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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance clinic returns to UW-Whitewater

Qualifying taxpayers are invited to receive free tax preparation and electronic filing services of 2018 federal and state income tax returns at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Volunteer Income Tax Assistance clinic.

This IRS-sponsored program is available for low and moderate income taxpayers at no cost, and no appointments are needed. Clinic hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Clients will be served on a first come, first served basis. Taxpayers should arrive an hour before closing. The 2019 tax clinic will run from February 6 through April 10; however, it will be closed on March 23, March 27 and March 30.

The UW-Whitewater VITA clinic is located in room 1001 of Timothy J. Hyland Hall at 809 Starin Road in Whitewater. Parking is available across the street in lot 7. Lot 7 is also known as the Starin Road lot and contains the Visitor Center. (Google Maps identifies lot 7 as “880 Starin Rd.”)  Parking is free, and no permit is necessary if you park in any non-metered parking spot during clinic hours.

The VITA clinic is staffed by certified student preparers and supervised by faculty in the College of Business and Economics Department of Accounting. In addition to providing hands-on experience for graduate and undergraduate accounting students, the free VITA clinic helps residents of Whitewater and surrounding communities.

“We have many long-time clients who return for assistance each spring,” said Robert Meyers, accounting department lecturer and VITA program director. “It is also an invaluable experience for our students. Having the opportunity to apply training while working with real people is something they will remember for years to come.”

Meyers added, “With a streamlined process and excellent participation from bright, energetic students, we hope to help many more taxpayers in 2019.”

Important information, including links to a location map, program limitations and required supporting documentation, can be found below.

VITA Clinic | Campus Map >>
2019 VITA Clinic Schedule >>
2019 Details and Required Information >>

Important notes

  • It is important that you bring photo IDs and valid Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification cards for the taxpayer, spouse and all dependents.
  • Both spouses must be present to sign forms if filing electronically.
  • If you do not have a social security number or an individual taxpayer identification number for yourself, a joint filer or a dependent, you must apply for one. For a social security number, complete Form SS-5, Social Security Number Application and submit the form to the Social Security Administration Office. See http://www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.pdf  for form or see https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp to find an office location. For an ITIN, see https://www.irs.gov/individuals/general-itin-information

Only simple returns will be prepared (i.e., Schedules A, B and D, and a simple Schedule C). Examples of some of the income, deduction and credits the UW-Whitewater VITA program can accommodate include:

Income

  • Wage (W2) and non-employee compensation (1099)
  • Limited business taxes for small businesses with positive net income and no depreciation
  • Interest and dividend income
  • Stock and mutual fund sales
  • Pension and IRA income
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Social Security benefit income

Deductions

  • Standard deduction
  • Student loan interest deduction
  • Itemized deductions (e.g., real estate taxes, home mortgage interest, charitable donations, etc.)

Credits

  • Earned income credit
  • Child tax credit
  • Education credits

Please review the full list of supporting documents that taxpayers should bring to VITA. If you have further questions, you may email the VITA Site Coordinator at vita@uww.edu or leave a message at 262-472-5449.

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UW-Whitewater online programs ranked among the top in the U.S., Wisconsin

Engagement, excellence and affordability make the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s online programs among the best in the state and the nation, according to new rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

For 2019, UW-Whitewater’s online MBA ranks No. 1 in Wisconsin among single-institution programs, and No. 21 in the nation. The online bachelor’s degree ranks tops in the state among public institutions, finishing in the top 50 in the nation.

“We’re proud of the exceptional quality of our academic programs at UW-Whitewater, and that extends to our online offerings,” said Provost Susan Elrod. “The same credentialed faculty who teach on-campus courses are teaching online courses. Our programs maintain the same rigorous standards to ensure quality in all aspects, from course design to assessments. Online programming offers flexibility. You don’t have to be on campus — you can be anywhere in the world and still enroll in outstanding programs.”

Online learning is a rich experience for UW-Whitewater students, who have access to academic advising, library services, financial aid, technical support, mentoring and career placement services. Students can readily connect with faculty by phone, email or web conferencing, and they build connections with peers through online assignments and discussion boards.

“It’s not a coincidence that the top-ranked programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business,” said John Chenoweth, dean of the College of Business and Economics. “AACSB accreditation provides a framework for driving continuous improvement, and verifies that the programs meet rigorous standards. This mark of quality assures students they are getting a world-class business education whether they complete their degree on campus or online.”

Launched in 1998, the online MBA was one of the first of its kind offered nationally and has always distinguished itself by its quality. The online BBA continues to grow, with four majors fully online, and more to be added in the coming years.

