College of Business Students Compete in National Cyber Security Contest

Dr. Faisal Abdullah, Professor and Chair of Management Information Systems, travelled to Washington, D.C. with four Information Security students to compete in the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge.  The Challenge is the only student competition devoted to high-level policy recommendations for day-after responses to a major cyber incident.  Jon Pankhurst, Information Security student; Paul Derdzinski, Information Security student; Bryan Cameron, Information Security and Computer Information Systems student; and Jake Dopler, Finance and Information Security student were selected to represent the College of Business.  Students were challenged to solve a cyber-attack scenario, present policy alternatives to the judges, and defend their work in an intense question and answer round.  The Lewis University College of Business team finished in the Top Eight.  Dr. Abdullah stated, “Only eight out of 22 teams qualified for the next round, and we were among top tier schools like NYU, Columbia, Harvard, Georgetown, CMU, etc.”  This competition promotes awareness of cybersecurity policy issues while providing students and experts an opportunity to network with cybersecurity experts and develop new ideas on the future of cybersecurity policy.

MIS DCFrom left to right: The Lewis U Flyers team – Bryan Cameron, Jon Pankhurst, Jake Dopler, Paul Derdzinski, and Dr. Faisal Abdullah.

Qualifiying roundFrom left to right: Jon Pankhurst, Bryan Cameron, Jake Dopler, and Paul Derdzinski.

Adam Smith Week

Adam Smith Week took place the week of March 10, 2015.  Some students from Dr. Wei Chen’s class acted as historical figures including: Plato, Gandhi, Queen Elizabeth I, Marie Curie, Martin Luther King Jr., Leonardo Da Vinci, Stalin, Joan of Arc, and Franklin D. Roosevelt for the Historical Quiz Bowl.  The students that acted as the historical figures quizzed the audience on important historical and economic events that occurred during the figures’ lifetime.  At the end of the night the audience tried to stump the historical figures, by quizzing the figures.  In addition, the Great Debate gave students an opportunity to hear from key economic figures including:  Adam Smith, Theodore Roosevelt, John Maynard Keynes, and Karl Marx.  Faculty members acted as the economic figures and then debated each other.  Adam Smith Week is devoted to bringing economics and history to life.

Mr. Bates Philippines Seminar

Mr. Marvin Bates traveled to the Philippines for a Lasallian business conference.  While Mr. Bates was in Manila, he volunteered to speak at De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde.  The Export Management Program quickly arranged a seminar.  Mr. Bates discussed: brand loyalty and value, English as a language and its different types, and the difference between American culture and Philippines culture.  In addition, he also described the importance of body language and gestures in business, as well as the difference between bribes and gifts.  The De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde wrote an article on the seminar, please see the link for more information and pictures. DLSSB

Finance Alumni Gathering March 26, 2015

Dr. Robert Atra is organizing a Finance alumni get-together at Jimmy B’s Ale House on Thursday, March 26.  All Finance alumni are invited to attend.  Please come casual to connect with old friends and meet new people.  Appetizers and soft drinks will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.  To RSVP, please email Dr. Atra by March 19th at For complete event details, please visit

March 26, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Jimmy B’s Ale House in Naperville
916 S. Rt. 59, Naperville, IL 60540

Ethics Week Preview

The Second Annual Ethics Week is scheduled for March 23 – March 27, 2015.  During Ethics Week, the College of Business will display quotes from ethical business leaders.  In addition, the television screens will also illustrate the meaning of ethical business leadership.  Some classes will analyze ethical leadership case studies.  The Week will culminate with a keynote presentation.

New Information Technology Student Group

The College of Business recently launched a new student organization.  ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association)-Lewis University student organization is geared for students interested in protecting Information Security.  Information Security students requested a student organization.  Dr. Faisal Abdullah guided the students through the development of the organization.  The Lewis chapter is recognized by ISACA International and supported by the local ISACA Chicago chapter.  Specifically, this organization was established to enhance classroom learning, as well as provide opportunities to network with professionals.  Since the chapter is supported by the Chicago chapter, participants have the opportunity to connect with local professionals.  In addition, ISACA has approximately 110,000 members worldwide.  There are many objectives for the chapter, however students are primarily interested in honing their critical thinking and defense skills.  The Lewis chapter will compete in the Illinois State CSSIA State Competition at Moraine Valley Community College on February 21, 2015.

Mr. Bartley J. Madden Guest Speaker

Mr. Bartley J. Madden was a guest speaker at Dr. Atra’s Critical Thinking in Business seminar on Friday night, January 30th.  He spoke to the attendees about his recently published book, Reconstructing Your Worldview, which explores techniques for solving complex business problems.  The book has been described by Dr. Edmund Phelps, Nobel Laureate in Economics, as a “primer on what every businessperson in a dynamic economy needs to know about modern knowledge in economics, psychology and philosophy.”

Mr. Madden is a pioneer in the field of financial valuation having created the Cash Flow Return on Investment (CFROI) method of valuing firms.   His valuation work is explained in numerous books and articles he has written including CFROI Valuation – A Total System Approach to Valuing the Firm, published by Butterworth-Heinemann.  Mr. Madden’s other research is wide ranging, covering topics from business process improvement to expediting drug approval for critically ill patients.  His work on “free to choose medicine” has received praise from another Nobel Laureate in Economics, Dr. Vernon L. Smith.

New Partnership with the City of Albuquerque

The College of Business at Lewis University has partnered with the City of Albuquerque to provide training in project management. This partnership will prepare engineers at the City of Albuquerque to take the Project Management professional (PMP) Certification exam. The College of Business will provide the required courses to approximately 30 engineers.  All participants are required to have completed a four-year, bachelor’s degree.  Once the participants complete this training they will sit for the PMP certification exam.   All Lewis University Project Management courses and seminars are approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as Professional Development Units for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification. The courses qualify participants to take the PMP® Exam, a highly regarded credential awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), the world’s leading association for the project management profession.

Wake Up & Dream

Ms. Kristin Nance, Director of the Lowell Stahl Center for Entrepreneurship and Real Estate, organized an informational session for students interested in starting and growing businesses, on January 28th.  The session was entitled Wake Up & Dream:  Create Your Own Career.  About 15 students attended the session.  Students had the opportunity to discover their strengths and talents for starting businesses.  During the session, students took an online strength assessment.  The assessment revealed talents and provided a personalized developmental report.

Upcoming Travel Opportunity for Students

Mr. Bob Bergman, Assistant Marketing Professor, will take eleven students on a Travel Study Trip to Las Vegas, Nevada the week of March 1, 2015.  The majority of students are business majors, however the trip was open to all Lewis University students.  The purpose of this trip is for students to gain real world business experience, as well as complete research.  Mr. Bergman and the students will: tour Zappos headquarters; take a behind the scenes tour of the Mandalay Bay from George Robinson, College of Business alumnus; tour the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, visit the Hoover Dam, and tour the Ethel M Chocolate Factory.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to complete three research projects, two related to marketing and one related to math and statistics.  Some students will present their research at the Celebration of Scholarship.  Specifically, one Celebration of Scholarship presentation will compare and contrast Las Vegas to Macau, China.  Macau and Las Vegas are competitors.  Another Celebration of Scholarship presentation will focus on the marketing of Las Vegas panhandling.  Mr. Bergman is looking forward to exposing students to a multitude of different business experiences, executive presentations, and research opportunities.  He is also looking forward to the warm weather.