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Student Awards

At the Ohio University College of Business, we take pride in our students for their remarkable academic and extra-curricular achievements, and commitment to give back to the community.

EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

Accounting

ANNA MELNIK

Majors: Accounting and Business Pre-Law

Anna Melnik is on the Executive Board for Beta Alpha Psi and serves as director of the SOX 404 Fellowship Program. Her favorite Ohio University memories include studying abroad at Edinburgh University and volunteering at the 2013 Beta Alpha Psi annual meeting in Anaheim. She is the recipient of the Robert J. Koepke Scholarship, the Griffin Scholarship, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, and the Critical Language Scholarship. Anna also served as an Ohio Auditor of State Fellowship intern last summer. Upon graduation, she will join PricewaterhouseCooper’s as a Risk Assurance Associate in Columbus.

Business Administration

BRIANNA REA

Majors: Business Administration, Minor: Spanish

Brianna Rea is part of the Honors Tutorial College and was a member of the Schey Sales Centre and Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity. She spent a term teaching Spanish in local elementary schools and another studying abroad in Toledo, Spain. More recently she participated in AMSA, a club for pre-medical students. Brianna completed an internship with the Diabetes Institute at Ohio University and is completing her undergraduate senior thesis on the role of academic beliefs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). In the past four years, she received funding from the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fund for a marketing research project recently submitted to a conference and for her thesis work. Shortly after graduation, Brianna plans to take the MCAT and apply to medical schools. She wishes to thank Dr. Yong Wang, Dr. Raymond Frost, and Dr. Gary Coombs for their encouragement, mentorship, and advice over the past years.

International Business

LIIS KULLERKANN

Major: International Business, Minor: French

A native of Estonia, Liis Kullerkann speaks four languages including Estonian, English, French, and Russian. She’s president of the International Business Society and a Global Ambassador for Ohio University. Liis has been on the Dean’s List every semester and received the President’s Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence twice as a member of the volleyball team. She’s also received the Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention in the 2013-2014 season, won two MAC regular season and tournament championships and four MAC East titles since 2010. Liis would like to thank Dr. Geringer and Dr. Coombs for their support and guidance.

Business Pre-Law

SARAH ROBLES

Majors: Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Business Pre-Law, Minor: Spanish

Sarah has been on the Dean’s List for every term the past three years and was recently inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, marketing honor society. For the past four years, she’s worked as a sales representative at the Ohio University Technology Deport and recently started to contribute to a blog for NR Media Group. Previously Sarah interned with Ernst & Young and has accepted a fulltime position with them in Information Technology Risk & Assurance in Columbus. Throughout her career, she’s been involved with organizations including OU Animal Advocates, the Association of Information Technology Professionals, Spanish Club, Club Tennis, Athens County Humane Society, and Friends of the Shelter Dogs. One of Sarah’s proudest accomplishments is leading a successful campaign to end gassing of shelter dogs in Athens County.

Management

ASHLEY LUEHRMAN

Majors: Management and Strategic Leadership and Marketing

Ashley Luehrman will graduate with majors in management and strategic leadership and marketing. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Marketing Honor Society of Mu Kappa Tau, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Ashley works part-time as a shift supervisor at KFC and upon graduation will join American Greetings as a marketing analyst. Last summer Ashley participated in the Global Consulting Program in Dijon, France and cites that as her favorite experience in the College of Business. She credits Dr. Gary Coombs with making her first international experience so positive. Ashley wishes to thank Dr. Chris Moberg for his advice, support, dedication, and enthusiasm over the past four years and for always encouraging excellence.

Business Economics

REBECCA CARMAN

Majors: Business Economics and Publication Design

Rebecca Carman is a dual major in business economics from the College of Business and publication design from the School of Visual Communications. As the president of the OU Running Club, Rebecca shares her love of running with peers and also has an internship as a PACE student designer for the Alden Library. She considers her Global Consulting Program trip to China one of the best experiences during her time at Ohio University and thanks Dr. Scott Wright for his encouragement and making the experience so life-changing.

Finance

KARL BOBSEIN

Majors: Accounting, Finance, and Business Pre-Law

Karl Bobsein is on track to graduate in May and will sit for the CPA exam over the summer. He’s completed internships with the Ohio Auditor of State’s office and PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Assurance practice in Pittsburgh. During his time at Ohio University, Karl’s been an active member of Select Leaders, Consulting Fellows, Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, and Beta Alpha Psi. His most memorable experience to date was a trip with the Consulting Fellows to Silicon Valley with stops at Apple, Google, Xactly, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Although sad to leave Ohio University, upon graduation Karl will be working as an Assurance Associate in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Boston office.

