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March 1, 2018

Second Cohort of International Business Distinguished Scholars Inducted

Second Cohort of International Business Distinguished Scholars Inducted
(left to right) Back Row: Quan Nguyen; Samuel Waechter-Cass; Andrew Psaltis; Sophia Otte; Taylor Hogan; Jack Straka (left to right) Front Row: Hayden Richardson; Isabella Kloppel; Olivia Coffey; Samantha Sogge; Jessica Ha
With hands raised by their side, 11 business students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business recited the Oath of Global Citizenship as they were inducted as the second cohort of International Business Distinguished Scholars. The program consists of international business majors with a minimum 3.5 GPA who are looking to expand their international prowess.

Students in the program are required to participate in undergraduate research, complete an international internship and study abroad twice, once in a 13-week program and the other together as a cohort. They must also partake in the International Business Medallion Program, a program designed for business students to expand their international education. Each scholar also receives a $5,000 scholarship to take part in their study abroad program.

Dr. Kalu Osiri talks to the new cohort of scholars about the program.
Dr. Kalu Osiri talks to the new cohort of scholars about the program.
Dr. Kalu Osiri, director of the international business program and associate professor of practice in management, said, “The Distinguished Scholars program was designed to create a community of students who are very passionate in international business. Throughout the program, they learn how to critically think to solve difficult problems, improve their writing skills and utilize different methods of data analysis through their research. The students form a special bond with their fellow scholars. They open up and share ideas and learn from each other.”

Scholars also get matched up with mentors from different companies around the world. Chandra Schwab, lecturer of international business who helps coordinate the program, matches students with mentors she believes can provide insight to students looking to work abroad.  

“The mentors we pair with scholars show a lot of enthusiasm getting to work with the students, some even taking on two students at one time. Mentors can range from someone far along in their career to those just starting to move up. What’s important to us is they give the students context about working abroad in other countries,” she said.

Osiri believes the students in the Distinguished Scholars program push the international business program to new heights.

Students raise their hands and recite the Oath of Global Citizenship.
Students raise their hands and recite the Oath of Global Citizenship.
“Our international business major turns 30 this year, an accomplishment not many programs around the U.S. can say. Throughout those years we developed strong partnerships with elite programs around the world, such as Oxford and Senshu University. This program is another step we have taken to show we are a globally-minded college,” he said.
“These students engage with faculty, mentors and companies around the globe, all outside of the classroom. This engagement supports the work they do on real life projects in other countries, and helps them become immersed in another culture. We believe that level of engagement, along with their global leadership and cross-cultural management skills, will help them turn into the future leaders of communities all over the world.”

To learn more about the international business program, visit:

The 2018 International Business Distinguished Scholars include:

Bennington: Hayden Richardson, freshman international business
Hastings: Samuel Waechter-Cass, freshman international business
Lincoln: Olivia Coffey, freshman international business; Jessica Ha, freshman international business
Omaha:  Taylor Hogan, freshman international business; Jack Straka, freshman international business

Clearwater, Florida: Isabella Kloppel, freshman international business
Denver, Colorado: Sophia Otte, freshman international business
Eagan, Minnesota: Samantha Sogge, freshman international business
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Quan Nguyen, freshman international business
Parker, Colorado: Andrew Psaltis, freshman international business