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Achievements for December 2021

Achievements for December 2021
College of Business faculty, students and staff continue to excel in fulfilling the college's mission to drive discovery, create opportunity and empower individuals to lead the future of business.

Learn more about recent honors, appointments and publications at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business in this month's achievements column. The achievements of faculty, staff and students are grouped within the college’s three mission-focused goals of research + discovery, learning + transformation and connection + engagement.

Research + Discovery

  • Andre Maciel, was featured in WalletHub's Ask the Experts where he discussed the biggest Thanksgiving money-wasters. Read the WalletHub article.
  • Maciel was also featured in a Daily Nebraskan article discussing non-Christian holidays and sales. Read the Daily Nebraskan article.
  • Thomas Omer, Delmar Lienemann Sr. Chair in Accountancy and professor emeritus of accountancy, co-authored the article, “Does Task-Specific Knowledge Improve Audit Quality: Evidence from Audits of Income Tax Accounts,” which has been accepted in the journal Accounting, Organizations and Society. Read the paper.  
  • Jennifer Ryan, department chair and professor of supply chain management and analytics and Van Horne Family Endowed Chair, was cited in a Nov. 21 Lincoln Journal Star article on the holiday shopping season. She said supply chain issues are being caused by a combination of things, including COVID-19 issues in other countries that are slowing the manufacturing and shipping of products, and a lack of port workers and truck drivers in the United States. Read the Journal Star article.
  • Ryan was also interviewed for a Nov. 2 KETV story on supply chain issues possibly affecting the availability of turkeys and other holiday-related food items. Watch the KETV segment.
  • Erkut Sönmez, associate professor of supply chain management and analytics, appeared on the Tech Refactored podcast produced by the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center. He discussed problems that arise with the development of new business models and technologies across industries and in agriculture. Listen to the podcast episode.
  • Sönmez was also featured in an article published by an online magazine called The Wash where he discussed the impacts of supply chain disruptions and labor shortages on businesses. Read the article.
  • Eric Thompson, department chair, K.H. Nelson College Professor of Economics and director of Bureau of Business Research, was interviewed for a Nov. 20 Wall Street Journal article on Nebraska’s unemployment rate falling to 1.9% in October — the lowest rate for any state since data collection began in 1976. Read the article viewable with a subscription.
  • Thompson was interviewed for a Dec. 3 Flatwater Free Press article on the "Great Resignation." Thompson said the current exodus of workers, an “aftershock of the recession,” is reminiscent of the financial crisis of 2008, when the labor market shrunk by 1.7% and never fully bounced back. Read the Flatwater Free Press article.
  • Thompson was also cited in a Nov. 7 Omaha World-Herald article on the Paycheck Protection Program. Thompson said the loan requirements about keeping people employed were important to Nebraska’s economy. Read the article.
  • Les Carlson received the Outstanding Paper Award 2021 from the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice for a research article he co-authored titled “The Future of Advertising Research: New Directions and Research Needs.” The authors outline forces that have led to changes in the advertising industry in recent years, including cluttered environments, digital advertising and technological advancements, growing concerns about privacy, greater emphasis on corporate social responsibility, and more focus on return on investment. Read the paper.
  • Fred Luthans was featured by the Academy of Management as their member spotlight. He won the academy's Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Management Award earlier this year. Read the Academy of Management article.
  • Yunxia (Peter) Zhu, associate professor of supply chain management and analytics program director of master of science in business analytics, was interviewed by KMTV in Omaha about how automobiles tie into current supply chain issues. Watch the Nov. 9 TV segment. 

Learning + Transformation

  • Two business majors earned recognition as Chancellor's Scholars. The highest academic award the university offers, they earned an A in every undergraduate class. Scholars include: Khiana Blizek, a finance major from Lincoln, Nebraska; and Paxton Brittingham, a Clifton Builders management major from Lawrence, Kansas.
  • Fifteen business students took top prizes for their business pitches at the annual 3-2-1 Quick Pitch Competition hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship. For photos of all winners from across the university, view the Facebook photo album.
  • Seven students earned their Employment Readiness Certificates including: Faisal Ali, senior supply chain management major from Izki, Oman; Weimin He, senior accounting major from Changsha, China; Amaan Hussain, freshman accounting major from Hyderabad, India; Hieu Luu, sophomore accounting major from Ha Noi, Vietnam; Anh Nguyen, sophomore accounting major from Saigon, Vietnam; Monipenh Pheak, freshman international business major from Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Juan Rodriguez, senior international business and marketing major from Bogota, Columbia. Designed to help international students studying business to discover and develop skills to seek internship and job opportunities, the ERC program includes career development workshops, coaching appointments, group service projects and success skills development.  
  • Hunter Bergman, senior marketing major from Neligh, Nebraska, and Lauren Lewis, a junior marketing major from Omaha, Nebraska, received Rising Stars Scholarships from NRC Health. Bergman is pursuing his undergraduate certificate in sales excellence. The scholarship celebrates and rewards students with an interest in business development, marketing and entrepreneurship.  
  • Janessa Hageman, and Scott Swenseth, faculty director of Business Graduate Programs and associate professor of supply chain management and analytics, were interviewed for a Nov. 11 Daily Nebraskan article about students and recent graduates entering a booming job market. Read the article.
  • Katie DiVall, senior supply chain management major from Arkansas City, Kansas, Brian Saravia Mejia, senior supply chain management major from Norfolk, Nebraska, and Hannah Walker, sophomore supply chain management major from Parkville, Missouri, represented Nebraska at the STAFDA Annual Convention in Orlando. STAFDA represents the best companies and leaders in the construction/industrial supply chain.

Connection + Engagement

This column is a monthly feature of the College of Business. Faculty, staff and students can submit achievements to be considered for this column via the News Proposal Form at the bottom of webpage. On the form, select Recognize Achievement and fill out the related questions.

Published: December 10, 2021