CoBE in the Media

CoBE faculty and staff have always known our College is a jewel in the UW-System.  Our challenge is to share our excellent reputation with others outside of the region.   To this end, we are very excited to announce the hiring of our new media specialist, Jon Kelley.  Jon is a former graduate of UW-Whitewater’s Communication Department where he was active in contributing to the campus television station both as an undergraduate and graduate student.  His work experience includes producing professional media for CBS, 20th Century Fox and other broadcast stations.

With Jon’s leadership, we have expanded our media in the following areas:

PBS University Place:  PBS University Place is a streaming digital collection of instructional videos from university and community events.  The CoBE Media Team has submitted four new videos to University Place for November:

  1. Scott Gittrich:  Topper’s Pizza Founder Talk Entrepreneurship
  2. Steve Kaplan:  Millionaire Steve Kaplan on Entrepreneurship
  3. Paul Sara:  Real World Ethics
  4. Kelly Fitzsimmons:  Importance of Personal Integrity

Please check out our videos at http://wpt.org/programs/university-place.  Go to the “Filter Categories” section in the middle of the page and choose the UW-Whitewater campus.

UWW-TV Spotlights:  UWW-TV’s cable channel has been kind enough to include some of the prominent CoBE lectures in their scheduled entertainment package.  You can view the schedule of upcoming CoBE lectures on UWW-TV at http://uwwtv.org/?page_id=3386.

CoBE You Tube:  The CoBE YouTube web site content is growing.  Several information and marketing media segments provide useful information to outside viewers.  Our new “This Week In CoBE” and “Ask The Expert” media series are helping to keep our main CoBE web site fresh with new content.  The consistent placement of new information produces increased viewing by our past, current, and future College stakeholders.

The entire CoBE Team is excited about our future in media.  Please let us know if you have any media ideas to help us promote the CoBE brand throughout the globe.

Written By: Dr. Bob Schramm, Assistant Dean, College of Business and Economics

Firsts: A New Department and New Degrees

Our new department:

CoBE officially welcomed the Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (OESH) as this team moved from the College of Education and Professional Studies.  Ever since we opened Hyland Hall, OESH faculty and staff have lived with us here on third floor with the hope that eventually they would be joining us administratively as well.  OESH has a strong fit with CoBE.  Their faculty and students work closely with businesses in areas such as ergonomics, industrial hygiene, disaster management, and environmental law.

OESH offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree for undergraduates and this fall they launched their first fully online Master of Science (MS) degree in Environmental Safety and Health.

Our new degrees:

DBA

On Friday, September 5th, 19 doctoral students came to campus to begin their first weekend working towards their Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) degrees.  While most come from Illinois and Wisconsin, they are arriving from as far away as California and Maryland.  Their professional experience comes from areas such as information technology, marketing research, lending, and accounting.  Professor Praveen Parboteeah is leading this exciting change – UW-Whitewater’s very first doctoral degree.

MS in Applied Economics

A first master’s level degree in economics is another addition to our college.  Ten students are enrolled as a cohort in the year-long on-campus degree program being coordinated by Professor David Welsch.  Students in this program will have experience with advanced data analysis and will be prepared to enter employment in fields related to the economics of health, the environment, transportation and monetary policy.

These changes demonstrate how CoBE continues to move forward, expanding its influence and preparing students for new opportunities.  Besides welcoming our new freshmen, we are excited about adding these new majors and graduate students.

Written By: Dr. Lois Smith, Interim Dean, College of Business and Economics

A Wonderful Ride

Dear CoBE Community,

I have some news to share with you.  On July 31, 2014, I will be retiring from UW-Whitewater.  I arrived in August of 1990, so my retirement date marks the completion of 24 years on this glorious campus, the last 13 of which were spent in the dean’s office.

Provost’s Administrative Fellows, 1999. Left to right: Provost Prior, Ann Raill, Chris Clements, and Richard Telfer.

