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Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management ranked in top three HR emphasis programs

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College of Business and Economics was recognized for the excellence of its Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management at the 36th annual LEAD Awards on February 8, 2018. In the category of Degree Program with Emphasis on HR, 150 programs were nominated and the top 15 were ranked. UW-Whitewater’s BBA in human resource management placed third in this elite group.

The LEAD Awards program is an exciting part of’s annual conference. Each year this conference draws esteemed executives and experts from around the country, and the awards celebrate exceptional leadership and innovations in developmental programs by organizations, education programs and individuals.

UW-Whitewater’s award-winning human resource management major features core credits from the College of Business and Economics’ respected BBA and 24 credits of courses that align with the standards of the Society for Human Resource Management. All students must complete a capstone course that integrates the HRM content from previous courses and builds critical thinking skills.

Program Coordinator and Associate Professor Kelly Delaney-Klinger explained, “The SHRM Competency Model has been very helpful for identifying learning objectives, both for individual courses and the overall major. Having students participate in hands-on activities, research and client-sponsored projects greatly improves learning in the courses. These activities also boost students’ confidence in their ability to perform as human resource professionals.”

A relatively new addition to the program is a required e-Portfolio. HRM students all must create an electronic portfolio, which is intended to collect and demonstrate what students learned throughout their courses. Students must present their e-Portfolios to human resource professionals during the capstone class.

Regarding the e-Portfolio component of the HRM program, Management Department Chair and Professor Jon Werner shared, “This has been an important tool for helping students integrate their knowledge and experiences. It is evident the competency-based curriculum, capstone course and e-Portfolio prepare students to effectively present themselves as human resource professionals when they graduate.”

Werner adds, “In the marketplace, the program’s success is ultimately measured in terms of job placement and career advancement. We have seen, on average, that 94% of the graduates of the BBA in HRM are working in their field of study within six months of graduation.”

Dean John Chenoweth was pleased with the LEAD award distinction, which helps highlight the competencies-based model and e-Portfolio component.

Chenoweth explains, “The UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics places great emphasis on assurance of learning goals. We want to ensure our graduates are prepared to transition successfully from college to career, and that they have acquired the skills and business knowledge they need to succeed. The SHRM Competency Model used in the human resource management program allows faculty to map student outcomes onto the expected learning outcomes of the college.”

Learn more about the UW-Whitewater Bachelor of Business Administration, or view the complete list of LEAD2018 award winners for Degree Program with Emphasis on HR.


Photo of UW-Whitewater LEAD2018 Award

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater was honored with 3rd place for Degree Program with Emphasis on HR at the LEAD2018 award ceremony.


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UW-Whitewater AMA/sales students lead in Las Vegas

Congratulations to the AMA/sales students for an outstanding performance at the UNLV AMA Western Regional Collegiate Conference held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Jan. 27.

Twelve student competitors from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater captured first, second and third places in the relational sales competition, took first and third places in the perfect pitch competition, and dominated the marketing strategy competition with two teams tied for first!

Relational Sales Competition: Kelly Deschner, first; Matt Young, second; and Cameron Neuhauser, Nick Rasmussen and Kelsey Berchem, third.

Perfect Pitch Competition: Haley Lechner, first; and Matt Young, third.

Marketing Strategy Competition (teams): Haley Lechner and Sam Wanezek, and Nick Rasmussen and Tom Zoerner, first.

UW-Whitewater AMA/sales students pose in front of the University of Nevada Lee Business School during the competition. Back row, from left, Haley Lechner, Cameron Neuhauser, Kelsey Berchem, Katie Hart, and Trevor Raasch; middle, from left, Matt Young and Sam Wanezek; and in front, Kelly Deschner.

From left, Katie Hart, Kelly Deschner, Cameron Neuhauser, Haley Lechner, Tom Zoerner, Sam Gobert, Matt Young, Kelsey Berchem, Sam Wanezek, Tessa Taylor, Nick Rasmussen and Trevor Raasch stand on the new basketball court at the UNLV Thomas & Mack Center.

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Free tax preparation offered through VITA program

The UW-Whitewater VITA clinic is located in Timothy J. Hyland Hall (UW-Whitewater photo)

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will provide free tax preparation and free electronic filing of 2017 federal and state tax returns for taxpayers with low to moderate levels of income. Staffed by IRS-certified student preparers and supervised by accounting faculty, this annual program offers important hands-on experience for students while helping members of the community.

The UW-Whitewater VITA program will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. from February 3 through April 11. Please note that the tax clinic will be closed on March 24, March 28 and March 31. No appointments are needed.

