Tag: Business Administration


Chalk Artist brings fun to University Union

As people traverse the hallways of the UW-Green Bay, they have probably noticed the beautiful chalk drawings that line the walls of University Union, bringing an artistic flare to our everyday lives. They might highlight the latest Coffeehouse brew, or draw attention to the next holiday event.

Who is the creator behind this unique and enjoyable art form? It’s UWGB student Kimmy Schwarzenbart, who has been an artist, of sorts, since her early days of crafts and coloring books.

Schwarzenbart is receiving plenty of praise for her work — most noticeable outside the Phoenix Club and the Common Grounds Coffeehouse, on campus. And just recently, she received a prestigious award for her work — taking home “Best of Show” honors at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region V for drawings.

Schwarzenbart even gets paid for her talents, hired as a student graphic designer for the University Union.

“I saw a flier stating that the Union was hiring graphic designers and decided to apply even though I had no experience with graphic design programs at the time…A summer position opened up and I brought some sketchbooks and other art samples to the interview…I was obviously not ready for a graphic design position yet but, to my surprise, was hired to do the chalk drawings instead.”

Schwarzenbart is a Business Administration major with minors in Studio Art and Design Arts. She was inspired to declare her art minors by her teachers and supporters who would see her overwhelming amount of notebook sketches and encouraged her to keep drawing.

Her artistic talents came naturally to her at a young age but her mother is a large creative influence in her life. “I grew up watching her do crafts with sewing, photography, paint, and pastels. There was always a large amount of art supplies in the house to play with.”

Finding a way to preserve her medium is a future goal.

“Chalk is not the most permanent medium to work with…In the future I would like to find a way to preserve some chalk drawings, which may involve framing or other techniques.”

Schwarzenbart showcased her work in a public display in the Studio Arts building at UWGB in October. She plans to launch an art-specific web page in the future. She hopes to continue using her talent both as a hobby, and in a professional field.

“I hope to use my creativity in marketing and advertising to help design and sell products. In my free time I would still be able to make and sell art as a hobby.”

Also receiving honors at the Region V ACUI:
Logan Sprangers — First place in the Multipage Publication Design Category for the Spring 2014 Good Time Programming Booklet and second place in the Poster Category for his promotion of the speaker and presenter Anita Sarkeesian
Ranita Haanen — Second place in Brochure Design for the Great Beginnings (GB) Week foldable brochure
Kimmy Schwarzenbart — First place in the Large Media design Category and “Best of Show” for the entire Graphics Contest for Region V.


HOOAH! Student rallies campus, community for vets

Nicholas Gries, a nontraditional student at UW-Green Bay, has had many experiences in his life that have made him the man he is today. But it is his military experience that drives his current passion to dive further, dig deeper — both at the University, and in service to his community.

“The number one thing that the military has taught me is not to be content with my situation; you can always do more…” says Gries, a business and finance major. “The military has also taught me to set my goals high and work hard until the mission is complete. We do not fail. We make mistakes, learn from them, and get back up and try again.”

Gries served as a fire team leader in in the 1st Ranger Battalion of the United States Army from 2002 until 2006. In 2010 he joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard as a squad leader. In 2012, he joined the National Guard full time, in the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) as a non-commissioned officer, a position he maintains today.

Gries was one of the two founders of 4th HOOAH WI (Helping out our American Heroes), a local branch of a national organization dedicated to supporting deployed service men and women, their stateside families and returning veterans. Gries has also helped establish a scholarship at UW-Green Bay for continuing service men and women, or veterans of the armed forces.

“I am president of 4th HOOAH WI, and we look at any and every way possible to help Veterans and their families,” he says. “I am a firm believer in higher education for everyone so this is one way we can help veterans and their families reach the goals they set out for themselves.”

This year, Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11) will be a little more hectic for Gries, who is an organizer of HOOAH WI’s major fundraising effort of the year —the third annual Veteran Suicide Rucksack March — a 22-mile walk/run/march beginning at Stadium View Bar and Grille, 1963 Holmgren Way. At 4 p.m. that day, HOOAH WI will be recognized, with other veterans’ scholarship donors, at UW-Green Bay’s annual Veterans Reception at 4 p.m. in the University Union.

