The College of Business hosted its annual Celebration of Achievement Friday, recognizing a number of faculty and staff members who contributed to the success of the college over the past year.
Before the first awards were handed out, Dean Ilene Kleinsorge took a moment to honor Jack Drexler and Carol Brown, who are retiring at the end of the year. The pair take nearly 60 years of experience at OSU with them.
The dean also recognized Leslie Burns, chair of the Department of Human Environment, which will become part of the College of Business next school year. A number of DHE faculty and staff attended the celebration this year to start off the process.
Of course, the purpose of the night was a chance for everyone in the college to get together, celebrate another great year and especially the award recipients. Here are the honorees for 2011-12
Betty and Forrest Simmons Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award: Nancy King.
This award was established two years ago by a generous gift from Betty and Forrest Simmons who wanted to ensure a strong MBA program in the college
Graduate students called Nancy King “an outstanding professor of business law.” King teaches Law and Ethics for New Ventures and Emerging Technologies and understands how the industry and technologies change to create relevant class projects and prepare students for their Integrated Business Project within their MBA program.
Byron L. Newton Award – Excellence in Teaching: René Reitsma
Established by the faculty in 1976, the award honors excellence in classroom teaching. The award is named in honor of a professor who was a member of the faculty from 1947 to 1975.
Rene Reitsma provides experiential learning opportunities to students through the system analysis and design courses. He’s worked with Byron Marshall to secure a COE and COB grant to design an IT bootcamp, which will launch in fall 2013.
Excellence in Scholarship Award: Michelle Barnhart
Since joining the faculty in 2009, Michelle has garnered three publications including two in the Journal of Consumer Research and one in the Journal of Business Research.
Outstanding Professional Faculty & Staff Service Award: Alan Sprague
In addition to being an invaluable technical resource to the College of Business, Alan Sprague implemented the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure technology in the computer lab, classroom and among office users.
Experiential Learning Award – Carrie Kolstad- Hertel
As the manager for the Business Solutions Group testing group, Carrie Kolstad-Hertel represents the best of the experiential learning opportunities available through BSG. She has worked through the full-cycle of the BSG experiential learning process from student worker to professional faculty to manager with responsibility of hiring and training student workers and other professional faculty.
College Service Award Recipient: Byron Marshall
As the faculty advisor for the BIS student organization, SIM Club, Byron Marshall has spent countless hours assisting students with IT skills and projects. More than that, Byron organized field trips, meetings with IT professionals, BIS events and even identified student volunteers for BIS presentations in Corvallis high schools.
Byron took the lead in having the Accounting Information System program endorsed by leading organizations and recertified. It’s now one of only 18 such programs world wide to have this recognition.
College Service Outreach Award: Mark Van Patten
As the founder and chair of the Willamette Innovators Network, Mark Van Patten has helped foster leadership and cooperation within an expanding network of entrepreneurs, business leaders and government organizations.
Mark also serves on the Advisor Council for the Portland Chapter of the Society of Information Managers and is part of National Engineering and IT month and a Board Member for the BIS Advisory Council.
Newcomb Faculty Endowment Awards:Newcomb Fellows
The Newcomb Fellowships were established by Bernie Newcomb, Class of ’65, and co-founder of E*Trade. His generous endowment makes it possible for us to recognize outstanding contributions to the mission, vision, and strategic development of the College of Business.
In the fall John Becker-Blease received the Aspen Institute’s Rising Star Award. John’s curriculum development has made a significant impact in the way that students are taught how finance impacts business and the integration of social, environmental and economic issues.
Kim Calder, the college’s faculty services coordinator, is the person who keeps Bexell Hall standing every day. From ordering text books, to copying exams to assisting with research projects and from data collection processing for accreditation to having students move offices, put together furniture and paint our dear Bexell Hall, Kim makes sure that tasks are completed and the environment we work is as accommodating and functioning as it can be.
Jared Moore was instrumental in mentoring accounting teams to top-two finishes at the Berntson Porter/University of Washington Tax Competition and this year leading a team of accounting students to a first place finish in the 2012 Foster School of Business Master of Professional Accounting Tax Case Competition.