Friends and supporters of Mihaylo College pose at Bootlegger's Brewery in Fullerton, California, at the 35/Thirty-Five Holiday Toast, benefiting Working Wardrobes.

Mihaylo Dean Anil Puri, members and supporters of the Executive Council and CSU Fullerton alumni at Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton for the recent 35/Thirty-Five Holiday Toast, which benefited Orange County nonprofit Working Wardrobes.

Mihaylo Executive Council members and alumni donated business clothing to charity during their holiday gathering at alumni-owned Bootlegger’s Brewery.

Orange County may have the reputation for being one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, yet thousands of residents struggle with unemployment or poor job prospects. For many, a professional wardrobe is their ticket to getting back on their feet.

At the annual 35/Thirty-Five Holiday Toast, Mihaylo alumni, staff and supporters donated more than three racks of business clothing and accessories to Working Wardrobes, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit providing workforce readiness assistance to disadvantaged youth, veterans and professional men and women who have fallen on hard times.

The event, hosted by the Executive Council’s young professional membership, 35/Thirty-Five, was held at Bootlegger’s Brewery, founded by Mihaylo entrepreneurship alumnus Aaron Barkenhagen ’07. The brewery and Fullerton pizza restaurant Two Saucy Broads supplemented part of the donation expenses.

“It was an honor to celebrate the holidays with such a devoted group of Titan alumni who understand the importance of not only giving back to their alma mater but also helping the community at large,” Mihaylo marketing alumnus James Fratzke ’14 says. He and his twin brother, Ryan ’14 (marketing) are national account managers for digital marketing provider Brandify and are the newest 35/Thirty-Five members.

Membership in 35/Thirty-Five provides networking and career development opportunities for young professionals while supporting the Mihaylo Tutoring Center, Mihaylo Career Services and student scholarships.

For more on Executive Council events and membership, contact Development and Alumni Relations Associate Amanda Leon at

A delicious Korean-Mexican fusion burrito from Seoulmate, a startup founded by Cal State Fullerton alumni.

A Korean-Mexican fusion burrito at Seoulmate, which recently opened a new location in Fullerton. The restaurants were founded by three CSU Fullerton alumni, including Mihaylo marketing alumnus Sean Butler ’10.

From Mexican food to cupcakes, Mihaylo alumni have left their mark on the Southland by establishing restaurants that have been the delight of locals and visitors alike, including these seven alumni-owned establishments in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Mihaylo alumni start innovative technological companies, balance the budgets of leading firms and achieve top corporate positions at a diverse set of organizations. But some have left their mark on Southern California through their culinary creations.

Following are seven alumni-owned restaurants in the region.

  1. Café Hidalgo

The Café Hidalgo story goes back to 1922, when the Villa del Sol Hotel, one of the city’s early landmarks, was built. Today, the building has several restaurants and boutiques, including the Mexican café founded and owned by Mihaylo MBA alumnus and author Michael Oates ’92. The café features courtyard and patio dining, wine tasting, gourmet cuisine to go and local catering.

  1. Hapa Cupcakes

Mihaylo alumna Akemi Lee ’10 (finance) and fellow Titan Hanayo Martin ’11 (advertising) are the cofounders of Downtown Fullerton’s Hapa Cupcakes, which offers gourmet, alcohol-infused, vegan and gluten-free cupcakes, as well as cakes for weddings and other events.

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The cover of the 2015 Mihaylo Magazine, the annual alumni publication of Cal State Fullerton's business college.

Now available online, the 2015 edition of Mihaylo Magazine showcases faculty research, student activities, alumni achievements and reports on the Centers of Excellence and business network that are on the forefront of innovation and progress.

The 2015 edition of Mihaylo Magazine, the annual business college periodical, provides a snapshot of a stellar year for CSU Fullerton’s award-winning business school.

The magazine’s cover story examines the CSUF Startup Incubator, which debuted in January under the direction of Mihaylo’s Center for Entrepreneurship and provides resources, guidance and practical support for innovative startup ideas. One such new business is Chopit Drones, an enterprise providing aerial photography and video services cofounded by Mihaylo graduate student John Tsui ’17.

Highlighting the work the college does off campus, Mihaylo’s Center for Economic Education is preparing the next generation of financially-literate adults through programs for local K-12 students in partnership with U.S. Bank, including the after-school Financial Genius program, the college savings individual development account (IDA) program and summer Financial Fitness Camps.

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Cal State Fullerton students connect with company representatives at a career event in the Titan Student Union.

Students learn about employment opportunities at a career fair event. Mihaylo Economics Assistant Professor Nick Huntington-Klein suggests that students research wage potential when selecting their fields of study.

How well will your degree program pay off in the professional world? Mihaylo Economics Assistant Professor Nick Huntington-Klein has coauthored a study examining the relationship between college majors and wages.

