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There’s nothing like a fresh new crop of Business majors in the Fall, and to celebrate that we held a well-attended lunch and a meet-and-greet with Dean Watson and the Business faculty.

New Dean Dr. Stevie Watson hit the ground running when he arrived in July. It is an “event”-ful academic year so far! He inducted new Business Majors in September, orchestrated a well-attended School of Business Conference in October, held a graduate open house and hosted the Internship Dinner in November, and he embarked upon the first Executive Speaker Series in December. Plus, he guest-conducted at the Christmas Concert!


Prof. Phil McKnight talks with newly-admitted Business students interested in Finance.

Local business leaders were panelists at the School of Business Conference held on Friday, October 21 at our Deming Way campus. It offered a choice of five hour-long sessions covering everything from the U.S. debt crisis to Social Entrepreneurship, with a keynote luncheon session featuring Ralph Kauten, Chairman and CEO, Lucigen Corporation. Many sessions were standing room only. After this successful launch, we look forward to rolling out an even bigger Conference next fall.

OPEN HOUSE/PANEL SESSION GRADUATE STUDIES IN THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ECSB’s Graduate Open House, scheduled at 5:30-7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 29, will be at the Deming Way Campus. Business professionals will have an opportunity to learn more about each of the five master’s degrees Edgewood College offers, and the career benefits of earning a graduate degree from Edgewood College. Afterward, attendees can network with faculty and staff. In conjunction with the Office of Career Development, ECSB held a Graduate Business Degree Panel Discussion on February 22. Four EC alumni: Timothy Allen, Katie Jones-Yeutter, Sunil Asija, and Kris Koenig, shared why they chose Edgewood to pursue a master’s degree in Business, and how earning that degree positively impacted their careers.

Spring ‘17 is action-packed, too. There’s plenty of news to share with our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the Edgewood and business communities. We have information on the events listed above and much, much more, as well as several exciting upcoming events and also conversations with some of our amazing students, faculty, and staff.

INTERNSHIP DINNER ECSB’s annual Internship Dinner happened November 10. Students and their mentors gathered in the Nona McGreal room to celebrate mutually beneficial partnerships. The School of Business appreciates the outstanding contribution area employers make by giving our students first-hand working knowledge in their chosen professions.

EXECUTIVE SPEAKER SERIES Dean Watson launched an Executive Speaker Series during the Fall semester, which kicked off with a December 7th event in Anderson Auditorium, “Business and Public Policy Issues in Health Care Leadership.” This free, open to the public event discussed current businessrelated issues in healthcare leadership. Topics included ways to improve patient care and healthcare delivery, revenue management, and public policy, including the Affordable Health Care Act’s possible future. Panelists included Jonathan Lewis, VPOperations, St. Mary’s Hospital; Kristine Kleckner, Acting Associate Director, Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital; Dr. Frank Byrne, Past President, St. Mary’s Hospital, and current Trustee of Edgewood College; and Phillip Rossing, Director of Technical Services and Project Management, Unity Health Insurance.

Edgewood College offers an MBA in Health Systems Leadership degree. Next up, on February 15, was “Addressing Societal Problems in Greater Madison: Unemployment and Economic Challenges Facing the African-American Community.” Local government and community leaders shared their points of view on unemployment and economic challenges facing African Americans in the city of Madison. Panelists included Dr. Ruben Anthony, President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Madison; Dr. Laura Dresser, Associate Director, UW-Madison’s Center on Wisconsin Strategy; Sabrina Madison, Founder, Heymiss Progress, LLC; and Enis Ragland, Deputy Mayor of Administration and Finance, City of Madison. This was a wellattended and engaging event, which drew the attention of The Capital Times. How can you get more for your money and find better healthcare for you and your family? Find out at the third installment of the School of Business’ Executive Speaker Series this academic year, “Perspectives on Value and Quality in Healthcare,” which will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in Anderson Auditorium. Experts from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, Human Resources at UW Credit Union, and Tim Bartholow, M.D. from WEA Trust, will discuss ways to optimize healthcare value and quality. Raj Kamal, Senior Lecturer in the School of Business at Edgewood College, will moderate the panel session.

ECSB SUCCESS STORY: Erin Bykowski, Director of Financial Literacy Services & Associate Director of Transportation Services, Edgewood College

Erin received her Edgewood College Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing,Business Management, and Graphic Design in 2007. Five years later, she earned her Master of Arts in Education, with studies in Financial and Economic Literacy. She kindly agreed to share with us how the path she started on as a School of Business freshman 15 years ago has evolved into a lifelong love of learning and how it has shaped her career. “Following graduation, I was offered a limited term position with the college to implement alternative transportation initiatives; this eventually morphed into a full-time position managing the overall transportation program for the college. This position was and has been a great fit for my background. I manage both a Above: Erin talks with Noah Miller, current business student and professional and Financial Literacy Peer Educator and Saiya Yanagihashi, a Biology and Environmental Studies student. student staffs

and have used my marketing and design skills to create buy-in and participation in alternative transportation. “After a few years of doing this work, I started writing grants and seeking donations that allowed me to begin doing some financial literacy work on campus. The more I did, the more I saw a need for this type of work. Eventually I was able to cut back on my transportation role which allowed me to create Financial Literacy Services on campus which provides education to students through seminars and one-on-one consultations. I also became involved in managing the National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy, a train-the-trainer graduate course series for teachers and educators to promote financial literacy. “In addition to earning my undergraduate degree with the college I earned my Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on Financial Literacy and I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership. “My career path has been largely influenced by the Dominican Values based education I received at Edgewood. It has been important for me to use my education to serve others. The liberal arts based education received at Edgewood prepared me to independently meet the diverse challenges of creating programs from the ground up.”

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS FEATURED STUDENT: CHENG LIAN Cheng Lian came to Edgewood via the 2+2 program, an academic agreement that the School of Business has with Beijing University. She studied her first two years in China, and completed a Finance major in her second two years, here at Edgewood – with great success, as it turned out. Cheng maintained a 3.85 GPA and was inducted into Delta Mu Delta, an international honor society that recognizes students for high academic achievement. Once she earned her bachelor’s degree, Cheng as usual went the extra mile and entered the Master of Science in Accountancy program. “I continued to study in Edgewood for my graduate studies because I love Edgewood,” she says. “There are wonderful and professional professors and education resources. I love the library and dorm as well. It’s very nice!” Cheng is a student worker in the Rennebohm Library, and also interns at TDS Telecommunications. “This year, I got a new internship at TDS as billing representative,” she

says. “It’s very complicated but I learned how to deal with the complex stuff with wisdom and patience. It’s definitely a perfect experience!” What appeals to Cheng about the world of finance and accounting? Cheng says, “For me, I like numbers and I’m good at using data to analyze the accounting and finance stuff. At this time, I’m interested in the international accounting and finance because I want to work in international corporation.” How best to make this happen? Cheng, a born networker, says “If you guys have any advice or suggestions, please feel free to let me know.”  

Cheng visited Miami over winter break.

THE STUDENT SECTION EDGEWOOD COLLEGE MARKETING ASSOCIATION (ECMA) The ECMA student group presented a networking event Tuesday, March 7 from 5:30-8:30pm in Anderson Auditorium. Speakers from Duluth Trading Company, Isthmus Sailboards, Special Olympics, and McConkey/Johnston Marketing discussed the importance of marketing in the business world, and the value to be found in receiving a marketing degree.

BUSINESS INNOVATION SHOWCASE Every semester, COR 3 students present their application of the Edgewood Promise across the disciplines: Connecting Learning, Beliefs, and Action. The Spring presentations will be Thursday, May 11th, from 3:00-5:00pm in Anderson Auditorium. Come see the final project and activity in BUS 499 (Integrated Curriculum Semester 5 - Capstone). The student groups present their projects in a quasi-competitive environment. A panel of judges from the business community (and one recent alumnus) watch the presentations, lead a Q&A session, and then select a winning project.

ACCOUNTING DINNER The annual Accounting Club dinner, generously sponsored again by BDO, is being rebranded as a networking event this year. Instead of a formal sit down affair, prepare to move, mingle, and meet potential colleagues on Thursday, April 27 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Students, internship partners, faculty, alums, and accounting professionals will come together for topic discussion (and selfies, which we’ll put in our next newsletter). Scholarships will be awarded, and brief presentations similar to TED Talks will be featured. Join us to enjoy this chance to relax after tax season.

EDGEWOOD COLLEGE AND VITA ARE ON 13TH YEAR OF SUCCESSFUL PARTNERING Edgewood College is again partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue to operate Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites during tax season. Eight accounting students and other Edgewood College community members, led by Adjunct Professor Rene Eastman, are among those staffing the program this year. The VITA program is a cooperative effort by the Internal Revenue Service and many individual states to provide income tax assistance to low-income individuals, people with disabilities, and the elderly. Volunteers trained by the Internal Revenue Service and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue prepare basic income tax returns free of charge at VITA sites. Last year, Edgewood students and volunteers prepared 1,247 returns; 882 at the Madison Central Library site, and 365 returns at the City of Stoughton site, with a very low rejection rate.

PAULA O’MALLEY, UNDERGRADUATE ADVISOR • Sign up times for fall advising will be sent to undergraduate Business majors via Edgewood e-mail the week of March 20. •N  ote: All undergraduate students are required to attend an advising appointment prior to registration. • The last day to drop a class without an “F” appearing on transcript is Friday, April 7. If you are a student in need of a tutor, don’t wait. Request a tutor now. • Easter break is confirmed for Friday, April 14 through Monday, April 17. • Priority registration for fall will begin April 18. You will receive a notice via e-mail on Monday, April 3 as to your registration date. The fall timetable will be available for review on April 3 as well. • The School of Business Community Blackboard Page has a volume of information (forms for dropping a class, a form for transfer requests and just about anything else you need). It includes a link to internship and job opportunities as well. If you do not have access to this link, please notify Paula O’Malley or Jane McCarthy as soon as possible. 

