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The Schobers: Couple gives for community — and for mom

top-schobersTom Schober and Suzan Schober Murray have plenty of reasons to give back to UW-Green Bay.

For one, the bayshore campus is practically in their front yard. For another, Suzan is a master’s grad and Tom spent a dozen years on the University’s Founders Association Board of Directors. They love on-campus activities and are keenly aware of UW-Green Bay’s impact in Northeastern Wisconsin and beyond.

Still, their motivations run deeper than that. For Tom, it’s knowing their gift might help a student have opportunities his own mother did not.

“My mother had to drop out of college after her first year,” he said, “because my grandfather said, ‘well, one year is enough’ — this was back in the mid ‘30s — and I think she felt intimidated by some of her friends all her life.

“And I just would hate to see somebody have to drop out of school just because they didn’t have enough money to pay the tuition for a semester, or something like that. So that’s kind of what we hope we’re able to do.”

The pair is doing so through the Schober Family Endowed Scholarship for Business, established in 2013. The scholarship benefits students enrolled in the Cofrin School of Business who are majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management.

“It’s very gratifying to know we are supporting future professionals in the field of business and human resources,” Suzan said. “I also think there’s a return to the community, if these students stay local, to support their goals and vision — and maybe a business’s goals and vision. It’s a gift that will keep giving. There’s good return on that. It’s an investment.”

UW-Green Bay — and indeed the larger higher education landscape — is different than it once was, Tom added.

“The school has changed over the years,” he said. “The student body is larger, and the people that go here, a lot of them are first-generation college students. I know they need the help — the costs of education are just going right through the roof. So we thought that would be a good way to try to help somebody out.”

It’s that help, they hope, that will make a difference now — and well into the future.

Dave Skogen delivers motivating Business Week keynote

Festival Foods Chairman of the Board Dave Skogen had a message to share after nearly six decades in business. Life is about “earning, learning and returning.” Skogen presented to a full house on the stage of UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday (March 26) evening as the keynote speaker for the University’s fifth annual Business Week dinner. His keynote address, a photo gallery of the event, and list of honors and recognition for the Austin E. Cofrin’s School of Business students is now live.

Skogen brings life’s lessons to Business Week audience

top-story-skogenFestival Foods Chairman of the Board Dave Skogen had a message to share after nearly six decades in business. Life is about “earning, learning and returning.”

Skogen presented to a full house on the stage of UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts Thursday (March 26) evening as the keynote speaker for the University’s fifth annual Business Week dinner.

Skogen had the rapt attention of students, faculty, business leaders and sponsors, alumni and other guests, as he discussed growing his family business from one IGA store in Onalaska to the Festival Foods chain that boasts 20 stores and more than 5,000 employees statewide.

“We’re all in the same business, serving and enriching others,” he said. “From mechanic to physician, from educators to grocers.”

Skogen challenged current leaders and asked students to think about their leadership opportunities as they enter the working world. He left the room with these nuggets to consider:

“Don’t confuse management with leadership. Management is what we do, leadership is who we are. Leadership is influencing other people to action. Leadership is an acquired skill and the test of a servant leader (one who meets the legitimate needs of others) will leave those they lead better than when they came.”

  • “Good leaders are more plowhorses than showhorses.”
  • “Practice behaviors until they become habits.”
  • “To develop a winning culture, hire character. Search out people with moral maturity. Hold people accountable and the consistent underperformers? Share them with the competition.”
  • “Business is a game, and winning is a blast.”
  • “Excellence motivates, not money.”
  • Finally, every day, “focus on what you get to do not what you have to do.”

Skogen has achieved a great deal of success throughout his lifetime in the grocery business. He was named “IGA Retailer of the Year’” in 1989 and Wisconsin “Grocer of the Year” in 2005. He and his wife were named “Outstanding Philanthropists” in 2007 by the Upper Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Skogen is the author of the book, “Boomerang! Leadership Principles that Bring the Customer Back,” about the leadership influences and philosophies that brought him success in the grocery industry. In an interview upon releasing the book, Skogen said the book uncovers what he believes are the leadership intangibles: honesty, accountability, service to a higher purpose and love.

