Cal State Fullerton Commencement 2017: Go Titans!

Mihaylo College’s class of 2017 can now officially call themselves college graduates.  We look forward to all of the amazing things you’re going to do.  Remember that you’re Titans for life.

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California by Tent or RV: A Look at Seven Summer Camping Getaways

Yosemite National Park is a familiar site for Mac users, but there’s nothing like seeing it in person. Tent, RV or cabin camping provides a first-hand look at all that makes Yosemite one of the world’s leading outdoor recreation destinations. Photo from Pixabay

Yosemite National Park is a familiar site for Mac users, but there’s nothing like seeing it in person. Tent, RV or cabin camping provides a first-hand look at all that makes Yosemite one of the world’s leading outdoor recreation destinations. Photo from Pixabay

From Yosemite National Park to Southern California beach towns, California has no shortage of places to pitch your tent or set up your RV for a stimulating and affordable overnight or weekend. Here are seven camping destinations within a day’s drive.

  1. Angeles National Forest

The mountains behind Los Angeles provide more than 1,000 square miles of natural recreation, including tent and RV camping, as well as cabin rentals. The region directly north of campus is the San Gabriel River Ranger District, which offers rustic tent and RV camping for $12 per night at Coldbrook Campground off San Gabriel Canyon Road. Buckhorn Campground, located at 6,460-foot elevation, is a sure escape from the summer heat offering a place to get close to nature amid shady pine trees and clean mountain air. Continue reading

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As Baby Boomers Leave, Opportunities Open for the Next Generation of Surety Bond Professionals

Dan Huckabay ’03, president of Commercial Surety Bond Agency, believes that the surety bond industry has a bright future as the field transitions to a younger generation.

Dan Huckabay ’03, president of Commercial Surety Bond Agency, believes that the surety bond industry has a bright future as the field transitions to a younger generation. Photo by Matt Gush

Think of careers in finance and the surety bond industry may not come to mind. Yet the field is a lucrative and rewarding career path for today’s young professionals. Mihaylo Finance Alumnus and Executive Council President Dan Huckabay ’03 discusses how students and alumni can position themselves for success in this field.

When Bob Foster came to Commercial Surety Bond Agency (CSBA) in 1989, he was seeking support for a $7,000 subcontract. Today, his contracting company, R.C. Foster Corporation, is leading the construction of water treatment plans in Southern California, including a $6.8 million project in Corona, and is still a loyal client of CSBA. From real estate development to freeway construction, building projects are the lifeblood of the Southern California economy. Local governments, school districts, universities and housing developers rely on surety bonds to ensure that projects will be completed on time.

As baby boomers retire, the industry is seeking new professionals, with most insurance companies actively seeking to fill positions such as underwriters. Alumni who enter the field often have finance, accounting or banking backgrounds.  Continue reading

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Do Chambers of Commerce Matter in the 21st Century?

From the world’s largest cities to towns with fewer people than the Mihaylo student body, chambers of commerce are pivotal in advocating for the business interest of communities. Photo from Pixabay

From the world’s largest cities to towns with fewer people than the Mihaylo student body, chambers of commerce are pivotal in advocating for the business interest of communities. Photo from Pixabay

Decades ago, joining the local chamber of commerce was one of the premier ways of building a business’ reputation, network, funds and contacts. In today’s wired world, Yelp, Kickstarter and LinkedIn fulfill many of these needs. However, local communities need the support and representation that chambers provide more than ever.

Google almost any city or town and among the top results is the local chamber of commerce. Established to promote the business interests of the communities they serve, chambers attract visitors, encourage investment, seek to create a pro-business regulatory environment, and support mutually beneficial outcomes for the diverse employers and workforce of an area.

With the rise of the internet, many observers sang the swan song of the chamber institution. But for many business leaders, chambers remain an integral way of building face-to-face and virtual contacts needed to keep their operations running.

Helping a Chamber Maximize Its Potential

To explore the mission, activities, opportunities, challenges and future of chambers of commerce, I conducted an extensive communication audit of the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce (GCVCC) as my graduate project to earn my M.A. in communications at Cal State Fullerton. Continue reading

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Mihaylo Economics Professor Robert Michaels Retires After 47 Years of Teaching

Robert Michaels says he has witnessed the Cal State Fullerton business program develop to world-class standing: “We are one of the most published institutions in the country not offering doctoral degrees.”

Robert Michaels says he has witnessed the Cal State Fullerton business program develop to world-class standing: “We are one of the most published institutions in the country not offering doctoral degrees.”

Mihaylo Economics Professor Robert Michaels has spent more than 47 years studying and teaching business. His specialty is industrial economics, particularly related to the electricity and natural gas fields. He looks back on his career, with advice for today’s students and alumni considering opportunities in economics.

For Robert Michaels, an economics career began as an extension of science coursework at the University of Chicago in the 1960s. “I was in college and like all smart kids in those days, I studied science,” he recalls. His university did not offer business majors, so economics courses were available as electives. “I took an economics elective in my third year, and I did well in it.”

By the time he completed his undergraduate degree with an economics focus in 1965, he had studied under the late Nobel Prize laureates George Stigler and Robert Fogel.

While working for the nonprofit Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, D.C., Michaels recognized the importance of an economics education. “I realized economics provided a knowledge of the world that other people did not have,” he says. Continue reading

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