Commencement is now behind us and another group of CBA graduates headed out into the business world to Start Something. I shared an excerpt of a letter below from a parent of one of graduates I received recently. My son was one of our first graduates in the Master of Arts in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration (MAIAA), so I know the excitement parents felt watching their children receive their diplomas.
Watching our students graduate and hearing what they accomplish in their careers is one of many reasons I am truly honored to be Dean. There are many other reasons and I have highlighted a few of our student and faculty accomplishments below:
· Thirteen UNL students spent spring break on the Uganda study abroad program trip delivering and implementing a new piece of technology designed to speed production timelines for African entrepreneurs. Six CBA students also coordinated a business plan which focused on the increased production. Check out the story, including the KETV Channel 7 News video segment on the trip here: http://cba.unl.edu/news/uganda-trip-a-passionate-success-for-unl-students/?contentGroup=study_abroad®ionName=tile
· More than 200 students and business professionals attended the Women in Business conference hosted by CBA and the Undergraduate Women in Business student organization. Former president of McDonald’s USA, Jan Fields headlined this event.
· The CBA Honors Academy took two teams of students to compete in a case competition at the National Collegiate Leadership Conference at the University of Arizona. DeAnna Masterson, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Magella Swanson, Doniphan, Nebraska, won first place out of the 15 teams from universities across the nation.
· Student teams of hopeful entrepreneurs competed in the UNL Global Venture competition during Entrepreneuring Days@UNL in April and award winners captivated judges with business plans for creating a start-up. The top prize of $50,000 went to Concise Research Group, Ryan Erdmann, Palatine, Illinois, and Derek Nordgren, Lincoln. Their surveys and data assist government leaders in developing more effective public policies.
· CBA team captured first place in the ACG Cup competition, an annual financial case study competition that pits competing teams from UNL, UNO, Creighton University and Bellevue University. Winning team members were Matt Clare, Lincoln; Alex Grosvenor, Lincoln; Blade Jacobson, Thompson Falls, Montana; and Drew Nelson, Omaha, Nebraska.
· Students in the Leading People and Project Management 411 course awarded $10,000 in grant money to local 501(c)(3) organizations through grant funding made available by the Learning by Giving Foundation, founded by Doris Buffett, older sister of CBA graduate Warren Buffett ’51.
· More than 75 CBA students received awards for academic achievement at the 2016 CBA Honors Ceremony.
We are also proud the online MBA program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business Administration was ranked No. 12 in the world in the 2016 Financial Times ranking. Financial Times also recognized the program as No. 1 in the U.S. for its value. Learn more about our MBA program, offered both online and on-campus, by watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNs8baCK0bg
We also celebrated a major construction milestone in the construction of the new CBA building as a Topping Off Steel Ceremony took place at the construction site. Alumni, faculty, staff and friends signed the final beam prior to the program on May 15. Click the link to see a highlight video of the Topping Off event: https://youtu.be/chWqeoMUm7Y
or to see a live video stream go to:http://cba.unl.edu/building
It’s been a great year and I want to share an excerpt from a letter from a parent of one of our recent graduates from out of state:
“Every other day my son received literature from CBA. I told him it sure looked like Nebraska wanted him and offered to give him a ride to Nebraska for a tour. Pulling into town, we saw Memorial Stadium, the Haymarket and the Capitol. I could tell my son was intrigued. The campus is beautiful and compact. The other Big Ten schools are very spread out. He met with advisors who were very nice. Everyone in Nebraska is! They explained that CBA wanted to be the premier undergraduate business school in the Big Ten and a new $84 million building would soon to be built. My son left his visit as a Cornhusker.
He had many great experiences at UNL that I am not sure he would have gotten anywhere else. He was very active in Enactus and ran the UNL Surplus Solutions and three coffee shops on campus. He met many local entrepreneurs and helped organize Enactus members to pack 7,000 meals for the food bank. He competed in the 3-2-1 Quickpitch at Memorial Stadium which helped him prepare presentations during his internship. He had three internships at UNL. He joined a fraternity, served as an officer and prepared their books.
Over his four years, I have gone to several awards ceremonies and events like the Senior Sendoff held the day before Commencement. We are always treated very well and made to feel part of CBA. Everyone is approachable. Thank you for recruiting my son. I could not have drawn up a better four years for him. His classes were challenging and interesting, and the extracurricular experiences were rewarding. The man I saw get his diploma was sure different from the boy I dropped off four years ago. If there are business schools ranked higher, I don’t know what criteria they are using and I will testify, THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE NEBRASKA!”
I thank you for your support of CBA. Enjoy time with your son or daughter this summer. I always looked forward to the summer with my children, because things were a bit more relaxed and we had the chance to be a family again. I hope your son or daughter gets a chance to relax and reflect on the year and what kind of adjustments they want to make for next year. The doors of CBA communication are open, and I welcome your messages any time.