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2015 MBA Awards Announced

The UW Oshkosh MBA Program is proud to announce the winners of the Outstanding Graduate Award and Outstanding Faculty Award.

Outstanding Graduate Award

The 2015 Outstanding Graduate Award is for eligible MBA students that graduated in the Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 semesters, or will graduate in Spring 2015. The nomination process allows current MBA students and professors to nominate students, along with self-nominations. The selection criteria is based on those who demonstrate classroom excellence, strong community involvement and are active in advancing their profession. This year, members of the MBA Alumni Advisory Board have chosen two recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Award. Award winners will be recognized at the 2014/2015 Professional MBA Graduation Celebration.

Mary Frank-Arlt, Fall 2014   Mary Frank-Arlt
Mary works for Integrys Energy Group as a Brand Communications Specialist. Along with earning her MBA, she recently completed the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) training program. Mary is actively involved in the community and has served on several committees for Current, the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce’s young professionals network and is an active member of the E Source Social Media Leaders Group. Her community and volunteer involvement includes the Brown County United Way’s Emerging Leaders Society and UW-Green Bay.
Mary is proud to have excelled in the rigorous finance courses even though she does not work in the financial industry. “I dug into the material and put in the hours to master the concepts. I applied the concepts in my work. The great thing about the program is that you can apply what you learn right away.”
Mary graduated with a 4.0 GPA and plans to use her experience and business acumen gained to expand her responsibilities at Integrys Energy Group.

Joel Hansen, Spring 2015
  Joel Hansen
Joel is currently Pomp’s Tire Service, Inc.’s Corporate Controller. Joel’s current and past memberships include the AICPA, WICPA, Current, Green Bay Chamber of Commerce’s young professionals network, and Optimist International. His community and volunteer involvement includes work for the Green Bay Economic Development Authority, UW Green Bay Alumni Association, United Way, and the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce.  

While earning his MBA, Joel is proud he remained active in all aspects of his life. “As a husband and father of two young children, I emphasized family first and did not allow my professional goals to interfere with my foremost responsibilities. As a business professional, I remained dedicated to my craft as a Controller and continuously expanded my leadership role. As a student, I actively participated in all classes with learning as my main objective.”

Joel plans to reach his ambitious career goals by continually learning and expanding his leadership roles in his organization and in the community.

Outstanding Faculty Award  Bruce Niendorf
The 2015 Outstanding Faculty Award is for eligible MBA faculty that have taught in the program in the past 5 years. Those who have received the award in the past 3 years are ineligible. Current MBA students were able to nominate a professor for this prestigious award based on his/her teaching style, academic support and overall excellence teaching online or in the classroom. 

The 2015 Outstanding Faculty Award goes to Bruce Niendorf. He currently teaches Financial Management. Student nominator commented that “Professor Bruce Niendorf provided a very unique perspective on finance that enables one to see and analyze common daily life things from the perspective of theories of finance.” Niendorf received the highest rankings in the areas of class engagement, timely feedback, student respect and real world methodologies.

 Congratulations to all 2015 Award Recipients!

Student-Managed Endowment Fund Celebrates 15 years!

The students involved in the Student-Managed Endowment Fund are gearing up for the 15 year Anniversary Celebration and Student Presentation! The event will be held at 4:00 pm on April 23, 2015 at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center.

The Student-Managed Endowment Fund at UW Oshkosh College of Business is celebrating 15 years on April 23, 2015. The event will take place at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center and will include a presentation by the students, networking with faculty and staff and refreshments. Please join us and support the students at this memorable event! To RSVP, please click 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!

Insurance & Risk Management Program is making a dent!

Starting in 2008, Dr. Scott Beyer spearheaded the Center for Insurance & Risk Management (The Center) as a way to educate and prepare students for the loss of more than 50% of the insurance industry workforce by the year 2030. The Center has grown to date and helps fuel the next generation of insurance industry specialists.

With support from SECURA, Jeweler's Mutual, Society Insurance, Thrivent, Sentry Insurance and Church Mutual, The Center for Insurance and Risk Management receives financial and advisory support to make Oshkosh a leader in preparing students for the projected employment gap within the next 15 years. A special thank you to Insight B2B for publishing the article "Insuring The Future." (Click to read the article)

UW Oshkosh MBA Program Named a Best Online Business Graduate Program in 2015

US News & World Report has ranked the UW Oshkosh MBA Program #84 in their list of the Best Online Graduate Business Programs in 2015.

US News & World Report has ranked the UW Oshkosh MBA Program #84 in their list of the Best Online Graduate Business Programs in 2015. This ranking is based on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity. UW Oshkosh was the second highest ranked online MBA program in Wisconsin. The UW Oshkosh MBA Program was also recognized for being accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. The UW Oshkosh MBA Program is the only university in Northeast and Central Wisconsin operating at this caliber and adhering to these high accreditation standards.

Learn how U.S. News & World Report computed its online master’s in business degree rankings.

John Muraski receives Outstanding Faculty Award!

College of Business Professor John Muraski received the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award for the UW MBA Consortium. John was selected as the outstanding instructor by students who took an online graduate course through the consortium.

The UW MBA Consortium Outstanding Instructor awards have been given for the past three years to recognize faculty who are truly “outstanding” in our online environment. Read more...

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.

Is Entrepreneurship Addictive?

Read about College of Business professor Dr. April Spivack's research regarding addictive behaviors of entrepreneurs as cited in the Forbes Magazine article, "Is Entrepreneurship Addictive?"
Is Entrepreneurship Addictive?

Dr. April Spivack

Dr. April Spivack's contribution to a recent report cited in Forbes Magazine states that the life of a committed entrepreneur is similar to that of a "junky" displaying behavior such as sleeplessness, obsession, etc. Click here to read the article with the link to the full report citing Dr. Spivack's research into habitual entrepreneurs. 

Congratulations, Distinguished Alumni!

Three alumni were recognized on Friday, October 17 during an awards luncheon at the new Alumni Welcome and Conference Center. Corey Vanderpoel was awarded Distinguished Young Alumnus, Holly Brenner was recognized as Distinguished Alumnus and Rollie Stephenson was honored with Distinguished Honorary Alumnus.

On Friday, October 17, three UW Oshkosh alumni were recognized by the College of Business for their professional accomplishments and commitment to the college. The annual event began with a welcome and introduction by the Director of Alumni Relations, Dave Krause. The attendees enjoyed a plated lunch followed by a College of Business update given by Dean William J. Tallon. The Distinguished Young Alumnus Award was presented by Jordan Rhodes, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Jordan gave a brief summary and introduced the recipient, Corey Vanderpoel, Managing Director of Schenck M&A Solutions. Corey is a 1999 graduate in Management Information Systems with a Finance emphasis. Tim Greinert, President of the United Way, presented the Distinguished Honorary Alumnus Award to Holly Brenner, Vice President of Strategic Development & Marketing at Agnesian HealthCare. Holly received a BBA in Marketing and HR in 1999, and an MBA in 2011. Dean William Tallon was pleased to present the Distinguished Honorary Alumnus Award to Rollie Stephenson, Founder and CEO of Faith Technologies. Rollie serves on the Business Advisory Council for UW Oshkosh College of Business, and has been a significant supporter of the College of Business.

Congratulations to all three recipients!

AeroInnovate Takes Off

AeroInnovate, UW Oshkosh Business Success Center's unique aviation and aerospace networking consulting enterprise, takes off with a prestigious award for Leadership & Collaboration!

AeroInnovate, UW Oshkosh Business Success Center's unique aviation and aerospace networking consulting enterprise, has won first place for Leadership & Collaboration at the national University Economic Development Association summit. Meridith Jaeger, founder of AeroInnovate, was present to receive the award. Read more!

UWO Alta Resources CEI Wins Global "Emerging Entrepreneurship Center" Award

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) has been named recipient of the 2014 “Emerging Center Award” from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC).
UWO Alta Resources CEI Wins Global "Emerging Entrepreneurship Center" Award

GCEC Award

The Alta Resources CEI earned this prestigious award during the GCEC Conference 2014 in London, United Kingdom. Colleen Merrill, the executive director of the Alta Resources CEI and the director of the Small Business Development Center at UW Oshkosh, was in London to receive the award on behalf of the center. The center is beginning its second year with the new director, Jordan Rhodes leading the way and expecting a year of major growth!

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UW Oshkosh Insurance Minor Complementary to Insurance Industry

UW Oshkosh Insurance Minor will provide students ready to work in the insurance industry. There are over 250 life, health and property casualty organizations headquartered in Wisconsin. Students graduating with an Insurance minor from UW Oshkosh can fill the roles of the many anticipated retiring employees in the insurance industry.

With a growing workforce in the state of Wisconsin, the Insurance industry will be replacing over 400,000 employees by the year 2020. UW Oshkosh students graduating with a minor in Insurance and Risk Management will have an advantage over any other graduate due to the experience and licensure they will acquire upon graduation. The state is the fourth in the nation for the number of insurance companies with over 250 life, health and property casualty organizations headquartered in Wisconsin! "More people work in insurance and financial services in Wisconsin than in the dairy industry or agriculture," said Scott Beyer, director of the insurance program at UW Oshkosh. Read more here