New Mihaylo Course Helps Students Transition to University Life

Mihaylo students in the college lobby. BUAD 300 is designed to help students transition to university business programs.

Mihaylo students in the college lobby. BUAD 300 is designed to help students transition to university business programs.

Mihaylo College will be offering BUAD 300-Professional and Career Development for the first time this fall, a course to assist transfer students in their transition to university life. Mihaylo Management Associate Professor David Obstfeld, who helped design the course, and Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Student Success Jenny Zhang discusses the course and what students can gain from it.

For both freshman and transfer students, transitioning to a university-level business education can be rewarding, yet challenging. This fall, the college is offering BUAD 300-Professional and Career Development to assist students in their transition, while providing a solid foundation for future academic and professional success.

“The creation of BUAD 300 was the result of assembling student and faculty talent, supplemented with some of the most effective managers and executives in Orange County and the country,” says Mihaylo Management Associate Professor David Obstfeld, who helped design the course. “We recognize that there are some stumbling blocks that prevent undergraduates from crystallizing their professional vision, developing the knowledge and social skills to progress rapidly through their years at Mihaylo, and graduating with good jobs.”

While most university retention efforts are focused on freshmen, transfer students can also benefit from such programs. “Transfer students can be both ahead and behind newly incoming freshmen,” says Mihaylo Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Student Success Jenny Zhang. “They are ahead, in that they have more life experience, academic success in their previous school prior to CSUF admission and likely two or more years of work experience. On the other hand, the university environment, especially at a large public institution such as CSUF, is quite different from community college. It often requires a student to take more initiative.  The expectations and rigor of the classes at Mihaylo differs from what transfer students have experienced in the past. Transfer students who are used to a community college environment may be caught by surprise.”

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Board Members’ Technical Knowledge: How Does It Impact Organizations?

Mihaylo ISDS Professor Ofir Turel

Mihaylo ISDS Professor Ofir Turel

Information technology (IT) is now one of the most important factors in organizational success across many fields and is increasingly viewed as a crucial management function. Mihaylo ISDS Professor Ofir Turel examines the importance of board of director-level IT governance on organizational performance in a study examining 171 board members.

“Getting the CEO of a company involved in technology oversight used to be quite an achievement,” says Mihaylo ISDS Professor Ofir Turel. Yet he notes that as technology becomes an increasingly vital aspect of corporate culture, IT has evolved from the 1970s and 1980s when it was largely separate from management decisions.  Today, the chief information officer (CIO) is part of the top management team in many organizations and CEOs care more about how technology might help or impact their businesses. “The trend over the last several years has been to push management involvement and oversight even further and get the board of directors involved in IT issues,” he says.

Turel notes that there are several factors encouraging boards of directors to take a more active role in IT oversight. These include the boards’ responsibility to shareholders, which expect reasonable assurances on the viability and accuracy of data in keeping with the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act; risk reduction; and considering new opportunities for technology use which may help companies gain or sustain competitive advantage.

“The board gets involved by asking management the right questions in meetings, thus triggering action within the organization,” he says. “For example, if the board asks the CEO and the CIO whether the organization has done enough to protect information assets, it may result in relevant IT security plans, purchases and procedures.

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Mihaylo’s Gianneschi Center Offers Training for Nonprofits This Summer

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Anne Olin of The Olin Grup

Daniel McQuaid

Daniel McQuaid of OneOC

Mihaylo College’s Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research is hosting its 10th annual Summer School for Nonprofits this August, providing keynote speakers and instruction for local nonprofit organizations.

The nonprofit sector is an increasingly vital facet of the Orange County and Southern California economies: According to the Orange County Community Indicators Project, the number of financially active nonprofits in the county rose nearly 70% from 2000 to 2010; the growth rate nationally was 28%. The county’s increase is all the more remarkable considering a sharp decline in most organizations’ revenue in the wake of the Great Recession.

