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‘Phlash Talks’ (part of Alumni Days) include reflections by standout grads

There’s a long list of Alumni Days events (again, more on that later), but here’s one we want to call special attention to, in advance: “Phlash Talks,” set for 2 to 3 p.m. next Friday, Oct. 16, in the Union’s Christie Theatre. Four award-winning alumni are returning to campus to offer their own short “Phlash Talk” (sort of in the spirit of a TED Talk) on how UWGB influenced their careers. The audience will be invited to interact with the guests over the course of the hour. The invited alumni presenters:
• Dr. Jack Potts, 1971, Humanism and Cultural Change
• Kelly Ruh, 2001, Accounting and Business Administration
• Andy Rosendahl, 2007, Public Administration
• Patrick Madden, 1971, Modernization Processes

King, Nick, Potts to receive UW-Green Bay’s highest alumni honor

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will recognize a total of five meritorious graduates of the institution at the 2015 Alumni Association Awards Night on Friday evening, Oct. 16. The program is part of the annual, two-day Alumni Days celebration, which this year coincides with UW-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary.

The list of honorees begins with Mark King, class of 1981, Barbara Nick ’83 and Jack Potts ’71, each receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award. Additionally, Andy Rosendahl, ’07 and Kelly Ruh ’01 will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. Ronald and Suzy Pfeifer will receive the Honorary Alumni Award.

The annual awards spotlight UW-Green Bay alumni who have made special contributions to the University, their communities and professions.

The ceremony takes place in the Grand Foyer and on stage at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay.

The event is open to the public. It begins with a 5 p.m. social and includes dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the program. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, contact the UW-Green Bay Alumni Office — (920) 465-2226 or e-mail.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Mark-King-72Mark King is a 1981 Business Administration graduate of UW-Green Bay. As President of adidas Group North America, King oversees adidas and Reebok in the U.S. and Canada and is responsible for driving the brand strategy and direction for the worldwide company’s North American operations. King began his current role in June 2014 after 34 years with TaylorMade. King’s celebrity status within the golf industry derived from making TaylorMade the No. 1 brand on the PGA tour and boosting sales from $300 million to $1 billion annually. He was named golf executive of the year within two years of being named president in 1999, at age 40. He has been profiled in PGA Magazine, Fortune and the Harvard Business Review, among others. He was inducted into UW-Green Bay Phoenix Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2011 the UW-Green Bay Foundation Inc. added King to its board of directors.

Barb-Nick-72Barbara A. Nick received her bachelor’s degree in Communication and the Arts in 1983. Since December 2014, she has served as President and CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative, which provides wholesale electricity to more than 40 member cooperatives and municipalities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Nationwide, she’s one of only a few female chief executives in her industry. Nick joined Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (now Integrys Energy Group) in 1981 as a technical writer. At WPS, she rose through the ranks to become senior VP of energy delivery and customer service. She was president of the Upper Peninsula Power Co. subsidiary, and by 2014, when she concluded her career at Integrys, she was president of its Minnesota Energy Resources and Michigan Gas Utilities corporations. Nick is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Jack_Potts-72Dr. Jack Potts graduated in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in Humanism and Cultural Change. He received his medical degree in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and has been a practicing psychiatrist for 36 years, primarily in the state of Arizona. Throughout his career, Potts became active in various issues involving forensic psychiatry including working on insanity and competency legislation, human rights activities, and pro bono service to many. He taught both law and social work at Arizona State University, and served for a decade as chief of the Forensic Services Unit for the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County before returning to private practice in 2002. He is a past president of his state’s American Psychiatric Association affiliate.

Outstanding Recent Alumni

AndyRosendahl-72Andy Rosendahl graduated in 2007 with a Public Administration degree and began work as a neighborhood development specialist for the City of Green Bay. Since 2013, he has served as the Chief of Staff for Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt. Rosendahl has been president of the Astor Neighborhood Association, VP of the Mediation Center of Greater Green Bay and a board member of Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity and the Bay Area Community Council, and co-chair of its Self-Sufficiency Committee. In 2014 he received the community’s Inky Meng Resident Leadership Award for volunteer service to others.

