New Scholarship Supports Supply Chain Management Students

Chair of the Department of Management Gerard Beenen (left), Mihaylo College Interim Dean Morteza Rahmatian (second from left) and president-elect of APICS Nick Testa (center) met to finalize the Roly White Scholarship.

Mihaylo College leaders and APICS officials, including chair of the Department of Management Gerard Beenen (left), Interim Dean Morteza Rahmatian (second from left) and president-elect of APICS Nick Testa (center) met to finalize the Roly White Scholarship.

The Orange County chapter of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) has established an endowed scholarship to honor the late Roly White, a local supply chain educator and leader. The award will be given to one or more Mihaylo College student recipients studying operations and supply chain management.

In December 2016, Roly White passed away after a brief illness. White was a supply chain professional who had advanced the industry for more than 40 years through the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), one of the world’s premier professional and certification organizations.

White, who was 73, is remembered by many students and professionals as the driving force behind their decisions to pursue careers in the rapidly growing supply chain field.

In honor of his legacy, friends and colleagues established the Roly White Scholarship, which will benefit one or more high-achieving Mihaylo College students with concentrations in operations and supply chain management. The $25,000 endowed award from APICS will be distributed to students according to the discretion of the Department of Management over a multiyear period.

Nick Testa, president-elect of the Orange County Chapter of APICS, notes that White was supportive of education. “He’s always been very enthusiastic about getting the material out and getting students certified,” he says. “We have a warm spot for the business school, because we believe it is an important way to educate leaders.”

Gerard Beenen, chair of the Department of Management, sees a connection between the scholarship and the opportunities in this industry. “The digital economy is revolutionizing how goods and services are configured, selected and ultimately delivered to consumers. This is true in both online and physical retail venues,” he says. “The Roly White Scholarship will help us identify and reward our most promising operations and supply chain management students, who are ready to lead in this new hyper-competitive business environment.”

APICS has long had a close relationship with Cal State Fullerton’s business program, first partnering with the college to develop a supply chain certificate program. The 43,000-member global society, which relies largely on volunteers, offers three respected certificate programs – CPIM, CSCP and the new CLTD – providing endorsement and education for professionals in the field.

For more information on Mihaylo College’s operations and supply chain concentration, visit the Department of Management online or at SGMH 5313.

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Pitch Your Startup Idea and Compete for a $1,500 Scholarship at the Titan Fast Pitch Event

The Titan Fast Pitch provides an introduction to entrepreneurship and business networking. “This is a fun way to develop your startup pitch while competing for scholarship money and networking with local business leaders,” says Travis Lindsay, entrepreneur-in-residence for the CSUF Startup Incubator.

The Titan Fast Pitch provides an introduction to entrepreneurship and business networking. “This is a fun way to develop your startup pitch while competing for scholarship money and networking with local business leaders,” says Travis Lindsay, entrepreneur-in-residence for the CSUF Startup Incubator.

Hundreds of students from local universities, colleges and secondary schools will gather at Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 21 for the annual Titan Fast Pitch, in which the entrepreneurs of tomorrow will present their innovative concepts in a 60-second elevator pitch judged by local business leaders. Register today to enter and compete for scholarships! 

In sixty seconds, you can drive one mile on a Southern California freeway (assuming no traffic) or listen to about a third of your favorite song. You can also forge valuable networks, funding and support for your business concept with a so-called 60-second elevator pitch. Articulating your plan in just one minute can be your ticket to success when meeting with investors, corporate executives or prospective partners. You never know where you’ll meet a potential investor, so be prepared!

Prepare for Your Pitch

Students from Cal State Fullerton and other Orange County schools will hone their delivery at the Titan Fast Pitch on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. More than 60 judges, including Michael Sawitz of FastStart.studio, entrepreneur and consultant Bill Taormina Sr., executive vice president and chief financial officer of Royal Business Bank David Morris, Karl Freels of the Dan Black Family Trust, My-Ngoc Allred of Wells Fargo, and Ash Koumra of Youngry, will provide personalized support for aspiring entrepreneurs in a light-hearted but competitive atmosphere. Continue reading

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From Driverless Cars to the Future of Obamacare: California’s Insurance Commissioner Provides a Snapshot of the Market

California Insurance Commissioner David Jones sees innovation as central to the department’s outreach. “We are very supportive of innovation and we are starting to see new technology, new products and new ways of delivering insurance,” he told attendees at the Insurance Forum at Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 18.

California Insurance Commissioner David Jones sees innovation as central to the department’s outreach. “We are very supportive of innovation and we are starting to see new technology, new products and new ways of delivering insurance,” he told attendees at the Insurance Forum at Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 18.

Insurers collect $289 billion in premiums in California annually, making the state one of the largest insurance markets in the world. Commissioner David Jones discussed the opportunities and challenges California faces in providing coverage for all of the state’s 40 million residents at the Insurance Forum at Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 18.

From regulating the auto insurance market that serves millions of Californians to supporting the commitment to health care for all in the midst of turbulent political times in Washington, D.C., California Insurance Commissioner David Jones has a challenging job.

Since taking office in 2011, the former state assemblyman and legal aid attorney has streamlined the insurance provider licensing process, enabled portability across state lines, established an insurance mechanism for ride-sharing services such as Lyft and Uber, begun the process of updating car insurance regulations for the era of autonomous vehicles, and worked with industry partners to maintain wildfire insurance for homeowners in areas at risk due to climate change and development along the wildland-urban interface.

Providing Insurance for All Californians in Today’s Technological Landscape  

Jones told attendees at the Sept. 18 Insurance Forum presented by Mihaylo College’s Center for Insurance Studies that the mission of the California Department of Insurance is two-fold. Continue reading

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Mihaylo Grad Serves as Legislative Director for California State Assemblyman Mike Gipson

Mihaylo economics alumnus Jay Jefferson credits his career in Sacramento to leadership roles he held as a Mihaylo student. “One of the most important factors in my personal development was my ability to gain exposure to early leadership opportunities. These allowed me to improve my résumé and be an impressive candidate when reviewing work experience for the next opportunity.”

Mihaylo economics alumnus Jay Jefferson credits his career in Sacramento to leadership roles he held as a Mihaylo student. “One of the most important factors in my personal development was my ability to gain exposure to early leadership opportunities. These allowed me to improve my résumé and be an impressive candidate when reviewing work experience for the next opportunity.”

Jay Jefferson II ’12 (economics) is legislative director for California State Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-Carson). In this role, Jefferson leads the representative’s staff on legislative and budgetary priorities for the 64th Assembly District, which encompasses much of the Los Angeles South Bay area. He discusses the path he took to his current position and how students interested in public sector careers can get started.

What was your path to securing your current legislative director position?

I initially came to Sacramento as a result of the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship, which is similar to an internship program and gives 18 fellows an opportunity to serve as direct staff in a legislative office or committee. I was placed in the office of Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, who is now a state senator.

This role gave me a unique opportunity, in which I staffed one of the toughest committees in the California Assembly, the Assembly Health Committee, and staffed four substantive pieces of legislation, in addition to a resolution, while in my first year. This foundation was a launching pad when I started looking for other opportunities once the fellowship was over. Continue reading

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Cal State Fullerton Marketing Senior Katherine Gwaltney ’18 Interns With Adobe in San Francisco

Katherine Gwaltney, an instructional student assistant at the Mihaylo Tutoring Center and a trustee for Associated Students Inc. (ASI), discovered a special vibe in the corporate culture of Adobe. “The energy at tech companies is unparalleled. There is a lot of excitement and responsibility that comes with introducing new products and getting future customers to buy in to the benefits of the product,” she says.

Katherine Gwaltney, an instructional student assistant at the Mihaylo Tutoring Center and a trustee for Associated Students Inc. (ASI), discovered a special vibe in the corporate culture of Adobe. “The energy at tech companies is unparalleled. There is a lot of excitement and responsibility that comes with introducing new products and getting future customers to buy in to the benefits of the product,” she says.

Katherine Gwaltney ’18 spent the summer in San Francisco as an inside sales intern with Adobe Systems’ Experience Cloud, which provides corporate customers with a single platform to manage their business needs and provide optimal customer service. She discusses her experience, what it’s like working in tech companies and how to maximize intern experiences.

What were the duties of your Adobe internship? 

I worked as an inside sales intern with Adobe’s Experience Cloud, an enterprise marketing program designed for businesses that integrates data, insights and technology to improve customer experiences. I focused specifically on a strategic financial services and insurance industry team to build relationships and ultimately sell Experience Cloud solutions to large companies.

Among my duties were identifying key decision-makers; reaching out to them by email, phone or social media; maintaining account partnerships; generating new reports for managing sales data and reaching the most valuable customers; qualifying leads; and engaging with account executives and my entire team to improve the sales process. Continue reading

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