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Student Team Wins Lightning Round at New Venture Competition

April 23, 2014 - 3:00am

Congratulations to the Treelectriq MBA student capstone team. One of the four MBA teams participating in the Launch in 9 business start-up capstone this year, Treelectriq won the lightning round at the New Venture Championship (NVC) earlier this month.

NVC is the premier business competition in the Pacific Northwest. Students from the best MBA programs worldwide gather in Portland for an opportunity to get feedback from NVC's world-class judges and gain recognition among investors.

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Meet Graduate Business Programs Student Ambassador: Daniel Keefe

April 22, 2014 - 3:00am

Daniel Keefe in New ZealandToday's post is from Daniel Keefe, a student in our part time MBA program and one of our graduate school amabassadors...  


About two years ago I had the uncomfortable realization that contrary to my plan in 2010, I actually didn't want to go for my PhD in chemistry; I found that I enjoyed talking and reading about science and working with people, rather than doing the science itself. I picked an MBA for my graduate degree of choice for two reasons: First, that it seemed like a very versatile degree, and getting it would open doors that I probably didn't know existed previously. Second, the MBA struck me as a degree that you get out of it what you put into it, and I was (and am) prepared to work very had and make the most of my entire experience. 

Q: What do you find exciting about being an ambassador for Portland State?

A: I think what excites me the most about being an ambassador is that I get to interact and share my perspective on the program with prospective students. I like to think that mine is a fairly unique story, and I look forward to offering my perspective to others, through email, the blog, and photography. 

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Mid-Term Capstone: Launch-in-9 and The Portland Shower Company

April 21, 2014 - 2:00pm

The Portland Shower All Team MeetingSome readers may recall that I'm currently working with Charla Mathwick in the Launch-in-9 Capstone program, on a capstone start-up concept.

We're using Lean Start-Up methodology made famous by Eric Ries. All four Launch-in-9 teams are currently in the seventh month of the program, with only two more months to go until we pitch our final concept, detail our methodology and findings, unveil our prototype... and graduate!

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Teri Jenkins Treille (MBA '97): Corporate Social Responsibility Professional and Adjunct Professor

April 18, 2014 - 3:00am

Teri Jenkins Treille (MBA 1997)Teri Jenkins Treille is a corporate responsibility reporting professional at Cisco, based in Silicon Valley. She recently taught a Sustainability Metrics and Reporting course here at PSU. I was extremely fortunate to take this course with Teri last semester (Winter 2014). We learned about frameworks for sustainability reporting and how, and why, companies report their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities to stakeholders.

Teri graduated with an MBA from PSU in 1997. While she was a student she, along with a few other MBA students, started the Students for Responsible Business Chapter — the organization is now known as Net Impact. Additionally, her class was the first to utilize a cohort model.

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Meet Andrew Nelson, Graduate Business Programs Student Ambassador

April 17, 2014 - 3:00am

Graduate Business Programs Student Ambassador Andrew NelsonToday we are proud to introduce Andrew Nelson, one of Portland State University's graduate student ambassadors. 


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Admissions Corner: Meet Your Recruiting & Admissions Specialist

April 16, 2014 - 3:00am


Are you working hard to meet our upcoming May 1st Priority Admissions deadline and live outside of Oregon or the Portland metro area? Or maybe considering Fall 2015 admission and want to learn more?

With some upcoming out-of-state career fairs and recruiting events, I want to provide you the opportunity to connect with me or my colleague Angela Wright in person to ask any admissions or program-related questions you may have. From how much prep time is needed for the GMAT/GRE exam requirement to what to include in the optional essay to what needs to be submitted in order to have a complete application by May 1st, I encourage you to connect with me for in-person advising at one of these career fairs or in the following cities:

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Athletic & Outdoor Industry Event This Week

April 15, 2014 - 3:00am

Did you know that the Athletic and Outdoor (A&O) cluster is a signature industry for the Portland region? It's composed of dominant large companies — such as Nike and adidas — and hundreds of emerging small to medium sized players.

