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Kathy's Point: Working Together to Do Big Things

Kathy's Point: Working Together to Do Big Things
Dean Kathy Farrell and others in the Nebraska Business community celebrated Glow Big Red, 24 Hours of Husker Giving on February 15. In celebration of Nebraska's Charter Day, the community raised $48,292 to help the advance the college's mission of preparing students for the future of business.

We recently celebrated Nebraska's Charter Day and participated in Glow Big Red, 24 Hours of Husker Giving, on February 15 with our Nebraska Business community. Thanks to all who helped unlock our challenge gifts from generous donors, and together you raised $48,292 to help prepare students for the future of business. Those who gave $60 or more will also receive a Nebraska reversible bucket hat in the mail sometime in the next few weeks.

Because supply chains are critical to every industry, supply chain management professionals are in high demand. Our Nebraska Supply Chain Management and Analytics (SCMA) programs focus on building the quantitative skills vital for the field. Our programs range from an undergraduate major and minor to a Ph.D. and graduate certificate programs to meet students wherever they are on their career path. Our Master of Science in Supply Chain Management and Master of Science in Business Analytics earned a #14 ranking for best online business master’s programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

While preparing students to lead the future of business, our faculty also collaborate to find solutions to real-world problems. Özgür Araz, Ron and Carol Cope professor of supply chain management and analytics, and S. Sajeesh, Nathan J Gold Distinguished Professor of Marketing and associate professor of marketing, recently partnered to investigate firm strategies that reflect the impact of obesity-related public policies on consumer trends. View the story.

They also share findings from their teaching research supported through the college's Seacrest Teaching Fellows program. Made possible through the support of Rhonda and the late James Seacrest, the program fosters teaching excellence among Nebraska Business faculty by supporting teaching innovation and collaboration. These projects impact our students here at Nebraska as well as classrooms across the nation as their findings get shared at conferences and in academic journals to help other faculty. Read about Amanda Gonzales, Senior Seacrest Teaching Fellow and associate professor of practice in accountancy, and her key strategies for successful team dynamics in group projects.

At Nebraska Business, our faculty inspire and enable graduate and undergraduate students to drive discoveries too. For example, marketing Ph.D. student, Plavini Punyatoya, became the second Nebraska Ph.D. student to receive a research grant from the University Sales Center Alliance. Read more about her achievement and proposed research project on time management.

In February, students from six universities competed in the first-ever Tenaska Business Challenge at the College of Business by working as teams to find interdisciplinary solutions to business problems. Tenaska, an independent energy company ranked by Forbes magazine among the largest privately held U.S. companies, sponsored the challenge. Read about the student teams who earned cash awards.

Utilizing his certificate in sales excellence, Adrian Casanova, '19, received a series of promotions. He recently moved to Washington, D.C., to become regional vice president in Pacific Life's Retirement Solutions Division and credited the skills he learned and the connections made at Nebraska. Read about his experience with the Center for Sales Excellence.

We need help from you and our nearly 40,000 Nebraska Business alumni. Please recommend high school students who can benefit from one of our three College of Business summer programs - the DREAMBIG Academy, Discover Accounting and Discover Actuarial Science. The students selected get the opportunity to experience campus life for free while exploring careers in business in Hawks Hall and connecting with our Nebraska Business community. Nominate a high school student by April 1 to help them start something big at Nebraska!

Thank you for your continued support. Whether building a college, expanding our offerings or helping find students for our distinctive programs, we do big things together.

Together, we are Nebraska Business.
Dean Kathy Farrell

Published: March 7, 2023