When Doug Christopher ’87 (Business and Economics), ’90 MBA was a student at California State University, Northridge, he could not see a well-defined connection between the information he was learning in the classroom and the “real world.”
Today, Christopher is a partner and senior analyst at Crowell, Weedon & Co. He decided to participate in CSUN’s recent “Professor for a Day” program to help students see the real-life application to what they’re learning in the classroom.
“I wanted to give students real-life examples of how they will need what they’re learning in their careers and also point them to additional resources that are useful,” Christopher said.
Christopher was one of more than 90 business leaders from Southern California who donned the title of “professor” as part of the fourth annual College of Business and Economics “Professor for a Day” program at CSUN on Sept. 19 and 20.
Christopher and the other participants shared useful advice and personal testimonies with students. The business leaders taught in each of the college’s departments: accounting and information systems; business law; economics; management; marketing, systems and operations management; and finance real estate and insurance. Nearly 4,000 students participated in the two-day event.
“The professor for a day event has been one of the most successful in the college,” said William Jennings, former dean of the College of Business and Economics. “This is a unique and valuable opportunity for students to have their classes taught by alumni and others in the business community who are interested in their future.”
Gil Breakman ’90 (Business and Economics) said when he was a student at CSUN, he was able to make valuable contacts and network through various fraternal groups and organizations. Today, Breakman is the vice president of accounting at Warner Bros. in the enterprise financial services area of the corporation.
The alumnus said he participated in “Professor for a Day” because he wanted to let students know that “in the business community, it’s really important to network because you never know how you’re going to get your next job opportunity.”
Other volunteer “professors” included Ken Floyd ’80 (Business and Economics), chief executive officer at Artissimo Designs; and Fred Nigro ’74 (Business and Economics) of Nigro, Karlin, Segal & Feldstein.