NIU student project helps promote Save-A-Vet program (March 2014) Northern Illinois media outlets covered the work of an NIU student team, as it creates a magazine and sells advertising space to help military veterans and service dogs. The 12 NIU students gain real world experience while sharing the veterans' stories. They also learn how to manage a complex project from start to finish through the College of Business's Experiential Learning Center client relationship with Save-A-Vet. Based in Lindenhurst, Save-A-Vet pairs disabled veterans with decommissioned service dogs. Click here for the full story entitled "Uniting Disabled Veterans with Service Dogs."
NIU Executive MBA class creates fundraising program for Husky Animal Rescue (Associated Press, December 2013) An NIU EMBA class spent the Fall 2013 semester working with leaders of the non-profit animal rescue organization Raven's Husky Haven and Rescue in Sycamore, Illinois. Their work included analyzing the financial underpinnings of the nonprofit and estimating the shortfall the organization could expect to experience over the next five years. To help plug the holes, the students also developed a long-term fundraising program for the organization. For NIU Business Finance Professor Jim Johnson, this collaboration represents the 25th real-world project for which Johnson has guided the students in his EMBA classes. Earlier real-world EMBA projects have run the gamut from adaptive physical education students running fitness programs at area retirement communities to communications students creating 30-second ads for nonprofits to air on the local cable TV channel. The Associated Press wire service carried the story on the most recent NIU EMBA collaboration with Raven's Husky Haven and Rescue. Several news outlets across the country picked up the story and range from the Fort Mill Times in South Carolina to the Statesman.com in Texas, among others.
WSJ 2014 Tax Projections include expertise of NIU's Accountancy Chair (Wall Street Journal, October 5, 2013) In its annual projections for the upcoming tax season, the Wall Street Journal sought the expertise of Jim Young, Accountancy Chair and Crowe Harwath Professor of Accounting. In this year's story "A Sneak Peek at 2014 Taxes," Young describes the possible implications of inflation adjustments to the tax-code provisions. Young is a mainstay media source on taxes; each year, his views on the topic are included in stories by the WSJ among other media.
The impact of Gridlock on Investments revealed by NIU Finance Professor's research (Reuters, October 2, 2013) Reuters newswire cites NIU's Board of Trustees Professor of Finance Gerry Jensen's co-conducted research findings on the impact of political gridlock on financial markets. The media continues to reference the expertise of Jensen and his research colleagues, particularly during Presidential elections as well as the current government shutdown. The most recent Reuters story is entitled "Gridlock holds perils for stock" and was picked up by worldwide media outlets, among them: Reuters, NBC News, International Financing Review Asia, International Financing Review, GlobalPost.
NIU Evening MBA student team revitalizes business model for Florida-based firm (Business Observer, September 20, 2013) Business Observer ran a story on the NIU Evening MBA student summer class and its semester-long analysis of the business model utilized by Florida-based toilet products firm Aqua Mizer. After implementing the students' ideas and recommendations, sales of the company's patent-pending green retrofitted products have gone from lethargic to "...coming back with a vengeance," per Aqua Mizer's Vice President of Branding and Marketing. Business Observer is a media outlet targeted to Florida's C-Suite. The name of the September 20th article on the NIU Evening MBA students work with Aqua Mizer is entitled "Flush Forward." Read the full article >
MIS program approved by IBHE as STEM designated degree (September 2013) The Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS) offered by the college's Department of OM&IS earned STEM designated degree program status with the OPT extension. Championed by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the goal of STEM is to increase science, technology, engineering, and mathematics literacy and enthusiasm among students. The college's MIS program attracts students in country and abroad. The OPT (Optional Practical Training) extension allows international students who graduate from colleges and universities in the United States to remain in the country and receive training through work experience for up to 12 months. Students who graduate from a designated STEM degree program may remain for an additional 17 months for the OPT extension. With STEM designated degree program status, the department's OM&IS faculty are afforded more opportunities to earn research grants in the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
"All the World's a Stage for Learning" (Chief Learning Officer magazine, August 2013) The Department of Accountancy's Leadership Master of Accounting Science (LMAS) program was featured in the Chief Learning Officer article "All the World's a Stage for Learning." The story examines unconventional methods for developing leadership and describes the benefits of involving LMAS students in conmunications workshops conducted by Chicago's Second City comedy venue.
NIU Business provides one of the nation's strongest ROI (Businessweek, Spring 2013) According to the Bloomberg Businessweek's "Top Undergraduate B-Schools for ROI" list, no business school in the state of Illinois can top the NIU College of Business when it comes to return on investment. NIU ranks at No. 45 nationally on the list with a return-on-investment of $4.74 in salary earned per annual tuition dollar spent.
Investing in Emerging Markets - Finance Professor's Research Featured in Media (July 2013) An article on emerging markets investment strategies referenced Board of Trustees Professor of Finance Gerry Jensen's co-conducted research, which found that "...hedge benefits of emerging markets may have been underestimated." NBC News featured the story as did International Finance Review Asia, Asia's most authoritative capital markets magazine, and the Independent.ie out of Dublin, Ireland, among others.
Fast-Trak MBA program real-world project spotlighted on NBC affiliate (April 23, 2013) A collaboration between the NIU Fast-Trak MBA and the Village of Rockton was featured on WREX-TV. The NBC affiliate station showcased this real-world project that places NIU Fast-Trak students in the role of consultants with an entire town. After meeting with Rockton mayor and village trustees, the MBA students took on the task of creating a comprehensive marketing and promotions plan to help historic Rockton maximize its economic opportunities. Read the full article >
NIU's MBA program is included in TribU's "MBA Decision" series (April 2013) NIU's MBA program and Associate Dean-MBA Director Paul Prabhaker participated in TribU's roundup of Chicago-area graduate business programs. TribU is part of the Chicago Tribune's education focus. Earlier in the year, TribU held an event for prospective business students where participating MBA Deans discussed the pros and cons of pursuing an MBA; afterwards, an article was produced and recently was published in the Tribune's Lifestyles section. The article "Getting an MBA: Your Business. Your Decision." (April 15, 2013) communicates some perspectives of the MBA Deans and Directors from the 7 Chicago-based AACSB-accredited business schools. Read the full article >
The Impact of Leadership Transitions (April 2013) Dr. Christine Mooney - Assistant Professor of Management and the Bill and Paula LeRoy Professor of Social Entrepreneurship - recently contributed to a piece on change management in the Northwest Herald. Mooney provided her academic and industry insight to the topic of successions in family business. She touches on some of the challenges businesses face when key individuals leave an organization. She describes leadership transitions as "...one of the most disruptive events a company can go through."
Story on interactive marketing careers includes expertise of NIU's Interactive Marketing Professor (ad:tech newsblog, March 22, 2013) Online newsblog ad:tech explores the growing market demand for skilled creative professionals in interactive marketing. In the story, Associate Professor and Professor of Interactive Marketing Debra Zahay-Blatz describes the career potential for students who graduate with a mix of skills -- marketing, digital, and analytical. Zahay-Blatz also shares that NIU students with this skills mix are being hired in the areas of paid and organic search, social media, email marketing, website design and website usability. She added that each year about 50 NIU marketing students graduate with certificates in interactive marketing. Ad:tech's story is entitled "College students face strong job market in interactive marketing." more>