A university education has many benefits, including personal development, the opportunity to meet people of diverse backgrounds and cultures, and the chance to live your purpose. But for many college freshmen and prospective graduate students, the foremost goal in their education is to have a lucrative and rewarding post-education career.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2014, the average weekly wage for workers with a bachelor’s degree was $1,101, while the average wage for those with advanced degrees was $1,386, compared to $668 for those with only a high school education. But not all degree programs are equal in their ability to boost student income potential.

“There are large known differences in average earnings of students who graduate from different majors,” Mihaylo Economics Assistant Professor Nick Huntington-Klein says. “These differences can be as large as the difference between graduating with a bachelor’s degree as opposed to not going to college at all. For example, right out of college, the average engineering graduate earns about twice what the average history graduate earns.”

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Mihaylo College finance faculty and students stand while accounting alumnus Paul Folino sits at a Nov. 2015 event.

Alumnus and scholarship donor Paul Lehman (seated) poses with students and Mihaylo College finance and student affairs faculty.

Mihaylo accounting alumnus Paul Lehman ’69 visited campus recently and met with nine recipients of the scholarship he created. He discussed his investing career and shared his strategies.  

Mihaylo accounting alumnus Paul Lehman ’69 has made a lot of financial investments in his career, but he wanted to make a different type of investment in the next generation of professionals when he created the Paul Lehman Scholarship for students interested in investment-related careers.

Lehman has come a long way in his personal journey from boyhood in rural Ohio to successful investor. The Mihaylo donor discussed his life’s journey, career, CSU Fullerton involvement and shared advice with recipients of his scholarship on Nov. 17. “I want to see the results of my investment in today’s Mihaylo business students,” he said.

A Lifetime of Service

Lehman, one of eight children, grew up on a dairy farm in Ohio in the 1940s and 1950s and attended The Ohio State University for two years. Read More

Dan Exley, executive director of data strategy and reporting at Memorial Care, believes that big data will make a major impact on the health care field of the future.

Dan Exley discussed the impact of big data on health care.

Demand for analytical talent could be 50% to 60% greater than the projected supply by 2018, and health care analytics will likely power the next revolution in American health services and sciences, improving patient outcomes and ensuring accurate diagnoses. Dan Exley and Scott Raymond of Memorial Care discussed the impact of analytics in their six-hospital network at the recent Health Care Analytics Seminar.

The advent of big data in the last decade has revolutionized industries across the economy. But perhaps no other field stands to gain as much from this transformation as health care. The accurate and accessible reporting, archiving and retrieval of data can assist practitioners in making prompt and accurate diagnoses, select the most effective medications and identify individual health risks.

There is currently an estimated $300 billion annual potential value to U.S. health care big data and demand for analytical talent could be 50% to 60% greater than the projected supply by 2018.

Memorial Care Executive Director of Data Strategy and Reporting Dan Exley and Executive Director of Information Services Scott Raymond discussed the impact of analytics on their network of six Southern California hospitals at the Health Care Analytics Seminar on Nov. 6. Read More

Breanna and Ivan Sewell pose beneath a canopy amidst the dusty landscape of Desert Hot Springs, California.

Cal State Fullerton alumni Breanna and Ivan Sewell are community leaders in Desert Hot Springs, California, where the couple operate a print shop.

Mihaylo Management Alumna Breanna Sewell ’14 has founded TOP Shop – The Only Print Shop in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. Active in a number of community organizations, Sewell was honored as the Desert Hot Springs Business Person of the Year in 2015 and her business was named 2015 Small Business of the Year. Sewell discusses her business, academic journey and community involvement.

Breanna Sewell ’14 was a CSUF psychology major as a freshman in 2009. “I quickly realized that was not a good fit for me,” she recalls. “My very first business class in spring 2010 was a 7 a.m. business law class-this was not a great way to begin. When I started taking classes in management, entrepreneurship and marketing, I knew I would be happy for the rest of my life.”

Sewell developed the model for her business, TOP Shop – The Only Print Shop, in BUAD 410 – Starting and Managing a Professional Practice/Small Business with Mihaylo Management Lecturer Jeffrey Longshaw. “I was part of the very first BUAD 410 class he and John Bradley Jackson taught together,” she says. “Collaborating with three peers, we developed the final business plan that I still use today.”

After graduation in May 2014, Sewell moved with her husband, Ivan Sewell ’10, to his hometown, Desert Hot Springs, a city of over 25,000 in the northwest corner of Southern California’s Coachella Valley nearly 100 miles east of Orange County. Read More

Taryn Moore, a Cal State Fullerton international business grad, poses in the hallways of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where she received her master's degree. Mihaylo International Business alumna Taryn Moore ’11 graduated from Stanford University, one of the most prestigious institutions in the U.S., this summer, with an M.A. in international comparative education. Moore discusses her accomplishment, future plans and the importance of her previous Mihaylo education.

