John C. Navin, PhD, has been recommended as the new dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business. Navin has served as interim dean since June 2013, and his permanent appointment as dean is contingent upon SIU Board of Trustees approval.
“Dr. Navin’s long-time service and excellent leadership will be critically important to the University moving forward,” said Parviz Ansari, SIUE provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. “Dr. Navin’s appointment will allow the School to continue to meet the challenges of changing fiscal and academic environments while adjusting to evolving student expectations.”
“I want to thank Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe, Provost Ansari and the members of the search committee for their support,” Navin said. “I am looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead as we focus on strategic enrollment growth and expanding our international focus.
“I appreciate the opportunity to continue working with our outstanding faculty and staff to build upon the excellent national and international reputation of the School of Business as well as expanding our efforts in fundraising and alumni relations.”
Navin is a professor in the Department of Economics and Finance, a department he once chaired. He has been a member of the SIUE faculty since 1991. He also served as the undergraduate program director for the bachelor’s program in economics and finance, and the bachelor’s programs in economics.
Navin has been published in a wide variety of journals and contributed to economic impact studies for various regional groups. He has also co-authored SIUE’s economic impact studies, the most recent released during March 2015.
With extensive experience working at all levels of University governance, Navin has held key leadership roles as chair of the University Planning and Budget Council (UPBC) from 2007 to 2010; chair of the chancellor’s Search Advisory Committee in 2011-2012; chair of the Salary Equity Task Force from 2009-2010; and chair of the E-Textbooks Committee in 2011-2012.
In addition to his strong record of teaching and scholarship, Navin has spent much of his career working with community leaders and alumni who seek to partner with the University. He currently serves as SIUE’s corporate liaison to the Boeing Company. He has been a member of the executive board of the Alliance of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon. The recipient of numerous internal and external research grants, he recently worked with community leaders to complete work on the Southwest Illinois Vision 20/20 project.
Navin achieved a bachelor’s in business administration/economics from Bowling Green State University and both a master’s and a doctorate in economics from Michigan State University.
Navin succeeds Gary Giamartino, who resigned to assume the same duties at La Salle University's School of Business in Philadelphia.Photo: SIUE School of Business Dean John Navin.
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business part-time master’s of business administration program is ranked in U.S. News & World Reports 2016 edition of Best Graduate Schools. SIUE improved 31 slots in the rankings to No. 153 from a year ago.
SIUE tied with seven other institutions at 153: Iowa State University, New Mexico State University, Providence College, University of Nevada-Reno, New Hampshire University, University of Tulsa and University of Washington-Tacoma.
“The increase in our ranking is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff,” said John C. Navin, PhD, interim dean of the SIUE School of Business. “We consistently strive to provide the best academic experience in the most flexible environment for students who are balancing lives and careers with their educational pursuits.”
To be eligible for the part-time ranking, a program needed to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and have at least 20 students enrolled part time in the fall of 2014 - 289 programs met the criteria.
The U.S. News part-time MBA ranking is based on five factors:
The average peer assessment score is calculated from a fall 2014 survey that asked business school deans and MBA program directors at each of the nation’s 323 part-time MBA programs to rate the other part-time programs on a five-point scale from marginal to outstanding.
Photo: John Navin, interim dean of the SIUE School of Business.
SIUE School of Business Interim Dean John Navin was quoted extensively in the Belleville News-Democrat in a story regarding the St. Louis region’s economic recovery in comparison to other metropolitan areas. Writer Will Buss posted the story on Sunday, Feb. 22. Read it here.
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business named Edwardsville native Joshua House as the recipient of the fall 2014 Enterprise Holdings Student Organization Leader of the Semester Award.
The scholarship is awarded to student leaders who participate in events, show a willingness to take on responsibility, promote innovative ideas and effectively involve others in the organization.
“Joshua has demonstrated an intense aspiration to learn and eager involvement in extracurricular activities,” said Andrea Hester, PhD, who nominated House. Hester is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Management and Information Systems (CMIS) and faculty advisor for the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP).
A senior CMIS major, House is AITP’s vice president. Hester nominated House because of his outstanding performance, such as taking the initiative to build the relationship between the SIUE student chapter and the St. Louis AITP chapter.
Hester also added, “Joshua has demonstrated an intense aspiration to learn and eager involvement in extracurricular activities.”
Along with his AITP activities, House is enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard.
