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UNI celebrates business' top students, faculty, alumni

May 23, 2019 - 11:15am
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UNIBusiness presidents' council 2019

UNIBusiness held its annual Leadership Celebration, previously known as the Graduation Celebration, on April 11 at the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus, honoring accomplishments of high-achieving business students, faculty and alumni. 

“The leadership celebration is such a special time to not only celebrate all that the seniors have accomplished, but for leaders across the college to come together and celebrate,” said Allie Noggle, co-president of the UNIBusiness Presidents’ Council, which hosted the event. “We get to share our successes we had over the past year and share ideas for the next. It’s a great experience to be able to network with the Alumni in Residence and faculty.”

This day-long celebration also recognized the success of key alumni who were invited to serve as Alumni in Residence. This prestigious honor is designed to bring his or her experience and expertise back to the school to connect theory to practice for current business students.

The 2019 Alumni in Residence included:

Chad Ellsworth (Accounting ’95)

President, Iowa Bankers Insurance and Services, Inc. and Chief Financial Officer, Iowa Bankers Association

Chad worked as a managing director in audit at Deloitte in Des Moines with clients in several industries, including technology, financial, real estate, manufacturing, distribution and gaming. He joined Iowa Bankers in 2016 and is responsible for insurance operations and all financial reporting and analysis for the organization.

Mary Christ, Chad Ellsworth, Alexi Grave, Leslie Wilson

Head of Accounting Mary Christ, Chad Ellsworth, Purple and Old Gold Award Winner Alexi Grave, Dean Leslie Wilson

Nicholas Sly (Economics ’04)

Assistant Vice President and Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Upon his departure from UNI, Nicholas earned a PhD in Economics from Michigan State University. Prior to joining the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in 2015, he served as an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Oregon, and was previously a visiting scholar at the Paris School of Economics.

Mary Christ, Nicholas Sly, Hanna McDevitt, Leslie Wilson

Head of Economics Shar Self, Nicholas Sly, Purple and Old Gold Award Winner Hannah McDevitt, Dean Leslie Wilson

Ross Schuchart (Finance ’96)

Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Athene Holding Ltd. 

Ross has 22 years of extensive experience with derivatives management, analysis and trading for the insurance and investment management industries. In addition, he has experience managing portfolios across fixed income and alternative investment asset classes.

Head of Finance Shar Self, Ross Schuchart, Purple and Old Gold Award Winner Timothy Morris, Dean Leslie Wilson

Head of Finance Shar Self, Ross Schuchart, Purple and Old Gold Award Winner Timothy Morris, Dean Leslie Wilson

Shawna Olson (Management ’85)

Vice President of Human Resources, Martin Bros. Distributing

Shawna has been involved in recruitment, management training, labor relations, benefits administration and organizational culture development at Martin Bros. Distributing for 34 years.

Head of Management Mary Connerley, Shawna Olson, Purple and Old Gold Award Winner Kelsey Yarrow, Dean Leslie Wilson

Head of Management Mary Connerley, Shawna Olson, Purple and Old Gold Award Winner Kelsey Yarrow, Dean Leslie Wilson

Stacy Cahalan (Marketing ’99)

Associate Director, Global Employee Communication, John Deere

Stacy has 20 years of global sales, marketing and communication expertise and is best known for building global teams, simplifying processes and language and encouraging old fashioned conversations.

Mary Christ, Chad Ellsworth, Alexi Grave, Leslie Wilson

Head of Marketing Matthew Bunker, Stacy Cahalan, Dean Leslie Wilson

Stewart Carter (MBA ’09)

Project Manager, Inter-Factory Supply Chain Development Worldwide Supply Management and Logistics, Deere & Company

Stewart began his career in 1991 with John Deere as a test engineer. Over the course of 25 years, he moved into various leadership positions in engineering, operations and supply management. He is also a member of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) where he leads recruiting efforts for John Deere.

Mary Christ, Chad Ellsworth, Alexi Grave, Leslie Wilson

MBA Director Dale Cyphert, Stewart Carter, Dean Leslie Wilson

Purple and Old Gold award winners

  • Alexi Grave, Accounting
  • Hannah McDevitt, Economics
  • Timothy Morris, Finance
  • Jonathan Hittner​, Real Estate
  • Benjamin Vaske​, Supply Chain Management
  • Trevor Loeschen​, Marketing
  • Kelsey Yarrow, Management
  • Nicole Shutt​, MIS

Student leadership honorees

  • Gabe Groothuis​, Student Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Tate Hadachek​, Servant Leadership award
  • Isaac Lafleur​, Rising Leader award
  • Toni Moeller, Leadership Impact award

Faculty and staff honorees

  • Craig VanSandt​, Distinguished Teaching 
  • Mark Bauman, Distinguished Scholarship 
  • Alicia Rosburg​, Distinguished Service
  • UNI’s Business & Community Service, Exceptional Impact
  • Heidi Noonan-Day​, Distinguished Instructor
  • Matthew Wilson, Innovation in Teaching
  • Sara Kies​, Special Recognition

Event sponsors

  • UFG
  • Pat & Traci Hellman
  • CFO Advantage
  • Tim Williams, in memory and honor of LaVerne Andressen
  • Montage
  • KPMG
  • Gaylen & Glenna Miller
  • Wells Fargo
  • Pat & Traci Hellman
  • Jeff Scudder
  • Gladys Meier


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