The Business Leader of the Year award is given to a deserving recipient based on their leadership in the Fairbanks business community, business achievements, community service, and educational support. On April 18, 2014 the 38th Business Leader of the Year award was given to Lorna Shaw of Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo.
Lorna is the External Affairs Manager at Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo, LLC where she oversees community, public and government affairs. Lorna has served as Chairwoman of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and she also serves on the boards of directors for other industry and business organizations, including Alaska Miners Association, Resource Development Council, Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Center for Economic Education and the UAF School of Management Community Advisory Board.
Prior to joining the mining industry, Lorna served for a number of years as a legislative aide to members of the Alaska State Legislature and as Assistant to the Chief of Staff for US Senator Frank Murkowski.
Lorna graduted cum laude in 1996 with her BBA and summa cum laude in 2005 with her MBA from the UAF School of Management. The UAF Alumni Association awarded Lorna with the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award for Business and Professional Excellence.
Business Leader of the Year
The event held Friday, April 18 sold out for the fifth year in a row. Over 45 UAF School of Management students helped make the night a success. Students volunteered their time in order to earn a ticket the event. They made calls, ironed table runners, and decorated the venue with pink tissue poms.
Invest in Students
Funds raised through the Business Leader of the Year event support student organizations at the UAF School of Management (SOM). At past events there were cake and silent auctions in order to raise additional funds. This year, based on the suggestions of previous Business Leader of the Year recipients and event attendees, SOM tried something new.
Instead of telling how student organizations make a difference in students’ lives, students filmed and directed a short video to show the impact:
Then previous Business Leader of the Year led the charge and gave directly in support of student organizations, inviting attendees to do the same. The audience, made up of the Interior community and business leaders chose to invest in students, raising thousands of dollars – all of which will go back to the future business leaders of Alaska: UAF School of Management students.
The fourth annual UAF School of Management Spring Etiquette Seminar & Dinner, sponsored by KPMG and the UAF Alumni Association, was held Friday, March 7. Professionals from across the state sat on the etiquette panel to share their wisdom with students. Experts included:
- Anna Atchison, Kinross Ft. Knox
- Bill Bailey, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.
- Michael Campbell, USAG Wainwright Family & MWR
- Amy Cooper, UAF School of Management
- Terri Froese, TDL Professional Staffing
- Lisa Gentry, AlaskaUSA Federal Credit Union
- David Hale, Hale & Associates Insurance
- Mark Herrmann, UAF School of Management
- Jen Imus, Wells Fargo Bank
- Daniel Mitchell, KPMG
- Renee Staley, Birchwood Homes
- Tammy Tragis-McCook, UAF School of Management
- Tiffany Van Horn, Utility Services of Alaska
- Elaine Williamson, Kohler, Schmitt & Hutchison
- Pamm Zierfuss-Hubbard, UAF Auxiliary, Recharge and Contract Operations
After a presentation by Daniel Mitchell of KPMG and a Q&A with the panel, professionals and students headed over to Lavelle’s Bistro where students were able to practice their newly-learned skill at a formal dinner.
View a student-filmed, short video about the seminar:
View photos from the event:
The Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Alaska Native Fellowship supports Alaska Native students at the UAF School of Management. Students receive scholarship funds to help with the cost of their education. Lynn Church and Selina Sam are the newest recipients of this fellowship.
Lynn is working on an undergraduate degree in business administration and plans to graduate in May 2015. After graduation, she plans to continue her education in the MBA program.
Growing up in Alaska, Lynn understands the need for a well-educated workforce and believes her passion for business will help her succeed.
Raised in rural Alaska, Lynn faced many obstacles with her education, including her struggle with a learning disability. As a child, she was frequently labeled as being “special” by her teachers, which only drove her to try harder. Refusing to let her disability control her life, Lynn is working towards being the first college graduate in her family.
Lynn credits her success of overcoming her learning disability to her family, whom she believes gave her hope for the future. Family members like her Uncle Larry inspired her to make education a top priority and challenged her fears of failure. Lynn’s family has given her a sense of strength that will help her succeed in earning her degree and propel her towards a career in business after graduating.
Selina is majoring in business administration and is expected to graduate in 2016. She is honored to receive this award and thankful for the help she’s received. Selina strives to challenge herself and understands her hard work now will allow more business opportunities in the future.
Growing up in rural Alaska has given Selina a love for being outdoors with her family. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family while going moose hunting and berry picking. During the winters, she can be seen riding her snow machine to her family cabin where they recently began trapping. Selina also embraces her Alaska Native culture through her dance group and by making beaded sun catchers. She was crowned Miss Nuchalawayya in
Selina appreciates Tanana’s close-knit community and wishes to stay close to where she grew up. Choosing to enroll at UAF allowed Selina to visit home in Tanana more frequently. Selina hopes that with her degree, she can begin to improve communities around Alaska.
Joe Usibelli Jr., President, and Glen Weaver, CFO & SOM Alumnus ‘91, of Usibelli Coal Mine (UCM) present a $103,000 gift to UAF School of Management following the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce meeting yesterday. With this gift UCM has launched a four-year, $5,000 annual scholarship for a business student who is an Alaska high school graduate. Also pictured are Dean Mark Herrmann, accounting students and faculty.
Thank you UCM!
The UAF School of Management has added a Scholarships page. There you’ll find a breakdown of scholarships exclusively available to School of Management students. Scholarship amounts range from $500-$6,000 per award and are privately-funded – which means while a FAFSA is encouraged, you don’t need one to apply.
Pave your way to financial freedom and apply for UAF scholarships.
Deadline for application is Saturday, February 15, 2014.
Dr. Nicole Cundiff, Director of the Northern Leadership Center, has release a new journal article:
Joy, R. H. & Cundiff, N. L. (2014). Student Programming in Social Justice: Evaluation through the Counselor’s Lens. Journal of Practical Consulting, 5 (1), 23-41.
“A social justice leadership program targeted at undergraduate and graduate students was evaluated through a university-based counselor’s lens. Differences between social justice program participants and a comparison group of nonparticipating students were examined pre-and post-program intervention on measures of Ethnocultural Empathy, Agency, Understanding and Knowledge of social justice issues, and Personal and Professional Beliefs about diversity.”
Congrats to Dr. Jungho Baek for his latest article:
Baek, J., and Chi, J. 2013. Dynamic relationship between air transport demand and economic growth in the United States: A new look. Transport Policy 29, 257-260.
In this article, Baek examines the impacts of economic growth on the U.S. airline industry, how air passenger and freight services increase economic growth, and how the 9/11 terrorist attacks have impacted passenger demand.
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