2013 College of Business Decision Sciences Undergraduate Honoree Abbatine Hoover
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Each year the department's top performers are selected by the college's academic departments from its graduating seniors.
2013 College of Business Decision Sciences Undergraduate Honoree
Abby was born and raised in a rural Nevada town with a population of fewer than 6,000 people.
Her interest in decision sciences can be traced back to high school, where her favorite class was a senior-level statistics course she took her junior year. In 2007, she graduated with a $10,000 scholarship to the University of Nevada, Reno, her family’s first college student. However, she had a long-term dream of discovering “fast-paced” city life in California.
She decided to forego the scholarship and moved 30 minutes away from her home town to South Lake Tahoe, California, and enrolled in Lake Tahoe Community College. While at LTCC, she worked part-time for a law firm, gained California residency, became the president of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society, interned twice as a reporter for the Tahoe Daily Tribune, earned a near-perfect GPA, and obtained an A.A. in Finance.
She transferred to SF State with dreams of becoming a business journalist and one day writing for Forbes or BusinessWeek, so she declared her major as Journalism and her minor as Finance and started taking a mix of classes in both departments.
Despite several warnings against simultaneously taking both Corporate Finance and Operations Management (DS 412), the introductory Decision Sciences course quickly became her favorite, and she looked forward to each class and each new topic. She was such an active and enthusiastic participant that at about halfway through the semester, Professor Ozluk good-naturedly informed her several times that she was not allowed to answer any more of his questions during lectures.
Towards the end of the course, Dr. Ozluk encouraged her to take another DS course (Sustainable Supply Chain Management) the following semester with Professor Cholette. It would be “fun,” he said, “challenging, but fun.”
It was in this class that Abby met and worked closely with “the most brilliant, self-motivated, and amazing students in the entire university,” she said.
During that time, one of those students invited her to a Decision Sciences Student Association (DSSA) meeting. She was soon attending them regularly, became involved in the organization’s efforts to work on some of the campus’s “green” projects, spearheaded fundraisers, and was even elected to an officer position the following semester.
During the summer break, she and several other DSSA members taught themselves R programming. She’s attended and organized several seminars, including sitting on a panel for supply chain transparency during SF State’s Ethics Week. Abby was also part of a team of four students who were the first to represent SF State in a nationwide supply chain competition put on by Littlefield Labs. The team placed 29th out of over one hundred teams of both graduate and undergraduate students from universities across the country, including USC and Yale.
Most recently, she has become the DSSA’s Director of Professional Development and has led several workshops on developing LinkedIn profiles and building resumes. She is also a teacher’s assistant for Dr. Ozluk’s graduate-level management course. On occasion, she’s been known to drop in and help out with tutoring for DS 412.
After graduating in the spring (with a degree in Decision Sciences), she plans to obtain some work experience as a business analyst before applying to grad school. Even though her dreams of becoming a business reporter have become eclipsed by a desire for a career in analytics, she still hopes to one day write for BusinessWeek. “Preferably, on any DS-related topic,” she said.