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College of Business News

Tyler Stofiel holding baseball and smiling 

Baseball Catcher Named CCAA Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

June 26, 2020

Management professor Angela Casler still remembers the first time she met Tyler Stofiel.

Lauren Gruwell 

5 questions with Lauren Gruwell

June 25, 2020

As an undergraduate, Lauren Gruwell (Psychology, ’09) was fascinated by psychology but didn’t see it as her dream career. Little did she know a minor in marketing would prove the perfect complement, blending her interest in business with the study of humans.

Sherry Miller, airport manager, speaks with students Tennyson Show and Paul Blackwood (left). 

Marketing Students Get Chico Airport off the Ground

June 1, 2020

In early fall 2019, Airport Commissioner BT Chapman and the Chico Airport Commission chair, Mike Antolock, created an ad-hoc committee tasked with the rebranding and marketing of the Chico Municipal Airport (CMA).

MBA graduate Slade Giles

Living for Today

May 4, 2020

Just days into his Master of Business Administration program at Chico State, he enjoyed trips like this to unwind, regroup, and reset. 

 Mackenzie Deeter

On Pace to Finish Strong

May 4, 2020

The two shiny new drinking fountains and water bottle refill stations next to the track in University Stadium are a perfect metaphor for senior MacKenzie Deeter.


Five Faculty Receive Professional Achievement Honors

April 20, 2020

College of Business faculty members, Qingzhong Ma and Suzanne Zivnuska receive honors. 

 Katie Mercurio teaches her graduate marketing students various techniques to help tackle the marketing-related issues centered around the rebuilding of Paradise.

Planning a New Paradise

November 15, 2019

Marketing graduate students partner with the not-for-profit Rebuild Paradise Foundation to help resolve how to bring businesses and residents back to Paradise.

MBA Advisor Jennifer McKee

Masters of Business Administration Advisor Jennifer McKee Strives for Student Success

November 6, 2019

When it comes to making meaningful connections and ensuring student success, MBA advisor Jennifer McKee rises to the occasion. 

Kathy Carpenter smiles at the camera before assisting community members with free financial services.

The Center for Excellence in Finance Hosts Third Annual Financial Planning Days

October 28, 2019

The Center for Excellence in Finance hosted its third annual Financial Planning Days event, offering free financial services to the Chico community.

Chico State sales team hold a giant check for $10,000 after their win at the AT&T sales competition.

Seufferlein Sales Program Wins First Place at AT&T National Competition

October 18, 2019

With entrepreneurial vision and top-notch negotiation skills, students in Chico State's Seufferlein Sales Program (SSP) added to its reputation of national success.

A student is photographed working in the MFA studio in the Arts and Humanities building

New Interdisciplinary Program Brings Entrepreneurship to Humanities and Fine Arts Students

October 7, 2019

The Center for Entrepreneurship has partnered with the College of Humanities and Fine Arts to bring funding to art majors and minors in spring 2020.

The sun sets behind Kendall Hall

Gig Economy in California with Business Law Professor Jim Morgan

October 4, 2019

Dean Terence Lau discusses gig economy in California with business law professor Jim Morgan. 

The University seal appears on a brick pillar.

CSU, Chico Honored by US News & World Report Annual Best College Rankings

September 11, 2019

US News & World Report released its annual Best College Rankings for 2020, placing Chico State on the Best Regional Universities and Top Public Schools lists.

Darryl Schoen

5 Questions with Distinguished Alum Darryl Schoen

September 4, 2019

One of eight distinguished alumni to be honored by the University this fall, entrepreneur Darryl Schoen has never forgotten the value of his Chico Experience.

The sun sets behind Kendall Hall

Blockchain Technologies with Arash Negahban

September 1, 2019

Dean Terence Lau discusses the future of blockchain technologies with business information systems professor Arash Negahban.

Sunlight peaks out from behind the CSU, Chico pillar on campus.

CSU, Chico Moves up on Money Magazine's '2019-20 Best Colleges in America' List

August 15, 2019

Money magazine listed its “2019–20 Best Colleges in America, Ranked by Value,” and out of 744 qualifying schools, Chico State landed at No. 56.

John Aylworth sitting at a table with bottles of serum and several injectors.

Business Alumnus Brings Biotech to Chico

August 12, 2019

Alum John Aylworth pivoted from orthopedics to his own blossoming biotech company–then moved it back to Chico. 

From left: Oziel Magana, Josie Ensley, Jess Lopez, Garrett Duarte, and Ellen Falltrick are among the MBA students who passed the CAPM exam.

CSU, Chico MBA Students Have 100 Percent Pass Rate for CAPM Certification

July 15, 2019

CSU, Chico MBA students had a 100 percent pass rate for the Certified Associate in Project Management [CAPM] exam, which has a national pass rate of just 61 percent. 

Three students working together on a wind turbine for the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2019.

Chico State Interdisciplinary Wind Team Attends 2019 Collegiate Wind Competition

June 20, 2019

CSU, Chico students from four different majors traveled to Colorado last month to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition.

Two students working together on a laptop for the DataFest competition.

DataFest Competition Engages Students Across Disciplines

June 6, 2019

Students from across disciplines participated in DataFest 2019, a nationally coordinated undergraduate competition where students work to gain the best insights into a real-world dataset. 

Enterprise information systems MBA students Vikram Badrinarayana and Kunal Bhavsar pose for a photo on the beautiful Chico State campus.

CSU, Chico MBA Option in Enterprise Information Systems is Now a STEM Degree

May 29, 2019

The MBA enterprise information systems option at CSU, Chico is now a STEM-designated degree, allowing international students more flexibility in remaining in the US for employment opportunities.

Students using the 3-D printer in the Makerspace in Meriam Library.

Innovation At Your Fingertips: Makerspace Allows Students to Turn Their Ideas Into Reality

May 21, 2019

When inspiration strikes, it’s great to have a space to turn those ideas into reality. CSU, Chico’s Makerspace gives students the tools they need to create their entrepreneurial ideas. 

MBA student Zak Stroing tests out the Virtual Reality glasses being developed by Verizon and its partners.

MBA Students Tour Verizon Innovation Lab

May 14, 2019

A group of CSU, Chico MBA students spent the day at the Verizon Innovation Center in San Francisco for hands-on experience with new innovations under development. 

Robert Madrigal

Sports Marketing Professor Robert Madrigal Honored with SportSIG Award

May 10, 2019

The American Marketing Association's Sport & Sponsorship Linked Marketing Special Interest Group (SportSIG) has named CSU, Chico's Robert Madrigal as a major award winner.

Student volunteers assist community members with free tax-preparation services.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Has Meaningful Impact on Accounting Students

April 30, 2019

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is well known for its large impact on the Chico community, but also has a meaningful impact on the students that volunteer for its services.

Alisha Sharma

Lifting Up Others Through Self-Discovery

April 24, 2019

Alisha Sharma cultivated a love for new experiences at Chico State—and discovered a talent for leadership along the way. 

Students work at the temporary Bloomberg Terminal in the Meriam Library.

Center for Excellence in Finance Seeks Permanent Access to Bloomberg Terminals

April 23, 2019

The Center for Excellence in Finance has already had an incredible impact on the Chico State campus, with their next objective to offer permanent Bloomberg Terminals. 

A group photo is taken at the Financial Wellness Clinic.

Financial Wellness Clinic Opens to Chico State Students, Faculty, and Staff

April 15, 2019

Financial stress is a common problem among college students, and Emily Huang, director for the Center for Excellence in Finance, aims to change that. 

Students at the Masters Commencement Ceremony

CSU, Chico College of Business and its MBA Program Recognized for Continued Excellence

April 8, 2019

CSU, Chico and the College of Business' Master of Business Administration program continue to be recognized for their excellence. 

Miliah Haslerig

With Alumni Donations, Business Students Dress the Part

March 29, 2019

Dressing to impress can be a struggle for qualified but cash-strapped business students seeking jobs. That's where the Professional Attire Fund comes in. 

Entrepreneur Challenge 2019 winners pose for a photo with their trophies.

CSU, Chico Entrepreneurship Students Advance to Regional Future Four & More Competition

March 29, 2019

Entrepreneurship students competed for a spot at the regional Future Four & More competition for a chance at entrepreneurial glory and cash prizes.

Debra Cannon

Debra Cannon to be Honored with Honorary Doctorate

March 22, 2019

Lulus cofounder Debra Cannon ('77) has a legacy of entrepreneurial success, while also giving back to Chico State and mentoring business students. 

Kendall Hall

Two College of Business students named Rawlins Award Recipients

March 4, 2019

College of Business students Makenna Boggio and MacKenzie Deeter were honored in a special ceremony as recipients of the 37th annual Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award.

Professional Attire Fund recipient Rodaisha James

Professional Attire Fund Helps Students to Dress for Success

February 18, 2019

A generous donation from alumna Marti Sutton ('92) helps recipients of the Professional Attire Fund dress for success.

Giovanni Galasso holding his dog, Balboa.

Entrepreneurship Student Creates a Safer Dog Leash for Chico Trails

February 7, 2019

Recent graduate Giovanni Galasso ('19) wanted to find a safer way to take his dog, Balboa, out on the trails. After difficulty using traditional leashes, Galasso created Boa Leashes. 

Beta Alpha Psi President, Bailey Jennings (ACCT, age 21, from Corning) and Accounting students, in conjunction with the International Revenue Service (IRS) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program prepare and electronically file free tax-preparation returns for low to middle income families in the Chico community.

Annual Free Tax-Preparation Services by CSU, Chico Students to be Offered Starting Feb. 4

January 30, 2019

With tax season officially here, CSU, Chico will once again provide free tax-preparation services for the Chico community for those who quality.

Josh and Aaron Leavy smiling during their Camp Fire relief fundraiser in San Francisco. Click to read more.

Alumnus Josh Leavy, Founder of San Francisco Brewing Co., Joins Sierra Nevada's Resilience IPA Camp Fire Relief Efforts

January 2, 2019

Josh Leavy (Business, '03) has joined more than 1,400 breweries across the nation to participate in the Resilience IPA Camp Fire relief efforts. 

Jaycob Arbogast with the Center for Excellence in Finance assists Camp Fire victims at the Wildcats Rise Care and Resources Center. Click to read more.

Center for Excellence in Finance Assists with Financial Planning for Camp Fire Evacuees

December 14, 2018

CSU, Chico hosted the Wildcats Rise Care and Resources Center for affected Wildcats to provide information and support, including financial assistance from the Center for Excellence in Finance.

Student getting ready to graduate, holding sign that says

CSU, Chico's College of Business Bestowed with Money Magazine Honor

December 6, 2018

Last week, Money magazine rated CSU, Chico at No. 45 on its list of "Best Colleges for Business Majors."