Videos from TEDxOSU now available

Were you one of the lucky 120 people who got a ticket to the exclusive, first-ever TEDxOSU conference in April? If not, now you can hear exactly what the four speakers, all addressing topics of sustainability and energy resources, had to say to the Corvallis crowd on April 17 by going to

The event was organized by Oregon State College of Business MBA candidate Jennifer Villalobos and featured a wide-range of presenters, from CEOs to OSU professors and non-profit directors.

Check out the talk from Jim Walls, executive director for the Lane County Resource Initiative, below then and go to TEDxOSU to watch all the speakers. You can also check out photos from the event and our quick take following the event for more TEDxOSU goodness.

Marketing presents 2012 student awards

Marketing Student Awards 2012
Oregon State College of Business Marketing Student Awards on May 1, 2012.

The College of Business recognized the top students in its Marketing Major today, awarding scholarships to four promising juniors and naming its top seniors of the year in a lunch at the OSU Memorial Union.

Associate Professor and Marketing Coordinator Hal Koenig handed out the awards, with Oregon State alumna Angelina Lusetti representing Target, which sponsored scholarships.

Hal Koenig
Professor Hal Koenig presents at the Oregon State College of Business Marketing Student Awards on May 1, 2012.

Juniors Alyssa Mari, Janel Coussens, and Milan Laurent were awarded Target Company scholarships. Mikaela Inman was chosen as the recipient of the Northwest Market Research Association scholarship, and will work with OSU’s Close to the Customer (C2C) as a student researcher.

Coussens, from Banks High School, is involved with the Austin Family Business program and has also served as a volunteer firefighter with Banks Fire District #13.

Inman, of Crater High School, helped raise $36,000 for the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence as a member of the Kappa Delta sorority and volunteers with the Southern Oregon Humane Society.

Laurent, from Santiago High School, is vice president of the OSU Public Relations Society and has volunteered with organizations such as Community Outreach, Inc. and Relay for Life.

Marketing Junior scholarship winners
Junior scholarship awardees Mikaela Inman, Milan Laurent and Janel Coussens at the Oregon State College of Business Marketing Student Awards on May 1, 2012.

Also honored were the three Distinguished Marketing Senior award finalists, Katy Puckett, Brandy Cordeiro and Stevie Marcum, who was named the Marketing Senior of the Year.

Puckett holds a 3.93 GAP and will graduate in June with degrees in both Marketing and Business Management.

Cordeiro, who grew up in Maui, has a 3.79 GPA, is active in the Hui o Hawaii club on campus and has volunteered for the Linn Benton Food Share.

Marcum has been active in charities through her Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and will graduate with a 3.8 GPA.

Marketing senior award winners
Distinguished seniors Brandy Cordeiro, Stevie Marcum and Katy Puckett at the Oregon State College of Business Marketing Student Awards on May 1, 2012.

What to watch for at the CEO Summit

Next week some of the top real estate executives in Oregon will gather to discuss the future of the industry at the Oregon State University College of Business CEO Summit at the Governor Hotel in Portland.

The May 3 Summit features a panel discussion with David Andersen, president of Anderesen Construction Company; Mark Edlen, CEO of Gerding Edlen,; Derrick McGavic, founder and principal of Newport Capital Partners; and John Stirek, president of Western Operations for Trammel Crow.

Diane Detering-Paddison, chief strategy officer of Cassidy Turley, will serve as moderator while Tom Toomey, president and CEO of UDR, Inc., has the keynote on how real estate professionals can do more with less.

The panel will look at the many changes the real estate industry has been faced with over the past decade as consumers and businesses are faced with growing uncertainty and fewer resources, and what must happen to encourage growth in the next decade as the technologically savvy and more urban centered Generation Y continues to dominate the workforce.

Each speaker brings different expertise and experience to the discussion, including the construction industry, multi-family housing, commercial real estate and sustainability practices.

“I view real estate as one of many economic drivers,” Edlen said. “It not only creates the obvious construction jobs but more importantly real estate development creates the spaces within which people can, live work and play.”

While integrally connected with the economy, real estate decisions also inform the desirability of a company and the image it wishes to project, Edlen said.

“Is it space that will give them a hiring advantage when recruiting Gen Y, which is the largest bulge yet to push through the country, or will it conversely cause them to view that company as a less than desirable place to work?” Edlen said. “Where any particular building is located is critical as we see people looking to work and live in livable, sustainable, walkable and culturally rich communities rather than in isolated auto dependent areas.”

The CEO Summit begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Governor Hotel in Portland. Cost is $50, which includes breakfast. Click here more information or to register.

Media Mentions: Predicting the crash, tracking your data

A summary of where College of Business faculty, students and alumni are getting attention out in the world.

Something we missed or you’d like to see mentioned on the blog? Email COB storyteller Chris Hagan at chris.hagan at or leave a comment on this post.

Finance professor Dave Berger was recognized for a new paper looking at how to predict when global stock markets might decline:

Professor Nancy King was quoted in a New York Times story looking at how personal data get shared between companies:

King also took part in a panel at the Orange and Black Evening in Portland. Check out the Facebook page for the OSU Alumni Association for some photos from the event.

This month was also the first-ever TEDx event hosted by Oregon State, which was organized by OSU MBA candidate Jennifer Villalobos. The Gazette-Times had a story and photos on the talks:


Beta Alpha Psi places third in Northwest Regional

BAP tutoring in Second Life
BAP tutoring in Second Life

The Oregon State University Beta Alpha Psi team took third (out of 16 teams) in the group’s Northwest Regional meeting in Seattle April 13-14.

OSU’s team presented on their use of social media, including an active website and Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The most creative use, though, may have been the construction of a space on Second Life. The group created tutoring space on the virtual world through Oregon State’s Beaver Island, connecting with members and students in new ways. Check ou the team’s Facebook page for more pictures of the Second Life project.

Around 20 members of BAP worked on the projects with support from OSU’s Central Web Services, the College of Engineering App development team, engineering professors & students and Teaching Across the Curriculum. Congratulations to everyone involved, and if you haven’t yet, go follow/like/join up and stay in touch with everything BAP has going on.

Sights from the first Oregon State TEDx

Oregon State hosted its first-ever TEDx talk last night at the LaSells Stewart Center on campus, with an audience of around 120 people at the sold-out event.

The whole event was organized by Oregon State College of Business MBA candidate Jennifer Villalobos. Speakers focused on the theme “Our Planet,” highlighting ideas around sustainability, specifically as it relates to water and energy.

The COB staff headed over around 5 p.m., though Villalobos had been at the center all day running through preparations such as blocking the stage, running microphone checks and even cutting out the paper Earths that decorated the hall.

Note: Apologies for the grainy iPhone3 shots. We’ll have shots from the event photographer up in the next week or so.

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“Relentless” screening in Portland Wednesday

“Relentless,” new documentary chronicling a year in the life of the Global Formula Racing Team from Oregon State, will premiere in Portland on Wednesday in a free event at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

The team is mostly made up of College of Engineering graduate and undergraduate students, in partnership with Duale Hochschule Baden Württemberg Ravensburg in Germany. The first international collaboration, the team is currently ranked No. 1 in the FSAE World Rankings.

Check out the trailer and head out to OMSI Wednesday for the screening. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the film at 7:15 p.m.