KellyRuh-72Kelly Ruh graduated in 2001 with degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. She is the controller for PDQ Manufacturing Inc., based in De Pere, widely known for its service and industry-leading advances in touchless car wash technology. Ruh started as a staff accountant, spent time as a CFO at a local non-profit, and returned as controller of PDQ at age 32. She recently completed her MBA with a focus on international business. An active volunteer, she serves as an officer of the Brown County Trust for Historic Preservation and the Brown County Republican Party and as a coach for the Junior Achievement Business Marathon. She is a former president of the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.

Honorary Alumni Award

Ronald and Suzy Pfeifer are longtime friends of, and advocates for, UW-Green Bay. Ron was recently named Associate Chancellor for External Affairs at UW-Green Bay. He came to UWGB from Schneider National Inc., where he worked as Associate General Counsel since 2013 following a 28-year career as an employment-law attorney with Godfrey & Kahn. In 2012, the Pfeifers endowed a Phuture Phoenix Scholarship to help students at Green Bay East High School involved in the Institute for the Fine Arts to attend UW-Green Bay. They are active supporters of Phoenix Athletics. Ron has served on the board of directors for both the Phoenix Fund and the former Fast Break Club, and for the University’s Founders Association philanthropic organization. Suzy Pfeifer, recently retired as Director of Marketing and Fund Development for Encompass Early Education and Care, Inc., was employed by UW-Green Bay as Director of Major Gifts in the early 2000s. She is a past member of the Council of Trustees.


Albers touts income tax prep help, live on Local 5

Cofrin School of Business lecturer Pat Albers appeared live in a Monday (Feb. 2) segment on Local 5 News, talking about UW-Green Bay’s involvement in the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. As we’ve told you here before, each year UW-Green Bay students provide free income tax assistance for low-income individuals and families during tax time. Return preparation starts this week and runs through April 1, with no service the week of March 16 because of spring break. “A lot of our accounting students go on to work for public accounting firms,” Albers said, “so not only is this a great experience for them getting tax preparation experience, but also the client exposure — so they’re able to work on their people skills, their communication skills. So it’s a benefit for the students, the taxpayers and the future employers.” You can watch the full segment (and check out our press release).

Corrected link: Accounting major Gutierrez will speak for graduating class

Our previous edition of the Log newsletter included an incorrect link for the longer story about Florencia Gutierrez, chosen to speak on behalf of her graduating class at Saturday’s mid-year commencement. For more on Gutierrez, a native of Argentina and graduate of De Pere High School.

De Pere H.S. grad selected class speaker at UW-Green Bay

Graduating class speaker Florencia Gutierrez of Green Bay, who will receive her bachelor’s degree in Accounting at UW-Green Bay’s mid-year commencement this Saturday, Dec. 13, has been chosen to speak on behalf of her graduating class by a committee of faculty members and administrators.

Gutierrez was nominated for the honor by Associate Dean and Business Administration Prof. Lucy Arendt, who describes her as “an outstanding student leader in the Cofrin School of Business… a role model dedicated to excellence in all activities — academic, extracurricular and professional.”

Gutierrez completed a total of 174 academic credits in a little over four years, including the 150-credit-hour requirement for individuals seeking licensure as certified public accountants. She graduates with cum laude honors and Business Administration and International Business minors in addition to her Accounting major. She completed a semester-long study abroad program at the Kedge Business School in Bordeaux, France, as well as a January “winterim” course in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Gutierrez is a native of Mendoza, Argentina. She moved with her parents, Hugo Gutierrez and Gabriela Marino, to Orlando, Fla., in 2001, and to Green Bay in 2008. She is a 2010 graduate of De Pere High School, where she advanced to state competition in accounting though the Future Business Leaders of America program, and competed on the tennis and track teams.


Doering has lead article in ‘Taxes,’ on severance payments

Associate Prof. Jim Doering, chair of the UW-Green Bay program in Accounting, is the author of the lead article in the November 2014 issue of the journal Taxes. The article, “Supreme Court Applies FICA Tax to Some Severance Payments,” examines the court’s recent decision resolving the conflicting circuit court rulings as to whether supplemental unemployment benefit payments made to terminated employees were taxable “wages” under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act. At the time of publication, the issue involved more than 2,400 administrative refund claims with a total dollar amount exceeding $2 billion. Articles selected for publication in the monthly journal furnish pragmatic guidance for navigating a strategic course through the intricate landscape of tax rules and regulations.

