SBE Students Garner Top Honors at Annual Student Awards Banquet

The 13th Annual Student Awards Banquet: Recognizing Excellence and Leadership at Michigan Technological University was held on April 29, 2007 where SBE students started the night off with taking the President’s Award for Leadership.

The following SBE students were recognized at the awards banquet.

MTU President’s Award for Leadership: Elizabeth Molnar (MIS). Nominees also included SBE students Alex Tiseo and Elise Vertin.

MTU Rising Star of the Year: SherAaron Hurt (Management/Finance). SBE students Tracy Payne and Elise Vertin were also nominated.

Most Improved Student Organization: The SBE’s chapter of the American Marketing Association. SBE student leaders are Kevin Brock, President, and Mairi Smith-Risk, Executive Vice President, and SBE faculty advisors are Dongwook Kim and Robert Mark.

Woman of Promise Award (SBE): Rachel Boyle (Management)

Greek Woman of the Year: Elizabeth Molnar (MIS)

Outstanding Sorority of the Year Award: Delta Zeta. SBE student Rachel Boyle (MIS) is President of DZ.

Other SBE students nominated for awards at the Student included Danielle Norton for the the Provost’s Award for Scholarship; Mairi Smith-Risk for Exceptional Leadership in the Residential Community; Kevin Brock, Jill Garrity, Mairi Smith-Risk, and Alex Tiseo for Exceptional Enthusiasm as a Student Leader; and Amber Tarver and Elise Vertin for Student Employee of the Year.

In addition, two SBE faculty were nominated for Student Organization Advisor of the Year: Jim Gale and Teresa Woods.

Hurt Selected for GM Sullivan Fellowship

Sophomore SherAaron Hurt, a business administration major, has been selected to be Michigan Tech’s participant in the General Motors Sullivan Fellowship Program.


The Sullivan Fellowship is based on the Global Sullivan Principles of Corporate Social Responsibility. Developed by the Reverend Leon Sullivan, they are a set of human rights principles to be recognized by business and industry. They include providing workers a living wage and a safe workplace, refusing to pay bribes and honoring intellectual property.

Hurt was selected based on her grade point average, campus and community involvement, and ability to be an effective ambassador for the Sullivan Principles. She will receive an internship with GM, where she will evaluate her unit’s understanding and implementation of the Sullivan Principles. The fellowship also includes a $5,000 scholarship for 2007-08.

Finally, Hurt will be working with Enterprise program director Mary Raber to implement training and workshops on the Sullivan Principles on campus and in the community.

“Reverend Sullivan has been in my church before and was a wonderful speaker and a friend of my pastor’s,” Hurt said. “Spiritually, his foundation is my foundation, so being able to talk about this great man and his ideas is a special privilege.”

After her internship at GM, in August, she returns to Michigan Tech to continue to promote the Sullivan Principles.

“I hope to speak at orientation and make presentations at local high schools,” she said. “I want to make sure I reach as many people as possible, just as Reverend Sullivan did.”

The fellowship is sponsored by GM and the United Negro College Fund. For more information on the Sullivan Principles, visit

Accounting Students Team Up with Alumni at Kimberly-Clark

In an effort to give accounting students in the SBE more hands on and real world experience, Dr. Larry Davis has established an ongoing working relationship with Kimberly-Clark.

SBE: Tell us about the project in detail.

LD: Students interact with the Kimberly-Clark Tax Center of Excellence to gain an understanding of the business processes within the Center of Excellence. This is done via office visits and conference calls. Students then prepare graphic and narrative descriptions of those processes with the objective of facilitating improvements in those processes. Part of the process involves Kimberly-Clark personnel coaching students both on the actual work being performed and on general appropriate professional behavior.

What the students get out of this is exposure to a real business process and to professionals, a realization that the accounting that they study in school is the accounting that real professionals perform daily – albeit at much higher level. They gain an understanding of what is expected of tax professionals both from the perspective of the quality of work performed and interactions with other professionals.

SBE: Are we working directly with any SBE alumni at Kimberly-Clark?

LD: Dave Bernard, the VP of Tax, was the major facilitator for starting this. We also work with Rich Beauvais. Both are MTU accounting alums.

SBE: Who came up with the idea to start the project? Has this been done in the past? Do other universities work on a similar project or is this experience unique for MTU students?

LD: I did. I have been looking to start an accounting consulting group ever since I came here. We have in the past done work for some of the engineering enterprises and local businesses to ‘get our feet wet.’

I would not say it is ONLY done here – but it is not done at very many places. I would say that it is fair to say that it is a distinguishing characteristic of our program.

SBE: Are only accounting students involved? How many total students are on this project? How did they get selected for the project?

LD: There are always accounting students involved, but we bring in folks from other disciplines as needed to form cross-disciplinary teams. So far the Kimberly-Clark project has always involved both accounting students and information systems students given the nature of the work. It is not clear if IS students will continue on this particular engagement or not.

We have had about 40-50 students work on the project. Students are selected via application to the faculty supervisor.

SBE: When will the project be completed? What is the biggest advantage for students who are on this project?

LD: From one perspective…hopefully never. I would like to see this as a permanently ongoing relation as projects arise. On the other hand, our initial work documenting their Tax area systems should be done within a year, if not sooner.

Top Students Join Honor Society


Only the best business students in the world, and the professionals who earned the distinction of “the Best in Business” during their academic careers, can claim membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. This year’s Beta Gamma Sigma inductees from Michigan Technological University’s School of Business & Economics have certainly earned that title.

Michigan Technological University and its School of Business & Economics congratulate the 20 students who have earned invitations in the 2006-07 academic year. They join an expanding worldwide network of more than 560,000 outstanding business professionals who have earned recognition through lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. Students ranking in the top 10 percent of the baccalaureate and top 20 percent of graduate programs at schools accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business are eligible for this invitation.

Beta Gamma Sigma lifetime membership is truly an international honor. With the expansion of accreditation by AACSB International, membership is no longer limited to those who have studied in the United States or Canada. Beta Gamma Sigma has installed collegiate chapters and inducted students on five continents. The most outstanding Michigan Technological University students are eligible for the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate or master’s program at a school accredited by AACSB International.

The following students were inducted into the Michigan Technological University chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma at the Spring 2007 ceremony held April 17, 2007:

Graduate: Kallie Derouin, Katie Granlund, Nicholas Martin, Fan Ning
Seniors: Robert Frankovich, Jill Garrity, Allissa Kasprzyk, Mark Malekoff, Monika Malinska, Amanda Rosenberger
Juniors: Nichole Cholette, Brett Girard, Susan Mattila, Danielle Norton, Shannon Pennala, Kate Rogers, Mairi Smith-Risk, Duane Stephenson, Amber Tarver, Tiffany Tervo

Beta Gamma Sigma was founded as a national organization on Feb. 19, 1913. The first national honor society in business was a merger of three separate societies established to honor academic achievement in business at the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and the University of California.

With collegiate chapters on five continents, Beta Gamma Sigma today is truly an international society that remains dedicated to recognizing the most outstanding students of business and management. The Society serves business schools accredited by AACSB International in the 21st century knowing that its membership of more than 560,000 comprises the brightest and best of the world’s business leaders.

(Story courtesy of the Michigan Tech Lode)

SBE Student Wins MTU’s President’s Award for Leadership

Each year, one student is chosen from an outstanding group of nominees that have provided leadership for their peers in their activities while a student at Michigan Tech. This year’s winner is Elizabeth Molnar.

Elizabeth is a 4th year, Information Systems student. During this leaders time at Tech they have been involved in a number of academic, student and community organizations, USG, Association of Information Technology Professionals, Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honorary, Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, Blue Key Honor Society, Intramural sports, Circle K, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, England Cadet Exchange Program, a TA for UN1010, a LeaderShape participant as well as an On-Site Coordinator this past year, an OTL for three years, and Army ROTC… to name a few.

Molnar attributes most of her leadership growth to the Army ROTC program. As a recent Cadet Battalion Commander responsible for everything in the battalion during the Fall 2006 semester, she improved the current program to include training that had not been previously provided. This training focuses on areas that the cadets are evaluated on at a national level during a month long, mandatory training camp in Ft. Lewis, Washington.

Currently she is serving as the Training officer which sets her with the task of planning and coordinating Army ROTC’s Spring Field Training Exercise. On top of this she assisted in the coordination of the Military Ball this past March, had cadets perform inspections of vehicles before extended breaks to ensure they were suitable to drive home, required cadets to report midterm grades to assess if cadets needed help with time management or class work, and she also is the Color Guard Commander whose job is to lead the group of cadets that post the Colors at football games, commencement, and who lead the Parade of Nations.

Elizabeth spent two years on the Undergraduate Student Government, one year as the sophomore representative and one as the Vice President. During her time on USG she helped with the start of the ASMTU campaign for the restructure of the student government by holding open forums and making presentations to student organizations as well as general education classes. She also served on University selection committees to hire a number of staff and faculty here on campus.

While serving as President for Association of Information Technology Professionals, she planned and coordinated a Career Fair Dinner for SBE students so they had the opportunity to meet recruiters looking for SBE students for full-time, intern, or co-op positions before the Career Fair. She also coordinated a programming competition for local high school students not only to recognize the talent of young individuals today but also so they could learn more about Michigan Tech.

She says she plans on utilizing all of the leadership experience she has obtained here at Michigan Tech while serving as a recently selected Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant, scheduled to receive her commission in May 2007.

Congratulations Elizabeth Molnar!