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Talk about investing in students

Talk about investing in students

UNK graduate's fund helps business students use real money to invest

Posted: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

More than $100,000 has been contributed to start a fund that allows students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney to gain actual investment experience before they graduate.

The William L. Bauhard Student Managed Investment Program Fund was established at the University of Nebraska Foundation with a leadership gift of $90,000 from Bill Bauhard of Omaha, a retired financial services and telecommunications executive.

An additional $10,000 was contributed to the fund through gifts from Jack Connealy of JFC Financial Services in Lincoln; Ron Eckloff, a certified financial planner in Kearney; Financial Leaders Student Association; Jay Landell with Wells Fargo Foundation; and Securities America of Kearney. 

Many students today use online simulations to learn about investing, but with the use of the Bauhard Investment Program Fund, undergraduate students in UNK's College of Business and Technology will have the opportunity to use actual funds to make and monitor real investments. Students in the course will work closely with their professors in selecting and managing the investments.

The net income students earn from the investments they make will go to a student scholarship fund that will provide tuition aid for undergraduate students in the college.

"The Bauhard Student Managed Investment Fund supports the UNK College of Business and Technology commitment to provide our students with rich, hands-on, experiential learning opportunities," said Dean Tim Burkink. "We appreciate what Bill Bauhard and the other contributors now enable our students to experience."

Bauhard graduated from UNK in 1967 and did post-graduate work in mathematics at Kansas State University before receiving a master's degree in management from MIT.

Student Support is a priority of the Campaign for Nebraska, which ends Dec. 31. Since the campaign began in 2005, more than $265 million has been raised to support University of Nebraska students, and more than 1,700 scholarship funds have been created.

If you would like to contribute to the Bauhard Student Managed Investment Fund, please give online or contact the foundation's Pete Kotsiopulos at 308-698-5273.

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