Mihaylo College MBA student Genesis Lopez '19 believes that her graduate education will position her to succeed in the business world

“It is challenging to manage your time as a full-time employee and a part-time graduate student,” says Genesis Lopez ’19 (MBA-marketing). “But I feel that Mihaylo College does a great job of tailoring their materials and course assignments so that it is very educational, yet manageable with students’ schedules.”

Genesis Lopez ’19 (MBA-marketing) earned her undergraduate degree in English language and literature from UC Santa Barbara and is pursuing a career in marketing. Lopez discusses her experience as a Mihaylo College MBA student.

What are your thoughts on your graduate education one year into your MBA program?

I came into the program a bit hesitant. I wasn’t sure if the time and money I was going to invest would be worthwhile. But after I got through my first year, I knew I had made the right choice. I’ve learned so much in only a year, including many things that I feel I don’t always have an opportunity to gain from my job. I have also made many new friends and industry colleagues and feel much more connected to career opportunities in Southern California.

The biggest surprise was how well-rounded the program is for working professionals. It is challenging to manage your time as a full-time employee and a part-time graduate student, but I feel that Mihaylo College does a great job of tailoring their materials and course assignments so that it is very educational, yet manageable with students’ schedules.

What was your motivation for pursuing your MBA? What opportunities will this open up for you in your career?

I knew I wanted to pursue a marketing career, but UC Santa Barbara does not provide a marketing program. Thus, I took what I learned in my English major, mostly my writing and communication skills, and used that to my advantage. I use those skills daily to generate blogs, emails and presentations in my job. But I knew that if I was to become a prime candidate for employers and eventually attain my career goal of being chief marketing officer, I needed to earn my MBA to gain the leadership and big-picture mindset that is needed in higher-level and strategic roles.

What do you like most about your first year at Mihaylo College?

People sometimes ask me why I decided to go with a traditional MBA program, rather than an online program. The answer is simple, my classmates. Many of them have become good friends. We gain from each other and help each other so much. We have study groups and teach each other course material, playing off of each other’s strengths. Many of them are my industry colleagues as well and might be my future co-workers. It has been a great way to build friendships, network and learn all at once.

For More Information

Whether you wish to pursue graduate studies on campus or online, part time or full time, there is an option for you at Mihaylo College, which offers a number of graduate programs, including MBA opportunities that are designed specifically for working professionals. The Fully-Employed MBA (FEMBA) program, which assists professionals in strengthening their leadership and business acumen, is based on a 36-month schedule, with each course covering eight weeks. Earning an MBA at your own pace is possible through the Flexible MBA, which is offered in 11 concentrations ranging from information systems to finance.

The college also offers seven non-MBA graduate programs, covering accountancy, economics, taxation, information systems, information technology, and financial engineering and risk management.

 

Wong Fu Productions visit Cal State Fullerton campus.

Photo by Sonya DeBerry

Wong Fu Productions is an independent digital production company co-founded by Philip Wang, Wesley Chan and Ted Fu. Their YouTube channel features original comedy sketches, dramas and romantic short films, a weekly talk show, and several multi-episode series.

You may have seen some of their most popular films, like “Asian Bachelorette,” “Single By 30” and their first Netflix release, “Everything Before Us.” In the 15 years that Wong Fu Productions has been creating videos, they have not only launched a successful business but also become a voice for Asian-Americans in media.

More recently, their work has also allowed them to become role models for entrepreneurs and business owners. Through their entrepreneurial endeavors, they serve as shining examples that it is possible to find success by challenging what is accepted in popular media and putting their audience first.

Invited by the Business Inter-Club Council, Philip Wang and Wesley Chan from Wong Fu Productions were the keynote speakers for Business Madness week activities in March, for which this year’s theme was “Be Your Own Boss”. The Wong Fu Productions co-founders discussed the realities of being business owners, finding success in digital media, and their advice for students looking to start their own businesses.  Read More

A large group of mentors and mentees of the CSUF Mihaylo College Executive Council Mentoring Program

Mentors and mentees gather at the Executive Council Mentoring Program Kickoff in February 2018. The program gives students direct access to leaders in their chosen field.

Mihaylo College’s Executive Council connects students with members of the council, many of whom are alumni, through a mentoring program designed to prepare students for careers in their industries of interest. The program is currently seeking mentors for future sessions.

Having direct access to a professional in your field would be the dream of many students. This wish can be a reality thanks to the Executive Council Mentoring Program, which connects students involved in the Business Inter-Club Council, Student Advisory Board and Business Honors program with industry leaders.

Reflections of a Mentor

Andrew Eberline ’14 (MBA), a project manager for The Walt Disney Company, served as a mentor during the 2017 rotation providing guidance to Arron Nhan Nguyen ’12, ’17 (marketing and M.S.-information systems), who is seeking an IT-related career.

