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Record Enrollment–Again On move-in day 2018, Creighton welcomed another record-breaking freshman class to campus. The Heider College of Business significantly contributed to this wave of new Bluejays, shattering its admission goal of 275 to welcome 325 freshmen to the University community.


Total # of students:


states 41 represented TOP 5

19 countries represented




Accounting: 124 BIA: 126 Economics: 72 Finance: 271 International Business: 34

Illinois Colorado Missouri and Iowa

Management: 73 Marketing: 144 Pre-law (3/3 or regular): 35 Pre-health: 10


Total # of students:


states 42 represented TOP 5

485 degree seeking 29 certificate seeking 63 non-degree seeking

17 countries represented

Nebraska Iowa California Texas Minnesota and Colorado

enrolled in dual graduate business programs 59 students

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN The Heider College of Business continues to attract high-achieving, highly motivated students who are looking for a special kind of higher education experience. From exclusive degree programs to an extensive range of practicums, outreach and internships, students find it all and more at Heider. We connect students with a powerful network of some of the most engaged alumni, corporate partners and friends you will find associated with any institution. In this Year in Review, you’ll see how we continue to cultivate these connections and place an emphasis on Integrity Before Profits™. This past year, we saw record-breaking enrollment and graduated the first Executive Healthcare MBA cohort. We introduced a finance and technology major and the Heider Mindset Curriculum. We continued to advance our other unique degree programs, develop new partnerships and celebrate the academic and industry achievements of the faculty. We are also underway with renovations to our home inside the Mike and Josie Harper Center to expand resources for an exceptional education. We are inspired by and thankful for your generosity and ongoing engagement with the Heider College of Business. Through your contributions of time, expertise and monetary donations, you continue to strengthen the impact our students, alumni and faculty are able to make in the world. The next time you are on campus, stop by to see us at the Heider College of Business. Sincerely,

Anthony R. Hendrickson, PhD Dean, Heider College of Business

Renovating the Home of Business Undergraduate enrollment surged 74%, from 648 in 2010 to 1,129 in 2018. Graduate enrollment increased 33%. The expanded Harper Center will accommodate up to 1,500 students—a 33% increase. The late Charles Heider, BSC’49, HON’10, believed the world could use more business leaders educated in the Jesuit tradition of service and dedicated to positively impacting society. It’s what he did in his own long and fruitful finance career and what he and his wife, Mary, hoped to foster with their generous gift to the Heider College of Business seven years ago. This message of servant-leadership has resonated with students and their parents, faculty and staff to such an extent that the college grew to over 1,000 undergraduate students in a few short years. The college now finds itself needing more space—office space for members of its growing faculty, classroom space for new courses and additional sections of existing courses, and collaboration and study space for the large number of business students it now educates. Phase II, to be completed by late 2020, is the next step in continuing the cycle of value enhancement and reinvestment in our students, says Hendrickson. The Heider Family Foundation, led by Scott Heider, is donating the primary gift for the project, which includes new faculty offices, new classrooms, numerous small student collaboration and study spaces as well as a chapel. The existing space is being repurposed to increase efficiency without necessitating an addition. 4

Tim Holland of Holland Basham Architects is the lead architect.

“The Heider College of Business has worked hard to continuously enhance the quality of our education, with special attention to adding real-world skills to drive value to employers. This has led to significant growth in our enrollments over the past five to six years. At the same time, we have added exceptional faculty to make the growth sustainable while maintaining a low student-to-professor ratio.” —Anthony Hendrickson, PhD Dean, Heider College of Business

Consider a naming gift or other opportunity to support the future of Jesuit business education. 402.280.2740 | in renovated space

8 student lounges

20 huddle spaces

1 new chapel

The Future of Heider


Introducing the Heider Mindset Curriculum Over the past year, a group of faculty and leaders set out to reimagine and restructure the curriculum. Their goal? To ensure our graduates have the tools they need to adapt and succeed in the rapidly evolving landscape of the 21st-century business world. After conversations with countless industry leaders, these are the qualities our alumni and corporate partners expect from students entering the workforce:

