Thank You Fr. Kevin Spiess

Fr. Kevin Spiess is retiring as a full time Professor at the end of the fall 2014 semester. He has been a dedicated College of Business faculty member for the last 42 years and has taught more than 5,000 students. Fr. Spiess began teaching in the College of Business in 1979. He has also taught in the Education and Religious Studies departments at Lewis University. He has earned his undergraduate degree from Lewis University, as well as many advanced graduate degrees, including a doctorate degree from Harvard University.

Additionally, Fr. Spiess has a plethora of professional, pastoral, and higher education experiences.  Fr. Spiess worked at various colleges and universities over the years, including Harvard University and the University of Notre Dame. He has earned numerous honors and awards.

Furthermore, Fr. Spiess served as Lewis University’s Dean of the College of Business from 1979-1984. During his tenure as Dean: Marketing, Management Information Systems, and Management majors were added to the College; the MBA Program greatly expanded; as well as increased undergraduate enrollment. In addition, Fr. Spiess established the Graduate School of Management with campus sites in Oak Brook, Schaumburg, and Naperville. Currently, he is the Director of the Master of Science in Management Program and the Director of the Master of Science in Project Management.

In addition, Mr. James Denny, a noted philanthropist established $100,000 endowment in Fr. Spiess’ name, which will be used to provide an annual lecture in ethics, morals, and management. During Ethics Week, a national speaker will be brought in to discuss the important roles of business ethics. Fr. Spiess advocates for business ethics.

Some former students of Fr. Spiess include distinguished Lewis University administrators: Luigi Amendola, Associate Vice President for University Advancement; Joseph Falese, Senior Vice President for Student Services and Special Assistant to the President for Alumni Development; and Michael Progress, Assistant Dean, College of Business; as well as presidents and officers in other organizations and businesses. Fr. Spiess also served as President of national organizations, as well as, the Chief Operating Officer of the Archdiocese of Chicago Administrative Offices.

Mr. Amendola said Fr. Spiess required students to be metacognitive. Mr. Falese stated, “Fr. Spiess is a top-notch educator. He was always very innovative and ahead of his time.” Lastly, Mr. Progress appreciates that Fr. Spiess requires students to connect with business professionals, which illustrates the importance of networking.

Fr. Spiess will be greatly missed. However, Fr. Spiess will continue occasionally as an adjunct professor teaching courses and seminars. Thank you, Fr. Spiess, for your dedication and commitment to Lewis University and the College of Business.

Thank You Mr. Regal

Mr. Arthur Regal is retiring at the end of fall 2014 semester.  He has been a dedicated College of Business faculty member for the last 26 years.  Before Mr. Regal began his career at Lewis University he worked for 18 years with a number of national firms in a variety of marketing roles.  Most notably, Mr. Regal expanded Lewis University’s American Marketing Association (A.M.A.) chapter.

The A.M.A. connects academia and college students with marketing professionals.  Mr. Regal began working with the already established student chapter in the late 1980’s.  Although a relatively small organization at the time, the chapter has grown to about 30 marketing and non-marketing members today. Mr. Regal organized the chapter’s corporate visit program which provides students the opportunity to visit area businesses, network with professionals, and gain real world experience. In addition, Mr. Regal created the A.M.A. “Dinner with the Alumni” banquets.  The banquets provide an opportunity for students to network with alumni and learn more about marketing careers, in a professional atmosphere.

