Art piece created by graduating senior Haley Hunt memorializing her president scholar peersAmong the thousands of graduating Titans from the class of 2020 are 19 President’s Scholars – the most prestigious scholarship program at Cal State Fullerton, with academic, leadership, service and mentorship opportunities.

Among these President’s Scholars graduates are two Mihaylo College alumnae: Haley Hunt ’20 (marketing and information systems) and Caroline Vu ’20 (finance – real estate). Matt Pilker ’20, a geology and political science student who served as a student assistant at Mihaylo College’s Dean’s Suite for three years, is also a part of the graduating President’s Scholars cohort.

Haley Hunt, a Business Honors student at Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College, poses on the patio of Steven G. Mihaylo Hall

Haley Hunt

Hunt recently shared her Titan experience with CSUF News.

President’s Scholars and CSUF Open Doors of Opportunity and Possibility

As a high school student playing basketball and involved in student government at Whittier Christian High School in the early 2010s, Hunt held on to her collegiate goals, though family financial challenges made a higher education seem like an impossible dream.

Arriving at Cal State Fullerton in 2016, Hunt was accepted into the President’s Scholars Program, receiving a four-year financial scholarship, along with opportunities for personal and professional development and community impact.

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two students walking on Titan Walk

Spring 2020 has been different for all of us in the way we learn and communicate with one another. We now utilize emails more than ever to ask our professors questions about assignments and the curriculum. It is important to know how to reach out to them efficiently and effectively to voice your needs. Here are a few tips on how to communicate with professors:

Explain Your Situation

During this pandemic, we all struggle to adjust, and for some students, there are varying difficulties with living at home. Professors are here to support us even if they are doing it virtually, so telling them what may be inhibiting your learning is vital to your success. They will likely be understanding and express potential options to accommodate your situation. 

Know How to Email

Emails may seem simple and easy to send, but when communicating with faculty, it is important to have proper etiquette. Begin with an introductory statement and follow with your inquiry, then end with a polite closing. It is more formal than a traditional conversation, so making sure to get to the point right away and keeping it concise is very important. 

Letters of Recommendation

It’s still a good time to request references from your professors and other administrators for grad school, internships, jobs and scholarships. Make the request with plenty of time for them to work on it. You should also include a list of your accomplishments for them to reference. Respond immediately to any questions they have or information they need and, of course, thank them when you receive it. 

Time Zones

There are many students who may be out of state and have returned home to a different time zone. If you are one of those individuals, it is important to tell your professors so they may accommodate or figure out a solution, and you won’t have to wake up at awful hours in the morning. 

Check In

Our faculty are also going through a difficult time. Check in with your professors and see how they are doing, as it will go a long way to show how much we appreciate them.

Overall, this pandemic has switched up the way we communicate with each other and it’s an opportunity to grow, even with the difficulties it has brought. Reach out and get the information you need to be successful. 

ABC 7 Eyewitness News discusses career tips from Cal State Fullerton's Career CenterCal State Fullerton’s Career Center is ensuring that the class of 2020 stays career ready, and their advice has been of help not only to Fullerton business grads, but also young professionals globally, thanks to an appearance on ABC 7 on May 11, which was also featured on MSN’s news feed.

Like most institutions of higher education, Cal State Fullerton has gone virtual, and Elizabeth Zavala ’02 (human services), director of the university-wide career center, points to the remote assistance available to CSUF students, including events such as the upcoming May 22 virtual career fair, one of the opportunities available to students and grads.

“College students should definitely turn to their career services professionals to help them because we’re still operating remotely and employers still want to hire,” she says, noting that about 43 companies and organizations are scheduled to participate in the May 22 event. “[Hiring] might be a little slower than before, but we’re still seeing a need in various industries.”

Zavala is pleased to report that Cal State Fullerton and other universities have generally had success in transferring their career services programs into virtual formats – and even reaching more students and alumni in the process due to the greater accessibility of services.

“It’s different, but at the same time, we’re also reaching students that we may not have prior to COVID-19,” she says.

MSN screenshot on May 11, 2020, showing CSUF story

Global search engine and media giant MSN highlights Cal State Fullerton’s Career Center on May 11, 2020.

Launching Your Career in the COVID-19 Age

Some members of the class of 2020 are in a particularly challenging spot, having secured a post-graduation job in another part of the United States, but now grappling with the challenges of a move amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

“College students are negotiating their start dates and are working remotely first until they feel comfortable making the move across the country or starting the search for an apartment,” she says. “Organizations who are hiring are understanding of the situation. Safety is a priority for everyone, but the work still needs to get done. The reality is that most of this work can be accomplished remotely.”

