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KGAB Radio reported on the UW School of Energy Resources' power generation and the environment symposium next month in Jackson. The Cheyenne radio station also announced UW's release about College of Business students who nominated two Wyoming companies that won Better Business Bureau Torch Award for implementing ethic practices.
The Washington Post and numerous other media outlets, including the worldwide Energybiz site, quote UW energy economist Timothy Considine in a story about a study concluding that state oversight of gas drilling has reduced environmental problems in Pennsylvania and will prevent major problems in New York if the state allows drilling to begin.
David Aadland, UW graduate studies director, is quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article about students posting old tests online for use as study guides for students across the U.S.
Anything posted online is fair game, according to Robert Sprague, a UW College of Business associate professor of business law who studies workplace privacy and technology, who is quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story about what constitutes privacy on a person's Facebook page or Twitter account when applying for a job.
In an interview with Modern Steel Construction , Department of Economics and Finance Professor Tim Considine says America's steel industry is playing a significant role in leading manufacturing out of the recession. It also appeared in such media outlets as The Sacramento Bee and Market Watch
Anne Alexander was a presenter at a recent forum in Casper that discussed Wyoming's thriving economy despite a difficult economy worldwide. Read the story in the Casper Star Tribune.
The World Financial Review carried a feature on global economic development and history written by Ed Barbier, professor in the UW Department of Economics.
UW Management Professor Roland Kidwell was quoted in the article When families age, businesses sometime suffer in
The free market website, Reason, quotes UW Economics Professor Charles Mason in an article about the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Red Orbit and several other websites highlighted an article by Management and Marketing faculty members Eric Arnould and Melea Press. Published in the Journal of Consumer Research, their article described how people's lives can be changed by identifying with an organization or workplace.
Professor of Finance Sherrill Shaffer is quoted in a Business Day article about the Federal Reserve's secret loans to banking industry giants.
Ecological Scarcity, Poverty and Development by UW Economics Professor Ed Barbier, in the independent public opinion blog Truthout.
UW Economics Professor Charles Mason, quoted in an article in the Fort Collins Coloradoan about how the Japanese nuclear power threat is causing a delay in the development of a regional uranium mine.
Management Professor Roland Kidwell was quoted in an article on employee slacking and the work environment in HR Magazine.

UW Economics Professor Timothy Considine, quoted in a Time magazine feature article that asks if shale gas could power the world.

Wyofile , the in-depth Wyoming news site, quoted UW Economics Professor Jay Shogren in an article about International efforts to address climate change.

OnEarth quotes UW Economics Professor Tim Considine in an article about the Department of Interior's announcement to lease vast tracts of the Powder River Basin for coal mining.

UW Economics Professor Timothy Considine, quoted in a Forbes article on green energy and job creation.

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2013 Conference: Nexus of Water and Energy

Cold Matters

COB's Karin Sybert and Steve Farkas honored for Service to UW Students

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April 22, 2013 — Members of the Mortar Board, the senior honor society at the University of Wyoming, selected UW staff members to receive the “Tip of the Cap” award. The award honors those who offered “exceptional contributions to the University of Wyoming and inspiration of students." Mortar Board recognizes students who have excelled in and out of the classroom, based on scholarship, leadership and service.

Mortar Board members participate in many projects and activities throughout the year, both on campus and in the Laramie community.

Ty McNamee, Mortar Board president, summed up the students’ feelings toward the Tip of the Cap recipients when he introduced his honoree, Margaux Christensen, Alumni Relations business manager.

“Margaux does a great deal for the UW Alumni Association and the university overall. She helps plan the entire UW Homecoming parade and advises the Wyoming Student Alumni Association,” McNamee said. “Margaux does all this and more with a smile on her face and a laid-back personality.”

Read more here.


UW College of Business Program Has Audience Beyond Wyoming Borders

April 15, 2013 — A workshop using author James P. Owen’s “Cowboy Ethics” book as its organizing concept is being used by the University of Wyoming College of Business and the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership.

The initiative, “Standing Tall in an Upside-Down World,” was created with the goal of inspiring business executives to serve as principled leaders in their companies, industries and communities. While originally created for Wyoming businesses, the program is now impacting corporate, government and community leaders well beyond the state’s borders, says Kent Noble, UW College of Business assistant dean of external relations. He leads the “Standing Tall” workshops.

“This was one of my best experiences in the United States,” says Shumaila Khalid from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, who recently participated in the workshop. “One of my main objectives in coming to America was to learn leadership behavior, and I think this course has largely provided me with what I need.”

“Standing Tall” sessions are designed to promote a lively exchange of ideas and opinions. Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts regarding issues of the day, as well as concerns within their industries and communities.

“Participants discuss the principles identified in the ‘Code of the West,’ while also discovering the reason why everyone needs a code to live by,” Noble says.

Read more here.


College of Business Investment Management Class Presents to State Loan Investment Board

April 15, 2013 — On April 11th, the Investment Management class presented their investment performance to the State Loan Investment Board In Cheyenne. The class manages approximately $1.25 million dollars in assets from the State of Wyoming and The University of Wyoming foundation. Members of the board are; Governor Matt Mead, Secretary of State Max Maxwell, State Treasurer Mark Gordon, State Auditor Cynthia Cloud and Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill. Unfortunately Governor Matt Mead was in the Middle East meeting with energy officials. The class prepared and presented their investment outlook which encompasses the current Global economic conditions and investment opportunities for this year. The students are currently producing a positive alpha over the S& P 500 benchmark, which is quite an accomplishment as approximately 70% of active managers are not able to beat their respective benchmark.



United Nations "Water for Life" Speaker will kick off Earth Week Events

April 15, 2013 — Robert Sandford, EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in Support of United Nations "Water for Life" Decade, will speak in the COB Auditorium this Wednesday, April 17th, Sandford's talk is entitled Cold Matters: Warming and the Energizing of the Hydrologic Cycle in North America, and it will be the first of a series of campus-wide Earth Week events. To learn more about Sandford's talk, click here.

Cold Matters


UW Students Present Business Plans in $30K Entrepreneurship Competition Friday

April 9, 2013 — University of Wyoming students will present a wide range of business plans Friday, April 12, in the John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition at the College of Business Building.

The competition begins at 9 a.m. in Room 123. Awards will b epresented at 1:30 p.m.

The competition encourages students to act on their talents, ideas and energy to produce tomorrow's leading businesses. The $30K competition awards cash prizes to outstanding teams of student entrepreneurs who submit their business plans for new ventures that show significant business potential.

UW undergraduates and graduate students are encouraged to enter the competition. Teams that combine members from various academic disciplines also are encouraged to compete. The John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition was known as the UW 10K Competition until 2011.

Read more here.

View the competition schedule here.

View team information and bios here.


UW Professor Named ACE Fellow

Jose RosaApril 1, 2013 — Jose Rosa, professor of marketing and sustainable business practices in the University of Wyoming College of Business, has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Rosa is among 50 Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, who were selected this year following a rigorous application process.

"ACE Fellowships represent the gold standard in academic leadership development in U.S. higher education," UW Provost Myron Allen says.

"My goal is to acquire knowledge and skills that can be put to good use at UW when I return," Rosa says. "Higher education in the United States is changing, as the needs of the country and the world grow, and social priorities shift. Along with other top research land grant universities, UW is committed to delivering even more value to the state of Wyoming and the nation, and I want to help it succeed in these endeavors."

Read more here.


Economics & Finance Seminar Series

January 14, 2013 — The speakers for the Spring 2013 Economics & Finance Seminar Series can be found here.  All interested individuals are welcome.


UW Professor's Work Appears in Two Prestigious Journals

December 7, 2012 — In the world of academics, having one of your works published in the scientific journal Science is a major accomplishment. The same goes with Nature, another of the world’s top peer-reviewed academic journals.

Edward Barbier, the John S. Bugas Professor of Economics at the University of Wyoming, has achieved the distinction of being published in both Science and Nature -- in the same year.

In March, Barbier’s commentary, “Tax ‘societal ills’ to save the planet,” appeared in Nature, outlining several steps that could foster further growth in the green economy worldwide via additional global commitments and funding mechanisms. And in the Nov. 16 issue of Science, an article by Barbier, “The Green Economy Post Rio+20,” makes many of the same arguments, calling for the Group of 20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (G20) to take further action to encourage sustainable development.

