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February 12, 2013

Blugold Commitment Differential Tuition funds support enrichment opportunities for business students

Three University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Department of Management and Marketing proposals will receive Blugold Commitment Differential Tuition funding, according to Stephanie Jamelske, UW-Eau Claire Academic Affairs budget officer. The awards are effective July 1, 2013.

The following Department of Management and Marketing proposals have been selected for funding:

"APICS Annual Great Lakes Case Competition", a proposal written by Theresa Wells, has been awarded $2,305. The grant will be used to send two teams of eight UW-Eau Claire students to compete at the annual case competition hosted by the Great Lakes District of APICS – The Association for Operations Management. Approximately 25 student teams from universities and colleges in the Midwest participate in the event which is held in Chicago, IL every February. At the competition, teams are given a real world case problem to solve. Each team must produce a 3-page paper and a 5-minute PowerPoint presentation highlighting their recommendations. The event is judged by APICS professionals who give constructive feedback to each team. Students who participate in the APICS case competition will enhance their knowledge of operations management and develop their written and oral communication skills.

“National Winterim Immersion Experience for Health Care Administration Students”, a proposal written by LaNette Flunker, Dr. Jennifer Johs-Artisensi and Dr. Douglas Olson, has been awarded $11,921. The grant will be used to develop and offer a Winterim immersion experience for UW-Eau Claire health care administration students. Students will visit Chicago, IL where they will meet with executives and staff at several national senior health care associations. Visits will be arranged at sites that have implemented innovative programs such as energy efficient smart houses, special population centers promoting person-centered care principles, and technology to advance patient autonomy and organizational efficiency. Students who participate in the experience will develop a broader view of what these senior health organizations do and gain a better understanding of how they can engage with these organizations in the future as health care administrators. The first immersion experience will be offered Winterim 2014.    

“Building Momentum: Enhancing Professional Development Opportunities for Marketing Students”, a proposal written by Dr. Robert Erffmeyer and Dr. Scott Swanson, has been awarded $39,510. The grant will be used to help fund the expenses of UW-Eau Claire marketing students who participate in sales and case competitions at universities and regional and national professional conferences around the country. The grant will cover up to 50 percent of the student’s travel expenses. UW-Eau Claire marketing students who participate in these high impact experiences will gain self-confidence, develop communication skills, and apply and test what they have learned in the classroom. Their participation will also enhance the reputation of UW-Eau Claire and its marketing program.

"We are very pleased these proposals were funded," said Dr. Kristy Lauver, interim chair of the Department of Management and Marketing. “All three proposals support enrichment opportunities that enhance our students’ skills and knowledge in areas that are valued by employers."

The Blugold Commitment is a student-funded initiative that allows the university to maintain and enhance the high-impact learning experiences students say they value. Thirty-four proposals requesting over $1.75 million in Blugold Commitment Differential Tuition funding were received by the Office of the Provost for the 2013-14 academic year. For more information about the Blugold Commitment, visit

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