Mihaylo finance and management alumna Dung Vu ’04 is president of the CSUF Alumni Association for the 2015-2016 academic year. She discusses her campus involvement, the activities of the Alumni Association and her advice to recent Mihaylo graduates.
Mihaylo finance and management alumna Dung Vu ’04 is president of the CSUF Alumni Association for the 2015-2016 academic year. Vu is currently a registered representative of MML Investors Services LLC.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO RECENT MIHAYLO GRADUATES?
Stay involved with CSU Fullerton. Even if you didn’t have a chance to be active as a student, it’s never too late to be active as an alumna. The opportunities to cultivate and establish business and personal relationships are endless. By being engaged and active you are able to create meaningful connections that will help you develop both personally and professionally. I encourage all new grads to also connect to those outside their normal circle; it helps broaden your perspective while providing new opportunities.
HOW WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THAT MIHAYLO ALUMNI GET INVOLVED WITH THEIR ALMA MATER?
Involvement can include taking on a leadership position with an alumni association chapter or club, becoming a mentor to a student, participating in Professor for a Day, assisting in mock interviews or résumé reviews or sitting on a dean’s advisory board. By being involved, I’ve seen both personal and professional development in myself and other individuals who are also active on campus. I highly encourage everyone to consider getting involved in any capacity even if it’s volunteering at our homecoming event or attending the Mihaylo Economic Forecast in the fall or spring.
Alumni can also become involved by giving back financially to the university. Your financial contribution can go towards any area you feel passionately about, such as scholarships, your college programs, specific initiatives or the general fund. It’s a great way to have a legacy while also getting a tax deduction, especially if your company has a matching gift contribution.
WHAT IS THE MISSION AND ACTIVITIES OF THE CSUF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION?
Recent graduates might be familiar with the CSUF Alumni Association from the Harris alumni directory opportunity. By joining the Alumni Association, graduates have the opportunity to join multiple networks while taking advantage of the various benefits and resources available to all association members. The association is run by a board of directors, an active group of alumni who volunteer to represent all Titan graduates.
We plan Alumni Association programs, events and benefits, and serve as an advisory committee for alumni activities with the university. The members of the board serve altruistically, as we foster, cultivate and maintain a unified alumni association. Our goal is to keep alumni informed about the university, developing exciting and engaging events and programs that will ensure the growth of the university and its alumni community. As a group and individually, we support the university in a variety of ways, including seeking financial, legislative and civic support for Cal State Fullerton.
HOW HAS YOUR MIHAYLO EDUCATION BENEFITED YOU IN YOUR CAREER?
Taking classes in economics, accounting, investment, insurance and especially the finance classes related to the financial planning track provided me with the knowledge I needed to understand the complex topics and see how they are all inter-related in real-world scenarios.
While going to school, I also worked for a property and casualty company. By working in the financial services industry and taking classes in the same subject matter, it elevated my learning curve, as I was able to review a client’s overall portfolio and see the impact on how insurance and investment play an important role in their financial future.
For more on the CSUF Alumni Association, visit them at the George G. Golleher Alumni House, call 657-CSU-ALUM, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them online. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.