College Awards and Semester Highlights

Lucas College and Graduate School of Business


Two Lucas College of Business MBA teams, under the guidance of Prof. Simon Rodan and Prof. Richard Okumoto, took first place for overall performance (a composite measure of financial success) and for best documentation (business plan and annual report), at the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition, the longest continuously running business student competition in the US.
 
The College held a Scholarship Celebration honoring donors and students. The event brought together over 170 donors, student scholarship awardees, family members, faculty, and friends. Keynote speaker and alumnus Gino Blefari spoke of the value of giving back, student speakers Nicholas Ayala and Hillary Schauf told inspiring stories of their lives and aspirations.
 
Nine students will go on the Thompson Global Internship Program this summer (7 to Hong Kong and 2 to Australia) to work on special projects for Crown Worldwide Group, a global moving and storage company based in Hong Kong, and owned by SJSU alumnus Jim Thompson.
 
The Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship hosted another successful Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge (SVIC) with 539 attendees, 308 entries submitted online and 61 judges. Finalists from Santa Clara University and Kaunas University of Technology (in Lithuania) also participated.
 
Mineta Transportation Institute Executive Director and alumnus, Rod Diridon, Sr., was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC).
 
MSTM faculty member Matt Raymond has published a book titled Best Practices for Transportation Agency Use of Social Media (CRC Press, October 2, 2013).  MSTM Alumna Robin O’Hara (2012) co-authored one of the chapters, “Using Social Media to Connect with Customers and Community."
 
The MS in Taxation Program, under the leadership of Prof. Annette Nellen, published the 5th issue of The Contemporary Tax Journal, an online, student-run journal.
 
The Financial Management Association (FMA) won the “SJSU Student Organization of the Year” award.
 
486 Lucas College of Business students were recognized as Dean’s Scholars, (earning a 3.65 grade point average or higher) and 68 Lucas College of Business students were recognized as President Scholars (earning a 4.0 grade point average) at the prestigious SJSU Honors Convocation.
 
Three faculty members and three students from the Lucas College of Business will attend the SJSU Salzburg Program in Austria this summer. These Salzburg Fellows (faculty) and Salzburg Scholars (students) will spend the following academic year working on collaborative and individual projects to help globalize the university.

The 4th annual Leadership in Ethics Initiative, sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Jose, was held on April 23. This initiative involved having MBA students evaluate the ethics practices of for-profit and non-profit entities in Silicon Valley. The students wrote a report from which a Selection Committee of eminent community members (including Professor Anne Lawrence and Dean David Steele) selected the top 2-3 companies or non-profits that have exemplary ethical practices. Four student teams worked on each selected company, making 5-minute presentations at a Rotary lunch attended by over 200 community members. Dean Steele thanks Anne Lawrence for orchestrating this event, including interfacing with the Ethics Committee of the Rotary Club and working with the for-profit or non-profit entities that volunteered.
 
The 3rd annual Social Innovation Leadership Forum was held April 25. This initiative brought together government, private and public companies, non-profits and academics to address the major social issues of the Silicon Valley area. The two themes of this year’s forum were homelessness and education. Lucas College’s Global Leadership Advancement Center (GLAC) sponsored the event, working with 26 partners – including HP and Cisco – to stage the forum at the San José City Hall for over 200 attendees. Dean Steel thanks Professor Bobbi Makani for being the key coordinator and Joyce Osland for her sponsorship as the Executive Director of GLAC.