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Alumni Newsletter June 2019

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June 1, 2019

“Your education is an investment unlike a car, house, or stock…you cannot sell it. 
So, you are explicitly linked to this institution and therefore, responsible for that brand.” -GMAC 2017

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Featured Scholarship Recipient – Kara Li Liu, MS Supply Chain Management


It is a great honor to recount my experience in the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSSCM) program at CSULB. Studying at CSULB has given me abundant opportunities to receive an accredited education. When taking my classes, I was fortunate to participate in the research projects and was thrilled with the knowledge I received. I worked with my professors to conduct analytical methods of supply chain and operations for CSULB undergraduate students’ timely progress to degree completion. It was through this process that I first experienced the charm and great potential development of supply chain.

Being enrolled in the program has really provided me precious opportunities to expand my insights into professional aspects of supply chain. For my capstone project, I conducted business analytics for local logistics companies and was able to apply what I learned in the classroom. Due to my great fascination with supply chain and operations classes and my work experience, I yearned to continue my studies in supply chain and help solve real-world issues. With the help of my professors’, I received a full scholarship for the Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management program from the University of Rhode Island in Spring 2019.  This scholarship helped me concentrate on my academic journey.

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New MBA Advisory Board Scholarship!


We aim to make the CSULB College of Business MBA a reality for the most promising students. With this in mind, the MBA Advisory Board has established a new scholarship for MBA students to help prepare the next generation of business leaders.

Your philanthropic support can have a transformational impact on Graduate Programs at the College of Business at the Beach.

Gifts that fund scholarships for graduate students ensure that those in pursuit of a Master’s of Science or MBA degree can make that dream a reality. College of Business graduate students are taught the knowledge and skills needed to lead ethically and succeed in global business environment.

The generosity of alumni and friends, committed to educating and empowering the next generation of business leaders, also allows helps to elevate the stature of Graduate programs at COB and recruit outstanding students.

Your support plays a critical role in COB’s growth and its mission to provide a high-quality, cost-effective 21st century business education.

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Where are they now?

Nupur Shah, Evening MBA

I graduated from the Evening MBA program with a concentration in Finance from CSULB College of Business in 2011. The program was the best match for my criteria of cost, curriculum, and convenience.

The cost of the program is unbeatable for the education you receive. The broad spectrum of classes in the curriculum that the Evening MBA program offers really helps with the relevant classes you want to take. I was working full-time and taking classes in the evening, so the flexibility and the convenience to take the classes is just a cherry on top this program offers.

My classes were relevant and applicable to what I wanted to learn, and the students in my classes were working professionals. The combination of these two factors really made the degree worthwhile.

With the combination of my Bachelors in Computer Science and the Masters in Business Administration, it tremendously helped me in my career, and it presented many opportunities for me to explore.

See me in my upcoming film Hobbs and Shaw in theaters August 2!

Agata Hinc, Evening MBA

Throughout my professional career, I’ve been passionate about counteracting inequality through empowering people and providing access to resources – be it energy, financial services or human capital. I decided to enroll in the Evening MBA Program at CSULB to develop my business skills and to learn from California best business practices. As an international student, I benefitted from both the program’s curriculum and the opportunity to gain operational experience with business operating in the US. It has been a truly life changing experience. I’ve developed hard business skills (finance, marketing, and HR) as well as the entrepreneurial spirit which has been a driving force ever since my graduation. During the program, I had the opportunity to work with various US-based startup companies in clean tech and marketing, and was hired by one of them – a renewable thermal company out of Dallas, TX – right after my graduation. In under a year, I developed Skyven’s business strategy and grew the company’s sales from $0 to $10M. All that to help offset emissions in the US industrial sector. After my mission at Skyven has been completed, I’m moving on to a new challenge – enabling access to financial resources in developing countries. My next stop – Lagos, Nigeria.

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Graduate Business Career Development Course

AMBA14 Canon Field Trip

Students in the Accelerated MBA and Accelerated Supply Chain Management Program are making great strides in their career development to impact their future by completing the Career Development Course offered by the Graduate Business Career Services (GBCS) in the Spring and Summer 2019 semesters.  Creating a personal brand statement, negotiating salary, building an online career portfolio are some of the topics discussed in the course.  Western Digital, DaVita Medical Group, C3 Business Solutions and more company representatives came to the course to help facilitate lectures and provide the employer perspective in the hiring and onboarding process.  Additionally, the students took a tour of Canon Solutions to learn about the company and their diverse roles as well as how to stand out in the application process.  The goal of the Career Development Course is to teach students skills that they can apply whether they are looking for an internship, job or promotion and succeeding in their chosen line of work.



2019 CSULB Innovation Challenge Winners

Every year the Colleges of Business, Engineering and the Arts partner with the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to support and encourage our students to follow their dreams and bring a business idea to fruition. This year the winning team was Sips Cold Brew and they walked away with $50,000 in cash and in-kind services to help them launch.

Sips Cold Brew

Sips Cold Brew brings high quality locally produced cold brew coffee to college students at a competitive price. Through customization students will enjoy the ability to interact with the production of their coffee and receive convenient deliveries in an industry leading experience. Built on bringing the best coffee to students, Sips will utilize local production to eliminate the need for preservatives and additives. Through our unique production process Sips yields a smooth and delicious cold brew, the best way for students to power through their classes. Students receive weekly or biweekly delivery of our 32 oz. growler, enough for four to six servings. Our “Cold Brew Club” adds unique value by eliminating delivery fees and providing 15% off any cold brew ordered.  Watch the Sips Cold Brew Innovation Challenge post event interview.

Graduation Banquet and Commencement


The 2019 Graduation Banquet celebrated and honored our Graduate Business students for successfully completing their programs. Norm Herron was our Honored Graduate Business Alum and Fabian Espinoza, MS in Supply Chain Management, received the Outstanding Student award.

We also highlighted accomplishments by GBA Vice President and Accelerated MBA student, Jananee Sekar as well as 2018 Innovation Challenge participant and Accelerated MBA student, Vandana Vaswani. Several students received Dean’s List awards including Accelerated MBA student Fransiska Frisesdal, Evening MBA student Charan Singh, Saturday MBA student Shanna McGuire, MS Accountancy student Abdul Babar and MS Supply Chain Management student Morgan Foldesi. Students participated in an opportunity raffle to win prizes including a hotel stay, comedy show tickets and local restaurant gift cards. Graduation Banquet Pictures.

Congratulations again to all of our graduating students and Go Beach!  Commencement Pictures.