“While U.S. News & World Report features dozens of high-quality programs, the online MBA from UW-Whitewater stands out for its affordability and flexibility,” said Paul Ambrose, associate dean. “The program’s fixed-rate tuition is a significant value for students whether they are from Wisconsin, out of state or from around the world. Students can also personalize their degree plan with one of 11 emphases, including a customized emphasis.”

“UW-Whitewater’s online bachelor’s and MBA programs are a perfect option for people looking for professional development opportunities, or those looking to finish their degrees,” Elrod said. “Whether you are a veteran or transfer student, or a student whose life took you away from your studies or to another part of the country or world, we’re dedicated to working with you to help you complete your degree.”

Assistant Professor Balaji Sankaranarayanan, right, records a segment for his graduate-level course. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

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UW-Whitewater Collegiate DECA students earn international accolades

UW-Whitewater Collegiate DECA triumphed at the International Career Development Conference in Washington, D.C. on April 11 through 14, making it the chapter’s most successful event in its eight-year history.

The 35 students who traveled to the premier event—the highest number of delegates the chapter has ever achieved—brought home a record 88 individual and team awards. Fifteen Warhawks were Top 10 international finalists in their competitive categories, including an international third place in Emerging Technologies – Marketing Strategies and fifth place in the Entrepreneurship Challenge.

The highlight of the event was earning the title of International Team Champion in Marketing and Communications. Securing this honor from among 15,000 members on over 250 campuses world-wide is truly a distinction for the chapter and UW-Whitewater!

The UW-Whitewater Collegiate DECA team proudly accepts the International Team Champion in Marketing and Communication award at the International Career Development Conference event in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 2018.

Sophomore marketing major and chapter president-elect Emily Hayden remarked on the effort required to win, saying, “Going into ICDC, we knew there would be a lot of competition in the Marketing and Communication categories. The abundance of our finalists in key events really helped win the award.”

In addition, the team was honored with a number of awards recognizing year-round engagement and leadership. The chapter received the Presidential Level Chapter Leadership Passport Award for the fourth year in a row and brought home 27 Individual Leadership Passport awards. Also for the fourth year in a row, UW-Whitewater DECA earned the Chapter Community Service Award.

When UW-Whitewater Collegiate DECA first started in the 2009 – 2010 academic year, just six students advanced to the ICDC event. Charting the growth of the chapter and individual members since that time, their rapid progression has been impressive.

Senior marketing major and outgoing chapter president Nick Herzberg shared what it was like to be part of this evolution, saying, “Having been in DECA for eight years—in both high school and college—has given me the opportunity to see myself as well as others develop. Even just two years ago, the UW-Whitewater DECA team didn’t look anything like this. Being able to say that we took 35 students to ICDC and earned an international championship isn’t something I would have thought was possible.”

The central mission of Collegiate DECA is to prepare students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management by developing the skills needed to become leaders and innovators.

Chapter advisor Frank Lanko described the impact on collegiate members, saying, “Students who take on the challenge of competitions like DECA ICDC take skills and knowledge gained in their classes and apply them to ‘real-world’ situations—be it a case study competition or a prepared event like the advertising campaign competition. We have had students that could later relate their DECA experiences to position requirements in real job interview situations.”

Lanko, who has served as the team’s advisor for six years, was honored with an Advisor of the Year award at the ICDC event. He also received a State Advisor of the Year honor earlier this year at the state conference.

Contemplating the student organization’s bright future, Hayden said, “This year, we had freshman to seniors reach the event finals. I am really looking forward to the strong leadership and passionate members we have coming back to represent the chapter next year. They are 100 percent committed to the organization and making it better every single day.”

Herzberg added, “I’m beyond excited to see where Emily and the other members can take the chapter—to continue growing, building on the success that this team has created, and making it into something better.”

UW-Whitewater 2018 ICDC Award Recap

  • International Team Champion in Marketing and Communication
  • Two Individual Chapter Leadership Awards
  • One International Third-Place Competitive Award
  • 15 International Top 10 Competitive Finalists
  • Presidential Level Chapter Leadership Passport Award
  • 27 Individual Passport Awards
  • 9 Academic Honors Awards
  • Chapter Community Service Award
  • Advisor of the Year Award
  • 35 UW-Whitewater DECA Competitors

The UW-Whitewater Collegiate DECA students also took time to sightsee in the nation’s capital during the conference. Outgoing president Nick Herzberg shared, “The competitors we brought to ICDC aren’t just members—they are a family.”

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Young entrepreneurs hone presentation skills in Midwest High School Pitch event

Timmerman Auditorium in the UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics Hyland Hall hummed with nervous energy during the second annual Midwest High School Pitch on April 4, 2018.

This event is a unique opportunity for aspiring young entrepreneurs to receive feedback from judges and vie for cash prizes. The competition was developed to foster an entrepreneurial mindset in high school students while advancing their business model development and professional presentation skills.

Each student or team was given six minutes to present their business idea to the panel of judges, who asked follow up questions, provided feedback, and evaluated the presentations for content and delivery.

Claire Darmstadter from Sun Prairie High School, Mike Henry from Parker High School, and Mathew Hall from the Elkhorn Area High School earned first, second, and third places, respectively. Madeline Eggert and the team of Margaret Mroch and Diamond Orin, all from the Elkhorn Area High School, also presented their plans.

The high school pitch event was followed by the collegiate Warhawk Business Plan competition, which was started in 2007 to help UW-Whitewater student entrepreneurs transform their ideas into startup businesses.

Finalists Margaret Mroch, right, and Diamond Orin of the Elkhorn Area High School present their plan for AirCharge at the second annual Midwest High School Pitch competition on April 4, 2018. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

First-place winner Claire Darmstadter of the Sun Prairie High School, second from left, poses with UW-Whitewater CEO Faculty Adviser David Gee, far left, CEO Chief Competition Officer Casey Seidl, and CEO Chief Executive Office Hunter Driscoll. The second annual Midwest High School Pitch competition was held in the UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics Hyland Hall on April 4, 2018. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

Third-place winner Mathew Hall of the Elkhorn Area High School explains his solution to the problem of high-cost instrument mouthpieces during the second annual Midwest High School Pitch competition on April 4, 2018. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

Second-place winner Mike Henry of Parker High School, second from left, stands with UW-Whitewater CEO Faculty Adviser David Gee, far left, CEO Chief Competition Officer Casey Seidl, and CEO Chief Executive Office Hunter Driscoll. The second annual Midwest High School Pitch competition was held in the UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics Hyland Hall on April 4, 2018. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

 

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UW-Whitewater AMA reaches pinnacle of event season in New Orleans

Once again, the UW-Whitewater American Marketing Association chapter achieved elite status at the International Collegiate Chapter conference in New Orleans on April 5 through 7. After investing countless hours throughout the year, they capped off the AMA event season with another outstanding performance and retained Chapter of the Year status.

Sales Corps President Matthew Young shared, “The AMA ICC conference was an amazing experience! I was able to watch students compete at their highest level and place in top spots throughout all competitions. We worked as a team to show other schools what AMA Whitewater is all about.”

Professor of Marketing and AMA Chapter Adviser Jimmy Peltier shared his respect for the collegiate marketers, saying, “It never ceases to surprise me when our students reap international acclaim. Although our track record is amazing, AMA has nearly 11,000 students in the United States and internationally, representing over 350 chapters. Our AMA students are leaders and they have an inspiring work ethic. They care, work hard and have a clear vision for the future.”

Notable awards from the 2018 International Collegiate Chapter conference include:

  • UW-Whitewater AMA retained its coveted International Chapter of the Year status in 2018. Chapter of the Year is a two-year reign but requires significant effort and exceptional performance to maintain the elite status for both years.
  • The team placed second in the highly competitive International Case Competition event.
  • Earning top International Sales awards, junior marketing major Matthew Young and senior marketing major Kelsey Berchem tied for first place, junior marketing major Thomas Zoerner placed second, and junior marketing major Paytin Kennicott placed third.
  • Sophomore Kaitlin Amerling placed second and Samuel Wanezek placed third in the Perfect Pitch Competition.
  • The Marketing Simulation Team placed fourth in their event.
  • Kelsey Berchem won the USCA Sales Student of the Year and placed 2nd in the AMA International Marketer of the Year.

Kelsey Berchem, past president of the UW-Whitewater AMA chapter, shared the bittersweet nature of the event, saying, “I have been involved in the American Marketing Association since my freshmen year, so this weekend at the AMA ICC acted as the closing ceremony of my AMA journey. I could not be more grateful to be named the USCA Sales Student of the Year and Runner-Up for AMA Student Marketer of the Year.”

The UW-Whitewater AMA student competitors and advisers are all smiles after an outstanding performance at the AMA International Collegiate Chapter conference in New Orleans on April 5 – 7, 2018.

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