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Inaugural master’s hooding ceremony celebrates graduate candidates

The UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics held its inaugural master’s hooding ceremony at Timothy J. Hyland Hall on May 12, 2017. The hooding ceremony was a special event to recognize graduate candidates in a more personal way than would be possible at the university’s general commencement. It was also an opportunity to recognize the support of their families and friends, as well as the college’s exceptional faculty and staff.

More than 70 graduate students were hooded in the presence of about 250 guests. Candidates represented the Master of Science in Environmental Safety and Health, Master of Professional Accountancy, and Master of Business Administration programs. The ceremony was followed by a networking reception, where candidates could connect with faculty and fellow students. Degrees were conferred the following day at the university’s spring commencement event.

Congratulations, graduates!

Master of Ceremonies Jon Werner welcomes graduate candidates, their guests, and faculty and staff to the UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics’ inaugural Master’s Hooding Ceremony on May 12, 2017. (UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

Master of Ceremonies Jon Werner welcomes graduate candidates, their guests, and faculty and staff to the UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics’ inaugural Master’s Hooding Ceremony on May 12, 2017. (UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

Dean John Chenoweth addresses graduate candidates. (UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

Dean John Chenoweth addresses graduate candidates. (UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

Andrew Burish, MBA '82, Managing Director at UBS Financial Services, offers words of wisdom and inspiration. (UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

Andrew Burish, MBA ’82, Managing Director at UBS Financial Services, offers words of wisdom and inspiration. (UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

Dennis Kopf, associate professor of marketing, accepts the Online Teaching Excellence Award. (UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

Dennis Kopf, associate professor of marketing, accepts the Online Teaching Excellence Award. (UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

Abbie Daly, assistant professor and program coordinator, hoods an MPA student. The hood is a symbolic piece of apparel reserved for individuals who have attained academic degrees beyond the bachelor's degree.  (UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

Abbie Daly, assistant professor and program coordinator, hoods an MPA student. The hood is a symbolic piece of apparel reserved for individuals who have attained academic degrees beyond the bachelor’s degree. (UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

Graduate candidates connect with faculty and fellow students at a networking reception following the hooding ceremony. (UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

Graduate candidates connect with faculty and fellow students at a networking reception following the hooding ceremony. (UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

 

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DBA Student Spotlight: John Good

The DBA Student Spotlight series highlights individual stories from within our Doctorate of Business Administration cohorts, representing diverse backgrounds, experiences and aspirations.

(UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

 

John Good

Executive Director of Safety | United States Air Force Global Strike Command Headquarters

September 2017 (anticipated)


A Nexus of Theory and Application

Describing John Good as a process-oriented person is an understatement. As a retired United States Air Force Colonel and current Executive Director of Safety for the Air Force Global Strike Command headquarters in Bossier City, Louisiana, his approach to change is thorough and analytical.

John had found himself in a narrow niche as a federal government employee, and looking forward 10 to 15 years, realized he wanted to have a broader impact on society. Digging deeper, he determined he wanted to eventually be a college professor.

With this vision in mind, John began to set goals, beginning with education. This led him down an exhaustive road of research and inquiry into career and degree options, wherein he evaluated 11 distinct paths by 20 criteria. Ultimately, he chose a Doctorate of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Describing the DBA program, he said, “This is perfect for me. It’s not a narrow degree. I can do so many different things with it.”

He went on to say, “I wanted something with the weight of a Ph.D. but didn’t want to be exclusively immersed in theory. I wanted to have one foot in theory and one foot in practical application.”

The program had to pass muster in other ways, of course. The format—a combination of distance learning and face-to-face contact—was important to John. AACSB accreditation, cost and location were also key considerations. The final piece of the puzzle was finding an institution that could readily utilize his Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. UW-Whitewater’s program met all these criteria.

DBA Student John Good in the classroom

Describing the first few months of coursework, John shares, “I felt like an impostor, because the material was so hard and there was so much demand on me intellectually. Pain isn’t all bad, though. There is pain because there is growth.” (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

After going through the application process and being accepted, the real work began. He described the challenges, saying, “There are two phases to the program: the academic phase and the dissertation phase. They are completely different levels of achievement and intellectual demand. They are like two completely different degrees.”

John’s background in the military helped him persevere. He reminded himself, “You got through Air Force pilot training and combat. You can get through this.”

He has had the satisfaction of applying what he learned—from the pre-admission workshop through his dissertation work—to make a difference in the Air Force. For instance, John is working to use accident investigation data to build predictive models. He shared that Global Strike Command—which handles bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles—was the only Air Force command correctly using data that way.

He related, “This isn’t the way the Air Force does things or thinks about things now. But I’ve been given the tools and have been shown the right way to do it, and I can bring this into my organization. Where did I learn this? UW-Whitewater.”

Reflecting on the road yet ahead, John said, “I’ve already begun to achieve every single one of my goals. It’s now a matter of running the course and getting to the end.”

He shared his words of advice to individuals considering a DBA, saying, “You really need to have a reason and motivation beyond just getting the degree. Formulate a vision and associated goals. The degree helps you realize your vision.”

UW-Whitewater’s Doctorate of Business Administration program is a professional doctorate that enables students to develop in-depth expertise in a specific business area. The DBA is a 60-credit program offered using a cohort model where students attend classes one weekend each month for two years, followed by a year of dissertation work. Learn more

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Accounting department awards night celebration

The UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics’ accounting department held its annual Awards Night Celebration at the University Center on April 27, 2017. Thanks to support by generous donors and sponsoring firms, as well as the university, the department awarded more than $153,000 in scholarships and graduate assistantships this year.

Over 171 students, faculty and firm representatives attended the 2017 Accounting Department Awards.

More than 171 students, faculty and firm representatives attended the 2017 Accounting Department awards.

Bill Tatman, master of ceremonies for the evening, began the program with faculty recognition and by sharing special words for Carol Normand, who is retiring from the Accounting Department in the summer of 2017. Normand has been with the department for 15 years, and teaches and conducts research in accounting information systems and fraud and forensic accounting.

Department Chair D’Arcy Becker took the stage to share a department report. She was pleased to update attendees on progress toward achieving separate accounting AACSB accreditation. The department’s application has progressed to the point of an on-site visit, which will occur in conjunction with the college AACSB visitation process in spring of 2019. Becker related that this prestigious accreditation has been attained by only two other universities in Wisconsin: UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee.

AACSB accreditation is helping shape the department’s plans and processes, including ramping up the use of advanced technology in upper division and MPA-level courses. Examples include advanced Excel (leading to Excel certification), IDEA analytics software and Tableau data visualization software. These advances help ensure students are learning the latest techniques used by accountants. Separate accounting accreditation will increase the program’s public profile and help with recruiting future faculty and students for UW-Whitewater.

The highlight of the evening was the award of scholarships. Seventy-eight scholarships and four graduate assistantships were given out for a total of $153,625. Sponsors and accounting firms had the opportunity to introduce scholarships, as well as the student recipients. Time after time, firms complimented accounting faculty on the quality and character of UW-Whitewater accounting interns.

Though most of the evening was celebratory, there was pause for more somber reflection. Bill Mayer of RitzHolman CPAs of Milwaukee presented the Clenton Hall and Katey Pasqualini Memorial Scholarship to Joshua Hintz. Alumni Hall and Pasqualini, along with RitzHolman colleague Kim Radtke, were killed on November 2, 2016 when their car was struck by a drunk driver. Hall and Pasqualani were remembered for being kind, caring, helpful and hardworking. Their family members attended the banquet for the inaugural award of the scholarship.

Bill Mayer of RitzHolmen introduced the Clenton Hall and Katey Pasqualini Memorial Scholarship.

Bill Mayer of RitzHolman introduced the Clenton Hall and Katey Pasqualini Memorial Scholarship.

The evening concluded with special thanks to the Accounting Advisory Board Members. The board meets twice each year to provide the department with information and advice regarding program content and delivery, curriculum planning, and technology advances, among other topics.

Firms complimented the character and quality of UW-Whitewater interns.

Students had the opportunity to network with faculty and firm representatives before and after the award ceremony.

Students had the opportunity to socialize with faculty and firm representatives before and after the award ceremony.

There are currently about 900 students enrolled in the accounting program. The Master of Public Accountancy program has about 100 students and 1,200 master’s students have been conferred degrees to date.

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UW-Whitewater Collegiate DECA caps record year

 

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Collegiate DECA student organization excelled at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California, on April 26-29, making this one of the most successful years in the chapter’s history.

A record 25 UW-Whitewater Collegiate DECA students qualified for the International Career Development Conference, where they earned 58 awards.

A record 25 UW-Whitewater Collegiate DECA students qualified for the International Career Development Conference, where they earned 58 awards.

Among more than 1,600 collegiate competitors from across the United States, Canada and China, UW-Whitewater DECA earned 58 individual or team awards. Fifteen UW-Whitewater students advanced to event finals and 12 of these placed in the top 10 in the world in their categories. Earning especially high honors, Emilia Hickey earned third place in the Management Institute Competition, and the team of Nick Herzberg, Emily Hayden and Alex Zalewski won second place in the Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Nick Herzberg (left), Emily Hayden, Alex Zalewski and Emilia Hickey placed in the top three in their categories

Nick Herzberg (left), Emily Hayden, Alex Zalewski and Emilia Hickey placed in the top three in their categories

Many hours of practice and preparation were spent during the months leading up to the event. UW-Whitewater DECA’s board members started the academic year with the aggressive goal of qualifying 25 students for ICDC — the largest group in the chapter’s history — which they achieved.

