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Newsletter Archive - February 2012

Edgewood College School of Business
Edgewood College School of Business
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February 2012
Dear Kathryne,
Welcome to the Edgewood College School of Business newsletter.

During the past year, my colleagues and I in the School of Business have made great progress in implementing the goals and objectives of the long term strategic plan adopted in 2011. We have made numerous innovations and improvements in curriculum and program delivery. I'm pleased to share with you the following summary of our accomplishments:
•  Themes of ethical leadership, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and global awareness are being extended across the curriculum.
•  Active student community engagement is being integrated in several additional courses.
•  Several new highly qualified adjunct faculty have joined our team.
Undergraduate and Returning Adults:
•  Stable undergraduate (250) and RAAD (150) enrollment.
•  Our first two students in a new program partnership with Beijing Union University are completing the last two years of their business degrees at Edgewood College.
•  New undergraduate minors in Business Management and Accounting will be offered beginning in the fall 2012.
•  The new undergraduate Career Development (internship) Program is in place, and a Capstone course combining entrepreneurship, ethical leadership and strategy launches fall 2012.
•  60 new students were admitted to the MBA and MS Accountancy programs since fall 2011, for a spring enrollment total of 130 students.
•  Incoming Graduate students participated in a full-day initiation program in August 2011. A Mid-Program Retreat is being planned for 2012-2013.
•  Bi-monthly social events and ongoing Executive Speaker series events continue, offering great networking opportunities. See "Upcoming Events" below for information on our next event March 21.
•  Two graduate students from China have joined our MBA and MS-Accountancy programs.
•  The Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Leadership is now accepted as a Concentration in the MBA program.
•  A new MBA in Health Systems Leadership degree program and a Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Management, will be offered beginning summer 2012 (pending final approval by the Board of Trustees).
•  A new Graduate Certificate and MBA Concentration in Project Management is in development.
•  Our MBA and MS Accountancy Online Programs began in January and will be fully rolled out by 2014.
•  The fourth annual International Study Tour to China for MBA and RAAD students, alumni and guests is set for May 25 - June 3, 2012.
We're on a roll to distinguish The School of Business at Edgewood College as a great educational experience and value. Please contact me if you have any questions about these exciting changes. And, please pass the good news on to your friends.
Marty Preizler
Martin Preizler
Dean, School of Business
(608) 663-2898
Marty Preizler

In This Issue
   Faculty News
   Past Events
   Program News
Edgewood Program Friends
   Smith & Gesteland
   Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren
   UW Medical Foundation
   McGladrey & Pullen
   Amphion Medical
   Plumb Trust
   TDS Telecom

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Congratulations to Our Newest Alumni
Denis Collins Edgewood College presented degrees on Sunday, December 18, at the Commencement Ceremony held at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center where Professor Denis Collins (left) gave the keynote speech.

Professors Amie Dragoo, Amy Gannon, Mark Barnard, Mark Chock, Pat Hallinan, Elaine Beaubien, Fazel Hayati, and Mark DeRemer joined in on the celebration.
Graduates (left) and professors (right) at graduation
Left: graduate school graduates. Right: business school faculty.

Congratulations to the newest Edgewood College School of Business 2011 degree recipients (* indicates 4.0 GPA):

MBA: Veronica Carter, Simar Chahal, Sara Ciccia*, Chris Disch, Bob Glover*, Mark Hoferle*, Giles Isham, Theresa Kruger, Steven Langlie, Nick Lombardino, Mike Petit, Beth Puleo*, Melissa Vondrasek, Amy Weeks.

MS Accountancy: Daniel Gugel, Heidi Silvers.

BBA: David Anderson, Jon Bargren, Mary Block [silver star], Kjirsten Elsner [gold star], Julie Fox, Sierra Frisch [silver star], Erik Larrison, Ezequias Lerma, John Norton, Peter Olbrantz, Stephanie Raemisch [silver star], Courtney Wochos, Natasha Woods, Erin Ziebarth.

Business undergraduates at graduation
From L to R: Mitch Melendy, Andy Witek, Zach Moore, Justin Wouters, Brock Bidlingmaier, Alex Elliott, Mitch Mogensen

BS: James Bertakis, Brock Bidlingmaier, Melvin Dennison, Ross Dunphy, Alex Elliott, Eric Hamilton, Nathaniel Hedrington [silver star], Xavier Karjohn, Kayla Klink, Ryan Kupres, Mitchell Melendy, Mitchell Mogensen, Zachary Moore, Chad Nettesheim, Tylor Ranum, Alexandra Schmitgen, Mitchell Schwarz, Robert Wells, Andrew Witek, Justin Wouters.

Business undergraduates at graduation
Former Dean Chuck Taylor Publishes Novel
Cover of Chuck Taylor's book Former School of Business Dean Chuck Taylor published his first novel, Lakeside University Cover Up now available on Amazon. According to Adjunct Professor Dr. Lynea LaVoy, "This book is a much-needed fictional contribution to the literature about truth, justice and communication with racism in higher education. It is engaging, insightful and masterfully crafted. The growth of Dr. Taylor's characters parallels what we hope for all of our students to achieve as they discover who they are as well as who others are and how those relationships add value to each other."
Take the Call - Make a Difference: A Special Message from Katie Vesperman, Director of Annual Fund
In April, a student from the Phonathon Team will be calling you and 2000 other Business Alumni to ask for your annual contribution to Edgewood College. I invite you to pick up the phone and give back to your alma mater. Yes, this is an ask for your financial support. This is also a thank you for your past contributions, a time to share career and life advice with an eager young learner, and a time to hear directly from our students how you have impacted their experience. Your gift, large or small, makes a difference. When our alumni participation rate goes up, so does the value of your degree. But don't take it from me - take it from those who benefit from your gift - take it from our students. If you prefer to give online to an area of your choice, please click here. Thank you in advance for your support.
Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!
Smith & Gesteland Executive Speaker Series March 21, 2012
You are invited to a very special Smith & Gesteland Executive Speaker Series event on March 21, 2012 at Edgewood College's Deming Way Campus on 1255 Deming Way. Mr. Terry Ludeman, former Chief Economist for the State of Wisconsin, will share a fascinating and entertaining presentation on the long-term economic forecast for Wisconsin. 7:30 a.m. registration, complimentary continental breakfast and networking, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. presentation and discussion. No charge to attend, but please RSVP to
Annual Accounting Club Dinner - Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Save the date for this special opportunity to network with area accounting professionals, hear about current accounting topics from Craig Nelson, CPA, Partner with Baker Tilley, and enjoy dinner in the Washburn Heritage Room, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. April 24th. Further details will be announced as they become available.
Smith & Gesteland Executive Speaker Series Hosts the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence - Baldrige Criteria Training, July 27 - July 28, 2012
Mark Blazey will present Baldrige Criteria Training July 27-28 at Edgewood College's Deming Way Campus focusing on the criteria for Performance Excellence. Get real-world examples of how organizations have succeeded using the Baldrige framework - and the consequences of not adapting to change. Then, put this powerful assessment tool to work in your school, company or organization. To register, click here.
Faculty News
Strategic Planning for SOAR Case Management
On January 19, Denis Collins facilitated a workshop with SOAR Case Management for mental health consumers to create an ethics and vision statement for the organization. Denis serves on SOAR's Board of Directors. He is also leading the organization through a long-term strategic planning process which began in late November and will continue for the next six months.
A Framework for Asking Questions
Fazel Hayati will present a paper in 2012 at the In2: In Thinking Forum, a systems thinking forum in Los Angeles. The paper, A Framework for Asking Questions, examines a framework for asking questions to lead the organization into the future. The framework is based on sound competencies of systems thinking, understanding variation and collaborative relationships.
Review of Managerial and Cost Accounting Textbooks
Amie Dragoo and Fazel Hayati have paper accepted to the 2012 North American Accounting Society in Chicago. The paper, When is a Cost Variance Considered an Exception Requiring an Investigation? A Review of Managerial and Cost Accounting Textbooks shows that although not utilized in the textbooks reviewed, the Shewhart quality control charts are an effective and practical method that can be used to analyze cost variance.
Accounting Conference Presentation
On November 16, 2011, Mark DeRemer spoke at the WICPA Accounting, Auditing and Financial Management Update conference in Waukesha, WI. There, DeRemer provided an overview of the Accounting Standards updates issued by the FASB over the past year.
Program News
Participants in Operations Management Tour
Operations Management Kraft Foods Oscar Mayer Plant Tour
On Friday, December 9th, students from Fazel Hayati's Business 305 Operations Management course toured Kraft's manufacturing plant and enjoyed lunch with tour guide Evgeni Bonchev, Edgewood College MBA student and Business Unit Lead at Kraft Foods, Oscar Mayer.
International Study Tour 2012: China
MBA students, alumni and friends are preparing for their trip to China May 25 - June 3, 2012 where they will experience China's business climate, culture, and history in Beijing, Suzhou and Shanghai. Participants will visit Chinese, American and joint-venture businesses, and meet with business executives to discuss challenges and opportunities in this growing market. The tour will include visits to historic and cultural sites as well.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
On January 22, undergraduate and graduate accounting students completed training from the IRS to be certified as volunteers providing free tax service assisting low income and developmentally disabled taxpayers in the community. A core group of Edgewood College students, coordinated by Chelsea Blum, provide free income tax service and are proud to provide this community service to over 500 Dane County families annually. This year's volunteer group will help prepare electronically filed tax returns January 26 - April 7, 2012.
Undergraduate Service Practicum
Students in Amy Gannon's foundational management course BUS 302 engage in semester-long projects with a local non-profit organization to execute a project that benefits the organization and gives students the opportunity to develop key management skills. Thank you to the 2011 non-profit partners: Get It, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, The Walbridge School, University Wellness Foundation, Urban League of Greater Madison, Combat Blindness International, Henry Vilas Zoo, LEAP 2 College; Dane Buy Local. If your organization is interested in collaborating with Edgewood faculty to design a project working with student teams to accomplish some of your goals, please contact Amy Gannon.
Past Events
Participants in Business Showcase competition Participants in the 2012 Business Showcase
2011 Business Showcase