VITA is located in room 1001 of Timothy J. Hyland Hall, and parking is available across the street in lot 7. On Wednesdays, taxpayers should stop at the visitor’s center on Starin Road, explain that they are there for the VITA tax clinic, ask for a temporary parking permit and park in lot 7 in any non-metered spot. On Saturdays, simply drive in and park in lot 7. (If you are using Google Maps, use “826 Starin” for parking lot 7.)

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Important notes

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:


  • 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


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


  • 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 or leave a message at 262-472-5449.

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Online MBA program named among the best in the nation

U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater online Master of Business Administration among the nation’s best programs. The annual ranking is based on criteria such as student engagement, peer reputation, and faculty credentials and training.

Listed at number 28, UW-Whitewater is in the top 11 percent of all the programs considered for ranking in the country.

“We are proud to deliver a program that is consistently recognized for its excellence,” said John Chenoweth, dean of the College of Business and Economics.

He continued, “AACSB accreditation factors into the ranking calculation because it is an important measure of quality. The College of Business and Economics has been AACSB-accredited since 1974. Upon this strong foundation we have developed the rigorous curriculum and highly-qualified, tenured faculty body we have today.”

When launched in 1998, the UW-Whitewater online MBA program was one of the first of its kind offered nationally.

Paul Ambrose, MBA program coordinator and associate dean, explained, “While offering the same faculty, curriculum and support services available on-campus, online delivery really increased the convenience of our program. We have MBA students who live just 10 miles from campus but are taking classes online to fit them in around full-time jobs and family commitments. We also have students who are completing their MBAs from halfway around the world.”

The program’s flexibility extends beyond the online format, however.

Ambrose added, “Because we don’t use a cohort model, students have the freedom to adjust their course load as needed every semester. We also offer students the ability to customize their learning with 11 different emphases, including a customized emphasis.”

For more information on the UW-Whitewater online MBA program, contact a graduate education expert or learn more online today.

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Warhawks rival elite schools in national College Fed Challenge

UW-Whitewater College Fed Challenge Team in Washington, D.C.

The UW-Whitewater College Fed Challenge Team stands with judges from the national competition. From left are Thomas Lubik, Senior Research Adviser of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Ellen Meade, Senior Adviser of the Federal Reserve Board’s Division of Monetary Affairs, Mark Ellis, Ronald Tittle, Alexandre Vieira, Taylor Griffith, Andrea Tambalotti, Assistant Vice President and Function Head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Macroeconomic and Monetary Studies Function and Alejandro Esquivel.

For the first time ever, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater won the regional College Fed Challenge held in Chicago, and advanced to the national event in Washington, D.C. to compete with Harvard University, Princeton University, Pace University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Since the competition began in 2004, UW-Whitewater is the first Wisconsin university to advance to the national level.

The College Fed Challenge is an educational competition that teaches participants to think critically about the U.S. economy and monetary policy. It also helps them develop skills that are valuable in both their academic and professional careers, such as the ability to think analytically, make effective presentations, work as a team and respond under pressure. Teams are scored based on a 15-minute presentation and a 15-minute question-and-answer session with judges.

Of the Federal Reserve’s 12 districts, five hold regional competitions. This year the top economics programs across the Midwest gathered at the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank on November 13, 2017 to compete in the District 7 challenge. Historically, Northwestern University has dominated the competition, capturing ten regional wins and four national wins in 14 years.

When the judges announced UW-Whitewater was victorious over the perennial champion, the students and coaches were ecstatic

“I didn’t take off my medal for a few days,” Ronald Tittle confides. “People were asking to see it, so I kept it on.”

UW-Whitewater College Fed Challenge Team in Chicago

Taylor Griffith (left), Mark Ellis, Alexandre Vieira, Ronald Tittle, and Alejandro Esquivel pose in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago after winning first-place at the regional College Fed Challenge in Chicago on November 13, 2017.

“The first ten minutes after we won were surreal,” shares Alejandro Esquivel, who participated in the challenge for the first time this year. “Then we started to talk about the national competition. We knew the next three weeks would be intense.”

He elaborates, “The regional competition was Monday. We took Tuesday off and then hit the ground running with three-hour practices seven days a week. We felt confident with our presentation script, so we focused on the Q and A portion.”

“The students must be informed of economic conditions right up to the day of the competition,” Ahmad adds. “They use indicators like consumer confidence, inflation, unemployment and gross domestic product to determine how different sectors are performing and how the Federal Reserve might react.”

The team was also creating its own forecasts to compare and contrast with the Federal Reserve’s.

Team captain Taylor Griffith explains, “We used vector autoregression models to analyze past data and forecast forward.”

On December 1, the day of the national competition, the team arrived at the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington, D.C. early in the morning. They entered the two-story Board Room and met Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve Chair.

“The room is massive,” Tittle relates. “It was so impressive to be in the room where the Federal Open Market Committee meets and monetary policy is set.”

Ahmad adds, “One of my favorite moments was walking into the Board Room and seeing the students’ eyes light up. With Janet Yellen stepping down as Chair at the end of January, it was also an honor to meet her.”

UW-Whitewater team practices their presentation

From left, Ron Tittle, Alexandre Vieira, Taylor Griffith, Mark Ellis and Alejandro Esquivel practice their discussion and analysis of economic indicators in a classroom at Hyland Hall on Monday, November 20, 2017. In her fourth year of competition and third year as captain, Griffith was experienced in providing direction, managing logistics and ensuring new and returning team members could be successful. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

The UW-Whitewater students were fourth to present at the national competition, and the first three teams were able to observe their performance.

“Our team did really well. Their presentation was excellent,” Ahmad shares.

He continues, “The question-and-answer session was much more difficult than at the regional competition. The first question, in particular, was tricky. There really was no right answer, and the subject was something the Federal Reserve is obviously thinking about at this time.”

Esquivel explains, “When the judges asked their first question at the national challenge, I looked at my teammates and realized none of us were sure how to answer. That hadn’t happened before. We were confident with every question we answered in Chicago, and could focus on how to communicate the answer.”

At the conclusion of the competition, the judges announced Pace University and Harvard University as the first- and second-place winners. UW-Whitewater finished on par with Princeton University and Virginia Commonwealth University.

UW-Whitewater professor and alumnus during practice

Critiquing the UW-Whitewater College Fed Challenge Team during a practice presentation are Professor Yamin Ahmad, left, and Jaeger Nelson, a UW-Whitewater Fed Challenge alumnus who now is a doctoral student at Indiana University. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

“This was a really good learning experience,” Ahmad relates. “Everyone did really well. Their teamwork was strong, they thought critically and responded well under pressure.”

He adds, “The fact that our students were able to compete against some of the top economics programs in the country was an honor. It speaks very highly of the strength of our program and the quality of our students.”

Understanding the value of applied learning opportunities, the UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Program and the College of Business and Economics had assisted the team with travel costs for the regional and national competitions.

“It’s a great way for students to learn,” Ahmad explains. “They can learn a certain amount in the classroom, but with applied learning opportunities like competition or undergraduate research, they can dig deeper and master topics. This competition, in particular, develops strong critical thinking, research, analytical and communication skills.”

Tittle agrees, saying, “The three years I competed in the challenge allowed me to develop an expert focus in macroeconomics and monetary policy, and helped me learn how to apply what I learned in the real world.”

The 2017 UW-Whitewater Challenge Fed Challenge Team student presenters included Mark Ellis, Alejandro Esquivel, Taylor Griffith, Ronald Tittle and Alexandre Vieira. Non-presenting team members, who helped with research and preparation, included Casey Russell, Alujjage Pasan Samaranayake and Sean Spangard.

Credit goes beyond a group of exceptional students, however. Economics faculty members Professor Yamin Ahmad, Associate Professor Eylem Ersal, Associate Professor Nick Guo and Professor Emeritus Stuart Glosser devoted many hours as team coaches.

“We also have received an overwhelming amount of support from UW-Whitewater alumni,” team Griffith adds. “Past captains and team members were generous with advice, and helped us with practice sessions.”

With three presenting members of the team graduating in 2017-2018, the team will have to rebuild next year. Ahmad hopes that the team’s success will inspire other economics students to get involved early.

Esquivel looks forward to next year’s competition, saying, “I’m grateful and amazed at what we can accomplish, and look forward to continuing this tradition.”

He concludes, “The economics program at the College of Business and Economics is second to none in Wisconsin. No other Wisconsin university, including UW-Madison, can boast that they’ve made it to the College Fed Challenge in Washington, D.C.”

UW-Whitewater team in front of Marriner S. Eccles Building

Associate Professor of Economics Nick Guo, left, Ronald Tittle, Taylor Griffith, Alejandro Esquivel, Alexandre Vieira, Mark Ellis and Professor of Economics Yamin Ahmad stand in front of the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington, D.C.

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