NIU Business Student News & Accomplishments

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NIU Business Student News & Accomplishments



  • NIU students hit the road to broaden their horizons (December 2014, from NIU Today)
    With the help of their Sales professors, 24 NIU Business students will tour companies in the Midwest over the first week of the 2014 Winter Break.  The students will meet with and receive instruction from executives and recruiters from companies like McKesson, Eli Lilly, White Lodging, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, and Enterprise.  Over the course of the one-week tour, the students will also live-blog about their experiences.  Learn more about the "NIU Sales on Wheels" event in this NIU Today story and check out the student blogs on their blog "Sales on Wheels."
  • Finance junior places 5th in Americas Region on Bloomberg Aptitude Test (September 2014)
    NIU Finance junior Franz Varga took his love for problem-solving and, in September 2014, tested his knowledge in a highly competitive, worldwide business challenge.  The result:  Varga now ranks among the top five for the Americas Region Section of the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT).  The BAT is a test offered around the world by the Bloomberg Institute.  It assesses a student's aptitude for business and finance.   Varga's performance earned him a fifth place ranking and an invitation into the Bloomberg Hall of Fame, which provides outstanding achievers like Varga with access to as many as 20,000 Bloomberg Professional Services clients as well as to over 1,000 additional employers around the world.  Franz Varga's score makes NIU the only four-year public university included in the Bloomberg Hall of Fame for September 2014. 
  • NIU students create $1,000 CAUSE scholarship and donate to three non-profits (May 2014)
    Members of the student organization NIU CAUSE raised and donated $2,500 to four worthy causes, three of which are non-profits. The fourth area involves a new student-created $1,000 CAUSE scholarship in social entrepreneurship. Designed as an annual scholarship, the CAUSE scholarship will be awarded to qualified NIU students pursuing a minor or certificate in social entrepreneurship offered by the Department of Management. NIU CAUSE rallies around the idea of challenging the status quo of business. The primary metric they follow is the triple bottom line — People, Planet, and Profits — used by NGOs and social enterprises. Members of NIU CAUSE come from across the university and presently number approximately 30 students, having grown from only 7 when the organization was founded two years ago. more >
  • NIU Business Student wins Prestigious Forward Together Forward Scholarship (February 2014)
    NIU Business student Christian Villalobos won the university's prestigious Forward Together Forward Scholarship. Villalobos is one of five students university-wide to receive this award, which honors the five Huskies whose lives were lost February 14, 2008. NIU's Forward Together Forward Scholarship recognizes exemplary students who "...demonstrate strength of character through traits such as a strong work ethic, motivation, inspiration, a high regard for others, integrity, and intellectual curiosity."
  • NIU Accountancy students receive high honors in Deloitte's national tax competition (November 2013)
    A team of NIU accountancy students who competed in Deloitte's national FanTAXtic Case Competition received a national honorable mention award for their performance. NIU was one of only 18 teams recognized from a pool of more than 150 competing teams from around the country. Congratulations to NIU accountancy students Dan Fietterer, Hannane Chazoune, Gabriel Hernandez Jr., Alex Weier, and Muhammad Zharfan Irawan, along with NIU Accountancy Faculty Advisor Suzanne Youngberg. As a result of their excellent work, the Deloitte Foundation will provide $2,000 in student scholarship support to the NIU Department of Accountancy.
  • NIU MBA alumni receive The Influential Women in Business Award (November 2013)
    Jodie Diegel and Hongxia Ma, both NIU MBA alumni, were two of 19 outstanding women executives to receive The Influential Women in Business Award. In existence for 16 years, The Influential Women in Business Award honors female executives who influence future generations of women in addition to excelling in business, civic, and personal arenas. NIU MBA alumni Jodie Diegel is founder, executive director of Mane in Heaven, and fellow NIU alumnus Hongxia Ma is director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center International Trade Center. more >
  • Marketing student lands 1st place at AMA Competition (October 2013)
    David Eble, Marketing Senior and President of NIU AMA took 1st place at the Aurora University AMA Sales Competition last Friday. The competition was sponsored by Cintas, and David competed with 12 other individuals from various colleges and universities in the Midwest.
  • NIU Accountancy honor society Gamma Pi earns Superior Chapter status (October 2013)
    The NIU accountancy student honor society Gamma Pi chapter of Beta Alpha Psi earned a Superior Chapter designation for 2012-2013. Beta Alpha Psi is the "International Honor Organization for Financial Information Professionals." Its "Superior Chapter" designation is highly regarded and recognized internationally. Recognition as a Superior Chapter is a significant accomplishment. Under the leadership of NIU Accountancy Professor Donald Tidrick, NIU's Gamma Pi Chapter "...has far exceeded the baseline requirements of Beta Alpha Psi and has excelled in the areas of academics, professionalism, and leadership."
  • NIU Management Students Earn National Recognition
    The NIU Chapter of the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) has been nationally recognized for its work over the past semesters. NIU's Student Chapter received an Outstanding Chapter Award for its performance as it relates to the NIU chapter's activities, community projects, recruiting, and financial management of chapter resources. Among the students who contributed to the organizations success are Jim Smith, Jake Johnsen, Tiffany Krawisz, and Blake Powers. A special thanks also goes to to Bart Sharp-Assistant Professor or Management and faculty advisor to SAM.
  • MIS Student wins 1st place in the SAP Design Thinking Jam competition (February 23, 2013)
    MIS graduate student Carlos Salgado won the first place award at the SAP Design Thinking Jam student competition in Milwaukee last Saturday. Design thinking is a new way of solving business and technical problems by putting the end user in the middle of the process to collaboratively identify problems and creatively find solutions. Approximately 50 students from 12 universities participated in this competition. Carlos joined three other team members from University of Illinois at Chicago and Indiana University to win the first place award. A total of 6 students from the NIU OM&IS Department participated in the SAP competition. Dr. Nancy Russo attended the 2013 SAP conference in Milwaukee and served as faculty advisor for the NIU students.
  • Sales students claim top honors at World Collegiate Sales Open (February 21-23, 2013)
    Three of NIU's own competed in the 3rd annual World Collegiate Sales Open, held in Barsema Hall on February 21st-23rd. Marketing majors Abbey Vanderwoude, Nicole Weldon, and Nick Kochetta found their way to the Top 20 from over 148 original participants from a total of 27 universities and 8 countries. At the close of the competition Abbey Vanderwoude took home the overall win for NIU while Nicole placed 3rd overall. Nick Kochetta received a 2nd place award for the Voicemail portion of the competition. The team was coached by Rob Peterson -- Associate Professor and White Lodging Professor of Sales -- who takes over as CEO of the WCSO in 2014. The WCSO brings together students, faculty coaches, and business professionals from around the world to test students' knowledge and use of key selling principles through a variety of selling and business scenarios.
  • Management students bring home hardware from IL State HR Games (February 23-24, 2013)
    Late this February, four NIU College of Business management students competed in the Illinois State HR Games. These statewide HR Games involve several competition levels. NIU students Kristen Hartman and Brittany Kroenig took first place in the The Society for Human Resource Management HR Games competition. Jason May, Danielle Harris, Kristen Hartman and Brittany Kroening received the first place award for the HR Case Competition. Teams from universities across the state competed during these competitions, which were held at Eastern Illinois University. Terry Bishop, NIU Professor of Management and SHRM faculty advisor, traveled with the team, as did two NIU Department of Management alumni Kris Malecki and Bailee Billhymer.