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December 18, 2013
2013 December Commencement - Kristen Poole
Commencement was held this past Saturday, December 14, 2013. All colleges and units convened for one ceremony at SIU Arena. The graduates joined an active network of over 245,000 alumni.


December 17, 2013
Accounting alumnus appointed to Sanmina Corporation Board of Directors - Emily Morgan
Sanmina Corporation, a leading integrated manufacturing solutions company, announced the appointment of Eugene A. Delaney, an accounting alumnus of the SIU College of Business, to the company's Board of Directors effective December 9, 2013. Delaney earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from SIU in 1978.


December 16, 2013
Management major to work for Union Pacific Railroad - Emily Morgan
Lane Dillard, a senior supply chain management major, has accepted a position as Manager of Yard Operations for Union Pacific Railroad. Dillard will be sent to Memphis, Tennessee where he will complete training before beginning in the management position. His official start date is January 27, 2014.


December 05, 2013
RSO Spotlight: National Association of Black Accountants - Emily Morgan
This week’s featured College of Business RSO is the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). Its mission is to address the professional needs of its members and to build leaders that shape the future of accounting and finance with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in their successors.


December 03, 2013
Dr. Cheryl Burke Jarvis named Associate Editor for the Journal of Service Research - Christie Mitchell
Dr. Jarvis, Chair and Professor of Marketing, recently accepted a position as Associate Editor with the Journal of Service Research. As an Associate Editor, Jarvis will consolidate and interpret reviews for the editor and authors, make recommendations on how to handle review inconsistencies, highlight the important issues for authors to address in revisions, and add any of her own suggestions for improving the research submitted for publication.


December 03, 2013
Finance degree in high demand - Christie Mitchell
SIU’s good news about enrollment is getting a lot of media attention, and with the largest number of incoming freshman in 20 years, it should. The Department of Finance in the College of Business is surpassing most programs with its increase in enrollment and quality of incoming students.


November 25, 2013
College congratulates marketing alumna on new appointment - Antaranews.com
SAP announced the appointment of Megawaty Khie, SIU marketing alumna, as Managing Director of SAP Indonesia. Megawaty will be responsible for the operation and development of SAP's business strategy in Indonesia.


November 21, 2013
Business alumna inducted into SCPA Sports Hall of Fame - Denny Clooper | The Shippensburg News-Chronicle
Sharon Leidy Todd, a 1985 Business and Administration alumna of the College of Business, was inducted into the South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Leidy Todd was a two-time Academic All American field hockey and track star for SIU.


November 14, 2013
Student’s business elevator pitch earns award - Christi Mathis | University Communications
Southern Illinois University Carbondale student Alex Hutchinson recently won one of the top prizes in a national business concept competition. Hutchinson, a senior marketing major from Johnsburg, won an SIU elevator pitch competition sponsored by the College of Business and the Illinois Small Business Development Center.


November 14, 2013
Dave Gray conducts gamestorming workshop - Emily Morgan
Dave Gray, author of “Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rule-breakers, and Changemakers” and “The Connected Company,” conducted a workshop Friday, November 8, at the Hub. Gray is an advocate for incorporating gamestorming, a term used to describe the use of games for brainstorming, into the workplace.


November 07, 2013
SIU College of Business recognized - Dustin Duncan | The Southern
The SIU College of Business earned the distinction of being one of the best business schools in the Midwest, according to the Princeton Review. J. Dennis Cradit, Dean of College of Business and professor of Marketing, said this is a great honor because it shows students enjoy the university.


October 31, 2013
New project management RSO debuts at SIU - Dr. Kay Nelson
Project Management Institute (PMI) is an organization widely known throughout the country for advancing the careers of its members by providing the tools and support to improve their project management skill set. Finally after a year of work and coordination with the University CIO office, Southern Illinois University can proudly say that it has officially been awarded the first PMI student chapter in the country.


October 31, 2013
Crossing the Line: An Insider’s Story of Fraud - Dr. Marcus Odom
Weston Smith, President of ChalkLine Solutions in Hoover, Alabama, will be on campus speaking to students on Tuesday, November 5, from 6-8 p.m. in Lawson 151. Smith speaks frequently on ethics and integrity within business.


