Winter Gala- Recap of a Magical Night

Ever winter, the Business Honors Program sponsors a Gala to celebrate the end of the Fall semester. This event is typically held at a hotel or similar venue, and includes a dinner, speakers, and dancing. Also, the Gala committee chooses a charity which some proceeds will go to; this gives CSUF Business Honors students an opportunity to both celebrate their achievements and give back to the community. CHOC was the chosen charity for the 2014 Winter Gala, and the chosen theme was Masquerade.


For 2014, the BH Winter Gala was held at the Fullerton Marriott, located across from Mihaylo Hall at California State University, Fullerton. When this venue was chosen, food was included with the venue contract. As Winter Gala Team Member Janae Jennings stated, “To keep our costs low, we did not have much choice with the food. However, we were very pleased with the food choices that the Marriott provided.” Because this is a charity event, it follows that the Gala team chose to keep their costs low by not spending excessively on the dinner portion of the night. The food served consisted of “pasta with two different sauce options, salad, bread, and steamed vegetables on the buffet table. There were also an assortment of different miniature cakes and desserts” (Jennings).

The Winter Gala had an attendance of 120 students, which included both Business Honors members and their dates, if they chose to bring one. The inside of ballroom was set up with round tables and chairs on each side of the room, with a dance floor and mic’d stage in the middle. During the evening, a family who benefited from CHOC’s help were able to attend the event and share their story.


Pictured: The family that attended and spoke about their story and how CHOC helped them.

Later that night, after the dinner portion, the DJ began to play and Business Honors students crowded to the dance floor. The chosen DJ, Bryan Escalante, was picked based on his familiarity to a Winter Gala Team Member, Alyse Russell, who had worked with him before. Also, his rate was within the event’s budget, as they were being fiscally responsible toward all aspects of the Gala.

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This event raised over $550 for CHOC and $300 for Business Honors, “which will help support the food and drinks in the Business Honors Center” (Jennings). Also, as she shared with me in reference to the Winter Gala Committee, “We were all very happy with the outcome of the event.”

Great job Winter Gala Committee! It was a wonderful evening and we look forward to the 2015 Winter Gala!



Boeing For More..

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( From left to right: John Veta, Charles Woon,Sohail Tehrani, and Dustin Gillis)

Laura Romine- Asst. Blog Manager:

This September, seven teams of students from Cal State Fullerton responded to Boeing’s case study. Their responses addressed the question of how Boeing could continue their scheduled construction of 300 Chinook helicopters for the U.S. military by 2020, while also building a fleet of 24 Chinooks for the United Kingdom military by 2021. A team titled “Boeing for More”, made up of Dustin Gillis, John Veta, Charles Woon, and Sohail Tehrani, won the Mihaylo case study competition and will continue on to face CSU Long Beach in a competition at the Boeing offices in El Segundo.

I was able to ask the “Boeing for More” team some questions regarding their participation in the competition, what they believe they learned from it, and their thoughts on competing against CSULB. Read on below:

Q: Why did you decide to participate in the Case Study Competition?

A (John Veta):I knew I wanted to participate in the Boeing Case Study Competition months before even applying to transfer to CSUF. I heard so much about the honors program and how they have done so well in the competition in the past. I worked extremely hard to be accepted into the Business Honors Program after being accepted to CSUF. I then focused my goal on winning the case competition, and I knew I could if I brought the right team together. As someone who is also working towards a pilots license, I have always had a passion for aerospace, and flying. Having a career at Boeing is something that is very special to me, and it is a goal I am striving to achieve. I knew that doing well in the competition demonstrates a work ethic and skill set that are important when working at a company like Boeing.

A (Sohail Tehrani): My interest for Case Analysis was sparked by the BUAD 301 class I took over this past summer; I did well in the class and really enjoyed the writing aspect of the class. Naturally, I wanted to challenge myself when it came to business case analysis and saw this competition as an excellent opportunity to do just that. The fact that it was for such as a prestigious company such as Boeing was also a huge i

Q: What do you feel you have learned from the project? How has it bettered you?

A (JV): This project has taught me the importance of having a cohesive team and strong work ethic. We got to experience a real world situation, and while doing so, we learned a lot about Boeing’s productions plans, operations, and LEAN practices. I enjoyed the opportunity to present in front of Boeing officials, and I feel better prepared to face business situations within the aerospace industry.

A (ST): There were a lot of positives that came from working on this case; the main one was the confidence I gained as far as my ability to succeed at the University level. Being a transfer student and it being my first semester at CSUF, I have been met with plenty of challenges in my brief career here, so succeeding in such a difficult competition really gave me a boost and assured me that I was on the right track. Although I felt my critical thinking, communication, and public speaking skills were well developed, participating in this case definitely helped me to take those skills to the next level. Just the fact that we presented in front of executives from a company such as Boeing gave us an immense amount of invaluable experience.

Q: How did this experience and group compare with other projects you’ve worked on and groups you’ve worked with?

