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Awards Presented at MBA Spring Honors Banquet

Several University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff were honored April 2 at the Henry B. Tippie School of Management MBA Association Honors Banquet.

Jesse Finch-Gnehm received the MBA IMPACT Award, presented to the student who best demonstrated the Tippie MBA program's principles of involvement, motivation, professionalism, achievement, challenge, and teamwork--both within the program and across campus.

Tippie School staff and faculty who teach the program's core courses selected Leon Meschoulam to receive the Wall Street Journal Award, given to a first-year student who has excelled in the classroom and has been active in MBA activities. In addition to the School of Management gift of a crystal clock, Leon Meschoulam will receive a paperweight from the Wall Street Journal with a commemorative award medallion made of sculpted brass, a one-year subscription to the Journal, and a published listing of the winner's name in a full-page announcement in the Journal.

Another award announced by the Tippie School was the Program Improvement Award, given to a student who inspired and implemented meaningful change in the program. This year's recipient was Stephen Clark, president of the Graduate Marketing Association. He led a first-time effort where Tippie marketing students competed in the Cadillac Case Competition. Tippie marketing students also represented their school at the Rochester Simon School Case Competition. "Based on the hard work and drive to improve the program, Stephen has been instrumental in the program's involvement in both these competitions," said Colleen Downie, assistant dean of the Tippie School.

Dominick Hennen was selected by his peers as the first-year MBA Student of the Year, while Finch-Gnehm and Sara Munson were selected second-year MBA Students of the Year. For the third consecutive year, Matt Billett, professor of finance, received the MBA Core Faculty of the Year award. Baba Shiv, assistant professor of marketing, was selected as this year's MBA Elective Faculty of the Year. The Tippie School of Management Staff Member of the Year Award was presented to Shannon Christensen, assistant director of MBA Career Development.

Beth Coronelli, senior vice president of investor relations at Equity Office Partners, received the MBA Alumni Mentor Award. Coronelli's mentoring has been cited by a number of MBA students and staff as being an effective force in assisting Tippie students in career planning, Downie said. In past years, referred and advocated for students with her former employer, General Growth Properties, and she is now doing the same with her current employer, Equity Office Partners. In addition, Coronelli has made her own personal network available to students and has advised them on ways to find great employment. One student commented that she consistently makes an effort to help, even though she has an exceptionally challenging job.

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