UNO CBA and Scholars Academy student Chris Winchester certainly racked up the accolades during his undergraduate career, graduating with more than 10 well-deserved recognitions, honors, and scholarships.
Winchester, who earned a BSBA in Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship in May 2019, was honored by each of his concentration departments as their Outstanding Undergraduate Student. He also received the Senior Vice Chancellor Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award, was voted CBA Student of the Year, and became the recipient of the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key, awarded each spring to the graduating student with the highest cumulative academic grade point average toward a degree in business administration or economics.
These accomplishments come in addition to Winchester’s entrepreneurial ventures. Inspired by one of his first classes, Entrepreneurial Foundations, Winchester founded and operated several businesses during his undergraduate career, including wedding planning, floral design, and a metaphysical healing and spiritual guidance business.
According to Winchester, he owes his successes in part to the environment of success that UNO CBA cultivates. He was inspired to select UNO CBA from among 30 different college choices because of the Scholars Academy, which offered him “mentorships from the business community, advanced courses, unique business visits, amazing friendships, and very generous scholarships.”
“I owe a lot to the amazing programs, top-notch faculty, and stellar facilities and resources that CBA offers,” says Winchester. “I may be biased, but amongst all the classes I have taken, there is a clear difference in the level of faculty that CBA offers, including experienced professors and world-renowned research faculty. Learning from them has made my passion for learning even stronger than before I came here.”
Winchester’s invigorated love of learning inspires his goals of earning an MBA and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior. He hopes to become a professor and contribute research to the fields of organizational behavior, leadership, management, and entrepreneurship. He also plans to open more businesses and aspires to become an executive for a Fortune 500 company.
These are all dreams he’ll kick off right here at UNO CBA.
“I will be continuing my education here at UNO by working for the next year to attain my MBA. I will work as the graduate assistant for Dr. Miles and Dr. Bass as the Capstone Cup GA,” says Winchester. “In this position I will assist in planning the Capstone Cup, I will write and work to publish the three case studies each semester, and I will also work to pursue further research to get published on my path towards Ph.D. applications.”
Winchester’s ability to juggle academics, entrepreneurship, and work – he was holding three separate jobs and internships in 2018 – stands as proof that ambition, drive, and passion allow a UNO CBA student to accomplish anything they set their mind to.
“UNO's CBA has all of the resources, capabilities, and potential for any student to achieve what they want as long as they are willing to put in the time and effort,” says Winchester. “Everything that CBA offers has enabled me to be where I am at today and has instilled the confidence and capabilities within me to achieve my personal, academic, and professional goals.”