Profiles of Award Recipients
OUTSTANDING STUDENT OF THE YEAR — WESTCHESTER
Biljana Trivic completed the combined BBA/MBA degree program in the Pubic Accounting and graduated summa cum laude. Biljana was involved in many campus activities such as Resident Assistant for 3 years, Graduate Assistant in the Accounting department, peer advisor for University 101, and accounting tutor coordinator for the accounting lab. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Alpha Chi, Omicron Delta Epsilon and was a student in the Pforzheimer Honors College. Biljana received the FEI (Financial Executive Scholarship) and the Pace University Center for Applied Ethics award. One of Biljana’s passions is volunteerism and has spent much of her college life volunteering at the Pleasantville Cottage School. In addition to these activities, she also gave freely of her time to be a student speaker for Open Houses, the Joseph I. Lubin Junior Recognition Ceremony, and Conversion events. For her dedicated services to the university and to the outside community Biljana was given the Community Service Award at the May, 2006 commencement ceremony. Biljana has accepted a full time position with KPMG LLP.
OUTSTANDING STUDENT OF THE YEAR — NEW YORK CITY
Rui (Amanda) Jin graduated from Peking University in Beijing with a BBA in Enterprise Management before beginning her MBA in International Business at Lubin.
Amanda served as Social Chair of the Lubin Graduate Society, President of the Alpha Rho Chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon and has volunteered for several Pace events including the International Students Food and Music Festival, International Student Orientation, and Lubin Graduate Student Orientation.
In addition, Amanda was the overall winner of the Inaugural Pace Pitch Contest in 2004. She also organized a Media & Entertainment Discussion Panel featuring the Chinese movie director Feng Xiaogang at the 9th Harvard China Review conference and she presented “China Going Global” at the Research Symposium at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Amanda coordinated a trip to China last summer in which she led 10 professors and students to Peking University and traveled with the group to Xi'an and Shanghai.
Amanda's talents extend beyond academics as she also played violin for ten years and has traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States. Amanda has accepted a position as General Manager with Jorge Pinto Books, Inc.
LUBIN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARD (GRADUATE), GRADUATE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AWARD, AND GRADUATE MARKETING MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AWARD — NEW YORK CITY
Charles Abbinanti will be a wonderful ambassador for the Lubin School and Pace University. For the past 2 years he worked as a staff associate for the Government and Community Relations office at Pace and during the past six months has worked as Game Night Staff for the NY Knicks. During his first year as a graduate student, he was the graduate assistant for the Lubin Office of External Relations and Communications. During his time at Pace he has organized a voter registration drive, worked with the Dean for Students Office on the NYC 2012 kick off event, volunteered at prior Pace Commencements, volunteered at the Lubin Alumni Achievement Award Luncheon, volunteered at the centennial Kick-Off with President Clinton and played basketball fundraiser against the Harlem Wizards in honor of Dr. Mel Oremland. He has accepted a position with Ingersoll Rands' accelerated development program. Charles is graduated with an overall grade point average of 4.0 and is also receiving the Departmental Awards in Graduate Finance and Graduate Marketing.
LUBIN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARD (GRADUATE) — WESTCHESTER
Jacqueline Calebotta completed the combined BBA/MBA degree program in Public Accounting and graduated cum laude. She was President of the Robert S. Pace Accounting Society for 3 years and Vice President for one year. Jacqueline has been a member of the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Association) that helps to prepare income tax returns for low income families. She is a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society. Jacqueline has been working full time at Deloitte and Touche as a Tax Consultant since September 2005.
DOCTORAL OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES PROGRAM AWARD — NEW YORK CITY
James DiGabriele successfully defended his dissertation titled "An Empirical Investigation of Court Preferences for the Valuation of Closely Held Companies" last September. He currently works as the Managing Director at DiGabriele, McNulty & Co. LLC and has been actively engaged in the practice of public accounting for over 13 years. James has taught as an Adjunct Accounting Professor at Montclair State University since January 2005. He also teaches a course for new members in the National Association of Forensic Accountants. James has co-authored several publications including, “Changes in Energy Sector Valuation Multiples Following the Enron Collapse: An Empirical Investigation” in Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly and “Do Court Preferences Exist in Cases of Matrimonial Dissolution Involving the Valuation of Closely Held Companies?” in Forensic Accounting in Matrimonial Divorce.
