Oregon State College of BusinessWelcome to Week 4, a busy one, as usual.

We have two of our favorite themes for you this week – Careers and Innovation.

But first a quick callout of our blog post outlining all the important academic updates this week from College of Business advising. Read this post and prepare for fall scheduling.

Now back to Careers: The spring OSU career expo is this week on Wed., April 26. They’ve got hundreds of employers lined up to attend. As well there is a companion diversity career symposium, providing a full day of career building sessions for diverse students; both events are at LaSells.

Also on Wednesday, in Austin Hall we have the spring accounting job fair, from 1 to 4 pm with employers from the State of Oregon, Jones & Roth, Precision Castparts, Moss Adams, and others.

One day ahead of the university event is the health professions expo hosted by the College of Science, which welcomes student from all majors.

Fridays in Austin’s theme this week is Innovation, and we bring in industry professionals from companies including Starbucks, Nike and WiLAN Inc. We also have a jobs seminar for international students, and a professional development workshop on cover-letter writing.

Friday in Austin will also be buzzing with Innovation Nation’s Spring Company Show. The first-year entrepreneurs will be displaying and selling their products in three sessions in the Austin Marketplace and 2nd floor.

Oregon State College of BusinesssWe’d like to put this on your radar: save the date for next week’s Dean’s Executive Series Lecture featuring a keynote address from Tim Leatherman, OSU alum, chairman of the board, and co-founder of Leatherman Tools. He’ll discuss the story of Leatherman, creators of all-in-one tools. Tim’s keynote will kickoff the Shark Tank competition, hosted here by the Entrepreneurs Club and InnovationX.

There’s more, if you can believe it, and it is all in The Works. So look for that newsletter in your inbox, or read it online.

Oregon State College of BusinessGreetings, College of Business students.  Please review these important informational updates about our academic program. As always, if you have questions, please get in touch with us in advising.

Students admitted into the accountancy major summer 2017 forward will have the benefit of a new curriculum. To see those requirements, run a “What If” query in MyDegrees for the 2017-18 academic year. New scheduling guides for 2017-18 will soon be available online and in the advising office.

New scheduling guides for 2017-18 will soon be available online and in the advising office.

Students interested in Apparel Design should register for DSGN 226 (offered fall term only). Students interested in Interior Design should register for DSGN 287 (fall term only).  Students interested in Merchandising Management should register for DSGN 276 (winter only).  All pre-design program students should plan on taking DSGN 221 (F, W, S), DSGN 244 (F, W), DSGN 255 (fall only), and DSGN 281 (F, W, S).

Please note that BA 464, Venture Management, a required course for your major will be offered FALL TERM 2017. This is a change from last year. Be sure to enroll! New scheduling guides for the 2017-18 academic year will soon be available online and in the advising office.

You will see FIN 440, Fixed Income Securities, on the fall schedule. Pre-reqs include FIN 341 and 342 with a C- or higher. This class will count for one of your finance electives, but an exception in MyDegrees will need to be made, so check in with your advisor. NOTE: Fixed Income Securities was also taught fall 2016 as a FIN 499 course with Professor Shao. If you completed that particular section of FIN 499, do not take FIN 440. New scheduling guides for the 2017-18 academic year will soon be available online and in the advising office.

Students accepted into the Management major summer 2017 forward will find an experiential opportunity woven into their requirements. Updated scheduling guides and requirements will soon be available online and in the advising office.

Students accepted into the marketing major summer 2017 forward should take MRKT 390 fall term rather than BA 390. MRKT 390 is a new class and may not have been included in prior program plans. We are also planning to teach one section of this class in winter 2018. If you have already completed BA 390, there is no need to take MRKT 390.

BA 253 was a required course for all pre-business students. However, that four-credit class will be replaced by BA 281, 3 credits plus a separate 1 credit section, i.e. BA 282, BA 283 or BA 284. If you were planning to take BA 253 in the fall and it is not on the schedule, register instead for BA 281 (3 credits) and 282 (1 credit). Appropriate classes will be offered winter and spring as well. BA 233 was also most likely included in your prior program plans. Please plan to enroll in BA 230 rather than BA 233. Questions? Contact your advisor.


A quick thanks to all of you and to the Austin Family Business Program for making our first Fridays in Austin of the term a powerful success. Now we look forward to this week’s highlights:

With the university’s Spring 2017 Career Expo just ten days away – and more than one hundred employers attending – you have plenty more opportunities to continue to use the professional development platforms and services here in Austin Hall to get ready for that big day, too.

For starters, there’s Friday’s morning networking coffee with the finance industry leaders who will speak for Fridays in Austin events. The event also features the Oregon State Investment Group, a student-led organization that actively manages a $1.8 million equity portfolio for the OSU Foundation.

This kicks off the Finance-themed Fridays in Austin lineup, which includes discussion panels on asset management, financial institutions, student-led discussions of their internship experience, and expert tips to “network your way” to an internship.

Goldman Sachs will have an informational session covering their employment and internship opportunities, while KPMG experts will help you polish up your resume.

Not to be missed are the team-building sessions in the HWeekend. This Friday evening event will help match participants to projects in advance of the weekend’s build session.

This week’s Impact Oregon innovation workshop will be a hands-on session on conceptualization and “crummy” prototyping. Drop by the DAMLab Makerspace on Friday from 2 – 3:30 pm. All these Impact Oregon workshops will help build your concepts and ideas and prepare you for the statewide competition – but you will also learn some cool things along the way.

Also, be sure to visit the Family Business Boardroom: Making it to the C-Suite in Privately-Held Enterprises event featuring Lisa Weiglin, head of talent development for Endeavour Capital, a leading private equity investment firm with offices in Seattle, Portland, Denver and Los Angeles.

Certainly, this week’s “don’t miss” event is the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture with alumnus Trey Winthrop, the chief financial officer from Bob’s Red Mill. The Milwaukie, Oregon company is an employee-owned operation that places high value on people and relationships. Winthrop will discuss how the company balances growth, strategy and processes in such an environment. RSVP and reserve your place for the Fri., April 14, 10 am event in Stirek Auditorium (Austin 183).

Oregon State College of BusinessIn conjunction with the Austin Family Business Program, Fridays in Austin events will center on the workings of successful family businesses. You can hear from Travis Boersma, president & co-founder of Dutch Bros. Coffee (and runner-up for “don’t miss” event of the week!), who started the company with his brother. RSVP for his talk here. Other events include a discussion panel of financial advisors focused on positioning family businesses to succeed for future generations. Review the Family Business Day page for more details. It’s an all-star lineup!

Also, design students, today is the last day to sign up  for the Senior Mentoring Event. This Portland event pairs seniors in apparel design, interior design, graphic design, or merchandising management with a professional in the student’s field. Apply with your resume.

We’d like to say congratulations to Steven Miller and Moriah Shay! They are among the honorees receiving the Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Award of Excellence for their “Thinker Tinker Trailer, The College of Business Mobile Makerspace.” In addition to the accolades associated with recognition as one of 10 outstanding examples of outreach and engagement work at Oregon State, they have won $1,000.

As well, let’s congratulate Nathan Braaten, who won the InnovationX PitchFest for his work creating wearable jewelry embedded with a safety alert system.

Remember, all of our news and events information highlights are in The Works, so don’t miss it!

Welcome back, students! We hope you are rested and refreshed from your spring break adventures, and ready to get back to business. Here are a few highlights of this week’s important happenings that you don’t want to miss.

— The Career Success Center has a few more openings to join the multi-day Travel Friday road trip to Seattle. View more information here.

Don’t miss this opportunity! The Senior Mentoring Event will pair a senior in Apparel Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, and/or Merchandising Management with a professional in the student’s field for a morning of conversation, input, and professional networking advice. Apply with your resume by April 10.

— The official application deadline for HWeekend is April 5 — but it fills up quickly (like, really quickly) so do not delay, and apply today.

Impact Oregon, the statewide invention challenge, will have a kickoff meeting on Thurs., April 6. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn you through the process of getting an idea out of your head and into a product cycle.

— Advising has opened the spring pro-school application process. Here is the link.

— Our Fridays in Austin platform will begin its run for spring term next week.

— Our full lineup is in The Works (as usual) so don’t miss it!

SOLVE: The Workplace of the Future

When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
5:00-7:00 PM
805 SW Broadway, Suite 800
Portland, OR 97205



New and disruptive technologies, a global talent pool, real-time data and social networks – all of these and more impact businesses today. Are you prepared for the foreseeable changes to how we communicate, collaborate, and work? What have you missed?

We turn to experts that can help SOLVE the business challenges that we’ll face as the Workplace of the Future unfolds.

Join us for networking followed by a discussion with OSU faculty and industry leaders.

Our panel of Oregon companies will explore issues like attracting and retaining and the next generation of talent, how companies are addressing flexible work needs, what impact technology will have, and how the workplace can influence productivity, collaboration and innovation.

Don’t miss this event where we bring leaders in our business community and higher education together to SOLVE business challenges and address critical issues.

Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.
RSVP requested by Wednesday, April 19.

We look forward to seeing you there!

SOLVE is an innovative solution-producing platform from OSU’s College of Business, providing companies in the Portland area with the opportunity to convene and hear from industry experts and Oregon State faculty about practical solutions for the challenges facing businesses today.

 SOLVE: The Big Deal for Big Data

Tuesday, February 28 | 5-7 p.m.

WeWork Custom House |220 NW 8th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209


Teresa Herrera, Manager, Data Gov. & Analytics Services: Samaritan Health Services
Kevin Johnson, Worldwide Director, Data Center/Cloud Solutions: Intel
Steven Miller, Data Maestro, Global Leader Academic Programs: IBM Analytics Group

Data is everywhere, generated by everything around us, all the time, making it more and more critical to develop and apply new technologies to collect, process and understand data in an efficient way. We turn to experts to help you SOLVE for learning about big data and how it can help you in your business.

Join us for networking followed by a discussion with local data experts led by Charla Triplett, director of strategic partnerships and corporate engagement for the OSU College of Business.

Our panel of Oregon companies will discuss the nuances of big data and data analytics, how big data has changed the business climate and what the future holds. Don’t miss this event where we bring leaders in our business community and higher education together to SOLVE business challenges and address critical issues.

fridays in austin

Fridays in Austin is an initiative created by the College of Business to provide business students with professional and leadership development opportunities.  

The Fridays workshops and seminars are open to all College of Business students, and they are a required component of the First Year Experience for all new business students.

“Fridays in Austin offers many engagement opportunities,” said Carol Leder, the college’s head advisor. “Students will be able to network and engage with OSU alumni, business leaders, student leaders, faculty and advisors. Our goal is for business students to have access to a wide-range of activities and learning opportunities across many industries. These new professional and leadership development opportunities are exciting complements to all of our academic programs.”

Added Career Success Center Executive Director Brandi Fuhrman, “Fridays in Austin will give business students a major advantage as they discover their personal path to future career success. It’s a chance to interact with industry professionals and it adds tremendous value to the educational experience. We are really excited about this new initiative to help students engage in their own development as future business leaders outside the classroom.”

Fridays in Austin kicks off Sept. 30 with the theme of ethics and features a 10 a.m. “Ethics in the Work Environment” discussion in Austin Hall 126 with a panel of alumni. Also on the docket for Sept. 30 are welcome events for community college transfer students, resume workshops for accounting students, and a “Creating a Job Search Strategy” session.

Subsequent Fridays in Austin themes are health care (Oct. 7), food/beverage (Oct. 14), sales (Oct. 21), design thinking (Oct. 28), performance (Nov. 4) and well-being (Nov. 18).

Students are asked to register for Friday in Austin events because space is limited. Registration links will be available on the Fridays in Austin webpage.

Experian Chairman Don Robert, second from right, with Prof. Anthony Klotz, left, and the students who accompanied him to London this summer.
Experian Chairman Don Robert, second from right, with Prof. Anthony Klotz, left, and the students who accompanied him to London this summer.

Prof. Anthony Klotz’s second summer of leading College of Business students through a course in cross-cultural management in London carried an additional benefit: This year’s group had a front-row seat to history as the United Kingdom opted for Brexit and voted to leave the European Union.

“We arrived in London about a week before the polls closed for the Brexit vote,” said Troy McCool, one of 18 students who accompanied Klotz on the three-week trip, a partnership between the College of Business and INTO; INTO is an OSU partner that helps facilitate international education.

“We saw a lot of groups on the street trying to sway voters,” McCool said. “All over the news was stuff about the vote too. For the week leading up to the vote, it all felt like the final vote would be against leaving the EU and that it would all go back to normal. When we woke up on the first Thursday of our trip, we learned that the final tally was to leave. The ramifications were immediate. Overnight their markets lost about 115 million pounds and their currency fell in buying power.”

As they did in 2015, Klotz and his students met with College of Business alumnus Don Robert, chairman of global information services giant Experian. Robert is also on the board of the Bank of England, the British equivalent of the Federal Reserve.

“Don said the BoE had been meeting around the clock in the days leading up to Brexit to plan for how they would stabilize the pound and the economy if the country voted to exit,” Klotz said. “He did not go into many specifics, but he felt positive that the plans that they put in place would be effective. Indeed, although the pound is down from its pre-Brexit level, it has recovered a bit and leveled off since its precipitous fall following the vote.”

London voters, the ones most often encountered by Klotz and the students, were 59.9 percent in favor staying in the EU, and Scotland and Northern Ireland were also heavily in favor of remaining. But nine other regions voted 70 percent or greater to exit, and England as a whole was 53 percent in favor of Brexit, resulting in the overall 52-48 breakdown.

In addition to Robert, Klotz’s students heard from Simon Sproule, chief marketing officer of British car maker Aston Martin.

“Simon is British born and raised,” Klotz said. “He expressed concern over Brexit – but didn’t say whether it was good or bad — since Aston Martin builds all of its cars, by hand, in England and ships them all over the world. We also met with several folks at Unilever, including HR directors and marketing directors in charge of the Hellman’s mayo brand and the Knorr flavoring brand. Again, they expressed sincere surprise at the Brexit outcome, but like everyone else, tried not to inject their personal opinion. All of the students rated these business visits as the best part of the trip. They also talked about how they’ll be able to tell their grandkids they were in London for one of the most historic events in European history.”

Joining McCool on the student roster were Alexandra Martino, Jennifer Duffy, Sara Black, Sophie Clarke, Ryan Lonsway, Joshua Whittle, Danielle Lacombe, Lauren Becker, Chengrun (Daniel) Deng, Meaghan Connelly, Zack Hermann, Megan Wheeler, Dehuai (Sean) Xiao, Heidi Peterson, Dominic Carrier, Isai Garcia and Duncan Miller.

Kenna Hanson
Kenna Hanson

Kenna Hanson, senior to be in interior design, has an internship this summer that she’s been preparing for almost half her life.

Hanson is working for Tiffany Home Design, a key vendor on the 6,275-square-foot “Quintessence” home in this year’s NW Natural Street of Dreams.

“Brittainy Tiffany of Tiffany Home Design is responsible for the design and staging” of the five-bedroom, five-bath house, Hanson said, “as well as for coordinating on a neighboring wine tasting location called ‘The Barrel House.’ I have been involved in furniture, accessory, and casegoods sourcing, selection, design and installation of the Street of Dreams house and have also been involved with other personal clients with our head interior designer, Brooke Johnson. I also have contributed some sourcing to local community projects and participated in their staging department and showroom.”

Hanson, who grew up in southwest Portland, traces her roots as designer to age 12.

“My grandparents were building a house on Puget Sound, and my uncle was the architect,” she said. “Every time we went up, the house grew and grew, and I said, I want to do that; I want to take my own design and build my Barbie dream house, which sounds so lame, but I was 12. I started drawing and still have the drawings: a three-story mansion with a pool. My dad flipped houses on his own time, so I just grew up around house construction and architecture and design and all of that. I was used to it and decided I wanted to be in business for myself.”

The interior design program within the College of Business has helped put her on the cusp of launching a career in her aspirational field of residential design.

“I truly love Oregon State,” she said. “I love the campus, I love the interior design staff, and all the design and human environment teachers are really nice. Residential design kind of died out when the (housing) market crashed, but now it’s coming back up.”

This year’s Street of Dreams, the 47th edition of the event produced annually by the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland, features five homes in a vineyard development on Pete’s Mountain in West Linn. It opens July 30 and runs through Aug. 28.

Tickets to view the work of all of the builders and design professionals are on sale now.

“The houses are all built and it’s up to us to place the pieces and stage them to bring most attention to the home as well as show everyone what we can do to the best of our abilities,” Hanson said.