John C. Stophel Distinguished Student Award
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 2014-2015 John C. Stophel Distinguished Students.
Brooke is from Jackson, Tenn. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga this past December with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.
While at UTC, she was an active member of Golden Key International Honor Society, Mortar Board National Honor Society, American Marketing Association and Alpha Mu Alpha. Brooke also served as an advocate for the Greek community. She held positions in Alpha Delta Pi and served as President of the Panhellenic Community. This position led her to build a strong relationship with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Chattanooga where she planned events, including a recent carnival. She plans to remain an active volunteer for this organization.
While in college, she took full advantage of work experience in order to be better prepared post-graduation. Brooke worked at Buckle in Hamilton Place Mall for two years, where she earned Top 10 in Corporate Sales for 3 consecutive months. She then served as an intern for a local start-up company, Chattanooga Pints and Pedals. Through mentors, she began an internship at The Johnson Group this past July. This led to her current full-time position as an Account Executive at The Johnson Group in Downtown Chattanooga. Brooke plans to earn a Master of Business Administration in the near future and advance her career.
Kori is an Accounting and Finance major from Chattanooga, Tenn. Kori is serving as Recruitment Chair for Beta Alpha Psi and is a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council. She is an intern in Unum’s IT Internal Controls department and serves as a chair for the Employee Engagement Corporate Responsibility committee. She will also begin an internship with TVA’s Benchmarking and Performance team in February.
Kori has had numerous opportunities to give back to the College of Business, UTC, and the Chattanooga community. She has acted as a tutor and mentor to students of the College of Business, advised the dean, and participated in College of Business sponsored activities. Additionally, she has volunteered with the Humane Society, the Ironman Triathlon, and the United Way. She believes that in order for Chattanooga to thrive, it is essential that residents are active within the community.
After graduation, Kori hopes to obtain a position with a public accounting firm. In addition to working, she intends to study and sit for the CPA exam. After gaining some work experience, she plans to pursue her Master’s degree in something related to Information Security. She hopes to combine the knowledge she gains from her Master’s and the experience she gains from working for a public accounting firm in order to become a well-rounded and knowledgeable accounting and business professional.
Andrew Clark is a Senior Accounting major from Chattanooga, Tenn., who will graduate in May 2015.
He works as an Internal Audit Intern at Astec Industries, performing substantive testing for Astec’s external auditors, EY, as well reviewing subsidiary Sarbanes’s Oxley testing. He has worked as an Internal Audit and Continuous Improvement intern for Covenant Transportation and, during his time there, helped design an automated student pay system that was projected to save Covenant $500,000 per year.
On campus, Andrew is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, and has served as President and Secretary for that group. He is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, a College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board scholar, and is President of the Adventist Christian Fellowship. In addition to his on campus and work activities, Andrew is a freelance classical trumpet player in the greater Chattanooga area, and is a competitive age group triathlete.
After graduation, Andrew plans to attend graduate school to obtain a Masters in Economics in order to pursue a career as an Economist.
Alexander is a Marketing and Entrepreneurship major from Nashville, Tenn. While at UTC, he has worked to serve his university in a variety of different ways. Alexander is currently the President of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, co-leads a bible study with CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), and is a member of the Collegiate 100, Scholarly Men in Action, and Campus Flood Ministries.
Alexander also works as a Resident Assistant on-campus, seeking to provide residents in the Business Living Learning Community with the best on-campus experience possible. He is active in his church, serving regularly in the kid’s ministry at Calvary Chapel as well as attending college ministry events. Upon graduation, Alexander plans to attend Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to earn his Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Christian Ministry. Afterwards, Alexander’s goal is to start his own non-profit organization that seeks to equip members of the homeless community with life skills and help them to earn and maintain a steady income.
Larissa Hofstra, from Murfreesboro, Tenn., is a double major in Accounting and Spanish.
Through her college years, she has had a burden for the needy and homeless. Larissa was involved with two homeless ministries and decided to create her own projects. She initiated an annual warm clothing drive and distribution through her church. While studying abroad in Spain, she began finding ways to provide and connect the people of the streets to basic essentials like food and clothing.
When Larissa has vision, she is quick to connect to the right resources and draw people into the project. For example, some other initiatives she started were a pro-life club, Community Banquet for the needy, and a Collegiate Day of Prayer Event. Through her Resident Assistant position, she was able to plan monthly campus events for 2 years and mentor 40 residents each semester. She was involved with Hispanic Outreach Leadership Association, the Christian Student Center, Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting Honor Society), Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honor Society), and the TN Society of CPAs. More important than any of her accomplishments, Larissa has valued learning from her master Jesus Christ, being mentored and discipling others to grow in their dying to self and falling in love with God.
MacKenzie Miller is a double major in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Kingsport, Tenn.
MacKenzie is currently the Vice President of the student organization called the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization. With this opportunity, she has been able to help with the annual College Of Business Elevator Pitch competition and attended two years of the regional and national Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization conferences in Tampa and Orlando. She has also volunteered for The Company’s Lab Will this float and MainX24. Previously, she also worked with Habitat for Humanity in the Chattanooga community. Her junior semester, she was allowed the opportunity to study business abroad in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam with a group of students over Spring Break.
After graduation, MacKenzie plans on finding an Event Marketing position where she can use her attention to detail and leadership abilities. She hopes to start her own business in the future, capitalizing on her previous experience and background.
Megan is a marketing major from Mount Juliet, Tenn.
Megan served in three leadership positions in the service sorority, Omega Phi Alpha: Rush Chairperson, PR Chairperson, and Social Media Chairperson. As part of Omega Phi Alpha, she had the privilege of volunteering with numerous organizations in the Chattanooga community including the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Signal Centers, Tennessee Environmental Council, Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga Zoo, and UTC College of Business. She has completed five marketing internships in both Chattanooga and Nashville including Susan G. Komen, Blood:Water, and LifeWay.
After graduation, Megan hopes to continue her career in marketing or a related field in the Greater Nashville area and work her way to a top leadership position. She also plans to continue volunteering and bettering her community.
Kaleb Tilton is currently a senior in the College of Business and plans to graduate in May with a degree in Accounting and minor in Economics. He works at Erlanger Health Systems as a Senior Accountant in the Accounting department. Most of his job duties revolve around statistical reporting and analysis. He compiles stats and data for the entire health system and runs reports and analysis for upper management to review. Most of these reports center on labor productivity and efficiency. He is also responsible for maintaining and operating Erlanger’s benchmarking software. His job responsibilities include data entry, serving as the main contact for Erlanger to the other hospitals in a data sharing group, and running reports for executive management.
As a student at UTC, Kaleb has served as the Internal Vice-President and Philanthropy Chairman for the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He was selected to Beta Gamma Sigma and is a part of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He will also represent UTC in the Undergraduate Research Paper Competition at the Academy of Economics and Finance Conference in Jacksonville, Florida from February 4-7.
After he graduates in May, he plans to pursue a Masters of Accounting degree at the University of Michigan and get CPA license. He would then like to work in public accounting for a couple of years and garner experience in a variety of businesses. His ultimate goal is to one day become a professor.
Aaron is a 2008 Marketing undergraduate and a 2014 MBA graduate from Chattanooga, Tenn.
While attending UTC as an undergrad, Aaron was involved with the UTC campus ministries, The House, College Younglife, participated in foreign mission trips and served as a leader to students at McCallie High School. In the years since undergrad, Aaron and his wife have stayed involved in these ministries in various ways. Aaron has also shown his leadership qualities by his involvement with his local church. He has served as part-time youth leader, served on the pastor search committee at Highland Park Baptist Church, and now serves on the Deacon Board at the transplanted Church of the Highlands.
Aaron began working at McKee Foods Corporation in 2007 as an intern while still in college and currently works in the Marketing Department as a Consumer Insights Project Manager/Analyst.
Aaron stays active by being involved in the cycling community, participating in the Chattanooga Ultimate Frisbee league, and is currently training for the Chattanooga IronMan 70.3 in May 2015. He is a big UTC Mocs fan and attends most football and basketball games.
Aaron plans to remain in Chattanooga and do what he can to continue the growth and excitement around the city. He and his wife love the city and try to volunteer and stay involved as much as possible by volunteering for major Chattanooga race competitions, CauseWay events, DoGood Chattanooga, and by participating in charity benefiting endurance events.
Madhuri is a Master of Business Administration student from India. She works as a Research Associate for Data Analytics Center in the UTC College of Business. She has served as an ambassador for UTC during the SHARP Conference and also presented a paper on Data Analytics. She was selected as finalist for presentation at the PARTNERS-Conference organized by TERADATA in Nashville, Tenn., and represented UTC’s Data Analytics program.
She coordinated a presentation for a startup project organized as Gigtank demo day on behalf of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She was elected President of the Indian Students Organization in UTC and has led many cultural and support events to help and encourage international students at UTC. She exhibited leadership qualities and made major contributions to a project with Tennessee American Water on behalf of UTC.
After graduation, Madhuri hopes to enter a management position and eventually become an entrepreneur.