A Banking Tradition
For more than 40 years, Wisconsin has been known as the hub of banking education in the Midwest. Summer banking schools, and countless banking graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business working in banking at all levels, have put Wisconsin on the banking map. That strong tradition has been enhanced in a major way with the creation of the Puelicher Center for Banking Education. The Center, formally established in November 1995, brings together a comprehensive program dedicated to state-of-the-art banking education and research. It focuses resources on banking research and the education of top-notch banking graduates. It also serves as an invaluable resources to the banking industry throughout Wisconsin, the Midwest, the nation and the world.
An Invaluable Resource
The Puelicher Center for Banking Education has much to offer students, researchers, and banking professionals.
For students, the Center supports undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered by the Finance Department that are tailored to careers in the financial services sector. The Center offers scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students as well as research assistant positions for graduate students in banking and finance. The Center's advisory board helps identify internship and placement opportunities for students. Students are exposed to, and often participate in, cutting-edge faculty research on important banking issues. In addition, involvement of banking professionals through the Center's advisory board expands the "real world" experience of banking students.
The Center's research funding serves as a magnet to attract and retain top faculty to the School of Business. Faculty in other departments, most notably economics and law, have the opportunity to work jointly with business faculty on research and teaching initiatives, thanks to Center resources.
The banking community benefits from the Center in several ways: access to top-caliber graduates, invitations to seminars and workshops on important and timely issues, exposure to research reports on important banking topics, and a variety of other programs bringing together academic and professional interests.
The Center supports outstanding faculty members through endowed faculty positions - the US Bank Professorship of Banking, Aschenbrener Chair of Banking, and the Prochnow Chair.
The Puelicher Center provides support for two lecturers who come from the banking world whose practical experience is invaluable in supplementing business theory.
In addition, the program provides summer salary support and research funding for faculty members affiliated with the Center, helping them to develop crucial expertise in important areas relating to banking.
The Puelicher Center provides the resources to disseminate important findings to the international business community through special conferences and publications.
A Splendid Facility
The Puelicher Center for Banking Education is located in Grainger Hall, the home of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business. The five-story building, which opened in 1993, is one of the most technologically advanced business school facilities in the country.
Grainger Hall contains 30 modern classrooms, two large lecture halls, a superb auditorium, and an outstanding two-story library. Leading-edge instructional technology is incorporated throughout.
Grainger Hall literally puts the world at the fingertips of students, faculty, and the business community. State-of-the-art electronic capabilities include network hook-ups throughout the building allow easy access to numerous data bases. Instant two-way video communication is possible with locations anywhere in the world.
Complementing its high-tech resources, Grainger Hall is a user-friendly educational environment. The proximity of faculty offices across al programs in the school and with classrooms and commons areas encourages collaboration and the exchange of ideas.
These outstanding facilities provide the Puelicher Center for Banking Education with the tools needed to play a key role in banking education.