Dr. Frank Rose, Professor of Finance and Mr. Iyad Rock, Graduate Assistant to the College of Business presented “A Tale of Two Walls” along with Dr. Jennifer Buntin, Assistant Professor of Sociology. The presentation was on Thursday, September 11th in the Academic Building. Mr. Rock’s presentation raised awareness about the Wall of Bethlehem, while Dr. Buntin’s presentation raised awareness about the border wall between the United States and Mexico. The Wall of Bethlehem, which has various meanings is a wall barrier made of concrete that separates Israel and Palestine. In English it means “apartheid or anti-terrorist”; in Hebrew it is often called “separation fence” and it means “racial segregation wall” in Arabic. Barrier supporters state that it protects Israel from terrorist attacks and opponents argue that it creates new borders, disrupts lives, and restricts commerce and economic development. The presentation was part of Lewis University’s Peace Teach-In, “Responding to Violent Times”, which draws attention to injustice in the world. Teach-In events and presentations continue throughout the fall semester and are open to the public.
COB faculty members Robert Bergman and Patrick Griffin were nominated to participate in the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to raise awareness and money for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, patients in the later stages may become paralyzed. The ALS Foundation utilized social media with the help of everyday people challenging their friends and family through videotaping the act of pouring ice water over themselves to generate ALS awareness. The video of these assistant professors participating can be seen on Mr. Bergman’s Facebook page or through the YouTube link at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6VjyXmx9MU.
Dr. Frank Rose of the finance department recently led a group of students on a trip to CME Group to speak with alumni who are now working in the financial sector and learn more about what career opportunities it holds. In total twelve students were able to visit and learn about the trading of commodities and the behind the scenes operations of the financial sector. They met with alumni Shane Burke, Lead GCC Analyst at the CME Group; and Dan Lewis, trader at the Transmarket Group. One of the students in attendance Mike Trizna said “I had an absolute blast. It’s also great to see Lewis students achieving success in the world of Finance with such a competitive job market.”
In recognition of Lewis University’s efforts to provide veterans with a quality education and an ideal learning environment, Military Times has listed us as #37 in their rankings of the top Business Schools for Veterans. The Military Times Best for Vets distinction is meant to “recognize and reward Business Schools for their commitment to providing opportunities to America’s veterans” –Military Times. They consider over a dozen measures of academic success, quality, and rigor when making their decision. This is Lewis University’s first time making the list of 64 schools, and signifies a continued effort on the part of the College of Business to provide real world benefits and year over year improvement to all of its students.
Lewis University has been listed as a University Program Partner with Trading Technologies International, Inc. Trading Technologies University Program is a way for the software developer to work with schools to provide students with a real world, data driven education that builds on the lessons students learn from textbooks. Trading Technologies provides partner schools with software and expertise to guide students in simulated trading environments, “allowing students to learn about and experience trading and risk management using the same tools and market data as professionals.” This program is utilized by Dr. Frank Rose of the Finance Department in teaching his Advanced Derivatives Two graduate course. There are currently more than fifty schools involved in the program, from ten countries. Some other notable Universities that have partnered with Trading Technologies include Northwestern University, John Hopkins University, Purdue University, Tulane University, The University of Chicago, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Two teams of students from the College of Business recently competed in the CME Group’s annual Commodity Trading Challenge. There were a total of 392 teams in the competition, which is an annual event in which teams of undergraduate and graduate students compete by trading futures contracts in a simulated environment on the CME Group’s electronic trading platform. Students perform trades of futures contracts on products such as corn, soybeans, natural gas, and Euro futures in an attempt to maintain the highest overall portfolio value. The top teams with the most highly valued portfolios receive cash prizes and the honor of being crowned champions. Lewis University’s two teams performed quite well, although neither was able to take home one of the coveted prizes. The graduate team Lewis University Flyers comprised Carolann Thompson, and Mark Duris; and the undergraduate team Lewis University flyers 2 consisted of Andrew Knapik, Alessandro Mazza, and Jake Dopler.
Brian Pichman, Director of Strategic Innovation at the Evolve Project and graduate student here in the College of Business is on a quest to change how libraries service their communities via the Evolve Project. He believes that as the demands and desires of a community change, that community’s library must seek to adapt and evolve to meet these needs. The Evolve Project is based on the belief that “The more innovative a library becomes, the more important a library is.” After all libraries are a valuable resource, but some people characterize libraries as dated or even pointless as a result of today’s technology driven society. In order to overcome this hurdle, libraries must innovate and seek to provide not only a safe and comfortable environment in which to find information, but something more valuable and exciting that people may not have access to elsewhere.
One way some libraries have already begun to reassert themselves is by creating maker spaces for local entrepreneurs and artists. A maker space is essentially a locally operated work area containing important resources in which people of common interests can collaborate, socialize, and work. These often hold expensive resources that entrepreneurs and artists can’t find elsewhere such as 3d printers, and are a great place to find people to partner or socialize with. Through the Evolve Project, Brian and his partner Dave Hesse plan to help libraries revisit their real purpose and how they can be of value to the community. “The Evolve Project will bring institutions into the future, through innovative and interactive technologies and designs; inspiring exploration and collaboration to push people beyond the digital age.” (The Evolve Project, 2014)
To learn more about the Evolve Project, visit their blog at www.evolveproject.org
Dr. Manu Vora, adjunct professor for the College of Business and international authority on organizational change recently gave a lecture at the Indian Institute of Technology on Sustainable Change Management for Excellence. The lecture was aimed at helping students understand what Change Management for Excellence is, why it is important for a business to change with its environment, and how to best utilize the key aspects of change management tools to successfully manage change and achieve excellence in organizations. This lecture was a great opportunity for students to learn about how the operational landscape of businesses changes day to day, how to sustainably change within an organization, and why it is important to turn market change into a competitive advantage. Dr. Vora teaches Risk Management in the Masters of Science in Project Management Program here at Lewis University.