College of Business

COB Insights June 2017

Dean Shyam Kamath

It has been an exciting and eventful semester and year for our students, faculty, staff and stakeholders in the College of Business! We launched new student success initiatives, had our Initial Eligibility Application approved by AACSB, hosted a very successful regional Sustainable Hospitality Development Symposium and launched new regional initiatives and clubs. Please read about these exciting developments below.

I would like to wish you all a very productive and enjoyable summer!

Shyam Kamath, PhD


Sustainable Hospitality Development is the Focus of New Partnership Between Monterey Bay and Costa Rica

Sustainable Hospitality Development Symposium
Ted Balestreri, President and CEO of Cannery Row Company, delivers Hospitality Industry Welcome

On February 23rd, over 135 participants gathered for the first-ever Sustainable Hospitality Development Symposium hosted by the Sustainable Hospitality Management program in CSUMB's College of Business. Speakers included the President of the Republic of Costa Rico, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, who delivered a welcome address live via weblink.

Students Establish Club To Cultivate Networking & Career Opportunities

Agribusiness Club holds inaugural event
Agribusiness Club members and faculty advisers, Professors Scott Fausti and Sumadhur Shakya

The newly formed Agribusiness Club has already hosted several successful events. At it's kick-off on March 3rd, guest speaker Juana Gomez, Human Resource Director of Monterey Mushrooms, shared her experiences as a female in the ag industry along with tips for professional growth. Other Spring 2017 event highlights include volunteering at the Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit, a live demonstration by Monterey Drone, and learning about applying modern marketing techniques in the ag industry from Nick Pasculli, owner of TMD Creative.

MBA Program evolves

This spring the MBA program implemented phase one of a two phase redesign. Substantial changes have been in the Business Communications and Research Methods courses; the Accounting and Finance courses; and the Microeconomics and Macroeconomics courses. Phase 2 changes will begin in 2018.

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2017 term. Classes start on Oct 10th.

Christina Hannon, MBA '17
Walking across the MBA graduation stage was a proud moment for me, symbolizing an immense amount of hard work."
Christina Hannon, MBA '17

Extending Extraordinary Opportunity

ACE Business
CSUMB President Eduardo M. Ochoa and MPC President Walter T. Tribley sign the MOU May 15, 2017

The newly created ACE Business Administration dual enrollment program, a collaboration between Monterey Peninsula College and California State University, Monterey Bay, will offer a more accessible educational opportunity for MPC students seeking a BSBA degree through CSUMB.

ACCESS Programs

Diamond Key Professional Development | Internship Excellence Program | Career Gateway

Professional Development Earns Cord & Trophy

(L to R): College of Business Chair, Marylou Shockley, Seniors Danny Ordaz, Alyssa Keene, Amanda Sanchez, Kimberly Hammill, Robert Travis Wyckoff, and Dean Kamath

Graduating seniors from the Class of 2017 were recognized for going above and beyond in pursuit of developing first-class professional skills. A crystal "Diamond Key" trophy and yellow cord, to be worn at graduation, were awarded for their achievement in completing the program. In addition to managing their class and homework load, this group of College of Business seniors sacrificed scarce free time, consistently attending the Diamond Key Professional Development series of workshops each year.

COBIEP & Career Gateway Programs: A Win/Win for Students and Employers

College of Business Internship Excellence Program (COBIEP)

COBIEP helps students find internships that complement their interests and abilities. We also help employers develop internship opportunities and find qualified interns. As of May 2017, there were 33 active internships with companies such as Haywashi & Wayland and Language Line Solutions. One of many companies seeking interns, Monterey Drone currently has an opening for a Marketing & Business Development intern.

Career Gateway

Through events such as the C.H. Robinson Open House & Job Shadow held May 10th, we help College of Business students learn about career paths and find career opportunities. We also help employers find qualified and enthusiastic employees from among our graduating students and alumni.

Current job openings include:

  • Katie's Coldpress, PT Marketing Assistant - apply by 7/1/17
  • Monterey Bay Analytical Services, FT Client Support Specialist (graduate) - apply by 6/30/17
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, PT Desk Agent (graduate or near graduate)

Watch for Fall 2017 Career Gateway Events!

Students and Faculty Participate at Dr. Dave Shrader's presentation

College of Business faculty meet regularly to collaborate, exchange ideas and best practices in teaching and research. Guest speaker, Dr. Dave Schrader spoke to students and faculty about sports analytics. Other topics included High-impact Experiential Learning and teaching modalities.

