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Top Graduate Students and Faculty Honored in Awards Ceremony as Part of Spring Commencement Activities

May 04, 2016
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The best among the School’s master’s programs classes of 2016, along with their favorite professors, have been honored as part of the annual graduation awards program. Awards were presented to outstanding faculty and the top graduates in the Full-Time MBA, Professional MBA, Global Executive MBA, and specialized master’s programs in a ceremony leading to their graduation on May 5. School administrators and staff joined the students, their families and friends to celebrate their accomplishments and to honor the top students with awards from their peers.

Leaderships Awards were presented to one student from each of the graduating cohorts. The awards recognize students who demonstrate strong initiative, commitment, passion and leadership among their peers.

The Full-Time MBA cohort A award went to Jordan Levinson and the cohort B award went to Jerad Graham. Oswaldo Gutierrez won the Leadership Award for the graduating Global Executive MBA class, and Carlos Pernia won in the Professional MBA class.

The specialized master’s program Leadership Award winners include Erica Mangino for the Master of Science in Business Analytics, Jianhua Zhou for the Master of Arts in Economics, Hassan Hazime for the Master of Science in Finance, Marissa Cannady for the Master of International Business Studies, and Peyman Taghioff for the Master of Science in Management Studies. 

Students also honored the professors with Excellence in Teaching awards. The Full-Time MBA students awarded the Best Core Course award to associate professor of management science, Tallys Yunes. The Best Elective Course award went to Eric Kriss, Entrepreneur in Residence. The Global Executive MBA Excellence in Teaching Award went to Fernando D’Alessio, visiting professor from Centrum Graduate Business School in Peru. The Professional MBA Excellence in Teaching award went to Yadong Luo, professor of management.

The specialized master’s program honored multiple professors with Excellence in Teaching awards:

  • Master of Science in Business Analytics Excellence in Teaching Award: Brad Price
  • Master of Arts in Economics Excellence in Teaching Award: Konrad Gabiszewski
  • Master of Science in Finance Excellence in Teaching Award: Tie Su
  • Master of International Business Studies Excellence in Teaching Award: Don Donelson
  • Master of Science in Management Studies Excellence in Teaching Award: Terri A. Scandura
  • Master of Science in Taxation Excellence in Teaching Award: Shirley Dennis-Escoffier 
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