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
Katie Park ’18, Ethan Jenkins '18, and Darren Yau '18 received first, second, and third, respectively, for the 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.
2016-2017 Department Awards
The department of business and economics gave the following student awards last year. Congratulations to our 2017 recipients:
Elizabeth Lengel '19 received the Col. John L. Robertson WSAF 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.
Nathaniel Ruble'18 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.
Travis Mercante ’17 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 Teams Sweep APEX Competition
Congratulations to Carter Harms ’15, Hannah Kellner ’16, Wesley Braeden ’17, and Gabe Sandoval ’16 (pictured below) for their first-place finish at APEX, Allstate’s annual regional competition. Wheaton’s teams finished first, second, and third in 2015, and also won first place in both 2014 and 2013. 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.
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. This year, the Relief Watch team from The University of Chicago went on to win the $50,000 grand prize.
- Dr. Bruce Howard, Carl R. Hendrickson Professor of Business, received the Alumni Association’s 2015 Distinguished Service to Alma Mater Award.
- Dr. Winnie Fung, associate professor of economics, received a 2015 Junior Faculty Achievement Award from the Wheaton College Alumni Association in recognition of her outstanding achievement and promise. In fall 2014 Dr. Fung delivered a chapel address on God and poverty where she challenged the Wheaton community to remember that "caring for the poor requires not just sacrificial love, but delivering love.”