October 31, 2013
Alumnus receives Distinguished Chair designation - Jessica Otitigbe | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Information systems expert T. (Ravi) Ravichandran, a College of Business alumnus, has been named the Irene and Robert Bozzone ’55 Distinguished Chair in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. An endowed professorship is among the highest honors bestowed on a Rensselaer faculty member.


October 30, 2013
Greathouse crowned SIU Homecoming Queen - Emily Morgan
Brittany Greathouse, a senior Finance major from Bolingbrook, IL, was crowned SIU’s Homecoming Queen during halftime of the Homecoming football game on Saturday, October 19. Greathouse was one of five queen candidates.


October 30, 2013
Princeton Review: Business College among the best - Christi Mathis | University Communications
Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Business is one of the country’s outstanding business schools, according to The Princeton Review. The SIU College of Business earned recognition in the education services company’s 2014 edition of “The Best 295 Business Schools.”


October 22, 2013
Management Ph.D. candidates accept faculty positions - Emily Morgan
Amy Igou and Will Drover, two doctoral candidates in the Department of Management, have both recently accepted full time faculty appointments. Both students will graduate with their Ph.D. in May 2014 and begin their teaching careers in August 2014.


October 17, 2013
Karau joins Leadership Quarterly editorial board - Dr. Pete Mykytyn
Dr. Steve Karau, Professor in the Department of Management, has accepted an invitation to join the editorial board of Leadership Quarterly. This very highly regarded journal focuses on cutting-edge leadership research and theory.


October 17, 2013
College welcomes Bridgette Sargent as new academic advisor - Christie Mitchell
The College of Business would like to welcome Bridgette Sargent as our newest academic advisor. Her previous work experience has included working as a staff accountant at Kerber, Eck, and Braeckel, LLP, as well as Odum Accounting, and working at Transfer Student Services here at SIU.


October 04, 2013
Kevin Purcell presents Organizational Behavior workshop - Christie Mitchell
Kevin Purcell, an alumnus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and an organizational development professional, recently conducted an organizational behavior workshop for university staff, affiliates and MBA students.


October 01, 2013
Family Weekend Tailgate draws large crowd - Emily Morgan
The College of Business welcomed SIU students and their families at the annual Family Weekend Tailgate, held Saturday, September 28 on Saluki Row. Approximately 200 business students, alumni, faculty, staff, and family members attended.


September 30, 2013
Students attend External Advisory Board reception - Emily Morgan
On September 12 and 13, Dean Dennis Cradit and his External Advisory Board members convened in St. Louis for their semi-annual alumni reception and board meeting. Along with College faculty, staff, and area alumni, seven students were chosen to attend the event as a networking opportunity.


September 23, 2013
Amber Manning-Ouellette named new Director of Enrollment Management - Christie Mitchell
The College of Business is delighted to welcome Amber Manning-Ouellette as the new Director of Enrollment Management. She joins us from the Saluki First Year office where she has been a key team member and a University College 101 instructor since 2011.


September 19, 2013
New graduate RSO introduced - Emily Morgan
The Graduate Student Investment Fund (GSIF) is a new graduate RSO that has been introduced in the College of Business. The GSIF is a group of students from various graduate programs that are interested in investing. The group actively manages a portion of the SIU Foundation’s investments.


September 17, 2013
Sambursky appointed to SIU's board - Mark Fitton | The Southern
Governor Pat Quinn appointed Joel Sambursky of Carbondale to the SIU Board of Trustees. Sambursky earned his B.S. in Finance and his MBA from SIU.


September 11, 2013
Michael Haywood, students earn INROADS honors - Christi Mathis | University Communications
Michael Haywood, director of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Business Office of Minority Affairs, is the 2013 Educator of the Year for the INROADS Midwest Region. In addition, two SIU students also received INROADS recognition last month.


August 21, 2013
Stock analysts do better vertical than horizontal - Nick Summers | Bloomberg Businessweek
Wanli Zhao, Assistant Professor of Finance was mentioned in a recent Businessweek article describing why it is better to analyze companies vertically, rather than horizontally. When asked about his research, Zhao stated, "It provides evidence that an alternative view on analyst coverage strategy is merited. These results will deepen our understanding of how the firm's boundary and contractual relations impact its information environment."


