September 8, 2010
Business Alumni and Athletes John Mago and Jill (Schoenike) Martin Selected for Blugold Hall of Fame
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Business graduates John Mago and Jill (Schoenike) Martin will be inducted into the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Hall of Fame on September 12, 2010, along with four other UW-Eau Claire alumni.
The Blugold Hall of Fame was established in 1973 to pay tribute, give deserved recognition and enhance school tradition by honoring former athletic letterwinners, coaches or administrators who showed distinctive, unique or exceptional ability while on the campus at Eau Claire and have distinguished themselves in their profession or personally since leaving the institution.
For women athletes, there must be a lapse of 11 years from their final season of eligibility before they can be considered for induction and for men 15 years.
The class will be recognized at halftime of the football game vs. St. John's University Saturday, September 11 and inducted during a banquet at the Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites, 3340 Mondovi Road, Sunday. A social hour will begin at 11 a.m. with the dinner at noon and the program at 1 p.m. Tickets for the banquet, which will also include presentation of the 2009-10 Blugold Super Six Salute award winners and several other recognitions, are $25 and can be obtained by contacting the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association at (715) 836-3266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Mago won a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national championship in the shot put in 1986. When he left UW-Eau Claire, Mago held the school indoor and outdoor shot put records. He was the team field event MVP in 1984 and 1986. Besides winning the shot put title in 1986, Mago also claimed a seventh place in the 35-pound weight throw at the NAIA meet that year.
Mago earned a business finance degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1987. He has advanced degrees from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (Ed.D), Cardinal Stritch University (MS) and the Minnesota School of Business (MBA). Mago began his career as a national project/sales manager for Strom Engineering from 1993-98 and then became vice-president of marketing at Award Staffing Services. Since 2004 Mago has been department chair of undergraduate business programs for the University of Phoenix and since 2006 he has been a business professor at Anoka Ramsey Community College. Mago has been a member of the Minnesota Business Educators, Inc. since 2002 and the Twin Cities Human Resources Association since 1999. He has served as an advisor for a number of groups and a volunteer with several service organizations. He was named Faculty of the Year in 2007 for the University of Phoenix.
Jill (Schoenike) Martin is the only National Fastpitch Coaches Association first-team All-American in UW-Eau Claire softball history. She played on the first Blugold softball team to advance to the NCAA tournament in 1997 and also the first to advance through the regional to the national tournament in 1999. She was named to the regional All-Tournament team twice and the national All-Tournament team as a senior.
The four-year All-Conference performer still ranks first in career RBI (156) and career doubles (51) and is second in batting average (.411) and third in home runs (21). An outstanding first baseman, Martin still ranks third in NCAA Division III career statistics for putouts.
Martin graduated with a business degree in accounting in 1999. She received her law degree in 2004 from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Martin was a legislative auditor with the Legislative Audit Bureau from 1999 through 2001 and a law clerk in the University of Nebraska Foundation from 2002-04. She became an associate attorney in the Schroeder Group, SC, Attorneys at Law in 2004 and a trust administrator and attorney with Marshall & Ilsley Trust Company, N.A. in 2006, a position she still holds. Martin is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She currently serves as co-chair of the Association of Women Lawyers Estate Planning Discussion Group and is an active member of the Waukesha County Estate Planning Council.