September 17, 2018
MBA Welcome and Awards 2018
For the first time, the annual Tepper School Welcome and Awards Ceremony was able to be held on campus at the new home of the Tepper School of Business. On Sunday, Aug. 26, graduate students, faculty, and staff of the Tepper School gathered in the Simmons Auditorium to kick off the 2018-2019 academic year by celebrating six standout MBA students with awards and scholarships.
Leading off the awards presentations, Dean Robert Dammon said, “We recognize that the reputation of the school is due in large measure to the success of our students, and we take great pride in their accomplishments.” Kathryn Barraclough, Head of the MBA Program, Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, presented the student awards.
Aashay Doshi was presented with the Class of 2015 Award for Excellence in Community Building. The award was established last year to recognize a second-year MBA student who champions for diversity and inclusiveness among the Tepper School community through both curricular and co-curricular activities.
Administrative staff selected Andrea Caralis for the Arjun V. Gokhale Spirit Award, in recognition of her outstanding commitment to academic success, teamwork, and diversity.
The McGowan Fellowship Award was established in 2010 by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund to recognize 10 students from top-tier MBA programs for their dedication to ethical leadership and community building. Kelly Mercer was selected by the fund to join her peers in the McGowan Fellows Program.
The Henry Ford II Scholarship is given to the student with the highest grade point average in each of the MBA formats. Randall Dye earned the award for the Full-Time MBA; Steven Walker earned the award for the Part-Time On-Campus MBA cohort; and John Campion earned the award among Part-Time Online Hybrid MBA students.
Following the awards presentations, Sujal Shah (MBA 2004), President and Chief Executive Officer of CymaBay Therapeutics, spoke to attendees about his Tepper School experience. He credited his education at the Tepper School to his business success and offered his advice to incoming and returning MBA students for how to get the most out of their time here.