Menlo College Resurrects “SBA Day” Tues. April 19
June 9, 2011:
In the fall of 1948 a few gallant men, John D. "Judge" Russell, F. Philler Curtis and James L. Brainerd, discussed the possibility of creating an undergraduate School of Business. One year later, the SBA doors opened to 18 juniors, who were offered highly individualized and practical instruction in the fundamentals of business administration. Today, the SBA curriculum remains a core focus of Menlo's management education, adhering to its philosophy of teaching a blend of business fundamentals and global perspectives.
One of the many treasured memories of Menlo College's alumni from the renowned School of Business Administration was its annual "SBA Day", where successful executives from regional business and industry visited a packed auditorium of students in business attire. The first event was held on May 15, 1956, with a guest speaker from Ampex Corporation. Noted alumni speakers have included Bob Lurie, CEO of The Lurie Company and former owner of the San Francisco Giants.
On April 19 from 3:30-8PM, Menlo will reinstitute SBA day. This year the SBA Day keynote address will be given by T. Geir Ramleth SBA '87, Senior Partner and CIO of Bechtel Corporation. His topic will be "Corporate IT- Beyond Facebook & Twitter." The reinstituted SBA Day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, 2011. There are three exciting aspects to the evening on campus:
3:30 - 4:30 PM - Accounting Program: Financial Literacy
Professor Donna Little will discuss financial literacy in the Great Room, El Camino Hall. Her presentation will include
- A little background on the financial literacy problem in the US
- A brief summary of the grant she has received from CITI to improve financial literacy in San Mateo county
- "What is your financial literacy level?" Some materials from the program to allow audience members assess their own literacy level and perhaps learn a few things.
- A look to the near term future and discussion of opportunities for accounting students to become involved with the financial literacy program by becoming volunteer instructors for high school students.
4:30 - 6:00 PM - Business Plan Showcase
A panel of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in the Florence Moore Auditorium will critique a selection of student business plans and provide insights on the process of getting from idea to operating business. This will be an educational session using actual business plans and ideas created by Menlo students as vehicles for discussing the entrepreneurial process.
6:00 - 8:00 PM - Reception, Dinner and Speaker
Geir Ramleth, CIO of Bechtel Corporation and Menlo alum will speak in the Dining Commons on "Corporate IT Beyond Facebook & Twitter." The dinner is open to all students, alumni, and faculty. Business or business casual attire expected. The program is free for all Menlo students but does require a reservation. Reservations should be made in the Office of Academic Affairs, Brawner Hall.
Dress is business casual, reservation required, with only 75 alumni seats available. Tickets are on sale for $10.00 and you may reserve online now.