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Alumnus balances life as an inventor, finance pro and family man

For most professionals, maintaining a healthy work-life balance is important to success and happiness. For young entrepreneurs like Curt Peters, it’s a three-part harmony: work-life-work.

Peters, a 2007 Marquette Business graduate, is a manager of corporate finance for California-based Electronic Arts, a leading developer of video games. He’s also a father and married to his college sweetheart. In his spare time, he developed and launched Chill Puck, a consumer product billed as “the solution to keeping your drinks colder, longer.”

We recently sat down with Peters to talk about Chill Puck, his financier-by-day-inventor-by-night lifestyle, using Kickstarter and his time at Marquette.

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Marquette Business mourns the loss of Emeritus Dean Tom Bausch

Marquette Business mourns the death of Dr. Thomas Bausch, dean emeritus, who died July 17, 2013. Bausch was the dean of the college from 1978 to 1993 and continued to teach as a professor of management at Marquette until 2010. An avid proponent of Catholic social teaching in business and management, he had a distinguished career centered on working with Jesuit universities and the Society of Jesus throughout the world. Among many other leadership positions, Bausch served as president of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, co-founder and executive director of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools, president of the World Union of Jesuit Alumni, and national president of Christian Life Community.

Read Bausch's obituary in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...

Accounting chair Akers elected to national board

Dr. Michael Akers, Charles T. Horngren Professor and chair of accounting, has been elected to the board of directors for the Federation of Schools of Accountancy, a national organization that aims to promote and support high-quality accredited graduate accounting programs. He will take office at the organization’s Aug. 4 meeting in Anaheim, Calif.








Craig Andrews, Charles H. Kellstadt Chair of Marketing, has been named the 2013-14 Way Klingler Sabbatical Award winner. During his sabbatical, Andrews will continue his research on the effectiveness of using graphic pictorial warnings on cigarette packages to increase information about the severity of tobacco's health risks in countries around the world.
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Doug Fisher, director of the Center for Supply Chain Management, commented on how more manufacturers are turning to nontraditional schedules to boost production. Fisher said, "Having two 12-hour shifts a day is better than having three eight-hour shifts. There are fewer complications with things like shift changes."
Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 5, 2013
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David Clark, professor of economics, commented on the increase in Wisconsin home sales saying homeowners who previously tried selling their property and were unsuccessful are getting back into the market.
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Millennials seek empowerment: Alumnus Matt Cordio interviewed by BizTimes

BizTimes Milwaukee recently interviewed 2011 Marquette Business alumnus Matt Cordio. According to the piece, “Cordio, the 24-year-old co-founder of the nonprofit group Startup Milwaukee, is part of a growing number of young professionals involved in entrepreneurship in the city. He has taken a leadership role at Startup Milwaukee, which has unveiled new internship and mentorship programs this year, and has continued to host regular meet-ups and foster discussion through social media within the community.”

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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.