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2016 Student Awards

Each year we honor students who demonstrate academic achievement, strong character, leadership skills, community involvement and many more outstanding qualities during our Annual Spring Honors & Awards Ceremony.

Below are the 2016 honorees:

Beta Gamma Sigma Award, President

Each year the custom of the Clemson Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma is to elect by acclamation the top two undergraduate students as president and vice president.

  • Kate A. Rose

Beta Gamma Sigma Award, Vice President

Each year the custom of the Clemson Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma is to elect by acclamation the top two undergraduate students as president and vice president.

  • Xinru Wang

Blue Key Academic and Leadership Award

A plaque and cash award are given to a student in recognition of outstanding leadership and achievement in the College of Business.

  • David A. Estes III

Delta Sigma Pi Scholastic Key Award

Delta Sigma Pi is an international, professional business fraternity at Clemson. Each year it presents a scholastic key at each business college in the U.S. to the student with one of the highest overall grade point ratios. This award also consists of a cash gift and certificate.

  • Darby C. Voisin

The Delta Sigma Pi Chapter Collegian of the Year Award

The Chapter Collegian of the Year Award is presented annually to the one outstanding collegiate member of Delta Sigma Pi who has exemplified the values inherent in the ritual and perpetuated the ideals as set forth in the Purpose of the Fraternity. The award recognizes an individual for his or her contributions, achievements, participation and personal character. The National Collegian of the Year Award is the highest honor the fraternity can bestow on one of its collegiate members.

  • Hunter C. Hodges

The Michael Paluzzi Award

This award is named in memory of Michael Paluzzi, who was a sophomore management major at Clemson. The Michael Paluzzi Award from the College of Business is selected by the Kappa Tau chapter of Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity. In addition to demonstrating high academic achievement, the winner must possess a positive attitude, display strong leadership skills and demonstrate commitment to the organization.

  • Kylee R. Muir

Phi Kappa Phi Certificate of Merit

The certificate and cash gift are given to an outstanding student in each college selected on the follow­ing criteria: “be a graduating senior, have a GPA of 3.4 or above and have made noteworthy contributions in areas such as leadership, creative endeavors and service to his/her department, college and Clemson University.”

  • Alexis F. Trumble

Wallace Dabney Trevillian Merit Award

A bronze medallion and cash gift is given in honor of the late Dr. Wallace D. Trevillian, Dean Emeritus of the College of Industrial Management and Textile Science. This faculty-selected award is “given to a senior selected on the basis of his or her academic excellence, outstand­ing character and leadership in student organizations.” Histori­cally, it has been presented to a student with one of the highest scholastic records in the college, or one very close to it with extracurric­ular activities.

  • Kaitlyn A. Kooi

ScanSource Leader of Tomorrow Award

Juniors in the ILead! Program were challenged by ScanSource, a long-time supporter of the college, to compete in a case competition with the assistance of ScanSource mentors. Five students were selected to make their final presentations to ScanSource executives. One student was selected as the outstanding leader of tomorrow for their work. The four runners up received a cash award, and the grand prize winner received a cash award and an internship offer from ScanSource.;

  • Emily A. Clarke
  • Allie E. Jhant
  • Karen J. Kerechanin
  • Ryan P. Markle

Target's "Leaders on Target" Award

This year the Target Corporation provided a grant to award students a cash award to recognize those ILEAD! students who attended two workshops presented by Target store managers and personnel. The award winners were awarded based upon their ILEAD! workshop interactions and reflective writing on the workshop themes.

  • Matthew T. Cote
  • Subina Saini
  • Meghan A. Schorfhaar
  • Luke O. Turanski

College of Business Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research

A cash award and certificate are presented to a student who has completed the most meritorious, undergraduate research project of the year. Projects have been evaluated in terms of the significance of their research question, the elegance of their method and design, and the clarity of the written presentation.

  • Elizabeth B. Whittaker

College of Business Award for the Outstanding Senior in the Field of Business

A cash award and certificate are bestowed upon a senior from the traditional business disciplines who has been judged to be superior in terms of cumulative grade point ratio, professional activities and potential for the future contributions within his or her field of study.

  • Connor L. Brank

College of Business Award for the Outstanding Senior in the Social Sciences

(From former College of Business and Behavioral Science)

A cash award and certificate are bestowed upon a senior from political science, psychology, or sociology who has been judged to be superior in terms of cumulative grade point ratio, professional activities and potential for future contributions within his or her field of study.

  • Samantha G. Reinis

The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Business

The Dean's Award for Excellence in Business is conferred upon a senior business major who has excelled in all aspects of the business curriculum and who has demonstrated the potential to make a significant contribution to his/her discipline. This award consists of a cash award and certificate.

  • Melanie A. McKinney

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School of Accountancy

The Deloitte LLP Achievement Award

A cash award and certificate are presented annually to a graduate student in accounting who demonstrates outstanding potential for success in an accounting career.

