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2005 Features

Meet Some College of Business Graduate Students, December 2005
Meet some of the outstanding students pursuing a graduate degree in the College of Business at the University of Illinois. They're savvy, strategic, focused, and preparing for a bright professional future.

Successful Audits Don't Use a Checklist, December 2005
Bruce Pillar, KPMG partner-in-charge at the firm's CHicago office, says that no audit is truly routine.

Establishing a Baseline, December 2005
A database of entrepreneurial scholarship offers scholars access to information that is scattered over many different disciplines.

Financial Analyst Offers Career Advice to MSF Students, November 2005
The hours a financial analyst works are long and the work is challenging. The financial rewards are great but turnover is high. Tim Opler of Credit Suisse First Boston gave an insider's view on the industry in a presentation to MSF students.

Kuck & Associates Co-founder Recalls Early Years, November 2005
Bruce Leasure recalled the early years of software firm Kuck & Associates and his management philosophy in a presentation to the Chinese Entrepreneur and Professional Club.

E&Y's Approach to Auditing, November 2005
Iindustry knowledge plays a critical role in performing an effective audit. Alumnus Jim Cook offered lyceum students insights on the Ernst & Young approach.

Certificate Program Targets Graduate Students in the Science, November 2005
A ten-week program offered by the College of Business gives graduate students in non-business programs a background in basic business structure.

More Realistic, More Targeted: Spanish Class Revamped with CIBER Funding, November 2005
CIBER funding made possible one recent advancement to a Spanish course that has changed to better meet the needs of students entering the business world after graduation.

Former Senate Majority Leader Delivers Vacketta Lecture, October 2005
Former US Senator and Senate majority leader George Mitchell spoke about America’s role in the world in the 21st century at the College of Law lecture established by Carl Vacketta ’63 (commerce law) and DLA Piper.

Investment Bankers Offer Glimpse of Chosen Career, October 2005
The challenges and rewards of a career in investment banking were the subject of a conversation among College of Business alumni in the field.

CNA Insurance Executive Looks at the Impact of Accountants on Business Earnings, October 2005
To be successful in business, Craig Mense says that you must have the ability to act and set strategic directions. "And then business is a pretty simple process."

Why International Study is Valuable, October 2005
Whether a student travels outside the US for a short course or for a semester, the benefits are both immediate and long term, personal and professional.

Accountancy Alumnus Offers Enforcement Perspective, October 2005
Gregory Wilson discussed the importance of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in the first Accountancy Lyceum for the fall 2005 semester.

More Than a Gas Station: BP Simulation Heightens Interest, October 2005
Student in the College of Business were learning the ins and outs of commodity trading during a recent trading simulation exercise hosted by BP.

Indian Software Industry Focus of Beckman Lecture, September 2005
India's information technology professionals need to find new ways to compete in the global economy. Read N.R. Narayana Murthy's perspective on the topic.

Business is Global. Business Educators Need to be Global, August 2005
Incorporating a global perspective into business education was the focus of a three-day conference for PhD students and PhD candidates this July.

College Welcomes the Class of 2009, August 2005
The Class of 2009 started their collegiate careers with a welcome from the College of Business faculty and staff. Words of wisdom from a fellow student and a 1977 graduate rounded out the ceremony at Foellinger Auditorium.

LEAD Highlights Business -- for College, for Career, July 2005
More than 25 high school students took part in a three-week program in July that is designed to introduce them to educational options and career paths in business.

Academy Workshop: One Page Business Plan, July 2005
Organizing your thoughts and learning to articulate your passion are critical skills for entrepreneurs. The Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership's recent multi-day workshop focused on University of Illinois faculty and students.

Irwin Fellowships Announced, June 2005
Seven PhD students were named Irwin Fellows in April. Most aspire to a career of teaching and research.

Convocation 2005, May 2005
Graduation weekend is filled with celebrations of a job well done. The College of Business welcomes back to campus several alumni who offered their perspectives on the milestone.

KPMG's Bell Offers View on Auditing in the New Century, May 2005
Heightened business complexity, greater auditor risk, and additional demands for increased transparence and integrity describe today's auditing environement. Timothy Bell shares his views on auditing today.

