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Rising Entrepreneurs of Minnesota Competition Awards Prizes to Students from Shakopee and Stillwater High Schools
Rising Entrepreneurs of Minnesota Competition Awards Prizes to Students from Shakopee and Stillwater High Schools

Argosy University, Twin Cities played host over 50 students from three area high schools at the university’s first-ever “Rising Entrepreneurs of Minnesota” business plan competition on Friday, February 9, 2018. 

 

Students from Edison High School, Shakopee High School and Stillwater High School submitted business plans ahead of the competition for consideration by a judging panel of 10 Twin Cites-area entrepreneurs. Three teams from Shakopee and Stillwater were named winners in the competition.

 

At the event, each team had five minutes to “pitch” two of the judges. Top teams from the first round moved on to a workshop with their judge to polish and perfect their pitches. The final round of competition included a presentation to the entire panel of 10 judges and a question answer session.

 

Top honors in the day’s events went to Phineus Rob and Zach Greenwood from Shakopee High School for their business plan about their new web app “Event Horizon.”  They each received their choice of a $4,000 tuition scholarship to attend a bachelor’s degree program or a $2,000 tuition scholarship to attend an associate degree program at Argosy University, Twin Cities.

 

Second place went to Cody Vesnke, Holton King and Thoms Johnson from Stillwater High School for their “Electronic Umpire” business plan. Each received their choice of a $2,000 tuition scholarship to attend a bachelor’s degree program or a $1,000 tuition scholarship to attend an associate degree program at Argosy University, Twin Cities. Grace Myler and Visa Sok from Shakopee High School were awarded third place with a presentation of their “Teen Snack Pack.”

 

Teams not selected for the final round competition participated in workshops focused on areas of their plans that were opportunities for improvement.  Teams that demonstrated in most improvement during their workshop received medals during the awards ceremony. 

 

Argosy University, Twin Cities is a campus of Argosy University, a non-profit, private, accredited* university with 26 locations in 13 states and online.

 

* Argosy University is accredited by the Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, California, 94501, http://www.wscuc.org).

 

About Argosy University, Twin Cities

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Argosy University, Twin Cities, 1515 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121 © 2018 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu.

 

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Major Conversations with Charles Phan, Executive Chef
Major Conversations with Charles Phan, Executive Chef

San Francisco Campus to Host Owner / Executive Chef of The Slanted Door

The Culinary Department at The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University, is pleased to present Major Conversations with Charles Phan on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, from 11:30AM-12:30PM in Room 411. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.


About Chef Charles Phan

Now Owner and Executive Chef of award-winning restaurant The Slanted Door, Charles Phan was born in Da Lat, Vietnam in 1962 and later moved to Guam and then to San Francisco in 1977. With both of his parents working two jobs in the US, Charles took on cooking for the entire family—ten people in total. Luckily, Charles had a passion for food and was happy to take on the role of family chef. His personal flavor profiles originated largely from his mother's French/Vietnamese cooking style, although he was also charmed by American traditions and enjoyed creating elaborate Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. 

Throughout high school, Charles bussed tables at local restaurants and began taking notice of the avant-garde Bay Area restaurants of the time, crediting Chez Panisse and Zuni Café as important culinary influences. Following college, Charles took over the family garment business and spent several years working in software before returning to the culinary field and opening The Slanted Door with his family in 1995.

His vision for The Slanted Door was to create a restaurant with a stylish ambiance and traditional, time-honored Vietnamese techniques and recipes. He wanted an ingredient-driven menu that changed often and relied on fresh, high-quality foods. This strategy—which strayed far from all other Vietnamese restaurants in San Francisco at the time—led to phenomenal success for the Slanted Door. 

In 2004, Charles earned the James Beard Award for Best Chef California and, in 2014, The Slanted Door won Outstanding Restaurant. Charles has also written two award-winning cookbooks and made several television appearances. He has since opened several other restaurants including Out the Door, OTD, Hard Water, and Rice & Bones. Today, he remains on the cutting edge of Vietnamese cuisine and continues to prepare everything from scratch using farm-fresh, locally sourced products.


About Our Culinary Programs & Department

The diploma, associate’s degree, and bachelor’s degree culinary programs offered through the Culinary Department at The Art Institute of California—San Francisco are designed to prepare students to pursue  culinary careers in the areas of:

● Baking & Pastry

● Culinary Arts

● Culinary Management

Within our culinary programs, students learn from experienced instructors,* including many who remain active in culinary careers. All instructors bring their real-world experiences into the culinary classes they teach, where they act as mentors and guides to the culinary world. Learn more by exploring our culinary programs today!