In fact, the Portland Development Commission reports that the Portland area has the highest concentration of A&O firms in the nation. In Oregon overall, more than 800 A&O businesses contribute $1.5 billion to the state's economy.

Infographic: PDC


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Executive in Residence: Alando Simpson

April 14, 2014 - 3:00am

Alando SimpsonTomorrow, the School of Business Administration offers our next Executive in Residence roundtable discussion. This week's session features Alando Simpson, Vice President of City of Roses Disposal & Recycling.

The Executive in Residence series features small group discussions where MBA students have the opportunity to interact with high-level executives from the Portland community.

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Pitch Fest Application Deadline: May 1

April 11, 2014 - 12:03am

The annual Elevating Impact Pitch Fest returns this year as a part of the 2014 Elevating Impact Summit!

If you are a passionate innovator with an early-stage social venture, apply to pitch your concept to an audience of 400+ and a panel of experts and impact investors. Thanks to Immix Law, the Pitch Fest winner will receive $1,500 cash and $1,000 of in-kind legal support. The runner up will also receive $1,000 cash.

The Elevating Impact Summit, organized by PSU's Impact Entrepreneurs, is a celebration of impact in many forms, including new social ventures, concepts, and up-and-coming social innovators. Pitch Fest applicants must be using an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to address a social or environmental problem. Concepts may utilize for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid structures.

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Meet Graduate Business Programs Student Ambassador, Didem Karpuzcu

April 10, 2014 - 8:16am

Didem Karpuzcu (MBA 2015)Today we are proud to welcome Didem Karpuzcu, a first year MBA graduate student. She is one of our new School of Business Graduate Ambassadors.

Here is Didem's first guest post for the Future Forward blog...


I am Didem Karpuzcu. I am an international student from Turkey.

I studied International Business at Bogazici University in Turkey and worked for 7 years for Tupperware Brands Corporation in 3 different locations: 3.5 years in Turkey as Product Manager, 2 years in Belgium as Project Manager for product development and 2 years in Florida as Global Product Manager.

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Three Minute Thesis Competition: Submissions Due Friday

April 9, 2014 - 3:00am

Portland State graduate business students are invited to participate in PSU's Three Minute Thesis event. Three Minute Thesis 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.

Masters and Doctoral students are eligible to present any research they are conducting for a thesis, dissertation, or culminating project. There are cash prizes for winners, plus the chance to advance to the state championships.

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“Include. Innovate. Invest. Portland” event (I3PDX)

April 8, 2014 - 12:03am

I recently attended the inaugural “Include. Innovate. Invest. Portland” event hosted by the Portland Development Commission. This event was designed to support the diversity dialogue in Portland. Approximately 300 people attended the event, which was hosted at Puppet Labs in the Pearl District.

I3PDX Keynote Speaker, Mayor Charlie Hales


The panelists were Paola Moretto, CEO and co-founder of cloud start-up Nouvola; D’Wayne Edwards; founder of Pensole Footwear Design Academy; and Michael Gray, CTO at GlobeSherpa. Marcelino Alvarez, founder of Uncorked Studios, moderated the panel.

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Employer Spotlight: New Seasons Market

April 7, 2014 - 3:00am

In 1999, three families and fifty friends joined together to open the first New Seasons Market grocery store, with the mission of creating a store that carried a little bit of everything, believed in sustainable agriculture, and had friendly and fun employees.

Today, the company has thirteen stores in Oregon and Washington and has more than succeeded in their mission. Their mission to sustainability can be seen while walking through the aisles of each store, where customers can spot The Home Grown symbol on numerous products — from scented candles to produce and meat — informing them that it comes from local farms, ranches, and small businesses so that customers can choose to support the local and regional economy. Through the company’s “Just Label It” campaign, New Seasons seeks to create transparency, ensuring that all GMO products are labeled correctly and that all non-GMO products are highlighted on their shelves, allowing customers to make healthy decisions.

