#ESBLaborDay Photo Contest

ESB Labor Day Social Media Contest

#EberhardtSchool #ESBLaborDay Photo Contest

The Eberhardt School of Business is excited to announce its #ESBLaborDay photo contest.

Starting Friday, September 4 and through Monday, September 7, photos that are posted on Instagram and Facebook and are tagged #ESBLaborDay will be entered into our contest. The winner will receive an Eberhardt School prize pack! Only currently enrolled Eberhardt School of Business students are eligible to win.

Be sure to follow #ESBLaborDay on Instagram and Facebook to see how your fellow students are enjoying the Labor Day weekend!

If you share your Instagram photos on Twitter, please mention @EberhardtSchool in the tweet.

Pacific students use art to save ancient Chinese culture



by Johanna Bakmas, Marketing Coordinator for College of the Pacific

Students launch online store that benefits Chinese artisans in remote village of Dimen.

A Kam woman weaves traditional fabric on a loom

A Kam woman weaves traditional fabric on a loom

Singing Hands, a fair trade artisan cooperative run by students and faculty at University of the Pacific, has launched a website and online store benefiting artists living in remote areas of China. Working with ethnic Kam women artisans, Singing Hands has reinvented traditional art forms by developing a contemporary line of handmade products including fabric bags, jewelry, ornaments and paper stationary.

Marie Anna Lee, associate professor of graphic design at University of the Pacific, founded Singing Hands in the summer of 2014 with the support of the Dimen Dong Cultural Eco Museum in the remote village of Dimen in Guizhou province. Under Lee’s leadership, graphic design students have been working closely with artisans to develop prototypes of products that merge contemporary design with tradition. Sacha Joseph-Mathews, associate professor of marketing at the Eberhardt School of Business, and her students helped develop the store’s marketing strategy.

“I love that I’m able to use what I’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to help preserve another culture’s beautiful motifs,” says Binaypreet Singh ’16, a double major in graphic design and psychology.

The products are now available online at singinghands.org.

“While apprenticing with the Kam women, I noticed how contemporary their designs looked and had the idea of combining their traditional motifs and materials with modern techniques like screen printing to create products that could be sold for profit,” says Lee. “Sales from these products sustain Kam families by allowing them to make a living from their traditional lifestyle. I saw this as a win-win situation for everyone, including our Pacific students.”

All fabrics are handmade on wooden looms and hand-dyed with local plants following techniques that have been passed down from mother to daughter for centuries.

It is customary for Kam artists to sing while working, hence the cooperative’s name. Kam people are so renowned for their polyphonic singing that the Kam Grand Choir was designated a world-class intangible cultural heritage in 2009 by UNESCO. Their song has also been chronicled in a National Geographic article written by famed Chinese-American author, Amy Tan.

“They carry their history in their songs, as they do not have a written language,” says Lee. In an area where the average family income is $1,000 annually, many villagers are forgoing their traditional way of life and moving to larger cities to find work.

“By purchasing these products, you allow artisans to work from home. They do not have to leave for faraway factories that exploit the migrant workforce,” says Lee. Following the fair trade model, all profits go directly to the artisans.

To celebrate the grand opening, use promo code ‘grandopening’ to receive a 20 percent discount on items purchased via the online store.

Original news article: http://www.pacific.edu/About-Pacific/Newsroom/2015/May-Aug-2015/Pacific-students-use-art-to-save-ancient-Chinese-culture.html

#EberhardtWinterBreak Photo Contest



Share photos of your winter break fun!

The Eberhardt School of Business is excited to announce its #EberhardtWinterBreak photo contest.

From December 15 through January 9, photos that are posted on Instagram and Facebook and are tagged #EberhardtWinterBreak will be entered into our contest. The winner will receive an Eberhardt School prize pack! Only currently enrolled Eberhardt School of Business students are eligible to win.

Be sure to follow #EberhardtWinterBreak on Instagram and Facebook to see how your fellow students are keeping busy during the break!

If you share your Instagram photos on Twitter, please mention @EberhardtSchool in the tweet.

Internship Spotlight – Jim Feliz



Jim Feliz

Jim Feliz, BS, Accounting/MAcc ’15

We have all heard the saying “practice makes perfect,” and in the case of Eberhardt Masters of Accounting student Jim Feliz, this quote rung true with his search for the perfect internship. Jim practiced his interview skills with many companies and conducted mock interviews to be well equipped to take on the task of finding a summer internship. This approach combined with alumni connections pursued with the help of the Eberhardt Career Management Center gave him a foot in the door for an interview with Pacific alumnus Kevin Turco, the HR Manager / Corporate Recruiter for Armanino LLP.