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

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Western State Professors and Alumni Present on Practical and Ethical Issues of Both the Unanticipated and Planned Closures of a Law Practice
Western State Professors and Alumni Present on Practical and Ethical Issues of Both the Unanticipated and Planned Closures of a Law Practice

On January 23, Professor Kevin Mohr and Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen (Class of 1988 | Hall of Fame | Dean's Counselor) joined with Western State alumna and former adjunct professor, Marla Merhab Robinson (Class of 1987 | Dean's Counselor), to present a legal education program at the Orange County Bar Association offices on the Practical and Ethical Issues of Both the Unanticipated and Planned Closures of a Law Practice. The program was completely sold out, reflecting the importance of the topics addressed to a profession confronting the aging and retirement of the Baby Boomer generation. The program has been recorded so that lawyers unable to attend in-person can view and make use of the important guidance provided.

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Argosy University, Phoenix Community Volunteers with Autism Speaks
Argosy University, Phoenix Community Volunteers with Autism Speaks

Argosy University, Phoenix recently participated in Autism Speaks annual walk and 2017 statewide event. Staff, students and faculty members volunteered to talk with event participants about the school’s academic programs that can prepare students to move into jobs that assist individuals with autism.

Campus president Anthony Spano attended the event with our senior director of admissions Michael Sandoval, business development representative Lisa Farrah Carrillo, and vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Rockel Etienne.

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Press Releases

Sarasota Grad Dr. Marty Lev Named Fuchs North America Director of Supply Chain

Dr. Marty Lev, who in 2015 earned a Doctor of Business Administration in Business Administration from Argosy University, Sarasota, was recently named director of supply chain at Fuchs North America. The organization is a leading maker of seasonings, flavor systems and taste solutions for the food manufacturing, retail and foodservice industries.

Dr. Lev’s appointment was made public in a company news release, which added that prior to joining Fuchs North America, Lev was director of global planning and procurement for Medifast, Inc., director of procurement at Williams Scotsman and held both operations and supply chain management roles at Givaudan Flavors.

“We at Fuchs are thrilled to have Marty join our team,” said Dan Cooper, CEO of Fuchs North America. “[His] extensive qualifications and proven track record of successfully implementing and optimizing supply chain and operations programs makes [him] ideally suited for supporting our customers’ needs and improving our internal processes as Fuchs continues to grow.”

Read the full release here.

See ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/787 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Alumni Success

Advises Leaders and Communicates Career Changes at Air Force Base

Matthew Heenan
2017, Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
Argosy University, Denver
Career Assistance Advisor at Peterson Air Force Base

“One of the best things about the professors was their willingness and flexibility to work around military schedules, whether we’re sent overseas on deployments or on last minute trips to other countries.”

Advises Leaders and Communicates Career Changes at Air Force Base

Matthew Heenan is the career assistance advisor at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He’s the key advisor to base leaders, communicating retention and career changes while reinforcing Air Force benefits to officers and enlisted corps. Heenan is a 17-year member of the United States Air Force and received the John L. Levitow leadership award in Airman Leadership school. During his time in the military, he’s been named Airman Instructor of the Year (2005), Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year (2016) and received the Lance P. Sijan Leadership award for Peterson Air Force Base (2016).

Heenan chose to pursue a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership at Argosy University, Denver because the school offered a flexible schedule that included nights and weekends. “Argosy University provided me with a sound foundation in organizational leadership,” he said. “The faculty are truly amazing.  Dr. Richter, in particular, stood out for his ability to take the curriculum and translate it into today's society. Instead of just teaching, he would allow for open discussions and debate.”

He also appreciated Argosy University’s military inclusiveness. “One of the best things about the professors was their willingness and flexibility to work around military schedules, whether we were sent overseas on deployments or on last minute trips to other countries.” Heenan understood the need for that flexibility because he had been deployed to the Middle East with only 24-hour notice.

Heenan utilized military education benefits to help to pay for his higher education. His educational path began at Peru State University on a partial football scholarship—but at the time, according to Heenan, he didn’t have the discipline to balance football and academics. He lost his scholarship and worked in a casino for two years before joining the United States Air Force. “I've traveled all over the world and I've taken full advantage of the educational benefits that the military offers,” he stated.

Heenan admits that his education at Argosy University, Denver was challenging. “I had to think outside of the box along with changing my way of thinking,” he said. “The faculty challenged me to not only meet my limits but also to jump past them.” He describes his capstone seminar as a pivotal moment in his education—he’d designed a business plan that he believed would be easy to implement in the real world. But when he discussed the plan with his instructor, he found that he’d overlooked many business details—and was forced to review and plan further. The experience shaped the way he looks at situations today. “I would advise anyone who is looking at a degree to consider Argosy University as one of their top choices.”

He encouraged current students to stick with the program, even during difficult times. “Keep in constant contact with your instructors because they will do their best to work with you as long as you are putting forth the effort,” he said.

Heenan enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment when he earned his degree. “Seeing the look on my dad's face when I walked across the stage gave me chills,” he added. “Few senior non-commissioned officers have a master’s degree in the Air Force. For me to have earned one is a huge accomplishment.”

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Argosy University, Denver, 7600 E. Eastman Avenue, Denver, CO 80231. ©2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu

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