UW-Stout marketing education alumni received national and state awards earlier this year.

  • Heather Breske ’96 and Scott Shriver ’85 received the Leavy Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education at a ceremony held in Philadelphia.

 The award honors all levels of education that inspire students to gain a better understanding of the free enterprise system. It was granted to 12 programs across the U.S. out of more than 80 applicants.

Breske and Shriver teach marketing and entrepreneurship classes at Holmen High School, north of La Crosse. Each year their students open a business as a capstone project in their entrepreneurship class.

The instructors also hold an Entrepreneurship Week and send DECA students to local elementary schools and middle school business classes to present on free enterprise and financial literacy.

At UW-Stout, Breske and Shriver participated in cooperative programs between the university marketing and Menomonie High School. A store was opened, with UW-Stout students taking on management and mentor roles and high school students working as sales associates. At Holmen they are successfully replicating the program model.

  • Blake Bodenburg ’98 was named Minnesota Marketing Teacher of the Year at the Minnesota DECA Career Development Conference. Bodenburg teaches and is the DECA adviser at Coon Rapids High School. He has worked in the Anoka-Hennepin School District for 13 years. Bodenburg loves everything about teaching. “I wake up every morning thinking about what is going to happen that day,” he said. “I love to see students set goals and achieve more than they think they can. I love to see students gain confidence that they’ll have the rest of their lives.”

 DECA is a student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

  • Keegan O’Brien ’03 received the Outstanding Wisconsin DECA Chapter Adviser of the Year award at the Wisconsin DECA Conference in March. He teaches Marketing Education in the Appleton Area School District. O’Brien also received a $1,000 McGraw-Hill Marketing Educator Scholarship at the recent DECA International Career Development Conference.


Summer Outlook 2012