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Advancing Artificial Intelligence in Wisconsin, or AAIW, is changing its name to Advancing Digital according to CEO Oliver Buechse. Buechse is an executive in residence for digital transformation at UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business. More via Former associated bank exec launches AI-learning company | Wisconsin Inno. 

Publicizing the ‘Community Partnership Award in Business’

Recognizing and encouraging campus-community collaboration is the aim of a newly created awards program open to students, faculty and staff at UW-Green Bay.

Beginning this year, the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Award in Business will annually present a $5,000 scholarship to a selected undergraduate or graduate student and a $5,000 cash award to a faculty or staff member whose efforts are viewed as best exemplifying the University’s commitment to regional growth and development. Tim Weyenberg, longtime CEO and current executive board chairman of the Foth Companies, is funding the program’s launch. Weyenberg serves as the Cofrin School’s first-ever Executive in Residence. The presentation of the first award to a faculty or staff member will most likely take place at the annual Business Week reception, scheduled this year for the last week in March.

A committee with both campus and community representation will review nominations and applications to choose the recipient. The student scholarship award will be earmarked for an outstanding student with a demonstrated record of achievement or potential in business leadership. Specific criteria and details of the application process will be finalized later in 2016, with the first award to be made during the 2016-17 academic year.

Weyenberg notes that although he and Chancellor Gary L. Miller see the awards program having a natural home in the Cofrin School of Business, the selection committees will also invite nominations and applications from individuals outside the Business and Accounting programs and Master’s in Management track. For more, see the news release at https://news.uwgb.edu/log-news/news/01/04/uw-green-bay-creates-community-partnership-award-in-business/

UW-Green Bay creates ‘Community Partnership Award in Business’

Recognizing and encouraging campus-community collaboration is the aim of a newly created awards program open to students, faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Beginning in 2016, the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Award in Business will annually present a $5,000 scholarship to a selected undergraduate or graduate student and a $5,000 cash award to a faculty or staff member whose efforts are viewed as best exemplifying the University’s commitment to regional growth and development.

Made possible through private donations, the program will be coordinated by the Cofrin School of Business.

Tim Weyenberg, longtime CEO and current executive board chairman of the Foth Companies, is funding the program’s launch. Weyenberg serves as the Cofrin School’s first-ever Executive in Residence.

“This is another way to further connect the Cofrin School of Business to the regional business community, and to highlight the collaboration already taking place,” he says. “Those partnerships can take place in a variety of ways. The plan here is to honor that work and, additionally, incentivize even more partnerships in the future.”

The presentation of the first Chancellor’s Community Partnership Award in Business to a UW-Green Bay faculty or staff member will most likely take place at the annual campus-community Business Week reception, scheduled this year for the last week in March. A committee with both campus and community representation will review nominations and applications to choose the recipient.

The student scholarship award will be earmarked for an outstanding student with a demonstrated record of achievement or potential in business leadership. Specific criteria and details of the application process will be finalized later in 2016, with the first award to be made during the 2016-17 academic year.

Weyenberg notes that although he and UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller see the awards program having a natural home in the Cofrin School of Business, the selection committees will also invite nominations and applications from individuals outside the Business and Accounting programs and Master’s in Management track.

Miller says creation of the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Award in Business is in keeping with UW-Green Bay’s commitment to the powers of Place, Innovation and Transformation.

“This University is poised to pursue even more value-adding partnerships involving business, government and the nonprofit sector,” Miller says. “We need to anticipate the changing economy and support entrepreneurism and commerce.

“We also need to build more opportunities for students and faculty, and take a direct role in developing the talent for that innovation economy. The new Community Partnership Award highlights that work and also encourages and rewards those at UW-Green Bay who lead those efforts.”

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‘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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