Analytical Mindset Cross-Cultural Mindset Collaborative Mindset Action Mindset Service Mindset Reflective Mindset


Together, the six mindsets will offer a framework in which to organize existing courses and add new courses. As a whole, the revised curriculum will ensure that our students gain measurable experience in each mindset, which will transfer to skills needed in all avenues of business. The refined curriculum will produce the kind of graduates who stand out in the job market and excel in their careers. One of the first of its kind in the nation, the Heider Mindset Curriculum will set Creighton apart as a true innovator in business education when it launches in fall 2020.

“The Heider Mindsets provide a set of goals around which we can organize and modernize the business curriculum. Students will be able to combine curricular and extracurricular activities in novel ways as they work toward Mindset achievement.� —Debbie Wells, PhD, Senior Associate Dean

Partnering with Carson Group and Barron’s

The Heider College of Business is one of the first business schools in the nation to engage in a partnership with the Barron’s in Education Program from Dow Jones. Through this connection, faculty, staff and students will have the same 24/7 online access to real-time content, perspective and analysis as Barron’s subscribers. The new program is designed to foster financial proficiency and professional growth in students. The subscription is a gift of Carson Wealth Management Group’s Omaha office.

BlueBox Project Named an Innovation that Inspires

The BlueBox Project was recently recognized as a 2019 Innovation That Inspires by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The idea was conceived by Charles Braymen, PhD, CFA , associate professor of economics, after he had trouble installing educational software on outdated computers at a school in Tanzania while on a mission trip in 2015. Braymen collaborated with Dustin Ormond, PhD, assistant professor of business intelligence and analytics, and Creighton’s Radlab to create The BlueBox, which houses an inexpensive

minicomputer capable of disseminating open-source educational materials to anyone with a cell phone. In areas without electricity, a solar version can be deployed. The device has been installed at locations in the Dominican Republic and Peru by students in Faculty-Led Programs Abroad.

The Future of Heider

“We invest wholeheartedly in our existing and future leaders,” says Ron Carson, CEO and founder of Carson Group, “and Creighton shares our passion for building the next generation of inspired entrepreneurs.”

Outreach and Partnerships Two Organizations – One Common Goal

The Heider College of Business and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to provide metropolitan area professionals programming that enhances their work and personal lives. New Podcast Creates Connections Todd Darnold, PhD, the Charles “Mike” Harper Endowed Chair in Business Leadership, and the Omaha Chamber developed a podcast that delivers insights and anecdotes from key players in the Omaha business landscape. The podcast, Lead Together: Conversations to Connect You and

Elevate All of Us, features Darnold in conversation with real estate titans, young entrepreneurs, nonprofit executive directors, CEOs and educators. Darnold explores such topics as the essence of success, what defines an effective leader, and the challenges and rewards of careers that adhere to a strong code of ethics. Faculty Experts Discuss Inclusiveness Research done by the Omaha Chamber indicated that African American young professionals were five to six times less likely than their Caucasian peers to recommend the Omaha metropolitan area as a place to live and work. In response, the Omaha Chamber sought

ways to increase opportunities and equity for underrepresented populations. One such means was the creation of CODE, Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity for Greater Omaha— which joined forces with Creighton’s Heider College of Business and Graduate School, and the Omaha Chamber’s Young Professionals Council of Companies to present a lecture series for young professionals that explores emerging topics in the fields of diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace. Sarah Walker, PhD, associate professor of management, and Regina Taylor, PhD, assistant professor of management, are presenters in the series. 7

