David Nazarian College of Business and Economics News
It was as normal a Monday morning as any for pro bono practitioner, Steven L. Jager, when he got a notification from the Los Angeles Tax Court Clerk requesting his services. Representing the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics’ Bookstein Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC), Jager was placed in a breakout room on Zoom with the petitioner, Ramiro Anthony Jimenez, and two additional pro bono lawyers from other low-income tax clinics to discuss Jimenez’s case. This case would eventually go on to become a win for both Jimenez and Jager. Read more
The Nazarian College is proud to welcome Lang Fredrickson and Wayne Stelmar to its Advisory Board. Read more
Tim Tiemann, managing director of the CSUN Innovation Incubator in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, has been asked by officials with the U.S. Department of State to bring the ideas behind the Incubator to women and underserved populations in South Africa this fall. Read more
Nazarian College alumnus, Paul Erickson ‘85 (Finance) was honored at the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s 2021 CFO & HR Awards held virtually on Wednesday, June 23. The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics was a presenting sponsor of the event.
Erickson was named CFO of the Year in the category of Emerging Private Companies for his work at Contemporary Services Corp. in Northridge. Read more
Arev Mkrtchyan, a senior in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics at California State University, Northridge was named a Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Scholar and awarded the prestigious $10,000 scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. This award is given to undergraduate and graduate accounting students enrolled in accredited U.S. colleges and universities. Read more
Emi Fisher and Orr Klein, Master of Science in Taxation (MST) students at California State University, Northridge’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, were recently named co-recipients of the Class of 2021 Tax Executive Institute’s Outstanding Achievement Award and will receive the Tax Executive Institute Scholarship Award.
The Tax Executives Institute awards a scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to a graduating MST student at the Nazarian College who has demonstrated the highest level of mastery of knowledge and has been rated as the top student by faculty in the program. Read more
Management Professor, Dr. Zhaleh Semnani-Azad, was recently featured in a BBC Worklife article sharing her expertise on the "Ask Gap" and how it perpetuates unequal pay. Read more
“Every year, WTCLA partners with a local university on the analysis of our FDI report to showcase their research capacity and obtain more information on how that research speaks to foreign direct investment,” said Stephen Cheung, president of the WTCLA. “This year we were delighted to partner with the Nazarian College and Dr. Sun, who provided an excellent analysis on place branding for California and what that means for attracting more FDI to support and grow our economy.” Read more
Finance professor, Dr. Inga Timmerman, was featured as an expert in WalletHub's piece about Comprehensive Car Insurance. Read more
Finance professor, Dr. Inga Timmerman, recently provided her expertise for New York Times article, "Reassess Your Spending and Saving." Read more
Wells Fargo has again donated $50,000 to California State University - Northridge’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Clinic, the university has announced. Read more
Several individuals taking part in this year’s commencement ceremonies at California State University, Northridge were singled out for special recognition as outstanding graduating students. Read more
For the fourth straight year, dean of CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics Chandra Subramaniam, was recognized in the Los Angeles Business Journal LA500, a list of the city’s most influential people. Read more
Nazarian College finance professor, Dr. Inga Timmerman, provides her expert opinion on questions regarding the cost of car insurance. Read more
The impact of COVID-19 over the past year has brought on additional hardship for many low-income taxpayers. With “stay-at-home” orders in place, on-and-off throughout the pandemic, the idea of filing taxes was made more stressful for taxpayers in need of services provided by CSUN’s VITA Clinic.
Wells Fargo (WSF) is trying to relieve that strain by awarding California State University, Northridge $50,000 in launching and expanding the virtual services offered by its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic in CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics. Read more
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed much about the past academic year, including how California State University, Northridge will be celebrating commencement. Read more
David Nazarian College of Business and Economics alumna Carolynn Vanderslice ’19 (Finance) recently held a virtual recruiting session for students on behalf of Goldman Sachs Ayco Personal Financial Management, where she now works as a Financial Analyst and serves as the recruiting liaison. Read more
In blockbuster films like “The Fast and the Furious” and “Need for Speed,” audiences witness supercars, driven by expert drivers, reach breakneck speeds. But what if amateur drivers could get a taste of that supercar action with their own cars? Read more
David Nazarian College of Business and Economics graduate, Daniel Bustos, has been named CSUN’s 2021 Wolfson Scholar, the highest honor awarded to one graduating senior.
“I am humbled to be selected as CSUN’s 2021 Wolfson Scholar Award recipient,” said Bustos. “CSUN has provided me with tremendous opportunities to develop academically, professionally, and personally. Over the past few years, I have had the chance to work alongside distinguished professors, receive mentorship from highly impressive alumni, and create life-long friendships. As a proud CSUN alumnus, I am passionate about giving back to the next generation of CSUN students and graduates in any way that I can.” Read more
David Nazarian College of Business and Economics alumnus, Thiago D’Elia ’20 (Real Estate) was named a recipient of the Real Estate and Land Use Institute’s (RELUI) student scholarship in spring 2020.
