Letter From the Dean

Dear CUW Alumni,

Welcome to the third edition of our Business on the Bluff Alumni Newsletter. I hope you are enjoying your summer, and that 2017 has already brought you many blessings. As always, there are many exciting changes and developments in the Batterman School of Business; and, I am excited to share some of those with you now.

In the last issue of our newsletter, the big news was the announcement of the naming of our school, to honor our generous donor Ted Batterman. Now, I have the pleasure of making another big announcement – the naming of the building itself, as the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center! This is the result of a substantial seven figure gift from the Robert W. Plaster Foundation, towards our capital campaign for the new building for the Batterman School of Business. We are still in need of additional fundraising, so are postponing ground-breaking until we make a bit more progress. But, we are on track for breaking ground within the next year.

In a bit of sad news for us, this spring we lost a pillar for our school. Mary Neman retired. Mary has served the school so generously and with love for many years, and through many Deans before me. I am truly grateful for all she has done, and know that she has played a central role in building our school. I know many of you knew and loved Mary. But, know that she is very much enjoying her retirement, and especially being a grandmother. She has also been wonderful in helping our new Assistant to the Deans, Janet Mushall. Janet was previously the executive assistant to Curt Gielow, and then to the Concordia School of Pharmacy. So far, she enjoys the challenges of a fast moving and entrepreneurial environment like our school of business, so please welcome her when you stop by.

While we remain true to our mission and faith-based approach to education, our school continues to grow in size and quality rankings, both of which are important to me. I would never sacrifice quality in the name of growth! As one example, our MBA program recently moved up in the US News rankings, and continues to be ranked the largest in the region.

There are many other exciting development in the last six months, and you will read about them in the pages within – so enjoy! You will read about new faculty, our alumnus of the year, and the creation of a new think tank that grew out of our March 21st Healthcare Economics Summit, which was kicked off by Governor Walker, and followed by talks from some of the most prominent minds in the “business of healthcare.”

I hope you are all doing well, and please stop by to visit any time. In fact, come to our July 12th Alumni Chinook’s game! Sign up here: https://www.cuw.edu/alumni/events/chinooks.html

Yours in Christ,

Daniel Sem, PhD, MBA, JD

Dean, Batterman School of Business