Honoring the Exceptional and Outstanding
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Springfield, OH—Before students departed for Spring Break, the Business Department hosted the annual Department Awards Ceremony honoring both inductees into the Tau Pi Phi Business Honor Society and students who earned individual department awards.
This year, Tau Pi Phi proudly inducted 27 students and two faculty into the society. To be considered for induction, students must declare their business major and have a 3.0 Cumulative GPA. Tau Pi Phi provides an opportunity for students to enter the annual Tau Pi Phi Case Competition where selected members compete against other schools in a 2-day case study. The Wittenberg Chapter has an outstanding record in past competitions recording numerous first place finishes in multiple categories.
In addition to the induction ceremony, four student officers were elected to manage Tau Pi Phi leading up to next year's induction ceremony. Zach Cole was elected secretary, Andrew Ziminski, treasurer, Amber Lara, vice president, and Beth Hubbard, president.
Department Chair, Dr. Tom Kaplan, went on to announce this year's list of individual department awards, beginning with the senior portfolio distinguished presenters and honorable mention presenters. To see the article on the senior portfolio process, click here.
Below is a description of each award, and the respective recipient.
Tau Pi Phi Award: Given to the graduating business major that combines the highest academic achievement with university contribution. The department provides a permanent plaque and a medallion to wear at graduation. Francine Murzynski was this year's recipient. Francine is a business major with a finance concentration and an economic minor. She currently is captain of the Women's Lacrosse team, and serves as president of the Gamma Rho Chapter of the Delta Gamma Sorority and served as Vice President of Finance.
Faculty Award for Excellence: Recognizes the graduating business major with the greatest potential for career success. This individual is required to have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better. The department provides a permanent plaque and a medallion to wear at graduation. Matt Powell was this year's recipient. Matt is a business major who has earned Dean's List honors for his academic success. He served as orientation assistant Wittenberg and Social Committee Chairman of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.
Denise L. Calvert Leadership Award: Given to the senior business major who provides significant leadership to both the department and university, while offering a strong example of dedication to scholarship and the needs of others. The award was named, posthumously, for the 1980 alumnus who, as president, led Wittenberg's American Marketing Association chapter to several national awards. The department provides a permanent plaque and a medallion to wear at graduation. Ben Hogenkamp was this year's recipient. Ben is a business major with a marketing concentration. He currently serves as the webmaster for the Wittenberg Business Department, and is the Captain of the nationally ranked Men's Golf Team. His academic honors consist of 2013 NCAA Division III All America Scholar and Dean's List honors for the 2013 spring and fall semesters.
Financial Executives International Award: Recognizes an outstanding senior finance or accounting student based on academic, leadership and service. The department provides a permanent plaque and a medallion to wear at graduation. This year's recipient is Wade Westbrook. Wade is an Accounting and Financial Economics double major with a Business minor. He currently serves as President of Tau Pi Phi. He has been part of the Men's Cross Country and Track Teams of which he now captains. He is a member of the exclusive all-male acapella group, The Wittmen Crew, and a member of Athletes for Christ. He has served as the Beta Theta Pi Treasurer for the past two years.
Lowell E. Stockstill III Investment Award: (formerly the WittInvest Investment Award) This award recognizes students of high academic achievement who further the American free enterprise system via their knowledge of markets and investments. The department provides a medallion to wear at graduation along with $500.00. This year's recipient is Alex Dressman. Alex is a Business Major with a finance concentration and a math minor. She is a member of the Women's Lacrosse Team and President of WittInvest. She is an active member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority currently serving as Vice President of New Member Education.
Dr. Woodrow Wilson Prize for Excellence in Business: Was established in 1994 by the family of Dr. Wilson as a financial award to be given annually to a student or students who have excelled in the academic area of Business. The department provides a permanent plaque. Students must be a junior Business Major, have achieved a 3.4 or above cumulative GPA, have evidence of service and leadership to the Department and/or University. The prize comes with a cash award also. This year, there were two recipients of this award: Zach Cole and Shannon Inglis. Zach is a Business Major with a marketing concentration. He has served as a peer mentor also a founding member of the International Business Club. He served as President of Myers Hall Government and a tour guide for Admissions. He also serves as the Google Student Ambassador. Shannon is a Business Major with a marketing concentration and a minor in Spanish. She serves as the Vice President of the Wittenberg American Marketing Association, chosen to foster a puppy through the 4Paws Service Dog Program.
-Ben Hogenkamp '14