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December 15, 2014
Southern Illinois University Accounting - Scott Polczynski - Brian Quinn
Scott Polczynski Scott Polczynski is a Master of Accountancy student in the class of 2015 at Southern Illinois University. His focus during the course of his studies is in Auditing and Information Systems. Prior to his Masters, Scott earned his bachelors in accounting from SIU as well graduating in 2014. We recently caught up with him to discuss all things SIU Accounting and inquire about what his plans are for the future.


December 12, 2014
Return, remember, reconnect: A recap of CoB alumni events in 2014 - Katja Sonkeng
CoB alumni in fall 2014 Hundreds of former College of Business students returned to Southern Illinois University this semester to attend Homecoming and Family Weekend activities


December 11, 2014
SIU graduates look forward to bright futures - Emily Precht
SIU graduates look forward to bright futures Commencement is a time for celebration – and the next step in life for many students. Some students enter the working world, obtaining jobs that put the skills they have learned to the test. Others opt to continue their education, continuing on to a master’s degree or Ph.D.


December 10, 2014
CoB faculty excel at research, service and teaching - Christie Mitchell
The SIU College of Business is committed to the highest standard of excellence in pursuing its three core academic functions of research, service and teaching. The SIU College of Business is committed to the highest standard of excellence in pursuing its three core academic functions of research, service and teaching. The faculty of the college embraces and relentlessly champions this commitment.


December 10, 2014
PSE proves that SIU CoB students can compete at an elite level - Emily Precht
PSE College of Business students excelled during a two-day regional conference in Iowa SIU College of Business students exhibit excellence during a conference held the weekend of October 31. The members of Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE), a registered student organization, made their way to the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to attend a two-day regional conference for the Midwest chapters of this prestigious national organization.


November 20, 2014
Jarvis’ research earns professional recognition - Christi Mathis
Dr. Cheryl Burke Jarvis Cheryl Burke Jarvis, a marketing professor and administrator at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, recently earned recognition for having her research cited frequently by other professionals in the field. “This is an acknowledgement that my work is having some impact and that it is being used by other academics. It’s an indication that my work is making its way into practice, as well,” Jarvis said. “


November 19, 2014
Providing access to industry leaders: Guest speakers enrich CoB classrooms - Katja Sonkeng
Stephen Schauwecker from First Southern Bank and Samantha Nelson from Pepsi MidAmerica Stephen Schauwecker from First Southern Bank and Samantha Nelson from Pepsi MidAmerica shared their industry experience and provided valuable insights to Southern Illinois University management students.


November 12, 2014
Targeting excellence at the CoB Academic Success Center - Katja Sonkeng
students work together on a white board Rehn 10 is more than just a tutoring center. It also serves as a study hall for business students. Hours: Monday thru Thursdays 9 to 4:30 p.m., Fridays: 9 to Noon.


November 10, 2014
The College of Business wishes Matt Purdy the best of luck in his new position at SIU Career Services - Emily Precht
Matthew Purdy Matt Purdy, who began his career with the College of Business in January 2007, is moving on to take a position in SIU Career Services as an employer relations specialist. The former associate director of the college’s Business Placement Center will be applying his expertise toward making SIU a “must stop” for companies looking to hire smart, talented and hard-working professionals.


November 07, 2014
Marc Morris named director of Master of Accountancy program - Katja Sonkeng
Marc Morris, director of the Master of Accountancy program (MAcc) The Carbondale native and SIU alumnus steps into the shoes of Marcus Odom, professor of accountancy and Deloitte & Touche Faculty Fellow. “I grew up in Carbondale, so I earned my undergraduate at SIU, left for a while, came back, got my MBA here, went to University of Wisconsin Law School to get my J.D., and came back,” Morris said. “A few years later I got my Ph.D. in accounting. I just remembered how this place was when I was here as a student, and the professors and the impression they had on me when I was walking the halls, and I felt this was a good way to give back.”


