Mason School MBA Awards and Recognition

Suzi Maricic and Brandon Thom accept their awards from
Asst. Dean Deborah Hewitt and the Director of the MBA Program, Carlane Pittman.

The Mason School of Business Full-Time MBA Awards and Recognition Luncheon on April 25th was a time to recognize both our students and staff for their contributions throughout the school year.  This award ceremony was created because students wanted to have a way to recognize each other for their contributions to the program as a whole.  A few years ago, a student committee along with the Program staff worked to create these awards.  These awards are voted by students for students.

The MBA Program kicked off the event by announcing the “student choice” awards for first and second year students.

Directly following the awards, the MBA Association recognized staff at the business school by presenting them with reusable water bottles that the Net Impact club sold this year to raise money for water related NGOs such as Surge.

First Year Award Winners:

Mason Blaze the Path Leadership Award: Nick Zieser
This award recognizes an individual who has exemplified excellence in leadership while at Mason. Leadership traits include, but are not limited to, being a self-starter, motivating others to leave the program in a better place than it is currently, working to resolve conflict, and developing bonds within the Mason community. Specifically, Nick helped start a leadership Junto in Mod 3 to spur dialogue on how to improve leadership growth and opportunities at Mason.

Mason Outstanding Community Service Awards: Brandon Thom and Suzi Maricic
This award recognizes an individual who has dedicated numerous community hours to the community and have rallied others to contribute. As the 1st year community service representative, Brandon organized volunteering events and encouraged classmates to participate. Brandon has put together several events to help not only the local community but also fundraisers outside the school. Additionally, Suzi was always there and she also persuaded her classmates to join the activities, like the MBAA Blood Drive.

Mason Community Contributor Award: Montique Warren
This award recognizes individual who have worked diligently to build and foster the Mason MBA community through his/her attitude, time, support, ideas, and effort. Montique has been a model for inspiring students to work together; he presents a professional image to the community and he takes a positive look at adversity.

Mason Gold Standard Award: JD Mohundro
This award recognizes an individual who contributes to someone else’s development unselfishly.  This individual provides personal commitments to students with constructive feedback, mentoring time, and academic assistance. It is well known throughout the program that if a student asks JD a question, he will dedicate his time right then to help the student understand the concept. He also does not pull punches on feedback, which is a trait to admire. JD has tutored most of this class on DA, finance, cost accounting and operations.

Second Year Award Winners:

Mason Outstanding Mentorship Award: Fernando Tarafa
This award recognizes a second year student who has contributed the greatest to the first year’s overall experience. First year students nominate a second year for this award. Fernando has always made himself available through GA times, hallway presence and open to receiving emails on questions in the most difficult courses.  He approaches first year students with respect and consideration and is genuinly invested in helping others.

Mason Blaze the Path Leadership Award: Patricia Massey Hoke
This award recognizes an individual who has exemplified excellence in leadership while at Mason. Leadership traits include, but are not limited to, being a self-starter, motivating others to leave the program in a better place than it is currently, working to resolve conflict, and developing bonds within the Mason community. Patricia has led the honor council to develop new standards and developed a new student training program to engage students from their very first day in the MBA program.  Additionally, Patricia has led countless meetings with students and faculty on promoting the importance of the honor code and working to promote more ethical business leaders in the future.

Mason Outstanding Community Service Award: Chad Chadbourn
This award recognizes an individual who has dedicated numerous community hours to the community and have rallied others to contribute. Chad is known as “Mr. Community.”  He has made a personal commitment to get all of us engaged in doing things outside of the Mason community that are both helpful and thoughtful.

Mason Community Contributor Award: Margo Wheeler
This award recognizes an individual who works diligently to build and foster the Mason MBA community through his/her attitude, time, support, ideas, and effort. Margo provided ideas to help bring second year and first year together like coffee talk and dinner night. Margo’s extreme dedication to the MBA and mentoring all student leaders has fostered a collaborative environment within the MBAA. Additionally, she has led the class gift committee that was an huge success in connecting with all students in our class.  She can always be found in Miller working and wanting to hear about students successes or challenges.  She has also dedicated a tremendous amount of time to making sure there were opportunities to connect second year students to first year students for mentoring purposes.

Mason Gold Standard Award: Amanda Chen
This award recognizes an individual who contributes to someone else’s development unselfishly.  This individual provides personal commitments to students with constructive feedback, mentoring time, and academic assistance. Amanda is always willing to provide assistance without asking for anything in return.  Amanda does everything that she can to ensure the success of everyone in the community. Amanda gave great feedback to team members of our field consultancy. Amanda did a great job of pointing out areas that people could improve in.  She did it in a professional manner and it was very helpful.

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Julie Hummel

Julie Hummel is an MBA Program Coordinator with the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary.

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