Associate Dean and Director of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, Lucy Arendt, served as the event emcee. She shared the following highlights from the School of Business in the past year:

Faculty awards and recognition — Don McCartney was the recipient of the Founders Award for Institutional Development, an annual award given to only one individual.

Strong enrollment — The School of Business serves more than 800 undergraduate and graduate students; Business Administration is and has been the largest major on campus for many years. More than 80 percent stay in Northeast Wisconsin after they graduate.

Successful recruitment of faculty including those with expertise include finance, MIS, strategy, and supply chain.

Establishment of two Advisory Boards, one with students and one with rising alumni, which helps the School of Business to examine and enhance its curriculum and ensure student success. A third board composed of business leaders will be formed this year.

Scholarships — more than 10 new scholarship funds were created, mostly endowed in the past year

Internships — Students completing internships has increased significantly over the past two years. Appreciation to Professor Ann Selk and others.

Student recognition — example, Bryan Boeck was one of only nine students in the state selected as a recipient of the LeRoy Schmidt 150-Hour Accounting Scholarship from the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants Educational Foundation. Two UWGB alumni, Mary Frank-Arlt (2008) and Joel Hansen (2001), were chosen as the recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Award for the UW-Oshkosh MBA program.

Accreditation progress — Received recent approval from the initial Self-Evaluation Report from AACSB, the most prestigious accrediting body for business education in the world, meaning UWGB is on target to achieve AACSB accreditation within the next few years.

First-ever endowed chair — Professor David Radosevich was appointed the Austin E. Cofrin Endowed chair, recognizing his productive and sustained commitment to the vision and mission of the School of Business and UWGB.

Cofrin Executive-in-Residence — Tim Weyenberg was recently named the first-ever Austin E. Cofrin Executive-in-Residence. He is the past CEO and current Executive Chair of the Board of Directors for Foth. He has become a key contributor, helping faculty, staff, and students build and strengthen relationships between the Business School and the community. His extensive community involvement has included leadership roles with the New North, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, and Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

A number of students were recognized at the event.

Recognized as scholarship recipients were:

  • Emily Kunst, junior, Business Administration
  • Kelly Niemuth, sophomore, Accounting and Business Administration
  • Brittany Behrens, junior, Accounting and Business Administration
  • Mallory Woloszyk, junior, Business Administration
  • Michael Tuchalski, junior, Spanish and Business Administration
  • Emily Blaha, junior, Business Administration
  • Ben Lindberg, junior, Economics and Business Administration

Phoenix Trader of the Year — simulated trading (equities, futures, options, currencies, futures options and bonds, etc…) competition organized by the Student Finance Organization. The top three traders with the highest portfolio value at the end of the trading period were selected as winners. At the close of competition, the top three traders had generated a combined trading profit of $584,327 on their initial capital — an annualized return of 67.5% compared to S&P 500’s annualized return of 10%.

  • First place, Kyle Marshall, junior, Business Administration
  • Second place, Ben Lindberg, senior, Business Administration and Economics
  • Third place, Kendra Rottier,  senior, Business Administration and Mathematics

Elevator Pitch Competition winners (from 110 submitted videos):

  • First place, Jacqueline Grady, senior, Business Administration
  • Second place, Aimee Villwock, junior, Business Administration
  • Third place (tie), Brooke Arndt, senior, Business Administration; Lacey Duerschmidt, junior, Business Administration; and Andrea Miller, senior, Business Administration.

Also recognized was the UWGB Career Services Office personnel for preparing students to enter the business environment post-graduation, as well as alumni, University personnel, and event sponsors (see below).

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Photos by Sam Zingsheim, photo intern, Marketing and University Communication

Platinum Sponsors

Bay Industries Inc. Pomp's Tire

Gold Sponsor

WPS Wisconsin Public Service Foundation

Silver Sponsors

Associated Bank Camera Corner Connecting Point Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packaging Genco WIPFLi Baylake Bank Humana

Bronze Sponsors

American National Bank AON Banker Tilly
Foth Terry & Kris Fulwiler Johnson Bank Johnson Insurance Manitowoc Schenk Wisconsin Bank and Trust Shopko Foundation WS Packaging Group, Inc. Bank of Luxemburg Bank First National UWGB Career Services The Marq Banquet & Catering St. Brendan's Inn

Business Week keynote to feature Festival Foods Chairman of the Board

skogen-72ppi-top-story-2The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Business Week 2015 will feature a Wisconsin businessman with a long history of success. Dave Skogen, Chairman of the Board for Festival Foods, will share his expertise in a keynote to students, business faculty and guests on Thursday, March 26.

