School of Business Honors Students for Academic Achievement

Monday, July 08, 2013

The Fairmont State University School of Business honored students for their academic achievement during the 2013 Delta Mu Delta Induction Ceremony and Scholarship & Award Presentations at the end of the spring 2013 semester.

Delta Mu Delta is an international society in Business Administration that encourages higher scholarship and recognizes and rewards scholastic achievement in business administration programs. Kappa Omicron is the local chapter of Delta Mu Delta at FSU, and invitation to membership points to earnest, intelligent purpose and rewarding achievement. Members include juniors, seniors and graduate students who are in the top 20 percent of the School of Business with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (juniors and seniors) or 3.6 for graduate students. Dr. Rebecca Giorcelli and Robert Weaver serve as faculty advisors to the chapter.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, provides tax assistance to low income and elderly taxpayers who cannot afford professional income tax help. The student volunteers must pass an IRS certification program that allows them to participate in 40 hours of community service at VITA site locations in Marion, Harrison, Upshur and Tucker counties. VITA student volunteers recognized at the ceremony were Paul Carpenter, James Cooke, Faith Dixon, Emilka Haas, Lance Hutson, Daniel Monroe, Jonathan Myles, Marsha Styles, Jessica Walter, James Waters and Lou Yuezhong.

Nathan Beck received the award as Outstanding Senior in Accounting. He is a 2007 graduate of John Marshall High School and is majoring in Accounting and Finance. He is the son of Jeff and Linda Beck of Moundsville. He is a member of the FSU Student Accountant Society, the FSU School of Business Students Leadership Board and the WVSCPA. He was the Fairmont State winner of the West Virginia Society of CPA’s Outstanding Accounting Senior Award for 2012-2013.

Goldie R. Preston, a 2009 graduate of Parkersburg High School, was named the Outstanding Senior in Business. She is the daughter of Randy and Dianna Preston of Vienna. A Business Administration major, she is a four-year member of the FSU tennis team and its captain, a student athletic representative, a member of the student leadership committee and a member of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society. She is a past winner of the Louis Schoolnic Scholarship and the Donald Hoylman Scholarship.

Nicolette Rueger won the award for Outstanding Senior in Information Systems Management. She is a 2009 highest honors graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and the daughter of Rob and Jackie Rueger of Fairmont. She is a past president, secretary and vice president of the Information Systems Students Organization (ISSO). She is a member of Delta Mu Delta Honor Society and the Student Leadership Board. As an Information Systems Management major, she was an Enterprise Systems Program/IBM Academic Initiative participant. As part of the IBM Academic Initiative, she joined IBM’s Sales and Distribution Summit Internship Program in the summer of 2012 in the role of Information Technology Specialist.

Logan Cavicchio was awarded the Stanley and Mary Beafore Scholarship and the Frank and Florence Sansalone Scholarship. A 2009 graduate of East Fairmont High School, she is a Business Marketing major. She is the daughter of Leticia Cavicchio of Fairmont and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta and Alpha Tau Pi. She also is a Dean’s List honoree. She is a recent graduate of the Radiologic Technology Program at West Virginia University Hospitals and is now a board certified Radiologic Technologist. She received an associate degree in allied health in 2012. Her community involvement activities include: 4H volunteer and camp counselor, Elks Hoops Shoot, Elks Major Projects and WVU Concession Stand at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Ryan Calhoun received the Woodrow A. Postesta Scholarship of Accounting and the Conley CPA Group Accounting Excellence Award. He is a 2011 graduate of Parkersburg High School and the son of David and Mary Lou Calhoun of Davisville. He is an Honors Program student and a member of the Student Accountant Society, majoring in Accounting. He is employed by the Bureau of the Fiscal Service and is an active member of Edgelawn United Methodist Church in Parkersburg.

Joseph Rocchino won the Dream, Succeed and Lead Award, a special recognition for non-traditional students. He is an Accounting major who works full-time as an inventory specialist for a television programming provider. He and his wife Misty reside in Tunnelton.

A 2011 graduate of Preston High School, Emily Barger won the Glenn A. Harman Accounting Excellence Scholarship and the George E. Lambert Family Endowed Fund for Education Award. She is an Accounting major with memberships in the Student Accountant Society and Delta Mu Delta. She is in the Honors Program, was awarded the PROMISE Scholarship and was on the Dean’s List. She is the daughter of Douglas Barger and Donnie Loughry of Terra Alta.

Sydni L. Hiroskey of Fairmont was a winner of the George E. Lambert Family Endowed Fund for Education Award. A 2004 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, she is an Accounting major. She is the daughter of Mary Ann Piscitelli-Hiroskey of Fairmont and has one daughter, Dominica.

