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Achievements for February 2020

Achievements for February 2020
Eight College of Business students attended Gallup’s inaugural Consultative Sales Competition at the Omaha Riverfront office.

College of Business students, faculty, staff and departments/units recognized for recent achievements include: the Bureau of Business Research, Connor Castleman, Tyler Clark, Jennifer Davidson, Szymon Day, Audrey Erker, Dr. Tammie Fischer, Dr. Geoffrey Friesen, Dr. Uchechukwu Jarrett, Dr. Alok Kumar, Lincoln Center for Economic Education, Gunnar Millot, Justin Myers, Dr. J. Kalu Osiri, Dr. David Rosenbaum, Shaurya Sharma, Dr. Eric Thompson, and the Yeutter Institute.

Research + Discovery

  • The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln featured the Yeutter Institute in the latest edition of the Growing magazine. In one article, the magazine discussed the institute’s “What’s on the Horizon for International Trade?” conference held in October, where attendees heard from experts on the challenges facing international trade. The article also mentions Dr. Uchechukwu Jarrett, assistant professor of practice in economics, who opened the conference with a primer on important legal and economic trade concepts, and Justin Myers, senior economics major from Omaha, Nebraska, who served on the student panel held during the conference. The second article introduced the Yeutter Institute’s podcast, Trade Matters, which launched in the fall of 2019. Learn more about the October trade conference: Find out more about the Trade Matters podcast:
  • Dr. Alok Kumar, associate professor and W.W. Marshall College Professor of marketing, was recognized for promoting research and discovery in the marketing field. The American Marketing Association named him among its top 50 most productive scholars in 2019, with his six published articles last year in premier AMA publications, the Journal of Marketing and Journal of Marketing Research. Read more at:
  • According to the most recent report from the Bureau of Business Research, Nebraska expects to see moderate economic growth through June. The state’s leading economic indicator, a composite of economic factors that predict economic growth six months into the future, rose 1.1 percent during December. “The leading indicator primarily rose due to strong business expectations,” said Dr. Eric Thompson, director of the BBR. Respondents to the December Survey of Nebraska Business reported plans to increase sales and employment over the next six months.
  • Dr. J. Kalu Osiri, director and associate professor of practice in international business, co-authored a study that suggests using Facebook at work can have a negative effect on project success, whereas LinkedIn has a positive effect. Read more about the study in the January 21 article by Tech Xplore:

Learning + Transformation

  • The National Association of Forensic Economics (NAFE) announced Dr. David Rosenbaum, associate director of the Bureau of Business Research and professor of economics, as its president-elect. He will serve in that capacity for the next year and as president for the following two years. The largest organization of forensic economics in the country with approximately 600 members, NAFE hosts its own blind-reviewed journal, the Journal of Forensic Economics, and sponsors paper sessions at the Allied Social Sciences Association Annual Meeting and several regional meetings.
  • Szymon Day, an MBA student from Omaha, Nebraska, received a Dean’s Coin for going above and beyond to help others in the College of Business. Day proved to be an invaluable asset to the center in times of need and went above and beyond what was expected of him. “He often identified tasks that no one had been assigned to do and completed them without being asked to ensure nothing slipped between the cracks,” said Celeste Spier, associate director for career and professional development in the Business Career Center. To nominate a deserving individual to receive a Dean’s Coin, visit:

Connection + Engagement

  • Audrey Erker, junior business administration major from Omaha, Nebraska, Gunnar Millot, junior management and marketing major from Rhinelander, Wisconsin; Justin Myers and Shaurya Sharma, sophomore finance and marketing major from Nashik, India, attended the four-day U.S. Naval Academy Leadership Conference in Annapolis, Maryland. Selected as representatives of the college by faculty and staff, the students heard from and networked with renowned leaders in business, the military and the government. The group also socialized with student leaders of civilian and military higher education institutions.
  • Connor Castleman, junior management major from Valley, Nebraska, and Tyler Clark, junior management major from Omaha, Nebraska, earned first and third place respectively at the inaugural Gallup Sales Competition. Eight College of Business students joined juniors and seniors from Creighton University and the University of Nebraska–Omaha to participate in a day of testing and developing their sales skills. Students pitched a sales case, learned essential sales skills with Gallup’s Talent Development Architect, learned about working in international business and discovered how to maximize their presence on LinkedIn.
  • The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Center for Economic Education assisted the opening of a student bank at Roper Elementary School in Lincoln. Students can make deposits into their account on Thursdays and save it until they move or graduate from the school. Prizes and incentives are awarded to students for making deposits and reaching goals. "We want good habits to form early and more and more research is coming out on financial education and financial literacy that it truly makes a difference when those good and/or bad habits are formed early, so we want good habits," said Dr. Tammie Fischer, director of the Center for Economic Education and assistant professor of practice in economics. The center has helped open more than 30 student bank branches across Nebraska. Watch the Channel 8 news feature on the bank opening:
  • Jennifer Davidson, president of the Nebraska Council on Economic Education and assistant professor of practice in economics, shared basic budgeting tips with 1011 NOW’s Taryn Vanderford. She discussed practices to help get savings on track for the new year. Watch the complete interview:
  • Dr. Geoffrey Friesen, associate professor of finance, contributed to a WalletHub article on 2020 Valentine’s Day spending. Friesen offered insight on the link between relationships and financial literacy. Read the entire article:

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 Submission Form at the bottom of webpage. On the form, select Recognize Achievement and fill out the related questions.

Published: February 7, 2020