New Year, New Mammel Hall Dedication


University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Business Administration (CBA) recently renamed and dedicated the Ted M. Seldin Commons in Mammel Hall. The renaming of the commons area honors Ted Seldin’s support of CBA’s Real Estate and Asset Management Program. Part of his generous support includes a future gift planned through his estate and a recent donation to the University of Nebraska foundation.
“With this gift, we plan to create a one-of-a-kind Center for Real Estate and Asset Management, begin hosting case competitions and send our students to industry events,” said Nate Bjorklund, lecturer and real estate program director at UNO.
Seldin’s name will now be affiliated with UNO’s CBA, just as his name has been popularly associated with real estate development around Omaha. Seldin graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in law and economics. Last year, his alma mater even awarded him with its Distinguished Alumni Award. Seldin joined his father’s company in 1957, shortly after his graduation and is currently chairman of the Omaha-based Seldin Company.
Although the Mammel Hall Commons was only recently dedicated to Seldin, he has been a dedicated member in his career field for years. Bjorklund described Seldin as “an excellent example for students to follow. He works hard, is an expert in his field and he is highly ethical. And of course he gives back to the community in a number of ways.” Seldin is a former president of the Metropolitan Omaha Builders Association and a member of its board of directors. Seldin has also spent time serving on the boards of the Omaha Community Foundation, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Omaha Housing Community Development Corporation, in addition to the National Association of Home Builders.
In 2010, Ted Seldin was inducted into the Abraham Lincoln High School Hall of Fame as well as the Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s Business Hall of Fame. Now, his fame and professional reputation will be shown through Mammel Hall’s commons. While Seldin’s gift to UNO has been great, he has also offered other contributions to the college.
“Mr. Seldin has supported our real estate program through his generous gifts- hiring a number of our students as interns or our graduates as full time employees, and by sharing his vast experience with our faculty and students. His support allows our already robust real estate program to reach new heights,” Bjorklund said.
Jennifer Arnold, communications lead for UNO Projects, spoke highly of Seldin’s accomplishments.
“Mr. Seldin has had a distinguished career in real estate development and has been active in many civic and housing related activities, both on a local and national level. It’s an honor to have his name now permanently affiliated with the UNO College of Business Administration,” Arnold said.
The NU Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has helped raise private donations to support the University of Nebraska for over 75 years.
“We engage every day with individuals who are passionate about the University of Nebraska and higher education,” Arnold said. “Through our work, we help them meet their philanthropic goals and dreams through their support of the university. The generous support of individuals such as Mr. Seldin provides tremendous opportunities for the university’s students, faculty and programs.”
Bjorklund encourages students to take RELU 2410, the principles of real estate course at UNO, a life skills course that teaches students knowledge necessary to buying a home. CBA also offers students a real estate major or minor as well as certification for non-UNO students or those who already have a degree.
“The program offers UNO students unparalleled access to real estate technology, scholarship opportunities, internship opportunities and real world experiences not available at other universities,” Bjorklund said.