Best and Brightest Honored at 32nd Annual Award Ceremony

Just ten years ago, the School of Business presented 16 scholarships at this event. In 2016, 75 students were honored with 50 awards. The tremendous growth in scholarships represents the unwavering support and confidence in the School of Business by our alumni and the community.

The success of the school is represented by these award winners. Many students work while in school, many take on internships. They participate in, lead and create clubs. They volunteer in their home and school communities. Many work on dual degrees in difficult subjects. These young people represent the talent, diversity, hard work and intelligence of our entire student body.

Here are the best and brightest.

See a related story on three of our award winners: Andrea Sanfilippo of the financial analyst honors program, Nick Rizzo of the digital forensics program and MBA student Deidre Matte who is pursuing a concentration in human resource information systems.

Photos by Hannah Lux Photography


Robert W. ‘77 & Shirley A. Lazar Endowed Scholarship

Established by Robert W. Lazar ’77 and Shirley Lazar, this award is bestowed upon a part-time student in the School of Business pursuing a degree in accounting who has demonstrated academic achievement.

PRESENTER
Robert Lazar, Director of Business Development, Teal Becker Chiaramonte

RECIPIENT
Shante Carnegie


Ellen Fine Levine ’78 Scholarship

Established by Ms. Ellen Fine Levine ‘78, this award is bestowed upon a student in the School of Business majoring in accounting.

PRESENTER
Ellen F. Levine, Board Member, Finance & Risk Executive

RECIPIENT
John Lilholt


Key Bank Mentoring Scholarship

This scholarship is bestowed upon an undergraduate student in the School of Business with a minimum GPA of 3.25, who has demonstrated mentoring skills through tutoring fellow students, or volunteered in community organizations that require mentoring or advisement skills.

PRESENTER
Kelli Arnold, Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Key Bank

RECIPIENT
Edith Cofie


Professor William F. Sheehan Scholarship

Established through the generosity of the Sheehan family to honor the
distinguished career of Business Law Professor William F. Sheehan, this award is bestowed upon a rising student who volunteers for, and has graduated from, the World of Business Living-Learning Community.

PRESENTER
Joseph W. Sheehan, Professor, University at Albany

RECIPIENT
Haley Pogonowski


Dr. Enrico Petri Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Professor Enrico Petri, this scholarship is designated for a graduate student who has been accepted and/or enrolled in to a master’s degree program in Taxation in the School of Business.

RECIPIENT
Zana Beck


Scott Kunen Accounting Scholarship

Established by the family of Scott Kunen, this award is bestowed upon a junior
Accounting major who demonstrates academic achievement in the major and a passion for accounting.

RECIPIENT
Jessica Mall


Dick ‘69 and Estelle Schecter ‘70 Scholarship

Established by Matthew S. Emrich ‘00 and Felicia Schecter-Emrich in memory of their parents, Richard Schecter ‘69 and Estelle Schecter ‘70, this award is bestowed upon an accounting major in the School of Business.

RECIPIENT
Lauren Taylor


School of Business Dean’s Fund in Support of Undergraduate Academic Excellence

Established by Christopher Montclare ‘93, ‘94, this award is bestowed upon a student in the School of Business.

RECIPIENT
Michael Jankowiak


Dean C. Backer ‘88 Scholarship

This endowed award is given to an undergraduate junior pursuing the Financial Analyst concentration or a combined concentration in finance.

RECIPIENT
Antonio Iacobelli


Alan ‘85 & Jessica Mantel Scholarship

This award is bestowed upon a student in the School of Business pursuing the Financial Analyst Honors program.

RECIPIENT
Michael Lorka


Alumni of Professor Ronald W. Forbes Scholarship Award

Upon the retirement of Dr. Ronald W. Forbes, a distinguished member of our finance faculty, his students established a scholarship in his name. It is given to an undergraduate student studying finance and is based on academic merit and community service.

RECIPIENTS
Wansoo Choi

Young Sung Park


Denis Lukashkov Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Equity Analysis & Financial Modeling

This scholarship was established in honor of the memory of Denis Lukashkov.
It has been funded by 2011-2013 graduates who served with Denis in the UASBIG student-managed investment fund prior to his untimely death in 2013. The UASBIG Advisory Board selected an undergraduate student whose equity analysis work best reflects the high standard of excellence to which Denis held himself.

RECIPIENT
Michael Skluth


Donald E. Boyce III ‘06, ‘08 Business and Financial Market Regulation Scholarship

This award is given to a student pursuing a concentration in Financial Market Regulation who demonstrates academic excellence and service to the School of Business, the University community and the community at large.

