December 15, 2010
Commencement Set for December 18; COB Alums Altobelli-Andersen, Eberhardt, and Schadeberg to be Recognized
Commencement exercises for 839 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 18 in Zorn Arena.
Candidates for the College of Business will receive degrees during the 9 a.m. ceremony. Candidates for the master's degree in business administration will receive degrees during the 2 p.m. ceremony. Those unable to attend can view the ceremony online.
A total of 775 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 180 from the College of Business. A total of 64 students are master's degree candidates. Of those 29 are from the College of Business.
Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Provost and Vice Chancellor Patricia Kleine will present the candidates. Dean Diane Hoadley will present the diplomas to candidates for a bachelor’s in business administration degree. Dr. Michael Wick, dean of Graduate Studies and associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Martin Wood, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will present diplomas and hood the master's degree candidates.
Several other alumni will receive awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.
Michelle Altobelli-Andersen, a 1991 marketing graduate will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. The honor recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation that brings credit upon the recipient and the university.
The President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements as well as service to UW-Eau Claire. Todd Michael Eberhardt, a 1989 marketing graduate, during the morning ceremony and Terry Schadeberg, a 1985 accounting and business finance graduate, will receive the award during the afternoon ceremony.
A reception for graduate and guests will follow each ceremony in the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.
Tickets, required for admission to both ceremonies, are available only to graduating students. There will be a remote-site broadcast of the ceremony in Davies Theatre and in Room 100 of Hibbard Hall. No tickets are required for the remote-site broadcast.
Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient
Michelle Altobelli-Andersen is the founder, CEO and promotional consultant for Altobelli Advantage Inc., based in Rogers, Minn. This year the company was selected as one of the top 500 emerging businesses in the United States by DiversityBusiness.com, the nation's leading multicultural business website.
Altobelli-Andersen graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1991 with a bachelor of business administration degree. While a student, she participated in an exchange program with Southern Denmark International University of Business in Sonderborg, Denmark. She also graduated from cosmetology school in Virginia, Minn., and used that training to work her way through college.
After graduating from UW-Eau Claire, Altobelli-Andersen was manager of Newport Bar and Care in Hellerup, Denmark, from 1991-93. From 1993-94, she was a salesperson for Sysco Food Service in St. Paul, Minn., and from 1994-2004, was a promotional consultant for Design Incentives in St. Paul, Minn As part of her advertising work Altobelli-Andersen successfully implemented nationwide promotional campaigns where substantial proceeds were given to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Susan G. Koman Foundation.
President's Award Recipients
Todd Eberhardt graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a bachelor of business administration degree in 1989. Following his graduation, he began his career at Dun & Bradstreet. He worked in sales, and in 1992 received the company's President's Club Award, which is given to the top-performing salespeople in the country. After five years with Dun & Bradstreet, Eberhardt and two partners started Comm-Works, a nationwide voice and data service company in the Twin Cities. What started as a one-room, three-owner company grew to a company of more than 100 employees producing annual revenues of more than $50 million. The company was on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States in 2002 and 2003.
In 2006 Eberhardt started Sonic Management Group, which supports growing telecommunications companies with vital business tools and resources. The company provides management services such as human resources, recruiting, 401K planning, software programs and marketing.
Terry Schadeberg is president of NORD Gear Corp. in Waunakee. NORD Gear is a multinational manufacturer of gear motors, motors and frequency inverters. Under Schadeberg's watch, NORD Gear has averaged greater than 18 percent growth per year from 1999-2008. The company also has increased market share ranking in the gear-motor industry from No. 8 in 1997 to No. 2 in 2010.
Schadeberg received a bachelor of business administration degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1985 and a master of business administration degree from the University of Memphis in 1993.
He served as a tax consultant for Peat, Marwick, Main & Co. from 1985-87 and in 1987 became a cost analyst for Kimberly-Clark Corp. in Memphis, Tenn. In 1988 Schadeberg joined Schering-Plough Inc. in Memphis, where he held several positions. He then became a sector controller for Thomas & Betts Inc. in Memphis and quickly moved on to become chief financial officer at AZO Inc., then vice president of Finance Skywire Inc., both in Memphis. He became president of NORD Gear in 1997.