NIU Business Student Focus

  • NIU CAUSE named the Entrepreneurship Club of the Year in the State of Illinois (April 2018) CAUSE student leadership accepted the award on April 20th in Chicago during the EntrepreneurshipU Awards ceremony hosted by Future Founders, a nonprofit that inspires youth to create employment opportunities for themselves.  Awards were given to 10 different public and private universities – NIU, Northwestern, University of Chicago, among them – for demonstrating exceptional entrepreneurial accomplishments.  Full story
  • NIU Business student lands Disney internship (April 2018, podcast) NIU Business graduate student Nick Cepeda was invited to be a guest speaker on the SuperDataScience podcast with Kirill Ermenko, a highly regarded Data Science Udemy instructor. Cepeda describes how he landed an internship with Disney and how his information systems courses at NIU and credentials in data science helped him to secure the position. Cepeda is finishing up his master of science in information systems at NIU Business and begins to describe his journey at the 3:40 mark in the podcast.
  • NIU Business students win 1st place at SHRM conference (April 2018)  NIU Business students Brandon Valdez, Jacquelyn Brown, Karissa Blodgett, and Shawn MacDougall won first place at the 8th Annual Illinois State SHRM Student Conference and Case Competition.  SHRM is the Society for Human Resource Management professionals.  The students represent the university’s SHRM student chapter.  Ten NIU students attended the conference and participated in multiple professional development events devoted to the human resources profession.  Sponsored by the Illinois State Council of SHRM, the conference and competition took place on April 6-7th.  Congratulations to the students and to SHRM faculty advisor Terry Bishop for his commitment and support in providing opportunities for students to develop their HR knowledge and professional networks.
  • Doug and Cindy Crocker provide additional $1 million for the Crocker Endowed Scholarship in Business (March 2016)
    The Crocker Endowed Scholarship in Business provides help to outstanding junior or senior year NIU Business students who meet the scholarship qualifications.  For more information, please visit the Crocker Endowed Scholarship in Business webpage.
  • Finance major ties for #1 in the world on the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (September 2015, Bloomberg)
    NIU Finance senior Franz Varga rocks the BAT not once but twice.  Following up on a top 5 ranking in the America’s Region in 2014, Varga sat for the BAT in 2015 and tied for 1st place in both the Worldwide and the Americas categories of the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT).  The BAT is a highly competitive, worldwide challenge in business offered around the world by the Bloomberg Institute.  This rigorous test assesses a student’s aptitude for business and finance.   Franz Varga's impressive performance places NIU above the scores produced by students at MIT, UIUC, among many others around the world.
  • Connie EllettMarketing Major and Student Athlete Connie Ellett Featured (September 2015, Daily Herald)
    In this feature story, NIU marketing major and member of the university’s women’s golf team Connie Ellett discusses her championship plays on and off the field. On the links, Ellett’s play helped NIU set a program record during the Ball State-hosted Cardinal Golf Classic. In the classroom, Ellett finishes out her senior year with a 3.89 grade point average and plans to launch her career in sales after she graduates. Read the full story: Hampshire grad Ellett being rewarded for her hard work at NIU.
  • Leadership Scholarship created by alumnus Robert Rothkopf and his wife Catherine (September 2015)
    The Robert and Catherine Rothkopf Leadership Scholarship will provide a minimum award of $3,000 per year to qualified students majoring in management or business administration. This scholarship emerged as a result of the Rothkopf’s generous $100,000 investment, which they applied toward creating the endowed scholarship. As an endowed scholarship, the Robert and Catherine Rothkopf Leadership Scholarship is intended to benefit current and future generations of NIU Business students. Bob Rothkopf earned both his bachelor and master degrees in business from NIU. Rothkopf experienced NIU as a commuter student who balanced academic pursuits with work and raising a family. He built a distinguished and successful 45-year career in the automotive and metalworking industries. “The NIU College of Business was a foundation for me. It was a place that provided me with the leadership skills I needed to start my career. The care I received during that time from other students, staff and faculty was especially important to me while I juggled family, school and work,” said Rothkopf.