B.I.P.O.C. R.I.S.E. event this Wednesday!

The upcoming B.I.P.O.C. R.I.S.E event includes Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Reaching Intersectional Strengths Through Engagement. Those that attend will learn about The Five C’s: Cash, Credit, Career, Coverage, and College with Assistant Professor Preston Cherry (finance and personal financial planning). Participants will receive a $15 gift card for the Phoenix Bookstore.

*This program is for first-year students, limited space available.* Register here.

UW-Green Bay Receives CFP Board Approval to Provide Financial Planning Program | Seehafer news

Professor Preston Cherry, who secured the approval and will lead the program, said this development means that UW-Green Bay’s Financial Planning program will provide three of the essential four “E’s” needed to become a successful financial planner—ethics, education and exam.

Source: UW-Green Bay Receives CFP Board Approval to Provide Financial Planning Program | Seehafer news


Announcing: Phoenix Forum Virtual Speaker Series

Learning never stops—even when it’s not in person. One silver lining of the pandemic is our ability to stay connected through technology to continually support alumni success. The Alumni Office is announcing the Phoenix Forum Virtual Speaker Series. Learn from UW-Green Bay’s expert faculty and staff. Each speaker event will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. with an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

1/21/2021 – ECO-U: The Next 50 Years: Speakers are Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, John Katers and CSET faculty Mike Draney, Bob Howe, Emily Tyner, Kevin Fermanich and John Arendt

3/18/2021 – The Silver Lining:  Unexpected Pandemic Outcomes on our Perceptions of Coaching, Teaching and Learning: Speaker is Associate Professor of Education Tim Kaufman

5/20/2021 – Mind on Money & Money on Mind: The Behavior & Psychology of Money: Speaker is Assistant Professor of Finance, Preston Cherry

7/15/2021 – How to Foster a True Love of Lifelong Learning: Speakers are Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Ryan Martin, Executive and Artistic Director of the Weidner Center, Kelli Strickland, and an English faculty member

9/16/2021 – Exercise is Medicine for Physical and Mental Health: Speakers are Psychology faculty Joanna Morrissey and Alan Chu

11/18/2021 – Get After It…Reaching Those Lofty Career Goals: Speaker is Director of Career Services, Linda Peacock-Landrum

Alumnus Bill Kocha promoted at Werner Electric Supply

UW-Green Bay alumnus Bill Kocha ’02 (Accounting, Finance) is now VP of accounting and financial planning & analysis. Prior to his promotion, Kocha held positions at Werner Electric Supply as a controller and the director of finance. In his new role, Kocha will lead the finance organization and its strategic development of people, processes, and policies. Kocha is a certified public accountant and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance.

Source: Kocha Promoted at Werner Electric Supply

Register now for America Saves Week events!

The University of Wisconsin is promoting financial well-being through the 2020 America Saves Week campaign, which takes place Monday, Feb. 24 through Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. UW System America Saves Week will feature 15 live webinars, presented by the UW Tax-Sheltered Annuity (TSA) 403(b) Program providers – Fidelity, T. Rowe Price, TIAA, and Lincoln – and UW Credit Union. There may also be in-person workshops, counseling sessions and credit consultations on your campus. All events are at no cost to you, but you must register! To register, read event descriptions and take advantage of other financial wellness resources, visit the UW System America Saves Week website.

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.

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.

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





Breakthrough® Fuel employees share tips with alma mater

Left to right: Alex Tilton ’14, Business Administration; Jared Spude, ’15 Political Science and Public Administration; Matthew Hart ’16 Computer Science; Kelly Williams, ’94 Organizational Communication; Carlene Frisque, ’13 Finance and History; David Zey ’99, Computer Science
Left to right: Alex Tilton ’14 Business Administration; Jared Spude ’15 Political Science and Public Administration; Matthew Hart ’16 Computer Science; Kelly Williams ’94 Organizational Communication; Carlene Frisque ’13 Finance and History and David Zey ’99 Computer Science


UW-Green Bay alumni employed by Breakthrough® Fuel served on a panel Tuesday morning in the Christie Theatre. They shared with current UW-Green Bay students the path that led them to work at Breakthrough® Fuel — a fast-growing, global transportation energy management firm located in downtown Green Bay. Currently 10 UW-Green Bay alumni work for the company, including founder and CEO Craig Dickman, a 1982 business administration graduate who serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees. Advice for the students in the crowd included “seize opportunities” and “embrace innovation.” Members of the panel spoke highly of their time at UW-Green Bay. Alumnus Jared Spud, ’15 Political Science and Public Administration referred to the University as a “big time school in a small town setting,” applauding the access to professors and great opportunities for students.

Think ‘College to Career’ with Breakthrough Fuel, April 18

Join the panel discussion with alumni who have turned their UW-Green Bay education in to successful careers at one of the area’s most innovative companies, Breakthrough Fuel. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Christie Theatre. Learn firsthand how people from various majors come together to solve problems, find innovative solutions and have a passion for what they do as a team. The alumni are Alex Tilton ’14, Business Administration; Carlene Frisque, ’13 Finance and History; Jared Spude, ’15 Political Science and Public Administration; Kelly Williams, ’94 Organizational Communication; David Zey ’99, Computer Science and Matthew Hart ’16 Software Analyst.