  • Caroline R. Lodge

The Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP Achievement Award

A cash award and certificate are presented annually to a senior accounting major or graduate student in accounting who demonstrates exemplary scholarship and outstanding potential for success in the accounting profession.

  • John S. Fallaw

The Elliott Davis Decosimo Achievement Award

A cash award and certificate are presented annually to a senior accounting major or graduate student in accounting based on scholarship, leadership and potential for service in the public accounting profession.

  • Victoria L. Johnson

The Ernst & Young LLP Achievement Award

A cash award and certificate are presented annually to a graduate student in accounting to recognize outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills and participation in extracurricular activities.

  • Christen L. Whitmire

The Faculty Award for Outstanding Student Intern

A cash award and certificate are presented annually to a student who has demonstrated leadership and excellence in the internship program.

  • Callie E. Gettys

The Federation of Schools of Accountancy Award

The Federation of Schools of Accountancy, an organization that promotes graduate professional education in accounting, annually recognizes an outstanding student in graduate accounting programs of member schools. The faculty of the member schools select the recipient based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, leadership and character. The award is a plaque and cash gift.

  • Sara M. Rice

The Grant Thornton LLP Achievement Award

A cash award and certificate are presented to a senior accounting major returning to the accounting program at Clemson. The award is for distinguished integrity, teamwork and leadership activities, and a dedication for the accounting program and profession.

  • Brenna M. Lauer

The J. C. Hubbard Award

A cash award and medallion are presented annually to a graduating senior majoring in accounting, cited by the School of Accountancy faculty for excellence in collegiate activities.

  • Connor L. Brank

The KPMG LLP Achievement Award

A cash award and certificate are presented annually to a senior accounting major who has demonstrated excellence in the classroom, leadership and extracurricular activities.

  • Kara J. Biroldi

The KPMG LLP Outstanding Graduate Student Achievement Award

A cash award and certificate are presented to a graduate student in accounting. The recipient is selected by the faculty based on academic achievement and potential for outstanding service to the public accounting profession.

  • Katherine R. Beddingfield

The PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Achievement Award

A cash award and certificate are presented annually to a graduate student in accounting based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership and character.

  • Garrett A. Clark

The James A. Turner Award in Federal Taxation

A cash award and certificate are presented annually to a student majoring in accounting or financial management who has demonstrated learning capability through superior performance in the study of federal taxation, and who has exhibited outstanding promise for a successful career in the accounting profession.

  • Stefan J. Kozacki

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Department of Economics

Harvey J. Wheeler Award for Outstanding Senior in Economics

This award is presented annually by family, friends and colleagues as a memorial to Dr. Harvey J. Wheeler, who served as the first head of the economics department. The recipient of this award is a graduating senior who, in the judgment of the members of the department faculty, has exhibited the best overall performance in economics while at Clemson. The award consists of a certificate and cash gift.

  • Brandon C. Burgess
  • Darby C. Voisin

Hugh H. Macaulay Award For Outstanding Graduate Student

Professor Hugh H. Macaulay, a life-long leader in economic education at Clemson University, endowed a fund for the purpose of recognizing outstanding performance in the graduate program. The department has determined that this award should be given to the student who has demonstrated the most promise in graduate coursework in economics.

  • Guanghua Wang

Marian L. Harris Award for Excellence in Economics

This award was created by the economics department in memory of Marian L. Harris, who together with her son John, was a long-time supporter of the department’s undergraduate programs. Recipients of this award are selected by the economics faculty on the basis of superior classroom performance, a high-quality senior thesis or outstanding service to the department, college or the University. The award consists of a certificate and cash gift.

  • Alexander D. Batson
  • William P. Clevidence
  • Kyle J. Sparkman

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Department of Finance

James D. “Jay” Westmoreland, CFP® ’89 Award for Merit

This award is funded by Mr. Jay Westmoreland, a graduate of the financial management program and a current member of the Alumni Advisory Board for the Department of Finance. Because of the personal importance of community service and philanthropy to Mr. Westmoreland, in addition to a strong academic record, the recipient must have demonstrated a commitment to serving the well-being of others. The award includes a cash award, certificate and individual commemorative plaque.

  • Melanie A. McKinney

Dave L. Jenkin Award in Finance for Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Dave L. Jenkin Award in Finance for Entrepreneurial Leadership is a cash award, certificate and an individual commemorative plaque recognizing a senior with an established record of academic performance majoring in financial management. Additionally (and just as important), the student should be a recognized leader in some capacity on campus with a noticeable record of entrepreneurial activity during his/her tenure at Clemson University. The award is funded by Dave L. Jenkin, a graduate of Clemson University with a major in financial management.

  • Brian A. Peterson

Richard H. Klein Award in Finance for Scholarship and Service

This award was established in 2005 in honor of Dr. Richard H. Klein, who served Clemson University for 25 years as a professor of finance. The prize consists of a cash award, certificate and individual commemorative plaque and is given to a senior majoring in financial management who has demonstrated exemplary academic performance, and who has, through acts of service, contributed to the community, nation or to his/her fellow students.

