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Daily Business Report — Sept. 16, 2011

Sycuan Casino Finishes $27 Million Renovation

Sycuan Casino has completed a $27 million property renovation that includes a new buffet, sports bar and a specialty lighting feature. Hnedak Bobo Group and Cleo Design designed, built and decorated the casino.

A 15-foot specialty lighting feature is hung from the atrium ceiling.

Hundreds of programmable LED lights spill color and light down from the ornamental feature to a video floor below.

The new GameDay Sports Bar & Grill, completed in early September, is a combined gaming and sports viewing experience with 29 multi-game, multi-denomination bar-top gaming machines offering video poker, keno and slots all in one device plus 39 high-definition and projection TVs. Memorabilia on display at the sports bar include a full San Diego Chicken costume, the 14-foot tall metal Louisville Slugger Padres bat from Qualcomm Stadium and a full Jimmy Johnson engine.

Completed in May, Paipa’s Buffet has been relocated to the redesigned smoke-free wing. Renovations to the buffet include a new kitchen, seating to fit 320 people and more specialty food stations.

Other renovations to Sycuan Casino include visual upgrades to the Poker Room, Off Track Betting, Bingo Pavilion, gift shop and the restrooms. A grand re-opening celebration has been set for Sept. 24-25. On Sept. 23 – National Native American Day —Sycuan will host a special traditional celebration to commemorate the day for the tribe and casino. The ceremony will include bird singers, a traditional blessing ceremony with Chairman Daniel J. Tucker and the Sycuan Tribal Council, and end with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

DeNoble Heads SDSU’s Entrepreneurial Management Center

SAN DIEGO (September 15, 2011) – The College of Business Administration at San Diego State University (SDSU) announced that Dr. Alex DeNoble, has been named executive director of SDSU’s Entrepreneurial Management Center (EMC). His appointment was effective September 1, 2011. DeNoble replaces Dr. Sanford Ehrlich, who retired from the College earlier this year.
DeNoble, who served as an advisor to the EMC for the past 25 years, is the founder and director of the Center’s Venture Challenge Business Plan Competition, which is now in its 23rd year. He was most recently the chair of SDSU’s Management Department.
“His dedication to SDSU’s entrepreneurial program and unwavering commitment to the Center made Dr. DeNoble the natural choice to head the EMC,” said Dr. Michael Cunningham, dean of the College of Business Administration. “Dr. DeNoble’s academic innovation and passion for entrepreneurial education has been an inspiration to his students, many of whom have become outstanding business leaders.”
Dr. DeNoble earned his Ph.D. in Management and Master of Science and Accounting degrees from Virginia Tech and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He has been a professor in at SDSU’ s College of Business Administration since 1983.
SAN DIEGO (September 15, 2011) – The College of Business Administration at San Diego State University (SDSU) announced that Dr. Alex DeNoble, has been named executive director of SDSU’s Entrepreneurial Management Center (EMC). His appointment was effective September 1, 2011. DeNoble replaces Dr. Sanford Ehrlich, who retired from the College earlier this year.
DeNoble, who served as an advisor to the EMC for the past 25 years, is the founder and director of the Center’s Venture Challenge Business Plan Competition, which is now in its 23rd year. He was most recently the chair of SDSU’s Management Department.
“His dedication to SDSU’s entrepreneurial program and unwavering commitment to the Center made Dr. DeNoble the natural choice to head the EMC,” said Dr. Michael Cunningham, dean of the College of Business Administration. “Dr. DeNoble’s academic innovation and passion for entrepreneurial education has been an inspiration to his students, many of whom have become outstanding business leaders.”
Dr. DeNoble earned his Ph.D. in Management and Master of Science and Accounting degrees from Virginia Tech and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He has been a professor in at SDSU’ s College of Business Administration since 1983.

Alex DeNoble has been named executive director of San Diego State’s Entrepreneurial Management Center, replacing Sanford Ehrlich, who retired earlier this year. DeNoble, who served as an adviser to the EMC for the past 25 years, is the founder and director of the center’s Venture Challenge Business Plan Competition, now in its 23rd year. He was most recently the chair of SDSU’s Management Department.

Lynn Shore, a management professor, was selected as chair of the Management Department, replacing DeNoble.

DeNoble earned his Ph.D. in management and master of science and accounting degrees from Virginia Tech and his bachelor’s degree from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J.. He has been a professor in the College of Business Administration since 1983.

Shore is the co-director of SDSU’s Institute for Inclusiveness & Diversity in Organizations, an academic center that partners with the business community to provide innovative and timely research regarding diversity in the workplace. She earned her Ph.D. from Colorado State University and has been with SDSU’s Management Department since 2004.

NewSchool of Architecture Names Provost, Adds Staff

Kurt Hunker

The NewSchool of Architecture and Design has named long-time faculty member Kurt Hunker as acting provost and announced the addition of three new staff members. NSAD President Steve Altman said the newly created provost position will oversee the development, leadership and quality of academic programs. Hunker, who has served at NSAD for more than 20 years, is a practicing architect who has won multiple design awards from the American Institute of Architects and others. He most recently served as chair of the graduate architecture program.

The three new staff members are Professor Len Zegarski, chair of undergraduate architecture programs; Professor Bruce Matthes, director of general education programs; and Nga Phan, director of institutional research and assessment.

Len Zegarski

Bruce Matthes

Nga Phan

Zegarski has held a number of positions at NSAD over the past 12 years, including instructor and level coordinator for undergraduate thesis. He also was founding chair of the NSAD Curriculum Committee. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Matthes will work with other undergraduate chairs to energize the school’s general education program through course development, online delivery and faculty development to assure the program’s integrity and breadth is consistent with the school’s mission. Matthes holds a master’s degree from California State University, Chico.

Phan previously worked at National University where she served as director of institutional research and assessment for the past five years. While there, she led teams in the research, assessment and reporting functions. She holds a master’s degree from SDSU and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside.

Cavignac & Associates Names Account Manager

Kyle Bridgwater

Kyle Bridgwater, a ten-year veteran of the insurance industry, has been named as an account manager/administrator for Cavignac & Associates. Bridgwater is responsible for daily policy maintenance and servicing and assisting with client insurance policy renewals. He was formerly with Blue Horizon Insurance Services in San Diego as an account executive. Bridgewater’s prior career experience includes eight years with BB&T-John Burnham Insurance Services in San Diego. A graduate of Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Bridgwater holds an Associates Degree in general studies.


Small Business Workshops

SCORE San Diego continues its series of small business workshops. For more information, call (619) 557-7272 or visit score-sandiego.org.

• Sept. 16 ­ Women’s Networking Breakfast and Exhibits ­ 8 to 11 a.m. at Morgan Run Resort & Club in Rancho Santa Fe (5690 Cancha de Golf, Rancho Santa Fe 92091; Attendees: $30 pre-paid registration by Sep. 13, $40 thereafter; Exhibitors: $80 pre-paid registration by Sep. 13, $90 thereafter).

• Sept. 16 ­ Managing Grants and Contracts for Nonprofits ­ 9 to 11:30 a.m. at The San Diego Foundation in Point Loma (2508 Historic Decatur Rd., #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

• Sept. 19 ­ Business Basics 101 ­ 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; no charge ­ please pre-register).

• Sept. 20 ­ California Sales and Use Tax Basics ­ 1 to 3 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• Sept. 21 ­ Business Plan 201: How to Write a Winning Business Plan ­ 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $99, $109 at the door).

• Sept. 22 ­ How to Start a Nonprofit ­ 9 to 11:30 a.m. at The San Diego Foundation in Point Loma (2508 Historic Decatur Rd., #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

• Sept. 23 ­ Professional Selling: Increase Your Business Sales Now! ­ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Sept. 27 ­ Marketing and Contracting with State and Local Governments ­ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Sept. 29 ­ Tax Considerations for Small Business ­ 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• Sept. 30 ­ Business Basics 101 ­ 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; no charge ­ please pre-register).


The Daily Business Report is produced by REP Publishing Inc., publisher of SD METRO, the North Park News and the West Coast Craftsman. Contact: Manny Cruz (619) 287-1865.


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