November 27, 2012

Donde's Point: November 2012

Although the weather outside is turning cooler in Nebraska, it has not lessened the excitement of all the great things happening at CBA. From the incoming freshmen class to the graduating seniors, there is a sense of community and promise here at the college that continues to build.
Dean Donde Plowman

Dean Donde Plowman

We are moving to the next stage in planning the new CBA building. I will be serving on the Architect Selection Committee, organized by the University of Nebraska System Office. This committee is scheduled to select an architect before Christmas. The request for qualifications has been sent, a short list will be selected, and the firms on the short list will make a presentation to the committee in December.
Inside the college, we are moving forward to accommodate our growth. We will soon double the number of our career coaches in our Career Services at CBA office. Part of their mission will be to teach the new one-hour Professional Enhancement courses we are requiring students to take in each of their four years in college. This effort will better prepare students for the job interview and the world of work.
Our student reach is growing through our new minor in business that targets non-business majors who want to be equipped with needed skills for the modern workforce. The new business minor students are already expressing enthusiasm about how we have revamped the curriculum to their specific needs.
The new entrepreneurship curriculum track at CBA has begun transforming the opportunities students will have to learn what it takes to start a business from the ground up. The coursework is now tied to entrepreneurial events and mentorship opportunities to let students experience the work of entrepreneurs firsthand.
Our 11 new faculty have made an immediate impact both in the classroom and in their research efforts. Eight more faculty are currently being recruited for the 2013-14 school year. Look for more of our faculty accomplishments in our annual Nebraska Business magazine which will be in the mail to you soon.
I will be spending a lot of time out meeting our alumni this year and talking about the new building. I look forward to talking to each one of you about where our college is headed.