Kaitlyn M. Witsaman won the Emily Leaf Nichols Alumni Scholarship. She is a 2012 graduate of Medina High School and the daughter of Glen and Brenda Witsaman of Medina, Ohio. A Business Marketing major, she is a member of the FSU volleyball team and FSU’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Lauren Tomko was awarded the John and Nancy Raley School of Business Scholarship. She was homeschooled, completing her high school studies in 2010, and is the daughter of Michael and Janine Tomko of Clarksburg. She is majoring in Finance and Marketing and won the Louis Schoolnic Scholarship in May 2012. She is a treasurer for Chi Alpha and a Student Leader. She has worked for the FSU Office of Institutional Advancement, gaining experience in her field.

Derek Efaw of Clarksburg won the WesBanco Bank Fairmont, Inc. Endowed Scholarship. A 2007 graduate of Canon McMillian High School in Canonsburg, Pa., he is the son of Timothy Efaw and Cynthia Light. He is majoring in Accounting and is a member of the Student Accountant Society at FSU.

Nolan Merrifield was a winner of the Donald L. Hoylman Impact Scholarship. He is a 2004 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and is the son of Gary and Rachel Merrifield of Fairmont. Majoring in Accounting and Finance, he is a member of the Student Leadership Board and the Student Accountant Society.

Alex Campbell won the Donald L. Hoylman Impact Scholarship. He is the son of Robert and Grace Campbell of Bothell, Wash., and completed his homeschooling studies in 2010. He attended Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa, and Cascadia Community College. At FSU, he majors in Accounting and is a member of Campus Light and captain of an intramural basketball team. He is a representative of the National Society of Leadership and Success Club.

Bradley Cox was the winner of the Mary B. and Edgar N. Jaynes Endowed Scholarship. A 2012 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, he is the son of Richard and Katrina Cox of Mount Hope. He is majoring in Accounting and Finance and a member of the Honors Program.

Shaun Smith was awarded the LeDonne Family Accounting Scholarship. He is a 2006 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and the son of Kolena Smith of Fairmont. He is the father of two daughters, Leilana Smith and Auna Smith. A President’s List and Dean’s List honoree, he is majoring in Accounting and Finance.

Richard Spencer III won the LeDonne Family Accounting Scholarship.

Thomas Wimbush won the Robert (Buck) Thompson Family Scholarship.

Faith Dixon of Clarksburg was awarded the Anthony J. and Josephine Pitrolo Endowed Scholarship. She is a 1976 graduate of Washington Irving High School and is the daughter of Hope Knapp of Marshville and the late Everette Knapp. She has two children, Michael Knapp and Gabrielle Dixon, and three grandchildren. She is majoring in Accounting and has served as secretary and is the future president of the Student Accountant Society. She was vice president of the Non-Traditional Student Society and a VITA participant.

Randy “Mitch” Moore was awarded the Anthony J. and Josephine Pitrolo Endowed Scholarship. He is a 2012 graduate of Hundred High School. He is in the Honors Program at FSU and was a Charles J. McClain Presidential Scholarship finalist. He is the son of Randy and Janet Moore of Burton. He is on the Admissions and Recruitment student staff at FSU.

Zachary LeFevre was awarded the Anthony J. and Josephine Pitrolo Endowed Scholarship. He is a 2010 graduate of Robert C. Byrd High School and the son of Phil LeFevre and Donetta Watson of Clarksburg. He is majoring in Accounting and Finance and is vice president of the Student Accountant Society and a member of the Student Leadership Board. He recently finished an internship at Arnett Foster Toothman, an accounting firm.

Philip Dent of Parsons won the Louis Schoolnic Endowed Scholarship. A 2011 honor graduate of Midland Trail High School in Hico, he is the son of the Rev. Philip Royce and Tracey Lynn Dent. He is majoring in Business Administration and has been a Dean’s List honoree every semester at FSU. He participates in intramural sports, including volleyball and softball.

Breanna Hafer of Harrisville, the daughter of Andy and Melissa Gump, won the Louis Schoolnic Endowed Scholarship. She is a 2012 graduate of Ritchie County High School, majoring in Business Management at FSU. She volunteers at a local soup kitchen and works full-time at a local restaurant. She also participates in the community service club and American Chemical Society activities.

Chad Frasher, a native of San Diego, Calif., was awarded the WesBanco Business Graduate Degree Endowed Scholarship. He and his wife Samantha reside in Morgantown. He is the son of Shawn and Valerie Frasher of Morgantown and an M.B.A. graduate student at FSU with a focus on Project Management. He received his Business Management degree from FSU in 2012. He worked for the FSU Office of Residence Life and currently managements apartments on campus.