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The fourth annual Business Week was yet another success!

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The fourth annual Business Week, co-presented by the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and Career Services is in the books and has left students, faculty, staff, and community business leaders feeling accomplished and inspired.

Business Week 2014 gave students the chance to shine and connect with business leaders. Events like “The Job & Internship Fair”, “Mock Interview Day”, and the “Elevator Pitch Competition” allow students to positively stand out to prospecting employers and business professionals. The networking possibilities and connecting opportunities help students explore the possibilities out there and grow as young professionals. Students had the opportunity to attend the “Dine Like a Professional Luncheon” and learn professional etiquette in a business setting. Business Week 2014 helped develop student’s interpersonal and professional skills that are expected from them when they enter the business world.

“The centerpiece of Business Week is the “Keynote Networking Dinner.” The dinner, held on the stage of the world-renowned Weidner Center, engaged business leaders and top students in an evening of conversation and learning. This year, we were fortunate to have Jim Sinegal, co-founder of Costco Wholesale Corporation as our keynote speaker. Jim is currently serving as a Director and Company Advisor since his retirement in January, 2012. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Costco Wholesale Corporation for 27 years. He was named one of Business Week’s “Best Managers” in 2013 and he was also named to Time Magazine’s 2006 list of the 100 most influential people.”

 A very special thanks to our Business Week 2014 sponsors

–Original post from the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business webpage

 

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Dean Mattison Elected to AACSB International Board of Directors

Dean of the College of Professional Studies, Sue J. Mattison, has been elected for a 3-year term to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Board of Directors.   Dean Mattison was elected as a representative of U.S.  Non-Accrediated Institutions by an international membership representing 52 countries.    Her term on the Board will begin July 1, 2014.  AACSB International advances quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services.

 UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business is currently undergoing the accreditations process with AASCB.   The AACSB Accreditation Standards are used as the basis to evaluate a business school’s mission, operations, faculty qualifications and contributions, programs, and other critical areas. AACSB accreditation ensures students and parents that the business school is providing a top-quality education. It also ensures employers that AACSB-accredited business school graduates are ready to perform on day one. Additionally, AACSB accreditation provides many benefits to the faculty and staff at its accredited schools by attracting top students, providing greater research opportunities, and allowing for global recognition.

Dean Mattison’s leadership will contribute to the many compelling AACSB International initiatives underway, and will help to recognize UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business.

For over 3 decades, UW-Green Bay Accounting students provided free income tax preparation assistance

UW-Green Bay students will be providing free income tax preparation assistance beginning Tuesday, Feb. 4 and continuing twice a week through Wednesday, April 2.

The VITA (volunteer income tax assistance) program offers free tax help to people who cannot afford professional assistance. Volunteers help prepare basic tax returns for low income taxpayers, the elderly, and students. This program has offered a service to those in need of assistance in our community for decades.

The VITA program continues to inspire students and transform communities.

http://news.uwgb.edu/log-news/releases/01/27/vita-income-tax-preparation-assistance-1409/

Article appeared in the LOG on 1.27.14
Original post by Kelly Moore, University Communications

Recognition of Years of Service and Emeritus Status for CPS Colleagues

Congratulations to the faculty and staff within the College of Professional Studies who were recognized at the Mid-Year Convocation on Thursday, January 23rd with Years of Service Awards and Emeritus Status Awards!

Years of Service Recognition:

10 Years – Jan Malchow, Manager of Student Outreach, Professional Programs in Nursing

25 Years – Robert Nagy, Associate Professor, Cofrin School of Business

30 Years – Don McCartney, Senior Lecturer, Cofrin School of Business and Ann Selk, Senior Lecturer, Cofrin School of Business

Faculty and Staff Emeritus Recognition:

Brent Hussin, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Cofrin School of Business

Thank you for your years of valuable dedication and contributions to the university!   

 

 

Professional Studies Faculty and Staff contribute to MLK Day Celebration

This article was originally posted in The UW-Green Bay LOG by University Communications on 1/21/14

Hundreds of Brown County residents shared a vision for peace Saturday, Jan. 18 during the annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday.

Held at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and presented in conjunction with UW-Green Bay, St. Norbert College and other community partners, the 19th annual celebration featured music, reflections and tributes to the great Civil Rights leader. Students in grades K-12 offered their interpretation of King’s dream through a poster and essay contest reflecting on “A Vision for Peace,” this year’s celebration theme.

