2017 Student Awards Ceremony
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2017 Student Awards

Congratulations to our 2017 student award recipients. Each year, we recognize students for outstanding academic scholarship and leadership excellence from the Full-Time, Bay Area and Sacramento MBA and MPAc programs.

2017 Student Awards Ceremony

Friends and alumni have established many funds for our students who excel both inside and outside the classroom and show great potential.

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT’S ALUMNI ASSOCIATION student fellowship Award

The Alumni Association Awards are funded entirely by the Graduate School of Management’s Annual Fund. The School wishes to thank all contributing alumni and friends. We also thank the alumni who serve on the Alumni Association Student Fellowship Committee for their hard work in selecting the awardees.

  • Full-Time MBA: Robin Greenspan
  • Sacramento MBA: Justin Virrey
  • Bay Area MBA: Lulu Lin
  • MPAc: Daniel Covrig

ROBERT H. SMILEY LEADERSHIP AWARD

The Smiley Leadership Award recognizes students who have shown outstanding leadership in activities and enterprises at the Graduate School of Management. These students have shown leadership and initiative in starting new programs or taking existing programs to new and improved levels of operation and success.

  • Full-Time MBA: Robin Greenspan
  • Sacramento MBA: Anna Palmer
  • Bay Area MBA: Lucinda Julia May Knudson
  • Honorable Mention: Sara Feinberg, Ana Carolina Lopez Pinaya

JAMES F. SULLIVAN AWARD FOR SERVICE

The Sullivan Award is given to the graduating student who has contributed the most to the Graduate School of Management, the UC Davis campus and/or the community during his or her tenure here. This recognition has become particularly important as students increasingly balance academics with many other commitments. Someone who makes time to give back to the campus or community is truly special.

  • Michelle Vinnicombe
  • Honorable Mention: Dominik Felix Altheimer, Robin Greenspan, Zhe Grace Geo, Michael Jay Mayall, Anna Palmer, Ana Carolina Lopez Pinaya, Chona Viña Sarte-Lagman

Stephen G. and Shelley A. Newberry Distinguished Fellowship

Recognizes an MBA student who has the potential to be a successful team leader in business. The recipient may not be of the highest academic ranking, but demonstrates great potential for leadership (est. 2008).

  • Full-Time MBA: Rob Bohn 
  • Full-Time MBA: Ana Carolina Lopez Pinaya

William F. and Jean M. Allewelt Award for Management Students

Established by William and Jean Allewelt, this scholarship is one of the School’s first endowed awards and supports a Full-Time MBA student in good academic standing (est. 1998).

  • Anna Petrosyan

Robert and Miriam Glock Graduate Award

Established by Miriam Glock to support the recruitment and retention of Full-Time MBA students who pursue their studies and careers in finance, and who have exhibited financial need. The finance field was selected to honor Miriam Glock’s late husband, Robert Glock, and his successful career in finance (est. 2013).

  • Michael Mikhov

Kenneth E. and Joanne M. Nitzberg Scholarship

In appreciation for what UC Davis has meant to them, Ken and Joanne Nitzberg made this gift especially to benefit re-entry women students in the MBA program. The two-year endowed fellowship honors Ken’s mother who returned to finish her college education after raising her family (est. 1998).

  • Full-Time MBA:  Grace Guo

RICHARD C. DORF AWARD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

The Dorf Award for Academic Excellence recognizes outstanding academic achievement in the MBA curriculum in each of our locations. This award has been endowed for MBA students by Professor Richard and Mrs. Joy Dorf and is awarded to MBA students with the highest grade-point average.

  • Full-Time MBA: Ana Carolina Lopez Pinaya
  • Sacramento MBA: Brian Holoyda
  • Bay Area MBA: Maria Schell Hassid

Richard and Joy Dorf Graduate Award, with Matching Support from the UC Davis Foundation

Established by Professor Emeritus Dick Dorf and his wife, Joy, this award combined with matching support from the UC Davis Foundation assists in recruiting outstanding students for the Full-Time MBA program (est. 2013).

