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2015 Metro East Startup Challenge Winners Revealed

4 September 2015, 12:26 AM

2015 Metro East Startup Challenge WinnersThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Metro East Startup Challenge (MESC), a regional business plan competition for entrepreneurs and startups, officially announced its three cash prize winners today. 

The top teams of the nine finalists presented their winning business concepts at the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois Board of Directors meeting Friday, before a live audience of Leadership Council members and invited guests. The member-based organization includes more than 2...

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SIUE Alum Inspires Students toward Entrepreneurial Endeavors

3 September 2015, 3:06 PM

Jeffry Harrison

A Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alum and entrepreneur shared his recent business successes to a group of students on Wednesday. 

Jeffry Harrison, BS Business Administration ’12 and chief operating officer of RoverTown, addressed the Entrepreneurs’ Club of SIUE. Fitting to its tagline, ‘throwin’ you bones,’ RoverTown is an app that sends local coupons to college students’ smart phones when they click on a bone icon. &#1...

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SIUE to Induct Eight to Alumni Hall of Fame

2 September 2015, 10:45 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will honor eight remarkable graduates at the 2015 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday, Oct. 2 in the Morris University Center. These alumni have achieved exploits in their respective fields, are role models and are testament to SIUE’s educational excellence.

A cocktail reception in the MUC restaurant will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and an awards presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the MUC Conference Center.  

“Those selected...

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Fusion Gates’ Persistence Plus SBDC Expertise Opens Gate to Product Rollout

1 September 2015, 12:55 PM

Donna PotterEdwardsville resident and business owner Donna Potter speaks from experience. Years of overcoming entrepreneurial-related challenges are what ultimately led to the launch of her business, Fusion Gates LLC.

In a previous life, Potter was a long-time marketing and advertising executive for a Fortune 500 company, and later a stay-at-home mom for her four kids and two dogs. Potter reentered the workforce eight years ago to pursue her passion as an entrepreneur and inventor.  

As a completely ...

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Washington Monthly Ranks SIUE Tops Among Master’s Universities in Illinois

26 August 2015, 11:30 AM

WashingtonMonthlyFor the second-consecutive year, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is in Washington Monthly’s Top 40 for master’s universities in the nation. SIUE maintained its position as first among all master’s institutions in Illinois on the national magazine’s list. This is the sixth-consecutive year that SIUE has been listed.

Unlike conventional college rankings, Washington Monthly evaluates an institution’s “contribution to the public good” in three bro...

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Metro East SBDC Names AdvantaClean as Business Success Story

25 August 2015, 9:15 AM

Scott-Donna-Phil-GreenThe decision on whether or not to purchase a franchise can be complex.

The Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville equipped Donna and Phil Green, long-time business owners of a local remodeling and remediation business, with the information and contacts they needed to make that complex decision.

For nearly a decade, Phil Green owned and operated Green Home Solutions, a Collinsville-based residential remodeling and radon reduction company. In 20...

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SIUE Launches New Online Scholarship Management and Application System

21 August 2015, 9:40 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students will find they now have an easier way to search and apply online for scholarships this fall. The SIUE Scholarship Task Force has launched siue.academicworks.com, where students can view all scholarships, sort by keyword, filter by area of interest, fill out an application and accept their scholarship awards.

This online system allows students to be considered for more than 450 internal and external scholarship opportunities utilizing a streamli...

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SIUE Introduces Rave Guardian Personal Safety App

19 August 2015, 10:00 AM

Rave GuardianSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is consistently rated as one of the safest campuses in the nation. As the safety of its students, staff, faculty and guests is its top priority, SIUE and Parking Services are introducing SIUE-Safe – the free Rave Guardian personal safety app, as an additional component for individual security.

“SIUE-Safe is the perfect complement to the campus E-lert system, said Bob Vanzo, SIUE director of administrative services. “With E-lert, we pro...

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SIUE CMIS Degree Programs Achieve Distinctive STEM Designation

10 August 2015, 8:52 AM

Clay Williams, associate professor in the Department of CMIS at SIUE.The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business is now the only accredited business school in the Metro East to offer both graduate and undergraduate degrees in Computer Management Information Systems (CMIS) as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs.

The STEM designation recognizes the importance of degrees that help students develop expertise in the sciences. It provides noteworthy advantages for both domestic and international students, and positions SIUE a...

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SIUE Introduces Business Analytics Graduate Specialization

30 July 2015, 4:20 PM

Janice JoplinSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is introducing a master’s specialization in business analytics that will be available for the fall 2015 semester.

The specialization will be available for all School of Business graduate programs, including the MBA, accountancy, marketing research, CMIS, and economics and finance.

