CWUBusiness NewsBusiness News Business Alumni Jean Adams wins Alumni of the Year, 19 Jan 2017 14:22:40<p style="text-align: center;"><br><img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;"></p><h3 style="text-align: center;">At Central Washington University, we pride ourselves on the strong and lasting relationships we have with our alumni. Whether it has been through volunteering at a broad range of events or by generously giving back to our programs, our Wildcat alumni always remember where they come from. Few alumni exemplify this as well as Jean Adams. A College of Business finance graduate of 1988, Jean has been recognized several times for her continued devotion to our university while sponsoring numerous scholarships and serving as a Board member for the CWU Wildcat Club, the Central Washington University’s Foundation Board, and the College of Business Personal Finance program board. She and her husband Joe’s generosity to the College of Business recently included providing funds to establish a student investment fund. This service to the University and the College ultimately led to her receiving the 2016 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award for all of CWU.</h3><h3 style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 311px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>While on campus to receive her award, Jean spoke to the CWU Investment Club about her career after graduating from Central. She is currently a Senior Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors. Jean explained the environment of the finance field and what it was like to work in the industry. Trey Justin, the CWU Investment Club President, had this to share about Jean’s visit, “Jean is very impressive in her accomplishments and it was amazing talking to her about her career (and family)”. The rest of the Investment Club’s members had similar sentiments and were truly grateful that Jean and her husband were willing to take time to speak with them.</h3><p style="text-align: center;"><br><img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;"></p><h3 style="text-align: center;">Jean, along with our other outstanding alumni, have put not only the College of Business but the entire university in a position to assure that our students can earn an education that prepares them to succeed in an ever-growing labor force. We thank Jean and all of our other dedicated alumni for their continued commitment to supporting our students, faculty, and university.</h3></p style="text-align: center;"></br></h3 style="text-align: center;"></h3 style="text-align: center;"></br></p style="text-align: center;"></br></h3 style="text-align: center;">Student Ambassadors Recruit at DECA's Western Region Leadership Conference, 05 Jan 2017 10:59:13<h4><strong>DECA high school leaders throughout the West Coast attended the Western Region Leadership Conference during the weekend of November 17-20th. At the event they attended various seminars on professional development, DECA&nbsp;tips and information, as well as career and college choices.</strong></h4><p><img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="width: 505px; height: 399px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><h4>Our Student Ambassadors headed two of these sessions in which they spoke about college life, curriculum, and several other topics in a Q&amp;A with students from as far away as Arizona and New Mexico. The College of Business has a close relationship with DECA and we are looking forward to working with these students more in the future!</h4><p><br><img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="width: 505px; height: 379px;"></p></br>Kittitas Students Learn How to Sell It, 29 Nov 2016 16:25:44<h3 style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="width: 515px; height: 290px;"></h3><p style="text-align: center;">On November 4, more than 50 students at Kittitas Secondary School were presented with the challenge of creating a functional shoe and selling it to potential buyers. As part of the Central Washington University College of Business Institute for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship (I4IE<span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal;">), students were split into groups. Within the groups, students were assigned jobs like marketing liaison, researchers, designers and bosses. At the end of the event, students had to sell their ideas to a crowd of focus groups and students, who provided positive criticism on what could be done better, and what was done well by the winning group. One of the members of the winning team said that the winning strategy was “the communication between knowing what the buyers wanted and putting that into our design.” In January, more than 250 students from across the state will participate in the same program in Yakima at Perry Technical Institute. Dr. Bill </span>Provaznik<span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal;">, a professor at the College of Business and the director of the project, said there will be about five entrepreneurs from the Yakima Valley, each with a room full of students doing the same project.&nbsp;</span></p></h3 style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal;"></span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal;">CWU Business Student Still Seeks to Set Records, 23 Nov 2016 07:53:09<p><img style="width: 450px; height: 302px;" alt="" src="/business/sites/"></p><p>Eighteen-year-old Tino Rizo of Cle Elum didn’t succeed in his effort to set a new Guinness World Record Saturday.</p><p>But that hasn’t stopped him from dreaming of future record-setting efforts.</p><p>Rizo, a 2016 Cle Elum-Roslyn High School grad studying business administration at Central Washington University, had hoped to set a Guinness record in number of chin-ups in a 24-hour period.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>November 23, 2016</p>Northwest Boeing Business Case Competition, 22 Nov 2016 17:12:30<h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3><p><img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="width: 515px; height: 280px;"></p><h4 style="text-align: center;"><br>On October 26th 2016, the 4th Annual Northwest Business Case Competition had their first round of presentations at the Ellensburg campus. As the Northwest Case Competition kicked off, six teams worked vigorously to complete their presentations in only a week. These six teams mustered up the courage to give their presentation in front of Boeing executives. The judges deliberated and then all teams were brought back together to announce the decision.&nbsp; Congratulations to the Dream Team on winning this tough round of competition.</h4><h4 style="text-align: center;">The Dream Team advanced on to the finals where they competed at the Museum of Flight against UW, WWU, and PSU for the regional title. The Dream team did not win, but throughout the journey they made many connections with employees at Boeing and got to see firsthand the daily operations of the Boeing facility in Renton. Thank you to all of the teams that participated in this event. We look forward to next year's competition! &nbsp;<img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="width: 515px; height: 151px;"></h4><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></h3 style="text-align: center;"></h4 style="text-align: center;"></br></h4 style="text-align: center;">SCMA Annual Alumni Cookout, 22 Nov 2016 16:49:10<h3 style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; width: 515px; height: 147px;"></h3><h4 style="text-align: center;">The CWU College of Business’s Supply Chain Management Association hosted its 2nd Annual Alumni Cookout in Shaw-Smyser on October 13th, 2016. This cookout is a great networking opportunity that allows the College of Business to bring supply chain alumni, students, and faculty together in camaraderie while enjoying a bite to eat. Alumni took time out of their busy schedules to make their way to this event, and many of them came from western Washington. Alumni also had the chance to reconnect with faculty that they hadn’t seen in years. The cookout was followed by a Q&amp;A where students and faculty had the opportunity to ask alumni important questions about their career experience and for any helpful advice. This event enabled students to learn about new companies, potential career opportunities, and attributes that employers are looking for. Overall, this event was a great success and we look forward to hosting it again next year!&nbsp;</h4><p>&nbsp;</p></h3 style="text-align: center;"></h4 style="text-align: center;">Love Conquers Hate, Don't Discriminate, 22 Nov 2016 16:23:50<h3 style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; width: 515px; height: 343px;"></h3><h4 style="text-align: center;">The “Not in Our Kittco” peace march took place on November 14th, 2016 after community members found KKK pamphlets scattered around town. Over 600 community members gathered with signs in an effort to eliminate the hate and discrimination in the community. The peace march was a gateway to creating an environment where all members of the community can feel safe and included. The march started at the SURC and continued throughout downtown Ellensburg. As the march continued on, some people joined in and others shouted and cheered in support. By the end of this event, there was a feeling of love and encouragement in the air. However, the fight does not end here. On November 29th from 5:30-7:30pm in the SURC Ballroom there are going to be presentations followed by an open discussion to discuss further actions on ending hate and discrimination in the community.</h4><h3 style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; width: 515px; height: 440px;"></h3></h3 style="text-align: center;"></h4 style="text-align: center;"></h3 style="text-align: center;">C.H. Robinson Open House Event, 22 Nov 2016 15:27:38<h3 style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="width: 515px; height: 263px;"></h3><h4 style="text-align: center;">The College of Business sent students from the Supply Chain Management Association to attend an open house at C.H. Robinson in Everett, Washington. C.H. Robinson is a transportation forum that has been successful enough to place their company on the Fortune 500 list. Prior to this open house, C.H. Robinson representatives did in-class presentations about their company, followed by information sessions for any students that had additional questions.</h4><h4 style="text-align: center;">These presentations helped spread the word about the company and their promising career opportunities. The open house was extremely beneficial to many CWU Business students by providing them with interviews and internships with C.H. Robinson. The company wants to have 100 applicants from the CWU College of Business and it’s not too late to apply. Going forward, Central Washington University will continue to strengthen their relationship with C.H. Robinson so we can have more opportunities like this in the future.&nbsp;</h4><h3 style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; width: 515px; height: 438px;"></h3><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="width: 515px; height: 343px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p></h3 style="text-align: center;"></h4 style="text-align: center;"></h4 style="text-align: center;"></h3 style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">Women in Business Conference to Empower Female Leaders, 21 Oct 2016 12:35:38<p>CWU is hosting a conference on October 28 to empower the next generation of strong female leaders. The conference, titled <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Empowering Female Leaders: Shattering the Glass Ceiling</em></a><em>, </em>will feature successful businesswomen sharing their personal narratives and advice about salary negotiation, work-life balance, and developing a brand.</p><p>The conference is sponsored by the Women in Business club, the College of Business, and Alumni and Constituent Relations. It is free for CWU students, and $25 for faculty and staff, alumni, and community members. Lunch is catered by the Ellensburg Pasta Company.</p><p>“This is going to be an informative and uplifting day of personal development,” said Tasha Oney, president of the Women in Business club. “Our keynote speaker is Lee Rhodes, the CEO of Glassybaby. She has a pretty inspiring story.”</p><p>Seattle-based <a href="">Glassybaby </a>sells glass-blown votives and drinking glasses, and donates 10 percent of sales to charity. In June, Rhodes was named a regional Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst &amp; Young. Her keynote speech is called “The Healing Glass.”</p><p>Other presentations include:</p><ul><li>“Being a Woman in a Man’s World,” by Annette M. Sandberg, CEO of <a href="" target="_blank">TransSafe Consulting</a>. Sandberg is a former administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, former deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and former chief of the Washington State Patrol.</li><li>“Getting What You Want: Build Your Negotiation Skills,” by Professor Nancy Pigeon, CWU Department of Management.</li><li>"I am Woman Hear Me Roar! Gender Differences in Communication,” by Professor Emeritus Philip Backlund, Department of Communication.</li><li>“Feeling Stressed? Tips for Handling Workplace Conflict,” by Professor Erica Holley, Department of Management.</li></ul><p>The Women in Business club at CWU promotes the equity and acceptance of women in the workforce, and provides tools and knowledge for women and men in order to eliminate stereotypes in all fields and sectors of employment.</p><p>The conference is from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. October 28. Register online at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Media contact: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,</em></p><p>October 21, 2016</p>Dr. Pritchard's MKT 468 Visits Fitterer's and Cramer's Furniture, 18 Oct 2016 12:49:49<h4 style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; width: 510px; height: 340px;"></h4><h4 style="text-align: center;">Two of Ellensburg's most revered home businesses hosted two groups of Marketing students to discuss the business of furniture retailing. Both stores had a guided tour, a brief history of their individual businesses, and a time for Q&amp;A.</h4><p><br><img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="width: 510px; height: 340px;"></p><h4 style="text-align: center;">We are fortunate to have great support from the Ellensburg's business community and we thank you Fitterer's Furniture and Cramer's Furniture for taking the time to speak to our students!</h4></h4 style="text-align: center;"></h4 style="text-align: center;"></br></h4 style="text-align: center;">