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Creating a Sustainable Future Through quality, innovative teaching and scholarship in an intimate, caring environment, students in The School of Business become lifelong learners and exceptional, ethical leaders creating a sustainable global economy.

Februray 2013
Dear Tom,
Welcome to the winter edition of The School of Business Newsletter, with a special introductory article from our Dean, Marty Preizler.

There are some exciting things going on this month, so be sure to check out the upcoming events listed below. And if you haven't already done so, please join us on LinkedIn for the latest news and announcements.

Enjoy, and as always, please feel free to contact me with your questions or suggestions.


Kathryne Auerback, MA, MBA Director of Program Development
(608) 663-2895
Kathryne Auerback
Message from the Dean
This month, the Smith and Gesteland Executive Speaker Series (see event details in this issue) presents an outstanding panel of local business people addressing the topic "Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Creating Shared Value for Lasting Impact," an exciting contemporary topic that reflects the values, mission, and vision of The School of Business at Edgewood College. The nexus of a values-based liberal arts and professional business education is, for our students, the origin of their awareness of the creative possibilities for positive societal improvement by applying business knowledge, skills, and experience. The themes of The School of Business education are ethical leadership, entrepreneurship, and sustainability, built on the foundation of core Dominican values. It is the intersecting combination of these three ideas that attracts students to our programs and becomes a natural pathway for them to evolve to becoming social entrepreneurs. Through required community practicum and internship experiences, students are exposed to the idea of thinking of "business" in broad terms, not simply profit-making enterprises whose value benefits only owners and stockholders. To paraphrase Gandhi, all organizations, for-profit and non-profit, exist to serve (provide value to) the community. It is our hope that our students, through future entrepreneurial activity, will create sustainable economic and social progress in our community and the world.


Marty Preizler
Martin A. Preizler
Dean, School of Business
Marty Preizler


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

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Congratulations to our Newest Alumni
The following students from The School of Business graduated in December. Please join us in congratulating them on their accomplishments!

Robert Bennett, BBA Business Administration
Andrew Davis, BBA Business Administration
Linda Foster, BS Computer Information Systems
Jaime Franke, BBA Business Administration
Amber Garfoot, BBA Business Administration
Michael Gehrmann, BBA Business Administration
William Huepenbecker, BBA Business Administration
Rob Ketter, BBA Business Administration
Myranda Lin, BBA Business Administration
Meeshav Morris, BBA Business Administration
Peter Olbrantz, BBA Business Administration
Kevin Pachucki, BBA Business Administration
Michael Ronspiez, BBA Business Administration
Sarah Snow, BBA Business Administration
April Wikel, BBA Business Administration
Janeen Worzalla, BBA Business Administration/ Organizational Behavior and Leadership
Celeina Yang, BS Computer Information Systems

Lydia Coon, BS Accounting
Elaine Gerry, BS Accounting
Jenni Lind, BS Accounting
Julie Forsyth, BS Business
Katie Grieves, BS Business
Jonathan Hepner, BS Business
Francisco Langner, BS Business
Connor Lenz, BS Business
Mary Moore, BS Business
Matthew Panas, BS Business
Dwight Redders, BS Business
Katrina Reese, BS Business
Susanna Weakland-Warden, BS Business
Lori Welsh, BS Business
Peter Zander, BS Business

Evgeni Bonchev, MBA
Dmitry Dikavistki, MBA
Matthew Flanigan, MBA
Bobby Gleisner, MBA
Michael Hahn, MBA
Christopher Hancheck, MBA
Patricia Hocker, MBA
Andrew Hubred, MBA
Cody Legreid, MBA
Thomas Mueller, MBA
Sara Smith, MBA
Sarah Terry-Rost, MBA
Joan Koklefsky, MS-Accountancy
Dean's "Office Hours"
RAAD and graduate business students are invited to stop by the Deming Way Campus Mezzanine for informal conversation with Marty Preizler, Dean of the School of Business. This is a great opportunity to share feedback, ask questions, or simply get to know the Dean. Drop in anytime between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. on February 19, March 19, or April 17. For more information, please contact the Director of Program Development, Kathryne Auerback,
Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!
Application Deadline Extended to March 1 for the International Study Tour to China
This May 24 - June 2, 2013 tour of Beijing, Shanghai and Suzhou is designed for business graduate and RAAD students, alumni, and guests, with the aim of providing critical insights to and valuable, first-hand experiences with China's business climate, culture, and history. In addition to tours of Chinese, U.S. and joint-venture businesses, students will meet business executives to discuss challenges and opportunities in this exciting emerging market, attend lectures on the Chinese economy and culture and tour historic and cultural sites.

