Fall 2010 Indicator
Service to Country: Four military veterans return to civilian life and join the ranks of CSUF Mihaylo College. Will Digital Kill the Comic Book? Mihaylo College professors explore the paper comic book's future. Real Estate Entrepreneurs: Alumni Donna and Ernest Schroder have established one of the region's premier real estate businesses.
California State University, Fullerton Mihaylo College of Business and Economics Magazine Mihaylo College students and military veterans, from left, Sgt. Adan Flores, Spc. Gary Lee Miller II, Cpl. Clay Narey and Sgt. Jason Fagan. Fall/Winter 2010 Service to Country Military veterans continue their careers at Mihaylo College. Will Digital Kill the Comic Book? Mihaylo College professors explore the paper comic bookâ€™s future. Real Estate Entrepreneurs Alumni Donna and Ernest Schroeder have established one of the regionâ€™s premier real estate businesses. Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 1 10/4/10 2:39:27 PM DEAN’S MESSAGE the INDICATOR® Magazine Editor-in-Chief Kathleen Drake There is a famous line in “Field of Dreams,” the ﬁlm starring Mihaylo College alumnus Kevin Costner ’78, “if you build it, they will come.” We are working hard to continue building the nation’s premier business college, and I am quite pleased with our progress. The university was recently voted one of the 10 most trusted brands in Orange County, and I have no doubt as to one reason why: Mihaylo College focuses on excellence and sets its sights high by attracting and recruiting students and faculty with amazing business acumen as well as a giving spirit. Mihaylo College continues to ﬂourish despite ongoing adverse economic conditions. We recruited our second cohort of business honor students, and our MBA program is busy building student support services and cultivating curricular innovations. And, beginning next fall, we will offer an online accredited program to students who seek a general business degree without specialization. This issue of the INDICATOR focuses on the faculty, alumni, and students who strive not only for excellence in their respective endeavors, but who are also committed to giving back both to the school and the community. Professors such as Katrin Harich, winner of Mihaylo College’s Executive Council Outstanding Faculty Award. Alumni such as the McKennon brothers, Mike and Robert, who are regular donors to the college with both their money and their time. Student veterans such as Army Cpl. Clay Narey, who put his life on the line for four years as an infantry gunner and is now pursuing an undergraduate degree in ﬁnance while also serving as vice president of CSUF’s Student Veterans Association. And married alumni Donna and Ernest Schroeder, who run their successful property-management ﬁrm with the deeply rooted belief that honesty and fairness are paramount. Executive Editor Laurie McLaughlin Contributing Writers Pam McLaren Laurie McLaughlin Geri Silveira Graphic Design Brenda Buffalin; Bb’s Creative Photography Jeanine Hill Photography Mihaylo College Dean Anil Puri firstname.lastname@example.org Associate Deans Terry Grant, Academic Programs and Faculty Development email@example.com Kim Tarantino, Administration firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Deans Robert Miyake, Academic Services email@example.com Emeline Yong, Student Affairs Our focus on innovative education for our students is ongoing. We will continue to recruit faculty and students with motivation and commitment. And we look forward to the continued support from our alumni and business friends. Enjoy the issue, and, as always, I appreciate your feedback. firstname.lastname@example.org Senior Director, Development Michele Cesca email@example.com Executive Director, Alumni Relations Dianna Fisher dﬁsher@fullerton.edu Marketing Specialist Kathleen Drake Anil Puri, Dean Mihaylo College of Business and Economics California State University, Fullerton firstname.lastname@example.org Mihaylo College of Business and Economics Steven G. Mihaylo Hall, Suite 3100 California State University, Fullerton P.O. Box 6848 Fullerton, CA 92834-6848 Phone: 657-278-4652 E-mail: email@example.com Web: business.fullerton.edu Place FSC bug here Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 2 10/4/10 2:39:28 PM TA B L E Fall/Winter 2010 16 OF CONTENTS the INDICATOR® In the Classroom Mihaylo College offers valuable exposure, expertise and experience in the classroom. 18 Faculty News Prestigious honors and accomplishments among Mihaylo College faculty 22 Centers of Excellence Bridging academia and the corporate world, the centers provide support and knowledge to both students and business. 23 25 Alumni Updates from Mihaylo College’s successful alumni Mihaylo College salutes military veterans pursuing business degrees. Story on page 10. 2 6 News Briefs Current news, notes and accomplishments Leaders in Business McKennon Brothers: Excelling in business with California style Donna and Ernest Schroeder: Building a premier real estate company 10 Cover Story Service to Country: Four military veterans pursue a business education at Mihaylo College. 12 15 Feature Battle of the Century: Are paper comic books doomed? Students in Action The best and brightest pursue excellence in business education. Events The Mihaylo College Executive Council’s Annual Golf Classic beneﬁts the Business Honors Program. Looking to hone your business skills? We develop business leaders • Mihaylo supplies you with the business knowledge you need today while preparing you for the challenges of tomorrow. • Located in Irvine and Fullerton, Mihaylo provides a global business outlook with a “ready to work, ready to lead” mindset. Attend an Information Session to learn more about our full-time, evening and working professionals graduate programs. Ready to work. Ready to lead.™ mba.fullerton.edu Fall/Winter 2010 Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 1 the INDICATOR 1 10/4/10 2:39:31 PM NEWS BRIEFS Six Mihaylo College students impressed Fox Sports with their website project for the company.The winning team included, above from left, Myra Chen, Steven Vasquez, Svetlana Zotikova, Mark Okumori, Rucha Sapre and Aaron Thomas. Mihaylo Team ‘Blew Executives Away’ with Their Fox Sports Web Project They may not be athletes, but a team of Mihaylo College students scored a home run with their recent presentation on how to improve the effectiveness of Fox Sports’ interactive website, FoxSports.com. “I think the impact of the Cal State Fullerton student effort was more than we expected,” says Brian Wright, director of talent acquisition for Fox Sports. “They took the project to heart, accepted our guidance and well exceeded our expectations. They put in so much work and blew our executives away.” The six-member team — ﬁve graduate students and one undergrad — spent approximately three weeks conducting research, working on various aspects of the project in two-person subgroups, including best practices and the technological aspects, before planning and organizing what became their ﬁnal proposal to Fox. They also held weekly conference calls with representatives of the network. “It was a hybrid project — half business plan, half strategic analysis,” explains graduate student Myra Chen. “The mindset of the project was thorough, rigorous and creative … which was very challenging and very worthwhile.” “Fox was a great opportunity for our students to show that they have the right stuff to work in this fast-paced and growing industry,” says Harold Fraser, who is co-executive director, along with Mihaylo Associate Dean of Administration Kim Tarantino, of Mihaylo’s Entertainment and Tourism Management program. “We look forward to having opportunities for our students to do more projects like this.” Mihaylo to Host Product Camp SoCal Mihaylo College will be the host of the fall 2010 Product Camp SoCal on Saturday, November 6, 2010. Geared toward marketing professionals, Product Camp is a free, one-day event for product management, marketing, and product development professionals to learn, share and network with Southern California colleagues. Product Camp is a grass roots event that is created and 2 the INDICATOR Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 2 run by the participants. Often called an “un-conference,” speakers and sessions are determined by