47 students selected as new strengths coaches for College of Business

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47 students selected as new strengths coaches for College of Business

Forty-seven students have been selected to become new strengths coaches for the 2019-20 academic year.
Forty-seven students have been selected to become new strengths coaches for the 2019-20 academic year.

The Clifton Strengths Institute at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business has selected 47 students to serve as new strengths coaches for the 2019-20 school year. The new coaches will join returning coaches to mentor more than 750 first-year business students in Professional Enhancement I: Investing in Strengths.

Required for all first-year business students, the course aims to help students develop and apply their strengths to achieve individualized academic, personal and professional success using the CliftonStrengths Assessment. During the course, coaches lead team meetings of up to 10 students once a week and facilitate two one-on-one strengths coaching sessions for each team member to help them recognize and maximize their potential. They also help facilitate discussions during class.

“Starting their college career by identifying their natural talents, our students learn how to identify classes and build careers that allow them to do what they do best while developing meaningful relationships that go beyond college,” said Mike McDonald, senior workplace consultant and performance lead for Gallup and instructor of Investing in Strengths. “The individualized coaching helps them apply their strengths toward their goals and ultimately build a better life.”

Open to students from any college at Nebraska, prospective coaches complete an application and interview process. Once selected, they enroll in the Strengths Coaching, Theory and Practice Training Course, a three-credit-hour course focused on gaining functional knowledge in strengths-based development.

“This course allows strengths coaches to develop their talents and gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to be prepared when coaching their students in the fall to build lives of meaning, purpose and impact,” said Samantha Kennelly, Clifton Strengths Institute assistant director.

The student coaches are from six states and two countries. Forty attend the College of Business.

“We select students who have the passion and energy to positively impact the lives of others and the innate talent to easily connect and communicate with people to help guide their development,” Kennelly said. “First-year students thrive when our coaches recognize their unique potential and guide them to succeed by leading with their strengths.”

For more information on strengths coaches and the Clifton Strengths Institute, click here.

The new strengths coaches for the 2019-20 school year, with their year in school in spring 2019 and academic major(s), are:


  • Arlington: Devon Gottsch, junior, human resource management and communication studies

  • Bellevue: Adrianna Mcking, freshman, marketing and pre-law; Nate Peterson, sophomore, actuarial science; Lindsay Van Ryckeghem, sophomore, economics and management

  • Blair: Carli Pfeil, freshman, business administration and finance

  • Brainard: Isaac Archuleta, sophomore, business administration

  • Columbus: Isabelle Stewart, sophomore, agricultural education

  • Dakota City: Christian Krogh, freshman, marketing

  • Elkhorn: Brittany Oligmueller, sophomore, finance and Clifton Builders management

  • Hastings: Mary O’Keeffe, sophomore, finance and Clifton Builders management

  • Hickman: Shaun Edgecombe, freshman, marketing; Chloe Wegner, freshman, marketing

  • Juniata: Monica Wahlmeier, freshman, business administration and pre-occupational therapy

  • Nebraska City: Chloe Higgins, freshman, economics

  • Norfolk: Ethan Carlson, freshman, economics and management

  • Omaha: Kyleigh Gall, sophomore, marketing; Tom Hermanek, freshman, business administration; Ellie Hellman, freshman, management; Gabriella Hogan, freshman, political science and pre-law; Madeleine Jacobitz, junior, finance; Mikey Langford, freshman, marketing; Hilary Simpson, freshman, business administration

  • Papillion: Jacqueline Alexander, freshman, business administration

  • Lincoln: Devan Buescher, freshman, accounting and management; Peyton Edwards, freshman, marketing; Derek Guyton, freshman, business administration; Sophie Knoblauch, junior, biochemistry; Sydney Long, sophomore, marketing, and hospitality, restaurant and tourism management; Lauren Mosser, sophomore, marketing and Clifton Builders management; Edgar Montoya, sophomore, management; Brianna Oehm, sophomore, business administration; Jessica Olson, freshman, accounting; Nathan Netz, freshman, finance and marketing; Colby Reffert, junior, management; Addison Sellon, junior, psychology; Madison Sirois, freshman, management; Regan Wesley, junior, psychology

  • Seward: Morgan Baack, sophomore, accounting and finance; Erich Stillahn, freshman, business administration

  • Stapleton: Kaylee Burnside, freshman, business administration

  • Whitman: Liddy Vinton, freshman, agricultural education and cooperative education


  • Carbon, Indiana: Kennedy Johnston, freshman, actuarial science

  • Le Mars, Iowa: Carlyn Bretey, freshman, international business and Spanish

  • Gregory, Michigan: Jordan Seitz, freshman, supply chain management

  • Rapid City, South Dakota: Grace Partridge, sophomore, economics and political science

  • Grafton, Wisconsin: Katie Lamb, freshman, management

  • Bandung, Indonesia: Keisha Widjaja, freshman, actuarial science

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