Management Information Systems

KATHYRN HUDDER

Majors: Management Information Systems and Communications Studies

While double majoring in management information systems and communication studies, Kathryn Hudder has been on the Dean’s List since freshman year. As an executive board member for the Association of information Technology Professionals, Kathryn took part in planning the AITP conference. She is currently an account associate for ImPRessions, a student run public relations firm, and a teaching assistant for introductory MIS students. This past summer she completed an internship with Cardinal Health’s Corporate IT Audit Department. Kathryn wishes to thank Dr. Matta for his help and teaching and Dr. Annabi’s guidance during her career search.

Marketing

LYNZEE TUCKER

Majors: Marketing and Management and Strategic Leadership, Certificate: Sales

As a Manasseh Cutler Scholar, Lynzee Tucker appreciates the wonderful opportunities that were provided by her benefactors, Dr. James H. and Nellie Rowley Jewell. In between travel experiences and work in the School of Nursing Office, Lynzee has been very involved in the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre, where she serves on the Candidate Advisory Council, is director of research for the Corporate Development Division, and is account manager for two corporate partners. Over her time at Ohio University, Lynzee has earned a place in The Golden Key International Honour Society, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, and Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society. Lynzee thanks Dr. Raj Agnihotri for teaching her favorite class and inspiring a love of sales, and her parents Allen and Deanna Tucker for always encouraging excellence.

Sports Administration

PAUL J. PEPA (PJ)

Major: Sport Management, Minor: Business

Originally from Freehold, NJ, Paul (PJ) Pepa has served as treasurer and president of the Sports Business Association, treasurer of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and marketing associate for the Ohio University Athletic Department. Last year PJ interned with the Dallas Cowboys and thanks Professor Iglesias for the opportunity. PJ’s also thankful for the lifelong mentors he’s gained through the sports administration program, particularly Dr. Pfahl.

Entrepreneurship

JOSEPHINE LEWIS

Majors: Finance and Entrepreneurship

During her time at the College of Business, Josie Lewis was involved with Copeland Scholars, Select Leaders, Beta Gamma Sigma, the Ohio University Entrepreneurs Club, and the Simonyi Business and Economic Development Center. For three years, Josie has held a seasonal internship with Cincinnati Asset Management. In 2013 she received both the R. Jeffery Young Finance Advisory Council Award and the Finance Executives International Academic Recognition Award. Josie found her passion for entrepreneurship after founding a company, SafeTime, to promote an advanced personal safety solution.

Upon graduation Josie continue her work as president with SafeTime and is excited to see the company grow over the coming months. She wishes to thank Dr. Gary Coombs for introducing her to the College of Business and his friendship and mentorship over the past four years. She’d also like to thank Professor Kevin Aspegren for his encouragement, insight, and sharing his passion for entrepreneurship.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION STUDENT AWARDS

These awards honor outstanding students who demonstrate academic achievement and exceptional leadership, and serve as role models for others in the college.

Hellebrandt Award

This award was established in honor of Dr. Edwin T. Hellebrandt, a distinguished member of the College of Business’ management systems department for more than 50 years. The award seeks to recognize students for outstanding achievement during their undergraduate years at Ohio University.

LAURA SCHAUS

Majors: Marketing and Management and Strategic Leadership, Certificate: Sales

Laura Schaus is graduating in May with a double major in marketing and management and strategic leadership and a sales certificate. In addition to her academic pursuits, Laura is on the executive board of Christian Business Leaders, was a peer tutor, and completed two internships with The Post and J.M. Smucker Company where she’ll be working as a marketing analyst upon graduation. Laura’s favorite experience in the College of Business was the Business Cluster, where her team worked with a client who cared for tigers. She’s appreciative of the support and guidance provided by Professors Tim and Tammy Reynolds, her parents, and her Christian faith.

DUY PHAN

Majors: Finance and Management and Strategic Leadership, Certificate: International Business

Hailing from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Duy Phan is pursuing a double major in finance and management and strategic leadership and an international business certificate. Duy works as a resident assistant and is the programming director for the International Student Union, the largest international student organization on campus. One of Duy’s most valued experiences was the OHIO International Consulting Program where he was able to work on a consulting project for ROCKY® Outdoor Gear.

William Day Award

Named in honor of Dr. William Day, former dean of the College of Business, this award recognizes a student for outstanding academic achievement including multi-cultural experience and language proficiency.

