Harpreet Bath ’15: From ASI President to Amazon Campus Site Manager

Amazon is developing new ways to reach out to customers, with the leadership of innovators such as Harpreet Bath ’15.

Amazon is developing new ways to reach out to customers, with the leadership of innovators such as Harpreet Bath ’15.

Mihaylo management alumnus Harpreet Bath ’15 is remembered by many students as the first Sikh to hold the student body presidency in the Cal State system. Today, he is a campus site manager for the online retail giant Amazon at UC San Diego. Bath discusses his career, his Mihaylo College experience and hopes for the future.

Harpreet Bath ’15 has been a trendsetter since he started his degree program at Mihaylo College in 2010. From leading the CSUF Finance Association to a Business Inter-Club Council (BICC) “Best Organization” award to making history as president of Associated Students Inc. (ASI), he has prioritized leadership opportunities for his personal development.

Nearly two years after completing his undergraduate degree, Bath discusses his current role working for Amazon, his college experience and where he hopes to go in the future.

What is a typical day like in your job with Amazon?

As a campus site manager, I helped launch and now lead Amazon@UCSanDiego, which is a fully-staffed pick-up location for customers to retrieve packages ordered through Amazon, have questions answered by our helpful associates and process returns for free. Continue reading

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Mihaylo Club Seeks to Connect Students with Careers and Celebrate Campus Diversity

ALPFA is designed to provide opportunities for Mihaylo students while helping to highlight the diversity of the campus community.

ALPFA is designed to provide opportunities for Mihaylo students while helping to highlight the diversity of the campus community.

The Mihaylo chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) assists members in developing themselves as leaders in the global economy. While focusing on the college’s Hispanic and Latino community, the club welcomes members of all majors and ethnic backgrounds.

On-campus club leadership involvement is one of the best ways for students to develop the skills and abilities necessary for success in the business world. The Cal State Fullerton chapter of ALPFA, a growing and developing club, is offering a number of leadership opportunities for students, while providing networking, career exploration and engaging speakers for all members.

“Our mission is to provide leadership roles to whoever is willing to put the work into it,” says Club President Ana Luisa Orosco ’17 (accounting and finance). “Companies don’t want to just see that you are a club member, they want to see leadership experience. We are all students and this is a level in which we can make mistakes while developing our skills.” Continue reading

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Get Scholarships and Pitch Your Entrepreneurial Vision at the CSUF Business Plan Competition

2016 Business Plan Competition first-place winners Mandy Wang (left) and Miguel Olivares (right). The annual event is an opportunity to gain funding and experience to turn entrepreneurial dreams into reality.

2016 Business Plan Competition first-place winners Mandy Wang (left) and Miguel Olivares (right). The annual event is an opportunity to gain funding and experience to turn entrepreneurial dreams into reality.

The annual CSUF Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship, will be held this spring. Miguel Olivares ’16, part of last year’s first-place team, discusses how involvement in the competition has broadened his horizons. Applications for competitors are required by March 12.

Cal State Fullerton is ready to assist the next generation of business innovators. All CSUF students – not just business majors – who develop a business pitch can compete in the CSUF Business Plan Competition. Students have a chance to win $5,000 in scholarships and $10,000 worth of in-kind consulting time with industry experts, as well as the opportunity to pitch an idea before real-world business professionals and investors.

Last year’s first-place winner was Little Nexus, a platform to help nonprofits raise funds through local businesses, including restaurants. Presented by Miguel Olivares ’16 (marketing and management), former president of Mihaylo’s Sigma Upsilon Mu entrepreneurial co-ed fraternity, and Mandy Wang ’16 (entrepreneurship), the vision for Little Nexus developed from Sigma Upsilon Mu’s 8-Hour Business Challenge. Continue reading

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Mihaylo Faculty Mentoring Program Helps Students Develop an Academic and Career Path

Want to get a leg up on what it takes to succeed in your major? Now you can have a faculty member who is in your field of study to guide you as a mentor through the Mihaylo College Faculty Mentor Program. The program is designed for students who have declared their concentration. It is to provide guidance to help students link what they learn in their major courses to potential job fields that they are aiming to enter, providing recommendations on elective classes that will most benefit them. Faculty mentors also guide students on how to develop a career network, build their campus social circle and find resources on campus.  The program runs from March through April.  Newly declared students should watch their email accounts for an invitation.

Economics undergraduate senior Alex Tran ’17 has worked with Radha Bhattacharya, economics professor and director of the Center for Economic Education, through Mihaylo’s Faculty Mentoring Program. He credits the program for helping him develop an academic and career focus.

Economics undergraduate senior Alex Tran ’17 has worked with Radha Bhattacharya, economics professor and director of the Center for Economic Education, through Mihaylo’s Faculty Mentoring Program. He credits the program for helping him develop an academic and career focus.

Among the students participating in this program is Alex Tran ’17 (economics), who has received invaluable mentoring from Radha Bhattacharya, economics professor and director of the Center for Economic Education. Tran now has a student assistant position working under Bhattacharya, in which he helps the center equip schoolchildren with the financial literacy needed for success in today’s world.  Continue reading

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Graduate Students Explore the World of In-Flight Entertainment at Panasonic Avionics

Mihaylo graduate students pose outside the Panasonic Avionics building in Lake Forest earlier this month. The visit is among the many opportunities that the MBA program offers students to network and explore careers in the Southern California region.

Mihaylo graduate students pose outside the Panasonic Avionics building in Lake Forest earlier this month. The visit is among the many opportunities that the MBA program offers students to network and explore careers in the Southern California region.

From feature-length movies to video games, in-flight entertainment has revolutionized the flying experience over the past few decades. Among the leaders in the industry is Panasonic Avionics, which has been at the forefront of developing cutting-edge, in-flight technology for more than 35 years.

Eight Mihaylo MBA students from the Graduate Career Mentor Program visited Panasonic’s Lake Forest office on Feb. 8 to explore the company’s innovation and corporate culture. Invited by MBA alumnus Ryan Jackson ’12 (management), now a project manager at Panasonic, the visit allowed students to discover the various components of an organization, gain insight into the roles and positions at the company, and engage in personal career networking with the staff there.

A First-Hand Look at the Business

“Prior to this visit I knew little about the aviation industry and the in-flight entertainment business in particular,” says Minh Dang ’18 (MBA). “It’s definitely great to learn about the advances that make flights less boring. We got a view of their future first-class seats equipped with latest technologies, and it looked awesome.” Continue reading

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