Wharton's Winter Discusses Economics of Strategy , May 2005
A distinctive viewpoint can give an entrepreneur the ability to visualize the unimagined and move the unimagined from concept to reality.

Meet the College Undergraduate Advising Team, May 2005
A dedicated staff help undergraduates in the College meet their academic and personal challenge. Learn about the philosophy of the team.

Part-time Evening MBA Program Receiving Positive Response, May 2005
The first information session about the new, part-time evening MBA program for working professionals was received positively by the more than 120 people in attendance. Interested in learning more?

O'Connell Gives Congressional Testimony, April 2005
Dan O'Connell, administrative director of the Golder Center, offered Congressional testimony in April about the Small Business Administration’s participating securities program.

Brady Talks Derivatives, April 2005
Sean Brady of Credit Suisse First Boston gave MSF students the inside story on derivatives. And pointed out the benefits to the parties to the deals.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Partner Reflects on SOX Section 404, April 2005
Randy O'Hare, US partner-in-charge of SOX 404 for PwC, shared his thoughts on the first year of implementation for 404..

U of I President White Delivers 2005 Leighton Lecture, April 2005
President of the University of Ilinois B. Joseph White delivered the 2005 Leighton Lecture on high integrity leadership and making the right decisions.

Doheny Chronicles Career Switch, April 2005
Alumnus Daniel Doheny moved from being a partner at a large accounting firm to being CFO of a family-owned company. Read how his challenges are different in his new environment.

Spring Luncheon 2005: CBAA Honors Excellence, Loyalty, April 2005
Alumni gathered in Chicago to celebrate spring and to honor faculty excellence and alumni loyalty.

Ernst & Young's Jim Cook Comments on Sarbanes-Oxley, April 2005
The global director of retail and consumer products and director of industries for Ernst & Youngwas on campus in March to discuss E&Y's response to the new auditing environment, post Sarbanes-Oxley.

IDM Case Competition Features Challenge Faced by IBM, March 2005
Students in the Industrial Distribution Management concentration in BA and some MBA students participated in the annual IDM case competition. This year's collaborator was IBM.

Don Delves Outlines Executive Compensation Challenges, March 2005
Assessing the current challenges facing companies in the realm of CEO compensation was the subject of Don Delves' guest lecture to MSF students as part of the MSF speaker series.

Spring Brings Case Competitions, March 2005
Case competitions might seem like spring robins. About this time each year, College of Business students flock to various venues for a day or two of intense competition and business challanges.

Something in Common: Award-winning Instructors, March 2005
Three outstanding teachers share an approach to their classrooms that turns a class into something special..

Gregory Dees on Social Entrepreneurship, March 2005
The spirit of finding new and better ways to do things was the subject of Gregory Dees' presentation on social entrepreneurship, part of the spring program schedule for the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Inspired to Achieve: Women's Leadership Conference, February 2005
Women in Business coordinated a day-long conference this month that featured women executives and faculty who told who and what inspired them to achieve.

Study Trip to China Focuses on Entrepreneurism, February 2005
A January 2005 study trip to China was an eye-opening experience. And one that the participants want to repeat. Read why.

Securities and Exchange Representative Offers View from the Enforcement Team, February 2005
What's it like being an auditor for the government? Students attending the Accountancy Lyceum series learned first hand from Donald Ryba, an SEC senior staff accountant.

Study Trip to Poland by MBA Students, February 2005
Learn while traveling. That's what 36 Illinois MBA students had an opportunity to do when they took a study trip to Poland in January 2005.

ADM Executive Shares Her Challenges with MSF Graduate Students, February 2005
That business today is global, complex, and fraught with risk was made clear during a presentation by Archer Daniels Midland's Margaret Loebl, vice president of finance at the Decatur-based multinational company.

Faculty Entrepreneurs Share Insights, January 2005
Marked signs of a strong entrepreneurial zeal at the U of I and surrounding Champaign-Urbana area emanated from the first panel discussion hosted by the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership.