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Business Notes: Sept. 19

Sept. 19, 2012

Briggs & Stratton a BBB award finalist

The Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin Foundation has announced that Briggs & Stratton Corp., of Wauwatosa, is a finalist for its 2012 Business Ethics Torch Awards.

The BBB's Business Ethics Torch Award is a statewide competition that honors companies and charities that do business in Wisconsin, and that demonstrate excellence in ethical practices, service, reputation, honesty in advertising, peer recognition, management practices, and employee training in ethical behavior. Award categories are based on the size of the company.

Winners will be announced Oct. 3.

Medical College awarded $1.6 million grant

The Medical College of Wisconsin and the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute received a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders.

The grant will be used in a study that will investigate ear infections and explore potential new treatments.

A physician, Joseph E. Kerschner, professor of otolaryngology, the dean of the medical school and a researcher at the institute; is the principal investigator for the grant. Infections of the inner ear are the most frequent diagnosis in pediatric patients in the U.S., affecting more than 90 percent of all children by age 5.

Time Warner recognizes local employee

Time Warner Cable recently recognized Wauwatosa resident Monica Austin and three other Wisconsin employees as winners of the company's 2012 second-quarter Mission & Values Performance Award program.

Austin is a trainer in the human resources department and is based out of the company's Milwaukee office. As an MVP winner, she will now be eligible to win the MVP Employee of the Year Award. Employees who win this honor are awarded an all-expense paid trip for two to Puerto Rico in March 2013. Time Warner Cable has been recognizing MVPs since 1997.

Other second-quarter winners in Wisconsin are Cynthia Salzwedel of Oskosh, Jeanine Hoffman of Kimberly and Carisa Papesh of Shiocton.

Medical College receives grant for conference

The Medical College of Wiscsonsin has received a one-year, $8,000 award from the National Insitute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to help fund the 19th annual Midwet Microbial Pathogenesis Conference, which will be held from Sept. 7 to 9 at the Medical College.

Thomas Zahrt and Christopher Kritisch, both assistant professors of microbiology and molecular genetics, are supervising the organization of the event.

Mount Mary College adds to faculty and staff

Mount Mary College has added the following new faculty members: Suzanne Caulfield, mathematics; Teresa Holzen, biology; Julie Hunley, occupational therapy; Kristin Mungovan, occupational therapy; Jennifer Peterson, communications; and Elizabeth Skwiot, Spanish.

Sister Patricia Ann Obremski has been appointed chair of the Science Division.

In addition, the following individuals have joined Mount Mary College staff : Michelle Guyant-Holloway as assistant athletic director; Helle La Plant, alumnae relations coordinator; and Amanda Ritchey, project director for college in the community.

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