August 20, 2013
College of Business ranked as a Best for Vets: Business School 2013 - Christie Mitchell
Badge, Best for Vets, Business schools, 2013 Military Times The SIU College of Business was named by Military Times as a Best for Vets business school. The CoB was ranked 23rd among public university business schools.


August 14, 2013
Marketing graduate travels to LA X Games - Emily Morgan
Kyle Fredericks, a May 2013 Marketing graduate, recently got the opportunity to travel to the Summer X Games in Los Angeles, California. Fredericks is employed as an Associate Marketing Manager for the Jel Sert Company in West Chicago, Illinois. Because Jel Sert has the license for the X Games freezer bar, Fredericks and a group of coworkers flew to LA to do product sampling.


August 08, 2013
Finance alumnus finds home in gaming industry - Emily Morgan
Finance alumnus Ryan Hammer has certainly found his professional niche within the gambling/entertainment industry. Since earning his bachelor’s degree in Finance from SIU in 1999 and his JD/MBA from Indiana University in 2002, he has worked for Caesars Entertainment, continually climbing the corporate ladder.


July 29, 2013
Bryan Mullins Named Director of Men's Basketball Operations at Loyola - LoyolaRamblers.com
Bryan Mullins, a former standout player at Southern Illinois University, who later went on to a career as a professional in Europe, has been named director of men's basketball operations at Loyola University Chicago. It was announced July 24 by head coach Porter Moser.


July 26, 2013
College welcomes new Director of Development and Alumni Relations - Emily Morgan
The College of Business would like to welcome Jill Gobert as the new Director of Development and Alumni Relations, effective Monday, July 22. Gobert has an extensive background in development and fundraising, working at the university and college levels.


July 25, 2013
Students travel to Grenoble for study abroad program - Emily Morgan
students in front of Eiffel Tower During intersession, 25 SIU students participated in the College of Business’s one-month study abroad program in Grenoble, France at the Grenoble Ecole de Management. Dr. Suzanne Altobello, Director of MBA Programs, and Jenni Janssen, Coordinator for External and Executive Education, joined the students on this international business experience. This year was the 11th year that the College of Business has offered this study abroad opportunity.


July 17, 2013
Jarvis earns honor for manuscript review work - Christi Mathis | University Communications
picture of Cheryl Burke Jarvis Cheryl Burke Jarvis, professor and chair of the marketing department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Business, is the 2013 Reviewer of the Year for the “Journal of Service Research.” The award announcement took place at the international Frontiers in Service Conference in Taipei, Taiwan, earlier this month.


July 09, 2013
Greg Cook elected Foundation board president - Greg Scott | Saluki Times
photo of Greg Cook A successful businessman and philanthropist who is a longtime advocate for Southern Illinois University Carbondale has been elected to preside over the SIU Foundation Board of Directors. Greg Cook, president and co-founder of Cook Portable Warehouse (also known as Cook Sales, Inc.), is the newly selected president of the SIU Foundation. His appointment was effective July 1.


July 09, 2013
Four alumni join SIU Foundation board - Greg Scott | Saluki Times
image of Sean Boston and Diane Compardo Four alumni of Southern Illinois University Carbondale have joined the SIU Foundation Board of Directors. They are serving three-year terms that will conclude on June 30, 2016. Two of the alumni, Sean Boston and Diane Compardo, are College of Business alumni.


June 26, 2013
Karnes to lead new online accounting program - Emily Morgan
Senior Lecturer Darla Karnes Darla Karnes, Senior Lecturer in the School of Accountancy, has recently been named Program Manager for the online accounting degree completion option offered through the College of Business. She brings plenty of experience to the position and is very excited about this new challenge.


June 24, 2013
Burnett accepts position as Associate Dean of University College - Emily Morgan
Royce Burnett Dr. Royce Burnett, Associate Professor of Accountancy and KPMG Research Professor, was recently named Associate Dean of University College. Dr. Burnett started in this position June 1 and takes on this role in addition to his work in the College of Business.


