Congrats to the Student Winners at the 2017 Excellence Awards


The John Cook School of Business celebrated the 2017 Excellence Awards, recognizing the outstanding achievements of business school students, alumni, faculty and staff.

During the event, business school seniors from each department were highlighted. This year’s awardees included:

Accounting: Jackie Kemph

During her time at SLU Jackie has served as the captain on the Women’s Basketball team, is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership society. She tutors fellow student athletes in finance and accounting, and has been on the A-10 Honor Roll as a scholar athlete. Last summer Jackie was an intern with Wintrust Mortgage in Chicago, and this upcoming summer she will be interning at PWC in their tax department. Following graduation, Jackie will continue her education at the Cook School as part of our Masters of Accounting program.

Analytics & Enterprise Systems: James Hinrichs

In addition to being on the dean’s list, inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma and earning his SAP Certificate, James is an active student outside of the classroom. James participated in the Regional Business Council’s Mentor Network program, and he was the first Economic Development and Logistics Intern for the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce through its partnership with the Center for Supply Chain Management at SLU. James was also a marketing intern for a local tech-startup company called O.P.E.R.  Following graduation, James has accepted a position as a Business Analyst for Boom Lab, a project delivery consulting company and will be working locally in St. Louis.

Economics: Nicole Schnitzler

Nicole is a double major in economics and mathematics. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Pi Mu Epsilon – the national math honor society, and is a senior legacy symposium presenter. Outside of the classroom, Nicole is a math tutor at Mathnasium, leads worship for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, was a United Way student board member, and participated in the honors department’s International Partnership Program. After graduation Nicole will be attending The Ohio State University to pursue her doctorate in Statistics.


Entrepreneurship: Byron Abrigg

As an entrepreneurship student Byron has excelled in his courses, is a Cook Scholar, member of Beta Gamma Sigma and has been on the Dean’s List for seven semesters. Outside of the classroom, Byron has been a familiar face in the Center for Entrepreneurship as a programming and marketing intern, and has been active in SLU’s Entrepreneurs’ Club as the programming chair and a member of the Blue Diamond Accelerator program. While at SLU Byron has founded Social Launch, Saint Louis University’s only social entrepreneurship program that provides students with the curriculum, resources and structure necessary to create social enterprises. After graduation Byron will remain in St. Louis and work at Stadia Ventures, and plans to remain involved with the business school as a member of the SLU JCSB Alumni Engagement Board.

Finance: Kenya Young-Bosley

Kenya has served on the Dean’s Student Advisory Board as the finance department representative. She’s also participated in the Applied Portfolio Management CFA Challenge.  Outside of the classroom, Kenya volunteers as a math and science tutor at Clay School. Kenya has worked as an intern and analyst for Summit Strategies Group since 2015. Following graduation Kenya plans to continue working at Summit Strategies group and will be preparing for her CFA and CPA exams.

Information Technology Management: Elizabeth Ignatova

Elizabeth has been active within the Cook School as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and is part of Beta Alpha Psi serving as the Executive Webmaster. Elizabeth was an intern at CBIZ Inc. this past summer and has been interning in SLU’s Human Resources Information Systems Department since August. Following graduation, she has accepted a full-time job at Boom Lab here in St. Louis as an IT consultant.

International Business: Hope Williams

Hope has served as the president of the International Business Club, is an International Business Scholar, a member of Alpha Kappa Epsilon – the International Business Honor Society, and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. Hope has interned with the Department of Commerce, where she worked with the director to connect area businesses with international partners. After graduation, Hope has accepted a position with Appirio as an Orr Fellow, a competitive two-year fellowship program in Indianapolis.

Leadership and Human Resource Management: Erin Nelson

Erin serves as the president of Society of Human Resource Management and worked as a University Writing Services consultant, a student-athlete tutor, and a peer mentor for freshman student athletes. Erin also volunteers at Bryan Hill Elementary as a reading mentor.  Following graduation, Erin has accepted a position at Edward Jones in their Branch Development Rotational Development Program.


Marketing: John McDonough

John is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, and attended the BGS Global Leadership Conference in 2015, a member and former team leader for Oriflamme, a member of Beta Theta Pi and former philanthropy chair & vice president of brotherhood, and serves on the alumni board at De Smet Jesuit High School.  He worked as an intern for GB Entertainment on the nationally syndicated TV Show “In Depth with Graham Bensinger”. Following graduation, John has accepted a position as an Associate District Sales Manager for Dot Foods.

