BBA Accolades – Fall 2012

Case Competitions

Kara Ann Maynard and William Heise IV were awarded Midwest Region runner-up at the University of Arizona’s Eller 2012 Collegiate Ethics Case Competition which took place October 25-27.  They prepared a case over a two-week period on whether the Maryland governor should allow drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

Rodrigo Lanaido, Benjamin Ong, Michael Ordway and Ning Yang participated in the fifth annual Michigan Interactive Investments Undergraduate Investment Conference at the Ross School of Business October 26-28. They worked three weeks on a stock pitch for Amarin, an Irish biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Carly Basner, Alexander Chen and James Jin represented Goizueta at the seventh annual Fisher College of Business Biz Quiz competition held on November 9, 10 and 11. Student teams from 18 universities came to Ohio State to be tested on their knowledge of current business events using a fast-paced game show format. They were quizzed on articles from the Wall St. Journal from the last six weeks. Meredith Farahmand coached the team.

Every November, PricewaterhouseCoopers invites 50 schools nationwide to compete in the xACT competition. The winning team from each school receives a cash prize and is invited to compete nationally to become one of five finalist teams. The five finalists are then invited to make their presentations at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ New York office.

Teams are composed of five students each, working as consultants for a fictitious client. They have two weeks to research a business issue and develop a 12-minute presentation. Each team is assigned a PricewaterhouseCoopers mentor.

30 BBA teams competed in xACT on November 2, organized by Professor Mary Sevier. The team representing Goizueta at the national competition is:  Matt O’Brien, Jenny Li, Caroline Capponi, Matt Coombs and Sarah Elliott.

Pocket Aces members, securing second place, were Mengting Lu, Rui Tao, Jennifer Lin, Michael Sheu and Saier Zeng. Clairvoyant Strategies, placing third, was made up of Linhuang Qiu, Aakash Parlecha, Faizan Bhatty, Xinyue Pan and Tegh Singh.

BBA Scholar Athletes


The 16th-ranked Emory University women’s soccer team finished second at the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship. Lee Bachouros, BBA13, played in this championship game.  The Eagles ended the 2012 campaign, the most successful in the program’s history, with a 15-2-7 overall record.


Alex Duhl, BBA13 has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Team for the 2012 season. Duhl stood second on the team with a 2.24 kills-per-set average while her .299 hitting percentage was second on the club and fifth among UAA players. An all-tournament selection at the Guisler Invitational, the Emory Invitational and Emory Classic, she closed out her career in 11th place all-time at Emory with 293 total blocks.

Jonathan Chen, BBA14, concluded the fall portion of Emory’s Golf 2012-13 schedule with a team-leading 73.8 strokes-per-round average.

Seniors Nick Jones, David Garofalo and Alex Scott saw their last games as Eagles in November. Emory Soccer ended the year with an 11-7-2 overall record, finishing the season strong with a mark of 9-3-1 in its last 13 games of the season, and winning its seventh University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship.

Gabrielle Clark, BBA14 is the region’s top-ranked tennis player. Clark won the ITA Small College Nationals singles draw, and teamed with teammate Emma Taylor to win the doubles bracket as well. Emory University was ranked fourth in the first Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Poll of the 2012-13 season and first in the Atlantic South Region.


Kudos to Goizueta BBAs

Asad Abdulla, Dorothy Abrams, Aaron Brooks, Seth Green, Ali Jooma, Imran Manji, Corey Moore, Alexa Payton, Natalie Schonefeld and Matthew Wiegel were selected by the BBA Program for inclusion into the 2012 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, based on a combination of contributions to the classroom, the BBA Program, Emory University and the larger community.

Erika Rief BBA13, received the 2011 Philip H. and Suzi Rudd Cohen Student Exemplar of Excellence presented by Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. The award is given annually to five students who have displayed exemplary leadership on their respective campuses by inspiring others to act and lead, building meaningful relationships, fostering innovation and creativity, and modeling and inspiring Jewish growth.

