Integrative Learning @ the School of Business

Our students are able to travel to professional conferences, participate in study abroad trips, and take advantage of other professional development activities through the generous support of our donors. Continue reading for examples of integrative learning experiences in the School of Business:

The Student Financial Planning Association participated in the 2nd annual Financial Planning Day, which is rotated between Eastern Illinois University and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. This year the event was hosted by UIUC. The Student Financial Planning Association also hosted a Finance Alumni Roundtable event through EIU's School of Business to welcome alumni with finance degrees back to campus to impart their expertise to our current students. During the roundtable discussions, participants talked about current market conditions including interest rates, tax laws, and estate planning.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) sent six members to the Illinois HR Games, where the EIU team earned first place! In February, six members and two sponsors of EIU's Student Chapter of SHRM traveled to Dekalb, IL to participate in the annual Illinois HR Games and Conference, hosted by Northern Illinois University.

Two MIS students who are members of EIU's chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), brought home a 2nd place finish in the COBOL competition from the National Collegiate Conference in Orlando, FL. The Chapter also co-hosted the event. The Association of Information Technology Professionals was named the winner of the "Region 5 Outstanding Student Chapter Award" for 2009-2010. AITP also sponsored IT Networking Day, where speakers from State Farm, Consolidated Communications, ADM, Anixter, Applied Systems, and Caterpillar, Inc. visited classes to talk about the IT field and internship and career opportunities.

EIU's chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) was also recognized for its excellence. At the 50th Annual Marketing Conference held in St. Louis in February of 2011, EIU's AMA chapter was awarded the Dik Twedt AMA Student Chapter Award, for the second consecutive year. This is the top award at the conference and recognizes the EIU American Marketing Association student chapter as outstanding in all areas. In addition, the EIU AMA student chapter received these recognitions: Outstanding Chapter Planning, Outstanding Membership Activities, and Outstanding Fundraising Activities.

The International Business Club had several members attend the International Business Conference at St. Louis University. Members also took field trips to Toyota in Princeton, IN, and to FedEx. Several guest speakers were hosted on campus and through Skype. In addition, the club hosted their annual international lunch, where members and invited guests bring their favorite international dish to share. The international luncheon also features guest speakers who talk about their experiences with other cultures.

Beta Alpha Psi students attended the Midwest Regional meeting in Indianapolis, IN, and officers attended the national meeting in San Jose, CA. Beta Alpha Psi hosts guest speakers frequently, including speakers from BKD, ING, KPMG, ADM, Becker CPA Review, Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions, Gilbert, Metzger & Madigan, The Sargent Consulting Group, Kemper CPA Group, Sikich, Reznick Group, and State Farm. The students also took a tour of the Federal Reserve and the Illinois CPA Society Office. Accounting students participated in Accounting Day, an annual event held in conjunction with EIU's Career Network Day. During the day, students had an opportunity to network with over 30 professionals from 21 different firms.

Finance students are participating in the daily closing market reports on WEIU's radio station, Hit Mix 88.9, and prepared and presented the market report for WEIU-TV. This opportunity allows students to give their own commentary on market moving information and closing prices for major equity market indexes, commodities, and local stocks. A group of about ten Finance students are currently participating in the reports given on WEIUFM. They follow the three major indexes, Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and Nasdaq and track commodity prices and about a dozen local stocks. Then, after researching and collecting all of this material, the host of the day goes live or prerecords a two to three minute segment that airs daily. For more information, visit:
http://www.eiu.edu/business/spotlight_dailymarketreports.php

Members of EIU's School of Business Student Investment Society attended the 2011 R.I.S.E. (Redefining Investment Strategy Education) Investment Forum. The Student Investment Society took 1st Place in the Core Investment Style category at the competition. The R.I.S.E. Investment Forum brings top financial industry leaders from around the world together with college students. During its 11 year history, the R.I.S.E. forum has attracted 13,000 students and industry leaders, including Ben Bernanke (Chairman of the Federal Reserve), Jack Bogle (Founder and former CEO of The Vanguard Group), Pete Coors (Chairman of Coors Brewing Company), Myron Scholes (Nobel-Prize recipient, and co-creator of the Black-Scholes option pricing model), and Rev. Jesse Jackson (Founder and President of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition).

Each year, the School of Business sponsors a variety of speaker events that bring business professionals to campus to interact with students and faculty, including, The Executive-in-Residence Program, Global Entrepreneurship Week, Bertrand P. Holley Business Ethics & Social Responsibility Series, Young Professional Speaker Series, to name a few.