Students Explore Past and Present in Austria

Announcing the New FinTech Major Digitalization has been a huge disruptor for the financial industry, and Big Data has increasingly made its presence known in the financial services industry. To practice in an environment that melds finance principles with technical skills, finance students need a curriculum in which traditional finance coursework is complemented by technical know-how. Introducing the Heider College of Business’ newest major: Finance and Technology, or FinTech. “Compared to, say, five years ago, the field of finance had become far more data driven in all of its sub-disciplines,” says Lee Dunham, PhD, chair of the economics and finance department and initiator of the FinTech major at Creighton. “Consequently, having finance majors just acquire the relevant finance ‘textbook knowledge’ is increasingly becoming insufficient to be competitive in the workforce.” Cutting-Edge Program Given technology’s growing importance in the financial markets, establishing a FinTech major was necessary to remain current and stay on the cutting edge. To Dunham’s knowledge, one fellow Jesuit university has a single FinTech class; another offers a three-class FinTech concentration. Columbia and New York University offer FinTech programs, but only at the master’s level. new BIA faculty were hired to help support the program

2 40%

of the FinTech major’s curriculum are newly developed classes

5 finance courses and 5 technology (BIA) courses included in the new major 3

new BIA courses were created: Python Programming, Machine Learning and Blockchain

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new finance course: Foundations of FinTech

Michael Thomas, PhD, associate professor of economics and Institute of Economic Inquiry (IEI) student programs director, participated in a new Faculty-Led Program Abroad trip to Austria over winter break. John Wingender, PhD, professor of finance and senior academic associate at IEI, joined Thomas and nine students to explore Vienna, Salzburg and Melk, Austria. The Institute for Economic Inquiry programming has extensively explored Austrian economics, whose roots are in Vienna, Austria. In his course, History of Economic Thought, Thomas covered Austria’s intellectual traditions of economics, specifically those of Carl Menger, who taught at the University of Vienna. Menger, along with other economists in England and Swizerland, developed the theory of marginal revolution, an important principle of modern economic theory. Students visited the Vienna headquarters of the United Nations’ Migration Centre, where students spoke to Viennese residents about current issues such as today’s immigration crisis. Given that the U.S. is one of Austria’s largest trading partners, the state of current U.S.-Austria relations was also a topic of discussion, as was Brexit’s impact on business in Austria. Jake Russett, a junior IEI business research fellow from Savage, Minnesota, believes the new FLPA to Austria—in particular, it’s focus on Vienna—rivals more established offerings to places like Rome, London and Barcelona. “I think it would be a valuable experience for anyone looking to get a worldly experience in a place that has been historically shaped by economic rhetoric, political and cultural diversity and Catholic dogma.”

BIG EAST in the Big Apple Creighton students took a shot at the inaugural BIG EAST Startup Challenge in New York City this past March. The competition, featuring innovations and products from teams of student entrepreneurs representing all 10 schools, was a component of the BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament Week activities. Lance Frazier, associate professor of management, and John Blazek, entrepreneurship instructor, coached the Creighton team: Heider College of Business student Langston Gray and College of Arts and Sciences students Apoorvaa Bichu, Donovan Mann and Dannah Shurling. They developed a presentation for ARTrepreneur, a nonprofit collaborative providing instructional programming for artistically inclined underprivileged youth. Competition rules limited the business ideas to startups—those with revenues and investments below $50,000 and not incorporated for more than one year. At the event, held at St. John’s University’s Manhattan campus, Gray, Bichu and Mann (Shurling was unable to travel) pitched ARTrepreneur to the judges, who all have ties to the BIG EAST and are seasoned entrepreneurs, innovators, venture capitalists and business leaders. Anthony Hendrickson, PhD, dean of the Heider College of Business, who was in the city for Creighton-related BIG EAST Tournament events, also attended the competition. The Creighton team finished outside the top three, but Frazier said the students “made us all really proud with their presentation. They represented their University very well.”

Students from the Heider College of Business and Drake University faced off in the 6th annual Murphy Cup marketing competition for client UnitedHealth Group at the company’s headquarters in Minneapolis. Senior marketing major and journalism and economics minor Katie Ford took home the award for Best Presenter. Allen Osborne and Nhu Y Tran Nguyen, along with Alex Peterson and Linda Fiorito of Drake, won first place, with Creighton’s Robert Ambrose and Annie Fitzsimmons and Drake’s Maria Comito and Macy Nossaman coming in second. The Best Leader award went to Heider senior Emily Nyvall.

