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Executive MBA Students Receive Prestigious Awards at Graduation Celebration

For release:  January 31, 2014

The Fogelman College of Business & Economics Executive MBA recently graduated another group of Memphis business professionals from their program.  The graduates represented various industries and companies, both domestic and international.

To celebrate their accomplishments, a graduation celebration was held at the Venetian Ballroom located inside The Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee.  This celebration included Executive MBA students and their guests, the faculty and staff of the FCBE Executive MBA Program, as well as various alumni of the program.

During this celebration, four students were honored with the Dean’s Award, which recognizes students who have achieved academic excellence and outstanding academic performance by earning a GPA of 4.0.  These students were Ms. Sondra Dowdell, Independent Consultant; Mr. Jason Lee – CFO, Orion Federal Credit Union; Mr. Reid Lentz – IT Manager, FedEx Services; and Mr. Christopher Smith, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.  

In addition to the Dean’s Awards, one student was honored with the Kurt A. Christoff Outstanding Executive MBA Student of the Year award.  Several years ago, the EMBA Program established this award to honor Kurt A. Christoff, from the EMBA Class of 1993.  Kurt and his wife, Beth, were fatally injured in an automobile accident shortly before the beginning of his final semester in the program. 

Kurt Christoff was a student who thrived on academic challenges.  In addition to being recognized for his excellent academic performance in the program, he was known for his positive outlook on life.  He spent many hours helping his classmates, was a class leader, and served as a very positive force in the EMBA program.  The Kurt A. Christoff Award was established to honor his memory.

Each year, faculty, staff and students nominate a member of the graduating class to receive this award as the Outstanding Executive MBA Student of the Year.  Considerations for this prestigious award are academic performance, leadership ability, enthusiasm for the learning process and commitment to the success of fellow students and the EMBA program.  This year’s recipient was Mr. Reid Lentz, IT Manager – FedEx Services.

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