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Achievements for February 2021

Achievements for February 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

  • Ashley Clegg, a junior Clifton Builders Management major from Lincoln, Nebraska, assisted with research surrounding COVID-19 and the low death rate in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of the team at the Nebraska Center for Virology, she co-authored the study, "High prevalence of pre-existing serological cross-reactivity against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) in sub-Saharan Africa," published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases. Read more at:
  • Dr. Jennifer Davidson, assistant professor of practice in economics and president of the Nebraska Council on Economic Education, recently testified to the Nebraska Legislature’s Education Committee in support of two bills intended to improve Nebraska's K-12 students' personal finance skills, KNEB reported Feb. 1. Read more at:
  • Dr. Tammie Fischer, assistant professor of practice in economics and director of the Center for Economic Education, provided insight on saving on a tight budget as part of a series on investing and saving by CreditDonkey. Read more at:
  • Dr. Ling Lin Harris, assistant professor of accountancy, co-authored the article, “Recruiting Dark Personalities for Earnings Management,” which has been accepted in the Journal of Business Ethics. Using several validation studies and experiments, Harris and her co-authors find that experienced executives and recruiting professionals favor hiring a job candidate with more dark personality traits into an accounting management position over an otherwise better-qualified candidate when the hiring organization faces pressure to manage earnings. Their results indicate that the perceived willingness to push ethical boundaries, as signaled by dark personality traits, represents an important dimension of candidate fit and hiring potential.
  • Shawntell Kroese, assistant professor of practice in supply chain management and analytics, was featured in a Jan. 28 KLKN story on COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Kroese, who recently lost her husband to COVID-19, said the state could take advantage of local resources — such as local businesses and trucking companies — to get the vaccine to Nebraskans quicker. It has to become more of a personal issue for everyone, she said. Read more at:
  • Dr. Alok Kumar, associate professor of marketing and W.W. Marshall College Professor, was recognized for promoting research and discovery in the marketing field. He ranks amongst the 2020 top most productive scholars based on his publications over a 10-year period in the premier publications of the American Marketing Association – the Journal of Marketing and Journal of Marketing Research. Read more at:
  • Dr. Andre Maciel, assistant professor of marketing, was featured in WalletHub's Ask the Experts where he discussed how the pandemic has affected car insurance. Read more at:
  • Dr. Eric Thompson, K.H. Nelson Professor of Economics and director of the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, was interviewed for a Jan. 20 Lincoln Journal Star vignette on how President Joe Biden’s administration might affect the Nebraska economy. He said the effects of Biden’s policies are yet to be seen. It is also unknown whether the new president will be able to end the COVID-19 pandemic quicker, which would mean a faster economic bounce-back. The story has been picked up by the Doniphan Herald, Hastings Tribune and Scottsbluff Star-Herald. Read more at:
  • Thompson also appeared on Grow Lincoln on their Jan. 30 episode where he talked about his predictions for the economy in the next six months. Listen at:
  • Dr. Todd Thornock, assistant professor of accountancy, co-authored a recent study examining the impact of managers using emotional language in written/electronic performance feedback. Strategic Finance published a Feb. 1 article on the research. Read more at:
  • Joe Vlach, a junior economics and global studies major from Des Moines, Iowa, produced the trade briefing paper, "Does the U.S.-Japan Trade Deal Still Leave the United States at a Significant Disadvantage to CPTPP Members?", as part of the Yeutter Student Fellows program. Vlach’s briefing paper focuses on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership – a trade deal that evolved from the United States withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2017 – and U.S. competitiveness in the Asia-Pacific region. Read more at:

Learning + Transformation

  • Sydney Long, a marketing and hospitality, restaurant and tourism management major from Lincoln, was selected as one of the 23 participants from 13 schools to compete in the national She Has a Deal Hotel Pitch Competition for $50,000 toward opening a woman-owned hotel.
  • The Nebraska Business team won second place in the national Deloitte FanTAXtic Competition. They worked together to recommend to a year-old company on whether they should hire two employees or two independent contractors using the company's projected financials and the U.S. tax code that would yield the lowest tax liability for 2021. The team included: Sam Gertner, sophomore accounting major from Monroe, Connecticut; Abbie Grimm, sophomore accounting major from Kansas City, Kansas; Audrey Kreun, sophomore accounting major from Hull, Iowa; and Hannah Rethmeier, junior accounting and Spanish major from Hallam, Nebraska.
  • A team of business students represented Nebraska for its first time to compete in the National Diversity Case Competition, Jan. 15-16. The following students created a solution for 3M, the competition's corporate sponsor: Ashley Clegg, junior Clifton Builders management and pre-med major from Lincoln; Adrianna Mcking, junior marketing, Clifton Builders management, and advertising and public relations major from Bellevue, Nebraska; Arihant Mittal, junior finance and international business major from Jaipur, India; Keymi Parra Cabrera, freshman business administration major from Hastings, Nebraska; and Amy Roach, freshman international business major from La Vista, Nebraska. View their presentation at:

Connection + Engagement

  • Dr. Kathy Farrell, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the College of Business, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Bryan Health, the Lincoln Journal Star reported Jan. 10. Read more at:
  • Eleven students will represent Nebraska Business at the annual U.S. Naval Academy Leadership Conference, Feb. 15-18. The conference will be hosted online this year and explore how to cultivate a winning culture. Student delegates include: Isaac Archuleta, junior business administration major from Brainard, Nebraska; Nick Earickson, junior international business major from St. Louis; Madeleine Jacobitz, senior economics and finance major from Omaha; Kennedy Johnston, junior economics major from Carbon, Indiana; Ben Hohensee, junior management (entrepreneurship) major from Lincoln; Patrick Malec, junior finance and management major from Plainfield, Illinois; Ridley Miller, sophomore finance major from Omaha; Olivia Rempe, senior marketing major from Glenview, Illinois; Carson Scott, sophomore business administration major from Omaha; Addison Wanser, junior business administration major from Lincoln; and Jacob Zadalis, sophomore finance and management major from Omaha.

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 5, 2021