A Letter from Finance Area Chair John Dobson

Area Chair John DobsonDear alumni and friends of the Finance Area,

Welcome to the 2016 edition of the Cal Poly finance newsletter. Thank you, once again, for the positive response to last year’s edition and the many personal updates that you sent to us. It is extremely gratifying to hear about the tremendous personal achievements many of you have made since leaving Cal Poly, and I hope more of you will take the time to drop us a note and let us know about some of the interesting and important experiences you have had since graduating. We hope this communication will keep you connected with the Finance Area, the Orfalea College of Business, and each other.

This past year has been an eventful one for the Finance Area. In July, I took over for Cyrus Ramezani as the area chair. I’m sure you would wish to join me in thanking Cyrus for his eight years of stellar service as chair. During his tenure we have managed to hire several high quality faculty members, some of whom you will hear from in this newsletter. Under his stewardship, the Finance Area has grown steadily and is now the most popular concentration in the college. This is in no small part due to Cyrus’ nurturing of high quality senior project choices such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification, which upholds a pass rate significantly above average, and the Student Managed Portfolio Project (SMPP). Many of you probably have memories of these projects, and I’m pleased to report that they both continue to flourish.

Looking to the future, we hope next year to inaugurate a new real estate finance concentration, which will complement our existing financial management concentration. We also hope to resurrect the Bloomberg Certification senior project, and to make improvements to room 302, a classroom of which you may have ‘fond’ memories. Our other new and ongoing activities will be outlined throughout this newsletter.

The finance faculty continue to attain high levels of success in presenting their research at professional gatherings, obtaining research grants, and publishing research in respected journals. Our faculty remain active and research-productive, which benefits students by exposing them to instructors who are fully equipped with state of the art knowledge and ready to tackle real world problems.

As always, we encourage you to stop by and see us whenever you are in San Luis Obispo. Our Cal Poly community is every bit as nice as you remember! In addition, please let us know something about yourself that you would like to share with alumni, and we will make sure to include your updates in a future newsletter.

For up-to-date information on the area, staff, course offerings and activities, check our website. Your comments, questions and personal items are welcome any time. You can mail or email them to me or Sheila Smith. We encourage you to keep your contact and professional information updated. We hope you have an outstanding and productive remainder of 2016 and that success will continue to find you and your loved ones in 2017.

John Dobson
Finance Area Chair