Marquette Business Update March 2013

Marquette hoops life lessons eased Frozena’s transition to trader

By Chris Jenkins

Those 5:30 a.m. practices taught Marquette Business alumnus Rob Frozena about punctuality. Marquette coach Buzz Williams taught him accountability. A walk-on who played a total of 85 minutes in four seasons and scored 21 career points, Frozena wasn’t a star. That didn’t stop him from becoming a cult hero to Golden Eagles fans.

Now working as a securities trader at Baraboo Growth, LLC, in the Milwaukee area, the 2011 finance graduate spoke to Marquette Business Update about the lessons he learned on the basketball court and how they apply to his life in the business world.

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Part-time MBA program ranked in the top 50

Marquette Business’ part-time MBA program was recently ranked 50th by U.S. News & World Report in its 2014 Best Graduate Schools rankings, up 15 spots from last year. Additionally, the EMBA program was ranked No. 24, international business studies was No. 23 and entrepreneurship came in at 18th. 

Two Marquette Business alumni elected to university’s Board of Trustees

Two of the four new members recently elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees are Marquette Business alumni. Patrick S. Lawton is a 1978 graduate of the College of Business Administration and a 1980 graduate of the Graduate School of Management, and Scott H. Schroeder graduated from the College of Business Administration in 1992 and from Marquette’s joint juris doctor/M.B.A. program in 1996.






David Clark, professor of economics, in separate interviews, commented on the Wisconsin housing market, as well as the new Moderne apartment and condominium tower in downtown Milwaukee.

Stories appeared on, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and, March 15-18, 2013

Douglas Fisher, director of the Center for Supply Chain Management, commented on the new federal rule that forces manufacturers to account for minerals.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 17, 2013

Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, commented on the sequester, saying, "The market has already taken that into account, has discounted it, so I don't see the sequester affecting the market very much because this discussion has been going on for some time."

Story appeared on, March 18, 2013



Alumnus Jeske’s documentary featured in online film festival

Christopher Jeske, a 2012 Marquette Business graduate who majored in marketing and IT, produced a documentary as a student on the events leading up to a shooting during a city council meeting in his hometown of Kirkwood, Mo. The movie and a related presentation are currently in an online film festival. Prize monies will be awarded to the videos that receive the most views – voting goes through the end of the festival this June:

Documentary (60 min)
Presentation (43 min)











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.