Darden Recognizes Outstanding Second Year Students


Each year, the Darden School of Business recognizes Full-Time MBA students who have demonstrated excellence during their first year of study. At First Coffee on Wednesday, September 1, awards were given to 19 members of the Class of 2011. The awards include the G. Robert Strauss Marketing Award, the C. Stewart Sheppard Distinguished Service Award, the William Michael Shermet Award and the Samuel Forrest Hyde Memorial Fellowship.

The G. Robert Strauss Marketing Award is given to a student who demonstrates innovative thinking, the ability to develop unique solutions to real-world problems, flair and charisma in presenting ideas, and provocative insight when challenging classmates’ viewpoints among other attributes. This year’s recipients were Kristin Jane Imbalzano and Margaret Jane Rutherford.

The C. Stewart Sheppard Distinguished Service Award recognizes students for exceptional service of a non-academic nature to Darden or the University of Virginia. This year’s recipient was Sierra Emily Cook, who is also a student blogger.

The William Michael Shermet Award is presented to the student or students who have demonstrated academic excellence in the First Year program and who by their determination and constructive attitude and service have provided an example of responsible competitive spirit for their classmates. This year’s recipients were:

Joseph Andrasko
Andrew Crowley
Philip Deitemeyer
Nathan DeLuke
Brian Dinneen
Elizabeth Dove
Mervyn Han
Sajju Khatiwada
Weldon McMillan
Akshay Mittal
Kathryn Orseth
Jeffrey Rudnicki
Margaret Rutherford
Matthew Schwartz
Katherine Wiggins

Finally, the most prestigious award given to Darden students, the Samuel Forrest Hyde Memorial Fellowship, recognizes the student who contributed the most to the welfare of the Darden School during their first year and, by personality and devotion to the objectives of the School, shows the greatest promise of achieving a useful career.

This year’s winner, Andrew Crowley of Richmond, Virginia, was humbled and surprised by the announcement. Andrew Crowley

“Throughout my First Year and the first part of my Second Year, I’ve tried to be in front of everybody both in the classroom and by serving as a member of the Darden Student Association, a tutor and a soon-to-be tour guide,” says Crowley. “In my career prior to business school, most of my life revolved around work, and in my application I wrote about trying to be involved in the community. So, it’s been a goal of mine to be very active and to participate as much as I can. If that’s the reason why I got the award, then I’m very happy about it.”

All of the award recipients were congratulated by Dean Bob Bruner.

Founded in 1954, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business improves society by developing principled leaders in the world of practical affairs.

For more information, please contact: communication@darden.virginia.edu.

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