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School Honors Best and Brightest Undergraduate Students

April 10, 2012
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Maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout the course of the semester while being involved in a number of extracurricular activities is no easy feat. That’s why the School celebrated the more than 30 students who achieved a perfect GPA last semester at the 23rd annual Best & Brightest undergraduate luncheon.

“We’re very proud and humbled of what you’ve managed to do,” Dean Anderson told students during the lunch, which he saw as an “opportunity to celebrate the School’s well-named best and brightest.” He also spoke about developing and honing soft skills that will make them well rounded in the workplace. “We want to get our students out into the world and the world into our classroom,” he said of the importance of students broadening their horizons.  

  

Anderson also explained how in Apple cofounder Steve Jobs’ biography, the former CEO recounted how he took a college calligraphy class because it simply interested him. The fonts he studied in the course would go on to become the iconic Apple typeset. Dean Anderson’s message: “Don’t shy away from areas or classes that are out of your comfort zone because pursuing passions could turn out to be priceless.”

One such student who has followed his passion is senior, Carlos Lovera. The economics and legal studies major, who has earned a 4.0 GPA six semesters of his undergraduate career, is not only passionate about his schoolwork, but also about helping others. As a member of the School’s Hyperion Council, which strengthens relationships between students and low-income business communities, he has helped local businesses learn how to sustain profitability and run efficiently. Two such businesses he has closely worked with include the Overtown Merchants’ Alliance (OMA) and Brother Frazier’s Ribs.

 
Carlos Lovera (center) with Ann Olazábal, vice dean for undergraduate business education, and Gene Anderson, the School's dean

“One of the most fulfilling experiences I've had at UM was simply seeing how excited and grateful one of our clients was to receive our help in expanding his business- it was inspiring,” said, Lovera, who will be going to New York upon graduating from the School this spring to work with Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s global investment banking division.

“This is one of the best events of the semester because it recognizes our students for their outstanding accomplishments,” said Ann Olazábal, vice dean for undergraduate business education. “We could not be prouder.”

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