In 1999, then accounting firm giant, Arthur Andersen, published “The Family Business Answer Book,” a
guide to help entrepreneurial family businesses grow. Thanks to co-author, Barbara Buchholz, a friend over the years, the story of my dad, Eli Schulman, and the story of our cheesecake was highlighted in the first section.
That book brought about a call to me in 2001 from James O’Neill, the Director of the Center for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship at the Lerner College of Business at the University of Delaware. Professor O’Neill was about to visit Chicago and wanted to learn more about the Eli’s story. I took the visit as an opportunity to learn more about Professor O’Neill’s program and was very interested in a two year summer workshop for teachers that results in a Masters Degree in Economics for Educators.
The deadline for this program was days away and I placed a call to Lucille Shaw, the Master Agriculture Teacher at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences to see if any member of the faculty would be interested. James Anderson, a graduate of CHSAS and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, had joined the faculty of CHSAS and was very interested in pursuing an advanced degree. Thanks to the
support of Joanne Dempsey and the Illinois Council on Economic Education, James received a scholarship to attend the program.
The program at the University of Delaware motivated Mr. Anderson to go further with his education in agricultural economics and education. He left CHSAS to receive his PHD at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His thesis was in the “Effect of Problem-based Learning on Knowledge Acquisition, Knowledge Retention and Critical Thinking Ability of Agriculture Students in Urban Schools” and his PHD was granted in 2007.
Now Dr. Anderson is a member of the faculty at the College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois and he has the opportunity to motivate and educate students from CHSAS and many urban schools.
As a thank you to Dr. O’Neill and the influence that he has had on the career of Dr. Anderson, I am delighted to twice annually lecture a class in entrepreneurship of Dr. O’Neill’s. At one time, we used a video center at Wright College, but developments in technology have made it possible to use a lap top at our offices.
This worked out very well until this year when technology failed us. The class in Newark, Delaware could
hear and see me, but I couldn’t see or hear them. As a result, we hooked up a second lap top so they could ask questions. It was a bit like flying blind, but the students were most enthusiastic in their notes during and after the presentation.
Thank you Dr. O’Neill, your students and the YoUdee’s (the Fightin’ Blue Hens) of the University of