Undergraduate Programs

Murphy Cup Teams Road Trip to Minnesota


First EMBA Cohort Graduates Launched two years ago, the Executive MBA in Healthcare Management program graduated its inaugural cohort of 12: nine physicians and three non-clinician leaders. The EMBA program connects the health care and business sectors, providing physicians and health care clinicians the skills and support they need to be equally gifted administrators and managers. “We are constantly looking for ways to make worlds collide so we can unlock creativity and innovation, thus providing value for our students and society,” says Todd Darnold, PhD, the Charles “Mike” Harper Endowed Chair in Business Leadership. “We all learn when we look outside our immediate purview. Health care organizations and leaders can learn a lot from business and vice versa.”

Laurie Baedke, FACHE, FACMPE, director of health care leadership programs and program director of the Executive MBA in Healthcare Management, says peer learning is woven tightly into the program’s structure. In addition to the adjunct faculty from world-renown health care institutions nationwide, students benefit from learning alongside and from their peers, who bring diverse experiences and skill sets to the cohort. Baedke says the first cohort, comprised of high-level, full-time physicians and other health care leaders, all completed the program on time. The program has continued to grow since its introduction. The second cohort is both larger and geographically and demographically more diverse, representing seven states and eight clinical disciplines. The third cohort, which is forming now, continues this trend, says Baedke.

Two Degrees in Record Time The Heider College of Business announces new business options within the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program. The program features strategically designed curricula that enable exceptional, qualified undergraduate students to take graduate-level coursework as part of their undergraduate curriculum. Students can earn nine to 12 credits toward a master’s degree before completing their bachelor’s. The program includes degree options within business, English and communication studies, health and wellness, justice and society, leadership, and science.


Top 20 Rankings for Graduate Business Programs Creighton and the Heider College of Business have historically fared well in school rankings due to high-quality faculty, staff and programming; engaging students; active and supportive alumni; and strong community partners. This year is no different. U.S. News & World Report 2019 rankings (based on an evaluation of more than 1,200 online education programs):

No. 17 Best Online MBA

No. 20 Best Online Graduate Business Programs (excluding MBA)

No. 9 Best Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans (excluding MBA)

Graduate Programs

No. 9 Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans

Only degree-granting programs at regionally accredited institutions offering courses entirely online were considered. U.S. News based its rankings on a myriad of factors, including reputation, student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student excellence, and technology, along with peer review from fellow institutions.

The Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program offers the following business options: BSBA in Accounting/MS in Accounting (4 years) BSBA in Management/MS in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution BSBA in Management/MS in Organizational Leadership BSBA in Marketing/MS in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution BSBA in Marketing/MS in Organizational Leadership BSBA in Management/MS in Health and Wellness Coaching 11

Welcome New Faculty The Heider College of Business has seen phenomenal growth in the last decade. The number of students enrolled has increased by 74% since 2010. To maintain its 13:1 student-to-teacher ratio, the college has expanded its faculty.

Abraham Carr, PhD, CPA

Rose Jarmon, MBA

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Professor of Practice in Marketing

Donald Lux,

BSBA’96, MSITM’00, MBA’01, DBA’19

Professor of Practice in Accounting

Jonathan Drake, PhD Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Business Ethics

Kevin Gomez, MA Institute for Economic Inquiry Program Manager and Instructor of Economics 12

Robert Johnson, PhD, CFA Professor of Finance

Mary Dana Laird, PhD Associate Professor of Management

Alison Maloy, CPA Instructor of Accounting

Keith Olson, DBA’19, CFA Professor of Practice in Finance

Since 2015, 29 new full-time professors and instructors have joined the college’s faculty. Programming has expanded to include additional practicums on the undergraduate level, new degree programs on the graduate level, and accelerated degree opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.