“I was ecstatic about receiving the scholarship,” D’Elia said. “For a student like me, the scholarship had a massive impact on my education.” Read more
Sustainability efforts are changing the way businesses operate, and CSUN alumni are leading efforts to drive innovation in renewable energy and carbon reduction. Read more
Matadors Leading Forward candidates Jonathan Hay and Kaitlyn Orozco have been elected the president and vice president of the Associated Students for the 2021-2022 academic year. Read more
Business Law professor, Nanci Carr, provides her expertise on what constitutes as cheating in an article about the Phil Ivey Baccarat Saga. Read more
Showcasing the expertise of powerful and influential women across myriad fields, including politics, biomedicine, business, engineering, green energy, law and technology, the CSUN David Nazarian College of Business and Economics partnered with the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) for its second-annual “Extraordinary Women in Leadership” event. Read more
Nazarian College marketing professor, Dr. Deborah D. Heisley, provides her expert opinion on questions regarding insurance advertisements. Read more
Three California State University, Northridge alumni will share their experiences working in the field of sustainability as they launch this semester’s virtual Distinguished Speaker Series hosted by CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics on Wednesday, March 24, online via Zoom.
The three will discuss how they built successful and diverse careers in sustainability and how their work is leading innovation in renewable energy, carbon reductions, and data and technology to achieve decarbonization. Read more
“We are extremely proud of Arturo’s achievement,” said Chandra Subramaniam, dean of the Nazarian College. “His service in the U.S. Army, along with his work in the SVO and VAA makes him a well-deserving recipient of the Raytheon Technologies Patriot Scholarship.” Read more
Highly accomplished business executive and Nazarian College alumnus Carl Carande has been selected as an honoree for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business’s (AACSB) 2021 Class of Influential Leaders. Read more
The ability to transform data into information and insights that can elevate a business and influence decisions is at the core of the newest major being offered in California State University, Northridge’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics.
Beginning in fall 2021, students in the Nazarian College’s Department of Systems and Operations Management can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an option in business analytics, or minor in the subject. Read more
Financial executive and CSUN Nazarian College of Business and Economics alumnus Charles “Chuck” Noski has been named to the 2021 Accounting Hall of Fame by the American Accounting Association. Read more
California State University, Northridge’s Beta Gamma Sigma chapter will be hosting “Creating Diversity in the Workplace: A Virtual Workshop” on March 2. During the event, attendees will learn about taking inclusion from theory to practice. The event is free and open to the public, though attendees must RSVP ahead of time. Read more
A celebrity makeup label and its contract manufacturer are clashing over a transaction the manufacturer claims broke the parties’ agreement and revealed trade secrets to a major competitor. Read more
Today we’d like to introduce you to Faiza Rahman. Read more
Professor Kurt Saunders Publishes Book on the Law of Ideas
Professor Kurt Saunders, Chair of the Business Law Department, has published his third book, entitled Intellectual Property and the Law of Ideas (Taylor & Francis 2021). Read more
As life returns to normal in the next year or so as the pandemic’s threat begins to ease, some things will never be the same, according to California State University, Northridge marketing professor Kristen Walker. Read more
Economics professor, Glen Whitman, received the Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties for 2020 by the Center for Independent Thought for his co-authored book Escaping Paternalism: Rationality, Behavioral Economics, and Public Policy, which “was described by economist-blogger Bryan Caplan as ‘an unbelievably learned, thoughtful, fair, wise, and inspired critique of applied behavioral economics in general and libertarian paternalism (a.k.a. “nudge") in particular.’” Read more
The 2021 tax season is months away, but for California State University, Northridge’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic, the season marks the program’s 5oth anniversary of serving the public and low-income taxpayers. Read more
“The Matrix,” “Big Love” and “Friends” are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the collective work of accomplished CSUN alumni Louis Santor ’89 (Accounting), David Knoller ’86 (Theatre) and Wendy Knoller ’87 (Radio/TV Production), who have made careers in the business and creative sides of the entertainment industry. Read more
Three California State University, Northridge alumni will share their experiences working in the entertainment industry to launch this semester’s virtual Distinguished Speaker Series hosted by CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics on Tuesday, Nov. 17, online via Zoom. Read more
Three minutes: That’s the time aspiring student entrepreneurs will get to pitch their startup ideas during CSUN’s sixth-annual Fast Pitch event on Nov. 19. Read more
CSUN’s Master of Science in Taxation program was recently ranked within the top 15 programs in three publications: Masters Program Guide, Great Business Schools and GradSchool Hub. Read more
The Wurwand Foundation — a foundation that connects local entrepreneurs with funding, coaching and community through their key initiative, FOUND/LA — has committed to donating an additional $125,000 to David Nazarian College of Business and Economics’ Small Business Consulting program at California State University, Northridge. The foundation’s total giving to the program over time is $425,000. Read more
A team led by recent CSUN graduate Matt Smalley ’19 (MBA) pitched its fire-monitoring system to a panel of investors and entrepreneurial leaders at the 2020 First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase. Read more
The CSUN David Nazarian College of Business and Economics has ranked No. 31 on Money Magazine’s 2020 list of “Best Colleges for Business Majors.” The ranking, which are separate from the university rankings, are based on education quality, affordability and the career payoff for undergraduate business majors. Read more
Inga Timmerman, an associate professor of finance in CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, has been named the first recipient of the Dr. Mary Jean Scheuer Endowed Professorship in Finance, for her finance expertise and work as an educator and researcher. Read more
Breaking through in the music industry has always been tough and the pandemic has only made things harder. Live performance has been closed down and with it, the following and the feedback that emerging artists need to stand out. In Glassell Park, Jesus Martinez, 23, is facing those challenges. Read more
Some actions are more significant than others as corporate brands try to convince consumers that those companies believe in racial justice, according to a recent report by California State University, Northridge marketing professor Tina Kiesler. Read more
Nazarian College finance professor, Dr. Inga Timmerman, provides her expert opinion on questions regarding credit cards with rewards such as cashback. Read more
A program at California State University - Northridge will make business students available to help companies through the pandemic.
