Lakers’ Owner Jeanie Buss is Featured Speaker at Center for Family Business Hall of Fame Awards

Mihaylo Dean Anil Puri (left), Los Angeles Lakers President Jeanie Buss (center) and director of the Center for Family Business Ed Hart (right) at the inaugural Center for Family Business Hall of Fame awards on Jan. 22

Mihaylo Dean Anil Puri (left), Los Angeles Lakers President Jeanie Buss (center) and director of the Center for Family Business Ed Hart (right) at the inaugural Center for Family Business Hall of Fame awards on Jan. 20

Jeanie Buss, president of the Los Angeles Lakers, was the featured speaker at the inaugural Center for Family Business Hall of Fame awards on Jan. 20. Four family-owned businesses were named the inaugural members of the Center for Family Business Hall of Fame, designed to honor outstanding family businesses that make a positive impact on Mihaylo and the local business community.

Jeanie Buss, president of the Los Angeles Lakers, was the featured guest speaker for the inaugural Center for Family Business Hall of Fame awards on Jan. 20, an event honoring outstanding family-owned businesses in the community. Buss discussed her business experience, which has included two years as president of the professional basketball franchise and 15 years as its executive president of business operations. “I have shared some things with people here tonight and I got great feedback,” she said. “That is why the center is so wonderful, because it is really a support for something that’s always in transition and always a process.”

“Having Jeanie Buss as our featured guest speaker brought a level of prestige and credibility to our kickoff event,” says Ed Hart, the center’s director.

Since 1995, Mihaylo’s Center for Family Business has supported local family-owned businesses. Members have the opportunity to learn from experts in a variety of business-related fields, network and learn best practices at regular events and provide opportunities for Mihaylo students.

Seventeen businesses were nominated to be inaugural honorees for the Center for Family Business Hall of Fame. “The four businesses that were selected were nominated and voted on by their peers, which makes their induction even sweeter,” says Hart. The honorees at the Jan. 20 ceremony were States Logistics Services, Cascade Pump Company, Hydraflow and Hill Brothers Chemical Company. “In any sport or walk of life, the Hall of Fame is reserved for the very best of the best,” says Hart.

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OC Panel Discusses the Opportunities and Challenges Women Face in Business

On Jan. 14, 2015, panelists discussed, “Do Women Leaders Think Differently Than Men in Business?”. From left to right are, CEO of Critical Mass Radio Richard Franzi; Tomilee Gill of Executives Unlimited Inc.; Darcie Harris of EWF International; France Dixon Helfer ’78; and John Bradley Jackson, director of Mihaylo’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

On Jan. 14, 2015, panelists discussed, “Do Women Leaders Think Differently Than Men in Business?”. From left to right are, CEO of Critical Mass Radio Richard Franzi; Tomilee Gill of Executives Unlimited Inc.; Darcie Harris of EWF International; France Dixon Helfer ’78; and John Bradley Jackson, director of Mihaylo’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

A panel of three prominent female entrepreneurs and Mihaylo’s John Bradley Jackson, head of the Center for Entrepreneurship, discussed the opportunities and challenges facing women in the business world. The discussion, held on Jan. 14, was moderated by Richard Franzi and broadcast on OC Talk Radio’s “Critical Mass.”

Women comprise a large and growing percentage of business entrepreneurs in America today. “Twenty-nine percent of non-farm businesses in the U.S. are owned by women, contributing $1.2 trillion to the economy,” says John Bradley Jackson, head of Mihaylo’s Center for Entrepreneurship. He notes, “7.8 million women own businesses in the U.S., and one in eleven or twelve women could be described as entrepreneurial.” While only four percent of the CEOs of large corporations are women, significantly underrepresenting the demographic, that figure is rising steadily. By 2040, it is estimated that one-third of American corporations will be headed by female executives.

Jackson and a panel of three female entrepreneurs, Tomilee Gill of Executives Unlimited Inc., France Dixon Helfer ’78, a CSUF biological sciences alumna, healthcare entrepreneur and executive advisor; and Darcie Harris, founder and CEO of EWF International and the Alpha Mare Academy, explored the opportunities and challenges women face in the business world, particularly in management and entrepreneurial positions, during the “Do Women Leaders Think Differently than Men in Business?” discussion on Jan. 14 at Mihaylo’s O’Brien Center.

Richard Franzi, CEO of Critical Mass for Business, which produces the “Critical Mass” radio program on OC Talk Radio, moderated the discussion, which was broadcast on radio, YouTube and podcast.

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Laptops and iPads or Notebook and Pencil: Does High-Tech or Low-Tech Help Academic Performance?

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Tal Gross, assistant professor at Columbia University, wrote in an opinion piece for The Washington Post that he has resolved to ban laptops from his classroom in 2015, believing it causes distraction and hurts student performance. A Mihaylo professor and undergraduate student share their views on this controversial subject.

