Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business Honors Outstanding Students and Faculty

Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business honored its 2015-16 outstanding students and faculty at the college’s annual Senior Awards Ceremony on May 13.

Accounting senior Nicole Mogg, from Moorpark, Calif., received the Academic Excellence and Delta Sigma Pi Award for maintaining a 3.94 GPA, the highest of any graduating senior in the college. Mogg was also named the Accounting Area’s Outstanding Graduating Senior. She was among eight Orfalea College of Business seniors who received scholastic achievement awards for holding a GPA above 3.85. While at Cal Poly, Mogg studied abroad in London, earned the Moss Adams Accounting Student Scholarship, tutored accounting classmates, served on Cal Poly’s Inter Housing Council, and was a member of the Cal Poly Accounting Club. She has been accepted into the University of Michigan’s M.S. Accounting program and plans to work at Grant Thornton.

The Women in Business club received the college’s Club of the Year Award. The organization was founded in 2015 by business administration students Hannah Poplack, Shelby Sly, Megan Johnson, Kayla Lake, Jessie Goodrum and Courtney Jacobson. With the vision of becoming one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the empowerment of female leaders across campus, the club quickly grew to more than 200 members from a variety of majors. Women in Business also launched the Women’s Business Leadership Academy, a certificate program that includes professionalism workshops, executive roundtables, mentorship opportunities from leading alumni, and industry tours. The club also hosted nearly 500 students at its first Defining Her Future Conference, featuring keynote speaker Blake Irving CEO of GoDaddy.

Lecturers Sharon Dobson and Sisi Pouraghabagher received Distinguished Teacher of the Year awards, an honor determined by student votes. Dobson has taught core courses in the Orfalea College of Business’ Accounting, Finance and Marketing areas since 2003. She is known for her efforts to support students success in ways that go beyond academics. Dobson has personally helped many students connect to internship and job opportunities and advised student clubs and campus organizations on financial stability.

Pouraghabagher, an alumna of the Orfalea College of Business, teaches accounting courses. She joined the college as a faculty member in 2015 after more than 20 of professional experience, including working as a CPA at Deloitte and leading global, publicly-traded financial service organizations in Southern California. In the classroom, Pouraghabagher’s students know her as a teacher who pushes students to their highest potential while weaving in real business application into her curriculum. She also is an active mentor in the Executive Partner Program at Cal Poly, and advises students on career readiness and professional success.

Economics Professor Jason Lepore won the Emeritus Faculty of the Year Award after being nominated by his colleagues. He is an advocate for career readiness among his students, encouraging internships for underclassmen and framing economic concepts into real-world scenarios. Lepore has also helped Cal Poly Athletics attract new student athletes by sharing a professor’s perspective with recruits and their families. He also takes extra time to mentor student athletes from all majors. Lepore often travels with the Economics Society to conferences and speaking engagements to enrich the student experience.

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