David Nazarian College of Business and Economics

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    Financial Planning Program Ranked Top 10 in Nation

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    2017 Bull Ring Winner Featured in CNN Article

  • Distinguished Speaker Series Feat. Bruce Gersh

    Bruce Gersh to Speak on Campus Next Month

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    KPMG Commits $150k to Workforce Development

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    Wells Fargo Supports MBA Students & Small Businesses

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    Wurwand Foundation Champions CSUN Entrepreneurs

Student Success and Achievement

Accounting Student Awarded Prestigious PCAOB Scholarship

Accounting Student Awarded Prestigious PCAOB Scholarship

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. (Learn More About Luciana Moreno and the PCAOB Scholarship Award.)

American Marketing Association's Annual International Collegiate Conference

2019

Matador AMA receives multiple awards at the 2019 International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans, LA

The chapter competed against hundreds of other chapters for these honors, and we were all very excited to see what they were able to achieve this year:  

  • Students submitted three research posters to the conference, and each team was invited to present their research findings. The students worked with Dr. Amy Wen over the past months to determine research questions, collect data, and analyze results. All three of their poster submissions were accepted, and the student teams presented their findings during a special session at the conference.
  • Two members of our team—Jeanny Olivares and Jordan Haney—made it to the final round of the Marketing Strategy Competition, held during the conference. Teams from 98 schools competed, and Jeanny and Jordan finished in 6th place overall. 
  • Matador AMA won third place for Best Community/Social Impact video. For this project, AMA partnered up with Outfest, a nonprofit film festival that connects diverse populations to discover and celebrate stories of LGBTQ lives. Matador AMA students created a short video to highlight the organizations’ work, and for Outfest to use in their promotions.
  • The chapter was given the honor of Outstanding Marketing week, in recognition for the Marketing Week event held in Fall 2018. The purpose of this week is to spread the word about AMA and encourage students to join the organization, and Matador AMA was recognized for providing a variety of activities that engaged CSUN students, while helping them learn more about the marketing profession.
  • Matador AMA won recognition for exemplary Chapter Performance for Chapter Planning, based on the chapter plan they submitted for this past year.
  • Being an award winning chapter, Matador AMA was invited to present at the conference, to share how to create a successful chapter plan. During this session, our team revealed the strategies they used to build and grow the chapter, in order to help other student chapters do the same.  

2018

Matador AMA receives multiple awards at the 2018 International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans, LA

The chapter competed against hundreds of other chapters for awards in these categories:

  • Matador AMA won first place for Best Community/Social Impact video. For this project, AMA partnered up with CASA LA, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting volunteers to advocate for minors in the foster care system. The team created a short video explaining the organization and its mission for CASA to use in its promotional materials, and this was played at the awards ceremony. 
  • Matador AMA won Exemplary Chapter Performance in Internal/External Communications and Professional Development. Based on the chapter plan submitted for this year, Matador AMA was recognized for the quality and variety of events they planned, such as speaker programs, workshops, firm tours, and networking events. The chapter was also recognized for its social media and online presence, and its overall promotional strategies. 
  • The chapter received honorable mention for the Matador AMA website, which was recognized for its design, content, functionality, and engagement.
  • Matador AMA was one of four schools invited to present about their AMA Marketing Week. The purpose of this week is to spread the word about AMA and encourage students to join the organization, and our students shared their successful planning experience with other chapters.
  • One member of our ICC team (Kevin Murphy) participated in the Perfect Pitch competition and advanced to the final round. He gave a 90 second elevator pitch about Aerotek to a panel of judges.

2017 

Matador AMA Earns More Awards at the International Collegiate Conference 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana 

Matador AMA brings back 4 awards total, including: Exemplary Collegiate Chapter Performance 2016-2017, Outstanding Marketing Week Activities, 4th Place – AMA Collegiate Website Award, and Honorable Mention – AMA eBay Case Competition – the most awards won by the chapter at a conference to date. Read more.

2015

AMA receives award for “Outstanding Chapter Plan” at the 2015 International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans, LA. 

(From left) AMA student-members at the National AMA Intercollegiate conference in New Orleans, Andres Nieto, Tannaz Nourparvar, Kristen Walker (faculty advisor), Edith Gomez, Nanki Singh and Wezley Masangkay.

Five students were selected to attend and represent Matador AMA and CSUN at the American Marketing Association's (AMA) Annual International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.  

Matador AMA received the following awards and recognition at the conference. The chapter competed against hundreds of other chapters for awards in these categories:

  • Matador AMA won first place for Best Community/Social Impact video. For this project, AMA partnered up with CASA LA, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting volunteers to advocate for minors in the foster care system. The team created a short video explaining the organization and its mission for CASA to use in its promotional materials, and this was played at the awards ceremony.
  • Matador AMA won exemplary Chapter Performance in Internal/External Communications and Professional Development. Based on the chapter plan submitted for this year, Matador AMA was recognized for the quality and variety of events they planned, such as speaker programs, workshops, firm tours, and networking events. The chapter was also recognized for its social media and online presence, and its overall promotional strategies.
  • The chapter received honorable mention for the Matador AMA website, which was recognized for its design, content, functionality, and engagement.
  • Matador AMA was one of four schools invited to present about their AMA Marketing Week. The purpose of this week is to spread the word about AMA and encourage students to join the organization, and our students shared their successful planning experience with other chapters.
  • One member of our ICC team (Kevin Murphy) participated in the Perfect Pitch competition and advanced to the final round. He gave a 90 second elevator pitch about Aerotek to a panel of judges.

