Student Involvement

Barsema Microfinance Workshop Series

Dennis BarsemaDennis Barsema was the 2003 recipient of the College of Business Distinguished Alumni award, 2006 recipient of the NIU Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award, and 2011 recipient of the University Honors Great Professor Award.

A faculty member in the NIU Management department, Barsema generously donated his time to offer what has become a very popular workshop series for Honors students centered on the topic of microfinance. Mr. Barsema uses the series, comprised of five sessions, to discuss his experiences granting small business loans to entrepreneurs in impoverished countries. The workshops are interactive and include group discussions and activities. A pizza dinner is to follow each workshop.

This series is conducted via five different workshops, all held at Barsema Hall, Room 211. Workshops will be held between 5:00pm-6:30pm with a pizza dinner to follow.  

FALL 2013

Thursday, October 10
Thursday, October 24Barsema group shot 2013
Thursday, November 7
Thursday, November 14
Thursday, November 21


Tuesday, February 19
Tuesday, March 5
Tuesday, March 19
Tuesday, April 2
Tuesday, April 9

Students that are interested in participating in this workshop series can register by contacting Vanessa Segundo at Please submit your full name and Z-ID. Upon registering, students are making a committment to attend all five of the workshops.