Alumni rising: UWGB alumni provide quality early education at Encompass

encompass-group-topEncompass Early Education and Childcare is a nationally accredited organization that provides quality education for children beginning at six weeks of age. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay plays a significant role in providing staffing for the seven-center organization, with more than 20 Encompass staff members holding a UWGB degree.

The vast majority of staff members are educators, while a few, such as Candee Hendricks ’99 (front row, fourth from left in the photo above), find their way into the organization through other means. Hendricks started as an accountant for Encompass in 2002 and is now its Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Instead of the traditional feature, we decided a Q & A from a few Encompass employees who call UWGB their alma mater would be a better showcase of diversity, talent and impact.

Candee Hendricks, ‘99 Chief Financial Officer
Major: Accounting

Q: How did you get your start?
A: I started as an intern at the C.A. Lawton Company and was hired as an accountant when I graduated. I worked there three years and started at Encompass in December of 2002. I am now the Chief Financial Officer for the organization.

Q: There are a number of UWGB graduates at Encompass. What can you tell us about them?
A: I’ve noticed that the UWGB graduates employed at Encompass are prepared for their career. Several UWGB graduates have moved up the career ladder and are in leadership positions here. Encompass is required to have teachers with degrees in each of our classrooms due to our national accreditation standards. Although UWGB does not have an early childhood degree program, several graduates from UWGB employed at Encompass have Human Development or Elementary Education degrees.

Melissa Franken, ‘90 Center Director at the Bellin Center
Major: Human Development

Q: Tell us about your career path:
A: I started out managing retail stores and once I married and had children went into the early childhood field. I started out as a preschool teacher and then moved to Green Bay and started as a Center Director for Encompass.

Q: Any observations about early education and care?
A: Early education and care for our youngest people is extremely important. We’ve long known the importance of the first years of a child’s life, but now studies can prove it. Brain development in those early years is critical. We also know that teachers need to learn strategies for challenging children because we are seeing an increase in children with challenging behaviors.

Candace Dantinne ‘99, Toddler Teacher at the Bellin Center
Major: History

Q: How did you end up at Encompass with a history degree? What about your future?
A: My sister, who also works at Encompass, recommended me. I found that the culture at Encompass reflects my values — respect, appreciation, communication, honesty, and laughter. The culture and values of Encompass make working there enjoyable and fulfilling. I was prepared for the position from experience and with training from additional child care classes. I see myself continuing to provide children with a program that develops the whole child — intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.

Q: What are your observations regarding the childcare industry?
A: The first thing I learned is that Encompass is not your typical day care. Encompass utilizes the High Scope Curriculum that emphasizes “Active Participatory Learning.” Children’s interests and choices are at the heart of the program while giving direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. Children construct their own knowledge through interactions with the world and people around them.
Being a non-profit and having multiple funding sources leads to the complexity of the organization. There are always new challenges and opportunities. Encompass partners with area school districts to provide four-year-old Kindergarten at five locations. Encompass tries to provide opportunities for all children to receive quality early education and care. Some of the children in our care receive state assistance to make care more affordable. Encompass receives funding from United Way and other community support in order to provide scholarship assistance to families who cannot afford the full fee rates.

Heather Hrabik ‘13, 4K teacher at Bellin Center
Major: Education

Q: What do you like best about Encompass?
A: I finished my student teaching in January and applied for a temporary position at Encompass that since became permanent. I like how community oriented Encompass is. The classroom is like a family — we eat together, learn together, and play together.

Brianna Hegewald ’13 Administrative Support Specialist
Major: Communication

Q: How did you end up at Encompass?
A: Shortly after I graduated, I discovered Encompass had a position open for an administrative support specialist. Being familiar with Encompass’ values and high standards, I knew it was the place where I wanted to work. The passion for kids is evident in every aspect of the organization — from the teachers, to center directors, to the Boards and the Leadership Team. Encompass takes in even the most difficult of children, loves them and gives them the opportunity to succeed that they might not have had if they had gone to child care and/or early education elsewhere. And most importantly, they don’t single out the kids who may be a little different. They truly believe in giving all kids the same attention and affection they deserve, while preparing them for elementary and middle school. I can honestly say I’ve never been so proud to work for a company.