Additionally, the estimated trip costs have been updated. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is now an even better value: MBA 3 credits ($776 per credit) + $2,050; RAAD 4 credits ($385 per credit) + $2,850; or the trip only (non-credit) is $3,600. A $300 non-refundable deposit and application is due by March 1, 2013. For further information, click here or contact Kathryne Auerback (608) 663-2895 or

Smith & Gesteland Executive Speaker Series, February 19, 2013
Please join us for The School of Business at Edgewood College - Smith & Gesteland Executive Speaker Series event, "Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation: Creating Shared Value for Lasting Impact", on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., at 1255 Deming Way, Madison, WI. This complimentary event includes continental breakfast. Please RSVP to

David Bornstein defines social entrepreneurs as "positive, transformative practitioners in the field of social innovation: people with new ideas to address major social problems who are relentless in the pursuit of their visions". Along with Forward Community Investments president Salli Martyniak, you'll hear from a panel of passionate social entrepreneurs who, through their business organizations, have developed novel, sustainable solutions to social problems in our community and beyond. Panelists include Bob Curry, Founder and CEO, Dryhootch; Will Green, Founder/Executive Director, Mentoring Positives, Inc.; Tom Klein, Director of Sustainability, Redamte Café; and Edgar Hernandez, Innovation Engineer, American Family Insurance.
Past Events
Career Week from February 11th - February 14th
For one week, Career Services was located in the Washburn Heritage room. The joint event together with the School of Business, the Alumni Offices and Financial Literacy Services brought students everything they needed to help them plan their career: job search workshops, money management seminars, alumni speakers, and interviews!

Simpson Street Free Press Distinguished Lecture Series
On February 2, 2013, the Simpson Street Free Press held their first event as part of their newly created Distinguished Lecture Series in Anderson Auditorium at Edgewood College. Simpson Street Free Press is Madison's premier youth newspaper, and turned 20 this past year. The featured speaker was the Urban League of Greater Madison's president, Kaleem Caire. He elaborated on the series' theme, "Achievement, Journalism, and Today's Young People." More information can be found here.

Let's Do Lunch! Edgewood College Brings Lunch to John Deere Financial
Let's Do Lunch What a great group, and a very fun way to spend the lunch hour this past November when the Edgewood College alumni staff brought lunch to alumni working at John Deere Financial. This informal gathering provided the perfect atmosphere to reconnect and talk about how Edgewood College has been recognized nationally, new program offerings, and the overall College growth. John Deere Financial in Madison currently has over 16 alumni employees.

New Graduate Student Initiation and Orientation
Dean Marty Preizler, the Director of Program Development, Kathryne Auerback, and various faculty members met with new graduate students at The School of Business for an initiation and orientation event on January 22. In addition to a Strengths Based Leadership Assessment activity, faculty members shared their best classroom moments. The event concluded with a meet and greet mixer with current students.

Full Compass Facility Tour in December
Full Compass TourBusiness students of Fazel Hayati's Operations Management class, as well as Dean Marty Preizler, visited Full Compass Systems, LTD in December. Full Compass Systems is a nationwide mail-order business that grew out of a professional sound studio, and is now a leading retailer of pro audio, pro video, AV, lighting and musical instruments. It is a family-owned business with over 180 employees, and creates annual sales exceeding $100 million. It was recognized as the third largest woman-owned business in Wisconsin.
Program News
New Programs Up and Running
The MBA in Health Systems Leadership and the Project Management Graduate Certificate launched January 2013. The MBA in Health Systems Leadership (and Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Management) prepares future executives to make a meaningful difference in a wide range of healthcare delivery and financing organizations. In addition to administrative managers, the program is well suited for clinicians, attorneys, accounting professionals, insurance agents, and consults serving healthcare clients.

The Graduate Certificate in Project Management prepares current and future executives to lead highly successful projects. In addition to current and aspiring business leaders, administrators, and project managers, the program also serves business analysts, developers, and project team members in insurance, healthcare, government and many other sectors. The Concentration and Certificate programs are aligned with the Project Management Institute's Book of Knowledge.

