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Kollross named 2016 Outstanding Business Student

Taylor Kollross, a health care administration student from Eau Claire, WI, was selected by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Business faculty and staff as the 2016 Outstanding Senior. Kollross, who is an outstanding student, will graduate summa cum laude in May.

The College of Business student receiving this award demonstrates great promise and outstanding achievement in his/her chosen field. Personality and involvement in university activities are also important attributes.

Kollross will be recognized at the 2016 University Student Excellence Awards reception on Thursday, May 5 at 5 pm in the Davies Center Ojibwe Ballroom, Room 330. The reception is hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, UW-Eau Claire Foundation, and UW-Eau Claire University Centers.

For more information, contact Gretchen Hutterli, assistant dean, UW-Eau Claire College of Business. 

Meet Taylor Kollross

“I am truly honored and honestly speechless,” said Taylor Kollross when she heard she was selected at the 2016 College of Business Outstanding Senior. “Thank you to the entire College of Business faculty and staff.”

Kollross always knew she wanted to work in a medical field; she just didn’t know which one. She began her college career at UW-La Crosse, where she was majoring in psychology and pre-dentistry. At the end of her sophomore year, she found she was more interested in managing a health care facility than practicing in one.

UW-La Crosse’s loss was UW-Eau Claire’s gain.

Kollross became intrigued by the health care administration major after talking to her older sister’s roommates, both recent UW-Eau Claire health care administration graduates. So she enrolled in HCAD 101, a one-credit introductory course that included guest lectures from industry leaders, and field trips to area senior care and assisted living facilities.

“After the class, I was sold,” said Kollross. “I knew this is what I wanted to do, and I have not looked back ever since.”

While at UW-Eau Claire, Kollross has had the opportunity to present at several national conferences. In 2015, she attended the American College of Health Care Administrators Convocation in San Antonio, TX, where she presented a research poster on how the roles and responsibilities of top management impact the performance outcome of the facility. This year, she was invited by Provider Magazine, the monthly publication of the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living, to share the lessons she learned when she admitted herself to her own long-term care facility in the guise of a resident with mock impairments. She gave her presentation, “The Other End of the Call Light: A 24-Hour Resident Immersion”, to 1,500 health care providers at Provider Magazine’s LED Talks.

Currently, Kollross is finishing a 50-week required practicum at Woodbury Senior Living in Woodbury, MN, an experience that has kept her busy this year. In addition to learning how the facility operates by doing rotations in dietary, nursing, accounting, housekeeping, maintenance, HR, and admissions, she is taking online classes and has completed three extensive leadership projects.

Kollross is looking forward to graduation and some downtime. Then she will start interviewing; she would like to find a position in Minnesota or Wisconsin as either an administrator of a long-term care facility or as an assistant administrator at a large campus. Eventually, she plans on going to graduate school.

Another one of her aspirations is to become a preceptor for the very same health care administration program she graduated from.

“I've had two different preceptors during the last ten months, and I've learned so much from them — much more than I ever thought possible,” said Kollross. “The HCAD program has done amazing things for me and I would like to give back to it.”