Ceremonial ribbon cutting celebrates new School of Business

May 7, 2014

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Chancellor Dennis J. Shields, Dean Wayne Weber, and Director of School of Business Susan Hansen

PLATTEVILLE­­­, Wis. — With a ceremonial ribbon cutting, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville officially declared its new School of Business open on May 6. Approximately 100 people attended the ceremony outside Ullsvik Hall, where the offices and many of the classrooms are located.

Previously, the university had a business and accounting department. The new School of Business will better recognize all the business-related classes, majors, minors and graduate programs under one area. The School of Business houses 950 business administration and accounting majors, with approximately 670 on campus and the rest either in print-based or online programs. Another 680 graduate students are seeking online master’s degrees.

“This School of Business designation reflects the university’s dedication to continuously improve its business-related undergraduate and graduate programs,” said Chancellor Dennis J. Shields, who later added, “Ultimately, the end result allows our university to further engage our students through solid methodology and hands-on learning opportunities that will prepare them for a globalized workforce.”

The School of Business gives UW-Platteville three such programs, joining the School of Education and School of Agriculture.

“Organized as a school we can partner with companies who need our graduates, develop research and collaborative opportunities between businesses and faculty and build new outreach efforts which serve the needs of businesses,” said Dr. Susan Hansen, director of the School of Business. “We don’t know exactly what the future holds for us, but we do know our sustainability depends on our ability to meet the challenges that we face.  Our mission, our passion, is to provide an applied, quality education.  We want to stay true to that mission in an era of decreasing resources.  Organized as a School of Business, we are better suited to attract partners who share our mission. This is a proud day for the individuals in our unit.”

On-campus undergraduate degrees are offered in accounting and business administration, with emphases in finance, general business, human resource management, management, sales and marketing communications, integrated supply chain and international business. Minors are offered in accounting and business administration.

Online or print-based undergraduate degrees are offered in business administration, with online master’s degrees available in project management, integrated supply chain management, organizational change leadership and distance education leadership. UW-Platteville Distance Education is in its 36th year of providing flexible programs designed to fit adult students’ lifestyles.

Dr. Wayne Weber, dean of the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture, credited the hard work of the students, faculty and staff for the need to create the new designation.

“When you look at these people and what they are doing, you can’t help but get fired up,” he said. “They are the backbone of the School of Business.”

Written by: Paul Erickson, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, ericksop@uwplatt.edu

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