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State Farm Hall of Business

Location:
State Farm Hall of Business 410 S University St.
Normal, IL

The State Farm Hall of Business building embraces the best features of the nation’s most prominent business schools, while retaining the spirit of personalized, student-centered education that is the hallmark of Illinois State University.

The 118,000-square foot State Farm Hall of Business building, designed in the Georgian style of architecture, opened in January 2005. The facility blends the small college campus environment with a corporate presence and state-of-the art technologies.

The COUNTRY Insurance and Financial Services Atrium, the central core of the building, was designed to reflect the modern, strategic focus of Corporate America. Those entering the building are greeted by a six-story, 1,000-plus square foot open area. A glass wall on five levels offers a picturesque view of the courtyard. The Atrium also serves as the crossroads between the building’s classroom wing on the building’s west side and the faculty/administrative wing on the first, second, and third levels on the building’s east side.

The building’s four stories wrap around a courtyard in a 21st century version of the Oxford College model. Three arched openings from the Quad lead directly into the courtyard, a scenic location for informal study sessions, conversation, and meetings.

Past Events

May 2016

Starting Your Business in Illinois Seminar

Date:
Thursday, May 12th 2016
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This seminar is intended for those not yet in business. It covers topics including registering a business name, licenses and permits, obtaining a tax ID number, forms of insurance, record keeping, choosing a legal form of ownership, tax issues, and how to compute a break-even point for a new business. This event is free and open to the public. Call (309) 438-3610 for more information. This program has been developed through a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the…

School of Social Work 2016 LSW/LCSW Exam Prep Course

Start:
Friday, May 13th 2016
8:30 am
End:
Saturday, May 14th 2016
2:00 pm

The School of Social Work is offering its annual 2016 LSW/LCSW exam prep course. Illinois State University is one of the very few Central Illinois locations to offer such a comprehensive preparation course. Taught by ISU School of Social Work Professor Dr. Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, the licensing review course will take place on Friday, May 13th and conclude on Saturday May 174th. Please click on the event link for information which will be continuously updated.

June 2016

Starting Your Business in Illinois Seminar

Date:
Tuesday, June 21st 2016
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This seminar is intended for those not yet in business. It covers topics including registering a business name, licenses and permits, obtaining a tax ID number, forms of insurance, record keeping, choosing a legal form of ownership, tax issues, and how to compute a break-even point for a new business. This event is free and open to the public. Call (309) 438-3610 for more information. This program has been developed through a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the…

August 2016

Continuous Improvement in Technology (CIT) Conference

Date:
Tuesday, August 2nd 2016
Time:
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Continuous Improvement in Technology (CIT) Conference is a completely free, one-day conference for IT staff. Events and opportunities at the CIT Conference include track sessions on IT topics, unique challenges and solutions, project updates, hands-on demonstrations, training, professional development options, networking opportunities, technology announcements, and more. CIT is intended for Illinois State's IT community, including faculty, staff, and students. All are welcome to attend sessions of interest, space permitting. The CIT Conference is sponsored by Administrative Technologies (AT) and…

September 2016

Leadership Certificate Program

Date:
Friday, September 9th 2016
Time:
7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Intensive leadership development program. Offered by the Organizational Leadership Institute.

October 2016

David Simnick: The SoapBox Soap Story

Date:
Wednesday, October 12th 2016
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

David Simnick, CEO & Co-Founder of SoapBox, will share his story of starting SoapBox Soaps from making the first batch of products in his college house kitchen to those same products now being sold at over 10,000 retailers across the country. Through sharing humorous stories of getting started, hard lessons learned, and the moments where it came down to the wire, this talk is ideal for anyone who's thought of starting their own business or interested in working for a…

Leadership Case Competition

Date:
Friday, October 21st 2016
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join us in the Second Annual Leadership Case Competition. Teams of students will compete in the analysis of a leadership problem/decision situation. Teams will be judged by expert panels composed of faculty and local community/organizational leaders. The top three teams (as determined by the judges) will receive a monetary prize. The Leadership Case Competition is jointly sponsored by Phi Beta Lambda and The Organizational Leadership Institute.

November 2016

Craig Bohnert, Press Officer: From Rio to Normal

Date:
Friday, November 11th 2016
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join the School of Communication to hear Craig Bohnert speak about his experiences covering Olympiads from locations including Beijing, London, Athens and Rio.

