"Success Starts Here" is a series of six articles that introduce new students to the UW-Eau Claire College of Business. A new article will be posted each week until the fall academic term begins.
Welcome to the COB team!
Teamwork is something we do a lot of in the College of Business. In fact, knowing how to work successfully in a team is one of our learning goals for students.
A great team requires effective leadership. Introducing Interim Dean Tim Vaughan, the college’s CEO, and some of the executive staff you will work with the next four years. You will learn what they do at work as well as what they do for fun. Who knows, you may have some interests in common!
FYI---You will get to meet Dean Vaughan and the executive staff in person at the COB Freshmen Meeting on September 5. Watch your email for more information.
Meet Timothy Vaughan
Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
What I do . . . I am responsible for ensuring that the college continues to provide a top-notch education directed at preparing students for success. This involves a lot of activities that are very similar to running a business, such as managing budgets, championing “product development” (which includes decisions about our majors, courses, and extra activities like internships) and developing and retaining our “human capital” (aka faculty and staff). Interestingly enough, I find my background in production and operations management, statistics and quantitative analytics very useful in all of these activities.
When I am not working . . . I try to stay in shape with a variety of exercise and outdoor activities. I enjoy hiking, camping, water sports as well as snow sports.
People are often surprised to learn . . . I play the harmonica and often have one in my pocket. I will play a tune for anyone willing to listen.
My best college memories include . . . the four years I spent on the Northern Iowa wrestling team, "trying harder" as they say, but loving every minute of the camaraderie. Backpacking in Colorado with some of my best friends is definitely right up there, too.
My favorite thing to do on the UW-Eau Claire campus is . . . to just walk around and appreciate how great the campus looks. UW System's "most beautiful campus" has gotten even prettier the past few years. I look forward to the new look of Garfield Avenue.
One item on my bucket list is . . . to take my kids on a boundary waters trip.
Meet Jean Pratt
Interim Associate Dean
Hometown: Wilder, Idaho
What I do . . . I process a lot of paperwork—petitions requesting a substitute of a course or a waiving of a program requirement, and readmission applications. I also help students who are having academic difficulties. Hopefully you will never be suspended from the university, but if you are, I will be one of the people reading your appeal letter.
When I am not working . . . you can find me in my flower beds.
People are often surprised to learn . . . that I am from a family of 14 children, and that my husband is mayor of Altoona.
My best college memories include . . . taking so many different classes (because I changed majors so many times) and going to football games.
My favorite things to do on campus is . . . to teach (first and foremost), and walk the beautiful grounds.
One item on my bucket list is . . . to go on a wine-tasting and cooking tour through Italy.
Meet Gretchen Hutterli
Assistant Dean-External Affairs
Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
What I do . . . I get to market the College of Business to students, alumni, employers and members of the business community. I work with Admissions so I may have already met you if you visited campus last year. I was also the person who took your photo this summer for the college's Facebook page. This is a great segue into my another important part of my job, which is to keep you up-to-date on what is happening in the COB through the BizWire e-newsletter, COB website and COB social media sites. I am the faculty advisor for the COB Student Advisory Board so I know a lot about our student orgs. Finally, I am the chair of the COB Scholarship Committee. Look for information about how to apply for business scholarships in March.
When I am not working . . . I love to travel and have traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
People are often surprised to learn . . . my husband teaches at UW-Eau Claire, and my daughter goes to school here. We are a Blugold family.
My best college memories include . . . being president of a student organization my senior year. In addition to gaining many leadership skills from the experience, I got to fly to San Diego to attend a national convention. This was my first airplane trip and I was very excited to go.
My favorite thing to do on the UW-Eau Claire campus is . . . meeting new students. You are the reason we are here! I also like to run into alumni at Career Conference and alumni events. It is fun to hear what they are doing.
One item on my bucket list is . . . to visit Cuba. I have always wanted to go there as my freshman roommate was born there. She and her family shares many memories of there time there with me.
Meet Raj Aroskar
Chair, Accounting + Finance Department
Hometown: Pune, India
What I do . . . I work with faculty, staff, and employers to ensure that we offer academic programs and educational opportunities that prepare our students for successful careers. I am responsible for recruiting and retaining quality faculty in my department. I teach international finance and investments classes and also write and review research articles for professional journals.
