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GSMAA Student Fellowships
Annual Awards for One Student From Each Of The School's Four Programs

The Graduate School of Management’s Alumni Association (GSMAA) annually awards fellowships to one student from each of the School’s four programs: Full-Time MBA, Sacramento MBA, Bay Area MBA, and Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc).

Student recipients are provided with a cash gift that is applied toward the cost of their education. A portion of alumni gifts to the GSM Annual Giving Campaign each year are dedicated to these fellowships.

Fellows are nominated by the School’s alumni, students, faculty and staff.

Nominations consider the following:

  • Completion of first year of study in good academic standing
  • Demonstration of commitment to academic excellence
  • Leadership as a UC Davis GSM student
  • Participation in extracurricular activities
  • Commitment to “give back” to fellow students and the School
  • Desire to advance and promote the School’s excellence
  • Ability to stand out in the School’s community
  • Advocacy of community building and teamwork
  • Enthusiasm, passion and energy

2013–2014 GSMAA Student Fellowship Recipients

Image of GSMAA Student FellowshipsAmanda Gawin, third-year student

Bay Area MBA Program

Amanda is in her third year in our Bay Area MBA Program. She is an active participant on the Bay Area Dean’s Student Advisory Council. Amanda always represents the students well and makes sure people’s voices are heard. One student nominator said about Amanda: “Amanda always wants the best for people and is willing to give people constructive feedback.” She has also volunteered her time for the prospective student admit dinners.  Her enthusiasm and commitment to the GSM is a model for other students.

“During my three years, I have had the rewarding experience of serving on the Dean’s Student Advisory Council. In this leadership role, I was able to advocate for continued academic excellence, community building and promoting the School’s brand to new and prospective students. I am incredibly thankful to be named a GSM Alumni Association Student Fellow, and I look forward to continuing the tradition of giving back.”

—Amanda Gawin


Image of GSMAA Student FellowshipsJohn Na, third-year student

Sacramento MBA Program

John is an exemplary leader and is passionate about advancing the program at the GSM. He has been an active member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee, serves as the student representative for the GSM Alumni Association Board of Directors, and is chairing the 2014 Sacramento MBA Class Gift Campaign. John is a tireless advocate for increasing the engagement of students and alumni in the part-time MBA programs and GSM community. He helped organize the signature Sacramento student event, Capital Connections. This event is an opportunity for current and prospective students to network with GSM alumni. In addition, John is a wonderful advocate for his classmates. In his role on the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee, he addresses student concerns, and works with GSM leadership to solve issues with diplomacy and professionalism. One nominator and classmate writes: “John is actively involved in student activities and makes sure he is connected to the faculty.” John has transformed himself into a GSM ambassador.

“I am honored and incredibly thankful to receive the GSM Alumni Association Student Fellowship Award for the Sacramento MBA Program. I am grateful that I am able to finish this program with such a positive and meaningful conclusion. I look forward to making a positive impact as a future alumnus, and continuing to give back to this valuable tradition.”

—John Na


Image of GSMAA Student FellowshipsMackenzie Guinon, second-year student

Davis MBA Program

Mackenzie is a second-year student in the full-time MBA program. She is an enthusiastic leader in the School’s community. Mackenzie has served as President of the Associated Students of Management, chaired the student-coordinated signature event Casino Royale, and served as an MBA Ambassador. Her willingness to give countless hours to planning and executing events shows how Mackenzie has enhanced the UC Davis MBA experience for other students, staff, alumni and faculty. Kathy Gleed, Senior Director of Admissions, shares this about Mackenzie: “Mackenzie is always very positive and available for most any GSM event. She is willing to put forth extra effort and is looking for ways to build community, whether it is through the ASM or being part of the orientation program.” She was extremely active in fall 2013 MBA orientation, welcoming new students and ensuring they were having a good experience. One nominator and fellow classmate shares: “Mackenzie inspires both first and second year students to be involved as active members of the GSM community by supporting student involvement in club and community activities, and representing the GSM at events.”

“My goal during my time at the School has always been to give back in proportion to what this incredible experience has given to me. There is no greater honor than to have my enthusiasm and passion for this community recognized by my fellow students and outstanding alumni. I am incredibly thankful to be named a GSM Alumni Association Student Fellow.”

—Mackenzie Guinon


Image of GSMAA Student FellowshipsColleen Chanthavone

Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) Program

Colleen Chanthavone is a current student in the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program. The MPAc program is a nine-month degree program, therefore the students are at the GSM for a short period of time. However, Colleen dove right in as soon as she arrived and demonstrated her leadership skills. Colleen was one of the first students to volunteer to be the MPAc student representative on the Associated Student of Management. She has also taken on the leadership role as the 2014 MPAc Class Gift Campaign Chair. She has assembled a committee and will strive to reach a goal of 100% participation of giving to the Campaign from her classmates. Colleen is a team player who is willing to help her fellow classmates succeed. As one of her nominators and classmates shared: “On one team engagement, Colleen was the lone American student with other international students. She was kind and patient and explained to us terms and language that we did not understand.”

“It is such an honor to be the recipient of the GSM Alumni Association Student Fellowship Award. This award is a representation of my enthusiasm towards the GSM and the new MPAc program. I would like to thank the GSM Alumni Association for supporting the current class and for creating a community at the GSM.”

—Colleen Chanthavone

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