Finance Students Present $5,000 From Their Investment Profits to Tutoring Center

Mihaylo Tutoring Center Director Emeline Yong (left) receives a $5,000 check from students in the ASAP investment program on May 1.

Mihaylo Tutoring Center Director Emeline Yong (left) receives a $5,000 check from students in the ASAP investment program on May 1.

The Mihaylo Applied Securities Analysis Program (ASAP), which provides real-world investment portfolio opportunities for finance students, presented their second annual $5,000 gift to the Mihaylo Tutoring Center on May 1.

For Mihaylo finance undergraduate and graduate students, the ASAP program provides an opportunity to manage real-world investment portfolios. The program’s investment returns resulted in a $5,000 gift to the Mihaylo Tutoring Center, which offers free peer tutoring and breakout sessions for student study.

Mihaylo Finance Professor Michael Milligan, instructor and managing director of the ASAP program, notes that the concept of benefiting the Tutoring Center grew out of  a $1.5 million gift from investor and alumnus Jeff Van Harte ’80 to expand the student investment fund. “Van Harte wanted a way to fund the tutoring center on an ongoing basis,” Milligan explains. “He and Mihaylo Dean Anil Puri agreed that having the students manage the funds with the profits going to the tutoring center would allow the ASAP students to learn while helping the tutoring center reap tangible benefits.” The ASAP program hopes to provide a donation to the tutoring center each year.

“We plan to use the ASAP gift to provide additional hours of tutoring service to our students,” Mihaylo Tutoring Center Director Emeline Yong says.

For more on the ASAP program, visit them online or contact Milligan at

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CSUF AMA Chapter Ranked First in the State in International Collegiate Conference

The CSUF Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) displays their Silver Chapter and Outstanding Marketing Week awards

The CSUF Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) displays their Silver Chapter and Outstanding Marketing Week awards

The CSU Fullerton chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) was recognized in a number of areas at the International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans this spring, including the highest ranking among California chapters, capping a stellar year for the student club.

The CSU Fullerton chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) received the highest ranking among AMA chapters in California at the annual International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans this spring. The chapter was also upgraded from a Bronze Top 19 Chapter to a Silver Top 14 Chapter out of the association’s 350 chapters, an honor based on individual chapter performance.

The Fullerton student members participated in the Collegiate Case Competition, sponsored by Vitamin Water, and the SABRE Business Simulation Competition for the first time. The two events simulate real-world marketing situations designed to give marketing students practical experience.

CSUF AMA President Stephanie Mitri ’16

CSUF AMA President Stephanie Mitri ’16

“CSUF AMA represented CSUF and the Mihaylo College of Business in an incredibly positive light,” Mitri says. “We are so proud of the team for their hard work and dedication to excellence and look forward to seeing their growth in the future.”Individual Mihaylo student members of the AMA were also honored at the event. Mihaylo business administration students Stephanie Mitri ’16, the chapter’s president, and Christopher Tyau ’15, the chapter’s vice president of programming, competed in the Marketing Strategy Competition and ranked ninth nationally and first in the state out of 98 colleges and universities. Victoria Luong ’16, a Mihaylo marketing student and the chapter’s director of special events, led the Fullerton AMA to the Outstanding Marketing Week award, recognizing the local chapter’s annual five-day Marketing Week, featuring speakers and professional development workshops.

The CSUF chapter of the AMA has provided networking, professional development and industry speaker events for students of all majors interested in marketing as a career since 1967.The association meets twice each month during the fall and spring semesters on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at TSU Hettebrink. For more information, visit them online or email them at

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Mark Mantey Honored as Advisor of the Year

Mark Mantey

Mark Mantey

Students nominated Mihaylo Sales Leadership Center Co-director Mark Mantey as Advisor of the Year for the annual Tuffy Awards, which recognizes excellence among faculty, students and friends of CSU Fullerton.

“Mark is more than an advisor to the center’s leadership team; he has become a close friend,” Laura Arrona ’15, student president of the Sales Leadership Center, wrote in her recommendation for Mark Mantey as Advisor of the Year. “He truly is focused on helping students, and it shows in the interactions he has with students every day. His support makes him the first person I think of when I need career advice.”

On April 8, Mantey was declared the recipient of the Advisor of the Year award at the annual Tuffy Awards, which recognize faculty members, students and programs through university Student Life & Leadership. The advisor award honors a CSU Fullerton faculty member or a partner in the community that maintains positive communication with an on-campus club or organization, including mentoring and support for involved students.

Since Mantey assumed the directorship of the six-year-old Sales Leadership Center, membership among both Mihaylo students and the broader CSU Fullerton study body has increased to 86 active members, with more than 150 student attendees at major center events. “With professional and industry experience, Mark has been able to provide numerous contacts from different companies within various industries who provide sales opportunities for college students,” read the student nomination. “These connections have allowed students to network with recruiters and executives in order to obtain internships and full-time job opportunities in sales.” Under his leadership, the center has secured 16 corporate sponsors and attracted 30 other companies to participate in the center’s events, which include networking opportunities, sales training and sales competitions.

“When deciding on the clubs and organizations I wanted to be involved with on campus, Mr. Mantey  was a huge reason why I decided to be a part of the Sales Leadership Center,” Crystal Ibarra ’16 wrote in her recommendation. “He cares so much about the care and wellbeing of his students. I knew that being a part of his center I would have a mentor and a friend who would guide me in the right direction throughout my college career. I can honestly say that Mr. Mantey will play a huge part in the reason for my future success. ”

For more on the Sales Leadership Center, visit them online or on campus at SGMH 5357B on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Executive Council Recognizes Mihaylo Honors Student and Management Professor

Amber Jeanseau ’15

Amber Jeanseau ’15

Mihaylo’s Executive Council has selected Amber Jeanseau ’15, a marketing honors undergraduate, as the 2015 Outstanding Student and Mihaylo Management Professor Shaun Pichler as the 2015 Distinguished Faculty.

For the past year, Amber Jeanseau ’15 has been president of Mihaylo’s Business Honors Program, which provides high-potential business students with opportunities for challenging academics, classroom and extracurricular activities and individualized career mentoring. An honors student herself, Jeanseau is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor‘s degree in business administration – marketing. She was named the 2015 Outstanding Student by Mihaylo’s Executive Council on May 13. The award recognizes one outstanding business student each year for academic achievement, university or community service and career strategy.

Mihaylo Management Professor Shaun Pichler

Mihaylo Management Professor Shaun Pichler

Mihaylo Associate Management Professor Shaun Pichler is the recipient of the council’s annual Distinguished Faculty award. The Michigan State University alumnus teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human resources and organizational behavior. His research, which focuses on workplace diversity and inclusion, employee appraisal, career/family concerns and international human resources, has appeared in numerous journals since he joined the college faculty in 2009. Pichler was nominated for the award based on teaching performance, research and creative activity and service to the university and community.

The Mihaylo Executive Council provides financial support and professional advising for Mihaylo College. Comprised of professionals from throughout Southern California, the council increases the visibility of the college, provides scholarships, mentors business students and financially supports the Mihaylo Tutoring Center. For more about the council and its activities, visit them online.

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Initial Cohort of Online Degree Students Prepares for Graduation


The first cohort of students in Mihaylo’s online B.A. in Business Administration (BABA) program will attend graduation this month. Mihaylo Senior Advisor Farifteh Shahbazian discusses the program and the graduating class.

Among the thousands of CSU Fullerton students donning caps and gowns this month will be several Mihaylo students who have never attended classes at the Fullerton campus. They are among the first cohort of graduates from the college’s fully online B.A. in Business Administration (BABA) program, which debuted in fall 2012. These students will complete their coursework at the end of the summer session in August.

“Students in the program come from a variety of backgrounds,” Farifteh Shahbazian, a Mihaylo undergraduate advisor, says. “Most are older than the traditional college student, work full- or part-time and are returning to college after a period of absence. Many are former CSU Fullerton students who started their degree in on-campus programs and have found that an online format best fits their lifestyle, which often demands the balance of work, school and family responsibilities.”

Shahbazian notes that online coursework is anything but easy. “The courses are accelerated, so it can be challenging at first to keep up with the material,” she says. “Yet we have found that once students complete their first semester, they develop the necessary time management skills for success.”

She notes that interest in online programs is increasing. “We are seeing steady growth of our online program each fall and spring semester as we admit new cohorts of students,” she says. “We hope to expand the reputation of the Mihaylo College as one of the leading business programs in Southern California as well as one of the leading online programs in the nation.”

For more information on the online BABA degree, visit the program website.

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