Business Professionals of America Regional Competition

The College of Business hosted the Business Professionals of America, Area 20, Regional competition on January 13th.  This is the fourth consecutive year the College of Business hosted the competition.  Approximately 250 high school students from Willowbrook, Westmont, Lyons Township, Hinsdale Central, and Hinsdale South High Schools participated in the competition.  Classrooms, offices, Convocation Hall, and the Flight Deck were utilized for the event.  The guests were very pleased with the expansive St. Charles Borromeo Center.  Additionally, the guests greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with the College of Business.  Some examples of the competition included: interviewing skills, small business case studies, and graphic design promotion.  Students advanced from the Regional competition to the State competition in Oak Brook, Illinois.  This year the National competition will take place in Orlando, Florida.  Best of luck to the Business Professionals of America, Area 20 contestants.

Sam Shahid Received Award

Sam Shahid was presented with the 2016 IEEE Chicago Section Distinguished Mentoring Award.  IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.  Mr. Shahid was recognized for his dedication and support as an educator and presenter of STEM technology using aviation technology.  In addition, he acts as a faculty advisor of Cyberspace and Unmanned Arial Club which has greatly enhanced the programs of the IEEE Chicago Section.  Mr. Shahid teaches Finite Math and Decision Science courses for the College of Business.  Congratulations, Mr. Shahid.Shahid Award

Social Media Marketing Service Learning Projects

Dr. Shan Lin incorporated Service Learning Projects into her Introduction to Social Media Marketing class this semester. Each team crafted a polished, comprehensive social media marketing (SMM) plan for one of the local community partners. The goal of this project was to apply the principles and content covered in class and gain hands-on experience working with real business clients. The SMM plan included detailed analysis of the client’s social media marketing objectives and target audience. Each team proposed social media marketing strategies, tools, implementation and measurement methods to help their client achieve their objectives.

During the last week of the semester, each group presented their plan to their client in class. Mr. Steve Tiwald from Green Earth Institute would like to continue working with our students and implement the plan in January. Other clients such as Warren Sharp Community Center, Naper Settlement, etc. also mentioned that they thought the students did a great job.

Dr. Manu Vora Recent Accomplishments

NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS, December 1, 2016 – Dr. Manu Vora was selected on a Fulbright Specialist roster.  The appointment is for a five-year term from 2016-2021. This program is managed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). The roster is a list of all candidates who are eligible to be matched with incoming project requests from overseas academic institutions for Fulbright Specialists.

Also, Dr. Manu Vora and his Team at ASQ India were honored with a D. L. Shah Silver Quality Award for their “Gift of Knowledge Transfer Leveraging Technology” project of Leadership Excellence Series (LES) focusing on life-long transferable knowledge of soft skills and quality management free-of-cost to over 675,00 people globally. This project is connected with over 50 institutions in 14 States of India. The Award was presented by Shri Hari Taneja, Trustee of D. L. Shah Award Team supported by the Quality Council of India at its National Quality Conclave in New Delhi.

In addition, Dr. Manu Vora delivered “Project Management for Organizational Excellence”, a Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN) Course approved by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India (GOI) at his alma mater, IIT (BHU), Varanasi in India. This year the GOI is spending Rs. 35 Crores to import faculty from around the world at Centrally-Run Educational Institutes. The 30 hour course, delivered over 10 days, is video recorded and will be offered as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The Project Management skill is absolutely critical in all domains for successful project execution.

Last but not least, Dr. Manu Vora received the 28th Simon Collier Quality Award from the ASQ Los Angeles Section for his outstanding achievement in the field of quality. This annual recognition was started in 1986 in honor of Simon Collier, the 4th President of American Society for Quality (ASQ). The Award was presented by James Morrison, Chairperson of the Award Committee and a 1995 recipient of the Simon Collier Quality Award at a dinner in Double Tree Hotel in El Segundo, California.

Congratulations, Dr. Vora.

Dr  Manu Vora picVora Shah Silver Quality Award to ASQ India Team

Executives from Unified Agency and MTH Industries joined other business leaders in sharing lessons with more than 130 high students Oct. 14 at Lewis University College of Business’ sixth annual Business Leaders Seminar.

Accounting, economics, finance, information systems, information security, business administration, marketing, international business and social media marketing were topics of discussion.

Students gained knowledge from Joe Hatch, chief financial officer of Olmarc Packaging (retired), Kevin Glowacki, director of Berkley Research Group, and Amanda Joyce, cyber security analyst for Argonne National Laboratory.

Ken Lomasney, chief operating officer of Unified Agency and Michael Swanberg, president/CEO of MTH Industries also shared business acumen.

“This se minar provided students with a great opportunity to meet business executives one on one and learn from them about their business,” said Dr. Rami Khasawneh, dean of the College of Business.COB-Business-Leaders-2016Livingston

Dr. Willington Onuh Visits Lewis University

Dr. Willington Onuh, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research, De La Salle University – Dasmarinas, the Philippines, visited Lewis University from September 21 – 24, 2016.  Before Dr. Onuh travelled to Lewis, he visited St. Mary’s College of California.  Dr. Onuh met with Deans, faculty, Dr. Schlachter, Dr. Livingston, and students.  Dr. Onuh shared his passion for research.  While meeting with International Finance students, he discussed the current economic and political situation in the Philippines.  Students had the opportunity to ask Dr. Onuh questions.  In addition, Dr. Onuh presented to the College of Business faculty.  He discussed the research at De La Salle University, Dasmarinas.  After leaving Lewis he travelled to the International Symposium on Lasallian Research at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Welcome New Faculty Members

Dr. Marcelline Fusilier, Associate Professor of Business Administration, comes to Lewis University from the American University of Kuwait and Louisiana Northwestern State University.  Currently, Dr. Fusilier is teaching Principles of Management and the graduate International Business course.  Her academic interests include organizational behavior and workplace protection.  Before she began her academic career, Dr. Fusilier worked for the National Institute of Mental Health collecting data.  In addition, she managed a pediatric health clinic.  Dr. Fusilier enjoys attending blues music events and exploring Chicago.

