Marquette Business 2011: a retrospective


December 21, 2011

For Marquette Business, 2011 was more than the college’s centennial year: it was a memorable 12 months replete with highlights and successes from faculty, students, alumni and the college as a whole. Here are just some of the moments we’re particularly proud of:

Centennial Celebration

Marquette Business’ centennial year culminated with a grand celebration on May 14. A slideshow of photos from the event is available online, along with a video, a special issue of our magazine and a historical timeline.


In March, U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management’s executive and part-time MBA programs in the top 20 and top 50, respectively, for 2012, and the entrepreneurship program was ranked among specialty programs at No. 24.

In September, undergraduate programs in entrepreneurship, finance and supply chain management were ranked in the top 20 nationally by U.S. News.

And, the undergraduate supply chain management program was ranked 14th in the country by Gartner Inc., the nation’s top supply chain industry organization.

Excellence in research

In January, a paper authored by Anthony Pennington-Cross, associate professor of finance, was named the 2010 Edwin S. Mills Best Paper in Real Estate Economics.

In March, Srinivas Durvasula and Steven Lysonski, professors of marketing, were honored with the 2011 Best Paper Award by the Journal of Consumer Marketing for their study on Chinese consumerism.

Steven Lysonski, professor of marketing; Gene Laczniak, professor of marketing; and Edward Inderrieden, associate professor of management, were honored in August by the Journal of Business Ethics.

Qianhua Ling, assistant professor of accounting, received the outstanding research paper award at the American Accounting Association’s 2011 annual meeting in September.

Student successes

Graduate students won the ACG Cup for the second time in as many years, undergraduate finance students fared well at the CFA Investment Challenge and two teams of undergraduate management students took first and second place at the Project Management Triathlon.

Graduates from the Applied Investment Management program class of 2011 achieved an 88 percent pass rate on the Chartered Financial Analyst Level I exam, more than double the global pass rate of 39 percent.

A week before his senior year, finance and marketing student Adam Rilott broke his neck in a car accident and was deemed a quadriplegic. On May 22, he walked across the stage at graduation.

Alumni accolades

Andrew Rebstock, a 2009 M.S. in Accounting graduate, became the second Marquette grad in a row to receive the Elijah Watt Sells Award given annually to the top performers on the CPA Exam.

A 1990 MBA graduate was named “CIO of the Year” and four accounting alumni were named “CFO of the Year” by the Business Journal of Milwaukee.

Accounting alumna Danica E. Olson, accounting manager with the Milwaukee Bucks, was named president-elect of the 2011-2012 Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants Board of Directors.