About the Business Learning Community

Living Facility

Students involved with the Business Learning Communities live in Eastside Suites. Eastside Suites is a suite-style coed residence hall located on City Campus. It is one of the newest residence halls in University Housing at Nebraska.

Business Learning Community students will share suites with other students involved in the Business Learning Community.


Students in both business learning communities take courses together with other learning community participants. Students in the Business Learning Communities take the following courses:


  • BSAD 111: Investing in Strengths
  • ENGL 151: Writing: Rhetoric as Argument
  • MATH 104: Applied Calculus*

*With a qualifying Math Placement Exam score


  • BSAD 50: Business Computer Applications
  • ECON 211: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ACCT 201: Introductory Accounting I (if prerequisites are met)

Note: Students who have AP/IB credit or transfer credit for any of the above courses will not be required to take these course again with the Business Learning Community. Students can consult any College of Business Academic Advisor for assistance in understanding the course requirements and transfer policies.

About the Staff

Megan Friesen
Megan Friesen

Megan Friesen is the Assistant Director of Academic Success and Advising, and Coordinator of the College of Business Learning Communities. She joined the Nebraska community in May 2011 and has worked actively as an Academic Advisor since 2007. Megan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education in Vocational Business Education and her Master of Arts in Education in Student Affairs, both from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Megan has experience working with students in transition, academic support and advising, education abroad and international student initiatives, teaching freshmen transition courses, student involvement and programming, and with learning communities.

In her spare time, Megan enjoys traveling, learning the German language, photography, exploring the best of Nebraska, spending time with her family and friends, and cheering on the Huskers. Fun fact: Megan attended German Language School in Munich, Germany for two weeks in Summer 2013.

Gallup Strengths: Achiever | Learner | Discipline | Significance | Focus

Melissa Starman
Marissa Starman

Marissa Starman is an Academic Advisor in the Business Advising and Student Engagement office. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Doane University and completed a Master of Arts in Counseling in Student Affairs in Higher Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. During Marissa’s undergraduate years, she enjoyed participating as an orientation leader, a peer tutor, and in her sorority.

In her free time, Marissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, discovering new eateries and shops, and listening to music. Fun fact: Marissa stayed two nights on an island smaller than a football field while visiting the San Blas Islands of Panama in the Summer of 2015.

Gallup Strengths: Harmony | Empathy | Responsibility | Developer | Discipline