Q: Were you prepared for the job?
A: Without my education from UWGB, I would not have been prepared to take on the fast-paced, detailed job here at Encompass. In fact, I was so prepared that I was soon assigned even more tasks that were not included in my original job description. In a few years, I will still be able to say I work for an organization that values its employees, value and mission as much as Encompass does. I also anticipate that I will be able to take on even more responsibilities and continue to grow as an asset to this organization.

Photo at top of post: Encompass employees who proudly attended UWGB, from left to right, front row: Kimberly Dagit, Heather Hrabik, Jane Brzezinski, Candee Hendricks, Candace Dantinne, Nicole Moua, Breanna Conard, and Kelsey DuBois. Back row: Annette Seidl, Brianna Hegewald, Crystal Kempton, Melissa Franken, Deanna VandenLangenBerg, Renee Huebner, Antoinette Thomas, Jennifer Feyen. Missing: Amanda Delagarza, Sheryl Ledvina, Sue Loberger, Amy Massey, Christina McKee, Houa Moua, Barbara Nenning, Elizabeth Rowling-Delaurel and Grace Schindel.

Faculty note: Doering publications

Jim Doering, associate professor of Accounting, recently published two journal articles. The first, “Foreign Tax Credits: Substance Prevails Over Form, but Uncertainty Remains,” was the lead article in the April 2014 issue of Taxes. The article examines the Supreme Court’s recent decision resolving the conflict between the circuits as to whether a windfall tax imposed by the United Kingdom was a creditable income tax under Code Sec 901. The second article, “The Controversy Over Supplemental Unemployment Benefits and FICA Taxes,” was published in the October 2013 issue of Taxes. The article examines the circuit conflict regarding SUB payments and the imposition of the FICA tax. At the time of publication, the tax treatment of Supplemental Unemployment Benefits payments involved more than 2,400 administrative refund claims, with a total dollar amount that exceeded $2 billion. 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.

McIver announced as associate AD at Northern Kentucky

Longtime Phoenix Athletics administrator Dan McIver has been announced as the new senior associate athletics director for business and finance at Northern Kentucky University. McIver rejoins NKU AD Ken Bothof, his former boss in Green Bay, on April 14. McIver had an 18-year career here. He was promoted to associate athletics director in 2004 and to senior associate athletics director in 2013, with varied duties mostly centered on program operations and finances. A native of Waupun, McIver worked as an assistant in the University’s Business and Finance Office while a student here and received his bachelor’s in accounting in 1994. The NKU program he joins is currently in its second year of reclassifying to NCAA Division I status. For the NKU news release.

Candidates for Cofrin Endowed Chair will make campus presentations

The Cofrin School of Business is pleased to welcome to campus two candidates for the Austin E. Cofrin Endowed Chair in Business (Accounting). The individual chosen for the position will assume a key faculty leadership position in the Cofrin School of Business as it pursues AACSB accreditation. The qualified candidate will value teaching, have a high energy level, be able to operate effectively in a participatory, collegial environment, and have an interest in mentoring colleagues in the area of scholarship. The School of Business invites all UWGB faculty and staff to attend the Research Presentations and “meet and greet” sessions for both candidates, as follows:

Monday (Feb. 17) 9:30-11 a.m., Wood Hall 324 —Jerry Lin, professor of accounting at Colorado State University at Pueblo. His Ph.D. in accounting is from the University of North Texas, Denton. His research presentation will address “Economic incentives for disclosing or withholding corporate venturing investment information.”
Thursday, Feb. 27, 9:30-11 a.m., MAC 223 —Angela Hwang, professor of accounting at Eastern Michigan University. Her Ph.D. in accounting is from the University of Houston. Her research presentation will focus on “Learning accounting for foreign currency transactions with hedging derivatives.”

Colleagues are invited to step in and out as their busy schedules allow.