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COB names 2015 award recipients

Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Business employees have been recognized for their contributions to the college in the areas of coaching, and creativity and innovation. 

Jessica Franson, College of Business Distance Learning coordinator, was the recipient of the 2015 College of Business Coaching Award. The award is presented to an employee who improved the performance of students, faculty, and staff through effective guidance, advising, or mentoring.  

Dr. Jack Hoggatt, professor emeritus, was honored with the 2015 College of Business Creativity and Innovation Award. The award is presented to a faculty or staff member who generated novel and valuable ideas and used these ideas to develop new or improved processes, methods, systems, programs, or services. 

Dean Diane Hoadley presented each recipient with an award and $500 at a college-wide meeting held August 26. The awards were funded by gifts made by alumni through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.  

2015 Award Recipients

Coaching Award: Jessica Franson, Distance Learning Coordinator

Jessica Franson has played a key role in building community among the faculty and staff who teach and work in the college's online programs. As the college's coordinator for distance learning, she meets with development staff weekly to answer their questions, set professional development goals, and provide encouragement. Franson also assists online instructors by helping them develop or revise their online courses. She does this by providing one-on-one support, as well as by developing and teaching online training programs and hosting professional development opportunities like the "Lunch Outside the Box" series.  

In addition, Franson has stepped in on several occasions to teach online courses for the college. Her willingness to go above and beyond her designer position has helped her better understand the issues faculty members encounter in their courses. She has become a perfect coach/mentor to faculty who are struggling with issues in their classes or who are new to online teaching because she possesses both the theory and the practice. Faculty are confident in her advice and suggestions because they know she has "been there" as well.  

Creativity and Innovation Award: Dr. Jack Hoggatt, Professor Emeritus

Dr. Jack Hoggatt has displayed creativity and innovation throughout his tenure at UW-Eau Claire.  

As a faculty member, he developed the curriculum for BCOM 405, Advanced Business Communication, one of the first courses in the college to utilize a simulated business environment. Later as chair of the Business Communication Program, Hoggatt helped develop the Advanced Business Communication certificate and the Student Professional Development Program. Both programs have served as models for other business schools. 

In 2011, Hoggatt chaired a committee that created the Center for Advising, Development and Enrichment (CADE), the college's full service advising center. While centralized advising isn't innovative, it was unique for the college. As the CADE director, Hoggatt secured grants, developed job descriptions, hired and trained staff, and managed the budget. CADE has improved the overall quality of the college's academic advising as students work with professionals who are trained advisers.