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Partnership with Bloomberg Businessweek
The Robert K. Jabs School of Business is excited to announce a new venture with Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. This new partnership will be a great opportunity for students to stay up-to-date on global current events and apply the knowledge and skills that they are receiving in the classroom. It will also encourage students to engage and explore ideas where they can think critically on both the positive and negative impacts that are occurring in the global business marketplace.

Who is Bloomberg?
Bloomberg was founded in 1982 by Michael Bloomberg with the aid of Thomas Secunda, Duncan MacMillan, and Charles Zegar. The company quickly became the leader in delivering a network of information including financial information, news, and analytics to industry leaders on a global scale. Bloomberg offers decision makers the tools needed to make quick judgments by offering up-to-date information with highly innovative technology. In 2009, Bloomberg acquired Businessweek magazine and redesigned it from being U.S. – centric to a leading source in global events.

Bloomberg Businessweek has the slogan “Bringing the Boardroom to the Classroom”; this is displayed in their B-School Connection Program. The goal is to work with business schools to promote professional business thinking and behavior culture in their academic environment. Students will have the opportunity to read what the industry professionals are reading giving them a competitive advantage when they graduate and enter the marketplace.

CBU’s School of Business Commitment to Students
The School of Business is deeply committed to creating a learning environment that is both academically challenging and professionally rewarding. Our mission is to prepare a new generation of business leaders with the knowledge, real-world skills, and nurtured talents to successfully live out their purpose in the modern marketplace. Dr. Franco Gandolfi, Dean of the School of Business, stated that this new opportunity to partner with Bloomberg will underscore the importance of offering a truly globally-centric education.

Benefits to Students
The partnership between the School of Business and Bloomberg Businessweek magazine offers students in the business program a new resource tool that can be used for their academic development. Students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program will enjoy a subscription package that will include a weekly printed issue and access to the magazine’s digital resources.

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MBA Spring Hooding Ceremony

The School of Business at California Baptist University proudly congratulates the Master of Business Administration class for Spring 2013. The 17 graduates gathered to be honored and presented with their ceremonial hoods for graduation.

What does it mean to be hooded?
The history of academic regalia dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Noel Cox wrote in “Academic Dress in New Zealand”, the style of the hoods became settled when they were adopted by monks, clergy and university students. Oxford and Cambridge Universities were the first to make the regalia part of the academic dress. About the 15th century, the hood became a token of graduation and was designated colors and linings to signify the schools and degrees and is the main means of identifying holders of graduate degrees.

The use of academic regalia in the United States is heavily influenced from our European counterparts. In fact, regalia were so highly regarded that prior to the American Revolution, students would wear their hoods daily to their classes. Today, hoods are the most expressive component of academic dress; they are used to communicate the graduate’s school, degree, and field of study. At California Baptist University, for instance, the colors represented are blue and gold for the school and the School of Business color of drab, so anytime you are wearing your hood you should look with pride as an accomplishment of your academic achievement and pride for your alma mater.

The ceremony
The night was hosted by the Robert K. Jabs School of Business and took place in the Business Building’s Innovator’s Auditorium. The evening kicked off with an award presentation for the Outstanding Student for 2013. Next, the graduates went to the back of the room where they dressed in their cap and gowns for the hooding presentation. All decked out in their academic dress, the graduates lined up and patiently waited for Professor Christopher, the MC for the evening, to announce their name to come forward and be hooded by Drs. Deena Barwick and Bob Namvar. The evening closed with a dinner and time to chat with fellow students and faculty.

Outstanding Student Spring 2013
Congratulations to Lailani Kings for winning the Outstanding Student Award for Spring 2013! In 2008, Lailani began her undergraduate career at CBU in Marketing. Lailani completed her MBA degree in May 2013 and is planning to pursue humanitarian service through international, developmental organizations and educational systems.

Congratulations to the Spring 2013 MBA graduates!

Change is Good…event video

The Robert K. Jabs School of Business at California Baptist University hosted a panel speaker event about leadership in times of change. The School of Business welcomed 5 great panel speakers who shared their experience and passion about the importance of leadership.

Panel Speakers
Rusty Bailey – Mayor of Riverside
Dr. Ronald Ellis – President of California Baptist University
Steve Bretches – Executive Client Architect at IBM and adjunct faculty at CBU
Leigh Hutchins – President and Chief Operating Officer of NAMM
Ching Liu – Executive Vice President of Solarmax Technology

If you missed the event or would enjoy a repeat of this great discussion click here.

Change is good … if you know how to lead. from California Baptist University on Vimeo.

To learn more about the MBA program and the Robert K. Jabs School of Business at CBU click here to visit our website.

