UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
April 21, 2015--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls has a rich history of educating multiple generations of students from the same family, but rarely has that education occurred in the same place at the same time. In a sign of the modern trend of lifelong learning, Shari Nepper and her son Nick Nepper began pursuit of the masters in business administration in the summer of 2014 at the UW-River Falls Hudson Center.
Shari, an accountant, first learned of the MBA program at the Hudson Center during a presentation by Glenn Potts, dean emeritus of the UWRF College of Business and Economics, to the Institute of Management Accountants. Shari took the information about the Hudson Center to Nick, a mechanical engineer, as she knew he had been considering earning his MBA with the goal of moving into a management position. Nick in turned convinced his mother to join him for an open house held at the Hudson Center. The result was both deciding to begin classes at UWRF.
Shari and Nick support each other by carpooling after work and taking the same classes, but when asked if there was a competitive spirit between the two, Shari admitted that at least for her there was. She wasn't thrilled about Nick besting her on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) as she has an undergraduate education in business while Nick does not. She has been looking for redemption by achieving a higher GPA than Nick.
Both Shari and Nick are delighted about their decision to begin MBA studies at the Hudson Center. They stated that having the opportunity to earn a MBA accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in a convenient and comfortable location has made their graduate studies better than they ever could have expected.