"Our students are gaining real-world experience," said Chandra Subramaniam, dean of CSUN's business school. Read more
The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics ranks No. 31 on Money Magazine’s 2020 list of “Best Colleges for Business Majors.”
“Money Magazine ranks business schools separately from universities and we are particularly proud of the Nazarian College's ranking,” said Chandra Subramaniam, dean of the Nazarian College. Read more
Nazarian College finance professor, Heather Castle, provides her expert opinion on questions regarding fair-credit credit cards. Read more
Nazarian College Dean, Dr. Chandra Subramaniam recently appointed Dr. Kristen Walker, Professor of Marketing, in the role of Interim MBA/GCBA Director for Nazarian College. The Dean welcomes her to the position, noting that Dr. Walker “is well recognized within her discipline for her academic success both through her publications, and presentations in academic conferences and as a speaker on privacy to the state and national governmental agencies.” Read more
Nazarian College Finance Professor, Dr. Siqi Wei, was featured in a Bloomberg News article about Malaysian tycoon, Lim Kok Thay's stake in cruise operator Genting Hong Kong Ltd. Read more
Students in California State University, Northridge’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics are offering assistance to San Fernando Valley-based small businesses dealing with the economic fallout of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
Melanie Stallings Williams, a professor of business law in CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, was appointed the executive director of the California State University Real Estate and Land Use Institute (RELUI) by Chancellor Timothy P. White. Read more
Nazarian College finance professor, Dr. Inga Timmerman, provides her expert opinion on questions regarding low interest credit cards. Read more
Mary Jean’s love of learning, love of teaching, and legacy of hard work and determination are reflected in the Dr. Mary Jean Scheuer Endowed Professorship in Finance, an endowment that will enhance the Nazarian College of Business and Economics for generations to come. Read more
May traditionally serves as a special time at California State University, Northridge, as the campus celebrates the graduation of its seniors. Concerns about the spread of COVID-19 have forced the postponement of this year’s commencement celebrations, but have not dampened the dreams of CSUN’s graduating class. Read more
CSUN Business Honors students placed first in the Consulting Project of the Year at the 2020 Small Business Institute Competition and Conference, held from February 27 through March 1 in New Orleans Read more
Although experiences vary, many telecommuters enjoy increased autonomy, schedule flexibility, and a decrease in travel time, traffic issues and gas expenses. But California State University, Northridge marketing professor Qin Sun who teaches in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, cautioned that telecommuting can have some downsides. Read more
California State University, Northridge management professor Richard Moore, who teaches in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, has spent the past five years monitoring a city experiment designed to dramatically improve the lives of disconnected youth. What he found is that youth showed significant improvement in education and employment outcomes. Read more
While the economic outlook after COVID-19 is uncertain, there are three things we are willing to predict for college graduates in the long run. College graduates will earn more than people with lower levels of education, graduates will be unemployed at lower rates than non-college graduates, and they will have access to a wider range of interesting and satisfying jobs. Read more
Orders to “stay safe at home” have not dampened the entrepreneurial spirit of California State University, Northridge students who, despite the suspension of the final rounds of CSUN’s Bull Ring New Venture Competition, are determined to learn all they can to turn their business ideas into reality. Read more
Bryan Longpre ’10 (Finance) has been throwing strikes his whole life. He was a student-athlete at CSUN before graduating and signing a professional baseball contract as a pitcher with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he spent three years in the Blue Jays’ minor league system. Now, he is a senior vice president at Morgan Stanley. Read more
For millions of low-income taxpayers, filing tax returns adds another level of anxiety on how to manage the added expense with their current cost of bills and rent. Wells Fargo (WSF) is trying to relieve that stress from low-income taxpayers by awarding California State University, Northridge $50,000 to continue building and expanding its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic in CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics. Read more
A team of researchers at California State University, Northridge has some advice for providers of services to the public: listen and respond to their customers, particularly to what your customers are saying on social media. Read more
To his family and friends in Hamburg, Germany, he was just Stefan. But he decided that he wanted to see what awaited him in the world beyond his home, specifically in the United States, and got on a boat. He decided to go by Steve, which seemed more American — to help him fit in with his new environment and new life.
