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Jensen named 2015 Outstanding Business Senior

Abbie Rae Jensen, a senior University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire accounting major from Menomonie, WI, is the 2015 College of Business Outstanding Senior. The annual award is presented to a graduating student who demonstrates great promise and outstanding achievement in his/her chosen field. Personality and involvement in university activities are also important attributes.

"Abbie is one of the best students I have ever had in class," said Dr. Bill Miller, associate professor of accounting. "She is always engaged in the materials, always prepared and always willing to participate or share ideas."

Dr. D'Arcy Becker, professor of accounting, agreed. 

"Abbie has the ability to integrate new topics she learns with things she already knows, which is always a sign of an outstanding student," said Becker. "She also is a terrific person who is upbeat, helpful to other students and enthusiastic." 

Jensen was recognized at the 2015 University Student Excellence Awards reception on Thursday, May 7 in the Davies Center Ojibwe Ballroom. The reception was 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 Abbie Jensen  

"Abbie will do well in her profession, not only because she has the ability to understand accounting scenarios and pay attention to detail, but because of her tremendous work ethic," said Ingrid Ulstad, senior lecturer of accounting.

Jensen, who grew up on a farm, credits her interest in showing dairy cattle with helping her develop a work ethic that includes self-discipline, a sense of responsibility and pride in one's work. 

"To get an animal ready to be shown I have to spend multiple hours every week caring for my calf and training it," she explained. "This has taught me to be dedicated to the work that I do and to see the project through, no matter how difficult the task may be. When walking into the show ring, I also take pride in the work I did to get that particular animal ready. I still feel this way even if I don't place at the top of the class."

Jensen, who is from Menomonie, WI, considered several different universities before deciding on UW-Eau Claire. Two things made UW-Eau Claire stand out--its location and the excellent reputation of the business school. Family is important to Jensen and Eau Claire was far enough away from Menomonie but still close enough that she could get home if the need arose. She also liked the fact that the College of Business was highly regarded by employers in the Chippewa Valley and the Twin Cities. For her, UW-Eau Claire was the obvious choice.  

Jensen decided to major in accounting because she enjoys business and accounting seemed like the best fit for her.  As she got further into her accounting courses, she realized how much she enjoyed the subject.

"My ultimate goal during college was to try to find a career path that I will love and I feel that is exactly what accounting offers me," she said. "Accounting is a profession where I will constantly be helping others. Whether I work in tax, audit or some other aspect of accounting, I know individuals or businesses will need my knowledge/service to be successful."

Jensen believes her experience in the College of Business has prepared her for the future by shaping her into a professional. As a business student she has had the opportunity to network with others in her field, develop leadership skills, and build her resume through internships and on campus work opportunities. These experiences have taught her many important lessons including the importance of good communication skills. For that reason, she decided to complete the advanced business communication certificate in addition to her accounting major.  

"No matter what I end up doing, it is inevitable that I will need to communicate with others," said Jensen." Obtaining the certificate has put my skills to the test. I now feel more confident writing business reports and correspondence, and speaking one-on-one in a client setting and in front of a group."

Jensen, who is in the university's honors program, will graduate in December 2015 with over a 3.9 grade point average. She plans to sit for the CPA examination and begin her career in a public accounting firm. While she is excited to graduate after four and a half years at UW-Eau Claire, she will miss the interactions and relationships she has built with co-workers, friends and faculty members.

"I will always be thankful for the College of Business faculty and staff I had the opportunity to work with," said Jensen. "I truly feel that I would not have been able to reach this level of excellence without them. They have pushed me to reach my full potential and always encouraged me to be the best I can be. For that, I am forever thankful."