2017 Faculty and Student Awards Ceremony

Grant Behnke '17, Giovanna Cavagnaro '17, and Claire Benninger '17, three of the seniors recognized at the 2017 Faculty and Student Awards Ceremony

The 2017 Faculty and Student Awards Ceremony, held May 4, recognized outstanding achievements for the 2016-2017 academic year.

This annual event honors students representing a broad cross-section of SHA programs, and recognizes faculty for distinguished research and excellence in teaching.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Faculty Awards

Teaching Recognition Awards

  • Andrew Quagliata, Lecturer, Management Communication - Freshman Core
  • Stephani Robson, Senior Lecturer, Properties Development and Management - Sophomore Core
  • Dave Sherwyn, John and Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Resources, Director of the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow - Junior/Senior Core
  • Helen Chun, Assistant Professor, Services Marketing - Undergraduate Elective
  • Jan deRoos, Associate Professor and HVS Professor of Hotel Finance and Real Estate - Graduate Elective
  • Amy Newman, Senior Lecturer, Management Communication - Graduate Core

Ted Teng '79 Dean's Teaching Excellence Awards

  • Linda Canina, Professor and Richard J. and Monene P. Bradley Director of Graduate Studies, Finance
  • Wally Boudry, Assistant Professor, Real Estate
  • Andrew Whitmore, Lecturer, Information Systems

CHR Industry Relevance Awards

  • Rohit Verma, Dean of External Relations, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business; Executive Director, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures; and Singapore Tourism Board Distinguished Professor in Asian Hospitality Management - "What Guests Really Think of Your Hotel: Text Analytics of Online Customer Reviews" 

Student Awards

Degree Marshalls

  • Ethan Gabany '17 - First Degree Marshall
  • Claire Benninger '17 - Second Degree Marshall

Banner Bearers

  • Oren Weissman '17 - First Banner Bearer
  • Sara Levine '17 - Second Banner Bearer

College Symbol Bearer

  • Grant Behnke '17

Merrill Presidential Scholars

  • Ethan Gabany '17
  • Claire Benninger '17

CHS Senior Award

  • Giovanna Cavagnaro '17 - Senior Award Winner
  • Grant Behnke '17 - Finalist
  • Colton Haney '17 - Finalist
  • Sara Levine '17 - Finalist
  • Maria "Gigi" Nieves '17 - Finalist

The Banfi Vintners Foundation Scholastic Tour Award

  • Raquel Forman '17

Julius Wile Commanderie de Bordeaux aux États Unis d'Amérique Bordeaux Education Prize

  • Alexander Szwyd, MMH '17

R.C. Kopf Student Achievement Award

  • Megan Larkin '17
  • Cayley Boire '17

The Leading Hotels of The World Experiential Award

  • Warner Hazell '17

Hospitality Business Plan Competition hosted by the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship

  • 1st Place ($25,000) - Natural Cuts: Vipul Prakash Saran CALS '17 and Harrison Willis MPRE '17
  • 2nd Place ($7,500) - Bill's: Will Mangan, MMH '17 and Lydia Xu, MMH '17
  • 3rd Place ($5,000) - Doña Nata: Angela Lindsay SHA '17, Antonio Miceli, MMH '17 and Natalia Ruis, MMH '17

Stephen S.J. Hall Ethics Case Competition

  • 1st Place ($2,000) - Arun Yagnamurthy '19, Madison Austrich '19, Jason Zhang '19 and Michael Baldyga '19
  • 2nd Place ($1,000) - Gundeep Singh '17 and Isabella Delgado '17
  • 3rd Place ($750) - Carmel Bendit-Shtull '19 and Caleb Sturman '19
  • 4th Place ($250) - Akshay Vijay, MMH '17, Vijesh Patel, MMH '17 and Sambhavi Vempati, MMH '17

Cornell Hotel Society - Collegiate Chapter

  • Senior Spirt Award - Grant Behnke
  • Hotel School Club Senior Leadership Award - Ryan Levine, president, Nightlife Hospitality Club

Adelphic Cornell Educational Fund/School of Hotel Administration Writing Awards - Academic Year 2015-2016

  • Thomas Johnson, Blakeley Simpler, Colin Bartlett, Elizabeth Gruber, and Michelle Mafstir, "What is the Impact of Technology on Communication and Motivation?" HADM 1150 (nominated by Walsh)
  • Samuel Coons, Hannah Maloney, Deidre Rieutort-Louis, Timothy Ming, "Basis of Design Proposal - Odysseus," HADM 2550 (nominated by Wellstead)
  • Phoebe Chan, "Recommendation Report for Monkey Jungle," HADM 3640 (nominated by Newman)
  • Jonathan Kwee, "A Move Towards Fairness for Migrant Workers in Singapore's Hospitality Industry," HADM 3650 (nominated by Quagliata)
  • Dylan Cirlado, "To Make Affordable Housing a Reality in New York City," HADM 4990 (nominated by  deRoos)

HEC Unsung Hero Awards

  • Ilsa Gruber
  • Kelly Guo
  • Julia Li
  • Vincent Forand
  • Maddy Botello
  • Nathan Harkins
  • Lee Lipschutz
  • Kanaai Shah
  • Shaina Arsenault

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