February 2017

Leadership Workshop Series

Date:
Tuesday, February 21st 2017
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Leadership Workshop Series is sponsored by the Leadership and Community Connections Unit of the Dean of Students Office. We strive to engage students in meaningful topics in order to help them grow personally and professionally. We will focus on leadership, conflict resolution, as well as the social change model. There will be free lunch provided.

Business Week International Business Keynote

Date:
Tuesday, February 21st 2017
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Business Week is adding a new event this year, the International Business Showcase Keynote.  The Keynote speakers for this newly established event will be Will Motchar ,  the president and chief executive officer of Navis Global. Founded in 1929, Navis Global is the leading finishing machinery supplier to the global textile industry. Based in Lexington, North Carolina, the company designs, engineers, and manufactures high-tech machinery for the global knit, woven, non-woven, technical, and geotextile industries. Navis has sales and service…

Business Week Transition Seminars

Date:
Tuesday, February 21st 2017
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Transition from college to corporate life can be daunting, but with a little guidance students can do it successfully. To help ease that transition, distinguished College of Business alumni have returned to campus to share their experiences and insights at Business Week’s Transition Seminars. These graduates come from a broad range of professions and career stages, and provided unique and valuable perspectives. Students are welcome to speak individually with these successful alumni at a networking reception that immediately follows the seminars in the…

Business Week – INSPIRE: A Women’s Exchange of Knowledge

Date:
Friday, February 24th 2017
Time:
9:00 am - 11:30 am

The Business Week team will host a conference geared towards women for the second year in a row. This event is open to all students and we strongly encourage females to participate. INSPIRE will include breakout sessions held at the College of Business followed by a keynote address at the Normal Theater. Students will get to learn about various topics surrounding embracing women in the workforce and encouraging women to be strong leaders. Each breakout session will help further your…

April 2017

Leadership Workshop Series

Date:
Tuesday, April 18th 2017
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Leadership Workshop Series is sponsored by the Leadership and Community Connections Unit of the Dean of Students Office. We strive to engage students in meaningful topics in order to help them grow personally and professionally. We will focus on leadership, conflict resolution, as well as the social change model. There will be free lunch provided.

MAD Contest – final presentations

Date:
Wednesday, April 19th 2017
Time:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Contestants in the 2017 MAD Contest, sponsored by State Farm, will present their mobile applications to a panel of State Farm IT professionals. The panel will evaluate the mobile apps on the basis of usability, creativity, marketability, complexity, application stickyness, and quality of presentation to select contest winners who will be recognized at the annual Celebrate IT Reception on April 28. The university community is invited to attend and view the presentations. This year's finalists are: Andrew Johnson "Toolkit+", An…

Illinois State University Speaker Series – Fredrik Logevall

Date:
Thursday, April 20th 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Professor and author Fredrik Logevall will give the 2017 Robert G. Bone Distinguished Lecture with his presentation, “Making Sense of the Vietnam War” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in the Caterpillar Auditorium of the State Farm Hall of Business.

May 2017

Annual College of Business Graduation Party

Date:
Friday, May 12th 2017
Time:
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Join the College of Business for a BBQ graduation luncheon celebration for our May and August 2017 graduates. RSVP by May 5.

LSW/LCSW Exam Prep Class

Date:
Friday, May 19th 2017
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This 2 day class will prep the attendee for the LSW/LCSW exam offered throughout the year.

June 2017

New Teacher Conference

Date:
Friday, June 23rd 2017
Time:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

A conference for Illinois State University teacher education graduates completing their first or second year of teaching. This year's conference is Friday, June 23, 2017 from 8AM-4PM in the State Farm Hall of Business. KEYNOTE SPEAKER -TAYLOR MALI Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement. His poem “What Teachers Make” has been viewed over 4 million times on YouTube and was quoted by the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman in one of his…

August 2017

College of Business Junior Experience Day

Date:
Friday, August 25th 2017
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

On Friday - August 25 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, all College of Business juniors are encouraged to participate in a series of activities that will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the State Farm Hall of Business.

September 2017

Illinois State University Speaker Series – Edward W. Gjertsen II

Date:
Wednesday, September 27th 2017
Time:
6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Edward W. Gjertsen II, vice president of Mack Investment Securities, Inc., will present “The Business of Financial Planning: Past, Present, and Future” at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, in the Caterpillar Auditorium of the State Farm Hall of Business.

