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UW Oshkosh Executive MBA Not-for-Profit and Government Scholarship

The UW Oshkosh MBA Office has announced a new scholarship opportunity for individuals employed by not-for profit and government agencies. Up to three scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $8,925 toward the UW Oshkosh Executive MBA cohort beginning September 2017.
Selection criteria includes: employed by a non-profit, government or state agency; meet admission standards for the Executive MBA and complete the standard admission process; and complete the scholarship application.
The UW Oshkosh Executive MBA is completed in just sixteen months and is held on Saturdays at the Appleton Executive Education Center. It is a cohort style learning environment which allows for extensive peer interaction, rich discussions, and builds a powerful, influential network.
For more information contact the MBA Office at 800-633-1430.

College of Business professor delivers faculty commencement speech

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College of Business professor delivers faculty commencement speech

M. Ryan Haley

College of Business faculty member M. Ryan Haley offered the following remarks at UW Oshkosh’s midyear commencement ceremony on Jan. 21 at Kolf Sports Center:

“Chancellor Leavitt, Provost Earns, Representative Schraa, deans, faculty, alumni, families, friends, and, of course, graduates.

“Hello to you all, and congratulations to the class of 2017.

“It’s an honor to be here. My insecure young self, born to modest means, could never have imagined that I would someday address a crowd this large on a day this important.

“Preparing this speech was difficult. I didn’t know where to begin. And even after many restless nights of obsessive drafting, I still had nothing. What could I possibly say in seven minutes to inspire you? This question haunted me for weeks. And the obsessing didn’t end until about… 30 seconds ago.

“I will say this: While you may never give a commencement speech, you should write one. It will compel you to reckon with your own story and find your own voice. It’s not as easy as you might think. What would YOU say if these seven minutes and this audience were yours?

“1. Higher Ed

  • a. “People often joke that economists (dismal scientists, as we’re called) don’t agree on much; President Reagan once said that if Trivial Pursuit had been designed by economists, it would have 100 questions and 3,000 answers. We dismal scientists do, however, agree on many things. Here are few that may brighten your graduation day:
    • i. “Compared to high school grads, college grads earn, on average, about $800k more over their lifetime; they have much lower unemployment rates; better health outcomes; and better non-wage benefits.
    • ii. “If you’re worried about student loans, note that the average student loan debt is about 28k whereas the average new car loan is about 31k. With the car loan you can buy one car, whereas student loans you will afford you 26 new cars over the course of your lifetime. Higher education is an investment, not a cost.
  • b. “Be proud of your higher education. Phones, trucks, bridges, schools, healthcare, legal protections, insurance, military power, fuels, paper products, computers, highways, internet, movies, music, pet health, clean water, clean food, clean air, cultural identity, great jobs, social mobility, and nearly every form of technological progress all stem from professorial knowledge and higher education. These “real world” contributions are tremendous and absolutely everywhere. The WI Idea has not forsaken this great state. You worked hard to become one of these contributors. You owe no one an apology.
    • i. “But do thank the taxpayers of WI. It’s their dollars that subsidize public higher education. Without this support, college would be less accessible, student debt would be much higher, the economy would be less prosperous, and the American Dream of Success would be less obtainable.

“2. Capitalism… Some will tell you that the lesson from Adam Smith, Father of Capitalism, is that ‘greed is good.’ However, this is an incomplete and distorted interpretation of his work. In fact, Smith advocated point blank against monopoly power, business-dominated political systems, consumer vulnerability, and he warned that admiring the rich while neglecting the poor was a corruption of moral sentiments such as sympathy, fairness, benevolence, propriety, and altruism. So make sure to balance your self-interest with your humanity. Hearts of stone were not part of Adam Smith’s design.

“3. Carpe Diem: You’ve probably heard it before in inspirational TV shows or movies. I’m not too sure what it means, because I don’t speak Japanese, but you can look it up on your phone in a second when I get more boring. I do suggest you look it up today though–not tomorrow–today.

“4. Narcissists aside, self-doubt and self-limitation quietly predate most of us, leaving opportunity and aspiration adrift. I have a confession. There were moments when I wanted to back out of this speech. I was afraid I would offend, or falter, or fail in any of 1,000 ways. I’m here because of a coping mechanism–homemade, as they often are. It was forged years ago when I logged the frozen hardwoods of northern WI to pay my tuition. I felled trees in knee-deep snow, tree-popping cold, and snowsqualls so dense at times I could barely see the tree tops. It was man vs. nature; an epic adventure doing the world’s most dangerous job. Logging gave me countless bumps and bruises and several good scares, but it also instilled an earthy poise; a faith that I could hold the helm in the roughest of seas. To this day, I use those memories to club haul my confidence to windward, empowering me to face insecurity. Self-doubt, my friends, is an insidious form of personal mutiny. Find a way to unfurl its spell, and your life will be more your own.

“5. Love and Marriage. You don’t see this in commencement speeches much, but there’s really no one more qualified to give you marriage advice than a dismal scientist. Marriage is a wonderful institution. In fact, I have been institutionalized for 17 years now. Seriously though, my wedding vows were the lyrics from a Bruce Springsteen song called ‘If I Should Fall Behind.’ I often marvel at how the words of a blue-collar musician from Freehold, NJ–a man I will never know or meet–could reach into the recesses of my marriage, my identity as a father, and my social conscience. This is but one example of how the best poetry, music, art and cinema can be significant in a person’s life.

  • a. “Relatedly, learn to play a musical instrument. Making music is one of the most enduring and rewarding aspects of being human; it helps ease the pain and express the joy that living brings. I chose to fill my home with piano music. I’m not great, but I play Chopin well enough to put a peaceful smile on my wife’s face. And the boogie woogie I play has brought more joy to my young children than opening presents ever will (granted, we buy them really crummy presents).

“6. Aspire to INspire before you EXpire. Help others maximize their best qualities and minimize their worst; there is greatness and there is shadow in each of you. Strive to be a local hero to those around you, especially kids and young folks working hard at growin’ up. If you ever think you’re too small to make a difference, think about the times you’ve tried to sleep with a mosquito in your bedroom.

“7. Work Hard, but not so hard that your work-family balance suffers. Your family/friends need you. Be wary of obsessive over-achieving at work, because it has a curious way of becoming its own punishment. In some cases, it can even lead to commencement speaking.

“Thank you for letting me share this day with you, and once again, congratulations to you all.”

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.