Thinking of Volunteering This Summer? Check Out These 10 Nonprofits

With science exhibits such as this tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, Discovery Cube OC offers science education opportunities for local schoolchildren and volunteer positions for college students of all majors. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

With science exhibits such as this tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, Discovery Cube OC offers science education opportunities for local schoolchildren and volunteer positions for college students of all majors. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Volunteer experience looks great on your résumé, provides exposure to industries of interest, can count as academic credit, and provides the chance to enrich the lives of Orange County residents. This summer, consider volunteering at a local nonprofit.  

Orange County has a vibrant nonprofit sector, which supports thousands of jobs, improves the lives of underprivileged residents, preserves the region’s natural beauty and provides personal development opportunities for local students.

Among the organizations seeking volunteers are these 10 local nonprofits.

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)

Affiliated with UC Irvine, CHOC Children’s is among the nation’s leading children’s hospitals, providing specialized care in such medical specialties as cardiology, oncology, neuroscience and orthopedics. The hospital offers volunteer opportunities at its main location in Orange as well as its Mission Viejo branch. Activities include greeting and directing visitors and families, providing clerical support, and supporting the well-being of pediatric patients. Volunteering at CHOC requires a minimum commitment of at least one year and 100 service hours, and their greatest need is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, attend a  college student volunteer information session on May 15 or June 5. Continue reading

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Midyear Economic Forecast Examines the Global and Local Economies as the Expansion Continues

Mihaylo Associate Professor of Economics and Woods Center Co-director Mira Farka and Woods Center Director and former Dean Anil Puri deliver their midyear forecast to local business leaders and the CSUF community at the Hotel Irvine on April 27. Photo by Matt Gush

Mihaylo Associate Professor of Economics and Woods Center Co-director Mira Farka and Woods Center Director and former Dean Anil Puri deliver their midyear forecast to local business leaders and the CSUF community at the Hotel Irvine on April 27. Photo by Matt Gush

Cal State Fullerton Interim Provost and former Mihaylo College Dean Anil Puri and Associate Professor of Economics Mira Farka presented the spring update of the Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting Economic Outlook and Forecast at the Hotel Irvine on April 27. Continued steady growth is anticipated as the economy nears full employment.

Despite continued concern that the expansion following the Great Recession would end and the economy would slip back into recession, the local, state, national and global economies continue to grow at a healthy pace, according to Mihaylo’s Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting midyear report, presented by CSUF Interim Provost Anil Puri, Woods Center director, and Associate Professor of Economics Mira Farka, Woods Center co-director, on April 27.

While concerns over political gridlock, the Eurozone debt crisis, the slowing Chinese economy and geopolitical tensions have generated considerable angst in recent years, they have not been enough to derail the recovery, and the now mature expansion seems likely to continue into the foreseeable future.

“Household wealth has never been so high and balance sheets never as pristine as they are now,” according to Puri and Farka, noting that household net worth is now $25 trillion higher than at the eve of the recession a decade ago. While delinquencies on student loans and auto loans have risen recently, the overall household debt situation is much more manageable than during the 2000s housing boom, with much lower systemic risk to the financial system. Continue reading

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Business Students: Have You Considered a Career in Business Journalism?

NPR reporter Shereen Marisol Meraji (left) and Brian Watt (right) discussed careers in business journalism with Cal State Fullerton students on April 26. They agree that new communication technologies, such as blogs and podcasts, have opened doors for careers in business reporting.

NPR reporter Shereen Marisol Meraji (left) and Brian Watt (right) discussed careers in business journalism with Cal State Fullerton students on April 26. They agree that new communication technologies, such as blogs and podcasts, have opened doors for careers in business reporting.

From The Wall Street Journal to blogs and podcasts, there are thousands of career positions in business journalism across Southern California and around the world. NPR news anchor Brian Watt and reporter Shereen Marisol Meraji visited campus in April to discuss how students can prepare for careers in this field. If you like to write or speak and are interested in business, a career in business journalism may be for you. 

The ups and downs of the stock market, the latest corporate mergers, monetary and fiscal policy, and pocketbook issues are closely followed by millions of business professionals, policymakers, students, researchers and the working public. Providing them with the latest perspective and commentary are business journalists, including writers, reporters, producers and photographers.

Business journalism is a broad term that encompasses world-renowned economics publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review and Bloomberg Weekly; trade journals; mass-market magazines such as Entrepreneur or Money; business blogs; and podcasts on economics or market trends.

NPR business reporters visit Cal State Fullerton

Brian Watt, anchor of NPR affiliate KQED’s morning news program, and Shereen Marisol Meraji, reporter for NPR’s Code Switch, visited Cal State Fullerton on April 26 as part of Comm Week, the College of Communication’s annual spring speaker’s series. Continue reading

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From Community College to Cal State Fullerton: A Mihaylo Transfer Student Discusses His Experience

For transfer students such as Adrian Llorente ’18, connecting on campus is the best strategy for maximizing the university experience. “Try to keep an open mind, ask questions, get involved and get to know the people around you,” he says.

For transfer students such as Adrian Llorente ’18, connecting on campus is the best strategy for maximizing the university experience. “Try to keep an open mind, ask questions, get involved and get to know the people around you,” he says.

Transfer students face the opportunities and challenges of attending two colleges during their undergraduate degree. Once they arrive at Cal State Fullerton, they must maximize their campus involvement and career development to fit a two-year program. Mihaylo accounting and management junior Adrian Llorente ’18 discusses his transfer experience from Saddleback College in South Orange County.

How was your transition from community college to Cal State Fullerton?

It was information overload when I first transferred. I was surprised by the huge number of business-related clubs and on-campus activities. I felt totally lost. I had no idea what people were talking about or where anything was on campus. I knew nothing about accounting firms, the different service lines or what to expect in a career in accounting.

I’m so thankful to the helpful faculty and staff of the Accounting Department for helping me navigate. Continue reading

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Top Mihaylo Student Researchers Honored with Outstanding Student Award

Mihaylo marketing senior Han Tran ’17 looked at undergraduates’ use of social media in job and internship searches. “The study aimed to explore whether there was an underlying relationship between social media affinity, levels of career engagement and online impression management,” she says.

Mihaylo marketing senior Han Tran ’17 looked at undergraduates’ use of social media in job and internship searches. “The study aimed to explore whether there was an underlying relationship between social media affinity, levels of career engagement and online impression management,” she says.

Mihaylo students are the next generation of researchers in business and related disciplines. This year’s Outstanding Student Scholarly and Creative Activities Award honors two Mihaylo students –senior Han Tran ’17 (marketing) and information systems graduate student Ameya Agavekar ’17 – for their independent research projects.

Mihaylo College not only has faculty who conduct research in their respective disciplines, but also students who are expanding the breadth of knowledge of the fields they are studying through faculty-supervised research.

This year’s Outstanding Student Scholarly and Creative Activities Award recognizes the accomplishments of two Mihaylo students, who were honored at the university’s Student Creative Activities and Research Day on April 12.

Han Tran ’17 – Examining Social Media and Job Searches

Social media is a major player in today’s career landscape. While 29% of job seekers used social media as their primary research tool according to Staff.com, the figure is as much as 70% for millennials. Continue reading

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