When former students were asked to describe what it was like to have Mr. Regal as professor, many students described Mr. Regal’s work with the A.M.A.  Sean Griffin stated, “As a moderator of the American Marketing Association (A.M.A.), he also routinely organized trips to various companies.  Exposing students to corporations was very helpful because it allowed students to see marketing at work firsthand.  I thought this was very educational and helped breathe new life into the classroom.”  Jonathan Hicks described Mr. Regal as a person passionate about marketing, a wonderful teacher, and an inspiring mentor.  Elena Russell said, “Mr. Regal’s ability to combine textbook knowledge with real world examples has made him an excellent professor. His kindness and caring has allowed him to teach students on a different level, because he truly cares about students finding careers in their field after graduation and has helped give them the tools to do so.”  Josh Resto stated, “There aren’t enough words to describe how awesome Professor Regal is, thank you!”  Lastly, Blake Oberc stated, “He [Mr. Regal] helped all College of Business students, interested in marketing, learn that academia combined with real world experience will allow a student to have a much more technical understanding of their discipline which can ultimately translate to success in the workforce.  While there is so much to be grateful for and appreciate, I can only say one thing to Professor Art Regal, ‘Thank you.’”

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

President of OCC Visit

On November 25th, Michael McClain, President of the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) in Chicago, spoke with MBA and MSF students in Dr. Frank Rose’s Derivatives II class. Mr. McClain holds a BA in Management Information Systems from Lewis University. The OCC clears and processes all trades at the 12 options exchanges in the U.S.

Mr. McClain described and answered students’ questions about roles of the OCC in the U.S. financial markets, how trade processing and risk management operations are conducted, regulatory issues in the financial markets, and his career progression since graduating from Lewis University’s College of Business in 1991.

Corporate Visit The Marketing Store

Mr. Marvin Bates, current Faculty advisor for the American Marketing Association (A.M.A.), took 15 College of Business students to the Marketing Store for a corporate visit.  The Marketing Store is a leading global marketing agency located in Chicago.  Students were exposed to different promotions for companies including: McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Minute Maid, and L’Oreal.  In addition, the Marketing Store provides internship opportunities for marketing students.  Mr. Bates hopes the College of Business will see future internship opportunities arise from this leading edge company.

Professor Highlights from Ethics Week

The College of Business devoted the week of November 3, 2014 as Ethics Week. Professors were keen on integrating ethical leadership. Some professors focused on challenging ethical dilemmas, while others created dynamic student projects.

Mr. Joseph Hatch provided examples of unethical businesses including Enron. Students in Mr. Patrick Griffin’s Accounting class watched the documentary, “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” which examined the 2001 collapse of Enron. The documentary focused on the Enron traders and the role of Enron executives. Students then debated the ethical consequences.

Dr. Faisal Abdullah, Professor of MIS, discussed ethical impacts of implementing information security controls. Dr. Ibrahim Mescioglu, Associate Professor of MIS, addressed ethical cases in cyber security and business analysis.

Dr. George Klemic asked his students to think of themselves as Human Resource Professionals and develop their own Code of Conduct for an HR Department. Then, students examined the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Code of Conduct. Students utilized critical thinking skills while comparing and contrasting their work and the SHRM model. Dr. Klemic plans to continue this project in the future.

Dr. Frank Rose addressed financial ethical case studies in his Principles of Finance, International Finance, and Derivatives II classes. The ethical case studies focused on financial relocation of organizations and specifically illustrated different global environmental standards. Students were asked to write an essay and participate in class discussions.

Mr. Marvin Bates conducted reflective papers that explored the ethics of consumer misbehavior in his Consumer Behavior classStudents then identified and discussed three examples:  women who buy a dress, shoes, and purse for a big event and then return the items after the event; men who buy a power tool and use the tool for a job and then return the tool for a full, 100 percent refund; and people that open products like nail polish or face cream, try the product and then put it back on the shelf.  Additionally, students in Mr. Bates’ Principles of Marketing class explored the recent media buzz on “this is what a feminist looks like” tee shirt which sold in the U.K. for 70 dollars.  However, the tee shirts were made by women that work in sweatshops.  This current event lead to an in class discussion in cultural relativism, an ethical concept.  The discussion examined ethical standards based on cultural perspective.  Specifically, sweat shops are considered bad from well developed nations, or good from underdeveloped nations.

College of Business Professors teach ethics throughout the semester and encourage students to think critically.  Dr. Robert Atra stated, “It is important to make ethical decisions, even when it comes to the little things, because it builds to bigger ethical decisions.”

