This fall marked two amazing years in Howard L. Hawks Hall. When the doors opened in 2017, it raised expectations and became the catalyst for a new era of educating business students at Nebraska.
After developing a new strategic plan, we immediately went to work to implement our strategic initiatives. Today, Nebraska Business is a leading business school dedicated to driving discovery, creating opportunity and empowering individuals to lead the future of business.
Some recent initiatives within our three mission-focused goals include:
RESEARCH + DISCOVERY
Fourth Seacrest Teaching Fellow Named
Dr. Amanda Gonzales, assistant professor of accountancy, was awarded the college’s Seacrest Teaching Fellowship, made possible through the support of Rhonda and the late James Seacrest. Gonzales plans to investigate how to improve dynamics of working in team settings by having students develop and utilize a team charter. The charter serves as a document team members use to specify objectives, roles, norms and processes.
Four of Six Endowed Chairs Funded
A strategic goal of enhancing our support for faculty through competitive salaries and research funding is enhanced through the annual income generated from endowed chairs. Read how a matching gift
led to four new endowed chairs.
LEARNING + TRANSFORMATION
New Graduate Certificates Created
We continue to expand our online graduate program portfolio by offering five new certificate programs in 2020. These new programs respond to workforce needs and provide more higher education options to adult learners in Nebraska and beyond. Read about our new human resource management and interdisciplinary financial communications certificates
Expanded Free Tutoring
More than 20 courses are supported with free tutoring through our Teaching and Learning Center. Last semester, nearly 1,500 students took advantage of the resource and thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, we hired additional student tutors to expand our reach.
Peer Coach Initiative Won National Award
The Business Career Center’s innovative peer coach initiative won the Career Leadership Collective's Innovation Showcase. Peer coaches help the center’s staff meet the enrollment demands of teaching nearly 1,000 students per semester in the Professional Enhancement Program, which includes four, one-credit-hour courses for career and professional development. Beginning last year with six peer career coaches, the success of the program warranted expansion to eight coaches.
CONNECTION + ENGAGEMENT
New Executive in Residence Position
This fall, Joe Petsick began his role as executive in residence to establish deeper connections between the business community and our college. A co-founder of Proxibid, Inc., he brings more than 20 years of experience driving successful entrepreneurial and innovative endeavors. He serves as a resource and a point of contact for business and community partners who are looking to engage with the college through experiential learning projects, event sponsorships, research projects and more.
Contracted to Host National and Worldwide Events
With a state-of-the-art facility, we can now compete to host national and worldwide events like the National Personal Finance Challenge and the upcoming 2020 Actuarial Research Conference. Hosting these events bring people to Nebraska and aid our recruitment efforts of top faculty and prospective students.
Due to generous support of alumni and friends like you, we were able to build an amazing new facility and now we can showcase a growing portfolio of distinctive programs and services.
Together, we are developing a world-class college. Together, we are Nebraska Business.