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February 21, 2017

Kathy's Point: February 2017

Kathy Farrell
Kathy Farrell
It’s been a fast-paced, exciting eight weeks in this role as interim dean. Besides preparing for the move into the new building on 14th and Vine streets this summer, I also have had more than 60 individual meetings with our CBA faculty and staff, and members of our business community and alumni network.
Earlier this month more than 900 business students were named to the Dean’s List and MBA Honor Roll for the fall semester. The 901 undergraduates who received this honor maintained a cumulative grade-point average of 3.6 or higher for the semester, and 222 of them achieved a 4.0 GPA. Twenty-one master of business administration students qualified for the Dean’s List with a 4.0 GPA and nine or more credit hours for the semester, and 58 students with a 4.0 GPA and six or more credit hours made the Honor Roll.
With regards to faculty recognition, the UNL Parents Association and UNL Teaching Council honored 19 College of Business Administration faculty and staff during their annual recognition ceremony on February 3. After hearing about their student’s experience with faculty and staff, parents nominate someone they feel has made a significant difference in their student’s life. These awards provide a unique recognition as it means CBA faculty and staff impacted not only the student but their family in a positive way.
We hosted an event on February 8 with the university’s Explore Center for female students considering a major in business. Women leaders in the college hosted a lively conversation on strengths, business majors and women in business. Mandy Monson '00, vice president of Resort Lifestyle Communities, and Nicci Poehling '16, financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual and entrepreneur, shared their experiences from choosing the right major to leveraging their strengths in their careers. The event was a culmination of the college’s #BizLeadHER social media campaign featuring female faculty, staff, students and alumni who shared their experience as women studying or working in business.
On February 9, Matthew Winkler, co-founder and editor-in-chief emeritus of Bloomberg News, spoke with journalism and business students about the role of media in the age of Twitter, along with the founding and growth of his global news organization. The visit was coordinated through a collaboration between College of Journalism and Mass Communications and CBA to create more financial communications courses and experiences for students in both colleges.

As you can see, it is full-speed ahead at CBA. I look forward to continuing this momentum and meeting more of you in the CBA Community.