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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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Alumni Snapshot – Sara Matoush

CoBE Alumni Remember and Reflect

Name: Sara Matoush

Current Employer and Position: Rockwell Automation, Marketing Communications Representative

Graduation Year(s) and Major(s): Marketing (minor in Advertising) 2007

Why did you choose to attend UW-Whitewater?

UW-Whitewater’s business school had an excellent reputation, was close to home (Waukesha), was affordable and I was able to compete on a Division III swim team.

Were there any professors or courses that particularly inspired you? Why?

In Cross-Cultural Communication class, we were supposed to partner with an international student to ‘interview’ throughout the semester on cultural differences on a range of topics- education, food, holiday customs, etc.  Ae, my partner from Hong Kong, and I ended up becoming good friends and she even came home with me on Thanksgiving to experience a “traditional American Thanksgiving.”  What made that experience so fulfilling was how we were able to talk our way through language and cultural barriors.  If she or I said a word the other didn’t know, we were able to use other words or explanations to get at a meaning -we even used drawing and pointing when we needed to.  It really opened my eyes to slang and how that may not translate well.

Business Communications – a required business course.  I cannot tell you how many times I have gone back to notes from that class.  Knowing how to write a business plan or other communications professionally is a valuable skill to have.

Promotional Marketing – I showed a project from this class in my first interview and it demonstrated that I knew how to create a full integrated marketing communications plan – even without having much work experience.

Lois Smith – an amazing motivator and professor who cared, I was lucky enough to meet her early and have her for 3 years, I could get her advice and guidance on anything.

Carol Scovotti – in my capstone marketing class, she really pushed us through some hard projects and be the best we could be.

Curtis Weber – just made Business Law really fun and I remember odd law stuff – probably just because I enjoyed the class so much.

Did you participate in extra-curricular activities? If so, what did you learn from participating in these activities that has been useful in your career?

Pi Sigma Epsilon – in my first interview out of school – I was able to talk on so many topics because of my experiences in PSE.  I could speak on marketing and the projects we did, my leadership experiences and even the social issues that we dealt with in the chapter that would be relatable to issues you’d deal with in the corporate world.

What do you enjoy most about your current position?

I’m getting to do what I enjoy – Marketing!  I’ve gotten to work tradeshows, manage video projects, create publications and web content, work on company-wide social media campaigns…  It’s exciting when you get to create something new and see it through to being published or going live (and to work in the field you went to school for)!

What is your proudest professional accomplishment?rockwell

Getting hired at Rockwell Automation, an amazing $6.26 billion dollar company that’s on the Fortune 500 list.

What do you feel is your greatest professional strength?

Communication skills – don’t underestimate this skill.  Sometimes I’ll read writings from others of another discipline and it reminds you how valuable good spelling or grammar skills are.

What are the three key skills or qualities you look for in recent grads wishing to join your company?

Willingness/excitement to continue learning

Reliability/accountability

Communication – use what you learned in school, not how you communicate with friends over texts

Based on what you know now, what advice would you give to your college-age self if you could go back in time?

I wish I had done the study abroad program.

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Alumni Snapshot – Elisa Gilbertson

CoBE Alumni Remember and Reflect

Name: Elisa Gilbertson

Current Employer and Position:

Garland Independent School District (Garland, Texas), Assistant Director of Finance

Graduation Year(s) and Major(s):

Accounting & Finance 2005, MPA 2006

Why did you choose to attend UW-Whitewater?

I chose UW-Whitewater because of its reputation for having a great Business College and because the tuition bill was considerably less than the out-of-state school I was also accepted into.  I decided that UW-Whitewater could give me a great education at a great price.

Were there any professors or courses that particularly inspired you? Why?

Lynn Hafemeister (Intermediate Accounting & Auditing) was great at incorporating her “real-world” experiences into her teaching.  She also took the time to get to know her students so she could push (and support) us to reach our full potential – a task she continues to perform years after graduation.

Dr. Lois Smith was the advisor for UW-Whitewater’s study abroad program in Arnhem, Netherlands.  She was an invaluable resource and counselor to me then, as I navigated six months in a country far away from home, and today as I continue to navigate in my career.

Did you participate in extra-curricular activities? If so, what did you learn from participating in these activities that has been useful in your career?

I participated in various intermural sports and groups on campus, but the two I was most involved in were Pi Sigma Epsilon and Cru.  Both organizations taught me a lot about leadership and management and, most importantly, how to work as part of a team.

What do you enjoy most about your current position?

After five years when I worked as an auditor in Public garland school district logoAccounting, my current position allows me to leave my office at 4:30. A schedule of regular working hours is what I enjoy most.  I also enjoy being part of a group of people committed to giving children the opportunity to achieve greatness.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment?

Passing the CPA was a pretty high moment!  I was also named “Rookie of the Year” at my firm.

What do you feel is your greatest professional strength?

My greatest professional strength is probably my enjoyment of public speaking/training.  There are few things I enjoy more than getting to tell a group of people about accounting.

What are the three key skills or qualities you look for in recent grads wishing to join your company?

As an auditor at a public accounting firm or administrator at a school district, I look most for individuals who realize they don’t know everything, but are interested in learning.  I also look for those who are detail-oriented and hard-working.

Based on what you know now, what advice would you give to your college-age self if you could go back in time?

I think I’d tell myself to enjoy the experience more, because you have a lifetime of work ahead of you!  Also, I’d encourage myself to take more afternoon naps (I do miss college napping!).

 

 

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