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Inside Sage: Summer 2013

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Inside Sage: Summer 2013

Networking Night at the Oshkosh Convention Center, September 2012

The new University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Executive MBA will begin in September with its first cohort of students in the College of Business's new Executive Education Center in Appleton. Learn more about the program at

In April, the College of Business hosted the 2013 Undergraduate Honors and Awards Banquet. In addition to recognizing undergraduate scholarship recipients, the following were honored: Joann Cross, accounting professor, UW Oshkosh Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year Award; Mike Godfrey, supply chain and operations management associate professor, Outstanding Faculty Award; Tim Grienert, '85, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin president, Outstanding Alumni Award; Jeff Koga, '04, Integrated Product Support for Oshkosh Defense associate vice president, Outstanding Young Alumni Award; and C. Burk Tower, Oshkosh mayor, Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award. 

College of Business Development and Alumni Director Dave Krause with Undergraduate Honors and Awards Banquet Award Winners Tim Grienert, C. Burk Tower and Jeff Koga

In May, the College of Business hosted the eighth-annual MBA and MSIS Graduation Celebration. Seventy-four MBA graduates from 2012-2013 were honored, along with spring 2013 Outstanding Graduate Stacie Penney and MBA scholarship recipients Janel Thoune and Brooke Walczak. Right Management's Kurt Johnson, SPHR, BBA '81, and MBA '87, served as the keynote speaker; and Paul Fredelake MBA '11, addressed the attendees as a representative of the MBA alumni advisory board. View the video of Stacie Penney and see what she has to say about what she learned from the MBA program.

College of Business Dean Tallon and Kurt Johnson, of Right Management, at the recent MBA and MSIS Graduation Celebration
MBA Director, Kathy Hagens and College of Business Dean, William Tallon present Stacie Penney with the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Award

With the Professional Pathway Program, all undergraduates in the College learn what it means to be a business professional, in and out of the classroom, through professional club memberships, career fairs, a professional skills business class, Networking Night and a professional internship.

Eight hundred College of Business juniors and seniors took part in Networking Night in September to hone their networking skills with 200 professionals, representing more than 50 organizations.

Networking Night at the Oshkosh Convention Center, September 2012

Ten students were selected into the inaugural class of the Business Scholars Program in 2012-2013. The program recognizes high-achieving, incoming freshman by offering immediate admission to the College of Business. These special students also are invited to exclusive skill development and professional networking opportunities. "I have enjoyed being a part of this program so much," said sophomore Elizabeth Reybrock. "I think getting into the business environment this early will be very helpful in the future. The experience of meeting professionals and being put into that situation will make me a much better communicator and less nervous about talking to people." Business Scholars included: Callie Blakey, Matthew Diedrichs, Michael Dugan, Kristin Havey, Robert Hofacker, Elizabeth Reybrock, Samantha Sass, Craig Schommer, Lyda Xiong and Danielle Zahn.

Twelve College of Business students participated in the 2012-2013 Student Advisory Council. As leaders from each College of Business student organization, council members communicate student perceptions, issues, desires and concerns to Dean Bill Tallon. They also facilitate communication to students, promote initiatives and assist with activities that benefit students, faculty, staff and alumni. This year, the council worked on key College initiatives, including beginning a discussion about creating a Business Living Learning Community in 2014, creating a new student-selected award called the College of Business Excellence in Teaching Award, and mentoring Business Scholars Program members. Student Advisory Council members for 2012-2013 included Adam Blair, Finance Club; Marc Busko, CEO Club; Shannon Henry; Phi Beta Lambda; Jordan Kolb, Accounting Club; Allie Langkau, Marketing Club; Martin Meder, Economics Student Association; Brittany Meyer, Information Systems Club; Kenneth Miller, Society of Human Resources Management; Jake Neitzel, Enactus; Ben Selner, Finance Club; Kathryn Simon, International Business Club; and Kelsey Van Abel, APICS.

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Three College of Business Students received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2013. Those students include: Charles Block, Shannon Henry and Mayur Ranpara. They were recognized for their accomplishment at the UW Oshkosh Honors and Awards Ceremony on April 26, 2013. Read more about these three exceptional students on UW Oshkosh Today.

Block Henry Ranpara
From left to right: Charles Block, Shannon Henry and Mayur Ranpara

The Oshkosh Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) received the Bronze Outstanding Chapter award for having 53 students accept membership into the organization in spring 2013. To be invited for membership, students must be in the upper 10 percent of their second semester junior class, the upper 10 percent of their senior class or the upper 20 percent of their graduating master’s degree class. Only 8 percent of baccalaureate or master’s degree graduates receive lifetime BGS membership in the U.S. each year.