participants’ votes, and sessions are designed to be a discussion and not a passive presentation. Attendees will share best practices, exchange knowledge and insights, and connect with fellow thought leaders in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. For more information, visit productcampsocal.org, Facebook (ProductCamp SoCal) or Twitter (@prodcampsocal). Fall/Winter 2010 10/4/10 2:39:34 PM NEWS The happiest accounting students on earth: Mihaylo College students, from left, Doan Ngo,Timothy Duir and Stephen Bruette, are interns at Disneyland Resorts. Disneyland Resort Selects Mihaylo Students for Competitive Internship Program While many Cal State Fullerton students staff Disneyland’s public attractions, there are four Mihaylo College students who are gaining valuable hands-on experience behind the scenes working in the Undergraduate Finance Associate Program at the Disneyland Resort. “I’m assisting a sales audit team, a wholesaler team and an annual pass monthly payment team,” says accounting student Timothy Duir, who works part-time during the school year and full-time during the summer at the resort along with Mihaylo students Stephen Bruette, Doan Ngo and Ignacio Rodriguez. Cal State Fullerton Designated ‘Most Trusted Brand’ Consumers say Cal State Fullerton is one of the 10 brands they trust most, according to an extensive survey conducted by The Values Institute at Santa Ana-based DGWB Advertising Communications and OC Metro magazine, which published the ﬁndings in April. Mihaylo Economics Professor Testifies on the Hill Having spoken several times previously before state and federal commissions about the electrical industry, Robert Michaels appeared again before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment in June. Michaels, an expert on electrical energy, is a professor of economics at Mihaylo College and a senior fellow at the Institute for Energy Research. The congressional hearing examined how federal agencies and the private sector can provide forecasting data to help coordinate Robert Michaels and expand the availability of reliable, renewable power. Business Titans Take Top Prizes Sponsored by the college’s Sales Leadership Center, four Mihaylo students competed in the Western States Collegiate Sales Competition at Cal State Chico in April and came home with three of the six top prizes: Best Overall Individual Performance and $1,500 awarded to student Kelleen Rowe; Best Liberty Mutual Sales Role Play and $300 to student Samantha Kist; and Best Overall Team Performance. Pictured are, from left, team advisor Marketing Professor Christopher Kondo, Kist, Scott Kueny, Rowe and Katie Nguyen. Fall/Winter 2010 Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 3 BRIEFS the INDICATOR 3 10/4/10 2:39:44 PM NEWS BRIEFS Online Business Degree Offered Fall 2011 Working an outside job while attending college is the norm and not the exception for most Cal State Fullerton business-school students, especially those who have transferred from a community college. “Our new online degree program allows students such as these to work and attain a business degree from a reputable university like Cal State Fullerton,” says Anil Puri, dean of Mihaylo College. The Professional Business Concentration program will be offered online beginning with the fall 2011 semester and is designed for students and business professionals who are interested in a general degree rather than a specialized concentration such as accounting or ﬁnance. Candidates for the online course of study must have completed the equivalent of the ﬁrst two years of the bachelor’s of business administration degree. “Our online program is accredited by the AACSB, which is the premier accrediting body of business schools internationally. This is the same accreditation as our current undergraduate concentrations on campus,” says Mohsen Shariﬁ, Mihaylo’s former acting associate dean of administration. “Our online program will be offered with the same rigor and high quality as our regular undergraduate programs, and the content of both programs is identical except for delivery method.” The newly relocated Irvine campus offers a bachelor’s degree in business administration, an M.S. in taxation and an MBA for working professionals (FEMBA). Comprehensive Business Curriculum at New Irvine Campus The Irvine Campus is on the move! It will be located at 3 Banting Road in Irvine, about two miles from the Irvine Spectrum at the crossroads of the 405 and the 5 freeways and the 133 toll road. The university will complete improvements to the two-story ofﬁce building during the fall and have the building ready for the 2011 spring semester. At the Irvine Campus, students can pursue a B.A. in business administration with concentrations in accounting, ﬁnance, marketing, management, and business economics, as well as an M.S. in taxation and an MBA designed for working professionals (FEMBA). 4 the INDICATOR Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 4 Fall/Winter 2010 10/4/10 2:39:48 PM NEWS Former Mihaylo Dean, Ephraim P. Smith, Appointed CSU Vice Chancellor Ephraim P. Smith, Cal State Fullerton’s vice president for academic affairs and former dean of Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, has been named executive vice chancellor and chief academic ofﬁcer for the CSU system. Smith was vice president for 12 years and served on the Mihaylo accounting faculty during that tenure. Ephraim P. Smith “We congratulate Dr. Smith on his appointment to this very important position,” says CSUF President Milton A. Gordon. “We will miss him.” Deanna Shoop Named New Associate Director Of the MBA Program After nine years of service at San Diego State University, Deanna Shoop is taking on the responsibilities of a newly created position: associate director of the MBA and graduate programs, and she will oversee admissions and recruitment. Her duties include attracting students who reﬂect Mihaylo College’s high Deanna Shoop standards from within the region as well as extending the reach of the college’s world-class graduate programs to out-of-state students and to the global community. At San Diego State, Shoop managed the recruitment unit, where she was most recognized for her work as the event coordinator for Explore SDSU Open House and for her dedication to outreach in the community and throughout California. Conference News: Center for Corporate Reporting and Governance Mihaylo Hosts Exclusive Conference On Executive Compensation The astronomical pay of corporate executives – especially leaders of failed companies – has been the subject of heightened scrutiny over the last two years. On October 12, 2010, a select group of 50 top-level executives gathered to discuss best practices with a blue-ribbon panel at the Executive Compensation Conference presented by Mihaylo College’s Center for Corporate Reporting and Governance and the Forum for Corporate Directors. Topics included compensation design, assessment of risk, adoption of mandatory say-on-pay and other issues. The day’s speakers: Michael Reznick, managing director, Frederic W. Cook & Co.; Jeff Walbridge, partner, Executive Compensation Practice, O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Ben Frydman, partner, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth; Don Nemerov, executive director, Grant Thornton LLP; and Scott Olsen, principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers. SEC Program to Provide MCLE Credit for Lawyers The Mihaylo College Center for Corporate Reporting and Governance has been approved as a Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Single Activity provider. For the ﬁrst time, the SEC Financial Reporting Conference, now in its ninth year, will provide 5.75 legal education credits to participating lawyers. Orange County’s Go-to Accounting Program Read the Orange County Business Journal’s July article about the industry’s current demand for accounting professionals and their preference for Mihaylo College graduates – go to ocbj.com and search the words “School’s in Session.” ‘CSI: Miami’ Crime Caper at Mihaylo Hall The “CSI: Miami” crew ﬁlmed scenes across the Cal State Fullerton campus last spring for the CBS television drama – including action in the executive board room in Mihaylo Hall. Rest assured, Lt. Horatio Caine donned his signature shades and declared this Mihaylo mystery solved. Fall/Winter 2010 Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 5 BRIEFS the INDICATOR 5 10/4/10 2:39:54 PM LEADERS 66 the INDICATOR INDICATOR the Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 6 IN BUSINESS Fall/Winter 2010 10/4/10 2:40:05 PM LEADERS IN BUSINESS The McKennon Brothers Lead by Example I n 2004, Mike McKennon attended an alumni the area of business litigation,” says Robert, who is event hosted by currently managing partner Cal State Fullerton with McKennon Schindler LLP ‘I was right. A business degree President Milton in Newport Beach and a muchA. Gordon. “I lauded expert, speaker and has been very helpful began to give back to writer in the area of insurance, to my law practice.’ the university from business and employee beneﬁts that day forward,” says litigation. He is also the founder – Robert McKennon ’82 McKennon. “The of the Christian Outreach luncheon made me feel Council, which conducts very proud to be an charitable work for people in alumnus.” Since then, need. “I was right,” he says. “A he’s supported many business degree has been very university programs, helpful to my law practice.” including the Mihaylo Mike is a CPA and Hall building fund, managing partner with but most importantly, dbbmckennon accounting ﬁrm he and his brother, in Newport Beach. “I have Robert, both a fellow been auditing public companies alumnus and avid for nearly 24 years and have surfer, have also interacted with numerous given their time corporate boards of directors,” and leadership to he says. The experience has the college. allowed him to also serve on Mike’s most recent many boards and committees, contribution to Mihaylo including the Orange Coast is the creation of YMCA, Ocean Institute of Dine with the Dean. Orange County and currently, “This is an effort to the board of directors of Paciﬁc bring alumni together, some of which haven’t been Premier Bank and as a member of the Mihaylo College connected to the college for quite some time,” says Executive Council. Mike, who earned an accounting degree in 1983. “I also participate in Professor for a Day because it’s “These events will raise contributions for the college, an effective way to educate accounting students on the enhance awareness and, hopefully, increase participation current business environment in the community,” says with business school programs.” Mike, who is also the founder and editor of the “Life, Robert, who earned his accounting degree in 1982 Health & Disability Insurance Law” blog. “The students followed by a law degree at USC, also champions Dine and I discuss the current economic conditions in the with the Dean. He has been a long-time supporter community, opportunities for accounting professionals of the university and was a member of the President’s as well as the major changes in accounting and Associates Executive Committee for several years. “I auditing, and there have been great changes in the majored in business because I wanted to practice in last decade.” Fall/Winter 2010 Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 7 the INDICATOR 7 10/4/10 2:40:32 PM LEADERS 8 8 the the INDICATOR INDICATOR Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 8 IN BUSINESS Fall/Winter Fall/Winter 2010 2010 10/4/10 2:40:40 PM LEADERS IN BUSINESS Donna and Ernest Schroeder: The Passion To Pursue Success D onna ’71 and Ernest Schroeder ’67 belief in oneself no matter how difﬁcult times met when they were students at Cal may be in our economy,” says Ernest. “The State Fullerton in the late 1960s. ‘pride of ownership’ we display in all of our At the start of their married life, properties has been apparent throughout our the couple began purchasing residential rental lives, and this ‘branding’ of our product has been properties with their limited savings. “We did an important aspect of our success.” As parents, our own work to the properties, including the couple has also encouraged their children, painting, repairs and landscaping,” says Donna. Jeff and Tracy, to be entrepreneurs, and they have “As the purchases began to grow, and our successfully started their own businesses. talent for ‘ﬁxing up’ properties became evident, But their lives are far from “all business,” and family members offered to partner with us so the couple has been particularly supportive of that we could purchase even larger apartment charitable organizations in Southern California, complexes.” Together they founded Schroeder including the Orange County United Way, Management Company in 1973; Ernest’s Orange County’s Paciﬁc Symphony, Childhelp, brother, Paul, joined the company in 1975, and cancer research, Juvenile Diabetes Research they’ve been an important Fund, the Tocqueville Society, ﬁxture within the regional the California Art Club real estate industry for four and many, many other ‘Getting up each decades. nonproﬁt groups. Today, with more than The Schroeders have morning 120 employees, Schroeder also exhibited an immense Management Company pride in their alma mater with solid goals owns and manages more and have introduced Titans and than 2,000 apartment units at the Table, which is a series throughout Orange County. of small, intimate gatherings determination Their award-winning that allow alumni to become business is led by Ernest’s acquainted with each other. to strive for philosophy that fairness and The couple hosted the ﬁrst honesty are paramount. of these functions at their excellence “We have always home in Newport Coast. agreed that having passion “The university has a large is very for what one chooses to alumni base of very successful important.’ pursue in life is key to graduates,” says Donna. success. Getting up each “We all agree that CSUF morning with solid goals offered a solid foundation and determination to for future success in life, – Ernest Schroeder ’67 strive for excellence is very both personally and important, as is a strong professionally.” Fall/Winter 2010 Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 9 the INDICATOR 9 10/4/10 2:40:43 PM 10 10 the INDICATOR INDICATOR the Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 10 Fall/Winter 2010 10/4/10 2:40:45 PM Four Military Veterans Return to Civilian Life and Join the Ranks of Mihaylo College By Laurie McLaughlin “ T he military is the ultimate crash course in self-reliance. We’re often pushed to the limits of endurance in a dangerous, highstress and limited sleep environment, so you have to rely on yourself,” says Army Spc. Gary Lee Miller II, who served in Kosovo within his four-year military career from 2002 to 2006. Miller is currently working toward an MBA at Mihaylo College, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in management in 2009. “Military service taught me self-discipline because we had to do what was necessary no matter what the conditions were,” he says. “We didn’t have everything we needed, so we had to make use of what was available to accomplish tasks. And we did.” Miller is one of several military veterans who has returned to the civilian ranks, opening a new chapter in his career and applying the skills he’s learned to earning a business degree at Mihaylo College. “Like many Americans, I was called to protect my country after September 11,” says Army Sgt. Jason Fagan, who served as an Army intelligence analyst and cryptologic linguist for ﬁve years and is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in ﬁnance. “Joining was especially meaningful because both my father and grandfather served. But my family also stressed the importance of an education, and my military service allowed me to obtain the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which I use to this day.” “The Army values – loyalty, duty, respect, selﬂess service, honor and integrity - guide me in my everyday life,” says student and Army Sgt. Adan Flores, who served in South Korea. gary Lee Miller II is one of several military veterans who is opening a new chapter in his life with an mba at Mihaylo College. “The leadership skills I learned in the service have helped me become a leader in the classroom and will help me throughout my career,” adds Fagan. The mix of discipline and business is considered a beneﬁt among Mihaylo’s military veterans, but each soldier navigates the transition from military to civilian life differently. “For me, the adjustment wasn’t