GRADUATE LEADERSHIP AWARD, COMBINED BBA/MBA ACCOUNTING AWARD, AND NYS SOCIETY OF CPAs AWARD — NEW YORK CITY
Anthony Vinci has been a truly outstanding student and a dynamic leader in both the BBA and MBA Programs. Anthony has been the treasurer, president and executive advisor for Pace Iota Lambda Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. He was fundraising chairperson for the Lubin Graduate Society; a member of the SGA Budget Allocation Council and Omicron Delta Epsilon, a Peer tutor, and participated in VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program as well as many other community service activities too numerous to mention. He has received the Andre Bostic Pace Setter Key Award for Excellence in Student Activities, the 2005 Outstanding Contribution Award together with his peer tutors, and a President's Scholarship Award. He was the student speaker for the 2004 Lubin Undergraduate Orientation and a panelist for the 2005 Junior Recognition Reception and several events for accepted students. He was a student participant in the successful 2005 AACSB Team Visit for initial Accounting Accreditation and continuation of Business accreditation.
If all this isn't enough, Anthony also received the BBA/MBA combined program award, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants Award and is co-recipient of the Pace University's Trustee Award. Anthony received his BBA degree Summa Cum Laude and graduated with the highest average in accounting of all BBA and combined degree accounting graduates. He has also completed a second MBA concentration in Financial Management. Anthony has accepted a staff auditor position with Ernst and Young LLP focusing on Financial Services.
SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD — WESTCHESTER
Cesare Ricchezza graduated summa cum laude with a BBA degree in Public Accounting; he had a perfect 4.00 average. He was a member of the Accounting Society and a student in the Pforzheimer Honors College. Cesare was a member of the Track and Field team and worked as an accounts receivable manager when he was a student at Pace.
LUBIN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARD — WESTCHESTER (UNDERGRADUATE)
Stephanie Bernadel completed the combined BBA/MBA degree program in Public Accounting, with a Business Law minor, and graduated magna cum laude. She served as President of the Robert S. Pace Accounting Society for 2 years. In addition, she is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, Alpha Chi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies. Stephanie also volunteered her time to participate on student panels for Open House events, and participated in leadership training at KPMG and the Deloitte National Leadership Conference. Stephanie will begin her career as an Assurance Auditor at KPMG LLP.
CREATIVE MARKETING AWARD & AMERICAN MARKETING ASSOCIATION AWARD — WESTCHESTER
Laura Woodward Scott was the recipient of the two top awards in the Marketing department. She graduated cum laude with a BBA in Marketing, and is a member of Alpha Chi, Beta Gamma Sigma and the Golden Key honor societies. Laura was also a student in the Pforzheimer Honors College. She was an active member of the Pace University Marketing Association and was the Marketing chair and presenter for the American Advertising Federation National Competition. In addition Laura served as co chair for Senior Week on the Pleasantville Campus.
ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP AWARD AND WALL STREET JOURNAL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD — NEW YORK CITY CAMPUS
Marina Slavina is the 2006 recipient of Academic Leadership Award given by the Center for Academic Excellence, which recognizes academic achievement and leadership in academic affairs. Marina graduated in May 2006 summa cum laude with a BBA degree in Finance and an Economics minor. While at Pace, she was a member of the Lubin Leaders and Scholars Program and Pforzheimer Honors College, and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma in her junior year. Marina has truly given back to the Pace community - using her academic talents to help her fellow students. As a peer tutor in the Tutoring Center, she tutored students in algebra, finite math, statistics and calculus and was a Peer Leader for Dr. Taiani's Finite Mathematics class. Along with her fellow tutors, she was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award in 2005 for her role in helping Pace students succeed. Working with other interested students, Marina also helped to revitalize the Law Society and went on to serve as its Vice President this past year. She also served as a Pace Presidential Student Ambassador and participated in a recent Lubin panel for accepted students. While at Pace, Marina worked as a student aide in the Office of Alumni Relations and interned at UBS Financial Services. She recently completed her Senior Project in Finance and is looking for a professional position in the financial services field. Marina plans to return to Pace to pursue her MBA.
PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT AWARD - NEW YORK CITY CAMPUS
There are two recipients of the 2006 Professional Management Award, which recognizes leadership in the management of academic and student affairs.
The first recipient is Thommy O. Guerrero who was a remarkable student leader. This past year, he served as President of the Pace Iota Lambda Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi and presided over the Chapter's Tenth Anniversary Celebration. He was Co-Director of the 2005 VITA Program, an Accounting Tutor, and a volunteer for numerous community service activities. His team took first place in the Strategic Planning Best Practices Competition at the April 2006 Beta Alpha Psi Atlantic Coast Regional meeting. Thommy also served as Marketing Co-Chair for the Pace Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting and received the ALPFA Student Leader of the Year Award in 2005. In addition, he was Co-Chair of the 2006 Lubin Collaborative Spring Banquet and was a Lubin student ambassador at various open house and other new student recruitment events. He was also a student participant in the successful AACSB Accreditation Team Visit. Thommy complemented his academic work in accounting and business with internships at Deloitte & Touche, JPMorgan Chase, Marsh & McLennan Companies, and IBM. He has accepted a full-time position with PricewaterhouseCoopers' in Assurance and Advisory Services. He graduated with a BBA degree in Public Accounting and plans to take the CPA exam this August and to attend graduate school for business in three years.