JASON KUHN

Majors: Management and Strategic Leadership and Management Information Systems, Minor: Spanish

While attending Ohio University, Jason Kuhn has gained valuable experiences through travel and internships. During a study abroad in Toledo, Spain, Jason completed his minor in Spanish. He has served as vice president for the International Business Society and the professional relations chair for the

Association of Information Technology Professionals. Jason interned with Parker Hannifin and Hyland Software. After graduation Jason will join Parker full-time as part of the IT Trainee Program. Jason wishes to thank Professor Tim Reynolds for his insight and guidance during the Management Capstone course.

Nies Award

Named in honor of Thomas M. Nies, chief executive officer, Cincom Systems Inc. and one of the initial supporters of the College’s management information systems program. This award recognizes an MIS major who, in addition to maintaining an excellent academic record, also contributes significantly to the MIS department as a student assistant in the MIS computer labs.

LISA ROACH

Major: Management Information Systems, Minor: Computer Science

Lisa Roach is a member of the Honors Tutorial College majoring in management information systems with a minor in computer science. She has been a teaching assistant for several MIS classes and is president of Women in Information Systems. She also serves as the senior MIS representative on the Student Advisory Board and has been on the Dean’s list every term of her college career. Last year Lisa won the Progressive Scholar in MIS award. She looks forward to an exciting career in technology. Lisa wants to express her gratitude to Dr. Matta and Dr. Annabi for their guidance and mentorship.

David and Ruth Richmond Award

This award is named for Dr. David Richmond, a marketing professor who retired in 1984, and his wife, Ruth. The award is given to a senior who has displayed leadership as a marketing major and has a minimum GPA of 3.2. In addition, to GPA, students are selected based on work experience, academic activities, extracurricular activities, a written essay about being a marketing major, and recommendations from marketing faculty.

LAURA SCHAUS

Majors: Marketing and Management and Strategic Leadership, Certificate: Sales

Laura Schaus is graduating in May with a double major in marketing and management and strategic leadership and a sales certificate. In addition to her academic pursuits, Laura is on the executive board of Christian Business Leaders, was a peer tutor, and completed two internships with The Post and J.M. Smucker Company where she’ll be working as a marketing analyst upon graduation. Laura’s favorite experience in the College of Business was the Business Cluster, where her team worked with a client who cared for tigers. She’s appreciative of the support and guidance provided by Professors Tim and Tammy Reynolds, her parents, and her Christian faith.

Hughes Award

This award is named after Robert Hughes, one of the initial supporters of the College’s management information systems program when he was vice president of Digital Equipment Corporation. This award is given annually to an MIS major, who in addition to maintaining an excellent academic record, also contributes significantly to the MIS department.

WES KEATON

Majors: Management Information Systems and Management and Strategic Leadership, Minor: History

Wes has served as the vice president of Association of Information Technology Professionals, teaching assistant for MIS, and interned with The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. In 2012, he participated in the Global Consulting Program and traveled to Hungary, which he cites as his favorite experience while attending the College of Business. Wes wishes to thank Dr. Vic Matta, who allowed him to participate in important, challenging work as a teaching assistant. He also expresses appreciation for Professor Tim Reynolds for consistently acting as a model of strategic, business leadership.

Junior Wolfe Scholar Award

This award is presented to the College of Business junior with the highest grade point average.

KYLER LERZ

Majors: Finance and Management Information Systems

Kyler Lerz is currently an intern with the Ohio Derivatives Management Group and was recently invited to join the Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society. Kyler has been awarded the Dean’s Scholarship, an OU Cleveland Parent’s Scholarship, and a Gateway Scholarship. He’s currently working as a teaching assistant for the MIS Department. As a junior, Kyler is still exploring post-graduation options, but is looking forward to rejoining his family in the Cleveland area. His favorite experience to date was the Business Cluster because although stressful and challenging, he created lasting friendships.

Senior Wolfe Scholar Award

This award is presented to the College of Business senior with the highest grade point average.

LAURA SCHAUS

Majors: Marketing and Management and Strategic Leadership, Certificate: Sales

Laura Schaus is graduating in May with a double major in marketing and management and strategic leadership and a sales certificate. In addition to her academic pursuits, Laura is on the executive board of Christian Business Leaders, was a peer tutor, and completed two internships with The Post and J.M. Smucker Company where she’ll be working as a marketing analyst upon graduation. Laura’s favorite experience in the College of Business was the Business Cluster, where her team worked with a client who cared for tigers. She’s appreciative of the support and guidance provided by Professors Tim and Tammy Reynolds, her parents, and her Christian faith.

