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Lunar New Year Celebration at PSU

By Jake Culian

Well it’s that time of year again! Yep it’s New Years! But wait you say, didn’t New Year’s happen at the beginning of the year on January 1st?  Well yes it did but this is the Chinese New Year.  And for China the New Year isn’t just a one day event either.  This year the New Year celebration begins on February 19th and goes until March 5th.  This celebration is one of the biggest celebrations in China and is full of performances, fireworks and family gatherings.

3J5A0448_ProcessFBChinese New year is a truly enormous production in the major cities of China, but everyplace will have a celebration of some kind during the festival.  Every year the transportation systems are full to bursting as millions of people try to get home for the holidays.  And once the holiday really does start the firework usage is enormous.  Fireworks are believed to scare off evil spirts who bring bad luck and thus make sure that a person starts the year off right.  With low restrictions on who can purchase fireworks and where they can be used, cities like Beijing and Shanghai report picking up thousands of pounds of left over firework debris after every day of New Year celebration.

Every year in the Chinese calendar is attached to a different animal in 12 year cycles.  This year is year of the Ram and last year was year of the Horse.  Each of the animals is said to indicate something about people born in that year.  For example people who were born in a Ram year are supposed to be thoughtful, persevering and honest among other qualities.  In addition to giving details about their personality they are seen in much the same way that people from the west use their astrological sign.

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3J5A0424_ProcessFBTonight I attended the Chinese Student Unions Chinese New Year party in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom with about 500 other students, professors, and locals.  We spent the first hour watching videos of people wishing everyone a happy new year.  After that though the real show started.  First there was a traditional Lion Dance followed by a dance to Xiao Ping Guo, or little apple. Then the local Confucius Institute had many people come in to do singing.  http://www.pdx.edu/confucius-institute/  My personal favorite though was a really cool Tai Qi performance.

3J5A0923_ProcessFBIn addition to the performances all Portland States got in free and could get a Chinese meal.   They also had a raffle full of fun prizes which everyone there was eligible for.  All in all it was a really fun way to spend my Friday evening and it made all the MIM students were excited about putting on our own Chinese New Year event next week.

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Fifth Annual SBA Alumni Golf Tournament

IMG_6493 quick editIt was an exciting day on the green at Langdon Farms Golf Club on September 18 as alumni from all school of business programs participated in the Fifth Annual SBA Alumni Golf Tournament. Each year this event invites alumni to enjoy 18-holes, contests and more for the benefit of the SBA scholarship fund. The event is coordinated by the Graduate Business Program Office every year and staffed by both student and employee volunteers from the SBA. IMG_6508

This year at Langdon Farms, alumni were encouraged to participate in a putting contest, a contest for the longest drive, and five additional activity holes. Some of the activities included Ding the Dean, the Marshmallow Drive and Beat the Pro (a wager to beat a pro golfer). There were also two hole-in-one tournaments sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Beaverton Toyota with incredible prizes; a $10,000 cash prize and a brand new Toyota Prius.

I thoroughly enjoyed managing the Marshmallow Drive with new MIM student Ana Lia Barragan. We cheered on as SBA alumni drove marshmallows across the lawn, sometimes resulting in multiple pieces flying about. Many were quite creative in their choice of tactics, from the type of club used to how to best reform the marshmallow, and of course many marshmallows never made it to the green, instead residing in happy alumni (and volunteer) bellies.IMG_6674

At the conclusion of the event the Dean of the School of Business Administration, Scott Dawson gave a thank you speech to all participants, sponsors, and volunteers (next to his cardboard cutout). The Fifth Annual SBA Golf Tournament was a record-breaking year in terms of alumni turnout and many look forward to the tournament next year.

Juli Tejadilla

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  Juli Tejadilla is a full-time student in the Masters of International Management program. She previously graduated with two Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Studio Art from Linfield College. While her interest in international business began as an undergraduate student, she has been traveling around the world since she was nine months old. Her travels have taken her all across Western Europe, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and most recently to Japan, China, and Vietnam. She hopes through the MIM program to learn key insights to conduct business internationally and to establish herself as a global citizen.

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Second Annual MIM BBQ

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Current MIM students and alumni sample each other’s dishes while catching up.

The end of summer classes are approaching for MIM students graduating this December, and what a better way to celebrate than to hold a potluck BBQ? Current MIM student Rodrigo George graciously opened his home to us this past Saturday for an afternoon of chatting and feasting. A few students also brought their families along, who were a wonderful addition to our cohort.

Since the closure of language classes and the negotiation class students with different specializations and capstone projects have rarely seen each other,  so this was a great opportunity to catch up and see what everyone was up to. There was much talk of the workload piled up at the end of the term and the excitement for a few weeks without classes. However, MIM students rarely sit idle and many of us have internships or jobs to attend to as well as our capstone projects.

Our host on the grill, Rodrigo George!

Our host on the grill, Rodrigo George!

After munching on an array of meats, salads, fruits and desserts, the summer rain decided to roll in and some of the party dispersed. However, we will be sure to meet again soon for birthday celebrations and happy hours. Thanks again to Rodrigo George and his family for hosting this great event!

Juli Tejadilla

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  Juli Tejadilla is a full-time student in the Masters of International Management program. She previously graduated with two Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Studio Art from Linfield College. While her interest in international business began as an undergraduate student, she has been traveling around the world since she was nine months old. She hopes through the MIM program to learn key insights to conduct business internationally and to establish herself as a global citizen.

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Salary Negotiating

The Women in Business Student Group hosted a salary negotiating round table event earlier this month.

As a member of this student group I was so pleased with the large turnout! Both MBA, MSFA and MIM students came to hear one of our MIM professors, Melanie Billings-Yun talk about salary negotiating. Some of the topics covered were: Why you should negotiate and how to get over your anxiety. When, where and how to negotiate and how to research salary ranges.

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This event was help on April 9th, National Equal Pay Dayin the USA, this was not planned but was a happy coincidence!  April 9th signifies how far into the new year women have to work just to make what men did in the previous one. This event was a preview to Summer term when we take Melanie’s Negotiation class .

Susan Forrester

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 Susan Forrester is a full-time student in the Masters in International Management program. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Portland State University. After living in Seoul, South Korea for two years she was interested in finding a career that linked Oregon and Asia together through trade. Susan enjoys the diverse background of the MIM student body that allows her to frequently practice her beginner level Chinese.

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Winter term activities

The Winter term schedule is already proving to be busy, however make  time for events that will be happening around campus!

If you neglected to network last term, now is the time! Check out http://www.psucareerforward.com for upcoming events. Don’t forget to login and RSVP.

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  •  Marketing Career Panel on Jan. 14th
  • NW Career Conference on Feb. 1st
  • International Business Career Panel Feb. 11th

 

 

The Portland State Alumni Association is hosting an etiquette dinner for current students to enhance their career and professional development. The dinner might be beneficial for international students who are new to the USA.  It will take place on Tuesday, January 29 from 5:45 to 8:45pm in SMSU Ballroom. Tickets are $10 in advance and $25 at the door.  The dinner will be lead by etiquette expert Simi Ranajee who will guide students

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Winter season sports are the most enjoyable because you never have to worry about the outside temperature! Head to the Stott Center to watch women’s and men’s basketball this month, tickets are free for students with ID. Check out the schedule here

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Susan Forrester

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 Susan Forrester is a full-time student in the Masters in International Management program. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Portland State University. After living in Seoul, South Korea for two years she was interested in finding a career that linked Oregon and Asia together through trade. Susan enjoys the diverse background of the MIM student body that allows her to frequently practice her beginner level Chinese.