“I am appreciative of the business program at SIUE for many reasons,” House said. “Primarily, the CMIS program required classes I did not expect, which improved my general business knowledge. It allowed for the building of influential relationships, and as a whole, helped me grow professionally.”
The SIUE School of Business named Michael Costigan, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Accounting, as the Enterprise Holdings Student Organization Advisor of the Semester Award.
The honor recognizes faculty who surpass the norm to help students succeed. Costigan serves as the faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi (BAP).
“Dr. Costigan’s depth of expertise and leadership that he brings to our chapter is pivotal to our success,” said BAP member Francis Bennett, who nominated Costigan.
Costigan’s open-door policy was one of the many reasons the BAP chapter voted unanimously to nominate him.
Enterprise Holdings, a primary supporter of the School of Business, has sponsored the Student Organization Leader of the Year Award since 2006 and initiated the Student Organization Advisor of the Semester Award last year.
“We look forward to continuing to partner with SIUE recognize students, student organizations and faculty for their outstanding work,” said Scott King, Enterprise Holdings representative.
Photo (L-R): SIUE Assistant Professor Andrea Hester; SIUE School of Business student Joshua House; Enterprise Holdings representative Scott King; and SIUE Assistant Professor Tim Jacks.
SIUE alumnus Thomas B. Cannady BS’78 will be the next St. Clair County Associate Judge. Cannady earned his bachelor of science in business administration from SIUE.
Cannady is currently a partner at Cannady and AuBuchon, a Belleville law firm.
Read more about Cannady’s new position in this Belleville News-Democrat article, posted Feb. 13.
Dr. David Werner will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at its May 2015 commencement. The SIU Board of Trustees approved the presentation during its December meeting on the Edwardsville campus.
“David Werner has over 40 years of experience and expertise in higher education, and his achievements while at SIUE are pivotal to the University’s history,” SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe said. “Dr. Werner has contributed a great deal toward making SIUE’s reality one of increasing distinction.”
Werner has been a significant contributor to the growth of SIUE, from his initial hiring in 1968 as an assistant professor, to his retirement as chancellor emerita in 2004. During his tenure, he held several positions within the University, including: associate professor of management science, dean of the SIUE School of Business, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, and finally, chancellor.
During his post as dean of the SIUE School of Business, the accounting department obtained its first accreditation, becoming the only accredited school of accounting in the St. Louis area prior to 1996. Werner was responsible for a number of significant advances within the School of Business including: achieving master’s level accreditation, developing a new system for faculty evaluation and salary increase determination, and initiating a curriculum review process which majorly reformed the School’s undergraduate program.
Werner served as the sixth chancellor of SIUE, from 1997 to 2004. As chancellor, Werner notably shifted the perception of the University as a commuter college to a residential one. For the first time during fall 1998, the number of residential students outnumbered those who commuted. Two residence halls, Prairie Hall and Bluff Hall, were constructed to accommodate for this growth.
As chancellor, Werner achieved additional milestones, including the expansion of the health sciences curriculum with the construction of the SIUE School of Pharmacy. Also, the SAT scores of incoming freshmen increased above the national average.
After retiring as chancellor in 2004, Werner continued his efforts on behalf of higher education:
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottomland and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of nearly 14,000.
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association is hosting a professional development event to help jumpstart your career search. “Launching Your Career Search” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 6-8 p.m. in Birger Hall at SIUE.
The event will feature accomplished presenters, who are all SIUE alumni, on the topics of writing an effective resume, LinkedIn secrets and tricks and current interviewing strategies.
Participants will also be offered free professional headshots, taken by photographer Colby Craig BS’11. Photos will be taken in the lounge in Birger Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Presenters include Michelle Swanson BA’05, a professional resume writer and job search strategist and owner of Swanson Career Solutions. Notably, Swanson is the only person worldwide to be certified as both a Nationally Certified Resume Writer and a Certified Executive Resume Master.
Brittany K. Anderson MPA’12 will discuss basic interviewing skills and negotiating the job. With a background in the legal sector, the freelance writer is well-versed in recruiting practices and processes.
Following the presentations, Swanson and Anderson will be available for brief resume critiquing. In addition, each presenter will offer discounted services to event participants after February 10.
The event is free of charge for SIUE students and $10 for SIUE Alumni. Register here.
From 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, associate professor of management in the SIUE School of Business. “Anything we can do to better prepare them for their transition to business professionals is beneficial.”
The program is comprised of two one-credit courses. Students enroll in the first, “Business Transitions I: Planning for Success,” as they transition into the SIUE School of Business, typically during their sophomore or junior year. The second course, “Business Transitions II: Commitment Beyond College,” is taken during the students’ last semester in the School.
Students are introduced to concepts like individual responsibility, ethical behavior, global perspectives on business and personal financial planning. The courses also further develop their professional skills related to networking, interviewing and business etiquette.
“Students are prompted to create their resume and utilize University resources through which they will obtain career guidance,” explained Norris Manning, director of academic services for the School of Business. “Through the program, they are required to become more involved in the University community by attending events or participating in campus activities.”
Each course has an etiquette component, a mock networking event in the first course and an etiquette meal in the second course, hosted by Melenie Broyles of Etiquette Saint Louis. This portion of the program is designed to make students aware of their professional image, including dress and grooming, networking and their use of technology.
“SIUE is the only University in the area that I’m aware of that requires an etiquette program as part of its schooling,” Broyles said. “This interactive program is truly a gift students are given by the School of Business that will set them apart from their competition.”
The success of students who have completed the program is made evident by an increase in internships garnered, confidence gained and resources utilized, including more participation in international study.
“My first transitions course made me think outside the box when it comes to my professional future,” said Eric Donahoe, SIUE sophomore, majoring in business management. “I learned the value of punctuality and time management, networking and personality combined with business etiquette.”
“I was inspired by the topics covered in the transitions course,” added Morgan Watson, SIUE sophomore, majoring in marketing. “The emphasis on the power of networking stood out to me. It gave me the drive to continue to reach out to current managers and co-workers to start building my network while in college.”
The two courses also require students to write multiple reflection papers about their experiences throughout the program. These papers serve to foster continued growth as students complete their college career and enter their next phase of life.
The Business Transitions Program is the School of Business’ current High Impact Campaign. The School is working to raise $250,000 in the next 18 months for the program. For more information or to contribute, click here.
A Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student presented photos he took of the aftermath following the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager fatally shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.
Christian K. Lee, a senior in the School of Business, displayed his exhibit: “Ferguson Unrest” in the Goshen Lounge on Tuesday.
The exhibit was part of SIUE’s Annual Black Heritage Month.
For a complete listing of events, visit SIUE Black Heritage Month.
All events are free unless otherwise noted. All events are subject to change.
For more information, contact the Kimmel Leadership Center at 650-2686.
Black Heritage Month is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
Photos: Christian K. Lee displays his photo exhibit: “Ferguson Unrest.”
Four alumni from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business have received promotions to assistant vice president/commercial banking within TheBANK of Edwardsville.
Justin Chapman BS’04 earned his bachelor’s in business administration, economics and marketing from SIUE. He began his career with TheBANK in 2008. Prior to his recent promotion, Chapman held positions as bank services consultant, assistant commercial lender and commercial banking officer.
Kyle David BS’06 first began working as a teller at TheBANK in 2007. He was quickly promoted and most recently worked as a commercial banking officer. David earned his bachelor’s in business administration/management from the University.
After receiving his bachelor’s in business administration/management, Adam Saltsgaver BS’09 MBA’13 began his career with TheBANK in 2009. He first worked as a bank services consultant, then as a commercial banking officer. Saltsgaver earned a master’s in business administration from the University in 2013.
Lauren Smith BS’09 has worked through the ranks at TheBANK, beginning her career as a part-time relief teller in 2007. She most recently served as a commercial banking officer. Smith earned a bachelor’s in business administration/marketing from SIUE.
Five Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumni are considered among the “best and brightest business leaders in the St. Louis community.” Munier El-Beck, MD BS’00, Ryan Freeman BS’01, Travis Liebig BS’02 MS’08, Tolga Tanriseven MS’03 and Scott Thoma BS’98 MS’00 were named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2015.
The SIUE alums were among more than 750 nominees vying for a spot on the competitive list. When considering the multitude of candidates, the Business Journal indicates it looked mainly for statistical value that each nominee added to his or her company or organization.
El-Beck is the medical director of both the Hospitalist Program and the Observation Unit at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. After receiving his bachelor’s in biological sciences and chemistry from SIUE, El-Beck went on to complete medical school at Ross University, School of Medicine in Roseau, Dominica.
“I am humbled and honored to receive such recognition,” El-Beck said. “I want to be sure to thank the amazing people who I am fortunate enough to work for, and with, whose efforts I feel this honor also represents.”
