February 7, 2012

Donde's Point: February 2012

I am continually amazed by the enthusiasm of our alumni, students, faculty and friends as we continue to chart a new future for the UNL College of Business Administration. Everyone has embraced the challenge of competing with our new peers in the Big Ten Conference. Here are just a few highlights that underscore our mission of educating and shaping the next generation of business leaders while raising the visibility of CBA.

  • We have hired four new faculty positions for next year and are in the process of recruiting several others. These new positions were made possible by the differential tuition that the university implemented last fall.
  • Our two new career coaches are increasing the opportunities for internships and job placement for our students. They are also working on new CBA curriculum that will help students develop skills for success in the job market.
  • We will be rolling out a new ‘Minor in Business’ for UNL students this fall. While not every student will choose to major in business, most will eventually work for one. This is another example of the essential role CBA plays here in Nebraska.
  • We started the Dean’s Presidents Council – consisting of CBA student organization presidents – to help create more positive out-of-classroom opportunities for students.
  • Most exciting of all – we are moving forward with plans to build a new College of Business Administration building. A number of our alums and business partners have been involved in this conversation and encouraged us to move forward. The location we plan for the new building is between 14th and 16th on Vine – adjacent to the Raikes School. It is a great location in the heart of the campus, which is just where a business school should be. The university has hired an architecture firm for the planning phase of the project. This effort will produce renderings we can use for fundraising as well as the specific plans that we will take to the Board of Regents for approval in the fall. We are in the early stages but it is exciting. Momentum is really growing.
None of this would be possible without your support. I continue to be overwhelmed by the love that Nebraska alums have for their school. Thanks to all of you for everything you do!
Donde Plowman  
Dr. Donde Ashmos Plowman
James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean