Looking up at the Silver Bullet roller coaster ride at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California.

The Silver Bullet ride at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park. The city’s destination marketer, Jeremy Peterson ’14, says new rides and water slides are planned at Knott’s.

Tourism is a major force in the Orange County economy, employing nearly 200,000 people, according to the latest Orange County Workforce Indicators Report. Destination marketers are at the forefront of representing all that the county has to offer to visitors from around the world. Jeremy Peterson ’14 (marketing) discusses his position as a destination marketer for Visit Buena Park and opportunities in the Orange County hospitality industry.

Southern California residents and international visitors alike know Buena Park as the home of Knott’s Berry Farm. But the city of more than 80,000 has a number of things to see and do, including a scale replica of Independence Hall, a historic district, and Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. Jeremy Peterson ’14 is a leader in representing the city to the traveling public. The Mihaylo marketing alumnus joined the city’s tourism bureau in 2014, following a four-year role as marketing assistant for The Walt Disney Company in Anaheim.

Opportunities in Entertainment and Tourism

When you think of tourism jobs, hotel, restaurant or attraction employment might come to mind. Yet destination marketing is critical for developing and promoting cities, regions, states and countries as a place for visitors, conventions and even motion picture filming. Destination marketers have played a major role in putting Orange County at the forefront of the Southern California visitor experience. Read More

Skiers and snowboards descend the slopes on a sunny winter day at Snow Summit near Big Bear Lake, California.

Snow Summit near Big Bear Lake offers downhill skiing and snowboarding only 90 miles from CSUF. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Temperatures are falling and recent rains remind us of the upcoming winter season. Snowy weather may seem worlds away from Orange County, yet skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports can be enjoyed less than two hours from campus in the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains.

Mostly cloudy and cool with a 70% of rain. That forecast could mean it is a bad day to go to the beach or Disneyland. But it likely means it is a good time to explore the local mountains, which offer snow play, winter sports and other cold-weather recreation.

Here are five places to enjoy a real winter within a day’s drive.

  1. Big Bear Lake

Big Bear is Southern California’s foremost winter sports destination, featuring two major downhill ski and snowboard resorts: Bear Mountain Ski Resort and Snow Summit Ski Resort. Nearby Running Springs also has cross-country skiing at Rim Nordic and downhill skiing at Snow Valley Mountain Resort. Read More

Portfolium, which provides a forum for Cal State Fullerton students and alumni to highlight their academic and professional achievements.

Portfolium offers an online community for the Cal State Fullerton family to connect and network. The site is open to all majors and offers a LinkedIn-style profile, as well as a space to upload school and work samples.

Cal State Fullerton students and alumni have exclusive access to a career network known as Portfolium, which provides a forum for academic and work samples of Titans. Here are some tips on how to use the network for your career development.

In 2015, the California State University network reached an agreement with Portfolium, a free digital profile platform, to provide an online professional development forum for students and alumni. With nearly 40,000 students and 215,000 alumni, Cal State Fullerton has a massive network across all major industries in Southern California and around the world.

Here are seven things you should know about the Cal State Fullerton Portfolium network.

  1. You can upload your résumé, completed class assignments or internship projects.

Uploads can be added as attachments. If you are including any group projects, however, be sure to check with fellow group members before uploading. Also be sure to remove any private information, such as your CWID, from the documents. You may want to remove your physical address as well. You can download your profile as a pdf to easily share it in-person or by email to prospective employers. Read More

Mihaylo College alumnus Matthew Sanchez '12 poses in professional attire at his workplace at T.D. Ameritrade in Indiana.

Matthew Sanchez ’12 (finance) encourages students to reach high to attain their dreams. “Don’t be afraid to take risks and be willing to work hard,” he says.

Matthew Sanchez ’12 (finance) has worked in the financial services industry for more than three years, including roles with Charles Schwab and T.D. Ameritrade in Southern California and Indiana. He discusses the industry, his career and his Mihaylo experience.  

Alumni of Mihaylo’s finance program work for some of the top names in the industry. In Southern California and across the country, Titans are developing themselves in the banking, investment and securities fields. One such alumnus is Matthew Sanchez ’12 (finance), who is a senior investment consultant with online broker T.D. Ameritrade in Indianapolis, Indiana. He discusses his current position, careers in the investment industry and his experience at Cal State Fullerton.

