Students earn scholarships from School of Business & Economics
The UW-Stevens Point School of Business & Economics handed out 20 scholarships to 43 students at its 2014 Awards Reception sponsored by Associated Bank Friday, May 2 in the Dreyfus University Center Laird Room. [Photo Gallery]
Business Advisory Council Scholarship
The School of Business & Economics Business Advisory Council (BAC) was formed to keep our programs relevant to the needs of regional organizations–our external stakeholders. The BAC members are the business leaders from various industries. The inaugural meeting was September 2011. Through the generous contributions of our BAC members listed below, we are able to award scholarships to our talented students.
Graduating Seniors-International Study
Chia Yang Tung
Continuing Scholars-International Study
Maxwell Becker Kevin Malnory Travis Rucinski
John C. Seramur Economics and Business Scholarships
This scholarship was made possible by a substantial endowment from John C. Seramur, President of what was then called First Financial Savings and Loan Association–now known as Associated Bank. The scholarship was established to recognize the high scholastic achievement and potential of economics, business administration and managerial accounting majors at UWSP.
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Scholarship
Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s
largest association devoted to human resource management. The society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. The UWSP student Chapter of SHRM has established a scholarship to promote the study of Human Resource Management at UWSP and reward those students who have demonstrated an interest in the subject.
Carl N. Jacobs and Sentry Insurance Scholarship
Sentry Insurance provides the School of Business & Economics with
a generous annual grant for scholarships. Originally, the scholarships mentioned Sentry alone; later Carl Jacobs was also named. Mr. Jacobs was the son of the founder and CEO of Sentry Insurance. Over the years, countless business and economics interns and graduates have pursued their careers at Sentry Insurance.
Northwestern Mutual Bob “Rap” Taylor Scholarships
Northwestern Mutual has a long history of tradition and in keeping with that tradition has established the Northwestern Mutual – Bob ‘Rap’ Taylor Scholarship in 2010 to support higher education of others and honor Robert T. Taylor, who served as a managing director for the Stevens Point area from 1974-2008. During his 34 years as managing director, Bob not only grew his personal practice in the financial services industry by qualifying for Million Dollar Roundtable every year but also took time from his practice to mentor 58 college interns while raising his family in Stevens Point. Bob’s commitment to grow young professionals resulted in several interns becoming some of the most productive in the company, and while some interns moved on to other successful careers, they have continually thanked Bob for having spent his time providing guidance during their time at Northwestern Mutual. Bob’s values, passion for learning, and endless pursuit of excellence exemplified during his tenure as managing director is what makes every person in his/her community hopeful that tomorrow will be better than yesterday. Although Bob has stepped down from the managing director role, he continues to work with his clientele, and along with his wife Mary, to support the Stevens Point community.
W.B. Greaton Scholarship
Wilson B. (Bart) Greaton, Sr., was born and raised in New Richmond, Wis. He attended the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls before completing the La Salle correspondent course in accounting. He worked at the First National Bank of New Richmond for 10 years and moved to Junction City in 1939 where he joined the Junction State Bank. He became president of the bank in 1957 and was chairman of the board at the time of his death in 1983.
Mr. Greaton was progressive in his leadership and banking procedures and influential in starting installment loan policies. The W.B. Greaton Scholarship was established by Mr. Greaton’s wife, Evelyn S. Greaton. The scholarship was established to encourage young students to achieve their goals in the field of business. The Greatons’ children, Kathryn Wohlbier of Junction City and Wilson Greaton of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., continue to support this scholarship.
Cheri Smith Scholarship
In 2007, Cheri Smith celebrated 25 years in business as a successful real estate broker in Stevens Point. As a UWSP graduate in business and economics, she felt a scholarship was an important way to thank the community with a lasting gift to university students. This scholarship is available to UWSP juniors or seniors majoring in business administration and/or economics.
Randy and Patricia Cray Scholarship for Academic Achievement
Randy Cray is the chief economist at the Central Wisconsin Economic Research Bureau at UWSP. He served as chair of the School of Business & Economics from 1995-2001. He is also a professor of economics and teaches in the areas of monetary economics and finance. Cray has been recognized numerous times by the School of Business & Economics at UWSP for his research and community/university service. He has published in a number of scholarly journals and over one hundred Quarterly Economic Indicator reports for Marathon, Portage and Wood counties. Cray is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and is regularly interviewed by regional newspapers, radio, and television stations on matters pertaining to the economy.
Patricia Cray is a part-time financial specialist at UWSP Library. In her spare time, she volunteers one afternoon each week at St. Michael’s Hospital, escorting patients who need assistance getting to their doctor appointments and providing wheelchair service to patients being discharged. Also, Patricia enjoys volunteering two afternoons a week at the community’s food pantry (Operation Bootstrap). Helping others is very rewarding to her.
Gordon Haferbecker Scholarship
Gordon Haferbecker was an economics professor for 10 years at UW-Milwaukee beginning in 1946. He received his doctorate in economics from UW-Madison in 1952. He began a long affiliation with UWSP in 1956 when he was appointed dean of instruction, the number-two administrative post. The position later became vice chancellor for academic affairs and he held it until returning to full-time teaching as a professor of economics in 1974. He served as acting president of the university several times. When Haferbecker moved from administration to teaching in 1974, the faculty established a scholarship fund in his honor. Haferbecker passed away in December 1998. His wife, Darlene, survives.
Cherie Ying Fu
SBE Outstanding Pointer Award
The School of Business & Economics Outstanding Pointer Award is supported by a UWSP alum to recognize a junior or senior with a business administration major who exemplifies the Pointer tradition of being a trailblazer and explorer through involvement on and off campus.
Tax Executives Institute
Tax Executive Institute Inc. (TEI) is a voluntary, non-profit association of corporate and other business executives, managers, and administrators who are responsible for the TAX affairs of their employees. TEI was organized in 1944 under the laws of the state of New York and is exempt from taxation under section 501(c) (6) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C.). TEI has approximately 6,000 members who represent more than 2,800 of the leading corporations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. TEI is dedicated to promoting the uniform and equitable enforcement of the tax laws–reducing the costs and burdens of administration and compliance to the benefit of both the government and taxpayers, and vindicating the Commerce Clause and other constitutional rights of all business taxpayers.
Scott and Julie Wallace Internship Scholarship
This award was created to promote and enhance the internships in UWSP’s School of Business & Economics in an effort to increase opportunities for SBE students. This award was based on Erin Cayo’s positive experience during her internship, which led to a great entry-level position after graduation.
Larry and Julia Weiser International Scholarship
After receiving his Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 1967, Larry Weiser began his service to the then Division of Business & Economics in 1972 as an associate professor of economics. He was promoted to full professor in 1978. Weiser taught a vast array of economics coursework at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has an extensive record of service to the Division of Business & Economics, the College of Letters and Science, and UWSP as a whole. He was chair of the division from 1975-81 and became director of the Center for Economic Education in 1990. After an illustrious career, Weiser retired in 2002 and now is an emeritus faculty member. He continues to support the School of Business & Economics and to teach within the LIFE program. The School of Business & Economics thanks Larry and his wife Julia for their donation to the International Study Abroad scholarships.
Continuing Scholar-International Study
Central Wisconsin Apartment Association Scholarship
The Central Wisconsin Apartment Association is composed of rental property owners, real estate professionals, and others who have an interest in meeting Central Wisconsin needs for rental housing. The presenter of the award, Paul Wachowiak, is the president of Paper City Savings and a 1987 alumnus of the School of Business & Economics.
CFA Institute Research Challenge Award
The CFA Institute has a mission to lead the investment profession globally by setting the highest standards of ethics, education and professional excellence, including offering educational opportunities to current and future stewards of the world’s investment markets. CFA Program scholarships contribute to the vision of serving the interests of investors and society by promoting awareness of CFA Institute programs and by providing access to those programs to individuals who would otherwise be unable to afford the services.
CliftonLarsonAllen Accounting Scholarship
Clifton Gunderson was founded in 1960 in Peoria, Ill., as Clifton, Gunderson, Coker and DeBruyn. In 1973, its name was shortened to Clifton, Gunderson. Under a new name, it added firms in Colorado, Wisconsin, Missouri, Maryland, Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio,
Texas, California, and Pennsylvania. Prior to the formation of Clifton Gunderson, young entrepreneurs Rholan Larson and John Allen started a small public accounting practice in the suburbs of Minneapolis in 1953. Bob Weishair joined the firm in 1957 to form Larson, Allen, Weishair & Co., LLP. The firm has since expanded throughout Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, Texas, Wisconsin, Washington D.C., Washington and Idaho. In 2007, the firm changed names to LarsonAllen LLP.
