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CBA to kick off 100th year celebration

The UNL College of Business Administration celebrates 100 years of educating business leaders with a back-to-school bash, 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 23.
The UNL College of Business Administration celebrates 100 years of educating business leaders with a back-to-school bash, 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 23.

The College of Business Administration is celebrating 100 years of educating business leaders with a back-to-school bash 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 23 on the west side of the CBA building.

The event is open to CBA students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and business partners. Individuals can RSVP at http://cba.unl.edu/bash.

“The accomplishments of our students, our alumni and our faculty over the last 100 years attest to a unique, invaluable business education experience, and it is something to truly celebrate," CBA dean Donde Plowman said. "The College of Business Administration is an exceptional place because of our exceptional people.”

The celebration includes pizza, prizes and a performance by the band Lemon Fresh Day.

CBA, which was created by the Board of Regents in 1913 as the School of Commerce, has a storied history on the UNL campus. A few highlights include:

- The School of Commerce was one of the 16 charter members of the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business in 1916.

- The university was the first school west of the Mississippi to formally establish a graduate school and CBA is still the only Ph.D. granting business school in the state.

- The School of Commerce educated women before they had the right to vote. CBA's first graduating class included five women in 1919.

- “Dear Old Nebraska U” was written in 1923 by CBA student Harry Pecha which continues to be used today as the Husker fight song.

CBA is home to the second largest college on campus with 3,514 students enrolled in the fall of 2012 and 97 full-time equivalent faculty members. There are 10 undergraduate majors and a newly created business minor for the non-major. U.S. News & World Report ranked the online MBA program second in the Big Ten (17th overall) and third in the nation for veterans in 2013.

The CBA-sponsored Nebraska at Oxford Program, which is the most popular study abroad program at UNL, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013, and Career Services at CBA, which began in 2012, now has four career coaches to help students with their internship and career aspirations.

The 2013-14 academic year marks the first Honors Academy class to enroll at CBA.

“While much has changed in business over the past century, one thing hasn’t — the need to educate future business leaders who can excel in the ever-changing global marketplace,” Plowman said. “It’s a great time to be a part of the UNL College of Business Administration.”