When I am not working . . . I enjoy reading about finance and business, and current events. I also like to travel, meet new people, and learn about other cultures.
People are often surprised to learn . . . my undergraduate degree was in electronic engineering. When I was growing up in India it was more common for college students to major in engineering or medicine than business. Of course that has changed now. I went on to get my M.B.A. with a focus in finance. I eventually went on to get a Ph.D. in finance.
My favorite thing to do on the UW-Eau Claire campus is . . . to meet accounting and finance alums when they come to campus to participate in Student Accounting Society and Financial Management Association activities, guest lecture in classes, or attend our Career Conferences.
One item on my bucket list is . . . to teach my children how to make informed financial decisions so they can become self-sufficient and contribute to society. Financial literacy is important for everyone!
Meet Tony Keys
Chair, Information Systems Department
Hometown: Doncaster, United Kingdom
What I do . . . I lead the information systems department. This involves assisting students, faculty, businesses, alumni in their interactions with the department. I advise students, especially students who transfer and those taking a second degree, as well as those who sign up for the minor in information systems. I visit with companies and cultivate relationships that will benefit our students. I also lead the college's SAP initiative and teach IS classes.
When I am not working . . . I like to orienteer, kayak, and sail when I get the opportunity, but mostly I enjoy running off the trail. I love to listen to music and enjoy movies and books of all kinds. Modeling is a favorite pastime, whether using a programming language, a spreadsheet or creating a world for a model train.
People are often surprised to learn . . . I am not Australian.
My best college memories include . . . meeting people who had the same passions I had. This made for some great times.
My favorite thing to do on the UW-Eau Claire campus is . . . to teach classes and run the trails.
One item on my bucket list is . . . to learn how to play a musical instrument.
Meet Kristy Lauver
Chair, Management + Marketing Department
Hometown: Merriam, Kansas
What I do . . . I spend a lot of my time on student issues related to course scheduling and degree planning. I also monitor course sizes and enrollments in the department to help ensure that students get the classes they need and the talented instructors they deserve. I teach undergraduate classes in strategic management and small business consulting. I am the adviser for Beta Gamma Sigma, the internationally recognized honors society for business students. I also conduct research on safety, organizational strategy, and most recently, sustainability.
When I am not working . . . I spend most of my time with my husband and two children. We enjoy outdoor activities such as biking, swimming, and snowmobiling, and participating in sports like baseball, soccer and go-carting.
People are often surprised to learn that . . . my family owns a small airplane which my husband pilots for us.
My best college memories include . . . everything --- from late night studying to spending time with friends! I still keep in touch with many of my college friends, and remember my experiences in college as great life-long learning opportunities.
My favorite thing to on on the UW-Eau Claire campus is . . . to walk outside and watch students interacting with everyone. There is always something going on.
One item on my bucket list is . . . to travel with the college's immersion trips to China and India.
Meet Paula Lentz
Program Director, Business Communication
Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
What I do . . . I ensure that students and our faculty and staff have what they need to do their work. This means that I schedule the classes that are taught each semester, manage course enrollments, and make sure that we have faculty and staff to teach the courses. I teach undergraduate and MBA business communication courses and have co-authored five textbooks on business communication.
When I am not working . . . I love to read. I will read anything, but I particularly enjoy mystery and suspense fiction by regional authors. I also enjoy playing and listening to all types of music.
People are often surprised to learn that . . . I am an extreme introvert --- perhaps some of you can relate. Fortunately, introverts are getting a lot of attention currently in research articles, books and popular media because of the value their communication styles bring to the workplace. Whether you're an introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between, knowing how to effectively respond to your audience, content, and purpose is what having good business communication skills is all about.
Some of the best things about my college experience were . . . professors who challenged me and the friends I made who are still my best friends, late-night study groups, extracurricular activities.
My favorite thing to do on the UW-Eau Claire campus is . . . to attend the annual holiday concert (or any concerts). The bands, orchestras, choirs, and ensembles on campus are fantastic!
One item on my bucket list is . . . to become proficient in speaking, reading, and writing German.
Introducing the Class of 2021! Meet your classmates, business faculty, staff, advisors, and student leaders, Tuesday, September 5 from 2-3:30 pm in the Davies Center Ojibwe Ballroom. Watch your email for more details.