CBA Parent Newsletter from Dean Plowman - 5/8/14

I am guessing that most of you are going to see a little more of your student this summer as many of them return home to be with family, get summer jobs and recuperate from the academic year. 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. Some of our students enjoy taking an on-line class or two in the summer just to get a few more requirements out of the way. I am hoping they all get a chance to relax and reflect on the year and what kind of adjustments they want to make in their study habits for next year.
I am truly honored to be in this job and be surrounded by earnest students and such an incredible group of faculty and staff. We have started something big here in CBA and the halls have been buzzing with such energy throughout the entire year. Our students excelled in many ways this year. Here are a few of their accomplishments:
  • A student team from the new supply chain management major took first place in a regional case competition and will move on to the national competition in New Orleans (beating teams from some Big Ten business schools.)
  • As one of ten teams invited to compete in the National Sports Forum Case Cup Competition, our MBA students brought home the championship trophy from the Dallas event.
  • A team of Honors Academy students won the McGivern, Inc. Award for Team Communication at the Leadership Challenge Event at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.
  • Five finance students finished second in the regional CFA Institute Research Challenge.
  • One of our CBA students was also named the Nebraska Male Student-Athlete at the 24th annual Student-Athlete Recognition Banquet. And 71 CBA student athletes were also honored for maintaining a 3.00 or betterat the banquet.
  • Student teams of hopeful entrepreneurs had exciting ideas and business plans for creating a start-up. They competed in the UNL Global Venture competition during Entrepreneuring Days@UNL in March and the award winners blew the judges away. The top prize of $50,000 went to Stahla Services, Grant Stahla, Grand Island, Neb. His company provides upscale mobile restrooms for outdoor events – two big events on his books include the Cattleman’s Ball and the Nebraska State Fair.
  • Just the other day, eight CBA students were recognized as outstanding agents of character and integrity by being named to “Franco’s List.”
The list is longer, but suffice it to say CBA students are excelling.
The campaign for our new building remains in full swing. I hope to have new pictures, renderings and floor plans that will give you a closer look at the building in the next few months. Everything we have seen so far is very exciting and I am anxious to share it with you.
The business community is taking note of the changes in our CBA community as well, and our students are being sought after by some amazing organizations. Everywhere I go I hear wonderful things that reinforce the positive trajectory of the college. While the halls of CBA may be quieting down, know the faculty and staff will work diligently over the summer to prepare for another year of great programming, outstanding achievements and successes.
Thank you for your support of CBA. Take this summer to enjoy time with your son or daughter. The doors of CBA communication are open, and I welcome your messages any time.
All the best,
--Dr. Donde Plowman, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean