An informational flyer for the Benefit Concert. Mihaylo College seeks to create partnerships between students and the local community to positively impact Orange County. On April 19 at 8 p.m., the Business Honors Program will host BH Players, a concert benefiting Heart of Downtown, a local food co-op organization, at TSU Pub.

Business students have an opportunity to enjoy live music from student musicians and dancers, including performing leads Thomas Metzger ’19 (entertainment and hospitality) and Aaron Payne ’17 (accounting). At the same time, they can benefit those less fortunate in the Fullerton area by going to BH Players at the TSU Pub from 8 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19.

Students are encouraged to bring canned food to the event, which will be donated to the local homeless population and others impacted by food insecurity through The Heart of Downtown Food Co-Op, which is support by Wilshire Avenue Community Church, the local business community and residents.

Participating Business Honors students will receive credit for their community service requirement.

Upcoming Business Honors Events

Mihaylo’s Business Honors program hosts regular events to foster networking, academic and career development, and leadership opportunities.

The program’s annual Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday, April 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Coyote Hills Golf Course to recognize the accomplishments of students and faculty over the past year.

The Business Honors family will gather at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Past, Present, Future Potluck. Alumni and current and prospective students are invited to network, while forging a multigenerational bond.

About Business Honors

The Business Honors Program welcomes academically talented and motivated students to enrich their college experience through a cohort-based course sequence featuring professional network building, priority registration, annual scholarships, small class sizes and exclusive networking opportunities.

For more information or to apply to the program for the 2017-2018 academic year by the April 30 deadline, email or call 657-278-7159.

Mihaylo College alumna Amber Deister '03, who has a career in higher education at New York City's Columbia University.

Amber Deister ’03 recommends that students try a job or internship in a field they are considering to see if they like it before committing. “Exposure to a function or industry is a great way to test it out. Some of my most valuable experiences were realizing what I didn’t want to do.”

Mihaylo Marketing Alumna Amber Deister ’03 oversees career education and advising for the specialized masters students at Columbia Business School in New York City, one of the nation’s leading business schools. Deister discusses her career path and what it is like working in higher education.  

A college education may be a necessity for most young people to succeed in the contemporary economy. Yet colleges and universities can also be a rewarding career path in themselves. More than 2 million people, or about 1.14% of the labor force, were employed in higher education in the United States in 2016, including professors and lecturers, student advisors, researchers, administrators and clerical workers. While job growth in this field declined during the Great Recession and its aftermath, the nation’s educational institutions are again hiring, with the goal of preparing the next generation of citizens and leaders.

From Earning a Degree to Helping Others Do the Same

For Amber Deister ’03, a career in higher education was not on her radar when she completed her marketing degree at Cal State Fullerton in the early 2000s. “I did a marketing internship in high school and pursued this path in college and my early career,” she says. “Volunteer humanitarian work had inspired me to professionally pursue the nonprofit world and it was through overseeing an internship program at a nongovernmental organization in D.C. that I realized how much I enjoyed working with and being a resource to college students and was turned on to considering a career in higher education.” Read More

A male student in professional attire looks at the digital charts at Titan Capital Management Lab at Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.

The Titan Capital Management lab takes the student investment experience to the next level with computerized terminals providing a professional environment for managing the fund and conducting research.

For the fourth consecutive year, Mihaylo’s Applied Security Analysis Program (ASAP), a student-managed investment fund, has donated to the Mihaylo Tutoring Center to help undergraduates stay on track with their academic plans and get the most out of their courses. This year’s contribution of $25,000 is more than three times last year’s previous record total of $7,500.

This has been a banner year for Mihaylo’s ASAP program. The new Titan Capital Management trading lab provides a venue for finance students to get hands-on experience in the world of investments by managing an actual securities fund, while a new donation doubled the assets the students work with, giving the fund record returns.

In keeping with ASAP’s commitment to creating a win-win outcome for the college, the program will present the Mihaylo Tutoring Center with its fourth annual donation, a $25,000 check.

“The funds will be used to pay tutors’ salaries, which are the bulk of our expenses,” says Emeline Yong, the assistant dean for student affairs who oversees the tutoring center. Read More

Professional marathon runner Nick Arciniaga running a race.

“Many of my business classes helped me to think outside the box and have prepared me for various ways to market myself in the running industry,” says professional marathon runner Nick Arciniaga ’07.

How does a degree in business help you succeed as an athlete? Mihaylo accounting alumnus Nick Arciniaga ’07 reflects on his marathon running career and entrepreneurial activities, and shares advice for Titans considering athletic careers.

It’s been said that your career isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. For Mihaylo accounting alumnus Nick Arciniaga ’07, this has been literally true. Since 2005, he has competed at major events including the Boston Marathon and New York Marathon.

Today, he lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he is a professional marathoner for Under Armour and operates Arciniaga Training Plans, his online coaching platform. We recently talked with him about his experience, current activities and plans for the future.

What are some of the recent events you have participated in over the past few years?

In 2016, I finished 10th at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials, second at the Xterra World Trail Half Marathon Championships, sixth at the Grandma’s Marathon, seventh at the Honolulu Marathon, and first at both the Disneyland Star Wars and Avengers half marathons. So far in 2017, I won my debut trail marathon on Catalina Island. Read More

Mihaylo College students stand in line for pizza at CenterFest in 2017.

Students can enjoy the opportunity for free food, music and networking at CenterFest on April 11.

The second annual CenterFest, featuring Mihaylo’s Centers of Excellence, will be held on Tuesday, April 11, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event seeks to connect the Cal State Fullerton student body with the opportunities for jobs, internships, networking and career development offered by the college’s innovative centers and programs.

This year’s CenterFest will be held on Tuesday, April 11, in the Mihaylo Courtyard. The event will feature representatives of 13 of the college’s Centers of Excellence and programs.

The free event introduces students to the opportunities offered by the centers, including business startup advice, career opportunities through the college’s vast business network, career workshops, meet and greet events, and speakers from a diverse set of industries. Live music and pizza will be provided in a scaled-down version of a spring music festival.

Students who visit the tables of at least three centers at the event and retain their proof of visitation will be eligible to participate in a drawing for prizes, including four tickets to the June 15 Angels vs. Royals baseball game and a $100 gift certificate at Claim Jumper Restaurants. Read More

An exterior side view of the state-of-the-art Steven G. Mihaylo Hall at Cal State Fullerton.

Students taking summer courses can enjoy a quieter campus and plenty of parking while they work toward their degree or general education.

The weather is warming up and thoughts are turning toward the summer. Students have the opportunity to register for summer courses next week, with individual dates and times posted on Titan Online. Here are 10 things you should know about taking summer courses.

Hundreds of general education and major-specific courses are open to Cal State Fullerton undergraduate and graduate students during the summer session, which runs from May 30 to Aug. 4.

As a CSUF student, your registration date has now been assigned and is accessible on Titan Online, with priority given to those completing their degrees in August.

Think a summer course might be for you? Here are some things to keep in mind. Read More

Ed Hart, director of the Center for Family Business, presents a large poster of a check to In-N-Out President Lynsi Snyder at the annual Hall of Fame event in 2017.

In-N-Out President Lynsi Snyder (left) is presented with a $5,000 check for her Slave 2 Nothing nonprofit from the Center for Family Business and City National Bank. Director Hart is holding the check, while Dean Morteza Rahmatian is to his right.

Mihaylo’s Center for Family Business held its third-annual induction ceremony on March 21, honoring local family-owned establishments with awards based on their commitment to improving their communities and staying true to their founder’s mission over the generations.

Mihaylo College’s third annual celebration of Southern California family businesses was held at the Richard Nixon Library on March 21. Sponsored by the Center for Family Business and City National Bank, the event featured speaker Lynsi Snyder, president of In-N-Out Burger, who was interviewed by Mark Steines, co-host of “Home & Family” on the Hallmark Channel, on her experience as the third generation leading one of the Southland’s iconic food brands.

The center and City National Bank presented a $5,000 check to Snyder’s Foundation, Slave 2 Nothing, which seeks to end human trafficking.

“We are excited that we were able to sell out the event,” said Ed Hart, director of the Center for Family Business. “We have grown from 225 attendees for the first year to 245 last year to 340 this time around.  It is humbling to see the experience and passion for family business in the room at these events.  Our inductees are some of the most successful companies in their industries. We also were honored to hear from Lynsi Snyder. She is such an authentic, humble and extremely likeable person and leader, and it is easy to see how the In-N-Out values have been maintained for 60 years.” Read More

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