Monthly Archives: September 2012

USD School of Business in NYC

President Obama and I were in New York City again last week. That makes two years in a row, and we’ll find out in about six weeks if he’ll be there again next year. The president was in New York for a fundraiser, and I was there for USD School of Business alumni meetings. I have the better job by far.

And speaking of jobs, our alumni are pursuing great careers in New York City. We had about 10 alums gathered …Read Full Article

Will Paddle Boards sink or swim on Shark Tank?

Did Mark Cuban’s $150,000 investment make a difference for USD School of Business alum, Stephan Aarstol (MBA, ’99)?

This Friday, Sept. 28, at 8/7c you have a chance to find out how Stephan and his San Diego-based company, Tower Paddle Boards, have fared since their first appearance on Shark Tank in March 2012.

For a hint of what’s to come, check out where Mark Cuban lists the company in this interview about the Shark Tank’s best and worst deals.

USD celebrates new Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering

USD President, Mary Lyons, with philanthropist, Darlene Shiley, and chair of the Engineering Department, Kathleen Kramer

Today we celebrated the new Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at USD, created with a $20 million gift from Darlene Marcos Shiley. We are excited about the bright future for our engineering program.




Paul Rice inspires at USD Social Innovation Challenge event

“Never has it been a better time to be a social entrepreneur and to sell products that make a difference.”

Paul Rice, President and CEO of Fair Trade USA, talks to USD audience about social entrepreneurship

Paul Rice, President and CEO of Fair Trade USA, delivered this message to the aspiring social entrepreneurs attending the first Idea Lab for the 2013 Social Innovation Challenge.

There has also never been a better time to enter the Social Innovation Challenge – the prize money …Read Full Article

Business students need to get writing right

We’ve heard parents, employers, recruiters, and alumni lament the sorry state of college graduates’ writing in the business world. Too many students graduate from college unable to accurately resolve such grammatical conundrums as whether to use its or it’s in the appropriate context.

The result is that they author e-mails, resumes, and reports full of such errors in their professional lives. Even though they may have excellent financial, operations, or marketing skills, their inability to communicate effectively limits their ability to …Read Full Article

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