A (JV): This group project was very different because the complexity of the Boeing case forced us to really dig deep into its material. It required a vast amount of outside research in order to build realistic assumptions and recommendations. Sharing the common goal of wanting to win kept us focused and determined to get the work done. The moment we were briefed at the kickoff for this case, we realized that in about three weeks time we would be presenting in front of some very important officials at Boeing and we better have put the work in. It was a type of pressure that you don’t get in other group settings.

A (ST): Since this was a project that was outside of the classroom, we really had to push ourselves to stay motivated throughout the entire process; our team had a lot of passion going into this competition and that really helped to carry us through it. We’ve all worked on class projects with groups where 1 or 2 people end up doing all of the work; that was far from the case with this project. I had an amazing team of hard working gentlemen; we all contributed equally in producing the final project and that aspect really came through in our presentation. Our team was also made up entirely of transfer students from Junior Colleges who are in the Business Honors Program, so those commonalities really made the bond between us quite strong.

Q: Are you looking forward to competing against CSULB?

A (JV): I am extremely excited for the final round against CSULB. It is truly an honor to have made it this far. We are still working very hard to perfect our presentation, and I am confident that the work we have put in will show during the final competition. LETS GO TITANS!

A (ST): Of course I am excited to compete against CSULB! They are our rivals, so I feel a lot of pride in going up against CSULB and representing all Titans. We definitely respect the competition, but we are also confident that we are going to bring home this win for CSUF, Mihaylo, and the Business Honors Program.

Wish these gentlemen luck in their upcoming head-to-head! We know they will make us proud.



“Before I Die Wall”

Here it is!**On September 30th- October 2nd, the Business Honors Program presented the 2nd annual “Before I Die Wall”… Read below as Assistant Blog Manager Laura Romine, a BH Sophmore has reported on the event, enjoy!


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“Before I Die Wall”, as described by James Dabbah

This week, Business Honors Brand Management Team put on its second ever “Before I Die Wall”, a visibility event designed to promote the BH Program. Black painted walls were set up in the CSUF Mihaylo Courtyard, adorned with the painted-on line “Before I die, I want to ______.” The wall was set up from Tuesday, September 30, to Thursday, October 2, 2014. Students were welcomed to write their dreams and aspirations on the wall with the colorful chalk provided.

Pictured: The Before I Die Wall in from the SGMH

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Pictured: BH students Kathryn Delatorre, Carly Fipps, and Sascha
Hauser contemplating what to write on the wall.

I was able to chat with James Dabbah, one of the students who worked on the Brand Management Team, about his contributions to the wall and what he felt it does for the program.

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Pictured: James Dabbah

James is a Business Finance Major, with an expected graduation date of May 2017. Read on below:

Q: What did you enjoy most about working on the wall?

A:  “I tangibly felt like a part of the BH program. It felt good to work together with my cohort and build a good bond.”

Q: What do you believe is the effect of the wall?

A: “It gives students a good way to express themselves. No one really gets asked, ‘what do you want to do before you die?’ very often. I believe that writing on the wall is an opportunity to express yourself anonymously. Also, it is great publicity for the BH program.”

Q: Is there anything interesting about the wall you’d like to share, or something people should know?

A: “I would definitely recommend participating and writing down what you want. It’ll help you visualize your goal when you see it written down, and eventually help you to make it happen.”

Q: Do you enjoy being on the Brand Management Team?

A: “Love it.”

Q: What makes you passionate about this project?
A: “I mean, this is peoples’ dreams we’re talking about here. You have to be passionate about your dreams and aspirations.”

James Dabbah is a very active Business Honors student, and also a very kind, caring, and easy going person. Good luck in your future endeavors, James, and great job contributing to the wall. We hope to see you do many more great things with Business Honors!


Michael Coronel Jr.- A Senior With a Vision

mike picSince transferring to Cal State Fullerton last year( Fall 2013) as a Junior, I have had the great privilege of getting to know Michael Coronel Jr. on a more personal level, and have a lot of respect for what he has done for the recruiting team in Business Honors. Michael, one of the youngest of the current senior class at twenty years old and one of my closest friends in the program, continues to challenge himself everyday- between a dual major of Marketing and Finance, a minor in History, being active in University Honors(composed of the whole student body), the creation of a board game “Incendia” set to launch this fall, interning as a digital marketing assistant at a dental office, and performing consulting work for his father, it is hard to believe this 20 year old has any extra time to lead meetings, put together proposals and create a vision to recruit hungry students eager to join the Business Honors program.

Michael’s way of working and laser focus is like nothing I have ever seen in someone this young in years. After spending the year getting to know Mike(he prefers to be called by friends), I have come to realize that it is very unique to find an individual who is not only astoundingly brilliant, but a true friend and comrade who would set aside his own interests in order to ensure his friends are happy and doing well, whether that be in their personal lives or with school(Coronel Jr. definitely helped get me through Economics)… I sat down with “Mike” to discuss in detail his recruiting vision and how exactly this passion to invest in the future talent of Business Honors grew for him. Read along 🙂 ~CH

Name: Michael Coronel Jr.

