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                                                                                   December 2017 

“Your education is an investment unlike a car, house, or stock…you cannot sell it. 
So, you are explicitly linked to this institution and therefore, responsible for that brand.” -GMAC 2017

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Featured Scholarship Recipient – Andrew Kirby, MS Supply Chain Management

Andrew KirbyThe Container and Intermodal Institute (CII) awarded scholarships to students in the Master of Science in Supply Chain (MSSCM) program, at the annual CONNIE award ceremony held early this fall semester. Andrew Kirby, Lead Office Administrator at Performance Team, was presented a check and plaque at a private pre-CONNIE Award Scholarship Presentation Reception. This reception was also a chance for scholarship recipients to network with industry professionals.

Kirby expressed his gratitude with this statement, “I am very grateful and humbled by this scholarship and experiencing the CONNIE Awards. I am very proud to be selected as part of this community and the scholarship will help me continue my studies. Thank you CONNIE Awards and California State University Long Beach.” Scholarships such as the one Kirby received can make a huge positive impact on students continued success, consider donating today to make a difference.     


Graduate School of Business Annual Alumni Mixer

Collage CBA Grad Alumni Annual Mixer

The CSULB Graduate School of Business would like to thank the Alumni, Students and Faculty that attended this year’s Annual Alumni Mixer and helped make it a great success! We would also like to thank 2016-honored alumna, Barbara Barcon class of ‘84, for graciously agreeing to host this year’s Mixer. The evening started with remarks from the Director of the Graduate Business Programs, Dr. Ingrid Martin, highlighting the importance of alumni in the future of the Gradate Business Programs. The 2017 Honored MBA/MFA Alumna Lucy Craig Guillen was introduced and spoke about her fond memories and attachments to the graduate program and the CBA. Alumni from as far back as 1969, including MBA and MA in Global Logistics alums, attended and mingled with current students from all five graduate business programs. The event was a great opportunity for our alumni to reconnect and find ways to remain engaged with CSULB. 

Where Are They Now?

Jenessa Santacroce-Witmer and Julio Camacho The Graduate School of Business is proud to announce that three M.S Accountancy (MSA) students received Big Four Offers in their first semester at CSULB! Jenessa Santacroce-Witmer and Julio Camacho (pictured above) both received offers with Ernst & Young. Brittany Iannello received an offer from Deloitte, just two months into her first semester. Jenessa and Brittany applied to the MSA program with no background in accounting and completed their prerequisite coursework in the Intensive MSA Summer Academy, before starting the program this Fall. All three students attribute their early success to their participation in Beta Alpha Psi. They explained that membership in this organization can be challenging with many responsibilities, but also extremely rewarding. Cheers and congratulations to our students, keep up the hard work!  

MSA Case Competition

MSA Students

Our Master of Accountancy students participated in the Institute of Internal Auditors- LA Chapter’s, Internal Audit Student Case Competition on October 1, 2017. In total 18 students from CSULB’s MSA program were selected to participate in the final presentation portion of the Case Competition Event. CSULB MSA students were awarded second and third place at this year’s competition! Both teams received cash prizes and opportunities to intern with IIA-LA. 


Meet the Director – Master of Information Systems

Dr. Khosrow Moshirvaziri Dr. Khosrow Moshirvaziri is the Director of the MS Information Systems program (MSIS) and has taught at CBA for over 25 years.  His educational background spans several STEM fields.  He holds three degrees, an M.S., an Engineer Degree, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University and University of California, Los Angeles. He has published numerous research articles in reputed peer-reviewed journals.  His current area of research interest is in the interface of computer science and management sciences, including business decision making, computer simulation, data science, and systems optimization.  He has worked and carried out sponsored research projects and has consulted for several industries, including IBM Scientific Centers, IBM General Product Division, Defense and Homeland Security, and Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.  Dr. Moshirvaziri also serves on the leadership board of the Western Decision Sciences Institute (WDSI).