November 06, 2014
College of Business Students Connect with Employers - Emily Precht
University Career Fair 2014 Southern Illinois University Carbondale business students took advantage of the Oct. 7 University Career Fair on campus to connect with about 70 employers who participated in the event.


November 05, 2014
Meet Jamel Jackson, the SIU poster child - Katja Sonkeng
Jamel Jackson, two-time SIU graduate The current senior manager of strategic pricing at Tyson Foods in Chicago is a proud two-time SIU graduate and living proof of Saluki pride. "I always wear some kind of Saluki paraphernalia sweatshirt and T-shirt at the gym," Jackson said. "And I will continue to represent SIU in a high fashion."


October 29, 2014
Nolte to compete in CEO National Conference - Emily Precht
Brandon Nolte The Office of Economic and Regional Development, in partnership with the Saluki CEO Corps, hosted its annual Saluki CEO Corps Elevator Pitch competition Oct. 15 at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center.


October 29, 2014
Innovation - Emily Precht
The Hub Today, just about every business student is armed with the latest and greatest in technology. With laptops and tablets in hand, they’re connected to a nearly limitless well of information anywhere they go.


October 20, 2014
College of Business ranks among the nation’s best - Christi Mathis
SIU College of Business logo Once again, Southern Illinois University's College of Business earned national recognition as one of the country’s top business schools, according to The Princeton Review.


October 16, 2014
Practice What You Teach - By Elizabeth Rennie | APICS Magazine
Gregory DeYong Highlighting Gregory DeYong’s efforts to stay informed on current business trends and innovations along with his involvement with APICS locally, the SIU assistant professor of operations management is featured in this September/October issue of APICS Magazine. This is a great example of implementing the College of Business’ mission statement and commitment to offering transformational and relevant classroom experiences in a curriculum that integrates cutting-edge business knowledge.


October 06, 2014
Meet SIU Product: Dr. Dena Hale, marketing lecturer at College of Business - Katja Sonkeng
Dr. Dena Hale Dr. Dena Hale, a true “product of SIU,” is the newest member of Rehn Hall. She joined the SIU College of Business this semester as a new marketing lecturer. As a former industry consultant and expert in services marketing, she teaches an undergraduate level course in professional selling as well as a promotions management course in the MBA program. The business majors among you may also know her as the current instructor of the “most beloved” yet required statistics FIN 208 course.


October 02, 2014
Preparing students for growing financial services market - Christie Mitchell
Members of Saluki Student Investment Fund stand in the Kraft Trading classroom Expecting a decade of growth in the financial services, the SIU College of Business is positioned to supply the industry with highly qualified candidates.


October 01, 2014
'YES, finally it got through': The process of publishing an article - Katja Sonkeng
photo of Amber Manning-Ouelette Educational Administration Ph.D. student and College of Business staff member Amber Manning-Ouellette reflects on her role as co-author of the NASPA journal article “Opportunities and Threats for College Women’s Health.”


October 01, 2014
Student-athlete spotlight: Taylor Pippen - Katja Sonkeng
photo of Taylor Pippen In her third year, this blocker is a driving force for the Saluki volleyball team; she’s also a dedicated accounting major in SIU’s College of Business.


October 01, 2014
Marketing Graduate Wins Big in Vegas - Emily Precht
Robyn Phelan, SIU marketing alum Robyn Phelan, senior marketing manager at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, is making her mark in the city known as “The Entertainment Capital of the World.” Phelan graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2011 with a degree in marketing and speech communication, with a specialization in public relations. As the senior marketing manager at the Palms, Phelan is responsible for all paid digital advertising.


September 18, 2014
Faculty focus: Dr. Claire Liang, assistant professor of finance - Katja Sonkeng
Dr. Claire Liang, assistant professor of finance The semester is well underway, so it’s time to start our new initiative, the faculty focus. Seize this ultimate chance to learn more about the prestigious faculty at the College of Business! In this week’s focus is Dr. Claire Liang, the newest addition to our faculty. The SIU College of Business gladly welcomes her as a new assistant professor of finance.


