Enjoy Free Dinner and Connect with Alumni and the Campus Community

Dinner with 12 Titans (D12) helps students recognize that getting their degree at CSUF is just the beginning. Being a Titan means you are part of a lifelong circle of friends.

Dinner with 12 Titans (D12) helps students recognize that getting their degree at CSUF is just the beginning. Being a Titan means you are part of a lifelong circle of friends.

Want to expand your network as a CSUF student? Register by Feb. 24 to have a free dinner with fellow students hosted by CSUF alumni on Friday, March 10, or Saturday, March 11. It is a great opportunity to make friends, network and enjoy good food.

Your classes are just the start of your campus experience. Cal State Fullerton has a network of more than 95,000 alumni who live in Orange County, providing an invaluable connection to explore industries, network for careers and forge friendships.

CSUF alumni open their homes and host dinners for students in the D12 program.

CSUF alumni open their homes and host dinners for students in the D12 program.

Cal State Fullerton students can meet these potential connections while expanding their student social circle by participating in Dinner with 12 Titans (D12), in which groups of eight to 20 students and faculty will be hosted for dinner at alumni homes or local restaurants. It is a low-pressure way to grow your network. Now in its third year, the program connecting the campus community is sponsored by the CSUF Alumni Association.

Registration for this year’s program must be completed by Feb. 24 and is available online. Space is limited, so please only RSVP if you are available for dinner on the evenings of either March 10 or March 11. Can’t travel out of town? While attendees are responsible for their own transportation, you can enter your city to be connected with an event near you.

For more information, contact Justin Gerboc, associate director of alumni and campus communities, by phone at 657-278-7727 or email at jgerboc@fullerton.edu.

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From a B.A. to the NBA: Mihaylo Grad Launches a Career in the Business of Professional Sports

“The most important advice I could give to anybody in college is learn to be present in the moment and enjoy every day with a heart of gratitude, as one day your college experience will be over,” says Terence Yee ’16, an event guest services member for the Golden State Warriors in Oakland.

“The most important advice I could give to anybody in college is learn to be present in the moment and enjoy every day with a heart of gratitude, as one day your college experience will be over,” says Terence Yee ’16, an event guest services member for the Golden State Warriors in Oakland.

Think you would like to work in professional sports? Terence Yee ’16 stresses that a career in the sports business is more hard work than glamour. He provides a behind-the-scenes look at his job with the Golden State Warriors and his plans for the future.

A career in sports has been the focus for Terence Yee ’16 since his junior year when he interned with Titan Athletics. Today, the Cal State Fullerton business grad is utilizing his love of basketball by working for the Golden State Warriors, fulfilling a dream he’s held since his middle school days.

The Low-Down on Working for the Warriors

“As an event guest services member, I attend all Warriors home games during the season,” says Yee. “My duties vary from game to game, but the best way to describe what I do is customer service and fan support. I am always looking to be proactive in giving fans, season ticket holders and clients the best experience at a Warriors game. This entails giving arena directions, assisting in promotional giveaways and other game night activities.” Continue reading

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Mihaylo SBDC Helps Launch Innovative Long Beach Food Court

A food court in shipping containers? It’s a reality thanks to the entrepreneurship of Los Angeles County residents Martin Howard and Kim Gros with the assistance of Mihaylo’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

A food court in shipping containers? It’s a reality thanks to the entrepreneurship of Los Angeles County residents Martin Howard and Kim Gros with the assistance of Mihaylo’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Shipping containers from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, now repurposed as restaurants at the new SteelCraft food court in the Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach, house eight food establishments ranging from burgers to dessert. Mihaylo’s SBDC fostered the development of the startup.

Sustainability is the watchword of today’s businesses and Mihaylo’s centers of excellence are leading the way in driving innovative concepts. Earlier this month, SteelCraft, an outdoor food court designed out of shipping containers, opened in Long Beach, promising to become the region’s latest dining destination, in the mold of the Anaheim Packing District.