CliftonLarsonAllen is the alliance of Clifton Gunderson and LarsonAllen, two peer firms that have merged to create a different kind of professional services firm. Since the merger in January 2012, the firm exists among our nation’s top 10 accounting firms with more than 90 locations across the United States (including one office in Stevens Point) and headquarters in Minneapolis and Milwaukee. CliftonLarsonAllen has more than 1,550 CPAs on staff to meet the needs of over 150,000 clients nationwide.
List Fellowship Award
Economics professor at the University of Chicago John List was described by David Leonhardt of the New York Times as an “emerging star” within the growing field of the economics of philanthropy. With his father, List has established an outstanding opportunity for School of Business & Economics students.
Through the List Fellowship, promising economics students will spend time with him and colleague Steve Levitt as part of their research team pioneering field experimental methods to address both positive and normative issues at the University of Chicago. List created his fellowship in order to recognize “excellence in economics as well as a great potential for scholarship at the highest level.”
Michael and Melba Sullivan Scholarship
Michael Sullivan served as a professor of economics in the Division of Business & Economics from 1965-94. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1972, his M.S. from UW-Madison in 1961, and his B.A. from the University of Denver in 1950. Sullivan’s courses included Production and Operations Management, Labor Problems, Managerial Economics, Collective Bargaining, and Principles of Economics. He served on a number of university committees throughout his tenure. He held several offices in the Central Wisconsin APICS chapter, including director from 1986-89. In the fall of 1984 he and his wife, Melba, led a group of students on the university’s semester abroad program in Madrid, Spain. After retirement, Michael and Melba built a home that won a first-place award from the National Association of Homebuilders. Michael and Melba have opened their home for tours during the annual MREA Energy Fair and the National Tour of Solar Homes. Melba taught in the Stevens Point Public Schools from 1967-93. She continues to lead an active life of gardening, travel and volunteer work. Michael passed away in December 2007.
Graduating Senior-International Study
DaWalt Family Economics Scholarship
John F. DaWalt is a 1996 UWSP graduate who was interested in both pharmaceutical research and the stock market. After four years with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, he moved to a new career with Merrill Lynch. John has a successful practice as an Investment Analyst and Wealth Consultant. He received valuable career advice from a faculty advisor during his undergraduate studies. John’s wife, Mandy, is a successful teacher, proud mother of two, and a 1997 UWSP graduate. The DaWalt family is rewarding a promising economics student with a scholarship as a way of giving back to UWSP.
UWSP Student Worker of the Year Award
In recognition of extraordinary service to the School of Business & Economics and Peer Advising program from 2012-14.
Ms. Laurie Kallstrom was the outreach program manager and co-director in Continuing Education in the College of Professional Studies (CPS).
After receiving her degree in business at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and enjoying an extensive career in industry, Laurie joined University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) in 2001. When the School of Business & Economics (SBE) moved to CPS in 2008, Laurie was instrumental in creating and promoting the Wausau business degree completion program in which SBE faculty teach classes at UW-Marathon County (UWMC). This program allows place-bound students to complete their UWSP business degree at UWMC.
Laurie used her industry background, especially her skills in production/operations management, to help SBE in scheduling, capacity management and budgeting for the program. Since its inception in 2008 the program has grown to approximately 60 students today due to Laurie’s passionate belief in the value of this program to the Wausau community.
The program’s growth was also due to Laurie’s hands-on approach when working with students. In addition to helping students develop detailed graduation plans, Laurie provided her own student orientation sessions, which included a campus tour. Finally, Laurie worked with Professor Kevin Neuman to develop a strategy for SBE’s online coursework.
Laurie’s hard work and diligence since SBE’s relocation to CPS has been a major contributor in SBE’s success in general and the Wausau program’s success in particular.
Excellence in Scholarship: Kevin Neuman, Economics
Excellence in Service: Elizabeth Martin, Business
Excellence in Teaching: Jason Davis, Economics
Meet the Recipients
Sara Andersen from Plover, Wis., is majoring in accounting and business administration.
Melanie August from Oneida, Wis., is majoring in business administration with a concentration in management and sociology. Melanie volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club. She is also a mentor for a SPASH student and plays intramural soccer at UWSP.