  • Kelly Roberts 

HM.CLAUSE Agricultual Business Fellowship

Established by HM.CLAUSE to support a first- or second-year MBA student who have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a profession in the agriculture industry. Awarded to one student who possesses the drive and the the leadership potential to be successful in business. 

  • Full-Time MBA: Andrew Leach

$5K and Change (Morlee Griswold Fellowship)

Established by alumna Morlee Griswold MBA 85, this fellowship supports a Full-Time MBA student who plans to pursue a career in social justice, social responsibility or environmental management (est. 2012).

  • Christopher Mays

Zaiss Ventures Fellowship, with Matching Support from the Graduate Student Fellowship Matching Initiative

Established by Zaiss Ventures (alumnus Conrad Zaiss MBA 90), to provide support to outstanding graduate students in the Graduate School of Management.

  • MPAc: Harshit Khurana

Jerome J. and Helen S. Suran Fellowship

Established by Senior Lecturer Emeritus Jerry Suran and his wife, Helen, these fellowships recognize and support students in good academic standing across the School’s three MBA programs (est. 1999).

  • Full-Time MBA:  Betty (Peiyuan) Yao
  • Sacramento MBA: Chona Sarte
  • Bay Area MBA: Sara Feinberg

Brad Atwood Scholarship 

Established by Virginia and Greg Kelsch to honor the pivotal role that Brad Atwood, former vice chancellor at UC Irvine, played in recognizing Virginia’s career potential. This scholarship supports an MBA student who plans to pursue a career or who has an interest in not-for-profit organizations and management (est. 1993).

  • Wendy (Yunwen) Duan

Dolan Family Management Education Award, with Matching Support from the UC Davis Foundation

Established by Eamonn and Kathleen Dolan, this award combined with matching support from the UC Davis Foundation supports Full-Time MBA students who have overcome significant financial hardships or other obstacles (est. 2013).

  • Bay Area MBA: Lavender Whitaker

James R. and Georgia K. Corbett Fellowship for Student Entrepreneurs

Established by James and Georgia Corbett, passionate mentors and long-time supporters of the School, this fellowship supports an outstanding MBA student who is judged to have motivation, potential and passion for succeeding in the entrepreneurial world (est. 2000).

  • Full-Time MBA: Nikesh Pahuja

The Nilisha S. Agrawal Award

Established by alumna Nilisha Agrawal MBA 08, this award supports a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) student in good academic standing, whose life experiences have provided them with an international perspective on management issues, and plans to pursue a career in accounting and/or finance (est. 2010).

  • Huiling (Aleesia) Lin 

THE PRIDE AWARD

Established by Amber Lewis MBA 15 and Candiece Lewis.

  • Full-Time MBA: Lindsay Guthrie
  • Full-Time MBA: Arash Razavi

Founders Fund

Established by Professor Paul A. Griffin and his wife, Eva, this fellowship supports a Master of Professional Accountancy student (est. 2014). Additional generous gifts have been donated by CohnReznick LLP and Ray Loyd.

  • Nathan Domico

WILL SNYDER AWARD FOR MPAC EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

The Will Snyder Award for MPAc Excellence in Academic Achievement has been endowed by Professor Will and Mrs. Helena Snyder and is awarded to the Master of Professional Accountancy student with the highest grade-point average.

  • Huiling Yin

WILL SNYDER AWARD FOR MPAC EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP

The Will Snyder Award for MPAc Excellence in Leadership recognizes an MPAc student who has shown outstanding leadership in activities and enterprise in the Master of Professional Accountancy program.  The student has shown leadership and initiative in starting new programs or taking existing programs to new and improved levels of operation and success.

  • Daniel Covrig
  • Honorable Mention: Hannach Joyce Brinkman, Trevor Joseph Cappa, Greg Elliott, Bhaverpreet Kaur Sidhu, Crystal Wang

GSM Teacher of the Year Award

This year, students from each program at the Graduate School of Management selected the faculty members who most inspired them during their time at the School.

