- Why did you choose UP’s Pamplin School of Business?
- I was in a high school graduating class of 650 students. I was attracted to the University of Portland because of the small community. The School of Business had faculty that were interested in my education and not just their research. I was impressed with the confidence of the students. The opportunities to try new things, like a summer study abroad program, meet new friends, and build a skill set that is applicable to the real world. UP School of Business didn’t disappoint.
- Any fond or fun memory that stands out?
- I have many fond memories of my time on The Bluff, from earning Top Gun in a sales class, being on student council and the campus program board, to using the card catalog for research. What standouts the most is the feeling of community, family, support, and love that is woven through the school. I feel honored to be an alumni and thankful for the people who came before me, patiently journeyed with me, and for the smart and caring students who came after me to continue the legacy. We are part of something bigger than ourselves and although it is difficult to describe, it is easy to feel even now when I return to campus.
- What are you doing now as a UP Pamplin alum?
- I started my career as the Director of Admissions at St. Mary’s Academy, after graduating the MBA program, I worked at Target in human resources and now I’m serving as a regional director at Audigy. We help independent audiologists achieve their goals through their business in a changing industry with consolidation and over the counter products, like the story David and Goliath. We’re hiring btw, reach out! I support teams who build recommendations in operations, finance, marketing, human resources and professional development for business owners based on opportunities to increase market share. I’ve been blessed with many opportunities to meet incredible people at the University of Portland and I am appreciative of the connections and support they have offered me on my personal and professional journey. I hope to pay it forward with students, alumni, and colleagues.
Congratulations to Entrepreneur Scholar Dagan Kay on winning the 2018 New Venture Championship Frontier Management Undergraduate Competition! Dagan is a Philosophy major and a University Innovation Fellow. The New Venture Championship is presented by the University of Oregon and took place in downtown PDX this past Friday. Dagan presented as Co-Founder of Produce Mate, a silicone kitchen mat that extends the life of fruits and vegetables up to 40%. Produce Mate has been third party tested in Salt Lake City and are currently working with Dr. Kenzie in the Chemistry department to verify the product works as claimed. The Produce Mat team believes their product will be available to purchase this summer through their website and on Amazon.
What is a cicerone? A cicerone is to the beer industry, as a sommelier is for the wine industry. Cicerone.org explains it as, “those who achieve this certification have a solid and well-rounded knowledge of beer and beer service as well as basic competence in assessing beer quality and identity by taste. Those who pursue a career in beer learn from many different sources and soon accumulate knowledge that sets them apart from those on the “customer” side of the bar. Nevertheless, without certification, it is hard to tell what people really know simply by looking at a resume or business card. The Certified Cicerone exam allows individuals to demonstrate that they possess a professional body of knowledge and essential tasting skills related to beer.”
I wanted to learn more about why Philip chose to pursue our certificate program in craft beer. Here is what he said.
“I grew up on a small dairy farm in Pennsylvania and throughout my lifetime, I have always had a vested interest in sustainable food systems. Realizing that farming was not going to be my vocation, after college, I joined the Navy to see the world. I found that the world had a lot to offer including beer styles I had never before realized. Upon returning stateside, I found that the beers that I enjoyed overseas did not taste the same after traveling to the US in cargo ships for long periods in warm conditions. American lagers were in great supply and craft beer styles not so much. However in the 1980’s, it was Boston Beer Company on the east coast and Sierra Nevada on the west coast that provided the flavors for me and there was no turning back.”
“My educational background is engineering and I have spent my career in aviation and aviation management. Nevertheless, throughout my career I have had a keen eye towards the craft beer industry. While cleaning out the basement one day, I found a beer kit that my wife had given me for Christmas a couple years earlier. One weekend I brewed the kit and it came out better than I expected given the age of the hops and barley. Although I occasionally brew beer at home, I do not consider myself a brewer but I do have passion for understanding beer styles, ingredients, process, and food. Now I am a Certified Cicerone (R) and a lifelong learner. My qualifications opened up the door for teaching the “Beer Styles, Sensory, and Food Pairing” course at Kalamazoo Valley Community College Sustainable Brewing Program in Kalamazoo, MI., and beer mecca of the Midwest.”
“So of the numerous beer schools available, why did I choose the University of Portland Certificate Program? Understanding that there are better brewers than myself, I was looking for a school that provided a strong program in the business side of craft beer. Although there is no substitute for a classroom environment, logistically I needed a program that I could attend online.”
“I have many students that want to brew beer and many would like to open up their own brewpub; that is their passion. The question is how can their brewery be successful? The Master Strategist Certificate Program at University of Portland Pamplin School of Business can help answer some of those questions, necessary for a sustainable and growing business. I would like to think that by completing this certificate I can help future craft brewers in some way to think strategically about their business leading to a long and prosperous career. As Mark Meckler and Sam Holloway express so eloquently, there’s ‘A Profit in Every Pint!’”
Thank you to Philip for sharing his story, insights and thoughts with us. We are thrilled that he has completed the first stage, Strategy Module, of our three-part certificate program.
If you would like information on this program, simply click on this link to our Continuing Education Certificate in Craft Beer Business Strategy. Go Pilots!
U.S. Bank has over 73,000 people working for them in various states and is also part of the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies list by Ethisphere as well as on the 2017 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality listing by the Corporate Equality Index. Their employees, “outperform [their] peers in manager effectiveness, financial results and stability, customer satisfaction and employee engagement. [They] support communities with financial contributions and hands-on volunteer work.”
The University of Portland Operations Management Association (UPOMA) student club invited the U.S. Bank to come and talk to our Operations & Technology Management students. They shared their internship and job opportunities as well as tips on how to apply, what they are looking for in candidates, and while on their paid internship will be matched with a mentor, and meet senior leaders to develop professionally and personally.
If you are interested in applying or learning more about an internship, or would like to email the campus relations team directly, use the following links.
Explore the functional areas below to see what might interest you. Check out the postings online for specific responsibilities within each function.
Project Management &Business Analysis
Risk Management &Compliance
Wishing you the best in your internships and in finding job opportunities! Go Pilots!
Information Source: U.S. Bank Campus Relations.
Business analytics and basketball, go together like eggs and bacon!
In today’s world of sports, analytics have become more important as organizations use predictive analytical models and information systems to gain a competitive advantage on the field. The NBA for the second year in a row, will host the NBA Hackathon on September 23 – 24, 2017 in New York City.
Two UP friends decided to form a team to participate in the competition. They competed for a place in the hackathon by solving some qualifying problems and were chosen.
Marshall Smith, an Economics Senior, has a passion for data analytics and basketball, and Taylor Spooner, a 2016 UP math graduate, also has a passion for solving problems and basketball. Having a creative problem solving mindset as well as a common sense approach have proven to be the winning combination for placement in the NBA Hackathon.
Currently, you can find Marshall Smith on campus, providing Terry Porter and the men’s basketball staff in-depth analytical scouting reports on all opponents. He also uses data and statistical modeling for talent identification in the recruiting process. He is probably one of the hardest working students on campus with three jobs and a full time schedule.
Taylor Spooner is currently in the graduate statistics program at the University of Michigan. His creative problem solving mindset has led him to take on roles in all kinds of data analytics projects. From data detective, who explores and validates data to a data storyteller, who creates understandable solutions to people in various disciplines, Taylor’s ambition knows no bounds.
We want to wish both Marshall and Taylor the very best! We hope they win the hackathon in New York!
Shari Dunn is a adjunct instructor who will be teaching our 515 Social Venture Management class in the Spring of 2018. She is a former news anchor and attorney as well as the current Executive Director for Dress for Success Oregon. Shari is a board member of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon and the Oregon Workforce Investment Board (OWIB), appointed by Governor Kate Brown.
She was previously a Nonprofit Consultant in California and Milwaukee, Vice President at Power of Attorney, Inc. in New York, a nation-wide grant maker, Special Correspondent for the Oprah Winfrey Show, and the Senior Attorney in the Civil Division of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.
Shari has lobbied the federal government, represented victims of domestic violence and managed a national foundation with a multi-million dollar portfolio. As a nonprofit executive, she developed and directed national collaborations on advocacy and funding projects.
In her current position as Executive Director for Dress for Success Oregon, she leads the mission to empower women to achieve economic independence. The vision is a world where women do not live in poverty, and are treated with respect and dignity. To achieve this goal, the organization provides long lasting solutions through professional development, a network of support, professional attire, and the tools to thrive at work and in life. People don’t get out of poverty by getting a job. They get out by keeping one.
The Social Venture Management course will address various areas in business such as public relations, promotion, revenue generation, strategic planning, governance, financial controls and the use of data to make informed decisions. The curriculum will be taught through lectures, discussions and case study analysis.
We are delighted that Shari will bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to our business students. Her class begins in Spring 2018! Students better hurry and sign up!
Our students are thriving during the summer by working at different companies for their internships. This summer Austin Kreft is part of the KPMG office in Portland for his internship. He dropped us a line and sent us this photo! Thank you for sharing this with us.
KPMG did an office remodel of the Portland office about two years ago, and as part of the re-design, they fielded ideas from the office staff about words that they associated with the firm, their experience, and the Portland office in particular, and then displayed them with three-dimensional lettering along a hallway wall in the office.
I sent Gwynn Klobes, Director of the P4 Program (Pamplin Professional Preparation Program) a picture of my favorite section of the wall, where “Pilot Pride” is on permanent display. While my coworkers and managers this summer came from all over the place, and the firm has a big mix of academic backgrounds, I thought it was cool to be at a place where my school has a distinct legacy.
Being a Pilot has helped me to connect to the Portland office in a way I don’t think I could have with another school: an alumna is how I connected initially with the firm, and it was a U.P. alumna with whom I had my exit meeting with a partner on Friday.
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University of Portland ’18 | B.B.A. Accounting & Finance
Micah Bobiak graduated from the Pamplin School of Business in 2016 and is happily employed at Audigy Group. While his progress has been continuous, it has not been linear! His story is one of true inspiration and determination that is to be admired and emulated.
Micah has not lived an ordinary life. He grew up with Usher’s Syndrome Type II: the most common condition that affects both hearing and vision. Growing up knowing he will lose most of his sight and hearing by the age of 40, Micah quickly learned to approach life with appreciation and an energetic and active mindset. His goal has always been to simply appreciate what he sees and hears while pursuing his other goals of earning his degree, studying and traveling abroad, and attaining his dream job—and of course, all by the age of 40! He told us, “I want to take advantage of every moment and experience that I have. I am not going to waste any time.”
During his junior year in high school, he enrolled into a science summer program at Brown University. He took courses in biology, immunology and virology, with the thought that one day he could unlock possible cures for the many diseases that plague our world. While that was a lofty and worthwhile dream, the working day-to-day life was anything but inspiring to him. With a sterile environment, the lack of interaction with other people, and one eye in a microscope, he felt like he was straying from the vision he had for his future. It just was not for him, so he decided to change his direction!
Making the decision to venture to the business sphere, Micah could picture himself collaborating with people who were making a positive influence and difference in society. He wanted a route that matched his vision; he wanted his career to give him a purpose and meaning to his life.
While he felt confident in his choice of business when he enrolled at the University of Portland, Pamplin School of Business in the Fall of 2012, he still was not sure which major to declare. So while he explored the realm of business through his classes, he decided to complete a study abroad program that took him to Australia for the summer with two weeks in Singapore to learn all about South East Asian Business and Trade. The Australian trip really opened his eyes to the exciting field of trade, which lead to his journey to Japan during the following summer, where he completed his second study abroad program, which specialized in Asian Trade Business. It was through these experiences that he decided to go ahead with a major in Economics.
During his third summer at UP, Gwynn Klobes, the Director of the Pamplin Professional Preparation Program (P4), helped Micah with two potential internships. Though he was very grateful to her for her assistance, he was not very excited about the fields in which these two companies were in. Through a longer application process, Micah sought out and achieved the opportunity to complete an internship for Expeditors International.
Expeditors is a Fortune 500 service-based logistics company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. Expeditors generates highly optimized and customized supply chain solutions for their clients with a unified technology system that is integrated through a global network of 331 locations in 108 countries on six continents. They work with clients and companies like Nike, Adidas and others to source and move shipments.
Micah worked for Expeditors as their Global Distribution Operations Intern, and he loved it! It was everything he wanted. He learned how the company worked from the higher level echelon of operations and logistics. He loved it so much, he thought he would continue working for them at their Portland Oregon branch. Unlike the headquarters in Seattle, the Portland branch of the company was at the ground level of operations where shipments were tracked and stacked in a warehouse. He learned a tremendous amount from working at both the headquarters and now the branch level; however, his new location focused more on logistics and Just in Time shipping. Through these experiences he came to the realization the field of logistics was not for him either. So, he quit his job in Portland during his 4th year to focus on his studies.
In the meantime, he started to research analyst positions in various fields to see if any of them were a fit. During this time in his senior year, Mason Walker, the President of Audigy Group gave a speech at UP, which left an impression on Micah. He was inspired by their work and the difference they were making.
Audigy Group is a nationally recognized hearing care management company comprised of the largest group of elite private audiology practices. Audigy group provides comprehensive data analytics, strategic recommendations based on top practice benchmarks across every aspect of the business: operations and business intelligence, digital marketing and website support, branding and creative, learning and development programs, HR and IT, and superior technology infrastructures.
Since Micah had been wearing hearing aids since he was a child, he understood the importance of the service that Audigy and Mason was providing.
He was lucky enough to put his focus into electives during his senior year and chose to go with three Operations and Technology Management (OTM) classes. He found a mentor in Professor Bahram Adrangi, who told him, “you can learn all the theory you want but at the end of the day you have to take action.” Taking action means you take a chance on doing something and possibly failing. But if you don’t try, how will you ever succeed? So Micah, took another look at the list he had created with the companies he was sending his resumes to. He realized then, he had not considered the one thing that he had set out from the beginning to do: to work for a company that’s making a difference for people just like himself.
While Expeditors wanted to hire him back after his graduation in May of 2016, Micah turned them down. He knew he had to try a different path.
Micah thought, “if I don’t try, I won’t succeed.” He pulled out the business card that he had from Mason Walker, President at Audigy Group and contacted him directly for a meeting. Mason agreed to meet with him and loved Micah’s ambition and drive. Mason also realized that Micah would bring more than just his education and experience from his internships to the position; he would bring his personal experience with Usher’s Syndrome too.
When Micah came to Audigy Group, he had fulfilled a dream of working with the people who gave him the opportunity to achieve everything he had achieved, and every sound that he had heard. That personal, passionate, dream had come true.
He is now traveling the country to tell his story and speaks on behalf of Audigy’s core mission – “Patients for Life.”
While Micah has already accomplished more than most, he is on a mission to change the hearing care industry entirely! So look for his name to be on the 30 under 30 listings in Forbes or Inc. in the future.
We are very proud of Micah and wish him much continued success in every endeavor he chooses to follow.
People sure are funny about money!
We’re weird about money. So why should we expect government to be any different?
A few weeks ago the line outside the Portland State University Ben & Jerry’s stretched from the shop to the PSU Recreation Center and then looped back around a few weeks ago, when the ice cream shop held its annual Free Cone Day, and that was in the rain. Last year, with slightly better weather, people waited an average 45 minutes in order to save four bucks on a cone, according to business manager Jim Cooper.
Explanation? “People like free stuff,” says Cooper.
We’re all irrational when the subject is money, say the psychologists and economists who study these things. We’ll fritter away 45 minutes to save $4 on an ice cream cone but think nothing of spending $4 on lattes five days a week. Anybody wondering why government is so often so wrong about money should just look in the mirror, say the experts.
Few topics get Portlanders hotter under their collars than parking. A few weeks ago the Northwest Parking District Stakeholder Advisory Committee held a meeting in a packed room full of angry residents. The unusual turnout was due to a discussion about a proposed increase in the cost of on-street parking permits.
Two years ago the city implemented a parking plan that cost $60 per car, and the city promised the money generated would go toward implementation and enforcement of the plan.
Now the city is about to raise the permit price to either $300 a year, which was endorsed by the neighborhood association, or $180 a year, which was endorsed by the advisory committee. At the same time, the Central Eastside Industrial District is seeing the cost of its street parking permits rise to $300 a year.
“Group think” is what has led to the precipitous increase, says Tavo Cruz, a member of the Northwest Portland neighborhood association as well as a member of the advisory committee. Cruz describes a process in which the committee was established to work on one goal—establishing the permits to keep non-residents from parking on the street all day—and then expanded its vision to larger goals.
Cruz says he voted for the increase to $180, so maybe the group think may have infected him as well. “My fear about this is we could eventually wind up with the worst of all situations, which is an expensive program and no improvement for parking,” he says. “And that’s where it becomes irrational.”
That’s also were it becomes typical of the way committees and organizations tend to operate, says Mark Meckler, a University of Portland economist and business consultant. “Classic institutional theory” is what Meckler calls the process described by Cruz. Committees and bureaucracies usually begin with a narrowly-focused goal, Meckler explains. Then, they turn into institutions.
“Over time the goal of the organization starts to shift from achieving its mission to self-existence,” Meckler says. “It becomes like an organism.”
In this case, the increased parking permit fees in Northwest and inner east side will generate considerably more revenue than the $60 permits residents were told were needed to finance enforcement. So where is all that extra money going? Now the permits are being viewed by the committee as revenue generators, according to Cruz, and the money can be spent on a wider range of transit projects.
Incidentally, Meckler says there’s a reason the parking advisory committee faced a packed house public meeting and Kahn’s audit showing $33 million in waste provoked hardly a whisper. It’s called Parkinson’s Law, authored by C. Northcote Parkinson, who claimed that the time a committee spends on an agenda item will be in inverse proportion to the amount of money involved.
The city’s $33 million financing and HR boondoggle was ignored because it was complicated. “Nobody wants to sound like an idiot on a complex subject or an amount of money out of our ability to comprehend,” Meckler says. “It’s easy to speak up on wasting an amount of money that you can understand.”
It isn’t irrational for humans to want to protect their own jobs, but it might be irrational to assume bureaucrats will do what’s best for the city if that will make their jobs less secure, says Meckler. That’s basic agency theory, according to Meckler, which states that the higher up individuals climbs in an organization the less likely they are to take risks that will jeopardize their jobs.
Government is always at the mercy of agency theory, according to Meckler, which means creative, bold solutions to problems will be avoided in favor of safe, incremental change.
Parking Permits are not the only areas affected by this type of thinking. Portland’s low-income housing initiatives are getting the short end of the bargain as “taxpayer money devoted to building low-income apartments is providing one-third as many apartments as it could.”
Credits – from an article by Peter Korn Portland Tribune.
We want to congratulate all our students who completed the Leader Certificate Program. The University’s Leader Certificate Program is focused on preparing the next generation of leaders with the knowledge, tools, and mindset that model, motivate, and engage others to make right and just choices for the common good.
There are three courses that make up the program. The first is LDR 225: Applied Leadership. In this course students explore what it means to be a leader using the 7 Leader Habits within Common Leader Vocabulary, assess and understand their strengths, explore several leadership theories, and create a personalized development action plan with a leader coach.
The second course, LDR 325: Leadership Practice, focuses on the three leader habit development opportunities with the guidance of a Dexheimer Leadership Fellow.
Lastly, LDR 425: Applied Leadership Reflection, combines what the student has learned during their leadership journey, to produce as their final project, a philosophy of leadership. This written philosophy of leadership will help them to focus on their capacity for good as they go into the world.
This year’s Leader Certificate Program Award recipients are:
Congratulations to all our award recipients! Go Pilots!
Diversity and inclusion is the hot topic on many people’s minds. Here at the University of Portland, in the Pamplin School of Business, we are especially proud to say that we have the most diverse faculty and staff on campus. As far as classes go, Dr. Sam Holloway’s class, Cross Cultural Management BUS 511, easily personifies diversity as his class is made up of only three students from the United States, and the rest from countries around the world.
On the last day of class, Paavan Shetty, a student from Bangalore, India, gave a presentation on expatriate paradoxes and cultural involvement. The presentation sets out to explore and explain how nine paradoxes inherent to the expatriate experience affected different areas in business, including the degree to which an expatriate becomes involved in a foreign country and works interdependently with host country nationals, referred to as cultural involvement. The outcome indicated that the more an expatriate became involved in the local culture, the more they were likely to experience the paradoxes. These paradoxes fall into four categories of cultural intelligence, mediation, self-identity, and cautious optimism. This lesson is important in today’s global business environment as organizations are having to learn how to mediate between many different cultural values, while ensuring intercultural effectiveness.
