UW-Green Bay student Alex Wallner receives Achievement Award

Financial Executives International (FEI) of Northeastern Wisconsin Announces 2020 Academic Achievement Awards Winners. Alex Wallner, UW-Green Bay, Accounting major, was one of four students selected for the prestigious award.

For more than 15 years, Financial Executives International (FEI) of Northeastern Wisconsin has proudly supported the FEI Academic Achievement Awards, a program developed to recognize and reward the demonstrated excellence of finance and accounting students from colleges throughout the area.

Four $1,000 award checks will be distributed to the recipients. The chapter supports this annual commitment and deems it a worthy investment in the next generation of business and thought leaders who will successfully carry on the mission of FEI.

UW-Green Bay students offering free income tax assistance | Fox 11

“Beginning Feb. 4 through April 10, UW-Green Bay students will be on hand to help low-income individuals and families through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.” Help will be offered at The Salvation Army, 626 Union Court, Green Bay on Tuesdays, from 5 to 8 p.m., and at the Brown County Public Library, 515 Pine St., Green Bay on Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be no assistance on March 17 or 18, due to Spring Break. Appointments are necessary; please call 920-465-2575 to make one. More information via UW-Green Bay students offering free income tax assistance | Fox 11. 

UW-Green Bay alumna featured as one of ColoradoBiz’s Top 25 Young Professionals and Colorado Woman to Watch

Rosie Sanchez (Business and Accounting) ’08 has been featured as one of ColoradoBiz’s Top 25 Young Professionals, and she has been recognized as an emerging leader in the Colorado 2019 Woman to Watch. ColoradoBiz’s Top 25 Young Professionals celebrates the most promising professionals across the state. Read more about Sanchez’s selection as a Top 25 Young Professional here. The Women to Watch Awards program recognizes female Colorado CPAs who have demonstrated leadership and have made significant contributions to the profession and their communities. She was recognized in August 2019. Read more about Sanchez’s award selection here. Sanchez is currently an audit manager at ACM LLP in Denver, Colo.

UW-Green Bay alumnus trucks forward in career at Schneider

UW-Green Bay alumnus Jeff Hujet ’13 (Accounting and Business Administration) has had many roles in life, including UW-Green Bay student and husband, but one role that has continued to evolve over the past 16 years is the one he has with Schneider. His story with the company began in 2003 as a truck driver and since then, he has become a full-time associate.

Hujet started training to be a truck driver for Schneider in 2003, along with his then-girlfriend, now wife, Maggie. After a few years of experiencing the wonders of the road, the Hujets decided to continue their education. Jeff enrolled at UW-Green Bay to study accounting and finance, and Maggie earned her physician assistant degree from UW-Madison. Coming to UW-Green Bay provided Jeff the opportunity to once again work for Schneider, but this time as an intern for Schneider’s SFI Trucks and Financing rather than a driver. After one year of his internship, he accepted a full-time position with SFI Trucks and Financing as an account administrator. In 2015, he became a lease administrator manager for SFI Trucks and Financing. Schneider has the story here.

Accounting Prof. Kaminski receives ‘Excellence in Lean Accounting’ Award

Congratulations to UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Heather Kaminski. She received the “Excellence in Lean Accounting Award” presented by the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI). She was recognized for her research and insight into lean accounting and its impact for the lean enterprise. Each year, LEI presents an award to an educator at the Lean Accounting Summit.  The awards are given based on how an educator has moved forward by advancing knowledge or continuing their own learning on lean accounting.  At the Lean Accounting Summit, we hope you will not only fully participate in all activities, but also engage with other attendees to help create a network of learning, sharing and teaching. This year’s summit was in Austin, Texas on September 12-13, 2019.

In the photo, from left to right: Jim Huntzinger, president/founder of Lean Frontiers; Jean Cunningham, executive chairman of Lean Enterprise Institute; Kaminski and Dwayne Butcher, owner/vice president of Lean Frontiers.




Katie (Rick) Burke Log-rolling

Lecturer Katie Burke competes in the Lumberjack World Championships

Watch out UW-Green Bay accounting students. You never know what might roll your way… especially if UW-Green Bay Associate Lecturer, Katie (Rick) Burke is your instructor.

Katherine (Rick) Burke
Katherine (Rick) Burke

Burke competed this summer (2019) at the Lumberjack World Championships, Lumberjack Bowl on the shores of Lake Hayward in Hayward, Wis. She has been among the most accomplished contributors connected to the sport of logrolling for the past 17 years, working as a professional log rolling promoter and coach and competing as a professional log roller during that time.

