News Article | May 18, 2017
KEARNEY, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE: BKE) announced today that net income for the fiscal quarter ended April 29, 2017 was $16.3 million, or $0.34 per share ($0.34 per share on a diluted basis). Net sales for the 13-week fiscal quarter ended April 29, 2017 decreased 12.8 percent to $212.3 million from net sales of $243.5 million for the prior year 13-week fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2016. Comparable store net sales for the 13-week period ended April 29, 2017 decreased 12.7 percent from comparable store net sales for the prior year 13-week period ended April 30, 2016. Online sales decreased 7.2 percent to $21.8 million for the 13-week period ended April 29, 2017, compared to net sales of $23.5 million for the 13-week period ended April 30, 2016. Net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 was $16.3 million, or $0.34 per share ($0.34 per share on a diluted basis), compared with $23.1 million, or $0.48 per share ($0.48 per share on a diluted basis) for the first quarter of fiscal 2016. The Company also announced today that Karen B. Rhoads, Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, will retire from her current position with the Company later this summer. Ms. Rhoads will continue to serve as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. Ms. Rhoads joined the Company in 1980, working part-time in the corporate office while attending college at Kearney State College (University of Nebraska at Kearney) and, upon graduation, she worked in public accounting before returning to the corporate office in 1987 to lead the Company’s growing finance team. She was named Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer in April 1991 and Senior Vice President of Finance in March 2014. Dennis H. Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented “I join with all Buckle teammates in thanking Karen for her 33 years of commitment and dedication to Buckle. We appreciate Karen’s passion for the Company, her teamwork across all departments, and her leadership in developing such an outstanding finance team.” The Board of Directors has engaged an executive search firm to assist with the search for Ms. Rhoads’ replacement. The firm will be reviewing both internal and external candidates. Ms. Rhoads will remain in her role to support the search for a new Chief Financial Officer and to assist with the transition. Management will hold a conference call at 10:30 a.m. EDT today to discuss results for the quarter. To participate in the call, please call (800) 230-1085 for domestic calls or (612) 234-9960 for international calls and reference the conference code 423611. A replay of the call will be available for a two-week period beginning today at 12:30 p.m. EDT by calling (800) 475-6701 for domestic calls or (320) 365-3844 for international calls and entering the conference code 423611. Offering a unique mix of high-quality, on-trend apparel, accessories, and footwear, Buckle caters to fashion-conscious young men and women. Known as a denim destination, each store carries a wide selection of fits, styles, and finishes from leading denim brands, including the Company’s exclusive brand, BKE. Headquartered in Kearney, Nebraska, Buckle currently operates 462 retail stores in 44 states. As of the end of the fiscal quarter, it operated 462 stores in 44 states compared with 468 stores in 44 states at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2016. SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: All forward-looking statements made by the Company involve material risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on factors which may be beyond the Company’s control. Accordingly, the Company’s future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, those described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized. Note: News releases and other information on The Buckle, Inc. can be accessed at www.buckle.com on the Internet.
