Alumni News - 2018
Inaugural Black Business Expo Connects Students with Role Models by Franchesca Alejo
This was the first year for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Black Business Expo. With the aim of encouraging and bringing together black entrepreneurs, it served as a source of encouragement and reinforcement for students who are in the initial phases of developing as entrepreneurs. Students and local black business owners came together in an expo format to share their products and services.
Marketing U Helps Students with Professional Development by Franchesca Alejo
CoB’s marketing department put together the “Marketing U: Career Success Seminar” for the sixth year in a row. Originally an idea that came from the marketing department’s external advisory board, this event now provides business students of all majors with, yet another, opportunity to improve their networking, interviewing and professionalism skills. Students appreciated hearing from the seminar presenters who they found approachable and accessible.
AMA Wins RSO Fundraising Award for Polar Plunge by Franchesca Alejo
The American Marketing Association wins the Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics RSO fundraising award once again. Students and local residents gathered on the chilly morning of Feb. 17 to run in a donut dash and submerge themselves in cold water for a worthy cause. The AMA members support the cause by soliciting business sponsors and also gain practical event marketing experience.
Online MBA Program Earns National Recognition by Christi Mathis
Our online MBA program is in the top 25 of the Poets and Quants Online MBA Ranking list and it is the top program in Illinois! Criteria used for this list was the quality of the incoming students, an assessment by graduates of the academic and extra-curricular MBA experience, and the career outcomes for graduates. This is the second time this year that the program has received recognition among all programs. Even with this notoriety, the completely online program is still finding ways to be innovative and relevant with the new Analytics for Managers concentration.
Trained SIU student volunteers prepare tax returns for free by Christi Mathis
Beta Alpha Psi, an SIU accounting organization, is conducting their annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) to assist fellow students and the Carbondale community with their tax returns. IRS trained students will be offering the free tax preparation on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon in the lower level of Rehn Hall.
Check out What’s Happening in Spring 2018 by Franchesca Alejo
We are kicking off 2018 with sheer awesomeness! The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Business Placement Center have planned beneficial, student-centered events for this new semester. Just a sample of them include a Black Business Expo to connect black community business owners with students, the “Empowher” Networking Lunch-In to expose students to successful female business leaders and the long-awaited Chicago Career Trip.
College of Business PHD Students Win Award for their Research by Christi Mathis
College of Business at SIU marketing doctoral students Ramin Bagherzadeh and Jose Saavedra Torres won a national award for their research paper, "Need for more: Conspicuous consumption, social settings and materialism." Their work provided more insight into how our feelings about social status affect our purchasing decisions.
Professor Jaehoon Lee’s research finds poor service can have a carryover effect on evaluations of other dimensions in service by Franchesca Alejo
One of CoB’s own has received recognition from Science Daily, Medical Express, Health Medicine Network and more for their research! Professor Lee’s most recent research publication will impact how current and future marketing practitioners do what they do. Utilizing previous research and incorporating a shift in social classes in America, he conducted four studies that revealed one’s perceived social class has an impact on overall service delivery evaluations.
Business alumnus Lynn McPheeters donates to help future business Salukis succeed by Christi Mathis
A big thank you to CoB alumnus F. Lynn McPheeters who is helping SIU students achieve their dreams for years and years to come. Chief financial officer and vice president of Caterpillar, Inc., he has donated $1 million to establish a scholarship for SIU College of Business Students. The McPheeters Family Scholarship will allow the college to award $40,000 annually to deserving first-generation students, like he once was. Learn more about his story here
Alumni News - 2017
Ashlee Church Nominated By Southern Business Journal Readers As Outstanding Leader Under 40 by Franchesca Alejo
Ashlee Church credits SIU for her success so far. She received her MBA in 2010 from the College of Business and today is the General Manager of the Volkswagen in Marion. In this Southern article she speaks of the influence mentorship from peers and perseverance has had on her career.
CoB External Advisory Board Member is Recognized by Franchesca Alejo
Donald Welge, member of the Dean’s External Advisory Board for the College of Business, was a national finalist for a prestigious award.
Childress Scholarship grows benefiting business students by Christi Mathis
Braden Drake had been paying his own way through Southern Illinois University Carbondale, so learning he was one of this year’s James B. and Rosemary Samuel Childress Scholarship recipients was quite a relief. Drake, a senior accounting major from Carterville, said the scholarship was a big help in paying tuition, fees, books, apartment expenses, medical and vehicle insurance bills and other costs of living. He was also excited to learn that upon their deaths, the Carterville couple added a $2 million bequest to SIU’s scholarship fund bearing their names, allowing students to benefit even more from the scholarships in the future.
Meet the Firm Event Representatives Share Insights by Franchesca Alejo
This year’s first ever "Meet the Firm" event put on by the BPC was a great opportunity for students to interact with and gain confidence speaking to potential employers. Students stopped in between classes, shared their resumes and discussed internship opportunities. The business representatives, in turn, shared advice on what students looking to start the job search process should focus on. Among the representatives, were two current SIU students slated to graduate this December.
Courtney Lucas Talks BLC and Graduation by Franchesca Alejo
Courtney Lucas will genuinely be missed in the College of Business when she graduates this December. Her involvement and awesome work for the College of Business is why this college is like no other. Lucas has been able to take advantage of the connections she made through the BLC and various other clubs to help secure herself a job after graduation. She starts work with NISA Investment Advisors Dec 28!
Here’s a Toast to Business Etiquette! by Franchesca Alejo
More than 100 sponsors, board members, students, and SIU faculty and staff enjoyed this year’s annual Etiquette Dinner. Melenie Broyles, the etiquette coach for the evening, taught all guests some great tips and rules so that everyone would know how to better handle eating in business or professional settings. This event also allowed many of the students to improve upon the skills necessary at networking functions.
Proud to Present New Emerging Saluki Leader Awardees by Christi Mathis
This year’s Emerging Saluki Leader Award was presented to Kendrick Coleman, Angela Dowell, Darla Krause, and Bryan Mullins for their outstanding achievements in business, academia, nonprofit organizations and for their community service. The College of Business dean, Terry Clark, recognized these fellow Salukis and praised them for their impressive achievements. Amongst these four alumni are a Rubin Brown LLP accountant, a vice president of finance for a nonprofit company, a talent acquisition manager, and a college basketball team director of recruitment and player development. Each are involved in various philanthropic efforts within and beyond their communities.
Harvey Michaels: A Leading Saluki by Franchesca Alejo
Harvey Michaels, current senior contracting partner and advisory partner at the consulting firm Deloitte is a leading College of Business alum. Throughout his time at Deloitte he has gained numerous professional positions and experiences that have allowed him to develop as an expert in the energy and petrochemical industries. Harvey shares insights on his success and advice for current students.
BPC: So Much to Offer! by Franchesca Alejo
Danna Lewis, director of the Business Placement Center spoke to us about the “Whatever it takes” approach of the BPC. With services ranging from internship application help, interview preparation and the facilitation of meetings with business professionals, they are committed to helping each student reach their individual goals. A new “Open for Business” series further cements their commitment towards developing relationships with students and current business professionals.
2017 College Welcome by Franchesca Alejo
The new school year is off to a great start at the College of Business and we’re glad you’re part of it! There’s nothing like free food and beautiful weather to make special events a big success as our welcome back activities proved.
The Beginning of New Adventures for Former Students by Chelsea Kujawa
SIU’s May 13 graduation at the SIU Arena marked the end of a successful semester for students. U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony for the College of Business and the College of Education and Human Services. Saturday was a special day for individuals who walked across the stage to receive the degrees that they have worked diligently to earn, and some graduates shared their thoughts about their time in the College of Business.
The Importance of Summer Internships by Chelsea Kujawa
Summer internships are important for students of any level in college, as they give students an opportunity to gain real world experience and to apply what they have learned in the classroom. To that end, the Business Placement Center has a variety of resources available for students, including Connect2Careers, career counseling, business career tools, and much more.
Management Panel Hosted for Students by Chelsea Kujawa
The Department of Management hosted a panel for students on April 27 in Morris Library. Nearly 100 students attended one of the two panel sessions. Pete Mykytyn, department chair and professor of management, played a big role in making the management panel possible for students. “The purpose of the panel is to enlighten students about a whole lot of things,” Mykytyn said. “There are a number of points that the panelists will bring up and students will also have the opportunity to ask questions.”
Jeff Rose – SIU Distinguished Alumni Award, Young Alumni Achievement by Chelsea Kujawa
Jeff Rose can be described in many ways. Best-selling author. Business owner. Certified financial planner. Iraqi combat veteran. Now he can add SIU Distinguished Alumni Award for Young Alumni Achievement winner to that list. Rose graduated from SIU Carbondale’s College of Business with a bachelor’s degree in in 2002. He is a certified financial planner, CEO and founder of Alliance Wealth Management LLC, an investment advisory firm.
Business Student Athletes Honored by Chelsea Kujawa
Five SIU Carbondale College of Business students who compete on the university’s swimming and diving team have been named to the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete Team.
Students Visit Corporations in St. Louis by Chelsea Kujawa
College of Business students got their chance to visit various corporations in St. Louis on March 31st as part of the Business Placement Center’s Career Exploration Day. The career trip provided over 90 students an opportunity to network with employers and executives as they discovered potential career options in the business industry.
Honors Day Recap by Chelsea Kujawa
Students from every department within the College of Business who showed their hard work and dedication throughout their time at SIU Carbondale earned recognition for their efforts on April 8 at the college’s Honors Day ceremony. Each department selected its outstanding senior based on a number of criteria, ranging from academic achievement and high GPA to involvement and service to the department.
Health Care Organization Recognizes Two SIU Students by Christi Mathis
The MidAmerica Healthcare Executives Forum is honoring two Southern Illinois University Carbondale students for their academic excellence, volunteerism, leadership and involvement in health care activities.
Outstanding Faculty and Staff Recognition by Chelsea Kujawa
Each year, the College of Business recognizes outstanding faculty and staff members who go above and beyond what is expected of them. All of these individuals are deserving of their awards, and they help make the College of Business unique in providing our students with the building blocks they need to be successful.
APICS Team Places Fourth by Chelsea Kujawa
The SIU student chapter of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), claimed fourth-place honors in the final round of the 23rd annual Student Case Competition in Chicago Feb. 17-18. The competition, sponsored by the APICS Great Lakes District, offers college and university students interested in supply chain management and operations the opportunity to compete with one another in a regional competition.
CFA Challenge Team Places Second by Chelsea Kujawa
A team of five SIU business students recently earned second-place honors in the St. Louis regional competition of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Research Challenge. They competed in the event, which gathers together students, investment industry professionals, publicly traded companies and corporate sponsors for a real-world competition. The goal of the competition is to promote best practices in the equity research and company analysis. During the competition, students research, analyze and report on a company while they are practicing their analysis. In addition, the students are held to a code of ethics through the CFA Institute.
Zhao Research Paper Accepted for Publication by Chelsea Kujawa
Congratulations to Wanli Zhao, associate professor of finance, whose research titled “Audit Office Reputation Shocks from Gains and Losses of Major Industry Clients” recently was accepted for publication in the journal Contemporary Accounting Research. Zhao’s current research is based on audits and the reasons why companies change their auditors and the importance of gaining new companies.
Accounting Challenge attracts more than 200 participants by Christi Mathis
More than 200 students from 21 high schools and community colleges competed in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s 19th annual Accounting Challenge on Feb. 24, vying for college scholarships and other prizes.
Marketing U: Career Success Seminar by Chelsea Kujawa
A career success seminar developed by the alumni of the SIU Marketing department to boost College of Business students’ success in their job hunts and early careers will take place on Feb. 23 in the Student Center. The seminar, known as “Marketing U,” is open to all business majors and minors, and its goal is to help students build their professional knowledge and professional network in just a few short hours. To this end, several successful alumni and friends of the college have come together to share their professional knowledge and network with students.
SIU Plans Unique Fundraising Campaign for March 1-2 by Pete Rosenbery
“Open The Door to Opportunity” by participating in a unique fundraising campaign on March 1-2. The inaugural SIU Day of Giving is a 24-hour fundraising campaign that will invite donors to directly support an area on campus that is meaningful to them and ensure that each gift, regardless of the amount, will impact students’ lives.
AMA Helps Raise Money for Special Olympics by Chelsea Kujawa
The American Marketing Association (AMA) is helping raise money for Special Olympics through the Polar Plunge and Donut Dash. AMA plays a huge role in helping with sales and marketing aspects for the Polar Plunge and Donut Dash.
Trained Student Volunteers Offer Free Tax Preparation Assistance by Christi Mathis
Free income tax preparation help is available at Southern Illinois University Carbondale thanks to a group of student volunteers. Beta Alpha Psi, a College of Business honors accounting organization, is again sponsoring the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to assist fellow students and low- and moderate-income people from the community.
Alumni News - 2016
Graduation: The Beginning of New Adventures for Former Students by Chelsea Kujawa
December graduation took place Dec. 17 at SIU Arena, marking the end to a successful semester for students. Saturday was a special day for individuals who walked across the stage to receive the degrees they have worked diligently to earn, and some graduates shared their thoughts about the time they spent in the college over the past few years, their plans for the future, and advice for those still pursuing their degrees.
RSO Spotlight: Saluki Student Investment Fund and Graduate Student Investment Fund by Chelsea Kujawa
The Saluki Student Investment Fund (SSIF) and Graduate Student Investment Fund (GSIF) are two College of Business registered student organizations (RSOs) that provide students with hands-on experience in portfolio management and investment research. As such, the SSIF and GSIF are modeled after a real investment management firm. Members are focused on making the best possible investment decisions on behalf of their primary client, the SIU Foundation, who also provides fiduciary oversight for both programs. The RSOs’ competitive advantages are the students’ unique and unbiased perspective and their ability to spot trends in the markets – especially those that are perhaps driven by (or favored by) their generation.
Internationally Recognized Faculty Research by Chelsea Kujawa
Our faculty members are heavily involved in noteworthy research, and they are frequently cited and consulted as experts in their respective fields. Their research is highly recognized all over the world. Thanks to the generous donation from alumni, Ronald Smith, the faculty can share their research through videos. The college and our alumni are proud to support faculty members in their pursuit of knowledge creation.
Honoring Alumni by Chelsea Kujawa
It’s the time of year when proud alumni return back home to remember their college days. Homecoming means that alumni from around the world return to campus to celebrate their success with their peers, retired faculty members, and having the chance to meet new faculty. The college honored Emerging Saluki Leader Award winners at the Homecoming Reception. These alumni are deserving of recognition for their outstanding achievements in business, academia, government, not-for-profit organizations or service to their community. The awardees are proud to be Salukis and are outstanding College of Business alumni.
Management Professor Wins Prestigious Award for Operations Management Research by Christie Mitchell
John Goodale recently received the 2016 Ambassador Award from the Journal of Operations Management (JOM). The award is given to a paper published in JOM that is widely cited in literature across academic disciplines over the previous five years. Goodale said his goal is to have his research lead to contributions in academics, industry, and in the classroom.
Alumna Keeps the Saluki Connection going through Internship Opportunities by Chelsea Kujawa
SIU alum, Penny Clancy is Vice President of Human Resources at Sentinel Technologies Inc. in Downers Grove, Illinois. Her company has been recognized for more than 25 years as a leader in providing business technology services, from end-to-end solutions to targeted applications. As such, Sentinel is one of the leading IT services and solutions providers in the United States.
RSO Spotlight: Business Leadership Council by Chelsea Kujawa
The Business Leadership Council’s goal is to work for the betterment of the students and Registered Student Organizations within the college. The council is closely involved with the dean’s office and works to provide a link between the students and faculty. The council is very active and is striving to be an even bigger voice within the college and the school community.
Good Luck, Joe Pineau! by Chelsea Kujawa
For a quarter-century, Joe Pineau inspired students in SIU Carbondale’s College of Business to do their best. Pineau, who recently retired from his post as an academic advisor in the College of Business, made it his mission to push students to be prepared for their advisement appointments – and to take responsibility for their academic careers, too. He always was ready to start a conversation and help students in any way he could.
2016 Student Etiquette Dinner by Chelsea Kujawa
The College of Business hosted its annual Student Etiquette Dinner Sept. The dinner was a success thanks to the generous support of the college’s advisory boards and alumni.
Helping Salukis Advance Their Careers by Chelsea Kujawa
The online Master of Business Administration program (oMBA) at Southern Illinois University attracts students from around the world who aspire to become tomorrow’s business leaders.
Welcome Back Festivities by Chelsea Kujawa
The College of Business kicked off the new academic year with some exciting activities that allowed students to meet the college’s professors and also get to know their fellow students. The first of the festivities took place Aug. 18, when nearly 150 students moved into Brown Hall, one of the 11 residence halls in Thompson Point that houses mostly business students.
College of Business Career Closet by Chelsea Kujawa
The Business Placement Center (BPC) is getting a new addition: the College of Business Career Closet. The Career Closet will have clothing that students will be able to rent for interviews and other professional events. The students will be able to borrow a whole suit - or just the pieces they need - so they can look professional and ready for success in every way possible.
Terry Clark named dean of business college by Christi Mathis
Terry Clark, longtime marketing professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is the new dean of the university’s College of Business.
Freshmen Survival Guide by Katja Sonkeng
With 2016’s spring commencement officially in the books and the Class of 2016 sent off into the real world, it’s time to get the next generation of Salukis ready for their first year in college. Some graduating seniors – and a few upperclassmen of SIU’s College of Business – offered a few practical tips for incoming freshmen to navigate their first year at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Graduation Day by Katja Sonkeng
Most of the year, Carbondale is a rather idyllic and small college town in southern Illinois. However, twice a year, in May and December, the home of the Salukis turns into one of the biggest destinations in the region, with a bustle that rivals giant communities such as Chicago, New York or Los Angeles. That’s when Southern Illinois University Carbondale hosts its annual commencement ceremony.
Think like an entrepreneur, act like a freshman by Katja Sonkeng
In his first year as Saluki, Elijah Jeremiah Barber quickly has evolved into a shining star in SIU’s College of Business. Whether it’s officiating intramural basketball games in the Student Recreation Center, selling cupcakes on behalf of the registered student organization Ascend or networking with alumni as one of the new College of Business mentees, the versatile finance major wasted no time getting immersed in Saluki culture.
Executive in Residence walks down memory lane to give students words of wisdom by Katja Sonkeng
Fifty years after graduating from SIU’s College of Business with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Richard Barrett returned to his alma mater in the first week of April to lead classroom lectures, conduct mock interviews, share his professional experience with students and provide valuable words of wisdom. His overall advice to all current, future and graduating Salukis is to be proactive, because “there are opportunities out there, but they rarely come to you. You have to go to them.”
Honors Day 2016: Celebrating CoB’s outstanding seniors by Svetlana Bondar
SIU’s College of Business recognized its outstanding seniors from every department April 9 at its annual Honors Day. These students have shown great promise during their time at the college and were noted for their efforts by their respective departments. Each department selected its outstanding senior based on a number of criteria, ranging from academic achievement and high GPA to active involvement and service to the department.
Hall of Fame Awards Reception: Honoring CoB's alumni and their contributions by Svetlana Bondar
This spring, four alumni of the SIU College of Business were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the college’s annual awards ceremony. The first Hall of Fame awards ceremony held by the college took place in 1986. The event honors the outstanding professional achievements of the college’s alumni and their significant contributions to its success. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor the college bestows.
How to ace a career fair: A best practice guide for CoB students by Katja Sonkeng
In preparation for the university-wide Saluki Student Job Fair that took place on April 19 at the SIU Student Center Ballrooms, Business Placement Center director Danna Lewis provided a guide of the most important “do’s and don’ts” for College of Business students to get the most out of attending career fairs. These often-overlooked gold mines of networking and employment opportunities are regularly offered by University Career Services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Honors Day 2016: A Recap by Katja Sonkeng
The SIU College of Business continued one of the university’s oldest and richest traditions April 9 with its annual Honors Day in Morris Library’s Guyon Auditorium. The ceremony, which featured awards and music, plus an inspirational keynote message from accomplished finance alum Drew Stoker, recognized the hard work and superior academic achievements of more than 220 students. A special highlight of the program was the announcement of the winner of the Outstanding Senior Award in the College of Business.
CoB Mentor program takes students on a career trip to St. Louis by Svetlana Bondar
Early in the fall semester, marketing alum, Rich Klassen, had the idea of connecting students with College of Business alums to assist them in building business relationships. In partnership with the College of Business Career Placement Center, this idea became a reality when College of Business students, who are part of the Mentor Program, attended a career trip to St. Louis this spring to meet with area alums.
Time of transition is a chance to grow for CoB Office of Minority Affairs by Katja Sonkeng
Tough shoes to fill: After 28 years of being the voice for the underrepresented student population at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Michael Haywood Sr., legendary director of the SIU College of Business Office of Minority Affairs, officially retired in December. His extraordinary service and dedication were recognized during halftime of a Saluki men’s basketball game, followed by a retirement party at the Stadium Club Suites. His exit leaves a gaping void – yet, at the same time, it provides an opportunity for growth and change.
Providing tax help to community is a matter of the heart for students by Katja Sonkeng
Every Saturday morning, from 8 a.m. to noon through April 9, a dozen accounting students from the College of Business at Southern Illinois University Carbondale voluntarily provide quick, accurate tax-return preparation assistance to fellow students and southern Illinois community members in the computer labs of Rehn Hall. The best part: There’s no charge for the hassle-free service.
American Marketing Association rocks the Polar Plunge yet again by Svetlana Bondar
The American Marketing Association in the SIU College of Business recently chalked up another success in organizing the annual Polar Plunge challenge. The event, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, raises funds for Special Olympics Illinois athletes. To take part in the Polar Plunge, participants had to raise $100 in donations from anyone interested in supporting Special Olympics. The proceeds from the event benefit Special Olympics Illinois athletes.
And the tradition continues: The 18th annual College of Business Accounting Challenge garners interest through humor and wit by Katja Sonkeng
The annual two-part event drew more than 320 students from local high school and community colleges to the SIU Recreation Center on Friday, Feb. 19, where they competed in a tomato-smashing team competition and other individual hands-on creative challenges to test their accounting and problem-solving skills. The winner in the individual contests earned certificates along with scholarships worth up to $500 for those who attend SIU and major in accounting, while the highest-scoring teams received trophies.
SIU to host 18th annual Accounting Challenge by Christi Mathis
Hundreds of high school and community college students from around the region will compete at the 18th annual Accounting Challenge at SIUC on Friday, Feb. 19. Participants can win college scholarships and other prizes in the event, sponsored by the CoB’s School of Accountancy. About 325 students will be at the Student Recreation Center for the challenge, which incorporates individual and team tests of skills and knowledge.
College of Business dean forums begin Feb. 25
Four candidates for dean of the College of Business will meet with constituents during a series of forums beginning next week. The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer for the SIU College of Business and is responsible for its academic programs, fiscal management, personnel, external relations, recruitment and retention, among other areas. All candidates must have a strong record of academic leadership and administrative experience.
“It’s the best money I spent”: CoB invites students on its annual study abroad trip to France by Katja Sonkeng
Entering its 14th year of existence, one of the largest study abroad programs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is now accepting applications for the 2016 trip to the Alpine city of Grenoble in southeastern France. From May 16 through June 11, the participants of the SIU College of Business Study Abroad program will be attending classes at Grenoble Graduate School of Business’ main campus for the first three weeks before concluding their coursework at its Paris location during the last five days. The deadline for the program, which is open to all majors across campus, is March 1.
