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Achievements for July 2019

Achievements for July 2019
The Future Builders worked with local business leaders and created a viable business plan in five days.
College of Business students, faculty, staff and departments/units recognized for recent achievements include: Paula Caldwell, Dr. Tammie Fischer, Dr. James “Jim” Gentry, Vinny Malene, Tait McGowan, Julia Messineo, Jake Modica, Dr. Jenna R. Pieper, Katie Sewell, students who made the Dean’s List, the Bureau of Business Research and the Clifton Strengths Institute.

Research + Discovery
  • Dr. Tammie Fischer, director of the Center for Economic Education and assistant professor of practice in economics, offered expert advice for college students considering credit cards in an interview with WalletHub. Read the article at:
  • Dr. James “Jim” Gentry, professor emeritus of marketing, was honored at the Macromarketing Conference in Cleveland with a plenary session entitled “Jim Gentry’s Contributions to Consumer Research.” Panel members included Nebraska marketing Ph.D. alumni Stacey Baker, Ahmet Ekici, Jie Fowler and Terri Rittenburg, along with colleagues John Mittelstaedt and Cliff Shultz. Gentry retired at the end of the 2018-19 academic year after 32 years with the College of Business.
  • Dr. Jenna R. Pieper, associate professor of management, examined how the presence of a referral hire affects the referrer’s behavior in “Referral Hire Presence Implications for Referrer Turnover and Job Performance,” published in the Journal of Management. She and co-authors Dr. Dennis Duchon, Dr. Charlie O. Trevor and Ingo Weller used data from a U.S. call center and found that the presence of a referral hire reduces the likelihood of the referrer’s turnover and increases their job performance. Though existing studies explore referral hires’ behavioral outcomes, Pieper’s research offers the first evidence that referring affects critical behavioral outcomes for referrers themselves. It speaks to the importance of referring and social enrichment in the workplace, and shows that referral hiring is even more impactful than previously thought.
  • A February report by the Bureau of Business Research and the Department of Agricultural Economics was cited in a June 10 Lincoln Journal Star article on President Donald Trump’s visit to an ethanol plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to tout a new E15 rule. The report found that Nebraska’s ethanol industry produced 2 billion gallons in 2017 valued at $2.8 billion, employed 1,453 people and contributed $13 million in business taxes. The story also appeared in the Beatrice Daily Sun, Columbus Telegram, Fremont Tribune and Norfolk Daily News. Read the article at:
Learning + Transformation
  • Achieving academic glory, 960 Nebraska Business students earned their spot on the Dean’s List. Read more at:
  • Katie Sewell, assistant director of the Business Career Center, and Paula Caldwell, senior career coach, presented at the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) conference in Orlando. More than 160 professionals attended their session titled, “Making the Connection: Increasing Student Engagement Leveraging Industry Practices.” They discussed how professional business practices are integrated into the Professional Enhancement Program's BSAD 222 course to assist students in the career development process.
  • Silicon Prairie News featured the Future Builders program coordinated by the Clifton Strengths Institute that brought together entrepreneurial-minded Lincoln high school students for a five-day camp where they started a business to help prepare children for kindergarten. Read the article at:
Connection + Engagement
  • Four senior business students were named to the university’s Homecoming Royalty. Royalty candidates include: Vinny Malene, an actuarial science major from Omaha, Nebraska; Tait McGowan, a marketing major from Westminster, Colorado; Julia Messineo, a management major from Lincoln, Nebraska; and Jake Modica, a marketing major from Naperville, Illinois. This year’s Homecoming theme is 150 Years of Grit and Glory, celebrating the university’s 150th year.
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: July 12, 2019