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Tea time in Chinese class

One of the highlights of the MIM program is studying either Japanese or Mandarin Chinese.  By studying a foreign language along with international business it allows us to be more competitive and attractive to future employers

I think many of us have bonded over  the difficulty of pronouncing a new language and making comical mistakes.  Since the MIM program has a large percentage of international students we are able to practice what we learn right away.

One of the Chinese teachers is Meiru Liu, she is the Director of the Confucius Institute of Portland. Liu Laoshi (Laoshi means teacher in Chinese) is an energetic and creative language teacher. She not only teaches us language but also explains Chinese manners, traditions and business customs.

During one of our classes Liu Laoshi and her assistant teachers displayed how to make and serve traditional Chinese tea.  The Confucius Institute has a lovely tea set that we used, Liu Laoshi also brought fortune cookies for us to snack on. We sampled two types of tea: green and jasmine.

From the left: MIM students Elena Nechayeva and Jimmy Rose; assistant teachers Gao Laoshi and Liu Laoshi

From the left: MIM students Elena Nechayeva and Jimmy Rose; assistant teachers Gao Laoshi and Liu Laoshi

MIM students Matt Pettigrew and Joe Colistro

MIM students Matt Pettigrew and Joe Colistro

MIM students from the foreground clockwise Methinee Rattanaphaibuncharoen, Susan Forrester, Steven Sirok, and Matt Pettigrew

MIM students from the foreground clockwise Methinee Rattanaphaibuncharoen, Susan Forrester, Steven Sirok, and Matt Pettigrew

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Festive events in Portland

Our program has been on holiday since early December and it is perfect timing since Portland seems to busy with all kinds of events throughout the week. Whether you are interested in eating, drinking, music or outdoor fun, check out this list for local happenings through the new year!

Music

Portland Gay Men’s Chorus  puts on a festive production showcasing Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and New Year’s music.  The show is always lively and full of fun! Their website gives the viewer a nice preview of their show. PinkMartini-byAutumndeWilde

Pink Martini, Portland’s famous world music group will perform on New Year’s Eve. I’ve personally seen their show four times and always enjoy the energy and rhythm that comes from the 10 member band.

Drink

St. John’s Winter Beer Festival, head-up to NE Portland for a three days of stouts and winter ales.  Portland is famous for its microbreweries and since we don’t have homework or early mornings, it is a fun excuse to meet with friends and enjoy a brew or two!

Santacon, this is a worldwide mass gathering of people dressed up in Santa Claus costumes, parading publicly on the streets and bars throughout Portland. I’ve4198769801_0212a043d1 participated in this rowdy event in Seoul, South Korea and Portland and have found it to be a merry way to have fun and meet new people. For 9 hours on Saturday December 15th, the group will travel to 15 bars around downtown and NW Portland.

Hammerhead Quiz Show, put on by McMenamins, a large local chain of restaurants, bars, hotels and concert venues in Portland. The show takes pmllace at the Mission Theater in NW Portland. The show will feature a trivia contest, professional comedy troupe and lots of prizes for hotel stays, spa packages and food. Grab six friends to make a trivia team and look forward to a fun evening!

Outdoor

Mt. Hood Meadows, Portland is situated 60 short miles away from this beautiful bounty of snow and since we aren’t busy with school during the weekday, drive up to the mountain to enjoy shorter lines to the ski lift and less people on the slopes. mt-hood-ski

Zoolights, for a night filled with holiday music, hot cocoa and lots of lights The Oregon Zoo will be lit up with over a million LED lights of moving sculptures and animal silhouettes.

Movies, right now is the best time to see all of the popular movies that have come out for the holidays. Enjoy matinee ticket prices and shorter lines by taking advantage of the early showings.

Susan Forrester

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Susan Forrester is a full-time student in the Masters in International Management program. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Portland State University. After living in Seoul, South Korea for two years she was interested in finding a career that linked Oregon and Asia together through trade. Susan enjoys the diverse background of the MIM student body that allows her to frequently practice her beginner level Chinese.

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