“Our efforts to make a Jesuit business education available to more students has met with great success in the last five years. With this dramatic increase in enrollment comes a continued commitment to maintain our personalized learning environment, evidenced by the number of new faculty we have welcomed.” —Anthony Hendrickson, PhD Dean, Heider College of Business

Sarah Singletary Walker, PhD Associate Professor of Management

Jim Zboja, PhD Associate Professor of Marketing


Amy Parrish, JD Professor of Practice in Business Law

With Growth Comes New Leadership Positions Matt Seevers, PhD, professor of marketing, has been named associate dean of undergraduate programs, and Todd Darnold, PhD, associate professor of management, has been named associate dean of graduate, professional and leadership programs. Both positions were effective Jan. 1. Seevers will continue to teach, serve as faculty advisor for the iJay Practicum course and assist with the annual Murphy Cup. Prior to his new position, Seevers was chair of the Marketing and Management Department. He handed over departmental reins to Associate Professor of Management Lance Frazier, PhD, in July 2018. Darnold is the Charles “Mike” Harper Endowed Chair in Business Leadership. He has been the director of leadership programs, which includes the Anna Tyler Waite Leadership Program for undergraduate students, and the MBA program director; and led the Heider College’s early efforts in executive education. Eric Neuman, PhD, associate professor of management, will now lead the MBA program, and Darnold will now oversee the college’s graduate program portfolio.


Research Garners National Attention In “Regulation and the Cost of Childcare,” Diana Thomas, PhD, associate professor of economics and director of the Institute for Economic Inquiry, and co-author Devon Gorry, PhD, assistant professor of economics at Clemson University, looked at the role regulation plays in the escalating cost of child care. Information from the article, found in a 2017 issue of Applied Economics, was cited in a recent White House report from the Council of Economic Advisors. The two researchers discovered that more stringent regulations yielded higher costs but not necessarily higher quality of care or safer environments. “There was a lot of interest in the study,” Thomas says. “We all want high-quality child care options that are affordable so that everyone can access them. The current set of regulatory institutions has put child care out of the reach of low-income families, and it seems to do a poor job of promoting good child care outcomes.”

Professor Pools Experience into New Edition William Duckworth, PhD, associate professor of business intelligence and analytics, has published his second college-level textbook. Co-authored with Bruce Bowerman and Amy Froelich and published by McGraw-Hill, the project is the 9th edition of Business Statistics and Analytics in Practice and was 18 months in the making. McGraw-Hill is hailing the work as “a modern, practical and unique framework for teaching an introductory course in business statistics.”


Economics Article Earns Best Paper Award

Eric Neuman, PhD, associate professor of management, celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the journal Negotiation and Conflict Management Research (NCMR) with a February article titled “Negotiation and Conflict Management Resolution’s First Decade: An Empirical Examination.” Co-authored with Michael Gross, PhD, of Colorado State University; Wendi Adair, PhD, of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada; and Mallory Wallace, MBA, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the article analyzes the publication’s past scholarly highlights and also looks ahead at how organizational, economic and political changes could potentially alter what conflict-related issues are studied in the next decade. Neuman, who was invited to the associate editor post by the journal’s current editor-in-chief, Gross, has served in the role for four years, ending in August 2019. As Neuman reflects on NCMR’s first decade, he says his editorship has reinforced the relationship between scholarship and teaching. “When I get a new manuscript to review, one of the first questions I’ll ask myself is how the paper could help students. Knowledge for knowledge’s sake is important, but I’m more interested in the practical applications of a paper.”

In their paper, Briggs and Buehler look at research and development strategies that result in breakthrough innovations, best identified as those with the greatest contribution to the discovery of future patents and benefit to businesses and society at large. They analyzed over 5 million patents and citations from 1976 through 2017 to test the common belief that “thinking outside the box” is beneficial to innovation.


