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September 17, 2019

B-Week to Celebrate Community and Culture

Tradition Brings Nebraska Business Community Together
B-Week to Celebrate Community and Culture
B-Week celebrates the Nebraska Business community with events like free professional headshots, t-shirt giveaways and more.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business community comes together to celebrate Business Week (B-Week), September 23-26. Coordinated by the Nebraska Business Student Advisory Board, the tradition began nearly 100 years ago, originating in 1921 as BizAd Day. Sponsored by Union Pacific and the College of Business, the various events and activities are open to business students, faculty, staff and alumni.

As president of the Nebraska Business Student Advisory Board, Drew Spadaro, a senior actuarial science major from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, reveled in the ongoing tradition of this celebratory week.

“B-Week is an important tradition for the college because students begin to see everything that makes this program Nebraska Business. The college creates a solid network of support for students now and into the future, something they can call upon and a brand they can connect with. B-Week builds an opportunity for the business community to rally together as a family, beyond just a college,” explained Spadaro.

The events include:
  • Professional Photo Booth – Monday, September 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in HLH 111. Dress professionally and get a free headshot taken to put on your LinkedIn and other social media accounts.
  • Shirts and Snacks – Tuesday, September 24, 10 a.m. in the South Lobby on first floor. Come enjoy snacks and grab a free Nebraska Business t-shirt, while supplies last.
  • University Career Fair – Tuesday, September 24, 1-5 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Put on your best professional attire and head downtown to network with employers and learn more about potential business internships and careers.
  • Student Involvement Fair – Wednesday, September 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Henrickson Family Atrium. Visit with the College of Business’ recognized student organizations to learn more about and connect with groups that may interest you.
  • Business Abroad Fair – Thursday, September 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Henrickson Family Atrium. Learn more about study abroad and global internship opportunities available at the college.
  • Executive Insights Sponsored by State Farm – Thursday, September 26, 3:30-4:45 p.m. simulcast in the Henrickson Family Atrium. Listen to Kinko’s founder Paul Orfalea and distinguished alumni share their business acumen in a panel discussion. 
Executive Insights presents an opportunity to hear about challenges leaders face today in the world of business.
Executive Insights presents an opportunity to hear about challenges leaders face today in the world of business.
The week caps off with Executive Insights Sponsored by State Farm, where three distinctive business leaders, including two Nebraska Business alumni, visit Howard L. Hawks Hall to share their industry leadership expertise. Facilitated by Dr. Richard DeFusco, chair of the Department of Finance, the three panelists will discuss different facets of leadership and what creates a strong leader in business.
The executive panelists include:
  • Paul Orfalea, founded Kinko's in 1970 near the University of California at Santa Barbara with a simple idea – provide college students with products and services they need at a competitive price. From its modest beginnings, Kinko's grew into a leading business services chain that impacted business and society. It is now FedEx Office.
  • Kay Vorheis, ’77, is the finance director at V2 Bio-Consulting, a specialized business providing cGMP (good manufacturing practice) and operational expertise to the BioPharma industry. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, the company seeks to address the special needs of its clients from compliant strategic planning to tactical management. Vorheis earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1977.
  • Jeff Noordhoek, ’88, is the CEO of Nelnet, a company which provides student loan services in addition to other products to help customers achieve education dreams through every part of the education lifecycle – pre-K through college. Noordhoek leads the executive team in the development and execution of corporate strategy and is responsible for the company’s financial performance and growth. Noordhoek earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1988 and a master of business administration from Boston University in 1996.
“I hope students take away a better sense of how being a part of the Nebraska Business community prepares them for their post-graduate aspirations. Many resources within the College of Business allow students to develop skills such as interpersonal relations, strength-based leadership and technical expertise. I feel my education through Nebraska equipped me well for my personal and professional life going forward,” said Spadaro. 

To learn more about Executive Insights Sponsored by State Farm, visit: https://business.unl.edu/insights.

To learn more about events during B-Week, visit: https://business.unl.edu/bweek