PAT HALLINAN, GRADUATE ADVISOR • Thinking about summer classes? You can register for summer classes now, click here to login. • Thinking about fall classes? The fall timetable is usually available by the end of March. The registration period for grad students opens the 3rd week of April. • Looking to add or drop a class and you are unable to do it through Edgewood Express? You can use this form or call Edgewood Central 608.663.2283. • Th  is link to the Registrar’s Office is also useful for many forms students may need, as well as a list of academic dates and deadlines.

FACULTY HAPPENINGS Mark Barnard, PhD At the February Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Barnard was promoted from tenured associate professor to full professor. Congratulations! SAGE Publications has accepted Professor Barnard’s article, Due Process, for its second edition of The Sage Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society. The first edition, in which Dr. Barnard was also a contributor, was selected by the Library Journal as a Best Reference. Edgewood College’s Board of Trustees, sponsoring the Annual Trustee’s Opportunity Fund, bestowed at $5000 grant to provide scholarships to School of Business RAAD and graduate students to participate in the China Study Tour in May 2017, which will be facilitated by Professor Barnard.

Adam Bock, PhD Professor Bock’s work was featured in several publications in 2016, from sensemaking in regenerative medical venturing, to reward-based crowdfunding, to ecosystem development in regenerative medicine. Read more in the links. Journal of Technology Transfer Special Issue on University Venturing Creating Project Legitimacy - The Role of Entrepreneurial Narrative in Reward-Based Crowdfunding Academic Entrepreneurship: Translating Discoveries to the Marketplace

Dan Schroeder, PhD Professor Schroeder was interviewed on the topic of effective leadership by Dr. David Borst, host of WTMJ-AM 620’s “All Business” Milwaukee radio program that aired on January 21, 2017. Part of his interview had to do with the type of leader President Trump is likely to be. That issue was then the basis for Dr. Schroeder’s February column in Milwaukee Biztimes.

Denis Collins, PhD The Academy of Management, the leading professional association for management and organization scholars, has named Professor Collins Chair of its Social Issues in Management Curriculum Development Committee.

(Denis Collins, PhD, continued) Professor Collins designs the curriculum for the Rotarian’s High School Ethics Symposium each year; he also conducts a training session for its facilitators, and gets Edgewood students involved as room assistants. This year 12 Edgewood students participated. Dr. Collins conducted a series of workshops for SSM Health Dean Medical Group on “Team Building and Negotiation.” In February, Professor Collins was the featured Speaker on “Experiencing Happiness by Serving Customers, Co-Workers and Yourself,” at Wisconsin Pest Control Association annual meeting, Kalahari, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Annette Mondry, PhD Dr. Mondry has been accepted to be a manuscript peer reviewer by the Teaching Society for Management Educators, Providence, RI. She is one of 10 faculty selected to be a WebEx training leader at Edgewood College. Annette is also a pioneer faculty member at Edgewood to complete a rigorous, peer-reviewed course design program, Quality Matters. In addition, Dr. Mondry is a President Scholarship Day Evaluator, the School of Business Lead on the College’s Research Advisory Board and on Edgewood Engaged, and an Ebben Fund faculty reviewer. She has received her Professional Development Certification from Edgewood for Creating an Engaging Learning Environment and UDL.

FEATURED FACULTY: ADAM BOCK Adam J. Bock, Associate Professor of Management, is both an academic and an entrepreneur. When he isn’t working, he loves to windsurf and sail. He has been involved with the UW-Madison Hoofer Sailing Club since 2000. In fact, that’s where he met his wife. On good weather days, you might see him commuting on his motorcycle; on bad weather days he’s probably indoors reading or playing cards with his kids. As an academic, Adam studies technology entrepreneurship, business models, and technology transfer. Adam coauthored Inventing Entrepreneurs (PrenticeHall 2008) and Models of Opportunity (Cambridge 2012) with Professor Gerry George. He has published papers in several peer-reviewed journals. He will be publishing a third book on business models in 2017. As an entrepreneur, he partnered with research scientists in Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Illinois to cofound four life science ventures. His companies have commercialized products like human skin cells to treat burn patients and biomimetic adhesives for neurosurgery. One of his companies is working on miniaturized surgical robots; the most recent is developing a biomaterial to treat heart failure. Adam spent five years managing angel investing networks. He facilitated more than $10 million of seed investments into early stage tech firms. He mentors tech and social entrepreneurs both nationally and internationally. He is especially proud of his work with The SEED Foundation, a national non-profit supporting education for disadvantaged kids from inner-cities. Adam holds Bachelor degrees from Stanford University in Economics and Aeronautical Engineering. He has an MBA from UW-Madison and a PhD in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Imperial College London. Prior to Edgewood, Adam spent five years on faculty at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and was selected to be a Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy. Adam currently lives in Sun Prairie with his family.

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