UW-Green Bay once again was well represented during the event, with several members of the University faculty and staff serving on the planning committee that coordinates the celebration. Chancellor Tom Harden offered personal reflections and presented poster and essay contest awards to students in grades K-3, while Juliet Cole, associate director of the Institute for Learning Partnership, coordinated the poster/essay contest and danced with the Nia African and African-American Dancers and Drummers.

Other involved faculty and staff members included faculty members Jolanda Sallmann and Francis Akakpo (Social Work); Gaurav Bansal and Mussie Teclezion (Business Administration); Prof. Emeritus Judy Martin and staff members Cole and committee co-chair Kelly McBride Moore (University Communication).

UW-Green Bay is one of the major sponsors for the annual MLK event. More information is available online.

College Connects with new VA Outpatient Clinic in Green Bay

     The new Milo C. Huempfner VA Outpatient Clinic opened recently in Green Bay, and is located less than a mile from the UW-Green Bay campus.  Dean Sue Mattison, along with a group of faculty and staff from the academic programs within the College of Professional Studies visited with the clinic’s adminstration to welcome them to the neighborhood, and to discuss ways in which the faculty, staff, and students within the College could partner and provide support to the new clinic.    Topics of discussion included research, outreach volunteer, field experience, and internship opportunities for students, and service opportunities for faculty.    Community partnerships and service are important aspects of the educational experience for all programs in the College of Professional Studies.

Participating in the visit included (L-R):
Jan Malchow, Shiloh Ramos, Sharon Kapitany, Brenda Tyczkowski, Janet Reilly, Dean Sue Mattison, Clinic Administrator – Timothy Deacy, Bill Lepley, Doreen Higgins, Susan Gallagher-Lepak

College of Professional Studies Students Shine at Posters in the Rotunda

Six UW-Green Bay undergraduates joined about 100 of their peers from across the UW System Wednesday, participating in the 10th annual “Posters in the Rotunda” undergraduate research event at the state Capitol in Madison.

This daylong event allows students and their faculty advisers to share their research findings on a variety of important and interesting topics with state legislators, leaders, UW alumni and other supporters.

The following UW-Green Bay students from the College of Professional studies made the trip. Here’s a bit more about them, their research and support:

Zhuxin “Zona” Fang, Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China, Secondary Mathematics Education major, will present “An International Approach to Examining the International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics Studies in the United States: Comparing a Topic in Statistics between IB and Chinese High School Mathematics Textbooks.” This research explores how IB programs may help U.S. students compete academically with students from other countries. Her faculty adviser is Assistant Prof. Susan Cooper.

Mai Chee Vang, Green Bay, Business Administration major, will present “Role of Cultural Congruence and Trust in Online Charitable Giving,” a study that compares two newly created website homepages that put images in a different order to manipulate the cultural congruence. Her faculty adviser is Assistant Prof. Gaurav Bansal.

Congratulations to our students and faculty advisors!

Photos and article originally posted by Kelly McBride, University Marketing and Communications at http://news.uwgb.edu/featured/go-green/04/18/posters-in-rotunda-2013/

Accounting’s Associate Professor Doering – Lead Article in April’s Taxes-The Tax Magazine

Cofrin School of Business Associate Professor of Accounting and Business Law, James Doering, recently had his  research, “The Creditability of the U.K. Windfall Tax: Substance vs. Form”, published as the lead article in the April 2013 issue of Taxes-The Tax Magazine. Professor Doering’s article examines whether the United Kingdom’s Windfall Tas qualifies as a creditabel foreign tax under Code Sec. 901.   His research was supported in part from the UW-Green Bay Research Council’s Grants in Aid of Research.   Articles selected for publication in this monthly journal furnish pragmatic guidance for navigating a strategic course through the intricate landscape of tax rules and regulations. Articles written by top tax experts provide thorough, accurate analysis of current tax issues, trends and legislative developments.  Congratulations Professor Doering.

Bansal’s Business Statistics course awarded “Quality Matters” certification

Three popular UWGB courses have been awarded “Quality Matters” certification for the high quality of their course design. They are:

• Popular Music Since 1955, Prof. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Music
Business Statistics, Prof. Gaurav Bansal, Business Administration
• Perspectives on Values: The Contemporary World, Prof. Cristina Ortiz, HUS

McQuade Dewhirst, Bansal and Ortiz were participants in the Advanced Online Teaching Fellows, a program offered to experienced online faculty seeking to elevate their online teaching and course design. Facilitated by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) the program will be offered again in Summer 2013 with the aim of gaining QM recognition for an additional ten online courses.

The Quality Matters Program is a national, faculty-driven, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses. The QM rubric provides a set of standards for the design of online courses at the college level and looks for classes with quality objectives, materials and assessments that support and engage students with accessible technology.