That new life led to CSUN and a successful career as a technology entrepreneur. Read more
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics has decided to suspend its free tax preparation services from March 16 through April 19. Read more
California State University, Northridge announced the start of its 2020 free tax preparation initiative for veterans. CSUN, with support from Citi, has trained dozens of military veterans as IRS-certified tax preparers with the goal of assisting an estimated 4,500 of their veteran peers in filing their taxes in Los Angeles County. Read more
California State University, Northridge alumnus Paul Dali will launch this semester’s Distinguished Speaker Series in CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics on Wednesday, March 11. Read more
Students at Cal State Northridge are helping people with their taxes for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance clinic (VITA) who are considered low income. Read more
Launching an ice cream company was not in the original cards for Wanderlust Creamery co-founders and married duo Adrienne Borlongan ’09 (Food Science) and Jon-Patrick “JP” Lopez ’08 (Business Law). In 2014, both were working successful jobs as a mixologist and a real estate attorney, respectively. Then, their sweet tooth opened a door. Read more
This may be a presidential election year, but don’t get lost in the politics of it all. Taxes are still due by April 15. To help meet that deadline, California State University, Northridge’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics is offering free tax preparation assistance to low-income families and individuals, including non-English speakers, people with disabilities and veterans, from Jan. 25 through April 15 at CSUN and satellite locations throughout Los Angeles County. Read more
As federal regulators begin to crack down on tech companies such as YouTube, that have accessed and shared data from underage users, CSUN Nazarian College marketing professor Kristen Walker found one solution that lies in empowering children to protect their data and privacy online. Read more
Professor of Insurance and Finance, Dr. David Russell, was recently featured on AM BestTV for his presentation at the 2019 NCOIL (National Council of Insurance Regulators) Annual Meeting, which focused on how the evolving rules around the gig economy will boost insurance coverage. Watch the Full Interview Here.
Three batches of scrumptious snacks traveled on trays across the Ferman Presentation Room during the CSUN Fast Pitch finals hosted by CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics on Nov. 19, tempting audience members to take a tasty sample as they listened attentively to the student team behind the treats. Read more
As technological advancements become more present in workspaces, the question arises: how will machines affect our jobs? This question was at the heart of the 2nd Annual Workforce of the Future Symposium, which took place on Nov. 20 in the Grand Hall of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, conceived and organized by CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics. Read more
Celebrating the legacy of the CSUN Nazarian College’s development and empowerment of California women business leaders, the college partnered with the Valley Industry and Commerce Association for a luncheon titled “Extraordinary Women in Leadership.” Panelists and special guest speaker Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis discussed the importance of women helping each other succeed. Read more
In 2014, the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics received a $1 million gift from alumnus Paul Jennings ‘85 (Marketing). This led to the creation of the Paul Jennings Chair in Entrepreneurship and hiring of its inaugural holder, Dr. Joanne Scillitoe, in August 2018. Read more
The CSUN David Nazarian College of Business and Economics unveiled its Beta Gamma Sigma Bronze Key sculpture at Bookstein Hall on Oct. 21. Read more
CSUN alumnus and media executive Bruce Gersh returned to offer students a peek into how he manages PEOPLE and EW magazines, some of the most iconic brands in the industry. Read more
NASA has awarded California State University, Northridge a three-year, $3 million grant to establish a multidisciplinary research center at the university to study all aspects of Increasingly Autonomous (IA) systems, from such automated systems as autopilots to advanced systems with artificial intelligence able to adapt and evolve. Read more
CSUN President Diane F. Harrison, chair of the LAEDC and the first academic leader elected to serve as such, spoke at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) Eddy Awards gala about the important work being done by the LAEDC and its partners toward its mission of advancing opportunity and prosperity for all of the county’s residents. Read more
The CSUN Innovation Incubator is celebrating the recent success of four of its own alumni, who were accepted into the Amazon Alexa Accelerator in Seattle, which will connect their startup with mentors in the artificial intelligence (AI) community. Read more
California State University, Northridge’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic recently was awarded a CSU5+ VITA grant for $351,750 by the state of California to continue helping low-income taxpayers manage their finances through cost-free tax preparation services. Read more
CSUN has been ranked No. 6 on Wealthmanagement.com's list of Top 10 Colleges for Financial Planning. Read more
Gersh, president of entertainment magazines People, People En Español and Entertainment Weekly, will talk about what it is like to manage a media powerhouse, his time at the university and his path through the entertainment media world. Read more
Promoting peace and diversity, one business consulting plan at a time. Students in the Nazarian College MBA program are currently working on a plan to launch Emmy award-winning Mischa Segal’s new organization, The Forbidden Band. Read more
David Nazarian College of Business and Economics alumnus, Tim Gaspar (Finance ‘07), has made a gift of $30,000 to create a scholarship that will support students who are interested in pursuing a career in Risk Management and Insurance. Read more
In an affirmation of its ongoing support for CSUN business students, KPMG Foundation has committed to a gift of $150,000 to fund the KPMG Endowment for Workforce Development in CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics. Read more
When exam time arrives, it’s not uncommon to see students gather in groups in the hallways of CSUN campus buildings or at the Delmar T. Oviatt Library for last-minute cram sessions. Throughout the semester, students may have questions about a quiz or may not understand the homework. Thankfully, peer tutors are there to help.