Since a majority of the Prof. Holloway’s is in the seat of an expatriate, it was an even more informative lesson as each person was able to bring their cultural points of view to the discussion.
Professor Holloway stated, “This is the best part of my job! I have learned so much more from my students during this semester than any other.”
For the next segment of the class, Jay Lindmann, Senior Director of Strategic Brand Planning & Operations for NIKE North America, came to discuss his experience as an expatriate in China. He was able to put into context the paradoxes and cultural involvement that he had experienced working in China for a small shoe company in his early 20’s and then for NIKE Asia in more recent years.
The Pamplin School of Business is proud to consistently offer classes that are more than presentations from textbooks, as they incorporate speakers who can bring real world experience to the materials taught in class.
|Jimmy Buell, Oregon USA||Danny Rehr, Maryland USA|
|Caitlin Mitchell, Oregon USA||Anna Al Buainain, Doha Qatar|
|Masahiko Nagai, Chiba Japan||Pavaan Shetty, Bangalore, India|
|Hamad Alketbi, Dubai UAE||Ahmad Aljumah, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|Onome Uduebho, Lagos, Nigeria||Khalid Albugami, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
We are happy that all our International Students feel welcome, included and contented to share their intercultural views with the class. We wish them every success going forward. Go Pilots!
We are proud to announce that our Operations and Technology Management Students have won nine scholarships this year! Two graduate students and seven undergraduate students were given this honor. The Society for Information Management (SIM) Portland Chapter President Mr. Pardeep Kumar awarded their Operations and Technology Management Scholarship Awards to the following undergraduate students, Ashley Hanna, Erin Stephens, Katie Twineham, Erin Lawyer, and Nathan Nusaputra.
Two more undergraduate students, Michelle McLaren and Nicole Simmons, received scholarships from the Portland Bottling Company and the Operations and Technology Management Executive Advisory Board.
And lastly, two graduate students in the Masters of Operation Technology Management degree program, Robert Krebs and Kevin Mowrey, received the Operations Technology Management Faculty Annual Scholarship Award. This scholarship/award was established and funded by the OTM faculty expressly for the purpose of recognizing an outstanding OTM student or students. Recipients of the award are selected for their high academic achievement and engagement in the OTM program and chosen with unanimous approval of the entire OTM faculty.
We congratulate all nine students for their outstanding work and achievement in Operations and Technology Management. Go Pilots!
We are very proud to announce that Bridget King is the Charter Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of Portland’s scholarship winner. This scholarship award will waive the CFA Program enrollment fee and reduce the exam registration fee to $250 and include the CFA Program eBook.
The Pamplin School of Business is proud to partner with the CFA Society of Portland. Students will be able to join and attend networking events until they finish their degree. All students are welcome to apply for student memberships through the CFA Society website.
Congratulations to once again to Bridget! Go Pilots!
During session I, Rafael Sales presented the first event “Nike Lifestyle Sneaker Research”. This was an exploration of three distinct populations to be targeted by Nike for future lifestyle sneaker developments.
Kati Cooke, Victoria Crunkilton, Bhanu Pamma, and Andrew Ripple presented, “Interactive Presentation of ‘The Creative Habit’ by BUS 364 Innovation and Creativity Students”. They discussed that failure is inevitable in the creative process, but through ‘The Creative Habit’ you can increase your creativity and learn to overcome obstacles to innovation and ideation.
Julia Cramer, Payton Orr, and Amanda Wagner presented, “The University of Portland’s Shepard Academic Resource Center (SARC).” During the BUS 370 Marketing Research course a school wide survey was conducted to discover how to increase student engagement with the SARC since a majority of the student population was not using its services.
Isaiah Ragasa, Kelly Schwyhart, Katie Twineham, and Andrew Vipond presented, “Using Business Analytics to Predict Supply and Demand for Influenza Vaccinations.” With data provided by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, various descriptive and predictive analytical models were used and then recommendations and findings were presented during this session.
