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  •  MBAs Awarded Friday, June 10

    Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2011 4:25 PM

    More than 460 graduate business students will receive degrees from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business this year, making the Class of 2011 one of the largest in recent memory. The class celebrates its achievement at the University’s Graduate Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 10, in the Leavey Activity Center.

    SCU’s Business School will award 427 MBAs, an increase of more than 100 candidates over last year’s class of 322. The MS in Information Systems (MSIS) program will graduate 38 students, the largest cohort to graduate since the business technology degree was introduced in 2005.

    The Santa Clara MBA program was launched in 1959 as one of the first graduate business program in the nation designed exclusively for working professionals. The School offers an Evening option, a 22-month Accelerated option, and an Executive MBA serving senior level managers and directors. The MSIS degree combines business practice and technology management for leaders in the IT sector.

    The Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University began in 1923, and was one of the first business schools in the country to receive national accreditation. Its undergraduate business, MBA, and Executive MBA programs are consistently ranked among the top in the nation. The curriculum at all levels emphasizes the leadership role of business in creating an ethical society as well as business responsibilities for social justice and sustainability in the global marketplace. The School opened its new $49 million building for undergraduate, graduate, and professional business education in Fall 2008. For more information, see www.scu.edu/business/

  •  SCU Seniors Working for Themselves after Graduation

    Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2011 3:15 PM

    From making T-shirts to matching up nonprofits with needy groups around the world, a number of soon-to-be SCU grads are planning to spend their time after graduation building and working at businesses they created while on campus. 

    Josh Bois, a graduating senior in the OMIS department, will spend this summer ramping up a business that he’s built over the past three years or so -- Global Good Media, part of the Global Good Group network -- with an Atlanta-based partner. Their marketing and consulting business has helped about 100 businesses in the U.S. and worldwide with services including website management, search-engine optimization, technology consulting and social-media marketing. The company uses the services of about 10 graduate-student interns, and currently has about a dozen ongoing clients. 

    An entrepreneur since high school, Bois received a certificate in entrepreneurship from SCU’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), which he praises for providing him with “great networking opportunities,” including contacts at venture-capital firms. 

    He expects the business to grow to support him after he moves back to his hometown of Orange County, and credits Santa Clara University with making him feel empowered for the future. “My business’s mission is to change the world by connecting people, businesses and information around the world,” he said. "Santa Clara helped me feel I can achieve that."

    Finance major Sol Tran, who just won CIE’s Outstanding Student Entrepreneur award, will be working on a business called SocialOven, which will use proprietary technology and his own skill at analyzing Facebook advertising opportunities to place ads for retailers and other companies strategically on Facebook pages. He’s doing similar work for another company at the moment, but he says they’ve worked out a deal where he’ll strike out on his own soon.

    “Eventually I’m going to want to build my own product and make it more sophisticated,” he says. “I’ll either find an angel investor or work a side job and gather the funds I need.”

    Another graduating student, Michael Kawamoto, will continue to work on his T-shirt business, Aloha Coterie, as a part-time endeavor when he’s not busy with his new full-time job in PricewaterhouseCooper’s tax department.

    Kawamoto has printed over 2,000 shirts for groups at SCU and other schools, and donates a portion of the proceeds toward raising $5,000 for the charity:water organization, which works on what Kawamoto calls the “oftentimes overlooked crisis” of clean water access worldwide.

    Daniel Aguiar, director of entrepreneurship programs at the Leavey School of Business, says entrepreneurship is picking up at SCU, with a rise in membership in the student club, a strong increase in internship opportunities at startups around Silicon Valley, and a revamped CIE to help with resources and classes.

    “The potential has always been here for significant entrepreneurship taking root here at SCU,” said Aguiar. “I think the years ahead are going to be very exciting for SCU-grown entrepreneurs.” 

    May 31, 2011

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