difﬁcult. College is way easier than the military,” says economics student Marine Cpl. Clay Narey, who was on two combat tours in Iraq as a riﬂeman. He took shrapnel in the leg during the historic 2004 battle in Fallujah and was awarded the Purple Heart. Narey is also vice president of the Cal State Fullerton Student Veterans Association, which provides resources, mentoring, guidance and a kindred sense of community for military veterans transitioning to a campus routine. Flores admits adjustment was a challenge to a less-structured college culture after seven years of active duty and two years in the reserves. “I had to adapt from a unit environment, where we work as one. In college, the focus is more on individual accomplishment,” says Flores, who is studying accounting and ﬁnance. However, Flores has taken advantage of the synergies provided by both the military and academia: “The goal of the Army is to develop a soldier of character who can make logical and ethical decisions that will bring honor to his country and fellow soldiers,” he says. “Mihaylo College’s goal is to help the student develop into a person of character who will also make logical and ethical decisions that will add value to business and society. “The goals are similar, but the tactics are different.” Fall/Winter 2010 Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 11 the INDICATOR 11 10/4/10 2:40:47 PM 12 the INDICATOR Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 12 Fall/Winter 2010 10/4/10 2:40:51 PM By Laurie McLaughlin at the 2010 Comic-Con gathering in San Diego – the very nexus of pop culture – were presenters and Mihaylo College marketing professors Steven Chen and Neil Granitz. Their topic: comic books. The super duo presented their research about comic-book consumers and their attitudes toward digitization. INDICATOR spoke with these two comic-book collectors to discuss the digital divide among fellow aﬁcionados. Much of the printed matter as we once knew it – magazines, newspapers – is now consumed digitally. What’s happening with comic books? Chen: Traditionally, comic books are published in 32-page monthly pamphlets sold in gas stations, Walmarts and comic stores. But, sales have declined, or at best remained stagnant, over the last decade, and the monthly pamphlet is facing obsolescence. The success of the iPad and iPhone have distributors in a rat race to develop new apps that will deliver comic content to both old and new comic readers. Where do comic-book readers stand on the issue? Chen: Our research found that utilitarian values – accessibility, convenience, Fall/Winter Fall/Winter 2010 2010 Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 13 the the INDICATOR INDICATOR 13 13 10/4/10 2:40:54 PM ease of use, cost – are more salient to consumers who have and like using e-reader devices. Experiential values – social rituals, ownership, aesthetics, fantasy immersion – are more important to consumers who rejected e-reader devices in favor of traditional print media. Will paper comic books die? Granitz: Our research shows that there are elements to the paper reading experience that consumers are not willing to give up. They like the feel and aesthetics of the product, rituals of sharing books with friends, the comic-book store social experience and the physical ownership. Major future research questions focus on whether a new generation of fans, having never bought physical paper comic books, will be interested in them, and whether the convenience and accessibility offered by e-readers will drive non-comic book readers – who are exposed to the stories by other mediums, like ﬁlm – to start reading. Chen: Although the monthly format may be ultimately replaced by something else – like graphic novels, digital formats – comic book properties will never die. Instead, you will see them continue to merge into other media formats 14 the INDICATOR Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 14 Marketing professors Neil Granitz, left, and Steven Chen are avid comic book collectors. Granitz has more than 10,000 comics and Chen has more than 15,000. such as movies, video games, books and licensed merchandise. But monthlies will be here to stay for decades to come, and there will be different segments of collectors – some that digest comics in monthly format, some that wait until they get bounded into graphic novels, and some will watch the stories when they get translated to ﬁlm, TV or video games. Granitz: The two leading comic book companies, DC and Marvel, are respectively owned by Time Warner and Disney, and both companies have signaled that they have big plans to syndicate their characters through all popular media. Your individual collections are impressive. Do you personally prefer print or digital? Chen: I am an avid comic reader. I’ve collected comics since 1988 and have more than 15,000 of them. I prefer print comics in their monthly pamphlet formats. At one time, I aspired to become a comic artist. In fact, I have a comic book project that I hope to publish some day. Granitz: I have been collecting for 38 years and have more than 10,000 comics, including the original ﬁrst issues of “Avengers.” I’m driven more by the art than the story, so I prefer print comics. I like owning the art. Although, the art looks pretty good backlit on an iPad. Fall/Winter 2010 10/4/10 2:40:55 PM STUDENTS Megan Jimenez ‘10: ‘Mihaylo changed the course of my life’ W hen Megan Jimenez transferred to CSUF as a communications major, she had no idea what she wanted to do. After she ﬁnally settled into the idea of getting a business degree, she took her ﬁrst accounting class and, unexpectedly, loved it. Once she made the ﬁnal decision to pursue accounting, Jimenez joined Beta Alpha Psi and the Accounting Society, which led her to a circle of friends and activities that changed her life forever. In addition to pursuing her newfound profession, Jimenez volunteered as the community involvement chair for Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity Volunteer work through Mihaylo College and organized charity and community and an unexpected interest in accounting service events. As a group, they inspired a career path for Executive Council volunteered to do things like cleaning Outstanding Student Award recipient up the beach, serving food at a homeless Megan Jimenez. shelter and helping out the CSUF community. She also participated in VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), which provides free tax-return services for low-income people. “I learned the value of helping others,” Jimenez says. Because of her scholastic achievement and tireless volunteer work, Jimenez was recently honored with Mihaylo College’s Executive Council Outstanding Student Award, and she’s putting the award’s funds toward earning a CPA license. “After I pass the CPA exam and gain some experience in public accounting, I plan to return to Mihaylo College to get either a master’s in accountancy or an MBA,” she says. “I look forward to the day I can come back to CSUF as a student.” Right now, Jimenez is working as an audit associate for the public accounting ﬁrm Grant Thornton. “She has an amazing career ahead of her,” says Executive Council member Bryan Hopkins ’89, owner of Hopkins Wealth Management Group. In addition to Jimenez, the Executive Council recognized semiﬁnalists Carlos Duenas ’10 and Scott Kueny ’10 for their achievements. IN Student Danielle Vera Wins National Scholarship Competition D anielle Vera is the second student from Cal State Fullerton to win a $10,000 scholarship from Commercial Real Estate Women – one of 10 such scholarships awarded nationally by the organization each year. A University Honors student with a 3.66 GPA,Vera has also been awarded a Mihaylo College Alumni Scholarship. She’s a member of the Accounting Society, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and the Honors Advisory Team. Fall/Winter 2010 Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 15 ACTION the INDICATOR 15 10/4/10 2:41:00 PM IN THE CLASSROOM Students Create Marketing Campaigns for Area Businesses with Funding Mihaylo College students in the Developing Marketing Strategies course, above, created and conducted online projects for 15 area businesses with the support of a grant from Google Inc. W nature of clients and the online market place in addition to ith $3,000 in funding from Google Inc., allowing them to apply marketing theories, obtain feedback, 73 Mihaylo College marketing seniors manage a campaign and develop technical skills.” developed and conducted online marketing strategies using Google Adwords to increase brand awareness, sales and return on advertising investment for 15 area businesses. The project was part of the Developing Marketing Strategies course, and student teams each had a $200 budget and worked with their clients in market analysis, reviewing current strategy, and developing strategies for online campaigns. “The live campaigns ran for three weeks and were evaluated by 30 factors within Google Analytics along with a written strategy proposal and a post-campaign report to clients,” says Catherine Atwong, marketing professor and the instructor for the course. “This live case experience exposed students to the multicultural Mihaylo students used Google Analytics to analyze online strategies for client companies as part 16 the INDICATOR Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 16 Fall/Winter 2010 of the class project. 