Major: Marketing, Finance

Minor: History

Graduation Yr: 2016

CH :What made you feel passion for this project?

MCJ: “As I was growing up, I was always fascinated with empire building and military history, and when planning Recruiting, I take many opportunities to link similarities. Commuting students to Mihaylo are based on geography, and teams are the army divisions that need to support each other to win. The overarching project effort is the battlefield, and the leadership structure from me to Amber Jeanseau, our President, is the politics. Officers must lead from the front line and set the example, so our project leaders are right there with the team members.

During my Sophomore year, I wanted to place myself in a leadership role as a warm-up to corporate decision-making later on. So what better way to run a serious project than with your own hobby guiding it?”

CH: You have made a big impact in such a short time, what are some major changes you see compared to last year?

MCJ: “So far the biggest change I’ve seen was a transition from the “I” mentality into a “we mentality”. It needs a lot of work to reach its prime, but it is certainly in motion. One future change I intend is to lay a LOT of groundwork. Groundwork has to come before fieldwork, and this includes mixing the cohorts, laying the leadership structure, swishing around ideas and skills, and getting the research accomplished. Recruiting is open-ended, where we make the rules and objectives, so it’s a lot of fun to build with the three project leaders: Gaby Vallejo, Tania Perez, and Mitchell Berger.”

CH: What Mike do you see for yourself in the future and  have you noticed yourself improve as a business student due to this leadership role?

“Oh absolutely. My best friends can testify as to how far I’ve come since last fall. I’ve discovered that I have a real knack for logistics and team planning. A major portion of that was from taking responsibility and working out setbacks in this project. I notice that I am able to be social in a situation where I do not know anyone, and I naturally speak with more confidence and less ‘umms’. I really hope that this kind of personal enlightenment can happen for every member in recruiting.”

CH: Any last thoughts? Extras things you wish to include?

MCJ: “I strongly believe that being an Honors student offers a better college experience than a student in regular classes. The four year track really develops an individual by the time they graduate, and I don’t mean in test-taking. I see a sharp distinction in confidence, enthusiasm, and vision. These are the skills that employers are looking for, and as Honors students we practice them on a daily basis. This is the kind of opportunity that I want to see transfers and freshmen experience by choosing the BH program as their highway into the real world.”

**We look forward to seeing you shine “Mike”, the possibilities are endless with someone of your intelligence and passion for success, happy 2014-2015!


Finals week, a student’s perspective on ACCT 201A

For all you non accountant majors and even future accountants, let me tell you…Accounting 201A is hard! Unfortunately I have to admit, this class is definitely necessary for the future, no matter what major you are in, so it is absolutely necessary that you take it. It will depend on the professor you get but the workload for this class is not really heavy if you base it on homework, however you will probably have to read the book many times to get an A in the class. I went around and asked those that got an A in the class and how they did it. The one answer I got is read, read, read. Class is typically based on power points and examples and I highly recommend that you read the chapter for that class BEFORE you go to class….or likely you will not understand what the professor is talking about. So read and study hard! The good news is we’re all honors students so an A is definitely attainable! And if self studying isn’t really your thing, I would recommend tutoring which is very helpful! I have utilized the tutoring center a couple times myself and found it very helpful for homework or before a test. And if you ever find yourself having a hard time, just know that you are not alone and there are many of your peers that would be willing to help. And now that we come to an end about this class, all I have to say is, good luck!!


BH Speaker Series III: “Careers In Finance” with Miles Kendall (VONS)

Ever wonder what it would be like in the life of a top Finance Executive at a big company? Well, if you came to our Business Honors Speaker Series on Friday October 19, you would have had the chance to hear from our guest speaker Miles Kendall, Vice President of Finance at VONS, about what living life big is like. And if you were there, you definitely gained some valuable information about his life experience and filled your tummies with delicious Mediterranean food! For those of you that missed this opportunity, luckily, I will share with you some of the tips that he gave us.

We all know that our grades are very important, but in the work force, work experience is just as important. Many employers will pick students with good grades plus work experience over students with just a really high GPA. Our speaker was a person who had great work experience with satisfactory grades. This just goes to show how far we can go as Business Honors students with work or internship experience! One more important thing is that we should not switch jobs too often. Commitment is a problem that many people have. It is understandable that sometimes things can get boring, but when it comes to careers, you can’t just switch it like it is nothing. It’s important to let employers know that you will be a worthy investment and, just like you wouldn’t buy something if you knew you were going to lose it or it was going to break soon, employers don’t like to hire people that will leave soon. If you remember these two key factors, they will be valuable to your decision making in the future. And if you want to get more tips like these, make sure to come out to our future speaker series events!

~Caroline Liang