In celebration of the outstanding accomplishments of the School of Management's top performing undergraduate students, Dean Jorge Haddock, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Alison O’Brien, and School of Management faculty and staff welcomed returning Dean’s List students at the Dean’s Academic Excellence Reception. The reception, held September 7th, was part of George Mason University Welcome Week and was partially funded by University Life. All returning School of Management students named to the Dean’s List for both the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters were invited to take part in the celebration at the Mason Hall Atrium.
“Congratulations on your high academic achievement!” Dean Haddock enthusiastically addressed the students. “It is a pleasure to stand here to honor and celebrate your success. Be proud of the achievements and accomplishments that have brought you here today.
“As you progress in your academic career, know that I am here for you. At the School of Management we are dedicated to providing you with a top ranked educational experience within each of our great programs and through diverse cultural experiences on campus and abroad. We work hard to partner with local business leaders and entrepreneurs to enhance your learning experience through guest speakers, case judges, mentors and more.”
School of Management alumna Mary Hough, vice president of talent management for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) also addressed the students. SAIC, a Fortune 500 scientific, engineering and technology applications company, serves a wide variety of U.S. government agencies and private companies.
Hough stressed the importance of academic performance as indicated by students’ grade point averages and the value of an internship experience, especially when it is related to a student’s major. She encouraged students to keep their employment searches broad and to volunteer for programs they support and believe are valuable to the community at large, as the skills gained in these experiences are often transferable to positions in the work world.
Vladislav Tanov, a finance major, and Kathy Nguyen, an information systems and operations management major, each won $250 gift cards to the University bookstore that were raffled at the reception.
The students attending the reception were enthusiastic as they enjoyed the food and personal conversations with Mary Hough, the deans, faculty, staff and other top students. Students expressed their appreciation for this special recognition and look forward to future success at Mason and in the business world.