El-Beck has helped develop and maintain the day-to-day operations of a group of board certified physicians practicing hospital medicine at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. His leadership also aided in the development of a “short-stay” observation unit.
“The unit is designed to evaluate and manage patients who require a more extended period of observation than the emergency department can provide, but are not quite sick enough to require an official hospitalization,” El-Beck explained.
El-Beck credits SIUE with laying the foundation for his current professional career.
“My degree was always recognized and highly regarded at every stage of my professional growth, from medical school, all the way to my current position,” El-Beck said. “The curriculum I went through provided a solid background in the sciences, and also in areas such as business and information technology that continue to serve me today.”
Freeman was surprised to learn he had been nominated for the 40 Under 40 list. Made apparent by his nomination letter, Freeman’s brother and colleague, Reed Freeman, also an SIUE alum, believed Ryan was deserving of this accolade due to his accomplishments in the construction industry.
“I was both surprised and proud to have been selected from what I am sure was a very accomplished group of individuals,” said Freeman.
Freeman is the vice president of operations, commercial projects at McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. in St. Louis. Freeman received a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at SIUE.
“In my current role I am responsible for growing our market presence in the office, justice, airport and municipal markets,” Freeman explained. “Once we have been selected, I oversee projects in those sectors and a team of very talented sales, marketing and operations professionals, including a few SIUE grads!”
During his 10 years with the company, notable projects Freeman has worked on include the Edward Jones Corporate Headquarters, a more than $100 million development that added hundreds of jobs to the region. He is currently working on the first phases of the Arch Grounds renovations.
“I love the construction industry, because the efforts of a large group of people result in progress in a physical form,” Freeman said. “It’s rewarding when you see projects you’ve worked on benefiting people’s everyday lives the way that hospitals, schools and businesses do.”
He attributes his professional success to the problem-solving and teamwork skills he has gained during his schooling and throughout his career. Many of his strongest business partners and friends are people he met during his schooling at SIUE, according to Freeman.
Liebig earned his bachelor’s in both business administration economics and business administration finance, along with his master’s in business administration at SIUE. Now the president of Simmons First National Bank in St. Louis, Liebig said he was both humbled and surprised by this achievement.
“I am proud to be part of such a worthy group of professionals,” Liebig said.
His career in banking began with a co-op internship during his senior year at SIUE. From then, he has risen to the top of the banking industry, attributing his success to the team of professionals he has built around him.
“Banking in St. Louis and across the river is extremely competitive, so having a solid team is crucial,” Liebig explained. “Each day is different. You never know what’s going to come your way when you walk in to work, and I find that exciting.”
Liebig acknowledges the coursework, extra-curricular activities and the University’s career development center all contributed to his professional success.
“SIUE being in a major metropolitan area has helped open a lot of doors for me,” Liebig said. “I cross paths with many alumni during my day-to-day activities as a banker. Getting my MBA gave me an edge against many competitors and has allowed me to stand out among my professional peers.”
Also achieving a spot on the list is Tanriseven, founder and CEO of GirlsAskGuys, LLC. He achieved a master’s in electrical engineering at SIUE and went on to launch his company in 2008.
“It’s very refreshing to see recognition and validation of success, especially in the start-up world, since the journey is long and has a lot of ups and downs,” Tanriseven noted.
“Working on a platform that touches, changes and most importantly, helps millions of people all around the world is quite fulfilling,” Tanriseven said. “Holding the key to that platform is a big responsibility.
“Making sure technology scales as we reach many more millions, and making sure our online community stays helpful and connected as it grows are the biggest challenges.”
Tanriseven’s brainchild, GirlsAskGuys, reaches an international audience with versions in English, Turkish and Spanish.
Thoma is responsible for the client needs research team at Edwards Jones. He also received recognition on the 40 Under 40 list for his professional success. The SIUE alum received his bachelor’s in business administration economics and business administration finance. He was one of the first students to graduate with a master’s in economics and finance from the SIUE School of Business.
“The most attractive, yet challenging part of my career in finance is that things change very frequently,” Thoma explained. “There’s always something new. News comes out that needs to be addressed because our clients have questions.”
“As things change with the market, economy and laws, we need to make sure we are always providing information regarding the risks and opportunities that our financial advisors need to talk with our clients about.
“The most fulfilling part is that you realize at the end of the day we are helping clients reach their long-term financial goals like planning for retirement or putting kids through college,” Thoma said. “It’s a humbling responsibility, and it provides a lot of meaning to my day-to-day work.”
