Student News & Accomplishments
- 3 NIU Scholar-Athletes names Capital One All-Americans (December 2012)
Three NIU football players -- two of whom are NIU business majors -- were named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Football Team. Selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, these fine NIU scholar-athletes are: Finance major Alan Baxter; Accountancy major Nabal Jefferson, who is also the NFF National Scholar-Athlete; and, Engineering major Jason Schepler. The selection of defensive end Alan Baxter to the first team, and noseguard Nabal Jefferson and tight end Jason Schepler to the second team gave NIU three selections to the first and second teams, the most of any NCAA Division I team.
- Student Athletes named to Capital One Academic All-District Team
Four members of the NIU football team -- three of whom are NIU Business students -- have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District V first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Alan Baxter (Finance), Nabal Jefferson (Accountancy and recently awarded the NFF National Scholar-Athlete designation), Jason Schepler (Electrical Engineering), and Rob Sterling (Accountancy) will advance to the Capital One Academic All-America ballot for 2012 in the hopes of being selected for the Academic All-America Team. To be nominated, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve, possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or above and be at least a sophomore in eligibility. In late November, the Capital One Academic All-America Team will be announced.
- Marketing students take top awards at AMA Regional Sales Competition
Antonio Garay, Alex Nocom, and Nick Kochetta -- NIU Marketing majors and American Marketing Association (AMA) members -- brought home hardware from the AMA Regional Sales Competition in Whitewater, Wisconsin. The group took home three of the top six prizes in the competition, which included a first place for Nick, and two Runner Up's won by Alex and Antonio.
- NIU Accountancy student-athlete named NFF National Scholar-Athlete (October 2012)
Nabal Jefferson - accountancy major and NIU football defensive tackle - was tapped to receive the 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete award. The announcement came from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Nabal is among an elite group of 15 student-athletes nationwide (out of a pool of 147) who were selected for this award because of their outstanding leadership and citizenship, as well as outstanding performance in academics and in sports. As a NFF National Scholar-Athlete, Nabal is also automatically in the list of finalists for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. Nabal is the second NFF National Scholar-Athlete from NIU's College of Business, with management and MBA alumnus Chandler Harnish earning the designation in 2011. Nabal's previous honors include being named a two-time Academic All-MAC honoree, a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District seleciton and a MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week as a junior. read more...
- Accountancy student team places 1st in business competition (Fall 2012)
Department of Accountancy student Wenjing Li and her team members won first place at the IAEP (Internal Audit) Leadership Conference. Since the inception six years ago of the IAEP conference, the Department of Accountancy has had a student on the winning team each year. This case competition attracts students from diverse US and international universities and also requires the students to utilize knowledge of business and accounting topics beyond auditing.
- OM&IS business students make an impact while learning by doing (Spring 2012)
In Spring 2012, OM&IS students not only learned the concepts behind organizing and managing business projects but they made a genuine difference in the community at the same time. The Department of Operations Management & Information Systems course on business project management challenged students to apply their learning to help provide food, clothing, and other resources to worthwhile causes in the surrounding university community. The spring 2012 projects were "Healing Hustle," a 5k run for which the students generated $1,300 in donations to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, and; an electronics recycling drive for which the students realized a collection of over 70,000 pounds of electronic scrap, which translated to a $3,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity.
- Executive MBA class prompts $100,000 gift from True Value (June 2012)
The experience of an executive from the True Value Company in an NIU Executive MBA class led to a $100,000 gift from True Value to the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB). John Donigian, True Value's vice president of inventory management, was a member of an NIU Executive MBA student team that was charged with increasing the visibility of and donations to the NIFB. Donigian was so impressed by what he learned of NIFB through this class project that he shared what he learned with other True Value executives. The result was a donation of $100,000 in household goods, which will be given to the NIFB over the course of 12 months. Peter Schaefer, president and CEO of Northern Illinois Food Bank, said, "This terrific gift is a result of the hard work and innovative ideas developed by NIU Executive MBA students. The insight these students provided through their project will help us feed more hungry neighbors in DeKalb and 12 other northern Illinois counties." read more...
- "Light Up Africa" wins People's Choice Award and advances to specialty finalist in the Dell Innovation Challenge (May 2012)
"Light Up Africa" - a project created by students in the Department of Management's Social Entrepreneurship class - won the People's Choice Award in the Energy Category of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC). DSIC connects university students to the people, tools and opportunities they need to change the world. In this year's competition, "Light Up Africa" placed No. 1 out of 129 in the energy category. Additionally, Dell tapped "Light Up Africa" to compete in June for the $15,000 Tomberg Prize in Dell's Environmental Sustainability category; the NIU students who created this project will compete against a team from Dartmouth and a team from the University of Dhaka, in Bangladesh.
- NIU Business chapter of SAM places 2nd at Nationals (April 2012)
The college's student chapter of the Society for Advancement of Management attended a national conference and was awarded a second place Outstanding Chapter Award for its performance as it relates to the NIU chapter's activities, community projects, recruiting, and financial management of chapter resources. Congratulations to student board members Norm Crawford, Jim Smith, Tiffany Krawisz, Maurice Bell, and Jake Johnsen. Congratulations to faculty advisors Bart Sharp and Stephanie Henagan.
- NIU marketing student Troy White "winner on and off field" (April 12 2002, Chicago Tribune)
A Chicago Tribune story, "Winner on and off field" showcases the heart and soul of Troy White, an NIU business senior who is also co-captain of NIU's baseball team. The story describes White's journey from a stellar high school student-athlete in a sport not as heavily recruited as football or basketball to a walk-on university-level student athlete. With a deeply rooted sense of perseverance and work ethic, White applied for and earned a Jackie Robinson scholarship. Now a last-semester senior, White graduates in May 2012 from NIU with a strong education in business, as a Mid-American Conference second-team all-star, an Academic All-MAC choice, and a young man committed to making a positive impact in the lives of others. White currently is also among an elite group of candidates nationwide for the Lowe's Senior Class Award for baseball. The award is given to an NCAA Division I athlete with notable achievements in community, classroom, character, and competition. read more...
- NIU Business Chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon Places First at National Convention (March 13 - 18, 2012)
The Northern Illinois University (NIU) College of Business Gamma Zeta chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon placed first in the "Top Management Team Competition" at the 2012 Pi Sigma Epsilon National Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Additionally, the chapter received recognition for sustained excellence and three of its members received scholarships for their service to NIU's chapter. Over 500 collegiate, alumni, educator and professional PSE members meet each spring to participate in various chapter and individual competitions, seminars and networking events.
- NIU garners awards during the Second Annual World Collegiate Sales Open (February 24-25 2012)
A five-month intensive university sales competition, the World Collegiate Sales Open (WCSO) began with 192 students with faculty coaches who competed from around the country and seven countries. The competition culminated in a Champion Round event in which 20 finalists qualified to vie for the top spots. This year, of the 20 finalists, five NIU business students competed, with one taking third place overall. Congratulations to the following NIU Business winners: Corey Kravitz (3rd place winner overall, 1st place winner telephone sales call, 2nd place winner elevator pitch); Chareen Bogner (3rd place winner telephone sales call, 1st place winner voice mail competition, 1st place winner appointment call), and White Lodging Professor in Sales Robert Peterson who won the Outstanding Faculty Coach award. Other competitors included students from Michigan State, Baylor University, Elon University, Portsmouth University (United Kingdom), Viener Neustadt University (Austria), Akron, and UW-Whitewater. Students winning 1st, 2nd, and 4th place were from the University of Akron, Michigan State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, respectively.