Dear Orfalea College of Business Alumni and Friends,
I hope you and your families are safe and healthy. I also hope this fall edition of our newsletter offers a small bright spot and a point of pride with regard how our students and faculty at the Orfalea College of Business continue to innovate and thrive despite these challenging times.
Linked here you’ll find stories about how our accounting students have continued to connect with potential employers virtually, plus how our student club leaders are pushing for greater equity and diversity within the college.
Other items offer an inside look into a mentorship conversation between one of our alumni and a recent-graduate, in addition to reflection from an alumnus who, while still in his 20s, is already thinking about the implications of long term giving and why he’s including Cal Poly and the Orfalea College of Business in his estate planning.
Beyond those stories, I’d like to let you know that our faculty came into this fall quarter even more intently focused on delivering the very best Learn by Doing experiences in their virtual classrooms—with the added benefit of additional time and professional development support over the summer to prepare to do so.
We’ve adapted our curriculum to offer nearly every class virtually and are working tireless to continue to make ourselves educators who can deliver experiential lessons that resonate and engage our students in a virtual setting.
I hope this fall edition of our newsletter offers a small bright spot and a point of pride with regard how our students and faculty at the Orfalea College of Business continue to innovate and thrive despite these challenging times.
We’ve developed the Orfalea College of Business Innovation Fund with this goal in mind, to help provide the short- and long-term resources, tools, technology, student support, and training that will allow us to continue to innovate and prepare our students for the business environments of tomorrow.
We’ve additionally continued to look into the future with regard to our own leadership, and have renewed our search for a permeant dean, now under the guidance of Cal Poly’s new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore.
Our new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee—which is made up of students, faculty and staff—has also been hard at work this fall, creating events, learning circles, book clubs, and fostering small and large conversations to help us build a more inclusive and diverse community on campus.
To get involved, you can also explore mentorship opportunities here through Cal Poly Career Connections. Or you may consider supporting our programs. You can also contact our assistant dean of advancement and external relations, Mary Kelting, to explore other opportunities to support the Orfalea College of Business.
I know I continue to be amazed and immensely proud of all incredible work happening here to create the next generation of business leaders—and to be thankful for the proud and uniquely accomplished network of Orfalea College of Business alumni that you’re a part of.
Wishing you all the very best as we move into this holiday season.
Albert A. Liddicoat, Ph.D.
Interim Dean Orfalea College of Business
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Personnel
California Polytechnic State University