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Student Life and Leadership Awards

The University held its annual Student Life and Leadership Awards Banquet on April 21. The Harrison College of Business nominated two students for recognition.


Kelli Bouknecht 


Kelli Bouknecht received the Provost’s Award for Academic Excellence. Kelli is an accounting major with a 4.0 GPA. She is a member of Beta Alpha Psi (the accounting honor society), Gamma Sigma Sigma service sorority, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society in May. She has received Certification in Ethical Leadership from the Center for the Public Trust. She was awarded the Service Star for completing the most service hours for Gamma Sigma Sigma. Kelli served as a learning assistant with the University’s Tutorial Services and served as a tax intern during spring semester with Anders CPAs and Advisors in St. Louis.


Patrick Colosimo 


Patrick Colosimo received the Experiential Learning Award for the Harrison College of Business. Patrick is a hospitality management major and participated in a unique internship with National Geographic and Linblad Expeditions. He completed a six month internship as a steward on the National Geographic Sea Lion, a 62 guest cruise ship that embarks on 15 day trips between Sitka, Alaska, and Seattle, Washington. While on the ship, Patrick’s days were labor intensive, beginning at 5:30 a.m. and lasting until 11:00 p.m. He also experienced 3 staff rotations, meaning he experienced a new manager, chef and officers every two months. Patrick aspires to be a general manager of a hotel.


We congratulate these two students and all the students who were recognized at the banquet.

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