Student and Faculty Excellence Honored at the 52nd Tropaia Exercises

May 19, 2009 vy_hoang_uyen_le

Valedictorian Vy Hoang Uyen Le addresses the 2009 Tropaia Exercises attendees.

Professor of the Year award recipient Dr. Ilkka Ronkainen.

Graduating seniors and faculty were recognized for their outstanding achievements in academics, community service, teaching, and research at the 52nd Tropaia Exercises at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business on May 15. Deputy Dean Ricardo Ernst presided over the ceremony, which was held at historic Gaston Hall.

Vy Hoang Uyen Le, who topped her graduating class with a 4.0 grade point average was named Valedictorian. Le, who first came to the United States four years ago from Vietnam, talked about how she overcame her struggles to adjust to an unfamiliar culture and communicate in a foreign language. She encouraged her fellow graduates to face their life challenges with confidence. "Our journeys of learning and improvement have just begun," she said. "Having something to strive for is a blessing."

Awards also were handed out to students for their achievements in accounting, finance, management, marketing, international business, operations and management and community service. Dean Ernst announced the new inductees into the honor societies of Alpha Mu Alpha, Alpha Sigma Nu, Alpha Kappa Delta, Beta Gamma Sigma, and the Financial Management Association. Students who graduated with Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude honors also were recognized during the ceremony.

Faculty members were cited for their excellence in research and teaching. Professor Alan Mayer-Sommer received the Joseph F. Le Moine Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence while Professor Ilkka Ronkainen was honored by the Academic Council with the Professor of the Year award.

In his closing remarks, Dean George Daly congratulated the students on their achievements and told them to look toward the future with "commitment, energy and tenacity."