The Pacific Surfliner train passes a rocky beach in San Clemente, California.

Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner provides safe and efficient transportation along the California coast, making it easy to get to destinations ranging from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. The Metrolink system provides similar service for local trips within the Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire areas. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Want to get out and explore the Southland this spring break, yet don’t want to be caught in hours of traffic? A number of the region’s most accessible and exciting destinations can be reached quickly by train from the Fullerton area. Check out this list of seven destinations within three hours.

The Fullerton area is a great place to begin your journey around California by rail. The area is served by several Metrolink routes and is also a stop for Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, which provides daily service to cities along a route stretching from San Diego to San Luis Obispo.

Trips on Metrolink range from $4.25 one-way to Angel Stadium to nearly $30 for a round-trip to Oceanside. An adult ticket on the Pacific Surfliner to visit Old Town San Diego ranges from $29 for a value seat to $44 for a premium business seat. Add a bicycle for an additional charge to facilitate getting around when you arrive.

Here are seven destinations that are easy to get to and fun to explore. Just hop off the train station and you are on scene for sightseeing, dining, shopping, entertainment and relaxation. Read More

Vice President-elect Andrew La (left) and President-elect Laila Dadabhoy (right) in a professional pose at a desk soon after their election to the official CSUF student government in March 2017.

Vice President-elect Andrew La ’18 and President-elect Laila Dadabhoy ’19 wish for Cal State Fullerton to remain welcoming and inclusive, despite the recent vitriolic political environment in the U.S.

For the first time in three years, a member of the Mihaylo community has been elected to Cal State Fullerton’s top student elective position. Junior Laila Dadabhoy ’19 (business administration) and her running mate, Andrew La ’18 (public relations) defeated communications major and presidential candidate Brian Miles Garibay ’19 and pre-business student and vice-presidential candidate Deborah Ochei to win the top spots.

For Laila Dadabhoy ’19 (business administration), the Cal State Fullerton experience has not only provided an affordable business education, chances for club involvement and student assistant employment. It has also led her to the student body presidency of one of the largest universities on the West Coast.

With 100% of precincts reporting as of March 16, Dadabhoy and her running mate, Andrew La ’18 (public relations), secured victory with 56.98% of the popular vote, which included undergraduate and graduate students across all colleges of the university. Read More

Mihaylo student Mark Tran '17 poses in suit and tie at his internship at the City of Long Beach.

Mark Tran ’17 says jobs in the public sector provide stable employment with reliable hours. He encourages students to find opportunities that fit their personality and goals.

What is it like to work for the public sector? Mark Tran ’17 (accounting and finance) is an accounting intern for the City of Long Beach. He provides a “day in the life” of his job and discusses the opportunities in local government.

Since landing an accounting internship at the City of Long Beach in August, Mark Tran ’17 has been among the more than 14 million Americans who have jobs in local government. Many of these roles, including accounting, finance, marketing and managerial positions, dovetail with the career goals and interests of business students.

Tran works alongside the city controller and senior accountants to move the city’s data into a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. He ensures that all accounting entries are correctly categorized and organized for smooth fiscal operation in the municipality of nearly 500,000 people.

As he nears the completion of his undergraduate degree and looks forward to a career in public accounting, Tran shares with us what a typical day is like in his internship and what students should know about working in the public sector. Read More

Jaqilyn Graff, a Mihaylo College management student, adds a star to the Wall of Fame in Mihaylo Career Services.

Mihaylo management student Jaqilyn Graff posts a star on the Wall of Fame to announce her financial representative position at Northwestern Mutual in Irvine. The board provides a visible testament to the opportunities available to Mihaylo students and serves as a celebration of their successes.

Every time a Mihaylo student has accepted a job or internship, they are encouraged to fill out a paper star on the Wall of Fame at Mihaylo Career Services in SGMH 1401. Career Development Advisor Kasey Noble ’16 discusses the star campaign and how it helps students focus on their personal and professional goals.

