Posted by Joseph Phillips, Jr. on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 8:16 AM PDT
On June 10th we graduated 299 undergraduate business students and 262 master's students at Key Arena. Graduation is always a bittersweet moment for faculty and staff. We know these students have to move on but we hate to see them go!
The business sector has been under fire of late, but the criticism is broad and over-reaching. Business makes a critical contribution to our society. Our standard of living does not improve without a healthy business sector. That said, not all businesses "get it." They don't always understand the importance of ethics and integrity. They don't always understand it is about meeting the needs of all stakeholders (not just stockholders) and the obligations a business has to the community it operates in. They don't always understand that the goal should be to create a sustainable, profitable enterprise.
Our students know these things, and that is why we are excited to see these business graduates entering the workforce. We look forward to the many contributions they will make to society for decades to come.
Kudos to our students who received awards for their academic achievements. At the graduation ceremony, Tiffany Wadel (BABA Economics) received the President's Award for the highest academic performance of a graduating senior who entered SU as a freshman. She also received the Paul Volpe Award for the best business undergraduate academic performance. Albers students Ted Adams (BABA ECIS) and Aran Kaweerattanaphon (BABA Finance) received the Provost's Award, which goes to the graduating transfer student with the highest GPA. Both had the same academic performance, so there were two recipients of the award this year. Albers has the highest concentration of transfer students on campus (about 40%), so it is not surprising that two of our students are receiving the award!
On the graduate side, August Kristoferson (MS Finance) received the Jerry A. Viscione Award for the highest academic performance of a business graduate student. By the way, both Volpe (1947-65) and Viscione (1988-97) are legendary deans in the history of the Albers School! Too bad it was before the concept of blogging was created - they would have had some good things to blog about!
Fiona Robertson and Madhu Rao did an admirable job of reading the names of our graduates at graduation. Probably the best that has been done since the dean stopped doing it!
Not only did Albers dominate the President and Provost Awards this year, but we also dominated the singing. Maddy Cary (BABA management) handled the national anthem at the undergraduate ceremony in the morning and Anna Klutho (BABA marketing) took care of the graduate ceremony in the afternoon.
Speaking of students and reflecting back over this academic year, our students did some amazing things in 2011-12. Some of the highlights include:
- The Graduate Leadership Formation Specialization students organizing the third annual Redwinged Leadership Award.
- Our graduate students who raised $20,000 to support construction of the St. Ignatius School in Rwanda (overseen by their classmate, Fr. Jean Baptiste Ganza, SJ, who graduated with his MBA).
- Our Beta Alpha Psi students (the accounting honorary) received the Gold Chapter Award (one of seven schools nationally) and won the KPMG Northwest Case Competition.
- Our SIFE students, who won the regional competition and completed an incredible number of hours of community service in the process (over 3600 hours that impacted an estimated 162,000+ people).
- Three Albers students/recent alums receiving Fulbright Fellowships - Michelle de Vera (graduated on the 10th with a BA in Economics), Senay Kahsay, and Kyla Hagedorn.
Congratulations to our 2012 graduates! There will be many opportunities for you to leave the world a better place than you found it. We expect big things from you!