RSO spotlight: Saluki SAM, APICS and the unique opportunities they provide by Svetlana Bondar
The College of Business is proud to have more than 20 registered student organizations (RSOs), each providing students with unique opportunities to gain experience and develop skills in their area of interest. This time, the spotlight falls on two management RSOs: the SIU chapters of the Society for Advancement of Management and the American Production and Inventory Control Society, both of which offer excellent opportunities to Salukis.
Executive in Residence program: Connecting CoB students with the business world by Svetlana Bondar
The newly established Executive in Residence (EIR) program provides students, faculty and staff of the College of Business an opportunity to network with the college’s alumni who are successful in the business world. These alumni visit the university to share experiences and lessons they have learned that have benefited their careers. While on campus, they give lectures in different classes, attend breakfasts and luncheons, and conduct mock interviews.
A trusted partner and a buzzing hub: That’s the new CoB Business Placement Center by Katja Sonkeng
From regular career trips to weekly information sessions to clothing rentals to a virtual career center, the College of Business Placement Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has undergone some visible changes since Danna Lewis took office April 1, 2015. With her one-year anniversary approaching, the director of the only college-focused career and placement center on campus recapped the progress made in the last year, discussed current events and services, shared exciting news about the upcoming launch of a new career portal March 1, and other makeover plans on the horizon.
Alumni News - 2015
“SIU is just family for me” – Mentoring CoB students is a matter of heart for Executive in Residence by Katja Sonkeng
For one week in November, Larry Bailey returned to his alma mater to serve as guest lecturer and meet with students, faculty and staff to share insights into his profession, create networking opportunities, and provide practical recommendations and some valuable words of wisdom. Considering SIU as family, it’s a matter of the heart for him to encourage young people and give back to the school where he grew up. Bailey, a Class of ’72 alumnus, is one of the three representatives of the Executive in Residence (EIR) program of the College of Business.
Successful CoB Graduate Inspires Students to Turn Challenges into Advantages by Svetlana Bondar
Nathan Stooke, a SIU College of Business 2002 graduate, and his wireless Internet company, Wisper ISP, have been recognized by St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the area’s rising companies. Nominations by readers placed the company among the publication’s “Future 50.” The annual award lauds both the top companies and the companies to watch. Stooke and Wisper ISP were featured in the publication’s September issue.
Olson Named a Fellow of 2015-2016 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy by Christie Mitchell | thesouthern.com
Jennifer Olson, a member of the SIU Carbondale College of Business’ Management External Advisory Board and co-chair of the Outreach Working Group, has been named a fellow of 2015-2016 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, a leadership development program for regional leaders that prepares them to collaborate and address the most-pressing issues of the Delta Region.
Accomplished role models to their alma mater for Homecoming by Katja Sonkeng
The first class of College of Business Emerging Saluki Leader Award (ESLA) winners was announced and honored during this year’s SIU Homecoming reception at Morris Library. The 11 award winners in the inaugural class were nominated by the college’s external advisory boards for their special achievements at the early stage of their careers and were celebrated during the reception.
From lacrosse to accounting: Ta brothers taking over Saluki land by Katja Sonkeng
Accounting majors and Chicago natives Steven Ta and Brian Ta are extraordinary examples of first-generation students. At the ages of 21 and 18, respectively, their drive and dedication has touched the lives of many of their fellow classmates, as well as SIU College of Business faculty and staff members, and the local community in Carbondale. Steven Ta, a senior, and Brian Ta, a freshman, reflected on their brotherhood and SIU education while offering some valuable words of wisdom for prospective SIU students: Be involved, do something unique, be yourself!
McCord named Lincoln Academy student laureate by Christi Mathis
Savannah McCord is the 2015 Lincoln Academy of Illinois student laureate for Southern Illinois University Carbondale. McCord, of St. Louis, is set to graduate with a double major in management and psychology in May 2016. She will be honored with the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award, which comes with a medallion, certificate of achievement and monetary award, during the annual Student Laureate Convocation on Nov. 7 in the Old State Capital in Springfield.
SIU’s Online MBA Program Ranked Among Top 50 Most Affordable by Top Management Degrees by Svetlana Bondar
Much to the delight of faculty and students, the College of Business has grabbed the attention of the business education world yet again. Top Management Degrees, a popular online business education and career guide, has recognized the affordability of SIU’s online MBA program by placing it in the publication’s “Top 50 Affordable Online MBA Degree Programs 2015” rankings. SIU’S program came in at No. 39 on the list..
The SEC never reads 74% of filings, putting investors at risk by Elliot Blair Smith | MarketWatch.com
Wanli Zhao, SIU College of Business professor of finance, focuses his research on corporate governance. Zhao has been a vital part of studies that revealed how investors do better when regulators and politicians keep their eyes open. The results of the investigation were recently mentioned on the website of MarketWatch.com, which is a subsidiary of Dow Jones, a property of News Corp. In 2012, the publication reported more than 17 million unique users and had been honored several times as a top large business-focused website.
Promoting a culture of excellence among CoB students by Svetlana Bondar
Promoting a culture of excellence, the College of Business conducted its traditional Student Etiquette Dinner Oct 1. The event gave students the opportunity to receive expert advice on networking and business etiquette, as well as the chance to become more comfortable and confident in professional situations. The dinner took place in the ballrooms of the SIU Student Center and attracted nearly 200 attendees, including board members and alumni.
Three new faculty members have joined the College of Business this fall! by Svetlana Bondar
This fall, the College of Business welcomed three new faculty members. One of them is Nwamaka (Amaka) Anaza, a new assistant professor in the Department of Marketing. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SIU, and her Ph.D. from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Anaza’s return to the university shows a true devotion to the Saluki family. “Being a Saluki is very special to me.”
Graduate programs provide students with fresh perspective by Katja Sonkeng
Xiaoxin Wang Beardsley, the Hamilton Family Faculty Fellow and an associate professor of finance, has accepted the role of director of the College of Business Graduate Programs, and the program is ready to continue its incredible success story. For two consecutive years, U.S. News and World Report deemed its online MBA one of the “Best Online Graduate Business Programs,” climbing to No. 36 this year from last year’s No. 51 position. The future couldn’t look brighter, as new collaborations with the colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering recently have been announced.
Banterra Bank and CoB share passion for Southern Illinois by Svetlana Bondar
Banterra Bank has named Jeff Speith, a regional financial expert, as its market executive for the bank’s central region. In this new role, he oversees the bank’s key locations in Southern Illinois. Speith is a graduate of SIU’s College of Business and is invested in matching SIU business students with some of the best professional opportunities in the region.
SIU Carbondale debuts Saluki Innovation Series by Katja Sonkeng
For the first time in the school’s history, the Southern Illinois University campus-registered student organizations Saluki Entrepreneur Corps, Saluki Ventures and University Innovation Fellows joined forces during the 2015 fall semester to launch a year-long series of events that is designed to encourage creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial thinking among students of all majors.
Welcome Back Fall Fest Celebrates the Start of the School Year by Svetlana Bondar
The College of Business rang in the new academic year at its annual Welcome Back Fall Fest for new and returning students. Nearly 250 students gathered outside of Rehn Hall to meet and mingle with fellow classmates, staff and professors.
Exceptional hard work and accomplishments honored with awards by Katja Sonkeng
The College of Business recognized the service, dedication and excellence of six of its members at the 2015 Faculty and Staff Awards ceremony.
SIU Carbondale ranked the fourth healthiest college in US for students by Samuel P. Jacobs, labs.time.com
Great way to start off this new academic year. According to a recent published GrubHub analysis, our Salukis are healthy eaters. The online food delivery company ranked the 40 healthiest colleges throughout the United States and Southern Illinois University Carbondale came in fourth closely behind number one University of Buffalo, St. John’s University and UC Davis.
SIU College of Business Funds Four Faculty Research Grants by Christie Mitchell
A vital part of the Southern Illinois University College of Business’ mission is to support and celebrate discovery that pushes the boundaries of what is known and what has been done. The college strives to recruit, develop and retain high-quality faculty, and to continue a tradition of knowledge creation through the production of basic and applied research with real business and societal impact.
Workshops will focus on starting a business by Christi Mathis
If you find the idea of being your own boss and owning your own business appealing, you will want to check out an upcoming workshop series being presented by the Illinois Small Business Development Center/International Trade Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Student Spotlight: Scott Polczynski by Christie Mitchell
“Been there, done that” advice from a guy who did it all: An interview with recent SIU College of Business graduate Scott Polczynski.
Stay hungry and stay in touch with your alma mater by Katja Sonkeng
As part of the countdown to commencement, three SIU College of Business faculty and staff members share some valuable pieces of advice with graduating College of Business seniors.
Health care organization honors student by Christi Mathis
Marcus Galloway, a senior business management major specializing in health care at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, recently received an award from a professional health care organization in recognition of his academic excellence, volunteer activities and leadership.
Help is just a phone call away by Katja Sonkeng
As the new director of the SIU College of Business Placement Center, Danna Lewis envisions the future of the career center as digital, virtual and interactive.Since April 1, the newly appointed director of the dedicated career and placement office, which exclusively serves College of Business students and alumni, has been working around the clock. The hours and days have flown by as the Centralia, Illinois, native has become familiar with the existing work flow and the staff members in Rehn Hall.
Graduating Students Begin Life After Graduation by Emily Precht
As the semester winds down, students complete what may be their last finals and begin to think about what life after graduation may hold for them. This Saturday, College of Business students will take the next step toward their future and walk across the stage, earning the degrees for which they have been working so hard.
FIG students en route to the place where dreams come true by Emily Precht
The College of Business Freshman Interest Group (FIG) for accounting students is working toward making 10 of its members’ dreams come true at the magical place of Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
A special moment to remember: Honors Day 2015 by Katja Sonkeng
The College of Business held its annual awards ceremony on Saturday, April 11, in the Guyon Auditorium at Morris Library.
CoB Ph.D. alumni receive grant for research on corporate blogging by Katja Sonkeng
Great news from the Southern Illinois University College of Business: Ph.D. alumni Ramendra Thakur (2005, Marketing) and Dhoha A. Alsaleh (2010, Marketing) have been awarded a $35,000 grant from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) for their joint research proposal on corporate blogging. They are set to submit their comparative study to the Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Science Grant by mid-2016.
College of Business Hosted the 2015 Student Etiquette Dinner by Christie Mitchell
The College of Business hosted its annual Student Etiquette Dinner. Thanks to the generous support of the college’s advisory boards and alumni, this year’s dinner was transformational.
Business students provide tax preparation assistance by Christi Mathis
Students from SIU's The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offer an important community service every spring, preparing income taxes for the region’s low- and moderate-income people.
Celebrating 15 years of successful investments in the stock market by Katja Sonkeng
Since its establishment in 2000, the Saluki Student Investment Fund (SSIF) has gradually grown to resemble a successful investment firm while continuing to provide hands-on experience to students.
Fifth annual Polar Plunge raises money for Special Olympics Illinois by Emily Precht
With thermometers reading a chilly 28 degrees, Southern Illinois University students and community members took the plunge into Campus Lake at the fifth annual SIU Polar Plunge on Saturday. The event raised $54,235 for Special Olympics Illinois.
CoB Students at St. Louis Chapter of Internal Auditors Student Night by Emily Precht
Southern Illinois University College of Business students made their way to St. Louis in February to participate in the St. Louis Chapter of Internal Auditors Student Night. The event took place at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac and was open to university students from Missouri and Illinois, with SIU being one of the largest groups in attendance.
Getting the right foot in the door over Spring Break by Katja Sonkeng
With the help of the SIU Alumni Association, more than 20 College of Business students will complete an externship in early March. Established in 1984, the mini-internship placement program provides students a unique opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they’ve learned in the classroom in a professional work environment.
Accounting challenge grows as recruiting tool by Ahmad Hicks | Daily Egyptian
The School of Accountancy's first Accounting Challenge drew just 23 students, but this year 323 students are registered for the event. Inclement weather has delayed the challenge—which was originally scheduled for Feb. 20—until March 20.
