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Lander University College of Business Celebrates Student, Faculty Achievement

Lacey Pileggi receives award
Lacey Pileggi, recipient of the the Bachelor of Applied Science Discipline Award from Lander University’s College of Business, smiles while standing with Dr. Kelli Horne, Assistant Professor of Accounting. Pilleggi was one of the students who received awards from the College of Business during an academic awards ceremony on April 12.  Photo by Lindsey Hodges

Lander University’s College of Business celebrated its students and faculty Friday afternoon during the annual awards and recognition ceremony.

“This academic year, 1,050 students were enrolled in the Lander College of Business,” said Dr. Lloyd Willis, Interim Dean of the College of Business during the ceremony.

“Today we’re celebrating the very best of them, and we’re also celebrating our outstanding faculty. You will hear about the individual achievements of our faculty members, but as a group, they have just successfully completed an (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) reaccreditation process that required hundreds of hours of work from everyone involved. This accreditation assures that our students are receiving a quality education that is recognized globally. Only 6% of all business colleges and schools worldwide hold this distinction and Lander University is proud of the faculty who help us keep it.”

The college presented the following students with awards for academic excellence.

  • Accounting discipline award – Alexis Anne Clifford, of Ninety Six
  • Bachelor of Applied Science discipline award – Lacey Pileggi, of Greenwood
  • Financial Services discipline award – Kaitlyn Vickery, of Ninety Six
  • Graduate discipline award – Rebecca Lynn Hart, of Ninety Six
  • Health Care Management discipline award – Anna Slade, of Fountain Inn
  • Information Technology Management discipline award – Jonathan Walker, of Mountville
  • Management discipline award – Linus Jonsson, of Sweden
  • Marketing discipline award – Ellyn Adams, of Myrtle Beach
  • Sports Management discipline award – Olivia Dow, of Pickens

The college also presented the following faculty excellence awards.

  • Undergraduate Teaching Excellence – Mary Kate Leggieri
  • Service Excellence Award – Dr. Matthew Peters
  • Mick and Jackie Fekula Online Teaching Excellence Award – Dr. David Zinn
  • Scholarship Excellence Award – Dr. Cherie Rains

Friday’s ceremony also included the induction of 10 undergraduate and two graduate students to the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. Beta Gamma Sigma is an honor society for business schools accredited by AACSB and students must be in the top 10% of their class in order to be a member.

The College’s three graduate assistants: Leela Hawkins, Jade Pardee and Emilia Peterson were also recognized.

More information about Lander’s College of Business can be found at