Ten student-athletes from the Orfalea College of Business were named to the Big West Conference Fall All-Academic Team in February or, in the case of the football players, the Big Sky Conference Fall All-Academic Team. To be eligible, student-athletes (excluding true freshmen and first-year transfers) are required to have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA through the most recent term while also simultaneously competing in at least 50 percent of their respective games, meets or matches.
Sydney Knauer, Women’s Soccer (Business Administration)
Bryanna Fuller, Women’s Cross Country (Business Administration)
Hannah Hull, Women’s Cross Country (Business Administration)
Mikey Giguere, Men’s Cross Country (Business Administration)
Garrett Migliozzi, Men’s Cross Country (Business Administration)
Colin Goebel, Football (Business Administration)
Jared Mohamed, Football (Business Administration)
Sam Ogee, Football (Business Administration)
Jake Jeffrey, Football (Business Administration)
Jake Smeltzer, Football (Industrial Technology)
Senior business administration major Jared Mohamed, a fullback on the Cal Poly football team, was named to the All-Big Sky Conference first team in November as well as to the 2017 Big Sky All-Academic Team in February. Mohamed is concentrating in financial management and minoring in real property development.
Honored as a third-team All-American by STATS FCS, Mohamed also was named to Phil Steele’s 2017 Postseason All-Big Sky Conference First Team. He became Cal Poly’s 21st 1,000-yard rusher with 1,172 yards during the 2017 season. Mohamed was named the team’s most valuable player and offensive most valuable player at a team banquet in January.
Mohamed is No. 10 on Cal Poly’s all-time list for rushing yards in a season and accumulated 933 of his yards in eight Big Sky games, averaging 116.6 yards per conference contest. Cal Poly has produced at least one 1,000-yard rusher in each of the last seven seasons.
To be eligible for Big Sky All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have met and/or exceeded the following minimum requirements: 1) Participated in at least half of the team’s competitions; 2) Achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at the conclusion of the most recently completed term; 3) Completed at least one academic term at his/her current Big Sky institution.
Cal Poly welcomes prospective students, parents, alumni and friends to campus for Open House from April 12-14, 2018! The Orfalea College of Business is proud to host events throughout the week that will give prospective students and supporters an in-depth perspective on the Learn by Doing education the college provides.
Admitted students, be sure to RSVP for Open House.
Thursday, April 12: Campus Preview at Farmer’s Market
Open House weekend begins with “Campus Preview at Farmers’ Market” on Thursday, April 12 from 6-9 p.m. Explore downtown and experience San Luis Obispo’s world-famous Farmer’s Market. Cal Poly Clubs and Organizations will be present to showcase what they have to offer.
Friday, April 13: Admitted Students Discovery Day
|8 a.m.- 12 p.m.||Open House Check In||Mott Lawn||Check in for the day’s events! Bring a digital or printed copy of your ticket.|
|9-9:45 a.m.||University Welcome||Rec Center Main Gym||Hear from Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong and VP for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey as they welcomes potential students, supporters and alumni to campus. Hear about the major initiatives shaping Cal Poly and Learn by Doing today.|
|10-10:45 a.m.||Orfalea College of Business Welcome||Multi Activity Center||Hear from Dean Scott Dawson, alumni and current students about what it’s like to attend the Orfalea College of Business. You’ll also learn about the college-specific events happening at Open House.|
|Student Panels: Opportunities at Orfalea||The Business Silo
Bldg. 03, room 213
|Enjoy an interactive panel discussion with current Cal Poly students about the Learn by Doing opportunities they’ve embraced in the Orfalea College of Business inside and outside the classroom. Learn how students gain a competitive edge through college clubs, mentorship, internships and industry connections.|
|11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.||Orfalea Information Fair||O’Neill Green||Browse booths from departments, clubs, international programs, student services and more. It’s a great opportunity to interact with current students and ask questions about Orfalea’s programs.|
|11 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.||Orfalea College Tours||Breezeway Outside the Student Success Center||We will offer tours departing every 15 minutes, take a guided tour of the business building with an Orfalea student ambassador. You’ll explore classrooms, computer labs, lecture halls and meeting rooms while learning more about what the college has to offer.|
and 1:45 p.m.
|Spanish Speaking Orfalea College Tours||Breezeway Outside the Student Success Center||Take a guided tour of the business building with a Spanish speaking Orfalea student ambassador. You’ll explore classrooms, computer labs, lecture halls and meeting rooms while learning more about what the college has to offer delivered in Spanish.|
|11 a.m.- 1 p.m.||Accounting Area Demo||Bldg. 03, room 107|
|11 a.m.-12 p.m.||Marketing Area Demo||Bldg. 03, room 206|
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
|Management & Human Resources Area Demo||Bldg. 03, room 113|
|Economics Area Demo||Bldg. 03, room 306|
|11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
|Finance Area Demo||Bldg. 03, room 302|
|11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.
|Industrial Technology and Packaging Area Demo||O’Neill Green|
|Entrepreneurship Demo||Bldg. 02, room 206|
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
|Information Systems Demo||Bldg. 03, room 205|
|7:30-10 p.m.||Parents’ Coffee House||University Union, Chumash Auditorium||While students are enjoying Friday Nite Invite, parents and supporters are invited to Coffee House, where they can talk to current students from all six of Cal Poly’s colleges while enjoying coffee from local vendors. There will also be speakers from Administration as well as Parent & Family Programs.|
|7:30-10 p.m.||Friday Night Invite||University Union Plaza||Prospective students will enjoy free pizza, bowling, a DJ, games, crafts and club booths while meeting their fellow Mustangs.|
|8-9 p.m.||Transfer Student Mixer||University Union Room 220||Potential transfer students will get a chance to meet up and learn from an informational panel with time for Q&A. Food and drinks will be provided!|
Saturday, April 14: Poly Royal Celebration
|10 a.m.- 3 p.m.||Campus Showcase||Lower Campus||At Campus Showcase Cal Poly Clubs and Organizations get a chance to show off what they do with booths, activities, food, and much more. Over 200 clubs are represented at this fun and exciting event.|
|10-11 a.m.||Coffee with the Dean||Bldg. 02, room 210||Take time to chat with Orfalea College of Business Dean Scott Dawson about his vision for the college and the resources that make it a perfect fit for thousands of students each year.|
|9-10 a.m.||Poly Royal Parade||Perimeter Road||Wave to a vibrant parade of clubs, community organizations and programs celebrating Cal Poly along Perimeter Road!|
|10-10:30 a.m.||Opening Ceremonies||Dexter Lawn||Hear Cal Poly’s leaders kick off another exciting day on campus.|
|10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.||Poly Royal Stage||Dexter Lawn||Enjoy music, dance and club performances from students on the stage on Dexter Lawn!|
|1-3:30 p.m.||Poly Royal Truck and Tractor Pull||Highland Dr. and Mt. Bishop Rd.||The Poly Royal Truck and Tractor Pull has been held at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo since 1972. It is one of the largest events at Open House, drawing nearly 4,000 spectators and over 50 competitors from the Western United States. The event is run by Cal Poly Tractor Pull Club and the proceeds from the event bolster a scholarship endowment for students. For more info, visit http://tractorpull.calpoly.edu/.|
|2:30-5 p.m.||Alumni Beer and Wine Garden||Engineering Plaza||Join Cal Poly alumni from each college for an afternoon of fun, reconnecting with alumni, faculty, staff, and student ambassadors. You will enjoy local beer and wine, as well as delicious appetizers. The event will be held rain or shine! 21+ with ID; tickets available at https://goo.gl/UFm3c8.|
|5:30 p.m.||Poly Royal Rodeo and Concert||Spanos Stadium||Poly Royal has been the premier rodeo in the West Coast region since the first Poly Royal Rodeo in 1940. It is the largest college rodeo west of the Mississippi and draws crowds of up to 11,000 spectators. This year, the Rodeo will be held in Spanos Stadium, followed by a concert by Aaron Watson. Tickets available at https://goo.gl/GHYi3z.|
The Central Coast Lean Summit, an annual showcase of strategies that maximize customer value while minimizing waste in health care, education, government and non-profit agencies, will be hosted by the Central Coast Lean program in Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business on April 16-17 at the SLO Brew Rock Activity Center.
The theme of the seventh annual conference is “Establishing a Lean Culture.” Industry leaders and lean experts, including Jeff Hastie of the Bose Corp. and Carlos Scholz of The Permanente Medical Group, the largest medical group in the U.S., will focus on creating high-performing workplaces by strengthening the team environment.
“I think this year’s theme will help organizations reap true value from their investment in lean tools and processes by engaging their workforce,” said Cal Poly Professor Eric Olsen, who is host and facilitator of the lean summit. “This event will benefit everyone from CEOs to new hires across a variety of industries.”
The philosophy of lean business practices originated in manufacturing but has influenced other sectors to streamline processes and require less human effort, less space, less capital, and less time to make cost-effective products and services with fewer defects.
Hastie, Bose’s global director of lean enterprise, will share the story of how a Lean Enterprise Maturity Model changed the journey of the company, which designs, develops and sells audio equipment.
Scholz, director of Kaiser Permanente’s strategic initiatives, will talk about the “North Valley Way,” a lean operating system aimed at achieving engagement and continuous improvement by every team member, implemented at Kaiser Permanente, North Valley.
The two-day event will include interactive breakouts led by experienced facilitators to allow participants to actively apply lean concepts to a variety of industries and specific job functions.
In addition, a Coaching Café will give participants the opportunity to discuss lean challenges with Sam MacPherson, lean transformation leader and founder of the Lean Leadership Academy.
Attendees will be able to network with lean experts from throughout California and collaborate with Cal Poly faculty. Participants will also see lean posters of improvement projects from Cal Poly students and the Central Coast Lean community.
A networking reception in the SLO Brew Rock beer garden will take place at the end of the day April 16.
Attendees can also take advantage of a post-summit workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 17. Jim Benson, author of “Personal Kanban: Mapping Work, Navigating Life,” will discuss continuous improvement processes for back-office employees.
Registration is open. Tickets and corporate sponsorship information can be found at: https://www.cob.calpoly.edu/ccl/.
A team of Orfalea College of Business students won the Northern California Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Investment Research Challenge sponsored by the CFA Society of San Francisco.
The students competed against teams from 12 Bay Area universities, including graduate and undergraduate programs from Santa Clara, St. Mary’s, San Jose State, Hult International Business School and UC Santa Cruz. The competitors were charged with analyzing and making buy/sell/hold recommendations for Salesforce.com, a cloud computing company headquartered in San Francisco. A panel of industry professionals and CFA charter holders judged the presentations.
Finance students Benjamin Consoli of Redwood City, Adam Pasco of Burbank, Kian Ramezani of San Luis Obispo, Coby Snyder and economics major Mason McCloskey of San Luis Obispo represented Cal Poly. Finance Professor Cyrus Ramezani and finance alumnus Scott B. Kirk served as team advisors.
Cal Poly alumni David Dudek, Aaron Hay, Dario Buechi, Joey Guerra, Stephen Marotto, Alyssa Gustafson and Paul Boortz supported the team by critiquing its presentation prior to the final competition and made time to cheer on Cal Poly.
The Cal Poly team will advance to the Americas Regional competition in Boston on March 19 and 20, where they will compete against 55 universities from the U.S., Canada and Latin America.
More than 5,000 students representing over 1,000 teams from universities in more than 80 countries have been a part of the 2018 competition. It provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis. Students work in teams to research and analyze a publicly traded company. Each team writes a research report on their assigned company with a buy, sell or hold recommendation and then presents and defends their analysis to a panel of industry professionals.