Reflecting on an Editorial Role

Kristie Briggs, PhD, associate professor of economics, earned a Best Paper of 2018 award from the editors of the International Journal of the Economics of Business for her article titled “An Analysis of Technologically Radical Innovation and Breakthrough Patents.” She shares this honor with her co-author, David Buehler, PhD, associate professor of economics at Penn State Harrisburg, whom Briggs met in graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year The Creighton chapter of the international honor society Beta Gamma Sigma has recognized John Wingender, PhD, professor of finance, as its 2019 Professor of the Year. Wingender has served on Creighton’s faculty for 22 years and is himself a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. Wingender, who has been nominated for the honor in previous years, was recognized at Beta Gamma Sigma’s final meeting of the academic year by president Alexis Jalbert, BSBA’19.


Students in the Pre-Health Care Program combine their passion for business with a specialization for a career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or occupational/physical therapy.

Business Meets Health Care Unexpected Academic Companions When Stephanie Schafer started her college search, she was torn between her desire to study science and her passion for business. The Heider College of Business’ Pre-Healthcare Program removed the need to choose. She could do both. Schafer, a senior from Naperville, Illinois, is pursuing Creighton’s 4–4 program, but at a faster pace. She is earning her undergraduate degree in business in three years, and will complete pharmacy school in four years. One of the requirements for pharmacy school admission at Creighton is 40 hours of observation at a pharmacy. As a CVS pharmacy technician, she has netted over 600 hours in the past year alone. Her job has confirmed that her combination of business and pre-pharm, though unorthodox, is actually a compatible pairing. “Pharmacists need to understand their patients and figure out the best way to get their message across in a manner that the patient can understand and retain,” Schafer says. “Similarly, the key role of marketers is to deliver effectively their message to an audience.” Success: A Byproduct of Passion Senior finance major Dayton Rand has long desired to be a doctor. His college search focused on universities with excellent reputations for preparing students for the rigors of medical school. And, as the son of a third-generation family business—Archie’s Waeside steakhouse— Rand also entertained an interest in business. During a campus visit, a Heider admissions counselor informed him that he could major in just about anything and still apply to medical school. “Majoring in a business field actually makes a lot of sense for doctors” who often establish private practices or assume hospital administrative roles, Rand says. “Knowing more about accounting, economics, marketing and other business disciplines would make a doctor more effective in these roles.” Rand, who received the Rev. Tom Schloemer, SJ, Outstanding Student Leader Award, tries to be intentional and impactful in all that he does. That diligence to be successful with any plan also resulted in a successful MCAT score, earning him offers of admission from several medical schools. He has chosen to attend the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. 16

Service Is Central to the Creighton Experience Finance major Vy Do is celebrating her graduation as a junior— a year early to begin classes at Creighton’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. Do, an international student from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, was inspired by her aunt, a physician who runs her own clinic. She says she chose Creighton because its business/pre-health hybrid program allows her to blend these two distinctive academic pursuits. “Business classes teach me to look at things at a more macro level, and as I realize there is room for improvement in the pharmaceuticals industry, I am inspired to be that change,” says Do. Serving others is important to Do. Her resume reflects that value: participant in Service and Justice trips through the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice, volunteer with the Visiting Nurses Association, piano accompanist at Phu Loc Church. And, in a seminar class trip to the Dominican Republic, she delivered small computer boards and solar charging stations as part of the BlueBox Program, to help the rural communities access educational materials. Prescription for Success Research has been central to junior Molly Myers’ Creighton experience. The economics major and mathematics and biophysics minor is a Gail Werner-Robertson scholar and Business Research Fellow with the Institute for Economic Inquiry. Myers leads a team of nine students in the institute’s finance research group, and she also works on her own projects concerning Certificate of Need laws, emergency department wait times, and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores. She also works in Creighton’s cancer biology lab with physics professor Michael Nichols, PhD, is a Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship ambassador and a teaching assistant for the general chemistry lab. On the pre-med track, Myers plans to earn a dual MD/PhD degree and pursue a career in academia. “Having business skills, from networking to communication to basic financial principles,” she says, “will become more important to sinking or swimming in the job market.”

