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Tabor School of Business Senior Kelsey Nihiser, was the 2011 Millikin University Lincoln Laureate award winner.  This prestigious award is given to one senior from universities across the State of Illinois.  Kelsey was recognized at a ceremony at the Governor’s mansion this past November.


Competition leads to success for Tabor students:

Congratulations to this year’s Freshman Business Plan competition.  The annual competition took place on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.  The first place team won a 100% scholarship and second place team won a 50% scholarship to study in the Dominican Republic next January. 1st place team, “Way Back When” included  Mary Tomlovich, David Velasquez, Thomas Williams and Nicholas Zepin; 2nd place team “Frogurt” with Nick Builta, Nicole Economou,  Ashley Knierim, and Boone McIntosh; 3rd place team, “Puppy Love”  with Kyle Davidson, Byron Edingburg, Paul Schapiro, and Haley Witts.


The mission of Tabor Investment Portfolio (TIP) is to enhance students’ educational and professional performance. This year, TIP is managed by a group of 10 senior finance students under the guidance and supervision of the Board of Directors.  The TIP seniors are Eric Beck, Justin Ladendorf, Kyle Lane, Stephen Eades, Rich Kaczynski, Chad Wolpert, Samantha Stringer, Trevor Ferre, Dustin Moore and Dexter Oates.

The junior finance majors have made their stock presentations to the Tabor Investment Portfolio (TIP) Board of Directors. The stocks accepted into the portfolio were Patterson-UTI Energy, Union Pacific Corporation, General Electric, and Lam Research Corporation. The junior finance majors include Kyle Nicholson, Kevin Stocks, Michael Atoyebi, Matthew Herrick, Michelle Hoerber, and James Panozzo.

Tabor School of Business gets results
Congratualtions to Dr. Pettus' fall Business Policy class. The class scored in the 97th percentile on their ETS exams. The class also scored above the 85th percentile in all assessment indicators.

Tabor award winners
Congratulations to the Tabor student who won awards at the 2012 Millikin Honor's Convocation:

Thomas W & Mary R Adney memorial award – for an outstanding student in pre-law – Justin M. Ladendorf

TW Samuels Award – outstanding student in pre-law – Kevin F. Stocks

Glen R Smith Award – for an outstanding senior from the Tabor School of Business – Justin M. Ladendorf

Smith/Quigle Family Award- for and outstanding junior the from the Tabor School of Business- James D. Panozzo

John H Crocker Memorial Reward- for an outstanding degree candidate in the Tabor School of Business – Kevin F. Stocks

Margaret Sparks Award – for an outstanding junior female business major – Michelle A. Hoerber

Linda Weatherbee Human Resource Management Award – for the junior human resource management major with the highest overall grade point average – Anna N. Hartman

Paul R. Winn Memorial Achievement Award- for outstanding senior marketing majors who display a passion for the marketing field – Audra M. Davis, Kelsey L. Nihiser, Kathryn J. Salvacion, & Sarah A. Thomason

Alpha Lambda Delta Senior Book Award- to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average who is a member of the freshman/sophomore scholastic honorary- Kelsey L. Nihiser

The JoAnne Trow Award- for outstanding sophomore member (s) of Alpha Lambda Delta – Jamie M. Rockhold

Eshelman Family Award- To a graduating senior who have maintained the highest scholastic achievement for four years and who have, in the opinion of the University faculty, exhibited high moral values and the ideals of American citizenship. This is an award for superior service, attitude and performance –Audra M. Davis

The Freshman Tabor Leadership Award – Mary E. Tomlovich

The Sophomore Tabor Leadership Award – Jamie M. Rockhold

The Junior Tabor Leadership Award – Aubri N. Barnes

The Senior Tabor Leadership Award – Kelsey L. Nihiser

Going Global
Dr. Mark Munoz, Associate Professor of International Management, and Professor Rick Bibb, Associate Professor of Marketing, facilitated a successful International Business Consulting project presentation with Tabor students at the Academia Barilla headquarters in Parma, Italy last May 2011.  The students participating in the program were Brittany Mueller, Victoria Richards, Kelsey Nihiser, Chelsea Tish, Jennifer Moore, Warren Beals, and Zachary Gibbons.  

