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College of Business launches online speaker series

August 24, 2020

The NIU College of Business has launched an online speaker series, Wednesday Night Wisdom, to keep students, alumni and friends learning and connected in this unprecedented time.

When the rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) sent NIU students home in the middle of the spring semester, the College of Business quickly pivoted to remote teaching and learning strategies for in-class learning, and virtual activities for supplemental, out-of-class learning through the Business Passport Program.

“We were very pleased at our business students’ willingness to engage virtually in the spring,” said Amy Buhrow, senior director, strategy, student success and accreditation. “Connectivity is the core of the college experience. We launched the Wednesday Night Wisdom series to keep our students, alumni and friends connected to one another and to learning, wherever they may be.”

Each year, the College of Business hosts nearly 500 alumni and business professional visits. With limits on face-to-face interactions, the Wednesday Night Wisdom online speaker series taps our valued alumni and friends virtually to share knowledge in a safe, interactive way.

“The NIU College of Business has an expansive and highly informed base of alumni and faculty – any one of which could be described as an expert in any number of fields,” said Cassandra Young, director of alumni relations for the College of Business. “Time and time again, they have proven the value of their knowledge as consultants through publications, to students and to other alums. We are proud and delighted to feature their expertise and perspectives in the Wednesday Night Wisdom series.”

“We launched the series slowly in June and have completed a few events each month,” said Rachel Schmit, senior event coordinator for NIU’s College of Business. “The live event is recorded and then edited for a future podcast to download.”

College of Business Dean Balaji Rajagopalan said he’s grateful to alumni for sharing their knowledge on topics, such as tapping into networks during these challenging times, managing finances through retirement and leadership through a crisis.

“Our alumni and faculty members have stepped up to provide a wealth of information and help others stay focused and productive on their business, school assignments, projects and personal life,” Rajagopalan said.