December 23, 2019 | By Clare Becker | Photos by Paul L. Newby II | Back to news

Staying calm when things get a little hectic is second nature for Wisconsin School of Business Senior Photographer Paul L. Newby II. A professional photojournalist for over two decades before joining WSB in 2015, his lens has captured everyone from boxer Floyd Mayweather to Prince to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

With a new dean, a historic Update magazine cover, and documenting newly minted graduates as they head out into the world with degrees in hand, it’s been a busy and impactful year, Newby says.

“Capturing precise moments in time as the WSB senior photographer has been very rewarding. From creating strong images of first-year students on day one to saying goodbye to students I have photographed throughout their time at WSB—watching them graduate and prepare for professional careers as future leaders—it’s gratifying. It has also been a pleasure getting to know and to photograph Dean Vallabh Sambamurthy as he embarked on his journey as WSB’s new Albert O. Nicholas Dean. Meeting students and creating storytelling images of them in their daily school lives, working and studying, as well as producing moving images of our alumni in top leadership positions with some of the biggest names in the business world, those are some my favorite parts of the job.”

Here’s a selection of some of Newby’s top photos of 2019:

In January 2019, Vallabh “Samba” Sambamurthy was announced as the new Albert O. Nicholas Dean at the Wisconsin School of Business. He officially took the helm in August.
Navigant CEO Julie Howard (BBA ’85) becomes the first woman ever to be featured solo on the cover of Update magazine.
Katie Hensel (BBA ’06), executive director of Tri 4 Schools, is featured in Update magazine’s “8 to Watch Under 40” series. Hensel helps fight childhood obesity by empowering kids through fitness in more than 200 schools across Dane County.
Rodney Lynk, Jr. (BBA ’09), is featured in Update magazine’s “8 to Watch Under 40” series. Lynk, the chief academic officer of the Milwaukee Excellence Charter School, aims to close the achievement gap between white and black students and to help make education more accessible for all.
Graduates share a moment of nostalgia during a 2019 graduation ceremony.
Wisconsin School of Business BBA graduates celebrate with Bucky before heading over to the 2019 spring commencement ceremony at Camp Randall.
MBA graduate Melissa Abney (MBA ’19) waves to family and friends in the crowd before the start of the 2019 spring commencement ceremony at Camp Randall.
Evening MBA student Calvin White Eagle (MBA ’20) is photographed on the casino floor at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells. White Eagle is the Training and Development Director at Ho-Chunk Gaming Casino.
Window light enhances a portrait of Center for Brand and Product Management MBA student Josh Torres (MBA ’19).
BEL students Kenzi Jones, Chelsea Wells, and Isabel Larson tour the corporate headquarters of TREK bicycles in Waterloo during their summer course at WSB.
Dean Sambamurthy speaks to BBA students in August during a training session in Grainger Hall.
University of Wisconsin-Madison students pass Grainger Hall as they make their way to class on the first day of school in September 2019.
Dean Sambamurthy grabs a selfie with new direct admit students during the BBA induction in September. It was Dean Sambamurthy’s first induction ceremony as WSB’s Albert O. Nicholas Dean.
Research by WSB faculty continued to make a strong impact in 2019 and the School celebrated its Gaumnitz Research Award winners with a poster installation in Grainger Hall commemorating the awardees through the years. 2011 Awardee Barry Gerhart, professor of management and human resources and the Bruce R. Ellig Distinguished Chair in Pay and Organizational Effectiveness, studies how managing human capital in a global economy affects organizational and employee outcomes.
Roommates Jaqueline Sanchez and Hannah Brennan study in Business Connect, a residential community for business students in Ogg Hall.