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.

Four female Mihaylo College students work on a tablet computer at a table next to the Starbucks in Steven G. Mihaylo Hall at Cal State Fullerton.

Taking a course during intersession is a good way to stay on track for graduation or explore a subject you’ve always been interested in.

Student registration dates for the 2016-2017 intersession have been assigned for Oct. 17 to 19. Should you take courses during winter break? Here are five things every student should know about intersession.

Cal State Fullerton students mark the third week of December in their calendars as final exam week. After completing their final tests and papers, they are off for five weeks until the start of the spring semester. But for some students, the winter intersession is a perfect time to concentrate on a course they need to pass in order to graduate on time.

This year, more than 100 courses, including prerequisites for business concentrations and general education courses, will be offered through CSUF Extended Education during the winter break. Individual registration dates and times are available on Titan Online on your student portal.

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Business executive panelists discuss careers in accounting at the Accounting Expo at Cal State Fullerton in 2016.

Panelists from major accounting firms discussed tips on how to grow your career at the Accounting Expo on Sept. 13. The event was co-sponsored by the Department of Accounting and Mihaylo Career Services.

From Big Four accounting firms to small startups, accounting employs millions of Americans. Jobs in this field have high income potential and the American Institute of CPAs has reported that there is strong demand for accounting graduates. Here is a look at how you can leverage campus resources to get started on an accounting career.

How would you like a rewarding, secure and lucrative career in a growing field? You may well get your wish if you pursue a career in accounting. According to the American Institute of CPAs, a record 43,252 new graduates were hired by CPA firms in 2014, the latest year statistics were available. The 2015 report also noted that 97% of bachelor’s programs and 70% of master’s programs in accounting expect their enrollment to be the same or higher than the previous year.

Networking at the Accounting Expo

More than 700 Cal State Fullerton students attended the Accounting Expo earlier this month. The event, sponsored by Mihaylo’s Department of Accounting and Mihaylo Career Services, featured a discussion with industry executives, career preparation advice from accounting professionals and a review of career paths. Panelists included executives from major firms – Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, HCVT, KPMG, Moss Adams, PricewaterhouseCoopers, RSM US LLP and White Nelson Diehl Evans – and officials from state and federal agencies.

How to Jumpstart Your Accounting Career

In addition to the Accounting Expo, there are many events and activities on campus designed to connect students with careers in accounting. The Accounting Society, which claims to be the largest student organization on campus, hosts networking and professional engagement events and, together with Beta Alpha Psi, works with industry recruiters to connect students with careers. Both clubs are open to students of all majors.

The Department of Accounting also hosts events, provides information on undergraduate and graduate accounting degree programs and offers career guidance. For more information, visit them at SGMH 4313 or online.

Regardless of what career calls you, Mihaylo Career Services is available for advice and professional development. This semester, their walk-in hours for advising are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

A Mihaylo College student receives materials from a representative of Fastenal at a career fair sponsored by the Sales Leadership Center.

The Sales Leadership Center has 25 corporate partners in a wide range of industries who network with Cal State Fullerton students at center events each year.

According to the U.S. Census, more Americans work in sales than any other profession. Cal State Fullerton psychology senior Ben Holguin ’17, vice president of external affairs for the Mihaylo Sales Leadership Center, discusses how students can prepare for a rewarding career through the center’s events.  

“By being active in the Sales Leadership Center, students can go beyond the classroom to develop professional abilities while having opportunities to practice these skills within a variety of workshops and competitions,” says Ben Holguin ’17, vice president of external affairs for Mihaylo’s Sales Leadership Center. In this student position, he works to increase the visibility of the center and its activities on campus.

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From selling big-ticket items, such as cars or real estate, to business-to-business (B2B) sales, the pitch, a brief summation of the benefits of the product or service you are representing, is vital in sharing your message. Read More

The skyline of Havana, the capital and largest city of Cuba.

The skyline of Havana, Cuba’s capital city, the gateway to visiting the island. Many tourism professionals believe that Cuba will again be one of the leading international destinations for Americans. Photo from Pixabay.

Want to enjoy a tropical paradise at a low cost? Consider Cuba. For nearly 60 years, Americans have been unable to visit the Caribbean island only 90 miles from Florida due to an embargo that grew out of Cold War tensions with the Fidel Castro regime. Under President Barack Obama, improved relations with the former adversary are making Cuba an up-and-coming tourist destination.

Cuba commands the curiosity of millions of Americans. What is life like on the island of 11 million people that has been off-limits for more than a half century? What is it like to explore the centuries-old Spanish fortresses, sandy beaches and iconic downtowns of the Havana area?

Thanks to improving relations between the U.S. and Cuba under the leadership of the Obama Administration, visiting the tropical island that is only 90 miles from Florida at its closest point is now a real winter or spring break option. It also means that the population, which subsists on an average personal salary of $20 per month, can benefit through Western tourism dollars and the expansion of the hospitality, food services, transportation, communications and retail industries.

