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John C. Stophel Distinguished Student Award

2005-2006

The College of Business John C. Stophel Distinguished Student Award is presented annually to recognize high potential business students who have made significant and meaningful civic contributions to UTC and the College of Business while maintaining a strong academic record.

Students must provide evidence of exceptional extracurricular leadership and community service, strong leadership skills, self-motivating initiative, exceptional presentation skills, and a strong academic record with minimum GPA of 3.0.

Below are the 2005-2006 John C. Stophel Distinguished Students.

 

Undergraduate Students

Sharon Atwell

Lori Ann Clark

Diane Loyd

Tyler McElhaney

Amy Prevost

Sequoia Randolph

Jennifer Thomas

Graduate Students

Rob Bettis

Shamya Sermons

Ashvini Somasundar

 

Undergraduate Students

Sharon Atwell Sharon Atwell

B.S. Business Administration:  Accounting

Sharon is the recipient of the Ernst & Young Outstanding Accounting Student Award, the Tennessee Society for Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) Scholarship, Association of Government Accountants Scholarship and the Andersen Scholar Award.  She served as President of Beta Alpha Psi and is a member of a TSCPA, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the UTC College of Business Strategic Planning Committee and the Trail of Tears Corridor Association. Sharon is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Golden Key International honor societies.

 

 

 

Lori Ann Clark Lori Ann Clark

B.S. Economics
B.S. Business Administration:  Finance

As a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Lori Ann held many leadership positions including Vice President and Recruitment Chair. She served as president of the Economics club and was a charter member of UTC’s Institute of Management Accountants.  Lori Ann was also a member of the UTC Honors Program.  She recently spent 10 days in Italy and completed an honors thesis on “Predicting Success in Principles of Economics” as part of the Honors Program requirements.

 

 

 

Diane Lloyd Diane Loyd

B.S. Business Administration:  Accounting

Diane has completed a nine-month internship with the Accounts Department of Marriott Hotel in London, England.  She has worked the last 12 months as an intern in the Business Services Department at TVA in Chattanooga, TN.  Diane also served as assistant director for one of UTC’s resident dormitories.  She has held several leadership positions on campus including president of Students in Free Enterprise and president of national convention delegate for Omega Phi Alpha National Service Organization.  Diane is a member of Beta Alpha Psi and Coxswain, UTC’s rowing team.

 

 

 

Tyler McElhaney Tyler McElhaney

B.S. Business Administration:  General Management
B.S. Business Administration:  Human Resource Management

Tyler has been involved with the creation and implementation of several training and development programs including those developed for the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, TN and Horwath International of Sydney, Australia.  He was an intern for the Creative Discovery Museum and resident assistant for Hiwassee College.  Tyler has served as president of the Society for Advancement of Management, vice president of Mortar Board, and a student representative on the UTC College of Business Strategic Planning Committee.  He is also a member of the American Marketing Association and Society of Human Resource Managers, and Golden Key International and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies.

 

 

Amy Prevost Amy Prevost

B.S. Business Administration:  Entrepreneurship
B.S. Business Administration:  Marketing

Amy has held many leadership positions on campus.  She has served as student trustee for the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, president of the Student Government Association, and president of the American Marketing Association.  Amy is also a member of the University of Tennessee Board of Governors, Chancellor’s Roundtable, and Chi Omega sorority.  As an intern at Daniel Douglas Norcross and student assistant at UTC, she has experience in event planning, marketing research, meeting management and media/public relations.

 

 

 

Sequoia Randolph Sequoia Randolph

B.S. Business Administration:  Marketing

Sequoia served as executive committee officer for the American Marketing Association and vice president of programs for the Society for Advancement of Management.  She has worked every summer the last four years as a patient financial representative for Memphis Pathology Laboratory in Memphis, TN and on the UTC campus since 2005 in the Office for Students with Disabilities.  These roles have provided Sequoia with valuable lessons in customer service, meeting management, and office operations.

 

 

 

Jennifer Thomas Jennifer Thomas

B.S. Business Administration:  Marketing

Jennifer has worked as a financial assistant in the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department since 2004, working closely with the Methamphetamine Drug Task Force.  She also completed an internship with University Directories in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and worked as a production specialist for Rivercity Foundation.  She served as vice president of membership for the American Marketing Association and held the offices of vice president of alumni relations and house manager for Sigma Kappa sorority. Jennifer is a member of Mortar Board, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Golden Key International honor societies.  She is a member of the Financial Management Association and recipient of the 2006 Wall Street Journal Award.

 

 

Graduate Students

Rob Bettis Rob Bettis

Master of Business Administration
B.S. Business Administration:  Marketing

Rob completed a marketing degree at UTC in 2005 and will complete the Master’s of Business Administration program in May 2006.  He has worked for UTC’s College of Business, The Bus Marketing Company, Southern Champion Tray and Stethen-Smith Construction Company.  As an undergraduate, Rob was one of the College’s first Wright-Bentley scholars.  He was a member of the American Marketing Association; Alpha Mu Alpha, the honor society for marketing majors; Golden Key International Honor Society; and Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for business students at AACSB accredited schools.  Rob played a key role in the creation of two new campus organizations, UTC’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the UTC fan club, Mocs Maniacs.

 

 

Shamya Sermons Shamya Sermons

Master of Business Administration
B.S. Business Administration:  Finance

Shamya completed a finance degree at UTC in 2005 and will complete the Master’s of Business Administration program in May 2006.  She has worked for UTC’s College of Business, Sermons Quick Food Store Inc. and Valdosta State’s Right Track program.  As an undergraduate, Shamya played on the UTC women’s basketball team for four years, serving as team captain and participant in the team’s mentorship and community outreach programs.  She received the 2006 Outstanding Graduate Student Award and was a recipient of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Scholarship Award.  Shamya was event chair for UTC’s Relay for Life and has been involved with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, UTC’s Pre-Law Club, the Southern Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.  She is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Golden Key International honor societies.

 

Ashvini Somasundar Ashvini Somasundar

Master of Business Administration
Bachelor of Architectural Engineering

Ashvini worked for several years as an architect in Bangalore, India before pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration degree at UTC.  She has also worked for UTC, the College of Business and Orthopaedic Institute of Chattanooga.  She assisted Drs. Asllani and Ettkin with writing Sharing Knowledge with Conversational Technologies:  Web Logs Versus Discussion Boards.  This article is currently under review for publication in the International Journal of Information Technology Management.  Ashvini has formally presented examples of her graduate work to the College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board and the Chattanooga Times Free Press.  She is a member of UTC’s International Student Organization.  Ashvini has demonstrated her dedication to volunteerism by teaching conversational English and reading to the visually impaired.

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