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September 5, 2013

Accountancy Professor Gordon Quitmeyer to Teach Abroad in La Dolce Vita

Gordon Quitmeyer, lecturer in the CBA School of Accountancy at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, has recently been accepted to teach two accounting courses with the Consortium Institute of Management and Business Analysis (CIMBA) study abroad program in Paderno del Grappa, Italy, during the spring 2014 semester.
Quitmeyer will be teaching the equivalent courses to UNL Intermediate Accounting 313 and 314. He plans on teaching the courses similarly to how he does at CBA, and he expects the international environment and circumstances will provide a unique learning and personal growth experience for students.
“From past CIMBA statistics, the class size will be somewhat smaller than is typical for these courses at UNL and other major universities,” he said. “One of the things I’m looking forward to is the connection and interaction with students both inside the classroom and out.”
CIMBA is a study abroad program offered during the spring, summer and fall semesters. Students have a wide variety of courses to choose from in business, journalism and communication subjects, and all classes are taught in English. Participants from universities across the U.S. share both the academic and cultural experience. Students are immersed in Italian culture and have ample opportunity for travel throughout Europe with the CIMBA academic model.
“CIMBA is truly an academic, a personal growth and a cultural experience, and the CIMBA model has been carefully developed to make the very most of all three. I’ve spent time professionally and otherwise in Italy and other parts of Europe over the last few decades, and it’s my expectation, for both students and myself, that this will be an experience second to none.” Quitmeyer said. “I look forward to sharing the semester and all that it has to offer with as many as possible with our common UNL connection.”

CBA student Kristin Vankat in Italy

He believes studying abroad is a great experience that exposes students to different cultures, provides opportunity for life-long friendships, and also enhances one’s résumé.
“As time goes on it is becoming all the more ‘a small world,’ and studying abroad is becoming increasingly valuable in today’s job market. It demonstrates exposure to and enhanced learning from how things work, how people work, how the world works,” he said.
Megan Friesen, academic adviser and CBA study abroad coordinator, believes Quitmeyer’s appointment to teach at CIMBA demonstrates the excellence of professors at CBA.
“CIMBA is a consortium committed to international studies that draws students and faculty from more than 30 American universities,” Friesen said. “We are proud CBA has an exceptional faculty representative like Gordon teaching in the program.”
Students who are interested in studying abroad with CIMBA can visit www.cimbaitaly.com or email Friesen at mfriesen5@unl.edu to schedule an appointment with her for more information. The application deadline for the spring 2014 semester is in mid-October.