As I reflect back on my time here, I realize how fortunate I have been in my career.  My work has been challenging and interesting, as have the people I have met along the way.  Students, faculty, staff, administrators – all have stood out as people of integrity, depth, commitment, good humor and profound caring.  To be able to say this about the people one works with is a rare gift, and one I hope you are able to receive, as well.

I feel honored to have been chosen to serve as the dean of the College of Business and Economics.   When people allow you to serve as their leader, they are placing enormous trust in your hands.  It is a privilege and also a responsibility to do as well for them as you possibly can.  This responsibility stretched me to become more than I could ever have on my own, and I feel that I owe a debt of gratitude to those who allowed me to fill this role.  It has been an amazing experience.

I believe in the tremendous value of higher education and its ability to transform lives.  I also believe fervently in business and management education and the power it carries to impact the world.  Business is an important social institution, and has the ability to make a profound, positive difference in addressing the world’s problems.  Yes, I know – it can also do some major damage.  We’ve all seen it.  This is all the more reason why it’s so important to do it well.

So carry on.  Do good work.  Make good choices.  Enjoy your life.  Take advantage of opportunities to laugh.  I’ll miss you all.  Thanks for a thoroughly wonderful ride.

 

Chris

 

What’s New In CoBE Tech?

The College of Business and Economics support team has always believed that technology can be a critical factor in creating a superior learning environment for our students, faculty, staff, and outside stakeholders.  The constant advancement of technology means that we can never sit still.  We must continue to research new technology and implement the best strategies for our College stakeholders.  This year proved to be a busy time for technology initiatives in Hyland Hall.  College staff worked closely with central IT staff to add the following technology to Hyland Hall:

New Media Recording Equipment

We built three new student project/recording rooms (HH3100A, HH3100B, HH3104) for students.  These rooms include a 55 inch screen to enhance group work and allow for students to record media for class assignments.  Some classes already using this new recording technology include Advanced Sales Techniques, Career Planning and Business Communications.

Piloting New Classroom Recording Solutions

In addition to the student project/recording rooms, we are piloting two new classroom recording solutions.  These solutions will allow faculty and/or students to record class lectures and presentations.  The recordings can then be played back at later times to assist students with studying and reviewing for exams.  We plan to continue piloting these two solutions through Spring Semester and make a final selection in Fall 2014.

CoBE Student Organizations Can Record Promotional Segments

Media is becoming a critical part in transforming the higher education learning environment.  UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics faculty have already created over 2000 media segments to be used in online and traditional courses.  Now it is the students turn.  The new student project/recording rooms will add a new layer to our learning environment.  Students can also use our media studio to create CoBE organization related media.  You can see an example of the AMA promotional media at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEZUJXFrAgs.

If you are interested in adding media to promote your CoBE organization, please contact our CoBE helpdesk at 472-4981.  College of Business and Economics student organizations can record media on Mondays and Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

New IT Project Room/Study Area (HH3013) 

Infrastructure Technology students moved into a new IT Project Room/Study Area including large screen monitors, couches, bean bags, and study tables.   IT students can use this space for classroom/business related projects or just relaxing after a long day.

New Computers in HH3101 Computer Lab

Our largest computer lab, HH3101, received new all-in-one Hewlett Packard computers this year.  These computers are more powerful than the older models and the compact, all-in-one design allowed us to hide wires to create a cleaner workplace for students.

New Group Collaboration Set Up In the IT Computer Lab (HH3106)

Students taking IT related courses were happy to see upgraded computers with a new desk design to allow individual and group work.  Students can work individually on their own computer or simply slide the monitor into a desk pocket to provide improved communication with others.

Questions? 

Please stop by and say hi to our friendly staff in the Online Education and Technology Support Center.  We are located in HH 3001.

Written By: Dr. Robert M. Schramm, Assistant Dean, College of Business and Economics

Welcoming Spring

Hello,

I’m hanging my hat on this quote:  No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” – Hal Borland

Hyland Hall in Spring

We’re headed for 23 degrees as I write this, and already, I think people are more hopeful!  St. Patrick’s Day and spring break are just around the corner.  This also means that we’re mid-semester, exams and papers are commonplace, and the break will be welcomed with open arms!  As always, I ask students to remember to come back from spring break, not only physically, but also in the mindset to take on the rest of the semester.  Rejuvenation is a good thing.

Exciting news in our area includes the addition of Stephanie Douglas to our staff.  Stephanie will start here in a couple of weeks, and she will be working with both MBA and BBA online students as they navigate the admission, enrollment, graduation, and other on-going processes.  She will also develop an online community through social media, and help us track students’ progress through our programs.

Typical for this time of year, our office is preparing for priority registration and advising, but we’re also investigating being more proactive with incoming transfer students.  We hope to find ways to resolve some of the more complicated transfer issues for students before they come on campus for Plan-It Purple (PIP) orientation with the goal of making PIP less stressful for all concerned.

We are continuing our work on developing a new freshman course for business students which will address critical issues for student success and introduce them to the University’s and College’s goals and values.  Topics in the course will include current business issues, creative and critical thinking, multicultural and global competence, leadership, ethics/integrity and more.  One facet of the course will include students identifying their personal values and making connections to their college and professional goals.

Student writing remains on the forefront of curricular change with our goal to integrate writing in current courses rather than offer it entirely as a stand-alone course.  At this time, we’re considering offering a two-credit business writing course at the sophomore level, identifying writing intensive courses in the majors, and then also providing support for these writing initiatives.  We will require some writing in the freshman course, focus on it at the sophomore level, and then reinforce the importance of writing well within the majors.

I hope winter has not taken too much wind from your sails regardless of your affiliation to the College of Business and Economics!  I think we will welcome spring like never before, and possibly even appreciate any rain and mud that we would otherwise bemoan.

Happy spring!

Jan Olson

Why don’t we have more women in CoBE?

Look at the faces of the students in your next business class.  Are there more men than women in the room?  The number of UW-Whitewater women students majoring in business has been declining over the last several years, and in 2012, the ratio of women to men in CoBE was 34:66.   In the university as a whole, the gender ratio was roughly equal at 49 women to 51 men.  So why are the numbers of women going down in business?

Dec. 2012 commencement 2CoBE faculty and administration have been trying to find out why this phenomenon is occurring.  No clear answer has emerged.  Is the change related to the economy?  If so, what is the relationship between women’s enrollment and the economy?  Is the change due to questions about the integrity of some business practices in the news – whether it’s financial debacles such as JPMorgan Chase or personnel practices at Walmart? Does the problem arise because women business faculty are outnumbered by men faculty?  Are women seeing more opportunities in careers outside business?

Last spring, a student group surveyed CoBE students about their gender-based perceptions and experiences.  Earlier this month, the college Advisory Board spent the greater part of their semi-annual meeting reviewing enrollment statistics and looking at declines in women’s proportion of total CoBE students. No obvious answers emerged.  Plans are moving forward for a survey of women students who were admitted to UW-Whitewater and intended to major in business but then did not enroll.  Why did they leave?

Though the cause of the enrollment decline remains hidden, one thing is sure: the business world needs the capabilities of women.  Perhaps you’ve seen the TEDTalk or read the book Lean In by the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg.  She wrote, “The laws of economics and many studies of diversity tell us that if we tapped the entire pool of human resources and talent, our collective performance would improve.”  A diversity of perspectives leads to a diversity of creative solutions.

Perhaps you have some insights into the decline of women students in CoBE.  Why not share them with us?

Written By: Dr. Lois Smith, Associate Dean, College of Business and Economics

Thinking Forward

Lately we’ve been talking about the CoBE brand, and one of the notable, identified characteristics is our focus on continuous improvement.  Since being constantly “under construction” can at times be about as much fun as road construction all summer, is this really a good thing?  I think so, and this is why.

