OEMBA Director’s Blog: January 2015

Happy New Year

My New Year’s resolution is to write a monthly blog to update Oregon Executive MBA students, staff, faculty, alumni, and other friends on what’s going on at 200 Market. I’ll keep them short. Please let me know if there are issues you would like to see in this space.

Special Thanks

To all the guest speakers in fall classes, thank you. Class 29 and 30 students learned about agricultural drones, retail design, patent law, strategic communication, financial planning, and lots of other very topical cool stuff. We didn’t always get the stories into “This Week in Class,” but we are all in your debt. I’m afraid to try and list you all lest someone is left out.

Thanks also to alumni Joe Pugh, Jim Pernas, and Nate Nilles, who were so generous with their time in the information sessions for new students. Nothing is as important to prospective students as the real scoop from alumni.

New Developments

One of the most exciting things I’ve seen in the past six months is the reenergized Oregon Executive MBA Alumni Association. They have a great speaker series, a lively newsletter, and they are connecting with the UO Alumni Association. I know we can do great things together.

In other developments, design on the new building and the future home of the Oregon Executive MBA across from White Stag is proceeding apace. I have been working closely with the architecture firm ZGF (who designed our space in 200 Market) and Ellen Devlin (who is spearheading the new Sport Products Management program, which will share the space with us Monday-Thursday). The new building will include a tiered classroom very much like the current one and a larger flat classroom than we have now. The two main benefits over the current facility will be more state-of-the-art technology and (drumroll . . . ) nine breakout rooms. We will also sometimes have access to facilities at White Stag if needed.

Live-streaming between 200 Market and the Bend Academic Extension facility has been mostly a success—in no small part because of the good humor of the Bend contingent. (This fall for the first time five students travelled to 200 Market once a month instead of every week).  We are still working out the challenges of camera placement. It’s the kind of issue that we should be able to improve in the new building.

Recommended Reading

John Eckroth introduced Class 30 financial accounting students to The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations by Jacob Soll. Spoiler alert: double-entry bookkeeping saved the world.  A perfect gift for any accountants you may know.

See you all back here in February.

Dave

Written by David Boush

David Boush has been on the faculty of the Lundquist College of Business since 1987. Before becoming Executive Director of the OEMBA he was a senior associate dean in the LCB and served on several occasions as the Marketing Department Head. His wife Dara is a retired IT manager. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren.