Accountancy Students Enriched by Second City Curriculum

NIU Business students visiting Second City stageNIU Master of Accountancy Science - Leadership (LMAS) students take the same stage as famed comedians such as Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey. For a number of years, The NIU Accountancy Department has been incorporating Second City Communications workshops into the LMAS program curriculum in order to further develop both leadership and collaborative behaviors. The LMAS program coursework explores reorienting the view of leadership, recognizing decision-making biases, accepting ethical complexity, design accountability, and embracing change. Students participate in a number of activities and events outside the classroom, including trips to visit Second City.

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Laughter & Learning:
Students Learn Through Improvisation Training

NIU Business Experiential Learning Center (ELC) students training with improvTwitter CEO, Dick Costolo, is no stranger to applying his improvisational comedy experiences to business. As reported in a 2012 New York Times article, "Those nights [on the famous Second City Chicago stage] taught Mr. Costolo a number of lessons that he now applies to running a company of 1,300 employees. He rarely uses the word 'but.' Instead, he says 'Yes, and ...' — an improv principle that allows people to discuss something without disagreeing." Mr. Costolo is also well known for focusing on being in the present moment, another skill he picked up from improv.

Acquiring skills like these led the NIU College of Business Experiential Learning Center (ELC) to hire Second City Communications to provide tailored training for its students. ELC students work with real businesses and organizations to tackle real business projects. "We brought on Second City Communications to provide our students with a fresh approach to refining their communication and interpersonal skills," shares Joan Petros, ELC Director. "It also served as a genuine team building workshop."

Read about the core improvisation principles that impacted the ELC teams.
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Students Rave About Second City Workshops

"The best training ever! I trained many sales people in a past job and some of the lessons learned in this training would have been great to share with those sales people. The way Second City Communications instructors broke down the topics and made people have those 'aha moments' was priceless." - Clay Parks, Experiential Learning Center (ELC) student

Clay shares the change he saw in his team after the training. Full story >

"A fun and unique experience! It taught me to be comfortable enough to speak up and gave me communication approaches to increase the chance that my message is well received."
- Robert Fahey, Master of Accountancy Science - Leadership (LMAS) student

Robert shares how to approach a "bad idea" based on his Second City training.
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Distinguished Donor Profile - Deb Brucker

Deb BruckerManagement alumna and NIU President's Circle member, Deb Brucker, exceeded her parents' dream for her to be the first generation in her family to earn a college degree. With over 20 years of progressive experience in human resources leadership, Deb now serves as Director of Business Relationship Management for Citi Learning North America, Citigroup.

Deb's late mother and father, Nick and Olga Rakuc, didn't have the opportunity to attend college, but that was never an option for their children. As immigrants from Eastern Europe, ensuring their three children all attended college was part of the "American Dream." As Deb's strongest advocates, they instilled in her a strong work ethic, personal values, and an interest in helping others. Deb says she's still inspired daily when thinking about her parents. With this inspiration, Deb created the Nick & Olga Rakuc Memorial Scholarship.

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Vol. 3, Issue 5           May  2014

Event Spotlight

May 29, 2014
Distinguished Donor Event
Chicago, IL
John Hancock Residence
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June 9, 2014
Accountancy Alumni Golf Outing & Dinner
DeKalb, IL

June 12, 2014
Rockford Club Golf Outing
Rockford, IL

June 27, 2014
Gladiator Golf III
Woodridge, IL
Proceeds support the Scott R. Mitchell Vision Scholarship

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