Mihaylo College students enjoy a diverse selection of cuisine at an alumnus' house as part of the Dinner With 12 Titans program.

Dinner with 12 Titans (D12) helps students recognize that getting their degree at CSUF is just the beginning. Being a Titan means you are part of a lifelong circle of friends.

Want to expand your network as a CSUF student? Register by Feb. 24 to have a free dinner with fellow students hosted by CSUF alumni on Friday, March 10, or Saturday, March 11. It is a great opportunity to make friends, network and enjoy good food.

Your classes are just the start of your campus experience. Cal State Fullerton has a network of more than 95,000 alumni who live in Orange County, providing an invaluable connection to explore industries, network for careers and forge friendships.

An empty dinner table with the silverware and plates set at the home of a Mihaylo College alumnus participating in the D12 program.

CSUF alumni open their homes and host dinners for students in the D12 program.

Cal State Fullerton students can meet these potential connections while expanding their student social circle by participating in Dinner with 12 Titans (D12), in which groups of eight to 20 students and faculty will be hosted for dinner at alumni homes or local restaurants. It is a low-pressure way to grow your network. Now in its third year, the program connecting the campus community is sponsored by the CSUF Alumni Association.

Registration for this year’s program must be completed by Feb. 24 and is available online. Space is limited, so please only RSVP if you are available for dinner on the evenings of either March 10 or March 11. Can’t travel out of town? While attendees are responsible for their own transportation, you can enter your city to be connected with an event near you.

For more information, contact Justin Gerboc, associate director of alumni and campus communities, by phone at 657-278-7727 or email at jgerboc@fullerton.edu.

Mihaylo College alumnus Terence Yee '16 poses in graduation cap and gown with Golden State Warriors and CSUF memorabilia in hand.

“The most important advice I could give to anybody in college is learn to be present in the moment and enjoy every day with a heart of gratitude, as one day your college experience will be over,” says Terence Yee ’16, an event guest services member for the Golden State Warriors in Oakland.

Think you would like to work in professional sports? Terence Yee ’16 stresses that a career in the sports business is more hard work than glamour. He provides a behind-the-scenes look at his job with the Golden State Warriors and his plans for the future.

A career in sports has been the focus for Terence Yee ’16 since his junior year when he interned with Titan Athletics. Today, the Cal State Fullerton business grad is utilizing his love of basketball by working for the Golden State Warriors, fulfilling a dream he’s held since his middle school days.

The Low-Down on Working for the Warriors

“As an event guest services member, I attend all Warriors home games during the season,” says Yee. “My duties vary from game to game, but the best way to describe what I do is customer service and fan support. I am always looking to be proactive in giving fans, season ticket holders and clients the best experience at a Warriors game. This entails giving arena directions, assisting in promotional giveaways and other game night activities.” Read More

A cook stands outside Waffle Love at SteelCraft in Long Beach, a food court made of recycled shipping containers.

A food court in shipping containers? It’s a reality thanks to the entrepreneurship of Los Angeles County residents Martin Howard and Kim Gros with the assistance of Mihaylo’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Shipping containers from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, now repurposed as restaurants at the new SteelCraft food court in the Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach, house eight food establishments ranging from burgers to dessert. Mihaylo’s SBDC fostered the development of the startup.

Sustainability is the watchword of today’s businesses and Mihaylo’s centers of excellence are leading the way in driving innovative concepts. Earlier this month, SteelCraft, an outdoor food court designed out of shipping containers, opened in Long Beach, promising to become the region’s latest dining destination, in the mold of the Anaheim Packing District.

Cal State Fullerton’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), housed in Mihaylo College, played a pivotal role in the development of this business. In 2014, Long Beach resident Kim Gros, a human resources business partner manager for Coca-Cola Refreshments, visited the SBDC to discuss her concept of recycling a shipping container from the local port into an ice cream stand in downtown Long Beach. After consulting with the SBDC staff, Gros began to dream bigger. Her brainchild expanded to a network of shipping containers with diverse dining options, combined to create a hip outdoor food court in a celebration of Southern California culture and sustainable design.

Mihaylo’s SBDC assisted Gros with a loan, lease agreements for vendors, financial projections, and contacts with public officials so the dream could become a reality. “Kim had a winning attitude from the start,” says Mike Daniel ’99, director of Mihaylo SBDC and one of Gros’ consultants. “With a little guidance, she hit the ground running and didn’t stop. SteelCraft is a unique addition to the Bixby Knolls community and is sure to stimulate economic impact now and in years to come.” Read More

Olympic swimmer Jessica Hardy poses with a gold medal around her neck.

Olympic Swimmer Jessica Hardy says of champion athletes: “The difference is that we are normal people who won’t give up on our dreams.”

“I never surrendered. In fact, I used it to push me even harder than I ever had before.”

U.S. swimming champion Jessica Hardy was the keynote speaker for the Mihaylo Sales Leadership Center’s Spring Kickoff. Hardy discussed overcoming challenges and how to achieve great things through perseverance.

Imagine the honor of receiving a gold medal for being one of the fastest swimmers in the world. This was the lifelong goal of Orange County native Jessica Hardy, which she finally attained at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Now a college recruiter for Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits, Hardy spoke with Mihaylo students at the Sales Leadership Center’s  Spring Kickoff on Feb. 7.

Holding 12 world records, 28 international medals and 2012 Olympic gold and bronze titles, Hardy would appear at first glance to have lived a charmed life. Yet the 29-year-old has overcome a number of challenges to reach her success. “You truly can never be a victim of your circumstances,” she said. “You can’t always control things. A lot in life is about your mentality and staying positive.”

From Orange to the Olympics

Born in the city of Orange, Hardy was raised by a single mother, who remains her foremost inspiration. “My mom was my greatest role-model,” she said. “She was both the easiest and toughest person I’ll ever know.” Read More

Mark Okumori, a Mihaylo College entertainment and hospitality alumnus, poses at a film set in Southern California.

Mihaylo entertainment and tourism and MBA alumnus Mark Okumori says careers in film industry talent representation start slowly but eventually lead to rewarding roles that help make tomorrow’s blockbusters a reality.

Mihaylo alumnus Mark Okumori ’09, ’11 (entertainment and tourism, MBA) has a career in motion picture deal analysis and forecasting for William Morris Endeavor (WME) in Beverly Hills. He discusses the dollars and cents of show business and how students can get started in the field.

Nothing defines the Los Angeles region more than motion picture production. Mihaylo College has its share of alumni who have developed lucrative careers in the business end of the film industry. Among them is Mark Okumori ’09, ’11, who shares advice for current students and alumni on how they can make it big in the business of entertainment.

What is a typical day like in your role in motion picture deal analysis? How does it compare to popular perceptions of working in the entertainment industry?

My role at WME involves performing financial deal analysis and forecasts for our clients, which in turn forms the basis upon which their representatives, such as agents and lawyers, negotiate talent deals with various studios. For example, when a studio submits an offer to WME for one of our clients to perform in a motion picture, my job is to evaluate the deal presented, to determine what our client could expect to earn at various film performance levels, and communicate that information to the client’s representatives who uses it as a basis for further negotiations with the studio. I follow this process for each offer and counter-offer from both sides until an agreement is reached between our client and the studio. So primarily, my job is focused on interpreting the legal points of a movie deal and converting these into meaningful numbers that talent representatives can use to negotiate a deal in the formative stages of a film. Read More

A diverse group of students sitting, walking and talking in the James D. Woods Grand Foyer of the Steven G. Mihaylo Hall of Cal State Fullerton.

Cal State Fullerton is proud of its commitment to first-generation college students. Through leveraging on-campus resources, these students get the most out of their university experience.

A growing percentage of the Cal State Fullerton student body comprises first-generation college students. According to the university’s Institutional Research and Analytical Studies office, 31.5% of enrolled undergraduates in fall 2016 were first generation, up from 22.3% in fall 2005. Mihaylo College and the university offer support and mentoring to these students as they embark on their higher education journey.

Cal State Fullerton is about opportunity for all. This is reflected in the growing percentage of students who are the first in their families to go to college. Nearly a third of CSUF undergraduates in fall 2016 were the first in their families to receive any education beyond high school, while 57% of bachelor’s degree graduates were the first in their families to complete a degree at the university level according to the most recent 2013 statistics.

Laura Hopkins '17, a Mihaylo College accounting and finance undergraduate and first-generation college student.

Mihaylo Accounting and Finance student Laura Hopkins ’17 recognizes that on-campus involvement is vital for first-generation students such as herself. She is a student leader with Pi Sigma Epsilon and works on campus at Titan Shops.

“When you are a first-generation student, you may not have a support network at the university level through your parents,” says Laura Hopkins ’17, an accounting and finance undergrad. “Getting involved on campus in clubs and organizations allows you to build your own network and develop skills that aren’t taught in the classroom.”

Zaira Padilla ’17 (risk management-insurance) agrees that campus resources are vital. “As a first-generation student, on-campus organizations have given me insight that my parents and peers were not able to provide,” she says. “I have found the Educational Opportunity Program, the Center for Insurance Studies and Mihaylo Career Services to be invaluable during my time here. My greatest advice for freshmen is to read their student email, because many of the resources are sent right to your inbox.” Read More

A zoomed view into a smartphone dashboard showing social media icons.

Having a complete profile, yet maintaining brevity, is essential, as many of today’s recruiters view applicants’ online presence on mobile devices. Photo from Pixabay.

With 87% of recruiters finding LinkedIn to be the most valuable online resource for vetting potential candidates, it is essential to know what stands out and what hurts your chances. Here are five tips from the experts on how to enhance your LinkedIn, from Fastcompany.com.

  1. Have a complete profile.

No recruiter wants to look you up on LinkedIn and just see a few words under one section and nothing more. They expect to see concrete, thorough information about your education, work history, skills, volunteer experience and other activities. And needless to say, keep it up-to-date. Don’t have a LinkedIn that hasn’t been updated since you were a freshman.

  1. Have a good profile picture.

Don’t post a selfie or a cropped version of a photo with friends. Select a high-resolution headshot of yourself. Be sure to dress professionally and have an appropriate facial expression. Read More

Irina Arora '14, a Mihaylo College finance alumna and risk underwriting analyst and portfolio manager at Capital One Healthcare Finance.

“As with finance, the health-care industry has many niches,” says Irina Arora ’14 (finance), a risk underwriting analyst and portfolio manager at Capital One Healthcare Finance. “Choosing where you want to focus and acquiring knowledge of that sector through additional training will enhance your résumé.”

Mihaylo finance alumna Irina Arora ’14 is currently a risk underwriting analyst and portfolio manager at Capital One Healthcare Finance. She discusses her career, opportunities in finance related to health care, the impact of the Applied Securities Analysis Program (ASAP) on her success, and steps you can take to succeed in your career.  

Less than three years after earning her undergraduate finance degree, Irina Arora ’14 already has a successful professional career. After working as an equity derivatives analyst and controller at Goldman Sachs for more than one year, Arora landed her current position as healthcare cash flow underwriter and portfolio manager for Capital One Bank in Washington, D.C.

Following is a discussion with her about her personal journey and lessons that business students can apply to live their purpose.

What are the responsibilities of your current role at Capital One Bank?

My role as a senior underwriting analyst in the risk team is to conduct due diligence for our clients looking to buy companies in health-care industry sectors, such as hospitals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and senior housing. Read More

Former CSUF President Mildred García poses with members of the business college community outside the Steven G. Mihaylo Hall in 2012.

Current CSUF President Mildred García is working to ensure that the university is an inclusive, empowering environment for the education of the next generation of professionals.

They have been at the forefront of the transformation of a small state college to a world-class university. Several of their names have left a permanent mark on campus. The seven individuals who have served as president or acting president of Cal State Fullerton have impacted hundreds of thousands of students, alumni and faculty. In honor of Inauguration Day, here is a look at the five men and two women who have led our university since its founding.

With a student population of about 40,000 and thousands of faculty and staff, leading Cal State Fullerton is similar to leading a small city. These are the individuals who have served as president and some of their accomplishments.

William Langsdorf, 1959-1970

Cal State Fullerton’s founding president was born in 1909 and grew up in Pasadena. He was president of Pasadena City College, a community college in Los Angeles County, when he accepted the position of president of the new California State College – Fullerton campus. During his tenure, the College of Business and Economics (now Mihaylo College) was founded and enrollment would grow from 454 to more than 15,000. In 1970, Langsdorf left the presidency to serve as vice chancellor for academic affairs for the California State University. He died in 2002 at age 93. Today, Langsdorf Hall, which contains classrooms, the university’s Career Center and various administrative offices, is named after him. Read More

Senior Univision staff and Cal State Fullerton officials at the grand opening of the CSUF bureau of the major Spanish-language media network.

Univision reporter and anchor Francisco Ugalde (second from left) and CSUF President Mildred García (third from left) at the grand opening of the university’s Univision News Bureau on the lower level of the Pollak Library. Photo by CSUF News.

Cal State Fullerton and Univision, the world’s largest Spanish language television network, have partnered to create a Cal State Fullerton Univision bureau, which opened on Dec. 15. The Spanish-language media market is transforming the communications industry, with related impacts on the business world.

Cal State Fullerton grants more bachelor’s degrees to Latinos than any other school in California, making the Hispanic media market an attractive growth area for the university. The CSUF Univision Bureau, featuring Univision reporter and anchor Francisco Ugalde, will give students the opportunity for internships, mentoring and broadcast experiences in a bilingual environment. The partnership will also increase the university’s outreach to Southern California’s diverse population by providing a forum for professors, guest speakers and others to reach out to the Orange County and Inland Empire Hispanic communities.

Facts on the Hispanic Media Market

With 55 million Hispanics making up 17% of the nation’s population and as the fastest-growing ethnic group in many communities, the opportunities for Hispanic media growth are evident. This translates into opportunities for marketers, advertisers and public relations practitioners to share their message with a bilingual audience.

The Hispanic market is changing as it grows. U.S. Hispanics are increasingly American born, and 62% speak only English or are bilingual. While readership and viewership of traditional media, such as print, radio and broadcast television, is stable or declining in the Spanish language market, the decline is not as steep as for the overall media market, and digital media presents a new field for Hispanic media expansion.

In 2015, U.S. Hispanic major-media spending was $7.83 billion, while the top 50 Hispanic marketers increased measured-media spending by 2.6% to $3.8 billion.

Careers in Hispanic Media

Thinking a job in media may be right for you? There are plenty of opportunities for business majors, as marketing is a key part of most for-profit media endeavors, and every organization needs accounting, finance and ISDS professionals.

Increasingly, ethnic media may be the best path for journalism professionals, because the field is outperforming the mainstream media. Communications professionals will need to have knowledge of Hispanic culture and the Spanish language, while also having the ability to communicate with both Hispanics and non-Hispanics in the business, government and nonprofit sectors.

The Los Angeles area is one of the foremost Hispanic media markets in the U.S. with major offices of the domestic Spanish television networks Telemundo and Univision as well as branches of international outlets like TV Azteca. Large Spanish-language advertising and PR firms, such as Havas Formulatin, have major offices in the region.

For More Information

For more on media career opportunities in the Hispanic market, visit Cal State Fullerton’s College of Communications Latino Communications Initiative’s Facebook page or reach out to Director Inez González at 657- 278-2826 or igonzalez@fullerton.edu. The College of Communications offers several minors that match well with business degree programs such as marketing.