10/4/10 2:41:04 PM IN THE CLASSROOM Coursework is Community Service Work O ver the last few semesters, more than 70 students in Breta Hedges’ Business Communication courses have volunteered at least 15 hours each at sites that are partnered with Cal State Fullerton, including Second Harvest Food Bank, Fullerton Collaborative, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton Fire Department,Village of Hope, Anaheim Family YMCA and the Irvine Chamber of Commerce. As part of the curriculum, the students have written analytical proposals to help increase marketing and social networking, safety, training, and customer outreach and retention. “Adding community engagement to any course helps students strengthen their relationships to communities by volunteering at local nonproﬁt organizations and contributing productively to society while expanding their knowledge,” says Hedges. “I think one of the most impressive student projects within the course was the development of a tiered membership program for the Irvine Chamber of Commerce. The team gathered exceptional research from other chambers and put together a very impressive proposal.” A business communication professor, Hedges received the Outstanding Part-time Faculty Award last spring. She was commended for her work with CSUF’s Center for Internships and Community Engagement, which helps fulﬁll the university’s mission by creating opportunities for students outside the classroom. Mihaylo Provides Business Courses for Innovative CSU Biotech Master’s Program C al State Fullerton is at the center of a threecampus consortium, called the Program for Applied Biotechnology Studies (PABS), offering a professional science master’s degree with an emphasis in applied biotechnology. John Bradley Jackson, a Mihaylo College lecturer in management and the director of the college’s Center for Entrepreneurship, teaches the Commercialization of Technology course within the CSUF-led consortium. PABS has just begun its third year, and the other two participating campuses are Cal State Los Angeles and Cal Poly Pomona. The multi-campus model allows students to beneﬁt from faculty expertise and educational resources at each of the campuses. “Given that the class was accelerated and has a signiﬁcant team focus, getting to know each other was an important task in the group process,” says Jackson of the course he teaches. Last semester, his students started with a personality assessment to determine their individual skills. They divided into teams, and the rest of the course focused on building a business plan around a bio-tech business concept of each team’s choosing. The semester culminated in a pitch to a panel of volunteer executives in areas such as law, biotech, business valuation and e-marketing. The education they receive within PABS differs from a traditional master’s program and is described as “science plus” – the “plus” is training in business practices, including communication skills, project management and budget analysis. PABS students work together on projects assigned by biotech businesses as opposed to the traditional individual thesis research a master’s student would normally accomplish. “Melding business and biotech within this degree is a strong dose of reality,” says Jackson. “Both large and small biotech ﬁrms thrive on teams comprising blended skills from business and science.” Fall/Winter 2010 Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 17 the INDICATOR 17 10/4/10 2:41:07 PM FA C U LT Y NEWS One of Mihaylo’s Finest Brings Out the Best in Her Students Katrin Harich, 2010 Outstanding Faculty Award Winner S Marketing Professor Katrin Harich is honored for her innovative and successful teaching style. She is pictured above with Mihaylo College Dean Anil Puri. 18 the INDICATOR Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 18 ince 2004, when Katrin Harich returned to teaching after a six-year stint as Mihaylo College’s associate dean for administration, her focus has been on how students learn best. Back in the classroom, Harich changed her teaching tactics to best accommodate her students’ learning styles. “I’ve substituted my original approach of being ‘in control’ and ‘in charge’ of my students’ learning with the desire to give my students more freedom and choices,” she says. For example, students working on group projects are allowed to pick their own topics and due dates. “While this approach is time-intensive, the rewards are immeasurable,” she says. “The rapport I enjoy with my students is remarkable, and it has allowed me to achieve what I wished to accomplish as a teacher in the ﬁrst place.” In addition to excelling in the classroom, Harich has helped students learn in the real world. For the last several years, she has served as the college’s coordinator for Study Abroad programs and is the director of Mihaylo’s Center for International Business which sponsors student study in Europe and Asia. Harich is this year’s recipient of the Mihaylo College’s Executive Council Outstanding Faculty Award. She was honored for her real-world approach in the classroom and the opportunities she creates for students with study abroad. “We appreciate Dr. Harich’s philosophy that research must be relevant to the classroom,” says Executive Council Member Gordon MacLean. Earning best teacher awards is nothing new to Harich. In 2008, she received Mihaylo’s Instructional Innovation Award; in 2007, she was awarded the college’s Outstanding Service to Students Award; in 2006, she was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award; and in 2003, she was honored with the Marketing Educator of the Year Award. Fall/Winter 2010 10/4/10 2:41:17 PM FA C U LT Y NEWS Welcoming New Faculty Mihaylo College is pleased to welcome two distinguished scholars Sumantra Sengupta joins the college as an assistant professor of operations management. He previously worked in operations management and management consulting with manufacturing and retail companies in the consumer and industrial segments in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Sengupta’s research interests include global governance for Sumantra Sengupta outsourcing and global value chain management. He is also the author of The New Rules – Value of Information in the Connected Economy, published in 2002. Sengupta earned his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University, as well as his MBA and M.S. in applied mathematics. Atul Teckchandani joins the college as an assistant professor of management. He earned his Ph.D. in management of organizations from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkley. He also has an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin. Teckchandani’s research focuses on understanding how organizations Atul Teckchandani affect economic growth in communities and how communities can encourage entrepreneurial activity. Prior to his academic career, Teckchandani was a hardware engineer in Silicon Valley and director of a nonproﬁt community center. Retiring Faculty: A Fond Farewell Ten college faculty members are retiring, scholars and teachers who have contributed greatly to Mihaylo College, the community and to their students. Throughout their careers, these educators have led by