“Students feel less intimidated asking questions from a peer than asking a professor,” Williams said. “Such self-disclosure can lead to more opportunities for teachers to provide meaningful help.” Read more
The foundation is providing a $50,000 grant to support the Business Honors Small Business Consulting Program CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics.
Wurwand credits the CSUN students she met at her on-campus speaking engagement last year with driving the decision to fund the program. “It was actually the single persuading thing in choosing to work with CSUN,” she said. “I was just blown away by the students. I thought, ‘This is the energy, this is the hunger, this is the tenacity that makes successful entrepreneurs.’” Read more
For the second straight year, CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison and Chandra Subramaniam, dean of CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, were recognized in the Los Angeles Business Journal LA500, a list of the city’s most influential people. Read more
Joanne Scillitoe, professor of management, conducted research in Madrid, Spain, on the impact of socio-tech ventures and their technological innovations. These entrepreneurial ventures were created with a social mission at their core, but also utilize technology to meet the needs of their beneficiaries. Read more
A recent study by faculty of CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business & Economics shows how to enrich real estate programs by incorporating student consulting projects. Read more
CSUN Nazarian College alumnus, Charles H. Noski '73 (Business Administration), M.S. '95 (Accountancy) '07 ( Honorary Doctorate) has been elected to the Company’s board of directors, effective June 1, 2019. Noski will serve on the board’s Audit and Examination Committee.
"Chuck brings strong experience at large financial institutions, including as a director at Morgan Stanley and as CFO and vice chairman at Bank of America. He is a recognized expert in finance and accounting who also has demonstrated valuable leadership in operations, strategy and business transformation,” said Betsy Duke, Wells Fargo’s board chair. Read more
CSUN and UC Riverside students from a wide variety of majors got the chance to think like a big business at a recent case competition hosted by financial services giant Goldman Sachs (GS), held in cooperation with the CSUN David Nazarian College of Business and Economics.
“CSUN is one of the most accommodating campuses we travel to,” Eddy said. “We’re thrilled with the opportunity to recruit the brightest and best from here.” Read more
“I’m always ready to represent CSUN,” said Danny Cho, a graduating senior in financial analysis. “We are not considered a targeted university for recruitment into careers such as equity research, investment banking, private equity, etcetera, so I’m always out to prove that we have students that can be on the same playing field as the targeted universities. I love the opportunity to be able to inspire our faculty and peers at our university, and let them know that we are worth investing in.” Read more
This spring, Danipour, Villa and fellow California State University, Northridge students Jenna Flynn and Tammy Nguyen formed an entrepreneurial team to develop a solution to this problem: an adjustable tray that molds to the shape of your front passenger seat, safely and securely holding take-out food and beverage trays.
For their invention, the NoSpill Systems team won first place and the audience choice prize at CSUN’s fourth annual Bull Ring New Venture Competition, hosted by the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics’ Entrepreneurship Program. The prize included $20,000 to help launch their product. Read more
Many new alumni are more focused on developing a career — not to mention paying back their student loans — than thinking about “paying it forward,” donating to the university they just left. But Demontea (“Tae”) and Demonte (“Tray”) Thompson ’15 (Management and Finance, respectively) are used to being the exceptions to the rule. Read more
“Game of Thrones” fans, meet the “Game of Cones.”
Wanderlust Creamery, the popular ice cream shop founded by California State University, Northridge alumni Jon-Patrick “JP” Lopez ’08 (Business Law) and Adrienne Borlongan ’09 (Food Science), is celebrating the final season of the HBO hit series with newly crafted flavors inspired by the show. Read more
“When I initially talked to Goldman Sachs in 1979, they said they were a U.S.-centric firm, and that they weren’t interested in going international,” said Berlinski, who at the time lacked a green card to work in the country. “But Goldman Sachs wanted to build up their financial services division in banking, and it helped my cause to be able to speak six languages and understand international business teamwork from my previous jobs, once the company wanted to become a global firm.” Read more
Professor Melanie Stallings Williams co-authored an article, “Masters of the Universe: Bid Rigging By Private Equity Firms in Multibillion Dollar LBOs,” for the University of Cincinnati Law Review that throws the spotlight on a rare class-action lawsuit in which the plaintiffs – shareholders in companies purchased – demonstrated that some of the world’s largest private equity firms unlawfully colluded to ensure that they held down prices on the companies they were bidding to buy.
