Darden Students Honored for Excellence, Community Impact at Fall Student Awards
By Molly Mitchell
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business students, faculty and staff gathered in Flagler Court for the annual Fall Student Awards ceremony to celebrate Second Year student achievements in a range of academic and community-oriented areas.
The Darden community was welcomed by Professor Melissa Thomas-Hunt, senior associate dean for the residential Full-Time MBA program. “The values of a community, the way we see ourselves, are reflected in whom we choose to honor. Today we should be incredibly proud that these individuals are part of our community,” she said.
The celebration culminated in the presentation of the Samuel Forrest Hyde Memorial Fellowship, which is considered Darden’s highest student honor.
This year the fellowship, which is determined by faculty vote and awarded to the student who made a meaningful impact at Darden School in their first year and shows great career promise, was presented to Joseph Stephen Howard by Thomas-Hunt.
Professor Kim Whitler presented the G. Robert Strauss Jr. Marketing Award to Emerson Robert Whitney. The award recognizes a student who shows innovative thinking, the ability to develop solutions to real-world problems and demonstrates compassion for other students.
Senior Assistant Dean of Student Engagement, Sarah Elliot, presented the C. Steward Sheppard Distinguished Service Award, which honors students who display exceptional service to the School and community of a nonacademic nature, to Fernando Matheus Duarte Casarotti, Alexandra Danielle Hickey and Nelly Marycella Huaman Sotomayor.
The William Michael Shermet Award, which honors academic excellence and exemplary determination in the First Year, was presented to 15 students by Thomas-Hunt. The award winners are:
- Anubhav Agarwal
- Dillon Kyle Baley
- Sydney Block
- Brian Richard Evans
- Yonah Greenstein
- Peter Lee Hamilton
- Joseph Stephen Howard
- Fehintoluwa Ruth Ibiloye
- Gerardo Andres Molina Rodriguez
- Alison Hayley Neveu
- Victoria Kemunto Ondieki
- Ty David Sheets
- Ryan Basil Smith
- Victoria Josephine Velasquez
- Emerson Robert Whitney
Executive MBAs Honored at June Award Ceremony
In June, the Executive MBA program presented awards as part of its mid-program celebration.
The Executive MBA C. Steward Sheppard Distinguished Service Award winners are Liza Ketcham, Carter Whitelow and Salah Al-Chanati.
The Marian Chapman Moore Executive Leadership Award, which honors the legacy of Professor Emerita Marian Moore and is bestowed annually by the Darden School to recognize a rising Second Year Executive MBA student who demonstrates exceptional, responsible and principled leadership within the Darden community, was presented to Anthony Ranghelli.
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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