Tabor students work with Zambian government

Dr. Munoz, Professor Bibb, Dr. James Watson, retired faculty, and Professor Bruce Nims, adjust faculty, are currently facilitating another International Business Consulting project this spring. The professors and their students are working on creating the world's first Microenterprise Zone (MEZO), which will be located in the Kafue region of Zambia. The students participating in the program are Brittany Mueller, Kelsey Nihiser, Chelsea Tish, Katie Salvacion, Eric Beck, Caleb Allen, David Martin, Peter Bushnell, Kelle Belcher, Anna Hartman, Emilie Altenberger, and Kayla Beights.

Making a Difference in the Domincan

Professors Mark Munoz and Larry Stapleton
took eleven Tabor students on a research project to the Dominican Republic in January.  The students, Jamie Rockhold, Leah Norton, Charre Armstrong, Drew Blaase, Anna Blake, Brian Colton, Helena Arias,  Alexis Harr, Kyle Nicholson,  Daniel Rear, and Chad Wolpert created a business plan pertaining to the creation of a microfinance fund to support artists in the country.  The 2010/2011 1st and 2nd place Intro to Business Plan team award winners participated in this trip. 

Expanding Tabor's borders

Tabor hosted the following 25 international students this fall:  Aida Amrabt, Margaux Crouton, Carole DeCorps, Arthur Degand, Pauline Gazaniol, Caroline Gentry, Laurie Goby, Kevin Hesmat, Mark Kepeneghian, Olivier Larangot, Arther Laurent, Benjamin LeBruchec, Camille Lefevre, Thomas Malmenayde, Charles Morin, Carole Riviere, Lorianne Rollet, Joseph Saddier, Julien Sautret, Romain Sauvage, Benjamin Velay from our partner, ESG, Paris, France; Liao Wei-Fan from our partner Tunghai University, Taiwain; Adrian McGurn from our partner BEI, Northern Ireland; Melissa Djarmouni, from our new partner, CEFAM, Lyon, France; and Rafael Silva from Brazil.

Come learn about what DECA has been doing


Congratulations to Collegiate DECA on winning the "Student Organization of the Year" award.

The DECA student leaders, along with their faculty sponsors, visited the town of Hermann, MO on July 8 - 10, where they hosted a summer retreat to discuss their 2011-2012 goals.  These DECA executive officers participated in the retreat: Kelsey Nihiser – President, Jamie Rockhold - President Elect and Vice President of Accounting/ Finance, Emilie Altenberger - CEO President, Jennifer Moore – Vice-President of Development, Caleb Allen, Vice-President of Administration, and Katie Salvacion – Vice-President of Marketing.  Andy Heise, Program Coordinator, Center for Entrepreneurship, and Dr. Susan Kruml, Associate Professor of Marketing also attended the retreat.

Collegiate DECA visited State Farm’s technology campus on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. A group of ten students with organization advisors, Dr. Mindy Kushniroff, Assistant Professor of Accounting, and Andy Heise, Program Coordinator, Center for Entrepreneurship, were hosted by several Millikin alumni who work for State Farm. The day was spent touring the facilities and talking about career opportunities.

Ken Smithmier, President and CEO of Decatur Memorial Hospital, spoke to Collegiate DECA on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011.  Mr. Smithmier discussed the short term and long term impacts of the healthcare reform legislation. Smithmier also delivered a talk on the same topic to the Millikin-Decatur Executive Association (MDEA) on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.

Tabor accounting students serve the community

Once again our accounting students actively engaged in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at the Decatur Public Library, under the leadership of Dr. Michael Brown, Associate Professor of Accounting.  Last year, the students served approximately 1,000 individuals, and this year the demand for assistance was very high.

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL