Instructor Gaumer is nominated for Virginia CFO Award

UW-Green Bay adjunct instructor Rick Gaumer (Accounting) has been nominated for the Chief Financial Officer Award. You can read the story at Jake Schrum, president of Emory & Henry College in Southwest Virginia, says this about his CFO, “Rick Gaumer is more than a numbers guy, when it comes to the management of finances at Emory & Henry, he is a ‘vision guy.’ …a CFO with a dream for how educational mission and numbers can work together to create the best possible results for a college.” Gaumer has served as an adjunct instructor at UW-Green Bay for about a decade and continues to teach online.

Albers named 2017 Outstanding Volunteer

Pat Albers, lecturer in Accounting, was honored as 2017 Outstanding Volunteer for donating her professional expertise to the Green Bay Garden Blitz and her “tireless effort and tremendous time devoted to building a stronger community.” The Green Bay Garden Blitz empowers residents to grow food and be part of a sustainable, urban agricultural system by installing raised bed gardens at a low cost and by providing education and mentorship for gardeners. It is a joint project of UW Brown County Cooperative Extension and New Leaf Foods, Inc., a local non-profit supporting healthy food access and education.

Accounting Students Association CPA Luncheon

UW-Green Bay accounting students celebrate with an annual CPA Luncheon

The Accounting Students Association held its annual CPA Luncheon Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Weidner Center. The event included networking time with alumni and leaders in the field of accounting, and a keynote presentation by Andrew Dilling ’98 a partner at Baker Tilly.

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2017 Accounting Students Association CPA Luncheon

– Photos by Amanda Jo Danihel, Marketing and University Communication Intern

UW-Green Bay hosts new Innovation in Aging student idea competition, March 3

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host its first-ever Innovation in Aging student idea competition from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017 in the Christie Theatre, University Union. Teams of three to five students will compete to create an innovative solution that combats challenges and improves quality of life for an aging public.

“To respond to the demographic shift toward an aging population, and contribute to older adults living healthy, independent and productive lives, we need to think differently and more creatively about aging challenges,” said Susan Gallagher-Lepak, UW-Green Bay’s Dean of the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare.

The competition will help students further promote skills in areas such as idea development, collaboration, public presentation and they will gain an understanding of that which defines intellectual property.

The WiSys Technology Foundation is providing information and resources to teams throughout the competition. Executive Director Arjun Sanga is excited to be working with the UW-Green Bay community to host this event.

“This is a great example of providing students with the practical experience to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world problems,” said Sanga.

Student teams represent a number of disciplines across the campus including health communication, computer science, human biology, psychology, nutrition science, business, human development, accounting, social work, environmental design and others. Several teams represent student organizations on campus as well.

It is the hope of the planning committee that this event will be an annual UW-Green Bay event, according to UW-Green Bay Prof. Dean Von Dras (Psychology).

The judging panel is composed of two faculty members and representatives from Green Bay’s Aging and Disability Resource Center  and Curative Connections (Green Bay), and Fresco Services (New London). The top award is a $500 prize.

Attendees are encouraged to vote for the “People’s Choice Award” and enjoy food and refreshments.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

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UW-Green Bay students provide income tax assistance

Free service beings Tuesday, Jan. 3 in downtown Green Bay locations

GREEN BAY – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students are once again providing free income tax assistance for low-income individuals and families, the elderly and students through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Return preparation begins Tuesday, January 31 and will run through Wednesday, April 5. However, no service will be provided March 14 and 15 because of the University’s Spring Break.

Scheduled times and Green Bay locations for tax assistance are:

  • Tuesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., Brown County Public Library, 515 Pine St, Green Bay
  • Wednesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., The Salvation Army, 626 Union Court, Green Bay

Appointments are necessary for both sites and can be made by calling 920-465-2575. The service, including filing Federal and Wisconsin income tax returns electronically, is provided at no cost to taxpayers.

To assist volunteers, taxpayers should bring:

  • original Social Security cards for each member of the family
  • federal and Wisconsin income tax returns for 2015 if available
  • current year information, including W-2 forms showing wages earned and 1099 forms reporting interest, dividends, pensions or Social Security benefits received in 2016
  • tuition payment statements (form 1098-T)
  • receipts for property taxes paid in 2016
  • rent certificates and/or a copy of their 2016 property tax bill if they might be able to claim the Wisconsin Homestead Credit
  • information regarding other receipts such as per capita income distribution and SSI payments
  • a record of any estimated tax payments made last year
  • a void check from a checking account or deposit slip from a savings account to allow for direct deposit of a refund.

For more information, visit the VITA website at

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,700 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit


Faculty Note: Russ says that present form of accounting is dead

UW‑Green Bay Prof. Meir Russ from the Cofrin School of Business provided a book review at for the book entitled, “The End of Accounting and the Path Forward for Investors and Managers” by Baruch Lev and Feng Gu. Russ suggests that the authors (accounting professors) did the impossible, suggesting in plain English why their profession is at risk of becoming irrelevant to investors and managers. They have done that methodically and rigorously, suggesting that the vast majority of the information created by the current in-use accounting method is irrelevant at best, and sometimes plain harmful. Russ commends the authors for going further and suggesting an industry specific framework (which is revolutionary for accounting) of reporting and management of tangible and intangible assets, and providing four detailed examples of industries to illustrate the use of their proposed framework. Russ advocates that despites minor weaknesses of the book, their framework, especially regarding intangibles, should be adopted in the very near future, a position he holds for long time. The complete review can be found here.

Accounting students connect to accounting community in special event

The UW-Green Bay Accounting Students Association held a networking event Friday, April 29 connecting UWGB accounting students and faculty with area accounting professionals. After time for conversation and networking, attendees enjoyed a catered luncheon in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center. Accounting Students Association President Tori Wilke introduced keynote speaker Steve Handrick, partner with Hawkins Ash CPAs and Chair-elect of the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs.