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its ranking of Nebraska’s best colleges for 2017. Of the 20 four-year schools included on the list, Creighton University, Nebraska Wesleyan University, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Doane College Crete and Hastings College were the top five schools. Of the 9 two-year schools included in the ranking, Western Nebraska Community College, Mid-Plains Community College, Metropolitan Community College, Northeast Community College and Southeast Community College were the top five. A full list of schools is included below. “A strong educational foundation can open a lot of doors when it comes to starting a new career,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “These Nebraska colleges and universities have distinguished themselves by providing excellent service to student through quality degree programs and career resources.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Nebraska” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also analyzed based on additional metrics including program offerings, employment services, academic counseling, opportunities for financial aid, graduation rates and student/teacher ratios. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Nebraska” list, visit: Nebraska’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Bellevue University Chadron State College Clarkson College College of Saint Mary Concordia University-Nebraska Creighton University Doane College-Crete Grace University Hastings College Midland University Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Nebraska Wesleyan University Peru State College Union College University of Nebraska at Kearney University of Nebraska at Omaha University of Nebraska Medical Center University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wayne State College York College Nebraska’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Central Community College Little Priest Tribal College Metropolitan Community College Mid-Plains Community College Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Nebraska Indian Community College Northeast Community College Southeast Community College Western Nebraska Community College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | November 20, 2016
An analysis of collegiate graduate and post-graduate programs by AffordableCollegesOnline.org has determined the best places to earn a Master’s and Doctorate Degree Online in the nation for 2016-2017. As a leader in online higher education resources, the site measured cost and quality data to determine the top online programs for each degree level, identifying Western New Mexico University, Fort Hays State University, University of Central Arkansas, Arkansas State University and Wilmington University as the top scoring schools for earning an online master’s degree and the University of Colorado Denver, University of Mississippi, Indiana State University, University of Arkansas and Texas A&M University as the top scoring schools for earning an online doctorate degree. "As of 2013, over 23 percent of master’s and doctoral level students were completing their degrees entirely online,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "Our list pinpoints the schools around the nation who are providing students affordable, quality options when it comes to earning a post-baccalaureate degree, with the bonus of greater learning flexibility provided by online curriculum.” Schools must meet specific criteria to qualify for the Best Online Master’s Degree Programs & Best Online Doctorate Degree Programs lists. All institutions must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities and must offer in-state tuition and fees under $25,000 per year. Eligible institutions are further evaluated and scored based on a variety of data points, such as financial aid offerings, graduation rates and online program variety, to determine overall cost and quality rankings by school. Full rankings, as well as specific details on data and methodology used to determine school scores can be found at the following pages: All colleges highlighted for excellence in Online Master’s Programs for 2016-2017 are listed below: Adams State University Arkansas State University - Main Campus Ball State University Brenau University Chadron State College Columbus State University Concordia University-Saint Paul Delta State University East Carolina University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Emporia State University Fort Hays State University Graceland University - Lamoni Indiana State University Indiana Wesleyan University Liberty University Missouri State University - Springfield New Mexico State University - Main Campus North Carolina Central University North Carolina State University at Raleigh Northern Arizona University Northwestern State University of Louisiana Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Purdue University - Main Campus Saint Leo University Southeastern Oklahoma State University Southern Arkansas University Main Campus The University of Texas at Brownsville (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) The University of Texas at Tyler Troy University University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Arkansas University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Central Arkansas University of Central Missouri University of Colorado Denver University of Idaho University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Memphis University of Nebraska at Kearney University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of North Dakota University of Southern Mississippi University of West Alabama Wayland Baptist University Webster University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky University Western New Mexico University Wilmington University All colleges highlighted for excellence in Online Doctorate Programs for 2016-2017 are listed below: Allen College Amridge University Clemson University Colorado State University - Fort Collins Hampton University Harding University Indiana State University Kansas State University Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Liberty University Mississippi State University Northern Arizona University Oregon State University Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Rutgers University - New Brunswick Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville Stony Brook University Temple University Texas A & M University - College Station Texas A & M University - Commerce Texas Tech University The University of Alabama The University of Montana The University of Tennessee - Knoxville The University of Texas at Tyler The University of Texas Medical Branch Union Institute & University University at Buffalo University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arizona University of Arkansas University of California - Berkeley University of Colorado Denver University of Delaware University of Florida University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Massachusetts - Amherst University of Michigan - Flint University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of Mississippi University of Nebraska - Lincoln University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of North Dakota University of Northern Colorado University of South Carolina - Columbia University of the Cumberlands Virginia Commonwealth University Wilmington University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
Eschenbrenner B.,University of Nebraska at Kearney
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2017
Information systems (IS) users may learn to use IS through training, but may not be able to solve IS problems that arise. This may be because of limited skills and knowledge of IS problem-solving strategies to resolve these issues. Although previous IS research has studied various aspects of training and trainers as well as the influence on performance outcomes, research has not specifically focused on training problem-solving techniques or behaviors. Considering the potentially negative outcomes from being unable to resolve IS problems, such as inaccuracies or inefficiencies in performance outcomes, this research proposes to address this gap. Research studies have demonstrated that behavioral interventions, such as prompting and transfer of stimulus control, have influenced the use of desired behaviors in specific as well as novel situations. Prompting encourages the desired behavior to be utilized, the desired behavior can then be reinforced for continuous use, and prompting is eventually removed and stimulus control is transferred to a natural stimulus (e.g., IS problem). This research intends to evaluate the effectiveness of prompting and transfer of stimulus control to enhance users’ sense of empowerment, efforts to solve IS problems, and performance outcomes. Therefore, this study intends to provide insights on methods of improving IS users abilities to solve IS problems by increasing users’ sense of empowerment and problem-solving behaviors when utilizing software applications with the use of specific behavioral interventions (i.e., prompting and transfer of stimulus control). © Springer International Publishing AG 2017.