“I don’t think people realize that when this happens, it’s our money, yours and mine, that’s involved,” Williams said. “Yes, some of the shareholders are monied people, but some of the shareholders are retirement funds and the type of mutual funds that your grandmother owns. These aren’t just rich people they are taking advantage of. It’s you, me and the people we care about.” Read more
“Business is how you approach things; it’s not the skill set,” she said. “The skill set is great to have as a base, but it’s what you do with it. I was plunked in the middle of service for what was at that time a $2-billion company in the Americas (North and Latin) and figured out how to swim. If you understand priorities, customer satisfaction and the impact product quality can have on that, it’s fascinating. I learned so much about Epson’s business, because [service] is a very important customer touch point.” Read more
Bank of Hope has given California State University, Northridge $25,000 to support the university’s income tax preparation assistance program for low-income families and individuals.
The money will support the operations of CSUN’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic during the 2019 tax season. In addition to the money, bank employees have volunteered to serve as interpreters and greeters at many of the clinic’s sites throughout Los Angeles. Read more
Using the latest investment software, intense research and hours spent on targeted analysis of the financial markets, the students in California State University, Northridge Finance 491A and 491B: Student Portfolio Seminar are outperforming finance professionals and turning nearly $5 million of investments into scholarships, research and other opportunities for the university.
From fall 2015, to present, the dividend portfolio has grown from $2,151,315 to $3,297,801, an annualized return of about 14 percent compared to the benchmark return of about 11 percent per year. Read more
Kramer, a multigenerational Matador and proud graduate of California State University, Northridge, has made an impact on Wall Street that few other men and women can claim: A lifelong leader in “boutique” investment banking firms and now founding partner and CEO of Ducera Partners, Kramer has helped forge some of the largest deals in modern financial history, including 2018’s $70-billion sale of agricultural giant Monsanto to Bayer A.G..
“I’m fortunate to have been at the forefront,” Kramer said. “I get a lot of credit for the deals people have read about, but I have seven partners at Ducera — I have a strong team that has been with me most of their careers. My success is all of ours." Read more
Wells Fargo bank has awarded the university $50,000, on top of the $50,000 it gave the university last year, to support the clinic and provide financial education and financial coaching to its clients.
“The impact of the CSUN VITA Clinic is measured not only by virtue of helping low-income taxpayers obtain a cost-free tax preparation service, but perhaps more importantly, our ability to give the taxpayers we serve the opportunity to obtain vital support and resources for strengthening their financial resiliency,” said accounting professor Rafi Efrat, Bookstein Chair in Taxation and the director of CSUN’s VITA Clinic. Read more
When you’re living paycheck to paycheck, the impact of a tax refund can be life-changing: Nagging debts repaid. Money saved for a child’s college education.
For nearly 50 years, California State University, Northridge’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic has provided cost-free expert tax assistance for families and individuals with low incomes, leading to such benefits, said Rafi Efrat, Bookstein Chair in Taxation and the director of the VITA Clinic. CSUN student volunteers have benefited as well, as they have earned IRS certification for tax preparation, giving them real-world experience and a professional head start. Read more
On Feb. 5, Noski was named by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) to its 2019 Class of Influential Leaders. CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics’ accreditation by AACSB International places it among the top 5 percent of global business degree-granting institutions. Read more
“I am thrilled to have CSUN’s VITA Clinic take the lead in embarking on a visionary collaboration with 11 academic institutions in Los Angeles to develop a model for a sustainable, institutionalized and systematic offering of free tax preparation services throughout Los Angeles County and beyond,” said accounting professor Rafi Efrat, Bookstein Chair in Taxation and the director of CSUN’s VITA Clinic.
Efrat received a $344,250 grant from the California Department of Community Services and Development to expand the program to include the CSU 5 VITA Initiative, named for the five California State University campuses — Northridge, Los Angeles, Dominguez Hills, Long Beach and Pomona — taking the lead on the project. Read more
CSUN Nazarian College alumnus Charles (Chuck) H. Noski has been elected as one of three inaugural members of the recently formed Independent Audit Quality Committee (IAQC). With his relevant experience and leadership in the industry, Noski will help EY deliver high-quality audits that strengthen confidence in the U.S. capital and global markets.
“Our globally interconnected economy brings new complexity to the audit, and my experience in a variety of roles positions me well to advise on related matters,” said Mr. Noski. Read more
Chaos may prevail in Washington, but as Benjamin Franklin once wrote: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
To help with the latter, California State University, Northridge’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic is offering free tax preparation assistance to low-income families and individuals, including non-English speakers, people with disabilities and veterans, from Jan. 28 through April 13 at CSUN and satellite locations throughout Los Angeles County. Read more
“Work hard. Be exceptional. Trust the process.”