Cal State Fullerton’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), housed in Mihaylo College, played a pivotal role in the development of this business. In 2014, Long Beach resident Kim Gros, a human resources business partner manager for Coca-Cola Refreshments, visited the SBDC to discuss her concept of recycling a shipping container from the local port into an ice cream stand in downtown Long Beach. After consulting with the SBDC staff, Gros began to dream bigger. Her brainchild expanded to a network of shipping containers with diverse dining options, combined to create a hip outdoor food court in a celebration of Southern California culture and sustainable design.

Mihaylo’s SBDC assisted Gros with a loan, lease agreements for vendors, financial projections, and contacts with public officials so the dream could become a reality. “Kim had a winning attitude from the start,” says Mike Daniel ’99, director of Mihaylo SBDC and one of Gros’ consultants. “With a little guidance, she hit the ground running and didn’t stop. SteelCraft is a unique addition to the Bixby Knolls community and is sure to stimulate economic impact now and in years to come.” Continue reading

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Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist Inspires Mihaylo Sales Leadership Students

Olympic Swimmer Jessica Hardy says of champion athletes: “The difference is that we are normal people who won’t give up on our dreams.”

Olympic Swimmer Jessica Hardy says of champion athletes: “The difference is that we are normal people who won’t give up on our dreams.”

“I never surrendered. In fact, I used it to push me even harder than I ever had before.”

U.S. swimming champion Jessica Hardy was the keynote speaker for the Mihaylo Sales Leadership Center’s Spring Kickoff. Hardy discussed overcoming challenges and how to achieve great things through perseverance.

Imagine the honor of receiving a gold medal for being one of the fastest swimmers in the world. This was the lifelong goal of Orange County native Jessica Hardy, which she finally attained at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Now a college recruiter for Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits, Hardy spoke with Mihaylo students at the Sales Leadership Center’s  Spring Kickoff on Feb. 7.

Holding 12 world records, 28 international medals and 2012 Olympic gold and bronze titles, Hardy would appear at first glance to have lived a charmed life. Yet the 29-year-old has overcome a number of challenges to reach her success. “You truly can never be a victim of your circumstances,” she said. “You can’t always control things. A lot in life is about your mentality and staying positive.”

From Orange to the Olympics

Born in the city of Orange, Hardy was raised by a single mother, who remains her foremost inspiration. “My mom was my greatest role-model,” she said. “She was both the easiest and toughest person I’ll ever know.” Continue reading

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Mihaylo Grad Lands Hollywood Deal Analysis Career

Mihaylo entertainment and tourism and MBA alumnus Mark Okumori says careers in film industry talent representation start slowly but eventually lead to rewarding roles that help make tomorrow’s blockbusters a reality.

Mihaylo entertainment and tourism and MBA alumnus Mark Okumori says careers in film industry talent representation start slowly but eventually lead to rewarding roles that help make tomorrow’s blockbusters a reality.

Mihaylo alumnus Mark Okumori ’09, ’11 (entertainment and tourism, MBA) has a career in motion picture deal analysis and forecasting for William Morris Endeavor (WME) in Beverly Hills. He discusses the dollars and cents of show business and how students can get started in the field.

Nothing defines the Los Angeles region more than motion picture production. Mihaylo College has its share of alumni who have developed lucrative careers in the business end of the film industry. Among them is Mark Okumori ’09, ’11, who shares advice for current students and alumni on how they can make it big in the business of entertainment.

What is a typical day like in your role in motion picture deal analysis? How does it compare to popular perceptions of working in the entertainment industry?

My role at WME involves performing financial deal analysis and forecasts for our clients, which in turn forms the basis upon which their representatives, such as agents and lawyers, negotiate talent deals with various studios. For example, when a studio submits an offer to WME for one of our clients to perform in a motion picture, my job is to evaluate the deal presented, to determine what our client could expect to earn at various film performance levels, and communicate that information to the client’s representatives who uses it as a basis for further negotiations with the studio. I follow this process for each offer and counter-offer from both sides until an agreement is reached between our client and the studio. So primarily, my job is focused on interpreting the legal points of a movie deal and converting these into meaningful numbers that talent representatives can use to negotiate a deal in the formative stages of a film. Continue reading

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