45 students named to CBA Honors Academy

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45 students named to CBA Honors Academy

UNL's College of Business Administration
Craig Chandler | University Communications

The College of Business Administration is adding 45 first-year students to its CBA Honors Academy.

The students, who start classes at UNL in the fall, are the third group to join the honors academy since it was founded in 2013.

“The Honors Academy has contributed to our growing national stature because of the quality students currently enrolled and the number of outstanding applicants we are attracting nationwide,” said Donde Plowman, dean of CBA. “To be selected as a member of the third cohort is a testament to their scholastic achievement, exceptional leadership and communication skills, and their desire to become leaders in the business world.”

The students hail from six states and plan education paths through eight majors within CBA. They will complete most of their foundation and core business courses together, using an action-based learning style focused on the development of critical thinking, technical and communication skills.

The new students will participate in leadership activities to build skills and participate in student competitions. Additionally, they receive internships and study abroad experiences to learn lessons and prepare them to make an impact in the business world. This summer, 40 percent of honors academy students are participating in paid internships across the nation, while another 20 are studying abroad in nine countries.

“We’re all very excited to welcome the fall 2015 cohort. They bring a diverse background of experiences and personal goals coupled with outstanding scholastic achievements that will immediately make an impact on the academy, CBA and the UNL campus as a whole,” said Erin Burnette, associate director of the CBA Honor Academy. “I look forward to helping them realize their potential as they grow and watching them achieve great things over the next four years.”

The following students will join the fall 2015 cohort of the CBA Honors Academy (the student’s high school is included in parentheses if it differs from the hometown):


Ashland: Jeb Vavak, business administration (Ashland-Greenwood)

Bellevue: Joey Jeanetta, business administration (Bellevue East)

Bennington: Michaela Mapes, finance (Westside)

Denton: Grace Kraus, international business (Crete)

Elkhorn: Caroline Musselman, marketing; Samantha Turco, finance (Skutt Catholic)

Elmwood: Brenna Backemeyer, management (Elmwood-Murdock)

Fremont: Brian Wilmes, business administration (Bergan Catholic)

Hartington: Anna Brodersen, international business (Cedar Catholic)

Henderson: Colton Siebert, business administration (Heartland Community)

Humphrey: Jacey Olmer, business administration (Saint Francis)

Lincoln: Megan Blome, business administration (Lincoln East); Justin Coffey, business administration (Pius X); Anne Greff, economics (Home School); Talia Halperin, international business (Lincoln East); Jack Rice, economics (Pius X); Matt Rohman, actuarial science (Norris); Grant Schirmer, actuarial science (Lincoln Southwest); Kylee Yakel, actuarial science (Lincoln Southeast)

Omaha: Michael Eesley, economics (Concordia), Claire Frevert, accounting (Elkhorn); Katie Gaul, business administration (Millard North); Jackson Grasz, business administration (Concordia); Tim Graves, economics (Westside), Sam Hansen, finance (Elkhorn South), Austin Hoffman, finance (Elkhorn South), Jake Johnson, marketing (Elkhorn South); Michael Kardell, actuarial science (Elkhorn South); Bryan Kirkebak, accounting (Millard West); Alex Nachreiner, finance (Elkhorn South); Melissa Newkirk, actuarial science (Burke); Jordan Newsom, business administration (Millard South); Sam Stevenson, business administration (Westside)

Sidney: Hayden Lienemann, accounting

Stanton: Tommie Brechbill, economics

Walton: Scott Schieuer, actuarial science (Pius X)


Broomfield, Colorado: Ben Pinkerman, business administration (Peak to Peak Charter)

Fort Collins, Colorado: Regan Burnham, business administration (Poudre)

Hartland, Wisconsin: Alyssa Nigh, actuarial science (Arrowhead)

Highland Village, Texas: Madison Gaber, international business (Edward S. Marcus)

Maple Grove, Minnesota: McKenna Ahlgren, actuarial science

Overland Park, Kansas: Brian Jacobson, management (Mother of Divine Grace)

Prior Lake, Minnesota: Rachel Kleist, actuarial science

Shawnee, Kansas: Callahan Eckardt, accounting (Mill Valley)

Topeka, Kansas: Luke Schnacker, finance (Washburn Rural)

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