September 11, 2014
Brandon Zanotti, SIU College of Business graduate, named Williamson County State's Attorney - Becky Malkovich, The Southern
Brandon Zanotti Brandon J. Zanotti was appointed Williamson County state’s attorney during a special meeting of the Williamson County Board on Monday. Zanotti, a Johnston City native, will replace longtime state’s attorney Charles Garnati, who, citing health reasons, announced last week he would leave office Monday, about two years into his eighth consecutive term in office.


August 27, 2014
College of Business welcomes four new faculty members - Katja Sonkeng
photos of Claire Liang and Jae Lee With the start of the new academic year, the College of Business at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) welcomes four new faculty and staff members.


August 26, 2014
CoB kicks off the fall semester with the Welcome Back BBQ - Emily Precht
Students at Welcome Back BBQ As the fall semester kicks off, the College of Business welcomed students by hosting a Welcome Back BBQ. The event took place outside of Rehn Hall, where registered student organizations affiliated with the College of Business lined up to greet students with information regarding these active organizations. More than 400 students were in attendance at the event.


August 25, 2014
Marketing senior receives award during 2014 McNair’s Summer Research Symposium - Katja Sonkeng
Photo of Asia Lee Kudos to Asia Lee. There’s no better way to end the summer than becoming a McNair’s Scholar award winner, and the senior in marketing recently earned a third-place award in the 11th annual McNair Scholars Summer Research Symposium.


August 25, 2014
SIU on Forbes list of top entrepreneurial universities - Chris Hottensen, The Southern
photo of Dunn-Richmond Center Business is good at SIU, according to Forbes magazine. SIU showed up on the magazine’s ranking of the top 50 entrepreneurial universities in the country. “Basically, it told us something we already knew. The entrepreneurial spirit is very strong here,” Jason Greene, College of Business interim dean, said.


August 12, 2014
Study casts new light on insider trading - Christi Mathis
photo of Wanli Zhao New research by a team that includes a finance expert at Southern Illinois University Carbondale suggests that some illegal insider trading is the result of information leaks from state and federal regulatory agencies. Wanli Zhao, associate professor of finance, partnered with David M. Reeb, the Mr. and Mrs. Lin Jo Yan Professor in Banking and Finance at the National University of Singapore Business School, and Yuzhao Zhang, assistant professor at the Rutgers University Business School, for the study into insider trading involving supervised industries.


August 01, 2014
CoB interns work for some of the best this summer - Wendell Hughes
CoB Interns at Career Builder Internships are an important part of college education. They augment a student’s learning by providing them with a practical working experience, typically in their area of study. The SIU College of Business places students in a variety of internships, and once again, this summer its students were fortunate enough to work for some the best companies in the nation.


July 31, 2014
Summer program helps minority youth prepare for college - Wendell Hughes
Students stand in a group with Michael Haywood The youth is the key to our future. This idea is one Michael Haywood, director of minority affairs, holds dear to his heart while coordinating the Exploring Careers in Accounting and Business program. The program prepares minority high school students from all over the country for college.


July 30, 2014
SIU College of Business congratulates Mobola Rotibi for earning national All-Academic honors - Christie Mitchell
photo of Rotibi The SIU College of Business congratulates Mobola Rotibi, finance major and track athlete, on earning national All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on July 22.


July 24, 2014
The SIU College of Business announces new leadership - Christie Mitchell
photo of Jason Greene and Cheryl Burke Jarvis The SIU College of Business welcomes Jason Greene as interim dean and Cheryl Burke Jarvis as associate dean. Jason Greene, Henry J. Rehn professor of finance, recently accepted the interim dean position. Greene will lead the College of Business during a search for a permanent replacement for J. Dennis Cradit, who accepted a position as dean of the College of Business at San Diego State University.


