MSMC MBA alum, Tyronne McLaine (’10) has joined British Petroleum (BP) the world's third largest publicly traded integrated oil concern. BP explores for oil and gas in 30 countries world-wide and is the largest oil and gas producer in the US. McLaine, in his new role as Area Manager of Land Terminals is responsible for the overall safety and operations of two of BP’s truck terminals in Carson, CA, and leadership of approximately 40 staff members including several front line managers.
According to Tyronne, “I could not have gotten this job without my MBA. Although an MBA was not required, the program at MSMC helped me with my resume, prepared me for the interview. I asked business and process follow-up questions and my leadership skills are directly applicable to my position. While I’m very humble about this new position, I am not nervous. I would not have been this confident without taking the courses at MSMC”
Tyronne looks forward to staying involved with the MBA Program and we look forward to having his valuable participation.
The MBA program, responding to increasing interest in the field of Project Management (PM), has added PM to the concentrations options. The concentration will be headed by Mr. William Huddleston who had over a 30-year career with the National & Space Administration as a Program Executive & Program Manager. While at NASA, he directed the development and managed budgets in excess of 3 billion dollars for 13 individual science spacecraft missions. Mr. Huddleston is a Project Management Professional (PMP) certified by the Project Management Institute. Following the course work, students will be prepared to sit for the Certified Project Management examination to be certified by the Project Management Institute.
Academic award winning student and MBA alum, Suzanne McGarry, gives back to students. Suzanne donated her course textbooks to the Doheny campus library this summer. Suzanne graduated in May, 2011. Being a student herself, she understood the challenges that her peers faced especially how expensive books can be for a full-time student. She donated her text books in order to give new MBA students the opportunity to utilize them and save some money.
During the final semester of the MBA program all students work in teams on a capstone consulting project. Special Spirit is a non profit organization that provides services to special equestrian athletes and spreads autism awareness. It has twice given projects to MSMC MBA students and this March it invited the team that prepared the fall 2010 project to the ranch to show its appreciation and say thank you. During the afternoon two of Special Spirits' founders, Eva Lund and Mary Kay Hughes (pictured with the team), reported on the organization's progress in implementing the team's recommendation. In just three months since receiving the reports, Special Spirit has achieved many of the goals that were targeted for the first year. The founders also mentioned that the MBA student recommendations finally helped them see their future clearly and discover how to make their dreams come true. Special Spirt is so enthusiastic about the work of the MBA consulting teams that they will provide another project in the near future.
Among the many gifted and talented individuals at the Mount's MBA program, alumnus Jesse Philip Loera has earned himself an honorable distinction. Recognized by Cambridge Public Relation's "Who's Who" list, Mr. Loera was applauded for his contributions in wireless radio communications over the past several decades. His 23 years of service for the LA County Sherriff's Department, as well as his work with NASA and U.S. Air Force are just some of the highlights of this extraordinary alum's resume.
Saturday March 12, 2011, the National Hispanic MBA (NSHMBA) Los Angeles Chapter met at Mount St. Mary's College Los Angeles to hold a Pre-MBA workshop. Mount St. Mary's Los Angeles MBA faculty member Kathryn Whitman was a featured speaker for the event. Panel discussions with current MBA students, recent graduates, and working professionals were an additional highlight of the day, which concluded with a recruitment fair with top LA MBA programs.
Saturday, February 5, members of all 6 MBA cohorts got together for the MBA Community Lunch. Three MBA alumni shared their program stories as well as the latest news of their respective industries: Bhavesh Lad, Manager of Technology for DisneyToon Studios, Sara Small, VP of Revenue for St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, and Darcy Burke, Director of Public Affairs for the Municipal Water District of Orange County.
On Wednesday, January 26, NAWMBA (the National Association of Women MBA’s) LA Chapter hosted a networking event at Beechwood Restaurant in Venice, where participants were invited to meet with professionals from a wide range of industries. “NAWMBA After 5” drew women from all walks of life, including our very own MBA students (pictured above). The mixers take place monthly at different neighborhood hot spots and registration is free. NAWMBA’s next event is coming up on Wednesday, February 23. RSVP at http://februarynawmbaafter5.eventbrite.com/.
MBA Faculty Peter H. Antoniou and Katherine Whitman’s “Changes in Work Values in China: An Exploratory Research” was presented and published in the Conference Proceedings of the Academy of International Business Conference - Mid West Division, held on March 24-26, in Chicago, IL.
Peter H. Antoniou and Cathy Levitt’s “Implications of Studies of Soft Technology Transfers to Chinese Firms: A Longitudinal Study 1997-2009” was presented and published in the Conference Proceedings of the Academy of International Business Conference - Mid West Division, March 24-26, Chicago, IL.