 Read More. 

Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) Chapter

2019

CSUN ALPFA Chapter Named West Region Chapter of the Year

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Beta Alpha Psi Best Practices Competition

2019

Beta Alpha Psi, Epsilon Chi Chapter Members Win 1st & 2nd Place at 2019 Regional Best Practices Competition

1st Place - "Roots"

  • Student Team: Alec Agana, Humberto Gonzalez

2nd Place - ''Branches"

  • Student Team: Vania Walangare, Anna Hakopian, Kirstin Shost, Richard Maldonado

In February, CSUN Nazarian College's Beta Alpha Psi, Epsilon Chi Chapter members won 1st place in the "Roots" and 2nd place in "Branches" categories at the Beta Alpha Psi 2019 Western Regional Meeting in San Jose, CA. Both teams were lead by faculty advisor, Professor Anne Wu.

2018

Beta Alpha Psi, Epsilon Chi Chapter Members Win 1st & 3rd Place at 2018 Regional Best Practices Competition

1st Place - "Branding Your Chapter"

  • Student Team: Anzhelika Chzhan, Anna Semernya, Yunsub So

3rd Place - ''Launching into the Next Century"

  • Student Team: Ayyaz Khan, Ekaterina Popenko, Vania Raina, Giovanni Valdivia 

In February, CSUN Nazarian College's Beta Alpha Psi, Epsilon Chi Chapter members won 1st place in "Branding Your Chapter" and 3rd place in "Launching into the Next Century" categories at the Beta Alpha Psi 2018 Western Regional Meeting in Sacramento, CA. Both teams were lead by faculty advisor, Dr. Sung Wook Yoon. 

        

 

2017

Beta Alpha Psi, Epsilon Chi Chapter Members Win 1st Place at 2017 Regional Best Practices Competition

1st Place  - "Community Outreach" 

  • Student Team: Mario Brizuela, Jose Paguia, Alula Zeryihun

In February, CSUN Nazarian College's Beta Alpha Psi, Epsilon Chi Chapter members won 1st place in the "Community Outreach" category at the Beta Alpha Psi 2017 Western Regional Meeting in San Diego, CA. The team was lead by faculty advisor, Dr. Sung Wook Yoon. The team outperformed competitors from USC, San Diego State, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, CSU Long Beach, and Cal Poly Pomona, to bring in the top prize in the society’s regional Best Practices Competition. Their winning entry described the CSUN chapter’s dynamic community-outreach program that breaks down barriers preventing at-risk high-school students from pursuing higher education.  Advising the team was Dr. Sung Wook Yoon of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems.  

 

Beta Alpha Psi Epsilon Chi Chapter

2018

Beta Alpha Psi - Epsilon Chi Chapter Earns High Honors from National Headquarters

The Nazarian College's Beta Alpha Psi - Epsilon Chi Chapter has received international recognition as a Superior Chapter for the 2017-18 academic year,  and an award of $500. The financial support for this award is graciously sponsored by KPMG and the KPMG Foundation.

Recognition as a Superior Chapter is a significant accomplishment. Under the leadership of Professor Yoon, the Epsilon Chi Chapter has far exceeded the baseline requirements of Beta Alpha Psi and has excelled in the areas of academics, professionalism, and leadership.

Beta Alpha Psi Gold Challenge Competition

2013

Beta Alpha Psi, Epsilon Chi Chapter Wins the Gold Challenge Competition Sponsored by KPMG

 

In August, CSUN Nazarian College's Beta Alpha Psi, Epsilon Chi Chapter won the Gold Challenge Competition sponsored by KPMG. The award is given up to 10 chapters, which represent the top 5% of all Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) chapters. The chapter was lead by faculty advisor, Dr. Sung Wook Yoon. Learn More. 

Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society

2019

Beta Gamma Sigma Earns Inducts Over 50 New Members

In April 2019, forty students from the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, thereby joining the ranks of the “best of the best.” Inducted as sophomores were Mary Bilbao, Claire Daniels, Elline Dominique Deogracias, Dilini Selena Dodanwalage, Noreen Keh, Jessica Lauren Puzon, and Rahul Soni. Junior inductees were Meri Adamyan, Robert Aghazarian, Khachik Baghumyan, John Alvaro Bulactial, Camila Echeverry, Leila Esmaeili, Seth Fraser, Garegin Gevorgyan, Tejesh Goyal, Burcu Gulagiz, Lerone Herscu, Lilit Hovhannisyan, Lauryn Lawton, Robin Lodge, Patricia Mamac, Adrineh Manasi, Blake Mccormack, Ken Roy Mejes, Chi Nguyen, Marketa Pospechova, David Reynoso, Lorena Rodriguez, Seda Shamirian, and Brooke Yanke. Joining them were seniors Shayan Alimohammadi, Amna Altaf, Samantha Cinco, Naoko Kishimizu, Chloe Le-Hill Nguyen, Jake Moreno, Maja Tanna, and Aaron Yonkers. Thirteen graduate students rounded out the newest cohort of BGS inductees: Masood Chotani, Marina Ivan, Qiujun Kitchner, Lucas Kolding, Anastasia Kramsky, Sonia Le, Patricia Lopez, Geremy Mason, Svetlana Pashazadeh-Monajemi, Sheelah Resnick, Valerie Taylor, Raphael Yoshimura, and Ruba Zorob. 

2018

Beta Gamma Sigma Earns High Honors from National Headquarters

The Nazarian College's Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter earned High Honors for the 2017-2018 academic year, allowing the chapter the ability to submit nominations some of the organization's prestigious awards, including: Chapter Advisor of the Year, Business Achievement and Entrepreneurial Achievement. 

2017

Beta Gamma Sigma Receives Top Honors

“Membership is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate, master's or doctoral program at a school accredited by AACSB International.”  So states the membership page of the Beta Gamma Sigma website (https://www.betagammasigma.org/prospective-members).  While for any other organization such a claim may seem like an exaggeration, for Beta Gamma Sigma is it simply a statement of reality.  The international business honor society is limited to the very best students at the very best business schools (those that have attained and maintain accreditation with the world’s premier business-school accrediting organization, AACSB International).

In May 2017, thirty students and one faculty member in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, thereby joining the ranks of the “best of the best.” Inducted as sophomores were Brenda Castellanos, Miranda Hanzlik, Risat Irtiza, Kathrine Khazhakyan, and Dezarae McNeely.  Junior inductees were Kevin Ahir, Tyler Anderson, Nayouhi Boghozian, Sanna Eriksson, Angelica Leon, Christian Medrano, Brian Moser, Nancy Pesic, Dina Sasoones, Miro Shaverdian, Tanaporn Sitiso, Tatyana Taribo Krayevskiy, and Susan Vincent.  Joining them were seniors Joanna Fagerstrand, Taylor LaCarriere, Tam Nguyen, Leeanna Rhodes, Joshua Rodgers, Genifer Sibbald, and Nickolaus Violin.  Five graduate students rounded out the newest cohort of BGS inductees: Adina Calnan, Leora Dahan, Christophe Donnelly, Edwin Lord, and Lyusine Patatanyan.  Chapters also have the opportunity of inducting meritorious faculty and this year that distinction went to Dr. Ray Calnan, assistant professor of real estate in the Department of Business Law.

Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) Test

2018

270+ Students Pass Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) Test

273 students passed the Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) Test.

2017

175+ Students Pass Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) Test

Over 175 students passed the Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) Test

2016

170+ Students Pass Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) Test

Over 170 students passed the Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) Test

Bull Ring New Venture Competition

2019

‘NoSpill’ Tray for Delivery Drivers Captures Bull Ring Grand Prize

The NoSpills System team (Bretiel Danipour, Jenna Flynn, Tammy Nguyen and Stephanie Villa) presenting their product and answering questions from the judges. Photo by Patricia Carrillo.

While making office coffee runs or delivering meals for Postmates and DoorDash, Bretiel Danipour and Stephanie Villa dealt with a growing problem frequently experienced by on-demand food delivery drivers: Driving around with multiple drinks and food containers can be disastrous.

Most personal vehicles don’t have enough cupholders for multiple orders, and auto seats aren’t contoured to hold take-out bags and drinks. One hard brake, and there goes your order — and your upholstery.

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.

2018

Wheelchair Assist Wins CSUN’s Third-Annual Bull Ring New Venture Competition

 

“Wheelchair Assist” team members Steven Meza, Quinn Darrach, Nichta Harabedian, Bashir Tirmizi and Sutichai Savathasuk. Photo by David Hawkins.

“Wheelchair Assist” — a business venture and senior design project created by a team of California State University, Northridge mechanical-engineering students — won first place and $20,000 at CSUN’s annual Bull Ring New Venture Competition. Read More.

2017

Sleepyhead Wins CSUN’s Second-Annual Bull Ring New Venture Competition 

Entrepreneurship Program director Ryan Holbrook (left) poses with Steven Van Alen and Martyna Skrodzka, the Sleepyhead team, after announcing them as winners of the 2017 Bull Ring Competition. Photo by David J. Hawkins.

Sleepyhead, an e-commerce sleep startup that sells boxed memory-foam mattresses and bed toppers, won the $20,000 first-place award at the final round of California State University, Northridge’s second-annual Bull Ring New Venture Competition on May 2. Read More.

2016

Vibe Probiotics Wins CSUN’s Inaugural Bull Ring New Venture Competition

 

Ryan Holbrook (far left), head of the entrepreneurship program in the Nazarian College, and business leader and CSUN alumnus Jeff Marine (far right) present members of the Vibe Probiotics team — from left, Abed Rahman, Erika Elizalde and Katie Teevin — with a check for $25,000. Photo by Luis Garcia.

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.

About the Bull Ring New Venture Competition

David Nazarian, a CSUN alumnus and one of the people behind the idea for the Bull Ring, talking to students. Photo by Lee Choo.

Entrepreneur and philanthropist David Nazarian is teaming up with former California State University, Northridge classmate and businessman Jeff Marine to create CSUN’s own version of “Shark Tank,” called “The Bull Ring,” in which students will compete for $50,000 in prize money by pitching their innovative ideas for new business ventures. Learn More. 

Business Honors Program Annual Case Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the Business Honors Program's Annual Case Competition!

2018

1st Place: Fatima Batool (Business Honors Program, Accountancy), Adrian Covarrubias (Accountancy), Nataly Ruiz (Accountancy-Information Systems)

2nd Place: Kevin Arpit Garg (Accountancy, Business Honors Program, Finance), Muddassir Billoo (Business Honors Program, Finance), Steven Yano (Business Honors Program, Finance, Management) 

3rd Place: David Lim (Management), Justin Tien (Marketing), Kathleen Taragao (Marketing)

2018 First Round Faculty Judges

  • Dr. Mariam Beruchashvili, Marketing
  • Dr. Drew Foley, Management
  • Dr. Hilary Goldberg, Business Law
  • Dr. Paul Lazarony, Associate Dean, COBAE

2018 Final Round Judges

  • Penny Bahn, Principal and Founder, Bahn Valuation Group LLC
  • Harvey Bookstein, Co-Founding Partner, Armanino, LLC
  • Roberta Colmer, Executive Vice President/Controller and Director of Marketing, Colmer Construction
  • Colin Donahue, VP for Administration and Finance & CFO, California State University, Northridge
  • Paul Jennings, CEO, CorpPCS
  • David Malone, President and CEO (retired), Community Bank
  • Howard Press, President, Watt Companies, Watt Residential

Read More About the 2018 Case Competition

2017

Photo of 2017 Case Competition Winners

1st Place: Melanie Gordon (Business Honors Program, Marketing), Thao Nguyen (Accountancy), Claus Offersen (Finance, Marketing), Kyle Rei (Business Honors Program, Economics)

2nd Place: Jared Nassaney (Finance), Miluchia Sibala (Marketing), Grevork Terzyan (Finance)

3rd Place: Randy Roman (Economics, Marketing), Nockolaus Violin (Business Honors Program, Finance, Marketing) 

2017 First Round Faculty Judges

  • Dr. Mariam Beruchashvilli, Marketing
  • Dr. Daniel Degravel, Management
  • Dr. David Russel, Finance

2017 Final Round Judges

  • Jill Ause, Chief Financial Officer, Signal Brands
  • Penny Bahn, Principal and Founder of Bahn Valuation Group, LLC
  • Heather Briggs, Vice President, Controller, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Dennis DeYoung, Certified Financial Planner, Financial West Group
  • Rick Evans, President and Executive Director, The University Corporation and the North Campus Development Corporation, California State University, Northridge
  • Rob Gunsalus, Vice President of University Advancement, and President of the CSUN Foundation, California State University, Northridge
  • David Malone, President and CEO (retired), Community Bank
  • Laura Yamanaka, President and Founder, TeamCFO, Inc.

Competition Summary:

The annual Nazarian College Case Competition, sponsored by the Business Honors Program, held its culminating event for 2017 on March 29.  As Dave Malone, chair of the Nazarian College Advisory Board and a judge of the competition for many years, said, “each year the students are getting better and better!”  Students in this year’s winning team were Melanie Gordon, Thao Nguyen, Claus Offersen, and Kyle Rei.  A distinguished panel of judges included faculty members Maia Beruchashvili, Daniel Degravel, and David Russell, and executives Jill Ause (CFO of Signal Brands), Penny Bahn (principal and founder, Bahn Valuation Gap), Advisory Board member Heather Briggs (vice president and controller, University Pictures Home Entertainment), Dennis DeYoung (CFP, Financial West Group), Rick Evans (president and executive director, The University Corporation and North Campus Development Corporation, CSUN), Rob Gunsalus (vice president of Advancement and president of the CSUN Foundation), Dave Malone (chair of BBCN Bancorp), and Laura Yamanaka (president, teamCFO, Inc.).  

2016

Winning Team: Gary Ahluwalia (Finance), Frankie Liu (Accountancy), Miluchia Sibala (Marketing)

2016 First Round Faculty Judges

  • Dr. Daniel Degravel, Management
  • Dr. Tina Kiesler, Marketing
  • Dr. John Zhou, Finance

2016 Final Round Judges

  • Penny Bahn, Principal and Founder, Bahn Valuation Group LLC
  • Eric Bossuk, CEO and Chairman, B&B Premier Insurance Solutions
  • Roberta Colmer, Executive Vice President/Controller and Director of Marketing, Colmer Construction
  • Rick Evans, President and Executive Director, The University Corporation and the North Campus Development Corporation, California State University, Northridge
  • Paul Jennings, Founding Partner and CEO, Public Communication Services, Inc.
  • Zack Schuler, Founder and Former CEO, Cal Net Technology Group, and Founder Ninjio LLC
  • Milt Valera, Chairman, National Notary Association and the National Notary Group

2015

Winning Team: Justin Fleming (Accountancy), Joveen Grewal (Accountancy), Alec Ledoux (Business Honors Program, Finance, Marketing)

2015 First Round Faculty Judges

  • Dr. David Ackerman, Marketing
  • Dr. Keji Chen, Accounting
  • Dr. John Zhou, Finance

2015 Final Round Judges

  • Heather Briggs, Controller, Dream Works Animation SKG
  • Eric Bossuk, CEO and Chairman, B&B Premier Insurance Solutions
  • Roberta Colmer, Executive Vice President/Controller and Director of Marketing, Colmer Construction
  • Colin Donahue, VP for Administration and Finance & CFO, California State University, Northridge
  • Ken Floyd, CEO, Artissimo Designs
  • Paul Jennings, Founding Partner and CEO, Public Communication Services, Inc.
  • David Malone, President and CEO (retired), Community Bank
  • Doug Menges, Senior Vice President (retired) Framers Insurance
  • David Nazarian, CEO, Nimes Capital
  • Milt Valera, Chairman, National Notary Association and the National Notary Group

View Photos from the 2015 Case Competition

About the Business Honors Program's Annual Case Competition

The annual Case Competition hosted by the Business Honors Program offers Nazarian College students a unique opportunity to showcase their abilities and apply their functional, analytical, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills to a real-life business situation.The competition is open to all undergraduate Nazarian College students, and takes place in the spring semester.

Students work in teams to analyze an assigned case, and then present their analysis to a panel of business executives who serve as judges. In addition to offering students practice in case analysis, the competition offers invaluable networking opportunities.

Students have secured independent study projects, internships, and full-time employment through their participation in the Case Competition. First place winning teams are awarded a cash prize and also direct a sizable donation to the Nazarian College club, organization, or department of their choice. Prior to 2017, only one team would be awarded as a winner. The format changed in 2017, to include the selection of first, second, and third place winning teams.

CFA Institute Research Challenge (CFA IRC)

2019

CSUN Students Win First Place at CFA Institute Research Challenge in Los Angeles Local Competition

(Pictured from left to right: Sean Lancaster, Danny Cho, and Seong (Nathan) Yu)

CSUN Nazarian College students Sean Lancaster, Danny Cho, and Seong (Nathan) Yu won first place in the local level of the CFA Institute Research Challenge (CFA IRC) and will be moving on to compete in the Americas round in April in New York City. 

Ryan Ross, CFA also represented CSUN as the Faculty Mentor and Alumnus, and Andres Ochoa, CFA represented CSUN as a CSUN Alumnus and served as the team's Industry Mentor. 

This is the Nazarian College's first year competing in the competition. The student team competed against California State University - Fullerton, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, USC, California State University - Dominguez Hills and Claremont McKenna College.

The challenge required a 10-page equity research report with up to a 20 page appendix on Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW). Additionally, teams were tasked to prepare a 10-minute presentation on our Buy, Sell, or Hold recommendation which would be immediately followed by 10 minutes of Q&A from the judges. This is the same format followed for the later rounds of the competition.

 

CSUN Goldman Sachs Case Competition

2019

Nazarian College student teams place first and second in CSUN Goldman Sachs Case Competition.

This marks the inaugural year of the CSUN Goldman Sachs Case Competition. Six student teams (4 from CSUN and 2 UC Riverside) participated. This year’s case was centered on Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods.

   

First Place Team (pictured on left):
Nyan Lin
Tony Lund
Faraz Samsani
Joseph Elmajian
Tal Fitlovich

Second Place Team (pictured on right):
Alexander Zagraychuk
Robert Denam
Evan Burman
Bernardo Calderon
Jonathan Galdamez
Arev Tatarian

About the Case Competition:
The CSUN Goldman Sachs Case Competition gives students the opportunity to solve a business problem that professionals in the Operations division at Goldman Sachs may face. Teams are given the prompt two weeks in advance and present their solutions to senior leadership from Goldman Sachs Operations on competition day.

CSUN Innovation Incubator (Cii)

2019

CSUN Innovation Incubator team, nFlux, was selected to participate in the third Amazon Alexa Accelerator. The Amazon Alexa Accelerator is a 13-week program that grants 10 startups access to Amazon employees and mentors from the Seattle AI community and Techstars incubator network. nFlux is an Artificial Intelligence solution that precisely and rapidly identifies search terms in all media sources: video, text, or audio. Its AI technology dramatically expands the relevant search results customers desire to find. Read the full story on VentureBeat

About

The CSUN Innovation Incubator (Cii) helps students turn business ideas into marketable products and programs, resulting in successful enterprises. Students receive comprehensive and tangible feedback on their mature ventures, including mentorship from professionals with experience developing start-ups. This level of direct interaction with business mentors provides students with a real-world understanding of what it takes to launch a new innovation, something that’s hard to produce in a classroom setting.