Although Jim prepared extensively, the interview with Armanino was unlike any prior interview he’d experienced. The pressure was on him during his final round of a three round interview process. Rather than having a partner ask him questions, he had to fill the entire thirty-minute interview slot by asking questions about Armanino. This was a unique way of finding out if potential candidates were interested in the company and had done a thorough job of researching the firm ahead of time. It was also a unique approach to ensure that he was a good fit with the firm’s organizational culture. The offer of a summer internship proved he was!

What does a day in the life of an Auditor look like? Contrary to popular belief, Jim stated that everyday was different. He got to deal with diverse segments of accounting, meet with senior staff, and had direct interaction with clients.

The highlight for Jim was the autonomy and high level responsibilities that the company gave him as an intern. He said he felt less like an intern and more like a first year Staff Accountant. Jim’s most rewarding experience was signing off on successfully completed audits, which spoke to his high efforts and dedication to the quality of his work.

Jim appreciates the foundation of accounting knowledge that the Eberhardt School of Business has given him. He has been able to put the theory learned in the classroom into real world application. Jim was able to quickly learn on the job and adapt to the professional working environment.

you-miss-100-percent-of-the-shots-you-dont-takeIf he were to offer one piece of advice to students pursuing an internship, it would come down to a famous quote by Wayne Gretzky, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” For Jim this means put yourself out there, attend events, utilize your resources, and apply to as many different types of internships that you may be interested in.  He said that persistence was essential and not getting discouraged along the way kept him focused on the end goal.

Jim secured a full-time offer with Armanino upon graduation, continuing his quest to achieve longer-term career goals of passing the CPA exam and moving up in the accounting industry. Jim’s success demonstrates how important summer internships can be for students.

Connect with Jim on LinkedIn linkedin_32

To learn more about Armanino and career opportunities: http://www.amllp.com/careers

Internship Spotlight on Susan Te



Susan Te

Susan Te, B.S. Accounting/MAcc ’15

School, homework, tennis practice, matches… OH MY! If being a student-athlete and trying to balance the time between coursework and training wasn’t enough, Eberhardt Master of Accounting student Susan Te also found time to balance the searching and acquiring of a summer internship at Deloitte.

Susan was able to use her abilities and strengths of time management and balancing workloads in her internship as she came in at a busy time for the company. With the focus on hitting year-end goals, Susan knew she had to learn quickly and efficiently to provide a high quality product for her supervisor. Her history with teamwork as well as her intrinsic motivation to succeed allowed her to become highly involved with all members of her auditing team, which as she put it, validated her reason for choosing Deloitte for an internship.

If you ask Susan what her summer internship experience was like, she would quickly relate it back to her college athletic experience. It is about putting in the work in preseason and when the match comes along, being both mentally and physically prepared to succeed. For Susan, each class, assignment, and career preparation was her preseason. She put 100% into everything and knew that this was her time to prepare for success in the workforce. When it came to the internship, it was her season. She knew every day and every minute of her internship mattered. She needed to show how much her hard work in preseason paid off and turned into success.

Susan said she couldn’t have asked for a better overall experience at Deloitte. The team that surrounded her and the people that supported her through her professional growth validated her decision that this was the RIGHT internship and place for her. Everything she learned through the internship she will take with her to her last year at the University of the Pacific. She will use the motivation to keep pushing and keep up the hard work and will return to Deloitte in September 2015 as a Staff Auditor.

To learn more about Deloitte and career opportunities: www.careers.deloitte.com

Connect with Susan on LinkedIn

Alumni Career Spotlight – Phu Nguyen


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Phu Nguyen

Phu Nguyen, B.S., Business Administration ’06
Partner, New York Life

“Everything comes to he who hustles while he waits.”
–This quote from Benjamin Franklin is a daily reminder for Phu Nguyen that achieving goals takes work. Phu has learned that by focusing on the goals of the company, and enabling his team’s success, he succeeds as well.

How did you land your first job upon graduation from Pacific?
Graduating college without a job in the current economy was a scary proposition. I knew my last year of college would be a critical time for my job search. I applied to dozens of jobs and went through 30-40 interviews trying to find the right place for me. I had lined up a couple of offers in pharmaceutical sales industry and was headed in that direction. Finding New York Life was a fluke, but I knew after doing my research and going through the interview process that it was the job for me.