RECIPIENT
Alexander Simmons


Outstanding Incoming Senior in Information Technology Management Award

This award recognizes an incoming senior in the School of Business concentrating in information technology management who has demonstrated academic achievement and service to the university community.

RECIPIENT
Sodgerel Chinburen


Jean F. Glickstein Endowed Scholarship

Established by Stacy Bash-Polley ‘89, this award is bestowed upon a female student in the School of Business studying accounting, finance, or ITM.

RECIPIENTS
Julie Michlinski

Mary Zhang


 

Professor Lakshmi Mohan Endowed Scholarship

Established through the generosity of Anthony McCarthy ‘84 and in honor of ITM Associate Professor Lakshmi Mohan, this scholarship provides support for an undergraduate or graduate student within the School of Business with a concentration in Information Technology Management.

RECIPIENT
Nicholas Rivelli


Professor Sanjay Goel Information Assurance Scholarship

This award is bestowed upon a student at the University at Albany working in collaboration with a faculty member from the School of Business who demonstrates both an aptitude for research and high academic achievement. This scholarship was established through a generous donation by the Pon Family.

RECIPIENT
Nicholas Rizzo


IHRIM/Edward S. Goldmacher Award

This memorial award is based on academic merit and is intended to support a School of Business student who is studying the field of Human Resources Information Management.

RECIPIENT
Deidre Matte


Towers Watson Student Award

Based on academic merit, this award is given to a first year MBA student concentrating in Human Resources Information Systems.

RECIPIENTS
Amanda Clowe

Daniel Lang


Michael B. ‘83 & Lori M. Nash ‘83 Endowed Scholarship

Established by Michael B. ‘83 and Lori M. Nash ‘83,
this award is bestowed upon a student in the School of Business.

RECIPIENTS
Xiaoli Li



Justin Robinson



Xiao Wen Wu


Samuels Family Achievement Scholarship

Established by Steven M. Samuels ‘85 and Judy A. Samuels ‘86, this scholarship is awarded to a student who is of an underrepresented race or ethnicity, and demonstrates academic excellence, service to the University and the community.

RECIPIENT
DeJanique Grant


Elizabeth Drumm Demske ‘61, MS ‘63, & Edward Demske ‘58 Scholarship

Established by Elizabeth Drumm Demske ‘61, MS ‘63 and Edward Demske ‘58, this award is bestowed upon a student in the School of Business.

RECIPIENTS
Joseph Pomeroy



Evelyn Turnbell


Hazel English Ferris Scholarship Presented in Memory of Professor George Morell York

This endowed award is given to a sophomore or junior in the business or accounting major. Mrs. Ferris, Class of 1932, gave this award to honor the memory of Professor George Morell York.

RECIPIENT
Anthony Tirelli


Borys Family Scholarship

Established by Michael Borys ‘78 and Barbara Bakal Borys ‘78, this endowed award is given to a School of Business student.

RECIPIENT
Anwar Cannon


Solotar Family Scholarship

Established by the Solotar family in 2013, this award is bestowed upon a female student pursuing a degree within the School of Business.

RECIPIENTS
Zainub Amir
Angela Politzi


Zelin Family Endowed Scholarship

Established by Steven M. Zelin ‘84, this award is bestowed upon a sophomore or junior in the School of Business.

RECIPIENTS
Nadely Agenor
Joseph Gonzalez
Aquaisha Milligan
Angelica Chin
Weican Guo
Andrea Sanfilippo


Ernest & Florence Bensinger Milano Scholarship

This endowed scholarship is given to a sophomore or junior based on grade point average, community service and work experience.

RECIPIENT
Gary Murano


Margaret Yager Middleton Scholarship

This endowed award is given to a sophomore or junior based on grade point average, community service and work experience.

RECIPIENTS
Arysdalia Iris Diaz



Cristina Messina


Milton & Mary M. Danko Golden Rule Award

This memorial award is given to a junior based on a demonstrated pattern of giving to others. Applicants must describe at least one significant voluntary activity they have been involved with and any future volunteer plans they have. Funds are given both to the student and a charity of the student’s choice.

RECIPIENT
Daniel Post, Three Village Meals-on-Wheels


Albert C. Mossin Endowed Scholarship

This award is designated for students enrolled in the full-time MBA program who have a well-defined career objective and a strong academic foundation for graduate study.

RECIPIENTS
Jabari Brooks



Joshua Goldhirsch


Premal & Paule Shah Endowed Scholarship

Established by Premal ‘71, ‘72 and Paule Shah, this endowed award is bestowed upon an international graduate student in the School of Business.

