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Economics Day

April 19, 2006

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MACOMB, IL – Do you have an interest in economics? Or maybe you’re curious about what the field of economics really involves. Here’s an opportunity to find out from Western Illinois University alumni the real world applications of economics and related business fields.

The WIU Economics Student Association (ESA) host “Economics Day” beginning at
9 a.m. Friday, April 21 in Stipes Hall 501. The dayÂ’s events will include an informal breakfast mixer from 9-10 a.m., which will provide students with an opportunity to talk directly with graduates about internships, jobs and professional expectations. At 10 a.m. Matt Miller, a 1992 graduate and president of Miller & Hayes Appraisal in Bettendorf, IA will discuss real estate appraisal, valuation and market analysis.

A “Careers in Economics” panel discussion will be held from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Panelists include Helen Barajas, a 2005 graduate and benefits analyst with Hewitt Associates LLC; Linsey Froelich, a 2001 graduate, of Caterpillar’s Business Intelligence Group; Tom Sadler, a 1991 graduate and assistant professor of economics at Western; Jason Strimpel, a 2005 graduate and a bond trader for Tradegroup; and Dan Walker, a 1989 graduate and vice president of The Economic Development Group.

A second panel, “Economic Analysis,” will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. and will focus on the practical application of economic and business principles to a variety of real world problems. Panelists include Jack Cook, a 1972 and 1973 graduate and associate director of CME Research and Product Development; Marsha Eiter, a 1987 graduate and supervisor of the Illinois Department of Public Aid’s data analysis and support section; Rich Nelson a 1997 graduate and director of research at Allendale; James Trudell, a 1999 and a 2003 graduate, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and Mark Zobel, a 1987 and 1988 graduate and assistant vice president of LaSalle Business Credit.

The dayÂ’s activities will finish with an informal reception at 3 p.m. Panelists will be available for questions regarding business opportunities and will have corporate information available.

This event is open free to all students, faculty and staff.

“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase the field of economics to WIU students and the campus community, “ said Jessica Harriger, president of the Economics Student Association. “We’d like students from all majors and backgrounds to consider attending. Even if they can attend only part of a session, we hope they’ll stop by to learn more about economics and interact with our WIU alums.”

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