What made you so sure you’d found the right career path?
My grandfather told me “You can do whatever you want as long as at the end of the day you can answer the question “did you help people?”.”

I always knew I wanted to help people. When I arrived at Pacific as a Biology major, I intended to go to med school. I wanted to be a doctor. When I realized that path was not for me, I focused on career paths where I could positively impact others. Being able to help people who struggled with finances validated my decision to choose New York Life.

What challenges did you encounter when you first entered the professional world?
I did not expect it to be so hard to convince prospective clients who were often twice or three times my age to trust me with their financial decisions. I had to work through the objections and figure out how to get others to take me seriously.

How did your business degree prepare you for your first professional job?
My college education taught me how to start and finish something. This mentality has been essential throughout my career. A grasp for the language of business and professional etiquette has honed my communication and networking abilities which I use daily to grow the business. Critical thinking has been very pivotal in my career. And managing pressure and working with people with a diverse array of personalities, skill, and backgrounds, were skills I developed initially through my education.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your professional work today?
Being a Partner is very rewarding because I get to develop raw talent into successful entrepreneurs and working professionals. I get to work and collaborate with a team that loves what they do and are willing to put 100% into their work. I am so committed to supporting my team’s growth and success that I can’t see myself anywhere else.

What professor was most impactful for you as a student at Pacific?
Professor Naumann’s Management Organizational Behavior (MOB) is the class that I still refer back to and review my notes. Being in a managerial position means having to work with people every day. The knowledge that I gained from this class and the professor still sticks with me to this day.

Though I didn’t take any classes with Dr. Post, he is one of my neighbors. I constantly pick his brain about his teaching techniques and styles.

How do you use social media and professional networking tools in your job?We use Facebook to highlight the success of the team. I believe in promoting them and showing how much they have impacted the company positively. Social media is useful for initial introductions, but the face to face interaction is essential to creating a connection.

What advice do you have for students entering the professional world today?
Be coachable, have a great work ethic, and find a balance between being money motivated and intrinsically motivated.

Explore your options. Research companies, pursue lots of interviews, be well prepared and ask questions. You want to be able to answer the question: why is this company right FOR ME.

What do you look for at first glance of a resume when you are hiring?
I look past GPA and focus more attention on previous employment. I want to see stability, longevity, and loyalty. Does this individual bounce around to many different positions, or have they been consistent in their employment? I also look for extracurricular activities. I want to see that they are able to balance academics while still being involved in other activities.

linkedin_32Connect with Phu on LinkedIn

To learn more about New York Life and Career Opportunities: www.newyorklife.com/careers

ESB Summer Instagram Winners!


Announcing our ESB Summer Instagram Challenge winners! So many great photos submitted, we couldn’t choose just two, so there are two winners in EACH category! (Drumroll, please…) #work winners are: @laurennbarrera Lauren Barrera and @COCO_shannel Shannel Hawkins, #play winners are: @carmii3 Carmen Ortiz and @itslex24 Alexys D’Tiole. CONGRATULATIONS! Please stop by W206D to pick up your prizes!

Submitted by @carmii_3: Be brave. Take risk. Nothing can substitute experience. #ziplining #esbsummer2014 #behappy #lifestooshort

Submitted by @carmii_3: Be brave. Take risk. Nothing can substitute experience. #ziplining #esbsummer2014 #behappy #lifestooshort


Submitted by @itslex24: #attpark #stryker #esbsummer2014 #giants #baseball

Submitted by @coco_shannel: Snagged a picture with CEO and Chairman of MGM Resorts International, Jim Murren and helped out the philanthropy team with their bowling tourney! Great day working for @mgmcollegeprograms #esbsummer2014 #work

Submitted by @coco_shannel: Snagged a picture with CEO and Chairman of MGM Resorts International, Jim Murren and helped out the philanthropy team with their bowling tourney! Great day working for @mgmcollegeprograms #esbsummer2014 #work


Submitted by @laurennbarrera: What a fantastic summer I have had with Music@Menlo!! I am grateful for this experience, and the beautiful people that have come into my life! #ESBSummer2014 #WordHardPlayHarder

Submitted by @laurennbarrera: What a fantastic summer I have had with Music@Menlo!! I am grateful for this experience, and the beautiful people that have come into my life! #ESBSummer2014 #WordHardPlayHarder

#ESBSummer2014 Instagram/Facebook Photo Contest


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ESBSummer2014logoThe Eberhardt School of Business is excited to announce its #ESBSummer2014 Instagram/Facebook internship photo contest. From June 16 through August 22, we will be collecting photos posted on Instagram and Facebook by currently enrolled Eberhardt School of Business students engaging in a summer internship and tagged #ESBSummer2014. At the end of August we will announce two winners – one in the “work” and one in the “play” category — and each winner will receive an Eberhardt School of Business prize pack, including a t-shirt, tumbler, and notebook!