For more information about the competition, visit http://cfa-sf.org/page/EventsIRC.
Teams of Cal Poly packaging, business, and design students received two of the top three awards at the 2017 World Packaging Organisation (WPO) WorldStar International Packaging Design Student Competition that featured innovative package designs from university students from more than two dozen nations.
In addition, two other Cal Poly teams received WorldStar Student Certificates of Merit given to the next 10 highest scoring entries.
The Cal Poly students were honored for designing creative, functional and eye-catching packaging systems for food, healthcare and sports products. The interdisciplinary teams combined industrial technology and packaging students with art and design students to develop a physical prototype of their product complete with branded graphics.
The university’s highest scoring entries were named as WorldStar Student Winners.
The Cal Poly team behind “SticKit,” a two-in-one packaging system to dispense disposable syringes and safely store the empties, was among the top three entries. A pull tab on the bottom of the package dispenses boxed syringes; a hinged-lid on the top of the container can be opened and locked for safe syringe disposal. A plastic divider separates compartments, moving down with gravity as syringes are dispensed until it finally closes the container when all the cartons have been consumed. The entry was designed by industrial technology and packaging students Paul Woodman (Atascadero, Calif.) and Michael Lowe (Pleasanton, Calif.), graphic communications student Dana Shell (San Ramon, Calif.), and art and design students Gina Agapito (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Ashley Vong (San Jose, Calif.).
The other top award went to the team behind “Tea Stems,” an innovative way to package tea. The tea leaves are placed at the end of a cassava starch-based, compostable, stick that makes it easy to stir the tea in the drink without using any utensils. The stems are packaged within a die-cut paperboard folding carton that “blooms” when the box is opened. The package was designed by industrial technology and packaging students Brendan Smyth (San Jose, Calif.), Simeon Comanescu (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Ryan Marrs (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), and art and design students Alexandra Rosado (San Francisco, Calif.) and Lucia Astiazaran (Valencia, Calif.).
Cal Poly’s Student Certificates of Merit honorees included:
“Vera Cruz,” a packaging system for surf wax that integrates a wax comb, a shell that minimizes sun exposure of the wax and a magnetic feature to store a surfer’s car keys. The design is made of injection-molded compostable PaperFoam. Its unique triangular shape offers an ergonomic grip. The dispensing mechanism was inspired by ChapStick packaging, which can contain and reshape a melted product. The package was designed by industrial technology and packaging students Brooke Billmeyer (Solana Beach, Calif.), Grant Badstubner (Danville, Calif.), and Sai Domanico (Hillsborough, Calif) with art and design students Daniel Blenkinship (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) and Zach Baker (Rocklin, Calif.).
“La Habra” houses avocado oil in a recyclable plastic pouch encased by two molded-fiber shells. The package’s shape was inspired by the shape of an avocado. A pour spout with a drip return prevents the oil from spilling on the package. The product was designed by industrial technology and packaging students Katie Exum (Torrance, Calif.), Michael Moorehead (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Patrick McCaffrey (Irvine, Calif.), and art and design students Jessica Ferguson (San Jose, Calif.) and Deric Shindledecker (Temecula, Calif.).
The competition considered hundreds of packaging design submissions, including structural design and/or graphic design projects, from award-winning undergraduate and graduate student teams from countries around the world including Brazil, China, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand Korea, Oman, Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, South Africa, Germany, Poland, and the United Kingdom. Cal Poly’s teams were entered into the global competition after sweeping the top four awards at the 2017 Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) Ameristar Student Packaging Competition for the second consecutive year.
The student projects were developed in Professor Javier de la Fuente’s IT 435: Packaging Development class and Professor Mary LaPorte’s ART 437: Graphic Design III class. Professors de la Fuente and LaPorte served as student advisors.
For more information about this year’s teams, visit WPO’s website at http://www.worldpackaging.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3294.