BSAD 111

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BSAD 111

First-year business students learn how to develop and apply their strengths for success in college and beyond. After identifying their strengths through the CliftonStrengths assessment students learn how to leverage their strengths for specific outcomes including academics, major and career awareness, and engagement and wellbeing in college. Strengths coaches work one-on-one with students throughout the course to help students understand their true potential and develop an individualized success plan to boost self-awareness, academic success and career confidence. Students are empowered to have a strong start towards building “Great Jobs and Great Lives.”


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Meet our strengths coaches
  • Lecture - Students will be exposed to strengths-based development to help them understand how to develop and apply their strengths to maximize their college experience and enhance their personal well-being and engagement in college and in their career.
  • Team Meetings - Students will meet weekly with their strengths team of 10 students, facilitated by their Strengths Coach, to create strategies around their individual strengths to be a successful strengths-based team to complete a 5 week project centered around creating a meaningful college experience to positively impact their career engagement and life well-being.
  • One-on-One Coaching - Students will experience two individualized coaching sessions with a Strengths Coach who will invest in the growth and development of the student to help them successfully transition to university life and future career choices.

BSAD 111 Student Strengths Coaches

  • Coaches are recruited and selected in the fall semester, August-October. Applications are due October 1st, 2018. Interviews will be conducted mid-October.
  • Strengths Coaches selected will then enroll in a Student Strengths Coach Training Course for the following Spring semester.

Current Strengths Coaches

ALLIANCE: Brianna Ridenour, senior management major
BELLEVUE: Beth Alexander, junior psychology and pre-medicine major; Brandon Smith, sophomore marketing major
BENNINGTON: Alessandra Lonie, sophomore management major
CREIGHTON: Brook Baller, sophomore psychology major
CRETE: Daisy Ortiz, sophomore psychology major
GERING: Jasie Beam, junior management major
GIBBON: Veronica Sanchez, sophomore business administration major
GRAND ISLAND: Angelica Carlini, senior marketing and management major; Erik Raber, senior economics and finance major
LINCOLN: Hesham Akif, junior marketing major; Vanja Bilinac, sophomore actuarial science major; Isabel Cheesman, junior psychology and pre-law major; Caitlin Drummy, graduate student educational administration, student affairs; Erica Eschliman, sophomore economics major; Margaret Gies, junior civil engineering major; Pranav Gupta, junior computer science major; Raghav Kidambi, junior management major; Nick Knopik, graduate student, ALEC – leadership studies; Kaytlin McCasey, junior management major; Minh Nguyen, sophomore finance major; Phat Nguyen, junior management major; Holly Pham, senior international business major; Paige Pogue, junior marketing major; Reilly Pogue, sophomore child, youth, and family studies major; Gabriela Rodriguez, sophomore business administration major; Taylor Rothgeb, sophomore English major; Xiao Yun Sim, junior music in vocal performance major; Desiree Sorensen, sophomore accounting major; Elizabeth Uebele, sophomore management major; Justin Wiley, junior marketing major
MURDOCK: Brandon Frates, sophomore accounting major
NORTH PLATTE: Madeline Bishop, senior marketing major; Nathan Fickenscher, junior management and marketing major  
OMAHA: Samantha Batchelder, sophomore psychology major; Emily Danigole, sophomore psychology major; Kelsey Folkers, sophomore accounting major; James Glover, senior economics major; Melanie Harvey, sophomore business administration major; Lauren Mangiameli, sophomore management major; Rachel Olig, sophomore business administration major; Caleb Salter, junior marketing major; Max Sealer, junior pre-secondary education social sciences major; Ethan Stuckwisch, junior marketing and management major; Jennifer Torres, junior management major
PAPILLION: Lauren Kelba, graduate student, educational administration - student affairs
SEWARD: Jared Hain, senior business administration major
SIDNEY: Cassy Ross, sophomore global studies major
QUEEN CREEK, ARIZONA: Tyler Medina, sophomore marketing major
MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA: Kristen Cecil, sophomore psychology major
VALENCIA, CALIFORNIA: Katherine Lemke, junior management major
BOULDER, COLORADO: Caela Freeburg, junior business administration major
CENTENNIAL, COLORADO: Brooke Morris, sophomore psychology major
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO: Stefanie Wood, sophomore management major
FORT COLLINS, COLORADO: Regan Burnham, junior business administration major
PARKER, COLORADO: Morgan Buehler, sophomore business administration major
SIOUX CITY, IOWA: Sydney McManamy, sophomore management major
URBANDALE. IOWA: Taylor Gehring, senior accounting major
ELMHURST, ILLINOIS: Caroline Alfini, junior marketing major
GURNEE, ILLINOIS: Tyler Puccio, sophomore management major; Brooke Sowa, junior actuarial science major
OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS: Alexa Dolesh, sophomore nutrition science major
FARMINGTON, MINNESOTA: Said-Nuriddin Makhmudzoda, junior marketing major
HUGO, MINNESOTA: Sydney Lacher, sophomore business administration major
PLYMOUTH, MINNESOTA: Eleanore Anderson, junior human development and family science major
PRIOR LAKE, MINNESOTA: Rachel Kleist, sophomore actuarial science major
WOODBURY, MINNESOTA: Sydney Lenarz, sophomore finance major
INDIA: Shivang Vaidya, junior finance and economics major
GROTON, SOUTH DAKOTA: Allison Weber, sophomore management major
SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA: Claire Berman, graduate student, educational administration – student affairs; Cal Cross, sophomore music education major
DALLAS, TEXAS: Maddie Gaber, junior management major
RICHLAND, WASHINGTON: Sophie Podhaisky, senior marketing a management major
STOUGHTON, WISCONSIN: Kristen Nett, sophomore management major

BSAD 111 Contacts

Pogue, Mark
Executive Director of Clifton Strengths Institute
Kennelly, Samantha
Assistant Director of the Clifton Strengths Institute