A streak begins! Oregon State women golfers are back in the Regionals for the second year in a row, hitting a consecutive-years streak for postseason play not matched since 2000-2001, and making another strong statement for second-year head coach Dawn Shockley.

College of Business junior Olivia Benzin, sophomores Nicole Schroeder and Mari Nishiura will represent OSU along with Susie Cavanagh and Ellie Slama at the NCAA Division I tournament.

In total, four women of the seven-member golf squad are studying in the College of Business: Benzin,  Schroeder, Nishiura and Haley Nist, and the group has earned academic accolades for the season in addition to postseason rankings.

Team lauded for highest GPA among women’s athletics

At the May 2018 Academic Achievement Dinner the women’s golf team was honored for holding the highest team GPA among all OSU women’s sports teams. Olivia Benzin earned the highest GPA on the team. Teammates Nist and Schroeder also were recognized for student-athlete achievements.

Congratulations for their hard work in the classroom and on the green!

OSU women’s golf is among the 72 teams competing in the NCAA Division I Regionals at four tournament locations around the nation on May 7-9 at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis., hosted by the University of Wisconsin.

The Beavers are seeded 14th of the 18 teams at Madison. Arizona State, the third seed in the Madison regional, is the women’s defending national champion.

Six teams from each regional advance to the championship on May 18-23 at Karsten Creek Golf Club, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, hosted by Oklahoma State University. The Beavers finished seventh last year in Lubbock, Texas, their best-ever finish at NCAA Regionals.

Go Beavs!

A genuine swill party beer, priced to compete with Pabst Blue Ribbon; a brew with Vitamin D added; a sophisticated black-label luxury beer for the oligarchs, and even a malting company and a tailgating-friendly mobile bar were among the great ideas and business pitches of BA 390 marketing students and GD 325 graphic design students presented to a panel of judges Thursday. Fellow students gave cheers of support while judges received beers – cans and bottles anyway. The beer props were part of the detailed packaging and label design mockups that came from the design students as the marketers presented business plans to launch the new beverage lines.

The event, Winter 2018 Shark Tank “Golden Pint Presentation,” brought in judges from around campus, including Dan Edge, Associate Dean – College of Agriculture and Lee Ann Garrison, Director, School of Art & Communication as well as professor of crop science, Dr. Patrick Hayes, one of the world’s leading researchers of barley strains.

Dr. Hayes, whose recent experiments breeding flavor-rich barley strain has led to varietals anticipated to impact the taste of beer, partnered up with BA 390 course instructor Chuck Toombs to see how far the students could run with the ideas to bring barley-centric beer to market.

Until this research breakthrough from OSU Ag Sciences, barley was simply considered the work horse of beer production, the plain grain that contributed the ABV while hops and yeast waltzed together to form the flavor profiles that beer connoisseurs thirst for.

Team Fairy Ales perfectly captures that Cinderella story of Hayes’ barley research in their presentation, comparing barley to poor Cinderella forced to do all the cooking and cleaning while her step-sisters enjoyed all the parties and praise. The team earned top honors for the best brand & product story.

Another category standout for best product and packaging design was Team Gladius, who produced a slick monochromatic label featuring knight’s armor and swords for their premium barley wine, and a resealable bottle for the heavier, high alcohol beverage. Their pièce de résistance was a tap handle resembling a sword handle for the Gladius brand.

Special guests at the pitch competition included OSU Vice President of Research Cynthia Sagers, and students from the business class at Silverton High School on a college visit with their teacher, Riane Towery.

Each year, Toombs chooses a research project from around campus that he foresees to be on a fast track to market and has his marketing students explore the project launch. Past projects include marketing work for the patented bacon-flavored seaweed from researcher Chris Langdon and colleagues at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.

This year was the first that marketing teams partnered with design students to produce the sophisticated array of label designs, sample products and packaging concepts.

Congratulations to the students of the BA 390 and GD 325 for their incredible work. Judges named winners in five categories listed below, and many thanks to our judges for their time!

