Outstanding Undergraduate Student
The School of Business and Management Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award recognizes the accomplishments of an exemplary student. To qualify, a student must be a graduating senior and have a GPA of at least 3.75. The recipient also must display a strong willingness to improve their community by participating in worthwhile campus and local organizations. Through their accomplishments at the University, the individual will show great promise in the business professions. Moreover, their involvement in campus activities will predict that they will actively represent the ideals of the School and the University upon graduation.
Rachel Swick is completing her double major in finance and marketing with a minor in economics and a 3.92 GPA. She is an ACS Peer Tutor in advanced economics classes and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society and Alpha Chi National Honor Society. She is a member and one-year treasurer of the Rotaract Club and a member of the Marketing Club. She is also the Social Media Manager of the SUNY Brockport Women’s Gymnastics Team, where she plans the social media content calendar, develops graphics showcasing the team, and increased followers by 25% during her first five months in the position. For the Brockport Junior Eagle Gymnastics Program, Rachel is the Social Media and Digital Marketing Communications Coordinator and a volunteer instructor in the sport. For the Brockport Junior Eagle Excel Program, she introduces physical activity and gymnastics to children with disabilities. She spent time as a Student Portfolio Manager for the SUNY Brockport Wade Student Managed Investment Fund, spent a summer as a marketing Intern for ActionCOACH Central Ohio, and is currently a marketing intern at Krile Communications. Rachel is a five-time President’s List recipient and a two-time Dean’s List with Honors recipient. She has received the WGCA Academic All-American Award (2022), the Robert J. and Nancy B. Marino Business Leadership Scholarship (2022), the Josh Silber Excellence Award (2022), and the Raymond C. Shaheen Award in Business. Upon graduation, Rachel plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration at Brockport and continue collegiate gymnastics. Following her graduate studies, she plans to work for and eventually open her own consulting firm to create marketing campaigns that increase revenue for companies.
Outstanding Graduate Student
The School of Business and Management Outstanding Graduate Award recognizes the accomplishments of an exemplary student in the Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Public Administration programs. To qualify, a student must be completing a School of Business and Management graduate degree in the year they receive the award. Besides proving to be an outstanding student by achieving a GPA of at least 3.75, the award recipient will have displayed mastery of the program content, commitment to high ethical standards, and will demonstrate future dedication toward a career in academics, accounting, business, or public service.
Heather Bacchetta is completing her Master of Business Administration with a 3.89 GPA. She is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. She has over 15 years of experience in medical device and pharmaceutical research, and she has worked for several medical device manufacturers as a Product Development Engineer before her promotion to her current position of Clinical Research Manager at Rochester Regional Health. She oversees the clinical research program at the Lipson Cancer Institute. In addition, Heather works to support the administration of the hematology and medical oncology fellowship program, hospice and palliative medicine fellowship program, and the cancer center accreditation with the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. She spent two years as a Voluntary Associate Board Member of the American Cancer Society Rochester Chapter, supporting local events and fundraisers. Heather is a co-inventor of the Bioabsorbable Magnesium Knot Patent (no. 8,398,680) awarded in March 2013 and has co-authored four peer-reviewed publications in the Innovation Journal on cardiac surgery device research. After graduation, she plans to use her new knowledge and skills to be a better leader for her team, improve the business operations of her organization, and spearhead strategies toward the continued advancement of cancer research at the Lipson Cancer Institute. This will support her team’s expansion of research operations across their cancer center service line to serve their patients better. She previously completed her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The Watson School of Engineering at Binghamton University.
Departmental Scholar Awards
The Departmental Scholar Awards that follow are presented in recognition of outstanding achievement within the academic majors. Although award criteria differ among departments, faculty from each academic major nominate and select the Departmental Scholar based on performance in the classroom, scholarly activity outside the classroom, and commitment to the discipline and/or profession.