Marquette Business 2012: A (busy) year in review

Marquette Business’ 101st year was a busy and successful one for faculty, students and alumni. In January, the college maintained its business and accounting accreditations by AACSB International. With the college on firm footing, in August Linda Salchenberger was named associate provost for academic planning and budgeting, and Mark Eppli, professor and Bell Chair in Real Estate, assumed the role of interim Keyes Dean of Business Administration.

Three undergraduate programs were again ranked in the top 25 nationally by U.S. News & World Report, with finance at 17, supply chain management at 16 and accounting at 23.

Following is a recap of just some of the moments of which we’re particularly proud:

Faculty highlights and research excellence

Marquette Business faculty members were widely lauded in their respective disciplines. Gene Laczniak, professor of marketing, was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the American Marketing Association. He also published his fifth book on marketing ethics.

Craig Andrews, Professor and Charles H. Kellstadt Chair in Marketing, was awarded the 2012 Thomas C. Kinnear/Journal of Public Policy & Marketing Award; Professor Joe Daniels earned his second Fulbright award; Eppli was appointed director at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago; and Assistant Professor Matteo Arena was honored with a best paper award for his study on the “co-CEO” phenomenon.

Bridging with the business community

The college’s commitment to bringing industry to campus and students into the business community continues to bear fruit. In July, Marquette Business announced its first formal corporate partnership with shipping supply specialist Uline.

Two of the college’s centers of excellence hosted major events this year. The Center for Supply Chain Management held a federal procurement forum in March, and the Center for Real Estate presented its inaugural “Real Estate Strategies Conference” in August.

Marquette Business featured two of its premier Business Leaders Forums during 2012, with ManpowerGroup CEO Jeff Joerres delivering the keynote address in February, and Northwestern Mutual CEO John Schlifske speaking in October.

Student successes

Two student groups performed at the highest levels during case competitions. A team of four real estate students took top honors at the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation’s Second Annual Midwest Real Estate Challenge in Chicago, and the Applied Investment Management team advanced to the semi-final round of the Americas Regional of the CFA Institute Research Challenge in New York.

Two students were honored for earning top scores on the Certified Management Accountants exam. Xin Xu was given the Priscilla S. Payne Student Performance Award, and Ling Tuo, was honored by the local chapter of the IMA.

Alumni accolades

Marquette Business alumni were appointed to high-profile, executive level positions. To name a few: MBA alumnus Matthew McDowell was named CFO of The Washington Group of Northwestern Mutual; accounting alumnus Todd Jones was promoted to chief risk officer at Northwestern Mutual; EMBA alumna Linda Edelstein was named executive director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra; and finance and MBA alumnus Christopher Goller now leads PNC Bank’s Wisconsin operations.

Alumni were also recognized for professional accomplishments. Accounting alumnus Jonathan Sohn, senior vice president and chief financial officer for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, was named CFO of the Year by the Business Journal of Milwaukee, and accounting alumnus Eric Koester’s start-up Zaarly was highlighted by FastCompany.