In most college courses, a majority of the students spend the lecture working on their laptops or iPads. While sometimes used for note-taking, these high-tech gadgets are often used to browse the internet, check social media or send emails to friends. Tal Gross, assistant professor for health policy and management at Columbia University, explained in an opinion piece for The Washington Post on Dec. 30, 2014 that he has decided to ban laptops from his classes in 2015, harking back to the era of pencils and paper note taking.

“Since most students can type very quickly, laptops encourage them to copy down nearly everything said in the classroom,” Gross wrote. “But when students stare at the screen of their laptops, something is lost. The students shift from being intellectuals, listening to one another, to being customer-service representatives, taking down orders. Class is supposed to be a conversation, not an exercise in dictation.”

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Gross points to recent research that shows that students taking notes via paper and pencil score much higher on examinations than students that take notes on their laptops. This research further reveals that when a student uses a laptop during a lecture, nearby students are also distracted. Among these studies is the report “In-class laptop use and its effects on student learning” by Winona State University psychology professor Carrie B. Fried. That report notes that “students who used laptops in class spent considerable time multitasking and that laptop use posed a significant distraction to both users and fellow students.”

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Mihaylo Graduation Specialist Helps Students Avoid the Roadblocks to Graduation

Mihaylo graduation specialist Ashley Stilley discusses common roadblocks to graduation, programs available to help students stay on track and helpful tools to assess graduation progress.

“My experience with Ashley Stilley is by far the best I have had throughout all the years I have gone to school,” a student wrote in an online questionnaire to rate the service of Mihaylo’s graduation specialist. “Right before my graduation, I faced an issue with my Titan Degree Audit, and no one was really helpful except her.  Before talking to her, I felt I was running around in circles on campus, and it was difficult to find someone who could help me find a solution.  She was so understanding and helpful and completely understood my situation.  She is amazing at her job.  I am glad we have her at Cal State Fullerton.”

Graduation Specialist Ashley Stilley

Graduation Specialist Ashley Stilley

Graduation is the ultimate goal of college students, yet academic difficulties, financial hardship and personal responsibilities sometimes prevent students from reaching that goal. Graduation specialist Ashley Stilley advises students on how to complete their degree programs efficiently.

“One of the main reasons students fail to graduate when they intended is not knowing where they are in their degree progression or what their graduation requirements are,” Stilley says. “Creating plans, ideally with advisors, helps students stay on track and avoid roadblocks to timely graduation.”

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Addiction to Social Media Networks: What Students Need to Know

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Social media platforms, such as Facebook, provide up-to-date, accessible and personalized communication, yet they also have the potential to become addictive. Mihaylo Professor Ofir Turel discusses how to use social media constructively.

A 2012 survey of CSUF students conducted by Mihaylo Professor Ofir Turel revealed a campus community well-connected to social media platforms such as Facebook. Survey participants reported that they added an average of 7.53 Facebook friends per week, added two updates per day to their Facebook pages and spent an average of 1.89 hours per day on Facebook.

“Any application that provides variable and strong rewards and is regularly accessible is potentially addictive,” says Turel, an information systems and decision sciences professor. “With social media, you never know what friends have posted, so it encourages regular use.” However, he notes that the accessibility and rewards of social media use do not necessarily equate to addictive behaviors, as only a certain percentage of individuals are susceptible to addiction-like symptoms.

Mihaylo ISDS Professor Ofir Turel

Mihaylo ISDS Professor Ofir Turel

For those that do develop addictive symptoms, there can be serious negative results. “Such ‘addictions’ can result in academic failure, sleep deprivations, social isolation, health issues and many other impairments for adolescents and young adults; they can also result in reduced work performance and marital discord and separation for adults,” Turel and four other professors wrote in the 2014 study, Examination of Neural Systems Sub-serving Facebook ‘Addiction’. The study noted that research generally shows that between 0.7% and 11% of the population are strongly impacted by Internet-based addictive tendencies.

While there is no set criteria for what constitutes excessive or addictive use of social media platforms, Turel explains that use that severely interferes with other important priorities, such as school or work, is a warning sign of addiction. “If you use social media even though you know you need to be studying for an exam, the behavior is becoming unhealthy,” he says.

Turel notes that professional social networks, such as LinkedIn, and blogs generally do not result in addictive behaviors. “This is because the amount and variability of rewards are smaller, unlike the strong and unexpected social rewards users receive on networks such as Facebook,” he says.

For more information on social media and Internet addiction generally, consider taking this online test, a 20-question survey that measures the severity of addictive behaviors. Students may read Turel’s studies on technology addiction and information technology in the workplace here. They may also read a Live Science article featuring Turel’s studies.

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