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Graduation! "Farewell" Post from KT

April 3, 2014 - 5:53pm

I’ve been asked many times, "was my MBA worth it?”

The short answer, “Absolutely!” 

I applied to the MBA program because I knew I wanted to further my professional development and broaden my opportunities. What I didn’t expect was the life changing experiences that would follow.

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Alumni: Dan McDonald of PECI

April 2, 2014 - 12:03am

Dan McDonald (MBA 1991)Dan McDonald is an outstanding MBA alum who has continued his engagement and involvement with Portland State University in a very meaningful way.

Dan works for PECI, which designs and manages energy efficiency programs for utility providers, government organizations and other clients. PECI has earned "Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon" recognition every year since 2009.

I recently caught up with Dan to talk about his role at PECI and his experience with the Portland State MBA program.

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Getting an MBA Without a Business or Engineering Undergraduate Degree

March 31, 2014 - 2:42pm

 "Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience."

Paulo Coelho

Did you know that Portland State University's MBA program doesn't require any specific coursework to enroll? Portland State does look for outstanding academic history and work experience, but there is no coursework required before entry.

Sarah Shannon, MBA 2014Not having an academic business background can be scary before entering the MBA program. I know I was nervous — my undergrad degree was in Philosophy and English. But, it has been my experience that not having an academic business or engineering background provides a unique and valuable perspective to the class.

I have found myself in many classroom discussions in which a student without a business background has provided a unique point of view or experience to the topic at hand — or has thought of a creative, non-traditional solution to a business problem. These contributions make a significant impact on the quality of classroom interactions, and the overall academic experience.

Here is my advice as a student who has one more semester to go before graduation from Portland State University's MBA program:

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School of Business Faculty in the News

March 24, 2014 - 5:00am

Melissa AppleyardMelissa Appleyard was interviewed for and quoted in a recent news article titled “Crowd-funding Gets Portland Outdoors Apparel Brand – Now Made in USA - Rolling” by Allen Brettman of the Oregonian.

Melissa was also interviewed for and quoted in an article titled “Portland State University Professor assesses Made in USA startup’s prospects," also by Allen Brettman.

Berrin Erdogan was interviewed for and quoted in an article titled “NAVEX Global Names Two Company Presidents” by Mike Rogoway of the Oregonian.

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Admissions Corner: The Power of the GPA

March 21, 2014 - 5:00am

Once an individual has recognized the value of an MBA in helping them achieve their educational and career goals, one of the first questions considered is "Am I qualified?” While every MBA admissions committee uses different criteria and guidelines for evaluating candidates, the undergraduate or graduate GPA is a widely recognized standard for assessing academic capability.

Coupled with the GMAT or GRE score, which you can learn more about in my most recent post, and/or academic references, the GPA and associated individual course performance can allow an admissions committee to evaluate a variety of important factors including: 

  • Quantitative and writing capabilities
  • Performance in business-related coursework (when applicable)
  • Capability to manage demanding course load
  • Educational background

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MBA Student Profile: Cori Batey

March 20, 2014 - 5:00am

Graduate Business Programs Student Ambassador Cori BateyThis article is part of a series to introduce our School of Business student ambassadors from the Portland State full time MBA program.

Previously, we covered full time MBA student Jacey Marushia-Laurain and part time MBA student David Lane.

Today, we're spending some time with Cori Batey, a first year full time MBA student at Portland State University.

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Welcome Angela Wright!

March 19, 2014 - 9:47am

Please welcome Angela Wright, MIM 2012, who joined the Portland State School of Business as a Recruiting and Admissions Specialist. I recently caught up with her so she could share her story.

Q: What are your responsibilities?

 Angela: Promote PSU's Graduate Business Programs, provide students with program and admissions information, and assist both domestic and international students throughout the application process.

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