UNCW/Cameron School of Business

CSB Spring 2016 Outstanding Graduates Announced

E.M. West Award Winner, Karissa SmithKarissa Smith has been awarded the E. M. West Award for Academic Achievement for Spring 2016. The E. M. West award is named after Dr. E. M. “Mac” West and is awarded at each commencement ceremony to the Cameron student with the highest academic achievement, while also taking into consideration their participation in Cameron and UNCW activities.

Outstanding Graduates for each department include:

  • Marien Stark - Accountancy and Business Law
  • Karissa Smith - Economics
  • Matthew Kane - Entrepreneurship and Business Development
  • Connor Duncan - Finance
  • Alex Lese - Management and Leadership
  • Briana Murray - Human Resource Management
  • Forrest Gibson - Marketing
  • John Andl - Marketing Strategy
  • Nicholas Hanson - Professional Selling
  • Imke Froehling - International Business
  • David McGrew - Information Systems
  • Sean Potter - Operations Management
  • Shivani Bhardwaj - Computer Science & Information Systems
  • Jonathan Stutzman - MBA Outstanding Academic Achievement
  • Rob Michel - Norman R. Kaylor Outstanding MBA Graduate

Congratulations! [Photo Gallery of all winners]


May 6

CSB Commencement

2 p.m. - Trask Coliseum


CSB Commencement Reception



May 16

Session I Summer Classes Begin

June 14

Last Day of Session I Summer Classes

June 20

Session II Summer Classes Begin

July 19

Last Day of Session II Summer Classes

Aug 13

Move-In 2016

Business Week Logo

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Cameron School of Business held its 34th annual Business Week the week of March 28th. The event is designed to help prepare Cameron School of Business students for the realities of the business world, this year’s program featured more than 100 sessions with prominent alumni and executives sharing their knowledge and experiences in the areas of business, marketing, entrepreneurship, information technology and more.

Jerry Greenfield, Business Week SpeakerAs a part of the activities on March 30th, Ben & Jerry’s Co-founder Jerry Greenfield spoke to the Wilmington community about his journey in entrepreneurship.

Greenfield’s message resonated with student Sam Baker, currently studying business at UNCW. The most important takeaway? If you have a dream, don’t give up on it. (Video courtesy of Time-Warner Cable News.)


Dr. Ethan WatsonDr. Ethan Watson, Assistant Professor of Finance, won the annual Outstanding Paper Award for the Journal of Financial Research award for his paper, “Canceling Liquidity” co-authored with Robert and Bonnie Van Ness in 2015. His research documented a dramatic increase in limit order cancellation activity over the last decade, reporting that around ninety percent of limit orders that are submitted are subsequently cancelled.  Since limit orders are traditionally viewed as the supply of liquidity in markets, his research focused on what impact the increase in cancellation activity has had on market quality as well as testing some the existing theories of why cancellations of limit orders arise.

Alexandra Bacalan and Dr. Steve HarperCongratulations to Alexandra Bacalan, the winner of The Ninth Annual Business Plan Competition! This year's finalists were Victoria Comer, Matthew Kane and Sihem Teboul. All students presented impressive comprehensive business plans to the panel - great work!

This year’s Entrepreneurfest was April 26th. Dr. Harper created Entrepreneurfest to celebrate the completion of the academic programs for the students in the Entrepreneurship and Business Development option. Rocco Quaranto, one of the first graduates of the EBD program, was the speaker this year. Quaranto was one of the Co-Founders of The Fuzzy Peach and is currently the Co-Founder of Tama Tea.  

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