Smith Community Celebrates Ninth Annual Dean’s
Undergraduate Awards Banquet
The Smith community came together on May 7 to celebrate the achievements of
top undergraduate students and outstanding Smith faculty members at the ninth
annual Dean’s Undergraduate Awards Banquet. More than 300 students, faculty,
staff and alumni enjoyed a banquet at the University of Maryland Inn and
Conference Center. The much-anticipated annual celebration was the cap on the
academic year and a final celebration before course finals and commencement.
Students appreciated the chance to mingle with their peers and interact with
their professors outside of the classroom. Sixteen top Smith students were
formally recognized for their leadership and academic accomplishments and 11
faculty members were honored as some of the best teachers in business with the
Krowe Teaching Excellence and Legg Mason Teaching awards. Smith’s chapter of the
American Marketing Association (terpAMA) was honored and the Student
Organization of the Year, and PricewaterhouseCoopers was recognized as Employer
of the Year. Former dean, Howard Frank, was also honored with a special Lifetime
Award for Meritorious Service and portrait that will hang in Van Munching Hall
in recognition of his accomplishments in advancing the Smith School his 11-year
tenure, which ended last June.
The awards banquet is the brainchild of Associate Dean for Undergraduate
Studies Patricia Cleveland. Nine years ago, she worked to organize a venue to
recognize the best and brightest students, now one of the most anticipated
events of the year at Smith.
Teaching Excellence Awards
The Krowe Teaching Excellence Awards were established in 1986 by alumnus
Allen J. Krowe to recognize those who have shown superior teaching skills. The
Legg-Mason Award in Teaching Innovation is awarded to recognize innovation in
classroom instruction that will have a lasting impact on the university. This
year Smith’s Teaching Enhancement Committee received 130 nominations for 59
Smith School faculty members for the Krowe and Legg Mason awards. Both students
and alumni are eligible to enter nominations. Congratulations to all 2008-2009
teaching award winners:
Krowe Teaching Excellence Awards
Outstanding Senior Awards
Tomer Hamami, Baltimore, Md.
Concentration areas: Accounting and Finance, and Economics
Michael Zakin, Andover, Mass.
Concentration areas: Accounting and Finance
General Business Award
Danielle Keeley, Elkton, Md.
Concentration area: General Business
Information Systems Award
Ayokunmi Akingbade, Bowie, Md.
Concentration areas: Information Systems and Operations Management
Melissa Gardner, Laurel, Md.
Concentration areas: International Business and Finance
and Supply Chain Management Award
Lisa Makar, Chesterland, Ohio
Concentration areas: Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain Management, and
Jennifer Warfield, Clarksville, Md.
Concentration areas: Marketing and Finance
Operations Management Award
Nicholas Rust, St. Paul, Minn.
Concentration areas: Operations Management and Finance
Dean’s Leadership Award
Joel Liebman, Fairlawn, N.J.
Dean’s Service Award
Steven Gruber, Livingston, N.J.
Dean’s Spirit Award
Candace Tomkiel, Mount Laurel, N.J.
Dean’s Unsung Hero Award
Michael Holzheimer, Coppell, Texas
Dean’s Visionary Award
Alison Taylor, Warwick, Md.
Dean’s Graduate of Distinction
Michael Zakin, Andover, MA
Excellence in Leadership Awards
Student Organization of the Year Award
American Marketing Association (terpAMA)
Employer of the Year Award
Dean’s Lifetime Award for Meritorious Service
Howard Frank, former dean