By Kirby Kaufman – Contributor
Donna Kohlan and her husband were among about 700 people who attended the dedication of the new Mammel Hall on Oct 15. For Kohlan, 47, a fire protection engineer who worked on the $38.5 million building, the ceremony was an opportunity to see the product of her hard work.
“It’s kind of exciting,” Kohlan said. “You see the fruits of our labor being used.”
Mammel Hall, the new home for the College of Business Administration, is UNO’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified building.
As a LEED-certified building, Mammel Hall is built to standards of environmental efficiency established by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Mammel Hall replaced Roskens Hall, the old business college and new home to UNO’s college of education.
The dedication ceremony featured guest speakers including, UNO junior Nicholas Britton.
Britton, who is a recipient of the full-tuition Mammel Scholarship, talked about his role as a Mammel Scholar. The accounting major never imagined he would have to give a speech to a packed atrium.
“It was a pleasant surprise,” Britton said. “This is how I’m becoming more aware of my role at this college.”
His role, he said, is to sit down with people and show them that Mammel Hall offers great experiences.
NU Foundation Board Chairman Nancy Keegan presented the Perry W. Branch Award, which honors outstanding volunteer service, to Carl Mammel.
Dean and Professor of Marketing Louis G. Pol said Mammel Hall is the premiere place to study business.
“Here we have a truly beyond world-class education facility,” he said.
The new business college will also serve to keep UNO business graduates in Nebraska.
“When the students are educated and grow here, the more likely they’ll stay here,” Mammel said.