“It’s truly rare for a professor to publish in both Nature and Science in the same year, especially as a sole author,” UW Provost Myron Allen says. “Professor Barbier’s accomplishment is a testament not only to his hard work and deep insights, but also to the value of an outstanding community of scholars, such as UW’s Department of Economics and Finance.”

Read more here.


UW Professor's Book Explains Potential of Sustainable Enterprise

November 29, 2012 — Businesses everywhere would like to operate as better citizens toward the natural environment and toward communities, but how can they do this and still maintain profitability -- especially in economically challenging times?

Mark PetersonMark Peterson, a College of Business marketing associate professor at the University of Wyoming, has taken the challenge of addressing the question for the current era of business. Peterson explains his findings in “Sustainable Enterprise: A Macromarketing Approach” published this month by SAGE Publications.

Peterson encourages readers to think critically about the opportunities and limitations of business, as well as its positive and potentially negative effects to society. He has found that many businesses, of all sizes, today are competing more effectively when they take a holistic approach to the marketplace by considering the natural environment and people issues in their strategic planning.

Through the presentation of key research findings and actual company cases, Peterson poses and then answers important questions, including: How do firms use sustainability concepts to navigate their firms in global business today? Why do markets change? How can firms conduct business profitably with the environment in mind? How can firms conduct business profitably with poor consumers in mind?

Based on the premise that firms using holistic marketing strategies are better able to assess risks and identify opportunities, Peterson’s book explains how to create compelling and effective marketing plans designed to benefit the company, key stakeholders and society at large.

Read more here.


The Sandberg Series continues with Peter Kline

November 12, 2012 — The Department of Economics and Finance presents the latest in the Sandberg Series on November 16th at 2 pm in the Business Auditorium. Peter Kline is a financial advisor for the Merrill Lynch Company, and he will share his personal story as well as some tips and hints for creating a stable financial future.  His talk is entitled "From Laramie to Wall Street: What 31 Years In the Real World Have Taught Me."


UW Professor's Book Assesses Progress in Achieving Sustainable Economies

September 24, 2012 — More than 20 years after the landmark book “Blueprint for a Green Economy” presented practical measures for “greening” modern economies, two of the book’s original authors have revisited and updated the 1989 work to assess what is needed to achieve sustainable development.

Ed BarbierEdward Barbier, the John S. Bugas Professor of Economics at the University of Wyoming, is co-author of the updated work, “A New Blueprint for a Green Economy,” which once again emphasizes policies to achieve sustainability. Anil Markandya, scientific director at Spain’s Basque Centre for Climate Change and professor of economics at the University of Bath in Great Britain, is the other author.

The original book, Barbier says, was one of the first publications to explain why economics has a role in achieving sustainable economies. The authors laid out policies in three key areas: valuing the environment, accounting for the environment and incentives for environmental improvement.

“Although much has been accomplished, there is a need for a lot more to be done,” he says.

Read more here.


Andrikopoulos Joins UW Faculty as Ultra Petroleum Visiting Chair

September 20, 2012 — Senior energy industry executive Shaun Andrikopoulos has been awarded the Ultra Petroleum Visiting Chair in Energy Management at the University of Wyoming.

Andrikopoulos will work with other UW School of Energy Resources and College of Business faculty to help develop and launch a new executive program in energy management. He also will be responsible for teaching the second-year MBA capstone strategy course at the College of Business.

“We are delighted that Shaun has chosen to join our faculty for the next year,” says College of Business Dean Brent Hathaway. “Aside from his leadership as a College of Business Advisory Board member over the past eight years, he brings 25 years of industry experience to the college and to the classroom.”

Read more here.


Standing Tall in an Upside-Down World comes to Gillette

Code of the West

July 16, 2012 — The Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, along with the COB and the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership is hosting the "Standing Tall in an Upside-Down World" workshop at Gillette College this week. This half-day workshop is designed mainly for owners and managers of small to medium-sized businesses or organizations.  The goal of the program is to inspire Wyoming’s businesspeople to serve as principled leaders in their companies, industries, and communities at large.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will have an opportunity to make a pledge to “Stand Tall” by:
  • Living their Code each day
  • Finding tangible ways to put their principles into action
  • Being a role model for principled leadership
  • Giving of themself in community service

 For more information on the workshop, click here, or to register click here.



Guidebook Ranks UW among Nation’s Top Green Colleges

May 21, 2012 — The University of Wyoming is again ranked among the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges, according to a guidebook published by the Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council.

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The LEEDS certified COB Building - home to the Sustainable Business Practices program

"The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition" profiles 322 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada "that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation."

The ranking validates UW's special programs and initiatives to achieve a "green" campus, says Jim Scott, director of the UW Physical Plant and chairman of the Campus Sustainability Committee.

"This is the second consecutive year UW has received the recognition," Scott says. "It is rewarding to be recognized for our campus sustainability efforts, and it will let prospective students know the University of Wyoming is serious about its commitment to the environment."

President Tom Buchanan in 2007 signed the Presidents Climate Commitment, an initiative of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Membership comes with a set of requirements, including reporting greenhouse gas reductions and energy efficiencies.

UW has developed a Climate Action Plan (CAP), Scott says, with goals to decrease greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent by 2015, 25 percent by 2020 and 100 percent by 2050. The CAP proposes a plan to achieve those targeted goals through education and outreach, energy and climate research projects, implementation of energy efficiency upgrades and initiatives, and integrating sustainability throughout the institution.

Read more here.


COB Students Featured in UW Student Success Profiles

Recent COB alumni Dan Adams and Westin Grabow are featured in UW Success Profiles. Click here to read their stories.

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COB Faculty Member Receives Stewardship Award

May 4, 2012 — The University of Wyoming awarded President's Faculty Stewardship Awards to professors Larry Weatherford and Doug Hixon.

"When faculty members are willing to go above and beyond in building external relations, the fundraising programs for the university elevate to a higher level," says Ben Blalock, UW Foundation president. "Doug and Larry exemplify faculty members who represent the very best of what the University of Wyoming is all about and communicate that to external constituencies."

Larry Weatherford
Larry Weatherford

The UW President's Stewardship Award recognizes the leadership of a University of Wyoming faculty member who has excelled in relationship building and stewardship of alumni and donors through receipt of private gifts; engagement of former students in the activities of UW; and the commitment to strong external relationships for the betterment of the university.

"The joy donors feel when they give to the University of Wyoming is always enhanced by interactions with faculty and students because it helps them better understand the tremendous benefits of their philanthropy and opportunities to do even more," says Greg Dyekman, chairman of the UW Foundation Board of Directors. "When donors forge relationships on campus --particularly with faculty members -- they feel even more a part of the university's mission. This award honors those who have distinguished themselves by being the human links between donors and their university."

Each faculty member will receive $5,000; the college or department will receive $2,500; and the recipient can direct another $2,500 toward a university unit or club. The awards are funded by the University of Wyoming Foundation.

Read more here.

COB Alumni featured in Casper Star-Tribune's “Twenty Under 40”


The 2012 list of "20 of Wyoming's most impressive and inspiring young people" identified by the Star-Tribune includes several COB alumni. Follow the links below to read more about each one:

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Bryan Pederson Bryan Pederson Cassandra Hoffman Cassandra Hoffman


UW Business Students Participate in BBB Torch Awards

BBBBusiness students at the University of Wyoming were instrumental in getting two Wyoming businesses nominated - and selected - for the prestigious Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Business Ethics, presented April 24 in Loveland, Colo.

Alpha Kappa Psi Honor Society members Naomi Duprey, Kit Bartke, Pelar Conaway and Kaitlyn Davis prepared the nomination for BBB Torch Award winner Altitude Chophouse & Brewery in Laramie, while Kasey Watson, Blake Donoho, Kylie Haag and Kat Halsey prepared one for Puma Steel of Cheyenne.

WY students, along with business students from Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado, prepared entries on behalf of nominees, evaluating the ways in which the businesses promote the six TRUST! principles of EthicalEnterprising. These six principles are:

  • Transformation at the Top
  • Reinforce and Build
  • Unite the Team
  • Steer Performance
  • Treasure People
  • Enthusiastically Give Back!