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UWGB Accounting Student Luncheon - April 29,2016

– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication

‘Phlash Talks’ (part of Alumni Days) include reflections by standout grads

There’s a long list of Alumni Days events (again, more on that later), but here’s one we want to call special attention to, in advance: “Phlash Talks,” set for 2 to 3 p.m. next Friday, Oct. 16, in the Union’s Christie Theatre. Four award-winning alumni are returning to campus to offer their own short “Phlash Talk” (sort of in the spirit of a TED Talk) on how UWGB influenced their careers. The audience will be invited to interact with the guests over the course of the hour. The invited alumni presenters:
• Dr. Jack Potts, 1971, Humanism and Cultural Change
• Kelly Ruh, 2001, Accounting and Business Administration
• Andy Rosendahl, 2007, Public Administration
• Patrick Madden, 1971, Modernization Processes

King, Nick, Potts to receive UW-Green Bay’s highest alumni honor

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will recognize a total of five meritorious graduates of the institution at the 2015 Alumni Association Awards Night on Friday evening, Oct. 16. The program is part of the annual, two-day Alumni Days celebration, which this year coincides with UW-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary.

The list of honorees begins with Mark King, class of 1981, Barbara Nick ’83 and Jack Potts ’71, each receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award. Additionally, Andy Rosendahl, ’07 and Kelly Ruh ’01 will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. Ronald and Suzy Pfeifer will receive the Honorary Alumni Award.

The annual awards spotlight UW-Green Bay alumni who have made special contributions to the University, their communities and professions.

The ceremony takes place in the Grand Foyer and on stage at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay.

The event is open to the public. It begins with a 5 p.m. social and includes dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the program. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, contact the UW-Green Bay Alumni Office — (920) 465-2226 or e-mail.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Mark-King-72Mark King is a 1981 Business Administration graduate of UW-Green Bay. As President of adidas Group North America, King oversees adidas and Reebok in the U.S. and Canada and is responsible for driving the brand strategy and direction for the worldwide company’s North American operations. King began his current role in June 2014 after 34 years with TaylorMade. King’s celebrity status within the golf industry derived from making TaylorMade the No. 1 brand on the PGA tour and boosting sales from $300 million to $1 billion annually. He was named golf executive of the year within two years of being named president in 1999, at age 40. He has been profiled in PGA Magazine, Fortune and the Harvard Business Review, among others. He was inducted into UW-Green Bay Phoenix Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2011 the UW-Green Bay Foundation Inc. added King to its board of directors.

Barb-Nick-72Barbara A. Nick received her bachelor’s degree in Communication and the Arts in 1983. Since December 2014, she has served as President and CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative, which provides wholesale electricity to more than 40 member cooperatives and municipalities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Nationwide, she’s one of only a few female chief executives in her industry. Nick joined Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (now Integrys Energy Group) in 1981 as a technical writer. At WPS, she rose through the ranks to become senior VP of energy delivery and customer service. She was president of the Upper Peninsula Power Co. subsidiary, and by 2014, when she concluded her career at Integrys, she was president of its Minnesota Energy Resources and Michigan Gas Utilities corporations. Nick is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Jack_Potts-72Dr. Jack Potts graduated in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in Humanism and Cultural Change. He received his medical degree in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and has been a practicing psychiatrist for 36 years, primarily in the state of Arizona. Throughout his career, Potts became active in various issues involving forensic psychiatry including working on insanity and competency legislation, human rights activities, and pro bono service to many. He taught both law and social work at Arizona State University, and served for a decade as chief of the Forensic Services Unit for the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County before returning to private practice in 2002. He is a past president of his state’s American Psychiatric Association affiliate.

Outstanding Recent Alumni

AndyRosendahl-72Andy Rosendahl graduated in 2007 with a Public Administration degree and began work as a neighborhood development specialist for the City of Green Bay. Since 2013, he has served as the Chief of Staff for Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt. Rosendahl has been president of the Astor Neighborhood Association, VP of the Mediation Center of Greater Green Bay and a board member of Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity and the Bay Area Community Council, and co-chair of its Self-Sufficiency Committee. In 2014 he received the community’s Inky Meng Resident Leadership Award for volunteer service to others.

KellyRuh-72Kelly Ruh graduated in 2001 with degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. She is the controller for PDQ Manufacturing Inc., based in De Pere, widely known for its service and industry-leading advances in touchless car wash technology. Ruh started as a staff accountant, spent time as a CFO at a local non-profit, and returned as controller of PDQ at age 32. She recently completed her MBA with a focus on international business. An active volunteer, she serves as an officer of the Brown County Trust for Historic Preservation and the Brown County Republican Party and as a coach for the Junior Achievement Business Marathon. She is a former president of the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.

Honorary Alumni Award

Ronald and Suzy Pfeifer are longtime friends of, and advocates for, UW-Green Bay. Ron was recently named Associate Chancellor for External Affairs at UW-Green Bay. He came to UWGB from Schneider National Inc., where he worked as Associate General Counsel since 2013 following a 28-year career as an employment-law attorney with Godfrey & Kahn. In 2012, the Pfeifers endowed a Phuture Phoenix Scholarship to help students at Green Bay East High School involved in the Institute for the Fine Arts to attend UW-Green Bay. They are active supporters of Phoenix Athletics. Ron has served on the board of directors for both the Phoenix Fund and the former Fast Break Club, and for the University’s Founders Association philanthropic organization. Suzy Pfeifer, recently retired as Director of Marketing and Fund Development for Encompass Early Education and Care, Inc., was employed by UW-Green Bay as Director of Major Gifts in the early 2000s. She is a past member of the Council of Trustees.