Monthly Archives: March 2013

MBA student has big plans for new venture

A current USD School of Business MBA student, Jayla Siciliano ’13, is finding new life for wine spritzers in her start-up company, Bon Affair.

Find out how Jayla went from working in product development and design for both Diesel and Burton Snowboards to reinventing the wine spritzer.  (Hint: It had a lot to do with breaking through the perception that this is a women-only drink.) Her story appeared yesterday in this New York Times blog post. (Click on title, above, for links.)


San Diego Harbor Cruise for USD School of Business graduate alumni

USD SBA Graduate Alumni Harbor Cruise

Since I ended my last post with a nautical send-off for spring break, I’m going to continue the sailing theme and remind you about our upcoming harbor cruise.

Sailing at sunset on San Diego Harbor is one of the highlights of living in this city. And joining SBA faculty and graduate programs alumni for an evening of reminiscing and networking makes it an especially great experience.

I’m really looking forward to the evening, and I hope you’ll …Read Full Article


USD School of Business faculty travel to India

Next week is spring break at USD, and students are not the only ones leaving campus. The Ahlers Center for International Business is sponsoring the Faculty Development India Program. Twenty faculty members from the School of Business will travel to Delhi, India to visit two business schools and about a dozen companies.

They have a full itinerary, with sessions at the University of Delhi and the Institute for Management Technology, Ghaziabad; they also have meetings and tours at companies such as …Read Full Article


Innovation event for USD alumni in Silicon Valley

USD alumni in Silicon Valley have a great opportunity for research-based learning about innovation next Tuesday evening, March 26. I heard Professor Priya present to the SBA Board of Advisors last fall, and I saw how much the successful entrepreneurs in the room engaged with her on the ideas she discussed.

Professor Priya, who teaches strategic management at USD School of Business, will present the results of her research on innovation within companies. Her research has big implications for questions that …Read Full Article


Election of Pope Francis

Pope Francis

This has been a historic week, with the election of the first pope from the Americas, and I want to join in with the many people who are expressing joy over the election of Pope Francis as the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

Msgr. Daniel Dillabough, Vice President for Mission and Ministry at USD, had these words to say in a message about the new pope to the USD campus and alumni community:

“With eager anticipation and great …Read Full Article


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