Graduate Program Fair


Orfalea Grad Fair

Orfalea College of Business Graduate Program Fair

Thinking about earning a master’s degree, professional certificate or MBA at Cal Poly? All students and community members are welcome to visit the Graduate Fair and learn about career options.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

In the UU

Explore the Orfalea College of Business’ degree and certificate programs, including:

  • MS Business Analytics
  • Professional Certificate in Business Analytics
  • MS Economics
  • MBA
  • Engineering Management Program (EMP) with the College of Engineering
  • MSA Financial Accounting
  • MSA Tax

The application period is open until April 1. More details about each program and the application process can be found on the Orfalea College of Business Graduate Program website.

Orfalea College of Business Announces Jacobsen Faculty Fellows


Eduardo Zambrano, Chris Carr and Larry GormanCal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business recently named professors Eduardo Zambrano, Chris Carr and Larry Gorman as the first ever recipients of the Jacobsen Faculty Fellowship.

Orfalea alumnus Rich Jacobsen founded the fellowship in 2015 to support outstanding faculty in accounting, economics and finance. It is awarded to faculty who go above and beyond to inspire students both in and out of the classroom and who cultivate meaningful industry connections that bolster career readiness. The award supports faculty with $15,000 each year for three years.

Rich Jacobsen

Alum Rich Jacobsen

Carr, who teaches business law in the college’s Accounting Area, is a Fulbright Scholar who has led students on a number of trips around the world to learn about supply chain management and international relations. Zambrano of the Economics Area has worked with a United Nations task force to develop metrics on sustainable economies, and is recognized internationally for his research and consulting on welfare economics and human development. Gorman, a professor in the Finance Area, has paved the way for strong industry connections between finance students and major employers in the high-tech sector, including leaders like Apple.

A four-person Dean’s Advisory Council committee assessed applications for the fellowship, a process that included reviewing the applications, talking to students, and – in some cases – interviewing applicants. Each of these individuals was selected for their outstanding efforts to inspire students, which was the most important criteria for the Jacobsen family, and connect meaningfully with industry partners for the benefit of students.

Jacobsen, who is a managing director at the San Francisco office of Greenhill & Co., was inspired to establish the fellowship with his with Margaret after his 15-year career on Wall Street. Jacobsen saw how Cal Poly graduates were consistently overlooked by investment banks for entry level positions.

“While some graduates of elite schools take an analyst position for granted, Cal Poly students are willing to ‘run through walls’ to make the most of their opportunity,” Jacobsen said of his experience with new hires at Greenhill. He credits Cal Poly faculty like Mary Beth Armstrong, Alan Bailey, Jan Duffy, and Ken Reiner inspired him to persevere through a competitive finance industry.

To support the students and faculty of the Orfalea College of Business, contact the Advancement team at cobdeansoffice@calpoly.edu.

Russ Nash Named Orfalea College of Business Honored Alumnus


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Russ Nash (B.S., Business Administration, 1982) has been named the 2015 Orfalea College of Business Honored Alumnus. He was honored at Cal Poly’s annual Honored Alumni banquet Nov. 6 at Chumash Auditorium.

Nash, a CPA who concentrated in accounting as a student, worked for a major accounting firm in Los Angeles after graduating Cal Poly. He moved to Sacramento in 1986 to follow his dream of starting his own company. Across his career, has launched everything from a financial planning firm to a smoothie shop. Today he and his brother, fellow Cal Poly alumnus Steven (B.S., Business Administration, 1985), own and operate Professional Education Services, a company that offers innovative continuing education programs in the accounting and real estate industries.

6-Nash insertAlong the way, Nash has continued to make a big impact on campus by supporting Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE). From the program’s early days, he has taken a hands-on role in mentoring student teams as they develop their ventures, several of which have launched successful businesses.

“Being around these fired-up, business-minded young people is really inspiring,” says Nash of his work with student startups in the CIE. “I have walked in their shoes, so I’m happy to spread the knowledge to those who can learn from it now.”

In addition to mentorship, Nash has provided critical financial support to the CIE’s student-centered programs. Cal Poly recently debuted the Nash Family Entrepreneurship Lab, the university’s on-campus incubator and workspace for startups. Today the Nash family, including his wife Kimberly (B.S., Journalism, 1982), also supports a student scholarship in the Accounting area of the Orfalea College of Business.

Explore a Q&A with Nash about what keeps him connected to Cal Poly 30 years after graduating at bit.ly/OrfaleaHonoredAlumni.

Graduate Program Fair


Orfalea College of Business Graduate Fair

Orfalea College of Business Graduate Program Fair

Thinking about earning a master’s degree, professional certificate or MBA at Cal Poly? All students and community members are welcome to visit the Graduate Fair and learn about career options.

Tuesday, November 10

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Business Building Breezeway

Explore the Orfalea College of Business’ degree and certificate programs, including:

  • MS Business Analytics*
  • Professional Certificate in Business Analytics
  • MS Economics
  • MBA
  • Engineering Management Program (EMP) with the College of Engineering
  • MSA Financial Accounting
  • MSA Tax

The application period is open from Oct. 1 through April 1. More details about each program and the application process can be found on the Orfalea College of Business Graduate Program website.

*Pending CSU approval.

MS Accounting Info Session


Accounting StudentsMaster of Science in Accounting Information Session Nov. 12

All students are welcome to attend an information session on the Orfalea College of Business master’s program in accounting and its specializations in tax and financial accounting.

Thursday, November 12

11:10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Building 03, room 305 (Cal Poly map)

Free pizza for attendees!

Faculty will be on hand to answer questions about curriculum, earning potential with a master’s degree and CPA exam qualifications.

MSA Tax prepares its graduates for a career in federal, state or local taxation with a public accounting firm, a state or federal governmental tax agency or industry.

MSA Financial Accounting is a uniquely designed, multi-disciplinary approach to graduate accounting education that couples advanced financial accounting and audit curriculum with courses in information systems.

Both programs are open to students who earned an undergraduate degree in accounting or a related field like mathematics, computer science or statistics. The application period is open from Oct. 1 through April 1. More details about each program and the application process can be found on the Orfalea College of Business Graduate Program website.