“The role of being a mentor is a great opportunity. If you have recently graduated you may not feel like you have the wealth of experience a mentee would be looking for,” says Eberline. “It is very easy to overlook or not consider the relevancy of your professional experience – you will realize this in the moment when working with a student. Being a mentor has challenged me to help find answers to my mentee’s questions.”

Eberline says serving as Nguyen’s mentor opened his eyes to the opportunities available in IT. “I enjoyed brainstorming about how to reach his long-term goals. His future potential and overall excitement was invigorating,” says Eberline. “I’ve learned a great deal about the many opportunities throughout IT and data analysis. Learning about these trends increases my versatility with the occasional IT driven projects I execute.” Read More

Mihaylo College Finance Professor Dr. Xiaoying Xie.

Mihaylo Finance Professor Xiayoing Xie believes the Aetna/CVS deal may create efficiencies in the market. “It may possibly lower the overall healthcare costs through offering a one-stop solution for minor medical services and helping members manage their chronic diseases more cost-effectively.”

Mihaylo Finance Professor Xiayoing Xie believes the Aetna/CVS deal may create efficiencies in the market. “It may possibly lower the overall healthcare costs through offering a one-stop solution for minor medical services and helping members manage their chronic diseases more cost-effectively.”Aetna, one of the nation’s leading managed care providers, and CVS, America’s largest pharmacy chain, agreed to a merger announced in December 2017, in which CVS would buy the insurance giant for $69 billion. Earlier this month, shareholders for both companies approved the deal.

From shifts in health care costs to changes in how emergency and primary care is delivered to patients, the consequences of the merger are expected to be significant. The deal still needs approval from the federal Department of Justice.

Mihaylo Finance Professor Xiaoying Xie, who specializes in insurance studies, believes that there are potentially positive benefits from such a deal.

“Theoretically, an M&A deal would create value if it brings operating strategy between the acquirer and target. Aetna is the fifth largest health insurer in the U.S. ranked by direct premiums written. Before this deal, Aetna’s bid to merge with Humana, the third largest health insurer in the U.S., was blocked for its anti-competitive nature,” she says. “The current deal with CVS, however, is a vertical integration. Technically such integration will not negatively affect the competitiveness of health insurance markets. Instead, its potential operating synergy may help lower the overall cost of health care and benefit consumers.”

Xie believes that convenience would result from the integration of insurance, medical providers and pharmacy services. “The extensive networks and the possible community-based health hubs would provide convenience for members,” she says. “It may possibly lower the overall health care costs through offering a one-stop solution for minor medical services and helping members manage their chronic diseases more cost-effectively.”

While horizontal consolidation, involving mergers among competitors, may not become the wave of the future in health care, Xie notes that the Aetna/CVS deal is emblematic of the growth of vertical consolidation in health care, which involves deals with firms up or down the supply chain. Read More

Management Consultant Ken Blanchard at the Center for Family Business Hall of Fame awards.

Management consultant Ken Blanchard emphasizes the importance of servant leadership in today’s society. “This world is in desperate need of a new model of leadership,” he told attendees at the Center for Family Business Hall of Fame event on March 13. “We have seen what self-centered leaders have done in every sector of society.”

Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager, was the keynote speaker for the fourth annual Center for Family Business Hall of Fame Induction on March 13. The event provides peer-nominated honors for local family-owned establishments that maintain a commitment to their communities and industries and remain faithful to their founders’ vision over multiple generations.

More than 300 representatives of some of Southern California’s leading family-owned businesses gathered at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda on March 13 for the fourth annual Center for Family Business Hall of Fame Induction, sponsored by City National Bank.

Management consultant Ken Blanchard, who has written more than 60 books, including his most recent co-edited title, Servant Leadership in Action, gave the keynote address, which focused on integrative leadership strategies for family businesses. “If you think serving is beneath you, then being a great leader is above you,” said Blanchard. “Family is first, business is second, but you can do them both together.” Read More

Gloria Chu '17 on Cal State Fullerton Campus

Gloria Chu works as a staff/assistant auditor at EY (formerly Ernst & Young). She graduated from Mihaylo College in spring 2017 with a concentration in accounting.

Anyone will tell you that when it comes to landing a full-time job after graduation, it is important to stand out. During her time at Mihaylo College, Gloria Chu ’17 (accounting) did just that.

She was certainly busy. Between keeping up with classes, taking on leadership roles in student clubs and being an on-campus tutor, Chu juggled a lot of responsibilities (and puppies, apparently). Throughout all of that, she was working toward her goal of joining one of the top accounting firms in the world.

After graduating, Chu saw her dream become a reality. But the journey wasn’t easy: It took dedication to her classes and grades, commitment to networking and connecting with professionals, and resilience during the recruitment process. Chu’s hard work and dedication paid off as she successfully navigated the process of recruiting for a Big Four accounting firm.