Prof. Aeron Haynie, director of CATL, said of the recognition, “We are very pleased with this recognition of our faculty’s strong work providing high quality online teaching. Congratulations to Michelle, Gaurav and Cristina! Expect many more announcements as our faculty complete the review process.”

Expanding the team of Quality Matters reviewers
Additionally, the campus has begun to expand our team of QM trained reviewers. These include three new Master Reviewers – Heather Pokorsky, Dan Schrickel, and Pat Theyerl – and two Peer Reviewers — Profs. Angela Bauer and Gaurav Bansal. Becoming a reviewer requires a solid understanding of online course design and 20-30 hours of training. For more information on the Online Teaching Fellows program, visit the CATL website.

Originally posted by Christopher Sampson, University Communications on March 29, 2013

Business Week 2013 offers 360 degrees of Career Readiness

Call it a success. The third annual Business Week certainly touched all three elements of this year’s theme: “Creativity, Innovation and Vision.” The event was sponsored by the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and Career Services at UW-Green Bay.

This year’s lineup (see news release) of events included a job and internship fair, an employer panel, an etiquette lunch, panel presentations and mock interview day, as well as a keynote presentation from Betsy Mitchell, retired Vice President of Organizational Development for the Green Bay Packers.

“To me, there’s one big underlying theme of all the ‘Business Week’ activities,” says Associate Professor of Business Administration, Bill Lepley, “opportunities for student interactions with business professionals. The sponsored activities aren’t always brand-new ones for our campus, but our ‘packaging’ — as part of Business Week — helps raise their profile.”

Business Week 2013 included a new event called the “Elevator Pitch & Networking Night,” in which students had the chance to create a 60-second video clip pitching their career strengths, abilities and goals.

Students’ videos were first judged by a panel made up primarily of UW-Green Bay professors. The videos were reviewed and scored and the top 15 contestants gave their speeches to a live audience of roughly 80 students and business professionals from the community. A panel of community business professionals judged and chose the top three contestants, Amanda Eckelberg, Danielle Jerominski and Charles Reimer III, who won $200, $150 and $100, respectively. All 15 finalists received a cash prize.

Reimer, a junior majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in management, said leadership and management experience from his time serving in the Air Force helped him to write his pitch in an organized manner allowing him to highlight his accomplishments for a potential employer.

“I prepared by asking myself what information would be relevant to a prospective employer and crafted a message that contained as much of that information as possible,” Reimer said. “Part of any supervisor’s job in the Air Force is to write performance reports and award packages, and they require very specific language.”

After presenting his pitch, Reimer was approached by a representative from a local company who was impressed by Reimer’s military experience. After 10 minutes of chatting, the representative shared his business card with Reimer and told him to interview with the company for a position with management responsibilities.

The mock interviews day provided students the opportunity to gain experience interviewing with community business professionals. Communication major Nicole Lasee participated in the mock interview to get practical interviewing experience in a low-stress setting.

“The process was very stress free, and the interviewer and I were able to talk afterwards about my strengths and weaknesses within the interview,” Lasee said. “I signed up for the vocalized feedback. The most stressful part of an interview is wondering how it went; in this setting I was able to hear it firsthand.”

Lasee said she interviewed with Mark Kersher from Schneider National who shared the importance of building contacts.

“My experience was very beneficial and I learned a lot about how I interview after being able to talk with my interviewer,” Lasee said. “It was an excellent experience, and the materials that Career Services offered to prepare for the event were helpful as well.”

Business Week 2013 closed with a networking reception and dinner held at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, March 7. The invitation-only event gave top students from the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business the opportunity to network with top business leaders from the community. The keynote address, which closely tied to the Business Week 2013 theme of “Creativity, Innovation and Vision,” was given by Betsy Mitchell, retired Vice President of Organizational Development for the Green Bay Packers.

The top three pitches from the elevator pitch competition were also shared at the networking reception and dinner where many more business professionals were in attendance.

“I was approached by many people congratulating me for my accomplishments and got a few more very solid proposals to apply for jobs,” Reimer said. “I traded business cards and am currently polishing my resume for interviews.”

Business Administration Prof. Lucy Arendt said UW-Green Bay students left a great impression.

“Business leaders commented that they were extremely impressed with our students’ preparation and self-confidence,” she said. “Business Week 2013 also gave the Cofrin School of Business the opportunity to showcase the range of exciting initiatives being undertaken by our faculty and students to enhance the connection between the university and the community.”

Written by Sue Bodilly, Marketing Coordinator, University Communications and Marketing