Mustang Family Weekend 2016

Mustang Family Weekend Oct 20-23The Orfalea College of Business welcomes parents, alumni and supporters during Mustang Family Weekend Oct. 20-23, 2016 in San Luis Obispo! Check out a schedule of Orfalea College of Business events below. The full schedule of the university’s weekend events can be found here.

Date and Time Event Description
Thursday, Oct. 20
6-8 p.m.
Downtown SLO
Farmer’s Market SLO Farmer’s Market brings the community together to shop for fresh produce sample varied cuisine, browse shops, and listen to live music and entertainment. Held on five downtown blocks of Higuera Street between Osos and Nipomo streets. Stop by the Cal Poly Athletic’s Booth and Parent and Family Programs booth!
Friday, Oct. 21
10:10-11 a.m.
Bldg. 03 Rm. 112
Classes Without Quizzes: Packaging Packaging continues to grow beyond being a support function that puts product in containers to become a strategic business function aimed at creating value throughout the value chain. Learn why “packaging is the product” and get a brief tour of world class packaging labs at Cal Poly.
Friday, Oct. 21
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
University Union Lobby
Campus Tour 90 minute walking tour of campus with the official Cal Poly Ambassadors
Friday, Oct. 21
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Bldg. 02 Rm. 210
Classes Without Quizzes: Entrepreneurship Startups: Start Here! An interactive presentation with out creative Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship students. 
Friday, Oct. 21
1-2 p.m.
Bldg. 52 Rm. E27
Study Abroad Showcase The Cal Poly International Center will be hosting a Study Abroad Panel. At this session, you will hear from current Cal Poly students about their experiences abroad and how it impacted their academic, career, and personal goals. 
Friday, Oct. 21
5-9 p.m.
Performing Art’s Center
Plot Twist: Life doesn’t happen the way you expect it to. For better or for worse, everyone encounters plot twists in the stories of their lives and it’s those moments of dramatic change that teach us, test us, and inspire us. 
Saturday, Oct. 22
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Building 02, Room 213 (Business Silo)
Orfalea College of Business Learn by Doing Reception with the Dean Hear from current Orfalea students about their projects and initiatives related to Learn by Doing.
Saturday, Oct. 22
10:30-11:15 a.m.
Business Building (03) Breezway
Orfalea College of Business Coffee and Cookies Reception  Enjoy a meet and greet with the Deans and student presenters over coffee and cookies.
Saturday, Oct. 22
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Performing Arts Center Lobby
Legacy Lunch Lunch celebrating all those who have made Cal Poly a family tradition.
Saturday, Oct. 22
12-1:30 p.m.
University Union Plaza
Cal Poly Rally Enjoy live music by Bear Market Riot, food, and homecoming festivities for the whole family. Free event open to all!
Saturday, Oct. 22
3-6 p.m.
O’Neill Green
Cal Poly Greek Reunion Enjoy BBQ, beer, wine, and music before the Homecoming Football Game. Must be a Cal Poly Greek or accompanied by one. 
Saturday, Oct. 22
3-6 p.m.
O’Neill Green
Homecoming BBQ and Tailgate
Enjoy BBQ, beer, wine, and music before the football game. Cal Poly students must have ticket to attend.
Saturday, Oct. 22
3-6 p.m.
O’Neill Green
Special Viewing of Revitalized Koi Pond, Waterfall and Mustang Mascot in Rock Formation You’re invited to peer through student’s framed rendering that will help you visualize the head and mane of the university mascot prominently featured amidst a rock formation and the rejuvenated koi pond garden and waterfall. 
Saturday, Oct. 22
6:05-9 p.m.
Spanos Stadium
Homecoming Football Game
vs. UC Davis
Watch Cal Poly take on UC Davis in an exciting conference game! Buy tickets at
Saturday, Oct. 22
7 p.m.
Mott Gym
CP Women’s Volleyball
vs. Long Beach
Bump, set, spike! Watch the Women’s Volleyball team take on Long Beach in this conference game.
Saturday, Oct. 22
8 p.m.
Mustang Station
CP Men’s Soccer vs. UCSB Watch Party Hang out at the new Mustang Station and watch the Cal Poly Men’s Soccer team take on UCSB.
Sunday, Oct. 23
9-11 a.m.
Sequoia Lawn
Parent Farewell Breakfast Grab a cup of coffee and a donut before saying goodbye to your student and returning home!
Sunday, Oct. 23
10 a.m.
Alumni House
President’s Breakfast   Finish off a great weekend at Cal Poly by enjoying brunch with the President. Tickets available for purchase.


