Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst invited Dean Donde Plowman to join him on his monthly, statewide radio show on the Husker Sports Network on Tuesday, June 11. Husker athletes and College of Business Administration students Jeremiah Sirles and Mattie Fowler also joined Plowman in the studio.
“For the first five minutes, maybe 10, the talk after we joined the Big Ten was about football and then it shifted to academics. In the world of business schools, there is not a stronger group of public business schools than the group we are in,” Plowman said on the show. “It has been an impetuous to start doing things differently so it has been very exciting.”
Plowman also gave a status report on the building, student enrollment increases in the college, new faculty hires and student resources at CBA such as Career Services.
Sirles, an offensive lineman on the football team from Lakewood, Colo., graduated in May with a degree in management. He has earned numerous accolades from the Big Ten and Big 12 for academics and his play on the field.
Jeremiah Sirles Studies Between Classes
“Getting my degree in management, I took a great interest in entrepreneurship, because I am passionate about it. I’m working with a startup right now and I want to get my MBA,” he said. “At the same time, I want to be able to focus on football and see where that path takes me. I want to play until I can’t play anymore, but my plan is to come back to Nebraska with the new building and get my MBA.”
Fowler has started every game for the Husker softball team during her first two seasons including the Women’s College World Series. The junior finance major from Tucson, Ariz., earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2013.
“I came in and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I knew I really liked math or something in that direction. I took some exploratory classes my first two years in the College of Business Administration and really enjoyed it,” Fowler said. “The professors are awesome, I really enjoyed the challenge and it was something I could see myself doing. I found my niche in finance. I like where I’m going with it.”
Eichorst wanted to show what happens behind-the-scenes with the student athletes. Academics plays an important role. “When you think about it academically, having a new business school will be a game changer for us athletically as we continue to recruit the best and the brightest. I’m glad she (Plowman) is on our team.”