NIU CAUSE: On Being Unreasonable
The Collegiate Association of Unreasonable Social Entrepreneurs

When you ask the current generation of NIU students to describe how they're typically typecast, they'll tell you their swagger has everything to do with deeply rooted expectations. They expect to change the world for the better, and they're well on their way to doing exactly that.

Read how in the story: "On being Unreasonable ... a CAUSE to Live Into."

Management Department Launches Center for Social Entrepreneurship

The NIU College of Business is no stranger to social entrepreneurship. The Department of Management has been teaching in the social entrepreneurship area since 2007, well ahead of most other colleges and universities. This fall, the program will launch its Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE).

The establishment of the CSE will allow NIU to bring together all entrepreneurship programs and activities, including experiential learning, research, and outreach. Having a center will support consistency and effectiveness among the programs and activities, as well as help to share key resources.

"Once the CSE is up and running, everything in the social entrepreneurship space will be through the center," explains Christine Mooney, the Bill & Paula LeRoy Professor of Social Entrepreneurship. "It's an exciting time; the CSE will help NIU to firmly establish itself as a leader in the area of social entrepreneurship."


To learn more about the Center for Social Entrepreneurship visit: To get involved, please e-mail NIU's Department of Management at 815.753.1124 or

Distinguished Donor Profile…Bill and Paula LeRoy

Committed to academic excellence, double Huskies Bill and Paula LeRoys' philanthropic support is advancing key College of Business priorities.

Members of the President's Circle, the LeRoys are very active with NIU. Paula has served on the NIU Foundation Board for several years.

As entrepreneurs and business owners, Bill and Paula were the first to recognize and support the strategic initiative of creating an entrepreneur emphasis in the College of Business, and, in 2007, established the Paula M. and William M. LeRoy Entrepreneurship Fund.

Last spring, the LeRoys established the Bill and Paula LeRoy Professorship in Social Entrepreneurship. Professorships play a crucial role recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty members. Dr. Christine Mooney was recently named the LeRoy Professor for her innovative research and teaching in the social entrepreneurship field.

The LeRoys' philanthropic investment goes beyond entrepreneurship. The couple provided a leadership gift to help establish the Donald E. Kieso Endowed Chair in Accountancy. Professor Kieso had a profound impact on Bill and he was among the first donors to step up and honor his "mentor and dear friend."

"It is hard for me to put into words how much I appreciate Bill and Paula" said Denise Schoenbachler, Dean of the NIU College of Business. "Their gifts are helping the College achieve goals that seemed like distant dreams a few years ago."

Read entire profile...


Vol. 2, Issue 8                 August  2013

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