(The expression “hooah,” incidentally, has no precise dictionary definition, but is instantaneously recognizable to service members and veterans (mostly Army) as military slang — a confident, catch-all expression of high morale, cohesiveness and motivation.)

Gries, a Bay Port High School graduate, said he was initially drawn to UW-Green Bay because of its sound business program and the school’s location, but he has been impressed after the fact that the campus provides the non-traditional student an ideal opportunity for degree completion.

“I am not a traditional student…The thing I like the best about the campus and school is the times of the classes, allowing me to make it to my full time job…All of my instructors have been more than understanding…I believe nontraditional students are more than welcomed and treated as peers.”

For more information about the Third Annual Veteran Suicide Rucksack March.

Story by student Emily Schuh, editorial intern, Marketing and University Communication Office

Wanek is student of the week

If it’s another week, it’s another Phoenix of the Week as identified by the Student Government Association. This week, it’s senior business major Sarah Wanek, who is described as well-known on campus “for her upbeat personality, hard work and dedication,” and work as co-director for the Student Ambassadors Program.

‘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.


Slideshow: Retirement gathering for Spielmann

About 150 campus and community friends gathered at the Shorewood clubhouse Monday (July 6) to honor Dan Spielmann as he retires as chancellor’s chief of staff after a nearly 40-year career as one of UW-Green Bay’s most high-profile and longest-serving administrators and faculty members.

Chancellor Gary L. Miller and former Chancellor Tom Harden shared brief remarks. Miller read from a legislative proclamation introduced by state Rep. Eric Ginrich and Sen. Dave Hansen. It praised Spielmann for his record of achievement including his service as Phoenix Athletics director during the program’s rise as an NCAA Division I contender, his role as legal counsel and policy adviser to all six chancellors, his effectiveness as a community and legislative liaison, his passion for teaching, and his involvement in University fundraising, among other contributions. The citation also noted Spielmann’s long working relationship with former Associate Chancellor Donald Harden, his association with hall of fame coaches Dick Bennett, Carol Hammerle and Aldo Santaga, and his positive interactions with individuals both on and off campus.

Spielmann was presented with gifts including the Legislature’s proclamation, a large framed aerial view of the UW-Green Bay campus and a travel bag, among other items. In expressing appreciation to the friends and colleagues in attendance, he talked about leaving his Madison legal practice as a young attorney in 1976 to join the faculty of the young UWGB… and never regretting the move despite the challenges of his new position(s). Spielmann closed his remarks by thanking Liz, his wife of 42 years, and sons Kurt and Jeff (who attended with his infant daughter).

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Business grads can relate to hard work, local roots

bartels-top-storyMore than most, Todd Bartels ’82 and Julie (Rose) Bartels ’82 can appreciate the return on investment from UW-Green Bay.

They know that many of UW-Green Bay’s 6,900 students are from cities, small towns and rural areas within 100 miles of campus. They know that many earn their own way through college. They know that most UW-Green Bay alumni stay local after graduation, stepping up to serve among the region’s teachers, planners, health professions and civic and business leaders.

They’re familiar with that profile because they share it. Both Todd (from Appleton) and Julie (Green Bay) juggled work, school and family to earn UW-Green Bay Business Administration degrees before finding satisfying careers close to home.

Todd is a senior vice president with Associated Bank, headquartered in Green Bay. He had previously spent many years as an executive with JPMorgan Chase before moving in 2006 to Associated, where he oversees large business accounts.

Julie’s career has focused on healthcare information and technology. She’s highly regarded in the industry, currently leading the Wisconsin State Health Innovation Plan and serving as executive VP for national health information with the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value.

In 2014 the couple donated funds to establish the Todd and Julie Bartels Annual Scholarship for continuing students in physics, mathematics, chemistry and biology – areas the couple views as emerging growth areas for the economy. They established the fund with appreciation for their own University careers and the first-hand knowledge that college is hard work.

“There wasn’t a lot of ‘down time’ in my case, because I was working,” Todd recalls. “Go to class. Go to work. Study. Repeat.”

For Julie, UW-Green Bay was a great fit for a married young mother who was working part time while balancing a full-time credit load. “Without access to a local, high quality and affordable four-year campus, I would not have been able to pursue my degree for many years,” she says.

The Bartels Scholarship fund represents just the latest effort by the couple to give back to their alma mater. Julie was a board member with the Founders Association, while Todd has been active with the Phoenix Fund on behalf of Division I Phoenix Athletics.

Regents OK tenure for 10 UW-Green Bay professors

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved promotions and tenure for UW-Green Bay faculty members during the board’s meeting June 4 and 5 at UW-Milwaukee. Those promoted from assistant professor to the rank of associate professor with tenure are:
Tohoro Francis Akakpo, Social Work
Hernan Fernandez-Meardi, Humanistic Studies
T. Heather Herdman, Nursing
Minkyu Lee, Art and Design
Deirdre Radosevich, Human Development
Courtney Sherman, Music
Alison Stehlik, Art and Design
Mussie Teclezion, Business Administration
Gail Trimberger, Social Work
Le Zhu, Human Biology

Seven earn promotion to full professor

The UW System Regents also approved moving the following individuals from associate professor to the senior rank of full professor:

Lucy Arendt, Business Administration
Mathew Dornbush, Natural and Applied Sciences
Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Nursing
Catherine Henze, Humanistic Studies
John Luczaj, Natural and Applied Sciences
Bryan Vescio, Humanistic Studies
Amy Wolf, Natural and Applied Sciences.

Our news release includes a short bio on each of this year’s faculty members advancing to full-professor status.

CEO claims slice of success in dough business

Alumnus Randy CharlesNote: An abbreviated version of this story was published in the May 2015 print edition of the Inside UW-Green Bay magazine.

The recipe for pizza dough is relatively simple… flour, sugar, yeast, salt, water and a little olive oil.

The recipe for a successful and growing wholesale pizza-crust company is a bit more complicated. Randy Charles, a 1987 UW-Green Bay Business Administration grad, keeps that recipe close to the vest.

Charles is the CEO of Alive and Kickin’ (A & K) Pizza Crust, a company that achieved significant growth since 1989, when Charles started the business with his father and two other partners. Randy became president in 1991 and then took over as CEO in 2011. The company now employs a workforce of 300-plus and has expanded its sales throughout North America.

“Like every business, it is a challenge to stay competitive and viable in the marketplace,” Charles said.

It is the continual development of product lines that keep the company growing and relevant… Charles calls it “customized manufacturing.” Expanding and diversifying, particularly in products such as frozen self-rising, par-baked and deli take-and-bake crusts, have helped Alive and Kickin’ to thrive.

Charles had envisioned his career cutting a different path when he graduated three decades ago. His marketing emphasis and classes with Prof. Robert Obenberger and Don McCartney inspired him to move to Milwaukee for grad school and work in brand management.

But in 1989, his father made Randy an offer he couldn’t refuse… return to Green Bay and help him build the company (then called Port City Bakery) from the bottom up. Now Charles only peripherally deals with marketing of the company, as his days are filled with walking the balancing act of a CEO — maintaining credibility with customers though diversity and quality of product, demonstrating company growth to his shareholders, ensuring a positive corporate culture, and securing the future of the company.

“What I continue to carry with me day-to-day are the courses that challenged me to view problems from multiple perspectives and across disciplines,” Charles said. “Even though I was a business student, I found other areas of study, such as the science requirement, both challenging and rewarding. The one-on-one attention of professors and the small class sizes allowed for great discussion and problem-solving. I believe that continues to be a strength of UW-Green Bay — an incredibly well-rounded education.”

Ironically, the Phoenix alumnus had to literally “rise from the flames” to lead his company through its toughest challenge — a major fire in 2005.

“What happened to us could have been a game-ender,” Charles says.

Alive and Kickin’ did indeed rise to the challenge, adding a third facility in 2010 located in the Green Bay I-43 Business Park. And in 2012, the pizza-crust maker added two additional production lines to expand its capacity to reach customers across North America, demonstrating that Charles’ business model is a recipe worth repeating.