Cal State Fullerton management students Nick Deitz and his son Seth pose in front of Langsdorf Hall.

Father-son graduates Nick Deitz (left) and Seth at Cal State Fullerton.

Among the more than 2,300 students honored at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College commencement on May 18 were two generations from the same family: Management grad and Marine Corps veteran Nick Deitz, and his son, Seth, who plans to launch his military career after officially completing his management studies in August.

When instructors at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College first met two students with the last name Deitz in their classes, they thought the two men were brothers. In fact, Nick and Seth are father and son. They first attended Saddleback College in South Orange County together before both transferring to Mihaylo College to earn business degrees.

Nick, the father, devoted himself to earning a college degree after two decades of service with the U.S. Marine Corps, while his son, Seth, is using his business education as a springboard to launch a career with the same branch of the military that his father served.

“My dad would ask me, ‘I’m thinking about going to college, would you have any issues with it?” recalls the younger Deitz. “I would answer, ‘let’s do it, let’s go.’ I was completely for it. My dad understands me better than my friends do. Being in an environment with competition between classes and grades, I never wanted to be seen as a slacker or undisciplined in front of my dad, and that was always a big motivation.” Read More

Jay Barbuto, director of Cal State Fullerton's Center for Leadership, behind a lectern at the 2019 Leadership Awards.

Jay Barbuto, director of the Center for Leadership, welcomes honorees and attendees to the 8th Annual Leadership Awards on May 10, 2019.

The annual luncheon recognizes the most innovative, inclusive and trendsetting leaders in Southern California’s for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

The opportunity to honor exemplary Orange County leaders drew 300 professionals from every industry and students and faculty from Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics to the Hotel Irvine on May 10 for the 2019 Leadership Awards Luncheon, which was sponsored by 28 companies and organizations.

Highlighting leadership in both the for-profit and social profit sectors, recognition was based on excellence in strategy, cultural change, innovation, growth, leadership development, continuity and lifetime achievement. The eighth annual peer-nominated awards also paid special attention to philanthropic endeavors and social enterprises that are seeking to make Orange County a more sustainable and inclusive place to live and work. Read More

This is the final in a series of articles on the 2019 Mihaylo College commencement speakers. We wish all of them the best in their future and are privileged that they are a part of the Mihaylo story. 

Praise Dekpoh, an international student from Togo and one of the three commencement speakers at Mihaylo College in 2019

Praise Dekpoh

At age 17, Praise Dekpoh ’19 (economics)  of Lomé, the capital of the West African Togolese Republic, traveled to the U.S. to attend Cal State Fullerton’s business college. In her home country, she had researched business schools in the U.S. and was inspired by her summer vacations to California and enrollment in American schools during her upbringing.

“My experience at Cal State Fullerton will be an unforgettable one,” she says. “Studying in the U.S. promotes the development of strong leadership skills. The education system in the U.S. is set in a way that we do not only network and build intellectual abilities but also develop a strong emotional intelligence and showcase our unique talents.”

Among the high points of Dekpoh’s time at Mihaylo College was the Intermediate Business Microeconomics course taught by Economics Lecturer Francis Mummery, which transformed her opinion of economics from a subject she disliked to her concentration. Read More

This article is the second in our series on 2019 Mihaylo College commencement speakers. 

Former CSUF President Laila Dadabhoy, a 2019 Mihaylo College commencement speaker, poses in the lobby of Steven G. Mihaylo Hall.

Laila Dadabhoy

When Laila Dadabhoy ’19 earns her marketing degree, she will already have the she will already have the experience of leading a large and diverse community. Her election victory in spring 2017 to the presidency of Associated Students Inc. (ASI) made history as the first Muslim woman to hold the top student elective office at Cal State Fullerton.

During her year as ASI president, Dadabhoy worked to ensure that the student government was more accessible to the university’s commuter student majority, increased the visibility and resources of the Diversity Initiative Resource Centers (DIRC) that celebrate and advocate for Cal State Fullerton’s campus community, and forged partnerships with the surrounding employers to ensure viable career pathways for students.

But Dadabhoy considers the many experiences during her time at Cal State Fullerton as high points. “Among the most significant experiences were my work in the Dean’s Suite [as a student assistant helping with the college’s social media] and my MGMT 449 class,” she says. “My work helped me understand the dynamics of the college and was very illustrative of the work and research that takes place in the marketing of the college. MGMT 449 was a very thought-provoking course, and I appreciated the application of concepts from previous classes. Sean Jasso was a phenomenal professor, I would highly recommend students register for his sections.” Read More

Celine Moubayed, one of the three commencement speakers at Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College's commencement in 2019

Celine Moubayed

This is the first in a series of articles on the three 2019 Mihaylo College commencement speakers. 

When Celine Moubayed ’19 (economics) was in high school, one of her teachers, a Cal State Fullerton grad, advised her to go to professor office hours when she reached college. As a Mihaylo College student, it is advice that Moubayed has acted on regularly.

“It has allowed me to create deeper connection with some of my professors, many of whom I still go to for life advice,” she says.

As she reflects on her student experience, which has included serving as chief communications officer for ASI, Moubayed looks at the support of her family and Mihaylo College as being invaluable in her success.

“I would not have made it past my first day of college if it were not for my parents, the counsel of Mihaylo advisors, the support of professors and the guidance of the two assistant deans,” she says.

Moubayed’s campus involvement began in summer 2016, when she served as an orientation leader, providing tours of campus to Southern California high schoolers and schoolchildren. It was an impactful experience that would lead to greater opportunities. Read More

Cal State Fullerton business grad Sidra Syed posts in cap and gown ahead of the 2019 commencement,

Sidra Syed

A first-person account of overcoming life’s challenges, by Sidra Syed ’19 (management), one of Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College’s 2,688 graduating students in 2019.

When I was young, I didn’t know that I was different. It was so hard to attend school because, compared to other students, I was different, and they made fun of me and my height. Every time I went out, they made fun of me. Even adults. So many people have made fun of me. I thought it was going to change as I grew up, but it only got worse.

Even today, it is so hard to go out there because they still make fun of me …everyone…kids, adults.

I am very happy that I am graduating. When I was young, I didn’t know that I was a short person – a midget, a dwarf. Many people told my parents not to send me to school. Read More

Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College business students queue to receive their diplomas at commencement in 2018.2,300 future business leaders will participate in Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics’ commencement ceremony on May 18. Many will be in attendance, but if geography stands in your way and you can’t physically be on campus in Fullerton the day of the event, you can still watch these Titans begin their next chapter via livestream for both the 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time ceremonies.

It is the first time that the college’s commencement exercises have been available for live viewing.

This is a great opportunity to ensure that grads’ friends and family – including out-of-state or international parents and relatives or family members unable to attend due to health reasons – don’t miss the once in a lifetime chance to watch their loved one attain one of their greatest milestones!

Video of the ceremonies will also be archived, which is great news for viewers in other time zones in which the ceremonies occur in what is for them overnight hours. And you’ll be able to relive the moment again and again.

Available as a special presentation of Titan Communications, the university’s official television program provider, the ceremonies will be shown live online at this link.

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Laura Rodriguez, senior social media coordinator for the Grammys / The Recording Academy, and a Cal State Fullerton grad.

Laura Rodriguez

Laura Rodriguez, a Cal State Fullerton communications alumna, shared tips with students on best practices for building a social media brand – whether for your employer, your business or yourself.

During her senior year at Cal State Fullerton, the Recording Academy / GRAMMYs named El Monte resident Laura Rodriguez as their first social media intern. Six years later, Rodriguez is a senior leader at the globally recognized music organization, helping to lead a more fully inclusive identity rebranding for the Recording Academy and ensuring that the organization’s content is front-and-center for music fans and professionals of every stripe.

While you may not be responsible for live tweeting a globally televised event or rebranding one of the most iconic institutions in a major industry sector, social media strategy is likely significant to your success – whether on the job, in an internship or in building your professional brand.

“When it comes to social media, you’re probably thinking, ‘how do I get the target audience, and how do I get people engaged?’” said Rodriguez at an April 23 event on campus. “So when you’re posting, you’re thinking about the type of content the audience wants to see.” Read More

Adelina Gnanlet, associate professor of management at Cal State Fullerton.Over the past decade, health care systems in the U.S. and internationally have become increasingly high-tech to streamline care and improve patient outcomes. What are the stages that new technologies must go through before being adopted and what are some of the challenges and open doors they face while being put into practice? Adelina Gnanlet, associate professor of management at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, takes a look in her recent study.

Technology may be transforming health care more than any other industry, through major innovations. These include completely integrated systems that allow care information to be passed to specialists, laboratories, pharmacies and other departments without paper notes or prescriptions, or more nuanced steps, such as email appointment reminders.

Regardless of how advanced information technology (IT) adoption is in a given care environment, the focus is the same: to make care smarter and faster, with fewer errors and better outcomes.

“The significant advantage of information technology integration is that information moves faster from system to system. This provides greater accuracy in decision making for both clinicians and health care administrators,” says Adelina Gnanlet, associate professor of management at Mihaylo College and co-author with Assistant Professor of Management Min Choi of a 2019 study on the impediments to implementation of IT in health care. “We don’t have to wait two to three weeks for information or diagnoses to go to a specialist and for them to fax things, call someone up or give it to a patient who might forget. It is instantaneous.” Read More

Maria Casanova, an assistant professor of economics at Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College who has discovered a cognition gap between Mexican migrant elderly women and their non-migrant counterparts in the U.S.

Maria Casanova, assistant professor of economics at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College.

Maria Casanova, assistant professor of economics, is the author of a forthcoming study with interdisciplinary implications, examining cognitive outcomes among Mexican migrants to the U.S. compared to the country’s non-Hispanic population. She discussed her findings at a March 29 symposium sponsored by the Economics Association.

When Maria Casanova left her native Spain a decade ago, she recalls that few Europeans were concerned about retirement savings, as they anticipated living on public pensions. But with the economic changes transforming the European Union, there is now concern on the continent that the generosity of public pensions will be lower in future generations, prompting calls for U.S.-style individual retirement savings strategies.

It is a sea change in European thought that prompted Casanova to focus on the economics of aging in her research. “Most of my studies have some relationship to retirement,” she told attendees of a March 29 symposium sponsored by the Economics Association. “In some of my papers, I focus on savings decisions for retirement. Why do some people not save when they are young? I have written papers on what is preventing people from saving in 401(k)s. And I’ve also looked at how people manage their money during the up to 30 years of retirement.”

While usually thought of as a public health topic, Casanova has recognized that the cognitive ability of older adults has economic implications and impacting retirement decisions. Coupled with an interest in the Hispanic paradox – unexplained improved health and mortality outcomes for Mexican migrants to the U.S. compared with the broader American population – the Mihaylo College assistant professor resolved to examine the statistics on cognitive decline among elderly Mexican-born U.S. residents, compared with the non-Hispanic Caucasian population in the U.S. Read More