RECIPIENT
Ritika Singhal


Kimberly A. Welsh ‘89 School of Business Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a graduate student pursuing their degree in the School of Business.

RECIPIENT
James Sanchez


Harold L. Cannon Memorial Scholarship

This memorial scholarship is given to a full-time, matriculated graduate student in the accounting department who is enrolled in the MS2 Accounting Program.

RECIPIENT
Julie Drahushuk


Stacy J. Kanter ‘79 and Eric M. Kornblau Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a first-generation undergraduate who demonstrates academic achievement.

RECIPIENT
Jesse Marsh


Wann Family Foundation Scholarship

This endowed award is given to an undergraduate student in the School of Business pursuing a combined concentration in finance.

RECIPIENT
Lashawna Thomas


Martha Bealler Altman Scholarship

This scholarship is being awarded in memory of Martha Bealler Altman, the founding coordinator of a local Future Business Leaders of America organization. This endowed award is given to a sophomore or junior in the business or accounting major.

RECIPIENTS
Viterbo Liranzo
Christian Ramos


Anne and Thomas Lavan Scholarship

Established by Maryann Lavan ‘81, this award is given to an undergraduate student in the School of Business.

RECIPIENT
Monica Venegas Urbina


Esther Weilheimer Scholarship

Established by Michael Weilheimer ‘83 and Janis R. Weilheimer ‘84, this award is bestowed upon an undergraduate student in the School of Business who has exhibited a passion for excellence in learning.

RECIPIENTS
Connor Judd
Julia Muscatella


The AAACA Scholarship

Established by Harold Cramer, MBA ’73 and named after his five grandchildren, this scholarship recognizes transfer students in the School of Business.

RECIPIENTS
Krists Eiduks



Daniel Goodman


Miguel Morales


Henny Family Scholarship

Established by Marinus N. Henny ‘74 and Michelle Gaspard ‘73, this award is bestowed upon a student in the School of Business.

RECIPIENTS
John Frangeskos



Dustin Perfall



Shermond Liang



Rachel Squier


Mark B. Taylor Scholarship

This endowed scholarship has two awards. The first is given to a freshman-intended School of Business student from Rockland County and is based on grade point average. The second award is for an underrepresented student in the School of Business who demonstrates academic achievement.

RECIPIENTS
Kevin Choo
Harlan Ginsburg
Edgar Lozano
Michael Picariello


Roanne Kulakoff Scholarship for Academic Excellence

This award is given to a top student who is self-supporting and has demonstrated academic excellence, participation in professional and extracurricular activities as well as service to the School of Business.

RECIPIENTS
Caitlyn Doherty
Tanisha Gilles
Justin Placella


Rose C. Anacreonte Endowed Scholarship

Established by Nicholas Anacreonte ‘92 in honor of his grandmother, Rose Anacreonte, this scholarship is bestowed upon a student in the School of Business who demonstrates academic excellence
as well as service to the School of Business and university community.

RECIPIENT
Kristin Flatow


School of Business Veteran’s Scholarship

Established by Peter Petrillo ‘82 and Lynda Petrillo ‘83, this scholarship is bestowed upon a military veteran or the child of a military veteran pursuing a degree in the School of Business.

RECIPIENT
Christian Cuevas


Zelin Family Athletic Scholarship

Established by Steven M. Zelin ’84, this award is bestowed upon a University at Albany athlete with a minimum GPA of 3.2 pursuing a degree in the School of Business.

RECIPIENT
Paula Heuser


Dorothy Mitchell Selleck Scholarship

This award is bestowed upon a student in the School of Business who has transferred to the
University at Albany from a community college. Military experience is also considered.

RECIPIENT
Michael Pelin


Maria Dempsey ‘87 School of Business Scholarship

This award is bestowed upon a student pursuing a degree in the School of Business who demonstrates academic achievement while also expressing an interest in international business.

RECIPIENT
Adam Mrowca


Delta Sigma Pi Golf Open Scholarship

Established by Colin Gerner ‘14 and Delta Sigma Pi, this scholarship is bestowed upon a student in the School of Business who has demonstrated both academic excellence and continued leadership in extracurricular activities.

RECIPIENTS
Robin Lieb



Victoria Mansa


John S. Levato Scholarship

Alumni and friends of Assistant Dean John Levato established this scholarship after John’s passing in 2014 in tribute to his forty years of service to the University at Albany and, particularly, the School of Business. The award is designated for a student in the School of Business who demonstrates
academic achievement, service to the School of Business, university community, and community at large.

RECIPIENT
Sawyer Goerg