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Best Product & Packaging Design: Gladius

Best Multi-Product Monetization Strategy: HIBARR

Best Brand & Product Story: Fairy Ales

Best Regional Focus & Use of Technology: Pacific Malt

Most Creative & Future Focused: Evolve

Dam Worth It campaign brings a voice to students and athletes

Walk by the study rooms In Austin Hall during finals week, and one can quickly lose that nostalgia for “the college days.” The pressure and stress are etched onto tired faces of students, and the intense quiet resonates more than the usual din of the students rotating through classes.

Add to the pressures of work-study jobs, internships, club involvement, and for those 102 elite athletes in the College of Business, NCAA Division I athletics. Every sports season includes an end-of-term grand finale that typically coincides with exams. Never mind training schedules and competition commitments that include extensive travel.

It may come as no surprise that – despite support programs within academics and athletics – there are some chinks in the emotional armor of students, and student-athletes, in particular.

 

Ending the Stigma

Finance major Nathan Braaten is a midfielder on the Oregon State men’s soccer team, and a Pac-12 All-Academic First Team honoree. He also is a co-founder of the Dam Worth It mental health support campaign, a movement he started because there’s still too much stigma associated with mental health issues for students to seek help before a situation becomes untenable.

The Dam Worth It campaign launched in concept in October 2017, with its first outreach to the OSU sports community one month later. The Dam Worth It campaign’s public launch occurred in the same week as the January 2018 suicide of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski. Hilinski was slated to be the starting quarterback in 2018 was described as outgoing and bubbly, and Hilinski’s death was a heavy hit to his family, team and the Pac-12 community.

Braaten and his Dam Worth It co-founder Taylor Ricci, a former top OSU gymnast and College of Public Health and Human Sciences academic standout, were impacted by the many stories about athletes facing mental health challenges across the national, the Pac-12 as well as their own rosters.

The stories all hit too close to home for Braaten and Ricci who also lost OSU teammates. “Because of what we lost, we felt it was time for action,” Braaten said. “Above all, we want this platform to be for everyone, not just student-athletes.”

Their public initiative began with #DamWorthIt social media outreach, and a physical presence at winter season sporting events alongside student workers from the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services.

When Braaten researched into mental health issues of college students, he learned that roughly one-quarter of students identified a struggle with depression or had a mental health concern in the past year. Two-thirds of these students did not seek any help at all ― not a health care professional or even a family member or a friend.

 

Creating a Dialogue

“I feel it’s important that this is peer-to-peer,” said Braaten. “Athletic staff will always have their doors open to hear from us, but if you are the athlete in a crisis, you also will be worried that sharing the problem will affect your start position or your play time. If it were a physical injury, you would not hide it from the team. With Dam Worth It, we want to be the tape or the wrap or the brace that gives support, and we don’t want to hide.”

Far from hiding, the Dam Worth It campaign has earned headlines in USA Today, Sports Illustrated, and other major media outlets. The duo has a grant proposal in with the Pac-12 to build and expand the campaign, plans high-profile events with guest speakers and a continued presence at sporting events. Ricci’s personal profile video was completed this winter, and Braaten’s will be released this spring where they share their stories about their losses and their personal struggles.

“How many athletes will tell you about what they lost? Not many,” Braaten said. “We hope to start the conversation, and keep it going. We want to make mental health conversations as normal as any other everyday conversation.”

Suicide is the seconding leading cause of death among people aged 15-34 in the United States, and depression affects 20-25 percent of Americans aged 18 and older in a given year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Find #DamWorthIt on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/hashtag/DAMWorthIt?src=hash

Nathan Braaten: @NathanBraaten

Taylor Ricci: @TayRicci

 

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OSU’s MBA Corporate Finance team wins the Association for Corporate Governance’s case study competition, the 2018 ACG Cup.

In a regional showdown of corporate financial acumen, the OSU’s MBA Corporate Finance team bested groups from the University of Oregon, the University of Washington and Seattle University to bring home the ACG Cup Northwest.

The ACG Cup Northwest is a case study competition among MBA students placed in a high-pressure setting to solve a real-world business challenge. In the competition students analyze a finance-related case in the field of mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity, and then develop and present a case solution to a panel of industry professionals.

OSU students ― Daniel Pitluck, Brad Stricklin and Patrick McBrien ― presented their winning solutions to a panel of judges comprised of leading finance executives. This was the college’s first year for the win, but the second consecutive appearance in the final round.

