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MBA Student Profile: Net Impact President Cal Gosla III

November 26, 2014 - 3:00am

By Max Bielenberg

Today's installment of our ongoing series on MBA students introduces Cal Gosla III, a Portland State MBA student who is also President of our local Net Impact chapter.


Cal Gosla III

Q: Can you tell me a bit about your educational and professional background?

A: I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2009 with a degree in aerospace engineering. I started working right after school with Raytheon Missile Systems as a systems engineer. I did that for four years and quit to come back to school and get an MBA.

Q: Tell me more about your reasons for pursuing an MBA in general, and at Portland State in particular.

I didn’t feel like I was living up to my full potential in a purely technical role. I had always been interested in business, especially through conversations with my Dad, so I wanted to explore that. I was interested in entrepreneurship and starting up my own company. I couldn’t be happy as a human being unless I explored that; I’d never be able to live with myself unless I took the chance and risk of going back to business school.

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MBA Alumni Employment Statistics

November 24, 2014 - 9:55am

By Jodi Nelson

Every year we track the career status of our graduates from the full time MBA program. We use this information for benchmarking, we submit it to publications and we answer questions from prospective MBA students about what they can expect in terms of employability.

We recently compiled the data for graduates between July 2013 and June 2014. Nearly half of all graduates (48%) had accepted a job by graduation. By three months post-graduation, that number rose to 68%. Usually by six months post-graduation, over 90% of graduates are employed.

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Guest Blogger: Ben Song on Kickstart Weekend

November 21, 2014 - 12:00am


By Ben Song

So you want to pursue a startup, huh?

I mean who doesn’t!

In this day and age, the online service industry is booming, the market is recovering, and investors are spending money. Everyone and their brother (or sister) seem to have some ideas in the back of their mind.

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PSU Highlighted as "Encore U" in Forbes

November 20, 2014 - 9:43am


By Kelly Doherty


Forbes recently highlighted Portland State as part of a list of "Encore U" campuses throughout the country. The list was formulated by, an organization founded by Marc Freedman to help older adults engage in "encore" or new careers to help solve key national and global problems such as those in education and health care. was founded in response to the anticipated changes in the country's population: the number of Americans who are 55 and older is expected to double in the next 25 years.

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Business Briefing: What is Big Data Anyway?

November 19, 2014 - 4:36pm


By Kelly Doherty


We're looking forward to tomorrow's installment of the Business Briefing Breakfast Series — the theme is Big Data.

The session will explore:

  • What is Big Data anyway?
  • How is it harnessed and implemented across sectors?
  • What are the encryption and security precautions associated with its implementation?

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Guest blogger: Andrew Nelson on Volunteer Work & Time Management

November 17, 2014 - 9:46am

By Andrew Nelson

For anyone who has read my posts before (looking at you mom and dad), you know I am gung-ho about volunteering – both at the school and in the community.

During this past summer, and into fall, I had some unique opportunities to volunteer in the community and within the School of Business.

Before I go into those experiences, I want to talk a little about why I volunteer — I do it for completely selfish reasons. Not to get too academic here, but it follows a basic principle of economics — a transaction only occurs if both parties benefit. Let me assure you, I get plenty of benefit out of my volunteer work. It is more than just the good feeling you get when you help others, it is a load of fun. The fact that I am helping others while having such a great time is icing on the cake.

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Meet the New MBA Class

November 14, 2014 - 3:00am

By Kelly Doherty


For today's post, we're sharing some statistics about this year's incoming MBA class.

Each year, we track average work experience, GMAT and undergraduate GPA averages, median age, and more.

Full Time MBA

  • Average GMAT Score: 630
  • Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.31
  • Average Work Experience: 6 years
  • Domestic Students: 70%
  • International Students: 30%
  • Male: 63%
  • Female: 37%
  • Average Age: 29; Median Age: 28

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PSU Net Impact Team Travels to National Conference

November 12, 2014 - 3:00am


By Max Bielenberg 


I recently joined fellow members of the Portland State Net Impact chapter to travel to Minneapolis for Net Impact’s annual national conference, which took place November 6-8.

We joined 3,000 other attendees for three days of workshops and panels on topics such as “Zero Waste: Working Towards a Sustainable Economy,” “Beyond the Like: Marketing For Sustainable Action,” and “To Hell With Good Intentions: Lean Start-Up Principles for Social Enterprise.”

Based on our interests, our cohort fanned out to different sessions in diverse categories such as Career and Professional Development, Corporate Impact, Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise, Environmental and Natural Impact, and Sustainable Food and Agriculture.

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Admissions Corner: November 15 Deadline — Why It Pays to Apply Early

November 10, 2014 - 1:54pm

By Abby Messenger

Whether you have ordered a copy of your transcripts, taken the GMAT or GRE exam, or are just now fine tuning your essay to submit a competitive application for Fall 2015 consideration, there are some exciting benefits to keep in mind for our November 15 Early Admissions deadline:

Applicants who submit a complete application file, including both applications of our 2-part application process, by this Saturday, November 15, will be reviewed by our admissions committee and given a final admissions decision or invitation for an interview by January 1, 2015. Please note: due to a supplemental evaluation process, international applicants may receive the admissions decision or invitation for an interview after January 1.

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Summer Course Highlights Regional Food, Athletic and Outdoor Industries with Site Visits and Speakers

November 6, 2014 - 1:00am

Our field visit to Sokol Blosser, with "Sadie the Vine" in the background.


By Max Bielenberg

Commenting on the depth of experience and perspective available close to home, Thoreau wrote “I have travelled a good deal in Concord.” A similar ethic of close-to-home exploration informed the experiential BA 526 course, which I took this summer with 20 students from the MBA, MIM, and MGSCM programs. The course was comprised of site visits and speakers from a variety of firms — from the intensely local to the multi-national — that truly captured the diversity of the Portland business scene.

