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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.”

MBA Graduate Promoted

Jenny Haas, a UW Oshkosh MBA graduate, was recently promoted to vice president–research & development and training at SECURA. Jenny joined SECURA in 2006, served as a training manager and product development manager for Commercial Lines, and was promoted to director-research & development in 2008, where she led efforts in state expansion and product development.

Jenny earned her bachelor of arts degree from Marian College and her MBA from UW Oshkosh. She holds several insurance designations and has extensive training in leadership and management.

Jenny obtained her MBA from UW Oshkosh through the executive path. The Executive MBA path focuses on building skills and conceptualization at an enterprise and managerial level.

“The Executive MBA experience has given me a broader corporate perspective rather than being so focused on a single functional area,” Jenny explained.

The path consists of seasoned leaders with an average of more than 15 year’s professional experience, allowing students to have open and valuable conversations about real-world issues and ideas.

Jenny attributes her success to doing the right thing, whatever that means for individuals and their organizations. "Be responsible and accountable - own your decisions," she said. "Celebrate the good decisions and learn from the bad."

She has a few words of advice: “Never stop learning!”

2015 Outstanding MBA Consortium Faculty Recipient

Bryan Lilly, Ph.D., UW Oshkosh Professor, has been recognized as a 2015 Outstanding Faculty recipient through the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium Program. Bryan teaches marketing courses for the UW Oshkosh undergraduate and graduate programs in addition to teaching MBA Consortium courses.

The University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium is a partnership between four AACSB accredited business schools within the University of Wisconsin System including UW Oshkosh, UW Eau Claire, UW La Crosse and UW Parkside. Faculty from the four universities partner to provide instruction for the online MBA Consortium courses. Consortium courses are also offered to UW Oshkosh students in the form of elective credits.

In October 2015, MBA Consortium students were surveyed to discover who they thought were outstanding instructors in the UW MBA Consortium program. Students selected Bryan Lilly for Foundation Courses, Fred Kolb from UW Eau Claire for Elective Courses and Sue Norton from UW Parkside for Module Courses.

Bryan teaches the Statistical Analysis Foundation course for the MBA Consortium program. The course design is a case-based model, allowing students to apply statistical concepts in scenarios based on real-world applications. Bryan’s teaching style, combined with this course design, have been well received by students, leading to this significant recognition.

Congratulations Bryan! Well deserved!

For more information on the UW Consortium and the 2015 Outstanding Faculty visit