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.
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.
For multiple years in succession, Information Systems students have walked away with top prizes in the annual Information Technology Competition hosted by Cal Poly Pomona. Students Jimmy Antepara, Michael Farhit, Rachel Kim, and Moses Negus did it again in 2017, winning first place in the IT Strategy Category on April 29. Dr. Dat-Dao Nguyen of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems coached the winning team.
Students Mario Brizuela, Jose Paguia, and Alula Zerhun of the Nazarian College chapter of the international honor society Beta Alpha Psi 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.
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.).
“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.