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Lauren Guenther was awarded the Nashville Technology Council's "Technology Student of the Year" for 2013. The Technology Student of the Year award is presented to a student who demonstrated academic excellence in a technology-related field of study. Nominees must represent next generation technology leaders who have the ability to make a difference in Tennessee's technology community. Finalists were evaluated by a panel of independent judges on academic excellence and community  and campus service. 

Kesleah Hall, Belmont University's Student Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapter president, received the James House Williamson Scholarship Award on Sept. 17 at the annual Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management conference at the Gaylor Opryland Conference & Exposition Center. The James House WIlliamson Scholarship Award provides financial support for students in the general human resources management and related fields of study. The recipient of each year's award is selected by the SHRM Chapter of the State Conference's host city.

Belmont University finance students won the Nashville/East Tennessee CFA Research Challenge competition on February 22, 2013. The team consisted of finance majors Andrew Cryer, Eugen Ghiletchi, Tucker Moore, Dan Webber and Annie Worthman. The competition included nine universities, including East Tennessee State, Vanderbilt and Lipscomb, and most of the teams included only master’s level business students.

Belmont student, Andrew Bishop, won first place in the first ever National Sigma Nu Tau Student Entrepreneur-of-the-Year Competition.

Belmont’s student investment team placed third out of twenty-five Tennessee Valley universities in TVA’s Investment Challenge Program in 2012, generating 1.33% of alpha in 2012 versus the S&P 500.

Belmont University's Enactus (formerly known as "Students in Free Enterprise") team was recognized as World Champions for their service projects at the 2012 Enactus World Cup,  held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Washington, D.C. Thirty-eight national champion teams presented their projects, which incorporated market economics, entrepreneurship, success skills, environmental sustainability, business ethics and financial literacy.  Through a written annual report and live audio visual presentation, teams were evaluated based on how successful they were at using business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. This was the second year Belmont’s team won the national competition to represent the United States on an international stage (our students took third place at the 2010 World Cup).

Twenty-nine Belmont students competed in nine events at the 2012 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference, which was held April 21-24 in Salt Lake City, with 25 of the Belmont participants reaching the finals in their respective events. Belmont students swept the Entrepreneurial Challenge category and placed first in two of the nine events.

Entrepreneurial Challenge winners include:
1st  — Julia Cecere, Ross Hill, Zach Hughes
2nd – Jason Rardin, Shannon York, Tom Haarlander
3rd – Nathan Tennant, Clark Buckner, Jennifer Stevens
Top 10   Shannon Leahy, Sarah Beairsto, A.J. Marino
Top 10   Katie Tierney, Mandy Strader, Jena Lavicha
Top 10   Eric Guroff, Matt Madden, Felicia Deas
Top 10   Josh Gilreath, Areej Rabie
Top 10   Michelle Keil, Chelsi Leverenz, Linda Wu

Restaurant and Food Service Management
1st - Clark Buckner

Entrepreneurship Business Plan
2nd - Julie Cecere
Top 10 - Josh Cypher
National Finalist – Michelle Keil

Travel and Tourism
3rd - A.J. Marino

Business Ethics
Top Ten – Mandy Strader, Lindsey Ricker

Corporate Finance
Top 10 – Areej Rabie
Top 10 – Tom Haarlander

Marketing Management
Top 10 – Jennifer Stevens

Advertising Campaign
Top 10 – Nathan Tennant

Human Resource Management
Top 10 – Felicia Deas

Belmont University business students Ayesha Ghaffar, Rami Nofal, Jordan Holt and Shirah Foy placed fifth during the 2012 Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) Worldwide Case competition in Rotterdam, Netherlands (Feb. 26 to March 2, 2012). Teams from across the world submitted case solutions, and the top 10 teams were selected to face off at NIBS final competition.

ISM major Rachelle Holleman was awarded Nashville Technology Council’s “IT Student of the Year” Award on October 27, 2011.  In addition to the prestige of winning the award, Rachelle received a Gibson guitar, an HP laptop, and a scholarship.

College of Business students Ayesha Gaffar, Jordan Holt, Patrick Hurt & Rami Nofal represented Belmont in the Eighth Annual Center for International Business Education and Research Case Challenge on October 19-23, 2011.  Students from 15 universities formed teams for the competition. Each four-student team had at least one student from an international business school and three students from different U.S. schools.  Ayesha Ghaffar’s team won their preliminary round competition of five teams and competed in the final round to place third, out of fifteen, in the competition overall. Two other Belmont students were awarded individual awards in the preliminary round among their five teams. Jordan Holt was named “Best Presenter” and Patrick Hurt was named “Best Q&A.”  Belmont was the only university with two students recognized for individual awards.

At the 2011 NEXT awards, which honors companies and entrepreneurs that drive the Middle Tennessee economy, Rabbit Hole Creative LLC, a company founded by Belmont ETP graduate Jake Jorgovan, won the Digital Media Award for Growth.  Jake also won the Young Entrepreneur Award in the Digital Media and Entertainment category.

Belmont’s Accounting Case Competition Team, whose members include Romina Ponce (captain), Sarah Olinde, Shoheb Punjani and Christina Read, was judged as one of 10 semi-finalists out of 215 in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) 2011 Case Competition.

The student team from Belmont University won the Grand Prize for the first ever “Values & Ventures Business Plan Competition” held April 15, 2011 at the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Entrepreneurship students Emily Hollingsworth and Emilie Lico and Finance and Accounting student Ayesha Ghaffar presented their business plan for Mattress Works – a mattress recycling venture created to provide employment opportunities for local homeless men while also diverting waste from landfills – to a panel of experienced new venture investors and consultants. The Belmont team impressed the five judges with their concept, presentation and business plan and was awarded $10,000 for the Grand Prize. They also were honored for Best Oral Presentation and Best Values-Based Concept.

Belmont’s Investment Team of Daniel Petzold, Patrick Kenoyn and Joseph Mosby finished second at the annual CFA Company Analysis Competition. The competition involved creating an original equity research report, including market analysis, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and fundamental valuation of a local public company. Notably, Belmont's team received the highest score for a group presentation.

Belmont Entrepreneurship alum (2009), Andy Tabar, has made Cleveland's Top 25 Under 35 list.


Outstanding Student of the Year Award

Rachel E. McNabb
2012
Daniel Smith
2011
Tim Harms
2010
Blake Tidwell
2009
Kassi Konz
2008
Joseph Drake
2007
Brooke Gettelfinger
2006
Kara Froula
2005
Harry Allen
2004
Jaclyn Kerr
2003
Jessica Kerr
2003
Jocelyn Kerr
2003
Julia Taylor
2002
Jason Limbaugh
2001
Ashley Hoke
2000
Lora Mitchell
1999
Anise Mastin
1998
Allison Flexer
1997
Rebecca Fields
1996
Cecilia Bow
1995
Tedra Armstrong
1994
Jackie Byrom
1993
Amy Bryson
1992


The Richard C. Lutz Outstanding PBBA Student Award

Romina N. Ponce
2012
Richard Getsay
2011
Christy Lewis
2010
Douglas Dawson
2009
Joseph Hofflinger
2008
Erica Daugherty
2007
Benjamin Bates
2006
Kimberly Marable
2005


The Jay P. Sellick Award for

Outstanding Achievement in Management

Kimberly Robertson
2012
Lause Normil
2011
Bethany Parker
2010
Nicholas Deitmen
2009
Kari Lennon Warnat
2008
Matthew Erickson
2007
Wendell Neely II
2006
Stephanie Neal
2005
Harry Allen
2004
Tom Peters
2003
Wesley Burtner
2002
Catherine Hood
2001


The Clifford L. Eubanks Student Leadership Award

 

Jordan M. Duncan
2012
Julia Cecere
2011
Catherine Hooks
2010
Justin Wood
2009
Blake Tidwell
2008
Kassi Konz
2007
Nathan Potter
2006
Brooke Gettelfinger
2005
Benjamin Schooley
2004
Kara Froula
2003


The Robert P. Lambert Marketing Award

 

Scott Saunders
2012
Daniel Smith
2011
Anthony Domine
2010
Libby Reed
2009
Thomas Gephart
2008


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