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) at the California State University, Long Beach is a STEM designated program.  It is designed to prepare students and professionals with varying backgrounds and experiences for a more satisfying and rewarding career.   The two key ingredients of MSIS are its quality and its affordability.  According to U.S. Department of Labor, 1.2 million job openings will be available in STEM related fields by 2018.  While only sixteen percent of all programs expected to be STEM designated by 2020.  In this program, you will gain essential skillsets and knowledge to be a successful IS professional business leader.  You will learn how to harness the power of information technology to propel your organizational competitiveness to the next level.  Additionally of course, you will have the opportunity to learn from industry-experienced faculty with broad academic training in IS. 

It should be noted that MSIS program does not require an undergraduate information system major as a prerequisite.  Please see our website for more on the general requirements for this program.  The curricula is carefully designed, based on data collected from industry professionals and IS leaders, in direct response to the skillsets needed in the market. 

Some of our MSIS program advantages includes,

  • MSIS is a STEM designated program
  • College of Business is a fully accredited by AACSB
  • MSIS is a high-valued cost-effective program
  • Complete 30 units of course-work within 21 to  24 months
  • CSULB’s strong career development resources
  • Strong alumni support network

For additional information, please visit the program’s website. Also, please feel free to connect with us directly: Graduate Program Specialist, Ms. Giselle Oberly and MSIS Program Director, Dr. Khosrow Moshirvaziri 

Digital Transformation in Information Systems – Speaker Series

The Department of Information Systems in the College of Business Administration launched the Industry Speaker Series. Under the theme of “Digital Transformation” in Information Systems, the series provides critical and up-to-date knowledge on the three focus areas of the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program: Application Development, Business Analytics, and Cyber Security. 

The Guest Speaker Series began on September 18 with Alex Bermudez at Panasonic Avionics Corporation with Security Risk Management and IT Assurance: Past Experience and Future Insights. The series continued on September 27 with KPMG Managers, Jonathan Yao, Andrew Poliko, and Colin Babcock, when they presented Building Skills in Business: Security, Business Analytics, and Data Analytics.

October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month and  the IS Industry Speaker Series continued on October 18 from 3:30PM-4:45PM when cybersecurity specialist Lorenzo Ocampo from Southern California Edison presents Challenges in Securing SCADA Systems.

SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems are vital for industrial organizations, as they assist in maintaining efficiency, processing data for smarter decisions, and communicating system issues, all of which help in diminishing downtime.

On November 1, the IS Dept. hosted Brett Johnson, a central figure in the cybercrime world for almost 20 years, who spoke about the Dark Web and the latest trends in cybercrime. Brett was the co-founder of ShadowCrew – one of the first and most successful Dark Web markets for fake IDs, stolen personal information, and stolen credit card numbers. He was on the US Secret Service “Most Wanted” list prior to becoming an informant. Brett is now working as a cybercrime and identity theft consultant for clients such as Microsoft, Emailage, and Sift Science.

IS Digital Transformation theme will continue to plan more events on the three focus areas: Application Development, Business Analytics, and Cybersecurity

Graduate Business Association – Life in the Fast Lane Event

David Gross Speaker Event

On Saturday, Nov. 4, over 60 students from the College of Business Administration Graduate Programs at CSULB, along with alumni and faculty, filed into a lecture hall as David M. Gross author of his memoir Fast Company: A Memoir of Love, Life, and Motorcycles in Italy took the stage for an evening of conversation. "The idea for the event came up organically after a conversation with Dr. Nguyen following a case study about luxury marketing," said Jessica Lord, GBA president and event organizer.

Dr. Hieu P. Nguyen, an Associate Professor of Marketing at CSULB, moderated the conversation. Dr. Nguyen teaches MBA and undergraduate courses in marketing concepts, management, and strategy.

Over the course of a lively discussion, Mr. Gross spoke on his experience at Ducati and his transition from corporate lawyer to luxury marketer. He spoke to the students about the importance of building a network of colleagues, something he admitted he is still working on. He also spoke freely on the challenges of working internationally and navigating a career change. Eventually, conversation drifted towards the topics of a new media company that Mr. Gross is building. The room buzzed with excitement and curiosity as Mr. Gross discussed his concept for this new company in a tremulous industry.

During the economic boom of the mid-1990’s David M. Gross was working for the Wall Street law firm Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett when he was invited to revive the legendary motorcycle company, Ducati Motor Holdings. At Ducati, Mr. Gross oversaw the company’s global brand and marketing activities, including investor relations, licensing development, and the Ducati Store concept. As a turnaround expert for luxury consumer goods, Mr. Gross has worked with companies such as: Tumi, Oakley, Testoni, Bally, Yves Saint Laurent among others.

Following the conversation, the evening continued into the courtyard for refreshments and hors d'oeuvre.  Mr. Gross continued speaking with graduate students throughout the evening, all of them eager to learn, engage, and connect with someone who has experience success in his career. The event was organized and sponsored by the Graduate Business Association (GBA). The GBA would like to thank additional sponsors Dr. Ingrid Martin, Dr. Hieu Nguyen, and Giselle Oberly for their generosity that made the event possible. 

Meet the New Staff at the Graduate School of Business

Michelle Levy – Assistant Director Graduate Business Career Services

Michelle LevyMichelle Levy, Assistant Director - Graduate Business Career Services, received her BA from the University of La Verne in Public Affairs and Information and completed her MA in Higher Education and Student Personnel Administration from New York University. Michelle previously worked at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles where she was involved with various aspects of student affairs including career services, international student programs, new student orientation and student leadership.  As well, Michelle served as a Career Specialist for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University, Fullerton where she helped students with exploring career options, preparing resumes and cover letters, searching for jobs and internships, conducting mock interviews and more. 

Johnny Acierto – Marketing and Operations Specialist

Johnny AciertoJohnny Acierto is a recent California State University Fullerton MBA graduate with a concentration in Business Analytics.  His professional journey started at California State University Long Beach where he pursued a Double Major in Electronics Engineering Technology and Computer Engineering Technology.  As a student, he worked for the Information Systems and Technology Department (IST) at CSULB Foundation for two years. 

Upon graduation, he obtained an engineering internship at L-3 Communications. Within three months, he accepted an offer for a full-time engineering position.  Johnny began working on multiple GPS projects. The responsibilities included creating and executing a test plan for a Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) based receivers. 

Johnny moved to the Mission Support Engineering group where he worked as a mission support lead for Trident D-II missile firing exercises.  Here he coordinated with and created test plans to ensure the operational readiness for systems that receive and process telemetry data, communications, and video from missile launch to impact.  

While this sounds like all work and no play, Johnny has other interests that keep him from being a dull boy.  He has been running like a mad man for years, participating in various 10k and half marathons. In addition, he ran his first and only marathon in New York City.  Johnny also loves to hike and will take many attempts to get the perfect “jumping picture” when he reaches the destination.  His most memorable hike was the Half Dome in Yosemite. When he is not running and hiking, he will dabble in yoga where he finds his breath and inner peace.  Johnny loves to travel to very distant lands. He also enjoys the pleasures of food and unfortunately gains a couple of pounds during his travel adventures.  When it is time to relax, he will amuse himself with all forms of media including but not limited to television, movies, video games and sports (3-28, GO PATS!).  The fun will never end with Johnny, it’s always adventure time.

Entrepreneurship as Part of the Syllabus

AMBA Torre Company Visit

The Accelerated MBA Program engage the core business curriculum that introduces them to entrepreneurship and innovation.  Read the Full Article.

Students in the Field!

Site Visit with Echo Global Logistics

Earlier this month we had a group of 10 Graduate Business students (MS Supply Chain, Evening MBA, Accelerated MBA) attend a site visit with Echo Global Logistics based in Long Beach. Our students got the chance to learn more about the Echo’s company growth, people centered-culture, and dynamic work environment. Each student left informed about Echo and aware of important professional skills. We all look forward to future site visits!

If you or your organization would like to host a company visit for our current Graduate students, please contact Bert Rivera,, to coordinate details.

Looking for Interns?

AMBA13 Students
Accelerated MBA Cohort 13 

Look no further! Our Accelerated MBA and MS Supply Chain Management accelerated track have talented students open to internships throughout the year (Spring, Summer, Fall).  These students are motivated to get some practical work experience where they can apply what they are learning. If you or your company is looking for interns or part time support, please contact Bert Rivera, to get in front of our students. We can help connect you to strong talent!

Incubator Update

CBA Incubator, every Tuesday from 7-9pm at CBA 139A Join this weekly meeting and be part of our quest to foster a creative and collaborative environment where stakeholders from multiple disciplines feel empowered to develop their passions in a tangible, practical and innovative manner.

Innovation Challenge participants are encouraged to utilize the resources that the Incubator has to offer for their business plan. Students, Alumni, and Community members welcome!

Please contact to join us as a guest speaker for the CBA Incubator. We welcome alumni to participate and share their expertise in starting a business, become a mentor for a student innovation team, and/or participate in business plan pitches.

Book your next team meeting in the Catalyst room.

Need a space to work?  Throw your ideas up on the walls of the Catalyst room.  You may reserve the CBA Catalyst room (CBA 242) Monday - Thursday from 8am-9pm and Fridays from 8am-4pm

Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE)

Business Boot Camp Flyer

After a successful Summer Boot Camp, the IIE and Centro CHA has partnered again for a business Boot Camp now taught entirely in Spanish that is geared towards members of the Long Beach community.  This program, offered on Thursdays from November 2 through December 14, discusses how to successfully prepare a business plan using the Business Model Canvas.  Certificates will be awarded to participants who complete the 6-week program.


Woman-Owned Business Accelerator

The Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) expands its support for Entrepreneurship with the launch of the Woman Owned Business Accelerator. CSULB's Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Built By She are proud partners in this program! The Woman Owned Business Accelerator provides assistance and grant funds to support costs associated with recruiting, retaining, or expanding an existing or potential woman owned business in Downtown Long Beach. We would like to congratulate Megan Papageorge as the winning business.  

Visit for more information on this tremendous program

Woman Owned Business Accelerator Flyer


Climathon BannerOn October 27th, Long Beach joined over 100 cities across the world for a 24-hour climate change hackathon.  Participants collaborated to create innovative solutions to cities climate challenges.  Long Beach focused on eliminating emission from commuting to work or school.  These solutions will help CSULB achieve our carbon neutral goal 2030!  Congratulations to our five teams for their inspiring business plans that we will continue to support developing.

Special thank you to our speakers and partners!

CSULB President Conoley

City of Long Beach, Economic Development Director, John Keisler

City of Long Beach, I-Team Director Tracy Colunga

COTA Dean Parker-Jeannette

COEd Dean Pavri

CNSM Dean Bennett

CBA Dean Solt

Design Department Chair, Martin Herman 

Sustainable Transportation Coordinator, Hannah Brunelle 

Sustainability Coordinator, Holli Fajack

Wade Martin, Director Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Ingrid Martin, Director of Graduate Business Programs, Team Building

Heather Barker, Design Department, Design Thinking Workshop

Birgit Penzenstadler, Computer Engineering, HiFi Prototyping

Brian Budzinski, Dean Heiss, JR Jimenez, CBA Incubator, Developing your Pitch

Wesley Woelfel, Design Department, Pitching Yourself

Bert Rivera, Job Development & Employer Specialist, How to include your Climathon idea in your resume

Contact us to get involved in this ground breaking event, IIE website coming soon - stay connected with us on Facebook and YouTube.

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