Passang Baro, senior financial analyst at Warner Bros., stands next to a sculpture of Donald Duck. CSUF accounting and finance alumna Passang Baro ’13 works in the Financial Contract Reporting Administration of Burbank-based entertainment giant Warner Bros. She provides an inside look at her role and business-related positions in the entertainment industry, along with how to get started in the ever-changing field.

As a senior at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, Passang Baro ’13 took a six-month internship at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, part of the Disney College Program. The opportunity would launch the young professional into a career utilizing her accounting and finance education in the Southern California entertainment industry.

After being referred by a former supervisor to an auditor role at SAG-AFTRA, the labor union representing 160,000 film and television actors, artists and related employees, she accepted the position, later moving up to a senior auditor role.

“It was during my time at SAG-AFTRA that I became intrigued by the entertainment industry and wanted to dive deeper into entertainment finance,” says Baro. “When I came across my current role at Warner Bros., I immediately decided to give it a shot. I had only conducted compliance audits on behalf of labor unions, and participations audits would be a new world for me. However, I knew I had the transferable skills, so I was confident I could adapt and be successful in this new role.” Read More

CSUF economics assistant professor Nick Huntington-Klein, co-author of a study on women's success at West Point.

Nick Huntington-Klein

When Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College’s Assistant Professor of Economics Nicholas Huntington-Klein went to study the impact of fellow women on female progress and achievement in professional and academic settings, he turned to a less than typical data set – yearbooks from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point.

Looking at the decade after the prestigious New York academy began accepting women cadets in 1976, Huntington-Klein and his counterpart at the University of Washington, Elaina Rose, examined whether the presence of fellow women propelled female cadets to advancement.

Examining the classes of 1981 through 1984, Huntington-Klein and Rose discovered that the progression gap between men and women was cut in nearly half when another woman cadet was in the company and eliminated altogether with the presence of two other females.

Concluding that having female peers is essential to the success of women attempting to progress in historically male-dominated spaces, the study, recently published in the Harvard Business Review, has possible implications for other professional and scholastic settings as women advance in leadership roles.

Continue reading about the study, its implications and limitations, in this CSUF News article.

Olympic volleyball bronze medalist Murphy Troy poses with Cal State Fullerton Sales Leadership Center students during his visit to campus on Feb. 5, 2019.

Olympian Murphy Troy (second from left) poses with Cal State Fullerton sales students after the Spring Kick-Off on Feb. 5, 2019.

Murphy Troy, a member of the bronze-winning U.S. volleyball team at the 2016 Olympics, discussed the victories and challenges in his sports career and his current account executive role at Irvine-based software firm Alteryx.

While Missouri native Murphy Troy was studying physics at USC at the beginning of this decade, his mind was focused on a single goal: landing a spot on the winning Olympic volleyball team. After his graduation in 2011, Troy maintained his focus, playing his sport professionally and seeking opportunities to enter international competition.

“Three years after I graduated from college with my physics degree, I had no idea what I wanted to do in physics, but I wanted to keep playing volleyball. I knew I wanted to go to the Olympics and have a medal,” Troy told students at the Cal State Fullerton Sales Leadership Center Spring Kick-Off on Feb. 5. “They took 12 people, and I wanted to be one of those 12 people and be good enough to make that team. Even narrowing it down, I only played one position and they only took two guys at that position, so I had to be one of those two.”

Though Troy’s path would eventually lead to a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, success would not come easily. Read More

Exterior of the Steven G. Mihaylo Hall at Cal State Fullerton, which houses the largest business college on the West Coast. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – the world’s leading accrediting body for business higher education programs – has bestowed its dual accreditation for the business programs and accounting program of Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics for another five years.

The ranking honors the college’s growth in student engagement and support, faculty research and accomplishment, donor outreach, and impact on the Orange County community and beyond.

A leader in providing high-quality, yet affordable, education to the increasingly diverse millennial and Generation Z future business professionals, Mihaylo College, the largest business education institution on the West Coast, serves as a prototype for integrated and impactful business education at contemporary public higher education institutions in the U.S. and globally. Read More

Kris Quiaoit and Victor Macias present the Nui Foods concept on the "Shark Tank" TV show.

Quiaoit and Macias present on “Shark Tank.” It was a demonstration that landed them nearly $300,000 in investment from baseball great Alex Rodriguez.

After netting more than $100,000 through crowdfunding campaigns, Nui Foods, the low-carb, low-sugar, gluten-free cookie brainchild of Victor Macias ’09 (entrepreneurship) and UC Irvine grad Kristoffer Quiaoit gained venture capital from baseball star Alex Rodriguez on the “Shark Tank” television show in 2018. The co-founders plan to build on their ground-up online following with an entry into the coffee shop and health food retail markets.

Macias discusses the vision for his startup, the challenges and opportunities along the way, and how to turn entrepreneurial dreams into reality.

What encouraged you to turn an idea borne from a personal sweet tooth while on the keto diet into a business?

