Tag: Cofrin School of Business

Faculty note: Russ at University of Pisa

Prof. Meir Russ of the Cofrin School of Business recently presented a Ph.D. student seminar at the Doctorate in “Economia Aziendale e Management” program at the University of Pisa, Italy. His July 7 seminar was titled “An Introduction to Human Capital 2.0”.  He also discussed potential collaboration in research studies with colleagues at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna- Istituto di Management, Pisa, Italy.

Bansal’s Midwest Association earns international honor

The Midwest Association for Information Systems has received Outstanding Chapter recognition from the parent Association for Information Systems (AIS) for the year 2014. UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Gaurav Bansal of the Cofrin School of Business is the regional president. The Midwest Association was the only North American chapter so honored among a total of 10 recognized by the international association including chapters in China, Italy and Switzerland. Learn more.

Faculty note: Russ

Prof. Meir Russ of the Cofrin School of Business recently (May 19-20) presented faculty, Ph.D. and graduate-student seminars at the Department of Accounting at the Universita degli Studi Rome Tre, titled “Human Accounting and Intangibles.” Additionally, he presented the seminar “An Introduction to Human Capital 2.0” at the Link Campus University on May 22. He also advised graduate students and young faculty at the universities in regard to writing and submitting papers to international academic publications, and discussed potential collaboration in research studies.

Russ op-ed: Wisconsin is in an economic slide, and recent policies are to blame


Management Prof. Meir Russ, the senior faculty member in the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, contributed a guest column earlier this week to the Green Bay Press-Gazette opinion page. Russ uses numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to document that while the average annual wage in Wisconsin has risen from $40,190 in 2009 to $42,880 in 2014, the state has slipped from about 7.5 percent below the national average to 9.2 percent below. Wisconsinites at all income levels are falling further behind, Russ writes. “This would suggest that high-paying jobs are leaving Wisconsin either through attrition (retirement or downsizing) or migration, and are replaced by low-paying jobs. Add to that the fact that Wisconsin ranks highest in the nation on losing the middle class and 38th in new jobs creation; the picture is not pretty.” Russ puts the blame solely on disinvestment in public education.

Faculty note: Bansal


Associate Prof. Gaurav Bansal of the Cofrin School of Business, who served as president of the Midwest Association for Information Systems for the year just ending, was among the featured speakers at the 10th annual conference of the association held at Pittsburg State (Kans.) University on May 14 and 15. In his talk, Bansal highlighted the importance of regional conferences, and how they help build bridges between IS experts and their stakeholders. He highlighted that regional conferences are relatively low-budget and facilitate relationship building with the “local” industry leaders and CIOs, community, government agencies, and university administration as well. Such bridge-building exercises are generally not possible with larger conferences which can only go to bigger cities, often cost more to attend, and are generally not accessible to undergraduate students. He stressed that such regional conferences are increasingly important in an era of declining state funding, and he emphasized the need to reinforce ties with stakeholders. He highlighted that the Information Systems discipline is unique since issues such as digitization and privacy/security involve all cross-sections of society, providing a unique opportunity to involve those various stakeholders — which happens to make Information Systems research and teaching more relevant and rigorous at the same time.

Russ leads seminars at universities in Poland

Prof. Meir Russ of the Cofrin School of Business last week presented to faculty, doctoral and master’s seminars at The School of Management of the University of Silesia, Chorzów, Poland and at the Department of Education and Psychology, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland. His presentation was titled “An Introduction to Human Capital 2.0,” and he also advised graduate students and young faculty in regard to writing and submitting papers to international academic publications, and addressed potential collaboration in research studies.

Faculty note: Teclezion, Leadership Green Bay


Mussie Teclezion, assistant professor of finance in the Cofrin School of Business, is one of 42 graduates of the 2015 Class of Leadership Green Bay. Leadership Green Bay is a community based leadership program sponsored by the Greater Green Bay Chamber. The individuals selected to the program gather once a month from September to May to “learn about social issues and challenges facing the Green Bay area, get exposure to relevant leadership education and training skills, and become community stewards.” Participants organize into teams and identify a specific community issue requiring attention. For their project, Teclezion’s team has organized a “Bring Back the Beach” event for Saturday, June 27 (noon-4 p.m.) at Bay Beach Amusement Park. The family-friendly, free event will include a historical photo display of the beach, sand activities, fun experiments, face painting, photo booth and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the plans and efforts being made to make the beach a reality. All are welcome to attend!

