We're pleased to share recent news about the department, including updates on faculty and student awards and achievements.
Prof. P.J. Hill Essay Award
James Drury '19, Andrew Reay '19, and Amina Awad '19 received first, second, and third, respectively, for last year's P.J. Hill Essay Award. The economics essay topic for this annual award is selected by Professor Emeritus Dr. P.J. Hill in the fall of each academic year. The contest is open to all undergraduates of Wheaton College. Find more information on this year's essay contest here.
2018-2019 Department Awards
The department of Business and Economics gave the following student awards this year. Congratulations to our 2019 recipients:
Taylor Mistele '21 received the Col. John L. Robertson USAF Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a sophomore business and economics major based on academic excellence in departmental courses and contributions to Wheaton College via other activities.
Cory Trotti '20 received the $10,000 Business and Economics Outstanding Student Award.
This award is given to a junior business and economics major based on academic excellence in both departmental and overall course work, distinction via other accomplishments while at Wheaton College, and Christian character in and outside the classroom.
Caleb Veth '19 received the C. William Pollard Award for Business and the Liberal Arts.
This award is presented to a senior business and economics major who exhibits outstanding future potential for leadership in the world of business by exemplifying during his or her studies at Wheaton College Christian maturity, academic excellence, enthusiasm for and potential for success in business, and the liberal arts ideal of breadth and depth of perspective.
Wheaton Team Sweeps APEX Competition
Congratulations to Cory Trotti ’20, Tyler Waaler ’19, Daniel Small ’19, and Jenny Hudson ’19 (pictured below) for their first-place finish at APEX, Allstate’s annual regional competition. In this competition between interdisciplinary teams, students work with an Allstate professional to analyze a relevant Allstate business issue and develop an executive-ready presentation, which the top three teams then present to a panel of Allstate's senior leaders.
"APEX has been the most valuable business-related program that I have participated in during my time here at Wheaton. It's an immersive program that gives you the opportunity to analyze a real-world business problem while working alongside Financial Analysts at Allstate. It incorporates some of the most valuable skills that employers are typically looking for." -Daniel Small
"APEX provided me with an environment in which I could ask questions and learn more deeply about financial analysis and data-driven solution making. My teammates and my advisors provided a support system that encouraged me to press into areas of learning from which I generally shy away. I am a more confident learner and doer as a result of my experience!" -Jenny Hudson
"APEX gave me a greater appreciation of my liberal arts education, as our group used the critical thinking, creative problem solving, and communication skills we have built up as students in order to achieve team success. Because of APEX, I have first-hand confidence in the way Wheaton prepares its students for the competitive post-graduate job market." -Tyler Waaler
Wheaton Hosts Business Plan Competition
Wheaton College hosted the Midwest/East regional competition of Elevate, a national, faith-based business plan competition among national universities, fellowships, and Christian colleges held in March 2015. Out of 31 business plans, 7 regional finalists (including Proxi Marketplace the winning team from Wheaton’s Shark Tank competition) were selected to compete for the $20,000 Midwest/East award, and the opportunity to advance to the national competition, held in Silicon Valley in April. The following year, the Relief Watch team from The University of Chicago went on to win the $50,000 grand prize.