CSUNPosium

CSUNPosium showcases excellence in scholarly research and creative activity conducted by CSUN students across all academic disciplines.

2019

 

All students were mentored by Nazarian College faculty Nanci Carr, Inga Chira and Hilary Silvia-Goldberg. 

First Place Wins

  • Binuri Fonseka - Morning Poster
  • Harrison Handel  - Oral Presentation (Undergraduate)

Second Place Wins

  • Angelica Leon - Oral Presentation (Undergraduate)

Financial Planning Association (FPA) Student Competition

2017

Student Team Wins Second Place in Financial Planning Association's Financial Planning Knowledge Competition

Financial Planning students Stephanie Inequez, Shane Hamashige and Darius Sliubauskas made it to the finals of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) student competition in October 2017 and won second place in the financial planning knowledge competition.

2016

Student Team Ties for First Place in Financial Planning Association's Financial Planning Knowledge Competition

Financial Planning students Cole Brownell, Travis Thomas and Bryce Snell participated in the FPA challenge for the first time and made it to the finals. The team tied for first place in the knowledge stage.

Financial Planning Program

Financial Planning Program Ranked Top in the Nation Since 2014

For the past five years, the Financial Planning program has been ranked as one of the top Financial Planning programs in the nation.

Foundation for Financial Services Professionals - Industry Issues Competition

2016

Student Team Places Second at Industry Issues Competition

A Financial Planning student team placed 2nd in the nation in the Industry Issues Competition. View the Announcement Here

Grenoble DBA Student Research Highlighted AMA Online Publication

Grenoble DBA Student Research Highlighted AMA Online Publication

Marketing Professor, Dr. Kristin Walker’s research about anger on social media in partnership with her Grenoble DBA student, Kimberly Legocki, was highlighted in the American Marketing Association’s (AMA) online publication, Marketing News. The article refers the pair’s study examining consumer responses on Twitter to company wrongdoings. Read the article here

Information Technology Competition (ITC)

Accounting & Informations Systems Students Continue to Receive Top Honors at the Annual Information Technology Competition (ITC) 

2017

Business Systems & IT Strategy Category

  • First Place - Parental Control for Voice Enabled Online Shopping

  • Team Members: Moses Negus (Team Captain), Jimmy Antepara, Michael Farhit, Sukhyun “Rachel” Kim
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dat-Dao Nguyen, Department of Accounting and Information Systems

 

2016

Business Systems & IT Strategy Category

  • First Place - Mobile Device Management and Data Security

  • Team Members: Alex Mikhaylov (Team Captain), Kathrine Herbert. Khachik Kamalmazyan, Sam Salloom
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dat-Dao Nguyen, Department of Accounting and Information Systems

Telecommunications Category

  • First Place – Network Reconfiguration Implementation
  • Team Members: Peter Jolls (Team Captain), Christopher Babayans, Sepand Hormozdiary, and Luke Martinez
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard Ye, Department of Accounting and Information Systems

 

2015

Telecommunications Category

  • First Place – Telecom Consultancy
  • Team Members: Robert Jong (Team Captain), Joseph Zapantis, Paul Chong
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard Ye, Department of Accounting and Information Systems

 

2014

Telecommunications Category

  • First Place – Availability/Failover, Data Backup, PBX, Cloud Computing
  • Team Members: David Angel (Team Captain), Cameron Aziz, Daniel Harrington, Roy Zarate
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard Ye, Department of Accounting and Information Systems

About the Event

Every Spring, the Annual Information Technology Competition (ITC) for Southern California University Students is hosted by the Management Information Systems Student Association (MISSA) of the California Polytechnic University - Pomona. This event is sponsored by local business, non-profit, and government organizations since1998.

Past participants in the ITC include: ITT Tech - West Covina, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fresno, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Bernardino, Caltech, DeVry Institute, Harvey Mudd, Loyola Marymount University, Mt. Sierra College, Sacramento State, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC Riverside, University of Southern California, Westwood College, Woodbury. The judges include a panel of professionals from industry.

CSUN teams of stellar students from Accounting & IS Department have participated in IT Competitions in 2 categories : Business Systems Analysis &  IT Strategy” (coached by Dr. Dat- Dao Nguyen) and “Telecommunications*”(coached by Dr. Richard Ye). (*As of Spring 2017, this category has been removed from the competition)

International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) Competition

2018

CSUN Students Place 3rd in 2018 National Finance Competition

Bonnie Dang and Ashley Nobel presenting their financial plan to the IARFC in Asheville, North Carolina. Photo courtesy of Shannah Game.

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.

2016

Student Team Places Third in IARFC Finals Competition

Financial Planning students Cole Brownell and Anthony Dexter Palaez participated and placed 3rd in the finals of the IARFC competition.

