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2004 Features

History of Entrepreneurism and Labor Characteristics Launch Academy Programs, December 2004
The emergence of the entrepreneurial society was the subject of David Audretsch's December presentation as an Academy for Entrepreneural Leadership lecturer.

Winter Convocation, December 2004
The address to the graduates at the December convocation ceremony notes that new alumni need to be able to adapt to change and they need an unwavering commitment to do the right thing.

Real-life Challenge: Marketing Plans for Tanning Salon Chain, December 2004
The assignment: develop the marketing plans for a tanning salon chain. Use the data, be creative, and present your ideas to the business owner.

Heightened Interest: Q&A with the MSF Program Team, December 2004
The Master of Science in Finance degree is generating a lot of interest from potential students. In a Q&A format, members of the administrative team share their thoughts about the program and offer tips on preparing the best application to the program.

PwC Executive Highlights World Environment Post SOX, November 2004
Increased regulation and the future of public accounting was the subject of PricewatherhouseCooper national partner-in-charge J. Richard Stamm's presentation in November to the Accounancy Lyceum.

In an Entrepreneurial Business, It's All About Execution, November 2004
The key to being a successful entrepreneur requires execution of the business plan, a process thatis directly related to leadership, diligence, and team effort.

One Accounting Firm's Response to Addressing Risk, November 2004
The evolution of risk management through the lens of KPMG was the focus of Scott Showalter's presentation to the Accountancy Lyceum.

Battle of the Brands 2004, October 2004
The seventh annual Battle of the Brands gathered data to answer consumer research questions from student working with the Food and Brands Lab.

Founder of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich Shops Delivers Cozad Lecture, October 2004
Describing his challenges and successes, Jimmy John Liautaud gave students, faculty and staff, and community members a lively lecture on how to be entrepreneurial.

MIT Professor Uses Systems Thinking and Systems Dynamics in Business, October 2004
Simple models can't address the complex challenges being faced by business. Jogn Sterman discussed the use of systems thinking and systems dynamics in his talk at a symposium sponsored by KPMG, LLP and the Department of Accountancy..

Chairman of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Hold a Conversation with Leaders Session, October 2004
Terrence Duffy, chairman and CEO of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, was the first leader to participate in the Conversation with Leaders speaker series this fall.

The Impact of Sarbanes-Oxley on Competency Requirements for Future Auditors, October 2004
The changing world of the independent auditor was discussed by the associate chief auditor and director of research of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in October.

Johnson & Johnson Executive Discusses the Impact of Section 204 of Sarbanes-Oxley, September 2004
The corporate perspective of Sarbanes-Oxley was presented by the VP of internal auditing at a company that employs more than 110,000 people and maintains over 200 operating companies.

College Welcomes Members of the Class of 2008, August 2004
Members of the Class of 2008 were welcomed at a special event in Foellinger Auditorium. Speakers, t-shirts, and refresments helped them start their academic careers at Illinois on the right foot.

LEADing the Way to a Business Career, August 2004
A new program for the College of Business was a rousing success. The Leadership, Education and Development program helped a few, high achieving high school students decide that a business education might be just the ticket for an interesting, challenging, and fulfilling career.

Class of 2004 Convocation, May 2004
It was a big day for the Class of 2004 graduates! What did the speakers at the ceremonies say to the graduates? Their speeches are available online.

Small Business Consulting Class Gets Real Experience Working with Clients, May 2004
Researching the facts and crafting the best recommendation to the specific challenges is the assignment for BA 345 classmates. And, from client feedback, they are doing it right.

PricewaterhouseCooper Chairman Dennis Nally Delivers Leighton Lecture, May 2004
Speaking on ethics and accountability, PwC Chairman Dennis Nally urged College of Business students to take reponsibility for their own actions.

State Farm CFO Discusses the Long Term and Some Lessons Learned, May 2004
Michael Tipsord of State Farm spoke at the Accountancy Lyceum about his work at the FORTUNE 500 company and how he -- and the company -- look long term and stays focused on its core services.

Pfizer Executive Gives Spring Hallene Lecture, April 2004
Pfizer Inc and Pfizer Global Pharaceuticals executive Karen Katen met with Technology & Management Program students and delivered the second Alan M. Hallene Lecture in April. "Difference Engine" -- the blending of science and technology -- was her topic.

Following a Team to Victory in the IDM Case Competition, April 2004
How does a team prepare for the IDM case competition? During the actual competition, what types of issues do the team members face in their quest to make the finals? Follow along and see how one team of IDM students made it to the 2004 case competition finals.

Spring Luncheon Speaker Discusses Healthcare Trends and the Impact of IT, March 2004
Jeff Margolis, CEO of The Trizetto Group, was the keynote speaker at the College of Business Alumni Association Spring Luncheon in March. He reviewed current trends in healthcare and commented on the changes he anticipates in the industry.

Ernst & Young Executive Surveys Landscape, Post Sarbanes-Oxley, March 2004
Jim Cook, global director of retail and consumer products and director of industries for Ernst & Young, discussed some of the impacts of the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley legislation.

KPMG Executive Shares View of Auditing Today, March 2004
Timothy Flynn, vice chair of KPMG's Audit and Risk Advisory Services, offered accountancy students his view of the challenges facing corporate America and the field of Accountancy. Said Flynn, "[auditors] work for the audit committee, with management, and on behalf of shareholders."