Spring Luncheon Honors Graduates, Teachers
Illini converged in
Dean Avijit Ghosh welcomed the crowd of almost 600 to the luncheon, highlighting recent initiatives in the classroom and inviting alumni to attend the groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for April 28 in
Brooke Elliott, assistant professor of accountancy, received the Excellence in Teaching award for undergraduate teaching. Abbie Griffin, professor of business administration was named as the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award winner for graduate teaching. Teaching assistant David Piercey was honored for his for his work in the Department of Accountancy.
Norma Lauder received the Appreciation Award for her generous efforts on behalf of the College. A three-term chair of the Dean’s Business Council, she has been a guest speaker in the College on numerous occasions and is a member of the Investing in Excellence campaign steering committee.
“I treasure my
Keynote speaker and recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Michael Tokarz said that he was humbled by the honor. “It’s great to be home,” he said, noting that his definition of home was an “affectionate and safe place.” Tokarz’s successful career has taken him to
Tokarz looked to the future in his keynote, commenting that Americans fear rising energy costs and competition from
Tokarz told the audience that “You can predict the future if you make it happen.”
Other speakers included Illinois Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn who spotlighted a recently announced scholarship collaboration between the College’s MBA programs and the Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) program, and Everett Westmeyer, president of the