International Business Ethics Case Competition

CSUN MBA Students Win 2nd Place in 2017 International Business Ethics Case Competition 

(L-R) CSUN MBA students Saumil Shah, Kamelia Assefnia, Damajaha Netherly and Edwin Lord won second place in their division at the 2017 International Business Ethics Case Competition. Photo courtesy of Edwin Lord.

A team of four CSUN MBA students (Kamelia Assefnia, Edwin Lord, Damajaha Netherly, and Saumil Shah), coached by Stuart Pardau and Lucy Nalbandian – won second place in the April 2017 International Business Ethics Case Competition.  This is the first year that CSUN has participated in this prestigious and truly international event.  While coming in second to a team from the UK’s Oxford University, the CSUN students outperformed all American teams, coming in ahead of competitors from the University of Florida, Arizona State, and many other outstanding institutions.  Their case presentation focused on the unethical diversion of funds donated to four cancer charities and a proposed auditing solution to prevent such abuses in the future. Read More.

Nazarian College Marketing Students' Achievements

2017

CSUN students create social media marketing plans for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles to increase brand awareness and donor/volunteer engagement 

CSUN’s community partner, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a non profit organization of dedicated volunteers helping abused and neglected children in foster care, worked with the fall 2017 Social Media Marketing class (MKT 459) to create social media marketing plans. Read More.

CSUN Marketing Students Bring Social Media Expertise to Help KCSN Increase Listener Support

Senior marketing students from California State University, Northridge are working closely with KCSN 88.5 FM/Los Angeles, the public radio station broadcasting from the university’s campus, and its social media accounts to expand the station’s audience to include millennials. Read More.

2015

CSUN Marketing Students Work with Fox Sports University

California State University, Northridge marketing students from the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics had a chance to apply the skills they learned in the classroom to a real-world campaign that partnered with Fox Sports University and Fox Deportes. The students of the Marketing 459 class, “Social Media Marketing,” led by associate professor Kristen Walker, competed against one another to create the best campaign for Fox Deportes’ social media promotion of the Union of European Football Associations Champions League final in June 2015. Read More. 

2012

Marketing Grad Receives Honorary Degree

Back in 1962, Vincent P. Barabba graduated from what was then San Fernando Valley College with a degree in marketing. With that diploma, he would become the Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Census, which, among other things, shapes the way America looks at itself. CSUN is celebrating this aspect of Barabba’s life in American politics by conferring him a degree during the 2012 Commencement ceremonies. Read More.

Small Business Institute (SBI) Project of the Year Awards

Nazarian College Students Continue to Place in Small Business Institute (SBI) Project of the Year Awards

The Nazarian College has placed in the top three in this competition since 2011.

2019

 

Undergraduate
Comprehensive Business Plan
2nd Place - California State University, Northridge
Client: Ella’s Jüs & Delights
SBI Director: Deborah Cours
Faculty Advisor: Joy Griffin
Students: Muddassir Billoo, Matthew Dandan, Kevin Garg, Gabriel Perez, Steven Yano, and Harrison Handel

Professor Joy Griffin's BUS 497BBH team took second place nationally at the annual Small Business Institute Conference for their comprehensive business plan. This is the 7th consecutive year that a team from CSUN under Professor Griffin’s guidance has earned first, second, or third place honors in the national SBI Project of the Year competition, all for development of a comprehensive business plan for a local business or nonprofit. This was a cross-disciplinary team of Business Honors students. 

2018

Graduate
Feasibility/Business Plan
2nd Place - California State University, Northridge
Client: The Jillian House Bed and Breakfast
SBI Director: Deborah Cours
Program Director: Deborah Heisley
Faculty Advisors: Ray Calnan and Mechelle Best
Students: Martha Aguirre: Elaine Padilla, Cindee Truong, Arbi Vartanians

Undergraduate
Feasibility/Business Plan
2nd Place - California State University, Northridge
Client: The Pizza Company
SBI Director: Deborah Cours
Faculty Advisor: Joy Griffin
Students: Melanie Gordon, Aurelio Martinez, Sergio Martinez, Carlos Paz, Joy Peck

Professor Joy Griffin's BUS 497BBH team took second place nationally at the annual Small Business Institute Conference for their comprehensive business plan for The Pizza Company. This is the 6th consecutive year that a team from CSUN under Professor Griffin’s guidance has earned first, second, or third place honors in the national SBI Project of the Year competition, all for development of a comprehensive business plan for a local business or nonprofit. This was a cross-disciplinary team of Business Honors students. Two of the students – Melanie Gordon and Joy Peck – are Marketing majors. Others on the team are majoring in Management and Finance.

2017

Graduate
Feasibility/Business Plan
1st Place - California State University, Northridge
Client: Family Counseling of the West San Fernando Valley
SBI Director: Deborah Cours
Program Director: Deborah Heisley
Faculty Advisor: Cristina Rubino
Students: Adrin Khachikan, Anand Sing, Isaiah Liu, Jimmy Truong, Nathan Dyce

CSUN Today Article: MBA Students Win Small Business Institute Project of the Year Award

Undergraduate
Feasibility/Business Plan
2nd Place - California State University, Northridge
Client: Hollywood Trophy Co.


