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Summer greetings from Madison Alumni & Friends

I always feel bad that our students are off doing internships as they don’t get to experience Madison’s wonderful summers. But they are having fantastic learning and career-enhancing experiences so it makes up for it, of course.

The Wisconsin School of Business is on an upward trajectory these days and that is very exciting. Our incoming Dean, Dr. Vallabh “Samba” Sambamurthy, while hasn’t officially started has certainly been around Grainger as he is starting to get to know us, our industry and alumni friends and start a strategic planning vision for the WSB. We’re all looking forward to having him here full time starting in August. Our graduating class of 2019 all made a donation pledge back to UW as a part of the graduation campaign. This is an incredible sign of the bright future they see for UW – a big Thank You to our Class of 2019 and we would encourage you to consider making a gift to share in the enthusiasm. Alumni and industry contributions end up making over 50% of our operating budget which means we can’t do all that we do without your help.

Speaking of all we do, this was another great full school year.  We kicked off the year with the Summit in October 2018 – which was a phenomenal success. We hope you can mark your calendars for October 8-9, 2020 for the next Summit. Our Summit website will be updated as we have news to share. Our new Alumni Reps, David Gailey, Class of 2012 and Malcolm Thorne, Class of 1997, have already started thinking about how to make the next Summit even better.

We continued the recent tradition of going on a “Tech Trip” over spring break – this year traveling to Seattle. Rising second year student, David Koser, who is interning at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis wrote a great summary of the trip for this newsletter.  Thanks David. 

As you may have heard, the Wisconsin School of Business announced a new Masters in Business Analytics which will have its first cohort of students starting this fall. This new program is accompanied by eight new classes which the A.C. Nielsen Center is excited to announce that three of them will be a part of our required curriculum moving forward. We are thrilled to be able to update our curriculum to include more ‘Big Data’ analytical skills in addition to the quantitative and qualitative primary insight discovery tools we already teach. Our focus remains not only on the tools to find insights but also on the strategic implementation of those insights into marketing and business strategies, consistent with the MBA degree we offer. The three business analytic classes we added to the A.C. Nielsen Center MBA curriculum include: Data Technology, Data Visualization and Experimentation and Causal Analysis. I am helping the new Business Analytics initiative in addition to my role at the A.C. Nielsen Center so I am the person to contact if you have any questions about this new Masters. Exciting times!

As always, I see one of the reasons our program is so strong and well-respected, is because of the strong relationships we have with our alumni and industry friends. THANK YOU. Please let us know how you may want to get involved as we start to plan the next school year and as always, let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

All my best & On, Wisconsin!