Sports Business: Rachel Profumo

Rachel has been an active member of the Sports Business Association within the Business School, is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta – serving on two of their executive boards as the Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Marketing Officer, and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu, and Beta Gamma Sigma.  Rachel is currently in her second season working with the St. Louis Cardinals in their ticketing department as a Ticket Sales Agent. And previously she completed an Internship with ForensisGroup.

Intern: Andrew Henry

Andrew has demonstrated exceptional work as an intern at Kennedy Capital Management, as described by his employer who had this to say: “Andrew has earned intern of the year through his dedication to constant education, his leadership skills, commitment to high caliber work, and his professional demeanor. Watching Andrew apply the Finance and IT skills he gained at SLU to his work at Kennedy, and vice versa, has been impressive. He arrives at work each day energetic and ready to contribute to the best of his abilities. He carries himself in a way that shows he is prepared for a successful career after graduation.”

Service Leadership: Jack Stephens

At SLU Jack has been involved with Oriflamme and the First Year Experience, he served as President of the SLU Club Golf Team, Programming Chair for the Service Leadership Advisory Board, and played on various intramural teams. He also spent time volunteering as a tutor at Third Baptist Church and a youth basketball coach with Lift For Life Gym. Following graduation, Jack has accepted a full-time offer from his auditing internship at Crowe Horwath LLP and will be returning to his hometown of Indianapolis.

Student Athlete: Max Karcher

A member of the SLU men’s soccer team all four years, Max was on the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team, the Atlantic 10 Second-Team All-Conference in Fall 2016 and was on the Atlantic 10 Commissioners Honor Roll his entire SLU career. Max is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa. He interned for the past two summers at Stifel Nicolaus. Following graduation, Max will be working for First Trust Portfolios, in Wheaton, Illinois.


Student Athlete: Erin Nelson

Erin has excelled in and out of the classroom. Erin is a member of the SLU women’s basketball team and was on the Atlantic-10 Commissioner Honor Roll throughout her SLU career, and made the A-10 Women’s Basketball All Freshman Team. Her passion for the sport, led her to work as an independent basketball skills trainer, where she conduct one-on-one coaching sessions for a grade school athlete. She also serves as a peer mentor for SLU freshmen student athletes.

Student Athlete: Jackie Kemph

Jackie is an accomplished student taking on many leadership roles, and has also been recognized for her achievements as a student athlete.  She is a two time A10 conference player of the year, a first team all-high major, two time A10 all-academic team, on the A10 honor roll, and on our dean’s list. Additionally she often serves as a tutor and peer mentor, to fellow athletes.

Fred Yeager Award: Luke Ruszkowski

Luke has been actively involved in a variety of organizations while at SLU, including Christian Life Community. He’s a Liturgical Minister at College Church, a member of the Service Leadership Program, a member of Labre Homeless Ministries and volunteers with St. Louis Crisis Nursery. Most recently, Luke worked with UPS as a profit analysis intern and is pursuing a career in financial analysis within the transportation and logistics sector.

Larry Vonder Haar Award: Byron Abrigg

Byron has been actively involved in many programs in and out of the classroom during his time at the Cook School. Byron has demonstrated a passion for service through his efforts with the Labre Ministry with the Homeless as treasurer and vice president; he served as Committee Member & Co-Chair of the Service Leadership Blue Santa Toy Drive, a member of Alpha Phi Omega a service fraternity, a Christian Life community member and served on the Service Leadership advisory board.  

Leroy Grossman Economics Award: Grant Cotner

Grant is a double major in philosophy and economics with a minor in mathematics.  He is a team lead in the Social Launch program through the Cook School’s Center for Entrepreneurship where his group aims to create a for-profit business opportunity for self-actualization out of an urban farm in the Academy neighborhood. Grant mentors a high school student through Big Brothers Big Sisters and is a volunteer leader for Younglife St. Louis City. Most recently, Grant interned at a non-profit called Justine PETERSEN that coordinates micro-loans for small businesses that cannot attain traditional lending.

Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key: Tyler Stone

Delta Sigma Pi is a professional business fraternity which encourages personal and professional development of men and women pursuing careers in business. The Key is presented to the graduating student with the highest cumulative academic average toward a degree in business administration or economics.

Additionally, students completing the Service Leadership program were recognized and received their pins. By completing the program, they’ve demonstrated that they have the ability to effectively manage their time, organize tasks, and work in teams, all while fulfilling the mission of being men and women for others.

Lastly, the Dean’s Student Advisory Board recognized clubs and club members in the following categories:

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