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38 Freshmen Join Nebraska Business Honors Academy

38 Freshmen Join Nebraska Business Honors Academy

LINCOLN — Thirty-eight incoming freshmen — including two from Central Nebraska — have been selected to attend the Nebraska Business Honors Academy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this fall. The students, part of the academy’s 12th cohort, hail from seven U.S. states and 13 Nebraska communities.

Central Nebraska students selected for the academy include: Emmery Huyser from Hastings and Margaret Haarberg from Kearney. Huyser, a graduate of Adams Central Junior-Senior High School, plans to study accounting. Haarberg, a graduate of Kearney Catholic High School, plans to study actuarial science.

“These talented, highly gifted students will challenge themselves in new and different ways from day one,” said Kathy Farrell, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean and Professor of Finance. “They will stretch their strengths both inside and outside the classroom, honing their academic, interpersonal and leadership skills as they prepare to lead the future of business.”

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The incoming class plans to pursue nine academic majors within the College of Business. Students will complete the majority of their core and core business curriculum together, using an action-oriented learning style focused on developing critical thinking, technical, and communication skills.

“We are thrilled to welcome these students to the academy,” said Erin Burnette, the academy’s director. “This group is eager to find unique and impactful ways to positively contribute to the university community, and I have no doubt they will raise the bar for the academy, the College of Business and the university as a whole. Our team is honored to have a front-row seat as we help this phenomenal group of students learn, grow and achieve their potential as they advance in their college careers.”

The new students will participate in leadership activities and student competitions across the country to improve their professional communication. They will also participate in internships and experiences abroad.

“Our students are currently involved in more than 150 student organizations and serve in a variety of prominent leadership roles,” Burnette said. “This summer, more than half of the academy’s students are participating in paid internships in 10 states and two countries. Eight alumni cohorts have applied their talents to careers and graduate schools in 33 states and five countries, with 25 percent of alumni going directly to graduate or professional degree programs. We also look forward to helping this new cohort succeed professionally and personally.”