June 24, 2014
Study examines business relationships - Christi Mathis
Associate Dean of SIU CoB, Dr. Cheryl Burke Jarivs It is crucial that businesses retain loyal customers in order to succeed, and a team of researchers including Southern Illinois University Carbondale faculty member Cheryl Burke Jarvis may change the way that businesses think about their customer relationships. The research, “Reaching the Breaking Point: A Dynamic Process Theory of Business-to-Business Customer Defection,” will be published in an upcoming issue of The Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. Jarvis is also incorporating the research into her classroom curriculum.


June 12, 2014
Michelle Cooper Receives Healthcare Organization Management Award - Christie Mitchell
student receives  award with Pete Mykytyn and Bart Millstead Michelle Lyn Cooper, from St. Louis, MO, was recently honored by the MidAmerica Healthcare Executives Forum for her excellence and leadership as a student of the healthcare management profession. The award was presented by Bart Millstead, FACHE (Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives) Southern Illinois Chapter President, and Vice President/Administrator for Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and Dr. Pete Mykytyn, Chair and Professor of Management.


June 12, 2014
Minority Affairs Stays Active this Summer - Christi Mathis and Wendell Hughes
Michael Haywood stands with Inspiring St. Louisan Award Three Southern Illinois University Carbondale students received scholarships at the recent National Association of Black Accountants Inc. St. Louis Metropolitan Chapter’s 33rd Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon. Chimere Onyeme is the recipient of the Barry C. Winters CPA Memorial/Boeing Scholarship; Olivia Grant received the Ronald Slaten CPA Memorial/Boeing Scholarship, and Kayla Pruitt won the Douglas E. Kelly CPA Memorial/Edward Jones Scholarship.


June 06, 2014
CoB students excel in the classroom and on the field - Christie Mitchell
SIU College of Business student and SIU pitcher, Sam Coonrod was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 5th round of the 2014 MLB Draft today. This is the earliest draft pick since 2008. Coonrod and fellow pitcher, Tyler Dray were also named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete first team. Dray graduated this May with a degree in accounting and a 3.67 GPA. This is his third-consecutive Scholar-Athlete team selection. Coonrod, a management major, finished his junior year with a 3.48 GPA.


June 04, 2014
New Coordinator of Executive and External Education - Christie Mitchell
photo of Jeffrey Reece The SIU College of Business would like to extend a sincere welcome to Jeffery Reece as the new Coordinator of Executive and External Education, effective June 4, 2014. Reece has held various roles at SIU since 2007. He joins the College of Business from his most recent position in human resources at SIU. He brings to the College of Business experience in applicant screening, developing and implementing programs, facilitating online courses, creation of online training materials and a talent for strategic planning.


May 08, 2014
Student investment fund reaping big rewards - Chris Hottensen | The Southern
SIU students are demonstrating they know how to buy low and sell high. The Saluki Student Investment Fund, founded in 2000 when SIU alumnus Omar Winter donated $25,000 to the College of Business, gives students hands-on experience managing money.


May 01, 2014
Haywood to receive Inspiring St. Louisan honor - Christi Mathis | University Communications
Michael Haywood, director of the Office of Minority Affairs in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Business, will receive an award as an “Inspiring St. Louisan” from the St. Louis County Branch of the NAACP. The honor goes to individuals who make noteworthy contributions in the fields of law, business, health care, education, government and advocacy.


May 01, 2014
SIU College of Business Inducts Four New Members into the Hall of Fame - Christie Mitchell
The SIU College of Business inducted four new members into the Hall of Fame Friday April 25, 2014 at the SIU Arena. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor the College of Business bestows, recognizing outstanding contribution to business and industry. A tradition started in 1986, the awards banquet was established to pay tribute to exceptional business people who are also alumni and friends of the college.


April 17, 2014
Outstanding Seniors recognized at Honors Day ceremony - Emily Morgan
The College of Business’ Honors Day ceremony recognized outstanding seniors from each major within the college. Each of these students is a great representative of the College of Business as they excel inside and outside of the classroom.


