Impressed by the early designs of the new College of Business building, Peter and Nancy Salter appreciated the modern learning environment it would provide students. They knew being part of the Big Ten Conference put Nebraska in a new level of competition and they wanted to help students through a gift to the college.
“Nancy’s father, Art Henrickson, was a businessman and entrepreneur in Kimball, Nebraska. We wanted to both recognize him and make an impact on the business students at Nebraska,” Peter said.
Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force, the late Henrickson served in Ireland and England. He married Edna L. Deavers in 1941 and began reporting for the Omaha World-Herald. A few years later, he purchased the Western Nebraska Observer newspaper in Kimball and served as publisher and editor for 14 years. He opened Western Office Supply in 1961 and retired in 1987.
“My father’s livelihood was in the business world. He was the inspiration for our donation,” Nancy said.
The Henrickson Family Atrium
The central hub of the Nebraska Business community, the 4,262-squarefoot Henrickson Family Atrium on the second floor bustles with students from morning until late at night. Five-story glass walls on the north and south ends of the atrium fill the space with natural light and offer views of campus and downtown Lincoln. Two grand staircases provide entry into the area.
The multi-functional area provides a centralized location for Nebraska Business and community events from the annual Back to School Bash to awards ceremonies and keynote presentations. Several digital screens located around the atrium allow for live video feeds or static information, and two larger screens to add to the ambience of any special event.