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Uncommon Stories of the NIU Business Experience

Unlike other schools, NIU's College of Business provides the conceptual framework and opportunities to help you turn ideas into action. By combining Thinking with Doing, you actually use what you learn and discover the best approaches for creating a successful future.

Hear what others say is Uncommon about the NIU Business experience and brand promise: "Where the Classroom Meets the Business World." Read these stories from CEOs, business professionals, and current students:

"Addressing the world's problems one business at a time,"
by Mark Schwartz, CEO of Product Development Technologies, Inc.

Mr. Schwartz shares his experience working with NIU students in the college's Social Venture Competition. Company background: Product Development Technologies, Inc. (PDT) is a global, full-service product development firm with over 125 employees in eight offices worldwide. PDT's award winning product designs have been recognized by BusinessWeek, as well as the Industrial Designers Society of America, Design Journal, The Consumer Electronics Association, Inc. Magazine, Chicago Athenaeum of Architecture & Design, and Parametric Technologies Corporation.

"On being Unreasonable ... a CAUSE to live into"
by Michelle De Jean (Marketing alumnus and MIS alumnus), Director of Marketing Strategy for the NIU College of Business.

Ms. De Jean shares the amazing impact a group of NIU students can make when they rally together around a compelling idea: to make a genuine difference in the world.

An idea with heart ... the Dreamworks Scholarship

Mason Bush, Jake Eggert, Tyler Gancarz and Gabriella Lopez, all upper level NIU Business students, created the Dreamworks Scholarship to help financially needy students. Scholarships helped them become NIU Business students and motivated them to "pay it forward."