Some of it was because I love creating companies, having nothing and seeing if we can make it something that other people want. When I was in kindergarten, I bought big bags of candy and sold the individual pieces door-to-door. Later, I taught myself how to build websites and launched an online business. When I was a CSUF student, I launched my previous company, a men’s lifestyle blog. My team and I wrote content on things men care about, working with brands like Gillette. So Nui Foods wasn’t my first rodeo, but it was the first to take off on its own. Read More

Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College students assist Orange County residents with their tax returns through the VITA program.

As part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) at Cal State Fullerton, trained accounting students will be providing complimentary income tax assistance for both federal and state returns to low- and moderate-income residents who have a family income of $60,000 or less.

Part of a broader nationwide network committed to ensuring that tax preparation is available for free for those of modest incomes, the Cal State Fullerton program is the largest such site in Orange County and the only specializing in assisting international students as well as local residents.

“It’s a great way to teach and give accounting students exposure to preparing tax returns. It provides a much needed service to the community and really does save a lot of people money,” says Jon Durrant, assistant professor of accounting and faculty advisor to the program.

For more information, visit the CSUF VITA Facebook page. Or continue reading in this Daily Titan article.

Charlesetta Medina, small business specialist and entrepreneur-in-residence at Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Entrepreneurship

Charlesetta Medina

Charlesetta Medina ’10 (entrepreneurship), small business specialist and entrepreneur-in-residence at Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Entrepreneurship, has launched the Titan Women Collective, aimed at mentoring and developing the next generation of Orange County businesswomen.

Open to junior- and senior-level students at the university’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, the program provides individual advising with achieving Southern California women business executives and support in developing vital soft skills such as negotiation abilities and self-advocacy.

In addition to guiding the first cohort of students through the collective this year, Medina is also hard at work building a support network for the program in the Orange County community, including developing a board of directors and spearheading fundraising for the initiative.

Working with existing resources within Mihaylo College, Medina has also connected the collective with the Women’s Leadership Program, enabling second-year students in the program to join the collective for even further focused individual development.

Continue reading about this startup and how to get involved in this CSUF News article.

Mike Groff ’78

After more than 35 years of financial leadership with the world’s largest automaker, recently retired president and CEO of Toyota Financial Services Michael R. Groff ’78 (management) will return to his alma mater to present at the Titan Future Leaders Series, which gives Cal State Fullerton students and others the opportunity to connect with top professionals across many industries.

The event, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Titan Theatre, will be hosted by alumnus Patrick Donahue ’78, who will interview Groff on leadership insights, individual resiliency, personal development and a career retrospective.

Free and open to CSUF students, alumni, faculty, staff and the broader Orange County community, the speaker series is jointly presented by the CSUF Center for Scholars and Student Life and Leadership, with a sponsorship from Bank of America.

Read more on the event and the series at CSUF News, the official university-wide digital media outlet.

Exterior view from the west of the Steven G. Mihaylo Hall at Cal State Fullerton. In its 2019 Best Online programs rankings, U.S. News & World Report, the leading reviewer and ranker of higher education programs in the United States, put Cal State Fullerton’s M.S. in information technology in 15th place and second in California only to programs at USC.

The ranking, applying to non-MBA online business programs, was announced on Jan. 15, 2019.

Offered through the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, the fully online program, first provided in 2005, is designed for information technology professionals aspiring to expand their reach and impact in the industry. Featuring two courses per semester throughout the calendar year, students can complete the program in as little as 20 months.

“Mihaylo College is proud of our highly selective program, which provides a flexible learning environment for working professionals,” says Morteza Rahmatian, the college’s dean.

For more information on the degree program, including the new concentrations in information technology and data science, please see the CSUF Catalog.

Read more about the rankings bestowed on this program and others at Cal State Fullerton at CSUF News.

Ed Hart, director of the Cal State Fullerton Center for Family Business, at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California. Ed Hart, director of Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Family Business, is passionate about the impact that family-owned firms have on the Southern California community and on those who work for and with them. His advice and leadership provides guidance and support that impacts Southern California local businesses across all industries.

For dozens of Southern California business executives and visionaries, CSUF Center for Family Business Director Ed Hart has played a pivotal role in assisting their firms as they seek to stay competitive and impactful in the ever-changing 21st century environment and pass the leadership baton to a new generation.

“Ed’s ability to connect us with the appropriate business professionals has moved us forward in our journey towards continuity. He has a deep understanding of family-business dynamics; thus he is able to offer the appropriate help, but he also personally cares about the wellbeing of his members and, most importantly, has a genuine desire to help others,” says Michael Gaviña, a member of the Center for Family Business and purchasing director of F. Gaviña & Sons Inc., a four-generation Los Angeles area coffee importer, roaster and supplier. “Our family has derived a large value from the partnerships we’ve built with family-business professionals. The center is a great place to share stories with family businesses and meet professionals who can guide your business governance. I have no doubt that you will experience a similar value-add by participating if you have a family business.”

It is a sentiment shared by dozens of executives from organizations encompassing industries ranging from aviation manufacturing to private education, who are inspired by Hart’s leadership to build a community and ensure that family businesses are equipped, through expert-led workshops and thought sharing, for continuity and increased success for generations to come. Read More