February 11, 2014

Donde’s Point: February 2014

Dean Donde Plowman

Dean Donde Plowman

Wednesday was signing day for the football team. While many Nebraskans have been watching that recruiting class closely I could not be more excited about the new faculty we are recruiting to join CBA. We anticipate hiring another 10-12 faculty who will join us in the fall. We are continuing to attract top-notch faculty from some of the best universities in the country. With each one who joins us, our academic reputation and our ability to offer transformational educational experiences for our students continues to grow.
 
We have had a great response to the new executive education programs we started. A series of Executive Power Lunches in Lincoln have been warmly received and well attended by the business community and we have just launched Executive Power Breakfasts in Omaha sponsored by TD Ameritrade. We focus on topics ranging from leadership to customer service to financing business growth and more – topics relevant for business people in all lines of work. We are excited to help make stronger connections between our world-class faculty and members of the business community. More information about these events can be found at the following link: http://cba.unl.edu/execed.
 
The plans for our new CBA building continue to take shape. Collaborative learning, formal and informal learning spaces, student services, research centers, state-of-the art technology, and so much more will be the focus of this building. We are receiving such generous support for our alumnis and partners who want to leave a legacy for the students who come behind but with huge aspirations. To learn more about the building visit our new building webpage and you'll also find a new building button link in our monthly Inside CBA email where you can track our progress.
 
We are in the process of recruiting for the second class of the CBA Honors Academy. We received 175 applications for 45 spots in the program, students from Nebraska as well as 19 other states. What an incredible program this is – a real game-changer for CBA. I have loved getting to know the first-year academy students and watch them settle into college life. The average GPA from the first class of 45 was a 3.67. Amazing students.
 
When we began our Start Something campaign last fall, I knew we would see some fantastic accomplishments from our students, who are so multi-talented. Sure enough, they have exceeded my expectations. One of our students was recently selected to go to Hollywood on American Idol and another made an amazing music video that appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres blog. Both accomplishments are included in the new Start Something feature we are adding to our Inside CBA newsletter. You will find some true gems every month that exemplify the range of success I see every day as the dean of the College of Business Administration.
 
So much good stuff is happening. Every day I am awed by what we have started. We are really going somewhere. Thanks to everyone for the hard work and commitment to building this new future.