Marriott Alumni Magazine

Fall 2015

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School News Marriott School Students Select 2015 Bateman Award Winners The Marriott School announced the winners of the 2015 Bateman Awards, the only schoolwide awards selected entirely by students. This year's awardees include Isaac Freckleton, a finance senior from Helotes, Texas, who was presented with the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award, and Ashley Porter, a second-year MBA from Kaysville, Utah, who received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Colby Wright, an assistant pro- fessor of finance, was named Outstanding Faculty Member. The BYU Finance Soci- ety was awarded this year's Outstanding Student Club title. "I am constantly amazed at what our students and faculty do to influence their communities, their wards, and their workplaces for good," says Michael Thompson, associate dean. "These award winners are no exception." The Outstanding Undergraduate Stu- dent and Outstanding Graduate Student Awards are given annually to students who serve and lead within the school and community. Freckleton demonstrated leadership as a member of the Marriott School student council this past year by heading the My Choose to Give campaign, the school's student-centered fundraising program. Porter was chosen as Outstand- ing Graduate Student for her service to the MBA program as a Sherpa team lead and a program ambassador. In addition to the student awards, an Outstanding Faculty Member Award is given for exceptional efforts to enhance student experiences. Wright, who has been teaching at BYU since 2012, was honored for his ability to connect with students and help them find success inside and outside the classroom. Added in 2011, the Outstanding Stu- dent Club Award recognizes a success- ful student club or organization within the Marriott School. The BYU Finance Society focuses on different facets of the finance sector and helps students land internships and jobs by providing targeted training and recruiting tips. The Bateman Awards were created in 2002 in honor of Merrill J. Bateman, who served as president of BYU from 1996 to 2003 and as dean of the BYU School of Management from 1975 to 1979. MPA Day of Service Gives Back to Communities Around the Country Normally when people celebrate a golden anniversary, they throw a big party. But the Marriott School MPA Student Associ- ation's celebration of the MPA program's fiftieth anniversary involved more elbow grease than confetti. In March and April hundreds of MPA students, alumni, and faculty joined together for the Romney Institute's MPA Days of Service. In six cities, groups tack- led service projects ranging from graffiti abatement to repainting fire hydrants. Students in the MPA association hoped to celebrate not only the program's success but also the ideals of George W. Romney: "There is no substitute for one human being who cares enough about another . . . to get out and help him." Service projects were held in Mesa, Arizona; Orem; Provo; Sacramento, California; San Antonio; and Washington, DC. Nearly 150 volunteers attended the Provo and Orem projects, which were held 3 April at Paul Ream Wilderness Park and Nielson's Grove Park, respec- tively. Volunteers spread mulch, cleared underbrush, and repainted benches. "We wanted to give people a chance to celebrate what this program has given them," says Flint Timmins, a second-year MPA student from Alamosa, Colorado. "We thought giving back to the community would be a good way to honor the spirit of the program." First My Choose to Give Campaign a Success This winter the Marriott School suc- cessfully launched its student-focused fundraising campaign, My Choose to Give (My C2G), to help establish a spirit of giving. The weeklong campaign resulted in students giving at three times the rate of current alumni donors. Thirty- six percent of donating students also committed to give the same amount on a recurring basis. "The response of our students to the campaign was tremendous," says Michael Thompson, associate dean. "The donations are wonderful, but even more important are the relationships being established between the students and the Marriott School." Throughout the week, Marriott School student council members set up booths in the Tanner Building to walk students through the online donation process. Dis- plays tracked the percentage of students from each department who pledged to donate as a way to inspire competition between programs. The campaign was designed to make giving an enjoyable experience and to educate students about the impact they can make. "If you can motivate current students to get involved and adopt the culture of giving back, then they'll continue to give over the rest of their lifetime," says Isaac Freckleton, a finance senior from Helotes, Texas, and My C2G organizer. "The key is to help students understand they can help others experience the same educational opportunities." mpa students Danielle Doty and Tyler Terry lay mulch at Paul Ream Wilderness Park in Provo. From left: Scott Jackson, Merrill Bateman, Isaac Freckleton, Michael Thompson, Colby Wright, Lee Perry, Ashley Porter, Steve Glover, Sam Andersen, Chris Gage, and Westin Leavitt. 36 MARRIOTT

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