Junior marketing major Will Kloiber, who received a Chapter Leadership Award, explained, “Our path to success began with prepping at general member meetings, then competing at regional and state levels. Both general members and the executive board put in countless hours. Whether it meant waking up before daybreak or practicing late into the night, our members proved that DECA is all about what you put into it.”

Nick Herzberg, also a junior marketing major recognized with a Chapter Leadership Award, agreed, “This year’s conference was great — not just because of an awesome location — but because our hard work and time spent practicing case studies made the competition a huge success.”

As a result, the team was also honored with a number of awards recognizing year-round engagement and leadership. The chapter received the Presidential Level Chapter Leadership Passport Award — the highest level of national recognition — for the third year in a row. Also for the third year in a row, UW-Whitewater DECA earned the Chapter Community Service Award for its community service efforts throughout the year. In addition, 20 students earned individual Passport Awards.

Frank Lanko, senior business career adviser and chapter adviser to UW-Whitewater DECA shared, “From the success we enjoyed at the state conference to helping lead the State of Wisconsin to the largest delegation of competitors at ICDC, our students have had a terrific year. We are proud to represent UW-Whitewater and the College of Business and Economics, and we look forward to continuing our success next year.”

Collegiate DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in colleges around the globe. Student members leverage their DECA experiences to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible and experienced leaders.

UW-Whitewater 2017 ICDC Award Recap

  • 1 Association Leadership award
  • 2 Chapter Leadership awards
  • 3 Academic Honors awards
  • 4 “Top Three” placements
  • 8 “Top Ten” finalists
  • 20 Individual Passport awards
  • 25 UW-Whitewater DECA competitors
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DBA Student Spotlight: Julia Davidyan, CPA, CGAP

The DBA Student Spotlight series highlights individual stories from within our Doctorate of Business Administration cohorts, representing diverse backgrounds, experiences and aspirations.

DBA Student Julia Davidyan

(UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

 

Julia Davidyan, CPA, CGAP

Chief Audit Officer | Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund

September 2017 (anticipated)


Bridging Practice and Academia

Julia Davidyan formed a strong knowledge base during her ten years of auditing practice, including almost six years with a public pension system. With a keen desire to share her expertise and experience through teaching, she became an adjunct instructor at a two-year institution where she mentored and guided students in career options that included accounting and auditing. However, she understood a terminal degree would be required to truly transition from practice to academia.

Julia’s daughter was five years old at the time and she could not pause her career to complete a traditional Ph.D. program, so she selected the Doctorate of Business Administration as her goal. AACSB accreditation and the institution’s reputation were very important to her, as well as the program’s format, location and overall cost. Weighing all these criteria, she chose the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater DBA program.

Knowing that a DBA program would be rigorous and intensive, Julia had long conversations with her husband and other family members to discuss the time commitment and ensure she would have their support. Despite this preparation, the first semester of coursework was a shock. “There were a lot of sleepless nights and a lot of coffee,” she admitted. “And I learned quickly that procrastination would not work.”

She elaborated, “This is not like another MBA degree. The thinking is different and the approach is different. You won’t be spoon-fed projects. It’s the same level as a Ph.D. You have to do the heavy lifting.”

DBA Student Julia Davidyan and Assistant Professor Balaji Sankaranarayanan

Davidyan (left) confers with Assistant Professor Balaji Sankaranarayanan (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

Fortunately, the cohort model is intended to be supportive and collaborative. Julia’s cohort realized they needed to work together to succeed. She stressed, “This journey is difficult to undertake alone. You have a better chance of succeeding if you find a couple of people to work with, because you learn from each other and help each other.”

Once they got passed the first hurdle – surviving the first semester – the group formed a strong core and found a rhythm. However, a new challenge arose when they transitioned from coursework into the dissertation phase. Julia explained, “The dissertation takes a lot of self-discipline and motivation. If you don’t do the work and submit drafts to your committee in a timely manner, they aren’t going to chase after you.”

In retrospect Julia felt the program’s premier cohort faced some unique challenges as its trailblazers, but that the timing had still been right for her. She explained, “My daughter is three years older now, and she wants more of my undivided attention. She wants mommy to put down her book and laptop.”

Reflecting on the DBA journey as a whole, Julia related, “This has been a great experience. It’s been challenging, but I learned a lot. With this bridge from practice to academia, I can now fully understand my potential role in academia and what I can contribute.”

In closing, she shared, “The DBA is a great program, because you don’t have to sacrifice your current employment. This is a very powerful tool to have in your toolbox. Regardless of what you intend to do with this degree in terms of your future career, the sooner you earn it, the better.”

UW-Whitewater’s Doctorate of Business Administration program is a professional doctorate that enables students to develop in-depth expertise in a specific business area. The DBA is a 60-credit program offered using a cohort model where students attend classes one weekend each month for two years, followed by a year of dissertation work. Learn more

 

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