  • Full-Time MBA: Gina Dokko
  • Sacramento MBA: Hollis Skaife
  • Bay Area MBA: Marc Lowe
  • MPAc: Robert Yetman

GSM Staff of the Year Award

This year, students from each program at the Graduate School of Management selected the staff members who most inspired them during their time at the School.

  • Full-Time MBA: Jacqueline Romo
  • Sacramento MBA: Abby Carroll and James Stevens
  • Bay Area MBA: Eva Zhang
  • MPAc: Crissy Lyles

BETA GAMMA SIGMA INDUCTION

The Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society was established in 1913 to encourage and honor academic achievement and personal excellence in the study and practice of business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest national scholarship honor that a student in a school of business or management can achieve. Membership is restricted to outstanding scholars in institutions accredited by the International Association for Management Education. Less than one-fourth of all institutions offering degrees in business and management in the United States meet these standards.

FULL-TIME MBA

Mathew Adair

Ana Carolina Lopez Pinaya

Dominik Felix Altheimer

Michael Jay Mayall

Tagan Blake

Michael Mikhov

Robert William Bohn

Julia Wasielewski

SACRAMENTO MBA

Ian G. Martin

Kevin Stuart Peat

Derek Henry Miller

Bryan Craig Pitzer

Kholt T. Mulderrig

Brandon M. Turnbull

John Connor O’Mara

Victoria Lee Zimmerle

Mohammedi Padaria

 

BAY AREA MBA

Bhavana Reddy Byreddy

Ali Saboowala

Alek Diachenko

Joshua Salamander Taylor

Maria Schell Hassid

Satya Vakkaleri

Lucinda Julia May Knudson

Bo Tommy Wei

John McCaffrey

Lung-Hao Yu

MPAc

Trevor J. Cappa

Ran Shi

Daniel Marvin Covrig

Ian Robert Walsh

Greg Elliott

Huiling Yin

Zhiruo Gong

Yuxi Zhao

Brian Gouw

Zhixing Zhou

Yi Lu

Xingyi Zhu

Erica Munsel

 

Wine industry awards

California Wine Industry Management Education Award

Established to honor the strong partnership the California wine industry has with Professor Emeritus Robert Smiley, this fellowship supports an outstanding MBA student who is interested in becoming a wine industry professional (est. 1998).

  • Full-Time MBA: Jessica Vasheresse

Michael Fitzsimons Wine Industry graduate award Award

Established by Michael-David Winery Family Foundation and the Phillips families in honor of long-time friend and mentor Michael Fitzsimons. This award supports a Full-Time MBA or Part-Time MBA student who is interested in pursuing a career in the wine industry, and in good academic standing (est. 2013).

  • Jessica Vasheresse  

Michael Fitzsimons Wine Executive Student Award

Established by Michael-David Winery Family Foundation and the Phillips families in honor of long-time friend and mentor Michael Fitzsimons. This award supports a Viticulture and Enology student to attend the UC Davis Wine Executive Program to gain additional industry business expertise (est. 2013).

  • Jordan Steckter 

Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship fellowship

Harkins Entrepreneurship Academy Fellows Award

Established by alumnus Malcolm Harkins MBA 92 and his wife, Kim, this fellowship supports registrants to attend free of charge a academy at the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (est. 2014).

  • Nicole Rapista

Keller Pathway Fellowships

Established by Barry and Lynda Keller, this fellowship provides long-term support to help recruit the brightest innovators—women, cross-disciplinary researchers, and other under-represented university entrepreneurs—to develop their business ideas through the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs (est. 2015).

  • Macarena Farcuh, UC Davis Department of Horticulture and Agronomy, Plant Sciences
  • Holly Ganz, UC Davis Genome Center
  • Pui Yan  Ho, UC Davis Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
  • Roxanne Rashedi, UC Davis School of Education
  • Stephen Young, UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology