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UW-Eau Claire College of Business to
Dedicate New High-Tech Labs

MAILED: Oct. 7, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE  The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Business will host a dedication, cookout, open house and reception Friday, Oct. 11, to celebrate the creation of two new high-tech labs for business students. All events are open to the public.
         A ceremony to dedicate the Thomas Auth Accounting Lab and UW-Eau Claire Foundation Communication Center, and the Hormel Foods College of Business Team Lab is slated for 11-11:45 a.m. in Room 100 of Schneider Hall.
         Cargill Inc. also will be honored during the dedication ceremony for its recent gift to expand and upgrade the Cargill Technology Center at UW-Eau Claire.
         The Hormel Foods Homecoming Cookout and Celebration will run from noon to 3 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall (or Council Fire Room, Davies Center, if it rains). Chilidogs, brats and other foods will be on sale from noon to 1:30 p.m. SPAMMY™ and the SPAMMOBILE will be on campus for the cookout and celebration. The SPAMMOBILE will serve free sample-size burgers from noon to 3 p.m.
         The College of Business will host an open house from 1:30-3 p.m. in Schneider Hall to demonstrate how UW-Eau Claire business students use technology.
         There will be presentations in the following labs every 30 minutes:

         The College of Business also will host reception for alumni and friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Mona Lisa’s Restaurant, 428 Water St., Eau Claire.
         The College of Business has an impressive collection of high-tech labs, all of which allow students to use new technologies while developing the skills they need to succeed in team-based business environments, said Tom Dock, dean of the College of Business.
         “Anywhere you look in the College of Business, you will see students working on group projects,” Dock said. “We stress team skill development through our curriculum because the team is fast becoming the basic unit in organizations. The ability to direct and guide others as a team leader or work productively as a teammate are key competencies for any manager.”
         “Not only does the lab provide us with up-to-date technology, but it also provides us with a place to meet, work and connect with others,” Robin Goulet, a senior accounting and finance major said of the Auth lab. “I often find myself in the lab discussing current professional issues with other students.”
         UW-Eau Claire graduates working in the business world agree with the College of Business’s team-based approach. “In today’s business environment, teamwork is absolutely critical for success,” said Larry Vorpahl, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate and vice president of marketing for Hormel Foods’ Grocery Products Division. “At Hormel Foods, we operate through collaborative efforts of cross-functional teams to accomplish most initiatives in the organization.”
         Because of the university’s reputation for providing quality business education, Hormel Foods has a long history of hiring graduates from UW-Eau Claire.
         “As a graduate of UW-Eau Claire, I’m in good company,” said Kurt Mueller, vice president-sales and marketing of Hormel Foods’ Fresh Pork Meat Products Group. “At Hormel, you’ll find UW-Eau Claire alumni in all functional areas and at all levels within the company — at the home office in marketing, accounting and IS, as well as around the country in various sales and sales management positions.”
         “Over the past 25 years, UW-Eau Claire has provided Hormel Foods with many talented people, so we appreciate the opportunity to formally recognize this partnership,” Mueller said of the new Hormel lab.
         Thomas Auth, a UW-Eau Claire alumnus and chair of Interlogix Inc., supported the Auth lab because of the important role the university played in his professional success.
         “Making a successful transition from a small town, rural background into the business world required a knowledge base and confidence,” Auth said. “My UW-Eau Claire years gave me that strong foundation. The learning and social environment, coupled with the curriculum and dedicated professors, made UW-Eau Claire a perfect fit for me at that stage of my life.”
         For information about any of the Oct. 11 College of Business events or about the business technology labs, contact Gretchen Hutterli at (715) 836-5930 or

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Updated: October 7, 2002