CBA Parent Newsletter from Dean Plowman - 2/12/14

While the cold wind and piles of snow outside my window don’t exactly make me think spring, I definitely hope spring is on the fast track!  It won’t be that long until your student is talking to you about their plans for spring break, which is March 23-30, 2014.
Here are a few thoughts about spring break. What does spring break mean for you and your student? Have you had a chance to discuss it? And contrary to popular belief, mom and dad, not every student ends up on the beach getting a tan. While there’s nothing wrong with some sand and sun, there are more and more opportunities gaining traction for alternative break activities.
Relaxing. Even if your son or daughter stays on campus, just letting go of the textbooks and study guides for a few days can be a relief. A break from the daily grind of studying and writing papers can recharge batteries and renew commitments when classes resume. Movie marathons, clearing out DVRs, lunch with friends somewhere other than the cafeteria or union, video game tournaments – even a couple of extra days to just be at home could be among the options.
Volunteering. As students become more aware of philanthropy and its impact on communities, volunteer groups and organizations have responded by creating opportunities during breaks. The Center for Civic Engagement has Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) for UNL students. ASB places teams of college students in communities to engage in community service and experiential learning. Students perform short term projects for community organizations and learn about issues such as disaster relief and mitigation, literacy, poverty, racism, hunger, homelessness and the environment. (
Internship/job searches. There’s still time for your son or daughter to explore options regarding summer internships. The CBA Career Services team has a number of tools to help students find open positions, prepare for the interview process and even apply to graduate school. Husker Hire Link is the University’s online job search system – CBA/MBA internships, CBA full-time jobs, MBA full-time jobs, CBA/MBA on-campus interviews, etc. are all posted here. (
A lot is happening at CBA this spring. In addition to information sessions, here are some CBA student opportunities I would like to highlight. I am very proud of the opportunities we are able to make available to students. (

  • Feb 11-13: Spring Career Fair, City Campus Union (Different daily recruiting focuses–12th is Business)
  • Feb 12: CBA Study Abroad Fair, CBA
  • Feb 17: Professional Networking Reception, Union (Employers and graduate/professional schools share information regarding internships, part-time employment, scholarships, shadowing and research opportunities.)
  • Feb 20: Resume Critique, CBA
  • Feb 22: GMAT Strategy Workshop, CBA (Designed for those interested in learning strategies and approaches for taking the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), which measures verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills for graduate admission.)
  • Feb 26: Public Service and Nonprofit Career Fair, Union
  • March 11: MBA Information Session, CBA
  • March 17: Early Registration for Summer 2014 begins
  • March 31-April 15: Priority Registration for Fall 2014
The doors of CBA communication are open, and I welcome your messages any time.
--Dr. Donde Plowman, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean