diners in line at Porto's bakery in Buena Park

Photo of Portos Bakery Buena Park. Taken by Amanda M. on Yelp.

Got some time to kill before your evening class? Maybe you just had a test and need to treat yourself to something new and delicious. Whatever the reason, you’re hungry and you want to eat something good.

After checking out the local eateries within walking distance of Mihaylo building, you might be looking to branch out a little bit. That’s why we compiled a list of some of our favorite spots to grab a bite off-campus, all within a 15-minute drive. Spoiler alert: Porto’s Bakery is on this list.

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1. Green Bliss­­

This cafe in downtown Fullerton has tasty options for everyone. Green Bliss is a favorite spot for the vegetarian and vegan community, while also serving healthy meat and dairy options for non-vegan customers. Just a seven-minute drive from campus, this place features breakfast and lunch items, from breakfast omelets to paninis and wraps.

If you choose Green Bliss for a quiet lunch, be sure to stop by early since they close at 4 p.m. every day. As an added bonus, customers can access the courtyard plaza. It is a great place to relax with a sandwich and enjoy the fresh air!

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Specialist Nadine Garcia ’19 is a full-time student studying international business with an emphasis in global trade and linguistics at Mihaylo College. She was still a senior in high school and just 17 years old when she officially signed on to join the United States Army Reserve, and she currently holds the rank of specialist. I spoke with Spc. Garcia on the exact date of her fourth military anniversary to learn more about what it’s like being a full-time student while also serving in the military.

Spc. Nadine Garcia served a military deployment in 2016

Specialist Nadine Garcia was born and raised in Montebello, California, and moved to Fullerton to be closer to campus. At first glance, she may seem to have the “typical” student life as a college junior. She attends class in Mihaylo Hall most mornings and works a part-time job at Huntington Beach Harley-Davidson. If she has any time left over, she spends it with her friends and family or plays with her dog, Harley.

What most people don’t know about Spc. Garcia is that in 2016, she served her first deployment in the Middle East. And one weekend out of every month, she attends Army Drill Assembly, preparing for future deployments. Read More

Mihaylo ISDS alumnus Ameya Agavekar '18 interned at Lionsgate Entertainment Inc. in Los Angeles in fall 2017Mihaylo College information systems and decision sciences graduate alumnus Ameya Agavekar ’18 recently completed a data science internship with Lionsgate Entertainment Inc. This year, he began a business intelligence and reporting analyst role at insurance carrier ICW Group in San Diego. Agavekar discusses the impact of his campus involvement in preparing him for this role, his career goals and how students can ready themselves for a rewarding future in the data science field.

Why should today’s business students study data analytics? According to Ameya Agavekar ’18 (MS – information systems), analytics is the wave of the future.

“Even as a student, don’t think only about next year or the next two years, but look at the next decade,” he says. “Every company will require analytics professionals in the near future, because it is an essential function of every business, from health care to banking to retail.”

Agavekar, who was honored with the 2017 Outstanding Student Award for his research in statistics and analytics, is preparing for a long-term career in data science, which he hopes will lead to an executive technology position in a Fortune 50 company. He recently served Lionsgate Entertainment Inc., a major film company, in a business intelligence and analytics internship at their Santa Monica headquarters.

“The moments I began and ended this internship have been watersheds in my professional development,” he says. “I have come a tremendous distance during this time.” Read More

Mihaylo College graduates celebrate their commencement in May 2017.

For hundreds of Mihaylo College seniors and graduate students, next month’s annual CSUF commencement will mark the completion of a personal and professional milestone. Here is a guide to what the class of 2018 needs to know to participate in the university-wide and college-specific ceremonies on the weekend of May 18-20.

Mihaylo College Grads Walk on May 19

All Mihaylo College students will receive their certificates and shake hands with their department chairs on Saturday, May 19.  There will be two ceremonies — one at 8 a.m. and one at 5 p.m. Which one you go to depends on your major and concentration (see below). Both ceremonies start at Titan Track and continue on to the Intramural Field. Read More

As business students, we have a shocking amount of options when it comes to choosing a field to specialize in when we graduate. Making a decision on what major or concentration to choose can certainly be a daunting task.

Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the newest data on projected job growth in its Occupational Outlook Handbook. In the simplest terms, this information projects which jobs are expected to grow in the coming years, giving us what we need to know to make better career decisions. This year’s list highlighted several jobs that seem to align well with students who are working toward their degrees in business administration here at Mihaylo College.

So before you have a meltdown about not knowing what you should do with your life, check out this list of what the Bureau of Labor Statistics has determined are the hottest jobs of 2018. And then once you’re done reading, go visit the advisers at the Mihaylo Career Center. They’re the experts!

These are just a few of the jobs the Occupational Outlook Handbook suggests you can land with your bachelor’s degree in business administration:  Read More

Carlos Guaman '09 is a leader in the Orange County, California, Hispanic community, with a Santa Ana-based accounting and insurance firm that primarily services Latino residents and businesses.

Carlos Guaman ’09 (accounting and finance) is the founder and CEO of El Triunfo Corporation, a Santa Ana-based accounting and insurance firm serving primarily the Orange County Hispanic community. He shares his personal story and talks about business opportunities in the Southern California Hispanic community.

For a decade, Carlos Guaman ’09 has run his company, El Triunfo, which provides accounting, payroll and other financial services to more than 2,000 individual and business clients. At 36, Guaman’s career in finance has already spanned more than 20 years.

A Business Career Gets an Early Start

Born in the coastal Ecuadorian city of 35,000 for which his company is named, Guaman’s career began early. At age 11, his mother helped him start his first business: a small banking enterprise, which was attractive to people in his city because the Ecuadorian financial system was unreliable at the time.

“People would rather that I hold their money than have the money in a bank,” he says. “I didn’t have any startup costs, and I earned $1,000 right away. Soon, I started lending money.” His second enterprise was renting Nintendo video games, which local residents could play at his home for a fee.

At the encouragement of his uncle Jorge, Guaman came to the U.S. in 1998, with the hopes of attaining a higher education. At age 16, he worked for his aunt, who lived in New York City. Read More

Mihaylo alumna Lia Larasati ’17 is an assurance associate at PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PwC), one of the Big Four accounting firms. Larasati discusses her journey to PwC and her tips for how Mihaylo students can prepare for a career in accounting.

There are few people who can say this: From the day that she set foot on the Cal State Fullerton campus, she knew where she wanted to go and what she would do to get there.

When Mihaylo alumna Lia Larasati graduated in spring of 2017, she had secured a full-time position with one of the world’s most reputable accounting firms. However, during her time as a student at Cal State Fullerton, Larasati juggled classes, part-time jobs and student leadership activities while traversing the recruitment and interview process. She credits this packed schedule with preparing her to manage the demanding tasks that post-graduate life throws at her.

Now, she is hoping to help other students achieve their goals and make the most out of the resources they have available in the accounting program at Mihaylo College.

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Genesis Lopez '19 (MBA-marketing) has found Mihaylo College's graduate program to be an engaging and enlightening way to expand her knowledge of the business world

Genesis Lopez ’19 (MBA-marketing) earned her undergraduate degree in English language and literature from UC Santa Barbara and is pursuing a career in marketing. Lopez discusses her experience as a Mihaylo College MBA student.

What are your thoughts on your graduate education one year into your MBA program?

I came into the program a bit hesitant. I wasn’t sure if the time and money I was going to invest would be worthwhile. But after I got through my first year, I knew I had made the right choice. I’ve learned so much in only a year, including many things that I feel I don’t always have an opportunity to gain from my job. I have also made many new friends and industry colleagues and feel much more connected to career opportunities in Southern California.

The biggest surprise was how well-rounded the program is for working professionals. It is challenging to manage your time as a full-time employee and a part-time graduate student, but I feel that Mihaylo College does a great job of tailoring their materials and course assignments so that it is very educational, yet manageable with students’ schedules.

What was your motivation for pursuing your MBA? What opportunities will this open up for you in your career?

I knew I wanted to pursue a marketing career, but UC Santa Barbara does not provide a marketing program. Thus, I took what I learned in my English major, mostly my writing and communication skills, and used that to my advantage. I use those skills daily to generate blogs, emails and presentations in my job. But I knew that if I was to become a prime candidate for employers and eventually attain my career goal of being chief marketing officer, I needed to earn my MBA to gain the leadership and big-picture mindset that is needed in higher-level and strategic roles.

What do you like most about your first year at Mihaylo College?

People sometimes ask me why I decided to go with a traditional MBA program, rather than an online program. The answer is simple, my classmates. Many of them have become good friends. We gain from each other and help each other so much. We have study groups and teach each other course material, playing off of each other’s strengths. Many of them are my industry colleagues as well and might be my future co-workers. It has been a great way to build friendships, network and learn all at once.

For More Information

Whether you wish to pursue graduate studies on campus or online, part time or full time, there is an option for you at Mihaylo College, which offers a number of graduate programs, including MBA opportunities that are designed specifically for working professionals. The Fully-Employed MBA (FEMBA) program, which assists professionals in strengthening their leadership and business acumen, is based on a 36-month schedule, with each course covering eight weeks. Earning an MBA at your own pace is possible through the Flexible MBA, which is offered in 11 concentrations ranging from information systems to finance.

The college also offers seven non-MBA graduate programs, covering accountancy, economics, taxation, information systems, information technology, and financial engineering and risk management.

 

Wong Fu Productions visit Cal State Fullerton campus.

Photo by Sonya DeBerry

Wong Fu Productions is an independent digital production company co-founded by Philip Wang, Wesley Chan and Ted Fu. Their YouTube channel features original comedy sketches, dramas and romantic short films, a weekly talk show, and several multi-episode series.

You may have seen some of their most popular films, like “Asian Bachelorette,” “Single By 30” and their first Netflix release, “Everything Before Us.” In the 15 years that Wong Fu Productions has been creating videos, they have not only launched a successful business but also become a voice for Asian-Americans in media.

More recently, their work has also allowed them to become role models for entrepreneurs and business owners. Through their entrepreneurial endeavors, they serve as shining examples that it is possible to find success by challenging what is accepted in popular media and putting their audience first.

Invited by the Business Inter-Club Council, Philip Wang and Wesley Chan from Wong Fu Productions were the keynote speakers for Business Madness week activities in March, for which this year’s theme was “Be Your Own Boss”. The Wong Fu Productions co-founders discussed the realities of being business owners, finding success in digital media, and their advice for students looking to start their own businesses.  Read More

A large group of mentors and mentees of the CSUF Mihaylo College Executive Council Mentoring Program

Mentors and mentees gather at the Executive Council Mentoring Program Kickoff in February 2018. The program gives students direct access to leaders in their chosen field.

Mihaylo College’s Executive Council connects students with members of the council, many of whom are alumni, through a mentoring program designed to prepare students for careers in their industries of interest. The program is currently seeking mentors for future sessions.

Having direct access to a professional in your field would be the dream of many students. This wish can be a reality thanks to the Executive Council Mentoring Program, which connects students involved in the Business Inter-Club Council, Student Advisory Board and Business Honors program with industry leaders.

Reflections of a Mentor

Andrew Eberline ’14 (MBA), a project manager for The Walt Disney Company, served as a mentor during the 2017 rotation providing guidance to Arron Nhan Nguyen ’12, ’17 (marketing and M.S.-information systems), who is seeking an IT-related career.

“The role of being a mentor is a great opportunity. If you have recently graduated you may not feel like you have the wealth of experience a mentee would be looking for,” says Eberline. “It is very easy to overlook or not consider the relevancy of your professional experience – you will realize this in the moment when working with a student. Being a mentor has challenged me to help find answers to my mentee’s questions.”

Eberline says serving as Nguyen’s mentor opened his eyes to the opportunities available in IT. “I enjoyed brainstorming about how to reach his long-term goals. His future potential and overall excitement was invigorating,” says Eberline. “I’ve learned a great deal about the many opportunities throughout IT and data analysis. Learning about these trends increases my versatility with the occasional IT driven projects I execute.” Read More