Best of all for tourists, it is a low-cost way to explore the Caribbean. According to Budget Your Trip, visitors can expect to spend about $45 per day on the island, including hotel accommodations averaging $24.62 per night. While some restrictions remain, Americans can go independently if they maintain that their trip is for educational purposes.

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Members of the Cal State Fullerton chapter of the Latino Business Student Association (LBSA), many of them Hispanic Mihaylo College students, pose at the Cal State Fullerton sign in front of Langsdorf Hall.

Professional development opportunities are the cornerstone of the Latino Business Student Association (LBSA).

The Latino Business Student Association (LBSA) seeks to equip the next generation of business leaders through professional development, networking and community involvement. President Berenice Guillen ’18 (finance) discusses the club’s activities and how you can get involved.

September 15 marks the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors the nation’s estimated 56.9 million Hispanic and Latino residents, the nation’s largest ethnic minority. By 2060, one-third of all Americans are expected to identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino. The Latino population has a major impact on the nation’s economy, with $500 billion in economic activity every year due to Latino-owned businesses. Latinos are 1.5 times more likely than the broader population to become entrepreneurs.

Cal State Fullerton’s Latino Business Student Association (LBSA) seeks to connect students with career opportunities through networking with the local business community, fostering professional development and making a positive impact through service activities. While focused on the campus Latino business student population, the club is open to students of all ethnicities and all majors.

“Our goal is to develop diverse leaders who conscientiously care about the community and the triple bottom line, which encompasses the social, environmental and financial aspects of life” says LBSA President Berenice Guillen ’18 (finance). “We are dedicated to networking, community involvement, leadership development and diversity.”

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Business-related books and a laptop computer.

Reading extracurricular books on economics topics is one of the best things students can do to have the knowledge necessary for career success. The new Economics Book Club provides a forum for discussion on stimulating business-related titles. Photo from Pixabay.

From monetary policy to stock market performance, economic forces play a pivotal role in our financial reality. The Department of Economics has started the Economics Book Club this semester to engage students with the knowledge they need to succeed.

Economics may be the lifeblood of the business world, yet deciphering the trends that are transforming the world can be daunting. Mihaylo’s Department of Economics has started the Economics Book Club this semester to provide a forum for students to explore and discuss the latest books on business-related topics.

“I select books that are both accessible and fun to read yet look at economics in a rigorous way,” says Nick Huntington-Klein, assistant professor of economics, who is leading the club. “If it’s not fun to read, nobody wants to study it on top of their coursework. But if it’s not rigorous, there won’t be enough to chew on that will be interesting to talk about with others.”

Nick Huntington-Klein of the Department of Economics at CSUF's Mihaylo College hopes the book club will assist students in better understanding the world of economics.

Assistant Professor of Economics Nick Huntington-Klein hopes the Economics Book Club will help students appreciate the economics behind every aspect of modern life.

The first meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. in SGMH 3333, will discuss the first two chapters of The Supermodel and the Brillo Box, which explores the impact of the Great Recession on the art market and the financial forces transforming fine arts. Students may check out the book at the front desk of the Department of Economics at SGMH 3313 to be ready for the discussion. While focused on economics topics, the club is open to all majors.

Huntington-Klein says future book titles the club will read may include The New Geography of JobsBad Paper, Phishing for Phools and The Cost Disease.

“I am hoping that students get a chance to engage with topics on a deeper level than they can in class,” he says. “Working through a complex argument, as presented in a book, is a great way to get more familiar with economic reasoning and is a good way to learn more about both economics and the various topics discussed.”

For more information or to RSVP for the first meeting, contact Huntington-Klein at nhuntington-klein@fullerton.edu.

A young woman pointing a digital camera at the viewer, with a beach in the background.

Want to take great nature pictures? Try the courses on Lynda.com, available free to all Cal State Fullerton students. Besides photography, course subjects include audio/video, web development, business, marketing and communication topics. Photo from Pixabay.

Did you know that thousands of career-focused online tutorials are available to Cal State Fullerton students for free on the university’s online portal? It’s all thanks to university funding to provide Lynda.com, one of the world’s largest education providers, to the campus community. Here are some things not to miss when exploring your free access.

From how to use WordPress to boning up on your photography skills, Lynda.com provides the resources to master the technical and vocational skills needed to succeed in today’s job market.

Best of all, it is completely free. Just log in to your Titan portal and click on the Lynda.com Online Training icon. Then, search through the Lynda.com library to explore courses in music, business, design, marketing, photography and videography, and information technology.

Leveraging Lynda.com

You are spending hours every day on your business courses, so how could you ever find the time to enhance your knowledge with online tutorials?

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