June 04, 2013
Student-founded business earns startup award - Christi Mathis | University Communications
A growing business founded by three former Southern Illinois University Carbondale students and grown through assistance from the University is a winner in the Arch Grants 2013 Global Startup Competition. Two of the co-founders, Brad Miller and Joshua Freeman, are College of Business alumni.


May 21, 2013
SIU to offer online accounting degree - Christi Mathis | University Communications
A new program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale allows off-campus students to complete an accounting degree completely online. Darla Karnes, Senior Lecturer in the School of Accountancy, will lead the new online degree completion program, set to launch this fall.


May 14, 2013
Accounting faculty chosen as Inter-Greek Council Professor of the Year - Elizabeth Zinchuk | Daily Egyptian
The Inter-Greek Council held the 2012-2013 Greek Awards, which recognizes fraternity and sorority chapters as well as individuals who showed exceptional qualities within the Greek organization. Darla Karnes, senior lecturer in the School of Accountancy, was named Professor of the Year.


May 14, 2013
Doctoral graduate accepts teaching position at University of New Hampshire - Emily Morgan
Jenny Franczak, a spring 2013 doctoral graduate of the College of Business, has accepted a position teaching at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire. Franczak accepted the position at the UNH as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Organizational Theory and Management in the Peter Paul College of Business and Economics.


May 14, 2013
MBA graduate helps local food bank win grant to fight hunger - Emily Morgan
Kelly Kresin, a two-time College of Business graduate, recently partnered with the Victory Dream Center (VDC) to help win a grant to fight hunger in southern Illinois. Kresin, who graduated with her bachelor’s in marketing in 2012 and her MBA in 2013, runs a consulting business that offers social media and marketing campaign freelancing to small businesses in southern Illinois. Her most recent campaign with the Victory Dream Center turned out to be very successful.


May 10, 2013
Graduate reaches goal through online program - Pete Rosenbery | Saluki Times
photo of Florence Simpson In spite of an already hectic schedule, Florence Simpson of Fairfield realized she needed to earn a bachelor’s degree to continue in her career as a travel agent and consultant. So along with raising her family, serving on the local grade school board, being executive director of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, and working part-time at a local antique mall, Simpson added Southern Illinois University student to her already crowded schedule.


May 02, 2013
College of Business Commencement set for May 11 - Emily Morgan
On Saturday, May 11, the College of Business commencement ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the SIU Arena. The ceremony will recognize degree recipients at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate level, and will be combined with the College of Education and Human Services.


May 01, 2013
Management professor, alums publish research paper - Emily Morgan
Dr. William McKinley, Professor in the Department of Management, recently had a research paper exploring the relationship between unemployment and entrepreneurial intent, published in Entrepreneurial Research Journal. His two co-authors, Dr. Matt Wood and Dr. Craig Engstrom, both recently received their Ph.D. from SIU.


April 29, 2013
Cherry earns MVC's Leadership and Service Award - SIUSalukis.com
Senior Saluki track and field student-athlete Lucas Cherry was named one of 10 honorees for the Missouri Valley Conference Leadership and Service Award for the spring season, the conference announced Wednesday.


April 23, 2013
Management lecturer named Public Affairs Officer of the Year - Emily Morgan
Management lecturer Dr. Greg Hoffeditz was recently named the 2012 Public Affairs Officer of the Year for the Illinois Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. He is currently the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) and Deputy Commander for Cadets for the Scott Composite Squadron at Scott Air Force Base.


April 16, 2013
Honors Day ceremony recognizes outstanding students, faculty, staff - Emily Morgan
On Sunday, April 14, the College of Business held its annual Honors Day ceremony, recognizing students, faculty and staff for their academic success and achievements.


April 16, 2013
AMA members attend national conference, win award - Emily Morgan
Eleven members of the SIU Student American Marketing Association (AMA) attended the National Student Conference in New Orleans that was held March 21-23. While there, the chapter was honored with an award for Excellent Chapter Planning.