Please share with us this summer, and be sure to follow #ESBSummer2014 on Instagram and Facebook to see how your fellow students are keeping busy this summer!

Submission Guidelines
The contest officially begins on Monday, June 16. When posting a photo, please consider the following two categories:

  1. #work – any photo directly related to your summer internship
  2. #play – any photo related to something you did for fun, outside of work, during your summer internship experience

All current Eberhardt School students on a summer internship can submit a photo to each category.

  • In the photo description, please describe: who/what, when, where
  • Please add the following hashtags: #ESBSummer2014 and either #work or #play.

You may submit more than one photo, but only one entry per category will be eligible for the final round of judging. If you don’t tag your photo with either #work or #play, we will assume a category based on the content of the photo.

If you share your Instagram photos on Twitter, please mention @EberhardtSchool in the tweet.

Internship Spotlight on Sydnee Vieira


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by Rebecca Teichmann

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Sydnee Vieira

Sydnee Vieira

If you ask the typical Pacific student how important a summer internship can be for their long term career goals, they will likely say “extremely important”.  If you ask Sydnee Vieira, however, she will tell you that summer internships are more than a series of bullet points on your resume, they can also be very fun!

This past summer Sydnee interned with the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, a division of MGM Resorts International. And, what happened in Vegas did not “stay in Vegas”: she told me all about her experience in the MGM Hospitality Internship Program.

Participants in the program, affectionately called “HIPsters,” go through a variety of employee training programs, including leadership and diversity training. HIPsters are given the opportunity to visit a different MGM property each week to see the competitive advantage each property has to offer.

MGM Hospitality Internship Program - HIPsters

MGM Hospitality Internship Program – HIPsters

Throughout the summer long internship, Sydnee was able to shadow managerial trainings in customer service and logistics, as well as help write employee policies and procedures. Sounds glamorous, right? Even if standard operating procedures aren’t your ideal cup of tea, imagine living at the Circus Circus Hotel for the summer while working with an international resort conglomerate. Given the alternatives, that’s pretty glamorous!

las vegasSydnee initially found the internship listing on Tiger Jobs. The application process was a bit lengthy, but well worth the multistep process. She is currently a Campus Recruiter encouraging fellow Pacific students to apply for the HIP program. Following graduation, Sydnee hopes to continue working with MGM Resorts International in their Management Associate Program, a 1 year accelerated development program that offers the potential to secure a future supervisory role with the company.


Internship Spotlight on Rheana de la Cruz

by Rebecca Teichmann

Reheana de la Cruz

Reheana de la Cruz

Remember those mock interviews you had to do as a Junior or Senior for BUSI 110?  You had to come to campus, dressed in a suit, and meet with a business professional who asked you questions and rated your responses?  Whether or not you loved your mock interview experience, Rheana’s story will make you re-think the value of the mock interview experience.

Rheana came to her mock interview prepared to discuss her goals as a business major with a marketing concentration.  She met with a representative from Frito Lay, and followed up afterward.  To her surprise, Frito Lay was hiring 7 interns in the entire state of California, and they invited Rheana to apply.  After applying and interviewing, Rheana was accepted as a sales intern in Frito Lay’s Future Leader program for the 2013 summer.

Rheana capitalized on her mock interview experience to secure her internship.

fritolayFor the first two weeks, Rheana job shadowed “pretty much everyone in the facility,” including regional sales reps who also make deliveries to gain a comprehensive understanding of the processes and procedures that go into Frito Lay products.  Product placement can mean the difference between mediocre sales and an increase in sales volume, and eventually Rheana became responsible for giving seasoned Frito Lay representatives recommendations to improve their sales.  She very much enjoyed how appreciative company reps were to have her advice, considering many of them had been with the company 30+ years, and she was still a college student.

The internship involved travel within California, as well as to Dallas, which was exciting. But one of the most exciting activities was a white water rafting trip with the other six California interns.  The experience was an opportunity to bond, and as a result, the cohort of interns remains extremely close.  It’s amazing what a few death-defying hours, up close and personal in a raft can do for a group of strangers!

Spoiler Alert: Frito Lay extended Rheana a job offer to join the company full-time after graduation, and she said YES!


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