OEMBA Director’s Blog: February 2015

Happy Groundhog’s Day. FYI, the nation’s designated groundhog did see his shadow, signaling six more weeks of winter. In my Minnesota days, this was always cause for celebration—“Only six more weeks of winter!”

In Portland, I don’t expect the rain to stop in six weeks. Herewith, the second monthly blog to update students, staff, faculty, alumni, and other friends on what’s going on at 200 Market Street. As always, please let me know if there are issues you would like to see in this space.

Thanks to Instructor Heidi Connole for inviting potential students from the January information session into her Global Business class to participate in a case discussion. Special thanks to Natalie Miller, Class 28, for attending the info session to answer questions. If you missed it, please check out our story on Apply101, the company Miller started with fellow student Steve Baer.

Miller related during the info session about how an alum read the story about her and Baer’s new venture on the Lundquist College of Business website. That alum then contacted Miller to express interest in expanding to his neck of the woods, which happens to be in China. (Our slogan is, after all, “Oregon Roots Global Reach.”)

Speaking of alumni, the OEMBA Alumni Association continues to impress. The latest in their speaker series was Dr. Brandon Barnett, Class 16, director of business innovation at Intel. Barnett talked about Intel’s use of big data to find opportunities. The word is getting out about these talks too. I counted 30 in attendance on a Wednesday evening. Some alumni in attendance had not yet been to 200 Market Street before.

Earlier that same day (January 28), our future neighbors at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine conducted a very kind-hearted ceremony essentially blessing the new building. It was conducted from their rooftop, which looks down on the building site. We are planning an alumni happy hour celebrating the project on April 2 using that location. Hope to see you all there.

We also hope to see ground broken soon on our future location in Portland Old Town Chinatown, but understand that these projects face a long list of hurdles.

The mood of our students at 200 Market is especially serious in January and February. First-year students face arguably their most difficult pairing of courses with Managerial Accounting and Statistics at the same time. Second-year students are attacking their capstone projects with renewed purpose. We are, as always, extremely proud of the way they are able to balance coursework, professional responsibilities, and home life.

See you all back here in March.


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.