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School of Business - 6th Annual Golf Tournament

17 hours 44 min ago

By Kelly Doherty


The 6th Annual School of Business Golf Tournament presented by Noble Americas Energy Solutions will be held on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 12:00PM at Langdon Farms. This annual tournament raises funds for the School of Business scholarships.

Registration is now open for individuals, team participants and sponsors.

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Our 10 Tips and Tricks for Your Resume and Cover Letter

August 20, 2014 - 3:00am

By Jodi Nelson and I-Ting Chen

Portland State MBA students benefit from our numerous Career Management Resources. Our objective is more than simply helping students find a job after graduation — we also prepare them for long-term success.

The Career Management team offers comprehensive career services through a range of programs, events and resources designed to help students succeed professionally and academically.

One of our key approaches is to coach students as they become an active participant in their own career development and take advantage of resources provided in order to be successful and move forward in their careers.

Having a compelling resume and cover letter are key components for advancing your career — for today's post, we're featuring our top 10 tips for optimizing these important items:

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Applying for Fall 2014 – The Two-Week Turnaround

August 18, 2014 - 3:00am

By Abby Messenger

As we near the end of our admissions cycle every year, we begin receiving frantic phone calls and e-mails asking “I want to be considered for Fall 2014 but haven’t taken the GMAT or GRE yet – is it still possible for me to apply?”

So, as a follow-up to my previous post “Fall 2014 Admissions – Am I Too Late?”, I have included tips to submit the most time sensitive component of our application process as we near the end of our admissions cycle:

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MBA Orientation Week

August 14, 2014 - 3:00am

By Jodi Nelson


Every September incoming students converge on the PSU campus for Orientation week.

Orientation is a time for incoming MBAs to connect with their future classmates, as well as faculty and staff.

Students will also prepare for the MBA program by learning about curriculum, international experience trips, career resources, and more.

Finally, incoming MBAs have the opportunity to engage in the campus and student groups, such as the popular Net Impact and Outdoor Industry Women Coalition groups.

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MBA Questions? Ask an Ambassador!

August 12, 2014 - 3:00am

by Kelly Doherty


Recent posts on the blog have included profiles about and guest contributions from Andrew Nelson, Dan Keefe, and other current MBA students who serve as Graduate Business Programs Ambassadors.

These Ambassadors play a key role in fostering dialogue between prospective MBA students and the Portland State MBA program.

Are you wrapping up the admissions process but have some last-minute questions?

Want to chat with a part-time MBA student on fitting school into your busy lifestyle?

Or do you want to talk to speak with an international student enrolled in the program?

Starting the conversation is easy — simply visit our online Ambassadors portal and initiate an inquiry with one of our current MBA students. You can also connect with students from the Master of International Management and Healthcare MBA programs.

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Faculty: Dan Rogers Co-Authors Article on Hedging and the Airline Industry

August 7, 2014 - 3:00am

Dan Rogers

By Kelly Doherty

Dan Rogers (with S. D. Treanor, D. A. Carter, and B. J. Simkins) co-authored an article titled “Exposure, Hedging, and Value: New Evidence from the U.S. Airline Industry” published in the July, 2014 issue of International Review of Financial Analysis.

For a variety of reasons, the U.S. airline industry is a natural sample to analyze the relation between corporate risk exposure, hedging policy, and firm value.

First, the authors find that airline exposures to fuel prices are higher when fuel prices are high or when they are rising.

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Alumni Venture My Street Grocery Partners with Whole Foods

August 5, 2014 - 3:00am

My Street Grocery Founder Amelia Pape. Photo: Oregonian.

By Kelly Doherty


Last August, we featured Portland State MBA alum Amelia Pape (2011), founder of My Street Grocery.

During her time at PSU, Amelia discovered her love for social enterprise, and developed a business concept to make fresh, healthy food more accessible to underserved communities. She then took the concept to market after graduating from PSU's full time MBA program.

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PSU’s Impact Entrepreneurs: Responding to a Demand for Training in Social Innovation

July 29, 2014 - 3:00am

Impact Entrepreneurs Co-Founder Carolyn McKnight leads a group through a planning exercise using the Human Centered Design methodology.

Around the world individuals, teams, and institutions are building systems that cultivate and strengthen change leaders. The US government is investing in social innovation with programs like, and companies like Virgin are incentivizing employees to launch their own products and ideas.

It follows that students are demanding the skills that will make them successful leaders in this new economy. Particularly, they’re looking for institutions that in addition to entrepreneurship education will provide training in skills like empathy and human-centered design that make the most successful social innovators thrive.  

PSU’s Impact Entrepreneurs is stepping squarely into that space. The program that started in PSU’s School of Business Administration with leadership courses and a social innovation incubator has grown to include social enterprise field studies, an annual social innovation summit, and most recently, a majority-online certificate in The Business of Social Innovation, open to grads, undergrads, and community members alike.

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MBA Guest Blogger Andrew Nelson on Inspiration and Community

July 24, 2014 - 3:42pm

As Dan Keefe talked about in his post last week, being a part-time MBA student with a full time job is challenging, but not impossible. While he talked about some of the logistics that allow him to be successful, I am going to touch on some of the one-off opportunities I have had through the School of Business that provide that little bit of extra drive that is sometimes needed to keep going.

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Lab2Market: Innovating for a Better Future

July 22, 2014 - 3:00am

It's almost time for this year's Lab2Market event!

Lab2Market targets campus innovators and entrepreneurs with early stage ideas. Through an intensive, two-day experiential workshop, participants learn to evaluate and shape their concepts for the commercial marketplace.

Led by venture capitalists from DFJ Frontier, and sponsored by Ater Wynne, Lab2Market integrates lectures and exercises to help entrepreneurs critically assess their business idea and refine their elevator pitch.

PSU business faculty and startup mentors will join the DFJ Frontier team in delivering a dynamic, results-oriented program to help innovators:

  • Communicate and refine their business idea
  • Craft, refine and practice their elevator pitch
  • Evaluate technology/market opportunities
  • Navigate the path from research to market
  • Find and tap funding opportunities

Jon Talik pitches his team's aquaponics system to DFJ Frontier venture capitalists from a PSU rooftop at the 2013 Lab2Market.Prospective participants must apply by 11:59pm on July 31 — applicants will be notified of their status by August 7. The 2-day program, including meals, is free of charge for those selected.

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MBA Guest Blogger: Dan Keefe

July 18, 2014 - 3:00am

When I tell people I’m a part-time MBA student with a full time job, the most common response I get is “Whoooah!”, followed soon after by the question “How do you do it??”

For those readers who don’t know the school schedule of a part-time MBA student at Portland State: a standard course load is two four-hour night classes per week (with a few exceptions).

The program is designed to accommodate people who work full-time during the day, and to that end the professors are very accommodating when it comes to rescheduling assignments and tests to fit the student’s work schedule.

I tell people that it isn’t easy, but it’s completely possible to manage being a student who also works 38 hours a week.

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PSU Business Accelerator selected as a Global Top 25 University Business Incubator

July 15, 2014 - 2:19pm

We always knew the PSU Business Accelerator was world class, but now it's official!

The Accelerator was selected as a Global Top 25 University Business Incubator by the UBI Index, a Swedish research initiative that benchmarks programs in 67 countries to identify and rank the world's top business incubators.

For the 2014 rankings, the UBI Index compared more than 300 university-affiliated business incubators in 67 countries. The PSU Business Accelerator earned its place in the same company as Rice University and the Georgia Tech VentureLab.

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Admissions Corner: Fall 2014 Admissions – Am I Too Late?

July 10, 2014 - 4:00pm

Here's some great news for all late term applicants – you're not too late to apply for Fall 2014 admission!

As we have passed our May 1st Priority Admissions deadline, we are now accepting applications on a space available basis.

While we cannot guarantee how long we will have seats available, there are a few important steps and tips to keep in mind to submit your application as soon as possible:

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My Experience in the School of Business Mentor Program

July 8, 2014 - 3:00am

Mentor Todd Ruberg (left) with Portland State MIM student I-Ting Chen.The School of Business and Administration (SBA) Mentor Program is designed to help students increase their workplace savvy, gain clarity on their career interests, develop their networking skills, and successfully make the transition from college to the workplace through a mentor relationship with a business professional.

As an international student in the MIM program, I really benefited from the SBA Mentor Program because my mentor helped me better understand my career goals and build connections with professionals in the US.   My mentor, Todd Ruberg, helped me edit my resume, gave me advice on choosing my specialization, taught me how to use LinkedIn, and helped me analyze my strengths and weaknesses.

Most importantly, he did his best to help me build connections with his employees, friends, and even business colleagues.

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Introducing: I-Ting Chen

July 2, 2014 - 3:00am

Today we'd like to introduce a new member of our MBA blog editorial team: I-Ting Chen.

I-Ting is currently enrolled in Portland State's Master of International Management (MIM) program, and she'll be helping generate and coordinate content for the blog in the coming months.

Here's a little more about I-Ting, her career background, and her experience here at Portland State:

You've been working on the MIM blog over the past year — could you tell us about your role?

As a marketing and communications coordinator, I am helping to manage the MIM social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the blog. Sometimes, I also write some content about my experience.

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Holly Koontz Places 3rd at State Competition

June 24, 2014 - 3:00am

Last month, we wrote about MBA candidate Holly Koontz advancing to the 3 Minute Thesis State Competition.

Holly placed third in this prestigious competition, and presented on behalf of her Launch-in-9 capstone project, Treelectriq.

She competed against students from Oregon Health & Science University, University of Oregon, and Oregon State University.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition designed to help students develop presentation skills by consolidating their research and presenting it succinctly to a non-specialist audience—all in just three minutes.

The Three Minute Thesis was developed by The University of Queensland, Australia for Master’s and Doctoral students. 3MT began in 2008 and has since spread to 80 universities in a dozen countries.

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Launch-in-9 Capstone Results

June 19, 2014 - 3:00am

On Wednesday June 4, four Launch-in-9 capstone teams completed their start-up experience with a final pitch in front of their MBA business advisers and a panel of venture capital judges from the Portland start-up community.

Portland State's Launch-in-9 program takes teams of engineering and business students through a nine-month process that results in the formation of student-led start-up companies. Teams are supported through a mix of coursework, mentoring, and hands-on project work and can obtain up to $5,000 in start-up financing.

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Women & Angel Investing

June 17, 2014 - 3:00am

One of the ways startups fund their nascent businesses is by tapping investors. An angel investor is a type of individual investor in early-stage companies who accelerates startup progress, both with investment dollars as well as with mentoring support and industry connections.

OEN’s Angel Oregon attracts the state’s brightest doers, innovators, and big thinkers. Since 2005, 551 companies have applied to compete at Angel Oregon, and 89 have been selected to present. Over $2.9 million has been directly invested through OEN’s Angel Oregon LLC investment award.

Portland State MBAs and the general public have an opportunity to join some of Angel Oregon’s female investors for an informative panel on angel investing.

Lauren WallaceOrganized by the Women's Center for Leadership, the event features Angel Oregon's Lauren Wallace, Ana Andueza, and Wendy Kotila — they'll talk about how they were invited to join, what they learned about angel investing, and any advice for accredited investors who might want to get involved.

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Faculty: Pete Tashman Publishes Article on Corporate Social Responsibility

June 13, 2014 - 3:00am

Pete TashmanPete Tashman coauthored an article titled “Half a World Away: The Integration and Assimilation of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Sustainable Development in Business School Curricula” published in the May, 2014 issue of Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management.

In this paper, the authors review efforts by business school academics to integrate corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and sustainable development in their teaching and coursework. They draw from recent research to describe the challenges and constraints to such integration, as well as the opportunities and potential of such efforts. The authors report on the results of a survey of academics in business schools which underscore these challenges and constraints. The article concludes with suggestions regarding how individual faculty members, business schools, and the broader field and its institutions can respond to the relative absence of these subjects and their integration in business school curricula.

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