The next session of classes begin March 18. For more information, please contact Anna Stocker at (608) 663-4297.
Faculty News
Fazel Hayati Presents at The Institute Of Industrial Engineers Annual Conference in San Juan
FazelFazel Hayati, PhD, will be presenting the preliminary findings on two working papers at the Institute of Industrial Engineers annual conference in San Juan in May 2013. "Some Perspectives on the Application of Little's Law" investigates variability in the application of Little's Law,Little's Law, from the viewpoint of Shewhart Control Charts. "Using Regression Control Charts" reexamines the foundations of regression control chart and presents cases where they have been effectively used. Instructions for setting up and interpreting regression control chart will be presented.

Amy Gannon Featured in InBusiness Magazine
AmyIn a web-exclusive feature, Professor Amy Gannon, DBA, Co-Founder of the Doyenne Group, talks about gender imbalance in the entrepreneurial environment. The Doyenne Group is an organization dedicated to supporting women's entrepreneurship. Through monthly meetings and other events, they strive to 1) create space for women to talk with each other about their entrepreneurial aspirations and endeavors, 2) provide developmental opportunities for women to grow as entrepreneurs/leaders and build their ventures, and 3) to facilitate and increase women's participation in the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. Please read the full InBusiness article "Doyenne Group Hoping to Narrow Entrepreneurial Gender Gap" by clicking here.
Alumni News
Alumni Spotlight

Margie Margie Afifi, BS in Accounting '89, works as Controller for Journey Mental Health Center, Inc. Journey Mental Health Center (formerly Mental Health Center of Dane County, Inc.) is a private non-profit outpatient mental health center serving the Dane County area.

Edgewood College: Please tell us about your professional path and your proudest accomplishments since graduating.

Margie Afifi: I progressed professionally with each new job that I took, from my early role as an accountant to my current role as controller. I am proud of several periods of my professional life in which a lot was required of me and I was successful in achieving my goals. For example, when I worked at Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation and the accounting department moved to Wausau, I was the last remaining person in the accounting department. From Physicians Plus, I went to Journey Mental Health Center, which is a private non-profit outpatient mental health clinic.

EC: How did your Edgewood College degree help you achieve this?

Margie Afifi: Without a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, I would not have been hired as accountant at U-Care (now Unity), which started my career in the health care field. That position led to my job as accounting supervisor at Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation, which then led to my current position as controller at Journey Mental Health Center. I owe Al Talarczyk a debt of gratitude for being an excellent accounting professor. I took a number of accounting and business classes taught by him. I am also grateful to Elaine Beaubien. My marketing project in her Marketing class was a healthy fast food restaurant, which I still think is a good idea.

EC: That is a great idea! How has your experience at Edgewood College helped you to make a difference in your community?

Margie Afifi: I work at a private non-profit corporation and our work touches the community every day. The Human Issues project that is required of all Edgewood College graduates provided a foundation of looking at issues with compassion and understanding.

EC: And how about continuous learning? What are you reading now?

Margie Afifi: I enjoy reading a lot. I like to read current events and politics. For personal enjoyment I read biographies and spiritual books. One of my favorite things to do is to browse through new or used book stores looking for that "treasure" book.
Kristopher Gmur, MBA '04, named among Most Promising Young Execs by InBusiness Magazine

Kristopher Join us in congratulating Kristopher Gmur, who was featured in "40 Under 40: The 2013 Class" in InBusiness Magazine. Kris works as Vice President Business Banking for JPMorgan Chase, and volunteers for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, the Village of New Glarus Community Development Authority, and the Dane County Small Business Awards. Please read the full article here.

Lisa Hartman, MBA '11, opens Out-U-Go! Franchise in Madison

Lisa Congratulations to Lisa Hartman, who opened a new Out-U-Go! location in Madison in January. Out-U-Go! provides professional, personalized dog walking and pet care services for all of the family pets with the ultimate mission to make the world a better place for pets and people. Lisa previously spent 15 years in senior level positions with US Cellular, where she concentrated on creating superior customer experiences. She is looking forward to applying these experiences in her own business in addition to her strong educational background and passion for animals.
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