Northwestern business students honored; 23 inducted into honor society

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Northwestern business students honored; 23 inducted into honor society

April 14, 2011

 Division of Business awards
Two faculty members and 21 students were inducted to the Northwestern Oklahoma State University chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, a business honor society.  Students also were recognized for receiving scholarships based on their academic success.

Besides announcing student scholarships, honors and recognition, 23 members recently were initiated into Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s business honor society Sigma Beta Delta, during the annual Division of Business awards ceremony. Two faculty members, Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president; and Dr. Jerry Gustafson, professor of business, along with 21 students were inducted at a recent ceremony.

Student inductee’s names and hometowns include:

Wyatt Beauprez, Follett, Texas, senior; Amanda Bowles, Buffalo junior; Nicole Brandemuehl, Maud senior; Teila Chaney, Enid senior; Briana Cook, Ponca City senior; Tanner Cunningham, Alva junior; Kristelle Decker, Enid senior; Julia Dyer, Alva senior; Cari Hall, Broken Arrow senior; Beth Ann Hauser, Okeene senior; Shayla Herren, Alva senior; Hannah Holmes, Wakita senior; Jade Inlow, Oakley, Kan., senior; Mekay Nakvinda, Ringwood senior; Thomas O’Gorman, Kincumber, Australia, senior; Chase Phelps, Houston, Texas, junior; Blanca Schmitz, Waukomis senior; Trisha Settle, Hennessey senior; Amelia Thompson, Hutchinson, Kan., senior; Rachel Wilczek, Kingfisher junior; and Cheoungsik Woo, Incheon, Korea, senior.

Beauprez, an accounting major, and Thompson, a business administration major, were named outstanding graduating seniors during the ceremony.

Students majoring in business and accounting were recognized for receiving scholarships for the 2010-2011 school year.

Although some students were unable to attend the awards ceremony, all recipients and awards received are listed below:

OKLAHOMA SOCIETY OF CPA’S (OSCPA’S) OUTSTANDING ACCOUNTING STUDENTS: Wilzcek and Nakvinda.

OSCPA’S honor Oklahoma’s top accounting students who are selected by their school’s faculty. Universities are allowed to choose two students for the award.

COLLINS & BUTLER $1,000 ACCOUNTING SCHOLARSHIPS: Decker and Nakvinda.
To be eligible for the scholarship, the candidate must be from the Enid area, a senior or junior in accounting, and plan to remain in the Enid area for work upon graduation.

DON AND DONNA BENSON FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP: Cunningham.
Established in 2009 in honor of Don and Donna Benson by their family, the purpose of this scholarship is to provide relief to a continuing student at Northwestern studying in the field of business, accounting, law or political science.

MRS. W.W. STARR BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP: Wilczek.
The Mrs. W. W. Starr Business Scholarship was established by the family of the late Mrs. Starr. The award is to be made each year to a business major nominated by a member of the business department faculty. The recipient must be at least a junior, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and show strong leadership through campus activities.

DARR B. SIMS SCHOLARSHIP: Beauprez.
Darr B. Sims attended Northwestern from 1936-1941, and graduated with honors with a major in business administration. This award was created in 1975 by his widow, Mabel Sims. The recipients of this scholarship are chosen by the business faculty.

GEORGE AND GRACE HENDERSON FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP: Woo.
This scholarship was established in 1994 by the family of George and Grace Henderson. This scholarship is given to a continuing student majoring in business with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Preference is given to applicants who exhibit leadership skills and are active in campus organizations.

THE NORMA JEAN SMITH SCHOLARSHIP: Yadira Estrada, Buffalo junior.
This endowment was established in 2001 in honor of Norma Jean Smith and her dedication to the students of Northwestern. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a student majoring in the field of business at Northwestern.

HELEN VORE SUTTER MEMORIAL BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP: Sara Cook, Medford senior.
This scholarship was established in 2002 in honor of Helen Vore Sutter and her commitment to Northwestern and young people in northwest Oklahoma. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Northwestern students majoring in business or business education.

ROBERT R. BROWN SCHOLARSHIP: O’Gorman.
Adair Brown and his family established this scholarship in 1997. This scholarship is given in Robert R. Brown’s name and is awarded to a continuing Northwestern student with a minimum CGPA of 2.7. First preference is given to business majors, with second preference going to economics majors. The recipient must have resided in Oklahoma, Kansas or Colorado and must possess a positive attitude about the future and be able to express the same. Applicants must exhibit leadership skills and be active in campus organizations.

WILMA A. ERNST SCHOLARSHIP: Rachel Baeza, Woodward junior.
Wilma A. Ernst served with distinction as a faculty member of Northwestern from 1940 to 1972. In tribute to her years of service, funds were donated by students, faculty and friends. The recipient of the Ernst Scholarship is chosen by the business faculty. The award is made annually to upper division students majoring in any of the major areas in the business department. Other criteria considered are academic achievement, activities in the department and on campus and need.

MEAD AND MARY FERGUSON SCHOLARSHIP: Baeza.
This scholarship was established in 2006 by Mead Ferguson. Mead and Mary were married in 1960. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students attending school at Northwestern-Woodward.

W.G. "DUB" GARNETT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: Kellan Hohmann, Deer Creek junior.
Established in 2009 in honor of W.G. "Dub" Garnett by his family, this scholarship is Dub's perpetual gift of help for those who need it. He was a big supporter of Northwestern and understood how important the university was to Alva and the surrounding communities. He was a very generous man who did everything he could to lend a hand when it was needed. Recipients' area of study should have an emphasis in business or agribusiness.

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