On Wednesday, December 14, student teams presented business plans to an audience of business professionals, faculty, Dean Marty Preizler, fellow students, and an expert panel of judges at the Anderson Auditorium. Congratulations to our next generation of leaders:

Illuminate (LED Pint glass) - Winning Team: Matt Panas, Nicki Hutchins, Tony Finger, Tommy Lancaster, Dan MacLeod;

Triple Threat (triathlete training facility) - People's Choice Award recipients: Celia Rynes, Sally Johnson, Bill Meitner, Ben Wisniewsk;

Switcharoo (web based item exchange): Meggie Mattei, Zach Buechel, Rachel Wedell, Justin Wouters, Cisco Langner;

Drive 4 You (vehicle delivery service): Emma Shultz, Megan Peterson, Ryan Walker, Nate Heikkenen, Justina Peters;

Spark Designs (graphic design software): Kim Becker, Sadie Ewing, Tony Cates, and Jason Towns.
Showcase judges and winning team Showcase judges with winning team
Mark Hoferle, MBA '11

Mark Hoferle Edgewood College:
Tell us about your new role at TDS Telecom.
My new role at TDS involves managing the processes involved with acquiring companies to help grow TDS's product portfolio. The acquisition process starts with identifying and tracking the analysis of the companies under consideration, helping organize the detailed analysis and due diligence processes, coordinating the steps involved with the purchase of the entity, and tracking the integration of the acquired company. It's a great role to be in as I get to work with a number of different departments within TDS (Marketing, HR, Finance and
Operations), and it's very rewarding to be able to see the tangible impact our work has on the growth of the organization.
EC: How did your Edgewood College MBA help you to get there?
Mark: The role requires working as part of cross-functional teams, and my Edgewood MBA helped prepare me with the tools and knowledge to work with people with a variety of backgrounds and skills. I felt I had the technical skills I needed to be successful, and the Edgewood MBA helped me formally demonstrate this. However, the most valuable class I took at Edgewood was the study of the "softer" skills in both organizing and directing teams and understanding individual dynamics within an organization. I'm glad I entered the MBA program with the background and experience level that I could directly apply to the classroom discussion, and I left the program with a better understanding of how to leverage my skills by more effectively influencing and directing others.
EC: How has your experience at Edgewood College helped you to make a meaningful difference in your community?
Mark: What I found most meaningful in attending Edgewood College is the manner in which the school is part of the community. Many of the instructors in the MBA program work as part of and volunteer for local organizations, and the school itself sponsors many events. As just one example, through the Executive Speaker Series I gained a deeper understanding of the state of our local education system as well as the challenges faced by local entrepreneurs. Instructors introduce students to local professional and non-profit organizations and encourage the students to get involved, and I most likely would not have been introduced to these opportunities had I not attended Edgewood.
  Alumni News
Sara Myers Sara Myers '05, MBA '09
Sara is owner of The Sewcial Lounge, a modern fabric shop established in 2011 in Madison, WI.
Kelly Roberts-Hanson '95, MBA '03
Kelly is Project Manager at, a leading online apparel retailer, in Madison, WI.
Ken Spuda '05, MBA '10
Ken began a new role in January as Mechanical Engineering Manager for Busse/SJI in Randolph, WI.
Fahad Liaquat Syed MBA '05
Fahad is Business Development Manager at Rana Investment Company, a full service investment firm in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Ryan Voelkli MBA '11
Ryan is now Customer Service Specialist at RightNow, an Oracle company in San Mateo, CA.
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