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Winter 2014

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School News Marriott School Ranked Most Family Friendly—Again The Marriott School was recently ranked the most family-friendly business school in the nation in The Princeton Review’s new book, The Best 295 Business Schools. The school has held the top spot since 2006. “We believe that excellence in both family and career go hand in hand,” says Craig Merrill, former MBA program director. “We attract top students who feel that the family experience is integral to their pursuit of a top-quality business education.” With 70 percent of its MBA students currently married, the Marriott School emphasizes family through clubs such as the MBA Spouse Association. MBASA offers a large support network and a variety of activities for students and their families. “Our main goal is to build friendships and help support each other,” says Lori Frandsen, MBASA president. “As we discover new talents and hone the ones we already have, we elevate our potential to be able to give to our families and our communities.” The Princeton Review determined its 2014 rankings by surveying more than twenty thousand students who attend the top 295 business schools in the nation. An eighty-question survey asked students to rate their schools and report on experiences regarding different areas of the institution. The schools were ranked into categories, such as Best Career Prospects, Best Professors, Best Classroom Experience, and others, giving prospective students a better understanding of which schools will meet their individual needs. “For BYU and the Marriott School, being family friendly is basic to our institutional DNA,” says Lee Perry, Marriott School dean. “We make a point to give the best quality education while supporting families in that process so students will be able to serve the world and their families to the best of their ability.” Medal of Honor Recipient Speaks at byu Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha received the Medal of Honor from President Obama at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The Battle of Kamdesh in northeastern Afghanistan was more harrowing than anything you’d find in a Hollywood blockbuster—invading enemy, outnumbered troops, rapid gunfire, and rampant destruction. Amidst the atrocities, though, there was a hero—Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha—whose actions garnered him the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest award, given for bravery above and beyond the call of duty. As a special guest of the BYU Army ROTC, Romesha spoke on 5 September 2013 about what he learned in combat to a campus crowd at the Varsity Theatre. “There are seventy-nine Medal of Honor recipients now; there aren’t a whole lot of us left,” Romesha said. “I want to make sure I get out and talk to people about the experiences I went through and let people know we’re just regular people doing our jobs.” During the daylong battle, however, every move Romesha made was extraordinary. Numerous times he went unprotected amidst enemy fire to save comrades, destroy enemy targets, and recover wounded soldiers. He was even severely injured by shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade but continued undeterred, leading his troops. “Clinton will say that he was only doing his job, performing his duty, and doing what any soldier would have done,” said historian and retired Lieutenant Colonel Sherman L. Fleek, who introduced Romesha. “This is very true, but with one added caveat—the opportunity may present itself, but one still has to act. Clinton Romesha acted, and that made all the difference.” A Latter-day Saint and father of three, Romesha emphasized that learning and preparation must be accompanied by courage to make a difference. “Each of you has greatness; you’ve got to know that,” Romesha said. “Are you going to let the opportunity pass by quietly, or are you going to act, regardless of the odds, to do the right thing?” Romesha’s remarks had a deep impact on many attendees, including sophomore Dustin Belliston, from Salem, Utah, who plans to major in information systems. “I appreciated the humility and calmness Staff Sergeant Romesha displayed,” Belliston says. “His speech deepened my appreciation for what our troops go through to preserve our freedoms.”

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