April 17, 2014
Finance faculty members earn honorable distinctions - Christie Mitchell
The SIU College of Business is honored to name Dr. Jason Greene the Henry J. Rehn Professor of Finance and Dr. Xiaoxin Wang Beardsley the Hamilton Family Faculty Fellow in Finance. Through their excellence inside and outside the classroom, they have inspired their colleagues and provided world-class business education to students.


April 15, 2014
Trevor Ward Honored by SIU College of Business as the 2014 Outstanding MBA Student - Christie Mitchell
Trevor Ward, son of Bev and Steve Ward of Albion, IL was recently awarded the distinction of SIU Outstanding MBA Student. He accepted the award at the Honors Day ceremony on April 5, 2014.


April 08, 2014
Honors Day ceremony recognizes outstanding students and achievements - Emily Morgan
The College of Business held its annual Honors Day awards ceremony on Saturday, April 5, in the Guyon Auditorium at Morris Library. The event was well-attended, and the venue was nearly at capacity. Over 160 students were recognized for academic honors, and 20 outstanding student awards were given.


April 02, 2014
SIU College of Business student is creating a recipe revolution - Christie Mitchell
College of Business Finance and Marketing major, Alex Hutchinson, is generating a recipe revolution with his idea for an app that would take any recipe and convert it into a gluten free recipe. The idea was inspired by Hutchinson’s mother, Mary Lou Hutchinson, who had to relearn to cook for Hutchinson’s father, brother, and himself, all whom suffer from Celiac Disease.


April 01, 2014
Externship Series: Alexandra Segobiano, River Radio - Emily Morgan
Alexandra Segobiano, a senior marketing major, spent her spring break week as an extern for River Radio in Carterville, IL. She spent the majority of her time at River Radio working with the Digital Media and Event Coordinating departments.


April 01, 2014
Externship Series: Theresa Bates, CareerBuilder - Emily Morgan
Theresa Bates, a senior management major, spent the week of spring break participating in the Externship Program, sponsored by the SIU Alumni Association and the College of Business. The company Theresa was matched with was CareerBuilder.com, located in Chicago, IL. CareerBuilder is an online job site that helps match the right talent with the right opportunity.


April 01, 2014
RSO Spotlight: Phi Beta Lambda - Emily Morgan
This week’s featured Registered Student Organization (RSO) is Phi Beta Lambda (PBL). The purpose of PBL is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.


March 24, 2014
Externship Series: Mustafa Abdullah, Jr., Lipman Hearne - Emily Morgan
During Spring Break, 39 College of Business students spent their week gaining hands-on experience and focusing on their career path through the Externship Program. The program is sponsored by the SIU Alumni Association and the College of Business. Mustafa “MJ” Abdullah, Jr., a junior marketing major, spent his week working at Lipman Hearne in Chicago, IL.


March 24, 2014
MBA alumnus named CFO of Siniat France - Emily Morgan
Frederic Gaillot, a 1998 SIU MBA alumnus, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Siniat France. Gaillot also earned a master’s degree in Management from Grenoble’s Ecole de Management, the College’s partner school in France.


March 24, 2014
Business college ranks among best for veterans - Pete Rosenbery | University Communications
Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Business is earning national recognition for providing exceptional educational opportunities and a culture that benefits student military veterans. In the March issue available online and on newsstands this week, Military Times ranks the business college 24th in the nation in its second “Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014” rankings.


February 27, 2014
Fourth Annual Polar Plunge a huge success - Emily Morgan
There were 232 brave people who took the chilling plunge into the 36-degree waters of Campus Lake for the fourth annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 22. The event, sponsored by the American Marketing Association (AMA), was held to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.


February 27, 2014
Externships to take place over Spring Break - Emily Morgan
During Spring Break, many College of Business students will be spending their week gaining hands-on experience through the SIU Alumni Association’s Extern Program. This is a great career-building opportunity and we wish our students the best on these endeavors!