UW-Green Bay partners downtown with InitiativeOne

For the benefit of daily Log subscribers who don’t also receive the periodic Log Extra, we repeat Friday’s news about a partnership aimed at encouraging businesses to leverage the expertise and energy of UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students with the leadership consulting services of InitiativeOne. The partnership was launched at a signing ceremony Friday (April 24) at the newly developed InitiativeOne headquarters at 110 S. Adams St. Read more

Media coverage of Friday’s event

Fox 11 News said UW-Green Bay’s deal with InitiativeOne will offer opportunities for students and faculty to connect with the business community. Fred Johnson, InitiativeOne founder and CEO, explained, “For instance, if we go into a large corporate setting that needs some specific expertise, we are going to tap into that faculty and we’re going to be able to provide real life solutions from them that otherwise we would not have had.” He also talked about internship opportunities. The Fox 11 story noted that the InitiativeOne deal allows UW-Green Bay to reestablish a physical presence in downtown Green Bay.
Fox 11 News coverage

WFRV-TV 5 talked to marketing student Jackson Krauter for a student perspective on the UWGB-InitiativeOne partnership. “I think it’s a great thing,” offered Krauter. “It gives us the opportunity to get out there in the business world and possible start a career here in Green Bay right out of college.” InitiativeOne has already hired two paid interns from UW-Green Bay and firm hopes to add at least 10 more over the next year.
WFRV-TV 5 coverage

Green Bay Press-Gazette coverage by lead business reporter Jeff Bollier emphasized the potential for UWGB to be part of further, ongoing downtown revitalization efforts. Under the new agreement, UW-Green Bay will have access to class and office space downtown.
Green Bay Press-Gazette coverage

UW-Green Bay, Cofrin School to extend reach with InitiativeOne partnership

A new public-private partnership aimed at encouraging businesses to leverage the expertise and energy of UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students with the leadership transformation services of InitiativeOne was launched at a ceremony Friday (April 24) at the newly developed InitiativeOne headquarters at 110 S. Adams St., Green Bay

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The partnership — which has the additional benefit of giving the University a downtown presence — was formalized through a memorandum of understanding signed by Chancellor Gary L. Miller and InitiativeOne founder and CEO Fred Johnson.

The intent is for InitiativeOne’s team of professionals to work in conjunction with UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business faculty to explore and develop a series of projects and programs that will positively influence the greater Green Bay business community. The partnership could expand to include other academic units, as well.

Both organizations will seek synergistic opportunities to match UW-Green Bay faculty and the InitiativeOne staff with the specialized needs of companies and non-profits on the firm’s extensive national client list. Additionally, InitiativeOne will help place UW-Green Bay student interns on appropriate projects and provide office or meeting space to facilitate University office hours and interaction with clients.

Miller and Johnson addressed specifics and answered questions about the partnership at Friday’s gathering. Joining them to share brief remarks was local business leader Jim Wochinske, president of Pomp’s Tire Service, Inc. Wochinske is an alumnus and advocate for UW-Green Bay who has long been supportive of local economic development efforts.

Others in attendance included Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach, Downtown Green Bay Executive Director Jeff Mirkes, UW-Green Bay faculty and staff, and business and civic leaders who serve as members of the University’s Council of Trustees and various local business associations.

Signaling a growing presence in the area, InitiativeOne invested $2.5 million in the purchase and renovation of 10,500 square feet of space in the historic Adams Street Garage development. The building, originally a car dealership, was later remodeled into a restaurant and entertainment complex and, eventually, office and professional services space. InitiativeOne plans a public open house later this spring.

Last fall, InitiativeOne announced it was moving its headquarters to Green Bay from Scottsdale, Ariz., where it retains offices. The company’s roster of clients includes prominent names such as US Steel, McDonnell Douglas, Chase Bank, Honeywell Aerospace, the Seattle Seahawks, and Scottsdale Healthcare, as well as a long list of small, mid-size and family businesses.

Friday’s announcement comes within months after Chancellor Miller’s pledge, at his installation as UW-Green Bay chancellor in November, that the University was committed to “extending our physical presence in some way to a vibrant and growing downtown Green Bay.”