Landing an internship or getting your first career job is a milestone for college students. Mihaylo Career Services helps students prepare for these opportunities and then commemorates their accomplishments with the star campaign, which began in 2015.

“We want to celebrate student success by having them fill out a star for our Wall of Fame and ring our bell to let the rest of our office know of their new opportunity,” says Kasey Noble ’16 (M.S. – education) career development advisor. “With their approval, we post their photo along with a small testimonial on our social media accounts so the rest of the Mihaylo community can celebrate with the student.”

“When students come into our office and see all the stars on our Wall of Fame, the hope is that they are inspired by the amazing opportunities their fellow Titans have attained.” Read More

Harpreet Bath, the first Sikh to hold the presidency of a student government in the Cal State system.

Amazon is developing new ways to reach out to customers, with the leadership of innovators such as Harpreet Bath ’15.

Mihaylo management alumnus Harpreet Bath ’15 is remembered by many students as the first Sikh to hold the student body presidency in the Cal State system. Today, he is a campus site manager for the online retail giant Amazon at UC San Diego. Bath discusses his career, his Mihaylo College experience and hopes for the future.

Harpreet Bath ’15 has been a trendsetter since he started his degree program at Mihaylo College in 2010. From leading the CSUF Finance Association to a Business Inter-Club Council (BICC) “Best Organization” award to making history as president of Associated Students Inc. (ASI), he has prioritized leadership opportunities for his personal development.

Nearly two years after completing his undergraduate degree, Bath discusses his current role working for Amazon, his college experience and where he hopes to go in the future.

What is a typical day like in your job with Amazon?

As a campus site manager, I helped launch and now lead Amazon@UCSanDiego, which is a fully-staffed pick-up location for customers to retrieve packages ordered through Amazon, have questions answered by our helpful associates and process returns for free. Read More

Student members of the Cal State Fullerton chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) pose at Steven G. Mihaylo Hall.

ALPFA is designed to provide opportunities for Mihaylo students while helping to highlight the diversity of the campus community.

The Mihaylo chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) assists members in developing themselves as leaders in the global economy. While focusing on the college’s Hispanic and Latino community, the club welcomes members of all majors and ethnic backgrounds.

On-campus club leadership involvement is one of the best ways for students to develop the skills and abilities necessary for success in the business world. The Cal State Fullerton chapter of ALPFA, a growing and developing club, is offering a number of leadership opportunities for students, while providing networking, career exploration and engaging speakers for all members.

“Our mission is to provide leadership roles to whoever is willing to put the work into it,” says Club President Ana Luisa Orosco ’17 (accounting and finance). “Companies don’t want to just see that you are a club member, they want to see leadership experience. We are all students and this is a level in which we can make mistakes while developing our skills.” Read More

The first place winners of the 2016 Business Plan Competition at Cal State Fullerton receive an honor at the podium.

2016 Business Plan Competition first-place winners Mandy Wang (left) and Miguel Olivares (right). The annual event is an opportunity to gain funding and experience to turn entrepreneurial dreams into reality.

The annual CSUF Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship, will be held this spring. Miguel Olivares ’16, part of last year’s first-place team, discusses how involvement in the competition has broadened his horizons.

Cal State Fullerton is ready to assist the next generation of business innovators. All CSUF students – not just business majors – who develop a business pitch can compete in the CSUF Business Plan Competition. Students have a chance to win $5,000 in scholarships and $10,000 worth of in-kind consulting time with industry experts, as well as the opportunity to pitch an idea before real-world business professionals and investors.