April 12, 2013
External Advisory Board member inducted into Private Label Hall of Fame - Suntimes News, Chester, Illinois
Don Welge stands beside a Gilster-Mary Lee company truck Don Welge, President & General Manager of Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. in Chester, Illinois, was recently inducted into the Private Label Hall of Fame as established by the Private Label Manufacturers Association & Private Label / Store Brands Magazine


April 03, 2013
Externship Series: Erica Kirsch, Shriners Hospital for Children - Emily Morgan
Erica Kirsch, a marketing senior, was one of 28 College of Business students who participated in the Externship Program over Spring Break. Kirsch spent her week externing at the Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis, Missouri, working with the Public Relations (PR), Development, and Community Relations departments.


April 02, 2013
Externship Series: Andrew Correll, Major League Soccer - Emily Morgan
Andrew Correll stands in an indoor soccer field While some students spent their spring break on the beach in Florida, management senior Andrew Correll spent his break in Blaine, Minnesota, doing an externship with Major League Soccer (MLS). The Externship Program is a week-long program sponsored by the SIU Alumni Association and the College of Business.


March 28, 2013
Externship Series: Scott Polczynski, The St. Louis Rams - Emily Morgan
photo of Scott Polczynski in front of Rams training center Scott Polczynski, a junior in Accounting from DuBois, IL, spent his Spring Break externing for the St. Louis Rams at their training facilities in Earth City, Missouri. Externships are part of a weeklong program administered through the SIU Alumni Association and the College of Business.


March 05, 2013
Finance senior earns ITA regional ranking - Tim McCaughan, SIUSalukis.com
photo of Melanie Delsart For just the second time in school history, a doubles pair has entered the ITA national doubles rankings, while finance student Melanie Delsart earns an ITA regional ranking for the second straight year.


March 01, 2013
Brian Dixon named to USTFCCCA All-Academic Team - Tyler Wooten, SIUSalukis.com
photo of Brian Dixon Saluki men's cross country had the 13th-highest team GPA in the country. Junior Brian Dixon was named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team for the 2012 cross country season, the association announced on Monday.


February 27, 2013
Placement Center introduces new online interviewing tool - Emily Morgan
placeholder The Business Placement Center is very excited to announce that College of Business students now have access to a new resource called InterviewStream, an online platform that allows students to practice their interviewing skills anywhere, anytime.


February 27, 2013
Third Annual Polar Plunge raises over $40k for Special Olympics - Emily Morgan
photo of bare-chested football players returning to shore at Campus Lake On Saturday, February 23, the SIU Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) co-sponsored the third annual Polar Plunge at Campus Lake. The event was held to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.


February 20, 2013
Dean’s Office welcomes two staff members - Emily Morgan
photos of Jill Gebke and Christie Mitchell This semester, the College of Business welcomed two new staff members to the Dean’s Office: Jill Gebke and Christie Mitchell.


February 19, 2013
Marketing External Advisory Board to host Marketing U - Christie Mitchell
placeholder Marketing U will be held at the SIU Student Center in the afternoon of Thursday February 28, 2013. This event is for all students of the College of Business. Attending students can expect leave the event with knowledge of the following topics to prepare them for the transition into the workforce


February 18, 2013
Accounting challenge tests, rewards students - Matt Daray | Daily Egyptian
High school and community college accounting students from 22 area schools worked together during the 15th annual Accounting Challenge in the university’s Recreation Center for a chance to earn a $500 university scholarship. As students collaborated on projects, teachers and university volunteers marveled at the event’s impact on area students.


February 15, 2013
Management Professor is recognized for academic achievement - Christie Mitchell
image text reads, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay 2012.  In recognition of your academic achievements as a UWGB alumna in teh field of management information systems.  Kay Nelson, Ph.D., University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale. Dr. Kay Nelson, Professor in Management, was presented an achievement award at the Midwest Association for Information Conference. The Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay presented Dr. Kay Nelson with an award in recognition of her academic achievement as a UWGB alumna in the field of Management Information Systems.


February 14, 2013
Management Professor’s Research Highlighted on Jimmy Kimmel - Christie Mitchell
photo of John Pearson Dr. John M. Pearson, an Associate Professor of Management at Southern Illinois University, recently had his research featured on the Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel and other news media around the world.


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