  • Brandon C. Burgess

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Department of Management

Alan D. Wheeler Management Merit Award

This award is given annually to graduating management majors who exemplify Colonel Alan Wheeler’s dedication to scholarship and citizenship. Colonel Wheeler’s work as a teacher, student advisor and administrator, as well as the heroic circumstances surrounding his death, will long be remembered by those whose lives he touched. The award consists of a cash gift, certificate and plaque.

  • David A. Estes III

Boyd Joseph Todd Management Merit Award

This award is given annually to a graduating management majors who embody Dr. Boyd J. Todd’s enthusiasm for scholarship and devotion to Clemson University. Dr. Todd was a longtime chair of the Department of Management and a Clemson graduate. He was influential in the establishment of what was then the Department of Industrial Management and was one of the founding faculty members of the department. Until his passing, Dr. Todd was a very active supporter of management scholarships at Clemson University. The award consists of a cash gift, certificate and plaque.

  • Amanda L. Carpenter

Management Faculty Academic Excellence Award in Entrepreneurship

These awards are given annually by the faculty of the Department of Management to outstanding graduating students majoring in various academic areas of concentration offered by the department. The criteria for these awards are outstanding scholarship and performance in the undergraduate curriculum in management or industrial management as well as their chosen areas of concentration. It is expected that recipients of these awards will reflect the education and citizenship provided by the Department of Management in their chosen careers. The award consists of a cash gift, certificate and plaque.

  • Charles A. Howard IV

Management Faculty Academic Excellence Award in Human Resources Management

  • Declan C. O’Connell

Management Faculty Academic Excellence Award in International Management

  • Amanda L. Carpenter

Management Faculty Academic Excellence Award in Management

  • David A. Estes III

Management Faculty Academic Excellence Award in Management Information Systems

  • Michele L. Schuhriemen

Management Faculty Academic Excellence Award in Operations Management

  • Rachel A. Waldron

Management Faculty Academic Excellence Award in Supply Chain Management

  • Justin M. Jones

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Department of Marketing

Marketing Distinction Award

Winners of this award have a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 and have completed at least seven marketing courses at Clemson University. The award consists of a certificate and cash gift.

  • Kaitlyn A. Kooi
  • Emily C. Stevenson
  • Kristine K. Ward

Marketing Excellence Award

Winners of this award have a cumulative grade point average above 3.91 and have completed at least seven marketing courses at Clemson University. The award consists of a certificate and cash gift.

  • Haley E. Barinowski
  • Meredith M. Clayton
  • Julie E. Luxemberg
  • Jessica L. Mitchell
  • Hunter L. Rittgers
  • Michal L. Van Meter

The Outstanding Senior Award

(Sponsored by The Tiger Paw Classic)

The Outstanding Senior Award goes to a marketing senior who has excelled in academics and leadership, has shown a willingness to take on important tasks on behalf of the department, and who exhibits the positive attitude and passion that are necessary for those who want to excel in the field of marketing.

  • Haley E. Barinowski

The Excellence In Sales Award

The Excellence in Sales Award is presented to a senior marketing major who, in the opinion of the sponsor, has shown the greatest propensity to become a great salesperson – as evidenced by a student’s performance at the National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC), the largest sales competition in the nation. The award consists of a certificate and cash gift.

  • Joshua R. Davis

The SportPlus Excellence Award

The SportPlus Excellence Award goes to two students concentrating in sports marketing who have excelled in academics and leadership, participated in events related to sports marketing as well as community service, and who exhibit the positive attitude and passion that are necessary for those who want to work in the industry. The award consists of a certificate and cash gift.

  • Eileen M. O’Malley
  • Hunter L. Rittgers

The Junior SportPlus Scholarship Award

The Junior SportPlus Scholarship Award goes to the junior marketing student with an emphasis in sports marketing who has the highest GPA. The seniors involved in the year’s Tiger Paw Classic raise money for charity, as well as to fund this award for a rising senior in sports marketing with the expectation that next year’s seniors will similarly “pay it forward.” The award includes a certificate and a scholarship.

  • Laura P. Finley

The Sales Leadership Award

The Sales Leadership Award is presented to marketing majors who have shown the greatest propensity to become great salespeople. The award consists of a certificate and cash gift.

  • Brooklyn V. Baldacci
  • Ashton L. Harvey

The Tiger Paw Classic Sales Award

The Tiger Paw Classic Sales Awards go to students getting a sales certificate who have excelled in academics and leadership, as well as being strong contributors to the Tiger Paw Classic in leadership and sales, community service and who exhibit the positive attitude and passion that are necessary for those who want to work in sales. The awards include a certificate and a cash gift.

  • Top Sales Manager - Claiborne A. Haw
  • Top Sales Representative - Katherine A. Alexander