Erin Baudhuin from Brussels, Wis., is majoring in business administration and international studies. She is minoring in economics and Spanish. Erin is the co-president of Pointers with Passports, an honors intern with International Programs, and a UWSP Study Abroad participant. She is also an event speaker for the School of Business & Economics and an intern at WireTech Fabricators. Erin is also the assistant volleyball coach for Southern Door Middle School and volunteers with the Special Olympics.
Maxwell Becker, from Janesville, Wis., is currently a junior seeking a business administration degree with a marketing concentration.
Jennifer Brandl from Arpin, Wis., is majoring in business administration and communication.
Ryan Davis from Mosinee, Wis., is majoring in accounting, economics, and business administration with a concentration in finance, insurance, and real estate. Ryan volunteers his time for Special Olympics of Wisconsin, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Boy Scouts of America.
Jesse Deininger from Evansville, Wis., is majoring in accounting and business administration with a concentration in finance, insurance, and real estate. Jesse was part of student government in 2009-10, was a member of the Institute of Managerial Accountants in 2011-12, and is a peer adviser for the School of Business & Economics.
Evan Dixon from Novi, Mich., is majoring in economics and business administration with a concentration in finance, insurance and real estate. He is a member of the Pointers men’s ice hockey team and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Stephanie Fiess from DeForest, Wis., is majoring in accounting, business administration and Spanish.
Sawyer FollansbeeDelong from Cumberland, Wis., is majoring in business administration with a concentration in management.
Andy Francis from Wrightstown, Wis., is majoring in business administration with a concentration in management. Andy is an Intramural Activity Supervisor and coaches 6th grade basketball at Pacelli Catholic School in Stevens Point.
Cherie Ying Fu from Hangzhou, China, is majoring in business administration and communication. Cherie is the event coordinator for the International Club and program liaison for the International Friendship Program. She also is a supplemental instruction leader and tutor for the Tutoring-Learning Center.
Amanda Glish from Oshkosh, Wis., is majoring in economics (social science) and mathematics (actuarial). She is the budget director of University Recreational Sports, a tutor in the mathematics room, and vice president of Rotaract. She is also a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, Marathon Runners of UWSP and a board member of PACSO.
Dan Hafenbredl from Milladore, Wis., is majoring in business administration with a concentration in management.
Justin Hale from Stoughton, Wis., is majoring in business administration with a concentration in finance, insurance and real estate, and is minoring in economics. He is a member of the UWSP men’s ice hockey team and has done volunteer work with the Ice Hawks Youth Hockey Organization.
Trevor Haug from Oakfield, Wis., is majoring in accounting and business administration with a concentration in finance, insurance, and real estate. He is minoring in economics and political science. Trevor is president of Cru-Stevens Point chapter, a member of IMA-Heart of Wisconsin chapter, and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and National Society of Leadership and Success. He also volunteers with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and is a Student Employee of Operations for University Centers Advisory and Policy Board.
Andrew Hernandez from Platteville, Wis., is majoring in both economics and math. Andrew is a member of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity and the UWSP club golf team. He also is the student manager of the University Store and Text Rental.
Ashley Holden from Plover, Wis., is majoring in business administration with a concentration in management. She is minoring in accounting. Ashley is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and Pi Eta Sigma. She is also a member and the Treasurer for Sigma Alpha Pi, and a mentor with the UW-Stevens Point Peer Mentor Program.
Tianni Huang from Shenzhen, China, is majoring in accounting and business administration. She is minoring in economics. Tianni is a Financial Coach at the Portage County Financial Wellness Program, and participates in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance & Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs.
Brandon Jaeger from Camplin, Minn., is majoring in accounting and business administration. He is a member of the UWSP men’s ice hockey team and the 2014 NCAA Elite 89 Award recipient. He has done volunteer work with the Dozynki Harvest Festival and the Ice Hawks Youth Hockey Organization.
Anne Kamstra from Fort Atkinson, Wis., is majoring in business administration with a concentration in management. She is minoring in computer information systems. Anne participates in intramural soccer, UWSP Habitat for Humanity, and also participated in 2013 Make a Difference Day.
Benjamin Klaas from Lancaster, Wis., is majoring in business administration with management and marketing concentrations. Outside of school, Benjamin is involved in his church, Peace Campus Center.
Jesse Kosobucki from Stevens Point, Wis., is majoring in business administration, communication and German. Jesse is the manager of the SBE Student Mentoring Program, a member of the UWSP Society of Human Resource Management, and secretary of the UWSP German Club. She is also a volunteer for Big Brother Big Sisters and is involved in Ignite Leadership Network of Portage County.
Haley Lenz from Marshfield, Wis., is majoring in business administration with concentrations in marketing and management. Outside of school and a job, she has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.
Kevin Malnory from Stevens Point, Wis., is majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing. He enjoys participating in intramural sports at UWSP.
Jason Mann from New Berlin, Wis., is a business administration major with a marketing concentration.
Eric Martin from Stevens Point, Wis., is majoring in business administration and economics. Eric’s activities include: UWSP Athletics Department honors intern, St. Bartholomew Church Picnic, UWSP Intramurals, UWSP School of Business & Economics event participant, UWSP School of Business & Economics China intern program.
Saki Miyajima from Ichikawa, Japan, is majoring in accounting and business administration with a concentration in finance, insurance and real estate. Saki is a member of the UWSP Society of Human Resources Management and the International Club. She also volunteers through the Student Involvement and Employment Office (SIEO).
Brittany Mlsna from Tomah, Wis., is majoring in accounting, business administration, and dance. Brittany is a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and team member of the Afterimages Production team (2012-13). She is a Wiley CPAexcel Campus Representative, and also participates in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance & Tax Counseling for the Elderly.
Amber Nabbefeld from Kimberly Wis., is majoring in health care administration and is minoring in business administration. Amber is a member of Society of Human Resources Management, Phi Eta Sigma, and National Society of Leadership and Success. She is also a volunteer at the Heartland Hospice Office. Amber also participates in UWSP women’s track and field.
Jennifer O’Rourke from Portage, Wis., is majoring in economics and business administration with a concentration in finance, insurance and real estate. Jennifer is a Portage County Family Financial Coach, the president of the Student Finance Association, and the student manager of Peer Advising in the School of Business & Economics.
Michael Prijic from Janesville, Wis., is majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing.
Travis Rucinski from Janesville, Wis., is majoring in business administration and economics.
Craig Schafer from Wausau, Wis., is majoring in business administration and minoring in psychology. Craig is a volunteer with the Republican Party of Portage County and the Republican Party of Marathon County. He is the public relations and social media director for the UWSP College Republicans. Craig is also the In-Service PowerPoint Technician at Mountain of the Lord Evangelical Church.
Nicole Schaub from Vadnais Heights, Minn., is majoring in business administration with a concentration in finance, insurance and real estate. She is minoring in coaching. Nicole is a two-time captain of the UWSP women’s hockey team, and earned an all-conference honorable mention. She has volunteered at the SPASH Cultural Festival, Stevens Point Elementary Schools Winter Carnival and Hearts & Hammers. She has also helped with the Stevens Point Youth Hockey Association and Coach Ninnemann Spring Hockey Camps.
Elizabeth Slovensky from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., is majoring in accounting and business administration with a concentration in finance, insurance, and real estate. Elizabeth is a peer advisor for the School of Business & Economics.
Alexia Szabo from Oregon, Wis., is majoring in economics, international studies and Spanish. Alexia is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Alpha Mu Gamma (foreign language honor society), and the yoga and meditation club. Alexia is also the public relations coordinator of the Student Finance Association, and is a peer mentor for international students (UWSP-ISSO).
Chia Yang Tung from Appleton, Wis., is majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing.
Myranda Tyler from Grafton, Wis., is a business administration major with concentrations in marketing and management. Myranda’s extracurricular activities involve: UWSP women’s basketball, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, Campus Cleanup, Play for Kay, speaking on the radio about students against sexual harassment and teaching basketball drills to grade school students.
Joshua Urness from Mondovi, Wis., is majoring in accounting and business administration. He participates in the Student Finance Association and in intramural sports. He is an intern at Donaldson Company.
Pa Vang from Mosinee, Wis., is majoring in business administration with a concentration in international business. Pa is a member of the UWSP Hmong and South East Asian American Club, and also is a volunteer guitar player in the Highland United Methodist Church band.
Dan Weltzin from Big Bend, Wis., is majoring in business administration and public relations and is minoring in history. Dan is the Head of Men’s Ministry for CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), a volunteer for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and participates in intramural sports. He is a barista at Brewhaus on campus, and interns with Northwestern Mutual.
Marilyn Yenter from Rosholt, Wis., is majoring in accounting and business administration. Marilyn is a volunteer coach for the Stevens Point youth hockey and involved with her church.