Five successful CSUN Nazarian College graduates and long-time friends gathered at the Business Honors Association and Beta Alpha Psi Alumni Panel event to talk about their careers, pursuing graduate degrees, and the importance of taking rare opportunities. Read more
In November, California State University, Northridge students got a chance to see how leading-edge technology can be a powerful tool for societal change at the “Artificial Intelligence x Social Entrepreneurship” workshop. Read more
California State University, Northridge brought home two awards from the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) Annual Summit, which took place Oct. 21-24 in Milwaukee, Wis. The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics won the Talent and Innovation Award for its Summer Accelerator program, and the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics’ Peer Mentorship Program received the organization’s Editor’s Choice Award. Read more
In preparation for the high-stakes “Bull Ring” New Venture Competition in Spring, which comes with tens of thousands of dollars in prizes, students practiced putting their best pitch forward at the fourth annual Fast Pitch New Venture Competition. Read more
Luciana Moreno, a senior in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics at CSUN, was awarded a prestigious $10,000 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year. Moreno is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is graduating in the spring semester of 2019. She has been offered a full-time position at Moss Adams LLP, one of the 15 largest public accounting firms in the United States, and will begin working there next July. Read more
Hundreds of California State University, Northridge accounting, business, entrepreneurship and marketing students packed the university’s Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 13 for Workforce of the Future, a partnership program between CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, IBM, and global accounting and audit firm KPMG. Read more
Innovation is key to unlocking new systems, ideas and products. It is essential for all areas of business to thrive. To prepare its students for the workforce of the future, California State University, Northridge is fostering an environment for future innovators to thrive. Read more
Vaish oversees a team of product managers, designers and content creators at Tesla with the goal of providing users with the most informative, innovative and captivating experience on the website, on mobile, in retail stores and inside the actual vehicle. Read more
Spielberg and Clooney, Kidman and Downey Jr., Geffen and Katzenberg, Marvel and DreamWorks.
California State University, Northridge alumnus and filmmaking heavyweight Michael Grillo shared memories from his decades working with Hollywood royalty in front of a packed auditorium at CSUN’s Northridge Room. Grillo appeared on campus Sept. 26 for the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics’ Distinguished Speaker Series. Read more
CSUN alumnus Bruce Gersh is the president of People, People En Español and Entertainment Weekly. Read more
Sigalit Ronen’s research makes the business case for bosses who nurture emotional bonds with their employees. Read more
Dean Subramaniam is featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal's LA500 list of Most-Influential People. Read more
In spring 2018, teams of California State University, Northridge undergraduates and graduate students accepted their awards for working tirelessly to produce comprehensive business plans to enter in the Small Business Institute© (SBI) national competition for Experiential Learning Project of the Year. Both teams placed second in their respective categories. Read more
Carl Carande landed his first job at an on-campus interview just before graduating from California State University, Northridge. In the years since, his degree has taken him to New York City to oversee the United States advisory practice for a global network of professional service firms. Read more
During the Spring 2018 semester, California State University, Northridge students Ashley Nobel ’18 (Financial Planning) and Bonnie Dang ’17 (Finance) clinched third place at the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) competition, after submitting a financial plan based on a real-world situation. Competing against more than 70 participants, Nobel and Dang’s first-ever competition proved to be highly successful. Read more
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) announced today the launch of new free tax preparation clinics for veterans in Los Angeles, an innovative effort in collaboration with Citi Community Development and the Los Angeles Veterans Administration. Read more
Bank of Hope has given California State University, Northridge $20,000 to help expand the university’s income tax preparation assistance program for low-income families and individuals. Read more
California State University, Northridge officials have named the building that houses the university’s business college Bookstein Hall, in honor of alumni Harriet and Harvey Bookstein and their generous support of CSUN over the years. Read more
U.S. potato-grower cooperatives in the early 2000s deployed drones and scanned satellite images as they colluded to reduce the amount of potatoes grown across the country in an effort to increase their profits, according to a report by California State University, Northridge business law professor Melanie Stallings Williams. Read more
The Youth-Driven Information Privacy Education Campaign (YDIPEC) launched in August to help young people and their parents learn to safeguard their privacy online. The campaign is the culmination of a year-long grant awarded to California State University, Northridge marketing professors Kristen Walker and Tina Kiesler. Read more
Former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel has spent her life giving back to the community — whether serving on the staffs of the mayor of Los Angeles and the President of the United States or as an elected official herself. Read more
California State University, Northridge’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics doubled down on the big announcements at the college’s 50th anniversary gala celebration Thursday, Sept. 22.
