Announcements

Accomplished Faculty: College of Business Professor Sparks Interest in Crucial Field

A devoted teacher and cutting-edge researcher, Sanjay Kumar, Ph.D., associate professor of information and decision science, joined the College of Business faculty in 2014 along with his wife Jiangzia Liu, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting. He has since made a second home at Valpo — he embraces the Valpo ethos, shares his love for teaching, impacts students through his innovative teaching style, and prepares the College of Business for the future. “His teaching ability and his passion are unparalleled,” says Michael Kinsella ’17, a finance major who has taken several courses Professor Kumar teaches. “He cares deeply about his students, connecting with them on an impressive intellectual level and forcing them to think critically.” After five years at a large public university, Professor Kumar joined the Valpo faculty in a comparable role, teaching complementary courses and continuing similar research in supply chain management. However, it became immediately apparent to him…

College of Business Welcomes New Faculty

As the 2016–2017 year began with renewed vigor, the College of Business welcomed new finance professors John Steele and Sailu (Lulu) Li to strengthen the College’s already exceptional reputation. John Steele, lecturer in finance, earned his MBA with a concentration in finance from Indiana University in 1980. He also received a global education through his studies internationally at Harlaxton Manor in Grantham, England, and the University of Hamburg in Germany. Professor Steele developed more than 30 years of experience with domestic and international organizations ranging from start-up to Fortune 100. His previous titles include treasurer, CFO, corporate finance director, SVP finance, board member, board chair, and consultant. Through teaching for several years as an adjunct professor at two other universities, Professor Steele discovered a true passion for the classroom. He has lived in Valparaiso for eight years and is excited to join the University community to expand his teaching role.…

Watch: Inaugural Champions

College of Business students recently competed in the inaugural Conexus Case competition along side 16 other University and came our as tournament champions of the event. Take a look at the 3-minute mark in this event recap. [cws_button href="https://cicpindiana.app.box.com/s/eqridqfrs80zhd3u0ffgrq042y7tz2id" target="true" class="blue" block="false" align="undefined" sheen="false" size="default" icon="fa fa-youtube-play" tipcolor="" placetip="" tiptext=""]Watch the Video[/cws_button]

Aviation Program to Launch Fall 2017

Capitalizing on the innovative culture of the University and paralleling recent growth across Valpo’s academic program offerings, the College of Business has proposed adding an aviation program set to begin in fall 2017. “Having a program in aviation will bring the College of Business a multitude of opportunities in a very dynamic business sector. Along with flight crew positions, aviation management, airport management, and other areas of the aviation industry will be open to our graduates,” says Tom Cedel, distinguished visiting professor and a retired Air Force pilot, who assisted in the creation of this program. Only five other institutions in a tri-state area offer a similar program. It will provide a gateway opportunity for students interested in aviation and may also be used as the initial step for those students interested in a career in commercial piloting. Such graduates could enter the workforce with the FAA certifications and ratings…

Introducing: Student-Managed Invest Fund

Five years ago, a CoB student wondered out loud why Valparaiso didn’t have a student-managed investment fund. With his and other current and former students’ help, it appears to be on its way to becoming reality. Teams of students currently are researching investments and soon will make presentations to a board made up of graduates working in the field and professionals in the community. The winning proposal will have $100,000 to invest thanks to the University’s Board of Directors. “Other universities have student-managed funds in place,” says finance professor Phillip Humphrey, who also advises Valpo’s chapter of the Financial Management Association. “We’re getting close to creating our own.” Graduate Ken Perkins, who now works as an equity analyst at Morningstar Investment Services in greater Chicago, proposed a student-run fund while studying at Valpo. Paul Yox, currently an analyst at Rocaton Investment Advisors in New York, helped shepherd the idea after…

College of Business Maintains Accreditation

A Valpo business degree remains one of the most prestigious in the nation thanks to a recent announcement by a global accrediting agency. Valpo’s College of Business remains in the top 5 percent of business schools worldwide after retaining its accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The global group ranks the College among the elite 5 percent of business schools worldwide. “The College is dedicated to a high-quality learning environment to ensure the success of each student,” said James D. Brodzinski, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business. “AACSB accreditation drives us to exceed these standards and secure the College’s future as an extraordinary university committed to graduating students of promise.” That promise bears itself out on the bottom line. The College’s most recent survey found 95 percent of 2013-2014 graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate studies. The college also is annually recognized for the quality of its faculty and value to students in the…

College of Business Welcomes New Faculty

The new academic year began with three new faculty members. Professors Sanjeev Jha, Ph.D., Matthew Luth, Ph.D., and Anton Lewis, Ph.D. ’11 all arrived on campus to bolster the college’s already sterling reputation. Professor Jha earned a Ph.D. in management information systems from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009 and had been an assistant professor of decision sciences at the University of New Hampshire prior to coming to Valpo. He was a teaching associate at UIC before earning his doctorate. Professor Jha also holds an MBA from the International Management Institute in India. A former assistant professor of management at Pacific Lutheran University, Professor Luth arrives after earning a Ph.D. in management from the University of Kansas. Before private-sector work with firms in Kansas City, he earned a B.S. in biological systems engineering from the University of Nebraska. Professor Lewis’ most recent teaching stint was at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. He earned a Ph.D. in accounting…

Small Business Creation Focus of New Entrepreneurship Minor

Small businesses employ slightly more than half of Americans, and the college is reaching out to future entrepreneurs. The new minor in entrepreneurship will give students greater insight into cultivating their ideas and growing and maintaining them in a global business market. The college’s program keeps Valpo competitive with other universities and colleges that have begun entrepreneurship programs of their own in recent years. The minor program takes students through principles and concepts of new business creation, complements minors in all of Valpo’s colleges, and gives students — many of whom will work for a startup or other small business in their lifetimes — a clearer look at job opportunities they might never have known existed. The guidance hardly would end in a classroom; the proposed program would require students to examine prospects for new business plans or small business growth right here in Valparaiso and Porter County.

An Innovative Approach to MBA Education

The College of Business has launched a new MBA curriculum including concentrations and graduate certificates. “Our MBA program, with the added daytime, one-year accelerated format, meets the market demand for rigorous, flexible, and global management education,” says Jim Brodzinski, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business. The MBA program emphasizes global connections, including one term with select universities from around the world. Flexible schedules with daytime and evening classes are available, and the program may be completed in one calendar year. Students who take courses during the day will spend four days each week in the classroom and one day in the field, gaining valuable on-the-job experience. The MBA curriculum offers concentrations and/or certificates in general business, business intelligence, engineering management, entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing, and sustainability.

Magnificent Seven

Valparaiso University Future Business Leaders of America (Phi Beta Lambda) Organization Members Excel at the 2014 National Competition Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the largest professional business organization in the United States. Valparaiso University students competed with over 2000 students from various colleges across the United States. College of Business students represented Valparaiso University at the highest level from an academic and professional perspective. Seven Valpo FBLA-PBL students competed in this year's event held in Nashville, Tenn. The results include four National Champions and seven overall top ten finishes. 4 National Champions from 1 school — 7 Overall top 10 finishes Our champions are: Nathan Hynek - 1st Place: Contemporary Sports Issues Ryan Piaskowy - 1st Place: Statistical Analysis (Two-time National Champion) 1st Place: Computer Applications Paul Yox - 1st Place: Economic Analysis and Decision Making 8th Place: Financial Concepts Garrett Rietveld - 2nd Place: Computer Applications Ben Crowe - 6th Place: Client Services…