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December 21, 2018
Alumni Spotlight: David Hartley wins the 2018 Outstanding Visionary Award - Rhiannon Pyle
David Hartley graduated from SIU College of Business in 1991 and is currently a principal and virtual CIO with UHY LLP in St. Louis, MO. His dedication to advancing his field with innovative techniques has won him the 2018 Outstanding Visionary Award. Hartley credits the SIU CoB for providing him with a solid foundation that enabled him to build a career.

December 18, 2018
Business Night brings more than 400 local students to SIU - Rhiannon Pyle
Jarmekia Walker from Belleville East High School accepts SIU scholarship courtesy of The Bank of Carbondale The College of Business hosted a Business Night at a recent SIU men’s basketball game, giving more than 400 local high school and community college students the opportunity to see that business provides a promising future. The Salukis took on St. Louis University on Dec. 5 in an exciting game and the group of enthused future business students helped cheer on the Salukis to victory.

December 18, 2018
2019 ESLA Winners - Rhiannon Pyle
2019 ESLA The College of Business has announced the recipients of the 2019 Emerging Saluki Leader (ESLA) Award. The award is going to six recent alumni, Caroline Ebelhar Ellis, Molly Guinnip Wedding, Jennifer Polk, Nicki Milovanovic, Meredith Rhoads and Lily Sugathan, who demonstrate post-graduation success through achievement in business, academia, government, not-for-profit organizations or community service. The awardees’ hard work and accomplishments will be honored at a May banquet.

November 07, 2018
The 2018 Etiquette Dinner hosts nearly 200 attendees - Rhiannon Pyle
The 2018 Etiquette Dinner was a delightful experience filled with smiles and handshakes for more than 200 sponsors, board members, students, faculty and staff. Serving as a practice-run for professional dining, the Etiquette Dinner is an annual event to help new Salukis gain yet another skill for professional success.

November 06, 2018
Where are they now? CoB graduates working for Wintrust Financial Corporation - Rhiannon Pyle
SIU College of Business Alumni at Cubs Outing for Wintrust Numerous SIU College of Business graduates have joined the Wintrust Financial Corporation team, now enjoying careers with a company recognized well within the world of business. With nearly 4,000 employees, Wintrust currently employs over 10 SIU CoB graduates. Some have shared "where they are now" snapshots with the college.

November 05, 2018
College of Business joins in on Homecoming tailgate festivities - Rhiannon Pyle
Salukis preparing for Homecoming football game The 2018 Homecoming tailgate was one for the books! Nearly 200 past and current Salukis visited the CoB homecoming tailgate tent on Saluki Row before the football game on Oct. 20 for food, drinks and a good time.

October 30, 2018
Clara Kridle Memorial Scholarship established at the College of Business - Christi Mathis
Southern Illinois University Carbondale served as the launch pad for Clara Kridle’s successful accounting career, so when her colleagues created a memorial scholarship in her honor, they and her family chose to help propel future Salukis toward successful careers in the world of business by establishing the Clara J. Kridle Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

October 04, 2018
Inaugural business fashion show illustrates the importance of dressing for success - Rhiannon Pyle
group of students The Women’s Business Association collaborated with Alpha Kappa Psi and the Business Placement Center to bring its inaugural business fashion show to Southern Illinois University’s College of Business on Sept. 13. The fashion show, titled “Falling into the Business World,” was a unique and effective approach to informing students of the differences in business casual and professional dress.

October 04, 2018
Pontikes Center combines artificial intelligence and analytics at CoB - Rhiannon Pyle
Southern Illinois University’s business programs are highly ranked and respected by industry leaders. The Pontikes Center for Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in the College of Business further solidifies that reputation. The goal of the center is to combine artificial intelligence and analytics in the business curriculum in order for SIU undergraduate and graduate students to have a sense of real-world analytics applications.

September 17, 2018
Welcome Back to SIU - Rhiannon Pyle
Group of students outside Rehn Hall learn about RSOs. It was a long-awaited new beginning for many Southern Illinois University Carbondale freshman business students as they moved into Brown Hall. That exciting Thursday signified the end of summer break and since then, the campus has been blooming with events such as an Ice Cream Social and a Welcome Back Barbecue.

May 01, 2018
Proud to Announce New ESLA Winners - Franchesca Alejo
The 2018 Emerging Saluki Leader Award winners are Nicole Cundiff, Clayton Pryor, and Ranie Atwood Verby. These alumni have graduated within the last fifteen years and are already emerging as leaders in their distinct fields and through their civic involvement. The impressive trio all have a master’s degree and are making us proud in Alaska, Missouri, and Illinois.

April 18, 2018
Honors Day Recognizes Outstanding Students - Franchesca Alejo
At the annual Honors Day Ceremony, deserving students were recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom, in different CoB registered student organizations, and in their professional readiness. Alumnus Ryan Hammer and current vice president and general manager of Caesar Entertainment was the guest speaker. This year’s Outstanding Senior of the year was awarded to the commendable accounting senior Jared Nicholas.

April 14, 2018
ODI EmpowHer Luncheon Motivates Female Students - Franchesca Alejo
A networking luncheon hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion allowed female students and professionals to come together for a time of networking and sharing. Casheena Stephens, one of SIU’s UCOL instructors, addressed the crowd. She shared some salary negotiating tips and lessons she has learned along her professional journey. In attendance were students across diverse majors and areas of study.

April 06, 2018
BPC Hosts First Chicago Career Trip - Franchesca Alejo
More than fifty students traveled by bus to Chicago for the chance to visit two companies in their selected majors. Marketing and management students visited Breakthru Beverage Group and Coyote Logistics while finance and accounting students met with Cohn Reznick and United Airlines. They praised the coordination of BPC staff members and enjoyed learning about career opportunities within the businesses they visited. In response to the positive feedback from the students, the BPC staff way they will make sure to continue planning similar trips in the future.

March 05, 2018
Inaugural Black Business Expo Connects Students with Role Models - 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.

March 02, 2018
Marketing U Helps Students with Professional Development - Franchesca Alejo
students listen to a presentation 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.

March 01, 2018
AMA Wins RSO Fundraising Award for Polar Plunge - Franchesca Alejo
students stand ready to run into Thompson Lake 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.

February 14, 2018
Online MBA Program Earns National Recognition - Christi Mathis
student looking at her computer screen 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.

February 12, 2018
Trained SIU student volunteers prepare tax returns for free - Christi Mathis
photo of a tax form 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.

January 25, 2018
Check out What’s Happening in Spring 2018 - Franchesca Alejo
Upcoming events 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.

January 25, 2018
College of Business PHD Students Win Award for their Research - Christi Mathis
photo of Ramin Bagherzadeh and Jose Saavedra Torres 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.

January 25, 2018
Professor Jaehoon Lee’s research finds poor service can have a carryover effect on evaluations of other dimensions in service - 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.

January 22, 2018
New online MBA Analytics Concentration Available this Spring! - Chicago Tribune
The Pontikes Center advisory board has been very productive and achieved a truly impressive accomplishment. After realizing the need for an academic program that addressed the growing data-driven demands of companies across numerous industries, they were able to approve both the new MBA Analytics concentration and the supporting coursework in less than one year. A remarkable feat in such a short period of time! Beginning this spring, MBA online students will be able to start the series of 4 classes that will equip them with understanding, processing and acting on data collected from technologically-based sources such as social media and transactions.

January 17, 2018
Business alumnus Lynn McPheeters donates to help future business Salukis succeed - 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

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