Landing Internships

For seniors or others seeking a summer internship, coronavirus may have upended their plans, but Zavala holds out hope that remote internships and later start dates can rescue the opportunity in many cases.

In the meantime, she suggests students work on establishing a strong social media footprint, including LinkedIn, creating a strong résumé, and obtaining advanced Zoom interviewing skills – all skills that the Career Center stands ready to support students in.

For More Information

Watch the full interview or read the full article on ABC 7.

Find out more about the career resources available specifically to Cal State Fullerton’s business students through Mihaylo Career Services.

Cover of Ryan Gottfredson's bestselling book Success Mindsets

Success Mindsets: Your Keys to Unlocking Greater Success in Your Life, Work & Leadership, a new book by Cal State Fullerton Assistant Professor of Management Ryan Gottfredson, officially launched on May 5 and is already listed among the bestsellers in USA Today and The Wall Street Journal for the last full week of April 2020.

Available as an ebook and audiobook for the past three months before being released as a paperback, the 252-page work, published by Morgan James Publishing, provides a research-based look at how having the right mindsets can transform personal and professional life and leadership, and how these successes can be achieved.

“People are resonating with this book because they are coming to understand what I am trying to articulate: Our mindsets are foundational to everything we can do,” says Gottfredson. “If we can improve our mindsets, we can improve not only our thinking, our learning and our behavior, but also our success across our lives, our work and our leadership.”

Topping the Charts

The USA Today 150 best-selling books for the week ending April 26 ranked Success Mindsets at 75th place, the first week it had achieved a listing. It was among the most highly ranked business or personal-development titles of the week.

Why is Gottfredson’s book so popular? The author has some theories.

“There is a lot of good mindset material out there, but I believe my book is the most comprehensive and research-backed book on mindsets to date,” says Gottfredson. “I’m hearing from readers that it is causing them to do the deepest introspective dive they have ever done. It is enhancing their self-awareness and empowering them to reach their goals.”

For More Information

In additional to Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and most retailers, Gottfredson’s book is also available on his personal website, where it can be ordered in paperback, ebook or audiobook format, with exclusive book release bonuses.

Read more about Professor Gottfredson’s research on mindsets.

a few students walking around the front of Cal State Fullerton's campus Quarantine looks different for all of us Titans. Some have moved back home with added responsibilities or returned to different states entirely. Our daily routines have been disrupted with losing our extracurriculars, jobs or other commitments. While we’ve been doing this online transition for some time, we do not have the same schedule as before. It is getting increasingly difficult to get up early in the morning when we don’t have class, especially during this stressful semester. We have a variety of coping mechanisms, including working out, meditating, art, friends and more. What is important is realizing this is a time of adjustment and to honor the struggles we are going through.

Some days are simply more productive than others. With more time on our hands, it doesn’t necessarily mean that our load has been lightened. Assignments have changed, and we have had to adapt to a whole new learning style. There are days where you’re able to finish up that essay, but it seems like the most daunting task on another day. Sometimes, getting out of bed to even go to your Zoom lecture is overwhelming, potentially because we do not have our classmates surrounding us to stay awake. Alarms do not have the same meaning as they did when we were on campus, but we are doing the best we can to finish strong. Taking care of ourselves and understanding when we are most productive will alleviate some of the stress associated with the lack of motivation we experience. Not every second of the day should be dedicated to working, so you should engage in those activities you love just as much as you study.

I know a lot of us miss our friends, classmates, professors and even the random person we saw every day in the hallway. Personally, I’ve noticed how important it is to consistently check in with my friends via video call since everyone is going through this differently. Reaching out and connecting with each other a few times a week gives a small sense of normality in this quarantine life, so incorporating that into your schedule is a great step. We may not be able to see each other for some time, but that doesn’t mean our friendships get to go on pause. Our classmates, friends, and professors are here to support us during this stressful time, so engage the extra time you do have to catch up with them. 

As much as we hear this quarantine can be productive, online learning is hard. Some of our professors prefer asynchronous instruction and others are engaging in lectures, but it is still difficult to adjust. We chose our classes according to our learning style last semester, so we should give ourselves more credit for being able to adapt to this new method. Motivation is at an all-time low for various reasons, but being understanding of yourself during this time is very important. Put your best personal foot forward, and do not compare yourself to all the influences around you; it is not a competition of who can be the most productive during a pandemic. We are all going through this together, and just being able to finish the semester as strong as you can is an accomplishment. 

