One Button Studio
Thursday, October 18, 2018
By Ben Frotscher

One of the differentiators in a Tippie accounting education is its communication curriculum. In addition to its Accounting Writing Program, the department recently made a strategic investment to equip students with oral presentation skills: the One Button Studio.

Located in the Frank Business Communication Center in the newly renovated Biz Hub in the Pomerantz Business Library, the One Button Studio is equipped with the latest presentation and recording software, and offers students a space to rehearse talks, pitches, and client presentations. Students leave with a recording of their session so they can review and improve their delivery with a peer tutor.

Funding for the One Button Studio was made possible thanks to the estate gift of William O’Meara (BSC50). Lovingly referred to as “Uncle Bill” by his large, Irish-Catholic family, he never married or had children, but he was a father-figure to many in his life.

A World War II veteran, O’Meara attended the then-UI College of Commerce following his military service. After graduation, he worked for Price Waterhouse, and retired as an executive with John Morrell & Co. O’Meara is remembered by his network of family and friends as a generous man with a sharp sense of a humor and a kind heart. His niece, Diane Northway (MBA93), said he prospered professionally and personally because of a simple, often overlooked skill.

“Uncle Bill was an Olympic-class listener,” says Northway. “He was also a good communicator and a compulsive planner, and those skills really helped him make personal connections anywhere he went. We all certainly learned a lot from him, especially to listen.”

This article first appeared in the 2018 edition of The Iowa Ledger, a magazine for alumni and friends of the UI Department of Accounting.

One Button Studio