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2008.06.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Omahans Make Lead Gift to New CBA Building Project

CBA rendering
An artist's rendering of Mammel Hall, as designed by Holland Basham Architects.

Omaha - Louis Pol, dean of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Business Administration (CBA), announced today that Carl and Joyce Mammel of Omaha have made the lead gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation to establish the new CBA facility on UNO’s Pacific Street campus.

The Mammels’ commitment is the largest single philanthropic gift to benefit UNO in the campus’ 100-year history.

In recognition of the Mammels’ extraordinary support, the University of Nebraska will name the new CBA facility in their honor, pending approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Mammel Hall will be located near the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

"The Mammels’ generous gift is a major step in the continued development of UNO's Pacific Campus, and we deeply appreciate their interest in and support of the university,” said John Christensen, UNO chancellor. “By building capacity for the entire campus and, particularly, a new generation of business administration students, Mammel Hall will also encourage expansion of CBA's many partnerships within business and industry, while stimulating economic development.

“The Mammels’ vision will ensure that future business executives have the education and skills they need to be successful in any business environment."

The $38.5 million fund-raising project includes $31 million for construction of the 120,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. The remaining $7.5 million will be directed to an endowment to enhance CBA programs and benefit students and faculty.

Construction of the three-story building will begin this summer with completion expected summer 2010. Students will begin using the facility the fall semester of that year.

Pol said the addition of this new facility will result in a transformed College of Business Administration at UNO — one that is ready to meet the needs of business, non-profit and government communities in the 21st Century.

“This is a most exciting time for our college,” Pol said. “The new facility will act as a catalyst for advancing community partnerships and improving our research and teaching capabilities. “Proximity to the Peter Kiewit Institute, Aksarben Village and the Scott Technology Center will provide unique opportunities to advance our role as a collaborator in economic development efforts. Thanks to the Mammels' wonderful support, we will have a first-rate building, one in which our students, faculty, staff and community can take great pride.”

Carl and Joyce Mammel have long supported the advancement of UNO and, particularly, the university’s students. While their recent gift supports construction of the new CBA facility and its programs, the Mammels said their commitment is truly a gift to the students of UNO — the future of our community.

“We have had the pleasure of working closely with UNO’s College of Business for 10 years following our implementation of a scholarship program for business college students and the Faculty-in-Residence Program for professors,” said Carl and Joyce Mammel. “This gave them the opportunity to have hands-on experience with local businesses during the summer. These programs have provided 290 scholarships totaling $500,000 for 107 students and $240,000 for the 24 professors who have taken part in the Faculty-in-Residence Program. Local businesses also matched the contribution for the professor’s compensation.

“During the last 10 years we have observed the achievements of the students and have become aware of the effective leadership of the college. It also convinced us of the needs of the business college for improved facilities. We are pleased to be help fund the completion of this new hall and believe it will greatly benefit both the students and the business community.”

Carl Mammel, a 1955 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Business Administration, founded Mammel, Schropp, Swartzbaugh, Engler and Jones in 1959. The company provides services in executive benefits, employee benefits planning and wealth transfer planning. In 1991, his firm merged with The Redland Group to become Silverstone Holdings, Inc. He was named chairman of the board.

Carl was a founding partner of M Financial in 1978 and served as chairman of M Financial Holdings Board of Directors. M Financial is the nation’s largest insurance and investment marketing organization specializing in executive benefits and wealth transfer planning.

Joyce Mammel graduated from UNL in 1957 with a degree in education. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Campfire USA and also served on the board of Family Service.

Carl is past chairman of the Board of the Omaha Symphony, Children’s Hospital and the Omaha Community Foundation. He currently serves as president of the Mammel Foundation and as a member of the University of Nebraska Foundation Board of Directors and the Omaha Performing Arts Society.

In 2004, Carl received UNO’s Order of the Tower, the campus’ highest non-academic award.

The Mammels’ gift to the CBA building project is the latest in the couple’s ongoing support of the college. In 1998, the Mammels established the Mammel Student and Faculty Excellence Fund. The fund provides renewable student scholarships which are considered one of the college’s most prestigious student awards. It also provides matching funds for faculty internships at local corporations.

For the Mammel student scholars the benefits associated with the scholarship extend well beyond the financial support provided.

“When I first learned I had received a Mammel Scholarship I was ecstatic,” said Jessica O’Connor, a UNO graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management in 2006 and an MBA in 2008. “It said to me that the college saw my potential. The financial assistance enabled me to live on campus and, rather than working, put my time and efforts into studying and being involved with campus clubs and organizations.

“I also had the opportunity to participate in internship programs. Through the first internship I was able to apply what I was learning in the classroom almost verbatim. And the second one led to my first job after graduation. I’d like to thank the Mammels for their belief in the value of education and for their ongoing encouragement of my success.”

The facility’s design, created by Holland Basham Architects, and location will encourage collaboration between CBA and other UNO colleges, particularly PKI.

Envisioned are partnerships among students and faculty in various disciplines to advance new or proposed programs in innovation and entrepreneurship, information assurance/business security, risk management and investment science, international business programs, real estate research and transportation science.

It is also anticipated that the CBA building’s proximity to Aksarben Village and the Scott Technology Center will lead to partnerships with companies located nearby as well as throughout the metropolitan area.

Featured spaces in the building include a virtual stock market trading room, laboratories dedicated to statistics, real estate and business innovation, a corporate-style boardroom, computer laboratories and offices for the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) which is currently located off-campus.

“Carl built a business helping clients develop and execute long term plans that required foresight and discipline,” said Michael McCarthy, chairman, McCarthy Group, LLC. “He and Joyce personally executed a plan that now provides a great opportunity for many to learn the benefits of good planning and disciplined execution.”

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

The University of Nebraska Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization that has been raising private gifts to support the University of Nebraska for more than 70 years. Last year almost $90 million was provided for students, faculty, academic programs, research and campus capital improvements. More information is available at www.nufoundation.org.

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