What would you like students to know about careers in investment consulting?

I am not going to sugar coat it; this is a cut-throat industry and everyone is competing for your clients so you have to be at your best every day. I believe the best aspect of this career is the people you get to meet and the relationships you develop. Although rewarding on many levels, this field is not without its difficulties. Soft skills are critical, as is utilizing and managing a social network. As an investment consultant, I help clients identify concerns they have with their investments, such as their retirement plans, and provide solutions to these challenges. Read More

Mihaylo College students walk amidst tables with representatives from student clubs in the courtyard of Steven G. Mihaylo Hall at Cal State Fullerton.

There are 18 active clubs listed on the website of the Business Inter-Club Council, which provides a gateway for Mihaylo students to get involved in extracurricular activities. Club involvement is a great way to network and become integrated on campus.

Transfer students often have greater familiarity with the higher education system, but they also are more likely to work full-time and have challenges in graduating on time. Here are five tips for transfer students to help them make the most of their Cal State Fullerton experience.

Cal State Fullerton is a lot different from the community college you are used to. The opportunities for career networking, student activities and academic development are a step ahead of the junior college experience, but course assignments, degree requirements and the sheer size of campus can be daunting.

Thankfully, Mihaylo College and the university have several resources designed specifically for transfer students in mind. Here are five tips on how to thrive as a transfer student at CSUF. Read More

Seven Mihaylo College ASAP students pose at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street.

Mihaylo ASAP students at the New York Stock Exchange. The program tasks students with managing an actual investment portfolio and provides professional development opportunities, such as this trip to New York City.

The two-semester Applied Securities Analysis Program (ASAP) lets finance students manage an actual investment portfolio, giving them the skills required to work for the world’s leading financial firms. Mihaylo Finance Lecturers Michael Milligan and Marcia Clark discuss the future of the program, the new trading lab coming this spring and the program’s impact on students.

D.A. Davidson & Co., Edward Jones, Goldman Sachs, Green Street Advisors, PIMCO and State Street Bank are some of the finance firms employing recent Mihaylo alumni who have completed the ASAP program. They seek the talent that ASAP experience provides. “Employers throughout the western U.S. are supportive of this program, as they are seeking talented students ready to make a career in asset management,” says Finance Lecturer and ASAP Director Marcia Clark. “Because there are very few investment programs similar to ASAP on the West Coast, qualified graduates are in high demand from the top local and regional employers.”

“The program is a hands-on experience in managing money in the equity and bond markets,” says Mihaylo Finance Lecturer and ASAP Managing Director Michael Milligan. “Students get to experience what it is like to develop an investment idea and analyze the security to try to determine whether the investment makes sense in the portfolio. Many of the things the students do is just like what will be asked of them if they choose a career in portfolio management, investment banking or security analysis.”

During last academic year, the ASAP program helped eight students find employment at financial firms, while seven received scholarships to help them further their academic objectives. The program provided $7,500 to the Mihaylo Tutoring Center from its investment returns, the largest donation to date.
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The Titan Student Union (TSU) now has 27,000 square feet of new space for students to study and recharge. The new wing will officially open to the Cal State Fullerton community on Thursday, Oct. 20, with a grand opening celebration.

Join students, faculty, staff and alumni at the TSU this Thursday to celebrate the opening of the new wing, which features study areas, an expanded pizza restaurant and glass-enclosed meeting facilities. Finished months ahead of schedule, the construction project has been completed with sustainability in mind, with energy-efficient lighting and water-conserving plumbing systems.

Boasting orange furniture with power connections, an outdoor terrace with fire pits, plans for a new Starbuck’s, and hip airy architecture, the expanded TSU is likely to become the new hub of extracurricular activity on campus.

The grand opening celebration will began at 1 p.m. with free food and music. A ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring President Mildred García and ASI officials will occur at 2 p.m. There will be activities with prizes on every floor.

Home to study areas, computer labs, the food court, and meeting spaces for special events and student clubs, the TSU has served the Cal State Fullerton community since 1976. The last significant expansion project was completed in 1992. The latest addition is designed to accommodate the university’s current student population of around 40,000.

For more information, contact Associated Students Inc. (ASI) at 657-278-7739. An overview of the construction project is available online.

An entrepreneur gives an all-important 60-second pitch to several businessmen while riding an elevator in an office building.

The 60-second elevator pitch is invaluable in taking your startup idea to the next level. Local high school and college students will pitch their ideas before industry professionals at the Titan Fast Pitch Competition on Oct. 29. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Southern California high school and college students will compete for scholarships while pitching innovative business concepts at the annual Titan Fast Pitch Competition on Oct. 29. Got an idea you would like to pitch? Register today.

Imagine meeting one of the world’s leading billionaire venture capitalists in a hotel elevator in Silicon Valley. You only have 60 seconds to share your concept for a new mobile phone app. Pitching your idea effectively could be your opportunity to take your plan from dream to reality.

For Southern California high school and college students, perfecting an elevator pitch at the annual Titan Fast Pitch competition can be the first step toward getting an innovative business concept off the ground. This year, pitches will be evaluated by business professionals including entrepreneur Dan Black ’67 (physics); Karl Freels of the Dan Black Family Trust; Ash Kumra, co-founder and CEO of Youngry; Wells Fargo Community Outreach Financial Educator Alicia Lopez; David Morris, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Royal Business Bank; Michael Sawitz, founder and CEO of FastStart Studio; and Anaheim entrepreneur Bill Taormina.

“The Titan Fast Pitch is a great way for students to get started on a big idea and win scholarship money,” says CSUF Startup Incubator Entrepreneur in Residence Travis Lindsay. “It is also a chance for students and the community to get together for an afternoon and celebrate our shared passion for entrepreneurship.” Read More

The official logo of the state of California voter registration system in 2016.

The presidential election is just four weeks away. Regardless of your political views, here are six things all Titans should know about voting this year.

With unprecedented media coverage, the twists and turns of the 2016 presidential election cycle have been hard to miss. Generations from now, political scientists and historians are likely to remember this year for Donald Trump’s unlikely rise to GOP candidacy, the surprisingly close Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders contest for the Democratic nomination, and other high points (and low points).

As we enter the home stretch before Election Day, here are six things you should know about this year’s vote. Read More

The ruins of the ancient hilltop city of Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains in Peru.

The steep Andes Mountains hide one of the world’s historic wonders: the Pre-Columbian Incan fortress of Machu Picchu. Mihaylo students will have the opportunity to visit the ruins during the study abroad trip in Peru this January. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Explore Peru while satisfying your information systems course requirement in a weeklong ISDS study abroad trip in Peru this January. Applications are available through Oct. 15.

Nearly 8,000 feet high in the rugged Andes Mountains lies the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Built in the 15th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was made with ancient construction technology that was generations ahead of its time. In recent years, the site has become popular with historians and tourists who seek to better understand the advanced Pre-Columbian civilizations that once inhabited the Americas.

Study Abroad in Peru

Mihaylo students of all concentrations have the opportunity to explore Machu Picchu as part of a study abroad program through the ISDS Department in January 2017. While in Peru, students will complete ISDS 351: Principles of Information Systems, a requirement for all Mihaylo students.

Latin America: Yesterday and Today

A study abroad program focusing on information systems, yet including an optional excursion to one of the world’s most famous ancient monuments, explores the contrast between the ancient and modern in today’s Latin America. Traditionally dependent on agriculture, light manufacturing and tourism, Latin American economies are diversifying to include a robust information technology sector.

Students will witness firsthand the impact of the IT sector on Peru’s economy, exploring how managers adopt the latest technology to power their businesses to compete in the global economy. Participants will study with Mihaylo ISDS Professor Ester Gonzalez, who has conducted research on the impact of social media technologies and knowledge management systems in organizations worldwide.

Register by October 15

The application deadline for the Peru trip is Oct. 15. The application fee is $2,000, which covers hotel and residence hall lodging, most meals, ground transportation and program fees. Airfare and the cost of intersession coursework are not included. There is also an extra fee for the Machu Picchu excursion.

For more information, contact Mihaylo Global Initiatives at mihayloglobal@fullerton.edu or director Chris Swarat at cswarat@fullerton.edu.