On that note, our entire environment may have changed. For those living on campus or near campus, going back home has been an adjustment. We have parents and siblings that we may have not lived with for some months, so getting used to having everyone around again is difficult, especially when we are finishing up our semester. Finding a way to balance your responsibilities and family during a transitional semester is difficult. It may help to set boundaries and be open about your needs to keep the peace at home, as well as a bit of sanity when you are with the same individuals daily. 

We are also in a constant state of confusion. Between the credit/no credit policy, new ways of taking finals, and the uncertainty of our fall semester, we don’t exactly know what the next few months will look like. It is important to stay grounded on what we do know and try not to stress about the unknown. As we have adapted in the past, we can look to the future with more assurance that we will be able to handle what it brings to us. 

Boredom is the biggest driver of this quarantine. We have exhausted all the Netflix shows, scrolled endlessly on social media, and tried so many recipes that we are reaching a new level of not knowing what to do with ourselves. Trying to stay busy all the time is also difficult because of the responsibilities we do have, leading us to feeling slightly more burned out at home than we originally thought. Let yourself be bored, and you don’t necessarily have to be productive in what you choose to pass the time. Sure, we can find new hobbies and the millions of other ideas on Pinterest, but sometimes you can just take a nap or watch a rerun of an old movie. Being as happy as we can be is the most important element in this quarantine because it is testing our mental strength, so engage in things that will bring a smile to your face. 

With all that considered, we have been through a lot in the past few months. From the fear of going outside sometimes to questions about the new normal, our lives have been turned upside down with little guidance on how to bounce back. Having older parents and grandparents is an added responsibility to consider when we moved back home. Not knowing when we will return to the old way of doing things is frightening, since that’s how most of us have lived up until this point. We can feel scared during this pandemic and understanding how to cope with it is key to moving forward in the uncertainty we experience. 

Overall, it is important for us to be there for one another and support ourselves as well during this time. Take life a day at a time, and do not fall under the influential pressure of being the most productive person during quarantine. Even if we are home all the time, this is not a vacation by any means. We are going through a lot mentally, and you should treat yourself with adequate care, just as you would normally. Be resilient Titans–we’ve got this!


Students walking on Cal State Fullerton campus holding handsWith finals around the corner during a global pandemic, it has been a difficult semester for Titans. Our motivation, discipline and mental health have been tested in new ways. These last two weeks before finals are the most important in our semester, but we have to also take care of ourselves to perform the best we can. How do we stay sane during finals? There are several ways to enhance your studying and self-care: 


We all remember when we first started college and the feeling of accomplishment for making it to Cal State Fullerton. Use that motivation to get you through this time of uncertainty. You may have a seemingly endless amount of deadlines, but they are there to keep you on track toward reaching your future goals. Remind yourself of your “why” and use it as your biggest motivator. 

Procrastination Elimination

With Netflix, social media and our kitchen at our finger tips, we have to remember that we still have a few weeks left of school. Procrastinating may be the more fun idea while in quarantine, but those late nights before exams are going to be just as bad as they would be if you were headed to campus. Avoid leaving your assignments for the last minute, and instead, use your extra time to space out your studying so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. 

Study Buddies

Who says we can’t still study with our friends? If you learn better in a group setting, hop on a Zoom call with some of your classmates for a study date. Together, you can virtually review flashcards, share screens, test each other and so much more. It may be a little different than what we are used to, but it will bring collaboration back to your study sessions.

Manage Your Stress

During the COVID-19 crisis, our lives have been turned a bit upside down, and our stress levels have risen over the past few weeks. Don’t forget to check in with yourself and make sure you are not overworking. Being burnt out going into finals isn’t going to benefit you or your grades, so take the time to work breaks into your studying. Take a walk, call a friend, bake a goodie, or anything else you enjoy to de-stress in the middle of your study sessions. You may not think you have enough time with so many deadlines, but it will make you that much more productive to be able to think with a clear head.

Self-care equals best care

In addition to managing your stress, you must also designate enough time to your own self-care. Make sure you are consistently doing the things you love and also checking in on your mental and physical health. Journaling, meditating or exercising are some ways to keep yourself grounded despite the deadlines looming around you. You are your first priority, and do not forget that when you are studying.

Reach Out

Everyone knows this is a difficult time, so even if you are hesitant to reach out for help, it may be the best decision for you right now. The multiple resource centers at CSUF and Mihaylo College are here to support us during the stressful weeks, so take advantage of what they have to offer if you need assistance. Reach out to your friends, loved ones, mentors, family and anyone else in your support system when you are feeling overwhelmed. The key is to initiate communication with those individuals so they may help you. 

Overall, we know spring 2020 has been the toughest semester yet at Cal State Fullerton. Despite that fact, we will come out of this pandemic stronger and more united than we have ever been. Keep going strong Titans, you got this!

