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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

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.