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Marc Schulman of Eli’s Speaks to Professor James O’Neill’s Economics Class at the University of Delaware



















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





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Eli’s Supports the Mission of the Illinois Council on Economic Education

In our work to
improve entrepreneurial education and the promotion of entrepreneurial business
in the food and other industries, we are delighted to support and partner with
the Illinois Council on Economic Education. The IICE is the state-wide leader in
educating students and teachers about the value of our economics system and the
opportunities available in building businesses and our community


We believe that all children should be
able to benefit fully from and contribute meaningfully to the economic system in
which they live. It is the mission of the Illinois Council on Economic Education
to help all children in Illinois become effective participants in the economy,
enabling them to benefit themselves and society throughout their lifetimes. As
effective participants in the economy, all students should leave high school
with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to become:

  • Productive members of the work
    force, as employees or entrepreneurs
  • Responsible citizens
  • Knowledgeable consumers
  • Prudent savers and
  • Effective participants in the
    global economy
  • Competent decision-makers
    throughout their lives

The Illinois Council on
Economic Education (ICEE), an affiliate of the National Council on
Economic Education (NCEE)
, is the premier provider in Illinois of economic
education programs for K-12 schools. ICEE helps schools integrate the teaching
of economics across all grade levels, preparing students to meet Illinois Learning
, and providing them with the fundamental economic concepts and
skills needed to understand and succeed in our market economy.

The Council is a
partnership of leaders from business, labor, agriculture, education, and
government dedicated to increasing economic literacy in Illinois. A Governing Board and a Board of
provide leadership for the Council’s work. Board firms and other
partners contribute over $800,000 each year to
support the Council.

Established in 1951, the
Illinois Council on Economic Education is the oldest continuously active state
council in the National
Council on Economic Education
network. Located at Northern Illinois
University, ICEE is part of the Division of University Outreach.

ICEE accomplishes its
mission of economic literacy through the comprehensive EconomicsAmerica Program,
which consists of:

  • Setting Standards
  • Training Teachers
  • Developing Curriculum
  • Providing Curriculum
  • Evaluating Results

The Council’s programs, delivered
through university-based Centers, integrate the
teaching of economics (including personal finance and entrepreneurship)
throughout the curriculum, helping schools develop a comprehensive and
sequential curriculum for economics. Through its Centers for Economic Education,
and in cooperation with the Illinois State Board of Education, the Council delivers
training to approximately 2,500 K-12 teachers each year. Programs include:

  • professional development for K-12
  • curriculum consulting
  • classroom simulations for K-12
  • educational competitions and
    awards programs
  • first-class curriculum materials
    for integrating economics within the curriculum.

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