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Undergraduates and Faculty Honored at Tropaia Ceremony

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Seniors earning top academic and service honors were recognized at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Tropaia Exercises Friday, May 16, 2014, in Gaston Hall.

During the ceremony, valedictorian Michael J. Lee reminisced about lessons learned during his time at Georgetown University.

He encouraged his classmates to keep their friendships alive, stay connected to their families as they set out on their own, set priorities to make time for activities important to them.

“While there are many things you cannot control, there are many things you can control,” he said. “This has been a core philosophy of mine and I would like to leave you with this thought: The career or graduate school journey you are starting – make it the best experience possible, and don’t be held back by the issues you can’t control – they are relevant, but not paralyzing. Focus on what you can control and let the others drop to the bottom of the list.”

To close the ceremony, Georgetown McDonough Dean David Thomas reminded students of Georgetown’s philosophy of men and women for others and how they can take that principle into their lives beyond the Hilltop.

“No matter where you find yourself, you will act as principled leaders willing to put others before yourself,” he said. “You’ll have a global orientation and see the world as an interconnected community that allows you to connect to those who are different from you, those who are less fortunate than you. And, you will use your business acumen and influence to always serve the interests of both business and society.”

During the Tropaia Exercises, the following students and faculty were recognized by the Undergraduate Program and academic leadership:

Academic Honors
Henry M. Leslie Award
David Hu

Reverend Joseph S. Sebes, S.J. Award
Alana J. Magli
Kai Fang


Othmar Winkler Award
Ellen L. Grein

Undergraduate Dean’s Award
Stephanie A. Messenger

Slevin Award
Michelle J. Chung

Salutatorian Award
Carly M. Silverwood

Valedictorian Award
Michael J. Lee

Accounting Awards
Deloitte Award for Accounting Excellence
James A. Church

George Houston Accounting Achievement Award
Steven M. Fuschetti
Robert A. Kober


Accounting Faculty Award for Academic Excellence
Nina S. Gokhale

Georgetown Accounting Society Award for Service and Excellence
Michelle J. Chung
Janet Y. Kim

Finance Awards
Finance Faculty Award for Academic Excellence
Michael J. Lee

Robert and Lauren Steers Award for Excellence in Real Estate Finance
Vincent V. Korth

Michael G. Psaros Award for Excellence in Investments
Pamela Zedan Haua

Center for Financial Markets & Policy Award for Achievement in Finance
Carly M. Silverwood

Center for Financial Markets & Policy Award for Achievement in International Finance
Caroline A. Schulte

Award for Achievement in Banking
Mark J. McKenna

Award for Achievement in Corporate Finance
Kathure Sharon Gatobu

Award for Achievement in Financial Services
Kendal A. Peterson

Credit Suisse Award for Excellence in Finance
Allison F. Fulenwider

Financial Management Association Award for Service
Johannes T. Claessens

International Business Awards
Interlink Capital Strategies International Business Scholar Award
Veronica Tovia

Ilkka A. Ronkainen Award for International Business and Marketing
Stephanie A. Schmitt

International Business Faculty Award for Academic Excellence
Andrew A. Theodotou

Management Awards
Elutions, Inc. Award for Academic Excellence in Management Studies
Carly M. Silverwood

NFI Industries Award for Academic Excellence in Management Studies
Audrey P. Morris

Gannett Award for Academic Excellence in Negotiation, Arbitration, and Labor Relations
Francisco J. Velez Moeller

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Award for Academic Excellence in Negotiation, Mediation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Eghosa O. Aghayere

William J. Curtin Award for Academic Excellence in Leadership
Abigail Greene

Swift Glass Company Award for Academic Excellence in Innovation
Lauren M. McDonald

Management Faculty Award for Academic Excellence in Human Capital and Human Resource Management
Rebecca R. DeLoache

Marketing and International Business Awards
Johny K. Johansson International Marketing Award
Darshana Prakasam

IMAX Marketing Research Award
Rebecca R. DeLoache

IMAX Marketing Scholar Award
Lauren M. McDonald

Marketing Faculty Award for Academic Excellence
Mikaela M. Medeiros

Operations and Information Management
Deloitte Award for Service in Operations and Information Management
Joan M. Grubb

PricewaterhouseCoopers Award for Service and Scholarship in Operations and Information Management
Andrew A. Theodotou

Operations and Information Management Faculty Award for Academic Excellence
Michael S. Matuozzi

Faculty Awards
Faculty Research Award
Turan Bali, Robert S. Parker Chair and Professor of Business Administration

Joseph F. LeMoine Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence
Ricardo Ernst, Professor of Operations

Dean’s Distinguished Service Award
Kirsten Anderson, Professor of the Practice in Accounting

Peter W. Gonzalez, Jr. Award for Excellence in Adjunct Faculty Teaching
Chris Voss, Adjunct Professor

Academic Council Professor of the Year Student Choice Award
Charles Skuba, Professor of the Practice in International Business and Marketing