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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.

Van Straten ’91 delivers championship message at ‘coolest alma mater possible’

julie van straten commencement speaker

Julie Van Straten, a 1991 UW-Green Bay graduate and attorney whose corporate career included roles as vice president and general counsel for UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest single health carrier, delivered the commencement address Saturday, May 16, at her alma mater.

Van Straten addressed the audience of nearly 5,000 by introducing herself as a Green Bay native who, as a first-generation college student, paid her way through school by working full-time at Shopko, later at Walmart and also on an assembly line riveting toilet paper and paper towel dispensers — “about as Green Bay as you can get.”

She encouraged the grads to be Green Bay — and UW-Green Bay — proud.

“You are all graduating from the coolest alma mater possible,” she said. “There is nothing better than being in another state, at a meeting or boardroom in California, New York, Des Moines, Iowa, wherever… and someone asks, ‘where did you do your undergrad?’ and you proudly answer, ‘the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.’ They love it. They love the name, they love Green Bay.

“It’s the Packers. It’s the history of championships, of a community-owned team with a season ticket waiting list of ten million years. It’s a solid work ethic and Midwest nice, It’s our champion Phoenix in the Horizon league. It’s the school’s academic reputation. It’s all of this rolled together. It’s a special place, and this special place now has a place on your resume.”

Van Straten confided she was unsure of her direction early in her own college career, but soon found her passion at UW-Green Bay. She changed career plans, shifting from elementary education to pre-law. She majored in English and Humanistic Studies.

“For those of you who don’t know, an English major or liberal arts major can be a great foundation for a lot of careers, including law,” said Van Straten, who went on to earn a law degree from Marquette University.

She described her career experience in the rapidly changing health insurance industry, and talked about the challenges of corporate reorganizations and buyouts, travel, and raising a young family.

Van Straten said she chose the theme for her commencement address about a month ago.

“I took my kids to ‘Mythbusters’ at the Weidner Center,” she said, “and as we were driving out here on Highway 172, we passed a billboard for UWGB that read ‘Champions Made Here’” in reference to the University’s status as higher education partner of the Green Bay Packers.

Van Straten noted the definition of a “champion” is much more than the sports meaning of a single winner triumphant at the end. She asked the graduates to consider all the ways they already are, or will be, champions.

  • Be a champion for change. “… (If I enjoyed success it was because) I could adapt to change and could even put on a good game face of embracing change while it was happening. Whether it is in the workplace or in life, the lesson is change is for certain, so embrace it. Not all change is bad.”
  • Be a champion for those around you. “Your boss, your company, your peers, your team members, and your family, your friends. As it related to my work, I always said my job was to make my boss look good… Also support your peers and support your team. Help everyone look good.”
  • Be a champion for your community “We have all heard the word ‘champion’ used as a champion for a cause, or for a person.  I learned so much sitting on community boards like United Way, The Women’s Fund, the Chamber or Community Foundation…..not-for-profits are all like mini-companies and I always said that serving on community boards was like going through a free, mini-MBA case study — addressing their issues and supporting their growth.”
  • Be a champion networker. “I always tried to meet and know as many people as I could. UnitedHealth Group had over 122,000 employees and while I clearly didn’t know them all, I tried to know as many as I could. The same held true for our community… If you are staying in Green Bay, get connected with Current, the young professionals organization through the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce. But most importantly, join the UWGB Alumni Network. Stay connected to your alma mater. See who else is in it. Find someone in your area of interest and connect with them on Linked In. Feel free to connect with me there. Keep reaching out and build your network.”
  • Be a Champion for yourself, particularly your passions. I am so glad I listened to my heart and switched from elementary education to English/pre-law. It was a better fit for me and my skills and interests, and for someone else, the opposite may hold true. Take what you have learned and experienced at UWGB and go out and embrace your opportunities.”

Van Straten closed by saying, “Congratulations to our University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Class of 2015… our new class of Champions.”

Kaye to speak Wednesday at Fox Cities Book Festival

“Remembering FDR and the Greatest Generation” is the topic for UW-Green Bay professor and Roosevelt scholar Harvey J. Kaye, who is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday (April 22) as part of the annual Fox Cities Book Festival. The venue is the Appleton Public Library. Free and open to all.

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

Aldrete published in leading Roman history journal

Historian Gregory S. Aldrete, professor of Humanistic Studies, recently had two articles published, including one in the most prestigious journal in the field of Roman history. That article, “Hammers, Axes, Bulls, and Blood: Some Practical Aspects of Roman Animal Sacrifice,” appeared in The Journal of Roman Studies 104, 2014. In the article, Aldrete notes that sacrifice was a central component of ancient Roman religion, but scholars have tended to focus on the symbolic aspects of these rituals, without addressing the practical challenges involved in killing large, potentially unruly animals. He draws upon ancient sculpture, comparative historical sources, and animal physiology to argue that the standard, semi-sanitized interpretations don’t capture what must have been the real nature of these public rituals. Aldrete’s second article, “The Linothorax Project,” with Scott Bartell and Alicia Aldrete, appeared in the February 2015 edition (Vol. 13, Issue 1) of The Virtual Costumer Magazine, the journal of the International Costumer’s Guild.

Aldrete continues national lecture tour; wraps up next month at Cornell
UW-Green Bay Prof. Gregory S. Aldrete spent spring break on the road as part of the Archaeological Institute of America’s distinguished lecturer series. He spoke at Florida State University in Tallahassee on “Hammers, Axes, Bulls, and Blood: Practical Aspects of Roman Animal Sacrifice”; and at both the University of South Florida in Tampa and the University of Central Florida in Orlando on “Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome.” Aldrete is one of two Joukowsky National Lecturers this year selected and sponsored by the AIA, the professional organization of archaeologist and publishers of Archaeology Magazine. As part of its outreach activities to the public, the AIA picks two scholars to be Joukowsky lecturers and sends them around the country giving public lectures. During the fall semester, Aldrete presented a dozen Joukowsky lectures in Minnesota, Ohio, Illinois, California, and Oregon. Next month he will conclude his series with a lecture at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Ortiz speaks at Universidad de Ovideo, in Spain

Prof. Cristina Ortiz of Humanistic Studies was an invited speaker at the 4th Annual Humanities Symposium held at the Universidad de Oviedo (Spain), where she presented her latest research. During her visit she was also asked to teach a graduate course in the European Master of Gender Studies program entitled “Nation, gender and literature.” Her invitation was sponsored through an Erasmus Mundus grant from the European Union.
 

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.

Faculty note: Gurung chosen to speak at Eastern Psychological Association


Regan A.R. Gurung, professor of Human Development and Psychology, will be speaking as part of the Presidential Invited Symposium at the upcoming Eastern Psychological Association Conference in Philadelphia. His topic, “Go Tell it on the Mountain and Everywhere: Multiple Venues for Sharing Psychology.” Gurung is a past national president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Faculty note: Spider expert Draney talks birds

Prof. Michael Draney of Natural and Applied Sciences gave a talk titled “Bird-Arachnid Connections: Why birders should appreciate spiders and their kin” to about 75 members of the Stevens Point Audubon Society last Wednesday (Feb. 18). Closer to home, the talk will be given at the Algoma Bird City Celebration on April 11, and at the Green Bay Audubon Society annual banquet April 23.