Senior Send-Off 2013

California Baptist University is proud to congratulate the Business School class of 2013. Last Monday night, 112 attendees gathered at the Senior Send-off for a time of celebration and reflection. The event started with several pictures from September 2009, the year many of the seniors first arrived on campus as freshmen and quickly transitioned to events from 2012. Next came a wonderful dinner and a time to chat with fellow students.

The evening also honored the outstanding students from the program:
Brittany Bateman – Marketing
Rachelle LaBotz – Business Administration
Wiley Snedeker – Accounting

The School of Business was also proud to recognize the hard work of the club presidents:
Chris Smith & David Carpio – Accounting Society
Ryan Rotundo – Investment
Lecia Rdzak – Marketing
Weiqing Lin – International Club

Following the awards, CBU alum Richard Ardito gave a challenging and heartfelt talk to students. Richard founded the Accounting Society when he was an undergraduate student. He then went on to earn his CPA license while working in public accounting. Richard also earned his MBA from CBU in 2007 and currently is the managing accountant for a major steel exporter.


Congratulations to all the Graduating Seniors!

Change is Good – Speaker Highlight

We are excited to host a great panel of speakers for the CHANGE IS GOOD…If you know how to lead event.

Rusty Bailey is the current Mayor of Riverside. Mr. Bailey is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and has many years of experience in public service. As a panel member, Mr. Bailey will be sharing his experience from his career in public service and his skills at teamwork coordination and consensus building.

Leigh Hutchins is the President and Chief Operating Officer of NAMM. During her career at NAMM, Ms. Hutchins has worked various positions such as: payor and provider contracting, network development, transactional services and IPA operations. Ms. Hutchins will be bringing her 20 years of experience in health care management.

Ching Liu is the Executive Vice President of Solarmax Technology. Ms. Liu has been the Vice President and Premier Banking Manager of the Asian Segment for Wells Fargo Bank, as well as, Vice President of Wealth Management for Merrill Lynch. Ms. Liu will be bringing her expertise in asset-based financing and asset management in both the private investors and Asian-based institutions.

Dr. Ronald Ellis is the President of California Baptist University, whose leadership skills have developed cbu to be a premiere comprehensive Christian university, comprising of ten college and professional schools that offer 145 undergraduate degree majors and 35 graduate degree programs. Dr. Ellis has been named one of Riverside’s most influential leaders during the past 25 years.

Steve Bretches is an Executive Client Technical Architect at IBM. Mr. Bretches will be sharing his twelve year experience of providing technology based solution leadership to businesses and government. When not consulting, Mr. Bretches is an adjunct professor at California Baptist University’s School of Business.

Be sure to come and learn the art of leadership from this great panel!
Date: April 29, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Innovator’s Auditorium at the Robert K. Jabs School of Business at California Baptist University

Click here to register


ACBSP honors Aaron Christopher Teaching Excellence Award


California Baptist University’s Assistant Dean of Graduate Business Programs, Aaron Christopher, has been awarded the 2013 ACBSP’s Teaching Excellence Award. This honor has also made Professor Christopher a candidate for the 2013 International Teaching Excellence Award.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) was founded in 1988 and is a specialized accrediting association that acknowledges and emphasizes teaching and learning outcomes in business schools nationwide. The ACBSP is currently divided into ten regions, with Professor Christopher winning region seven. Professor Christopher and the other region winners will be honored at ACBSP’s 2013 annual conference that will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah this June.

ACBSP’s mission is to recognize schools and teachers for preparing students to enter the marketplace which highly relates to the mission here at cbu. The executive director of ACBSP states that “It is more important than ever for business programs to produce graduates who are ready to enter the global marketplace.” The ACBSP was created to recognize and reward schools and teachers that are achieving the goal of creating a learning environment for students that prepares them to be competitive and marketable in the business industires. The faculty at the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business is committed to nurturing the talents of students while teaching practical skills in the classroom that will be valuable when graduating and beginning their professional endeavors.

The School of Business faculty, staff and students congratulate Professor Christopher for receiving this top honor.

If you would like to read the official Press Release, click on the following link: Christopher Press Release.


To learn more about the Accreditation association you can go to their website at



Change is an inevitability in any organization … the question is will you lead the change or will the change lead you? Join Dr. Franco Gandolfi, Dean of the CBU Jabs School of Business and world-renowned change management consultant, as he explores strategies for managing and leading organizational change with a panel of experts from industry, government, healthcare, and the non-profit sectors.

Learn best practices and how the right education can equip you for success. The event will be hosted at California Baptist University in the Business Building’s Innovators Auditorium. A networking reception and building tours will follow the event. The event will take place April 29, 2013, at 7:00 pm. Look forward to seeing you there!

Admission is complimentary, but registration is required. Please click here to complete the registration form.

Guest Speaker Tony Everett

The School of Business and Social Entrepreneurship Club would like to invite you to our next Voices of Business speaker series event on February 13 at 1PM. This event, featuring Tony Everett, will be held at the Business Building in the Innovator’s Auditorium.  Tony Everett, the president and founder of Pure Game will share about his non-profit organization that uses soccer to transform kid’s lives.