Chu tells us how she made the most out of her college experience to land her dream job at EY: Read More

Patrick Nguyen founder of The Straw restaurant

Patrick Nguyen, Mihaylo College class of 2007, started a dessert restaurant in Costa Mesa. The Straw: Modern Milkshakes recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.

In sunny Southern California, there’s never a bad time to enjoy a good milkshake. And for dessert fans in Orange County, newly opened The Straw: Modern Milkshakes has quickly become a local hotspot for cool treats. Owned by Patrick Nguyen and his wife, Caroline, the restaurant serves up a creative and modern spin on the classic milkshake parlor.

While working toward his degree at Mihaylo, Patrick Nguyen ’07 (marketing) managed his parents’ Vietnamese restaurant in Costa Mesa, an experience that taught him the fundamentals of running a food-service business. In March 2017, after several years of crafting the perfect menu items, Patrick and Caroline Nguyen opened The Straw in a space next door to the family restaurant.

We got the chance to talk to Patrick about his unique business. He discusses why he decided to start a milkshake restaurant, his experience in the food-service industry, and how he uses social media to market his business. He even shared with us how and why he decided to create a milkshake with durian – an ingredient that is commonly referred to as the “smelliest fruit in the world”. Read More

Using digital communications, such as email, professionally and efficiently is a necessity in today's workforce.

While your preferred method of communicating with your friends may be via text, Facebook messenger or Snapchat, email is still the primary medium of communication used in the workplace. Here are some ways to send more professional emails.

  1. Have a clear subject line.

Many businesspeople receive hundreds of emails, so the subject line is crucial in getting their attention. Make sure your subject sums up your message in a few words, so the receiver immediately knows what it’s about. Don’t try to be clever and make an effort to use good grammar.    Read More

Students at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics of Cal State Fullerton.The Business Inter-Club Council (BICC) and the Titan Wellness Center are hosting the inaugural Mihaylo Mental Health Day on Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Designed to increase awareness and decrease the stigma surrounding mental health challenges, the event will provide connections to on-campus resources and self-care activities, such as puppy therapy and games.

From depression to stress, mental health challenges can be among the most difficult aspects of the college experience for many students. According to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health, these issues comprise the leading cause of appointments at health centers at universities nationwide.

At Cal State Fullerton, the BICC and the Titan Wellness Center are working together to increase awareness and access to resources through the Mihaylo Mental Health Day, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Mihaylo Courtyard. The event will connect students with resources such as Active Minds and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), but will also feature activities such as letter writing, an M&M game, mindful coloring, pop the balloon, and the opportunity to get in a positive mood while interacting with spunky puppies.

Improving Your Mental Health and Helping Others

Tiffany Bowman, vice president of public relations for BICC, says the event is designed to assist students in maintaining optimal personal mental health and then promoting the well-being of others.

“The first thing students should do is take care of their own mental health first. Just like they say on an airplane, you have to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others with theirs. Making self-care a part of your routine can be highly beneficial. Personally, I find mindful meditation to be the most helpful. However, everyone is different and it is important for each person to take the time to figure out what works best for them. Lastly, since the body and mind are deeply connected, taking care of physical health by eating well and exercising regularly also benefits the mind,” she says.

For More Information

For more information on mental health resources available at Cal State Fullerton, visit CAPS at the Student Wellness Center (SHCC-East), call them at 657-278-3040, or visit them online.

Aristote Matshoko '12, a Mihaylo College alumnus and founder of BONNI, an innovative one-for-one eco-friendly toothbrush model.

Aristote Matshoko ’12 says travel can be an integral component of entrepreneurship. “Being exposed to the world allows you to see opportunities. Some of the most successful businesses were created after the founders traveled overseas,” he says.

Mihaylo College finance alumnus Aristote Matshoko ’12 is the founder of BONNI, an ecologically and socially responsible bamboo toothbrush concept that gives one toothbrush to the poor or homeless in Europe or Africa for every brush purchased by consumers. Within the past month, he has diversified, with wood products to cover iPhones and laptops. With the motto “One Purchase, One Donation, One World,” Matshoko’s entrepreneurship is part of the trend of social enterprises, which combine the for-profit motivation with a desire to make a difference.

When Aristote Matshoko ’12, who is of Congolese descent, came to the U.S. from his hometown of Lausanne, Switzerland, to earn his undergraduate degree in finance, the Great Recession was in full swing. As a student at Mihaylo College, “studying finance was really interesting,” he says. “Everything I learned, I applied to my personal finance and investments.” He also caught the entrepreneurial spirit, inspired by a talk by Business Madness Week speaker Mark Manguera ’02 (management and entrepreneurship), co-founder of Kogi BBQ.

“After getting my bachelor’s, I returned to Europe, taking with me several elements of American culture, such as the importance of giving back to the community,” says Matshoko. Read More