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February 2018

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                                                                                   February 2018

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So, you are explicitly linked to this institution and therefore, responsible for that brand.” -GMAC 2017

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Featured Scholarship Recipient – Heather Flessing, MS Accountancy

Heather Flessing PHotoI want to express how truly thankful I am for being selected as a recipient of the Russ and Charlotte Lesser Family Accountancy Scholarship.  It is wonderful that there are alumni who are willing to help students who wish to pursue the accounting profession.  This scholarship will help me to pay off part of my tuition and buy books for this coming semester.  I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Science in Accountancy program and am expecting to graduate this coming summer.  I have been learning so much from my classes and am planning on taking the CPA exam after I graduate.  Though I have not yet decided which area of accounting I want to pursue with my degree, I feel that the MSA program at CSU Long Beach has definitely been preparing me to be an asset in whichever field I decide to enter.       

Featured Alum – Feride Buyuran

Born and raised in Azerbaijan, Feride Buyuran received her undergraduate degree in English Philology and a graduate degree in English Literature from the University of Languages in her hometown Baku. Prior to moving to the United States 16 years ago, she worked as an editorial assistant at an English-language magazine focusing on the culture of Azerbaijan, and as a content creator and multilingual translator for a local technology company. Once in California, she decided to pursue a business degree in order to either start her own business or launch a career in international business. After graduating from Cal State Long Beach with an MBA degree, Feride worked as a marketing specialist and a project manager in several companies, while at the same time realizing her American dreams – writing a cookbook on the cuisine of her homeland, which, eventually changed and paved her career path.  Feride Buyuran Photo

Feride is now an award-winning cookbook author and speaker specializing in the cuisine of the Caucasus. Her self-published book, Pomegranate and Saffron: A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan, is the first and only cookbook on Azerbaijani cuisine published in the U.S. The book is the winner of five awards, including Gourmand Best in the Word, Gourmand Cookbook Award – Best Eastern European Cookbook in U.S., Living Now Award, Indie Excellence Award, and Best Books Award.

Feride speaks on food, history and cultural topics at libraries and other public and private venues; her most recent lecture was at the Library of Congress in D.C. She has been widely featured in media (KCRW, Jerusalem Post, etc.). Her uniquely themed culture and dinner events and cooking classes highlight the diversity and vibrancy of the Caucasus cuisine and culture. In July, Feride will lead her very first Cuisine and Culture Tour to Azerbaijan and the neighboring Georgia and she already looks forward to more tours in the future.

Feride cherishes the time she spent at Cal State Long Beach and believes the experiences she gained there have helped her tremendously in every step of her career. Because of CSULB, she fell in love with Long Beach and now her, her husband, along with their two kids, and two dogs, call it home.

MS Accountancy Students Honored at Beta Alpha Psi Banquet

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The Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) Banquet was held on November 30 at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach. Faculty, Graduate and Undergraduate Students, Alumni and Professionals all attended the event. The event featured a networking mixer, chapter awards, pledge initiations and officer transitions. MSA Student Jenessa Santacroce-Witmer received the Certificate of Professional Development, while MSA student Heather Flessing was awarded Outstanding Tau Candidate. Six MSA students were officially initiated into BAP: Cynthia Kadowaki, Heather Flessing, Brittany Iannello, Julio Camacho and Jenessa Santacroce-Witmer. Congratulations to the MSA awardees and newly initiated BAP members, your hard work and dedication is commendable!  

Meet the New Staff at the Graduate School of Business

Carlos Franco Staff PictureCarlos Franco – Graduate Programs Specialist MS Information Systems and MS Supply Chain Management

Carlos Franco is a student affairs educator committed to cultivating self-sufficient student leaders. Carlos has worked in education for over a decade. His experience includes roles in K-12, non-profit education, and public higher education sectors. Carlos earned his BA in Liberal Studies with a minor in Mathematics from California State University, Dominguez Hills and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in education.. 





New Programs in Grad Business

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The Graduate Business Office is proud to announce many exciting changes coming to our program offerings. We are working hard to create new and innovative solutions to meet our student’s needs! Coming spring 2019, we plan to open up the MS Accountancy program for spring admission. We also plan to offer a Fully Online version of our MBA program. We hope to admit the first Online MBA cohort in spring of 2019! The spring application period opens August 1 and runs through October 1 for international students and November 1 for domestic students.

We also have two new Specialized Masters degrees coming fall 2019. We will offer a one year MS in Finance degree designed to equip students with the knowledge needed for CFA certification. We also plan to offer a two year MS in Marketing degree program, designed to provide students with advanced and highly demanded training in current marketing tools, marketing research, forecasting and statistical and analytical skills. The fall 2019 admission period will open October 1 2018 and run through April 1 for international students and June 1 for domestic students.

