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Honors Day Recap

April 19, 2017, Chelsea Kujawa


Dr. Mavis Adjei and Thomas Becker,
Department of Marketing outstanding
senior and Outstanding Senior in the
College of Business.

Students from every department within the College of Business who showed their hard work and dedication throughout their time at SIU Carbondale earned recognition for their efforts on April 8 at the college’s Honors Day ceremony.

Each department selected its outstanding senior based on a number of criteria, ranging from academic achievement and high GPA to involvement and service to the department.

The Department of Management named Abigail Myers as its outstanding senior. Myers, who hails from DuQuoin, Illinois, is the president of the Waterski Club and Salukis 4 Special Olympics.

“This award is meaningful to me because it shows that all of the hard work and studying does pay off,” Myers said. “This year has been the most difficult for me personally and professionally, and I am very thankful to see that all the struggles were worth it. I am very honored to receive this award and could not have done it without help from my family, friends, professors and other staff in the College of Business.”

The School of Accountancy named Brooke Cusumano as its outstanding senior. Cusumano, from St. Louis, is the social chair for Beta Alpha Psi, a member of the Accounting Society, a University Honors Program member and a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She also is the captain of the women’s golf team.

“I am very flattered by the award,” Cusumano said. “The accounting department has a lot of outstanding students, and I am very blessed that they picked me. It is a true honor, and I am very glad I got the chance to go through their program.”

The Department of Finance named Ryan Sabo as its outstanding senior. Sabo, from Brentwood, Tennessee, is the treasurer for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and a member of the baseball team.

“Receiving this award is a great honor,” Sabo said. “To see all my hard work throughout college pay off and get recognized is an awesome feeling. This award is not something that I take lightly, and I will be able to carry this honor with me for the rest of my life.”

The Department of Finance named Arielle Stevenson as the outstanding senior for business economics. Stephenson, who is from Torrance, California, is the president of SIU Hillel and a member of the SIU Debate Team.

“This award represents the massive effort I’ve dedicated to my studies here at SIU’s College of Business,” Stephenson said. “I have enjoyed learning and being challenged. I am honored the department chose to recognize that.”

The Department of Marketing named Thomas Becker as its outstanding senior. Becker, from McLeansboro, Illinois, is a member of the American Marketing Association (AMA) and Phi Sigma Epsilon (PSE). He is also a resident assistant.

“This award helps reassure me that I chose the correct university, college, and definitely major for my undergraduate years,” Becker said. “The marketing department and faculty have always been extremely helpful and welcoming, truly making this program the correct choice for me. Faculty like Dr. (Cheryl Burke) Jarvis, Dr. (Mavis) Adjei, Dr. (Jaehoon) Lee, and (administrative aide) Marge Smith helping not only with class but being there for the students really speak volumes for the culture of the Department of Marketing!”

The online Business and Administration degree completion program honored Dan Quisenberry as the program’s outstanding business and administration senior. Quisenberry, from Rockford, Illinois, is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society.

“I’m simply honored to be recognized for my achievements in the program,” Quisenberry said. “Like many other students probably know first-hand, juggling classes with a family and long hours at a full-time job can be difficult at times. So while my personal expectations of achievement are internally motivated, external acknowledgement in the form of this award feels good nonetheless.”

Honors Day also featured an award for the outstanding senior in the College of Business, and Thomas Becker earned that distinction for his efforts.

“Receiving this award almost means to me that I did it right college, that is,” Becker said. “I was always very excited to come to SIU Carbondale and to try and get as much out of the experience I could. I never really had any idea how I would make my experience as full as possible, just that I wanted to go into it with an open mind ready to try as many new opportunities as possible.

“If it wasn’t for this mindset, I would have never been able to meet as many great people as I did along the way and get involved with all the amazing opportunities I experienced.”

Paige Logan earned the 2017 Outstanding Student Worker Award. Logan, a student worker in the marketing department, is from Altamont, Illinois. She is the vice president of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and a student leader of the College of Education and Human Services.

“It is such an honor to be recognized as Student Worker of the Year,” Logan said. “I take great pride in my job. I look forward coming to work every day knowing I can assist students and professors. I have a passion for helping others. I knew I chose the perfect job on campus when I started here, and I feel like I am at home. This job has made a huge impact on my life. It has taught me many things along the way, and I have met so many wonderful people I will never forget. I have been blessed with three great years with the best faculty and staff I could ask for. They are professionals and have the absolute best respect for all of their team members by exhibiting such support. All employees take great pride in their work and want to achieve more. They have always encouraged me to do my best, and they have been my family while I am away from home. They have been my support system since day one. Thank you for this opportunity!”

The College of Business congratulates all the outstanding seniors and wishes them the best of luck after graduation!