The UCF College of Business Administration (#UCFBusiness) hosted the Annual Dean’s Excellence Awards, celebrating the accomplishments of faculty, students and staff in the areas that are improving and changing the culture of the college. Dean Paul Jarley created the awards program in 2014 to highlight the work that is done every day at #UCFBusiness to foster a culture that inspires people to engage, get outside their comfort zone, apply research effectively and solve problems. Each award recognizes faculty, staff and students for their unique contributions.

Winners were recognized at an event held at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Throughout the month of April, Jarley made surprise visits to classrooms, accompanied by Student Ambassadors, to present nominations to members of the faculty.

“UCF is a young institution that is still building its identity and culture,” said Dean Jarley. “[These factors] will define the UCF experience and differentiate Knights in the market.”

A total of $10,000 was handed out to students, staff and faculty who were nominated and selected for their engagement, risk-taking, cross-disciplinary collaboration and data-driven decision-making.

The awards ranged from $500-$1,000. Each nominee received a certificate and the category winner received an autographed baseball from the dean.

Open nominations were held during the first part of the 2015 Spring semester and category winners were selected by the voting of students, the College of Business Administration Student Ambassadors, the UCF College Executive Committee and the UCF College of Business Administration’s Dean’s Advisory Board.

Category winners for the 2015 Dean’s Excellence Awards included the following:

Excellence in Faculty-Student Engagement:

  • Lonny Butcher
  • Excellence in Student Organization Engagement

  • Collegiate DECA
  • Most Engaged Student Organization Faculty Advisor

  • Carolyn Massiah, Ph.D.
  • Most Transformative Moment (Faculty)

  • Uluc Aysun, Ph.D.
  • Excellence in Data-Driven Decision Making

  • Chris Greenwell
  • Excellence in Student Risk-Taking

  • The ICSC Team (Dan Berreth, Stephanie Pitts, Catherine Bruno, and Greg Cullen)
  • Excellence in Cross-Disciplinary Communication and Collaboration

  • Vince Keating
  • Best Chair of a College Committee

  • Ronald Michaels, Ph.D.
  • Excellence in Faculty Risk-Taking

  • Robert Folger, Ph.D.
  • Outstanding Honors-in-the-Major Faculty Advisor

  • Melanie Guldi, Ph.D.
  • All-Star Faculty Member

  • Carolyn Massiah, Ph.D.
  • Most Transformative Moment (Staff)

  • Laura McDonough
  • Innovation Award

  • Pam Hoelzle
  • Professional Growth Award

  • Mireya Cortes
  • Black & Gold Business Social Media Campaign

  • Collegiate DECA, Delta Sigma Pi, and Real Estate Club UCF
  • About the College of Business Administration:

    Established in 1968, the UCF College of Business Administration offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and executive levels. All programs, as well as the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting are accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

    The college provides high-quality academic programs designed to give students a competitive advantage in the world of business now and in the future. As such, the college establishes partnerships with some of the nation’s most innovative leaders to model new and best practices that harness evolving technology. In addition, the college promotes a unique culture of engagement, risk-taking, cross-disciplinary collaboration and data-driven decision making in an effort to ensure students are well prepared to enter a dynamic marketplace.

    America’s Partnership University:
    The University of Central Florida, the nation’s second-largest university with nearly 60,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations. UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more information, visit