Last year’s first-place winner was Little Nexus, a platform to help nonprofits raise funds through local businesses, including restaurants. Presented by Miguel Olivares ’16 (marketing and management), former president of Mihaylo’s Sigma Upsilon Mu entrepreneurial co-ed fraternity, and Mandy Wang ’16 (entrepreneurship), the vision for Little Nexus developed from Sigma Upsilon Mu’s 8-Hour Business Challenge. Read More

Want to get a leg up on what it takes to succeed in your major? Now you can have a faculty member who is in your field of study to guide you as a mentor through the Mihaylo College Faculty Mentor Program. The program is designed for students who have declared their concentration. It is to provide guidance to help students link what they learn in their major courses to potential job fields that they are aiming to enter, providing recommendations on elective classes that will most benefit them. Faculty mentors also guide students on how to develop a career network, build their campus social circle and find resources on campus.  The program runs from March through April.  Newly declared students should watch their email accounts for an invitation.

Mihaylo College Economics undergrad Alex Tran, a beneficiary of the Faculty Mentoring Program, sits at the fountain in front of Langsdorf Hall at Cal State Fullerton.

Economics undergraduate senior Alex Tran ’17 has worked with Radha Bhattacharya, economics professor and director of the Center for Economic Education, through Mihaylo’s Faculty Mentoring Program. He credits the program for helping him develop an academic and career focus.

Among the students participating in this program is Alex Tran ’17 (economics), who has received invaluable mentoring from Radha Bhattacharya, economics professor and director of the Center for Economic Education. Tran now has a student assistant position working under Bhattacharya, in which he helps the center equip schoolchildren with the financial literacy needed for success in today’s world.  Read More

A group of Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College graduate students, faculty and staff outside the entrance of the Panasonic building in Lake Forest, California.

Mihaylo graduate students pose outside the Panasonic Avionics building in Lake Forest earlier this month. The visit is among the many opportunities that the MBA program offers students to network and explore careers in the Southern California region.

From feature-length movies to video games, in-flight entertainment has revolutionized the flying experience over the past few decades. Among the leaders in the industry is Panasonic Avionics, which has been at the forefront of developing cutting-edge, in-flight technology for more than 35 years.

Eight Mihaylo MBA students from the Graduate Career Mentor Program visited Panasonic’s Lake Forest office on Feb. 8 to explore the company’s innovation and corporate culture. Invited by MBA alumnus Ryan Jackson ’12 (management), now a project manager at Panasonic, the visit allowed students to discover the various components of an organization, gain insight into the roles and positions at the company, and engage in personal career networking with the staff there.

A First-Hand Look at the Business

“Prior to this visit I knew little about the aviation industry and the in-flight entertainment business in particular,” says Minh Dang ’18 (MBA). “It’s definitely great to learn about the advances that make flights less boring. We got a view of their future first-class seats equipped with latest technologies, and it looked awesome.” Read More

Matthew Luhn of Pixar Animation, a keynote speaker at Mihaylo College's Business Madness Week in 2017.

Business Madness features a major speaker each year. This year’s address will be given by Matthew Luhn of Pixar, invited by the college’s clubs for his inspiration on entrepreneurial, animation and entertainment industry topics.

From keynote speaker Matthew Luhn of Pixar Animation Studios to career networking events, Business Madness 2017 promises to be an exciting and educating experience. Here are three events not to miss during the February 23 to March 2 celebration, sponsored by the Business Inter-Club Council (BICC).

For the past quarter century, story writer and consultant Matthew Luhn has left his mark on the entertainment world, developing animated characters for television and movies such as “The Simpsons,” the “Toy Story” movie series and “Monsters University.” As a motivational speaker, Luhn also trains CEOs, entrepreneurs, marketers and other professionals on how to tell their stories. Students will have the opportunity to hear Luhn provide inspiration on entrepreneurship and the entertainment industry on Wednesday, March 1, at 6:15 p.m. in TSU Pavilions. The free event is sure to fill up fast, so RSVP online.

While Luhn’s visit will be the highlight, there are a number of events for students to get involved. “Business Madness is a week filled with networking and recreational events,” says BICC President Safa Moinuddin ’18 (accounting and information systems). “Our business clubs have been working hard to ensure that our fellow students and the CSUF community will get to partake in excellent career advancement opportunities as well as fun-filled events.” Read More