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September 8, 2021

Kathy’s Point: Hawks Hall Keeps Giving Back as Students Return to Start Fall Semester

Kathy’s Point: Hawks Hall Keeps Giving Back as Students Return to Start Fall Semester
Dean Kathy Farrell welcomed students to the annual College of Business Back to School Bash inside Howard L. Hawks Hall while temperatures climbed to 104.6 degrees outdoors. After encouraging students to get involved, meet the Nebraska Business community and try new things, she put her own spin on the event by helping DJ – with guidance and support from Edgar Montoya, recruitment coordinator at the college (shown taking a moment to rehydrate).

The beginning of the fall semester marked our fourth anniversary in Howard L. Hawks Hall. A gift that keeps on giving, it not only brought all of the College of Business under one roof but also serves as a central hub for our Nebraska Business community to gather, collaborate and do big things.

As the temperature soared to 104.6 degrees, new and returning students flocked to Howard L. Hawks Hall on August 27 for our annual Back to School Bash, sponsored by Sandhills Global. We had a great turnout in the Henrickson Family Atrium and students learned more about our majors, distinctive programs and student organizations and were able to experience a sense of the Nebraska Business community from day one. They also stretched their strengths while meeting their peers, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. I also tried something new by attempting to DJ with assistance from Edgar Montoya, our recruitment coordinator at the college. I definitely put my own spin on the event. Experience the 2021 Back to School Bash.

The College of Business is also hosting two notable events, where you can engage with old friends and make new ones this fall. Please save the date for the:

  1. DIGS Grand Opening on Friday, October 1, 11:30 a.m. in the Welcome Center of Howard L. Hawks Hall - All are welcome at the official ceremony and ribbon cutting with tours and refreshments following. Named by students, DIGS (Diversity and Inclusion Gathering Space) is a hub for conversation, inclusive programs and gatherings to help people feel they belong here. Focusing on our guiding principle, Be Inclusive, the College of Business continues its commitment to inclusive excellence. We welcome students, alumni and the greater Nebraska Business community to co-create the experiences held in DIGS. Learn more at
  2. Nebraska Business Alumni Tailgate, Saturday, November 6 - Join us for a pregame tailgate at Hawks Hall three hours prior to kickoff of the Nebraska vs. Ohio State football game. Reconnect with fellow alumni and meet members of the College of Business community as we celebrate leading the future of business. The $10 registration fee will be donated to the N Business Start Something Fund which provides support to the college for priority needs. Honor years include those who graduating in 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1976, 1971, 1966, 1961, 1956 and 1951. Register at:

In addition, you can advance your skills during our new 90-minute Power Lunches offered by our Center for Executive and Professional Development (CEPD). Led by Nebraska faculty members and industry experts, the in-person lunches in Omaha and Lincoln facilitate thoughtful discussion around today’s important topics and help build skills needed in the rapidly changing business world. The Power Lunches in Lincoln in September at Hawks Hall and Omaha at Champions Run in October focus on topics including diversity and inclusion, managing communication and culture among generations, changing milestones post-pandemic, adaptive leadership, power language, the basics of investing and the power of positivity. The 90-minute lunches run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cost $49, including lunch and parking. To register for one or several lunches, visit

I hope you will help us keep the positive momentum going by joining us for these events. Your involvement and engagement remind all of us of how there is no place like Nebraska!

Together, we are Nebraska Business.

Kathy Farrell