COBE honors and celebrates its extraordinary students

COBE) celebrated the remarkable accomplishments of its students with a ceremony April 25 in Kyle Hall
COBE celebrated the remarkable accomplishments of its students with a ceremony April 25 in Kyle Hall

The College of Business and Economics (COBE) celebrated the remarkable accomplishments of its students with a ceremony April 25 in Kyle Hall.

"Tonight we recognize these great students as we celebrate excellence and honor achievement," COBE Dean George Low said.

Before handing out individual awards, Low recognized student members of campus organizations that honor academic merit. Those included Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Sigma Iota Epsilon and Alpha Mu Alpha.

Marketing and economics double major Valeri Miller of Smithfield was named the 2016-17 COBE Outstanding Student Award winner. The honor is presented each year to the student who exhibits outstanding leadership, GPA and citizenship.

Kelsey Van Asch, an accounting and finance double major from Danville, received the COBE Student Service Award, which honors an individual who has “provided a positive image for prospective students and their families,” Low said

Sydni Chernault of Gainesville received the COBE Deans Award. The annual award “honors a student who exhibits leadership and contributes to the needs of student organizations as well as maintains a high GPA,” the dean said. Chernault double majored in marketing and finance with a minor in entrepreneurship.

Management major Joanna McGuirk was honored with the COBE Citizen Scholar Award, “which is a way of noting those among us who have taken their academic knowledge into the world to make a difference,” Low said.

The Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key is awarded each year to graduating students with the highest cumulative academic average toward a degree in business administration or economics. “This year we have a tie, two students with perfect 4.0 GPAs,” Low said as he announced winners Bradlee Rogers and James Furr.

Additional COBE Outstanding Student Awards were given to:

  • Jesse Stewart, Full-time MBA
  • Bradlee Rogers, Accounting
  • Zachary Turk, Economics
  • Collin Beckham, Finance
  • James Furr, Management
  • Conner Lewis, Marketing

The Beta Gamma Sigma Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year was awarded to Management Assistant Professor Danylle Kunkel. The award is selected each year by members of the honor fraternity.

"Dr. Kunkel is motivated, energetic and passionate about her teaching," one student wrote in a nomination for Kunkel. "In every subject I have with her, I have obtained a higher level of expertise from those courses. I am able to effectively apply concepts I have learned from Dr. Kunkel. She is truly one of the most exceptional professors."

Low recognized students Michael Harris, Sameh Khayat, Amanuel Dereb and Andualem Wordofa, who were winners at the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference April 1. Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate division of Future Business Leaders of America.

May 9, 2017
Chad Osborne