example. “The contributions of these faculty members are measured not only by their years of service, but also by the countless students they inspired, faculty members they assisted and all of those who are richer for having known them,” says Anil Puri, dean of Mihaylo College. “They have my thanks and best wishes.” Please read full biographies on each of these distinguished professors at business.fullerton.edu/2010retirees. Professors not pictured include Jay Hirsch and Robert Miller, both professors of accounting. Donald Crane, professor of finance John Erickson, department chair and professor of finance Jane V. Hall, co-director, Institute for Environmental and Economic Studies and professor of economics Thomas Johnson, professor of management K. J. Kim, professor of accounting Elliot Kushell, professor of management Barry Pasternack, department chair and professor of information systems and decision sciences Mohsen Sharifi, former acting associate dean for administration and professor of accounting Fall/Winter 2010 Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 19 the INDICATOR 19 10/4/10 2:41:39 PM FA C U LT Y NEWS Keeping Up with Faculty Mark Hoven Stohs Students Give Mark Hoven Stohs an ‘Outstanding’ Grade Across the entire Cal State University system, a course in critical-thinking is required. Mark Hoven Stohs teaches this course for honors students at Cal State Fullerton, and these students voted him Outstanding Honors Professor for 2009-10. “Teaching awards administered by students are particularly satisfying,” says Stohs, who is the chair and a professor of ﬁnance as well as former director of the Business Honors program. “When a professor receives an honor like this, it conﬁrms that you are getting through to the students and that your efforts at teaching are successful in their eyes.” Appointments Terry Grant Appointed Associate Allen Broyles Appointed the Dean for Academic Programs New Director of the Business and Faculty Development Honors Program Recipient of the 2007 Outstanding With in-depth experience from both industry and Faculty Award from Mihaylo academia, Allen College and Broyles is well a professor of prepared to lead accounting, the prestigious Terry Grant Business Honors brings a research program. A faculty member and teaching background to in the Marketing Allen Broyles his new position Department, Broyles Terry Grant as associate dean. Before joining has taught courses – including Mihaylo in 2005, Grant served Professional Selling, Principles 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, of Marketing, and Marketing beginning his academic career as Management – which provided him with opportunities to advise several a U.S. Air Force Academy faculty member. A proliﬁc researcher, student groups. Prior to joining he has also been involved in Mihaylo College, Broyles spent 20 professional activities at the years in various sales, marketing, product management and strategic Graduate Management Admission Council and several CPA societies. planning positions in the industrial Grant routinely reviews manuscripts chemical industry. Broyles is for professional journals, including looking forward to spearheading the Business Honors program as it the Financial Analysts Journal. gains national presence. Department of Accounting Betty Chavis, chair and professor of accounting, is a member of the California Board of Accountancy’s newly established Accounting Education Committee. Lisa Eiler, associate professor of accounting, received the Moss Adams Research Fellowship. Hung-Yuan Lu and Isho TamaSweet, both associate professors of accounting, are recipients of Ernst & Young Faculty Fellowships. Kim Tarantino Appointed Associate Dean for Administration A Mihaylo College faculty member, Kim Tarantino brings years of teaching and administrative skills to the associate dean for administration position. She has been extensively Kim Tarantino involved in assessment and student activities in the Accounting Department where she has taught since 1993. Tarantino is also a co-founder and co-executive director of the Entertainment & Tourism Management program at Mihaylo, and she has served as an outside consultant for organizations including the California Film Commission. Prior to her academic career, Tarantino was on the staff of Ernst & Whinney and Price Waterhouse. The paper, “Earnings Announcement Timing and Analyst Following,” by Myungsoo Son, associate professor of accounting, was accepted for publication by the Journal of Accounting, Myungsoo Son Auditing and Finance. Betty Chavis 20 the INDICATOR Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 20 Fall/Winter 2010 10/4/10 2:41:51 PM FA C U LT Y NEWS Keeping Up with Faculty Department of Economics Rokon Bhuiyan, assistant professor of economics, co-authored “The Real and Nominal Effects of Monetary Policy Shocks,” which was published in the Canadian Journal of Economics. Yingying Dong, assistant professor of economics, has published an article in Economics Letters entitled, “Endogenous Regressor Binary Choice Models Without Instruments, With an Application to Migration.” Adrian Fleissig, Fleissig professor of economics and author of Southern California’s Adrian Fleissig Leading Indicator, had his forecasting research published in the Los Angeles Times,The Orange County Register, OC Metro, North County Times Register and the Press Enterprise. Kristin Kleinjans, Kleinjans assistant professor of economics, recently published articles in the following journals: Economic Inquiry, Inquiry Economics Letters and Journal of Kristin Kleinjans Economic Behavior and Organization. Emmanuel Lartey, Lartey assistant professor of economics, had his article, “Remittances and the Dutch Disease,” published in the Journal of International Economics Robert J. Emmanuel Lartey Economics. Michaels, professor of economics, published a textbook, Transactions and Strategies: Economics for Management, through Cengage Learning. Department of Finance Dipasri Ghosh, lecturer in ﬁnance, recently published “Capital Markets and Financial Assets: Decisions on Acquisition and Issuance of Securities” through Lambert Academic Publishing. Michael LaCour-Little, professor of ﬁnance, received a Best Paper Award from the American Real Estate Society for his article, “The Pricing of Mortgages by Brokers: An Agency Problem,” published in the Journal of Real Estate Research. Mark Hoven Stohs,, professor of ﬁnance, has been named the new chair of the ﬁnance department. Xiaoying Xie, assistant professor of ﬁnance, co-authored two articles recently published in the Journal of Banking and Finance. Xiaoying Xie Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences Rahul Bhaskar, professor of ISDS, received a 2009-10 Innovation in Instruction Award for his pedagogical method of delivering lectures in the online MSIT program. Bhushan Kapoor, professor of ISDS, has been named the new chair of the ISDS department. Bhushan Kapoor Ofir Turel, professor of ISDS, is also a recipient of a 2009-10 Innovation in Instruction Award for the technologies employed to interact with students taking online courses. Dawit Zerom, professor of ISDS, is the recipient of the fall 2009 scholar award for his paper, Dawit Zerom “Empirical Analysis of Ambulance Travel Times: The Case of Calgary Emergency Medical Services,” published in the Journal of Management Science. His co-authored paper, “Accounting for Incomplete PassThrough,” was accepted for publication in the Review of Economic Studies. Department of Management Gerard Beenen, assistant professor of management, had his coauthored article, “Getting the most from MBA internships: Promoting intern learning and job acceptance,” published in Human Resources Management. Shaun Pichler, Shaun Pichler assistant professor of management, has been accepted to the University of Sydney Visiting Scholar program. His co-authored paper, “Workplace Social Support and WorkFamily Conﬂict,” has been accepted for publication in Personnel Psychology. Department of Marketing/ Business Communication Allen Broyles, associate professor of marketing, received the 2009-10 Service to Students award for his many efforts to engage students more effectively with the college and our alumni. Breta Hedges, Breta Hedges lecturer in business communication, received the Outstanding Part-time Faculty Award for work with students