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UW Oshkosh, Marquette partner to offer accelerated path to economics master’s degree

Highly motivated University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students now have the opportunity to pursue and obtain a master’s degree in economics within one year after completing an undergraduate degree at UWO.

A new partnership—between UW Oshkosh and Marquette University—offers an accelerated option for students to earn a master’s degree through the Marquette Economics Partnership Program. Through the partnership, Marquette accepts certain upper-level UW Oshkosh econ electives for graduate credit for students accepted into the program, which ultimately reduces the time requirement in the graduate program at Marquette to one year.

“This is exciting for UW Oshkosh because it provides our students more opportunity to obtain an excellent applied graduate degree in economics quickly. UW Oshkosh is the only public university in the country that currently has this partnership with Marquette,” said Chad Cotti, economics department chair at UW Oshkosh.

To be eligible for the Master of Science in Applied Economics from the Marquette University Graduate School of Management, students must complete the qualifying courses from UW Oshkosh, and have a minimum 3.0-cumulative-grade-point average and a 3.0-cumulative-grade-point- average in all economics classes taken.

Beginning this year, if accepted to Marquette’s program, UW Oshkosh students participating in this option will be able to earn their master’s degree in one year.

The option cuts time to a typical master’s degree in half, which Cotti said is ideal because it ultimately gets graduates to their field to work more quickly.

“We want to give our students more opportunity,” said Cotti, acknowledging that UW Oshkosh doesn’t offer a master’s degree in economics. “Marquette wants good students and we want to be able to provide good opportunities for our students, so this is really win, win.”

Top marketing alumnus shares expertise with students

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumnus Philip Whitebloom ’80, of Elkridge, Maryland, has made his mark in the world of sales.

Whitebloom worked for Sony Electronics of America for 23 years and is a two-time recipient of the Sony Samurai Award, the company’s highest honor.

His career managing salespeople and businesses allowed him to help The White House, Pentagon, National Institutes of Health, NASA and many others provide high-quality services and support to those they serve.

Whitebloom currently serves as the vice president of North America regional, channels and government sales for Imagine Communications.

For the past six years, Whitebloom has been serving as a guest speaker for UWO’s College of Business (COB), Reeve Union Board members and leadership team, and the physics department and astronomy club. He studies astronomy as a hobby and has had some of his astrophotography published.

These accomplishments have earned Whitebloom a 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award, which will be presented at the annual Alumni Awards Celebration and 2016 Homecoming festivities in October.

Alan Hartman, COB dean emeritus of UWO, said he has encountered no one who has given more time and resources to UWO students than Whitebloom.

“He came for two or three days each time, at his own expense, to work with our students and faculty,” Hartman said. “We have many leaders who have made significant contributions to our University, but no one gave up vacation time and paid transportation.”

Hartman said Whitebloom’s experience and demeanor created a great learning experience.

“He provided students with many opportunities to ask questions and to meet with him one-on-one. He also presented information to students in a way that was meaningful for them,” Hartman said. “His thoughtful style and welcoming of questions made the interaction rich for students.”

UWO marketing professor Bryan Lilly said along with Whitebloom’s formal presentations, he also has gone to breakfasts and dinners with students and makes himself available to them for career coaching.

“Students make a lot of positive comments about being able to interact with him,” Lilly said. “We inducted him into our UW Oshkosh College of Business honors society Sigma Mu Psi in October 2009, after he visited us a couple times and more than 29 years after he graduated from our University.”

Whitebloom said he is proud to be asked back year after year to work with UWO students, faculty and staff.

“It is hard to feel more satisfied than to get home after meeting with dozens of students and have so many of them requesting to connect with me on LinkedIn,” he said. “I look forward to my return visits to UWO as much as anything I do in in life.”

Besides working and visiting UWO, he also is a member of the Temple Isaiah and has held several leadership positions.

“I listened to everyone and treated everybody with respect,” Whitebloom said. “In return, the support I received from the Temple community and community at large was unbelievable. We were able to help so many spiritually, educationally, financially and socially.”

For more information about the alumni awards celebration on Oct. 21, please contact the UW Oshkosh Alumni Relations Office at (920) 424-3449 or send an email to

Assistant marketing professor earns outstanding reviewer recognition

Melissa G. Bublitz, assistant professor of marketing in the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, was invited to join the editorial review board of the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing (JPPM).

