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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 16

Session I Summer Classes Begin

June 5

IBSA Conference

June 14

Last Day of Session I Summer Classes

June 20

Session II Summer Classes Begin

June 25

MSA Recognition Ceremony

July 19

Last Day of Session II Summer Classes

Aug 13

Move-In 2016

Lake GibsonLake Gibson’s aspirations after college not only include landing the perfect job, but also advancing his music career. He has already applied the knowledge he obtained as an undergraduate student in the Cameron School of Business to draft a business plan, develop a strategy to market himself as a brand and launch a promotional website.

“My business degree has certainly allowed me to gain insight into all things business from marketing, accounting and economics to finance and management,” said Gibson, who will graduate May 6 with a business administration degree.

Gibson, the CSB’s Outstanding Graduate in Marketing, developed an interest in business as a freshman, and he focused on marketing because it is “the creative side of business,” he said. Gibson, who is a recipient of the BB&T Scholarship Fund Endowment, June and Turner Johnson Scholarship Endowment and Sage Island Scholarship in Business, shared his success story with donors and fellow students at the 2016 Scholarship Appreciation dinner, where he served as a speaker. [Read More]


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.

Spring 2016 CSB Commencement Ceremony

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