College of Business

2017-18 College of Business Annual Report

Dean Shyam Kamath

Dean's Message

Welcome to the 2017-18 College of Business Annual Report! It has been an exciting and productive year for our growing College of Business! The 2017-2018 academic year saw the largest graduating class yet in our Business Administration (BSBA) and Sustainable Hospitality Management (BSSHM) programs. Our MBA program enrollment grew to the largest ever, with the second largest cohort of graduates since the launch of the program. Students performed well in the job market, with 100% of hospitality program graduates hired and an overwhelming majority of business administration graduates receiving job offers within six months of graduation.

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Greater Vision Water Forum Photo
On Friday, October 6, 2017, nearly three dozen local, national and international innovators, researchers, and public officials presented to an audience of over 200 gathered for the Water Forum, aimed at discovering new ways to address water management for residential, agricultural, and industrial needs.

16th Annual Ethics and Responsible Forum 2018

The Ethics of Fake News: Who Controls the Future of Democracy?


Women in Ag & Tech Entrepreneurship Forum

Over 100 CSUMB students, faculty, and community members came to hear women in traditionally male-dominated agriculture and technology fields share stories of the challenges they’ve faced, as well as current and future opportunities for women.

Agribusiness Club

The Agribusiness Club hosted a speaker’s series featuring Ag industry leaders from the region presenting on a variety of topics at a total of 12 events throughout the academic year.


Joti Kaur, BSBA

Tax & Accounting Assistant, Monterey Trust Management


Coy Williams, BSBA

Business Development Manager, Robinson Fresh


Amairani Resendiz, BSBA

Assistant Marketing Project Manager, TMD Creative

Faculty Excellence & Publications

College of Business Faculty are active scholars, authors, and researchers as well as competent and caring and instructors.

The College of Business Progresses Toward AACSB Accreditation

"I want to congratulate the College of Business for earning approval of its initial application for accreditation by the AACSB. Final AASCB accreditation would place the College among the 5 percent of business schools in the world that have achieved this blue-ribbon accreditation."

Capstone: A Unique Applied-Learning Experience

Rather than working on theoretical case studies, students in the Strategic Management course, BUS 499, evaluate the operations of local businesses or non-profit organizations. Students work in small teams of four-to-six, with the goal of helping companies and organizations solve real-world problems and gain a strategic advantage.

The 33rd Annual National Conference on Ethics in America

The 33rd Annual National Conference on Ethics in America (NCEA), hosted by the Simon Center for Professional Military Ethics (SCPME), was held at the United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY, on February 13-14. The conference is part of the USMA Cadet Character Education Program (CCEP) and civilian students from universities across the country are invited to attend. Through the generous sponsorship of The Good Steward Charitable Fund, the College of Business was able to send four students to the two-day conference: Noelle Forgach, Carolanne Garibay, Amanda Mast, and Chris Riggin.

Italy 2017 - Business Students Study Abroad

For the second year in a row, CSUMB business students traveled to Italy for two weeks in May 2018 as the culminating experience linked to BUS 332: Area Studies in International Business. Led by CSUMB Professor Dante Di Gregorio and Professor Pete Cullen from the University of Urbino, the program pairs one of the youngest CSU campuses with one of the oldest universities in the world.

BSSHM Program Costa Rica 2017

Sustainable Hospitality Management students participated in a week-long study abroad program in Costa Rica led by Dr. John Avella and Dr. Roberta Atzori.

College of Business Showcase: Alumni Chapter

The College of Business Alumni Chapter continued its expansion in 2017-18, growing to 130 members. The Chapter keeps in touch with members through monthly newsletters containing news, events, and helpful information to maximize success.

Donor Spotlight: Dale Meyer

Dale Meyer’s passion and innovative thinking led her to support CSUMB’s Colleges of Science and Business in finding solutions to the Central Coast’s water issues.

College of Business Showcase: Outstanding Graduates and Distinguished Alumni

Outstanding Graduates: Patrick Recinto, MBA '18; Nicole Sharpe, BSBA '18; Lynnette Vong, BSSHM '18 Distinguished Alumni: Bethany Mayer, MBA '11

College of Business Showcase: Leadership Awards

Business Leadership and Community Leadership Award recipients are selected by members of the College of Business Advisory Council from nominees proposed by university and area community members,