Endowments: supporting the mission of teaching, research and service by Christie Mitchell
The backbone of success at any business college is a strong faculty, and many of the professors at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Business have been motivated and inspired by the contributions that support endowed positions.
One application equals multiple scholarship opportunities by Katja Sonkeng
The application process for scholarships closed Feb. 1, and hundreds of College of Business prospects are eagerly awaiting the scholarship decisions. To enter the scholarship application pool for all available university awards, as well as scholarships available exclusively to the College of Business, students had to complete just one combined questionnaire and a few additional questions.
Stay connected with the SIU College of Business by Christie Mitchell
As we begin another semester and a new year, we reflect on our accomplishments and set new goals. We have a lot to be proud of – and a lot of work that still needs to be done. Since the start of the 2014-2015 school year, we have received recognition from U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 100 business schools in the nation, and our online MBA program made a huge leap from No. 51 to No. 36 in the nation.
Piché Goes Above and Beyond to Stay Connected by Emily Precht
Paul Piché, a 1974 graduate from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is the epitome of an alum who has stayed connected with the university – and the College of Business, too. Since graduating, Piché has spent 38 years working in the financial service industry. Piché is the owner of Safe Money Assets, located in Kerrville, Texas, which focuses on retirement planning for individuals and small businesses.
A curse or a blessing? The Impacts of CEO Turnovers by Katja Sonkeng
SIU College of Business assistant professors of finance Saiying Deng and Vincent Intintoli joined forces to research financial repercussions of changes on top management levels. With the steady increase of CEO turnovers worldwide hitting a high of almost 15 percent in 2013, investigating the impacts of changes at the top management level is a timely topic.
Social loafing a potent barrier to group success by Katja Sonkeng
The SIU College of Business Gregory A. Lee professor of management, Steven Karau, has dedicated more than 20 years of his academic research to identifying strategies for overcoming the tendency for individuals to slack off when working with others on group tasks.Karau, who was one of nine awardees of the Summer Faculty Research Grants (SFRG) in 2014, used his grant to further this theoretical model and plan more studies.
Online MBA program earns national recognition by Christi Mathis
For the second consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report ranked the program among its “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.” SIU’s program climbed to No. 36 this year, up significantly from the last year’s position at No. 51, according to rankings released today (Wednesday, Jan. 7). This is the fourth year for the online education program rankings.
Business Leadership Council hosts Zumba for Hope by Emily Precht
The Business Leadership Council’s fourth annual Zumba for Hope event in October at the Southern Illinois University Recreational Center raised more than $700 for Southern Illinois Healthcare Center’s Hope is Home campaign.
Alumni News - 2014
Southern Illinois University Accounting - Scott Polczynski by Brian Quinn | ValuePenguin.com
Scott Polczynski is a Master of Accountancy student in the class of 2015 at Southern Illinois University. His focus during the course of his studies is in Auditing and Information Systems. Prior to his Masters, Scott earned his bachelors in accounting from SIU as well graduating in 2014. We recently caught up with him to discuss all things SIU Accounting and inquire about what his plans are for the future.
Return, remember, reconnect: A recap of CoB alumni events in 2014 by Katja Sonkeng
Hundreds of former College of Business students returned to Southern Illinois University this semester to attend Homecoming and Family Weekend activities
SIU graduates look forward to bright futures by Emily Precht
Commencement is a time for celebration – and the next step in life for many students. Some students enter the working world, obtaining jobs that put the skills they have learned to the test. Others opt to continue their education, continuing on to a master’s degree or Ph.D.
CoB faculty excel at research, service and teaching by Christie Mitchell
The SIU College of Business is committed to the highest standard of excellence in pursuing its three core academic functions of research, service and teaching. The faculty of the college embraces and relentlessly champions this commitment.
PSE proves that SIU CoB students can compete at an elite level by Emily Precht
SIU College of Business students exhibit excellence during a conference held the weekend of October 31. The members of Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE), a registered student organization, made their way to the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to attend a two-day regional conference for the Midwest chapters of this prestigious national organization.
Jarvis’ research earns professional recognition by Christi Mathis
Cheryl Burke Jarvis, a marketing professor and administrator at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, recently earned recognition for having her research cited frequently by other professionals in the field. “This is an acknowledgement that my work is having some impact and that it is being used by other academics. It’s an indication that my work is making its way into practice, as well,” Jarvis said. “
Providing access to industry leaders: Guest speakers enrich CoB classrooms by Katja Sonkeng
Stephen Schauwecker from First Southern Bank and Samantha Nelson from Pepsi MidAmerica shared their industry experience and provided valuable insights to Southern Illinois University management students.
Targeting excellence at the CoB Academic Success Center by Katja Sonkeng
Rehn 10 is more than just a tutoring center. It also serves as a study hall for business students. Hours: Monday thru Thursdays 9 to 4:30 p.m., Fridays: 9 to Noon.
The College of Business wishes Matt Purdy the best of luck in his new position at SIU Career Services by Emily Precht
Matt Purdy, who began his career with the College of Business in January 2007, is moving on to take a position in SIU Career Services as an employer relations specialist. The former associate director of the college’s Business Placement Center will be applying his expertise toward making SIU a “must stop” for companies looking to hire smart, talented and hard-working professionals.
College of Business Students Connect with Employers by Emily Precht
Southern Illinois University Carbondale business students took advantage of the Oct. 7 University Career Fair on campus to connect with about 70 employers who participated in the event.
Nolte to compete in CEO National Conference by Emily Precht
The Office of Economic and Regional Development, in partnership with the Saluki CEO Corps, hosted its annual Saluki CEO Corps Elevator Pitch competition Oct. 15 at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center.
College of Business ranks among the nation’s best by Christi Mathis
Once again, Southern Illinois University's College of Business earned national recognition as one of the country’s top business schools, according to The Princeton Review.