Dr. Rajiv Kalra, Assistant Professor of Finance, comes to Lewis University from Minnesota State University, Moorehead.  He has experience teaching many Finance courses.  In addition, Dr. Kalra has experience teaching in Japan, Thailand, Croatia, Lithuania, and Macedonia.  Dr. Kalra has also published and presented several academic papers and presented at national and international conferences.  Furthermore, Dr. Kalra was the sole owner and President of SRK Enterprises LLC which operated six dry cleaning stores and plants in North Dakota and Minnesota.  His hobbies include carving wood.

Dr. Matt Plass, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems, comes to Lewis University with many years of industry experience.  Dr. Plass started as a programmer and then became a “jack of all trades.”  He has seen many sides of Information Technology, including security and applications.  Last year Dr. Plass served as an adjunct for the College of Business.  Currently, he teaches Finite Math, Network Forensics, and Survey of Operating Systems.  Dr. Plass is interested in cybersecurity education and trying to fill the job deficit.  He also enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, and spending time outdoors.

Dr. Dawn Schneider, Assistant Professor of Marketing, comes to Lewis University from St. Xavier University and has experience teaching many different Marketing classes.  Dr. Schneider’s past industry experience includes working in the .com and technology field.  Currently, she is teaching Principles of Marketing and International Marketing.  Additionally, Dr. Schneider is interested in Core Marketing and Social Media Marketing.  In her free time, she enjoys attending her children’s activities.

Delta Mu Delta Chapter Award

The College of Business, Mu Alpha Chapter was selected to receive Delta Mu Delta’s Star Chapter Award.  Delta Mu Delta is a business honor society that encourages academic excellence.  The award is presented yearly to outstanding chapters.  The Mu Alpha Chapter received a certificate of achievement.  Additionally, all Star Chapters will be recognized at the Delta Mu Delta Biennial Conference.  Congratulations Mu Alpha Chapter.

Finance Students Visit CME Group for Dialog with Exchange Officials; Engage in Trading Competition

Twenty-eight finance students visited CME Group in April in connection with their study of the futures and options markets in Dr. Frank Rose’s undergraduate-level “Futures and Options” and graduate-level “Derivatives I” courses.  The students met with exchange executives including Chief Commercial Officer Bryan Durkin (B.S., Business Administration ’82; M.B.A. ’93; Honorary Doctorate ’15) and Chief Economist Bluford Putnam, visited the trading floor, and toured the Global Command Center from which all international market operations are coordinated.  The visit was arranged and hosted by College of Business alumni Steven Schoiber (’13), Shane Burke (’09) and Colin Donnally (’16) who provided detailed explanations of the CME Group’s markets and discussed their own roles at the exchange.  Senior Anthony D’Andrea summed up his thoughts on the study trip by saying, “Visiting CME Group was a terrific experience that provided me with a great deal of insight regarding the world of trading.  It is one thing to learn about derivatives in class, but viewing the real markets makes them more understandable and interesting.”

Two graduate students in the study group, Jon Laidlaw and John Schaeffer, had participated in the CME Group’s Trading Challenge earlier in the spring semester.  This annual competition, which attracts teams from colleges and universities around the world, provides students with the opportunity to engage in simulated trading of CME Group products using professional trading software.  In 2016, there were 468 teams in the competition which was won by Nanyang Polytechnic University of Singapore.  Carnegie Mellon University in the U.S. finished second.  After the competition, Jon commented, “It was a great experience, and I definitely learned a lot.”

College of Business Students and Faculty Present Their Research at Lewis University’s Fifth Annual Celebration of Scholarship

Seven College of Business students and faculty presented their research at Lewis University’s Fifth Annual Celebration of Scholarship in April.  Every year, this campus-wide event provides a forum for Lewis students and faculty to share their scholarly work with others in the Lewis community and the public-at-large.  This year’s presenters are:

Kaileen Beckman (undergraduate, mentored by Dr. Faisal Abdullah) presented a poster, “Cyber Terrorism and the Private Sector.”

Mythreyi Murali (graduate, mentored by Dr. Safwan Omari) presented a poster, “On Security of Off-the-Shelf Medical Devices.”

Ethiene Narvaez (graduate, mentored by Dr. Frank Rose) presented a paper, “Would Brexit be the End of the European Union.”

Diego Avalos & Dion Ursino (undergraduate, mentored by Dr. Rose) presented a paper, “Where is Most Foreign Direct Investment Going and Which Countries are Most Attractive for Foreign Investments?”

Kathleen Giblin (graduate, mentored by Dr. Rose) presented a poster, “EB-5 Investor Program: Economic and Social Implications in the U.S. and Worldwide.”

Dr. Ibrahim Mescioglu, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems, presented a paper, “Analytics Oriented Risk Management: Pattern Discovery and Decision Support Vectors”.