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The Latino Communications Institute (LCI) at Cal State Fullerton has grown since its creation in 2013 and extended its outreach as it focuses on Latino issues in Orange County. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the institute is collaborating with the Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA) to disseminate health-related information in Spanish through Facebook Live.  

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) websites and other news outlets are not easily understood by people with language barriers, and the LCI and OCTA are working to help Spanish-speakers get the information they need. LCI Director Inez Gonzalez Perezchica enlisted the help of Maria Matza, CSUF associate professor of nursing, to provide and translate vital information from the Orange County Health Department and the CDC website for the broadcast.

Read more in this CSUF News article.

Riverfront view of Hiedelberg, Germany.

Heidelberg, a favorite study abroad spot for Mihaylo College business students, is a scenic and historic city in southwest Germany.

In March 2020, as coronavirus prompted stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions across the U.S. and internationally, Cal State Fullerton ensured that no Titans were left behind when they arranged the evacuation of 43 students who were studying abroad in 14 countries.

Among the repatriated students was Chris Keith ’20, a marketing senior at CSUF’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics who was spending spring 2020 studying business at SRH Heidelberg University in Germany when the pandemic began.

Keith is home safe in Orange County, living with his sisters and parents as Californians remain sheltered in place. But he says that despite the premature conclusion, his more than a month in Germany was an enlightening experience that he hopes to repeat again. Read More

CSUF economists Anil Puri and Mira Farka at an economic forecast event.With Californians sheltering in place due to coronavirus, Cal State Fullerton economists Anil Puri, director of the Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting, and Mira Farka, co-director of the Woods Center and associate professor of economics, presented an April 22 virtual spring forecast.

Looking at the impact of coronavirus and related disruptions on the national and local economies, the two economists anticipated unprecedented declines in gross domestic product (GDP), employment and consumer spending during the second quarter of 2020, but a recovery that will erase much of the damage by the end of 2021, assuming the virus follows the anticipated trajectory and no massive flare-ups occur.

“Making a prediction is both an art and a science,” said Puri. “It is a difficult task under the best of circumstances. In a time like this, one thinks of Yogi Berra, and his famous quotes: ‘It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future,’ and ‘The future ain’t what it used to be.’ So it’s not only a tough task but the future may be quite different from the recent past. The virus has been like a ticking bomb or wildfire that has gone throughout the world.” Read More

Two students wearing face masks walks on Cal State Fullerton campus promenade

Photo by Matt Gush

Zoom has become the application we use the most for classes and meetings since the transition to virtual learning started. While video calling is an easy task, there are certain rules that should be followed in order to be courteous to all participants and the host. As students, we understand the importance of being respectful of our professors and especially of prospective employers. Here are a few tips according to Psychology Today when it comes to Zoom etiquette:

Mute your mic

For most of our classes, professors mute all participants before they enter the classroom. When this is not the case, it is important to make sure you mute your mic for no background distractions. Participants should be able to fully engage in the lecture/meeting while it is taking place, and you can always unmute yourself when you are adding to the discussion. 

Consider your video background

While there is no judgment for waking up to your 8 a.m. class right out of bed, there are certain guidelines that should be followed when your camera is on. If you are eating, talking to someone else or have an inappropriate background, it would be a wise choice to not have your video on. Lighting is important as well when video is required as it allows all participants to see you clearly. Be courteous and promote a productive environment versus being a distraction. 

Close your applications

By closing all of your open applications (this includes Instagram, Facebook, etc.).  and focusing on your Zoom call, your video connection will greatly improve and assure you get all of the information.

Consider a headset

A headset provides better audio on your end and enhances your hearing capabilities. This will be especially helpful during discussion meetings, open forums and while presenting during a lecture. 

Let others know you are done

Even if it is through a virtual setting, saying “I am finished” or “Thank you” after you finish your commentary is key to a fluid Zoom call. The other participants will be able to give their input and continue the meeting agenda without fear of cutting you off.

Utilize the additional features

The “Chat” feature allows you to add commentary or questions, which is especially helpful during lectures when professors are asking for feedback. At the same time, you can use the “raise hand” feature to ask a question without interrupting the speaker. Use these to make your calls better and voice your needs. 

End the meeting

Just as you close a door when you leave a room, you must remember to sign out or “leave the meeting” when it has concluded. If it was an interview with an employer, remember to thank them for their time. It is important to keep your regular manners when it comes to goodbyes over video. 

Overall, Zoom etiquette is extremely valuable for everyone during this online transition. Whether it is a lecture or interview, it is important to present yourself well, just as you would in person. Happy Zooming!