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 or the Real Estate Association, a club devoted to developing future real estate leaders, at

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. Or read more of our articles on the college’s ISDS programs.


Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College Titan Capital Management students present an oversized check to Emeline Yong, assistant dean for student affairs, on May 10, 2019.

Finance students in Titan Capital Management present a $30,000 check to Emeline Yong, assistant dean for student affairs (holding check at left) at Steven G. Mihaylo Hall on May 10, 2019.

Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College’s Titan Capital Management (TCM), a student-managed stock and bond portfolio, has donated $30,000 to the Mihaylo Tutoring Center. This is the sixth consecutive year the program has used its proceeds to benefit student services.

Students at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics will benefit from a $30,000 donation to the Mihaylo Tutoring Center from Titan Capital Management (TCM), an on-campus investment portfolio managed by high-achieving finance students.

Despite turbulent times in equity markets over the past year, the investment portfolio realized sharp gains in 2018, enabling the program to donate the proceeds to support student services, as it has done over the past six years. This year’s donation matches the amount provided in 2018 but is a sharp rise from the $5,000 first donated in 2014.

The funding will be used to compensate the instructional student assistants who provide peer tutoring to their classmates through the Mihaylo Tutoring Center, which provides tutoring for undergraduates on challenging or bottleneck courses in accounting, business writing, economics, finance and information systems.

By supporting the applied education of the next generation of finance professionals while supporting the success of one of the most diverse student populations in the United States, TCM represents the symbiotic initiatives currently transforming higher education and making Mihaylo College a leader as a versatile institution.

Learn more about Titan Capital Management or read more of our articles about the student-managed fund.

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