Brunnschweiler J.M.,ETH Zurich |
Baensch H.,University of Nebraska at Kearney
PLoS ONE | Year: 2011
Shark tourism has become increasingly popular, but remains controversial because of major concerns originating from the need of tour operators to use bait or chum to reliably attract sharks. We used direct underwater sampling to document changes in bull shark Carcharhinus leucas relative abundance at the Shark Reef Marine Reserve, a shark feeding site in Fiji, and the reproductive cycle of the species in Fijian waters. Between 2003 and 2009, the total number of C. leucas counted on each day ranged from 0 to 40. Whereas the number of C. leucas counted at the feeding site increased over the years, shark numbers decreased over the course of a calendar year with fewest animals counted in November. Externally visible reproductive status information indicates that the species' seasonal departure from the feeding site may be related to reproductive activity. © 2011 Brunnschweiler, Baensch.
Nah F.F.-H.,University of Nebraska - Lincoln |
Eschenbrenner B.,University of Nebraska at Kearney |
DeWester D.,University of Nebraska - Lincoln
MIS Quarterly: Management Information Systems | Year: 2011
This research uses theories of flow, telepresence, positive emotions, and brand equity to examine the effect of using two-dimensional versus three-dimensional virtual world environments on telepresence, enjoyment, brand equity, and behavioral intention. The findings suggest that the 3D virtual world environment produces both positive and negative effects on brand equity when compared to the 2D environment. The positive effect of the 3D virtual world environment on brand equity occurs through telepresence, a specific aspect of flow, as well as enjoyment. The negative effect on brand equity can be explained using distraction-conflict theory in which attentional conflicts faced by users of a highly interactive and rich medium resulted in distractions from attending to the brand. Brand equity, in turn, has a positive effect on behavioral intention. The results suggest that although the 3D virtual world environment has the potential to increase brand equity by offering an immersive and enjoyable virtual product experience, the rich environment can also be a distraction. Therefore, developers of virtual world branding sites need to take into account limitations in the information processing capacity and attention span of users when designing their sites in order to avoid cognitive overload, which can lead to users being distracted from branding information. This paper not only provides a theoretical foundation for explaining users' experience with 2D versus 3D virtual world branding sites, but also provides insights to practitioners for designing 3D virtual world sites to enhance brand equity and intentions through user engagement.
Higham J.P.,New York University |
Hebets E.A.,University of Nebraska at Kearney
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology | Year: 2013
Though it has long been known that animal communication is complex, recent years have seen growing interest in understanding the extent to which animals give multicomponent signals in multiple modalities, and how the different types of information extracted by receivers are interpreted and integrated in animal decision-making. This interest has culminated in the production of the present special issue on multimodal communication, which features both theoretical and empirical studies from leading researchers in the field. Reviews, comparative analyses, and species-specific empirical studies include manuscripts on taxa as diverse as spiders, primates, birds, lizards, frogs, and humans. The present manuscript serves as both an introduction to this special issue, as well as an introduction to multimodal communication more generally. We discuss the history of the study of complexity in animal communication, issues relating to defining and classifying multimodal signals, and particular issues to consider with multimodal (as opposed to multicomponent unimodal) communication. We go on to discuss the current state of the field, and outline the contributions contained within the issue. We finish by discussing future avenues for research, in particular emphasizing that 'multimodal' is more than just 'bimodal', and that more integrative frameworks are needed that incorporate more elements of efficacy, such as receiver sensory ecology and the environment. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.