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Baier named 2022 College of Business Outstanding Student

| Carrie Ottum

Each academic year, the College of Business faculty and staff choose a graduating senior for the Outstanding Student Award. Students considered for the prestigious award must be graduating during the current academic year and have earned a GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Megan Baier, a senior operations and supply management major from Durand, WI, was selected by the faculty and staff as this year's recipient from a list of 423 students who met the award's GPA requirement. She was presented with a university medallion at the Management Major Award Luncheon on May 20. Her name will also be added to the plaque in Schneider Hall listing past award recipients.

The student receiving the award should demonstrate great promise and outstanding achievement in his/her chosen field. Personality and involvement in university activities are also important attributes.

Meet Megan Baier, 2022 Outstanding Senior
In her own words...
The College of Business has taught me what it truly means to create a brand for myself, which has prepared me well for what the future holds. The variety of majors, professors, student organizations, internships, and competitions to choose from truly encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and explore new boundaries the second I stepped foot in Schneider Hall.

One of the most impactful ways the College of Business prepared me for my career was by joining APICS, Association for Supply Chain Management! Being a part of APICS introduced me to industry experiences, including manufacturing plant tours, real-world case competitions, opportunities to increase my communication skills, as well as, internships.

With the outstanding College of Business faculty and network of alumni, I was able to obtain three internships throughout my college career. These experiences taught me necessary skills for my future careers like excel, public speaking, and leadership. I attribute my self-immersion in highly impactful experiences provided by APICS and the College of Business as the reason I feel prepared and ready to hit the ground running in my future career at Polaris. In addition to the numerous skills and experiences the College of Business has brought me, I was able to meet some of my closest friends and acquaintances.

I would like to highlight all the College of Business faculty as I felt their investments in my learning and career, by way of their dedication to teaching and going beyond their work hours to ensure I had exactly what I needed to succeed, have been invaluable and greatly appreciated. I initially began to understand the importance of one's brand and how impactful taking advantage of all opportunities can be through interactions with faculty.

I would not have imagined that I would be graduating with Honors with a supply chain and operations management degree, finance minor, leadership certificate, and advanced business communication certificate.

I will be starting full-time at Polaris in July of 2022 in their Operations Development Program. This program is a 2-year leadership program where I will be rotating between 4 different roles among the supply chain and operations teams.

Thank you to the College of Business for all of the opportunities that have led me to where I am today! These opportunities have formed my brand and prepared me to take on the next chapter of life.