"Our partnership with WY's College of Business provides students with experience in meeting and learning from owners and managers of ethical businesses in our area," said Carrie Rossman, director of the BBB Foundation, which presents the annual Torch Awards for Business Ethics.

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One Man's Treasure: A Sustainable Artwork Event

The American Marketing Association presents:

One Man's Treasure  April 27, 2012, 7 pm BU Atrium

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Journal Selects UW Economists for Best Paper Award

April 23, 2012 - The European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics (EAERE) has presented its "best paper of the year award" to University of Wyoming economists.

The award is for research by UW Economics Professors Dave Finnoff and Jason Shogren, and former graduate student Travis Warziniack, who is now with the U.S. Forest Service in Fort Collins, Colo. It recognizes exemplary research published during 2011 in the Environmental and Resource Economics (ERE) journal. The research is based on Warziniack's dissertation on the bioeconomics of invasive species.

The selection committee's citation reads, "A superb paper uniting a diversity of insights drawn from multiple disciplines to show how economics can address a major environmental issue in a sophisticated manner."

The journal's chief editor, Ian J. Bateman, describes the work as "a superb achievement that is a reflection of the excellent quality of your contribution to both ERE and the wider literature."

The award will be formally announced in June during the EAERE annual conference in Prague, Czech Republic.



COB Student Named UW's Co-Outstanding Graduating Woman

AwardApril 20, 2012 - Megan Degenfelder, who will graduate in May with dual degrees in political science and economics, is the co-recipient of the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award as the University of Wyoming's outstanding graduating woman.

The award, established in 1964, recognizes Degenfelder for exhibiting the finest leadership, academic integrity and citizenship qualities. She shares the award with Michaela Uhling of Saratoga. Sean Moran of Milford, Ohio, received the Tobin Award, honoring the outstanding graduating man.

Degenfelder is a Mortar Board chapter member and is the outgoing Associated Students of UW (ASUW) president. She has been involved with ASUW since her freshman year and will graduate with a 3.5 GPA.

One of her lasting legacies as ASUW president is helping to secure funding from the State Legislature -- and student fees -- for a $27 million improvement project to Half Acre Gym.

Read more here.

UW College of Business Students Meet with Warren and Jimmy Buffett

April 17, 2012 - Imagine sitting with billionaire Warren Buffett at a restaurant, listening to him talk business over root beer floats while Jimmy Buffett of "Margaritaville" fame gives an impromptu show at the same table.

COB students with BuffettThat was the setting for 19 University of Wyoming College of Business finance students who attended a nearly five-hour session Friday, April 13, in Omaha, Neb., with Warren Buffett, widely regarded as one of the world's most successful investors.

The UW students, along with other invited students from around the country, met in Buffett's office of Berkshire Hathaway in Omaha, where he is the company's primary shareholder, chairman and CEO.

Buffett hosts hundreds of students each year for lunch and tours of Berkshire's Nebraska Furniture Mart and Borsheims Jewelry. The highlight, the students say, is an extended question-and-answer session with Buffett, whose goal is to inspire future business leaders.

Read more here.

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COB Faculty Honored by University Disability Support Services

 April 16, 2012 - University Disability Support Services (UDSS) presented its "Going the Extra Mile" award to University of Wyoming faculty, staff and departments.

They were recognized for "demonstrating qualities of knowledge, sensitivity and helpfulness in assisting students with disabilities at the University of Wyoming," says Brynn Elliot, UDSS communication access services coordinator.

"Going the Extra Mile" recipients are:

Nicole Ballenger, associate provost, Academic Affairs.

Denise Burke, associate dean, College of Law.

Susan Dewey, associate professor, Gender and Women's Studies.

Kurt Dolence, associate professor, School of Pharmacy.

Anton Kim, graduate assistant, Economics and Finance.

Woody Lundmark, manager, Carpentry Shop.

Richard McGinity, Bill Daniels Chair of Business Ethics, Department of Management and Marketing.

Mark Rehwaldt, assistant lecturer, Civil and Architectural Engineering.

Hilla Skiba, assistant professor, Economics and Finance.

Charlie Stevens, assistant professor, Management and Marketing.

Matt Winninger, website strategist, Institutional Marketing.



Professor Ed Barbier Speaks at Global Challenges Conference


Wyoming Tribune Eagle features new Energy MBA

By Aerin Curtis

Tribune Eagle MBA StoryCHEYENNE - Degree options are increasing for students in the University of Wyoming's MBA program, thanks in part to Martin Saffer.
He is the director of the program, which has been undergoing  reorganization under his supervision.
"They wanted somebody who had an MBA and a business background who could just focus on the MBA program," he said.
Saffer has a history of running MBA programs, having previously been the associate dean of graduate programs at his alma mater, Lehigh
University, in Bethlehem, Pa.
He returned to Lehigh after a 30-year career with the Ford Motor  Company.
Vacationing in Wyoming helped draw him west when the director's position opened at UW, he said.
"(My wife) said to me, ‘Well, the only job you're qualified for in the state of Wyoming has become available. What do you want to do?'" he recalled.
When Saffer stepped in as director in 2010, it was the first time the position had not been filled by a rotating series of professors, he said.
"I'm here because I love MBA programs, and they were making some major changes," he said.
UW's MBA program was originally a little "vanilla," said UW professor of accounting Gary Fleischman. But it has been undergoing a renovation that has increased the number and kinds of offerings, he said.
Much of Saffer's work has been outside of the classroom, organizing the new pieces of the program and working with faculty.
"Because he has those executive skills, he's very easy to work with," Fleischman said. "He always tells you what's going on and is extremely level-headed."
In addition to classes, the MBA program has started to offer a  leadership program on Fridays, Saffer said. Those sessions bring in business leaders from surrounding communities to meet with MBA students.
The MBA program also offers students a summer opportunity to solve an industry-related problem with a team of classmates, Saffer said. The project gives students hands-on experience.
"I go out and meet with business leaders to find strategic initiatives that they would like investigated," he said.
In addition to the projects outside the classroom, which now includes etiquette work, the coursework also has been expanding.
There had been a longstanding partnership with the UW law school,  Saffer said. Now there are similar arrangements with engineering and pharmacy.
The newest of the group is set to be a degree with a focus on the energy sector, Saffer said.
"We're not just a one-resource state; we've got everything," he said. "Partnering with the School of Energy  Resources, we're able to complement the needs there and the great investment the state has made."
Two versions of the energy-related MBA are in the works and are set to start in the fall.
The shorter concentration offers students several energy management classes.
The almost two-year MBA in energy management has a wider range of courses, Saffer said.
One class he is anticipating teaches students skills like energy trading and hedging. An example would be how to buy fuel on an oil freighter that might take months to deliver. "They'll learn techniques on how do you negotiate
the price and how you do hedging programs to protect yourself," he said.
Fleischman said the changes to the MBA program already have started to attract students with a larger amount of business experience.
"It's something that we're all excited about and hoping the state will become excited about it," he said. "The MBA is supposed to be the flagship program of a business school and I believe it will now become (that)."

View the PDF here.  

 Reprinted from the Sunday, April 15, 2012 edition of the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle with permission of Cheyenne Newspapers, Inc., Copyright 2012.  All rights reserved.


UW College of Business Students to Meet with Warren Buffett

April 10, 2012 — It has taken University of Wyoming Assistant Professor Hilla Skiba four years on a long waiting list to get her finance class students the opportunity to meet with business icon Warren Buffett.

Nineteen finance students in the UW College of Business will spend nearly five hours Friday, April 13, with Buffett, widely regarded as one of the world's most successful investors.

The UW students, along with other invited students from around the country, will meet in Buffett's office of Berkshire Hathaway in Omaha, Neb., where he is the company's primary shareholder, chairman and CEO.

Students will engage in a two-hour question-and-answer session with the "Oracle of Omaha," followed by a luncheon and photo session with Buffett, who is regarded as one of the top five wealthiest men in the world.

Read more here.


