Dalip Jaggi, Cal State Fullerton entrepreneurship student and founder of Devise Interactive.When he was 29, Dalip Jaggi sold his company, brand-focused engineering studio Devise Interactive, to Finnish software company Vincit, where the tech-focused Cal State Fullerton entrepreneurship student now works to create software development solutions to help companies thrive in the digital age.

For Dalip Jaggi, a teenage affinity for video games and a desire to make some extra cash set the stage for his current global profile as a tech-focused software entrepreneur. The Orange County native had saved up to buy his first computer and was just beginning to explore the internet and computer programs.

In 2003, he launched his first startup, using MIRC, the predecessor of today’s Slack, which served as the go-to hub for gamer communication.

“I started my entrepreneurial journey when I was 14, when I got into video games. I would play and then create game servers, VoIP communication and web hosting companies,” he says. “I would call these kiddie companies, because none of these startups were very profitable, not more than a few hundred dollars per year. But the takeaway was the operations – I was managing servers in every main U.S. hub from Florida to Chicago to New York to San Jose to L.A. That was the entry point to the internet and software development.” Read More

John Barton, Cal State Chico grad and entrepreneur, displays his app with executives of the North Orange County Chamber of Commerce.

John Barton (center) with the leadership of the North Orange County Chamber of Commerce, previewing his new app for chamber members.

Orange County entrepreneur John Barton was looking to take his business to the next level.

Once he became a resident of Cal State Fullerton’s Startup Incubator, he found the tools and the mentors to help him do just that.

After looking at a few concepts, including a money-saving app designed to connect college students with low-cost wholesome entertainment nearby, Barton settled on his current vision for Point `N Save – a customized app development and management service for businesses and organizations that may not have the know-how or desire to build and manage their own app, such as the North Orange County Chamber of Commerce, his first client.

For this client, Barton and his team built an app called Live Work Play. The app helps members of the NOC Chamber of Commerce get the most of their membership. It advertises member businesses and highlights chamber events, thus creating an interactive go-to source for chamber members and encouraging community members to get involved in the organization. Read More

ISDS professor Bhushan Kapoor Bhushan Kapoor, the outgoing department chair of the Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences (ISDS), has taught information technology for nearly four decades, impacting several generations of industry leaders.

The instructor and researcher, who is retiring from his position, looks at the integration of technology in higher education over the past 40 years, his recent and forthcoming research, the growth of the information systems field, and how young professionals can position themselves for growth in this sector.

You have been a part of the Cal State Fullerton ISDS program since 1982. How has the department and technology in higher education changed over this time?

Cal State Fullerton and the ISDS department have changed tremendously. When I started, there was limited use of computers and technology in classrooms and delivery of course material. Even routine student registration and fee deposit were done manually using paper and pen. Read More

Father Greg Boyle, founder of Los Angeles' Homeboy Industries. Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Los Angeles’ Homeboy Industries, the world’s largest gang rehabilitation program, will be among the keynote speakers at the Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College Gianneschi Center G3X Conference, which provides continuing education and networking for the philanthropic community. Register today to attend.

For the past 31 years, Los Angeles Jesuit Priest Fr. Greg Boyle has dedicated himself to creating space and opportunity for former gang members and formerly incarcerated individuals who want to leave behind the despair and destruction of gang violence and begin to live fulfilling lives. Boyle’s Homeboy Industries is an organization that provides rehabilitation and job training programs for gang members and at-risk youth. It includes tattoo removal and therapy services as well as housing several businesses including Homeboy Bakery, Homegirl Café & Catering and Homeboy Silkscreen & Embroidery.

Boyle will share insights with current and aspiring nonprofit and social enterprise professionals at Cal State Fullerton’s G3X Conference on Wednesday, Aug. 14. He hopes his lecture will impact those desiring to make a tangible difference in the lives of the underprivileged.

“Anyone who feels so inclined to move to the margins so the margins get erased” would benefit from hearing the talk, says Boyle. Read More

CSUF faculty member Shaun Pichler, certificate program coordinator, associate professor of management and an accomplished researcher.

Shaun Pichler

An employment growth area vital to the success of contemporary companies and organizations, human resources is fast becoming an in-demand field for today’s young professionals.

With a three-unit graduate certificate in human resources from Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, you will have what it takes to expand your focus into this space or better understand the human resources component of your company.

Offered through the university’s Extension and International Programs and taught by Mihaylo College management faculty, the fully online courses, which include seminars in HR management, organizational behavior, and organizational development and change, may be applied to a Mihaylo College MBA program or utilized for professional certification.

“The certificate program focuses on strategy and is designed to prepare experienced human resources professionals to become the next human resources leaders in Orange County,” says Shaun Pichler, certificate program coordinator, associate professor of management and an accomplished researcher.

Instruction for the six-month program begins in fall 2019, with applications due by Aug. 1, 2019. Reserve your spot today!

Continue reading about the HR certificate in this CSUF News article. Or read more of our articles about the college’s management education programs.

Amir Dabirian, chief information officer for Cal State FullertonThis year’s G3X Conference, which provides continuing education and networking opportunities for nonprofit or philanthropic organizations and businesses, will include a lecture by Amir Dabirian ’88, Cal State Fullerton’s vice president for information technology. He will examine the changes in IT occurring in higher education and across the nonprofit sector. Register for the conference today!

Amir Dabirian ’88, the chief information officer for one of the largest and most diverse universities in the United States, has seen firsthand how IT opportunities, challenges and threats have come to the fore in recent decades, becoming a vital focus for any contemporary organization.

At the G3X Conference at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College on Tuesday, Aug. 13, Dabirian will examine the impact of technology on the social sector, including the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the challenge and opportunity of 5G, and the increasing expectation for self-service and round-the-clock availability of services.

“In my G3X talk, I will discuss how the Division of Information Technology has worked diligently to provide students with the technologies they need to be successful,” says the Cal State Fullerton engineering alumnus. “We will discuss how CSUF integrates cutting-edge technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), digital signage, and Adobe Creative Cloud, to ensure student success, and promote necessary digital literacy skills.”

The presentation will conclude with a demonstration of virtual reality learning and chatbots, presented by Dabirian and his team.

A passion for the success of students, many of whom are the first in their families to attain a college education, has been central to Dabirian’s commitment and the culture of the team he leads.

“At Cal State Fullerton, I oversee all enterprise services of IT in support of the university’s mission and strategic plan,” he says. “The success of our students is the main reason that I have served the CSUF community for over 30 years. Empowering our students to become digital citizens is the driving force behind the Division of Information Technology’s values and guiding principles.”

Dabirian’s presentation will be part of the Innovations in Technology track, a full day of lectures on IT-focused topics at the conference, sponsored by the Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research at Mihaylo College.

Speakers will include Stephanie Smith, social media specialist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Gerald Solomon, executive director of the Samueli Foundation and advisor to the North American Scholastic eSports Federation; and Jason Szolomayer ’02, a Mihaylo College finance grad using 3-D printing to provide hearing aid solutions to the world’s underprivileged.

For a complete lineup or to register for the conference, visit the G3X website. Read about some of our previous G3X nonprofit conference speakers to learn more about why you may want to attend this year.

Grecia Pardave, associate professor of marketing at Universidad Privada del Norte (UPN) in Lima, Peru. Grecia Pardave ’09 came to Southern California from her native Peru in 2003 to study business. After earning her degree in international business from Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College in 2009, Pardave returned to her country, where she is now an associate professor of business marketing at the Universidad Privada del Norte (UPN) in Lima. Pardave reflects on her Cal State Fullerton experience and examines higher education and entrepreneurship opportunities in her nation.

About 4,000 miles southeast of Southern California, the Pacific Rim nation of Peru is experiencing a rapid economic transformation and is a growth market for international investors. Grecia Pardave, a Cal State Fullerton international business grad and associate professor of business marketing at UPN in the Peruvian capital, Lima, encourages entrepreneurs and business professionals to consider her nation as a potential destination.

“For entrepreneurs, Peru is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world,” she says. “Private investment and rising exports have played an important role in this growth. Major export sectors include mining, agriculture, textiles, fishing and oil. Peru also offers a favorable legal framework for foreign investment and has numerous economic cooperation and free trade agreements, including with the United States, European Union, China, Japan, Australia, Mexico and other South American countries.”

Pardave, who advises business startups in Lima in addition to teaching business courses, notes that Peru is among the fastest-expanding economies in a continent that has witnessed uneven growth in recent decades. According to the World Bank, the Andean nation of 32 million people has had an average growth rate of 6% over the past decade, with low inflation. Read More

Students - many of them using their laptops - take in a class lecture at Cal State Fullerton's Steven G. Mihaylo Hall. In an era in which artificial intelligence is poised to transform all industries, including accounting, Cal State Fullerton’s Department of Accounting is taking the lead in preparing the next generation of professionals for this future and has partnered with UiPath, a New York City-based robotics process automation (RPA) software company. Together, UiPath and CSUF’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics offer both a graduate course and, in spring 2020, an undergraduate course exploring the applications of RPA to drive efficiencies and improve performance in accounting.

Mihaylo College’s accounting department is the first higher education entity in the United States to partner with UiPath through the company’s Academic Alliance program, which empowers students with the skills needed for success in the field.

The spring 2019 course featured presentations and applied demonstrations from UiPath representatives, as well as class visits from professionals from the Big Four accounting firms, who explored actual examples of the use of RPA to improve accounting functions. Applications discussed included automating tax functions, consolidations and data mining. Students wrote the script for automation that would assist them in their own daily tasks, creating bots that could perform such tasks as emptying the recycle bin of a computer at a specified time each day, finding the seven-day weather forecast for specific zip codes, creating a list of particular items being sold on Amazon, or assembling and compiling U.S. Census and stock market data. Read More

Cal State Fullerton students pose behind the Mihaylo College Center for Real Estate booth at RECon 2019 in Las VegasCal State Fullerton Mihaylo College business students seeking real estate careers gained exposure to leading industry talent at the 2019 RECon in Las Vegas, the largest annual real estate event in the world, sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

When more than 37,000 real estate professionals and students converged on the Las Vegas Convention Center in May, they were met with a representation from Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Real Estate, which hosted a booth at the event for the first time, showcasing the program and the value of its graduates to employers.

The event was also a networking and applied education experience for the 12 students making the 256-mile trip from Cal State Fullerton to Las Vegas. With a format including lectures on the latest real estate best practices and trends, as well as the largest deal-making show floor in the industry, the event provided a behind-the-scenes look at the real estate profession in action.

“We learned about the industry at the seminars and met with employers at the exhibit hall,” says Gabrielle Gourgy, a finance student and the center’s student assistant. “Alumni and board members were there, including Pat Donahue ’78; Bob Taylor ’67, MBA ’73; and Steve Haddadin ’18, and the students met with them to see how deals are made in a conference setting.”

Real estate professionals, including Cal State Fullerton alumnus Pat Donahue, and Center for Real Estate director Bob Osbrink speak to Cal State Fullerton real estate students.

Cal State Fullerton students hear from real estate professionals at RECon 2019 in Las Vegas.

Mihaylo College and the USC Marshall School of Business were the only academic representations from California universities at 2019 RECon.

“We were one of the largest universities in attendance, and we look forward to doing this again next year,” says Gourgy. “We are showcasing our program so employers may see the value students bring as CSUF graduates. Employers also send over their staff to check out educational advancement opportunities at schools like ours.”

Interested in attending RECon as a Mihaylo College student next year? Reach out to the Center for Real Estate at cre@fullerton.edu or the Real Estate Association, a club devoted to developing future real estate leaders, at sgmhrea@gmail.com.

For more on the Mihaylo College real estate program and its impact, read our articles on real estate.

Cal State Fullerton ISDS Professor Ofir Turel holds the microphone when honored with the L. Donald Shields Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity Award, bestowed by the CSUF Academic Senate on May 2, 2019. Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College Information Systems and Decision Sciences (ISDS) Professor Ofir Turel, a globally-recognized technology academic and among the most prolific researchers at Cal State Fullerton, is the recipient of the 2019 L. Donald Shields Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity Award, bestowed by the university’s Academic Senate at their May 2 meeting.

The honor recognizes faculty members demonstrating consistent leadership in research and creativity. In Turel’s case, the award highlights his work synthesizing information systems, neurosciences and the behavioral sciences, examining such novel topics as addictive use of social networks.

With a focus on application as well as scholarly study, Turel’s research has appeared in numerous industry journals, but also such popular publications as The Wall Street Journal and Seventeen, thus impacting virtually all segments of the global public.

For more on Turel’s award, and what others are saying about him and his impact, continue reading this CSUF News article.