Hyland Hall was designed around a driver of transparency, in part as a reminder that we must continue to see what is happening outside our windows, as well as be open about what happens within.  The world of business is changing more rapidly than ever before – it is more dynamic, more complex, more global.  While it will always be important to be grounded in the essentials (e.g., debits and credits, financial ratios, the marketing concept), it is also necessary to keep an eye on what’s happening in the global environment around us, lest we become irrelevant or anachronistic.  Whether we’re talking about emerging markets, the impact of new technologies, the aging of baby boomers, management of millennials, climate and environmental change, or new AACSB accreditation standards, we are always being challenged to think about things in new ways.   As a colleague of mine recently said, “standing still is not an option.”

In the last two years we have revised our MBA curriculum, developed two new graduate programs (i.e., a M.S. in Applied Economics and a Doctorate of Business Administration), enhanced college advising and introduced a new faculty-student mentoring program.  We are currently taking a serious look at our model for teaching business communications and the integration of international business throughout our curriculum.  We are also in the process of developing a new freshman class to introduce our business majors to the core values of the college earlier in their academic programs.

We promise our new and prospective students that we will always benchmark against best practice to be sure we’re offering the best business education possible, so that our graduates can be successful anywhere in the world.   We stay informed by listening to employers of our graduates, meeting with our student Deans Advisory Council and our business advisory boards, attending professional conferences and seminars, engaging in consulting and scholarly research, assessing student learning outcomes and constantly measuring our accomplishments relative to AACSB standards.

All of this means there is never a dull moment in Hyland Hall.

“If you’re any good at all, you know you can be better.”
- Lindsay Buckingham

Written By: Dr. Christine Clements, Dean, College of Business and Economics

AMA Regional Conference Provides Students With Practical Experience and Knowledge

One unique characteristic of learning at UW-Whitewater is the emphasis we place on students gaining practical, hands-on experiences.  One method of obtaining these experiences is by participating in one of our 27 CoBE student organizations.  A shining example of a superior learning opportunity provided by a student organization was demonstrated at last week’s American Marketing Association (AMA) Regional Conference; held at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  AMA hosted presenters including prominent alumni and business speakers.  A job fair and sales, role-play competition were also included in the activities.

Conference chairpersons Dan Becker and Katelyn Herlache working with AMA advisors Dr. James Peltier and Dr. Shannon Cummins are to be congratulated for organizing the event.  Business partners included:

Aerotek                                               Hormel                                    Sears Holdings

Big Shoes Network                              Impact Networking, LLC          Sherwin Williams

Bucks                                                   JJ Keller                                 Standard Process

Cintas                                                  Kohl’s                                     Target

Direct Supply                                       McDonald’s                            Tek Systems

Enterprise                                           Milwaukee Tool                        NWM

Federated Insurance                           R&R Insurance                        Tom James

GMR                                                    Red Frog Events                     US Bank

Graphic Systems Corporation             Verizon                                     Verizon Wireless

Walmart                                               Wisconsin Lottery

jj kellerApproximately 300 students from 20 universities attended the conference.  Students at 11 schools also viewed the presentations through a live streaming video.  Sixty students participated in the sales, role-play competition throughout the day.

Behind the scenes, eight CoBE Tech students were gaining practical experience delivering a television quality production.  Nicholas Pook, a sophomore Media Arts and Game Development major, acted as lead producer.  Nick was assisted by our CoBE super techs, Aaron Schuett and Joe Kokott.  Nick’s team assisted speakers, maneuvered six cameras, and monitored streaming media and sound quality throughout the days presentations. 

Dr. Peltier was thrilled with the conference results and said

media studio“The COBE Tech team was fabulous.  ……. Joe was his usual self in helping the process run smoothly from conception through completion.  A special thanks to Nick Pook and his on-site team.  It is totally amazing that Nick is still a student given his technical expertise and maturity.  Just goes to show how well UW-W does in developing students’ skill sets.