Practice What You Teach by By Elizabeth Rennie | APICS Magazine
Highlighting Gregory DeYong’s efforts to stay informed on current business trends and innovations along with his involvement with APICS locally, the SIU assistant professor of operations management is featured in this September/October issue of APICS Magazine. This is a great example of implementing the College of Business’ mission statement and commitment to offering transformational and relevant classroom experiences in a curriculum that integrates cutting-edge business knowledge.
'YES, finally it got through': The process of publishing an article by Katja Sonkeng
Educational Administration Ph.D. student and College of Business staff member Amber Manning-Ouellette reflects on her role as co-author of the NASPA journal article “Opportunities and Threats for College Women’s Health.”
Marketing Graduate Wins Big in Vegas by Emily Precht
Robyn Phelan, senior marketing manager at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, is making her mark in the city known as “The Entertainment Capital of the World.” Phelan graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2011 with a degree in marketing and speech communication, with a specialization in public relations. As the senior marketing manager at the Palms, Phelan is responsible for all paid digital advertising.
Faculty focus: Dr. Claire Liang, assistant professor of finance by Katja Sonkeng
The semester is well underway, so it’s time to start our new initiative, the faculty focus. Seize this ultimate chance to learn more about the prestigious faculty at the College of Business! In this week’s focus is Dr. Claire Liang, the newest addition to our faculty. The SIU College of Business gladly welcomes her as a new assistant professor of finance.
Brandon Zanotti, SIU College of Business graduate, named Williamson County State's Attorney by Becky Malkovich, The Southern
Brandon J. Zanotti was appointed Williamson County state’s attorney during a special meeting of the Williamson County Board on Monday. Zanotti, a Johnston City native, will replace longtime state’s attorney Charles Garnati, who, citing health reasons, announced last week he would leave office Monday, about two years into his eighth consecutive term in office.
College of Business welcomes four new faculty members by Katja Sonkeng
With the start of the new academic year, the College of Business at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) welcomes four new faculty and staff members.
CoB kicks off the fall semester with the Welcome Back BBQ by Emily Precht
As the fall semester kicks off, the College of Business welcomed students by hosting a Welcome Back BBQ. The event took place outside of Rehn Hall, where registered student organizations affiliated with the College of Business lined up to greet students with information regarding these active organizations. More than 400 students were in attendance at the event.
SIU on Forbes list of top entrepreneurial universities by Chris Hottensen, The Southern
Business is good at SIU, according to Forbes magazine. SIU showed up on the magazine’s ranking of the top 50 entrepreneurial universities in the country. “Basically, it told us something we already knew. The entrepreneurial spirit is very strong here,” Jason Greene, College of Business interim dean, said.
CoB interns work for some of the best this summer by Wendell Hughes
Internships are an important part of college education. They augment a student’s learning by providing them with a practical working experience, typically in their area of study. The SIU College of Business places students in a variety of internships, and once again, this summer its students were fortunate enough to work for some the best companies in the nation.
Minority Affairs Stays Active this Summer by Christi Mathis and Wendell Hughes
Three Southern Illinois University Carbondale students received scholarships at the recent National Association of Black Accountants Inc. St. Louis Metropolitan Chapter’s 33rd Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon. Chimere Onyeme is the recipient of the Barry C. Winters CPA Memorial/Boeing Scholarship; Olivia Grant received the Ronald Slaten CPA Memorial/Boeing Scholarship, and Kayla Pruitt won the Douglas E. Kelly CPA Memorial/Edward Jones Scholarship.
New Coordinator of Executive and External Education by Christie Mitchell
The SIU College of Business would like to extend a sincere welcome to Jeffery Reece as the new Coordinator of Executive and External Education, effective June 4, 2014. Reece has held various roles at SIU since 2007. He joins the College of Business from his most recent position in human resources at SIU. He brings to the College of Business experience in applicant screening, developing and implementing programs, facilitating online courses, creation of online training materials and a talent for strategic planning.
Business college ranks among best for veterans by Pete Rosenbery | University Communications
Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Business is earning national recognition for providing exceptional educational opportunities and a culture that benefits student military veterans. In the March issue available online and on newsstands this week, Military Times ranks the business college 24th in the nation in its second “Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014” rankings.
Fourth Annual Polar Plunge a huge success by Emily Morgan
There were 232 brave people who took the chilling plunge into the 36-degree waters of Campus Lake for the fourth annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 22. The event, sponsored by the American Marketing Association (AMA), was held to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
Externships to take place over Spring Break by Emily Morgan
During Spring Break, many College of Business students will be spending their week gaining hands-on experience through the SIU Alumni Association’s Extern Program. This is a great career-building opportunity and we wish our students the best on these endeavors!
RSO Spotlight: Alpha Kappa Psi by Emily Morgan
Alpha Kappa Psi is a professional co-ed business fraternity that is recognized as the premier developer of principled business leaders. The purpose of the organization is to foster scientific research in the fields of commerce, accounting, and finance, and to further the individual welfare of its members, most of whom are earning degrees in the area of business administration.
Michael Haywood: ‘I wanted to provide some direction’ by Chancellor Rita Cheng | The Southern
Like so many of our dedicated employees, Michael Haywood wears many hats. Officially, he is the director of minority affairs in the College of Business. Students also know him as a mentor, educator, cheerleader, critic, adviser, father figure and friend.
Upcoming Polar Plunge by Emily Morgan
On Saturday, February 22, 2014, the SIU Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) will co-sponsor the fourth annual Polar Plunge, held at Campus Lake. All the proceeds of this event will benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
Online MBA Program ranked among “Best Online Graduate Business Programs” by Emily Morgan
The SIU College of Business online MBA program led by Dr. Suzanne Altobello, Director, and Jenni Janssen, Executive and External Education Coordinator, was recently ranked among the “Best Online Graduate Business Programs” by U.S. News and World Report. The program was ranked at No. 51.
Online MBA program earns recognition by Christi Mathis | University Communications
Although it is just a few years old, Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s online MBA program is already earning national acclaim. U.S. News and World Report ranked the program among its “Best Online Graduate Business Programs” at No. 51.