Since 1996, Mihaylo’s Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research has stored data and statistics on the local nonprofit sector and provided startup information for new nonprofits. Among the center’s activities is the annual Summer School for Nonprofits. Now in its 10th year, this summer’s program, scheduled for August 10 through 13 at Mihaylo College, will provide training and instruction for representatives of local organizations. “Attendees will actively engage in learning about the subjects most critical to the nonprofit sector today,” Gianneschi Center Marketing Specialist Alison Manganiello ’15 says. “This year, for the first time, organizations can choose between three learning tracks (beginner, intermediate and advanced) and are allowed to send multiple representatives. Thus, more people can be trained on matters most critical to their organization.”

Manganiello notes that today’s nonprofits face both challenges and opportunities. “Some of the greatest challenges nonprofits face are fundraising, lack of sufficient resources, increased competition and difficulty spreading the message. One of the greatest opportunities is social media, which helps nonprofits of all sizes reach a larger audience and spread the word faster,” she says.

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Golf Tournament Successfully Raises Funds for Mihaylo College

The Mihaylo dean and the winning foursome at the Mihaylo Golf Classic. From left, Mihaylo Dean Anil Puri, Kim Trowbridge, Joe Ferrucci ’93, John Hartwig and Jason Laurence.

The Mihaylo dean and the winning foursome at the Mihaylo Golf Classic. From left, Mihaylo Dean Anil Puri, Kim Trowbridge, Joe Ferrucci ’93, John Hartwig and Jason Laurence.

The 21st annual Mihaylo College Golf Classic was held on June 22, resulting in $116,000 to fund the college. Over the past two decades, the annual event has raised more than $1 million, helping to ensure a world-class business education for CSU Fullerton business majors.

Mihaylo alumni, staff and donors from throughout the Orange County community gathered at the Pelican Hill Golf Club in the Newport Coast area of Newport Beach for the 21st annual Mihaylo Golf Classic, which funds student scholarships and services. This year’s tournament raised $116,000, bringing the total for the past two decades to more than $1 million. The 2015 event was sold out with 156 golfers.

Bootleggers Brewery was among the sponsors of the Mihaylo Golf Classic. Pictured above, the brewery’s founder, Aaron Barkenhagen ’07 and his wife, Patricia.

Bootleggers Brewery was among the sponsors of the Mihaylo Golf Classic. Pictured above, the brewery’s founder, Aaron Barkenhagen ’07 and his wife, Patricia.

Foursome Jason Laurence, Joe Ferrucci ’93, John Hartwig and Kim Trowbridge won first place at the tournament.

The Mihaylo College would like to thank the event’s title sponsor, Helpmates Staffing Services, as well as the other sponsors, including Southern Counties Lubricants, Crexendo, 24 Carrots, Bootleggers Brewery, Ninkasi Brewing Company and Red Bull.

Additional photos of the event are available on this Flickr page.

For more on next year’s tournament, contact Associate Director of Development Micah Howard at mihoward@fullerton.edu.

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Introducing Mike Daniel, Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Mike Daniel '99

Mike Daniel ’99

Mihaylo business administration alumnus Mike Daniel ’99 is the new director of the CSU Fullerton office of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which provides no-cost business advising to small business owners. He discusses his academic and professional background and the mission and activities of the SBDC.

For many business startups, Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide business advising and access to capital. Partially funded by the federal Small Business Administration (SBA),there are currently six SBDC offices in Orange County and the Inland Empire, which assist more than 5,000 business owners annually.

“Small Business Development Centers act as the economic development hub for the regions they serve and are the voice of the local small- business community,” says Mihaylo business administration alumnus Mike Daniel ’99, who took office as director of the Mihaylo College SBDC office on June 29. “Each SBDC has a team of experts who have real-world experience as small-business owners. They assist local entrepreneurs in business planning, access to capital, marketing, website creation, legal structures and accounting.”

In 2014, the Orange County/Inland Empire SBDC network assisted more than 120 business startup in accessing $275 million in capital.

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