Teaching in the 21st Century Conference (T21CON)

Date:
Friday, September 29th 2017
Time:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Teaching in the 21st Century Conference (T21CON) is a hands-on, engaging learning opportunity designed for current and aspiring educators to gain an edge in using technology in the classroom. T21CON connects attendees with resources, strategies, and a network of experts to support their careers in education. This is a come and go event. RSVP required.

October 2017

IMC Career Night – College of Business

Date:
Monday, October 2nd 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Marketing majors, hear from Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) industry experts on the variety of IMC job opportunities, social media job search, online portfolios, branding yourself, resumes, online apps, and interviewing. Integrated Marketing Communication, or IMC, is an area of Marketing that includes advertising, sales promotion, direct marketing, social media, SEO, analytics, professional selling, publicity, public relations, event marketing, support strategies, and digital and eMarketing. This event will be held in room 366 of the State Farm Hall of Business on…

Finding Your Passion and Your Leadership

Date:
Tuesday, October 3rd 2017
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for a presentation by ISU Alumus Robert Shorty, Regional HR Manager of Starbucks.

Considering a Career in Healthcare Panel Discussion – College of Business

Date:
Wednesday, October 18th 2017
Time:
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

Considering a Career in Healthcare? - Panel Discussion with Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Come learn about healthcare careers in the management, finance, and general business operations of Hospitals.  Open to College of Business and Mennonite College of Nursing Students. Wednesday - October 18, 2017 6:15 pm | SFHB 139 (Caterpillar Auditorium) Co-Sponsored by: Gamma Iota Sigma Student Accounting Society Phi Beta Lambda Beta Alpha Psi Healthcare Financial Management Association Delta Sigma Pi Business Information Systems Club Alpha Kappa Psi

Third Annual Student Leadership Case Competition

Date:
Friday, October 20th 2017
Time:
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Find out more about this competition within the College of Business at http://business.illinoisstate.edu/oli

Early Career Achievement Awards – College of Business

Date:
Friday, October 20th 2017
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Early Career Achievement Awards (ECAA) recognize younger graduates who have demonstrated innovative and responsible professional leadership, the potential for future distinction and a commitment to serving others. One honoree is selected from each degree program. They return to campus to receive their award and share advice with current students through panel discussions during Homecoming Celebrations at Illinois State University. Panel Discussions — 3:00 - 4:00 pm Learn from the Award Winners in a Question and Answer session. Awards Ceremony −…

College of Business Early Career Achievement Awards Ceremony

Date:
Friday, October 20th 2017
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Early Career Achievement Awards Ceremony celebrates younger graduates who have demonstrated innovative and responsible professional leadership, the potential for future distinction and a commitment to serving others.

Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Advisory Board Meeting

Date:
Monday, October 23rd 2017
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies – College of Business will hold its Fall 2017 Advisory Board meeting on October 23, 2017. Meeting will be held in theMeans Center for Entrepreneurial Studies offices – SFHB 250 from 3:00  to 5:00 pm. For more information, please contact the Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at (309) 438-2994

International Education Week: Panel Discussion on Students’ Global Experiences

Date:
Monday, October 23rd 2017
Time:
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Inaugural Welcome by Dr. Barbara Ribbens followed by Panel Discussion involving 4 MBA students from different countries. Students will talk about business practices, business environment, national culture etc. in their own countries.  This event will be followed by an international food tasting in the State Farm Hall of Business Atrium at 7:30 p.m.

International Education Week: College of Business International Interns and Study Abroad Members Reception

Date:
Wednesday, October 25th 2017
Time:
10:30 am - 1:30 pm

International interns and study abroad members will share their experiences. Study abroad personnel will provide information about study abroad programs at the College of Business.

International Education Week: Keynote Speech – Global Leadership

Date:
Wednesday, October 25th 2017
Time:
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Dr. Mikhail V. Grachev served as faculty in the United States, as well as in France, the U.K., Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Japan, Hong Kong, and Russia. His research is focused on international management, business strategy, leadership, and culture. He is the Major Collaborator and Country Co-Investigator in the award-winning 62-societies' Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness (GLOBE) research project.  Dr. Grachev was named Stanford Research Scholar and Wharton Senior Research Scholar; conducted research at Woodrow Wilson International Center…

International Education Week: Global Business Trivia Night

Date:
Thursday, October 26th 2017
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Global Business trivia night with RSO teams and prizes.  This event will be followed by refreshments served in the State Farm Hall of Business Atrium.

