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
- Dr. Andrew Hanna, assistant professor of practice in management, presented at the 2021 meeting of the Southern Management Association. His session was titled, "Born This Way: Understanding the Entrepreneur as an Individual."
- Dr. Fred Luthans, George Holmes Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Management, recently received the prestigious Doc Elliott Award from the Nebraska Alumni Association. The award honors a retired university faculty member who has exhibited a record of exemplary service, whose caring attitude has made a difference in the lives of students and alumni, and who has gone beyond traditional expectations. Read the College of Business story.
- Dr. Jennifer Ryan, Ron and Carol Cope Professor and chair of supply chain management and analytics, and Rob Simon, associate professor of practice in marketing, were interviewed for an Oct. 7 Omaha World-Herald article on potential holiday inventory shortages. Simon said choices will be more limited as the holidays approach. Ryan said retailers are working hard to prevent shortages but they can only control so much. Read the Omaha World-Herald article.
- Ryan was also featured in a Sept. 30 Pawnee Republican story about how the pandemic affects multiple industry's supply chain. Ryan said the impact of the pandemic shifted from challenges on the demand side to the supply side. "Manufacturers and retailers just cannot get the materials and products they need, for all kinds of reasons, such as congestion at ports, trouble finding workers to drive trucks or work in factories, a shortage of raw materials, etc." Ryan also spoke to how the new and used car shortage is driving up prices in an Oct. 27 KETV story. Ryan said the demand shifted from new to used cars and it may take until mid-2022 for things to begin to normalize. “You're not going to have the same level of choices, and you're going to be paying more," she said. Watch the TV segment.
- Dr. Erkut Sönmez, associate professor of supply chain management and analytics, was interviewed for an Oct. 21 Brownfield Ag News story on the Deere and Company strike and its impact on the farm equipment supply chain. He said farmers were already struggling to get parts and equipment and that’s likely to get worse without a resolution. “It’s going to be lose-lose from John Deere’s perspective and the supply chain perspective,” he said. Read the Brownfield Ag News story.
- Sönmez was also featured in an Oct. 25 KOLN/KGIN story on challenges facing the food supply chain as the holidays approach. “On one hand, we’re having a shortage of food supplies, people looking for more food,” he said. “On the other hand, we actually have food products that (are) rotting or going bad in some containers.” Watch the tv segment.
- Dr. Eric Thompson, K.H. Nelson Professor of Economics and director of the Bureau of Business Research, was quoted in an Oct. 7 Lincoln Journal Star article on a planned $180 million expansion and consolidation of Instinct pet food in Lincoln. He said the booming economy is leading to more consumer demand, “which creates expanding markets for businesses manufacturing consumer products.” Read the Lincoln Journal Star article.
Learning + Transformation
- Dr. Kathy Farrell, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean, presented at the Innovations in Undergraduate and Graduate Business Education Conference held by Rutgers University. She served on a panel discussion exploring trends and issues relevant to undergraduate and graduate business education.
- Eighteen business faculty and staff comprised the second cohort of the Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador Certificate program coordinated by the Center for Executive and Professional Development. The interactive program features guest speakers and faculty from throughout the university to help foster an inclusive environment and prepares participants to be champions of diversity and cultural awareness in the college community. The new cohort of Ambassadors includes: Susan Berke, executive assistant to the dean; Elizabeth Byrnes, graduate assistant and an M.S. in business analytics student from Ralston, Nebraska; Steven Cain, instructional design tech specialist; Paula Caldwell, assistant director of Business Career Center; Dr. Aaron D. Crabtree, associate dean of master’s programs and executive development and KPMG Faculty Fellow in Professional Accounting; Dr. Jennifer A. Davidson, Nebraska Council on Economic Education president, assistant professor of practice in economics and Nebraska Bankers Association Faculty Fellow; Deborah Eisloeffel, human resources manager; Dr. Andrew A. Hanna, assistant professor of practice in management and entrepreneurship; Dr. Ling Lin Harris, assistant professor of accountancy; Albert Knoblach, career coach; Dr. Rachel Larson, assistant dean of academic and career development; Angela Luedke, Business Education Abroad coordinator; Edgar Montoya, recruitment coordinator; Lori Sorto, assistant financial manager; Alicia Steggs Buchanan, executive support associate; Lauren Stehlik, assistant director of Business Career Center; Dr. Chris Timm, director of the Business Career Center; and Sue Vagts, Ameritas Actuarial Faculty Fellowship and David P. Hayes Chair of Actuarial Science, and director and associate professor of practice in actuarial science.
- Gallup’s Called to Coach Webcast Series on October 19 featured Joe Petsick, executive in residence for the Nebraska College of Business, Dr. Tim Hodges, executive director of the Clifton Strengths Institute, former student-athletes Sierra Hassel, ’20, accounting and management graduate, and Daniel Pearson, ’21, finance graduate, alongside Tom Lemke, assistant director of life skills for Nebraska Athletics, on the webcast. They discussed the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s pioneering work supporting student-athletes in leveraging their name, image and likeness. The webcast also discussed how the university helps its student-athletes develop life skills for during and after college, and how CliftonStrengths are pivotal in student-athletes' self-knowledge and pursuit of career goals. Hear the webcast or read the transcription.
- Hodges also presented at the Online Learning Consortium “OLC Accelerate” conference in Washington, D.C. He led a session called, “Turning Pandemic Reactions Into Intentional Actions: Positive Psychology Lessons To Improve Post-Pandemic Teaching”.
Connection + Engagement
- Dr. Aaron Crabtree was honored with a tribute scholarship at the School of Accountancy’s Celebration for Excellence in October. He served as the director of the SOA for seven years prior to becoming the associate dean of master’s programs and executive development this summer. Read the College of Business story.
- The college's Diversity and Inclusion Gathering Space – nicknamed DIGS – officially opened with a grand opening and open house in Hawks Hall on Oct. 1. DIGS serves as a hub for conversation, inclusive programs and gatherings to help people feel they belong in the Nebraska Business community. Read the College of Business story.
- Dr. Jennifer A. Davidson, Nebraska Council on Economic Education president, assistant professor of practice in economics and Nebraska Bankers Association Faculty Fellow, appeared on KSNB Local4 in a segment with Alissa Harrington about Economic Education Month held in October. Watch the TV segment. Davidson also joined Dave Schroeder on KRVN/Rural Radio Network to talk about the month. The observance promotes the importance of teaching economics in Nebraska's schools. The Nebraska Council on Economic Education helped found National Economic Education Month in 2021 to promote the importance of economics in education and help prepare students for their economic roles as workers, entrepreneurs, consumers, borrowers, savers and investors. Listen to the radio interview.
- The university's chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma received the Well Rounded Chapter award at the organization's 50th Annual International Conference in Columbus, Ohio. The club promotes, encourages and sustains student interest in insurance, risk management and actuarial science as professions.
Published: November 5, 2021
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