Mihaylo Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi Receives Superior Ranking

The fall 2017 board of Cal State Fullerton’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, which was recently honored with Superior status. “We find that students involved in BAP are more engaged in the classroom, and when they graduate, they are prepared to lead in their field,” says Vivek Mande, interim chair of the Department of Accounting.

The fall 2017 board of Cal State Fullerton’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, which was recently honored with Superior status. “We find that students involved in BAP are more engaged in the classroom, and when they graduate, they are prepared to lead in their field,” says Vivek Mande, interim chair of the Department of Accounting.

The Mihaylo chapter of the finance and accounting fraternity Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) was recognized with superior status for last academic year. The ranking is the second-highest honor available to chapters in the international organization, which has 300 chapters on university campuses worldwide.

From preparing the next generation of accounting professionals to providing professional development opportunities to alumni and others in the industry, Mihaylo College’s accounting program is on the cutting-edge of one of the most in-demand fields in the contemporary economy.

Crucial to the Department of Accounting’s outreach to students is its three clubs – Beta Alpha Psi, the Accounting Society and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

This summer, the executive director of the international Beta Alpha Psi organization notified the Mihaylo branch of their achievement of Superior status for the 2016-2017 reporting year, the second-highest recognition that the organization bestows. The status is based on professional activities and service hours per member, as well as chapter outreach activities. The club’s greatly appreciated faculty advisors are accounting lecturers Glen Hatton and Randy Hoffman. Continue reading

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Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom Calls for a Pro-Business Climate in California

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom discussed his vision for California's economy at CSUF's Irvine Campus on Aug. 30. Central to his goals is a strong commitment to the state's business community. “I have a strong entrepreneurial bias," he says.

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom discussed his vision for California’s economy at CSUF’s Irvine Campus on Aug. 30. Central to his goals is a strong commitment to the state’s business community. “I have a strong entrepreneurial bias,” he says. Photo by Matt Gush

As part of a series of discussions with California gubernatorial candidates, Mihaylo College’s lead office of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted Gavin Newsom, California’s lieutenant governor and former San Francisco mayor, at Cal State Fullerton’s Irvine Campus on Aug. 30. Newsom discussed the economic policies he would pursue if elected to the state’s highest office next year.

For the past quarter century, Gavin Newsom has been a leader in the Golden State, first in entrepreneurship and then in state government.

After founding several wineries, restaurants and retail establishments in the San Francisco Bay Area, at age 30, Newsom was appointed the youngest member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in the city’s history. He served as mayor of San Francisco from 2003 to 2011 and was elected to the lieutenant governorship, the state’s second-highest office, in 2010. Today, the 50-year-old Democrat is running to succeed Jerry Brown as the next California governor.

“I have a strong entrepreneurial bias,” says Newsom, who believes that the state’s Democratic Party does not do enough to support the business community. “We are pro-job but also anti-business. It belies common sense.”

Newsom believes that inflexible regulations are a hindrance to California’s economic vitality. He stated that: “the lack of capacity of understanding of nuance, that every rule isn’t black and white, the world is constantly evolving and changing, that some of these rules need to be updated, sunshined, reconsidered,” are all integral to discussions about the future of the state.

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Accounting Internship: Mihaylo Senior Spends the Summer in Germany

While interning in Germany this summer, Ada Fu ’18 explored many of the major landmarks in Central Europe, such as Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate.

While interning in Germany this summer, Ada Fu ’18 explored many of the major landmarks in Central Europe, such as Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate.

For most students, internships provide an opportunity to broaden their horizons while exploring their desired career path. This experience is enhanced further when it is completed abroad, as Ada Fu ’18 (finance) discovered when she spent the summer in Germany interning with Ernst & Young (EY). She discusses the highlights of her month-long trip abroad and how students can succeed in internships, whether locally or around the world.

How did you secure this internship with EY? What made you decide to take the internship in Germany rather than finding a similar opportunity in the United States?

I found this on CSUF’s Study Abroad website, which mentioned a student exchange program with Aalen University in Germany. Through the school’s partnership, I was able to obtain an internship in assurance practice with EY in Stuttgart.

When the opportunity was presented, I knew right away that it suited me perfectly. Not only would I get to explore the world, but I would also be able to discover what a career in public accounting would look like outside the United States. I also knew that I would be exposed to different accounting standards and people of diverse cultural backgrounds. Continue reading

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How You Can Get Involved In Mihaylo’s Center for Family Business

The Center for Family Business hosts workshops on issues of interest to family-owned enterprises, such as this event in September 2016.

The Center for Family Business hosts regular workshops on issues of interest to family-owned enterprises, such as this event in September 2016. Photo by Remington Graham’ 16

For 22 years, the Center for Family Business has served as an educational and networking forum for local family businesses, entrepreneurial students and alumni. Here is a look at how to engage with the center during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Ways for Students to Get Involved

Center Director Ed Hart encourages all Cal State Fullerton students to study family business, noting that nearly 70% of businesses are family-owned, thus having a significant impact on the economy and many students’ careers.

“Most of us will work, directly or indirectly, with a family business at some point in our careers, since the majority of all businesses in the world are family owned,” says Hart. Continue reading

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Transfer Student Open House: Discover How to Succeed in Two Years

The Transfer Student Open House, sponsored by Mihaylo Career Services, seeks to equip students transferring from community colleges with the support they need to succeed academically and in their careers.

The Transfer Student Open House, sponsored by Mihaylo Career Services, seeks to equip students transferring from community colleges with the support they need to succeed academically and in their careers.

Transfer students arrive at Mihaylo College with greater familiarity with the higher education system and years of experience taking college-level courses. Students also have competing demands, such as working full-time and family commitments, which may extend their graduation dates. The Transfer Student Open House (TSOH) on Wednesday, Aug. 30, is designed to assist incoming undergraduate transfer students as they embark on their academic and career journeys.

“Transfer students are in a unique situation,” says Kasey Noble ’16 (M.S.-education), career development advisor for Mihaylo Career Services. “Unlike first-year students, they already have an idea of what to expect from college-level courses. But like other new students, transfers are adjusting to the new, often larger, campus environment. Transfer students are also entering CSUF at a time when they begin taking their upper-division courses, which adds an additional level of difficulty while they learn to navigate the campus.”

Noble says the Transfer Student Open House (TSOH) will provide attendees with strategies to be academically successful, while keeping internships and career opportunities in mind.

“TSOH this year will function as a conference-style event,” says Noble. “Sessions will be held concurrently and will repeat, allowing students to start at any point during the day and receive the same information. If a student participates in the open house and completes a punch card, they will receive a Mihaylo T-shirt specific to this year’s event. Also, if a student arrives to the mixer portion early, they will be able to grab some pizza while they network with Mihaylo faculty and resources.” Continue reading

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