Taught by Tichelle Sorensen, the Academic Director of the Portland State MBA Program, the course was ordered around the central theme of fair and sustainable supply chains in a global economy. Its lens for this inquiry was two prominent sectors of the Portland economy; food and outdoor/athletic gear.

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MBA Info Webinar Coming Up This Wednesday

November 4, 2014 - 1:00am

By Kelly Doherty


Mark your calendar for our first MBA Webinar for Fall 2015 admissions — the webinar will take place this Wednesday at noon Pacific time.

The session will be hosted by Tichelle Sorensen, Portland State MBA Academic Director, and will include tips for applying to the program for our upcoming November 15 Early Admissions Deadline.

What are the advantages of applying for early admission?

Applicants who submit a complete application by November 15 will receive a final admissions decision or invitation for an interview by January 1 and, per the approval of our Academic Director, can start taking MBA electives this coming spring and summer quarter. 

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MBA Spotlight: Kelly O'Rourke

October 30, 2014 - 1:00am

By Max Bielenberg

I recently had a chance to catch up with Kelly O'Rourke, a first-year MBA student who worked as a Temporary Organizational Change Management Specialist at Columbia Sportswear this summer. We talked about her experience in the MBA so far, what brought her to Portland State, and where she hopes to take her career after graduating.


Kelly O'RourkeQ: What do you like most about the program thus far?

A: The people. I love my classmates. I also love the innovation aspect. There was an article in Inc. that discussed how some people feel an MBA is actually a hindrance to real innovation or to an innovative company. I feel Portland State contradicts that, in that it offers opportunities for innovation and creativity.   

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Lessons from Recent Go Green Conference

October 28, 2014 - 3:00am


By Max Bielenberg

Sustainability in Portland runs the gamut, from vegan barbecue food carts and bicycle delivery businesses, to green building companies and the North American headquarters of Vestas, the Danish wind power manufacturer.

Sustainability also features prominently in the Portland Development Commission’s Five Year Strategic Plan, with its stated goals of growing the clean tech sector and making Portland the capital of the global green economy. 

But what does sustainability actually mean, and how can it impact business?

On October 16, through the generosity of Portland State’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, I attended the annual Go Green Conference along with two fellow members of the Net Impact leadership team.

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The 2015 Application Is Now Open!

October 23, 2014 - 3:00am

By Abby Messenger


The title says it all – after updates to our 2014 application, our Graduate Business Programs application is now live for 2015 admissions!

Whether you are ready to accelerate your career, have discovered a new field and want to make a career change, or have dreamed of obtaining an MBA to achieve your long-term educational goals, you can get started today!

 Before you do, here are some of the exciting changes to our 2015 application:

Unofficial Score Report Upload: To ensure faster processing of your application, you can now upload the unofficial copy of your GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS score reports (for international student applicants) while our office awaits the official copy of your score report from the testing center.

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In a Portland State of Mind

October 21, 2014 - 3:00am

by Kelly Doherty

Portland State's "Portland State of Mind" celebration is in full swing — students and the public alike are invited to campus for our signature celebration of knowledge and culture. This annual celebration celebrates the unique connection between PSU and the surrounding Portland community.

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International Students Featured at Recent Careers Panel

October 17, 2014 - 3:00am

By Jodi Nelson


The graduate business programs at Portland State University welcome many international students. In fact, the full-time MBA program includes about 30% international students each year. Students come from countries such as China, India, Germany and many others.

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Portland State Earns "Top Business Schools" Recognition from Princeton Review

October 14, 2014 - 1:00am

We are pleased to announce that Portland State has once again earned recognition on the Princeton Review's list of the top business schools!

The Princeton Review tallied its 2015 lists based on its surveys of 41,100 students overall attending the schools profiled in the books - including 21,600 students attending the featured 296 business schools.

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Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition Parnters with Student Groups for Joint Kickoff Meeting Tonight

October 9, 2014 - 3:00am

Portland State MBA students are invited to a joint kickoff meeting with the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC), Net Impact, and Women in Business. The meeting takes place tonight, Wednesday, October 8, from 4:30 - 5:30 PM in SBA 170. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the leadership team for each group, learn more about each group’s mission, and hear what is planned for the upcoming school year. 

Following the meeting, all three groups will walk to First National Taphouse for happy hour. Please consider attending tonight's event to learn more about these exciting groups and to meet other students in the graduate business programs.

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Employer Spotlight: Aequitas Capital

October 7, 2014 - 3:00am

Did you volunteer to help with the annual School of Business (SBA) Golf Tournament on Sept. 17th? If not, be sure to participate next year. It’s a fun way to get outdoors to enjoy one the last few days of beautiful summer weather before hitting the books, and it is also a great way to meet some terrific Portland employers.

For example, this year our Silver Sponsor, Aequitas Capital, sent a foursome to play golf, a group which included three executives and a recruiter. They were there to support the PSU SBA, and also intentionally to meet our great students in a casual setting. Since their company is growing so quickly, they are constantly looking for talented candidates. In fact, Aequitas is growing so rapidly that they’ve hired well over 100 new employees already this year!

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Kickstart Weekend Starts Tomorrow

October 2, 2014 - 3:00am

By Kelly Doherty


This Friday and Saturday (Oct 3-4), the Portland State School of Business, in collaboration with the Engineering School, will be co-hosting the fourth annual PSU Kickstart Weekend beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and running through Saturday at 9:00 p.m.

This start-up experience is open to any PSU student who thinks they might want to start a business at some point in their career. This fun, intensive two-day session provides students with the opportunity to meet their peers, join a team, start a company, and enroll in the Launch-in-9 entrepreneurship track here at PSU.

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