Oakley School of Business hosts award ceremony

Oakley Academic Excellence

Pictured are some of the students who were awarded Certificates of Academic Excellence, from left: Matthew J. Bilgri, Samuele Contestabile, Michelle A. Epperson, Stephanie Fimmen, Rebecca J. Garner, Olivia Kindt, Rodney B. Maynor, Connor M. Pigg, Greta Pileckaite, Felipe Teles Santana, Kelsey A. Simmons, Madelyn R. Spagnola and Sara J. Wilson. | Photo courtesy of Quincy University

QUINCY — Quincy University’s Oakley School of Business held an award ceremony on May 4 in the Connie Niemann Center for Music. The program featured comments from Brian McGee, QU president, and Cynthia Haliemun, dean of the Oakley School of Business. Faculty in the Oakley School of Business presented awards and recognized students for their achievements this past year. Various instrumental ensembles from the School of Fine Arts and Communication provided music for the event.

The following awards were presented:

SIGMA BETA DELTA HONOR SOCIETY
Nine business students and one faculty member were inducted into Quincy University’s Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society, which honors juniors and seniors in the top 20 percent of their classes.

  • Minerva Cruz (Quincy) – Oakley School of Business
  • Stephanie Fimmen (Quincy) – MBA
  • Grant R. Hajicek (Columbia, Mo.) — Finance and Accounting
  • Joseph David Mitchell (Williamsville) — Management
  • Landon M. Obert (Liberty) — Management and Finance
  • Mia M. Orlet (Belleville) — Marketing
  • Connor M. Pigg (Quincy) — Management
  • Jacob W. Smith (Quincy) — Management
  • Michal Urban (Freeport) — Business Administration
  • Ouekie K. Wright (Jefferson, Mo.) — Management

CERTIFICATE OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Thirty business students were awarded Certificates of Academic Excellence. The Oakley School of Business honors seniors with grade point averages of 3.75 or higher.

  • Owen R. Behrens (Prophetstown) — Finance
  • Matthew J. Bilgri (Quincy) — MBA (Operations Management)
  • Ryan Briscoe (St. Charles, Mo.) — MBA
  • Sally J. Britt (Quincy) — Business Administration
  • Nolan P. Christian (Plainville) — Accounting
  • Samuele Contestabile (Italy) — Finance and Marketing
  • Ravelo Diego (Lima, Peru) — Management, Marketing, and Finance
  • Michelle A. Epperson (New London, Mo.) — Management
  • Stephanie Fimmen (Quincy) — MBA
  • Rebecca J. Garner (Quincy) — Management
  • Ryan D. Gratz (Middlebury, Ind.) — MBA (Organizational Leadership)
  • Laura A. Gutierrez Gomez (Bogota, Columbia) — MBA
  • Noam Hannoun (Vancouver, Canada) — MBA (Operations Management)
  • Nathan J. Hoebing (Quincy) — MBA
  • Sydney N. Johnston (Quincy) — Accounting & Finance
  • Jacob J. Kalusniak (St. Charles, Mo.) — MBA
  • Olivia Kindt (Dyer, Ind.) — MBA (Organizational Leadership)
  • Jenna A. Knudson (Sterling, Colo.) — MBA (Organizational Leadership)
  • Edward A. Madera (Pittsfield) — MBA (Organizational Leadership)
  • Elysia Mahoney (Keokuk, Iowa) — MBA (Organizational Leadership)
  • Mary Maloney (O’Fallon, Mo.) — MBA
  • Rodney B. Maynor (Quincy) — Accounting
  • Connor M. Pigg (Quincy) — Management
  • Greta Pileckaite (Woodstock, Ga.) — MBA (Organizational Leadership)
  • Felipe Teles Santana (Sao Paulo, Brazil) — Finance
  • Kelsey A. Simmons (Mendon) — MBA
  • Madelyn R. Spagnola (Quincy) — MBA (Organizational Leadership)
  • Kassidy J. Venvertloh (Quincy) — Accounting &Business Analytics
  • Erik L. Weiler (Edwardsville) — MBA
  • Sara J. Wilson (Rushville) — Accounting

CERTIFICATE OF ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
Twenty-eight business students were awarded Certificates of Academic Achievement. The Oakley School of Business honors seniors with grade point averages between 3.50 and 3.74.

  • Craig M. Chisholm (Tyler, Texas) — Management
  • Nathan W. Conerly (St. Louis) — MBA
  • Katie R. Conry (Mendon) — Marketing
  • Thomas B. Conzemius (Deerfield) — Business Analytics & Marketing
  • Dayson S. Croes (Aruba) — Marketing
  • Gino J. D’Alessio (Quincy) — Finance
  • Laken R. Delcour (Quincy) — MBA (Organizational Leadership)
  • Reis A. Dreyer (Quincy) — Marketing
  • Justin D. Eads (Ballwin, Mo.) — MBA
  • Haley M. Friday (Quincy) — Marketing
  • Jackson P. Gregory (St. Joseph, Mo.) — Finance & Management
  • Sara R. Hudson (Palmyra, Mo.) — MBA
  • Edward Jakubauskas (Plainfield) — Management
  • Nathan J. Lawton (New Berlin, Wis.) — Accounting
  • Erin C. Love (Eugene, Mo.) — Accounting
  • Daniel Mahoney (Keokuk, Iowa) — MBA (Operations Management)
  • Vanessa Markert (Mt. Sterling) — MBA (Operations Management)
  • Adam R. Moore (St. Charles, Mo.) — Marketing
  • Samuel J. Stephens (St. Louis) — MBA
  • Connor J. Stephenson (Cheney, Kan.) — Finance
  • Tiger A. Thomas (Kingston, Jamaica) — Management
  • Michal Urban (Freeport) — Business Administration
  • Spencer K. Walker (Mapleton) — Marketing
  • Darin L. Weisinger (Mendon) — Management
  • Jacob J. Williams (Aurora, Colo.) — MBA (Organizational Leadership)
  • Grant Wolfe (O’Fallon, Mo.) — Management & Cybersecurity
  • Ouekie K. Wright (Jefferson City, Mo.) — Management
  • Aiden J. Zanger (Payson) — Accounting

GRAY HUNTER STENN LLP ACCOUNTING AWARD
One accounting student received the prestigious Gray Hunter Stenn LLP Accounting Award. This award was presented by Erin Wharton, a partner with Gray Hunter Stenn LLP, to Sara Wilson of Rushville.

CERTIFICATE OF PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE
Four business students were awarded certificates of performance excellence. The Oakley School of Business honors students who are at least at the 90th percentile of the Educational Testing Service for the Business Major Field Test, a nationwide business test.

  • Shannon Mountain (Quincy) — Accounting
  • Owen R. Behrens (Prophetstown) — Finance
  • Nathan J. Lawton (New Berlin, Wis.) — Accounting
  • Rodney B. Maynor (Quincy) — Accounting

CERTIFICATE OF ENTREPRENEURIAL EXCELLENCE
Five students were awarded certificates of entrepreneurial excellence. The Oakley School of Business honors students who are winners of the elevator pitch competition in Small Business Management class.

Top Elevator Pitches

  • 1st place: Ayden D. Nichols (Quincy) — Management
  • 2nd place: Cara Pincock (Quincy) — Management
  • 3rd place: Adam R. Moore (St. Charles, Mo.) — Marketing

Elevator Pitch Innovation Awards

  • Matthew D. Winking (Quincy) — Exercise Science
  • Jayle M. Jennings (Vandalia, Mo.) — Exercise Science

CERTIFICATE OF INDUSTRY CHAMPIONS

Eleven business students were awarded certificates of industry champions. The Oakley School of Business honors students who are winners of the computer simulation in Strategic Management class.

Industry ID: C132474 Team Erie

  • Chayim S. Cunningham (Quincy) — Management
  • Nathan J. Lawton (New Berlin, Wis.) — Accounting
  • Rodney B. Maynor (Quincy) — Accounting
  • Ayden D. Nichols (Quincy) — Management
  • John S. Reckers (Quincy) — Accounting
  • Aidan J. Zanger (Payson) — Accounting

Industry ID: C132476 Team Erie

  • Mateusz Dziekan (Naperville) — Finance
  • Carlo J. Heath (Philadelphia, Pa.) — Management
  • Ivan Mimica (Croatia) — Finance and Management
  • Zachary Napovanice (Aviston) — Management
  • Tiger A. Thomas (Kingston, Jamaica) — Management

CAPTAIN OF INDUSTRY
Seven business students received captain of industry awards. The Oakley School of Business
honors students who obtain an exceptionally high score in their class on the individual
simulation.

  • Sydney N. Johnston (Quincy) — Accounting
  • Nathan J. Lawton (New Berlin, Wis.) — Accounting
  • Rodney B. Maynor (Quincy) — Accounting
  • Shannon Mountain (Quincy) — Accounting
  • John S. Reckers (Quincy) — Accounting
  • Sara Wilson (Rushville) — Accounting
  • Aidan J. Zanger (Payson) — Accounting

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