College of Business
Thinking Differently, Making a Difference
The College of Business is committed to delivering high-quality, impactful outcomes through distinctive educational programs that integrate active learning experiences through faculty/student interactions and through engagement with stakeholders.
- The Transfer Student Workshop involves current transfer students providing information to new transfer students. Advisors presented this concept to a very receptive audience at a National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conference.
- The COB Experience Program is comprised of four required, graded, one-credit courses that expose students to a robust career and professional development series designed to facilitate self-awareness, decision-making skills, professional presentations, and emotional intelligence. The program includes a partnership with Junior Achievement of Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Students are paired with industry professionals in their field, to prepare and present a Junior Achievement workshop at an area high school.
Business faculty members are making an impact in their professional disciplines by publishing their research in a wide variety of outlets and receiving recognition for their excellent work.
- Students from PNW tax classes offer free federal and state income tax assistance to taxpayers with incomes less than $54,000, individuals with disabilities, and elderly residents. Students work with the American Association of Retired Persons and the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
- Finance major Shyla Huppenthal presented her paper titled “The Dollar-Peso Carry Trade” at the annual meeting of the Association of Private Enterprise Education in Hawaii. This paper was completed under the guidance of White Lodging Professor Pat Obi.
- Students from Agency 429, guided by Clinical Assistant Professor Matt Hanson, took first place at the American Advertising Federation District 6 National Student Advertising Competition in May 2017. In the past nine years, College of Business students have taken first place five times and second place another two times.
- Several faculty members have received ”Outstanding Manuscript “ awards at their discipline conferences:
- Jane Thomas, assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resources, and her co-authors received a Best Paper award for their paper titled “Facilitating Peer Evaluation in Team Contexts: The Impact of Frame-of-Reference Rater Training.”
- Henry Williams, assistant professor of organizational leadership, received the Carolyn B. Dexter Award from the Consulting Division of the Academy of Management. This recognition is given to the paper that best meets the objective of internationalizing the Academy of Management. Williams’ paper is titled “Effective Organizational Change through SEAM Multi-Level Intervention.”
- Serdar Turedi, assistant professor of business analytics, won a Best Paper award at the MBAA International Conference for his paper titled “Fan-Based Brand Equity for the National Football League: Antecedents and the Measurement Scale.” The conference is a gathering of multidisciplinary leaders from around the world.
- Junior Achievement gave its first-ever University Champion award to PNW based on the work of Associate Professor Rachel Smith in her undergraduate leadership class in which College of Business students work directly with high-school Junior Achievement students to help build their leadership skills, and based on the COB Experience Program involving Junior Achievement.
- The college’s Center for Business and Economic Development provides consulting and economic analysis services to area local businesses and communities. Students and faculty members provide the services for a fee and have helped a significant number of area businesses.
- The College of Business has launched a new Center for Career Management. The unit offered many events during the academic year including the Career Treks series in which students visit major area employers to get an inside look at their organizations, to network with professionals, and to learn about career opportunities.
- The college spearheaded the acquisition of a new career services information system that has generated a significant increase in the number of job and internship opportunities for students throughout PNW.
- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, International (AACSB) will be visiting PNW in April 2018 for a Continuous Improvement Review. The accreditors will assess the overall quality of the college’s programs, faculty, students and organization.