Deeks
Connor Deeks, a graduate from the class of 2014, donated 200 copies of the book “Lean In for Graduates” to inspire his fellow graduates to fight for gender equality in the workplace

Connor Deeks wants both men and women to become “change agents” throughout their careers in the fight against gender inequality in the workplace. That’s why Deeks, a 2014 graduate with degrees in Accounting and Spanish, donated  200 copies of Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In for Graduates” to be given away to College of Business students.

“Many people think that the struggle for workplace equality is over,” said Deeks. “But our female colleagues are not yet experiencing equality. There’s a divide between how women and men are ‘supposed’ to move through their careers and how women are perceived when they demonstrate leadership qualities that would otherwise be considered ideal for men,” he said.

Lean In for Graduates
Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In for Graduates”

Sandberg’s “Lean In” is based on the premise that many women are held back from leadership positions by their body language, speaking voice and a tendency to shy away from speaking out due to a lack of self-confidence.

“Most of my mentors in high school were women, so I’ve always perceived women as strong, capable leaders,” said Deeks.

Deeks first became aware of “Lean In” through his employer, accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Deeks is currently an Experienced Associate at the firm’s Portland office.  The company was an early adopter of the book, posting “PwC is Leaning In” on the news section of their homepage.

“Seeing that on their homepage really grabbed my attention and made me curious to learn more,” said Deeks. “I read it right away and instantly felt compelled to try and get the book into the hands of as many of my fellow Oregon State grads as possible,” he said.

A member of the Dean’s Student Leadership Circle (DSLC) for two years and an officer/events coordinator in the Oregon State chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, a national scholastic and professional accounting organization, Deeks approached Dean Kleinsorge with the idea of giving away copies to College of Business graduates.

Deeks decided to donate $1,000 of his own money for the project and took advantage of PwC’s matching donation funds program, effectively doubling the impact. After negotiating with the publisher to get the price down on a bulk purchase, Deeks and PwC were able to purchase about 200 copies of the book.

For now, the books are available to students who are members of the DSLC or are active and engaged in other student organizations on campus. Deeks is hoping to double or triple the donation in subsequent years, eventually getting the book into the hands of every single College of Business graduate. Deeks also hopes to eventually expand the program to include College of Engineering graduates as well, since close to 40 percent of women with engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field.

Patch Leishman
SDHE grad Patch Leishman is now a designer at Portland design studio Ideaville.

Recent College of Business grad Patch Leishman is now happily working for a design studio in downtown Portland. Read all about how his experience at Oregon State helped prepare him for a fast-paced and varied career in the design industry with this week’s Q and A.

What did you study here at Oregon State? I majored in graphic design, as well as minor in new media communications and I loved both programs. While the design program taught me essential fundamentals of design, the new media program gave me insight into the realm of cognitive science and communications, which was great for me since I tend to focus on digital interfaces and user experience.

What are you doing now that you’ve completed your degree?

After graduation, Jeremy Ehn (owner of Ideaville) graciously offered me a position at Ideaville, a design studio in Downtown Portland, OR. Alongside two other Oregon State alum designers, Brenden Schild and Dana Beaty,  I am the third graphic designer to join the team. We also have a web developer, Ryan Niswonger, who absolutely kills it on the code front. As far as responsibilities go, Ideaville wasn’t afraid to start giving me a lot of projects to work on. In any given day I can find myself designing print flyers for Regence, mocking up web designs in Photoshop, designing wine labels, editing content in the WordPress platform, or coming up with rich and engaging SEO content. Really the sky’s the limit as far as the type of work I get to do, which was one of the reasons I was so attracted to the job.

How did you find out about your current job?

I actually found out about Ideaville through Dana Beaty. She was my TA in my intro graphic design class and I made an effort to connect early on in the design program. Come senior year, I invited her and her coworkers to the senior show. Brenden Schild showed up and was impressed with my thesis work on design in the health care industry and connected me with Ideaville’s owner, Jeremy Ehn­,who is one of the nicest people I’ve ever worked for.

Did you complete any internships while attending Oregon State?

I did have a few internships. From working in the basement of Milner computer lab, interning as a designer for KidSpirit, working in Portland for Outlier Solutions during my junior year, to the most recent position as a designer and exhibition coordinator at the Special Collections and Archives Research Center at the Valley Library. I’d say each job taught me a lot about responsibility and helping other people, which as a designer, is something that really excites me. Service design, design that harmoniously focuses on all aspects of a person’s experience is something that I strive to pursue, and all the internships I completed while at Oregon State helped me form fundamental skills that make me a better user-centered, service-driven thinker.

What was the best part of your experience at Oregon State?

The best part of my experience was starting the AIGA OSU student group (American Institute of Graphic Arts) and being president for a year. It was so great to see designer students ranging from freshmen to seniors come together and get involved. I think that no matter what your grade classification, we all have something to learn from one another.

What is the most significant takeaway from completing your degree that you think will benefit you early on in your career?

I think the most significant thing I took away from the program was the ability to think conceptually about communicating messages in an original yet level-headed away. I think consumers and society in general are becoming smarter and savvier, and as a designer I’ll always need to be able to create fresh yet concrete solutions to any design challenge, whether that be tomorrow or 10 years from now.

What are you most looking forward to in your career?

The thing I’m looking forward to most is being a part of this crazy fast paced world of change we live in. Technology is getting more advanced and smarter everyday, and I’m so glad I get to be the part of that. To be able to merge design and function into our everyday experiences is so thrilling.

What advice would you give current and future College of Business students about how to be successful in their program and in seeking a job?

Network. I know it’s so cliché because people say it all the time, but honestly in the design program, it couldn’t be more true. Start networking early. Try not to be too pushy, but just be honest about your intentions. Be driven. Always pursue more knowledge and keep trying. I think I applied to over 30 places from here to Austin, Texas. One of the offers I got was indeed from my immediate network, so it does pay to make connections.

What is your favorite thing about Corvallis?

One of the things I miss most about Corvallis is walking into Interzone on a rainy day and getting a hot cup of their River Mud coffee. Lucky for me though I have Stumptown nearby!

What’s your favorite thing about Oregon State?

My favorite thing is how friendly and beautiful the campus is. At no time did I ever feel threatened or insecure about my learning experiences, which I think helped push me to keep trying new things while I was there.

If you knew you were leaving Corvallis for good, where would you go for your last meal here? What would you order?

My last meal would have to be the French toast at Gathering Together Farms. It’s not normal French toast. It’s magical farm French toast.

Do you have any “secret” talents or hobbies?

Not many people know that I play the guitar but it’s one of my hobbies I enjoy doing when I get time.

What do you watch when you just need to laugh?

When I need to laugh I watch failed cat jumping videos. Be careful though, once you’ve entered the funny cat video domain, hours will have passed before you realize it.

Any final thoughts you’d like to share?

I love the direction the graphic design program is taking at OSU. I think it was so smart for SDHE to transition to the College of Business, and both Dean Klinsorge and Associate Dean Minjeong Kim have done a great job in the transition. I think there are so many opportunities for design students within the College of Business. Lots of amazing things are happening, and I’m so lucky to have seen a small part of it. As one of my professors Andrea Marks always said, “Onward!”