New $100K fund gives students real investment experience

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.

These gifts to UNK also provide support to the university’s current fundraising initiative, the Campaign for Nebraska: Unlimited Possibilities, which concludes Dec. 31, and includes a priority to increase academic program support.

For more information about the managed investment program and how to contribute, contact Pete Kotsiopulos, senior director of development for the UNK College of Business and Technology, at 308-698-5273 or

The University of Nebraska Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization raising private gifts to support the University of Nebraska for more than 77 years. In 2013, donors provided the university with $236.7 million for scholarships, medical and other research, academic programs, faculty support and facilities. The foundation’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, the Campaign for Nebraska, concludes in 2014. For more information, visit

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Contact:  Robb Crouch, NU Foundation, 402-458-1142, 402-304-3085,

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