Former NFL linebacker and current Packers front-office executive Tim Terry is in the news again. (You’ll remember we featured Terry last December when he finished his Master’s in Management at UW-Green Bay, see story). A New York area magazine recently named Terry to its list of “40 Under 40” achievers among African-American professionals, corporate executives and small business owners. See the news release.
Are MIMs the new MBAs? CNN Money asks just that question in a newly published article — and a UW-Green Bay program (and student) is part of the answer. Reporter Anne Fisher and her Master’s in Management story profile Evan Rezin, a UW-Green Bay student who went back to school after earning her undergraduate degree in political science. Rezin is confident the advanced degree (we call it Master’s of Management here) will pay off, she said, and she’s already seeing a competitive advantage from her employer, Bemis. The article goes on to explain that Master’s in Management degrees are less expensive and can be completed more quickly than the average Master of Business Administration degree — making it a popular option for many returning students. For the full story, and more information on our own Master’s of Management program.
Not too many National Football League players go on to pursue master’s degrees after their playing days are over. Tim Terry is the exception. The 1997 Temple grad and former Bengals linebacker is a top talent evaluator under Green Bay Packers’ GM Ted Thompson. The assistant director of pro personnel found time with his busy scouting schedule and parental responsibilities to earn his master’s in management at UW-Green Bay. He’ll take part in commencement Saturday. Terry and his faculty adviser, Don McCartney, tell an interesting story – click here.
When you say you can’t add another thing to your plate, be inspired by Tim Terry. Continue reading
UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business inducted 31 members into the Sigma Beta Delta honor society on May 6, 2011. Sigma Beta Delta is the international honorary society for business, management and administration students and faculty members. Inductees included one honorary member, three Master’s of Management students, 23 senior Business Administration and Accounting students, and four junior Business Administration and Accounting students. For the list of honorees, the faculty who support them, and a few photos from the event.
It was a reunion of business and accounting faculty, past and present, along with former Fort Howard and current Georgia/Pacific executives, when UW-Green Bay leadership hosted a private reception on Oct. 5 at the Weidner Center.
The guest of honor was Paige Cofrin of Boulder, Colo. (second from left, above). Speakers praised the generosity of his father, the late Dr. David A. Cofrin, whose multi-million-dollar donation in 2009 was the largest academic gift in University history. The focus of the event, however, was to celebrate the memory of Fort Howard Paper Co. founder Austin E. Cofrin, who was David’s father and Paige’s grandfather.
Chancellor Thomas Harden (above, left) described a proud past and bright future for the business program, and said the University was proud to name the program the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. Posing with Harden and Paige Cofrin in the photo are the former chairman and CEO of the Fort Howard Paper Co., Don DeMeuse, and Georgia Pacific Vice President Kelly Wolff (far right), director of Green Bay manufacturing.
A public celebration and open house is likely for 2011 when the School of Business moves back into its permanent home once remodeling of L.G. Wood Hall is complete.
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Photos by Eric Miller, Office of Marketing and University Communication
Rustam Ahmedov is unlike any other student on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus in that he traveled more than 6,475 miles to get here. Continue reading
Ahmedov was identified as a potential “emerging leader” along with other applicants from 12 countries of the former Soviet Union.
The Muskie program aims to promote mutual understanding, build democracy and foster the transition to market economies in Eurasia through intensive academic study and professional training. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to encourage economic and democratic growth in Eurasia, the Muskie Fellowship is a program of the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program accepts about four percent of its 4,000 applicants per year.
Ahmedov is working toward a master’s degree in management. His future goal is to one day own and operate a textile factory in Uzbekistan, a country known for the production of cotton.
In addition to his classroom study in UW-Green Bay’s Master’s of Management program, Ahmedov will gain exposure to Northeast Wisconsin culture and values through a community service experience, and develop professional skills through a full-time summer internship in 2011. This is Ahmedov’s second visit to Wisconsin. He previously participated in an undergraduate exchange program at UW-Superior in 2003-2004.
UW-Green Bay has been selected as a host university for the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program. Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, the program offers opportunities for graduate students and professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan for one-year or two-year degree study in the United States. We have it on good authority that the fellow who will study at UW-Green Bay will be from Uzbekistan and participate in the Master’s in Management program.
Graduate students Celine Carreno and Emmanuelle Lutringer say the semester they’ve spent at UW-Green Bay will pay dividends when they return to the BEM Bordeaux Management School in Bordeaux, France.
Lutringer and Carreno attended classes at UW-Green Bay during the fall semester, the first students to do so under a master’s level Degree Program Partnership that allows for the transfer of credits between schools. Participating students from either school will enroll in a minimum of 15 credits at UW-Green Bay. During the following semester, students will complete the equivalent of 15 credits in Bordeaux. Those credits will be accepted as transfer credits in the Master’s of Management program at UW-Green Bay.
“The first two weeks were tough, to be here on campus without a car,” confesses Lutringer, who is from Strasbourg, France. “But it was such an amazing experience. I met so many nice people and found new friends. People have been so welcoming. I am really sad to leave Green Bay.”
Carreno, who is from Bordeaux and hopes for a career in the fashion industry, also found the experience worthwhile. “It was a great opportunity to study in the United States. It was my first trip to the United States and I was able to visit San Francisco and Chicago. And I made good friends here.”
Both students were initially surprised by the American education style that emphasizes teamwork and pre-class preparation. In much of Europe the tradition is for the professor to lecture, with the final exam consisting of students repeating what they heard.
“The importance of this program for UW-Green Bay is that we are establishing a relationship with an internationally respected graduate program,” Prof. Meir Russ, who chairs the graduate program in Management. “The University of Bordeaux has a world recognized supply-chain management program and their management graduate program is highly ranked in the world by the Financial Times.”
The program is designed for full-time students, who should enter the program with an undergraduate competency level in management, marketing, finance, accounting and statistics. Students can demonstrate their competency by completing undergraduate or foundation courses in these five areas or passing competency exams. GMAT or GRE test scores can also be used to show competency.
UW-Green Bay’s Master’s of Management program is one of four graduate-degree offerings at the University. The Master’s of Management program is a 30-credit program that meets the needs of the working professional by providing students with a strong foundation for effective decision-making, with focus on leadership, innovation, strategic thinking and communication. http://www.uwgb.edu/management/
While Lutringer didn’t get the opportunity to attend a Packers game, she did fall in love with another American sport – baseball. She went to a Brewers’ game at Miller Park and was enchanted by the atmosphere of a baseball game.