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Business Organizations and Students Honored for Achievements

Each spring, numerous awards recognize outstanding students for their academic achievements and leadership. While students from the Tippie College of Business received a variety of university and department awards, two student organizations from the Tippie College also received recognition for their accomplishments. Out of the 350 students organizations on campus, the MBA Association and the student chapter of the American Marketing Association received the Hawkeye Student Organization of the Year Award, winning two of the five award categories. The MBA Association's win is their second in as many years.

Michael Schmitz, a University of Iowa senior from Dunkerton, has been named both the UI Student Employee of the Year and the State of Iowa Student Employee of the Year. Schmitz is pursuing a double major in management information systems (MIS) in the Tippie College of Business and in computer science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The UI and statewide contests are part of the National Student Employment Administrators Association's annual recognition process by which student hourly employees are judged on their contributions to the job.

Schmitz works as a project assistant with the WiderNet Project, a nonprofit organization based at the UI, which aims to build relationships between the UI and universities in developing countries, particularly African nations, by assisting faculty and students with access to computers, email, and the Internet.

In addition to Schmitz, the UI recognized ten other student employees with a Certificate of Distinction or a Certificate of Appreciation. Scott Stone of Bettendorf, a senior and computer science major, was awarded a Certificate of Distinction for his work in the Stead Advanced Learning Technology Center in the Tippie College of Business. He provides one-on-one technological assistance to business students and was instrumental in the redesign of the College Web site.

Nick Holt, a senior finance major from Iowa Falls, was awarded a Certificate of Distinction for his work as an office assistant with the Iowa Electronic Markets, where according to his supervisor, his duties require him to be the "complaint department, the media relations contact, the office accountant, the technical support department, and the unit Webmaster (to name only a few), sometimes within the span of a few minutes."

Ryan Haley, a teaching assistant in the Department of Economics from Burlington, has been awarded the University's Teaching Assistant of the Year Award. This award is presented to 25 of the 1500 teaching assistants across the University who have demonstrated outstanding ability as teachers at The University of Iowa.

Sangkil Moon, a University of Iowa PhD student, received the M. Bhanu Murthy Memorial Prize for Excellence in Teaching from the Department of Marketing. This prize memorializes the late M. Bhanu Murthy, a student who died of leukemia in 1983 while in the marketing doctoral program, and has been awarded annually to a graduate student since 1984.

Brad Badertscher from Tecumseh, Nebraska, and Erica Groetken from Chicago, both received Byron R. Ross Awards for Teaching Excellence (Teaching Assistants) from the Department of Accounting. The endowed awards were established to recognize Byron R. Ross who worked as a lecturer in the Department of Accounting for a number of years and are based on the winners' strong commitment to education, as evidenced by teaching evaluations, pedagogical innovations, and good citizenship.

Accounting student Brenda Weibel of Manchester, has been named the recipient of the Outstanding Master of Accountancy Student Award for 2002. The Federation of Schools of Accountancy gives the award at the Beta Alpha Psirecognition banquet. Beta Alpha Psi is the national fraternity for accounting students. Brenda will graduate with her Master of Accountancy degree in May 2002 and will begin her career in auditing with Deloitte & Touche in Minneapolis, in September 2002.

Other awards in the Department of Accounting include the Outstanding Accounting Junior Awards, which were given to Sara Marolf from Muscatine, and Brianne Miller from Mount Union, while the Outstanding Accounting Senior Award, which was presented to Kimberly Kane of Oelwein. Davenport's Emily Schueller received the Outstanding Achievement in Writing Award, sponsored by Tom and Patrice Carroll, for a student in the junior year. Lela Anderson from Fort Madison, won the senior's Outstanding Achievement in Writing Award, which is sponsored by Deere and Company. Deere also sponsors the Outstanding Achievement in Writing Award for a Master of Accountancy student, which went to Rachael Mikkelsen of Cedar Rapids.

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