October 13, 2015

Donde's Point: October 2015

Dean Plowman surveys new building wall
Dean Plowman surveys new building wall
There are many reasons why the fall is an exciting time at the College of Business Administration. This fall feels even more electric with our new building starting to take shape on the corner of 14th and Vine. I recently had the privilege of taking my first peek through the window opening of one of the actual walls to be placed at the new location. The limestone is beautiful to the eye and to the touch and actually getting to see a portion of the finished product was thrilling.

Our fall partnership summit was held October 9, followed the next day by a football tailgate for the Nebraska-Wisconsin game. It could not have coincided better with where we are at in the building construction process. Our friends and partners who visited us were able to witness the beginnings of steel being raised on the site. I always look forward to the Summit when all our advisory boards gather for business meetings and for an update on everything happening at CBA. The summit was capped off with a keynote luncheon address by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, and award presentations made to Tonn Ostergard '81, who won our Business Leadership Award, and Angie Klein '01, who won the Young Alumni Award.

There are so many things happening at our college right now it is almost impossible to keep up with everything. Here are a few of the recent highlights that focus on one of our most important missions – helping students prepare and cultivate their professional aspirations:

·  We held our second Executive Insights event in early October which welcomed panels of experts in finance and accounting designed to help students set their career compasses. It also brought in business experts for an additional session looking at how executive management is changing throughout the country. We try to engage students with business professionals as often as possible, and Executive Insights is one of our new initiatives getting students to think about their future in the business community.
·   A brand new event took place last month as our School of Accountancy celebrated their inaugural Accounting Junior Seminars. Junior standing accounting majors attended three seminars to get a better understanding of options for pursing advanced degrees, getting involved in student organizations, building a better résumé and understanding specific career tracks available. The presenters were made up of CBA alumni, faculty and current master of professional accounting students.
·   For the first time ever, our annual business career fair was held at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. The new space allows for a tremendous diversity of employers and permits the career fair to continue to grow along with our Professional Enhancement Program (PrEP). PrEP is an innovative four-year curriculum preparedness program managed by our Career Services at CBA staff to help students find a job after college and succeed in their career and personal lives.

Once again I invite you to share your stories of success and ingenuity with me. The amazing things CBA graduates are doing here in Nebraska and around the world are contagious – so help us Start Something by spreading the word.