Extraordinary Performance Awards

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Paul Magelli received the Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award, a campus honor that recognizes outstanding service by academic professionals. Magelli, who is director of the MBA program's Office for the Study of Business Issues (OSBI), was one of three individuals chosen this year. "His energy, enthusiasm, and devotion to the students and colleagues with whom he works are unparalleled," wrote Kristen Lambert, a second-year Illinois MBA student who was among his nominators. She cited in particular Magelli's work in expanding OSBI, which makes the consulting services of students available to the business community. "One of Dr. Magelli's most inspiring qualities is his ability to dream big dreams and inspire others to help achieve them," noted Lambert. Magelli has served in faculty and administrative positions at several colleges and universities, including the position of president of Parkland College in Champaign, and of Metropolitan State College in Denver. He is a trustee of Teikyo University, Tokyo, and a co-founder of Alliance for Global Business. The award was presented at a campus reception in late March.
Alice Waldoff, director of the Commerce Office of Publications, has been honored with the first Commerce Academic Professional Award. The award is presented by the Commerce dean upon recommendation of a special committee chosen by the Commerce Academic Professional Advisory Committee (CAPAC). Waldoff has served the College of Commerce for twenty-two years, first as a grants coordinator and editor and now as director of publications. A member of the chancellor's Professional Advisory Committee, which she currently serves as secretary, she was instrumental in founding CAPAC and serves as the committee's first chair. She is also well known to the students of Commerce Council, having been the organization's advisor since 1993. She is credited with helping to create the CBA Council of Presidents, an organization of Commerce student leaders, and the
Commerce Awards Banquet, at which achievements by college students, faculty, and staff are annually recognized. "Her firm but gentle manner was perfect for enabling the students to rise to new levels of achievement," wrote finance chair Morgan Lynge in his recommendation. She has won praise and esteem throughout the college and the university for the generous way in which she gives not only of her time and expertise, but her concern. "If Alice autographed every piece she assisted in, her signature would be the most prominent in the college," noted associate dean Frederick Neumann. Stephanie Katz, CBA student and former Commerce Council president added: "She works as hard, if not harder, than any other university employee I have ever seen . . . Certainly, most faculty advisors do not spend the amount of time that Alice does. She dedicates this time because she cares." Waldoff will be recognized in April at the Commerce Awards Banquet
Congratulations to Naoko Miki, who has been selected as the first recipient of the CBA Outstanding Staff Award. A staff member with the Department of Economics for fifteen years, she is highly valued for her skills as a technical typist, her tremendous knowledge of the department's computer systems, and her understanding of faculty research issues. She carries out detailed work on two journals edited by CBA faculty members — the Journal of Urban Economics and the Journal of Public Economic Theory — and she also oversees the department typing pool. "Technical typing of mathematics combines a bewildering array of skills," noted nominator Roger Koenker, William B. McKinley Professor of Economics. "Miki embodies all of these diverse talents and skills absolutely harmoniously. She seems to delight in solving problems." "I have been at four universities," wrote Bart Taub, another professor of economics and nominator. "I can assure you that Miki is unique, a cut above even the best at any university." "She is known and highly valued for her good cheer and always positive attitude," observed Commerce dean Howard Thomas. The award will be presented at the Commerce Awards Banquet in April.


  • Christine Lockmon, director of development in the college, was elected to a second three-year term on the board of directors for the Association of the Professional Researchers for Advancement, an international organization. Lockmon serves as the association's publications director.


  • Mary (Jane) Wood, secretary III, Office of Research, 12 years with the university.
  • Beverly R. Benson, secretary III, and Marjorie E. Melton, chief clerk, Office for Undergraduate Affairs, 13 and 16 years, respectively.
  • Marilyn G. Davis, secretary III, and Mary J. Grahl, secretary II, Department of Economics, 19 and 29 years, respectively.
  • Patsy L. Demlow, staff secretary, Executive Development Center, 27 years with the university.

Totes for Tots

Not even a suitcase in which to carry your belongings to your new home. Such is the plight for many foster children in Champaign County, who must borrow a suitcase from a kindly social worker, or cram their belongings into a plastic bag for yet another move in a life of insecurity and upheaval. So dispiriting to experience, yet so simple to address, their need inspired the attention of the Commerce Academic Professional Advisory Committee (CAPAC), which, over the holiday season, gathered more than 200 duffel bags, soft-sided suitcases, and cloth totes (the sort that frequently are handed out at conferences and tend to pile up in the closet). "Thanks to very generous support from the College of Commerce, we had a whole van full of totes and duffel bags," says CAPAC committee member Jean Seibold. It was Seibold, a resource and policy analyst for the Department of Accountancy, who organized the drive and arranged for the haul to go to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Children's Home and Aid Society, along with personal care items and a cash donation to Great Expectations, a quasi-public agency for foster children and their families.

A newspaper account of a similar effort in Springfield inspired Seibold to suggest the luggage drive, the first charitable campaign for CAPAC.
"It was a really good project," she concludes.


The Commerce Academic Professional Advisory Committee was formed in 1997 to represent College of Commerce and Business Administration academic professionals — there are over fifty in the college. A major achievement of CAPAC's first year was the creation of a college-wide academic professional award. The first recipient will be recognized in April. The award carries a $1,000 cash prize and the honoree's name will be engraved on a commemorative plaque to hang in a prominent place in the college.

Check out the Web site at www.cba.uiuc.edu/capac/

Technology and Management



The critical liaison between business acumen and technology know-how is the impetus for the Technology and Management Program, designed to prepare professionals who understand front office and production floor alike. Believed to be the first program of its kind in the country, this option provides cross-college learning to business and engineering undergraduates at the Urbana campus.

Under the direction of Abbie Griffin, professor of business administration, and Russ Jamison, professor of materials science and engineering, study begins in the sophomore or junior year. For three consecutive semesters, engineering and business students take coursework that provides background on managing technology in business, as well as courses in the opposite discipline. A total of twenty-two hours of elective study is required, whereby business students investigate subjects such as materials science, engineering mechanics, and electrical and computer engineering, while their engineering confreres learn about financial analysis, accounting, and marketing. Team efforts culminate in the second semester of the senior year, when students take on their Integrative Project. This is a team problem-solving assignment from a technology-dependent company that requires input from both disciplines to be successfully addressed. With a senior cohort of fifteen for the spring semester, there are three such projects currently underway, for Cummins, Caterpillar, and GM. "Our program meets needs on both the business and technology sides of the equation," notes Griffin. "Our students are very hard workers. This program requires every single one of their free electives."

Administered jointly by the College of Engineering and by CBA's Department of Business Administration, the Technology & Management Program was established in 1995. It is underwritten by a gift from CBA Class of '47 member Leonard C. Hoeft and his wife Mary Lou. Support has also come from Caterpillar, the Procter & Gamble Fund, the GE Fund, and the AT&T Foundation.