[caption id="attachment_86019" align="alignnone" width="500"] Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics Dean Bill Silver, second from left, with four Small Business and Entrepreneurship students Casey Sullivan, left, Nicole Griffith, Kyle Mossman and Maurice Mickel who won first place in the "Show Me the Money" competition for their VinData service for smaller wineries.[/caption]
ROHNERT PARK -- The Green Music Center board of advisers and University Affairs Committee has awarded $15,000 to establish a Sonoma State University certificate program in Creative Arts and Digital Media Business studies.
[caption id="attachment_85997" align="alignleft" width="272"] Armand Gilinsky, PhD[/caption]
The award to Business Professor Armand Gilinsky, PhD, is part of an ongoing academic integration grant program designed to encourage and showcase academic integration and creative use of the Green Music Center.
This program was approved in December 2012 and the first applications were reviewed in spring 2013. The center's board provided $100,000 for grants during the first year.
Building on the success of year one, the GMC University Affairs Committee decided to extend the program and fund it for a second year with grants for 2013--2014 totaling $97,450.
"Developing the ability to think outside the box is critical," said Marne Olson, vice chairman of the center's board. "These projects encourage both students and faculty to look for novel and creative ways to integrate the arts with other disciplines within the university."
Dr. Gilinsky reserved a portion of this grant as prizes for student teams in his Small Business and Entrepreneurship class (BUS 451) who won this year’s "Show Me The Money" competition held Dec. 9.
He created this competition in fall 2013 as a unique final exam and as a pilot for the cross-disciplinary collaboration his new certificate program would foster.
"Show Me The Money" involves 10 student-faculty teams from outside the business department that vie for honors through the creation of innovative entrepreneurial business plans.
According to Dr. Gilinsky, having non-business students learn from other students is valuable.
"College is the time to do something really cool and not to be afraid to fail," he said. "This competition fosters creativity on the management side and management expertise on the creative side. Ultimately, I hope this competition will attract support for creative and performing arts management programs."
First place and a $2,500 prize went to Nicole Griffith, Kyle Mossman, Casey Sullivan and Maurice Mickel for their project, VinData, a service for small wineries for customer tracking and technical support.
Second place honors and $1,500 were awarded to James Waggoner, Alan Chao and Mike Koricki for CyclingRoutes.com, an app that would help road cyclists plan their rides.
Third place, with a $1,000 prize, went to Romy Bonifacio, Tina Harris, David Castino and Erin Nelson for their plan to create a solar panel--cleaning company called Solar Sweepers.
The faculty adviser for the winning team was Al Kooshesh of the Computer Science Department. Other advisers included Emily Acosta Lewis of the Communications Department, Patrick Bailey of the Environmental Studies and Planning Department, Paul Draper of the Theatre Arts Department and Lynne Morrow of the Music Department.
The music center academic integration grants also funded the Dec. 6 performance of the Soundscape Project, a cross-disciplinary dance showcase featuring the sounds of the Sonoma State University Preserves, recorded by world-renowned bio-acoustician Bernie Krause.