The 2010 Mercyhurst College Walker School of Business Advisory Board dinner, slated for Thursday, April 22, at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront, will fete three exceptional students: two named Outstanding Undergraduate Business Majors and one Outstanding Organizational Leadership Master’s Student.
The awards, established by Dr. and Mrs. Barrett C. Walker, recognize the top graduating senior, in this case there are two; and the student in the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program whose thesis is judged to provide the greatest contribution to the understanding of leadership in organizations.
This year’s undergraduate honorees are both Hondurans: Rafael Silva and Andrea Moncada.
Rafael Silva, a graduate of the American School in Honduras who has since moved to Houston, Texas, holds a 3.9 GPA. He majors in business with a finance concentration and minors in accounting and economics. He has been on the Dean’s List all four years at Mercyhurst, is a member of Delta Mu Delta and Phi Eta Sigma International Honor Societies, and plays soccer for the Lakers. He is also vice president of the Mercyhurst International Student Organization (MISO).
Andrea Moncada hails from Tegucigalpa. She majors in business with concentrations in marketing and finance and minors in economics. She holds a 3.98 GPA and has been active in the college through the Ambassador Club, the Mercyhurst International Student Organization, Phi Eta Sigma and Delta Mu Delta International Honor Societies and the Certificate in Leadership Program. For the past three years, she has served as a student research assistant for Dr. Juan Argaez. After graduation, she intends to go to Europe to earn her master’s in economics.
Michael Thomas, meanwhile, earned a cumulative GPA of 4.0 in the Organizational Leadership Graduate Program. His research-based project titled: "A Handbook for Leaders of Wiki-Based Crowdsourcing Projects," is a creative and unique contribution to research knowledge about leadership in the virtual environment.
Thomas worked for the Department of Homeland Security from 2002 to 2005. In 2007, while still a student at Mercyhurst, he co-founded the intelligence analytics firm DAGIR Co., where he currently works as director of competitive intelligence. He earned an undergraduate degree in intelligence studies from Mercyhurst in 2008.
Finally, the Pennsylvania Institute for Certified Public Accountants Award for this school year will be presented to Alanna Baker. Baker earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from Mercyhurst in 2008 and returned this year to complete the requirements for a degree in accounting, during which she compiled a 3.99 GPA. She is a past recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in the Walker School of Business.