Southern States University’s Alumni provide a living link to the College’s rich heritage and legacies, as well as a key to ensuring a bright, prosperous future.

Oral Yilmaz

One day while working back in my country, I started thinking about my future. I decided the best way to have a better future for me and for my family was to improve my English and  further my education. It did not take long for me to decide and execute my new plans. Some can say this decision was a big risk, but I knew it would come back with lots of rewards and it did.

I arrived in San Diego on 4th of July 2010. Back then I did not know I had arrived on the most important day of the year. Today for me the 4th of July is not only a celebration of Independence Day, but also my arrival date and the day my life  changed. When I first came to the USA, I attended a language school to improve my English. Within a  couple of months I decided not to spend more time on English. Instead I decided to pursue my degree, which led me to the Southern States University  MBA program.

During my studies at SSU, I not only built business skills, I also built life long relationships both professionally and personally.

I graduated from SSU’s MBA program in 2012 and my secondary life in business started immediately. If one takes it seriously and works hard towards his/her goal, the MBA program brings big opportunities upon graduation. I got a job in one of the biggest transportation companies on the West Coast. In a matter of months I decided to take one more risk and opened  my own business. While mentioning the past it seems like a fairytale that came true, but it is my obligation to say  you must work hard and dedicate all you have to achieve success in business. Today I have several successful businesses, but in order to achieve this I had to work over 100 hours a week.

My MBA degree from Southern States University led me to this success. I am proud to be a  graduated of SSU.

Faruk Öztaş

My name is Faruk Öztaş. I was born in TURKEY in 1983. I studied Business Administration at Black Sea Technical University between 2002-2007. After having gradiuated from university, I received an acceptance from Southern States University for MBA Program. I received master’s degrees at Southern States University in 2009.

After all this, I started to work at the Ministry of Economy in Ankara in 2010, formerly known as Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade. Firstly, I was assigned to Directorate of Personnel Department as a Data Preparation and Control Management. My responsibility in this department was especially personnel benefits and appointments. After working in this department about 2 years, in 2012 I was assigned to the Department of International Relations under the General Directorate of Product Safety and Inspection. I have been working in this department for almost 5 years. My responsibilities are prevention of technical barriers to trade for Turkish exports as well as the pre-shipment inspection programme implemented by countires such as Irak. During my term in the department I was also responsible of our official web-site www.teknikengel.gov.tr  and the periodical notification of Turkish technical legislation to the WTO.

Lastly, I just got married so mostly i spend time with my wife without of going work. I like playing the guitar, watching film and discovering a new place.

My experience with SSU:  

After completing my undergraduate studies in Business Administration in Turkey, I joined the MBA program at Southern States University in San Diego/USA in 2007. This was the turning point of my life. Briefly, the MBA education I received at SSU (between 2007 to 2009) provided me not only just academic compentency but  I also had the finest opportunity to discover and enhance my leadership and improve my knowledge in management field. 

Besides, I would like to extend my special thanks to Daany Ruddick, who was also my thesis advisor. And still, I can not forget his speeches that have always inspired me.

Lastly, I feel so honored to be part of SSU family. 

Indeed, my good wishes are always with the SSU family.

Isabel Treidl

Isabel Treidl is part of the National Council at the United Nations Association of the United States. She is also currently serving as Chair of Young Professional at the Southern California Division. She is also Director of Young Professionals and chair of Education of the United Nations Association - Orange County Chapter. Additionally, she works with developmentally disabled people at NALAS ARF. This year, she received sponsorship to attend the UNA annual meeting in Washington D.C where she represented the Orange County Chapter at Capitol Hill. Since young, she has always been motivated by social issues and has worked to improve the quality of people’s lives. During college, she participated in several conferences, seminars and national publications that spearheaded the development of cheaper prosthetics to replace the knee. She worked with the Colombian Army to help veterans who had lost their limbs due to land mines. She won local and national awards for biomedical research and entrepreneurship. In 2008 she received a scholarship from the Inter-American Development Bank National Young Entrepreneurs Award for a cultural mission to China in order to enhance her entrepreneurial skills. In 2009 she started working as a consultant and developed projects for the Colombian Government and private companies, and became a member of In-Nove, a Latin American consulting firm. Isabel Treidl has a Bachelor’s degree in Product Design Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration. She is an instructor at FIDM in Los Angeles and currently is an administrator certified by the Community Care Licensing Division to work with developmentally disabled people in California. Isabel Treidl currently joined the Halsten Enterprise to serve as an international consultant and currently is getting a certification in marketing at the University of California Berkeley

Mohammad Alhasan

"Mohammad is of a Palestinian descent and grew up in Aleppo, Syria. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2010. After graduating, he moved to San Diego, California to pursue higher education, where he earned an MBA from Southern States University in 2014. He is now working as a software test engineer at Qualcomm. In July 2016, considering the resettlement of 300 refugee families in San Diego, Mohammad joined forces with other activists to form the Arab Youth Collective (AYC), a community-based collective with the purpose to facilitate the integration process of recently resettled refugees. With the partnership of Corazon de Vida, Mohammad started AYC's coding program to introduce 11 to 14-year-old children to coding concepts through simple computer-based games. Mohammad is very engaged in his community and his philanthropic work continues to expand. In 2017, he joined Get Charged Up (GCU), a nonprofit with a mission to empower underserved communities through energy access and education while protecting the environment. At GCU, Mohammad leads the #EmpowerRefugees initiative facilitating training for young refugee adults in solar panel installations and increasing their prospects for employment in a leading and sustainable industry. Mohammad enjoys traveling and exploring different cultures. His latest memorable adventure was in South America last year where he explored several countries below the equator for the first time."Not sure if you'd like to include any links to videos about our projects: Coding program with AYC: https://vimeo.com/216447258 #EmpowerRefugees with Get Charged Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ar_c2K0QBs.

Evelyn Rodrigues

Evelyn Rodrigues is a Brazilian journalist based in Las Vegas. She graduated in Journalism from Cásper Líbero College in 2004, but began her career as a trainee reporter for the newspaper "Diário de Osasco", in 2001. For years, she worked as a reporter and producer for TV and radio shows in Brazil. She has also developed a career in Corporate Communication, managing internal and external communication, corporate reputation, branding transition, and social media for over 15 years. In 2009, Evelyn moved to Las Vegas to improve her English at the IAE (International Academy of English). Since 2011, she works as an international correspondent for the Brazilian media in the US, covering combat sports. In fact, she was the first Brazilian female journalist to come to America to report mainly MMA and boxing fights. In 2013, she started working for Combate.com (the biggest MMA website in South America) interviewing some of the biggest personalities of boxing and MMA, such as Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, etc ( the list goes on!). In november of 2016, Evy began her collaborations as a reporter for TV Globo International, covering subjects related to the Brazilian community in America. Today, she is one of our first students in the Las Vegas Campus doing the MBA in Business Administration program.

"Learning a new language in another country and starting a new career was one of the biggest challenges I overcame in my life. However, I still wanted to challenge myself. Once more I wanted to leave my comfort zone to keep improving as a professional and opening new opportunities for my life. That's why I am doing the MBA in Business Administration at SSU. I am confident that this course will bring me to the next level in my career, wherever it might be", Evelyn Rodrigues

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