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NIU Business Student Focus

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."