Four Farmer School Seniors Win Top University Award

August 2012

Four Farmer School of Business students received the Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award at the 2012 Miami University Convocation on August 17.

Farmer School's Karen Otzen, William Price, Jeffrey Segrave, and David Wang were among only 15 students from the entire 2013 graduating class chosen for this distinction. The Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award is the highest undergraduate honor given at Miami. Winners receive a certificate and a $1,000 scholarship. Selection for this award is competitive. Awardees must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and leadership.

"This group of students is quite simply the best of the best," said Farmer School Dean Roger L. Jenkins, the Mitchell P. Rales Chair in Business Leadership. "The exceptional achievements of these students make us all very, very proud. We are thankful for the work of Associate Dean Tim Krehbiel and the entire faculty for their work in recommending the nominees."

The four winners received further recognition at a recent Farmer School faculty meeting. Director of the Farmer School's Honors Program, Tim Greenlee, introduced each student and David Wang shared a response from the awardees. Wang highlighted the faculty's high level of dedication to the students, to integrity, and to academic perseverance.

"On behalf of all of us I would like to express our sincere thanks," said Wang. "Without your continuous dedication and continuous commitment, there's no way that we would be standing before you. Your passion for teaching has cultivated a passion for learning in us."

Karen Otzen (Business Economics) has distinguished herself as an exceptional student, maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Karen studied abroad in China and Luxembourg and is a member of the Buck Rodgers Leadership Program. Karen interned as a pricing analyst for dunnhumby this past summer.

William Price (Supply Chain & Operations Management) has studied abroad in Europe and presented research at the International Conference of the American Culture Association. In addition to proving his leadership abilities as two-term president of Spectrum, Miami's undergraduate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight alliance, William has worked to reinvent the Buck Rodgers Leadership Program. He interned with Target this past summer and has accepted a full time job offer.

Jeffrey Segrave (Marketing) spent a semester studying abroad at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Jeff is the first author and presenter of "Online Social Networks: An Online Brand Community Framework." He has also served for multiple semesters on the University Honors Program Advisory Council. This past summer Jeff was a data insights analyst intern at dunnhumby.

David Wang (Finance) founded a mentoring program in Farmer School's Investment Banking Club. He was a Wall Street Journal/Nationwide Insurance Biz Quiz participant and coach. David completed an internship with JPMorgan in NYC over the summer and has accepted a position with the firm.