Recognition for Outstanding Alumni Leadership

Each year, the College of Business recognizes outstanding alumni achievement. This year's award recipients will be honored at the 24th Annual Alumni Luncheon on May 2, 2014.

Meet the 2014 College of Business Alumni Award Recipients:
Russ Smyth
2014 Distinguished Alumnus
HAVI Group, LP
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Becky Meggesin
2014 Honorary Alumnus
Vice President, Talent Management & Labor Relations
AGL Resources
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Curtis Batterton
2014 Outstanding Young Alumnus
Legal Technology Manager
McDonald's Corporation
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Let's Celebrate!

Join us on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the 24th Annual Alumni Luncheon to celebrate the accomplishments of our award recipients. The luncheon will be held at Harry Caray's Ballroom at the Westin Lombard from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. More information >

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Sponsorship Opportunities
The financial success of the College of Business Alumni Luncheon is credited largely to our corporate and individual sponsors, who lend their names and financial support to the event. Sponsors will be listed in the luncheon program and will receive special recognition at the event. Contact for more information.

William Doyle and Jeff Eckmann Honored with
NIU Foundation Awards

William Doyle and Jeff Eckmann were honored with awards at the NIU Foundation Annual Red & Black event. This year, the crowd enjoyed watching videos rich in the history of the two recipients.
William Doyle
NIU Foundation Award for High Impact Philanthropy
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Jeff Eckmann
NIU Foundation Award for Volunteer Service
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Alumni Receive Beta Gamma Sigma Entrepreneurship
& Achievement Awards

Beta Gamma Sigma is an international honor society recognizing business excellence. This year, we were elated that not one, but two NIU College of Business alumni were honored! Congratulations to Scott Kluth and Russ Smyth on their well deserved recognition.
Scott Kluth, Owner & Founder
Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship Award

Scott Kluth is the recipient of the 2014 Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship. At 25-years old, with a $30,000 investment, Scott launched, one of the first online coupon sites for American consumers. The idea was risky—but innovative—because at the time there were not many online consumer coupon sites. Scott's idea transformed the way many customers shop, adding value and service to a time-starved shopper.
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Russ Smyth, CEO
HAVI Group, LP
Beta Gamma Sigma Business Achievement Award

Russ Smyth is the recipient of the 2014 Beta Gamma Sigma Business Achievement Award. His passion and leadership fortified a long career at McDonald's Corporation, where in his last role Russ served as President of McDonald's Europe. After 20 years of service, Russ left McDonald's to become the CEO of H&R Block. Now, and for the past four years, Russ has served as CEO of the HAVI Group LP, a diversified holding company with more than 8,000 employees in over 100 countries. The HAVI Group owns and manages businesses across the supply chain, marketing and packaging industries.
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NIU Business AACSB Accreditation Extended: A Mark of Quality

The NIU College of Business is proud to announce the extension of its AACSB accreditation. The process to extend accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) occurs every five years; NIU Business has been AACSB accredited since 1969 and the Accountancy program since 1983. The process is rigorous and ongoing—but essential—providing a benchmark of quality for business education worldwide.

The AACSB/Assessment Director for the college, Amy Buhrow, explains why the accreditation is so significant. "AACSB accreditation is extremely important to the quality of our academic programs, faculty, students, and graduates. The accreditation process provides a structure in which we continuously look at the external environment, and ourselves, to then make adjustments to curricula and operations to best serve our students and society. Accreditation ensures students have access to top-notch faculty who are active researchers and practitioners in their fields and is a mark of quality for those hiring our graduates."

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Latest Faculty Awards and Nominations

Jim Young, NIU Accountancy Chair and Crowe Horwath Professor of Accounting, received the Accounting Programs Leadership Group (APLG) Service Award for leading the organization as its president and through its strategic planning process.

The Dean's Student Advisory Board selected Mark Rosenbaum, Kohl's Corporation Professor of Retail Marketing, and Kathleen McFadden, OM&IS professor, as the College of Business nominees for the NIU Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. 

The Dean's Student Advisory Board also selected Shail Godambe, OM&IS instructor, as the College of Business nominee for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction Award. 

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Vol. 3, Issue 4          April  2014

Event Spotlight

April 21, 2014
The Value of the MBA for Women in Business
Naperville, IL

April 22, 2014
SpearMC Consulting
Business Social

Rosemont, IL

April 24, 2014
Finance Alumni Spring Networking Event
Chicago, IL

April 28 & 29, 2014
Fast-Track MBA Information Session
DeKalb, IL

May 2, 2014
Alumni Luncheon
Harry Caray's
Lombard, IL

May 29, 2014
Distinguished Donor Event
Chicago, IL
John Hancock Residence
Invitation only

June 9, 2014
Accountancy Alumni Golf Outing & Dinner
DeKalb, IL

June 12, 2014
Rockford Club Golf Outing
Rockford, IL

Events subject to change.
To see entire listing and/or register

In May's Edition:
The Second City comes to Barsema Hall to train NIU Business students.

Dean's Circle members are those alumni, family and friends who help financially support NIU by giving $1,000 - $4,999 annually.
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Dean's Circle Members

(as of 3/05/14)

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(as of 3/05/14)

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