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Alumni give back to College and Pi Sigma Epsilon

Alumni Sean ’98 and Holly ’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.

Dean John Chenoweth (left) unveils the dedication plaque with Holly A. Wayne, Sean S. Wayne, Dennis Kopf, Sierra Kramer, Kylee Parkos, Karen Whalen and Seth Wells. (UW-Whitewater photo/Aaron Gottschalk)

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 Sky’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 a 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.

“PSE isn’t just for marketing majors. It’s for all majors,” he explained. “They help you prepare your resume and LinkedIn profile. You learn how to interview and you learn how to sell yourself—because that’s what you’re really doing. It gives you an incredible competitive advantage as you begin your career.”

Holly, a marketing major who now works as a Clinical Specialist for biotech company Genentech, agreed enthusiastically.

She shared, “It’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.”

Generous support from alumni—both volunteer involvement and financial donations—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.

Alumni Sean ’98 and Holly ’01 Wayne met through the Pi Sigma Epsilon student organization.

Alumni Sean and Holly Wayne speak passionately about the value of student organizations like Pi Sigma Epsilon. (UW-Whitewater photo/Aaron Gottschalk)

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