Callie Jordan BBA12, was awarded a Fulbright grant to be an English teaching assistant at two high schools in Vienna.

Ishaan Jalan BBA14, founder of TEDxEmory, organized one of the largest TEDx events at the university level on April 21 with 15 speakers from Emory and across the nation who gave talks on ideas about the world, where it is going and how students can take it into their own hands.

Amanda Jacobson BBA13, Tommy Tran BBA13 and Hongtao Lenny Zhang BBA12, were the winning team in the 6th annual Advanced Challenge, sponsored by the Goizueta Business Library, earning a subscription to the Economist magazine. BBAs that complete six Business Essentials classes are eligible to participate in this annual spring event.

Asad Abdulla BBA 12 and Stephen Ratner BBA12, received the  Humanitarian Award from the Emory University community.  The Muslim Student Association, of which Asad is president, won the Large Student Organization of the Year.  The Interfaith Art Gala – sponsored by Hillel and the Muslim Student Association – won the Social Program of the Year. Asad was awarded College Council President of the Year.

The Emory Chapter of the Make-A-Wish-Foundation, founded by Ian Steinberg BBA12, succeeded in raising $7000 over the past three years to give a game room to a terminally ill child in Griffin, Ga.

In honor of 4th Annual Weekend of Twinning, an international movement aimed at strengthening Muslim and Jewish relations, the Children of Abraham, a joint initiative between the Emory Muslim Student Association (Asad Abdulla BBA12, president)  and Emory Hillel (Alexis Berkow BBA13, president) served 100 Clarkston refugees  hot meals. They also toured an Atlanta mosque and synagogue.

Senior forward Zach Samuels BBA12, was named to the all-University Athletic Association (UAA) First Team for his performance during the 2011 season. Junior defender/midfielder David Garofalo BBA13, was named to the all-UAA second team, while junior defender Alex Scott BBA13, earned honorable mention to the all-UAA teams.

Natalie Schoenfeld BBA12, has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Team for the 2011 season.

Lee Bachouros BBA13 and Caroline Coates BBA12, both team captains of the Emory Women’s Soccer team, made it to the round of 16 in the NCAA National Tournament.

Michael Seidman BBA12, led Emory’s Healing Spaces Student Leaders in Community Entrepreneurship (SLICE) in creating three Dream Bedroom Projects for low-income children battling a serious illness.

The following BBA seniors were elected to Mortar Board, a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service

  • Allison Toba Daniels
  • Shikha Kumari Jerath
  • Laura Elizabeth Lambie-Hanson
  • Xi Angie Wang
  • Tess Marie Wilkins

Tess Wilkins was inducted into the Dobbs Society, the highest award a member of the residential community may receive at Emory.

Seniors Daniel Kolb and Paul Weinstein of the Emory University Swimming and Diving Team have each been awarded one of four prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, based on their achievements both in and out of the pool during their time with the program. Each  will receive a one-time $7,500 scholarship, to be used for postgraduate study within three years.

Matthew Gaynes has been awarded the Sudler Prize in the Arts, given  annually to the graduating senior who has demonstrated the highest standard of proficiency in one or more of the performing or creative arts.

Basketball forward Corey Spraggins won the Thomas McDonough Award, presented to the male and female varsity athlete who have made positive contributions to the Emory community as a student, athlete and citizen.

Volleyball captain Natalie Marie Schonefeld received the Ralph and Russell Bridges Award presented to the outstanding all-around male and female varsity athlete.

Callie Jordan is the recipient of the German Studies Award for Excellence, the highest honor the department bestows on a student of German, given to a student who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the study of German and to the German Studies Department.   In addition, the Emory College Language Center recognized Callie with its Excellence Award.

Christine Wasmuth received the Excellence in Language Studies award, presented to one student in each language offered at Emory College.

Congratulations to our BBA students graduating with Emory College Honors: High Honors in Applied Mathematics: Dylan Michael Connor, Highest Honors in Economics: Gregory Robert Borys, Highest Honors in Music: Hyeon Ju Lee, and Highest Honors in Philosophy: Richard Frank Walker