Mustang Memories: Who was your favorite professor?

Student in classTony Narduzzi (Information Systems, ’00)
North American DevOps Team Lead at IBM
“It’s been 15 years, and so many of my professors were great. I’ll give two examples. I remember international business law with Chris Carr being very interesting and entertaining. He had real world examples and personal experiences to relate to every lesson. Even though it was an evening class during my last quarter before graduation, I looked forward to attending every class. Being an MIS concentration, who could forget Barry Floyd. He was quite possibly the most personable instructor ever, willing to discuss anything with a genuine interest in helping students find their way.”

Ralph Busch (MBA, ’13)
Operations Manager at California Royale LLC (Monte Vista Farming Co.)
“Dr. York was my favorite professor at Cal Poly and my favorite professor of my entire college career. His way of teaching was really what changed the way I think about and how I understand business. I truly believe he helped take my thinking and work ethic to the next level.”

Michelle McGoon (Information Systems & Economics Minor, ’07)
Learning Technology Advisor at Chevron Corporation
“I really enjoyed Dr. Rosemary Wild‘s Information Systems class (BUS 393: Database System and Designs). I think this was the most practical class I had in all of my information systems concentration, and one I refer back to frequently for information architecture throughout my job. She taught us some great tools: data flow diagrams, entity relationship diagrams, and third-form normalization (“So Help Me, Codd!”).”

 Kurt Raffetto (Economics, ’87)
Dr. Dominic Perello was always there for me when I had questions or needed guidance. I didn’t even know about his Air Force background when I asked for a letter of recommendation for officer training school. We kept in touch throughout my career and my oldest boy is named Dominic in part because of him.”

Robert Fernandes (Information Systems, ’99)
Director of Mobile Development at Primitive Logic Inc.
“Barry Floyd – Great professor, cared about the success of his students, as well as took extra efforts to provide all the help he could for his students to get jobs lined up after graduation. The most impressive, is he remembered, in detail, who I was when I spoke at ISA twelve years after I graduated.”

Kerry Wilson (Marketing, ’91)
“My favorite professor; Walter Rice. I’ll never forget the “Economics of Robinson Crusoe: lecture. I sat in class thinking, “I get this!” He was an excellent teacher. His final was a lottery; 3 of 10 complex problems that were given beforehand. You better believe that by the time the final came around, each of us could solve those 10 problems in our sleep; (which was exactly what he wanted).”

Accounting Alumni Happy Hour in San Francisco

Cal Poly Accounting Happy Hour Monday, March 21, at Sens San Francisco Embarcadero Center

Accounting AlumniJoin Cal Poly’s accounting alumni for happy hour in the Bay Area. You’ll have the chance to network with other accounting professionals and classmates as you sip drinks and enjoy appetizers.

Monday, March 21
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Sens San Francisco Embarcadero Center
4 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, Calif.

Please RSVP by March 18 to via our Google Doc or 805-756-2695. Even if you don’t RSVP ahead of time, you are still welcome to attend.

Mustang Memories – Marketing

Student in classJoshua Burroughs (Business Administration, ’08)
Senior Development Manager, Barry Swenson Builder
“I had the pleasure of traveling with Lynn Metcalf to Peru with 20 other Cal Poly graduates and deliver over 500 wheelchairs to children and adults with disabilities. I’ll never forget the year we spent raising $100,000 together as a team and Professor Metcalf’s leadership as our fearless advisor.”

