Monthly Archives: March 2012

So you want to study psychology…

…and get a job in consulting? Major in history and work in marketing? Fine arts and finance?

As the dean of a business school that offers an undergraduate business degree, I am also an advocate of the undergraduate liberal arts degree. My undergraduate degree is in sociology from Haverford College. I have encouraged my sons to study what interests them most in college, even if it doesn’t put them on a preparatory track for a specific job.

In the classroom teaching …Read Full Article


Economy and 2012 elections: The rest of the story

We left off the last post with this tantalizing message:

While the economic picture is still taking shape and there are many unknowns, we will be able to draw some preliminary conclusions about the effect of the economy on the outcome of the 2012 presidential elections. Please join us if you’re in the area, or stay tuned here for a follow-up post.

Prof. Stephen J. Conroy presenting to SBA alumni

First, let me say that we had a wonderful discussion in Orange …Read Full Article


The economy and 2012 elections

Note: I asked Stephen J. Conroy, Professor of Economics, to give us a sneak preview of his presentation for the SBA’s Lifelong Learning event in Orange County this Thursday. He’ll be speaking on “The State of the U.S Economy and its Potential to Affect the 2012 Elections.”

Professor Stephen J. Conroy

In order to investigate the role of the economy in presidential elections, I first considered these famous quotes:

“It’s the economy, stupid.”  -1992 Bill Clinton campaign
“It’s not the president, stupid.”  -Freakonomics …Read Full Article


MBA alum on Shark Tank Friday night

Stephan Aarstol (MBA,’99) and his San Diego-based company, Tower Paddle Boards, will be featured on ABC’s Shark Tank at 8/7c this Friday, March 16.

Stephan founded the stand up paddle boarding brand less than a year prior to the actual filming of the pitch on the Shark Tank last July. Watch to find out how this USD School of Business MBA alum fares!


Optimism for real estate recovery

Richard K. Davis, Chairman, President and CEO of US Bank

The speakers at the real estate conference I attended on March 2 handed out a dollop of optimism for us to stir into our coffee as we listened to their projections about the future of commercial and residential real estate.

This was the Burnham-Moores Center’s 16th Annual Real Estate Conference. About 700 people gathered downtown to hear presentations by Richard K. Davis, chairman, president and CEO of US Bank, San Diego …Read Full Article


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