Letters from Campaign Co-Chairs John Oros and Cindy Ihlenfeld

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Oros inspires fellow 
                                         alumni to come together to make the School stronger.
Oros inspires fellow alumni to come together to make the School stronger.
Ihlenfeld talks heart-to-heart
                                         with alumni at the School’s Share the Inspiration kick-off event.
Ihlenfeld talks heart-to-heart with alumni at the School’s Share the Inspiration kick-off event.

Dear Wisconsin School of Business Alumni and Friends,

On October 15, our university launched All Ways Forward, the campaign for UW–Madison. The next evening, more than 100 people joined us at our Share the Inspiration event, which reinforced the impact the campaign will have on the Wisconsin School of Business and celebrated our inspiring alumni and friends.

I am honored to serve as WSB’s campaign co-chair because the campus has left an indelible mark on me. College was a major life experience, and the people I met are to this day some of my closest friends and advisors, including my wife, Anne. The connections and friendships I’ve made by staying involved are a joy—really a gift from the university to me.

I support the campaign because I am passionate about providing the same opportunities to the next generation of business leaders. Every gift, no matter the size, makes an impact. And enhancing the value of your school’s name and reputation is an investment in your own career. I hope you’ll join me by making a gift to support the Wisconsin School of Business. Together, we can ensure that the world-class campus that made a difference in our lives will transform the lives of many more.

—John J. Oros (BBA ’71), Campaign Co-Chair


UW–Madison changed my life, as it did for John and many of our alumni. As a WSB campaign co-chair, I am committed to enhancing the dynamic environment and diverse people who differentiate our School and make our campus so special.

College is about the full experience of being a student. My most memorable experiences include art exhibits at the Elvehjem, applying what I learned in my business 101 classes to run the Liz Waters store, and standing in line for an entire day to get football season tickets to experience the camaraderie of a full stadium. These experiences were as important in making me who I am today as being able to do a net present value calculation.

Private support is more critical now than ever. This campaign will ensure that more Badgers have rich experiences that profoundly affect their futures. Alumni gifts to the School build on the educational excellence we all experienced, enhancing the value of our degrees for years to come. I view my gifts not as “philanthropy,” but as “payback” for the tremendous value I received. I encourage you to join me in paying back this great university and investing in its future. Together, we can make a difference.

—Cynthia Ihlenfeld (BBA ’75), Campaign Co-Chair

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