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2005 CBT Week at Western

September 27, 2005

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University's annual College of Business and Technology (CBT) Week kicks off Monday, Oct. 3 with a career coach and the traditional business etiquette dinner.

Rob Sullivan, corporate trainer and motivational speaker, will present a variety of career coaching seminars Monday, Oct. 3 in Stipes Hall 121 on the WIU-Macomb campus. Sullivan will present “Identifying and Pursuing Your Dreams” at 9 a.m.; “Packaging Your Potential” at 10 a.m.; and “What to Say About Yourself When Others are Listening,” at 1 p.m. Sullivan’s presentations are open free to the public.
Sullivan, the author of “Getting Your Foot in the Door When You Don’t Have a Leg to Stand On,” said that after more than 80 interviews and a series of rejections in the advertising industry, he uncovered the secrets of job hunting. With this knowledge, he reapplied to Leo Burnett — the agency that rejected him the year before — and earned a coveted spot in the company’s Client Service Training Program. He left the company in 1994 to pursue another dream: to become a trader at the Chicago Board of Trade. Despite the fact that Sullivan had no formal experience, he earned a position with Cooper Neff & Associates, one of the premiere private options trading firms. And according to Sullivan, he did it in one interview. After serving as a trader, he went to work for a headhunting firm, but eventually decided to strike out on his own to help job hunters and companies market themselves more effectively.
A reception for CBT international students and friends will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 3 in Stipes Hall 527. Wrapping up the dayÂ’s events is the annual Business Etiquette Dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the University Union Lamoine Room. WIU dietetics, fashion merchandising and hospitality (DFMH) faculty Susan Creasey and Sheryl Boston and DFMH students will present a "hands-on" etiquette dinner.
A career fair, sponsored by WesternÂ’s Career Services, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 in the University Union Grand Ballroom. Forty-nine companies will be on hand to meet with potential employees. The Career Fair is open to all major and Western alumni. Other activities on Oct. 4 include a bulletin board contest for Western CBT student organizations and an international presentation, which will begin at 3 p.m. in Stipes Hall 121.

On Wednesday, Oct. 5 the Northern Division President for Home Depot Troy Rice will present the annual Ferguson Lecture beginning at 2 p.m. in the University Union Grand Ballroom. The lecture is open free to the public. Rice joined Home Depot in 1990 as an associate manager and is now responsible for the day-to-day operations of more than 650 stores across 23 states.

Oct. 6 marks the annual Ethics Day, “The Corporation: Profits at Any Cost?”, as part of College of Business and Technology Week. A screening of the documentary, “The Corporation,” will be held at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Stipes Hall 121. The screening is open free to the public. Discussions regarding “The Corporation” will be held after each showing. Christopher Pynes, philosophy and religious studies, will lead the 9:30 a.m. discussion, followed by Gordon Rands, management, at 11 a.m.; Russell Fox, political science, at 12:30 p.m.

“The Corporation” explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Footage from pop culture, advertising, TV news and corporate propaganda illuminates the corporation's grip on society. “The Corporation” includes 40 interviews with corporate insiders and critics - including Naomi Klein, author of “No Logo,” and filmmaker and author Michael Moore - plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change.

“The Corporation” is the winner of 24 international awards including Audience Choice and Audience Award for Documentary in World Cinema at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. The film is based on the book “The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power” by Joel Bakan.

A panel discussion, “Corporations, Crime and Community,” will be held at 2 p.m. in Stipes Hall 121. Panelists include Greg Coleridge, director of the Economic Justice and Empowerment Program of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee and co-founder of the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy; Michael Benson, author and professor of criminology, University of Cincinnati; Peter Cole, history; Pynes; Rands; and Gloria Delany-Barmann, educational and interdisciplinary studies. Bill Maakestad, management professor and co-director of the Program for the Study of Ethics at Western, will serve as panel moderator.

Breakout sessions on ethics and social responsibility topics will be held beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Stipes Hall 501 and 527.

Also on Oct. 6, a four-person team scavenger hunt will be held from 9 a.m. to noon for CBT student organizations. The hunt begins at 9 a.m. in the DeanÂ’s Office, Stipes Hall 101.

CBT Week wraps up Friday, Oct. 7 with Alumni Day and an ice cream social. Several CBT Advisory Council members will on campus speaking to CBT classes. A free ice cream social will be held at 1 p.m. in the main lobby of Stipes Hall. Winners of the bulletin board and scavenger hunt contests will be announced.

College of Business and Technology Week is co-sponsored by Pekin Insurance Company. For more information on CBT Week, contact the dean's office at 309/298-2442.

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