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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Business Leaders of Tomorrow: Mihaylo Grads Share Their Stories and Advice

Each student at this year’s commencement has their own story, background and experiences that are part of the mosaic of the Class of 2017. Among the nearly 2,900 Mihaylo students graduating this month are four business students, who share their experiences and advice for their fellow graduates.

Claire Kim ‘17

Claire Kim ‘17

Claire Kim ’17

For business major and health science minor Claire Kim’17, involvement in CSUF has meant serving on the ASI Inc. Board of Directors and participating in the Women’s Leadership Program. She recognizes that her time at Mihaylo has transformed her and her fellow graduates.

“We come from an institution of higher learning. A college committed to balancing theory and practice and using diversity and entrepreneurial spirit as leverage to produce globally-aware business leaders,” she says. “We come from a place where students are encouraged to think outside the box, to engage and challenge ourselves through various avenues. To not just speak about our goals, but to act, organize, analyze, engineer and truly express them.” Continue reading

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Two Mihaylo Seniors To Share Inspirational Messages at Commencement

“Success in college doesn’t require genius, it requires dedication and hard work,” says Luc Ceci ’17. In addition to a career in finance, Ceci would like to eventually teach college students and impact a future generation of business professionals.

“Success in college doesn’t require genius, it requires dedication and hard work,” says Luc Ceci ’17. In addition to a career in finance, Ceci would like to eventually teach college students and impact a future generation of business professionals.

Two student speakers, Luc Ceci ’17 (accounting and finance) and Fabian Silva ’17 (marketing), will speak at the Mihaylo College commencement ceremonies on May 20 and 21.

Commencement for Mihaylo students will take place on two days later this month, with students graduating on either Saturday, May 20, or Sunday, May 21, depending on their concentration.

The class of 2017 will hear from two fellow students: accounting and finance senior Luc Ceci will speak on Saturday, while marketing senior Fabian Silva will speak on Sunday.

Luc Ceci ’17

“Success in college doesn’t require genius, it requires dedication and hard work,” says Ceci. The accounting and finance senior has been involved in the Business Honors Program, the student board of the Finance Association and the Executive Council Mentorship Program. Continue reading

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Finance Internship Course Helps Students Launch Their Careers

The FIN 495 – Finance Internship course provides a combination of professional experience, faculty insight and student collaboration to build first-hand knowledge of the field. “We discuss the working environment, how the student’s work impacts the company, how to relate to their supervisor and co-workers, understanding the company culture, and how to exit the internship with the best career potential,” says Finance Lecturer Dick Huebner, who teaches the course.

The FIN 495 – Finance Internship course provides a combination of professional experience, faculty insight and student collaboration to build first-hand knowledge of the field. “We discuss the working environment, how the student’s work impacts the company, how to relate to their supervisor and co-workers, understanding the company culture, and how to exit the internship with the best career potential,” says Finance Lecturer Dick Huebner, who teaches the course.

For hundreds of Mihaylo finance majors, FIN 495 – Finance Internship has facilitated career development for students as they assist actual organizations and develop partnerships between the business college and the Southern California community.

For most finance students, internships are the key to developing the skills, experience and connections necessary for a successful and rewarding career in the industry. Mihaylo students receive academic credit for internships with organizations in Southern California and beyond through FIN 495, a course open to both undergraduate and graduate finance majors.

By developing a partnership between the university, organizations in the community, and students, the course relates to such high-impact practices as collaborative learning between students and external entities, experiences with complexity and diversity, and feedback on student activities.

Students fulfill at least 120 hours in the service of a company approved by CSUF’s Center for Internships and Community Engagement (CICE), which can be one’s current employer if it is in the appropriate field. Working with a site supervisor and Mihaylo Finance Lecturer Dick Huebner, students partake of a professional and academic experience that helps them maximize their exposure to the financial industry. At least junior standing, a 2.5 GPA and introductory finance course prerequisites are required to enroll. Continue reading

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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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