Richard Husky (B.S., Business Administration, 2006, Economics Minor)
“A favorite memory… Dr. Tietje lead a team of 18 students on a year-long senior project. Our goal was to plan and execute a marketing campaign for the all-new Honda Fit. This was a competitive campaign and our performance was compared against many other universities. Our group placed among the top three universities and was flown to Honda’s USA headquarters to present our findings. While giving our presentation, I snuck a few quick looks at Dr. Tietje. He looked so proud. I’ll never forget his support and guidance throughout this project. Thanks Dr. T!”

Kyle Cameron (B.S., Business Administration, 2008)
Controller, James Loudspeaker
“Professor Hess is very engaging, personable, and knowledgeable.”

Erin Shafqat (B.S., Business Administration, 2013)
Marketing Director, Carlsbad Manufacturing
“Daily photos of Professor Borin’s dog!”

Ayano Kumazawa (B.S., Business Administration, 2012, Graphic Communications Minor)
Real Estate Administrative Assistant, Costco Wholesale Japan
“I can’t pick one, so I will write two, Dr. Metcalf and Dr. Neil. They both have incredible knowledge and experience to share with us. I enjoyed every assignments and projects I have done in their classes!”

Which Cal Poly professor do you remember most? If you haven’t already, share your Mustang Memories with us via our online form.

Alumni Spotlight: Molly Holcomb

Molly Holcomb

When Orfalea College of Business alumna Molly Holcomb (nee Roberts) was an undergraduate at Cal Poly, she never expected to find a career in the financial sector. But the 2006 business administration graduate is thriving in the professional world as director of marketing and communications at Xceed Financial Credit Union, a full-service financial institution that manages more than $1.2 billion in assets.

With a concentration in marketing and a minor in wine and viticulture, Holcomb began her career managing client accounts at Pacific Communications Group. In 2008, she joined Aerospace Federal Credit Union as a marketing manager tasked with the opportunity to build a marketing department almost entirely from scratch.

“I was hired to start their first in-house marketing department from the ground up,” Holcomb says. “It required a lot of trial and error and thinking outside the box, but it was a really great learning experience. After a few years of proven success, I was promoted to vice president and asked to attend monthly meetings with the board of directors — a great feat at any age, but especially while still in my 20s.”

After seven years with Aerospace Federal Credit Union, she joined Xceed Financial Credit Union, where she works to achieve similar growth initiatives but on a much larger scale.

“When I sat in my classes at Cal Poly, I never thought that I would be marketing financial products — ever!” Holcomb says. “It’s very different from marketing typical consumer goods; it forces you to be creative. Personal finance is not as sexy as the latest fashion trends or electronic gadgets, so you have to find new ways to capture your audience.”

Holcomb says that Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy was essential to her success at Cal Poly and beyond. She remembers the excitement of her hands-on senior project experience, working with Professor Lynn Metcalf to fundraise and deliver wheelchairs to those in need in Belize.

“I think that philosophy and the way Cal Poly encourages students to get hands-on experience is key,” Holcomb says. “The knowledge I gained in my senior project classes, in the American Marketing Association, and in classes that had outreach components to businesses in the community provided a great foundation for transitioning into the workforce after graduation.”

Even today, Holcomb feels the Cal Poly spirit all around her. She had the chance to work alongside Cal Poly alumnus Huong Halpin (Statistics, ’01) and still promotes Learn by Doing as a standout quality in the workforce.

“I regularly reference Learn by Doing. As someone who now hires people on a regular basis, I know that hands-on experience definitely sets candidates apart.”

Holcomb urges students about to begin their professional careers to get involved outside of the classroom and be open to new experiences that come their way.

“Just think outside the box. Travel, join a club outside of your major, attend lectures from visiting professionals and alumni, and network through your professors. I knew nothing about credit unions when I graduated, but there are some really great opportunities for students who are willing to look at smaller companies to get their start. It just requires a little more effort to research and find out who they are.”