Business professionals who can make data-driven decisions are in high demand. According to a Graduate Management Admission Council 2013 survey, 98 percent of employers ...

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SIUE Sponsors World IT Project During August in St. Louis

28 July 2015, 1:35 PM

TimJacksThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business is bringing the World IT Project to St. Louis during August.

The World IT Project is a research initiative focused on learning about the impact of culture on information technology professionals around the world, including attitudes towards work, job satisfaction, techno-stress and job turnover.

The project began in 2013 and includes hundreds of global organizations representing more than 30 countries. The data collection effort ...

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Metro East SBDC Salutes Sweet Katie Bee’s as Delicious Success

17 July 2015, 8:50 AM

Hendrix-Beth-KateO’Fallon, Ill. residents Kate Hendrix and her daughter, Beth Hendrix, are nearing the third anniversary of their home-grown, home-baked business, Sweet Katie Bee’s Cupcake & Coffee Bar.

The idea to open a cupcake business was borne from the Hendrix women’s long-time love of baking and coffee brewing, according to Kate. “Our idea for the bakery/café also came from a wish to share our “Slow Food” commitment with the community,” she said. 

The i...

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Popular Construction Leadership Institute 2016 Registration Opens

14 July 2015, 11:15 AM

CLISuccess in the highly competitive building industry requires exceptional leadership, management and communication skills. The innovative Construction Leadership Institute (CLI) has packaged those skills into a convenient, accelerated, nine-week program. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville announced today that it is now accepting registrations for the 2016 session of this highly popular program. 

Over the course of its 12-year history, CLI has seen many of its more than 250 graduates ...

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SIUE School of Business Begins Exchange Program with Italy’s U. of Torino

9 July 2015, 2:35 PM

Torino GroupThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business (SOB) has added the University of Torino, Italy to its exchange partners. The first set of exchange students should arrive on the Edwardsville campus in Spring 2016. 

The exchange agreement is for students and faculty with the University of Torino School of Management and Economics, and the SOB. 

 “Providing School of Business students with access to international opportunities is significant in this era of g...

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SIUE SBDC Salutes GeoGraph as Business Success Story

25 June 2015, 3:02 PM

Earl McDowell, Jr., owner of GeoGraph LLCEarl McDowell, Jr.’s company, GeoGraph LLC, is one of only two minority owned businesses within its market niche in Illinois. That niche is developing customized geographic profiles via a geographic information system (GIS).

A GIS is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage and present all types of spatial or geographic data.

“Geography is fun,” said McDowell. “It’s a wonderful time to be in the field. GIS modeling brings surveying, enginee...

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SIUE’s Navin Shares Vision as Dean of the School of Business

23 June 2015, 10:05 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business Dean John C. Navin, PhD, is proud of the professional School’s accreditation and history of providing a quality education to thousands of students.

Navin has been part of the School since 1991. As his tenure as dean begins, Navin reflects on the successes of the School of Business and shares his vision for the School’s future in this video.

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SIUE Alum Named Economic Development and Market Brand Director of Godfrey

22 May 2015, 9:06 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alum William Catalano will lead the growth and development efforts in Godfrey. Catalano will serve as the economic development and market brand director, a newly created position.

Catalano earned a bachelor’s in economics and political science from SIUE in 2006. He achieved his master’s in economics and finance from the University’s School of Business in 2010.

An article detailing Catalano’s new role is posted on riverbender.com...

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2015 Metro East Start-Up Challenge Expands to $25,000

15 May 2015, 1:40 PM

Metro East Challenge LogoEntrepreneurs and new business startups are invited to compete in the 2015 Metro East Start-Up Challenge (MESC), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s second annual regional business plan competition.

The $25,000 Challenge is organized by the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The purpose of the Challenge is to identify, encourage and support entrepreneurs and business startups across the SBDC’s nine-county service area.

The first-place wi...

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SIUE’s Sierra Achieves Milestone as Minority Business Professor

15 May 2015, 10:50 AM

Greg Sierra, associate professor of accounting, SIUE School of BusinessSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Gregory Sierra, associate professor of accounting in the SIUE School of Business, is one of only 52, male Hispanic-American accounting business school professors in the U.S. The SIU Board of Trustees approved Sierra’s promotion to associate professor of accounting with tenure at its May meeting on the Carbondale campus.

As the son of Cuban immigrants, the Belleville native pursued his higher education degree while participating in the PhD ...

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SIU Trustees Approve Contracts for SIUE Administrators

14 May 2015, 12:50 PM

Julie Furst-BoweThe Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees at its regularly scheduled meeting on the Carbondale campus today extended SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe’s contract through June 30, 2017.

The board also approved contracts for John C. Navin, PhD, as dean of the School of Business; Curt Lox, PhD, as dean of the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior; and Jeffrey Waple, PhD, as vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

Furst-Bowe’s tenure as SIUE’s eighth chancellor bega...

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SIUE Spring Commencement Celebrates Class of 2015

8 May 2015, 9:00 PM

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville continued 2015 Spring Commencement exercises for the 2,212 eligible graduates Saturday in the Vadalabene Center on campus.

SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe bestowed degrees upon Graduate School, School of Business and School of Nursing students Friday night, and followed Saturday morning with the Graduate School and School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB).

Furst...

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First Generation College Student Grateful for Opportunity to Attend SIUE

5 May 2015, 4:19 PM

Mitch Morecraft, first generation college graduateWhen Mitch Morecraft walks across the stage to receive his diploma at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s May commencement, it’s his parents that will be forefront in his mind. As a first generation college student, the achievement is what his parents have always wanted for him, and one he’s worked hard for.

“My whole family is coming,” Morecraft said. “Their support has been the most important thing to me, whether it's financial support or moral supp...

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SIUE Alum Dust Receives AICPA Elijah Watt Sells Award

5 May 2015, 1:20 PM

Lora DustSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville alum Lora Beth Dust BS ‘14 is one of 60 winners nationwide of the Elijah Watt Sells Award. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) made the announcement in mid-April.

This award is a high honor given to candidates who obtain the following criteria: a cumulative average score of 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, passed each section on their first attempt and completed the testing in 2014. This pas...

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Industrial Engineering Students Win SIUE’s “TheOther40” Competition

4 May 2015, 12:33 PM

TheOther40 First Place WinnersFuture business leaders and entrepreneurial hopefuls at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville pitched business plans to a panel of enterprise professionals in hopes of winning the fifth annual “TheOther40” competition. The event resembled the hit show “Shark Tank,” in which the creators of seven businesses worked to prove the future success of their start-up.

The Entrepreneurs’ Club of SIUE hosted the competition. Since statistics show that around 60 percent of...

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First SIUE MBA Graduate Returns to Campus to Share Business Knowledge

29 April 2015, 4:09 PM

Larry Heitz, MBA'69In 1969, Lawrence “Larry” Heitz became the first person to graduate with a master’s in business administration (MBA) from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Now a business executive and investor, Heitz has achieved great success by combining his education with a palpable work ethic and passion for business.

Heitz pursued his MBA at SIUE after receiving his bachelor’s in engineering from Purdue University. After earning his advanced degree, Heitz began applying fo...

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International Trade Center Equips Businesses to “Go Global” May 28

29 April 2015, 10:05 AM

Laurel DelaneyIn tune with World Trade Month, the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) International Trade Center (ITC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is hosting “Go Global in the Digital Age: Taking on the International Market” from 12-2 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at SIUE’s Barnard Birger Hall.

Laurel Delaney, founder and president of Chicago-based GlobeTrade.com, is the guest presenter. According to ITC Director Silvia Torres Bowman, the session will educate business...

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SIUE Accounting Professor Achieves Milestone

24 April 2015, 4:35 PM

According to The PhD Project, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Gregory Sierra, assistant professor of accounting in the SIUE School of Business, is one of just 52 male Hispanic-American accounting business school professors in the nation.

Pending approval from the SIU Board of Trustees, Sierra will be promoted to associate professor of accounting with tenure at SIUE.

Further details on Dr. Sierra’s accomplishments and involvement with The PhD Project were posted in this news...

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SIUE School of Business Students Honored at Awards Luncheon

22 April 2015, 1:30 PM

John Navin, dean of the SIUE School of BusinessSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business students were honored for their academic achievements at the 11th Annual School of Business Scholarships and Awards Program on Tuesday, April 21 in the Morris University Center.

Scholarships totaling $90,000 were awarded to 77 students pursuing degrees in accounting, business, computer management and information systems, economics and finance, and management and marketing.

“Today we celebrate the exceptional academic achievemen...

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Business Transitions Program Lays Foundation for SIUE Student Success

5 February 2015, 8:48 AM

School of Business Business etiquette Melenie Broyles 01-23-15From the beginning of their collegiate studies in business, to their first steps into the professional world, students at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are benefiting from the Business Transitions Program.

The goal of the program is to give SIUE students a competitive edge in the professional workforce by helping mold them into successful business leaders during their college career.

“Our primary objective is to enhance their professionalism,” said Tim Schoenecker, as...

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