Assets under management for the Student-Managed Endowment Fund (SMEF) surpassed $500,000 in February and the program has paid out of more than $50,000 in scholarships to UW Oshkosh students. To date, the cumulative net gain for funds in the SMEF program is more than $200,000. Students that participated in the 2012-2013 SMEF program presented their results in April and included: Francisco Aguilar, Drew Charles, Joe Christensen, Jake Jensen, Brandon Lenz, Kyle Levenhagen, Nathan Logan, Evan Mermall, Michelle Murray, Greg Radtke, Mayur Ranpara, Marian Rothkegel, Nick Schommer, Ben Selner, Sean Szyperek, Clay Wanty and Jordan Wisneski.

Students in the Student Managed Endowment Fund program make their spring 2013 presentation

The College of Business awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships to 25 students in the 2012-2013 academic year. Scholarship recipients included:

Ten College of Business students spent a week with the Viessman Group in Germany. Led by faculty member Bruce Niendorf, students were selected based on a rigorous application process. Students selected include: Marissa Cropsey, Jessica Hameister, Kevin Hockerman, Karl Hockerman, Christopher Kendall, Sr., Stephanie Kliber, Bryant Nankee, Michael Reimer, Mark Seelhorst and Jordan Wisneski. These students learned about, researched and analyzed issues facing the Viessman Group and then presented the results of their work to Viessman Group executives

Robert Keller joined the College of Business as Executive-in-Residence in 2013. Read more about Keller in Venture Magazine Online and UW Oshkosh Today.

Rebecca Loehr ‘07 began as the new MBA event and marketing specialist and Abbey Kruse started her role as the Executive MBA adviser in spring 2013.

Colleen Merrill, ‘08 and MBA ‘10, became the director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in January 2013. The SBDC provides management counseling services to companies with up to 500 employees. Read more about Colleen Merrill on UW Oshkosh Today.

Ben Arbaugh, John McNaughton Rosebush professor of management, received the UW Oshkosh 2013 Edward Penson Distinguished Teaching Award. The purpose of the Distinguished Teaching Award is to emphasize the University's commitment to teaching excellence.

JoAnn Cross, professor of accounting, received the spring 2013 UW Oshkosh Faculty/Instructional Academic Staff Advisor Award

Peter Westort, associate professor of accounting and 2011-2012 Fulbright Scholar, was awarded the Civic Engagement Award for UW Oshkosh at the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation's Evening of Stars Event on May 16, 2013. His project, the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, allows community volunteers and UW Oshkosh students to provide free basic income tax return preparation for individuals with low to moderate incomes. Read more about the VITA program on UW Oshkosh Today.

From March 21 to March 29, 2013, Associate Dean Bill Wresch visited the faculty of the University of Nizwa in Oman. He conducted a workshop for administrators on the role of the department chair, and he met with each of a number of departments to learn about curricular efforts they have underway.

Loehr Kruse Merrill Arbaugh Cross Westort Wresch
Pictured from left to right: Rebecca Loehr, Abbey Kruse, Colleen Merrill, Ben Arbaugh, JoAnn Cross, Peter Westort, William Wresch

A new Management bachelor’s degree is available to students in the College of Business beginning fall 2013. This degree program provides students with the managerial skills required to survive and surmount the challenges of intense competition, globalization and ever-evolving technologies. The College of Business offers Management concentrations in International Business, Entrepreneurship and Family Business and Project Management. Additionally, the College of Business is offering a new Business Analytics emphasis in fall 2013. This emphasis was created to meet the current statistical/data analysis needs of businesses and consists of three research-methods courses: Time Series Analysis and Forecasting, Econometric Methods and Marketing Analytics. All Business and Economics majors are eligible for this emphasis.

The Interactive Web Management Degree (IWM) program graduated its first two students in 2012-2013. The IWM program, which began in in 2012, is a collaboration among the College of Business and the departments of journalism and computer science. The first IWM major, Genevieve Faucher, graduated from the program with a BBA in December 2012 and Kaitlynn Snyder, graduated with the same degree in spring.

There were 49 students that completed the new Sales Emphasis during its first year. Students in the sales emphasis took six field trips, hosted two sales conferences, two sales career symposiums, a technology in sales event and a CEO perspectives on sales event. The sales emphasis received major donations from Reverse Risk Consulting and the Sales Education Foundation, which supported students taking professional sales assessments used in the sales industry. The sales program was also recognized as a Sales Education Foundation 2013 Top University Sales Program.

Sales Emphasis CEO perspectives on sales event in 2013



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