During Session II, McKenzie Ervin, Austin Kreft, Marvin Lagmay, and Ally Mueller presented, “Accounting Competitions.” They described their experience in competing for thousands of dollars at various external accounting competitions.
Chelsea Cook, Mari DaRos, and Victoria Targett presented, “University of Portland Admissions Research: What affects potential students’ enrollment?” Students discussed the results of a survey they conducted which was aimed at answering the question of enrollment.
During Session III, Alex Banducci, Jasmyn Hinderliter, and Isaac Mansuetti described the opportunities of obtaining full chapter status by the UP Accounting Club into “Beta Alpha Psi”, the International Honor Association for Financial Information.
Sydne Jacoby, Victoria Targett, Madison Ward, Michelle McLaren, and Jen Bigoness presented, “Lighthouse.” This team worked to address the issue of sexual assault and power-based violence on campuses through the development of a mobile application that creates a social community of active advocates willing to help those in unsafe situations.
During Session IV, Connor Ward, Meredith Hallinan, Grayson Andregg, and Nicholas Goulding presented, “Marketing Research Project: Beauchamp Recreation and Wellness Center (BRWC).” For the final project in BUS 370 Marketing Research, students determined ways that the BRWC could better serve its attendees through the discussion of goals, processes and results of the survey they conducted.
Finally, there were two events open to all students during this last session. “Annual Founders’ Day Elevator Pitch.” There were over 28 participants in each room. The 1st place winners were Cole Preece and John Roussos. Second place winners were Keaton Alexander, Chasten Kekahuna, Katie Richmond and Kyle Wells. Third place winner was Lily Damico.
We are proud of all the business students that participated during the Founders’ Day events. We hope that next year, many more will join in the full day of events. Congratulations to all the winners of the Elevator Pitch! Go Pilots!
Here are the winners of our Annual Founder’s Day Elevator Pitch!
Open to all students, they presented a 60 second “pitch” for a company, a social enterprise, technology or product. The audience selected the best pitch and the winners received a $100 gift card.
Group One: 1st Place – Cole Preece, 2nd – Keaton Alexander, 3rd – Lily Damico.
Group Two: 1st Place – John Roussos, 2nd (3 way tie) – Chasten Kekahuna, Katie Richmond, and Kyle Wells.
Congratulations to all the winners!! Go Pilots!
No better place to enjoy spring than in Seattle over the April 8 weekend at the Beta Alpha Psi Northwest Regional Meeting. Deloitte sponsored the Best Practices Competition where chapters from across the Northwest displayed their professional skills. This year’s competition topics included: Strategic Planning, Community Outreach, and Leadership Development.
Issac Mansuetti and Austin Kreft won 2nd place in the Leadership Development Best Practices category.
Alex Banducci and Ally Mueller won 3rd place in the Community Outreach Best Practices category.
We congratulate them on this outstanding achievement! Go Pilots!
What do you wish you could have learned when you were in college? Practitioners, educators, students, and all other stakeholders in the Portland design community are invited to participate in a collaborate workshop helping the Innovation Task Force at the University of Portland apply tenets of design thinking to develop the structure, content, and mission of a newly proposed cross-disciplinary Innovation Minor.
This minor intends to provide a platform for collaboration and learning for students across the UP campus—Engineering, Business, Nursing, Education, and Arts & Sciences– to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and experiences to become innovators in areas of interest related to their individual academic and professional goals. The minor is to be built upon a foundation of Design Thinking; Empathy, human-centered design and observational research, prototyping, and innovative problem solving, however, the exact form and content of the program remains undefined.
Your experiences and expertise are requested to help the Task Force design the best possible program: What do students need to know? What classes should be offered? How should the courses be structured? What should be the class sequence? How flexible/ proscriptive should the program be? How do you bring students from diverse backgrounds together to learn the mindset, skill set, and toolsets associated with design and innovation? What types of problems and projects should the students address? How can the program benefit from the unique capabilities and resources in the Portland area?
Workshop participants will be provided a brief introduction to the background and context of the proposed Innovation Minor before breaking into small groups to use design thinking and visual learning techniques to explore possibilities of what a user-centered Innovation Minor program could be and define the content and structure of a program that benefits the end user (the students).