February 26, 2014
Accounting Challenge invaluable for student coordinator - Chancellor Rita Cheng | The Southern
Scott Polczynski knows the value of the Accounting Challenge. A Du Bois native, he competed as a senior at Nashville High School. Now a senior majoring in accounting at SIU, this is the third year that Scott has served as student coordinator of the event.


February 26, 2014
RSO Spotlight: Beta Alpha Psi - Emily Morgan
The purpose of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance, and information systems, providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility.


February 14, 2014
SSIF holds first ever CoBA Challenge - Emily Morgan
During the first weekend in February, the Saluki Student Investment Fund (SSIF) held their first ever security analysis competition, the CoBA Challenge. The challenge was a competition among three teams of SSIF students who conducted a security analysis over a compressed amount of time (the weekend) and then presented their buy and sell decisions to the audience on Monday.


February 14, 2014
RSO Spotlight: Business Leadership Council - Emily Morgan
The main purpose of the BLC is to unite business students and faculty through events held each semester. The goal of the RSO is to create leaders out of every member. The BLC is also the umbrella organization for all College of Business RSO's, as each group has a specific representative who attends all BLC meetings to keep open communication between the organizations.


February 10, 2014
Chanta Thomas earns minority doctoral honor - Christi Mathis | University Communications
Chanta Thomas, an accounting doctoral student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is the recipient of a $10,000 Minority Doctoral Scholarship from KPMG Foundation. Thomas, of Belleville, received the award, renewable for up to five years, to help complete her studies.


January 30, 2014
‘Marketing U’ to be held February 27 - Emily Morgan
The Department of Marketing will be hosting their second annual ‘Marketing U’ Career Success Seminar on Thursday, February 27 at the Student Center. The event is hosted by the Department of Marketing External Advisory Board as a way for alumni to interact with students face-to-face, share real-world career advice to contribute to their success following graduation, and to offer themselves as potential professional mentors to students who want to seek those networking opportunities.


January 28, 2014
RSO Spotlight: Alpha Kappa Psi - Emily Morgan
Alpha Kappa Psi is a professional co-ed business fraternity that is recognized as the premier developer of principled business leaders. The purpose of the organization is to foster scientific research in the fields of commerce, accounting, and finance, and to further the individual welfare of its members, most of whom are earning degrees in the area of business administration.


January 21, 2014
Michael Haywood: ‘I wanted to provide some direction’ - Chancellor Rita Cheng | The Southern
Like so many of our dedicated employees, Michael Haywood wears many hats. Officially, he is the director of minority affairs in the College of Business. Students also know him as a mentor, educator, cheerleader, critic, adviser, father figure and friend.


January 16, 2014
Upcoming Polar Plunge - Emily Morgan
On Saturday, February 22, 2014, the SIU Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) will co-sponsor the fourth annual Polar Plunge, held at Campus Lake. All the proceeds of this event will benefit Special Olympics Illinois.


January 16, 2014
Online MBA Program ranked among “Best Online Graduate Business Programs” - Emily Morgan
The SIU College of Business online MBA program led by Dr. Suzanne Altobello, Director, and Jenni Janssen, Executive and External Education Coordinator, was recently ranked among the “Best Online Graduate Business Programs” by U.S. News and World Report. The program was ranked at No. 51.


January 16, 2014
RSO Spotlight: American Marketing Association - Emily Morgan
This week’s featured College of Business Registered Student Organization (RSO) is the American Marketing Association (AMA). The mission of the American Marketing Association of SIU is to offer members benefits including, but not limited to, affiliation with an internationally and recognized organization, professional development, community awareness, networking opportunities and recreational activities.


January 15, 2014
Online MBA program earns recognition - Christi Mathis | University Communications
Although it is just a few years old, Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s online MBA program is already earning national acclaim. U.S. News and World Report ranked the program among its “Best Online Graduate Business Programs” at No. 51.


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