SBI Director: Deborah Cours

Faculty Advisor: Joy Griffin

Students: Yigai Fatirian, Armando Guardado, Douglas Hernandez, Alec Ledoux, Hanna Marozava, Afsaneh Ohevshalom

For the 5th consecutive year, Business Honors Program students in Professor Griffin's Business Honors capstone (BUS 497BBH) received national recognition from the Small Business Institute (SBI). A Spring 2016 team's comprehensive business plan for client Hollywood Trophy was entered in the national Small Business Institute (SBI) "Project of the Year Competition." In November 2016, the team was notified that their submission was selected as one of the "Top Three" projects in their category! In February 2017, awards were announced at the annual SBI Conference in San Diego. Team CSUN took home 2nd Place honors! Congratulations to Professor Joy Griffin and the Spring 2016 BUS 497BBH student team, Yigal Fatirian, Armando Guardado, Douglas Hernandez, Alec Ledoux, Hanna Marozava, and Afsaneh Ohevshalom! This is a testament to the quality of professional training provided by Professor Griffin and the quality of the Business Honors Program students.

  

2016

Undergraduate
Feasibility/Business Plan
2nd Place - California State University Northridge
Client: Academic Achievers
SBI Director: Deborah Cours

Faculty Advisor: Joy Griffin

Students: Nadia Ali, Brandon Kaufman, Eduard Martirosov, and Liliana Stelmach

2015

Graduate
Feasibility/Business Plan
1st Place - California State University Northridge
Client: ABC Nationwide, LLC
SBI Director: Deborah Cours
Faculty Advisor: Ali Behnezhad

Undergraduate
Feasibility/Business Plan
1st Place - California State University, Northridge
Client: Chella Skin Care
SBI Director: Deborah Cours
Faculty Advisor: Joy Griffin

CSUN Today Article: David Nazarian College of Business and Economics Receives Small Business Honors 

Showcase Award
Deborah Cours, California State University, Northridge

The Showcase Award identifies the SBI Program and its Director that is deserving of recognition for innovative development or management, or because their SBI efforts contributed to a true small business client success story. Any person can nominate a deserving program, and self-nominations are also allowed. Nominations can only be for individuals who have not previously won the Showcase award. Nominations are solicited in the fall with voting occurring by December 1.  The selection process is handled by the SBI President-Elect.

Previous winners who are members of SBI and current officers are eligible to vote for the nominees, and there can be more than one winner each year.  There does not have to be a winner, if nominations are not worthy of the honor.  Awards are announced at the next annual meeting.

2014

Undergraduate
Comprehensive
3rd Place – California State University, Northridge
Client: PizzaRev
SBI Director: Deborah Cours
Faculty Advisor: Joy Griffin
Students: Chanel Crigler, Hunter Hays, Jae Kwon, Jarren Mahaindra, Shannon Murphy, Kamie Valenza, Carrie Williams-Brown

2012

Graduate
Specialized
3rd Place - California State University, Northridge
Client: Sorrells Pickard Gourmet Peanut Butter
Faculty Advisor: Deborah Cours
Students: Chris Hanley, Victor Lazo, Tuan Nguyen, Sandra Sripapattanavong, LaFaye Wilson

Graduate
Feasibility
1st Place - California State University, Northridge
Client: Watair
Faculty Advisor: Deborah Cours
Students: Namdar Akrami, Robert Anton, Rohit Jain, Jeremy King, Vanessa Walker

CSUN Today Article: MBA Students Nab Top Small Business Institute Prize

2011

Graduate
Specialized
1st place - California State University, Northridge
Client: Agora Realty and Management, Inc
SBI Director: Deborah Cours
Faculty Advisor: Kristen Walker
Students: Bahareh Zand, Beena Kulkarni, Rahikka Natkunanathan, Sandrea Piorek, Violetta Lebiodia-Skoczen

Society of Financial Service Professionals - Industry Issue Competition

2016

Finance Students Take Second Place at Industry Issue Competition

Finance students Ashhad Khan, Caroline Bonelli and Evan Davis won second place at the 2016 Society of Financial Service Professionals' Industry Issue Competition. The competition gives teams of students from colleges and universities the opportunity to explore financial service careers by interviewing practitioners.

Wells Fargo Center for Small Business & Entrepreneurship Fast Pitch & Client Project Competitions

Every year Nazarian College students compete in the Fast Pitch & Client Project Competitions hosted by Wells Fargo Center for Small Business & Entrepreneurship.

The client projects are part of the Small Business Consulting course (BUS491CS).

2019

     

Fast Pitch Competition Winner

  • Collin Bedwell (pictured in the middle of leftmost photo)

Best Client Project Competition  

  • This student team won for the client project they completed for Harpecore (harpecore.com).
    • Asia Benson
    • Odelia Merrano
    • Olivia Miller (pictured on the right of the rightmost photo)
    • Kuajuan Moore
    • Juan Romero
    • Rafael Vaca
    • Grace Wojcik (pictured on the left of the rightmost photo)