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Building a College

November 10, 2018
Building a College
Along with building Howard L. Hawks Hall, the college also transformed to a stronger Big Ten College of Business by creating distinctive programs, sought-after student services and mission-driven support teams.
Beyond building Howard L. Hawks Hall, we worked together to create distinctive programs, sought-after student services and mission-driven support teams. This timeline captures some of the memorable moments in our transformation into a stronger Big Ten College of Business.
  • Communications, Marketing and External Relations office is established to create and execute integrated communications and marketing plans, and engage and inform students, alumni and friends to further the college’s goals and mission.
  • The Business Career Center is created to help students develop lifelong career success through individualized career coaching and career development programming.
  • The first DREAMBIG Academy is held in July. The award-winning program provides high school seniors the opportunity to learn about business and career opportunities along with leadership and networking skills.
  • The Business Career Center leads the innovation and integration of the Professional Enhancement Program (PrEP). It offers four one-credit-hour courses to prepare business students to find an internship or full-time job, and also succeed in their career and personal life after college.
  • Benefiting all students at Nebraska, the college starts a business minor for non-business majors. Students gain a foundation in critical areas of business in six courses offered online and on-campus.
  • Nebraska Business Honors Academy starts with the first cohort. The academy transforms high-ability students with leadership potential into the business leaders of tomorrow.
  • Offering professional development through action-oriented learning, Executive Education launches power lunches and certificate and customized programming for professionals to gain insight and add value to their organizations.
  • The supply chain management major becomes the 10th undergraduate major offered at the college.
  • The Center for Sales Excellence is established to prepare students for careers in professional selling and help to elevate the sales profession through strategic partnerships and scholarship.
  • The Master of Arts in Business with a Specialization in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration (MAIAA) degree brings in inaugural cohort of 12 to campus. The first of its kind, the program offers students a funded two-year experience combining the academic foundation of Big Ten MBA classes with a graduate assistantship at the Nebraska Department of Athletics.
  • The Clifton Strengths Institute launches to assist students in identifying and maximizing their talent, and faculty and staff in guiding their personal, professional and leadership development through the use and application of strengths-based sciences.
  • Faculty revise the international business major to require a 13-week global immersion experience and an international internship. Global immersion programs expand to 20+ options.
  • A new academic department is formed and called the Department of Supply Chain Management and Analytics.
  • Two new minors are created in business analytics and entrepreneurship.
  • The inaugural cohort of the Clifton Builders begins the three-year program, under the direction of the Clifton Strengths Institute, where they realize their entrepreneurial and leadership potential to build businesses, teams and communities.
  • The Teaching and Learning Center opens and offers supplemental instruction and support, study groups and facilitated course mentoring. Faculty gain professional development opportunities, including teaching and pedagogical consultation and workshops.
  • Students begin to be selected for the Bureau of Business Research Scholars program, where they receive training in a variety of advanced economic research methods and techniques to participate in meaningful economic research.
  • The global leadership minor provides students with the option to identify global opportunities to create, expand or re-energize organizations and initiatives.
  • Building upon the success of the online MBA program, now called MBA@Nebraska, Nebraska Business launches two new online graduate degrees – the Master of Science in Business Analytics and the Master of Science in Finance.
  • A collaboration with the Nebraska College of Law yields a 12-credit-hour law and business minor to prepare undergraduate students for jobs which require a familiarity with legal concepts but do not require a juris doctorate.