Reaching for the Stars After witnessing the launch of a weather satellite at Cape Canaveral, Rhonda Plofkin, BS’14, MSBIA’18, applied for 10 NASA internships. She received an offer from her top choice the day of her hooding at the Heider College of Business. At NASA Ames Research Center, located in Silicon Valley, Plofkin was tasked with building a neural network that identified various cloud types. During a separate, second internship, she used neural networks for tornado predictions. She is also an adjunct faculty member at San Jose State University, teaching a course on weather and climate. Plofkin says her two Creighton degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences and a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics, help her bring a “unique perspective” to the workplace—a complement to her passion for weather while increasing her marketability.

Student Spotlights

Business Bluejays Soar Standout Student-Athletes Balancing the rigors of academics with the requirements of competitive athletics is challenge enough. But three Heider College of Business student-athletes performed with high proficiency both in the classroom and in athletic competition.

Jaali Winters

Jaali Winters, a business intelligence and analytics major from Ankeny, Iowa, helped the volleyball team clinch its fifth straight BIG EAST Championship and a bid into the NCAA tournament. Winters, the BIG EAST player of the year and tournament MVP in 2018, also earned the 2017–2018 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award; she was the University’s sole 2017–2018 honoree. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, native Taryn Kloth, a finance major and current MBA student, was named the BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Kloth, an outside hitter on the volleyball team, has a long list of accomplishments, including multiple All-BIG EAST First-Team honors, the 2018–2019 BIG EAST Michael Tranghese Postgraduate Leadership Award and Financial Executives International scholarship.

Taryn Kloth

Sven Koenig, a finance major, has been recognized as the BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Koenig, who is from Westhofen, Germany, carried 4.0 GPA while playing forward on the men’s soccer team. His recognitions include 2018 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team and United Soccer Coaches All-East Region First-Team selection.

Sven Koenig


Award-winning Alumni Graduates of the Heider College of Business are consistently recognized as leaders within their respective fields. These alumni have all received notable awards for their outstanding contributions to their companies, communities and industries. Jamie Wewel Peters, BSBA’05, MBA’10 Senior Director of Carrier Relations, Loup Omaha, NE From a Halloween business-outfit costume and working in her familyowned retail store during high school to running the inaugural Creighton Business Symposium, Jamie Wewel Peters, BSBA’05, MBA’10, has long been ready for a business career. Now, the senior director of carrier relations with Loup, a wholly owned commercial subsidiary of Union Pacific, Peters was named a “Fast Tracker: 10 under 40” by Railway Age, a rail transport industry journal. Railway Age honors rising stars in the industry each year. Peters has been with the railroad for 14 years; in her current role, she leads the carrier procurement team, which manages all the trucking companies that perform first- and last-mile deliveries in North America.


Donavon Heimes, MBA’71, CPA President of Management Advisory Services, LLC Columbus, NE A dedication to give back to his community earned Donovan Heimes, MBA’71, CPA, the 2018 Distinguished Service to the Profession Award by the Nebraska Society of CPAs. Heimes has served in the society since joining in 1971; currently, he is vice president of the society’s Political Education Committee. After 10 years working for KPMG and CFO Systems in Omaha, Heimes moved to Columbus, Nebraska, to help the Columbus Community Foundation redevelop a former hospital into a Family Resource Center and affordable senior apartments. Heimes serves on a number of boards, including those for the Columbus Area United Way, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Jeffrey A. McCroy, BSBA’84 President and Chief Executive Officer of Christian Brothers Investment Services, Inc. Chicago, IL Jeffrey McCroy, BSBA’84, is the 2019 Alumni Merit Award Recipient for the Heider College of Business. His decades of experience include managing the business strategy for asset management firms American Century Investments, TransAmerica Investment Services, Inc. and Banc of America Capital Management Institutional Investment Solutions. McCroy is actively involved in his community, including serving for over a decade as chairman of the board for the University of Illinois at Chicago St. John Paul II Newman Center. He also is a member of Legatus, an international organization of Catholic business leaders. McCroy serves on the Heider Alumni Advisory Board, and he and his wife, Linda— also a Creighton graduate—have served as Chicago Alumni Association members.