First Annual Ethics Week

The First Annual Ethics Week occurred the week of November 4, 2014, and focused on ethical business leadership. Professors emphasized ethical case studies in every business class in accordance with the Lasallian Values and the Lewis University Mission. Students, administration, and faculty attended “The Challenges of Ethical Leadership in Today’s Complex Business Environment”.

Guest Speaker, Mr. David A. Styler was introduced by: Dr. Rami Khasawneh, Dean of the College of Business; Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University; and Mr. Richard Burke, Director of Enrollment Partnerships.

Mr. David Styler is a Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. He has experience overseeing compliance and regulatory risk areas including anti-corruption and data privacy. Prior to his work in the private sector, he worked as a State and Federal Prosecutor for over 13 years.

The main focus of his presentation covered the importance of ethical decisions in order to succeed in business today. He concluded his presentation with a quote from Warren Buffet, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently”.

Business Plan Competition

There are currently 15 student teams participating in the upcoming Business Plan Competition. November 21st marks the final due date for Business Plans to be ranked by the Board with finalists notifications being sent out on December 5th. Finalists will have the opportunity to present their Business Plan at the final competition on December 12th. The Lowell Stahl Center for Entrepreneurship and Real Estate will be congratulating the future entrepreneur with a $5000 voucher for their new business.

4th Annual Business Seminar

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, welcomed over 200 students and faculty members interested in learning more about the College of Business. High school students and faculty from Bolingbrook, Hinsdale South, Joliet Central, Lockport Township and five other local high schools attended our 4th annual Business Leaders Seminar on Friday, October 17. Prior to a campus tour, high school students had the opportunity to network with CEOs, Vice Presidents and Lewis University Alumni to discuss business degrees and career goals as future business leaders. This seminar was made a success with the help from the following faculty members, Mr. Joe Hatch of Accounting, Dr. Faisal Abdullah of MIS, and Dr. Frank Rose of Finance.

New Master’s Degree in Business Analytics

The Graduate School of Management is now offering a new Master’s degree in Business Analytics. The Master of Science in Business Analytics program has admitted its first cohort of students this semester. McKinsey Global Institute notes United States faces a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 employees with analytical expertise and 1.5 million managers with skills to understand and make decisions based on the analysis of big data. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 950,000 jobs in business analytics will be added by 2023.

The new 33 credit-hour graduate program prepares students for careers in data analysis, business decision making, data mining and strategic management. The core courses discuss fundamental skills in business intelligence, data mining, databases and statistics while the five concentrations in Marketing, Finance, HealthCare, Operations and Information Security Analytics offer students to specialize in their fields.

All core courses and concentrations (except Financial Analytics) are offered online as well as 8-week on-campus formats. The program is designed to offer hands-on experience with the state-of-the-art data mining and business intelligence tools with small interactive classes. As one of the most affordable Business Analytics graduate programs in the region it offers flexible curricula for busy professionals.

Detailed program information is available on the Business Analytics program site at . Please contact Director of Admissions Michele Ryan at  for more information.

Las Vegas Study Trip

Ever wondered how the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau, Zappos world headquarters, Hoover Dam, Ethel M Chocolate Factory and other successful business in the Vegas area stay afloat? The answers may be found in an upcoming study trip to Las Vegas which will count as 1 credit toward a College of Business seminar and the equivalent for a course in the Arts and Sciences with hopes to attract students from all majors. Professor Robert Bergman will lead the study trip during spring break in order to provide real-life lessons in Business, Science, Technology, Sports and Entertainment through observations, examinations and interactions of casino basics, statistical reality of why “Vegas wasn’t built on winners” and how Vegas attracts convention business from around the world. Students will also learn how Zappos became a multi-billion dollar online retailer while having the opportunity to work on research projects that may end up published. Based on all the exciting entertainment created from all the hard work through business, art, science, math and technology, it’s no wonder why people travel from all over the world to the “city that never sleeps”.