Finally, we plan to offer a Blended MS Accountancy program that will make the transition from an undergraduate degree in Accountancy to an MS in Accountancy even smother. More information on these programs will be available soon. Make sure to check the Graduate Business Programs Alumni Newsletter and the Graduate Programs Website periodically for updates.

New Blended BS Business Administration/ MS in Accountancy

The College of Business Administration announces its new blended Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Master of Science in Accountancy program. This blended BS/MS program is now available to promising students seeking a career in public accountancy. With this new program, CSU Long Beach students now have the fastest possible path to meeting the 150-hour CPA licensure requirements, while earning both BSBA and MSA degrees in five years or less (three years for incoming transfer students).

Students may apply to the blended BSBA/MSA program as undergraduates. At the end of the first academic semester in which they earn at least 120 semester hours, and meet all required lower division general education courses, they automatically move to graduate status to complete the MSA degree. The program offers a unique opportunity for high-performing undergraduate students to achieve important educational goals and start their careers in public accounting earlier. Students in the blended program also have access to many of the support services offered to our graduate students.

Contact Giselle Oberly in the Graduate Programs Office for more information.

Learn from an Alum: International Edition

International Group Panel

In December, Graduate Business Career Services hosted the first ever Learn from an Alum: International Edition event. This event was designed specifically to help our International Grad Business students navigate the complicated world of careers. Three alumni, Bora Arda (Accelerated MBA, 2011), Fidji Victoriano (Accelerated MBA, 2016) and Meharvan Singh (Evening MBA, 2016) shared their experiences, challenges and insights in securing jobs and internships for international students. We had 16 students attend and received fantastic feedback. Students left feeling supported, educated, motivated and clear on steps in their own career journey

Incubator Update

CBA Incubator, every Tuesday 7pm - 9pm at CBA139A

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!

For weekly event updates, subscribe to our email list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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

Legal Information Clinic 

If you have any legal issues, then help is here. The Legal Information Clinic has the resources you need to assist you in finding the answers to these and other legal issues.

This clinic is open every other Tuesday from 1-2pm in the Catalyst Room (CBA 242) or by appointment.


Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE)

Announcing VR Day!


CSULB VR Day Banner The California State University Long Beach Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is proud to sponsor the first campus-wide VR (Virtual Reality) Day March 9, 2018. VR Day is an interdisciplinary collaboration amongst the colleges of the Arts, Engineering, Health and Human Services, and Liberal Arts. The full day event includes a keynote conversation, faculty and practitioner panels, faculty and student demos, new products from NativeVR and Arvada Labs, as well as a VR career readiness workshop sponsored by the Career Development Center.

Mirroring the diversity which is the hallmark of the university, the goal of VR Day is to highlight intellectual, gender, and racial diversity within the industry as well as prepare our majority minority students to become strong contributors to the burgeoning VR industry.

Event Schedule and Open Registration Coming Soon.

We are currently seeking funding to support this full day of programming.  Your donation will support programming expenses such as instructional equipment and guest speakers, allowing this program to be free to students and the community.  Give Today

Centro CHA Spanish Boot Camp

Congratulations to the Centro CHA Spanish BootCamp certificate recipients who successfully completed the 6-week program on 12/14!  This free workshop presented by the IIE and Centro CHA presented the building blocks needed to develop your business plan using the Business Model Canvas.  A special 'thank you' to CSULB MBA alumni Glenn Canales, Joaquin Callejas, and Elizabeth Vasquez  who taught the second workshop in Spanish.

The next 6-week bootcamp is being planned and will focus on finalizing your business plan and launching your business. Interested participants need to have completed the first bootcamp (certificate of completion) to be eligible to enroll in the second bootcamp.

Stay connected with us and subscribe to our Facebook and YouTube social pages. 

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Upcoming Events

Information Sessions

Info Sessions Students

Do you know anyone that would would benefit from our business graduate programs? Invite them to learn more about your alma mater at our next Joint Programs Information Session on Saturday, February 24, at 11AM in CBA 139 or Saturday April 14, at 11AM in CBA 139. Information Session Registration

Pathways to Success In Supply Chain Management

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Interested in learning more about careers and opportunities in the field of Supply Chain? Join us for a Networking reception and panel discussion including industry professionals from APM Terminals, and Ventura Transfer Company. The event will be held on Tuesday, February 20 from 6-9pm. Event Registration

CITT State of the Trade and Transportation Industry - Town Hall Meeting

00pm CSULB Gerald Daniel Recital Hall