Mihaylo College students stand in line for pizza at CenterFest in 2017.

Students can enjoy the opportunity for free food, music and networking at CenterFest on April 11.

The second annual CenterFest, featuring Mihaylo’s Centers of Excellence, will be held on Tuesday, April 11, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event seeks to connect the Cal State Fullerton student body with the opportunities for jobs, internships, networking and career development offered by the college’s innovative centers and programs.

This year’s CenterFest will be held on Tuesday, April 11, in the Mihaylo Courtyard. The event will feature representatives of 13 of the college’s Centers of Excellence and programs.

The free event introduces students to the opportunities offered by the centers, including business startup advice, career opportunities through the college’s vast business network, career workshops, meet and greet events, and speakers from a diverse set of industries. Live music and pizza will be provided in a scaled-down version of a spring music festival.

Students who visit the tables of at least three centers at the event and retain their proof of visitation will be eligible to participate in a drawing for prizes, including four tickets to the June 15 Angels vs. Royals baseball game and a $100 gift certificate at Claim Jumper Restaurants.

Building a Network for Students and Enhancing the Community

For decades, Mihaylo’s Centers of Excellence have been active in the Orange County community. Following is a brief description of each center headlining CenterFest 2017.

Center for Corporate Reporting and Governance (CCRG)

The CCRG supports academic and industry conferences to assist accounting professionals in remaining at the forefront of their industry. The center also supports career networking opportunities to help new entrants into the field succeed. For more information, visit the center at SGMH 4357 or check out their website.

Center for Economic Education

Business students participate as student assistants and mentors as part of Mihaylo’s outreach to ensure the next generation has the financial literacy skills needed to thrive in today’s economy. Involvement in this center is a great way to explore the world of economics while making a positive difference in the community. For more information, visit the center online or at SGMH 3357.

Center for Entertainment and Hospitality Management

Southern California is the world-renowned home of many media and hospitality businesses. Mihaylo’s Center for Entertainment and Hospitality Management, formerly the Entertainment & Tourism Management Center, prepares students for career opportunities by supporting the college’s academic program, offering networking events, and supporting Behind the Scenes, a student club offering career development support and social activities. For more information, visit the center online or at SGMH 5357A.

A young man brings dozens of boxes of fresh pizza to the courtyard of Steven G. Mihaylo Hall at Cal State Fullerton.

Mihaylo’s Centers of Excellence are all about creating win-win opportunities for all parties involved. Case in point: the local pizza company catering the CenterFest event.

Center for Entrepreneurship

Under the guidance of director John Bradley Jackson, the Center for Entrepreneurship oversees the college’s undergraduate- and graduate-level entrepreneurship academic programs and sponsors the Business Plan Competition and Titan Fast Pitch contest to provide real-world experience for budding entrepreneurs. The center also offers consulting for business startups, and operates the CSUF Startup Incubator in Placentia to serve as a mentoring and incubation forum for concepts started by the Cal State Fullerton community and local residents. For more information, visit the center online or at SGMH 3280.

Center for Family Business

Family-owned businesses remain the lifeblood of the American economy, and Mihaylo’s Center for Family Business seeks to ensure that Southern California family businesses have the network, training and support they need to succeed in the 21st century economy. During each academic year, the center offers nine workshops for local business owners and sponsors a course for Cal State Fullerton students on best practices for family enterprises. For more information, visit the center online or at SGMH 5284.

Center for Information Technology and Business Analytics (CITBA)

We are living in a data-driven economy, and Mihaylo’s CITBA seeks to power the college as a leading educator of information technology professionals who will transform tomorrow’s corporate, health care, government, nonprofit and academic environments.

Center for Insurance Studies

As older generations retire, the insurance and actuary fields will be major job generators. Mihaylo’s Center for Insurance Studies supports academic programs on the undergraduate and graduate levels, regular events for students to network with industry professionals, insurance scholarships, and research on insurance-related topics. More information is available online or at SGMH 4280.

Center for Leadership

Mihaylo’s Center for Leadership is committed to training the next generation of leaders through the Leadership Scholars program, which connects business students with local professionals and sponsors regular guest speakers from a wide range of industries and organizations. For more information, visit the center online or at SGMH 5357.

Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research

Interested in working for a nonprofit or founding your own socially responsible organization? Mihaylo’s Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research hosts the annual Summer School for Nonprofits to advise students and industry professionals alike on what it takes to succeed in today’s nonprofit environment, as well as an annual Student Fellowship Award to help a graduating student develop an internship with a nonprofit. More information is available by contacting Director Susan Cadwallader at scadwallader@fullerton.edu or visiting the center online.

Real Estate and Land Use Institute (RELUI)

The real estate sector is a major employer and key driver of the Orange County economy, and Mihaylo’s RELUI ensures students are equipped to succeed in this field through supporting the college’s academic real estate programs, providing scholarships and sponsoring regular networking events and industry speakers such as the annual Commercial Real Estate Forum. For more information, visit them online.

Sales Leadership Center

Sales careers employ millions of Americans, and Mihaylo’s Sales Leadership Center develops the selling skills of business students. They offer competitions judged by actual business professionals, career fairs and the Certificate of Professional Sales. For more information, visit the center online or at SGMH 5357B.

Mihaylo College students stand in line to learn about opportunities through the college's Centers of Excellence in the Mihaylo Courtyard.

You will be amazed at all of the opportunities for personal development and career growth offered by the college’s centers and programs.

Small Business Development Center

The Lead Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Mihaylo College is committed to giving local small businesses the resources they need to realize their dreams through no-cost consulting, low-cost financing, training programs and access to experienced mentors in the community. The center’s many events and workshops, held at locations throughout the region, provide tips on topics such as export assistance, taxes and marketing. The SBDC is ready to advise student startups. You can set up an appointment by calling 657-278-2719 or using the center’s contact form. Student internships with the SBDC are also available. Interested students can call the center or stop by SGMH 4157 to deliver their résumés.

Women’s Leadership Program

Mihaylo Management Professor Goli Sadri and professional consultant Joanna Moore founded the Women’s Leadership Program in 2015 to assist coeds with the skill development they need to succeed in the contemporary business environment. Now in its second year, the program consists of monthly meetings throughout the academic year in which students are equipped to be transformative leaders. For more information, contact mcbewomen@fullerton.edu.

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