WTAMU Commerce Students Honored – The Pioneer of Amarillo

More than 100 West Texas A&M University business students were recently inducted into honor societies and recognized as outstanding students.

Students at the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business were honored April 27, ahead of the May 7 spring commencement ceremonies at the University. Community leaders were also celebrated for their support of the College.

“As Dean, I recognize and appreciate two major attributes of our university and our college,” said Dr Amjad Abdullat. “First, the commitment and dedication of everyone at WT to the success of our students. And second, enthusiastic support from all levels of the community for our beloved college and university.

“This is a special event as it is our tradition to recognize both our students and members of our community for their outstanding achievements,” Abdullat said.

Bailey Brown, a senior management major from Blair, Nebraska, was named Outstanding Undergraduate Student after earning a GPA of 3.9 or better each year.

“She has demonstrated tremendous potential to succeed in her chosen field and will work full-time for global food company Cargile while pursuing an MBA at WT,” said Dr. Jonathan Shaffer, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Business Programs .

Photo: Amarillo MBA student Ashley Pickerill was named Outstanding Graduate Student at a recent awards ceremony from the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business at West Texas A&M University. Presenting his award is Dr. Robert A. King, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs in Commerce.

Amarillo MBA student Ashley Pickerill was named Outstanding Graduate Student.

As president of the Society for Human Resource Management, Pickerill “has done an incredible job leading the organization by assigning clear roles to other officers, leading by example, and working quickly and efficiently,” said Dr. Robert A. King, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. commercial programs.

Seven undergraduate students have been recognized as outstanding students across disciplines at Engler College of Business:

  • Accounting: Molly Forsberg, Senior Amarillo;

  • Computer Information Systems: Jeremiah Roussell, Allen Senior;

  • Economy: Andrea Mata, senior of Amarillo;

  • Finances: Landry Ritchey, senior of Seminole;

  • General Affairs: Madeline Kleinschmidt, senior from Kenai, Alaska;

  • Management: Jessie “JJ” Castillo, Amarillo senior; and

  • Marketing: Eemeli Jarvinen, senior from Finland.

Four graduate students were also honored as outstanding students:

  • Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics: Nirmala Narasimhan from India;

  • Finance and Economics: Daniel Reddaway of Madison, Wisconsin;

  • MBA: Madison Thetford of Amarillo;

  • Accounting professional: Olivia Forsberg of Amarillo.

Stanley Schaeffer, who received an honorary doctorate in business administration in May 2021, received the Ambassador Award in recognition of his notable societal impact, extensive public service and lifetime achievements that exemplify character, leadership and great integrity.

Amarillo National Bank was named Employer of the Year for advancing internship and employment opportunities for Engler College students.

Marwan Touma, a 2006 WT graduate who now works for Merrill Lynch, received the Horizon Alumnus Award for achieving significant career advancement at an early stage in his career.

David Schaeffer received the Legacy Award for his support of Engler College students.

Dr. Barry Duman, a former department head and professor of economics who retired in 2009, was inducted into the Faculty Hall of Fame for his 40 years of service to the College.

Barek Bentley, an Amarillo senior, received the Carey Liles Emerging Technology Award, and Forsberg received the CPA Accounting Education Foundation Award.

Student leadership awards were presented to outstanding members of various organizations: Jacob Pennington, a senior finance student from Amarillo, for the Accounting & Finance Association; Georgina Anderson, a general business major from Amarillo, for the Association of Latino Professionals for America; Levi Zemanuel, graduate student in finance and economics from Amarillo, for the Chartered Financial Analysts Research Challenge and Economics Club team; Gabriel Beattie, a freshman finance student from Midland, for Enactus; Justin Lovell, Canyon MBA student, for Media Minds; Anam Syed, a marketing major from Sugar Land, for the Society for Human Resource Management; Emma Weinheimer, a Groom’s Accounting major, for the Student Government Association; and Andrea Mata, an economics major from Amarillo, for Women in Business.

Canyon MBA student Becca Orthengren was named a Paul and Virginia Engler Student of Distinction for her excellence in a number of student programs and activities.

Members of Engler’s inaugural team of Recognized Business Ambassadors were Jaxon Bellar, a major Baird executive; Jenna Downs, an accounting major from Amarillo; Hallie Lackey, a general affairs major from Canyon; and Carolina Varela Neri, a marketing major from Dalhart. Ambassadors are responsible for leading and engaging students in building community within the College.

Thirty-five students were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society. Students must be in the top 5-10% of all College of Business students and receive a faculty recommendation. Inductees include:

Mackenzie Ballard, a senior management student from Plainview; Shawn Beinlich, MBA student from San Bernardino, California; Bailey Brown, a major senior executive from Blair, Nebraska; Nicole Capra, MBA student from Jacksonville, Florida; Marissa Cardenas, a general affairs major from Amarillo; Austin MBA student Rochelle Carlson; Justin Cochran, a computer information systems specialist from Amarillo; Jazmin Curlin, MBA student from Richland Hills; Destine Dominguez, junior marketing student from Amarillo; Jenna Downs, an accounting major from Amarillo; Nadine Ebeid, Katy’s MBA student; Sarah Ferguson, a finance major from Texhoma; Olivia Forsberg, MPA student from Amarillo; Xenia Franco Orozco, a marketing major from Amarillo; Micalynn Harrison, an accounting major from Amarillo; Lance Keel, an MBA student from Frisco; Emily Lake, junior marketing student from Amarillo; Stefano Leghissa, MBA student from Dallas; Jennifer Long, graduate student in finance and economics from Topeka, Kansas; Misti Lopera, MBA student from Mesa, Arizona; Kevin Magavern, graduate student in finance and economics from McKinney; Andrea Mata, an economics major from Amarillo; Ashley Pickerill, MBA student from Amarillo; Mason Pifer, a computer information systems specialist from Batavia, Illinois; Landry Ritchey, an accounting major from Seminole; Jeremiah Roussell, an Allen computer information systems specialist; Rebecca Sellmyer, a senior management and human resources major from Amarillo; Mikayla Solberg, a young general affairs student from Grandview; Nitzana Solberg, a young general affairs student from Grandview; Daniel Solivan, an MBA student from Wilsonville, Oregon; Brad Swadling, graduate student in finance and economics from Amarillo; Madison Thetford, MBA student from Amarillo; Addison Wallace, a finance major from Cleburne; Austin Witten, a senior marketer from Hale Center; and Caitlyn Woody, a general affairs major from Amarillo.

Twelve students were inducted into Alpha Mu Alpha, the American Marketing Association’s Marketing Honor Society. Inductees include:

Nicole Capra, MBA student from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; Danielle Charvet, MBA student from Sunnyside, Washington; Destine Dominguez, junior marketing student from Amarillo; Melany Gardner, MBA student from Amarillo; Zachary Hartman, a senior marketing specialist from Amarillo; Nini Ho, a marketing major from Wichita Falls; Emily Lake, junior marketing student from Amarillo; Justin Lovell, a Canyon MBA student; Kayla Milner, a marketing major from New London, Minnesota; Canyon MBA student Becca Orthengren; Aubrey Robinson, a junior marketing student from Amarillo; and Carolina Varela Neri, a marketing major from Dalhart.

Twelve students were inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, one of the world’s largest international academic honor societies, which recognizes academic achievement and honors outstanding achievement in economics. Inductees include:

Dana Castano, graduate student in finance and economics from Salem, Oregon; Richard Jones, an economics student from Amarillo; Jacob Jones, a graduate student in finance and economics from Santa Fe, New Mexico; Patrick Kelly, graduate student in finance and economics from Siloam Springs, Arkansas; Tad Kile, graduate student in finance and economics from Plano; Aleksandra Marczyk, graduate student in finance and economics from Bedford; Andrea Mata, an economics major from Amarillo; Austin Morgan, an economics student from San Antonio; Hassan Najfi, an economics graduate from Schaumburg, Illinois; Daniela Pesic, a finance major from Canyon; Trevor Reid, a senior finance student from Plainview; and Camden Wiggins, a finance and economics graduate student from Cayce, South Carolina.

Twenty students were inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the only international honor society in the disciplines of computing and information. The WT Chapter has won an excellent Chapter Award for three consecutive years. Inductees include:

Andrew Alatorre, a young computer information systems specialist from Round Rock; Rees Byrd, a computer information systems specialist from Vernon; Kenneth Dei-Amoah, Canyon Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics graduate student; Danielle Duffourc, graduate student in computer information systems and business analysis from Marrero, Louisiana; Mukesh Giri, a graduate student in computer information systems and business analysis from Richmond; Sarah Gonzalez Blanco, graduate student in computer information systems and business analysis from Minneapolis; Daniel Green, a graduate student in computer information systems and business analysis from Rocky Face, Georgia; Burkleigh Hund, graduate student in Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics from Amarillo; Steven Keosouvanh, graduate student in computer information systems and business analysis from Amarillo; Bilkis Khan, a graduate student in computer information systems and business analysis from Carrollton; Spring MBA student Sharjil Khawaja; Suresh Kokkiri, a graduate student in Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics from Redlands, CA; Ayda Kor, an MBA student from Houston; Maria Marconi, a graduate student in computer information systems and business analysis from Las Vegas; Jonathan Otto, a graduate student in computer information systems and business analysis from San Antonio; Mason Pifer, a computer information systems specialist from Batavia, Illinois; Joseph Rejino, a computer information systems specialist from Muleshoe; Jeremiah Roussell, an Allen computer information systems specialist; David Wagner, an MBA student from Hurst; and Christopher Ward, a computer information systems specialist from Brownfield.

Recruiting, retaining and rewarding excellent students is a key part of the University’s long-term plan, WT 125: From begging to the world .

This plan is fueled by the historic amount of $125 million one west huge fundraising campaign. To date, the five-year campaign — which launched publicly on September 23 — has raised around $110 million.

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