On Friday, May 11, 2012, close to 100 faculty and staff, alumni and graduating MBA students gathered at the Bridgewood Resort in Neenah to celebrate the 7th Annual MBA and MSIS Graduation Banquet. This year, a total of 69 students completed their Master of Business Administration degrees. Three in particular were awarded the 2012 Outstanding MBA Student Award: Kelli Karpinski, Tammy Karcz and Valerie Swanborg. In addition, Dr. Paul Frederickson, who retired last year, was honored as the 2012 Outstanding MBA Faculty.

The keynote speaker for the event was Joe Fikejs (MBA ’06), Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations at Bergstrom Automotive. Joe spoke to the graduating students about the “MBA Attitude,” providing guidance on how to take control of their career now that they have earned their degree and encouraged them to push themselves to step out of their comfort zones in order to advance their careers.

Congratulations to all of our MBA graduates on this incredible achievement.


View photos from the event.


2012 Outstanding MBA Student – Kelli Karpinski


2012 Outstanding MBA Student – Tammy Karcz


2012 Outstanding MBA Student – Valerie Swanborg


2012 Outstanding MBA Faculty – Paul Frederickson