Hannah Chapman, Mihaylo’s New BICC President, Discusses Student Club Involvement Opportunities

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Hannah Chapman ’16 will be the president of the Business Inter-Club Council (BICC) for the 2015-2016 academic year. She discusses the BICC’s activities and club involvement opportunities for Mihaylo students.

“Club involvement is not only fun, but it provides students with advancement opportunities not available in the classroom,” says Mihaylo accounting student Hannah Chapman ’16, president of the Business Inter-Club Council for the 2015-2016 academic year. “Depending on the club and the experience the student is hoping to gain, clubs can be social outlets, opportunities for networking events with potential employers and a support system. Employers often expect extracurricular involvement, and club involvement is an easy and enjoyable way to meet this requirement.”

Chapman notes that Mihaylo College has an incredibly diverse selection of clubs for its students. “We have clubs that are concentration-specific, fraternity-based and intercultural,” she says. “I encourage new or uninvolved students to talk with club members tabling in the Mihaylo Courtyard during the first few weeks of the semester and during Discoverfest during the second week of the semester to find out about clubs.” A complete listing is also available online at http://mihayloclubs.fullerton.edu.

CSU Fullerton is predominantly a commuter campus, which often equates to lower participation rates in clubs. Still, Chapman believes commuters – and transfer students – can and should get involved. “If you are a commuter, I suggest scheduling classes on the same days as your meetings to save you another drive through traffic,” she says. “Transfer students should get involved right away to meet others with similar academic interests. Practically every organization will provide networking opportunities with employers that can lead to internships and full time jobs,” she says.

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Tiffany Zamora ’15 Discusses Social Networking Careers and Personal Branding

Tiffany Zamora '15

Tiffany Zamora ’15

Mihaylo marketing alumna Tiffany Zamora ’15 is the social media analyst for Conill Advertising in El Segundo, Calif. She discusses careers in the rapidly growing social networking field and tips for students, regardless of career objective, on personal branding.

In the contemporary economy, social media has grown in importance for success in the workplace. According to SocialMediaExaminer.com, a survey of 2,800 marketers revealed that 92% believed social media was important to their businesses in 2014. Even if marketing may not be your career path, strategic use of social networking is vital for job applicants of all kinds, since a recent CareerBuilder study found that 52% of employers research applicants online.

Mihaylo marketing undergraduate alumna Tiffany Zamora ’15 is now a social media analyst at Conill Advertising in El Segundo, Calif., and was recently featured on a blog for the networking site about.me.

She speaks directly to Mihaylo students about the opportunities afforded in social networking careers and how to develop one’s personal brand, regardless of career objective.

What have you found most interesting and surprising about your current job? 

It has already been five months since I started my career as a social media analyst, and I’m learning something new every day.

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2015-2016 Center for Family Business Interim Chair Brings Consulting Expertise to College

JoAnne Norton

JoAnne Norton

Family business consultant JoAnne Norton was appointed as the interim Rick Muth Endowed Chair for Family Business for the 2015-2016 academic year. Norton will teach undergraduate coursework on family business and will lead a research assignment.

For 20 years, Mihaylo College’s Center for Family Business has provided mentorship, networking and research on the local family business community. The center is continuing its tradition of excellence with its selection of JoAnne Norton, a family business consultant, as interim endowed chair during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Norton, a member of the Family Business Consulting Group, has provided consulting to family businesses throughout North America on topics such as family governance, leadership training and communication. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and received her doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University. From 2001 to 2008, she was an adjunct professor for Mihaylo, designing and teaching the undergraduate MGMT 335 – Family Business Dynamics course, which explores the unique challenges and opportunities facing family enterprises. She will again teach the course this fall and spring.

While on campus, Norton will lead a research assignment on the efficacy of peer affinity groups, such as the center’s Women’s CEO Group and Next Generation Young Leaders Groups, at Mihaylo as well as more than 50 other university family business resource centers in the U.S. and Canada. The research will focus on the effectiveness of these targeted groups on the individuals, the companies they lead and the university centers.

For more information on the Center for Family Business, visit them online or at SGMH 5284.

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Jason Khoo ’15: Mihaylo Alumnus Explores Marketing Entrepreneurship

Ron Wave Design graphic designer Ronald Arellano (left) and marketer Jason Khoo ’15 (right).

Ron Wave Design graphic designer Ronald Arellano (left) and marketer Jason Khoo ’15 (right).

Mihaylo marketing alumnus Jason Khoo ’15 and graphic designer Ronald Arellano operate Fullerton-based Ron Wave Design, a marketing agency serving local businesses. Khoo discusses marketing, entrepreneurship, his partnership and his background as BICC president.

“I really believe that if you want to do something and you really like it, just go for it,” Mihaylo marketing alumnus Jason Khoo ’15 says. Khoo and his business partner, graphic designer Ronald Arellano, started Ron Wave Design, a Fullerton-based marketing agency that provides marketing and print services to local Fullerton and Orange County small businesses.

When asked how academics have assisted him in his career, Khoo credits his marketing coursework and the advice of professors and other faculty with his success. “My marketing coursework taught me how to think, do research and be a serious marketer. I learned how to do things the right way,” he says. “The marketing courses were most beneficial when academia and real execution met. In class, it is easy to come up with over-the-top, idealistic campaigns, but the best professors provide guidance on campaign practicality.”

Now as a small business entrepreneur, Khoo still consults regularly with Mihaylo mentors. “Professors Steven Chen, Catherine Atwong and Aubrey LeBard have been particularly helpful,” he says. “I still get campaign ideas from them that I use with my clients.”

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Mihaylo Student Employment Offers Academic and Career Rewards

Student assistant employees at the Mihaylo Tutoring Center, which provides academic tutoring assistance to Mihaylo students.

Student assistant employees at the Mihaylo Tutoring Center, which provides academic tutoring assistance to Mihaylo students.

Working as a student assistant provides Mihaylo students with career experience, financial support and a convenient schedule.

For dozens of CSU Fullerton students, Mihaylo College is not only their school, it is also their workplace. Student assistant employment at Mihaylo College provides practical application for skills learned in class, a convenient work schedule and location, financial support and experience for a résumé.

“We have all heard that it is not what you know, but who you know. Communications skills are key to making these connections,” says Mihaylo accounting and information systems student Hang Pham ’16, a current instructional student assistant at the tutoring center. “Working on campus has prepared me for my career by building my communication skills.”

Calvin Wong ’15, a student assistant in 2014, is now employed by PWC.

Calvin Wong ’15, a student assistant in 2014, is now employed by PWC.

“As a student assistant, I interacted with many fellow students who have different personalities and cultural backgrounds, which has enhanced my customer-service and soft skills,” says accounting and finance alumnus Calvin Wong ’15, a former instructional student assistant at the Mihaylo Tutoring Center. He now works for Pricewater Cooper (PWC), one of the world’s leading professional services companies, and he recommends students investigate the possibility of a student assistant position. “The soft skills and time management that I learned from working and going to school at Mihaylo has provided opportunities for success in my career.”

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