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Graduating Seniors Start Something at CBA

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business Administration graduated 238 seniors, masters and doctoral students on Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena ceremonies. Four of the graduates talked about their experiences at CBA and how they plan to Start Something in business.
Sam McCarter
Sam McCarter
Sam McCarter from Lincoln, Nebraska, will graduate with a degree in business administration. During his time on campus, he was involved in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps and mock trial. He used the resources in the Center for Entrepreneurship to start his own business, Foundations Progressive Learning Center, Inc. He plans to serve as a Nebraska Army National Guard officer after graduation while continuing to grow his business.
“Start strong, work hard and don’t be afraid to take a few risks along the way,” McCarter said. “I’ve always lived by the philosophy, ‘strike while the iron is hot,’ because you never know when an opportunity will show itself. Everyone at UNL demonstrates incredible work ethic, and the professors in CBA have taught me to make the most of every opportunity.”
Brian Klintworth
Brian Klintworth
Seward, Nebraska native, Brian Klintworth, is graduating with degrees in accounting and finance. CBA gave Brian the opportunity to spend a month furthering his economics studies at Oxford and to meet Warren Buffett on a class trip. Through the Accounting 201 Peer Mentoring program, he had the opportunity to share his love for accounting and CBA with new students. In January, Klintworth will start working full-time as a tax accountant at HBE Becker Meyer Love in Lincoln, where he has been an intern since the start of this year.
“CBA has so many opportunities for students to get involved, and you have to dedicate yourself to the organizations you love,” Klintworth said. “Classes are important, but you need to connect with other people, create a network and build relationships. Getting involved will help you grow both personally and professionally.”
Samantha Areman
Samantha Areman
Samantha Areman from Firth, Nebraska, will graduate with a degree in marketing and minors in Spanish and management. She started all 19 games as a defender for the Huskers women’s soccer team during the 2014-15 season and was awarded a Nebraska Student Athletes Heart and Soul Award in 2015. Areman started her own photography business—Sam Areman Photo—during her time at UNL and intends to keep it going while she is in Barcelona on a marketing internship.
“College goes by so quickly, you have to make the most of each day,” Areman said. “Take as many opportunities as you can to step outside your comfort zone, whether it’s going abroad, joining a new club or going to networking event. You never know how those experiences could help you in the future.”
Spencer Skolout
Spencer Skolout
Spencer Skolout came to CBA from McCook, Nebraska, and is graduating with a degree in finance. CBA gave him the opportunity to participate in the Nebraska at Oxford program, get involved in Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity and to be a CBA Student Ambassador. Skolout plans to stay in Lincoln following graduation, and intends to find a career in banking.
“The classes I took gave me a lot of hands-on experience I feel have really prepared me to solve real life problems in my future career,” he said. “Getting involved in various activities on campus also helped me to get out of my comfort zone and build a network of people who will help me succeed after graduating.”

Doctoral Degrees

Elise J. Harvey, Lincoln; Business—Dissertation: Bringing Consumer Socialization into the 21st Century: A Grounded Theory Approach to Consumer Socialization in Multiracial Families. Advised by Professor Les Carlson.

Master of Business Administration
Taylor Michael Anderson, Columbus—Business
Aaron Lee Babcock, Machesney Park, IL—Business
Enrique Caño Ruiz, Lincoln—Business
Kurtis Arlan Charling, Oakland—Business
Amanda Chwee, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia—Business
John Gary Clarke, Ft Worth, TX—Business
Kristin Elizabeth Fyffe, Roca—Business
Mara Griva, Lincoln—Business
Eric John Huck, Saint Charles, MO—Business
Ayman Eltaher Abdalla Ismail, Lincoln—Business
Cara Lynn Jones, Gretna—Business
Bryan Michael Kline, Gretna—Business
Fei Li, Xian, China—Business
Yao Lu, Changsha, China—Business
Geoffrey Lee Martel, Mount Morris, NY—Business
Patrick William James McClarty, Vancouver, Canada—Business
John Alexander McLaughlin, Philadelphia, PA—Business
Eric Ryan Miller, Elko New Market, MN—Business
Mary Katherine Mitenko, Omaha—Business
Andrew James Mock, Lincoln—Business
Matthew Daniel Purkeypile, San Jose, CA—Business
Anthony Schelstrate, Phoenix, AZ—Business
Megan Elizabeth Scherling, Lincoln—Business
Derek Wayne Simonsen, Lincoln—Business
Jacelyn Renee Splichal, Cabot, AR—Business
Cecily Sidney Sweet, Lincoln—Business
Joshua David VanDeWalle, Apex, NC—Business
Qiang Wang, Shenmu, China—Business
Margaret Elizabeth Ward, Centerville, MN—Business
Clinton James Zavadil, Nebraska City—Business
Ao Zhang, Xuzhou, China—Business
Master of Professional Accountancy
Christopher Charles Krueger, Lincoln—Accountancy
Benjamin James Kruger, Lincoln—Accountancy
Kyle Douglas Smith, McCool Junction—Accountancy

