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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!

UW Oshkosh expands Professional MBA offerings into Appleton

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Business will offer Professional Master of Business Administration (MBA) courses in Appleton starting in the fall 2015 semester.

Classes will be held at the UW Oshkosh Appleton Executive Education Center, located inside the Marathon Center, 2323 East Capitol Drive in Appleton.

UW Oshkosh offers two paths to an MBA: Professional and Executive. The Executive MBA is a 16-month accelerated option with classes held on Saturdays. Executive MBA classes have been held in Appleton since the center’s opening in 2013. The Professional MBA is held on weekday evenings and has been offered on the UW Oshkosh campus for more than 40 years. Fall 2015 will mark the first time Professional MBA courses will be held at the Appleton center. Additional locations include Green Bay and Stevens Point, as well as online.

Currently, there are more than 100 UW Oshkosh MBA students living in Outagamie County.

Jessica Liska, a current MBA student, lives in Appleton and is registered to take classes at the Appleton center in the fall. Liska chose the UW Oshkosh MBA Program for a variety of reasons including AACSB accreditation and convenience.

“I found the class offerings, using a combination of classroom and online courses, were easy to fit into my schedule especially with them being offered at multiple locations,” Liska said.

In addition, the UWO Appleton Executive Education Center is utilized for meetings, trainings, and conferences. The facility features contemporary spaces for groups of 5 to 75. Spaces include an executive boardroom, breakout rooms, an open common area and a kitchenette.

For more information on the UW Oshkosh MBA Program or the Appleton Executive Education Center, visit or call 800-633-1430.

Executive MBA 2015-2016 International Trip

Learn more about the Executive 2015-2016 International Trip that will be in Beijing, China and Seoul, South Korea.
Executive MBA 2015-2016 International Trip

Image of the Tiananmen Square and the Cheonggyecheon Stream

The Executive MBA is excited to announce the 2015-2016 cohort International Trip will be in Beijing, China and Seoul, South Korea. This trip will consist of sight-seeing, networking and visits with growing businesses. Join us for a business, political, environmental and cultural immersion you will not forget.
Why Beijing and Seoul?

In China, the struggle between old and new continues to play out on various fronts, and there are new challenges arising every day. The rise of the Chinese economy over the last 30 years has been nothing short of remarkable and on nearly every economic issue, China is a major player. 

South Korea is one of the greatest national success stories of the modern era. After decades of poverty and then war, it emerged in the 1960s as an innovative, agile, and savvy player in an interconnected Asia. The combination of history, modernity, and cultural relevance make South Korea a true contender to break into the upper echelon of the world's elite nations. (

 In each city, you will visit growing businesses and learn about their successes and network with respected professionals. You will also visit historic landmarks and eat at local and cultural-inspired restaurants that each city has to offer. For more information on the Executive MBA or Executive MBA International Trip, please call 920-424-3384 or email

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(920) 424-0186

Upcoming Events
Feb 10
WI RIMS & Milwaukee CPCU Meeting
Lunch will be served at 11:30am with a presentation to follow at noon.
— February 10, 2016 at Potowatomi Hotel – Serenity conference room
Feb 11
Gamma Iota Sigma Meeting
Election of Officers.
— Sage 1234
Feb 25
Improving Project Performance through Line of Sight
— Appleton Executive Education Center
Mar 01
MBA Information Session
— UW Oshkosh Sage Hall Room 1234
Mar 02
MBA Information Session
— UWO Green Bay Executive Education Center
More upcoming events…