Oregon State College of Business' baseball player KJ Harrison named to CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 team

We are excited to share this news: College of Business junior KJ Harrison and two more of his baseball teammates were named to the CoSIDA (Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-District 8 team. Our men’s baseball team is the only Division-I team across the eight districts to have three players selected. All three are in the running to become Academic All-Americans – the premier awards program in intercollegiate athletics for honoring combined academic and athletic excellence. We’ll hear about that in early June. Congratulations, and good luck!

In more good news for Harrison, Oregon State baseball holds onto its no. 1 national ranking and clinched the Pac-12 title this weekend. Go Beavs!

Fridays in Austin: Entrepreneurship

Fridays in Austin this week features entrepreneurship. Some of our outstanding Oregon State alumni will share experiences, including sales techniques for startups, crowdfunding campaign strategies, commercial real estate, venture capital, angel financing and more.

Our speakers include John Stirek, President of Western Operations for Trammell Crow Company, technology consultant Dan Ellis, Bruce Carpenter from PGE, Jake VanderZanden with OTTO DesignWorks, Mike Hermens from Capgemini, and many others. The Marketplace will feature “Startup Central”  company tables from local startups for a great opportunity to network and learn.

Advising

Here is an important update for all design students: The course designator DHE will be replaces by DSGN. When looking for design courses during fall term registration, you will need to search for DSGN, in addition to DHE. DHE courses are equivalent to DSGN courses, and they will still fulfill your MyDegrees requirements. DHE will eventually be phased out, and all courses will become DSGN.

Be ready: fall term registration begins May 21. More information about registering for courses, including how to look up your assigned fall registration day/time, is here. We also posted a narrative about what a good experience it is to become a “first friend” for international students entering the College of Business from abroad. They are recruiting for fall term so go online to apply.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

The College of Business Undergraduate Graduation Celebration takes place Fri., June 16, from 2 – 4 pm at the Austin Hall Plaza (outdoor) and Austin Marketplace (indoor). This is chance for graduates to bring their families together at Austin Hall prior to the formal university event on Saturday. Greetings from Dean Mitzi Montoya at 3 pm. Refreshing drinks and light fare. RSVP here by May 31.

Graduate students and their families can attend this smaller, more intimate celebration of the graduate degree accomplishments in our home setting one day ahead of the OSU commencement. Dress is business attire. Reception immediately following Austin Hall Plaza (tented outdoors) and Austin Marketplace (indoor). Refreshing drinks and light fare. Information about seating and RSVPs will accompany an exit survey in coming days. (Remember, the OSU Commencement is Sat., June 17. Details here.)

Finally, don’t forget to get your tickets for the 12th annual Oregon State Spring Fashion Show will be for in Milam Hall Room 224 from May 3 – 19, Wednesdays 2-4 pm and Fridays 11 am-1 pm, cash only. The show is Saturday, May 20 at the SEC Plaza. Doors open at 7 pm, and the show starts at 8 pm.

 

COB Arthur Stonehill International Business Exchange Buddy Program

By Ashlie Cooper, BIS and Entrepreneurship major, College of Business

Oregon State College of Buiness exchange studentsMoving to a country that you have never visited before can be very intimidating for even the most ambitious of young college students. After packing all of your belongings, flying overseas and arriving at your new home and starting a new school, settling in can be an overwhelming process.  It can be hard to make friends, too, as an international student. If you’ve ever been the “new kid” you might have a sense of what some may feel shortly after arriving. In a country different than your own, there may be variances in language, culture and environment, which can create a barrier when attempting to connect with others.  Luckily, when students in the College of Business Exchange Program travel internationally to Oregon State University, they are offered the opportunity to have a friend through the COB Buddy Program.

Becoming a buddy can also appeal to local students as well, giving them a unique opportunity to make a friend and create an intercontinental partnership.  The COB exchange program partners with 13 colleges worldwide, including Spain, Thailand, Germany, along with several others. Being a buddy essentially means that you are volunteering your support as a friend to an international student.  Helping someone become acclimated to a new environment can be very rewarding for both parties. As they arrive in the states, many buddies will meet their international counterpart at the airport to welcome them, give some direction and answer any questions they may have. Buddies are often the first friend that an incoming exchange student makes.

Being a part of the exchange program can be incredibly beneficial to both parties involved. Building a relationship with someone of another culture and perspective can help with developing a deeper understanding of these differences. Networking, building a connection with others, and leadership are all critical skill to have in the business field, making it a great way for students to build skills through real life experience.

Buddy Time Commitments

It’s recommended that buddies schedule at least one hour a week to spend time together, whether it be going to an event on campus, or just catching up over coffee. Buddies are also encouraged to invite their new friend to a variety of activities, to help them feel welcomed at OSU. Each buddy relationship is an open-ended partnership, whose terms are mostly determined by each individual buddy relationship. Many turn into lifelong friendships and can really shape the experience a student has on their travels abroad.

The College of business is the only program on campus that gives international exchange students an opportunity to partner up with an OSU full-time student. Since international business is of great interest to many students, developing this type of understanding can assist in future international interactions.

Becoming a buddy was a great decision for me because it’s allowed me to meet many people I would not have had the opportunity to otherwise. I’ve learned a lot about the differences between our world at OSU and universities in other countries, not to mention, learning to be a good friend and helping my buddy adjust and feel welcome.

