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March 2002
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New office established to study private equity industry
The Office for the Study of Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Finance under the direction Michael Weisbach was announced this month. The office will develop curriculum and programs to prepare young professionals to work in the private equity industry and will sponsor research to expand and enhance scholarship.

GM executives present challenge to MBA class
Several executives from General Motors and Auto-by-Tel presented a case study to a first-year MBA class earlier this month. The special seminar was part of BA 405T, Electronic Commerce and Internet Marketing.

Expectation of future use, not satisfaction, drives consumer choices
Customer preferences are based less on satisfaction with a service than with the expected future use of that service according to a survey conducted by Tiffany Barnett White, a faculty member in Business Administration.

Technology & Management undergraduates score a win
A team of undergraduate students from the Technology & Management Program placed second in the National Business Consulting Challenge held in late February.

EMBA Program's virtual classroom
The current EMBA class is expanding their horizons in Germany! The intrepid travelers were participating in the international study component of the program.

Research information being posted to the web
To simplify information dissemination and offer easy distribution to a wide audience, working papers authored or co-authored by CCBA faculty are available online in their entirety.

Flash Indicator remains constant
The University of Illinois Flash Index of Economic Growth remained constant in February at 97.0, which indicates that the recession is not yet over in Illinois according to Index creator J. Fred Giertz.

Instructors honored
Four instructors were recently announced as Excellence-in-Teaching award winners. They will be honored at the Spring Luncheon in Chicago on April 5.

Staff award winners announced
Outstanding staff contribute to an outstanding college. Read who was selected for the Outstanding Staff member and the Outstanding Academic Professional member honors.

Dean presenting Center for Enterprise Development seminar
Mark your calendar for April first and plan to attend a seminar for entrepreneurs on asking the right questions before taking the entrepreneur plunge. RSVPs are requested.

Jeff Margolis to Present Annual Cozad Lecture
Chairman and CEO of The TriZetto Group, Inc., Jeff Margolis will present the 2002 V. Dale Cozad Lecture in Entrepreneurship in 141 Wohlers Hall at 5.p.m. on April 9. The public is invited to hear Margolis speak on "Transforming Fundamentals into Innovation." Reservations are requested.

Julian Simon Memorial Dedication Symposium
The College of Commerce and Business Administration is hosting a symposium on April 24, 2002, that acknowledges the wisdom and contributions to society of the late Julian Simon, an internationally renowned economist and longtime U of I faculty member. The Julian Simon Memorial Dedication Symposium will feature speakers from across the nation, a luncheon and keynote address, and dedication ceremony and reception. The dedication will also acknowledge creation of the Julian Simon Memorial Faculty Scholar Endowment, which will support a junior faculty
member in the college.

Spring Luncheon in Chicago on April 5
Join your fellow alumni for the festive Spring Luncheon held at the Palmer House in downtown Chicago.

Judith Cone scheduled for CED seminar on April 22
Judith Cone, director of the adult division of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will present a CED seminar on April 22. She will be joined by a panel of library and information science specialists. Watch the CCBA home page for more information.

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