What’s in a name? Quite a bit as it turns out, particularly when you’re recognizing exceptional service and achievements.
In a fitting move, Daniels’ annual Convocation Breakfast was renamed the Daniels Awards for Excellence Breakfast this year. The celebration, which took place on May 17 in Anderson Academic Commons, had a carnival theme complete with music and games at every table.
Daniels Dean Brent Chrite kicked off the festivities by commending faculty and staff for their accomplishments over the past year and citing the incomparable nature of the Daniels community. “I’ve been in a lot of academic communities and it’s hard for me to think of one that is as warm, gracious and supportive as this one,” he said, as he turned the microphone over to Senior Associate Dean for Faculty, Research and Accreditation Paul Olk.
“Part of the privilege of my job is to work with the faculty. It’s truly a joy to work with you everyday and it’s my honor to be able to recognize some of you for your accomplishments,” said Olk, before announcing the following award winners for 2017:
- Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award: David Dassler, adjunct professor, School of Accountancy
- Scholarship of Discipline Award: Young Jin Lee, assistant professor, Department of Business Information and Analytics
- Thomas Howard Innovative Teacher Award: Lorenzo Patelli, associate professor, School of Accountancy
Additionally, Bob Kumagai, associate director of Graduate Career Services, received this year’s Alexander J. Lindsay Award for his exceptional service to students and the Daniels community overall.
This year’s Daniels Awards for Excellence for faculty and staff went to Melissa Akaka, assistant professor in the Department of Marketing, and Kathy Criswell, director of MBA Experiential Education. The Awards for Excellence for students and alumni will be given to honorees at a later date.
On the eve of their retirements, Chrite expressed deep gratitude to the “iconic” Daniels faculty who, collectively, have contributed 150 years of service to Daniels:
- Accounting Professor Jim Sorensen (1965-2017)
- Management Professor Nancy Sampson (1972-2017)
- Business Ethics and Legal Studies Piccinati Professor in Teaching Innvoation—and former Daniels Dean—Bruce Hutton (1976-2017)
- Business Ethics and Legal Studies Professor of the Practice Buie Seawell (1995-2017)
Chrite also thanked a handful of faculty as they transition into new or existing roles at Daniels: Professor Dennis Wittmer for his work as chair of the Department of Management; Professor Cindi Fukami for her work as associate chair of the Department of Management; Associate Professor Carol Johnson for her work as chair of the Department of Marketing—Johnson will now serve as program director for the new online MBA program; and Professor of the Practice Barb Kreisman for her work as assistant dean of the Executive and Professional MBA programs—Kreisman will serve as a senior advisor to the dean.
Finally, Chrite presented a special honor to Professor Mac Clouse: For his work as acting director of the Reiman School of Finance and his extraordinary 40 years of service to Daniels, Clouse was awarded the Sorensen Distinquished Professorship in Finance.