Alumni Sean â€™98 and Holly â€™01 Wayne recently returned to UW-Whitewater’s Timothy J. Hyland Hall for the unveiling of their dedication plaque outside the Pi Sigma Epsilon student organization room, which honors their generous contributions to the College of Business and Economics. The room dedication is especially fitting because the couple met through PSE.
Though Sean and Holly keep very busy with their three active children and fast-paced careers, they have made a point to stay involved as alumni.
Sean, who graduated as a finance major and is now a private wealth adviser with Skyâ€™s Edge Wealth, an affiliate of Ameriprise Financial Services, has found his involvement in the Alumni Mentor program to be especially rewarding.
He related, “This a fantastic program that has really grown over the last several years. It’s aÂ great opportunity for students to obtain information about potential careers they are interested in and seek leadership from Alumni that are eager to give back.”
One of the messages he tries to drive home with students is the value of student organizations, especially PSE.
â€śPSE isnâ€™t just for marketing majors. Itâ€™s for all majors,â€ť he explained. â€śThey help you prepare your resume and LinkedIn profile. You learn how to interview and you learn how to sell yourselfâ€”because thatâ€™s what youâ€™re really doing. It gives you an incredible competitive advantage as you begin your career.â€ť
Holly, a marketing major who now works as a Clinical Specialist for biotech company Genentech, agreed enthusiastically.
She shared, â€śItâ€™s our pleasure to give back to the College of Business and Economics, and specifically to PSE. The experience I gained in PSE, including co-chairing large community events and participating in leadership opportunities and networking events, helped my confidence and ultimately my career.â€ť
Generous support from alumniâ€”both volunteer involvement and financial donationsâ€”allows the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College of Business and Economics to not only maintain its standing as a world-class college, but to continually enhance the curriculum, teaching and overall student experience.