As most of you know, the M.A. in Global Logistics (MAGL) degree program is in its 10th year. This fall, we kicked off the inaugural cohort of the MAGL-Accelerated Program. Targeted towards students with no prior work experience, this 16-month program features an internship experience so students can get involved in the industry as they work toward their master's degree. We started with a small cohort (quality, not quantity) but anticipate a much larger cohort next year as a result of stepped up international and domestic recruiting efforts.
The “traditional” MAGL will end in May when cohort 9 graduates, and the new MAGL-Hybrid will start in fall 2012. We anticipate the MAGL-Hybrid will attract working professionals who desire more flexibility in their school schedules. We are spending the year creating the course materials to ensure that the high quality of the curriculum is maintained in the new format.
The current program is likely unrecognizable to the first cohort of students. We have added classes and expanded the curriculum in response to feedback from students and our advisory board. The program is truly multidisciplinary and now involves faculty from the Departments of Information Systems, Computer Engineering and Computer Science, as well as Economics. The number of faculty participating in the program is at an all-time high, and we would not be able to offer the program without the contributions of professors Omer Benli, Burkhard Englert, Elaine Frey, Jack Hou, Shui Lam, Khosrow Moshirvaziri, Joe Magaddino, Chen Ng, Seiji Steimetz, Steve Yamarik and Guy Yamashiro, as well as Thomas O'Brien from CITT and Kevin Notrica, COO of SB Logistics.
Our MAGL students continue to gain recognition and bring pride to the program. Three students were awarded scholarships from the Port of Long Beach: Pablo Sierra- Arias and Samuel Palacios (cohort 8) and Amir Khan (cohort 9). Stacy Kelso (cohort 9) was awarded the Journal of Commerce Scholarship from the Containerization and Intermodal Institute, the first time a MAGL student has received this scholarship. As the year progresses, we are hopeful that more scholarships will be awarded to our deserving students. We always provide updates on these accomplishments through social media, so join our group on LinkedIn or "like" us on Facebook.
Eight students graduated in May. Our Outstanding Graduate Student for Cohort 8 is Lauren Roslanowick (shown above with department chair Wade Martin). The Outstanding Capstone winners (now named the Joseph P. Magaddino Award for Outstanding Capstone) were Pablo Sierra-Arias and Ebony Loeb. The abstracts are available on the program website (ccpe.csulb.edu/MAGLHP).
As you can see, there are a lot of changes underway. The faculty, alumni and current students are integral to the success of the new programs. We appreciate the support during these changes and look forward to catching up with everyone at the annual alumni reception.