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”.

National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) Certification

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Lewis University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through academic year 2021.  Lewis University’s Information Security program was recognized by the prestigious certification.  The CAE designation brings recognition along with opportunities for collaboration and funding.  The purpose of the National CAE program is to promote higher education in Cyber Defense (CD), prepare a growing number of cybersecurity professionals, and to reduce vulnerabilities in the Nation’s networks.  Dr. Faisal Abdullah stated, “Lewis University was one out of the six universities in Illinois to receive the designation.”  Congratulations to the Management Information Systems Department!

Dr. Shan Lin Publication

Dr. Shan Lin’s paper was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Marketing Management.  The Journal of Marketing Management is a highly regarded international academic journal, which focusses on marketing research. The paper is entitled “Brand engagement on social media: will firms’ social media efforts influence search engine advertising effectiveness?”  Dr. Lin researched how firms leverage social media platforms.  According to Dr. Lin, “Although firms leverage social media platforms such as Facebook to engage with customers, they often treat social media elements and other online marketing activities as search engine advertising as stand-alone, rather than part of an integrated online activities system.”  She looked at different types of brand engagement on social media and found social media brand engagement strengthens the relationship between advertisement rank and search engine advertising effectiveness.

Dr. Jun Zhao Coca-Cola Presentation

Dr. Jun Zhao, a visiting scholar from Hebei Normal University, presented to Ms. Pat Sidler’s International Marketing class.  Dr. Zhao explained Coca-Cola’s introduction to the Chinese market.  Ms. Sidler stated, “We learned that Coca-Cola earned the top sales ranking by being a good corporate citizen and adapting to local culture relative to branding and promotional strategies.  Students appreciated learning from an experienced marketer and professor from China.”  Previously, Dr. Zhao presented “Marketing in China” to Ms. Sidler’s International Marketing class.  Additionally, Dr. Zhao regularly attends College of Business Marketing Department courses.20160418_131927 20160418_132652

Dr. Ibrahim Mescioglu’s study published in Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment

A study co-authored by Dr. Ibrahim Mescioglu was recently published in the journal Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment (TCRT). The objective of the study titled “Decision Trees Predicting Tumor Shrinkage for Head and Neck Cancer: Implications for Adaptive Radiotherapy” was developing decision trees to assist in predicting tumor volume reduction in patients with head and neck cancer. Dr. Mescioglu analyzed pretreatment clinical and pathological parameters for cancer patients treated with definitive concurrent chemoradiotherapy and developed an information theory model identifying those cancer patients that are more likely to benefit from certain treatment methods. The recommended model can correctly classify head and neck cancer tumor shrinkage classification with 90% accuracy based on pretreatment data only.

Preliminary findings of the study were accepted for conference presentation at the 55th meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. The study was coauthored by faculty at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine.  In addition, Dr. Mescioglu will present the preliminary findings for Lewis University’s Celebration of Scholarship.