Team member Brad Stricklin lays out the bones of the case, describing a company at a crossroads, needing to evaluate whether to stay as a standalone company, merge with another company, or be acquired in a leveraged buyout.

“The company in question for the case study was in the defense industry,” Stricklin said. “We were tasked with analyzing strategic alternatives for the company presenting our recommendation to ‘our board.’ For the final round of judging, we faced a ‘board’ that included the VP of Commercial and Wealth Banking at Umpqua Bank, Torran Nixon, and Stephen Babson, the managing director at Endeavor Capital, a private equity firm based in Seattle,” Stricklin said.

The team members, who all live in different cities, would meet up at coffee shops along the I-5 corridor on Saturday and Sunday mornings and hold a conference call on Tuesday nights to stay on top of their analyses. They studied other business cases, reworking scenarios from past years and sharing news articles. These preparations began in November.

The ACG project solidified one team member’s career interest post-MBA. Dan Pitluck made the decision to work in financial services, after enjoying the intensity of their analytical work. Pitluck attributes the team’s success to these long-term efforts and a dedication to a deep understanding of the material.

“It was easy to tell how much time Brad spent learning the necessary skills to lead our analysis,” Pitluck said. “This was extremely helpful for me, since I do not have an extensive finance background, to have with teammates who would walk through any questions I had.”

The next team goal is to figure out a way to actually celebrate the victory together somewhere after all that hard work.

“We are all excited to finish our MBAs in June, though it’s hard to believe the ACG competition itself has already come and gone,” said team member Patrick McBrien. “The three of us seemed to have a natural unity of purpose. I was floored by their level of commitment. It really felt like we were exercising a professional level of dedication to working on this project, and I think that was borne out by the results.”

The Association for Corporate Growth hosts the annual event among the top two Oregon and Washington teams following preliminary rounds within the College of Business and against other Oregon university teams.

The team was mentored by OSU alumnus Nate Liebler, principal at Newell Craig, LLC and, at the college, by faculty advisor and assistant professor of finance Jonathan Kalodimos. Dr. Kalodimos has integrated preparation for the competition into the curriculum in his Advanced Corporate Finance course.

Through the term, six teams moved through two rounds of competitive eliminations to identify the two top teams to represent OSU in the semi-finals.

“In Advanced Corporate Finance the students learn the quantitative skills necessary to compete, but, importantly, we also give them a framework to evaluate the qualitative or ‘soft’ aspects of business situations and cases,” Kalodimos said. “The soft side of finance is underappreciated skill, but we think developing our MBA students’ understanding of the soft side of finance is crucial for them to thrive in a competitive industry.”

 

Photo credit: Ideagility

Elisa Steele was CEO of Jive Software when the 15-year-old company was acquired for $462 million.

Among the Software Giants

We are excited to invite you to attend a lecture “A Balancing Act: How to live, learn and navigate your career ” by Elisa Steele, an influential leader of software technology firms and Silicon Valley start-ups.

Steele joins us as the 2017 Susan J. McGregor Memorial lecturer.

As the former CEO of Jive Software, Steele will reflect on the experiences that led to her success in the tech industry and as a public company CEO. She will share practical advice about how to live, learn and navigate your new career after your college years.

Jive Software – an enterprise collaboration platform – was formed in 2001. Its IPO in 2011 raised $161 million. Steele became Jive’s president in 2014 and the CEO and president in 2015. In May 2017 the Aurea Company acquired Jive for $462 million in cash.

As CEO, Steele ushered in this transition and then moved to board positions with a number of software start-ups in the Bay area, including machine data analyzing software firm Splunk; item and device location software Tile; HR software platform Namely, and the Webb Investment Network.

Prior to taking the helm at Jive, Steele was their executive vice president of marketing, strategy and products. Steele’s notable career among the software giants includes positions at Skype, Microsoft, Yahoo, Sun Microsystems and AT&T.

Elisa was recently named a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. She also is an innovation advisor to the non-profit organization, Equality Now and is also a member and volunteers for National Charity League, donating time and resources in her local school community.

 

Mon., Oct. 23  |  7 pm  |  LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium
(We are not asking for an RSVP for this event.)

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The Endowed Susan J. McGregor Memorial Lecture on Women’s Leadership for the OSU College of Business has been established through The Estate of Susan J. McGregor in keeping with her interest in supporting women’s issues. McGregor, College of Business ’85, passed away in 2014 after a valiant battle with brain cancer. Her career included stints at the Internal Revenue Service and Coopers and Lybrand before she joined Microsoft where she rose through the ranks of the tax department to become one of the company’s first female general managers in 2007. She was an Alpha Phi, an avid Beaver believer and a generous friend to the OSU Foundation.

We’ve shared major College of Business milestones with you in prior issues of Business Matters, the digital, bi-monthly alumni newsletter we launched last fall.

This fall, our humble newsletter reached a milestone of its own: a print-edition insert place inside the university’s Oregon Stater magazine that reached all of our beaver alumni directly to their mailboxes.

We hope you had a chance to check it out — we’ve covered the stories of one of our exceptional baseball players, MBA student Max Engelbrekt, our Hall of Fame alumna, Jackie Swint, our Hollywood screenwriter, Mike Rich and much, much more.

You can download a PDF of our print magazine at the Business Matters web page, and check out the full year’s storyboard of college and alumni news.

Here, we are updating you with feature stories about Fridays in Austin, the program we launched in 2016 which continues to bring back our alumni and business professionals to engage with our students; we are describing Innovation Nation, our freshmen living-learning community, and sharing the many great stories of our people.

We’ll be printing again in Spring 2018 with Oregon Stater. Please look for our insert then. Otherwise, look for Business Matters reaching you via email. We would love to hear your feedback and ideas on your magazine, so please drop us a email with your thoughts.

(If you are not on our email distribution list, you can join here!)

Oregon State UnivesrityDoes anything seriously say “welcome to summer” as aptly as hot weather and baseball?

Well, here at the College of Business, we are finally getting our hot weather as we said goodbye to some 700 seniors and 70 MBA graduates, and we are still getting us some baseball!

As we mentioned in a previous post during spring term, College of Business junior KJ Harrison is a CoSIDA academic standout.

But – now that it is summer, can we shout, “oh, yeah! slugger Harrison, breakout-star pitcher Bryce Fehmel, and fifteen other College of Business students are part of the (still) no. 1 ranked Oregon State Baseball team maintaining top seed at the College World Series in Omaha through June 28! Oh, yeah!”

Yes, indeed, we can. Welcome to summer.

From the NCAA:

“…The nightcap was all Oregon State. The Beavers demolished LSU 13-1 behind a superb performance from Bryce Fehmel, who lasted eight innings and allowed just two hits. The highlight of the game came off the bat of KJ Harrison, whose sixth inning grand slam — the first of the TD Ameritrade Park era — put the game out of reach….”

According to the bracket, we play again on June 23 at 3 pm Eastern, possibly against the very same team the Beavs soundly defeated on Monday, after graduation day’s nailbiter. Oregon State is 2-0 in the series, and the PAC-12 champs have duplicated a 23-game winning streak from earlier in the season. They are one game short of the university record for straight wins.

So let’s give a huge, hearty “Go Beavs!” to Oregon State Baseball, and our College of Business and students. We are so proud, and we are cheering you on.

 

Photo: Karl Maasdam, Oregon State Athletics

Your business is constantly growing and evolving, aiming to get to the next level of success. As it changes, it will move through various stages of the business life cycle. In this OSU College of Business SOLVE panel, we explore how businesses adapt, evolve and shift. A panel of experts will discuss roadblocks, challenges and successes you will have to navigate as your business grows.

 

Date: July 18, 2017
Time: 5-7 pm
Location: Moss Adams
805 SW Broadway, Suite 1100
Portland, OR 97205

 

Our panel of Oregon companies will explore how to take a business to the next level, whether that is launching a startup, developing a strategic growth plan for an established business, or how companies adapt to market and technology shifts.

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.

Meet the panel

Julie Desimone, CPA, Partner, Moss Adams
Amol Joshi, Assistant Professor, College of Business, OSU
Jim Fagan, CEO Malarkey Roofing Products
Jill Nelson, CEO Ruby Receptionists


Your response is requested by Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

We look forward to seeing you there.

With thanks to our host:

Moss Adans logo SOLVE: Take your business to the next level

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.