New STEM-MBA program answers industry demands

In the ever-changing science and technology marketplace, employers are looking for candidates who can provide more than just specialized expertise – they want employees with both technical skills and practical business and management experience. Marquette Business saw an opportunity in those needs, and worked with science, technology and mathematics programs across the university to develop a new STEM-MBA program. The five-year program is one of only a few nationwide and will provide students with an undergraduate degree in their chosen major and college and an MBA.

 “We have world-class programs in arts and sciences, business and health sciences. It was natural to pair these programs together to better address the needs of our students and the marketplace,” says Dr. Jeanne Simmons, associate dean of the Graduate School of Management.

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Accounting chair Akers to be honored with a WICPA 2015 Excellence Award

Dr. Michael Akers, Charles T. Horngren Professor and chair of accounting, will be honored by the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants with a 2015 Excellence Award at its annual Member Recognition Banquet on May 5. Akers will receive the Educator Award, which recognizes an accounting educator for excellence in teaching and innovation in curriculum development, who exemplifies the philosophy of the CPA vision and is actively involved in the accounting profession.

Kohler Center accepting applications for ImpactNext business model competition

Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship is now accepting applications for its annual ImpactNext business model competition. Entries are due by Thursday, March 26; participants have the chance to win up to $10,000 for their start-up. The Kohler Center is also partnering with Milwaukee-based Fashion Angels, a designer and manufacturer of tween girls’ lifestyle and activity products. The company is hosting a national “Future She-E-O Contest,” which invites tween girls from across the country to pitch a start-up business idea for a chance to win a $10,000 college scholarship meant to encourage the girls to pursue entrepreneurship in the future.





Matteo Arena, associate professor of finance, wrote an op-ed outlining a new approach to corporate tax. His research suggests that implementing a moderate tax on non-repatriated foreign profits while reducing the U.S. statutory tax would ease tax burden on domestic firms without negatively impacting tax revenue.
Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 18, 2015

Andrew Hanson, associate professor of economics, analyzed how low-wage employment would affect each state by the imposition of a national $10.10 per hour minimum wage supported by President Obama. The results concluded that states with higher numbers of workers making less than $10.10 per hour would lose the most jobs if the minimum wage were raised.
Story appeared in Reason and Before It’s News, Feb. 6, 2015

Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics, appeared on Milwaukee Public Television's "Fourth Street Forum," to discuss the topic of living as a low-wage worker. "We do need to put public opinion pressure on the legislature and the various representatives so they understand the importance of providing minimum wage," said Chowdhury.
Story aired on Milwaukee Public Television, Jan. 30, 2015

AIM alumnus signs Major League Soccer contract with Colorado Rapids

Axel Sjoberg, a 2014 Marquette Business and Applied Investment Management program alumnus was selected in the first round (14th overall) by the Colorado Rapids in the 2015 Major League Soccer draft. He is currently at spring training in San Diego and will begin his first regular season with the Rapids in March.  The Stockholm, Sweden, native was an All-Big East soccer player for the Marquette Golden Eagles who started in all 63 matches he played in during his collegiate career at MU, registering 11 goals, 31 points and 24 shots on goal. The 6-foot-7 Sjoberg will be the tallest player in MLS history.




Accounting alumnus named CFO of the Year

Jonathan Sohn, a 1995 accounting alumnus and senior vice president and chief financial officer for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, was named CFO of the Year by the Business Journal of Milwaukee. In its fifth year recognizing southeast Wisconsin’s accomplished CFOs, the Business Journal honored Sohn in the Large Private Companies ($250 million+) category.

EMBA alumna named executive director of nation’s largest youth orchestra

Linda Edelstein, a 2011 executive MBA alumna, has been named executive director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the largest youth orchestra in the United States. She leaves her role as the chief operating officer for the United Performing Arts Fund.