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Nathan Steele Receives Pearson Faculty Award

The annual Pearson Faculty Award recognizes a faculty member whose performance exemplifies the UIS commitment to excellence in teaching.     The 2015 award winner was Dr. Nathan Steele who teaches MBA core course BUS 541 Organizational Behavior.  Dr. Steele was selected by a committee of his peers to receive $5,000 for professional development for his exemplary teaching.  Congratulations Nathan!

Bruce Sommer Introduces Entrepreneurship to Teenagers

Nineteen area high school seniors have been selected to participate in an innovative new course.  The students will spend each day of the school year in a morning class held at a different business location.  Throughout the year, the class will learn the principles of business ownership and will work together to run a business with each student taking on various roles of its execution.  By the end of the second semester, the students will launch their chosen business model by presenting it to investors at a trade show. “Once students network with current business leaders, they will be more likely to come back and start businesses here and be successful,” said Bruce Sommer, Program Chair.

The UIS Center for Entrepreneurship is the leading partner in this initiative so high schools students will be on campus often and interacting with UIS MBA students.  As Visiting Instructor of Management at UIS, Bruce teaches Entrepreneurship electives and Business Perspectives in the MBA program.  He is also a local business owner.

Read more about the Sangamon Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) class.