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Saqer Salah Al Ben Ali, Lincoln
Jhany Donicza Alvarado, Lincoln
Anita R Anderson, Pleasant Dale
Patrick Charles Andriano, Lincoln
Jacquelin Xiao Szi Ang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Steven Marc Anthony, Kansas City, MO
Samantha Lynn Areman, Lincoln
Jonathan Harris Bash, Grayslake, IL
Charlsie Michelle Bastian, Arlington
     (University Honors Program)
Bulgan Batsaikhan, Lincoln
        (With High Distinction)
Brad Joseph Baumbach, McCook
Reese Wayne Beninghaus, Lincoln
Gabriel James Berkebile, Lincoln
Zachary Paul Birkel, Lincoln
Austin Mitchel Bishop, McCook
Abigail Josephine Blagburn, Lincoln
Jeri Elizabeth Bloom, Lincoln
Kelsey Lynn Boesiger, Lincoln
Mikala Rae Bogue, Lincoln
Tyson Derek Broekemeier, Aurora
Timothy Patrick Brooks, Elkhorn
Maxwell Richard Buettner, Lincoln
Bradley John Cain, Dakota City
Peng Cao, Shenyang, China
Hayley Jo Carstens, Omaha
Yan Qi Chai, Puchong, Malaysia
Nathan James Channer, Columbus
Chengcheng Chen, Beijing, China
        (With High Distinction)
Stephanie Ya Hui Chen, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tsai-Lin Cheng, Taiwan, Taiwan
Jerome Harrison Chess, Lincoln
Norman Chew, Klang, Malaysia
Li Shuo Ching, Bandar Utama, Malaysia
Thomas Scott Christenson, Omaha
Jin Yao Chua, Batu Pahat, Malaysia
Joann Li Yun Chung, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
        (With High Distinction)
Jon Tyler Creglow, Lincoln
Ryan Scott Cundall, Bellevue
Jesse Todd Damm, Lincoln
        (With Highest Distinction)
Paolo Dapo, Omaha
Qianlun Ding, Lincoln
Jacob Joseph Dobrovolny, Papillion
        (With Highest Distinction)
Hillary Anne Dolan, Lincoln
Patrick Lee Dutton, Blair
Jessica Marie Elafros, Overland Park, KS
Kate Lynn Faughn, Lincoln
        (With Highest Distinction)
Minyi Feng, Shenzhen, China
Cherise Danielle Friedrich, Plainview
            (With Distinction)
Angela Nicole Gibbons, Lincoln
Alexandra Phyllis Giddings, Gibbon
Matthew John Glantz, Omaha
Aaron Patrick Glynn, Palmer
Matthew David Goering, Lincoln
Ross Douglas Goldenstein, Lincoln
Rebecca Marie Golus, Holdrege
Conor Dale Good, Lincoln
Erin Mikala Griffiths, Fremont
Michael John Gruidel, Omaha
Chengjie Guo, Suzhou, China
Ruiqiang Guo, Lincoln
Garrett John Gustafson, Grand Island
James Hunter Hall, Lincoln
Derek Douglas Hammer, Franklin
Grant Connor Hanson, Omaha
Taylor James Hanson, Bennington
Kelsey Lynn Harrington, Overland Park, KS
            (With Distinction)
Jonathan Taylor Harrison, Lincoln
Brian John Harshman, Lincoln
Junbao He, Shenzhen, China
Jared Jeffrey Heins, Eagle
        (With Highest Distinction)
Alexander Joseph Henning, Lincoln
Alexandra Marie Herink, Omaha
            (With Distinction)
Tanner Ray Hermann, Weeping Water
Alexander Jay Hill, Veblen, SD
        (With Highest Distinction)
Martin Ross Edward Hogan, Waterloo
Yaxian Huang, Nanchong, China
Jeffrey David Hudson, Omaha
Kaleb Tucker Hueftle, Holdrege
Mark Patrick Hutton, Omaha
Ismail Izzuddin Imran, Seremban, Malaysia
        (With Highest Distinction)
Preston Michael Jacobe, Lincoln
Samuel Mark Jaksich, Elkhorn
Nicholas Hollis Jenkins, Lincoln
Chengyi Jiang, Lincoln
Austin Lee Johnson, Garland, TX
Michael Patrick Jones, Grand Island
Daniel Glen Jungren, Lincoln
Ronald Dean Kalkwarf, Lincoln
Augusta Kamara, Lincoln
Matthew Allen Keslar, Lincoln
Nicholas James Ketcham, Elkhorn
Brian Michael Klintworth, Seward
        (With Highest Distinction)
     (University Honors Program)
Daniel Robert Koudele, Omaha
Jakob Kristopher Kramer, Lincoln
Peter Alexanderson Kritenbrink, Omaha
        (With High Distinction)
Nathan Brock Kuta, Omaha
My Kim Thi Le, Lincoln
Theresa Tuyet Nhi Thi Le, Lincoln
Shin Yee Lee, Klang, Malaysia
Jordan Matthew Leever, Omaha
Jinjin Li, Urumqi, China
Xinni Li, Changchun, China
Jasmine Miyuki Lionberger, Lincoln
Peiyu Liu, Lincoln
Yishan Liu, Lincoln
Jacob Ryan Lock, Blair
Xilin Long, Wuhan, China
Di Ma, Lincoln
Paul Michael Mann, Omaha
Samuel Luke McCarter, Lincoln
Jennifer Elayne McCullough, Lawton, OK
Jack Sinclair McGowan, Omaha
Samuel Andrew Meier, Hartland, WI
Bradley Scott Merritt, Lincoln
Randi Schae Miller, Lincoln
Andrew James Moritz, Lincoln
Jordan Elizabeth Moser, Omaha
Jessica Lee Mosier, Lincoln
Connor Deane Munro, Omaha
Anthony Wente Myers, Sioux City, IA
        (With High Distinction)
Brandon Philip Myers, Plainview
Carly Jane Nelson, Lincoln
Justin Scott Niederklein, Omaha
Brady Charles Nikolas, La Vista
Emma Marie Olney, Lincoln
Erik Michael Olson, Lincoln
Yee Chun Ong, Bayan Lepas, Malaysia
Janessa Anne Onwiler, Panama
Alyson Nichole Osterbuhr, Lincoln
Christopher Walker Patten, Parker, CO
Danielle Jaqueline Paulk, Lincoln
Thomas Eric Pearson, Pawnee City
Matthew Riley Peppmuller, Lincoln
Eli William Perrett, Valentine
Michelle Elizabeth Piepho, Lincoln
Casey Galen Poss, Elba
Madison Marie Preston, Kingwood, TX
Chaeli Dawn Quandt, Omaha
Jing Ling Quek, Mentakab, Pahang, Malaysia
Richard Conner Randolph, Lincoln
Kelli Marie Reed, Lincoln
Ryne Thomas Reeves, Crete
William Chapman Rehm, Lincoln
Ross Edward Reynolds, Lincoln
Nellie Aurora Rivera, Lincoln
        (With High Distinction)
Sean David Roberts, South Sioux City
Joshua David Roeder, Omaha
McKenzie Caroline Roehrs, Lincoln
Arianna Jeanette Romero, Lincoln
Alexis Taylor Rouse, Lincoln
Jesus Daniel Santos, Grand Island
Andrew Jeffrey Scheribel, Kearney
Taylor Alex Schneider, Lincoln
Cole Jackson Schrager, Omaha
Cody James Schuldt, Lincoln
Collin Jay Schull, Watertown, SD
James Daniel Schulz, Sr., Lincoln
Jinlei Shi, Lincoln
Chance Parker Sinclair, Spring Hill, KS
Spencer David Skolout, McCook
Morgan Renee Smejkal, Columbus
Andrea Grace Stanton, Los Alamitos, CA
Rosena Denae Startzman, Sawyer, KS
        (With Highest Distinction)
Cassidy Emmee Stelzmiller, Lincoln
Zachary Thomas Sterup, Hastings
Megan Kathleen Sullivan, Bellevue
            (With Distinction)
David Woodard Sutton, Lincoln
Jacob Michael Swanson, Doniphan
Trevor Jonathon Swierczek, Waverly
Jin Zhian Teh, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Yu Min Teh, Lincoln
Xue Kun Teoh, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Cecelia Tey, Muar, Malaysia
Hanh Tran, Lincoln
        (With High Distinction)
Nicki Jo Veldhouse, Omaha
Jeremy Scott Vercellono, Lincoln
Sean Michael Wade, Blair
Danielle Josephine Wademan, Blue Hill
Xinkang Wang, Lincoln
Tara Renee Watermeier, Lincoln
Jami Lynne Watts, Lincoln
Zachary Stephen Weis, Omaha
John Patrick Wiatr, Washburn, WI
Seth Ryan Williamsen, Lincoln
Alexander Joseph Wolpa, Omaha
Brandon Michael Wood, Lincoln
Mitchell David Woods, Papillion
Jiawei Xu, Lincoln
        (With High Distinction)
Jiawei Yang, Lincoln
Kyle James Yockel, Wymore
Xiaoyang Yu, Omaha
Jiaxiong Yuan, Guangzhou, China
Zheyu Yue, Xi’an, China
Jordan Tyler Yurth, Lincoln
Izabella Zgierska, Lincoln
Fan Zhang, Shijiazhuang, China
Jinshu Zhang, Lincoln
Lingfeng Zhang, Lincoln
Nanxin Zhang, Xi’an, China
Qin Zhang, Hangzhou, China
        (With High Distinction)
Xu Zhang, Xi’an, China
Yanning Zhang, Lincoln
Leiyan Zhao, Xi'an, China
Xingyue Zhao, Lincoln
Zhenbo Zhao, Lincoln
Anthony Wayne Zimmer, Lincoln
Published: December 16, 2015