Alumni Advisory Board Thank you to our board members, who share their time and talents with the Heider College of Business. Their continued support strengthens the impact our students, alumni and faculty can make in the world. Eric R. Arneson, BSBA’96 Vice President/General Counsel, Lindsay Corporation Omaha, NE Angel Audino Averman, BSBA’86 Senior Vice President of Business Strategy and Finance, Chateau Retirement Communities Woodinville, WA Gary R. Batenhorst, BSBA’73 Partner, Cline Williams Law Firm Omaha, NE David E. Black, BSBA’05 Director, Energy Marketing and Sales-Coal, Union Pacific Railroad Washington, DC Mary Jo Burke, BSBA’75 Bonita Springs, FL Richard M. Coffey, BSBA’60 Chairman, Consortio Group Omaha, NE Daniel J. Davis, BSBA’92 Director, Frankel Zacharia LLC Omaha, NE Billie L. Determan, BSBA’99 Director of Finance, Global Supply Chain, Beam Suntory Chicago, IL David S. Erker, BSBA’80 Vice President, First National Bank Omaha, NE Mike Finley, BSBA’83 Chief Executive Officer, Boingo Wireless Los Angeles, CA Lisa Rater Johnson, BSBA’88 Omaha, NE W. Todd Johnson Global Channel Leader of Entrepreneurship and Job Creation, Gallup Omaha, NE Steven P. Kenney, BSBA’88 Tax Partner, Lutz Omaha, NE David L. Kessenich, BSBA’89 Chairman, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Excellere Capital Denver, CO Peter M. Leddy, PhD, BA’85 Chief People Officer, dosist Los Angeles, CA

John L. Maginn, BSBA’61 President, Maginn Associates, Inc. Omaha, NE

Michael A. Summers, BSBA’87 Chief Financial Officer, First National Bank Papillion, NE

Terry J. McClain Retired Valley, NE

Stephen B. Swanstrom, MBA’89 President and Chief Executive Officer, Centris Federal Credit Union Omaha, NE

Jeffrey A. McCroy, BSBA’84 President and Chief Executive Officer, Christian Brothers Investment Services Chicago, IL Michael C. Meyer, BSBA’81, MBA’02 Operating Partner, McCarthy Capital Omaha, NE Mark Mowat, BSBA’86 Managing Director, Frontier Capital, LLC Omaha, NE John W. Neppl, BSBA’88 Chief Financial Officer, Bunge Limited Omaha, NE Thomas K. Nichting, BSBA’83 Retired Omaha, NE Dennis M. O’Brien, BSBA’86, MBA’95, JD’95 (Retired) President, West Partners Carlsbad, CA Michael S. Potthoff, BSBA’03 President, Colliers International Omaha, NE

Paul J. Thompson, BSBA’84 President and Chief Executive Officer, Country Club Bank Leawood, KS Jennifer Wede Tippins, BSBA’04 Vice President, Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. Chicago, IL Patricia Greco Wiederholt, BSBA’74 (Retired) Business Analyst, Transcanada Omaha, NE Richard A. Witt, BSBA’74 (Retired) Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Mutual of Omaha Companies Omaha, NE Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein, JD’77 Executive Director Emeritus, Peter Kiewit Foundation Omaha, NE

Michael J. Remmes, BSBA’84 Innovation Executive, State Farm Ventures Normal, IL Patrick J. Riordan, BSBA’84 Vice President, Lawson Kroeker Investment Management Omaha, NE Jeff Royal, BSBA’98, MBA’04 President of Dundee Bank Omaha, NE Mindy Simon, MBA’16 Chief Information Officer, Global Business and Information Services at Conagra Brands Omaha, NE Robert T. Slezak, MBA’89 Independent Investor Omaha, NE Timothy P. Sullivan, MBA’97 Vice President/Regional, Wells Fargo Bank Omaha, NE

Kevin R. Loberg, MBA’95 Senior Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors Omaha, NE 19

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