Faculty News & Accomplishments
- Holiday season food drive results in over 150 donated boxes of food
In its annual holiday season food drive, the NIU College of Business collected more than 150 boxes of food and food items. All of the items raised this year were donated to Feed 'em Soup, an organization that provides free meals to needy residents in DeKalb County. The college's Department of OM&IS led the way with 85 boxes of food, the highest donation to date. OM&IS members had the honor and pleasure of delivering all 150 plus boxes to Feed 'em Soup organizers.
- Target awards $14,500 in grant support to three areas in the NIU College of Business (fall 2011)
NIU's College of Business continues to receive grant support from Target, a well-respected corporation that is also well known for its support of quality educational programs. This year, Target has awarded $14,500 in grant dollars to: the college's Department of Operations Management & Information Systems for OM&IS SAP Scholarships; the college's student chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon - Gamma Zeta Chapter; and, the college's student chapter of the American Marketing Association.
- NIU Accountancy Alumni Commit Over $500,000 to Fund an Endowment in the NIU Department of Accountancy (September 2011)
Several NIU accountancy alumni, all partners with Ernst and Young, have committed over $500,000 to the NIU Department of Accountancy to establish an endowment. The Ernst and Young Leadership and Professional Development Center will receive the benefits of the endowment, providing ongoing financial support for the center.
- Accountancy chair ranked in the Top 100 for Tax Research (September 2011)
Jim Young, Crowe Horwath Professor of Accountancy and Chair of the Department of Accountancy, has recently been ranked as a top researcher in a study published in August 2011, Issues in Accounting Education. The study was conducted to measure individual accounting faculty research contribution by topical area and methodology, as determined by their research output. Young was ranked 62/100 for tax research for the years 1990-2009.
- NIU Marketing Professor Named 2011 Sales Teacher of the Year (September 2011)
Robert Peterson, professor in the college's Department of Marketing, won the 2011 Sales Teacher of the Year Award from the Sales Special Interest Group of the American Marketing Association. The competition recognizes faculty for their innovative teaching techniques and their contributions to marketing and sales education. Peterson's teaching technique emphasizes learning by doing. As an example, in one teaching situation, Peterson loaned each student in his class $20 for 10 weeks and charged them with the task of creating a product or service, selling it, and making as much money as possible. One student's product idea allowed him to leverage the $20 seed money into $1,400 in profits.
- NIU Marketing Assistant Professor named Kohl's Corporation Professor of Retail Marketing (August 2011)
Mark Rosenbaum, Assistant Professor in the Department of Marketing, has been named the Kohl's Corporation Professor of Retail Marketing. Rosenbaum has an extensive professional and research background specifically in retailing and retail management. Rosenbaum also teaches retailing and services marketing. Kohl's has a long history of supporting the NIU College of Business and has worked closely with the Department of Marketing for student internship and employment opportunities.
- NIU College of Business accountancy chair elected president of the APLG (August 2011)
Jim Young, Crowe Horwath Professor of Accountancy and chair of the Department of Accountancy has been elected president of the Accounting Program Leadership Group (APLG), a section of the American Accounting Association. The APLG has over 500 members comprised of accounting department chairs and graduate accounting program directors from across the United States. Young's responsibilities will include, among many others, assisting department chairs across the country in the development of skills necessary to be effective leaders and to influence the design and delivery of accounting education. Young will also assist program leaders with accreditation processes and serve as an advocate for the academy in promoting policies that will produce high quality accounting education.
- Professor of Management Wins Coleman Foundation Funding
NIU College of Business Management Professor Lynn Neeley prepared a grant proposal that in spring 2011 resulted in funding from the Coleman Foundation. Established in 1951, the Coleman Foundation is a private grant-making body that provides support in three major areas: entrepreneurship education; cancer care, treatment, and research; and services for the disabled. As part of the proposal approved by the Coleman Foundation, NIU business faculty member Neeley was designated to serve as project coordinator for a new Coleman Foundation Faculty Fellowship program at NIU. As project coordinator, Neeley identified two Faculty Fellows to collaborate with on the development of entrepreneurship education activities at the university. Neeley will oversee the collaborative effort with Coleman Faculty Fellows Paula Frasz, NIU School of Theater and Dance; and, Murali Krishnamurthi, NIU Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
- Second Place at Innovation in Business Education Regional Competition
UBUS 311 faculty team members, Ken Elliott, Barb Fox, and Joan Petros won second place in the Innovation in Business Education regional competition. The winning entry,"Cross-Functional Business Meeting Project", provided the team with an opportunity to present their project at the Mid-Continent East AACSB conference in Chicago. UBUS 311 is a cross-functional application seminar that introduces students to the business environment. Students assume the role of a different functional area in business each week, as they discuss contemporary issues in business and consider the effects across each function.