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Achievements for September 2020

Achievements for September 2020
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

  • Dr. Herita Akamah, of accountancy, and Dr. Thomas Omer, Delmar Lienemann Sr. Chair of Accounting and professor of accountancy, co-authored the paper "Financial Constraints and Future Tax Outcome Volatility." It was accepted for publication in the Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting.
  • Dr. Jimmy Downes, assistant professor of accountancy, had the article, "Do Debt Investors Adjust Financial Statement Ratios when Financial Statements Fail to Reflect Economic Substance? Evidence from Cash Flow Hedges” receive conditional acceptance from Contemporary Accounting Research.
  • Dr. Jamie Hyodo, assistant professor of marketing, discussed how the dramatic shift in consumer behavior changes people's choices in choosing between credit cards based on their rewards program. The August 18 WalletHub article also ranks best credit cards for food delivery. Read more at:
  • Dr. Tom Kubick, Fulk Faculty Chair in Accounting and associate professor, has had two articles accepted for publication. They include: “Compensation and Taxes: Evidence from Relative Performance Evaluation” in the Journal of Management Accounting Research and “Industry Tournament Incentives and Stock Price Crash Risk” in Financial Management.
  • Dr. Yingchao Lan, assistant professor of supply chain management and analytics, was named a finalist for the Chan Han Best Paper Award at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) Division for her article, "Which Supplier to Select for Product Development? A Node, Dyad, And Network Level Investigation." Leveraging a unique developer-publisher product development dataset from the Electronic Video Game industry, Lan and her co-authors addressed a research gap and explored the factors that drive partner selection decisions when developing a new product. They found that a developer with high structural equivalence to the publisher is more likely to be selected as the final partner, demonstrating the importance of going beyond node- and dyad-level factors to consider a supplier’s relative network-level position when predicting supplier selection for innovation decisions.
  • Dr. Todd Thornack, assistant professor of accountancy, co-authored the article, “How Incomplete Information of Team Member Contributions Affects Subsequent Contributions: The Moderating Role of Social Value Orientation," published in the Journal of Management Accounting Research.

Learning + Transformation

  • Twenty-two students completed the inaugural Summer Career Accelerator program coordinated by the Business Career Center and Clifton Strengths Institute. The program supported students who may have not been able to complete internships due to COVID-19 advance their career development and gain targeted skills and experiences. Participants included: Amjad Awland Thani, junior supply chain management major from Alijabal Alakhdar, Oman; Hunter Bergman, senior marketing major from Norfolk, Nebraska; Zach Bodfield, junior business administration major from Lincoln, Nebraska; William Dowse, junior finance major from Sutherland, Nebraska; Jayme Hallman, graduate student pursuing the Master of Science in Business Analytics from Bayard, Nebraska; Nikki Holthaus, junior accounting and marketing major from Elkhorn, Nebraska; Trevor Hulit, senior marketing major from Lincoln; Kyle Krupski, senior finance major from Gretna, Nebrasla; Isabel Langner, junior supply chain management major from Arden Hills, Minnesota; Taryn Mayfield, junior marketing major from Grand Island, Nebraska; Bhabishya Neupane, junior economics and mathematics major from Biratnagar, Nepal; Selena Nguyen, junior marketing major from Lincoln; Grace Novak, senior marketing major from Omaha, Nebraska; Tori Pedersen, junior agricultural education and business minor from Omaha; Timothy Pothier, junior finance and management major from Plano, Texas; Zach Scamehorn, junior marketing major from Lincoln; Jacob Skomer, sophomore accounting major from Batavia, Illinois; Alison Steger, sophomore management major from Eagan, Minnesota; Carolyn Thayer, senior management major from Grand Island; Cindy Valladares, senior finance major from San Pedro Sula, Honduras; Jose Villa, senior economics and Spanish major from Lincoln; and Halle Wefald, sophomore marketing major from Manhattan, Kansas.
  • Dr. Dirk Black, assistant professor of accountancy, was named one of the university's 12 faculty fellows for student success. This academic year, the fellows will meet virtually each month to review research literature on factors that impact student success, study the University of Nebraska–Lincoln institutional data and discuss university initiatives surrounding student success. The fellows will also interact with directors of academic support and engagement units and former fellows who have facilitated student success initiatives in their departments and colleges.
  • Dr. Kasey Linde, assistant director of the Teaching and Learning Center, received a Dean's Coin for her assistance in preparing a report for the college's AACSB accreditation review. The honor is presented to individuals who went above and beyond to help others in the College of Business.
  • Lance Schendt, audio-visual support associate, received a Dean's Coin for all his efforts to prepare the classrooms in Hawks Hall for remote and in-person learning this fall. The honor is presented to individuals who went above and beyond to help others in the College of Business.

Connection + Engagement

  • Mike Addante, a senior management major and former Nebraska baseball player from Algonquin, Illinois, turned tough luck into a chance to help others through selling protective equipment. Read more about how he leaned into an entrepreneurial spirit during the pandemic in the Aug. 22 Lincoln Journal Star article:
  • Noah Floersch, a senior marketing major from Omaha, Nebraska, released music for the first time as a solo artist during the COVID-19 pandemic. He grew his brand by garnering almost a million Spotify listens on his most popular song, "Girl from the Sidewalk." The Lincoln Journal Star published an Aug. 21 article on Floersch:
  • Trace Larson, junior management major from Piedmont, Oklahoma, received a Dean's Coin for jumping into action to communicate with his friends and emergency personnel after they got stuck in an elevator in Hawks Hall. In good spirits, his friends – Cohan Bonow, junior management major from Windsor, Colorado, and Robbie Shields, junior construction management major from Wheaton, Illinois – started an Instagram live video while inside the elevator and said they appreciated everyone's willingness to help. The Dean's Coin honor is presented to individuals who went above and beyond to help others in the College of Business.
  • Nine students came together to create a new recognized student organization called Pride in Business. The organization serves all out and allied business students passionate about advocating for the LGBTQIA+ community and creates a space to discuss successes and challenges facing the community in business environments. Any student majoring or minoring in business is welcome to join by emailing co-advisor Jasie Beam, program coordinator for the Clifton Strengths Institute, at
  • Efforts from faculty, students and alumni converged this year to facilitate a new student group aimed at increasing excellence and diversity at the college. Andee Capell, ’20, an MPA student at the college, helped launch a student chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) at the College of Business by enlisting help from Donald Neal Jr., ’03, a senior tax manager in development and exempt organizations at KPMG in Omaha, Nebraska. Students wishing to join NABA should contact Sheila Hayes in the School of Accountancy at

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: September 4, 2020