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Achievements for March 2023

Achievements for March 2023
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

  • John Anderson, Baird Family Professor of Economics, led a research study to help revive Detroit's economy. The Wall Street Journal discussed the research in a Feb. 14 article. The team of public finance experts found that taxing land at a higher rate than buildings would help revive the local economy and reduce tax bills for nearly every homeowner in the city. Read the College of Business story.
  • Eric Thompson, department chair, K.H. Nelson College Professor of Economics and director of Bureau of Business Research, was interviewed for a 9 Nebraska Public Media story contrasting Columbus, Nebraska, whose population is growing, and North Platte, whose population is shrinking.
  • Thompson also appeared on the Grow Lincoln radio show to discuss the impact of military spending in Nebraska and its economic impact. Listen to the February 25 episode (14:45 remaining).
  • Research on the Igbo management philosophy by John Kalu Osiri, director of the International Business Program, associate professor of practice in management and Robert B. Daugherty Water For Food Institute Faculty Fellow, is among the most downloaded articles since it was published three years ago in the Journal of Management History. In the article, he presents the Igbo management philosophy as a way to bring about success in Africa, proposing a framework comprising a marketplace, family and apprenticeship system. Read the article.

Learning + Transformation

  • The College of Business hosted the inaugural Tenaska Business Challenge, a regional case competition focused on generating interdisciplinary solutions to real-world problems. Three teams from Nebraska were among the competition's winners. Read the College of Business story.
  • About 30 Husker students competed in the annual 48-Hour Challenge hosted by the university’s Center for Entrepreneurship February 10-12. Students worked in teams to develop startup ideas. The team who won first place included: Abdullah Al Musharfi, marketing major from Muscat, Oman; Vanessa Cruz-Alatriste, advertising and public relations major from Lincoln, Nebraska; Cameron King, advertising and public relations major from Omaha, Nebraska; Sam Lawton, emerging media arts major from Blair, Nebraska; and Deya Mohamed, supply chain management major from Khartoum, Sudan. Read the College of Business story. Eric Yim, a computer science major from Brooklyn, New York, who competed in the challenge, was interviewed for a KOLN/KGIN 1011 story about the event.
  • Thirty-eight students were named Clifton Strengths Institute coaches for the 2023-24 academic year. The students will join returning strengths coaches to mentor nearly 1,000 first-year students in the College of Business. Read the College of Business story.
  • Three accounting majors won the Beta Alpha Psi Best Practices competition at the international honor society's mid-year meeting in Seattle. The team will compete in an international competition in Las Vegas in August. Team members include: Blake Kokes, accounting major from Grand Island, Nebraska; Alvan Tran, accounting and finance major from Lincoln; and Morgan Wallinger, accounting and agribusiness major from Stuart, Nebraska.
  • A team of first-year Nebraska Business Honors Academy students won the Battle of the Business Honors Programs Business Plan Challenge. The Huskers took first place and a $1,000 prize in the competition against teams from Temple University and the University of Houston. Team members included: Eva Gronewold, marketing major from Lincoln; Zach Herr, marketing major from Omaha; Emma Higgins, supply chain management major from Prior Lake, Minnesota; Gretchen Holland, finance major from Bloomington, Minnesota; and Sam Malick, finance major from Omaha.
  • Four MBA@Nebraska students competed in the finals of the Big Ten MBA CASE Competition hosted at The Ohio State University. During the competition, they created solutions for Bath & Body Works. Vyom Joshi of Hillsboro, Oregon, also received the Best Presenter Award. The team, which prepared via videoconference from across the country, also included: Tiffany Huffmann of Fort Myers, Florida; Kelli O’Neil of Omaha; and Andrew Payne of Inner Grove Heights, Minnesota.

Connection + Engagement

  • College of Business donors made 420 gifts to support future business leaders as part of Glow Big Red: 24 Hours of Husker Giving. Their gifts totaled $48,292 and will go to support scholarships and the college’s greatest needs.
  • Kathy Farrell, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean and professor of finance, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an international group of educators, students and businesses who work to improve business education. Her three-year term begins July 1.
  • Seven College of Business faculty and staff earned the Friends and Family Award (formerly the Parents' Recognition Award) from the UNL Parents Association and UNL Teaching Council. The award annually recognizes those who made a significant difference in students’ lives. This year’s awardees with the number of years they have received the award include: Erin Burnette, director of the Nebraska Business Honors Academy, (5); Timothy Hodges, executive director of the Clifton Strengths Institute and assistant professor of practice in management, (2); Kasey Linde, director of teaching, learning and accreditation, (2); Robert Mackalski, Seacrest Teaching Fellow and assistant professor of practice in marketing, (1); Edgar Montoya, Inclusive Business Leaders and diversity, equity and inclusion coordinator, (1); Rebekah Neary-DeLaPorte, assistant director of the Nebraska Business Honors Academy, (1); and Kendra Ritchie, director of recruitment, (2).

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: March 3, 2023