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SBA Professors Publish Article on Stress Theory and Workplace Newcomers

By Kelly Doherty


Talya Bauer, Berrin Erdogan, and Lauren Simon (with A. Ellis, L. Mansfield, and D. Truxillo) coauthored an article titled “Navigating Uncharted Waters: Newcomer Socialization Through the Lens of Stress Theory” published in the January 2015 issue of Journal of Management.

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February 1 Scholarship Deadline — What You Need to Know

By Abby Messenger


With less than two weeks until our February 1 scholarship deadline, we want to make sure that you have all the important details in front of you to gather your admissions materials, complete all necessary applications, and set yourself up for success to finance the Portland State MBA.

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Tags: admissions, MBA Students, scholarships

MBA Student Jon Rieman on Nike Internship and PSU Experience

By Max Bielenberg


Today’s student profile focuses on Jon Rieman. In addition to being a second-year full time MBA student, Jon is an avid athlete and fearsome Ultimate Frisbee player who interned with Nike last summer.

Q: Thanks for taking the time to chat with me, Jon. Can you tell me a bit about your educational and professional background?

A: I got my undergrad from University of Pittsburgh in Business Administration. After undergrad, I joined the Army. I was in the infantry for five years. I used the leadership experience I gained to transition to an operations management position with Conway Freight, a less-than-truckload carrier. I worked there for four years in multiple roles.

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Tags: Athletic & Outdoor Industry, career changers, career management, careers at Nike, internships, MBA Students, Nike

School of Business Administration Welcomes New Dean

By Kelly Doherty


Big news!

This week, Portland State announced that it has hired Daniel Connolly, senior associate dean at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, as dean of the School of Business Administration (SBA).

Mr. Connolly replaces longtime SBA dean Scott Dawson, who left PSU last year to become dean of Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Associate dean and business faculty member Scott Marshall is serving as interim dean until Connolly starts this summer.

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Guest Post: Rob Hodgson on the Benefits of Extra-Curricular Work During Graduate Studies

By Rob Hodgson


If you’re in a business graduate program at Portland State University, then you’re familiar with the concept of not having much free time. You know just how priceless that one, or even just half-day a week is when you get to relax and not think about classwork.  Why then, would I suggest that you go and ruin that by adding a completely voluntary project to your plate?

Last winter a classmate of mine organized a group to enter a graduate student contest through Net Impact, called the Banana Republic Grad Student Challenge. One of the prizes for the winning marketing strategy was a “Banana Republic wardrobe,” but the real prize was a trip to the Banana Republic office headquarters and access to top executives of the company.

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Tags: career management, jobs, MBA Students, Net Impact

Business of Social Innovation Certificate Benefits Students as Entrepreneurs and Changemakers

By Abby Chroman


Look anywhere in Portland’s metro area and you’ll see signs of it changing.

New construction is transforming the skylines and new industries are shifting the economy. With those changes, Portland’s communities, and our challenges, are also inevitably evolving.

If PSU’s vision is to let knowledge serve the city, the university’s curriculum must adapt alongside our urban center. Not only are we charged with creating lessons relevant for today’s unique questions, Portland State needs to craft programs that will arm students to serve the city long into our future.  

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Impact Entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation

Tanya Murray Discusses Role at Oregon Tilth and MBA Experience

By Max Bielenberg


For today’s student profile, I sat down with MBA candidate Tanya Murray. Tanya will graduate in June and has taken classes with both the full and part-time cohorts.


Q: Can you tell me a bit about your educational and professional background?

A: I grTanya MurrayTanya Murrayaduated from Prescott College in Arizona where I self-designed a degree in Education For Sustainable Agriculture. My interest in school gardens and farm-based education evolved pretty quickly into a passion for the production side of farming.

Most of my professional experience has been working on and managing diversified organic vegetable farms. I plowed my first field in Connecticut in 1998, harvested my first crop of blueberries on a farm just outside San Luis Obispo, California, and was part of the management team here in Oregon at Sauvie Island Organics for nine years.

Q: What motivated you to pursue an MBA?

A: All of the farms that I’ve worked for have been rooted in ecological and social sustainability but struggled when it came to achieving economic sustainability. I wanted to learn more about the business side of farming to help these operations become more economically viable.

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Tags: MBA Students, oregon tilth, organic, Sustainability

Jay Cornelius Discusses Television Career and MBA Experience

Today, we continue our MBA student series with a profile on Jay Cornelius. He has worked in television and film production for 15 years as a producer, director of photography and editor. He has edited and shot shows for National Geographic, The History Channel, A&E, PBS, HGTV, and the Discovery-Times Channel.

Jay CorneliusJay CorneliusQ: Thanks for taking the time to chat with me, Jay. Can you tell me a bit about your educational and professional background?

A: I was an art major at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. I wanted to work in the television business and was able to incorporate video into my studies. For the past 15 years or so I worked in television.

I made documentaries for the History Channel, National Geographic, and Discovery Channel. I shot a show called Lockdown for National Geographic, where you go into prisons. I also worked on Making History With Roger Mudd, which involved extended interviews with, among others, Sandra Day O’Connor and David Childs, the architect of the Freedom Tower in New York.

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Tags: career change, career changers, MBA curriculum, MBA Students

GMAT and GRE Prep Resources


By Abby Messenger


Are you preparing to take the GMAT or GRE?

If so, here is a list of free prep resources to prepare for either the GMAT or the GRE:

Free Kaplan GMAT/GRE Practice Tests 


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Tags: admissions, GMAT, GMAT waiver, GRE, new students

Career Changers: English Major to MBA Candidate

By Max Bielenberg



I can clearly recall the experience that first led me to consider getting an MBA. Unlikely as it may sound, it was eating a sea salt chocolate chip cookie at Avalon International Breads in Detroit, Michigan (motto: Eat Well, Do Good). I was working as a teacher’s assistant in the Saint Paul public schools and had taken the summer off to volunteer on urban organic farms in Detroit and then bicycle the Pacific Coast.

On my day off from harvesting arugula and hammering in tomato stakes, I decided to traipse around the city on a beat-up mountain bike lent to me by my host. On my ride, I encountered Avalon, a self-described triple-bottom line business that provides a living wage, health insurance, and is credited with helping to spur the revival of its particular corner of the Motor City.

I had never heard of a triple-bottom line business before and had never considered getting a business degree. Yet the more I read about Avalon and what it provided for its employees and community, the more I realized that solid business skills can produce the most meaningful kind of social impact.

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