Spring 2017 Publications

Dr. Dante DiGregorio

Dante Di Gregorio, (2017) "Place-based business models for resilient local economies: Cases from Italian slow food, agritourism and the albergo diffuso", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 11 Issue: 1, pp.113-128,

Dr. Gary Schneider

A. Faye Borthick, Gary P. Schneider, and Therese R. Viscelli (2017) Analyzing Data for Decision Making: Integrating Spreadsheet Modeling and Database Querying. Issues in Accounting Education: February 2017, Vol. 32, No. 1, pp. 59-66.

Kamath keynotes CSI Conference at Harvard

Dean Shyam Kamath addresses corporate, academic, non-profit and social organization leaders at the Harvard CSI Conference in historic Loeb House, the president's former residence on the Harvard University campus. (Photo Credit: Kelly O'Brien)

Dean Shyam Kamath keynoted at the Corporate Social Investment Conference at Harvard University on June 14, 2017 with an address entitled "Why is Corporate Social Value Creation and Corporate Social Investment So Hard – A Discovery Perspective".

The conference was titled as “CSI for Corporate Growth: Enabling Underserved Consumers - the Poor, the Disabled, and Rural Communities for the Ideal Market”

Experts and leaders from leading multinational corporations like IBM, State Street, TAFE and leaders from academia, government, foundations, trusts, NGOs and social organizations actively participated in the conference to understand the challenges and chart the future course for corporations to develop an institutional logic which combines Leadership, Strategy and Behavior to achieve meaningful CSI. Dean Kamath's research is focused on social enterprises and social entrepreneurship and the impact of social and technological change on business formation and management. Last year, he keynoted at the Joanneum Technological Futures Conference in Graz, Austria in front of 600 technologists and management experts on March 8, 2016 on "Managing and Leading in an Exponential Age: A Silicon Valley Perspective."

Annual Events

Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Water Management

This year's Greater Vision will explore global solutions to local water problems in the Central Coast region of California with the goal of creating a culture of sustainable water management. College of Business Associate Professor, Brad Barbeau, is on the list of speakers that includes water resource experts and visionaries from around the world.

Spring 2017: 15th Annual Ethics and Responsible Business Forum

Ethics panel

March 2017: The Colleges of Business, Science, and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences collaborated to bring the Ethics and Responsible Business Forum to the campus community for its 15th year.

The topic of this year's Forum: Freedom vs. Privacy - Has Big Brother gone too far? pitted Futurist and acclaimed author, David Brin against Lee Tien, Senior Staff Attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Panelists added depth to the conversation by incorporating viewpoints from their fields of expertise.

Students and faculty from across campus, in addition to community members were polled and the conclusion of the debate and the resounding response was that privacy is still important!

15th Annual Business Showcase

Showcase image

More than 200 guests gathered at the University Center to celebrate the College of Business graduating students. Gary Tanimura and Julius Robinson were awarded the Business Leadership and Community Leadership awards, respectively.

Each year an Outstanding Graduate from each degree program is selected. This year they were:

  • Jose Garcia | Master of Business Administration
  • Stephanie Riviello | Business Administration
  • Kelly Wright | Sustainable Hospitality Management

Capstone Festival

Capstone students: Corryn Bennett, Husaina Bhaijee, Brenda Martinez, and Stephanie Rice

Nothing in the College of Business is guaranteed except finals and Capstone! This year was no exception. During the semester, Business students consulted with 27 area businesses. Students presented strategic analysis and recommended improvements at the Capstone Festival.

Commencement 2017

Congratulations to the 286 Fall '16 and Spring '17 College of Business graduates eligible to participate in the 2017 Commencement Ceremony.

Fun Facts: Commencement 2017


$20,000 into the Aether

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay 2017 awarded its Venture Division Winner, Aether, a $20,000 cash prize plus $10,000 in legal and other business services. Aether's goal is to lower manufacturing costs and accelerate pharmaceutical development by their Organism Design Software with high-throughput, robotic automation to engineer microorganisms for pharmaceutical production.

Meet the winners

JA comes to Campus

JA Business Competition Participants

40 CSUMB College of Business students provided the JA "Be Entrepreneurial" program in 11 classes at five local high schools to 300 high school students. This program culminated in several of the high schools sending their students to CSUMB to compete in the JA Business Competition on April 27, 2017

Camping at the College of Business

iiED will be hosting two Summer Tech Camps for Middle and High School students to develop tech and entrepreneurship skills.

Is your child interested in technology?