The second recipient is Kamini Mankaney who graduated with a BBA degree in Public Accounting. While at Pace, she was the recipient of the Trustee Recognition Award, the Pace Endowed Scholarship, and the 2005 Lubin Alumni Achievement Scholarship. Kamini was also a member of the Lubin Leaders and Scholars Program and Pforzheimer Honors College. She participated in the Summer Venture in Management Scholar Program at Harvard University and co-authored a paper with Dr. Dan Tinkelman of the Accounting Department. Kamini was also an outstanding student leader. She served as President of Phi Chi Theta and Vice President of NABA - the National Association of Black Accountants. In addition, she was a Resident Advisor and Chair of the Lubin Collaborative Spring Banquet Committee in 2005, and Co-Chair in 2006. In addition, she was the 2005 Lubin Orientation speaker and is a proud volunteer in the New York Cares program. Kamini gained valuable work experience through her two internships: one with the CFO of Jujamcyn Theaters LLC and the other in the Assurances Services Department at KPMG, which led to a full-time position at KPMG. Kamini plans to take the CPA exam and the Level 1 portion of the CFA exam in the near future.
PACE UNIVERSITY TRUSTEE'S AWARD - NEW YORK CITY CAMPUS
Rima Abdelkader, co-recipient of the Trustee's Award, graduated magna cum laude with a BBA degree in Marketing and a minor in Political Science. She successfully combined an outstanding academic record with an impressive record of achievement outside the classroom. She distinguished herself as a student leader in a variety of organizations on campus and through her participation in Project Pericles, where she was involved with many community service activities including a recent Spring break trip to New Orleans to help with the recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina. Rima also gained professional work experience through internships at CNN at the United Nations, NBC Universal, O'Dwyer's PR Daily and several other organizations. In addition, she was a Pace Presidential Ambassador and a member of Pforzheimer Honors College, and the Lubin Leaders and Scholars Program. Rima was also the undergraduate student speaker at New York City Commencement at Radio City Music Hall.
LUBIN ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - NEW YORK CITY CAMPUS (UNDERGRADUATE)
Judy-Ann Thompson has been one of Pace University's star students. She has a distinguished record of leadership and service, which is highlighted by her recent accomplishments as treasurer of the Pace Iota Lambda Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi and her participation in the Best Practices Competition at the April 2006 Beta Alpha Psi Atlantic Coast Regional meeting where her team took first place in the Chapter Operations Competition. In addition, Judy-Ann has participated in the Beta Alpha Psi VITA Program and numerous other community service activities. While at Pace, she was also a member of the National Association of Black Accountants, the Lubin Spring Banquet Committee, Pforzheimer Honors College, the Pace University Accounting Society, and INROADS-NYC. Judy-Ann has received many awards and scholarships including the Trustee Recognition Scholarship, the Outstanding Contribution Award, and the INROADS Award for Academic Excellence. She has also excelled academically, achieving Dean's List every semester during her career at Pace and graduated with honors from the Public Accounting Program. Judy-Ann has accepted a full-time position at Ernst & Young, where she was an INROADS summer intern in 2004 and 2005 and a participant in the Ernst and Young Summer Leadership Program. She plans to take the CPA exam and to attend graduate school after three years.
SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AND BBA FINANCE AWARD - NEW YORK CITY CAMPUS
Kim Madden, this year's recipient of the Scholastic Achievement Award on the New York City Campus, has had quite a journey through college. She started working full-time after high school and spent seven years working on Wall Street at various brokerage firms. In 1981, Kim enrolled at Pace as a part-time evening student, and for a number of years she successfully balanced her education - earning almost straight A's - with a flourishing career. Her career really started to take off when she was promoted to the dual position of junior research analyst and junior economist at Bear Stearns. Kim's journey took detour in 1984 when she and her husband relocated to Chicago, where she lived for fifteen years and raised a family of five wonderful children. Kim and her family moved back to New Jersey and when her eldest son graduated from high school, she decided that it was time to come back to finish her degree here at Pace.
In Fall 2003, after a nineteen year absence, Kim resumed her studies at Pace and picked up where she left off. She will be completing her BBA degree in Finance this summer and will be graduating summa cum laude in September 2006, with a 3.98 overall average and a perfect 4.00 in her Finance major. With this outstanding record of academic achievement, she will graduate first in the Lubin Class of 2006 from the New York City Campus. Kim feels very strongly about the importance and power of education and believes that no one is too old to learn and to follow their dreams.