Nearly 100 Girl Scouts earned their product designer badges at UW-Green Bay, in December, with help from UW-Green Bay (Business Administration and Accounting) students and faculty. The program, “Unleash Your Inner Innovator,” put the area Girls Scouts through three team product design challenges to create new products. First, they were given three ingredients to come up with their own idea for a (sort of) healthy afternoon snack for their whiny little brother. Then, they had to use only items they brought with them and school supplies at a resource table to improve one of those products that they brought with them. Finally, they had to come up with their very own new to the world product and sketch it or map out how it worked.
The girls were mentored throughout the morning by Laura Demro and UW-Green Bay Business Administration/Accounting students Brittany Demro, Chelsea Georgia, Jocie Georgeson, former girl scout Courtney Gersek, Victoria Henderson, and Susan Xiong. When the three challenges were complete, each team of girls was coached on how to craft and communicate a pitch based on one of their three products. Each team had each girl speak into a microphone in front of the room to three “sharks” who asked them questions about their products. Questions from the “sharks” included their ideas for how to price their new product, how to get their new product to their customers, and how to promote their new product. The “sharks” — Baby Shark, Mommy Shark, and Grandma Shark — were played by UW-Green Bay students Georgeson, Xiong, and Gersek, respectively. The event was sponsored by the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business.
Green Bay, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students are again providing free income tax assistance for low-income individuals and families, the elderly and students through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Return preparation begins the week of Feb. 4 and will run through Wednesday, April 10. However, no service will be provided the week of March 18 because of the University’s spring break.
Scheduled times and Green Bay locations for tax assistance are:
-Tuesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., The Salvation Army, 626 Union Court, Green Bay
-Wednesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., Brown County Public Library, 515 Pine St, Green Bay
Appointments are necessary for both sites and can be made by calling 920-465-2575. The service, including filing Federal and Wisconsin income tax returns electronically, is provided at no cost to taxpayers.
To assist volunteers, taxpayers should bring:
* Photo ID (required)
* Original Social Security cards for each member of the family (required)
* Federal and Wisconsin income tax returns for previous tax filing if available
* Current year information, including W-2 forms showing wages earned and 1099 forms reporting interest, dividends, pensions or Social Security benefits received
* Proof of health insurance coverage (form 1098 – A, B, or C)
* Tuition payment statements (form 1098-T)
* Receipts for property taxes paid
* Rent certificates and/or a copy of their property tax bill if they might be able to claim the Wisconsin Homestead Credit
* Information regarding other receipts such as per capita income distribution and SSI payments
* A record of any estimated tax payments made last year
* A void check from a checking account or deposit slip from a savings account to allow for direct deposit of a refund.
For more information, visit the VITA website at www.uwgb.edu/vita.
Four UW-Green Bay students helped pitch their teams’ ideas at Demo Day in Milwaukee as part of The Commons Fall 2018 cohort. Students applied to the program then spent a weekend plus nine Tuesday evenings in Milwaukee working on either a real corporate innovation challenge or on a startup in order to accelerate their entrepreneurial skills. Senior Laura Van Remortel (Business Administration) worked on a team for startup Green Earth Terrarium. Senior Zeeshan Ali (Accounting) and freshman Ryan Kroll (Business Administration) worked on a corporate innovation project “Silver Lining” for West Bend Insurance. Freshman Amanda Leigh (Accounting) worked on corporate innovation project “We Power the Future” for WEC Energy Group. UW-Green Bay students from all campuses can apply to the Spring 2019 cohort of The Commons. Students who are accepted to the program and want to earn credit for the program can contact Lecturer Ryan Kauth (Business Administration) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seven UW-Green Bay students recently spent a Saturday solving real corporate innovation challenges at Jake’s Café in Sheboygan for Sartori, a family owned company in Plymouth “dedicated to making the world’s finest artisan cheese made from premium milk supplied by local Wisconsin farmers.” While several students applied to the program, these students were invited to participate. The students were placed on competitive problem solving teams with college students from other Eastern Wisconsin universities. Students formed one team to ideate then present their solutions to one corporate innovation challenge provided by Sartori, then formed a second team to solve another of Sartori’s corporate innovation challenges.
Students were mentored along the way in The Commons’ innovation process by representatives from Sartori. Top three teams were selected from each corporate innovation challenge then a top three overall were selected. One UW-Green Bay student, Misty Wolff (Accounting), was on two top-three teams and the team that placed first overall. The UW-Green Bay students who participated were Carol Brehmer (Business Administration), Victoria Henderson (Business Administration), James Pockrandt (Computer Science), Jilliana Quinones (Business Administration), Hamza Umar (Business Administration), Misty Wolff (Accounting), and Tomer Zloczower (Computer Science).
Photos courtesy of The Commons, Robert Colletta Photography
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, UW-Green Bay students had the opportunity to have lunch at Lambeau Field and network with Kohler executive leaders from across the globe. Twenty-six students participated in the mentoring event, and were given the chance to interact with the executives to learn about career pathways, qualities and skills for success and overall thoughts on the global employment and marketplace. Majors represented included Accounting, Business Administration, Data Science, Mechanical Engineering and Integrative Leadership.
The Austin E. Cofrin School of Business hosted a Business Open House event on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Prospective students interested in Business Administration and Accounting related programs visited campus to interact with interns, alumni, faculty and staff to learn what the School of Business has to offer.
Sophomore Maria Arunkumar (Business Administration) and senior Sam Hunt (Mathematics) took first and second place, respectively, at the Light Up the Lakeshore Business Idea Competition, recently. Other UW-Green Bay students and alumni participating were Hannah Hastings ’18 (Accounting), Claire Bestul (Business Administration), Renee DeGrand (Business Administration) and Chelsea Georgia (Business Administration). The competition was supported by Two Rivers Biz Starts, Two Rivers Main Street, the City of Two Rivers and Rawley Point Economic Advisors and Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. UW-Green Bay’s Ryan Kauth served as an advisor to the competition and as an advisor to Two Rivers Biz Starts. First, second, and third place received cash prizes for their 90-second pitch. Judges scored the entrepreneurs based on problem, solution, target market, competitive advantage and presentation. Photos from the competition can be found at Rawley Point Economic Advising’s Facebook page.
The Accounting Student Association held its annual year-end celebration on May 4, 2018 at the Weidner Center, Mark Brandt ’85 (Accounting), former founder and owner of Pinnacle Consulting and managing partner of American East, Green Bay, was the invited keynote speaker. During the celebration, students honored long-time faculty member and advisor Steve Muzatko (who is posed with this son, Maxwell, in the photos).
Trevor Olsen, Accounting, is just one of many UW-Green Bay students hired before graduation — well before graduation — evidence of local employer efforts to reach earlier into the pipeline to find and hire the talent they need. The Gresham, Wis. native, was hired by international food company Schreiber Foods as a financial analyst already in October of 2017, where he is working part-time until graduation. Olsen credits the small town feel of UW-Green Bay, one-on-one time with faculty due to small class sizes and the reputation of the Cofrin School of Business for his college success, where he learned of the amazing internship opportunity with Schreiber that has now led to his first full-time job.
UW-Green Bay student Courtney Hamilton (Accounting) was recently selected to receive Financial Executives International (FEI) of Northeastern Wisconsin’s Academic Achievement Award.
Five of these awards will be distributed to area students who have demonstrated excellence in finance and accounting. In addition to a $1,000 award, she was given special recognition at FEI’s April Chapter Meeting on April 18, 2018 at Bridgewood Hotel & Conference Center in Neenah.
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