Student Activities and Achievements

Gina Bui (Business Admin/International Business/ Hospitality & Tourism Mgmt ’14) has won the very competitive Ernst Mach grant. As there were numerous applicants, this is a wonderful accomplishment. Gina will now receive all documents that she will need to attend FH JOANNEUM and complete her concentration in Hospitality & Tourism Management abroad this fall.

Catherine DelBove (Accounting ’13) is now an Audit Intern at Dixon Hughes Goodman and is working on a special project on the drug company Pfizer.

Melissa Duong (Marketing ’13) is completing a marketing internship at First Tennessee Bank downtown this summer. Melissa is working as a “B2B and Wealth Marketing Intern” and assists two vice presidents with business banking segments and print pieces such as brochures and print advertisements.

Karen Lewis (Business Administration ’13) is completing an internship with Congressman Steve Cohen’s office. Karen assists with numerous volunteer activities and attends special events. Karen reports: “They still need volunteers if anyone else may be interested. Please
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Rob O’Ryan (Management ’14), Maurice Mondie (Finance ’12), and Professor Papachristou (International Business) attended the seminar “Doing Business in the Philippines.” The seminar included Charles Ranado who worked for the State Department
in Central America for a decade before joining the Office of Strategic Partnerships with U.S. Commercial Services. Guillermo M, Luz, co-chair of the National Competitive Council of Manila gave a presentation on the Filipino Economy which highlighted which changes were being made to improve the attractiveness of the Philippines for direct investment. One of the major changes was improving the quality of high school graduates. This
seminar was part of the Memphis in May activities to honor the Philippines and foster better trade and investment opportunities. We were pleased to join the International Business Council for the seminar that also included a lively panel that answered our questions and provided us with a special luncheon with typical Filipino delicacies.

Buccaneer pitcher Alex Sikes (Business Administration ’13) was named to the All-Gulf South Conference First Team. Alex is 4-6 with a 4.37 ERA and 55 strikeouts against 21 walks over 68 innings in 13 starts this season. He posted complete-game victories over defending national champion West Florida and New Orleans.