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Greetings Distinguished Donors,
Launching the new academic year is both exciting and hectic as we engage with a new group of students, grow and improve our academic programs, and involve the business community. I am quite proud of the commitment and energy our faculty and staff demonstrate by creating programs and experiences that enrich and empower our students. Whether it’s mentoring students or identifying alumni to mentor our students in our e-mentoring program, or bringing the business world to the classroom through our new consulting class in which students engage in a project for a business or non-profit organization, we are constantly creating new and enriching opportunities for our students.
The Center for Social Entrepreneurship brings together our academic programs and resources at NIU and outside to prepare students to change the world by applying their business skills to address social problems in the world. The Center and its programs are having an impact through collaboration with students and professionals in the social entrepreneurship space—providing distinctive opportunities. Committed alumni play a significant role in making our plans a reality. Alumni not only support the center financially, but also often commit their time and energy to mentoring students or connecting us with others who can help us drive the center forward.
Similarly, alumni have helped us develop and advance the Center for Human Capital and Leadership. The center brings together our faculty expertise to help organizations address business issues in analytics and human capital issues. Through these relationships, businesses and non-profits can access top-notch talent and our faculty gets a view into organizations that they can bring back into the classroom. Because alumni have had experience with our faculty, they often open doors for us that we could not open ourselves.
I hope you enjoy learning more about these centers of excellence. I encourage you to contact me if you would like to engage with them or explore other opportunities to contribute to our programs.
Chair, Department of Management