Each year, the journal recognizes four to six out of their 200 regular and ad-hoc reviewers for outstanding contribution, helping to improve the quality of manuscripts published in JPPM. At this year’s Marketing and Public Policy Conference, Bublitz was named as one of the journal’s outstanding reviewers for 2016. She shares this honor with other scholars who focus their research efforts studying the dynamic relationship between marketing and public interest.

Bublitz’s research portfolio focuses on the intersection of marketing and public policy investigating topics such as food decision making, financial decision making, health and well-being, sustainability, social marketing and nonprofit marketing. Her work seeks to leverage marketing science to empower consumers and organizations to make choices that advance the well-being of individuals and communities.

Her most recent article, forthcoming in the JPPM, lays out a framework to outline how nonprofit and social change organizations can adopt the marketplace practice of storytelling to construct stories with the power to transform their marketing efforts, better engage audiences and accomplish their strategic goals.

Student commencement speaker: ‘Pursue your passions’

The following is the text of the full University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 142 spring Commencement address delivered at the May 14 afternoon ceremony by Marc Busko, student speaker and economics major.

“Good afternoon everyone. I would like to start by expressing my most sincere thanks for this opportunity to be a part of the class of 2016. It is an absolute honor to call you all peers.

“I would like to thank our distinguished guests who are here with us today, as well as our faculty members, especially my faculty adviser Marianne Johnson who has helped me understand economics better than I ever wanted to know.

“To the family members who are with us today, the commencement staff and the UW Oshkosh Administration, thank you for being here.

“I think many of us can agree that our college experiences have been a lot like a road map, or what may be more fitting for us Millennials, Google Maps, you know our trusted and beloved guide to the universe.

“We all have put our trust in our devices to take us from one point and get us to another destination in the most efficient way possible. We need to know our estimated time of arrival. If there’s traffic or a detour ahead we want to know.

“Nevertheless, I think we can remember a time when we didn’t take the right turn. Sometimes we took the long way. Sometimes we were stuck in traffic for much longer than we anticipated. Sometimes we turned up High Avenue and went the wrong way on a one way. Come on, you know you’ve done it. I certainly have!

“As freshman, our maps were just starting to take shape. We knew some street names, knew our way to and from Sage Hall, and found our way from our dorm room to the Rec Center. Or maybe you found yourself going from the Rec Center to Polito’s Pizza, like I did sometimes.

“We started to develop and cultivate new relationships and started taking our general education requirements. Maybe you met a passionate professor that helped unfold and guide your freshman year. As freshman year came to a close our maps had started forming.

“Sophomore year seemed to go so fast. Between the accounting courses, the nursing classes, teaching courses and endless number of group projects, our maps continued to become more clear to us. We might have picked a major, or switched a major. Sometimes more than once. We joined some organizations, and got involved. Our interests and passions continued to change and evolve. We started to embrace and recognize who we were becoming.

“As juniors, we were ready to be accepted into our programs of study. We couldn’t wait for the email that notified us that we had been accepted into the College of Nursing, the College of Business or the College of Education and Human Services. We started to search for industries and jobs that piqued our interests and aligned with our strengths, gifts, skills, and talents.

“We began to recognize the internships that we were capable of seeking out. We connected with professionals in our majors and industries. As juniors, the destination and map we all had been creating and working on started to really come into focus. We could see it. We could sense it. We could feel it.

“Now, as graduating seniors our maps are far from complete, and we haven’t reached our destinations just yet. We’ve spent this past year interviewing and job searching. Some of us student taught, others interned, our nurses finished clinicals and are preparing for the NCLEX exam. And our graduate students finished up some of their toughest assignments.

“We’ve checked our STAR account every day to make sure all our requirements had now turned a magical green. And now we’re here. The moment we’ve all been working so hard towards. The years of sleepless, stressful nights at the library. The years of incredible friendships that supported us and helped us get to this moment. The years of seeing the same squirrels get bigger and bigger.

“We all have been pursuing things in our lives that we’re passionate about. We’ve been building and creating this map. We’ve been practicing, learning and studying. We’ve been honing the things we’ve learned in each of our areas of study. However, this is just a temporary destination. This is just a momentary celebration of something greater that is to come.

“Now it’s time to start pursuing those passions in our lives. It’s time to continue to build, create and form our maps. To take wrong turns, and right turns and when we come to a fork in the road, take whatever way feels best.

“To pursue a job and vocation that you’re so passionate about. To find a mentor who will help you. To be a mentor to someone. To set goals. To find love. To start a movement. To contribute to a cause or an organization. To raise a family. To start your own company. To travel. To pursue the countless passions in our lives. Take a second and imagine, how would achieving one or a few of these passions make us feel?

“As we select our new destinations, I challenge each and every undergraduate and graduate student to pursue that passion. To go after it. To give it everything you have.

“If there’s one thing I would like for us to take away from today, it’s this: We owe it to our future selves to pursue our passions and create our maps. Yes, we are departing from our college destination, and now UWO becomes a place reference for each of us. Google Maps are great, but when we create our own maps in life, we can go much, much further.

“We can change the world in our own unique ways with the things that we are passionate about. We really can. We are ready and able to do huge things after we leave this ceremony today.

“Choose your passions. Pursue your passions. Create your map.

“Class of 2016, congratulations! Thank you very much.”

In her own words: Business student’s 3-year journey to graduation

The following story was submitted by graduating senior Heather Maas:

“My name is Heather Maas and I moved from Colorado in 2012. Because of my father’s veteran disability benefits, the VA paid for my bachelor’s degree in the state of Wisconsin. I chose UW Oshkosh because it has an excellent business program and I always liked small universities. From 2012 to 2013 I lived in Wisconsin to become a resident and to see if I liked the state of Wisconsin enough to want to pursue my degree here rather than back home. I worked full-time at Festival Foods and volunteered as a YMCA girls basketball coach. That year was a year of struggle and I was already a year behind in my education.

“In 2013, I started school at UW Oshkosh and was promoted to a shift manager at Festival Foods during the fall semester. During that time, I took 18 credits while working 35 hours a week. I was just starting the business program and quickly became overwhelmed. I needed a job to pay bills, but at the same time I wanted to get my degree finished with. This is when I went to Cynthia Fruhwirth in the academic advising office and told her that I wanted to graduate in a three-year span to make up for the year that I lost.

“I was determined to make my goal of graduating in 2016 happen so I loaded up the summer of 2014 with seven credits. In November of 2014, I accepted a marketing internship position at Shallbetter, Inc. in Oshkosh. At this time I was just entering the pre-business program and struggling to pass accounting with a C. I continued to take 18 credits and worked the same amount of hours. I entered into a company that was undergoing a company name change, sales representative conference and company acquisition.

“In summer of 2015, I took an additional nine credits while working full-time and led Shallbetter into some of the best marketing efforts that they have ever had. By this time I was accepted into the College of Business and was on track to graduate in May of 2016.

“In August of 2015, I was offered a full-time position with Powergrid Solutions (formerly Shallbetter) and was put on salary with full-benefits before the school year even started. I have accomplished many things with PSI, including introducing their acquired company, Neumetal, into the NEW Manufacturing Alliance and representing them at the company’s very first trade show in Green Bay.

“Most recently, Powergrid Solutions was in Dallas for the industry’s largest trade show. I planned, designed, purchased and did all of the graphic design for a $54,000 booth.

“I am proud to say that I will be graduating this May 2016 with one of the best business marketing and analytics degrees in the state of Wisconsin. I will also be graduating with almost two years of experience in my field.”

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MBA Student, Karen Landay, Accepted Into Doctoral Program

Karen Landay, UW Oshkosh MBA student and Graduate Assistant in the College of Business, has proven that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. The life of an MBA student is very demanding, but Karen has taken advantage of additional opportunities she’s encountered and is currently preparing for graduation and all the future has to hold.

Karen presented the paper “Dynamics of Innovative Solutions Emergence: The Role of Symbols” at the Southern Management Associate 2015 meeting in St. Pete Beach, Florida. This paper won the Best Track Paper award in the Entrepreneurship/Innovation category. Karen presented along with co-authors Ivana Milosevic, Ph.D., UW Oshkosh Assistant Professor, Mary Uhl-Bien, Texas Christian University, and A. Erin Bass, University of Nebraska Omaha. Karen was also the sole author of “Lost Candidates: Towards an Understanding of Job Seeker Self-Selection” which she presented at the Midwest Academy of Management 2015 conference held in Columbus, OH.