Thoma has served as an instructor in corporate finance, as well as banking and risk management, at SIUE. His experiences as both a student and instructor have contributed to his professional growth and success, according to Thoma.
This year’s winners will be profiled in the February 13th issue of the St. Louis Business Journal. An awards banquet will be held for the 2015 recipients on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at America’s Center in St. Louis.
Photos (top to bottom): Munier El-Beck, MD, Ryan Freeman, Travis Liebig, Tolga Tanriseven, Scott Thoma
The SIUE School of Business Executive Education program has announced its upcoming project management courses and workshops.
|Essential Writing Skills for Project Success Friday, Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2015
SIUE Main Campus – Founders Hall
Essential Writing Skills for Project Success is a training program that meets on four-consecutive Fridays (half-days). It is designed to provide the knowledge and tools needed to communicate effectively in any circumstance (regardless of the message or the audience) with an emphasis on successfully creating common project management documents.
Instruction is supported by an exceptional textbook/writing guide filled with dynamic illustrations that will make it a favorite “go to” reference.
|Spring 2015 Foundations of Project Management Fridays, Feb. 20, 27, March 13, 20 and 27, 2015
8 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
SIUE Main Campus – Founders Hall
Learn the basics and best practices of project management and prepare for the PMP® certification. Successful completion awards the 35 educational hours required for the PMP® certification exam.
|Cyber Security – Manage the Risk or it will Manage You Friday, March 6, 2015
8:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
SIUE Main Campus – Founders Hall
Dr. Tim Jacks of the SIUE Computer Management and Information Systems Department will lead this workshop on addressing the impacts of cyber security to projects in the workplace. The workshop will discuss these questions: What does a cyber attack do to re-prioritize projects? What part of the business is most important? Do I treat all information the same? As part of the risk management process, is everything worthy of protecting or defending? What are the levels of priorities? How do we identify business cost vs. value chain? What’s the risk of getting in and what’s the cost of that risk? How do we conduct risk assessment vs. risk management?
|Solution Analysis & Design – Soup to NutsFriday, March 20, 2015
8:30 A.M.-4 P.M.
SIUE Main Campus – Founders Hall
Raygene Patterson, PMP, CBAP, CSM will lead an in-depth discussion on Solution Analysis related to business analysts. The workshop will be divided into four parts:
|Leaders Who Put the “Pro” in Project Management Friday, March 27, 2015
8:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
SIUE Main Campus – Founders Hall
Ever wonder when to tighten the reins or give people more responsibility? Want to learn how to achieve buy-in from your team members? If yes, come learn the relationship between communication, motivation and accountability in this interactive leadership workshop from communication author, professor, and consultant, Zachary A. Schaefer, Ph.D. This hands-on workshop is designed specifically for project managers, and will discuss the tools and techniques to create high performing teams. This interactive workshop will involve practicing a variety of innovative leadership techniques. So, sharpen your skills by increasing your leadership confidence and competence.
|HR Skills to Manage Teams & ProjectsFriday, April 10, 2015
8:30 A.M.-4 P.M.
SIUE Main Campus – Founders Hall
This day-long seminar will help project managers develop the hands-on skills to properly deal with human resource issues in the workplace. Participants will get an overview of HR legal issues, and practice skills such as developing interview questions, conducting interviews, providing performance feedback and coaching employees to project success. This seminar is hands-on and skill-focused, so come prepared to be an active participant.
|Strategies for Effective Project Communications: Difficult Conversations Friday, April 17, 2015
8:30 A.M.-4 P.M.
SIUE Main Campus – Founders Hall
In the project manager’s world, there are always the conversations we must have, but really don’t want to have. These include the difficult conversations surrounding individual performance, team dynamics, schedule slips and cost overruns. Spend a day with John Laverdure, a senior program manager at Hewlett Packard, to learn the tricks and tips to make these conversations successful and less painful.
|Managing Differences in the Workplace Friday, April 24, 2015
8:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
SIUE Main Campus – Founders Hall
This seminar will explore the many ways people differ in an organization and how to recognize those differences while still effectively and efficiently accomplishing your project goals. Of note, multigenerational workforces, gender differences and personality/decision making differences will be discussed
To register, call Kristine Jarden at 618-650-2668 or Deanna Lotter at 618-650-5440 or visit: http://www.siue.edu/business/executive_education