Marketing Students Participate in Mittelstaedt Doctoral Symposium

For the second consecutive year, COB marketing professors and students in the PhD Program in Marketing participated in the Robert Mittelstaedt Doctoral Symposium

The Symposium features doctoral studentmittelstaedt symposiums from some of the best programs in the US as presenters and discussants, and serves as a forum where students receive feedback on their research ideas and mentoring from experienced academicians.  Participation in the Mittelstaedt Symposium is by invitation only, and an honor for the programs involved.

At the March 2012 Symposium gathering, Mya Pronschinske, a second year student, presented insights from her ethnographic research into beauty pageants, and Bret Leary, a first year student, served as a discussant on a paper studying conflict resolution in franchising.  In addition, six UW marketing professors attended: Stacey Baker, Kent Drummond, John Mittelstaedt, Stephanie Oneto, Terri Rittenburg, and José Antonio Rosa.


UW College of Business Co-Sponsors SEE Conference


Sustainability, ethics, and entrepreneurship are the core building blocks for harnessing the creation of a new generation of businesses that renew and strengthen rather than deplete or weaken the environmental, social and economic resources of our planet.

SEE ConferenceThe Rocky Mountains' Front Range, and the Boulder-Denver-Ft Collins triangle in particular, have become a hotbed for innovation in the renewable energy; clean-tech; green building technologies; green IT; organic foods and sustainable agriculture; green and sustainable entrepreneurship. Colorado has achieved national rankings for energy research, including the National Renewable Energy Lab (#3) and University of Colorado Boulder (#6,). Colorado State University is home to the world famous Engines and Energy Conversion Lab while the Colorado School of Mines is known for its best-in-class energy research facilities. The Daniels College of Business of the University of Denver is internationally recognized for its focus on ethics and sustainability. The University of Wyoming houses the School of Energy Resources, and its College of Business has college-wide initiatives in business ethics, entrepreneurship, and sustainability, including a PhD program in Marketing and Sustainable Business Practices. The Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado fosters entrepreneurship through its annual Entrepreneurial Challenge and emphasizes ethics through its annual EthicsDay symposium.

With this background in mind, in 2008, management departments from various universities along the Rockies' Front Range decided to synergize their respective strengths and capabilities in the areas of business ethics, sustainability, and entrepreneurship. To that end, they started the Front Range Management Research Seminars, which run twice a year.

Over the years, the seminars' popularity grew; they now attract 60-70 scholars from diverse institutions, including but not limited to University of Wyoming, Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado, University of Colorado (Boulder, Denver, & Colorado Springs), Denver University, School of Mines, and the Air Force Academy. The seminars also drew scholars from distant universities such as University of the Pacific, Clemson University, and even some international scholars too (Europe and China).

Given this energy behind the scholarly work and momentum behind the collaboration among the business schools, we decided to formalize the ties and convert one of these seminars into an international conference on Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship (SEE).

We are looking forward to your contribution and to seeing you at the SEE Conference!

Find more information on the SEE Conference here.


UW Student-led Team Captures Top Honors in $30K Entrepreneurship Competition

April 6, 2012 - A business plan that targets the emerging algal biomass industry recently was judged the top proposal in the John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition at the University of Wyoming College of Business.

PlanktOMICSLevi Lowder, a molecular biology doctoral candidate from Durango, Colo., and his PlanktOMICS team won $12,500 and one year of free rent to further develop the company at the Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC).

The WTBC offers a technology business incubator and an outreach program focused on early-stage, high-growth companies. The 30,000-square-foot facility, which opened in 2006, offers laboratory, office and shared-conference room space for client companies as well as a state-of-the-art data center.

Lowder, team leader and head bioengineer, says PlanktOMICS seeks to be an innovative leader in providing biotechnological services and products for an emerging algal biomass industry. The company provides advanced phenotype analysis and screening services, custom algal vector design and construction, algal transformation and gene-expression analysis.

His partners are Stephen Herbert, algal phenotyping specialist and senior adviser; Jacob Miller, laboratory service and business specialist; and staff consultant Min-Hyung Ryu, a genetic engineering and molecular biology consultant and a molecular biology doctoral candidate.

The John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition is designed to encourage students in the UW community to act on their talents, ideas and energy to produce tomorrow's leading businesses. The $30K competition awards cash prizes to outstanding teams of student entrepreneurs who submit their business plans for new ventures showing significant business potential.

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