The evening’s program concluded with the announcement of a $5 million gift from CSUN alumni Harvey ’70 (Business Administration) and Harriet Bookstein. CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison revealed that this gift and those from other supporters of the college put the college’s $25 million fundraising campaign over its goal, which launched two years ago with a lead gift of $10 million from CSUN alumnus David Nazarian. Read more
Fifty years ago, business in Los Angeles had a different face. Different industries employed a different workforce. Fifty years ago, a still-new California State University campus in Northridge launched a School of Business and Economics. Read more
You’re invited to the MBA and Graduate Programs in Business Open House on Saturday, Sept. 17! If you’re thinking about a graduate degree in business, get your questions answered in person by professors, alumni and program directors. Read more
CSUN Marketing Professor and students launch campaigns to educate others on digital literacy Read more
Every time you make a Google search, post on Facebook, play Candy Crush, send a tweet or take a photo on Snapchat, you are leaving a piece of yourself — information about who you are, your habits, your tastes, your family, your friends — behind, whether you want to or not. It is that unintentional “surrender” of information that has California State University, Northridge marketing professor Kristen L. Walker concerned. Continue reading about trust on the web. Read more
A proposal for a new a way of delivering a healthy mix of probiotics and electrolytes while at the same time battling malnutrition and dehydration in children around the world took the top prize Tuesday, April 26, at California State University, Northridge’s “Bull Ring” — CSUN’s version of “Shark Tank.” Read more
Thanks to the David Nazarian College of Business, CSUN Associated Students, a Digital Trust Foundation grant, and Bill Imada (Chairman and Chief Connectivity Officer of the IW Group), nine students from the American Marketing Association (AMA) traveled to New Orleans to attend the annual AMA International Collegiate Conference (AMAICC). The 2016 attendees included Ilya Albert, Katrina Beltran, Sebastian Blanc, Collin Glueck, Daniel Lawson, Summer Malone, Andres Nieto, Heather Ticzon, and Nickolaus Violin. Read more
The MBA program at the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics at California State University, Northridge has been ranked among the top 150 part-time programs in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list of the best graduate schools. Read more
Congratulations to Professor Joy Griffin and the Spring 2015 BUS 497BBH (Business Honors Capstone) student team, Nadia Ali, Brandon Kaufman, Eduard Martirosov, and Lilianna Stelmach, whose comprehensive business plan took 2nd place nationally at the annual SBI competition! Read more
The calendar may say January, but before you know it, April will be here and your taxes will be due. California State University, Northridge business students hope to take a little bit of the sting out of tax day by offering free tax preparation assistance to members of the public. Read more
The CSUN David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, in partnership with our on-campus incubator LACI@CSUN, is pleased to announce the inaugural Bull Ring New Venture Competition! Read more
Just announced yesterday, the first 75 students that sign up for the Art of Innovation Conference on October 30th will attend for free! Read more
California State University, Northridge is known for its great efforts in keeping students on the track to success. For many students, that track continues even after graduation. Read more
Charles “Chuck” Noski was 17 years old in 1969 when he embarked upon what would be a lifelong relationship with California State University, Northridge, which was then known as San Fernando Valley State College. Read more
The 17th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards was a celebration of what’s possible with a California State University, Northridge education, as graduates who went on to successful careers in art, entertainment and entrepreneurship were honored on April 18 at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village. Read more
New changes are underway for CSUN’s real estate program effective Fall, 2015. The Department of Business Law, which administers the real estate programs, has created a new minor and revised major. Read more
California State University, Northridge’s Small Business Institute graduate and undergraduate teams last month walked away with first-place prizes from the national Small Business Institute’s (SBI) Project of the Year competition for work done in the 2014 school year. Read more
California State University, Northridge honored accounting professor and institute director Rafi Efrat in January for his innovative leadership and expansion of the Bookstein Institute for Higher Education in Taxation. Read more
The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Read more
The Department of Finance, Financial Planning and Insurance continues to shine, as the Financial Planning department is ranked again for a 3rd year in a row. Read more
Nazarian College faculty members have come in for top awards for their groundbreaking work in scholarship and pedagogy over the last two months. Read more
California State University, Northridge conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on Bill Allen, president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, for his contributions to the financial health of the region, as well as his longtime support of the university. Continue reading about Bill Allen. Read more
FOX continued its partnership again this semester with California State University, Northridge’s College of Business and Economics in Fall 2013, providing students with a rare opportunity to create a marketing campaign for Fox Deportes. Read more
Congratulations are in order to COBAE Dr. Cristina Rubino, assistant professor of management, who has been named the 2014-2015 Research Fellow for the College of Business and Economics. Read more
Wells Fargo Center for Small Business & Entrepreneurship is competing against two large Advertising Firms to create the new marketing campaign for CSUN Read more
Cal State Northridge was one of only 25 universities nationally chosen to select a student to receive a $2,000 Undergraduate Real Estate Award from the International Council of Shopping Centers Foundation, a leading foundation for the real estate industry and non-profit public charity of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Read more
Cal State Northridge Professor of Accounting and Information Systems, Christopher G. Jones, along with co-authors Larry Crumbley and Stacy Mastrolia have just released a riveting educational novel for use in spicing up classroom debate about accounting practice and professional ethics. Read more
For the past several months, President Barack Obama has been pushing for a new rating system for colleges that, among other things, would judge schools on performance, including the success of their graduates. Read more
Melanie Williams pulls up to a group home, walks through the door, begins to say “hi” and is greeted with hugs and giggles. All of the children vie for her attention, but only one lucky 12-year-old girl gets to go for a picnic that day. Read more