Taryn Moore ’11 can boast of a number of major accomplishments. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international business and a concentration in Mandarin Chinese from Mihaylo College in May 2011. She has lived, worked and traveled abroad in China, gaining fluency in the Chinese language in the process. This summer, she added an M.A. in international comparative education from Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., to her achievements.

“The education I received at Mihaylo prepared me to study at Stanford in a number of ways,” Moore explains. “The international business program, like most Mihaylo programs, covered a wide range of topics. At Mihaylo, I studied economics, finance and accounting in a single semester. The experience juggling multiple subjects and courses at once made me feel confident that I could successfully manage the course load at Stanford. More specifically, my exposure to the fields of economics and finance at Mihaylo were great preparatory lessons for me as I studied those areas more in depth at Stanford.”

Having attained a world-class education, Moore is now planning to focus on her career, with entrepreneurial plans. “I am excited to pursue work in the start-up world in order to really develop an excellent set of practical, professional skills,” she says. “I look forward to taking on a lot of responsibilities as part of a small team and hope to hold many different jobs over the course of my career.”

Moore offers advice to current Mihaylo students. “When I was in college, I sensed that many of my peers felt really rushed to continue on to graduate school or get their careers started. However, there is a lot of freedom that comes with being a recent college graduate, and I would absolutely recommend taking advantage of that freedom,” she says. “Move to a new place, try out a weird job, be strategic and listen to your gut. If you have any desire to live in a new place – a different area of California, another state, or another country – now is the time to do it. Get into the habit of taking risks and trying new things early in your career.”

Mihaylo College Management Professor Goli Sadri, head of the Women's Leadership Program, is passionate about giving Cal State Fullerton female students the leadership skills they need to succeed in the contemporary economy.

Goli Sadri, Mihaylo College management professor

Mihaylo Management Professor Goli Sadri and program director Joanna Moore discuss the Women’s Leadership Program, which will equip Mihaylo female students with career success and leadership acumen.

“It is vital for women to become aware of some of the challenges that are unique to them and develop the skills necessary to overcome and thrive as leaders,” Mihaylo Management Professor Goli Sadri says. Sadri and Joanna Moore, founder and principal of J. Moore Consulting Services and an advisory board member of the Mihaylo Center for Insurance Studies, have developed the Women’s Leadership Program, designed to assist coeds with the skill development needed for career and leadership success. The program is also made possible through the support of retired Mihaylo Management Professor Dorothy Heide.

“There are many skills that are applicable to both genders, such as possessing high emotional intelligence,” Moore, the program’s director, says. “However, women approach some skills, such as negotiation and advocacy, differently than men. For example, research has shown that women may propose a course of action in the workplace, but if it is rejected, they tend not to re-propose it, a tendency we seek to address.”

Moore notes that women often handle the failure to receive a promotion differently than men. “For many women, if they propose a pathway for a potential promotion and their supervisor disagrees, they personalize the disappointment as a rejection and give up,” she says. “My goal is to help young women view these opportunities differently, in a more positive light.” Read More

Cal State students pose with Chancellor Timothy White, the head of the largest public higher education system in the world.

Cal State students with CSU Chancellor Timothy White (center) in San Diego on May 1. At far left is Mihaylo College student Edwin Valenzuela ’15

Mihaylo Entertainment and Tourism Management Professor Ellen Kim and student Edwin Valenzuela ’15 met with CSU Chancellor Timothy White and the advisory board and program leaders of the CSU Hospitality and Tourism Management Education Initiative to discuss hospitality programs in the Cal State system.

Southern California is among the major tourist destinations in the United States. Direct travel spending in California totaled $117.5 billion in 2014, supporting more than 1 million jobs in the state. In Orange County, home to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, world-famous beaches and premier shopping destinations, nearly 45 million tourists visited in 2013, spending a record $9.6 billion. Despite the obvious importance of entertainment and tourism on the local economy, CSU Fullerton is the only public institution of higher learning in the county to offer a degree program in the hospitality industry, which includes lodging, event planning, tourist transportation and amusement park management.

Mihaylo Management Professor Ellen Kim, who teaches entertainment and tourism management (ETM) courses and serves as the lead faculty of the college’s hospitality program, joined Mihaylo Entertainment and Tourism student Edwin Valenzuela ’15 in representing CSU Fullerton at the annual CSU Hospitality and Tourism Management Education Initiative meeting on May 1. The event, held on the campus of San Diego State University, featured CSU Chancellor Timothy White, his staff, CSU Pomona President Soraya Coley and advisory board and program leaders of the CSU Hospitality and Tourism Management Education Initiative (HTMEI), which seeks to establish the Cal State system as a leading educational network for students interested in the industry. Read More