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Cofrin School of Business: Ranganathan Wins Award for Best Paper

Sampath Ranganathan, assistant professor of Business Administration and Marketing, recently won Best Paper Award in the supply chain, logistics, and B2B marketing catagory at the spring conference of the Marketing Management Association. The title of his paper is “Small Manufacturing Firms in India: Achieving Competitive Advantage.” It was co-authored with Katrina Savitske, Savannah State University, and Sandipan Sen, Southeast Missouri State University.

Congratulations Professor Ranganathan

Professional Studies Faculty and Staff Recognized at January Convocation

Several long time, dedicated faculty and staff within the College of Professional Studies were recognized for their length of service and contributions to the University at the Mid-Year Convocation program on January 23, 2013. 

Recognized for celebrating their milestone anniversaries were:

40 Years of Service: Mary Baranek, Dean’s Assistant for the College of Professional Studies

30 Years of Service: Sylvia “Mimi” Kubsch, Associate Professor, Professional Programs in Nursing

10 Years of Service: Meir Russ, Professor, Cofrin School of Business  

10 Years of Service: Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor, Professional Programs in Nursing

Recognized with Emeritus Status were:

Judy Martin, retired Professor, Professional Program in Social Work

Michael Marinetti, retired Assistant Dean and Director of Research and Graduate Studies, College of Professional Studies

Francine Tompkins, past Chair, Professional Program in Education

Thank you for the many contributions and years of service from these caring and talented individuals!


Professor Loebl Publishes “Planning for Taxmageddon”

Cofrin School of Business, Assistant Professor Jame Loebl recently published an article titled, “Planning for Taxmageddon”.  The article was published in Practical Tax Strategies which provides analysis and innovative planning strategies that can be used by seasoned tax professionals looking to expand their expertise, as well as non-tax practitioners in need of coherent explanations for complicated tax concepts and changes.

New – Professional Studies Fall 2012 Newsletter

Please enjoy reading the many accomplishments and highlights from 2011-12 within the College of Professional Studies – Fall 2012 Newsletter (PDF).

12-13 Graduate Fellow, Vafa Huseyinli, to Present October 23

A presentation and reception will be held in Wood Hall 216 on Tuesday, October 23rd at 3:30 p.m. for Muskie Graduate Fellow, Vafa Huseyinli.   Ms. Huseyinli, a graduate student in UWGB’s Management program, is a 12-13 participant in the Edmund S. Muskie Fellowship Program which builds the capacity of emerging leaders from Eastern Europe and Central Asia through graduate studies and hands on training with universities and communities in the United States.   It is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U. S. State Department and IREX.   She is advised by Don Mc Cartney, Cofrin School of Business. 

The program will include a short presentation about the Muskie Fellowship program by Brent Blahnik, International Education, followed by Vafa sharing a presentation about her home country of Azerbaijan.    All are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Nagy’s E-Textbook Initiative Saves Money and Resources

Since Bob Nagy, Associate Professor in the Cofrin School of Business, introduced a new e-textbook format for his Risk Management & Insurance course, his students have saved approximately $3400.  According to provider, Flat World Knowledge , this new textbook format helps to reduce the high cost of textbooks, and allow faculty and students to choose the format to uniquely match the content and learning styles.   Great job, Bob!

Sigma Beta Delta Inducts 36 from School of Business and Community

Cofrin School of Business spring 2012 Sigma Beta Delta Inductees

35 students and one individual from the NEW business community were inducted Friday, April 27, 2012 into Sigma Beta Delta, the national honorary society for business, accounting, and management undergraduate and graduate students. Presiding over the ceremony were Lucy Arendt, President (Director, Cofrin School of Business), Don McCartney, Vice President (Assistant Chairperson, Cofrin School of Business), and Bob Nagy, Secretary/Treasurer (Associate Professor, Cofrin School of Business). The local chapter of Sigma Beta Delta has inducted 351 individuals since it was formed at UW-Green Bay in 2004. Honorary inductee Paul Northway, class of 1990 and Regional President for Baylake Bank, was the evening’s keynote speaker. The inductees included three students pursuing the Masters of Management, three juniors, and 29 seniors.