November 2017

Management & Quantitative Methods Department Advisory Meeting

Date:
Wednesday, November 1st 2017
Time:
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Department of Management & Quantitative Methods – College of Business will hold its. Fall 2017 Advisory Board meeting on November 1, 2017.  Meeting will be held in the Afni Executive Board Room – SFHB 412 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. For more information, please contact the Department of Management & Quantitative Methods at (309) 438-5701.

Department of Marketing Advisory Board Meeting

Date:
Thursday, November 2nd 2017
Time:
9:15 am - 2:30 pm

The Department of Marketing - College of Business will hold its Fall 2017 Advisory Board meeting on November 2, 2017.  Meeting will be held in the Afni Executive Board Room - SFHB 412 from 9:15 am to 2:30 pm. For more information, please contact the Department of Marketing at (309) 438-7261.

Attend a MBA Information Session

Date:
Wednesday, November 8th 2017
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Choosing the right MBA program can be a challenging task, but Illinois State can make the choice much easier. Our MBA program is delivered by an exceptional group of dedicated faculty in a high-tech learning environment. The program's reputation, flexibility, and affordability define the Illinois State MBA as one of the best. Join us for our next information session: Wednesday - November 8, 2017 | 5:00pm State Farm Hall of Business Room 430 | 410 South University Street (Visitor's parking…

CSR/Case Competition – Business Week

Date:
Friday, November 10th 2017
Time:
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Corporate Social Responsibility is the aim to embrace responsibility for a company's actions and encourage a positive impact on the environment through activities involving consumers, employees, communities, and stakeholders. Corporate Social Responsibility goes beyond what is required by regulators and promotes the betterment of business practices for sustained positive change. Corporate Social Responsibility Day (CSR Day) provides the opportunity for students to learn from industry leaders about the growing importance of Corporate Social Responsibility in the workplace. This year’s case competition took…

December 2017

American Marketing Association (AMA) Candy Cane Sales

Date:
Monday, December 4th 2017
Time:
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Buy a candy cane from the American Marketing Association (AMA) for your friends or for a child in the Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. Paper will be provided to write a message. Candy Canes will be $1 each or 6 for $5. Venmo and cash will be accepted. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. Candy Canes can be purchased in the College of Business Lobby or in the Watterson Dining Hall on Monday, December…

February 2018

Millennials in the Workforce Panel

Date:
Tuesday, February 6th 2018
Time:
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Christian Business Leaders and ISU-Society for Human Resource Management are collaborating to co-host a Millennials in the Workforce Panel. For the event, our RSOs are hosting a panel of successful professionals from different industries and backgrounds to discuss how Millennials work, career planning for Millennials, truths and myths about Millennial professionals, and other relevant topics. 

Transition Seminars – Business Week

Date:
Tuesday, February 20th 2018
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Transition from college to corporate life can be daunting, but with a little guidance students can do it successfully. To help ease that transition, distinguished College of Business alumni will return to campus to share their experiences and insights at Business Week’s Transition Seminars. These graduates come from a broad range of professions and career stages, and provided unique and valuable perspectives. Students are welcome to speak individually with these successful alumni at a networking reception that immediately follows the seminars in the…

March 2018

Student Elections-Candidate Debate

Date:
Thursday, March 22nd 2018
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Come hear from the candidates for your Student Government Association and the Association of Residence Halls for the 2018 elections. The debate will be held in the Caterpillar Auditorium of the State Farm Hall of Business.

September 2018

Teaching in the 21st Century Conference (T21Con)

Date:
Friday, September 28th 2018
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Teaching in the 21st Century Conference (T21Con) is a hands-on, engaging learning opportunity designed for current and aspiring educators to gain an edge in using technology in the classroom.

February 2019

College of Business Tech Team Meeting

Date:
Friday, February 1st
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The next meeting of the COB Tech Team will be held on February 1, 2019 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in SFHB 402.

College of Business Tech Team Meeting

Date:
Friday, February 15th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The next meeting of the COB Tech Team will be held on February 15, 2019 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in SFHB 402.

March 2019

College of Business Coordinating Team Meeting

Date:
Friday, March 29th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The next meeting of the COB coordinating team will be held on March 29, 2019 at 11 am-12:30 pm in SFHB 402.

April 2019

College of Business Technology Team Meeting

Date:
Friday, April 12th
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The next meeting of the COB Technology Team will be held on Friday | April 12, 2019 at 3:00 am - 4:00 pm in SFHB 402.