Outstanding Senior Award

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Each spring semester, the Business Student Council, in partnership with The College of Business, recognizes graduating seniors that have gone above and beyond during their time in The College of Business. If you are graduating in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018, and you believe that you have had a positive impact on The College of Business, apply for The College of Business Outstanding Senior Award. 

If chosen, you will be recognized at The College of Business Honors and Awards Banquet, where you will have the opportunity to network with the top business professionals in the Reno area.

Five Outstanding Seniors will be selected. Each senior will reflect one element that is important to The College of Business. Details on each Outstanding Senior Award are below:

  • Academics: The Outstanding Senior of Academics helps facilitate peers' learning, has an outstanding or strong GPA, may be in honor societies or academically based clubs, and/or is pursuing further education post-graduation.
  • Engagement: The Outstanding Senior of Engagement may be involved in multiple organizations both on and off campus, and has significantly contributed to the growth and development of those organizations during their participation.
  • Global Perspective: The Outstanding Senior of Global Perspective brings an international view to their school and/or work environments, is passionate about international business, and may have participated in a global business or study abroad program.
  • Leadership: The Outstanding Senior of Leadership empowers others to grow personally and professionally, is focused on providing growth opportunities to peers, and/or may hold a leadership position at work, in school, or in a club/organization.
  • Service: The Outstanding Senior of Service is passionate about giving back to the Reno community and the University community, may be involved in multiple service organizations, and/or dedicates many hours per year to service.

Eligibility Criteria
Must be enrolled as a full-time student (12 credits or more) in the UNR College of Business, or have applied to graduate in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. Selected seniors must be able to attend The College of Business Honors and Awards Banquet on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 5:30 PM.

The deadline to turn in applications: Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 by 11:59 PM. Apply by emailing the relevant PDF files to cobaoutstandingsenior@gmail.com

2016 Outstanding Senior: Academics

Erica Frost Headshot

Erika Frost is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno double majoring in economics and mathematics. She has been active in clubs throughout her time in University, and currently holds leadership positions in Economics Club, Entrepreneurship Club, and Professional Network of Women. Last year, she served as President of Economics Club and Vice President of Student Outreach of The Hayek Group, a local nonprofit. Erika enjoys learning outside of the classroom and being involved in the entrepreneurial community in Reno. She has also conducted research as an undergraduate, with a paper currently under review at an undergraduate research journal. Erika is thankful for the continued support of her professors in the pursuit of her goals and is excited to begin her PhD in economics starting in the fall.

2016 Outstanding Senior: Engagement

Leah Johnson Headshot

Leah Johnson will graduate from The University of Nevada, Reno College of Business in May 2017 with a degree in marketing and a minor in Communication Studies. She has served as a UNR employee for the past 3 years as student assistant in the Office for Prospective Students. Leah's passion for involvement and service is evidenced through her membership in over 8 different clubs and organizations, including The College of Business Peer Mentors Program, Nevada Student Ambassadors, and the Nevada Blue Key Honor Society. Her marketing and communication skills have been put to use as a Sports Marketing Intern for Nevada Athletics over the past 2 years. Leah's future plans include pursuing a career in sports marketing and promotions for either a sports network or professional team.

2016 Outstanding Senior: Global Perspective

Jami Edwards Headshot

Jami Edwards is a driven student and a ruthless adventurer. She graduates Magna Cum Laude from the University of Nevada, Reno with Bachelor of Science degrees in both International Business and Management, with a minor in Economic Policy. Jami has been on the College of Business Dean's List throughout her career at UNR and has received scholarships for her study abroad opportunities. She decided to pursue an international business education due to her mother's success as an entrepreneur and a life-long love of all things French. Jami has studied French since her Freshman year of high school, and hopes to continue using this skill in her professional life. Thanks to supportive parents and an open, adventurous spirit she has visited Belgium, England, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Singapore, and Thailand. All of these experiences have enhanced Jami's academic career and her personal growth. Looking forward, she hopes to travel to Latin America and Africa to gain an even broader world-view.

2016 Outstanding Senior: Leadership

Alyssa Yocom Headshot

Alyssa Yocom is a first-generation college student completing her dual degree in Finance and Economics with Honors. Alyssa's three core values are personal development, service to others, and leadership. Alyssa's core value of personal development is tied to her love for learning that goes beyond the classroom. Her core value of service is shown through her continuous dedication to community service organizations and overall community involvement. And her core value of leadership is exemplified through the various clubs and organizations that she is a part of. During her time at the University of Nevada, Reno, Alyssa has participated and held a leadership position in Circle K International, Honors Student Ambassadors, the Professional Network of Women, and the Business Student Council. Alyssa believes that leadership is not simply holding a position, but it is an opportunity to empower others to achieve their personal goals and to enact positive change. Following graduation, Alyssa will begin her career as a Financial Advisor and will work to obtain her Certified Financial Planner designation.

2016 Outstanding Senior: Service

Brandon Boone Headshot

Brandon Boone is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno graduating with a B.S. in Information Systems degree this spring. He currently serves as the President of the Associated Students in which he works to help foster the university town atmosphere in Reno and to create opportunities for students to become civically engaged. Brandon is a proud brother of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and has held the positions of Treasurer and Parliamentarian in his chapter. Also a member of Blue Key National Honor Society, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to his community and organizations that seek to improve the lives of others. While he has not determined which school he will be attending yet, Brandon plans to enroll in graduate school this fall where he will pursue his Masters in Public Administration.