Nov. 29, 2006
Eighty Morningside College students from the “Discover Entrepreneurship” class traveled to Omaha, Neb., to meet with executives from Union Pacific Railroad and the trucking firm Werner Enterprises. The firms were selected because of their leadership roles in their respective industries.
The group was led by Dr. Doug Livermore, the Miles Tommeraasen Professor of Economics and Business at Morningside, and Dr. Pam Mickelson and Dr. Molly Williams, professors of business administration and economics.
The day’s events included presentations by industry executives, many of whom were Morningside alumni, facility tours, and question and answer periods. Students also met with and interviewed private business owners in the Old Market district of Omaha. The purpose of the trip was to offer students the chance to see and ask questions about business career opportunities in both large and small industries and to compare and contrast characteristics of each.
Morningside alumni who gave presentations included Union Pacific Railroad’s Sarah Nolan, senior business manager, and Thomas Gehl, senior assistant vice-president of marketing and sales operations; and Werner Enterprises’ John Steele, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Jay Rothman, associate vice president of accounting administration, and Todd Geer, senior associate vice president of sales.
Morningside’s “Discover Entrepreneurship” class was first offered in 1998 and was developed by Livermore and Mickelson. The class is designed for first-year students who wish to explore entrepreneurial opportunities in the fields of accounting, management, marketing, finance, and international trade.