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September 20, 2002 Volume 18, Number 4


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College of Business and Technology Week Begins Sept. 30

College of Business and Technology (CBT) Week kicks off Monday, Sept. 30 with International Day. A series of presentations and information about international issues and opportunities to study abroad will be available to students throughout the day.

It also includes the 2002 Business Etiquette Dinner, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30 and Tuesday, Oct. 1 in the Lamoine Room. Dietetics, fashion merchandising and hospitality (DFMH) department chair Charlene Callison and DFMH students will present a "hands-on" business etiquette dinner, followed by an after-dinner program that will focus on proper behavior for various business situations. Space is limited to 100 persons per session. Tickets, available in Stipes Hall 101 at $5 per person, must be purchased by Wednesday, Sept. 25.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 the BIGG (Business, Industry, Governments, Graduate Schools) Fair will be held in Western Hall. More than 50 companies and organizations will be present. Students are encouraged to dress in professional attire and bring resumes. For a full list of participants, visit

Wednesday, Oct. 2 marks the annual Ferguson Lecture featuring Lawrence Gill, attorney and partner with Schiff, Hardin and Waite in Chicago. The lecture, "Beyond Enron: Corporate Accountability in the 21st Century," which is open free to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Gill concentrates his practice in organizational structuring, acquisitions and financing. His experience covers manufacturing and service industries, including banking and insurance. Gill has served as legal counsel to numerous international, national and regional organizations in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia and the Pacific Rim. He also served as a director for the Illinois CPA Society for five years and served as president in 1999.

Thursday, Oct. 3 marks the annual Ethics Day as part of CBT Week. Anthony Oliver, executive director of Chicago's "Streetwise" the country's largest newspaper sold by homeless and at-risk vendors will receive the fifth annual Social Responsibility Leadership Award. Oliver, along with Streetwise's quality control manager Greg Pritchett, who was at one time an at-risk vendor, will present cutting-edge approaches to the issues of homelessness and poverty at the keynote address "Strategic Social Entrepreneurship: The Streetwise Model" at 11 a.m. in Stipes Hall 121. Oliver and Pritchett will also present "Managerial Effectiveness in Cross Cultural Settings: Lessons from the Street" to CBT classes at 9:30 a.m. in Stipes Hall 121. The pair will discuss why students should be interested in the plight of the homeless at a special question-and-answer session beginning at 2 p.m. in Stipes Hall 501.

CBT Week wraps up Friday, Oct. 4 with Alumni Day. WIU alumnus Thomas Nardi will be recognized as the 2002 College of Business and Technology Distinguished Alumnus. Nardi will receive the award at a lunch his honor Oct. 4. He is the chief financial officer and senior vice president of Chicago-based Peoples Energy Corporation, a $2 billion diversified energy company comprised of five primary businesses. Nardi is responsible for all of People's Energy's financial activities, including treasury, accounting, financial services and investor relations. He received his bachelor's degree in accountancy from WIU and his master's degree in finance from the University of Chicago in 1990.

College of Business and Technology Week is co-sponsored by Pekin Insurance Company. For more information contact the dean's office at 298-2442.

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