in service learning. Katrin Harich, professor of Harich marketing, was selected as the Outstanding Professor of 2009-10 by the College’s Executive Council. John Bradley Jackson, lecturer in management and John Bradley Jackson marketing, and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, published his second book, Déjà New Marketing: Increase Sales with Social Media, Search Marketing, E-Mail Marketing, Blogs, and More. Fall/Winter 2010 Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 21 the INDICATOR 21 10/4/10 2:42:01 PM CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE Small Business Development Center: $2.1 Million Grant Renewal Means Jobs for Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties J ust how important is small business to our economy? “Small and medium-sized businesses are our primary job creators and are poised to lead us out of this recession,” says V.M. Pérez, chair of the California State Assembly policy committee responsible for small business issues. “We must focus our efforts on empowering them to grow and prosper.” That’s exactly what Priscilla Lopez, regional director of the Regional Lead Small Business Development Center is doing. Headquartered in Mihaylo College, Lopez oversees a network of small business development centers in Santa Ana, Riverside and San Bernardino that provide services to the region’s small businesses. Since 2003, Mihaylo College has been responsible for the administration of these centers. Formerly called the Santa Ana Regional Small Business Development Center Network, the name was changed to the Orange County/Inland Empire Regional Small Business Development Center Network to reﬂect its broader focus. A recent $2.1 million grant renewal from the U.S. Small Business Administration will help expand services critical to the success of businesses with fewer than 500 employees. “Small business is the key to California’s recovery,” says Lopez. “This grant renewal is good news for everyone.” The network offers everything from conﬁdential business advising to low-cost training seminars to valuable technical assistance. More than 20 dedicated professional business consultants provide these services. “From 2005 to 2009 we counseled more than 10,000 small business clients,” says Lopez. “During that same time, 2,103 jobs were created and 960 were retained. We want to continue to assist in job creation, job retention and business expansion,” she adds. “The Small Business Development Centers do that.” Lopez recently hired a new associate director, Sean Snider, who Sean Snider, right, new associate director of the Small Business Development Center, consults with a client of the network. came on board in September. “He’s an operational expert, developing programs and creating new tools to help our SBDC consultants provide better service to our clients,” Lopez says. Aside from their encouraging statistics, the network has other successes. The Inland Empire Small Business Development Center, a network member, was recently the recipient of the California Small Business Development Center of Excellence Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information about the Small Business Development Center, visit leadsbdc.org. Center for Economic Education: Bolstering the Community’s Economic Literacy A n economics professor at Mihaylo since 1990, Radha Bhattacharya can pinpoint one signiﬁcant cause of the 2007 recession: the lack of economic literacy among American families. Recently named the new director of the Center for Economic Education, Bhattacharya is doing something about it. “By providing a jumpstart on economic and ﬁnancial education, our economic literacy program builds a strong foundation for personal ﬁnancial management and the economic stability of communities,” Bhattacharya says. “Early training of youth in asset-building and personal ﬁnance is essential for success in our complex economy.” The major objective of the center is to promote economic literacy in the schools (K-12), institutions of higher learning and the larger community. The center conducts workshops; consults with schools, colleges and community organizations; provides education materials; and conducts research. “I’m pleased to be a part of the solution to economic illiteracy that has caused so many problems,” Bhattacharya states. “Education is the answer.” For more information about the Center for Economic Education, visit business.fullerton.edu/centers/econcenter. 22 the INDICATOR Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 22 Radha Bhattacharya, professor of economics, is the new director of the Center for Economic Education. Fall/Winter 2010 10/4/10 2:42:06 PM ALUMNI 1970s Kevin Calcagnie ’77 (finance) received a California Lawyer 2010 Attorney of the Year Award, which are presented annually by California Lawyer Magazine to attorneys in various areas of legal practice whose achievements have made a profound impact on the law. Calcagnie is a senior partner with Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson in Newport Beach and is a member of the Executive Council of Mihaylo College. Stan Scott ’79 (business administration) is author of Surviving Your Wife’s Cancer, a guide for husbands whose wives have been diagnosed with cancer. Scott, who retired from his work in marketing and sales in the electronics ﬁeld, blogs about cancer research at survivingcancers.com and volunteers at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC Irvine Medical Center. Glenn Steinbrink ’73 (accounting) recently retired as the city of Fullerton’s administrative services director. Steinbrink worked 26 years for the city. 1980s Dan Abbott ’84 (marketing) is a channel business executive at StreamSend e-mail marketing company. Abbott identiﬁes, builds and manages long-term relationships with strategic partners and resellers. He earned an MBA from Cal State Hayward specializing in computer information systems. David H. Burke ’85 (management) was sworn in as an immigration judge for the Lancaster Immigration Court in December. Burke was appointed by the U.S. Attorney General in November after completing a rigorous application, evaluation and interview process. Burke earned a master’s degree from UC Santa Barbara and a jurist doctorate in 1995 from the University of Colorado School of Law. Peter Hopkins ’84 (marketing) has been named vice president of membership and marketing for the Cal State Fullerton Alumni Association’s 2010-11 Board of Directors. Hopkins is a strategic account manager at FedEx Services Division. Debra Luther ’80 (accounting) is president of Exceptional Restaurant Company in Buford, Georgia. The company recently purchased 10 Sonic restaurants, increasing its size by 30 percent. Satish Patel ’83 (accounting) is CEO and president of Sunbelt Business Sales & Acquisitions franchise in New England, a national business brokerage ﬁrm. Patel has a degree in international management from Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda, India, and is a certiﬁed public accountant. Manuel Ramirez ’88 (marketing), a certiﬁed public accountant, was unanimously elected president of the California Board of Accountancy by its 15-member board. Ramirez, president and chief executive ofﬁcer of Ramirez International, has served on the CBA’s board as vice president and has been an active member of the organization since his appointment by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007. Monica J. Rebella ’83 (accounting), president of Rebella Accountancy, has been named vice president of ﬁnance for the Cal State Fullerton Alumni Association’s 2010-11 Board of Directors. Lisa Richardson ’89 (marketing) is the author of Tea With a Twist, which won top honors in the Best Tea Book category in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She is a certiﬁed tea specialist who lives in Alpharetta, Georgia. Keith Schneider ’85 (marketing) is president and chief executive ofﬁcer of Networkﬂeet Inc. He oversees all company operations and is externally focused on activities involving customer and investor relations. He earned a master’s degree in management from John F. Kennedy University. Michael Simmons ’88 (finance) is chief executive ofﬁcer for Houstonbased Greenstar North America, the country’s fastest-growing recycling company. He earned his master’s degree in business from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Max O. Valdes ’85 (accounting) has been appointed First American Financial Corporation’s chief ﬁnancial ofﬁcer.Valdes is a seasoned executive who has been with the company for more than 22 years and served as First American’s interim chief ﬁnancial ofﬁcer from January 2006 through March 2006 and from April 2008 to January 2009. Let us know about your new job, promotion or other successes. Please send information and photos to Victoria Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fall/Winter 2010 Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 23 U P D AT E S the INDICATOR 23 10/4/10 2:42:09 PM ALUMNI 1990s U P D AT E S preparation, audit planning and ﬁnancial statement preparation. Boris Bugarski ’97 (marketing), a devoted member of Mihaylo College’s Executive Council, has authored a new book, The Restaurant Local Store Email Marketing Guide: Understanding Local Email Marketing for Building Sales in Any Economy, which is available for purchase on amazon.com. Bugarski is the CEO and president of mUrgent, an e-mail marketing company. Dave Hirz ’96 (finance) is now president of Smart & Final Holdings Corporation. He was formerly president of Food 4 Less. Hirz is an active alumnus and member of Mihaylo College’s Dean’s Advisory Board. Chad Rahmani ’97 (accounting) has been hired as a senior accountant at Thomas York, an accounting ﬁrm in Northern California. He is a certiﬁed public accountant and previously worked for a CPA ﬁrm in San Francisco. He has experience in tax 2000s Patty Azimi ’06 (marketing) has been named the vice president of chapters and student outreach for the Cal State Fullerton Alumni Association’s 201011 Board of Directors. Azimi is the customer relationship manager and web marketing specialist of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP. Matt Della Mora ’07 (finance) is a property ﬁeld representative for Mercury Insurance in Brea. Della Mora, Phi Kappa Tau’s former chapter president, joined the fraternity’s local Board of Governors in 2007 and served as ﬁnance adviser. A year later, he became chapter adviser, a role he continues today. At the fraternity’s recent national convention in Denver, Della Mora was recognized with the Outstanding Advisor to a Chapter award. He is also planning to return to Cal State Fullerton to pursue his MBA. Daniel Milkie ’07 (marketing) has been working for the last ﬁve years in the logistics department for Paciﬁc Columns Inc., which has been featured on the Inc. 500 list three years in a row. While attending Mihaylo College, he was in the honors program, on the dean’s list and graduated summa cum laude. Tam T. Nguyen ’05 (MBA) is president of Advance Beauty College Inc. and has been named president of the Cal State Fullerton Alumni Association’s 2010-11 Board of Directors. Dianne Ramos ’06 (international business) was promoted in January 2010 as the AVP, communications manager, Technology Training Group, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Ramos was a President’s Scholar and involved with the student business clubs while attending Mihaylo College. Aaron Zapata ’05 (MBA), a real estate agent with Prudential CA Realty, received the Prudential President’s Circle Award and the eTeam Member of the Year Award from company owner Rich Cosner and Sales Manager Tom Pelton. Zapata was honored for his sales achievements in 2009, his ﬁrst year with the company, placing him in the top 3 percent of all real estate agents nationwide with Prudential. CHAPTER “Whether it’s for business or personal reasons, I always look to see if I can work with a Titan ﬁrst,” says Jessica Acosta ’08, marketing manager, Chivas USA. The Alumni Association’s ﬁve business chapters – Business Titans, Accounting, Business Finance,Vietnamese-American MBA, and Real Estate and Entrepreneur offer their more than 1,200 members many opportunities to network and socialize with other Titans. The leaders of these chapters met in mid-September to strategize and plan for the 2010-11 ﬁscal year. To learn more about upcoming events, visit fullerton.edu/alumni, or join the Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College LinkedIn group. 24 the INDICATOR Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 24 U P D AT E S Members of the Business Finance Chapter met for their annual bonfire and barbecue at Huntington Beach. Fall/Winter 2010 10/4/10 2:42:15 PM EVENTS Golf Tournament Exceeds Fundraising Goals Golfers got in the swing of things at the 16th Annual Mihaylo College Golf Classic held on June 7 at El Niguel Country Club. The popular event exceeded all its fundraising goals, and the proceeds will beneﬁt the Business Honors Program. The tournament attracted golﬁng aﬁcionados who enjoyed a day of networking, entertaining clients and friendly competition on the stunning 18-hole championship golf course. Tournament champions at this year’s Classic were Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, whose foursome was Andy Toro, Doug Ruiz, Michael Teel and Louis Martin. Supporters of the tournament include: Wood Gutmann & Bogart Insurance Brokers Crexendo Web Marketing Services Southern Counties Lubricants LLC Morongo Casino Resort & Spa PricewaterhouseCoopers R.D. Olson Construction For a complete list of sponsors, visit business.fullerton.edu/golf. The Morongo Casino Resort & Spa foursome of Andy Toro, Doug Ruiz, Michael Teel and Louis Martin took first place. Making a Difference: Executive Council Members Support Mihaylo Gold Sponsorships Peter Agarwal Vice President Citizens Business Bank Richard Becktel ’77 President Southern Counties Lubricants LLC Craig Brown ’89 Director of Fullerton Operations Alcoa Fastening Systems Boris Bugarski ’97 CEO and President mUrgent Corporation Joseph Cervantes Senior ExecutiveVice President of Operations R.D. Olson Construction Scott Coler ’85 President, Southern California Division Capital Paciﬁc Homes Inc. Arthur Cooper President Cooper McManus Paul Folino Executive Chairman Emulex Corporation William A. Gregg ’80 President and CEO SDC Technologies Steve Johnson ’99 President Safety Supply America Inc. Zack Swire ’03 President SWIRE Silver Sponsorships Greg Arbues President/Chief Client Advocate Client Advocate Network Dino Basdakis ’77 President Morris Basdakis Wealth Management Group Joe Ferrucci ’93 Attorney at Law Brown & Charbonneau Fran Inman ’76, ’81 SeniorVice President Majestic Realty Company Guy Knuf ’87 Partner Anderson & Knuf LLP Gordon MacLean ’86 Partner Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Robert Ruffini ’84 Chief Financial Officer Overhead Door Company of the L.A. Basin Join us for the 17th Annual Mihaylo College Golf Classic Monday, June 13, 2011 Aliso Viejo Country Club For information, please contact Alice Rodriguez, email@example.com; 657-278-4229. For more information about the Executive Council, please contact Alice Rodriguez, firstname.lastname@example.org; 657-278-4229. Fall/Winter 2010 Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 25 the INDICATOR 25 10/4/10 2:42:20 PM California State University, Fullerton Mihaylo College of Business and Economics P.O. Box 6848 Fullerton, CA 92834-6848 October 28 2010 Economic Forecast Conference Hyatt Regency, Irvine 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Anil Puri, dean of Mihaylo College and co-director of the Institute for Economic and Environmental Studies, presents analyses of the local, regional and national economic outlook. Lunch included. Guest speaker: Richard Davis, CEO, U.S. Bancorp. For more information, contact Ginny Pace at email@example.com. November 10 11th Annual Family Owned Business Awards Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Permit 1635 Santa Ana, CA THE TITANS OF BUSINESS Join the Mihaylo Network Executive Council Premier Networking Group Alumni Association Join one of the many business chapters 15 Centers of Excellence Become a board member or volunteer Economic Forecast Conference Come to this signature college event and network with other business leaders Get involved and make a difference! To learn more about these opportunities, contact Victoria Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hyatt Regency, Irvine noon-2 p.m. For more information, contact Robbin Bretzing at email@example.com; 657-278-4182. business.fullerton.edu Indicator fall 2010 10-3b.indd 26 10/4/10 2:42:21 PM