Below is an overview of Pure Game and be sure to check out the video below:

“Pure Game is a unique teaching platform that infuses an untraditional style of soccer with a character-building curriculum for youth. The flexible small-sided Pure Game system allows us to play virtually anywhere, parks, gyms, parking lots or even streets. By using a formula we have developed, players are reorganized in to new teams after each game giving children the opportunity to play with and against each player in the group. There are no permanent imbalances in the teams’ skill levels, and players don’t have to be experienced. This is a part of the beauty and uniqueness of the Pure Game system. We use the most popular sport in the world to teach kids how to break free from their current circumstances and negative mindsets. We promote a life-changing message of growth and empowerment that helps develop every aspect of a child’s life.

Soccer is an excellent opportunity to break down barriers that keep people apart.  Differences of culture, language, and a general sense of mistrust can be replaced with confidence and camaraderie.  As a foundation of trust is established, our kids become comfortable engaging in a relationship with us. In this safe and encouraging environment, we have an opportunity to instill values that will help them reach their full potential and make good choices that reflect the beautiful truth of who they are.

This relaxed, yet dynamic micro-soccer program allows kids to have fun and enjoy learning and growing.  They are given opportunities to overcome their limitations, live satisfying and productive lives, and become capable and compassionate leaders in their communities.

For the children to be able to take hold of our core values we host a series of six-week leagues. This delivers consistency and builds trust, something most of these children are not accustomed to. During each session the children play six games of soccer, each five minutes in duration. The teams are changed every game and this is the beauty of the Pure Game system. Children get to play with and against every member in the group; there are no stacked teams, and no need to be an experienced player. Players hold their own league standing from points gained through wins and losses. This allows for the kids to own the game, if they want to be competitive and play hard they can, if they want to experience the fun of the game, again they can. Pure Game does not have referees or coaches; there is supervision by a qualified Pure Game instructor to make sure things do not get out of hand, but the players own the game. Doing this allows kids to learn how to manage themselves playing with the differing levels of abilities and competitiveness, they also need to solve problems, and resolve conflicts.

The Pure Game program is designed to recognize the child on the playing field over seeing the playing field with players on it. We do not coach children in what to do; we encourage children for what they are doing. This inclusive style encourages children to be the very best they can be and to realize they are capable of at least trying anything.”

You can find out more about Pure Game by going to their website.

If you have any questions about the event please email the School of Business at

Help Krochet Kids Win $1 Million!

Nic Lauten from Krochet Kids spoke on the panel of business leaders October 29th.  We have the ability to help them win $1 million.  Krochet Kids has the amazing opportunity as 1 of 25 organizations competing for a $1 million grant from Chase Bank’s American Giving Awards- if they win, they are going to start a Krochet Kids program in the US, bringing their life-changing work home.

Voting is going on now through December 4th (Tuesday!) and it’s a Facebook-based platform.  Whoever gets the most votes wins!

Vote for Krochet Kids international to win $1 million from Chase Bank so they can bring their life-changing work home to the USA.  Watch this video, VOTE, and share with your friends!  Help us support this organization we care about!  #Vote4KKi

Lean Startup Conference – December 3!

The CBU School of Business is inviting students, alumni, and friends of the University to register for this one day conference based on Eris Reis’s book The Lean Startup.  This conference will be simulcasted to Sandals Church in Riverside.  Location details are on the registration page.  If you will be attending this event or have any questions feel free to email me at  I will be attending the event next monday and would love to know if you’re coming.

Conference Website:
Speaker List & Agenda:

Tickets are only $27. This includes coffee/drinks, snacks, and lunch. There will be an optional dinner at a nearby location following the event. For a little bit of context, the one day ticket to the event in San Francisco is $900.

Register Here:

The Conference is based on the ideas in the book: The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries.

The Lean Startup paradigm seeks to apply “Lean Principles” pioneered by Toyota and the scientific method to iterate through the wild process of making ideas become a reality… through validated decision making for testing ideas, building organizations, cutting waste, sales / marketing, building products, etc.

“Whether you’re new to Lean Startup methods or have been putting these practices to use in your organization, this event promises to educate and inform. The Lean Startup Conference brings together innovators from startups, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations to share lessons for building profitable lean organizations.” More than 30 entrepreneurs will speak about their first-hand experiences, with keynotes including:

  • Marc Andreessen, co-founder and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz
  • Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur, author, lecturer at Stanford
  • Beth Comstock, chief marketing officer at GE
  • Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup

Below are some quick links if you want to learn more.


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School of Business Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

California Baptist University dedicated its new 56,717-square-foot business building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 23. More than 250 faculty, staff and friends attended...

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