Standing First Name Last Name Hometown
Graduate Alyssa Carlson Buffalo, MN
Graduate Jonathan Paakola Houghton, MI
Graduate Evan Rezin Appleton, WI
Honorary Paul Northway Green Bay, WI
Junior Michael Johnston Stevens Point, WI
Junior Neil Oelrich Marathon, WI
Junior Jillian Patrick Mountain, WI
Senior Vanessa Adams Casco, WI
Senior Christopher Barrett Luxemburg, WI
Senior Kelly Blaha Kewaunee, WI
Senior Anzhalika Collard Minsk, Belarus
Senior Kelsey DeGuelle Green Bay, WI
Senior Adam Deprey Casco, WI
Senior Sara Ewald Green Bay, WI
Senior Chelsea Gilling Shawano, WI
Senior Shari Hartman Combined Locks/Kaukauna/ Appleton WI
Senior Ashley Hartz Sherwood, WI 
Senior DuWayne Huss Luxemburg, WI
Senior Kayla Jandrin Sturgeon Bay, WI
Senior Heather Johnson Shawano, WI
Senior Kurt Kaiser Green Bay, WI
Senior Yura Kalmychkov Green Bay, WI
Senior Adam Kaster Green Bay, WI
Senior Lindsey Marshall Shoreview, MN
Senior Amanda Murkley Berlin, WI
Senior Emily Novak Mishicot, WI
Senior Joshua Pearce Hazel Green, WI
Senior Kyle Pockat Gillett, WI
Senior Walter Reichstadter Green Bay, WI
Senior Steven Siegel Sheboygan, WI
Senior Stephen Steffes Greendale, WI
Senior Maria Tinebra Burnsville, MN
Senior Karl Volkmann Brillion, WI
Senior Deedra Wesenberg Shawano, WI
Senior Melanie Whitcomb Madison, WI
Senior Stephanie Wieck Sheboygan Falls, WI

Business’s Sampath Ranganathan is Leadership Green Bay Graduate

UW-Green Bay’s Sampath Ranganathan is one of forty local individuals graduating from the Leadership Green Bay class of 2012 as a strong leader and contributing community member on Tuesday, May 8.

Leadership Green Bay is a community development program of the Chamber of Commerce which  provides a formalized training program for up to 40 area participants who meet one day per month, September through May, to discuss pertinent area issues, including the economy, heritage, cultural awareness, human services, government, and history. Participants organize into small groups to complete service projects designed to enhance awareness of methods to effect change, improve team skills, and make a positive difference in the community.

Assistant Professor Ranganathan was a member of the service group that made major improvements to the Ruth Helf Family Center by renovating areas inside and outside the center in need of a change. The Ruth Helf Family Center’s Crisis/Respite Program is a joint venture between Encompass Early Education and Care, Inc. and the Brown County Department of Human Services.  This center is used by families involved with the Child Protection and Foster Care Units of the Brown County Department of Human Services.  

Congratulations Sampath, and thank you for your service to the community!

Accounting Student, Brian Wanek, Receives WICPA Scholarship

The Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA) Educational Foundation has awarded UW-Green Bay Accounting major, Brian Wanek, a $2500.00 scholarship.   WICPA awards scholarships to students in their 5th year of a qualified accounting program which leads to a degree that makes them eligible to sit for the CPA exam.   Congratulations go out to Brian, and to the supportive faculty within the Accounting program in the Austin E Cofrin School of Business.

Accounting Students Reaching Out with Tax Prep Assistance


UWGB VITA Students Reaching Out to Help with Taxes 2012

 UWGB Accounting students have been reaching out to lend a helping hand to the community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.  Through VITA, a program sponsored by the IRS, UWGB students have been helping lower income taxpayers and fellow students prepare their income tax returns. The students are helping with taxes at one of several locations in the Green Bay area.  They are getting hands-on experience in dealing with clients and applying principles learned in the classroom to real life situations.  In addition, students are gaining a great sense of satisfaction from having provided a valuable service to the community and the taxpayers they have assisted.  Contact faculty member, Jim Loebl, for more information.