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Cal Poly Students Earn Praise and Scholarships at Cardboard Structural Design Competition

Two teams of Cal Poly business students took second and third place in the structural design portion of the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC) Student Competition. The students were challenged with using cardboard and other paper materials to create a family of products that would help their university recruit new students. The guidelines required […]

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Orfalea College of Business Appoints New Associate Deans

Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business has appointed three associate deans to the leadership team that will support Dean Scott Dawson as he implements a strategic vision for the college. Sanjiv Jaggia is associate dean for graduate programs, Kevin Lertwachara is associate dean for undergraduate programs, and Rami Shani is associate dean for faculty and […]

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Cal Poly Students Excel on Chartered Financial Analyst Exam

A group of finance students from in Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business achieved outstanding success on the latest Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 Exam with a pass rate of 61 percent — well above the exam’s average pass rate of 42 percent. The CFA Charter designation is the “gold standard” for finance professionals […]

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Cal Poly Appoints New Joint Business/Engineering Faculty Member to Promote Entrepreneurship

Tom Katona, an engineer with extensive experience in technological innovation and startup ventures, has been appointed to a joint teaching position in Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business and College of Engineering, with an eye toward fostering student entrepreneurial activity. Katona will play a pivotal role in expanding collaboration among the College of Engineering, the […]

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Doug Cerf Named Interim Executive Director of Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Doug Cerf, former interim dean of the Orfalea College of Business, has been named interim executive director of the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE). In his new role, he will help guide Cal Poly programs in entrepreneurship and hospitality. CIE leaders made the announcement last week to the center’s Founders’ Circle, comprised […]

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Orfalea College of Business Graduates Debut Start-Ups with the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Several teams of Orfalea College of Business graduates showcased their start-up businesses at Demo Day, the culmination of the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship’s HotHouse Summer Accelerator Program. The Accelerator Program fostered nine teams of Cal Poly students and recent graduates over the past 12 weeks. Each team received $7,500 in seed funding, […]

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Cal Poly’s Quarter Plus Program Gives Business Freshmen a Head Start

The weak morning light begins creeping through the windows of a still classroom as fresh-faced students begin to fill its seats, anticipating Professor Michael Marlow’s economics lecture. Before long, there’s a buzz of chatter among the freshmen with topics ranging from the mint-and-chip ice cream served in campus dining halls to who overslept for today’s […]

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Cal Poly Students Earn Praise in National Packaging Design Contest

Four teams of Cal Poly students earned recognition in the AmeriStar Awards Competition, a national contest sponsored by the Institute of Packaging Professionals that highlights the year’s most innovative packaging designs. Among 28 student entries from university packaging programs throughout the nation, Cal Poly students stood out with projects relating to the health and beauty, […]

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Cal Poly Partners with Marketo to Develop Technology-Based Curriculum

Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business has announced a partnership with marketing software company Marketo that will give students practical experience with automated marketing software. Selected courses in the college’s Marketing Area will feature practical applications of Marketo’s “customer engagement” platform to better prepare students for emerging positions in data management, digital media, and mobile […]

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Orfalea College of Business Welcomes New Dean

The Orfalea College of Business welcomed Scott Dawson as its new dean on Aug. 1. Dawson comes to Cal Poly with a rich history in academics and business consulting. As dean of the School of Business and Administration at Portland State University, Dawson managed a faculty of 55 instructors and a $17 million budget. He […]

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