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Top Graduating Seniors Honored for Accomplishments; Outstanding Professors Also Honored as Part of Graduation Activities

May 10, 2012
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Andrew D. Fernandez, a senior accounting major who received the Dean's Award in Honor of Beatric Gitlow, with Ann Olazabal,  vice dean of undergraduate business education.

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Seniors graduating from the School of Business and top faculty members were honored at the 2012 Undergraduate Business Programs Awards Ceremony May 9. The event was held two days before spring commencement to celebrate the accomplishments of students as they prepared for life after college.

“We commend you today because throughout your activities, you held yourselves to the highest standards in everything you did,” Ann Olazabal, vice dean of undergraduate business education told students, who were joined by their families and friends at the awards ceremony.

The Dean’s Award in Honor of Beatrice Gitlow, which recognizes the senior with highest academic honors, went to Andrew D. Fernandez who earned a 4.0 grade point average as an accounting major. The other top senior honor, the Beta Gamma Sigma Award, was presented to Veronika R. Krasteva, who also attained a 4.0 grade point average throughout her undergraduate career.

  
Veronika R. Krasteva (right), who received the Beta Gamma Sigma Award, with Linda Neider, professor of management.

The top students in each academic department were also honored and presented with their awards by a faculty member. The award winners included:

Andrew D. Fernandez, Accounting
 • Alexis A. Wiseley, Management • Jeffrey Z. Fiorentino, Entrepreneurship
 • Carlos E. Lovera, Economics
 • Michael J. Gotterer, Finance
 •  Erika G. Dagum, International Finance and Marketing
 • Jamie L. Levine, Legal Studies
 • Robert P. Till, Management Science
 • Allison N. Grimwade, Marketing
 • Michael E. Dubois Human Resource Management

Several awards were presented to honor undergraduates for their service to the School. Jamie L. Levine was honored with the Excellence in Service Award; Michael J. Gotterer received the Outstanding Peer Counselor Award; Andrew T. Grizzle received the Senior Class Research Award; and Colby C. Meyers received the Senior Class Leadership Award.

The students themselves honored three faculty members with Outstanding Teaching Awards. They included Steven Ullmann, professor of management and director of programs in health sector management and policy; Hernan Awad, assistant professor of management science; and Vanessa Guzzi, lecturer of business law. John Dellagloria, lecturer of business law, received a Special Recognition Award.

Also during the ceremony, 23 undergraduate and 22 graduate students were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the highest honor a business student can achieve. The honor is bestowed upon students who are recognized as the very best in their class.

At the end of the ceremony Sebastian the Ibis, the University mascot, made a surprise appearance and helped lead the crowd in singing UM’s alma mater, setting the stage for the commencement celebration to come two days later.

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