The Mount's first MBA cohort of 26 students celebrated the completion of their degree programs in December. Faculty, Executives in Residence, Staff, and Community Employers gathered on the Doheny campus to hear the students present their final group projects. Business Administration Department Chair Mark Alhanati, MBA Program Director Dr. Janet Robinson, MBA Program Coordinator Dr. Peter Antoniou, and MBA Steering Committee Chair Katherine Whitman gave praise to the group as they took their MBA Oath to serve the business community with the values characteristic of their Mount education.
The oath reads:
I will act with utmost integrity and pursue my work in an ethical manner.
I will safeguard the interest of my stakeholders, co-workers, customers and the communities in which we operate.
I will lead my professional life in good faith, guarding against decisions and behavior that may harm others.
I will take responsibility for my actions, and I will represent the performance and risks of my organization accurately and honestly.
I will develop both myself and others so that we collectively continue to grow and contribute to the well-being of society.
I will strive to create sustainable economic, social, and environmental prosperity worldwide.
I will be accountable to my peers and we will be accountable to each other for living by this oath.
This oath I make freely, and upon my honor.
Dr. James Neblett, adjunct MBA faculty member, presented research paper on Culture and Human Resources management
Where MBA Faculty Dr. James Neblett’s research paper on The Culture of Constant Change and its Influence on Trends and Challenges in Human Resources has been accepted by IES Management College & Research Center, Mumbai, India, for the International HR Conference, January 6, 2010.
Dr. Peter Antoniou, MBA Program Coordinator, Presents Article on Changing Work Values at The Academy of International Business (AIB)
The Academy of International Business (AIB), the leading association of scholars and specialists in the field of international business, has accepted an article by Dr. Peter Antoniou for their annual US Southeast Chapter Conference in Jacksonville, FL. The article is entitled “An Exploratory Study of Changing Work Values: The Case of Japan” and will be presented at the conference meeting at the end of October.
MBA student Sara Small submitted a photo to the LA Times with the heading MBA STUDENTS VISIT CHINA. The photo, taken at the entrance to the Summer Palace in Beijing in August 2009 during the MBA field study in China, has been accepted to the Times photo contest.
When the first class of Mount St. Mary's MBA program takes their 10-day field study trip to China this August, they will bring with them over 100 books on business. The books, in English, will be donated to Gannan Normal University in Gannan, China. "English and business education are two fields in China that are growing exponentially," says Katherine Whitman '63, associate professor of business. "Because of this rapid growth, there is a severe shortage of English books in business subjects." The book project will continue with future MBA field study trips.
The 2009 MBA cohort will embark on its international field study trip to China August 7th. The first stop is Shanghai where the students will meet with representatives of American companies doing business in China, visit an economic development zone, tour a factory and have a little time for fun and sightseeing. In Guangzhou, the Sister City of Los Angeles, we will visit the premier think tank, the Guangdong Academy of Social Science, for a presentation and also tour the South China Power Grid Company. Stops in Hong Kong and Macau round out the 10 day trip. In preparation for the trip all the students had to do an analysis of an industry in China and while on the trip they will gather more information for the completion of a comprehensive report.
On Thursday, November 20, former LA Mayor Richard Riordan will speak at 1 pm in the Chalon Campus Center as part of The Vantage Point, a speaker series sponsored by the Department of Business Administration and the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. Riordan will share his unique perspective on the forces reshaping our community and the local economy and offer his views on the urgent needs and attractive opportunities that are likely to emerge in the years ahead. The event is sponsored by MSMC Los Angeles MBA Program.
Nov. 10, 2008 – Mount St. Mary’s College announces a new Executive in Residence program, bringing knowledge of top professionals to students in the MSMC Los Angeles. Graduate Dean Linda A. Moody commented, “The MBA Steering Committee has wisely invited business Executives in Residence with national and international reputations built on a wide range of corporate and non-profit experience. This work experience from both corporate and non-profit sectors parallels the backgrounds of the student body and informs the curriculum of the program. We are honored to have these Executives in Residence join the MBA Program.” /pages/4713.asp
One popular view of globalization is that it is producing a homogenization of society, some would say Westernization. This view along with an exploration of the popular question "why are some countries rich and others poor?", led to a sabbatical project to visit a number of countries that are often discussed in development circles. The ones that will be the focus of the presentation are India, Iceland, Australia, Peru and Bolivia. Observations about these locales will be accompanied by photographs of people, work and family life. MSMC Los Angeles MBA Program Steering Committee Chair and Business Administration Professor Katherine Whitman will speak about her sabbatical observations at the next Meeting of the Minds Series on November 6 at the Doheny Campus at 1 p.m. [MBA Program]
Faculty member Dr. Janet Robinson, will lead the new MBA program as its first director. Said Robinson, “Having our students achieve success, whether it is in non-profit management, health care management, entrepreneurship, or organizational leadership is our goal.” The MBA Program opens Summer 2008 and features concentrations in Non-Profit Management, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Health Sciences Management. The Business Administration Department at the Mount celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year; CSJ Sister Elizabeth Malone was one of the founding faculty. [MBA Program]