Students who want to become a buddy at OSU complete a short survey to indicate their preferences for gender, home country, and even specify if they speak another language, in order to be matched appropriately with an incoming exchange student. Most of the time, a buddy will just be for one term, but some students stay for two or more terms. Students who decide to become a buddy will often choose to apply again, because of the great experiences they had with their new international friends.

How the Buddy System Helps

Christina Knudsen, an international exchange student from Denmark, shared why the COB Buddy Program was important to her. “I decided to sign up for the buddy program because it was an opportunity to establish contact with a person that would be able to help me with whatever question I could come up with. I’m far away from home, which means that the buddy program gave me an opportunity to get in touch with someone who would be able to guide me in the right direction. It made my trip to the US a whole lot easier knowing that a person would welcome me. Being paired with a great buddy like Ashlie was just a lucky coincidence!”

Connie Caddis, the assistant international exchange coordinator and College of Business academic advisor has goals of growing the program into a student club.  Students could join to share their international experiences and plan events and outings together.  With the program growing, she envisions more events for participants to engage in creating an atmosphere in which students can intermingle and build lasting relationships. “I’d love to see more events be planned for buddies to attend to allow a comfortable place to spend time together, like a day trip to Newport Beach, or a hike and picnic outing in the local area,” Caddis said. Making the program into a club will also allow for greater funding opportunities and student involvement.

“Studying abroad opens people’s eyes to different cultures. One thing I learned from incoming exchange students is that they always perceive everyone in the States as so friendly. I’m glad they get that impression” Caddis adds, “And many are impressed by all the facilities and resources we have on campus. We’re lucky to have such a great campus where there are plenty of things going on every day.”

How to Get Involved

To get involved in the COB international exchange buddy program, students are encouraged to apply online, or contact Connie Caddis with questions or concerns. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2017 term.  This is a great opportunity for COB students to branch out, learn something new, and change your perspective.   Visit this webpage for more information:   http://business.oregonstate.edu/advising/international-business-option/be-cob-buddy

(Pictured: Ashlie on left and her international exchange buddy, Christina)

 

Oregon State College of Business Tim Leatherman Dean's Executive SeriesFirst of all, a big congratulations to Innovation Nation and the first-year entrepreneurs. Their Spring Company Show last week was such a success. What a great Friday that was, with the Marketplace packed with almost 70 business teams displaying their product lines, and hundreds of guests including some of our most distinguished alumni.

Don’t miss this week’s Dean’s Executive Series, which brings Oregon State alumnus Tim Leatherman (pictured) into Austin Hall. Tim is the chairman and co-founder of Leatherman Tool Group, and he will tell his story, “How a Boy Scout Knife with Pliers Transformed an Industry.” Tim combined his entrepreneurial spirit with engineering knowledge to become a major global multi-function tool manufacturer. (Who needs a Swiss army when we have Beaver ingenuity?)

Tim is the keynote speaker for the OSU Invitational Shark Tank Competition, hosted each year by the OSU Entrepreneurship Club. So, following the discussion, support our students competing against teams from the University of Oregon in a Shark Tank-style pitch competition.

The “sharks” are investors and entrepreneurs from across Oregon: Ben Rivera, president and CEO of Leatherman Tool Group; Celeste Edman, CEO of Lunar Logic; and Jon Maroney, partner of the Oregon Angel Fund. RSVP.

Shark Tank is just part of the lineup on Friday, May 5 — when Fridays in Austin features Design. Alumni and industry partners from companies including Nike, Columbia, Ziba, SmithCFI, Henderer Design and others. There are three discussion panels as well as professional development workshops, networking, and corporate tabling in the Marketplace.

As well, don’t miss the Design Showcase, which will feature the senior design capstone projects on the first floor of Austin HAll. This is your chance to see the beautiful work of our interior design, apparel design and merchandising students on display, talk to the artists (11 am -12 pm), and learn more about the design programs here at Oregon State.

The Works newsletter this week is filled with important updates from our Advising office (some important academic changes outlined here in a blog post) and all the important deadlines for spring and summer, and other events, too. Check your inbox, or look online.

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

 

NEW MENTORING OPPORTUNITY
Great news!  BA 407 Section 002, Intro to Mentoring and Coaching, is now open to all majors with senior standing for registration!  This fall term course (CRN 25776) offers a unique opportunity to help others, develop valuable skills, and gain course credit. The class seeks business seniors to mentor and coach second-year business students to enhance their experience and help them to prepare to be admitted to Pro-School.

The class is spread out over a full academic year beginning with a two credit course in the fall that offers a theory-based overview of mentoring and coaching along with hands-on opportunities to apply what they are learning by leading discussions with second-year students on topics such as leadership, teams, etc. Students will continue to apply their new knowledge and skills over the winter and spring terms by leading one-hour discussions with small groups of second-year students. Upon completion, students will have accumulated 4 credit hours to apply toward their elective credits.  Management majors may use those four credits to satisfy the elective portion of their major requirements. Questions?  Please contact Professor Paterson at ted.paterson@oregonstate.edu

ACCOUNTING
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.

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

DESIGN
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).

ENTREPRENEURSHIP
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.

FINANCE
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.

MANAGEMENT
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. **See note above regarding new mentoring opportunity!**

MARKETING
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.

PRE-BUSINESS
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. You may enroll into section 2 or 3 of BA 230, offered fall term.  Section ONE is reserved for our Business and Entrepreneurship Minor students.
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!

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.

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.