Fontaine, Ph.D., is teaching in the Health Care Management area as well as
Organizational Behavior. Dr. Fontaine has held teaching and academic leadership
positions in health care and nonprofit management. Most recently she was an
Associate Professor and Program Director in health care administration at the
Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Fontaine earned her Ph.D. and Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the London Business
Iglesias, Ph.D., is teaching Business Policy & Strategy. Previously,
she was an Assistant Professor of Management at Tulane University where she
taught at undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. levels. Dr. Iglesias has received
multiple awards for her research and teaching. A strong advocate for international education and experiential
learning, Dr. Iglesias was one of only 24 out of 3,000 instructors to be
inducted into the Business Strategy Game ‘Hall of Fame’ as a Master Professor.
She holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Georgia State University and
an MBA from Mackenzie University, Brazil. Before joining academia, she enjoyed
a successful IT and consulting career that included leadership roles in multinational firms such as Dresdner Bank.
Reber, M.A., is teaching Business Communication. He earned his Master’s Degree in English from
Winona State University. In addition to 15 years experience teaching
communications-related courses, he directed the Writing Across the Curriculum
at Viterbo University. He has worked in
Japan, the UK, and Mexico and has business experience in a variety of sectors
including technical, government, and the airline industry.
Samantha Samreth, Ph.D. is teaching Global Responsibility of Business and Organizational Behavior. She earned a Master’s Degree from UW-Whitewater, where she also taught. She completed a Ph.D. in Leadership. At UW-Whitewater she also served as Coordinator and instructor for the Short-Term Study/Travel Courses, and was Director of the Academic Network within the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Success. Prior to working in academia, she was a manager in the retail industry.Jose’ (Joe) Iglesias, M.B.A., is teaching Principles & History of Management Thought, and Crisis & Contingency Management. He earned an MBA from MacKenzie Presbyterian University, Sao Paulo, Brazil and is working on a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He taught management courses at Ibirapuera University and UNIABC University (both in Brazil). He also worked for many years as a business consultant and he served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Carbinox S.A, manufacturer of industrial stainless steel products.
join us in welcoming these new faculty members to the Department of Management
in the College of Business Administration!
For the latest in faculty research, click on the "Research" tab (to the left).
Strengthen Your Core!
Seniors: Have you signed up for CBA
Integrated Core? You should!!! Students
from last year’s class
are still talking about what a great educational experience it was. In the Integrated Core program, UW-L students
received applied business consulting experience and completed three of the required CBA
core classes. Classes included Organizational Behavior and Theory (MGT 308), Principles
of Marketing (MKT 309), Principles of Finance (FIN 355) and a Business
Consulting Seminar (MGT/MKT/FIN
400). Students worked on a series of three applied projects, with the final one
being a client-based
project for one of two organizations in the region. The
Integrated Core will be offered again this Fall Semester. It is a great way to apply and
integrate knowledge from these business courses, help local businesses, and add
something to your resume’ – all at the same time! Seating is limited. Students interested in the Integrated Core
for Fall Semester should contact Dr.Nicole
Gullekson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Christa Kiersch is co-leading a cross-campus
collaborative project, “UWL: United With Leadership”, to better understand and
enrich how students develop their leadership during their time at UWL. The ultimate goal of this project is to guide the creation of an
inclusive model of student leadership development, uniting efforts across
campus to prepare students for leading a more positive future. Students who are interested are encouraged to contact Christa Kiersch (email@example.com) for more information or to get involved.
Partnering with Local Organizations to Build Bridges with Sister Cities
In the Fall of 2015, students of Dr. Justin Kraemer’s MGT 360 class truly received a “Global Perspective on Business” when they
partnered with the Mayor’s Office of La Crosse, the La Crosse Chamber of
Commerce and the Seven Rivers Alliance. The scope of the term-long project was
to identify important firms in the key industries of La Crosse’s Seven Sister
cities (flags shown) to help inform the Mayor as to the destinations of
upcoming trade missions. At the end of the term, student teams presented to the
Mayor, the Executive Directors of the above-mentioned organizations, the
Chancellor of UWL and the Dean of CBA. The event was engaging and informative.
Human Resource Management Students Improve HR Practices
Students in Christa
Kiersch’s MGT 385 Fall class worked with two community organizations, the
La Crosse Public School District and CouleeCap, to help develop Human Resource
(HR) policies and practices encouraging of diversity. Students conducted
thorough evaluations of current HR practices at each client organization and
then presented specific evidence-based recommendations to attract and retain
high quality employees.
International Case Study Features University of Wisconsin La Crosse Management
Last semester Dr. Drew Stapleton’s Supply Chain
Management students participated in a multinational case study experience with
over 625 university students from 13 universities. The project implemented globalization,
critical thinking skills, data interpretation and analysis, and virtual teamwork
using worldwide dispersed student groups.