“I am incredibly lucky in my mentors and experiences. Without the support of many members of the UW Oshkosh faculty, I would not be in my current position,” explained Karen. “The combination of all of my experiences to date has resulted in me being much more prepared for the rigors of a PhD program. Conducting my own research and assisting with that of others is exactly the type of work that will be expected of me in my doctoral program, and having experienced a taste of it during my master's will help me greatly.”

Karen successfully defended her thesis “Recruitment Process Outsourcing: One Size Fits All? Firm Reputation and Recruiter Competence Effects” on February 17, 2016 and is expected to graduate with her Master of Business Administration in May 2016. She will also be inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society recognizing business excellence.

Karen explained she has been accepted to the University of Alabama doctoral program and has been awarded the Graduate Council Fellowship. She plans to continue her education in business management and hopes to one day become a professor.

“Earning my PhD and becoming a professor will allow me to spend the rest of my life learning, discovering new knowledge, and sharing that through publications, collaboration with colleagues, and of course my students in the classroom,” said Karen. “Being a professor will allow me the ultimate freedom of learning.”

Viessmann - UW Oshkosh leadership development program concludes

The third year of the Viessmann - UW Oshkosh Leadership Development Program concluded with a celebration and luncheon on Thursday, July 16.

20 leaders from the Viessmann Group out of five different countries attended a Leadership Development Program at UW Oshkosh. The group was tasked with presenting a final presentation centered around "Smart Globalization: The Viessmann Project." Read more here. 

Chancellor's Award for Excellence

Two Business Students who exemplify high academic and leadership qualities as well as a deep commitment to serving others have been announced as recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

The criteria for this award include academic performance, University-related service and community involvement. Both Angela Dusenberry and Jesse Waldvogel have a strong record of leadership and service throughout campus and the community. They also have have strived to make a difference in the lives of others. Congratulations for earning this amazing achievement!

Angela studies international economics, minors in business and french, is an accounting analyst intern, a committee member of the University Speaker Series, and president of the UW Oshkosh American Red Cross Club.

Jessie is a double major in finance and economics with an emphasis in business analytics. He services as a financial analyst intern, is in the Student-Managed Endowment Fund program, and is a volunteer teacher for Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.

We are so proud. Congratulations once again!

Joseph Mann named FEI "Outstanding Student"

The Finance and Business Law Department has selected Joseph Mann as the Financial Executives Institute (FEI) "Outstanding Student".

Joseph is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh majoring in Finance.  His hometown is Mount Calvary, WI – a small town on the east side of the state.  Over the past year, he gained interest in investments and valuation after being involved in two courses – Student Managed Endowment Fund and Security Analysis.

In his spare time, Joseph enjoys volunteering, being outdoors, playing and watching sports, and spending time with his family and friends.

Joe is the kind of student that other finance majors should aspire to become. He began his undergraduate studies at MSOE (Milwaukee School of Engineering) but transferred to UW Oshkosh. According to his professors, Joe excels in his classes. He also has done phenomenal in the SMEF program and Steve Huffman, who officially nominated Joe for the award, can attest to that.

Joe has been actively recruited to join the CFA Investment Research Challenge team. The CFA Investment Research Challenge is a competition where student must create an original research report (which is graded by professionals with the CFA designation) for a publicly traded company (this year's company was Rockwell Automation) and then present their results to a panel of judges (who also have the CFA designation).

Joe also was part of this year's CFA Investment Research Challenge team that finished second to a Madison team fielding five graduate students (UW Oshkosh's team fielded five undergraduate students).

Congratulations, Joe!

Professor Hagen's Publication in the "Journal of Taxation"

Professor Will Hagen is frequently cited for his numerous publications in a variety of prestigious journals. His most recent publication, "The Tax Court's Arbitrary Determination of the Value of Facade Easement Contributions," appears in the October edition of the "Journal of Taxation."

UW Oshkosh College of Business Professor Will Hagen has quite the list of credible citations of his publications! Prestigious schools such as Yale, Harvard, Florida State University to name a few, have cited Dr. Hagen's works. HIs most recent publication, "The Tax Court's Arbitrary Determination of the Value of Facade Easement Contributions," appears in the October edition of the Journal of TaxationThe article is about taxpayers' deduction of donations to charitable organizations and the regulations and procedures involved with those deductions. Read the entire article here.