The really great news is that our Sales Program and Sales Institute are having success in such a short timeframe.  There were about 60 students competing in the Sales Competition, including non-AMA members.  Four of our sales students made the finals: Max Traynor, Kyle Raml, Kim Karnitz, and Jake Schramm. Kim took 4th and Jake won it all!  Jake and Max have been selected to compete in the RBI National Sales Challenge at William Patterson University. Kim is competing at the Northwood’s Sales Warm-Up at UW-Eau Claire and the Florida International University AMA Sales Competition.

Shannon Cummins ran the Sales Competition and was the heart and soul behind our efforts.  Not sure what I would do without her.  Federated Insurance sponsored the Sales Competition.  Dan Herlache from Federated along with Dr. Cummins designed the competition and spent many hours training our students and those from other schools.  Both are key members of our Sales Institute.  Dan deserves special consideration given that all of his time is pro bono. His sales acumen and his ability to train up our students just blow me away.   

Kohl’s continues to be an outstanding partner as well, including their Sponsorship of the Kohl’s Strategy Challenge at the conference. Thank you Jena and your team—and especially for all the students you are hiring from UW-W!”

This event was a superior example of how our student organizations can partner with businesses to present an exceptional learning opportunity not found in other universities.  Congratulations to all AMA members for an outstanding conference! 

Written By: Dr. Robert M. Schramm, Assistant Dean, College of Business and Economics

 

Advising Here, Advising There, Advising Everywhere!

Kelsey MichelsIt’s been an exciting fall semester in the advising realm!  We have our new advisor, Kelsey Michels, on board, and she’s caught on in a hurry.  In addition, Freda Briscoe and Han Ngo of the newly-named MultiCultural Business Program have joined Eric Roche, Kelsey, and me in advising sophomore business majors.  The assistance is greatly appreciated, and already, we’re feeling the difference.  In addition to more advisors, we’ve assigned each student to advisors based on the student’s major, with the hope that the advisor will help the student connect to their major department.  Our advisors will still know more than enough to assist all business majors, but they’ll become experts in the areas that they work with the most.

In addition to advising assistance, the College will be hiring an Online Student Services Coordinator to work with online students from their first contact with CoBE through graduation.  I will still be advising the general business online students and Chris Kutz and John Chenoweth will work with the MBA, but the coordinator will work on building connections among online students, CoBE, and other functions and offices on campus as well as trouble-shooting everyday concerns.

We also continue to work through curricular issues such as the international requirement and the appropriate structure for Business Communication.  Suggestions are always welcomed!

I hope that you are enjoying the fall weather, having a successful fall semester, and taking some time to rejuvenate as necessary in preparation for the exciting weeks ahead.  It seems that whether you’re a student, faculty member, staff, or parent, it all comes to a head in November and December!  So…enjoy October.

Best wishes!

Written By:  Janet Olson, Assistant Dean, College of Business and Economics

Growth in CoBE Degree Offerings

We are now fully into the regular semester routine – working, studying, writing, presenting and even starting to plan for spring semester classes.

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The COBE Leaders’ Ways and Wisdom: Distinguished Speaker Series  brings Stephen Burrows, former CEO of Anheuser Busch International.  He will present “Lessons Learned in Global Business Management” at 4:30pm, October 7 in Timmerman Auditorium.

From the graduate programs area…

The new Doctorate in Business Administration is in the final stages of approval.  A team from the Higher Learning Commission visited campus on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, to review the program.  We anticipate final approval over the next couple  of months.
A new Masters degree in Applied Economics is headed to the UW System Board of Regents in mid-October.  If approved this program will start along with the DBA in Fall 2014.
In the meantime, our “new and improved” MBA curriculum officially began this semester with the addition of project management emphasis and a “build-your-own” customized emphasis.
And finally…
We also welcomed Patrick Snyder, Executive Director of United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) to Hyland Hall.  USASBE has moved their national headquarters to UW-Whitewater.
 Written By: Dr. John Chenoweth, Associate Dean, College of Business and Economics