Originally initiated in 2011 with four collaborating universities,
the international Global Workgroup Project case has grown to include over a
dozen U.S. universities including Auburn University (Alabama), UW-Madison, Air
Force Academy, Texas Christian University (Texas) and The Citadel (South
Carolina). Over a dozen international
universities now participate, including universities in France, the UK, Peru,
Morocco, Austria, Finland, Singapore, Thailand, and Uruguay.
Using a Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
(CSCMP) case, student groups had to quantify three supply chains bringing
product to a fictitious distribution center in Texas from Nebraska, Germany, and
China. The groups had to identify and
quantify the costs and risks associated with each supply chain and recommend
the lowest total landed cost. Each group
consisted of four students from different universities. Each of the student
teams had to develop a solution and present it to a remote faculty member using
videoconferencing technology. Individual
as well as group scores are computed.
Dr. Stapleton stated, “We have taken an academic case from
the CSCMP and derived unique versions by using different numbers in each
case. The optimal lowest total landed
cost for one-third of the cases recommends the Chinese supplier, one-third the
US supplier, and one-third the European supplier. Our millennial students are electronically
connected. This is their chance to apply
their global, communication, and critical thinking skills and grasp of
technology to overcome time, distance, and language challenges to solve the
types of problems they will experience throughout their careers.”
MGT 408 Class
Participates in Community Projects
Fall semester, 2015,
students from MGT 408 (Global Responsibility of Business) participated in one
of several group projects, positively impacting the community. The purpose of this experience was to
thoughtfully apply the content from Dr. Samantha Samreth’s class and to
leave a positive imprint in the process. Each group selected and researched an
organization (for-profit or non-profit) in the La Crosse area community. Students
analyzed the organization’s local social responsibility (i.e., economic, legal,
ethical, and philanthropic aspects). Focusing on philanthropy, students spend
about 100 hours volunteering for, or raising and donating money to the
organizations that they selected. The
type of volunteerism ranged from building homes for Habitat for Humanity (see photo), helping with food and
clothing drives, picking up garbage, participating in the Children’s Miracle
Network dance marathon, giving organizations management and marketing advice,
etc. Consequently, UWL Management students have made a positive imprint on the
community through helping numerous local businesses and organizations.
A SOUPer Class
In the Fall of 2015, students from Kelly Nowicki's Entrepreneurship class, MGT 420, participated in La
Crosse SOUP, a monthly micro-granting and community building event created
"to make La Crosse a better, cooler, place to live". Once a month from May thru October, hundreds
of community members gather behind the Root Note, pay $5 to eat soup, listen to
pitches to improve the community and then vote on the pitch they feel is worthy
of the kitty of SOUP money.
For the October SOUP event, all eleven-student
teams in the Entrepreneurship class developed pitches, but only four teams were
chosen to pitch for the SOUP money. The winning team of Cole Solomon and Shane
Adler, pitched "Tech Trails" - an idea to put a QR code at the
entrance of hiking trails in Hixon Forest so hikers with “smart phones” can
download a map to improve their hiking experience.
of La Crosse SOUP, Andrew Londre, felt all of the student groups developed
great ideas to improve the community, so he ran a successful $10,000
Kickstarter campaign to help see all ideas come to fruition. Currently, all of the student groups are in
the process of implementing their community improvement ideas.
Summer Classes, 2016
several UW-L students will be heading to Bratislava, Slovakia, for the 6th year
of the Global Consulting
Program. They will work on applied business projects for companies in this European
region – all while earning college credit (MGT 400). In previous years students
helped a variety of organizations, including Google Slovensko, Dell, AT&T,
and even the U.S. Embassy. Students interested in learning more about the
program should contact Dr. Nicole Gullekson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
in something a little closer to home?
Make UW-La Crosse a part of your summer plans! If you have
been admitted to the College of Business or will be before summer,
consider one of the following courses (all offered Summer Session I: Mid-May to
· MGT 308 – Behavior & Theory in
Organizations, offered by Dr. William Ross
MGT 393 – Production & Operations
Management, offered by Dr. Drew Stapleton
Sustainable Business Minor Offered
in learning how businesses can be more environmentally and socially
responsible? Consider the 18
credit Sustainable Business Minor!
Usually, the CBA offers the introductory
BUS 310 each Fall semester, with electives offered each
semester and the BUS 450 “capstone”
course offered each Spring semester. (Note do
not confuse BUS 450 with MGT 450; the latter is an internship course). The Sustainable Business Minor provides
students with the opportunity to explore the relation between business and
natural creation, maximizing good stewardship of natural resources, even while
pursuing business objectives.
A vital part of many students' education is learning from business leaders and management professionals. The following is a brief listing of some of the business professionals who spoke to Management classes [either in person or via video conference] in recent years. For a complete listing visit http://websites.uwlax.edu/wross/guest_speakers.htm :
Mr. Kurt Bear, Mid City Steel, La Crosse, guest lectured in Gail Gillis' Total Quality Management classes, (MGT 398).
Emeritus VP and Chief Administrative Officer, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN,
addressed Jon Ying’s Global Responsibility of Business class (MGT 408).
Executive Producer & Founder, San Francisco [California] World Music
Festival, spoke to Jon Ying’s Global Responsibility of Business class (MGT
Mike McGinely, Ph.D., President, Biologicals & Pharmaceuticals, Heska Pharmaceuticals, Ft. Collins, Colorado, spoke to College of Business students.
Dennis Vogel, President & CEO, Citizens State Bank, La Crosse, spoke on “Financing your business,” to Kelly Nowicki’s
Entrepreneurship class (MGT 400).
Brandon Prinson, Attorney with Johns, Flaherty, & Collins law
firm, La Crosse, spoke on “Setting up your business…legal
considerations,” to Kelly Nowicki’s Entrepreneurship class (MGT 400).
Linda Kastentin, HR Consultant, La Crosse, spoke on “Recruiting
and hiring for your business,” to Kelly Nowicki’s Entrepreneurship class (MGT
Mark Clements, Volunteer Chaplain, City of La Crosse Police Dept., and FBI Chaplain, La Crosse, spoke on "Chaplains in the Workplace" to William Ross' Current Topics in Human Resource Management MBA class (MGT 740).
Harvey White, CEO and
Chairman of Leap Wireless International, San Diego, California, and co-founder of QUALCOMM,
spoke on the topic of “Entrepreneurship”
in Charley Swayne’s Organizational Behavior class (MGT 308).
Don Weber, CEO and founder
of Logistics Health Inc., La Crosse, WI. This Wisconsin
Entrepreneur of the Year spoke on the topic of “Corporate culture” in Charley
Swayne’s Organizational Behavior class (MGT 308). He also spoke on "Starting Seven Businesses" in Barb Larsen's Introduction to Business class (MGT 100).
Chris Goodell, General
Manager, La Crosse Loggers (baseball team), spoke on the topic of “Applying business principles to the sports
industry” to Charley Swayne’s Organizational Behavior class (MGT 308).
Craig Porter, CEO PlastiCert, Lewiston, MN, discussed "Managing in manufacturing" in Barb Larsen's "Introduction to Business" class (MGT 100).
Dave Skogen, Festival Foods, Onalaska, WI, spoke to Barb Larsen’s "Introduction to
Business" class (MGT 100) on the topic, “Operating a family business.”
Fortune, Attorney, Hale Skemp, Hanson, Skemp, & Sleik Law Firm, La Crosse, discussed “Careers for Female Attorneys”
in Barb Larsen’s "Introduction to
Business" class (MGT 100).
Jon Ying’s “Business, Labor, & Human Rights” (MGT 431)
course hosted a panel discussion on “Justice for Immigrant Victims of Sexual
Assault and Harassment in the Agricultural and Service Industries,” Dec., 11,
2013, (repeated April 23, 2014) and featured the following speakers:.
(a). Sonia Parras Konrad, JD, ASISTA,
Des Moines, Iowa. 12/11/13.
(b). William R. Tamayo, JD, Regional
Attorney, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, San
Francisco District Office. 12/11/13.
Congratulations to Morgan Zimmerman, the "Lora Greene Scholarship Winner!" Morgan is a Senior, studying Business Management and Health Information Systems Management. After graduating in May, 2016, she hopes to pursue a career in Human Resource Management or in Hospital Administration.
Nicole Gullekson has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Congratulations! Additionally, she was given the Burt and Norma Altman Award for Leadership at the UWL International Student Banquet on Friday, April 10, 2015.
Nowicki has been elected
President of the UWL Alumni Association.
She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the UWL
Foundation. She and her fellow board members are
working to engage the larger UWL community and encourage participation in the
University's current scholarship campaign.
Gail Gillis attended
two seminars, June, 2014. One was called "Engineering
Law" and the other was called "Advanced Statistical Training.”
Macpherson participated in a professional development workshop at
the National Convention of the Academy of Management, August, 2014. The workshop was designed for early career
researchers and was entitled, “Finding the Words: Addressing [Journal] Reviewers’ Comments.”
Nicole Gullekson has been selected to be the Director for the undergraduate International Business Major.
Stapleton is selected as the Onalaska representative for the Joint
Municipality Commission for the Seven Rivers Region.