REBECCA CARMAN

Majors: Business Economics and Publication Design

Rebecca Carman is a dual major in business economics from the College of Business and publication design from the School of Visual Communications. As the president of the OU Running Club, Rebecca shares her love of running with peers and also has an internship as a PACE student designer for the Alden Library. She considers her Global Consulting Program trip to China one of the best experiences during her time at Ohio University and thanks Dr. Scott Wright for his encouragement and making the experience so life-changing.

Progressive Scholar in Management Information Systems (MIS)

Megan Baird

Majors: Accounting, Management Information Systems, and Business Pre-Law

As a sophomore, Megan Bard has already attained several leadership positions within the College of Business including vice president of executive relations for the College of Business Honors Program, vice president of professional activities for Delta Sigma Pi, and secretary and events chair for the Association of Information Technology Professionals. In addition, Megan is an accounting assistant in the Dean's Office and will intern at J.M. Smucker's in their Business Process Development Department this summer. This summer she will also be attending the Deloitte National Leadership Conference in Westlake, Texas. She’s received the Dean's List Award for the past three semesters and cites the College of Business Honors Program and involvement in Delta Sigma Pi as her favorite experiences at Ohio University.

The College of Business Student Leadership

This award goes to a student who has served his/her fellow students as president of a College of Business student organization. Candidates for this award are nominated by members of the student organizations.

BRIAN GIBBONS

Major: Finance and Business Economics Minor: History

Brian Gibbons is preparing to graduate in May. While at Ohio University, he served on the executive board of the Student Equity Management Group, was president of Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity, was a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and was a Copeland Scholar. Brian completed an internship at KeyBank and Credit Suisse where he’s accepted a full-time position in equity research. Brian is thankful for the opportunities that the College of Business has provided to travel, meet interesting people, and see amazing things.

The College of Business Leadership in Sport Management Award

This award goes to a senior sport management student who has demonstrated strong leadership that made a significant impact on his or her peers in the sport management program.

DON BROWN

Major: Sport Management, Minor: Business

Don Brown is a senior preparing to graduate with a degree in sport management and minor in business. Don has served in leadership for the Sports Business Association, as a College of Business student ambassador, a Learning Community leader, member of Dean Sherman’s Student Advisory Council, and as a member of the Ohio University Club Baseball team. He’s also been a tour guide for Ohio University for the past three years and interned with the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour in Jacksonville, FL. Last year Don was recognized as the recipient of the Executive Advisory Board’s award for Academic Excellence in

Sports Administration. Upon graduation Don will join the Oklahoma City Redhawks, the triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, in ticket sales.

Sport Management Junior Academic

Achievement Award

This award goes to a junior sport management student who has demonstrated strong leadership that made a significant impact on his or her peers in the sport management program.

ANDREW BLACK

Majors: Sport Management and Marketing, Certificate: Sales

A native of Chile, Andrew Black has lived in seven countries, speaks English and Spanish fluently as well as some Portuguese and German. While attending Ohio University, Andrew worked as a resident assistant in Shively Hall and as supervisor and events manager at Ping. He is currently serving as president of the Men’s Club Soccer team and part of the Global Ambassadors organization. Andrew names the Business Cluster as his most rewarding, challenging, and entertaining experience as a College of Business student.

International Ambassador Award

RACHAEL SEITER

Major: Marketing, Certificates: Global Leadership, Sales, and Leadership

Rachael Seiter is graduating with a major in marketing and three certificates; global leadership, sales, and leadership. Over the summer, Rachael was an intern with a CBS radio station in Chicago. She also serves as the vice president of philanthropy for Alpha Omicron Pi and the president and founder of AIESEC OU. Rachael is thankful for the opportunities that that College of Business has provided to grow professionally and the support she’s received from professors, particularly Dr. J. Michael Geringer and Mary Tucker. Upon graduation, she’s planning to travel and enjoy the job search experience.

The College of Business Outstanding Student

Organization Award

The award goes to an organization that has made a significant impact on the Ohio University and Athens communities, provided innovative programming, excellent recruitment and development of members, and actively supports the mission of the College. This year, three organizations were awarded for their contribution.

OHIO UNIVERSITY ENTREPRENEURS

Ohio University Entrepreneurs (OUE) is an organization that gives entrepreneurs the tools to bring their business ideas to life. OUE members are taught leadership and entrepreneurship skills, and provided other opportunities to network with like-minded people, meet and listen to guest speakers, and manage different sectors of the organization. Through these experiences members practice imagination, innovation, and creation, ultimately creating future professionals with experience in the field of entrepreneurial work.