The Skogen family’s history in the grocery business began in 1946, when Dave’s parents, Paul and Jane, acquired an IGA store in Onalaska, Wis. When Paul Skogen passed away in 1976, Dave and his wife, Barb, took over the organization. In 1990, the first Festival Foods was opened, and the family shifted the store format to address changes in consumer buying habits. Today, Dave’s son Mark, serves as CEO and President. The family operates 20 stores throughout Wisconsin and employs more than 5,000 people.

Dave Skogen has achieved a great deal of success throughout his lifetime in the grocery business. He was named “IGA Retailer of the Year’” in 1989 and Wisconsin “Grocer of the Year” in 2005. He and his wife were named “Outstanding Philanthropists” in 2007 by the Upper Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Skogen is the author of the book, “Boomerang! Leadership Principles that Bring the Customer Back,” about the leadership influences and philosophies that brought him success in the grocery industry. In an interview upon releasing the book, Skogen said the book uncovers what he believes are the leadership intangibles: honesty, accountability, service to a higher purpose and love.

“These things apply to business, family life, parenting,” he said.

Along with his professional endeavors, Skogen is committed to community service. He previously served as President of the Onalaska Rotary, and was named a hometown hero by President Clinton in 1998. He chaired several campaigns in Onalaska, including a campaign to build a new YMCA and the John Shelton Hardwood Floor campaign at Onalaska High School. He has been honored with numerous community awards and recognition.

The keynote address is part of the 2015 Business Week events, with events led by both the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and UWGB Career Services. Events such as the Dine Like a Professional etiquette luncheon, Job and Internship Fair, and an elevator pitch competition, are held throughout the spring semester to help students prepare for post-University opportunities and take advantage of this year’s theme “Engaging in Public Life.”

The Thursday, March 26 dinner, networking reception, and keynote will take place in the Weidner Center and is by invitation only.

Another step toward eventual business program accreditation


It was encouraging news recently for the Cofrin School of Business at UW-Green Bay and its pursuit of AACSB accreditation. Word was received from the AACSB – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – that UW-Green Bay’s self-study report has been approved. It’s a preliminary and necessary step in the multi-year review and accreditation process.

Faculty note: Arendt


Lucy Arendt, associate dean and director of the Cofrin School of Business, has been elected to a three-year term on the nine-member Board of Directors for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). Formed in 1948, EERI is a national, nonprofit, technical society of engineers, geoscientists, architects, planners, public officials, and social scientists. EERI members include researchers, practicing professionals, educators, government officials, and building code regulators. The objective of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is to reduce earthquake risk by (1) advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering, (2) improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment, and (3) advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes. EERI has approximately 3,100 members in 69 countries. EERI programs receive funding support from FEMA, the World Bank, and more than 50 subscribing member organizations.

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).

‘Well-connected’ Weyenberg tapped as inaugural Cofrin Executive-in-Residence

top-story-WeyenbergA respected business and community leader has become the first-ever Executive-in-Residence for UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business.

Tim Weyenberg, past CEO and current Executive Chair of the Board of Directors for Foth Companies, is in the early stages of his tenure in the newly created role. He is working with University stakeholders to determine how he can be most effective, and will have a more consistent presence on campus — including regular office hours and more — come spring.

Even in its formative stages, Weyenberg’s role — and his leadership — promises to make a difference, said Cofrin School of Business Director Lucy Arendt.

“Tim is especially well-connected, knowledgeable, super energetic,” Arendt said. “He’s got a great reputation in the community as a leader, and also in terms of his connections to the campus. He’s very committed — genuinely interested in strengthening the relationships between the campus and community. So he’s a perfect choice for this.”

Weyenberg spent 28 years with Foth, 16 as CEO, before retiring in March 2013. His extensive community involvement has included leadership roles with the New North, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. He received the 2013 Free Enterprise Award from the Rotary Club of Green Bay. At UW-Green Bay, he has been actively involved with the Business program, the Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI), Phuture Phoenix program and more. This next opportunity, Weyenberg said, is an exciting one.

“When she (Arendt) explained what they were trying to accomplish, with enhancing the connection between the school of business and the business community,” Weyenberg said, “it seemed to me this role provided a huge opportunity to enhance that Cofrin School of Business vision of being knowledge-seekers in Northeastern Wisconsin.

“I think we know there’s a lot going on — but there’s also a lot to do.”

With new UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller stressing attention to innovation, entrepreneurship and partnerships, that work is likely to have high priority. Immediate tasks include establishing a Cofrin School of Business advisory board, a process with which Weyenberg will be deeply involved. He also will advise faculty on curriculum, work one-on-one with students, guest lecture and help with things such as mock interviews. And while Weyenberg definitely has ideas of what his executive residency may look like, he’s reaching out to students, faculty and others to help him further define the role.

“There’s really two themes I have in mind at this point,” Weyenberg said. “One is improving the connectivity between the Cofrin School of Business, between the University and the business community… Another one is relevance … how do we engage that community to make what is being produced by the school of business even more relevant to the potential customer, the employer?”

Made possible with funds from the University’s largest-ever academic gift — $5.5 million from Dr. David A. Cofrin — Weyenberg’s tenure will last one to two years. And while his business acumen is second to none, Arendt said, Weyenberg also will show students how to be a well-rounded and contributing member of a community — a message, she says, that is critical.

“He’s not just somebody who has done well at work,” Arendt says. “Students sometimes, they get a lot of questions about what they’re going to be doing to make a living, and that sort of thing.

“It’s not about what are you doing to make a living, but what are you doing to make a life? And I think he’s a great role model for that.”

For more information on the appointment of Weyenberg as Executive-in-Residence for the Cofrin School of Business.

Foth’s Weyenberg tapped as inaugural Cofrin Executive-in-Residence

A well-respected business and community leader has become the first-ever Executive-in-Residence for UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business.

Tim Weyenberg

Tim Weyenberg

Tim Weyenberg, past CEO and current Executive Chair of the Board of Directors for Foth Companies, is in the early stages of his tenure in the newly created role. He is working with University stakeholders to determine how he can be most effective, and plans to have a more consistent presence on campus — including regular office hours and more — later this semester.

Weyenberg’s role — and his leadership — promises to make a difference, said Cofrin School of Business Director Lucy Arendt.

“Tim is especially well-connected, knowledgeable, super energetic,” Arendt said. “He’s got a great reputation in the community as a leader, and also in terms of his connections to the campus. He’s very committed — genuinely interested in strengthening the relationships between the campus and community. So he’s a perfect choice for this.”

Weyenberg spent 28 years with Foth, 16 as CEO, before retiring in March 2013. His extensive community involvement has included leadership roles with the New North, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. At UW-Green Bay, he has been actively involved with the business program, the Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI), Phuture Phoenix program and more. This current opportunity, Weyenberg said, is an exciting one.

“When (Arendt) explained what they were trying to accomplish, with enhancing the connection between the School of Business and the business community,” Weyenberg said, “it seemed to me this role provided a huge opportunity to enhance that School of Business vision of being knowledge-seekers in Northeastern Wisconsin.

“I think we know there’s a lot going on — but there’s also a lot to do.”

Those tasks include establishing a Cofrin School of Business advisory board, a process with which Weyenberg will be deeply involved. He also will advise faculty on curriculum, work one-on-one with students, guest lecture and help with things like mock interviews.

Made possible with funds from the University’s largest-ever academic gift — $5.5 million from the Cofrin family — Weyenberg’s tenure will last one to two years. And while his business acumen is second to none, Arendt said, Weyenberg also will show students how to be a well-rounded and contributing member of a community — a message, she says, that is critical.

“What a tremendous role model for our students — he’s the whole package,” Arendt said. “He’s not just somebody who has done well at work. Students sometimes, they get a lot of questions about, what are they going to be doing to make a living, and that sort of thing.

“It’s not about what are you doing to make a living, but what are you doing to make a life? And I think he’s a great role model for that.”

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