Lumberjack World Championships athletes compete in 24 events, including, logrolling, boom running, sawing, chopping, axe throwing, and speed climbing. Logrolling is a unique sport that involves motor skills, athleticism, body awareness, endurance, concentration and balance. Rick has introduced this sport in Green Bay at several logrolling programs at Green Bay recreation centers.

Burke has been a lecturer at UW-Green Bay since fall 2018 and teaches Audit, Accounting Information Systems, and a Principles of Accounting classes. After working in the private sector for a few years, she began working as a lecturer at UW-La Crosse before accepting the position at UW-Green Bay.

Her passion for logrolling dates back much further. At the age of 6, while in swim class, she watched her brother take a logrolling class and insisted on signing up. She is now in her 27th year of rolling and 18th of boom running (racing across floating logs).

It’s a second full-time job.

“I train 5-6 days a week in season and log roll a day or two a week during the academic year and cross train via lifting, spinning, swimming, plyometrics, sprints, etc… I always take a day off so it depends a little on which competition is on the weekend,” she said. The training has paid off.

“I compete in the logrolling and boom running (see her compete in this video) and was selected as a boom runner for the team relay. I took sixth in the boom run and log roll at the Lumberjack World Championships.” With more than 4,000 in attendance and live streamed on ESPN 3, she upset Meredith Ingbretson, the No. 3 seed, to make it to the semi final against Ellie Davenport, St. Paul, Minn.

As logrolling is relatively new to Northeast Wisconsin, Burke trains with the Oconomowoc Log Rolling Club at least two days a week under Coach John Hallett. She also pulls a bit from her experience as an educator, and coached her teammate, high school student Anthony Polentini of Arrowhead High School, to the men’s logrolling championship against another teammate, Tanner Hallett (John’s son).

“Life is about balancing,” she says, “whether it be debits and credits for a balance sheet, or on a log.”

Katie Rick Burke running across floating logs
Katie (Rick) Burke boom running at the Lumberjack World Championships. Photo by Richard Magnone.

Burke will be instructing a try logrolling class in Green Bay at the Kroc Community Center on August 20, 2019 and all are welcome to sign up. Contact the Kroc to register. Lessons are available at the Green Bay Downtown YMCA and the Kroc Center. She will also be assisting the The Kroc Center, with KRICK, LLC., to host the first log-rolling competition in Northeast Wisconsin for amateurs and adult novice on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

Photos by Richard Magnone.

UW-Green Bay student Alexander Alberts selected as a Study Abroad Ambassador for the German government

UW-Green Bay student Alexander Alberts (Accounting, Business Administration and German), has been selected as one of the German Academic Exchange Service Young Ambassadors for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Green Bay-area native (Ashwaubenon) is currently attending a workshop in New York to prepare, working on public speaking and methods to motivate students to study abroad in Germany.

Young Ambassadors are undergraduate students and master’s students from North America who recently studied abroad in Germany and promote study in Germany at their home universities. They help to inspire their fellow students by giving them useful tips on how to enjoy and make use of their own stay in Germany. Alberts is in his fifth and final year at UW-Green Bay and has career aspirations to work at an international company and spend some time working and living abroad in Germany. His specific interests include international sales, business systems and international accounting, and he hopes to spend time teaching English abroad in Germany.

Doing a Double Take: Twins receive Weyenberg and Phi Eta Sigma Scholarships

They share the same work ethic, values and leadership goals. They even have the same grade point average. And one day, they hope to be business partners.

Twins Kody and Kyle Klumb, both UW-Green Bay Business Administration majors, have begun a collection of  prestigious awards and recognition. In spring, each received a $2,500 scholarship that comes with the Weyenberg Prize for Excellence in Business. In summer of 2019, each received a $5,000 scholarship from Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.

Honored by their achievements, they say they would have been disappointed if one of them had been overlooked.

Of the Weyenberg Awad, Kody Klumb said, “We are the same in so many ways. It would’ve been disappointing if I was the only one selected.”

“It makes it extra special to be able to share the honor together,” adds Kyle.

The Weyenberg Prize for Excellence and its corresponding scholarships are named in recognition of Tim Weyenberg, former CEO for Foth, an engineering company with a broad portfolio of clients, including Fortune 500 companies.

“Mr. Weyenberg is incredibly accomplished and being able to receive an award named after him is inspiring. I hope to follow a similar, successful career path,” says Kyle. “I believe it (the Weyenberg Prize} means going above and beyond to demonstrate a strong work ethic and leadership skills; wanting to make changes that will last and positively impact those around them. That’s exactly what Kyle and I want to do,” concludes Kody.

Identical beyond biology

Both Kody and Kyle say they are much more alike than they are different. Kyle says, “We both have very similar interests. We enjoy things such as boating, snowmobiling, and golfing.” Kody adds, “We are similar is so many ways: Our work ethic, competitiveness, willingness to help people, leadership goals, and respect for people.”

It’s no surprise then that the twins tout very similar, and impressive, resumes, and a perfect GPA.

Kody is emphasis in Finance. He will graduate with a major in Finance and a minor in Accounting with a professional goal of becoming a Certified Financial Planner. He is the vice president of the UW-Green Bay Student Finance Association. He is also a member of both the Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Societies and was selected as the Student Organization Leader for the month of November. He is also a student representative of the UW-Green Bay Strategic Budget Committee.

Kyle is majoring in Accounting and minoring in Business Administration. He wants to be a CPA. He serves as President of the UW-Green Bay Student Finance Association and is a Midwest Regional Conference Coordinator for the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. He is also a member of both the Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Societies. He, along with Kody, got the opportunity to speak at the national Phi Eta Sigma conference, and are Midwest Regional Conference coordinators for Phi Eta Sigma.

Their only major difference? Well, Kyle is more than an inch taller than Kody, although each fill out their 6-foot-plus frame.

Green Bay all the way

The Klumb family (from Marinette, Wis.) has deep roots at UW-Green Bay.

Kody explains, “My parents and relatives are graduates of the University and their degrees have led them to successful careers. I wanted to follow in their footsteps.” Kyle adds, “My mother [Laurie (Bergold) Klumb ’94 (Managerial Accounting)] is actually an accounting graduate, so I knew first hand that UW-Green Bay had a solid program. It’s like a family here, and family has always been important to me.” He concludes, “UW-Green Bay has been a solid name in our household. Given we knew the strength of the business program, we had no reason to look elsewhere.”

Business Administration provided a natural tug

“The thing that drew me most to my major was that it would allow me to combine my interest in numbers along with my passion to help others,” Kody said. Kyle agreed: “I have always had a strong passion for numbers and felt that becoming an accountant would be a great profession for me. Accounting is the backbone of every business so I felt I would have many career options.”

Both feel that UW-Green Bay and the Cofrin School of Business were the right choices.

Says Kody, “My experience here has been amazing! I have met so many great people. My instructors are top notch and go out of their way to help me succeed. I appreciate the smaller class size and the ability to easily reach my professors when I have questions.”

Ditto for Kyle. “My experience here at Green Bay has been great! I have met so many interesting people and have had so many opportunities. My professors are very knowledgeable in their discipline and I have learned so much. I am thankful I chose this school!”

Brotherly Bond from the beginning

Sans the six minutes between Kody and Kyle’s arrival into the world (Kody was the first born), they have remained together since inception. And they say they have no plans to change in the future.

Kyle explains, “Kody and I work well together. My career might take me temporarily down a different path but ultimately our goal is to one day be in business together.”

“We have a unique bond and work well together,” Kody says. “It would be rewarding to combine our work ethic and knowledge of the finance industry and use it to provide the best financial services to people.”

Story by freelance writer, Kim Viduski ’92

Photos by photographer/videographer Dan Moore, Office of Marketing and University Communication





Accounting students celebrate academic year

The annual CPA Luncheon, hosted by UW-Green Bay’s Accounting Student Association was May 3, 2019. The luncheon serves as a forum for discussion and interaction between accounting professionals, students, and UW-Green Bay representatives. This forum helps the campus maintain relationships with CPA firms and in the recruitment of UW-Green Bay students. The featured speaker was Inga Arendt, Partner at Wipfli, LLP, who shared valuable insight and takeaways about changes within the accounting industry and how students can best prepare for the future. Accounting Students Association cords went to:

Kim Boots
Richard Borremans
Erica Kuehn
Noelle Poppe
Courtney Renderman
Anna Ruedinger
Jonathan Wittman

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2019 Accounting Students CPA Luncheon

– Photos by Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communications