Photo caption: 2021 Distinguished and Outstanding Management Students (left to right): Dana Gebert, Kleine Leonard, Sofia Earle, Vaia Mandravelis, Grant Balconi, Megan Roehl, Madeline Hoesley, and Emily Goeltl.
At the end of April, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Business management faculty and staff honored graduating students for their scholarship, leadership, and community service by awarding the Outstanding Management Student and Distinguished Management Student awards.
For the first time, three management majors were chosen for the award. Emily Goeltl, Madeline Hoesley, and Megan Roehl were named the 2021 Outstanding Management Students.
Normally only one to two students are chosen for this award. However, this year three awardees received the same number of total votes and multiple first-place votes. Management faculty felt like the extra effort that went into all their accomplishments during the pandemic justified more honorees.
Goeltl, a White Bear Lake, MN native, will graduate with a double major in human resource management and sociology with a minor in marketing and certificates in business leadership, international business, and economics. She plans to pursue a career in the human resource management sector.
Hoesley, a Fountain City, WI native, will be receiving a degree in human resource management with a minor in marketing and business leadership certificate. She has accepted a position with the Human Resource Department for Fastenal in Winona, MN.
Roehl, originally from St. Cloud, WI, will graduate with a double major in economics and operations/supply chain management. She will be working as the operations and procurement coordinator for Riverwest Food Pantry in Milwaukee, WI.
The five “Distinguished Award” winners, also very deserving of being recognized, each received one first-place vote from the management faculty and academic staff. Congratulations to the following students:
- Grant Balconi, entrepreneurship management major from Mukego, WI.
- Sofia Earle, human resources management and Spanish double major from Lakeville, MN.
- Dana Gerbert, human resources management from Eau Claire, WI
- Kleine Leonard, entrepreneurship management major from Platteville, WI
- Vaia Mandravelis, international business and operations/supply chain management double major from Golden Valley, MN
To be considered for the Outstanding Management Major Award, students had to earn a 3.5 GPA or higher and also excel outside of the classroom. Management faculty and academic staff solicited resumes from 16 students based on initial nominations and reviewed each student's accomplishments. In addition to looking at engagement in the classroom, the group also took into account internships, study abroad experiences, leadership roles, student organization involvement, and community service.
Overall, these eight students were deemed to be extremely well-rounded and wonderful representatives of the College of Business and the management and marketing department.
For more information about the award, contact Dr. Scott Lester, professor of management and marketing.