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ACM Women in Computing – Networking Event!

The UW-Whitewater chapter of ACM Women in Computing at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater held their seventh annual Women in Information Technology and Computing Spring Networking Event! Attendees of the event include College of Business and Economics leadership, faculty and staff, students in the Information Technology (IT), Computer Science (CS) and Media Arts and Graphic Design (MAGD) programs, and IT working professionals. During this event, attendees learn about the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater’s commitment to recruiting, developing and supporting women who are interested in technology careers, meet the leaders of our student organization for women in IT, and discuss career planning with computing and IT professionals from our Corporate partners. It’s a great opportunity to network with other guests while enjoying an Italian buffet dinner and good conversation.

 

Questions? Please contact us at acmwomen@uww.edu or call Dr. Christina Outlay at 262-472-5034.

 

 

 

 

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Meet Your Faculty – Dr. Kelly Delaney-Klinger

Department:      Management; Human Resource Management Major Coordinator

What was your favorite subject in school & why?

My favorite subject in college was psychology. I loved learning about how and why people respond to certain circumstances in the ways they do. I especially loved learning about what could be done to help people work more effectively with one another.

 

What was your least favorite subject in school & why?

My least favorite subject as an undergraduate was probably statistics. This is rather ironic, considering the fact that I had to take many statistics classes during my graduate studies. I’m not sure that I really liked statistics better in graduate school, but I ended up not dreading the classes. That seemed like progress!

 

What were you doing before you came to Whitewater?

I was teaching at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania.

 

What made you want to teach?

I had always wanted to teach something to someone, ever since I was a little girl, playing “school” with my next door neighbor, Missy. In college, I tutored other students in writing and decided to become a psychology professor. It turned out that my path wasn’t quite as direct as I had expected. While I did earn a Master’s in psychology, it was a few years later that I began teaching management classes part-time in my local university. Eventually, I completed my PhD in management so that I could finally become a professor.

 

What professional experience do you bring into the classroom?

I worked for a number of years with a large bank, doing a variety of work with reengineering and process improvement projects. I also worked as a consultant on a variety of projects. I try to stay up-to-date on human resource management trends and issues through affiliations with HR practitioners.

 

What do you like to do outside of the College of Business & Economics?

I am married with two sons, so I spend a lot of time doing things with them. I like to bake cookies, cakes, and other desserts to reduce stress (Remember the old joke that stressed spelled backwards is desserts?) I read whenever I can, as well. I like both fiction and nonfiction, so I’ll read just about anything.

 

What is something that students would be surprised to learn about you?

I was a very shy and introverted person until I started teaching. I still need some downtime after I do a lot of speaking and/or socializing, but I am very different than I was growing up and as a young adult.

 

What is something about teaching that was unexpected when you first began?

It surprised me how much the classroom experiences could affect my mood and energy level. There is nothing more exciting and rewarding than having a class period when students “get” the material, make thoughtful comments, laugh at my jokes, etc. A good class session can get me through a day that is rough in other ways. On the other hand, when my lecture, discussion prompts, and/or exercises flop, it really depresses me for that day. I just never expected that teaching would be such an emotional roller coaster!

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Introducing: The IT Active Learning Computer Lab!

Associate Dean Lois Smith and Dean David Travis enjoy learning about the new lab and its capabilities.

 

The Information Technology and Supply Chain Management Department within the College of Business and Economics introduced the new IT Active Learning Computer Lab yesterday, February 20, 2014.  The remodeled space was made possible by lab modernization grant funds as well as funds committed by the College.

 

Instructor Sara Deschner demonstrated the new furniture and technology installed in the lab to fellow university faculty and staff and visitors were given the chance to try the technology for themselves.  Representatives from Spectrum Industries and Tierney Brothers were on-hand to answer questions regarding their products and services.  Peter VanderVelden, campus AV and classroom technology specialist, demonstrated the technology he installed in the room and discussed how components may serve other instructional areas on campus.

Have you seen the new IT Active Learning Computer Lab in HH 3106 yet?  What is your favorite feature and how do you use it?

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Meet Your Faculty – Mr. Jim Schnaedter

Department:      Management

What was your favorite subject in school & why? 

Economics – The relationship between conceptual exploration and practical application.  Plus, I had a great economics professor in college and would have taken more econ courses, but I was too close to graduation before taking my first course in the area.

 

What was your least favorite subject in school & why? 

Math – The required repetition of problems once I understood the concept drove me nuts.

 

What were you doing before you came to Whitewater?

Associate Dean of Business and T & I at Mid-State Technical College.

 

What made you want to teach?

There is something about seeing students applying and understanding a complex concept that is very rewarding.  There is a “high” that I can get from a great class session that I could never get in my other occupations.

 

What professional experience do you bring into the classroom?

30 years of diverse management and professional experience in operations, human resources, and quality improvement.

 

What do you like to do outside of the College of Business & Economics?

I like to cook and eat, therefore, exercise; especially, hiking, a favored activity.

 

What is something that students would be surprised to learn about you?

I have a titanium left knee and have had a quadruple bypass.  I only needed three bypasses, but the hospital was having a buy three get one free deal.

 

What is something about teaching that was unexpected when you first began?

How different students are at the various institutions where I have taught.

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Meet Your Faculty – Dr. Pascal Letourneau

Department:  Finance and Business Law

What was your favorite subject in school & why? 

My favorite subject in school was Options and other derivatives. This class was challenging, math intensive, and it was very motivating for me.

 

What was your least favorite subject in school & why? 

Anything related to accounting. I have a hard time following specific rules, just because the rules exist. What I need to know is the real market value, not the book value.

 

What were you doing before you came to Whitewater?

Before coming to Whitewater, I was finishing my Ph.D. at HEC Montreal, the business school of the University of Montreal. I was also on the Board of Directors of a Financial Corporation.

 

What made you want to teach?

Apparently, I am good at teaching. I like to help students understand and I have done it since high school. In fact, friends would come to my place to do their homework and I would re-explain what we saw in class using different terms and examples. I would never give them the answer, but made sure they understood. I kept the habit of helping others, because I know it is helping me as much as it is them. I’ve always helped others in class and I intuitively carried that into the classroom the first time I taught.

 

What professional experience do you bring into the classroom?

I did a plethora of different jobs: salesman, door-to-door solicitation, construction worker, software programmer, network technician, and IT department director.

 

What do you like to do outside of the College of Business & Economics?

I like working with my hands and I like working with my brain. I would continue doing research in Finance, and then I would build furniture “sur mesure”.

 

What is something that students would be surprised to learn about you?

I am very good at putting nail polish (on other people). I do more than put on a single color. I can do shades, lines, patterns, faux nails, etc.

 

What is something about teaching that was unexpected when you first began?

As a student, I always found traditional lectures irrelevant and boring. Staying away from those is more challenging than I thought. It requires much more preparation and effort.

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