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School’s Top Graduating MBAs and Favorite Professors Honored in Pre-Commencement Awards Ceremony

May 09, 2012
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Giannina Bianchi Jassir (right), with School of Business Dean Gene Anderson



The best among the School’s MBA classes of 2012 along with their favorite professors have been honored as part of an annual MBA awards program. Awards were presented to outstanding faculty and the top graduates in the Full-time MBA, MBA for Working Professionals, and MSPM-MBA programs in a ceremony leading to their graduation on May 10. 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.  

“There are a few very special times during the school year, including the first day of class, and when we get together to celebrate our graduates and their many accomplishments,” said Gene Anderson, dean of the School of Business Administration.

Full-time MBA student Giannina Bianchi Jassir was honored with her class’s Valedictorian Award for earning the highest grade point average.

Tallys Yunes (left), assistant professor of management science, with Full-Time MBA student Marian Johnson

Leadership 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 Kenneth Zucker and the cohort B award went to Marian Johnson and Mario Francisco Urquilla in a tie. Kryssie Knowles, won the Leadership Award in the MBA for Working Professionals class that graduates in June. And Francisco Somana won the award in the graduating MSPM-MBA class.

Jeffrey Kerr, associate professor of management

Students also honored the professors with outstanding teaching awards. The Full-time MBA students awarded the Best Core Course award to assistant professor of management science, Tallys Yunes. The Best Elective Course award went to associate professor of management, Jeffrey Kerr. The MSPM-MBA class chose lecturer of management science, Alejandro Bazan as their program’s outstanding teacher.  


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