Escape the Heat and Enjoy the Beach in Ventura County

Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor is a good place to take photos, take a date for a dinner or relax before you start the fall semester. Photo from Pixabay

Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor is a good place to take photos, take a date for a dinner or relax before you start the fall semester. Photo from Pixabay

When temperatures heat up in Southern California, Ventura County, with some of the lowest summer daytime temperatures in the continental U.S., beckons as a cool change. The beach towns of Ventura and Oxnard are the hub of activity in this lush and laid back land of beaches, dining and historic downtowns. Here are seven destinations not to miss on your trip up the coast.

  1. Ventura County Fair

Running from Aug. 2 to 13, the Ventura County Fair is the region’s premier annual event, drawing more than 300,000 visitors each summer. This year’s event includes concerts, rodeos, motorsports, comedy from Gabriel Iglesias, carnival rides, live animals and contests. The fair will be open each day at the Ventura County Fairgrounds (exit on Seaward Avenue or California Street and take a left) between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. , with $12 adult admission and $10 parking, though free remote parking, accessible by shuttles, is also available. Continue reading

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Mihaylo Personal Financial Planning Program Wins $50,000 TD Ameritrade Grant

Recipients of TD Ameritrade’s NextGen Grant Program celebrate at the closing bell of the NASDAQ exchange in New York City on July 18, 2017. From far right is Tuffy, Cal State Fullerton’s official mascot; Saba Afridi ’18 (finance); and David Nanigian, associate professor of finance and director of Mihaylo College’s Personal Financial Planning program.

Recipients of TD Ameritrade’s NextGen Grant Program celebrate at the closing bell of the NASDAQ exchange in New York City on July 18, 2017. From far right is Tuffy, Cal State Fullerton’s official mascot; Saba Afridi ’18 (finance); and David Nanigian, associate professor of finance and director of Mihaylo College’s Personal Financial Planning program.

Mihaylo College’s Personal Financial Planning program is the recipient of the 2017 TD Ameritrade Institutional NextGen Grant Program for Established Programs. The $50,000 grant will help the college provide top-notch financial planning education for students while making a positive impact on the Southern California community.

Mihaylo College’s seven-course Personal Financial Planning program received a boost this month with a $50,000 institutional grant from TD Ameritrade, one of the world’s leading brokerage firms.

The Mihaylo program was selected for the 2017 TD Ameritrade Institutional NextGen Grant Program for Established Programs due to the strength of its proposal, which included an articulation of the program’s 26-year history, mission, measurable goals and a timeline to complete a project in one year.

“Like an elephant jumping on a trampoline, this generous grant will have an enormous impact on the prominence of Cal State Fullerton’s program,” says David Nanigian, associate professor of finance and TD Ameritrade director of personal financial planning. “The $50,000 grant award will be truly transformative, as it will markedly advance my personal mission of educating my hardworking students to become the best personal financial planners that they can be!” Continue reading

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Seven Reasons Why You Should Start a Blog

Blogs provide a versatile platform to display your knowledge of a subject - and build your personal network in the process.

Blogs provide a versatile platform to display your knowledge of a subject – and build your personal network in the process. Photo from Pixabay

Covering topics ranging from business news to the latest celebrity gossip to international travel, blogs are an inexpensive but versatile way to communicate and build your personal brand. Here are seven reasons why college students should consider starting their own blog on business-related topics.

  1. Blogs provide a portfolio piece for your career.

Particularly if you are studying marketing, public relations or journalism, demonstrating your communication abilities is a big plus when you interview for jobs. Blogs provide a strong portfolio piece, which you can easily share with a link by email and reference on your LinkedIn profile and résumé.

  1. Your blog is an opportunity to showcase your knowledge of a particular academic subject.

In contrast to the teaching and group project focus of undergraduate degrees, most graduate and doctoral programs have a strong research or individual project emphasis, with writing being an integral component of many courses. Maintaining a blog in your desired career field will help keep you on top of the subject matter, while demonstrating your understanding and interest. Continue reading

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Mihaylo Finance Professor Provides a Quantitative Introduction to Derivative Pricing in New Book

bookAssociate Professor of Finance James Primbs’ new book, A Factor Model Approach to Derivative Pricing, provides the university student, researcher or financial professional with an accessible mathematical introduction to the pricing of derivative securities, which are based on the value of an underlying financial product.

Derivatives, including options, futures and swaps, play a leading role in the global financial system. From providing flexibility as non-binding contracts to facilitating high rates of return, these instruments can create mutually beneficial outcomes to both investors and businesses, though their high risk is also a significant factor in stock and bond market declines.

Mihaylo Associate Professor of Finance James Primbs examines the pricing of derivatives in his recent book, A Factor Model Approach to Derivative Pricing, published by Chapman and Hall. It is designed for readers with a quantitative background who are new to the field, including students, entry-level professionals and researchers beginning study of these instruments.

What Are Derivatives?

“Derivatives are a class of securities that derive their value from some other underlying security,” says Primbs. Continue reading

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Mihaylo Golf Classic Raises More Than $140,000 for Student Scholarships and Services

The winning Guy Yocom Construction foursome enjoys a day on the oceanfront greens while supporting Mihaylo College.

The winning Guy Yocom Construction foursome enjoys a day on the oceanfront greens while supporting Mihaylo College.

Mihaylo College faculty, staff, donors and alumni gathered at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach on Monday, June 19, for the college’s 23rd annual golf tournament. The golf classic raised more than $140,000, including in-kind gifts, which will be used to fund scholarships and services, such as those offered by the Business Honors Program, and student services such as the Mihaylo Tutoring Center.

The foursome representing Guy Yocom Construction, a longtime donor of Cal State Fullerton and Mihaylo College, took home the first place trophy.

The golf classic was made possible by Helpmates Staffing Companies, this year’s title sponsor; garment sponsor Smart & Final; dinner sponsor Southern Counties Lubricants LLC; product sponsor Pacific Premier Bank; and the college’s alumni and business network.

“We are fortunate to have the Executive Council lead this tournament to support our student success programs. Their network, mentorship and philanthropic support help us encourage our students to succeed,” says Enrique Gonzalez-Salgado, the college’s senior director of development. “We hope we to see more friends and alumni join us for the tournament next year on June 18, 2018.”

For more information, contact Associate Director of Development David Román at 657-278-7433 or droman@fullerton.edu.

With more than $140,000 in proceeds at the 2017 tournament, the Mihaylo Golf Classic has raised nearly $1.3 million over 23 years.

With more than $140,000 in proceeds at the 2017 tournament, the Mihaylo Golf Classic has raised nearly $1.3 million over 23 years.

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