Business Professionals of America Regional Competition

The College of Business hosted the Business Professionals of America, Area 20, Regional competition on January 8th.  This is the third consecutive year the College of Business hosted the competition.  Dr. Rami Khasawneh and Br. James Gaffney, FSC welcomed approximately 275 high school students from Willowbrook, Westmont, Lyons Township, Hinsdale Central, and Hinsdale South High Schools.  Classrooms, offices, and the Flight Deck were utilized for the event.  The guests were very pleased with the expansive and recently renovated St. Charles Borromeo building.  In addition, the guests greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with the College of Business and the opportunity to use the building.  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.  Hopefully, students will advance to Nationals in Boston, Massachusetts.       IMG_9200 IMG_9191

Thank You Dr. Carmine


Dr. Laura Leli Carmine is retiring after 41 years of dedicated service.  In addition to her experience at Lewis, Dr. Carmine worked for international companies; including as a Certified Trainer for Accenture, PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, and as a senior manager at Arthur Andersen.  Additionally, Dr. Carmine served as Chair of the College of Business Marketing department.

When former students were asked to describe what it was like to have Dr. Carmine as professor, many students described Dr. Carmine’s passion for marketing and helping others.  Laura Hernandez stated, “Dr. Carmine is single handedly the most influential teacher I have had in my professional life.  I really enjoyed that she could bring her work experiences into the classroom to help us better understand the ‘real work environment.’  She was instrumentally helpful with my class work, my marketing internship, and finally pointing me in the direction of my first job prior to graduation.  I recently witnessed her helpful spirit again when she spent time with my son Zack, who is a Social Media Marketing major at Lewis this year.  She spent time giving him ideas on what the right path would be for him as he finished up his freshman year at Lewis.  I am very grateful to her for all she has done for me and feel extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to know her.”  Mr. Rich Burke elaborated about Dr. Carmine’s caring spirit.  In particular, she worked with finding students internship opportunitities.  Mr. Burke landed his first job after college through his internship.  In addition, Dr. Carmine helped keep Mr. Burke connected to the University, including teaching as an adjunct for the Marketing department.  Lastly, Bryan and Mary Durkin stated, “Little did we know that Dr. Laura Carmine, our Marketing professor during our freshman year at Lewis University would turn out to be our mentor, advisor throughout school and life, and unwavering friend for over 35 years.  Laura gave us the confidence and conviction to pursue a career in business and always make us feel like we could achieve any goals that we set for ourselves.  We attribute our professional and personal accomplishments largely to her counsel.  She is a brilliant educator, a compassionate friend, and truly an inspiration to all.”

Dr. Carmine will be greatly missed.  Thank you, Dr. Carmine, for your dedication and commitment to Lewis University and the College of Business.

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Heads or Tails? Strategy Requires More Than a Coin Flip

Adjunct College of Business Professor, Steve Garchow, recently released a new book entitled, Heads or Tails?  Strategy Requires More Than a Coin Flip.  The book provides a new approach to decision making.  Mr. Garchow based his Lean Strategic Decision Model (LSDM) on his corporate experience.  The model is intended to help leaders make effective and efficient decisions.  According to Mr. Garchow, “For the majority of my corporate career I designed and implemented business activity that drove revenue and profit growth. But while carrying out these responsibilities, I noticed that strategic questions were rarely addressed. The result? Missed growth opportunities and failure to resolve threats.”  He believes that organizations need to balance short-term financial commitments and strategic needs, rather than primarily focusing on the profits.  LSDM allows senior executives to focus on meeting shareholders’ expectations and craft company strategy.  Additionally, Mr. Garchow teaches the Entrepreneurship in Information Technology College of Business course and runs his own marketing consulting business.

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Dr. Atra: Wallet Hub Contribution

Dr. Robert Atra recently contributed to the 2015’s The Most and Least Financially Literate States in America article.  Wallet Hub interviewed Dr. Atra for an expert response.  Specifically, Dr. Atra described how people of different ages can become more financially literate.  Parents need to lead by example and explain why they make financial decisions.  For example, parents could explain why they drive an older car, rather than buy a new car.  Parents could also teach their children how to budget and save money.  Dr. Atra gave the following example: “…my nine year old son wanted to purchase a wrestler figure for $10. I asked how much money he had saved and he said $40. He felt he had plenty of money since $40 was so much bigger than $10. I told him he needed to consider if he wanted to spend 25% of his net worth (all that he had) on one item. He decided against buying the figure until he saved more.”  Dr. Atra suggested children around middle school age should be taught that it is good to save money, but money should do something and not just sit around.  For instance, children could open a savings account where money can earn interest, or money could be used to buy stock in a company.  Dr. Atra believes children should be introduced to long-term rates of return on savings accounts, bonds, and stocks.  High school students should learn about retirement accounts, investing, and Social Security.  Math classes could introduce the idea of compounding.  Social Studies classes could also incorporate financial literacy.  In addition, financial professionals could give basic presentations that are informational (not for sales purposes) and educate people about financial literacy.  Wallet Hub offers financial tools and information for consumers and small business owners.  According to the website, “Wallet Hub is leading the industry thanks to a unique combination of social features, expert insights, and a vast amount of constantly-updating information.”  The article can be found using the following link:

Dr. Faisal Abdullah presented at Cybersecurity Security Seminar

Dr. Faisal Abdullah presented “How to calculate the true cost of a cybersecurity incident” at the Cybersecurity Seminar Series hosted by Argonne National Laboratory’s Cyber Operations and Analysis Research (COAR) over the summer.  Dr. Abdullah’s presentation focused on: why determine the cost of a cybersecurity incident; identify costs that make up the value of an asset; identify the true value of existing defense-in-depth controls; and identify deferred costs associated with compliance risks, litigation, and negative brand image.  It is essential to determine the cost of a data breach when conducting a risk assessment and a cost-benefit analysis for implementing controls.  In addition, Dr. Abdullah explained that with increasing threats and limited resources, information security managers are required to conduct a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to prioritize and justify expenditure on cybersecurity controls.

Dr. Krejci using Business Simulation in Class

Dr. James Krejci’s spring Strategic Management class competed in the GLO-BUS business simulation.  Students were assigned to run a digital camera company that produces and markets entry-level upscale, multi-featured cameras in head-to-head competition against companies run by other members of the class.  The companies compete in a global market arena, selling to camera retailers in four geographic regions – Europe-Africa, North America, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America.  GLO-BUS is modeled to mirror the real-world character of the digital camera industry, a contemporary “high tech” business that class members can readily identify with and understand.  Throughout the semester 2,758 teams from 134 colleges/universities participated in the simulation world-wide.  One week during the competition, five out of the eight teams in Dr. Krejci’s Strategic Management class scored in the top 100 of at least one category.  Dr. Krejci stated, “I believe this software has enhanced the learning experience of the class.”  In the future Dr. Krejci plans to continue using the business simulation to enrich student learning.

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