Design Week Portland: Thursday April 27 3pm-5pm A few seats are still available.
Please register at:
Tapping into Design: Creating User Personas in Craft Beer
Craft beer is an integral part of the Portland community. Still, with 105 breweries in the metro area alone, how can great beers stand out in our increasingly saturated marketplace? Further, as craft beer consumers become increasingly promiscuous, how can craft breweries build consumer loyalty? This workshop provides attendees with an introduction to developing user personas, a component of the design process that has the potential to provide craft breweries with the insights into their customers that will allow them to build better businesses. Design thinking and marketing tactics are integral components of the University of Portland’s Online Continuing Education Certificate: Craft Beer Business Strategy. Personas are a design methodology that develop empathy for an organization’s consumers by creating fictitious characters that embody specific characteristics of target consumers. The goal of the persona creation process is to move breweries away from standard ways of categorizing their consumers by product type or price point and toward embodiments of core traits and a holistic understanding of consumers’ needs, motivations, aspirations, and desires. Whether you’re a brewery owner, home-brewer, beer enthusiast, designer, or you own a small business; this workshop will guide you through developing user personas—all over a beer, of course.
In this session, attendees will:
• Be introduced to the key terminology, concepts, and perspective of design and design thinking from the context of craft beer
• Be guided through an interactive, template-based methodology for building user personas for their own organizations
• Gain insight on how to develop a unique identity and product mix for target users that builds consumer loyalty while reinforcing your brand
• Develop empathy towards their organization’s consumers in a way that quantitative reports of marketing or sales data cannot accomplish
• Receive detailed copies of handouts of notes from the session, worksheets and templates for applying the concepts and frameworks that will be presented, and a curated packet of readings and articles drawn from the workshop
A workshop presented by:
• Sam Holloway, PhD, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
• Mark Meckler, PhD, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
• Ian Parkman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Marketing
• Jennette Lovejoy, PhD, Associate Professor Communication Studies
• Keith Carrato, Director Global Merchandising & Product Management (Mens), KEEN
Millennial Thinking: Designing for Problems Outside of the Classroom
Busting out of academic silos, teams of interdisciplinary students from across the University of Portland campus will present their culminating posters, videos, and physical objects from a newly offered course: Business/Communication 391 Design Thinking and Cross-Disciplinary Research. This course draws students from all areas of the university– Engineering, Business, Nursing, Education, and Arts & Sciences– and introduces them to design thinking as a lens for applied research, including gap definition, ideation, prototyping, and problem-solving tools adapted from human-centered design. Teams will discuss the skills they have developed as ethnographers, visual thinkers, strategists, and storytellers and how those skills have been applied in order to address real-world problems for organizations within the Portland community.
Design Week Portland: Monday April 24 3pm-5pm – ALMOST SOLD OUT!
First-generation college student McKena Miyashiro, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, came to the University of Portland, in Oregon, to study economics. She was drawn to the field for two reasons: she believed the quantitative and qualitative skills she would learn would make for a successful career, and studying economics would help her become better informed about the world. She explained, “Economics governs our society – it informs our decisions about how we should most effectively allocate our limited resources throughout society. Thus, being an economics major seemed like a natural choice to me in order to understand the mechanisms by which our society works.”
One of McKena’s favorite classes in college was Labor Economics with Professor Todd Easton, one of her favorite professors. In this class, she learned about the causes and consequences of rising income inequality in America, something she’s particularly interested in. She shared, “I have always had a strong interest in uplifting and protecting marginalized individuals in society, and this class opened my eyes to a world of potential policy options that may mitigate rising income inequality and improve the economic status for those at the bottom of the income distribution.”
In line with her dual goals, McKena would like to pursue a career in the consulting field after graduation, but she also has a strong desire to help others. “I would like to open a nonprofit college resource center for socioeconomically disadvantaged youth. Far too often, low-income students do not have the resources to help them navigate through the college application process. By opening up this resource center, I want to ultimately improve the college enrollment rate for these students, as I believe education is the key to reducing poverty and improving economic mobility for those at the bottom,” said McKena.
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Story provided by Pearsoned.com, February 2017