Student members of the Cal State Fullerton chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) pose at Steven G. Mihaylo Hall.

ALPFA is designed to provide opportunities for Mihaylo students while helping to highlight the diversity of the campus community.

The Mihaylo chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) assists members in developing themselves as leaders in the global economy. While focusing on the college’s Hispanic and Latino community, the club welcomes members of all majors and ethnic backgrounds.

On-campus club leadership involvement is one of the best ways for students to develop the skills and abilities necessary for success in the business world. The Cal State Fullerton chapter of ALPFA, a growing and developing club, is offering a number of leadership opportunities for students, while providing networking, career exploration and engaging speakers for all members.

“Our mission is to provide leadership roles to whoever is willing to put the work into it,” says Club President Ana Luisa Orosco ’17 (accounting and finance). “Companies don’t want to just see that you are a club member, they want to see leadership experience. We are all students and this is a level in which we can make mistakes while developing our skills.” Read More

The first place winners of the 2016 Business Plan Competition at Cal State Fullerton receive an honor at the podium.

2016 Business Plan Competition first-place winners Mandy Wang (left) and Miguel Olivares (right). The annual event is an opportunity to gain funding and experience to turn entrepreneurial dreams into reality.

The annual CSUF Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship, will be held this spring. Miguel Olivares ’16, part of last year’s first-place team, discusses how involvement in the competition has broadened his horizons.

Cal State Fullerton is ready to assist the next generation of business innovators. All CSUF students – not just business majors – who develop a business pitch can compete in the CSUF Business Plan Competition. Students have a chance to win $5,000 in scholarships and $10,000 worth of in-kind consulting time with industry experts, as well as the opportunity to pitch an idea before real-world business professionals and investors.

Last year’s first-place winner was Little Nexus, a platform to help nonprofits raise funds through local businesses, including restaurants. Presented by Miguel Olivares ’16 (marketing and management), former president of Mihaylo’s Sigma Upsilon Mu entrepreneurial co-ed fraternity, and Mandy Wang ’16 (entrepreneurship), the vision for Little Nexus developed from Sigma Upsilon Mu’s 8-Hour Business Challenge. Read More

Want to get a leg up on what it takes to succeed in your major? Now you can have a faculty member who is in your field of study to guide you as a mentor through the Mihaylo College Faculty Mentor Program. The program is designed for students who have declared their concentration. It is to provide guidance to help students link what they learn in their major courses to potential job fields that they are aiming to enter, providing recommendations on elective classes that will most benefit them. Faculty mentors also guide students on how to develop a career network, build their campus social circle and find resources on campus.  The program runs from March through April.  Newly declared students should watch their email accounts for an invitation.

Mihaylo College Economics undergrad Alex Tran, a beneficiary of the Faculty Mentoring Program, sits at the fountain in front of Langsdorf Hall at Cal State Fullerton.

Economics undergraduate senior Alex Tran ’17 has worked with Radha Bhattacharya, economics professor and director of the Center for Economic Education, through Mihaylo’s Faculty Mentoring Program. He credits the program for helping him develop an academic and career focus.

Among the students participating in this program is Alex Tran ’17 (economics), who has received invaluable mentoring from Radha Bhattacharya, economics professor and director of the Center for Economic Education. Tran now has a student assistant position working under Bhattacharya, in which he helps the center equip schoolchildren with the financial literacy needed for success in today’s world.  Read More

A group of Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College graduate students, faculty and staff outside the entrance of the Panasonic building in Lake Forest, California.

Mihaylo graduate students pose outside the Panasonic Avionics building in Lake Forest earlier this month. The visit is among the many opportunities that the MBA program offers students to network and explore careers in the Southern California region.

From feature-length movies to video games, in-flight entertainment has revolutionized the flying experience over the past few decades. Among the leaders in the industry is Panasonic Avionics, which has been at the forefront of developing cutting-edge, in-flight technology for more than 35 years.

Eight Mihaylo MBA students from the Graduate Career Mentor Program visited Panasonic’s Lake Forest office on Feb. 8 to explore the company’s innovation and corporate culture. Invited by MBA alumnus Ryan Jackson ’12 (management), now a project manager at Panasonic, the visit allowed students to discover the various components of an organization, gain insight into the roles and positions at the company, and engage in personal career networking with the staff there.

A First-Hand Look at the Business

“Prior to this visit I knew little about the aviation industry and the in-flight entertainment business in particular,” says Minh Dang ’18 (MBA). “It’s definitely great to learn about the advances that make flights less boring. We got a view of their future first-class seats equipped with latest technologies, and it looked awesome.” Read More

Matthew Luhn of Pixar Animation, a keynote speaker at Mihaylo College's Business Madness Week in 2017.

Business Madness features a major speaker each year. This year’s address will be given by Matthew Luhn of Pixar, invited by the college’s clubs for his inspiration on entrepreneurial, animation and entertainment industry topics.

From keynote speaker Matthew Luhn of Pixar Animation Studios to career networking events, Business Madness 2017 promises to be an exciting and educating experience. Here are three events not to miss during the February 23 to March 2 celebration, sponsored by the Business Inter-Club Council (BICC).

For the past quarter century, story writer and consultant Matthew Luhn has left his mark on the entertainment world, developing animated characters for television and movies such as “The Simpsons,” the “Toy Story” movie series and “Monsters University.” As a motivational speaker, Luhn also trains CEOs, entrepreneurs, marketers and other professionals on how to tell their stories. Students will have the opportunity to hear Luhn provide inspiration on entrepreneurship and the entertainment industry on Wednesday, March 1, at 6:15 p.m. in TSU Pavilions. The free event is sure to fill up fast, so RSVP online.

While Luhn’s visit will be the highlight, there are a number of events for students to get involved. “Business Madness is a week filled with networking and recreational events,” says BICC President Safa Moinuddin ’18 (accounting and information systems). “Our business clubs have been working hard to ensure that our fellow students and the CSUF community will get to partake in excellent career advancement opportunities as well as fun-filled events.” Read More

Mihaylo College students enjoy a diverse selection of cuisine at an alumnus' house as part of the Dinner With 12 Titans program.

Dinner with 12 Titans (D12) helps students recognize that getting their degree at CSUF is just the beginning. Being a Titan means you are part of a lifelong circle of friends.

Want to expand your network as a CSUF student? Register by Feb. 24 to have a free dinner with fellow students hosted by CSUF alumni on Friday, March 10, or Saturday, March 11. It is a great opportunity to make friends, network and enjoy good food.

Your classes are just the start of your campus experience. Cal State Fullerton has a network of more than 95,000 alumni who live in Orange County, providing an invaluable connection to explore industries, network for careers and forge friendships.

An empty dinner table with the silverware and plates set at the home of a Mihaylo College alumnus participating in the D12 program.

CSUF alumni open their homes and host dinners for students in the D12 program.

Cal State Fullerton students can meet these potential connections while expanding their student social circle by participating in Dinner with 12 Titans (D12), in which groups of eight to 20 students and faculty will be hosted for dinner at alumni homes or local restaurants. It is a low-pressure way to grow your network. Now in its third year, the program connecting the campus community is sponsored by the CSUF Alumni Association.

Registration for this year’s program must be completed by Feb. 24 and is available online. Space is limited, so please only RSVP if you are available for dinner on the evenings of either March 10 or March 11. Can’t travel out of town? While attendees are responsible for their own transportation, you can enter your city to be connected with an event near you.

For more information, contact Justin Gerboc, associate director of alumni and campus communities, by phone at 657-278-7727 or email at

Mihaylo College alumnus Terence Yee '16 poses in graduation cap and gown with Golden State Warriors and CSUF memorabilia in hand.

“The most important advice I could give to anybody in college is learn to be present in the moment and enjoy every day with a heart of gratitude, as one day your college experience will be over,” says Terence Yee ’16, an event guest services member for the Golden State Warriors in Oakland.

Think you would like to work in professional sports? Terence Yee ’16 stresses that a career in the sports business is more hard work than glamour. He provides a behind-the-scenes look at his job with the Golden State Warriors and his plans for the future.

A career in sports has been the focus for Terence Yee ’16 since his junior year when he interned with Titan Athletics. Today, the Cal State Fullerton business grad is utilizing his love of basketball by working for the Golden State Warriors, fulfilling a dream he’s held since his middle school days.

The Low-Down on Working for the Warriors

“As an event guest services member, I attend all Warriors home games during the season,” says Yee. “My duties vary from game to game, but the best way to describe what I do is customer service and fan support. I am always looking to be proactive in giving fans, season ticket holders and clients the best experience at a Warriors game. This entails giving arena directions, assisting in promotional giveaways and other game night activities.” Read More

A cook stands outside Waffle Love at SteelCraft in Long Beach, a food court made of recycled shipping containers.

A food court in shipping containers? It’s a reality thanks to the entrepreneurship of Los Angeles County residents Martin Howard and Kim Gros with the assistance of Mihaylo’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Shipping containers from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, now repurposed as restaurants at the new SteelCraft food court in the Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach, house eight food establishments ranging from burgers to dessert. Mihaylo’s SBDC fostered the development of the startup.

Sustainability is the watchword of today’s businesses and Mihaylo’s centers of excellence are leading the way in driving innovative concepts. Earlier this month, SteelCraft, an outdoor food court designed out of shipping containers, opened in Long Beach, promising to become the region’s latest dining destination, in the mold of the Anaheim Packing District.

Cal State Fullerton’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), housed in Mihaylo College, played a pivotal role in the development of this business. In 2014, Long Beach resident Kim Gros, a human resources business partner manager for Coca-Cola Refreshments, visited the SBDC to discuss her concept of recycling a shipping container from the local port into an ice cream stand in downtown Long Beach. After consulting with the SBDC staff, Gros began to dream bigger. Her brainchild expanded to a network of shipping containers with diverse dining options, combined to create a hip outdoor food court in a celebration of Southern California culture and sustainable design.

Mihaylo’s SBDC assisted Gros with a loan, lease agreements for vendors, financial projections, and contacts with public officials so the dream could become a reality. “Kim had a winning attitude from the start,” says Mike Daniel ’99, director of Mihaylo SBDC and one of Gros’ consultants. “With a little guidance, she hit the ground running and didn’t stop. SteelCraft is a unique addition to the Bixby Knolls community and is sure to stimulate economic impact now and in years to come.” Read More

Olympic swimmer Jessica Hardy poses with a gold medal around her neck.

Olympic Swimmer Jessica Hardy says of champion athletes: “The difference is that we are normal people who won’t give up on our dreams.”

“I never surrendered. In fact, I used it to push me even harder than I ever had before.”

U.S. swimming champion Jessica Hardy was the keynote speaker for the Mihaylo Sales Leadership Center’s Spring Kickoff. Hardy discussed overcoming challenges and how to achieve great things through perseverance.

Imagine the honor of receiving a gold medal for being one of the fastest swimmers in the world. This was the lifelong goal of Orange County native Jessica Hardy, which she finally attained at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Now a college recruiter for Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits, Hardy spoke with Mihaylo students at the Sales Leadership Center’s  Spring Kickoff on Feb. 7.

Holding 12 world records, 28 international medals and 2012 Olympic gold and bronze titles, Hardy would appear at first glance to have lived a charmed life. Yet the 29-year-old has overcome a number of challenges to reach her success. “You truly can never be a victim of your circumstances,” she said. “You can’t always control things. A lot in life is about your mentality and staying positive.”

From Orange to the Olympics

Born in the city of Orange, Hardy was raised by a single mother, who remains her foremost inspiration. “My mom was my greatest role-model,” she said. “She was both the easiest and toughest person I’ll ever know.” Read More

Mark Okumori, a Mihaylo College entertainment and hospitality alumnus, poses at a film set in Southern California.

Mihaylo entertainment and tourism and MBA alumnus Mark Okumori says careers in film industry talent representation start slowly but eventually lead to rewarding roles that help make tomorrow’s blockbusters a reality.

Mihaylo alumnus Mark Okumori ’09, ’11 (entertainment and tourism, MBA) has a career in motion picture deal analysis and forecasting for William Morris Endeavor (WME) in Beverly Hills. He discusses the dollars and cents of show business and how students can get started in the field.

Nothing defines the Los Angeles region more than motion picture production. Mihaylo College has its share of alumni who have developed lucrative careers in the business end of the film industry. Among them is Mark Okumori ’09, ’11, who shares advice for current students and alumni on how they can make it big in the business of entertainment.

What is a typical day like in your role in motion picture deal analysis? How does it compare to popular perceptions of working in the entertainment industry?

My role at WME involves performing financial deal analysis and forecasts for our clients, which in turn forms the basis upon which their representatives, such as agents and lawyers, negotiate talent deals with various studios. For example, when a studio submits an offer to WME for one of our clients to perform in a motion picture, my job is to evaluate the deal presented, to determine what our client could expect to earn at various film performance levels, and communicate that information to the client’s representatives who uses it as a basis for further negotiations with the studio. I follow this process for each offer and counter-offer from both sides until an agreement is reached between our client and the studio. So primarily, my job is focused on interpreting the legal points of a movie deal and converting these into meaningful numbers that talent representatives can use to negotiate a deal in the formative stages of a film. Read More